For the Whole of Their Life.
St Philip's Christian College Gosford History
St Philip’s Christian College was founded in 1982 by the vision and efforts of the leaders and people of St Philip’s Anglican Church, Waratah. The founders passionately believed in the need for an independent school that would develop the 'whole child' - intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually; a school that would maintain high academic and behavioural standards and at the same time effectively proclaim the liberating truth of the Christian Gospel. Classes commenced on 4th February, 1982 in renovated areas within the Church facilities. The College catered for students from Kindergarten to Year 7 during 1982. Each year thereafter, another academic year was added up to Year 10 in 1985. Year 11 classes commenced in 1988 with the first Higher Schools Certificate candidates being presented in 1989.
The College now has over 1100 students enrolled from Preschool to Year Twelve. Up until 1984, the College operated entirely at the church site. During 1984 the present site in Waratah was purchased and occupied. From then on, all further developments took place on this site. Historic Sparke House became the administration centre for the College with temporary transportable classrooms being used initially. Adjoining house blocks have since been purchased to increase the College grounds for building and playground usage. A detailed master plan has been developed and is being progressively achieved in order to provide first class facilities for St Philip’s students. Initially, the College was operated as an undertaking of St Philip’s Anglican Church. However, in May 1985, St Philip’s Christian Education Foundation Limited was formed and this non-profit company took over the ownership and operation of the College. Parents and friends may join the Foundation to provide leadership and support.
In 1995 a new campus of the College was established at Salamander Bay. This campus now has an enrolment of over 770 students from Kindergarten to Year Twelve with a Junior School (K-4), a Middle School (5-8) and a Senior School (9-12).
1997 saw the establishment of an alternative school called the D.A.L.E. (Dynamic Alternate Learning Environment) Program. A small unit for 'students at risk' (Years 7 -10). The purpose of this school is to encourage students who are in danger of dropping out of school to gain their School Certificate. In 2000 a unit for young mothers complete with crèche facilities and specialised support was added. Both programs have achieved high levels of success and acclaim and in 2015 the young mothers program became a stand-alone school now known as the D.A.L.E Young Parents School (DYPS).
In October 1997, the College acquired Narnia Christian Preschool. Narnia has now transitioned to a 0-6 Years Early Learning Centre which is being rolled out in four of six schools.
2001 saw the completion of the next stage in the growth at the Waratah site, as this school moved to a three sub-school structure, being Junior K-4, Middle Years 5-8 and Senior Years 9-12.
The Cessnock Christian School was acquired in late 2004 and became a school of the College at the beginning of 2005. The school has seen rapid growth in property development and student enrolment and now has an enrolment of over 970 students from Preschool to Year Twelve.
Gosford Christian School was acquired by the St Philip's group of schools in 2007. St Philip's Christian College at Gosford now has an enrolment of over 500 students from Preschool to Year 12.The College is a member of the NSW Association of Independent Schools and numerous links have been forged with other independent schools locally and further afield. The College is also a member of the Australian Association of Christian Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International.