History


Although New Hope School is a new educational entity approved by the Board Of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards to commence operation in 2015, it is grounded in a long and well-recognized history. As early as 1979 Pacific Hills Christian Education Ltd, the operators of New Hope School, launched a different school with the express intent of it providing quality Christian education to students with special and specific learning needs in the context of a mainstream school setting.

As a result, since its inception Pacific Hills Christian School sponsored a Special Programs unit that catered for the specific learning needs of students with various disabilities, through both withdrawal and in class support strategies and teaching assistance. The provisions of this Special Programs unit reflected the heart of Pacific Hills to give dignity and respect to all students and to have students of all abilities and capacities learn with and from each other.

The financial pressure of subsidising without any extra assistance from government authorities and the considerable extra expense of the Special Programs operation resulted in Pacific Hills scaling down its Special Programs unit in the mid 2000's.

The launch in 2015 of New Hope School as a separate special educational entity, eligible for Special Education funding support, marks a return for this community to the original intent of its founders from 1979.