HCG is a Christian Learning Community

HCG is a learning community, built upon a strong Christian foundation, where everyone is appreciated for who God created him or her to be.  The school serves students from Preschool to Year 9, with Year 10 beginning in January 2017.

At Highlands Christian Grammar, we strive to challenge students to explore and understand the world, not only academically but from a Christian worldview and within an environment that promotes Christian Community.

From the Principal


Education is a gift, like a key to a treasure chest. But like a key, it has to be developed, treasured and maintained in order for it to have the power to unlock the future.

At the core of education, we believe that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all true knowledge and wisdom. This is not a fear as in being afraid of God, but an awe and respect. That is the approach we take to education at Highlands Christian Grammar School: education allows us to explore this incredible universe that God has created for His glory, and in the process of that, He gives us the privilege of being able and beneficial servants in the places He puts us. That’s an awesome exchange!

It is an honour for me to serve this community with my family. I have been in PNG with my family for seven years previously as teacher and headmaster in Ukarumpa International School, and are very glad to be back again.

Like my predecessors, I am passionate about providing quality education to all children.

My vision is to work with you as parents and community members to cultivate…

A love of learning
Who hasn’t observed the delight that curious youngsters show in new discoveries of the world? How can the stars hang in space, and how can they be bigger than the sun? How do plants spring from seeds in all their variety? Learning lights a spark within each of us; a school’s role is to fan the fire.

A passion for excellence 
An education where each is encouraged to reach the full potential God has given is challenging and fulfilling. High expectations, coupled with modelling, produce high outcomes for student learning.

Servant leaders
Each student has intrinsic preciousness as a uniquely created individual. Not all will become public figures or famous leaders, but an attitude of being eager to benefit those around is of immeasurable benefit wherever it is found. 

Richard Sommer, BA, OCT, M.Ed (Canada)

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