about nairana

Our Mission

Nairana Study Centre is an initiative of parents that provides a formative environment for their boys.

This environment aims to echo the positive environment and values of their own family homes. Nairana, which began in a backyard in the 1960s, has matured into a multi-faceted educational project that comprises a dedicated staff and runs its activities in a purpose-built facility in Pennant Hills.

OUR HISTORY​

Activities of Nairana Study Centre began in 1994, making use of temporary venues in Dural and Pennant Hills. In 2004, a purpose-built facility was opened on Trebor Road, Pennant Hills after years of fundraising by staff, parents and students of Nairana. 

The vision for Nairana originated from parents themselves. They desired to have a place, outside of home and school, where their sons could spend time and have the educational values of the home supported. it had to be a place that was enjoyable to visit and at the same time, offered challenges to young people to learn and develop themselves. 

The establishment of a ‘study centre’ met these desires. Education Development Association took on the task of establishing Nairana Study Centre, and as with all its projects, stipulated that the centre should be open to all male students, regardless of religious or cultural background. 

NAIRANA AND OPUS DEI

Opus Dei has been entrusted with the spiritual and doctrinal orientation of Nairana’s activities. St Josemaria Escriva founded Opus Dei, meaning “Work of God” in Latin, in 1928.

Opus Dei’s mission is to spread the Christian message that every single person is called to holiness. This teaching was at the heart of the Second Vatican Council, which was enormously influential in shaping the Catholic Church’s understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ in the modern world. Holiness, in fact, means following Jesus Christ, imitating Him in thoughts, feelings, words and deeds. It means loving God and neighbour, with a love that gives rise to other virtues, such as humility, justice, integrity, and solidarity. Holiness is attained only with God’s assistance and our constant striving, but Opus Dei offers support and guidance to help all those who want (whether or not they are members) to aim at such holiness in their ordinary lives, especially through their everyday work. Opus Dei teaches that any work, if carried out in the spirit of Jesus Christ, competently and honestly, with the aim of loving God and serving others, can be “sanctified”: what matters is the love that is put into work, not its human importance. The work of a hairdresser or a banker can be as holy as that of a priest. 

Click here for more information about Opus Dei.

Child Protection

Education Development Association (EDA) and its projects, such as Nairana Study Centre, are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment to enable the development of children to their full potential, in accordance with Christian principles and relevant civil legislation. EDA has a Child Protection Policy which includes guidelines for good practice and prevention, as well procedures for dealing with possible allegations of abuse. The policy can be found here.