It is a great privilege for me to be appointed as the new Executive Principal of Pinnacle College. I joined the Pinnacle family at the beginning of 2017 as a Pastoral Care Coordinator after serving some years in Amity College in Sydney as a Principal.
Pinnacle College is proudly serving communities across three campuses with highly dedicated staff.
We strongly believe that when the school and families work together in harmony, student learning is optimised. We are committed to high quality teaching and learning that will support our students to reach their full potential. As a united Pinnacle College, with all departments contributing, we are eager and enthusiastic to achieve success. We also aim to foster academic and creative excellence in a respectful, and nurturing educational environment. We strive to support student wellbeing and provide meaningful learning experiences that develop socially responsible and resilient life-long learners. Through collaboration and leadership, our students will be able to engage in, and contribute to the broader community, both locally and globally.
We welcome you to join our family and we are ready to give your child the best education possible.
Pinnacle College is a non-denominational School which was established by McYess Foundation for parents who desire a high standard of education for their children in a caring, disciplined environment, where multicultural values and principles are actively supported and nurtured.
The first campus, located at 52-56 Wandana Avenue, Gilles Plains, was first opened under the name of ‘Burc College’ on the 27th of January, 2005. At the time, ‘Burc’, a Turkish word meaning ‘pinnacle’, reflected the cultural background of many of the school’s first 25 students. Due to continued growth, a new campus, initially established for secondary students, was opened in January 2010, located at 10 Anderson Street, Elizabeth East. As the school developed, the school community had grown to include a wide diversity of cultural backgrounds, therefore in 2016, the school changed its name to Pinnacle College. In January 2019, Pinnacle College opened its third campus, at 150 Bicentennial Drive, Golden Grove.
Our mission is to foster academic and creative excellence in a respectful, and nurturing educational environment. We strive to support student wellbeing and provide meaningful learning experiences that develop socially responsible and resilient life-long learners. Through collaboration and leadership, our students will engage in, and contribute to the community, both locally and globally.
Membership to the school is open to staff and parents of students who declare their acceptance of the Aims and Objectives of the school. The governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a high standard of education. There are three general meetings held each year. Pinnacle College is managed by the school board which is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the School Association and is governed by the constitution.
The Principal is appointed by the school board and is responsible for the day to day operation of the school. The school is staffed by teachers with suitable academic qualifications and are registered or authorised by the Teachers’ Registration Board of South Australia. All teaching and ancillary staff are appointed on the basis that they are committed teachers and administrators. There are standing sub-committees to advise the Board on finance, educational matters, grounds and buildings, and social and publicity matters.
Parents are encouraged to be a part of these committees. The school encourages parents to participate in the operation of the school, both in its day to day activities and the education of their children. Parents are urged to meet with the teacher or approach the principal when a matter of concern arises. Parents are expected to be involved in school activities, to the greatest degree possible.
All families with children enrolled at the school are required to contribute to the building Fund. The amount of contribution is set each year by the board with the assistance of the Finance Committee. Voluntary contributions to the building fund are tax deductible, (the invoiced contributions are not).
The school fees at Pinnacle College have been structured to be very affordable, bringing private school education within reach of the widest possible sector of the community. School fees are set each year by the board and are payable in various ways.
Current fees are available here.
In special circumstances where meeting fee schedules become difficult, the school may be able to offer flexible arrangements.
Please contact the administrator as early as possible to discuss options. Families needing to pay by installments must complete a Fee Payment Plan, indicating the process to meet their commitments according to the agreed schedule. There is no additional charge to parents to have this arrangement. Where families are absent for periods of time e.g. extended holidays, normal fee charges apply. The school board has an obligation to manage the school on sound economic lines and any remissions have to be considered in the light of this obligation.
The school is financed by school fees, donations, government grants and fundraising.