It is important to us that our students have the opportunity to experience a world that is bigger than themselves. Hunter Christian School secondary students have opportunities to go on various mission trips from local missions, to Tahlee Ministries and Karuah Public School, as well as our annual overseas mission trip to the Raki Raki region of Fiji.
The Fiji mission team comprises both staff and students from Hunter Christian School
and all team members are involved in serving the local community in
such practical ways as cleaning and painting buildings, grounds
maintenance, teaching classes and running sports programs. Our missions support our holistic approach to grow hearts, minds, and hands.
The purpose of the Character and Citizenship program is to equip Year 9 students to be the next generation of leaders, both within the school and in the wider community.
The program enlivens classroom-based learning in Christian Studies, Personal Development, Human Society and Its Environment, and Civics, by incorporating practical community projects, team-building challenges, outdoor education, camping and games.
The transition to high school can be daunting so at Hunter Christian School each Year 7 class has a Home Room and a Support Group Teacher. Up to half of a Year 7 student’s time will be spent in this familiar environment with one teacher who gets to know them well.
Year 8 is a year of consolidation. Students further develop the skills and knowledge first encountered in Year 7. This means all the fun, action and adventure of Year 7 but with more variety, freedom and responsibility.
Year 8 students are still cared for in the context of their Support Group (roll call, notices and devotions/prayer). The Support Group teacher is the first line of pastoral care support, and that teacher will teach the Support Group for at least one other class.
Year 7 & 8 students begin each day with 30 minutes of PE during Period 1 which is a dedicated session of physical activity.
As well as focusing on the core subjects, Year 9 & 10 students continue to enjoy a choice of elective subjects. Elective subjects allow each child to discover and pursue their particular talents and interests. Along with academic focus, Year 9 & 10 students also enjoy a wide variety of hands-on experiences across a range of sporting, cultural, community and classroom endeavours.
Year 10 students enjoy the opportunity to experience what life after school in today’s workplace is like during their Work Experience placements in Term 1.
Year 11 is officially called the Preliminary Year of the Higher School Certificate. It’s a year of new beginnings in many subjects. There is much more choice and accountability for individual students to manage their own learning.
Almost all subjects run over two years. While students can change their pattern of study somewhat during Year 11, by the end of Term 3 they need to have chosen at least ten units, (usually five or six subjects) to focus on for the Higher School Certificate year.
Year 11 and 12 students are the leaders of our school. The prefect body and school captains are elected by the staff and students of the school to represent them and to set an example of service and dedication to the rest of the school community.