Spiritual Life

We hope that the clearest indication of Encounter being a Christian school is demonstrated through the authentic and ongoing nurture of your children. Beyond this, there are some aspects of College life that are unique and important to us.

Shine & Christian Studies

A special time each week at Encounter is when we come together as a community to share in a time of worship. With students usually leading this time, parents and friends of our College are welcome and often attend this service, accompanied before or after with a welcoming cup of tea or coffee.

This time includes singing, dance, drama and prayer, as we reflect on God’s love for us and celebrate how we can live our lives in service to others.

In Christian Studies lessons, teachers engage students in discussions that enable them to recognise God’s love for them in the context of the community and the world around them. A focus of this time relates to serving others.

Pastoral care

Encounter has a College Counsellor on staff, Jo Ashcroft, who offers ongoing support, counselling and care for students and families. Appointments to see Jo can be made via the Front Office.

The Journey

In Year 9, students spend time together, as well as in gender groups, working through a program called ‘The Journey’. This has been developed to initiate discussions and understandings in regard to the rites of passage from childhood to adulthood, especially in the light of students being created and loved by God.

Students encounter issues relating to identity, family, relationships, puberty and their future. In addition to the weekly lessons they participate in, the ‘Vinetops’ camp to Padthaway Estate in the South East and the ‘Heysen Hundred’ Outdoor Education challenge form a holistic and meaningful approach to Christian Studies' for our emerging adults.