About Us

Our PURPOSE: to reveal Jesus.

Adventist Education exists because we believe in the profound love of Jesus and the hope, peace and joy that comes from knowing Him, and living with Him and for Him. We want to share this good news in our early learning services and school communities. We are intentional in everything we do – from our attitudes, words, and actions to reflect Jesus to our students, young children, families, and wider community.

Our VISION: to be a thriving Christ-centred Learning Community.

Our desire is to build a dynamic, nurturing inclusive community so that each Adventist school
and early learning service will be a lighthouse in their community – shining for Jesus, serving with care and excellence. Every level of our organisation is committed to working in harmony to build a vibrant culture of excellence. 

Our MISSION: to enable every student to flourish.

Our belief is that students and young children will truly flourish when their spiritual, mental,
physical, and social needs are met. We want to inspire and care holistically for each person –
equipping them with the beliefs, values, and skills to live a life of purpose, hope, joy, and peace as a global citizen for Christ.

Welcome to Hope Adventist School

A vibrant co-educational Primary School that provides a comprehensive academic, spiritual and physical program from Prep to Year 6. Families of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds are welcome.

Spread out on five acres of grassy fields next to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Hope Adventist School is especially loved for its warm ‘family’ feel, dedicated staff, and small class sizes. With the newly renovated classrooms, Hope Adventist School provides Flexible Learning Spaces that are natural, comfortable and home-like in order to create a more effective learning environment for students to thrive in.

Hope Adventist School offers a convenient door to door private bus service for students.

The school was established in 1983 and thereby became part of the worldwide education system of the Seventh day Adventist Church. The school’s motto is “A thriving, Christ-centred, learning community.” The primary purpose of this school is to provide opportunities for each student to reach their potential and become the person God and society needs them to be.

School Bus Service

Hope Adventist School provides a personal, professional door to door school bus service. With morning and afternoon runs in the Bundaberg and Bargara region our bus service is a convenient and safe way for your child to arrive at school and home again each day.

Please contact the school administration for more information about the school bus service.

Our History

Hope Adventist School originally began as the Bundaberg Seventh Day School in 1983. The land was purchased by the Bundaberg Seventh-day Adventist Church with the aim of starting a church school.

Money was raised by dedicated church members through various projects, including growing crops of watermelon.

The builder was a local church member, Mr Geoff Smith. For the first few weeks, the school was a rather dusty place, because the newly cleared and levelled ground had not yet grown a covering of grass.

The enrolments for the first year remained at about 28 students, in from grade 1-7. In the second year a second teacher was employed as the enrolment had grown to about 40.

Kristy Norman

Kristy Norman

Principal/Year 3-6 Teacher

Kristy has been teaching at the school since 2012. She enjoys working with children and inspiring them to be the best version of themselves. Kristy is passionate about building a thriving school within a positive school community. In her spare time Kristy enjoys camping, swimming, rock climbing and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Sen

Angela Sen

Business Manager

Angela (Angie) has over 40 years’ experience in banking and finance and has held various management roles. She recently joined our Conference and brings many transferrable skills to our school. Angie is also the Business Manager for Ipswich Adventist School. She enjoys spending time in her garden and with her grandchildren. Angie is passionate about service and reflecting Jesus to others.

Angie North

Angie North

Office Administrator

Angie is the friendly face that will greet you in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She has joined our school on a part time basis and on a job share arrangement. Angie is from Mackay Qld and her job position at Hope was an answer to prayer. She loves being part of the Hope family/Christian environment and seeing the students smiling and happy when they pop into the office. In her spare time Angie enjoys cattle work, camping, and spending time in nature.

Anneli Florea

Anneli Florea

Office Administrator

Anneli will greet you with a smile at the front office on Thursdays and Fridays. She has joined our school on a part time basis and on a job share arrangement. She has previous admin and accounts experience. Anneli values in life are Christian education, living a healthy lifestyle and quality time with others. She is married and has 2 girls, they enjoy nature through camping, bush walks, photography and doing a variety of arts and crafts. Anneli likes to be productive, organised and helpful.

Helen van Eyssen

Helen van Eyssen

Prep to Year 2 Teacher

Helen is the caring and loving teacher in the Junior Room and has many years experience in influencing the minds of the young students in her care. She started her teaching journey in South Africa followed by a move to New Zealand and then onto Australia. Having made the transition to county life, Helen enjoys the outdoors, swimming and camping.

Tanya Barbuto

Tanya Barbuto

Year 3 -6 Teacher

Tanya has a background in HR and has been teaching at the school since the middle of 2018. She brings an energetic enthusiasm to her classroom and values the importance of making learning a fun experience. Tanya has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys gardening, bushwalking, and cooking.

Patrice Cameron

Patrice Cameron

Teacher Aide

With 2 children of her own, Patrice has a passion for children’s education. She enjoys reading and is an avid animal lover. In her free time, you will find Patrice happy at home with her family, horses and dogs. Patrice brings an enthusiastic energy to the school and has been a part of the Hope team since the middle of 2020. 

Leanne Jensen

Leanne Jensen

Teacher Aide/Chaplain

Leanne has been involved with the school since 2008. She is committed to serving God and is passionate about instilling Christian values and confidence in our children. Leanne enjoys reading, picnics at the beach on Sabbath afternoons and helping others.

Pr Tim Ah Sam

Pr Tim Ah Sam

Chaplain

Tim and his wife Ngahuia have recently moved to Bundaberg with their 5 children, after spending the past three years serving as Minister of the Emerald and Biloela churches. He currently serves as the Minister of the St. Andrews and Rosedale churches as well as Chaplain at Hope Adventist School.

Zina Sutherland

Zina Sutherland

Year 3 -6 Teacher

Zina has worked part time at the school for 13 years. She left Russia over 20 years ago and has enjoyed creating wonderful gardens and renovating her house in Australia. Zina is passionate about her faith and is very involved in her local SDA church.

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Music & Release Teacher

Rachel Johnson has 13 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and in recent years worked as a specialist teacher in classroom music. While her children were young she took time out of the classroom and worked as a fitness instructor teaching aerobics. Rachel believes positive relationships and respect are the key to creating an effective learning environment and is very excited to be a part of the Hope teaching staff. Rachel enjoys bushwalking, kayaking, camping and spending time with her family.

Karen Stewart

Karen Stewart

Japanese and Art Teacher

Karen has taught Japanese and Art at Hope Adventist School since January 2020. She has many years’ experience teaching in both Victoria and Queensland and currently undertakes relief teaching at some of the non-government schools in Bundaberg as well as teaching at Hope. Literacy and reading are a two of Karen’s great passions as well as craft and gardening.

Jorge De Freitas

Jorge De Freitas

Bus Driver

Jorge came to us as an answer to prayer when we needed an experienced bus driver. He has a background in horticulture and has worked as an irrigation co-ordinator. Jorge enjoys camping and fishing but most of all he loves spending time with his family.

Michael Mulvena

Michael Mulvena

Groundsman

Michael has been instrumental in keeping the grounds beautiful for over ten years. He is able to fix most things at school. Michael is a proud father who will do anything for his children.

Annual Reports

For your convenience, you will find our recent annual reports below.

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2020 Annual Report - Published June 2021

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2019 Annual Report - Published June 2020

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Policies

Interested in our school policy documents? Download them here.

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Child Risk Management Strategy

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Sexual Harassment Policy

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Equity Contact Officer Policy

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Child Protection Policy

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Child Protection Procedures

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Complaints and Dispute Resolution Policy

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Vaccination Policy

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Notifiable Data Breaches Policy

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Staff Code of Conduct Policy

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Student Bullying Policy

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Anti-Discrimination Policy

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Our Partner Schools

Brisbane Adventist College

Gold Coast Christian College

Darling Downs Christian School

Noosa Christian College

Northpine Christian College

Ipswich Adventist School

Coral Coast Christian School

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