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 Christian College 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. Leadership opportunities include: Junior, Middle and Senior school ministry teams, School Captains, House Captains, Prefects and Student Representative Councils.
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, Candlelight Concert, MADD night and Celebrate. 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. All students are encouraged in their understanding and development of 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.