Welcome to Regent College, a place of childhood learning
Thank you for your interest in our college. Regent College is a co-educational, faith-based school in Victoria Park, Perth. Our school is situated on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation. We are located in an inner-city educational precinct, in close proximity to Victoria Park Primary School (Department of Education) and Victoria Park Christian School (Adventist Education).
Regent College is a primary school, that caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. We do not currently offer a 3-year-old program, although we do host a weekly playgroup during school terms (this is facilitated and administered by Playgroup WA). Students continue their secondary education at a diverse selection of schools, both in the public and private educational sectors, following graduation from Regent College. We also operate our own Outside School Care Hours program Monday to Friday.
We are in a highly valued position as an independent college because we can respond to our students’ needs. We focus on learning from a child’s perspective. We can provide an atmosphere for learning that is faith-based. Regent College has an experienced, dedicated and professional staff. We are a member of the Association of Independent Schools Western Australia (AISWA) and Christian Schools Australia (CSA) and are regulated by the Western Australian Department of Education.
It is important to us that there is a strong sense of belonging at our College. We hope this is noticeable from the beginning to the end of the school day. We do not seek to build a culture of exclusivity or prestige, where certain people get special treatment. Our intention is inclusivity and kindness. We are a Christian school and our enrolment is open to families from other religious or non-faith backgrounds. We do this because our mindset is about outwardly focussed and being salt and light in the world.
‘You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden’.
Matthew 5:14 (New Living Translation)
We are committed to the ideas of lifelong learning and creativity. This takes effort rather than natural aptitude. Students should have skills to manage change; to engage in complex problem solving; to have resilience; to be aware of others and be motivated to impact the world. This places students in the most vital position for lifelong success.
We aim to reduce the barriers to learning, such as performance anxiety or fear of failure. We want to see students feel motivated to come to school, to take risks, try new tasks, or discuss new ideas. We aim to compliment the excellent work that families have already started, particularly in the extra-curricular programmes that are offered. In 2022, these will include Mandarin language, instrumental music, chess and running club.
We focus on the development of the whole child, and this includes spirituality and socio-emotional wellbeing. While our Christian framework is non-denominational, it is Protestant and evangelical in tradition. We teach a Christian curriculum in addition to the Western Australian Curriculum. As a staff, we strive to live out our Christian faith in genuine and tangible ways and endeavour to be more Christ-like in our interactions with students and families.
Finally, we are currently reimagining our College for the next generation of learners. This has involved a dramatic transformation of our grounds and facilities. Fortunately, the main building projects (demolition and rebuild) have already been completed. Our next step consists of the refurbishment of the pre-primary areas and the canteen.
Our Mission and Vision statements seek to set the benchmark for this change and are described below.
The leadership team is very accessible at Regent College. We can be readily contacted through the College Administration. I look forward to meeting with your family to discuss any questions or considerations you may have.
To provide a Christ centred, inquiry focused learning environment, in which childhood is to be enjoyed and celebrated and where students develop a life long love of learning.
To have a reputation in the community as a school known for its academic excellence and use of innovative teaching practices, where belonging, wellbeing and growth prepare students for their ongoing educational and faith journey.
Like many Christian schools, Regent College started as a grassroots movements where parents and families sought alternative options for education for their children. The seeds for Regent College, were planted in inner-city Perth, and grew an educational community named “Faith Christian Academy” and later “Rhema Christian Academy”. Faith Christian Academy commenced in 1982 in Brisbane Street Perth.
In the early days, Regent College catered for students Years 1 to 10 utilising Accelerated Christian Education as its curriculum base. After several years the school moved to the WA Education Department based curriculum. The College was able to relocate to the present address in Victoria Park in 1986. Further adaptions were made in 1994 when the College became a primary school only.
A vital feature of the college is the long-serving and dedicated Christian staff who have worked diligently to develop programmes that prepare students to become responsible and productive citizens. Actually, there are a few staff members still working at Regent College who commenced in the 1980s. These superstar teachers have continued with the same passion and dedication to Christian Education as when they started.
From its origins as a ministry of the Inner City Faith Fellowship, now called Riverview Church, Regent College has now developed as an independent entity. Regent College has progressively improved in educational outcomes, premises and evangelical outlook. This allowed the school to flourish as a dedicated boutique primary school.
Building a Future for Regent College
In 1986 Regent College moved from Stirling Street to Colombo Street, where it still stands . A significant upgrade to facilities commenced in 2018 and is ongoing. The 2018 Building Project involved demolition of the original classrooms in two phases, and extensive rebuilding of the College. It was a challenging process because of the close proximity of the building site to the learning spaces. As can be seen in this picture, there was constant negotiation between both endeavours. Fortunately students were mostly unperturbed by the nearby activities!
In 2022 we will commence refurbishment of the Pre-Primary classrooms and canteen.
Click here to read more of the 2018 Project.
Regent College is governed by the Regent College Inc. Board. The functions of the Regent College Inc. Board include but are not limited to:
1. Setting the broad direction and vision of the school
2. Strategic planning for the school including:
Developing, monitoring and reviewing the objectives and targets of the strategic plan; and considering, approving and monitoring human resource and asset management plans
3. Determining policies for the school including policies for the safety, welfare and discipline of students
4. Determining the application of the total financial resources available to the school including the regular review of the budget
The Regent College Board
Phillip joined the Regent College Board in 2020 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, as well as a Masters of Educational Studies and a Master of Arts (Leadership).
Philip has over 40 years of experience in Resource Management across a range of public and private sector organisations, Phillip has extensive experience in systems development, workplace communication, remuneration management and organisational restructuring.
His most recent role has been as HR Systems and Policy Manager for a large and complex business employing around 7,000 people across Australia.
Tom joined the Regent College Board in 2022.
Tom is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. He has over 10 years of experience in accounting and finance.
Michelle joined the Regent College Board in 2020 and holds a Teaching Degree from studies completed in South Africa.
Upon completing her studies, Michelle has worked in education in a variety of forms. Michelle has taught in South Africa and in Primary Schools in Perth. In 2014 Michelle was appointed Acting Principal of Kalamunda Christian School which the then-Principal was on long service leave. In 2015 Michelle was appointed Principal of Kalamunda Christian School. She served in the role for five years before deciding to return to the classroom and take on a newly created position of Head of Academic Enrichment and Extension at Southern Hills Christian College.
Paula holds a Diploma of Ministry from Riverview Leadership College. Paula has experience in working in the general insurance and financial services industry for over 12 years. Since 2007 Paula has been on staff at Riverview Church and has worked in both pastoral and administrative roles. Paula currently serves as the Connect Pastor at Riverview Church.
Gai joined the Regent College Board in 2020 and holds a Graduate Certificate of Education in Early Childhood Studies, Diploma of Teaching – Primary and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood/Leadership.
Gai has over 25 years of experience teaching in Independent Primary Schools in Perth. During this time she also served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Riverview Church for two years. Gai currently works as the Deputy Head of Primary at Kingsway Christian College (Curriculum).
Jasmine joined the Regent College Board in 2020 and holds a combined bachelor’s degree in Law and Commerce from UWA.
Jasmine has worked as a lawyer in multiple areas such as banking and finance, personal injury, family and property law. Since 2015 Jasmine has been working in private practice. Jasmine has worked in research and development at Curtin University, and contract development for the Telethon Kids Institute. Jasmine currently works at the Silver Chain Group as a contracts Procurement Officer.
Amanda Rowe joined the Board as Minute Secretary in 2014. Fast forward to 2021, and Amanda is now a voting member on the Board.
Amanda is on staff at Riverview Church where she is the Marketing and Communication Director and oversees the Riverview Children’s Foundation. Amanda has years of experience running businesses in Perth, WA.