Learning for Hope

We have a dynamic vision for the future to transform learning at the College.  

Our unique Learning for Hope framework aims to deepen student learning so that students can serve the greater community, address global challenges and flourish in a complex world. It’s about embedding our faith in Christ through learning.

At Shellharbour Anglican College we equip students for life, not just exams. Our bespoke Learning for Hope framework is about preparing students for a lifetime of growth and discovery so that they can Pursue Tomorrow.

Curious minds. Courageous hearts. Hope-filled hands. This is our learning ethos. Imagine an environment where your child is encouraged to explore, face challenges head-on and look towards the future with optimism. That’s a reality that we’re committed to building for our students and we want you to be part of it. So, how are we going to do it?

The Learning for Hope framework is built around three core pillars:

  • Being
  • Connecting
  • Thinking

These pillars form the foundation of the holistic learning journey at Shellharbour. While knowledge building is critical to educating young minds, our program is not just focussed on academic growth. It’s also about nurturing compassionate individuals adept at critical thinking. It’s these attributes that will allow our graduates to embrace challenge and make a difference in the world.

With our Learning for Hope framework shaping the future of education at Shellharbour Anglican College as we continue to Pursue Tomorrow, together.


Being is a journey of self-discovery. It’s about embracing change, learning from experiences, expressing gratitude, facing challenge and thriving as part of a community. As we equip students with these attributes, we prepare them to make a positive difference in their world.

  • Adaptability – Embracing change for growth.
  • Reflection – Introspective learning.
  • Gratitude – Appreciating abundance and fostering empathy.
  • Courage – Confronting challenges resolutely.
  • Citizenship – Active community participation.

Connecting is the ability to work alongside others and relate to them in a positive way. As we reside in God’s Kingdom, it’s about knowing who we are, what we need to do and how we can interact with others to affect change and live in harmony. 

  • Collaboration – Working with others.
  • Communication – Exchanging information, respectfully and thoughtfully.
  • Interpersonal skills – Positively relating to others, based on seeking understanding.
  • Serving – Contributing to society within a culture of honesty, respect and inclusiveness.

In the realm of thinking, we cultivate curiosity, creativity and critical thinking – a trifecta that fuels the engine of learning. Curiosity sparks the initial investigation, creativity generates innovative solutions while critical thinking assesses and refines those solutions. This continuous loop of curiosity-driven exploration, creative problem solving, and critical evaluation form the bedrock of our educational philosophy.

  • Curiosity – The ‘why’: leads to exploration and discovery
  • Creativity – The ‘how’: generates new ideas
  • Critical Thinking – The ‘what’: refines and enhances ideas

What to expect

The Learning for Hope framework is unique to Shellharbour Anglican College, specifically designed to underpin our core values of wisdom, compassion, faith and respect. You can expect:

  • A dynamic and authentic education program aimed at preparing young people for tomorrow.
  • A classroom environment where the three core pillars of Learning for Hope are actively incorporated into the learning process.
  • A curriculum that imparts knowledge but also cultivates curiosity to ignite a cycle of continued learning and growth.
  • Co-curricular activities that invite students to explore innovative and exciting pursuits focussed on holistic development – of mind, body and spirit.
  • A pastoral care program that nurtures the whole child, for life.

Join us as we continue to Pursue Tomorrow, together.