The Future Shines Bright at Regents Park Christian School
At Regents Park Christian School, you’ll discover an education that is underpinned by excellence in teaching and learning. We believe in nurturing and growing the whole student; recognising and supporting different gifts, learning styles and abilities in a multi-denominational, multi-cultural and socio-economically diverse community.
At our heart, is a team of exceptionally talented teachers who share a passion to journey with our young people, helping them develop Christian character and leadership.
HIGH PRAISE, WELL DESERVED
In September this year, PDHPE Teacher, Aya Reynolds was awarded The Teacher’s Guild of New South Wales, World Teachers’ Recognition Award. Awarded to Teachers at varying stages of their professional lives, these awards are a benchmark of teaching excellence in New South Wales.
Whilst we value and celebrate our teachers each and every day, having them recognised on a larger stage brings us immense pride.
In her first year of teaching, Aya welcomes the World Teachers’ Recognition Award as valuable feedback on her progression. Aya explains, “This award tells me that I’m on the right track, that I’m developing, learning and growing as a teacher. It’s my feedback for the year! And for our school to be recognised in amongst much larger schools across New South Wales, that’s a really high achievement.”
THE JOY OF CONNECTION
This award rounds off a year of discovery for Aya. She explains, “This year I’ve been figuring out who I am as a teacher, finding my own voice and my own way in the classroom”.
Coaching gymnastics for 8 years inspired Aya to embark on her teaching career. She enjoyed the connection she had with her gymnastics students; something she continues to value today with her current students, “What really brings me joy is the connection I have with my students. When they go out of their way to tell me about their day, or their weekend – it’s really rewarding.”, she says.
Aya’s goal this year was to get to know all of her students. Understanding who a student is, and what motivates them is vital to being able to teach them effectively. She acknowledges that not all students enjoy PE, commenting, “It’s important not to focus too much on winning; who is the best or fastest. I make it about having fun and getting involved”.
Looking to the future, Aya sees that the world is changing, and believes in the increasing importance of delivering a relevant education. She comments, “If students don’t see the relevance in something, they won’t learn. I’d like to see more real life, authentic scenarios. More linking with the community, more seeing that what we’re doing in class, is used in the real word. Education needs to be relatable”.
A SCHOOL COMMUNITY BUILT ON CARING, WELLBEING AND LOVE
Our Regents Park Christian School community is unlike any other. From Kindergarten to Secondary School our students thrive in a loving environment where they are safe to learn, develop and explore. Aya comments, “Families stay here a long time which builds community, and as a smaller school we get to know the students – there’s a real connection. For our students this means that both inside and outside the school, there are people that love and value them. They’re surrounded by adults who just want the best for them; you can’t put a value on that.”
Here, students are supported to be the best they can be always. And nothing is left to chance. This is evidenced through the careful management of the transition between Primary School and Secondary School. Teachers across year levels work together to ensure that Year 6 students are well prepared to move to Year 7. By the time a student walks into their Year 7 class, their teacher already knows them and understands their learning needs. Importantly, the well-being of each student is front and centre during this process, ensuring that their progression to Secondary School is seamless and stress-free.
Aya believes that this focus on overall student wellbeing is what makes Regents Park Christian School truly special. It’s a place where academic achievement, spiritual development, creative, and physical development are all given importance in an integrated approach to learning.
Aya comments, “If you would like your child to grow up as a whole person, not just as a student, there is no other school. The opportunity, the love and the care that’s displayed here is really unique, it’s something we really value.”
Aya, your dedication and love for your students shines as bright as the future you have in front of you.