Academic life at Hunter Christian School is built around a dynamic and rigorous educational program that fosters intellectual growth and engagement. With a strong emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation students are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing world. The curriculum encompasses a range of disciplines including english, mathematics, science, humanities, health and physical education, christian perspectives, languages, and the arts.
Dedicated teachers provide individual attention and support to students, building positive rapport, enabling them to reach their full potential. As a result, Hunter Christian School’s academic program prepares students for a diverse array of post-school pathways. It empowers them to become lifelong learners, ready to positively impact society. Our newly introduced study skills course for Years 7-10 students is designed to enable explicit teaching on academic and study skills. Our students use school issued laptops which provide access to our learning management system.
Sport & Fitness
Sport and fitness at Hunter Christian School are integral to school life promoting physical skills, teamwork, and personal growth. The school offers various sporting activities to cater to diverse interests and abilities. Students participate in sports such as soccer, futsal, basketball, netball, volleyball, mountain biking, swimming, cross country and athletics. Students learn the importance of discipline, sportsmanship, and resilience through rigorous training, expert coaching, and regular competitions. Sport at Hunter Christian School fosters a sense of camaraderie, healthy competition, and lifelong passion for physical activity, contributing to the holistic development of our students. Our Hunter Hurricanes Sporting representative squad train currently train weekly, preparing for off-site competitions and representative duties in a wide range of sports.
At Hunter Christian School, student wellbeing is woven into every aspect of school life. We strive to create a nurturing and inclusive environment that promotes every student’s physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. We do this by fostering positive relationships, resilience, and a strong sense of belonging through our programs and initiatives.
We are proactive and preventative in both philosophy and practice, providing students with support networks and access to counselling services. We also prioritize the development of character and values, encouraging kindness, respect, and empathy. With a focus on holistic education, Hunter Christian School ensures that each student’s wellbeing is supported, building a strong framework for academic growth.
Our Wellbeing Team which includes our Assistant Head of Secondary, Lead Teachers 7-9 and 10-12 and our school counsellor, meets weekly to build and refine our approach to supporting our young people. Our designated pastoral care time and our newly refreshed student chapel time are spaces where our community come together to receive spiritual and wellbeing oriented guidance.
Learning Discovery & Support
Our students have a range of giftings, strengths and passions which they are in the process of discovering. To make sure our students are well supported throughout this journey we connect them with a range of opportunities and services. Our FUEL program is a targeted program for our highest ability learners. These students meet together regularly with our Associate Director of Discovery to work on complex learning tasks which are designed to challenge and extend these learners.
Individual learning plans are created for our young people who need adjustments to support their neurodiverse ways of learning. Regular collaboration with external professionals and collaboration with parents is important throughout this process.
Hunter Christian School offers a diverse range of cocurricular activities to enrich the educational experience of its students. Throughout the year our young people engage in various clubs and societies that are nurturing their strengths and passions for example the Chess club and our Minecraft club. We are regularly involved with specialised days such as the Science and Engineering Challenge and Da Vinci Decathlon, which all nurture critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Finally, the school organises outdoor adventures and excursions, promoting outdoor learning and appreciation for the natural environment. Our year groups spend time together off-site each year through our school camp program, which are located in diverse city, coastal and bush environments to enrich the worldview and capabilities of our students. Whether it be canoeing, rock climbing, pastry making, or hiking our students learn more about themselves in a dynamic setting.
Pathways to Post-School Life
Our long-established VET Program (Vocational Education and Training) provides students with valuable skills and industry connections to prepare them for future careers. The school offers a diverse range of VET courses that cater to student’s interests and career aspirations. Through hands-on training and real-world application, students develop industry-specific knowledge and gain qualifications that enhance their employability. Hunter Christian School ensures that the VET programs align with industry standards and are taught by experienced professionals.
Courses such as Engineering, Construction, Sport Coaching and Business Services are provided at Certificate II and Certicare III levels. Our Director of Educational Services, Stage 6 Careers Advisor and Associate Director of Pathways all provide student support in subject and career planning, University entry requirements and career selection. Our newly developed Pathways subject provides our Year 9-10 students with practical advice and skills on workplace preparation, personal finance, and goal setting.