For the Whole of Their Life.
St Philip’s Christian College Cessnock is a vibrant, innovative school set on 100 acres in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
St Philip’s Christian College, Cessnock commenced in 2005 with 28 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and has now expanded to incorporate Preschoolers right through to Year 12. The School is located on an expansive 100-acre site at Nulkaba, between the City of Cessnock and the popular Hunter Valley vineyards.
The mission of the College is to continue to provide quality education in a caring, secure and challenging learning environment, based on Christian beliefs, values and practice. The five core values of the College are: Christ First, Serve One Another, Strive for Excellence, Do what is Right and Build Community. The College seeks to acknowledge the potential and uniqueness of each student and aims to provide opportunities for intellectual, social, cultural, moral, spiritual and physical development which will stand our students in good stead for the whole of their life.
At SPCC, we believe that Christian Education is not education about Christianity but a wholistic education delivered from a Christian perspective. All our teachers are Christians, and a Christian worldview intentionally permeates all that we do. Our school provides an environment where respect and excellence are encouraged, along with a desire to see students enjoying the learning process and school life.Our school provides an environment where respect and excellence are encouraged, along with a desire to see students enjoying the learning process and school life.
The College is passionate about the pursuit of excellence in all areas, particularly academic achievement, performing arts, sport and Christian lifestyle. To facilitate this, the College is divided into 3 sub-schools; Junior School, which supports children in their foundation years of schooling by providing a creative and nurturing environment. Middle School, which focuses on meeting the needs of emerging adolescents by developing confident and resilient young people, who enjoy life's journey and achieve their unique God-given potential in all areas. The Senior School assists students in finishing strong, and stepping into the future with the passion, motivation and ability to make a difference in the world.
Our technology program offers students individual MacBooks in Years 5 to 12, and iPads for students in Kindergarten to Year 4. These are seen as a tool to support and extend their learning and to prepare them for a technologically driven world. Specialist PE and Music teachers from Kindergarten to Year 12 ensure ongoing success and development of our Creative Arts and PE learning programs. Throughout the College we have created flexible learning spaces, which facilitate effective team teaching, and increase student engagement and enthusiasm for learning. To strengthen our culture of learning, we have introduced 'The SPCC Learning Framework', which empowers students to become independent, motivated, confident and resilient learners.
St Philip’s Christian College Cessnock specialize in the area of Vocational Education for Senior School students with 11 VET pathways on offer in areas ranging from Mechanics and Construction through to Hospitality and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Extra-curricular activities include a wide range of sporting activities (equestrian, basketball, and hockey), gala days, music groups, drama performances, academic competitions, camping activities, overseas study tours and a range of community activities. We are facilitating a community approach to education through incorporating such programs as Active After Schools Sports, involving parents in the ongoing daily activities of the school and hosting a range of community wide events. A unique feature of the College is its supportive pastoral care program. We believe that education occurs best when students are known well, taught well and loved well.
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St Philip's Christian College Cessnock exists to grow and develop young people into innovative, confident learners and responsible, respectful and compassionate world citizens. As a College we seek to build a partnership between students, parents and our wider community. We want our school and the students to feed into the community and the nation.