For the Whole of Their Life.
1 Timothy 4:12-14a
“Don’t let anyone look down upon you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift.”
At St. Philip’s Port Stephens we believe that the best way to reach a young person is through the ministry of young people to young people. In as many situations as possible we aim to use and develop strong student leadership so that the Christian culture at our college is built on the student’s leadership. This leadership and culture is built mainly through mentoring and relationship with students, staff and local church youth groups. Our college does have the following leadership opportunities where they can develop their gifting. These programs include; junior, middle and senior school ministry teams, college leadership structures such as school captains and student representative councils. Other areas include house captaincy and sports captains.
In daily nurture programs, students are encouraged to lead in the way of prayer, talks or general discussions. In weekly class and school chapels, students are encouraged to participate in leading in brief words, speaking, and various creative arts leadership including worship, dance, art and drama. Annual conferences, concerts and outreach opportunities include; The M-Powering Conference, Candle Light Supper, MAD night and Rock Solid day. Students are also constantly encouraged to seek out and include themselves in a local church youth group and small group situation where they can be further mentored and encouraged in their Christian faith and leadership potential.
Our school has a K-12 Faith and Life Curriculum that focuses on the main areas of the Christian faith. The main focus being of course “I am the Way the Truth and the Life” our theme scripture that reminds us that our Saviour is Jesus Christ. Across the stages, all students are encouraged in their understanding of their Christian faith and encouraged to develop a Christian faith. Throughout the school many opportunities arise for students to have discussion and dialog in forming values, beliefs and practices relating to life and faith.