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Study Programs

St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle enjoys above state average results for Junior, Middle and Senior School (HSC) examinations.

There is a wide range of subjects available in our Senior School Curriculum, including:

Years 9 and 10 - ROSA 

  • Christian Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Human Society & Its Environment (Commerce & History)
  • Technological & Applied Studies (Information & Software Technology / Food Technology / Industrial Technology / Textiles Technology)
  • Visual Arts (Visual Arts / Photographic & Digital Media) 
  • Music (Elective) 
  • Drama (Elective)
  • French (Elective)
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (Physical Activity / Sports Studies & Children Studies) 
  • Careers

Years 11 Preliminary HSC & Year 12 Higher School Certificate

  • Religion (1 Unit, 2 Unit & Christian Studies)
  • English (Standard, Advanced - Extensive)
  • Mathematics (General - Extensive)
  • Science (Chemistry, Physics, & Biology)
  • Human Society & Its Environment (Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Modern History, Ancient History & Geography)
  • Technological & Applied Studies (Design & Technology / Engineering studies / Software Design & Development)
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (Community & Family Studies)
  • Vocational Education and Training (Hospitality Cert 2, Office Admin Cert 2, Outdoor Recreation, Construction Cert 2, Work Studies, TAFE options)
  • Creative Arts (Visual, Photography - video & digital imaging, Music & Drama)
  • Careers

Teaching Methods

At St Philip’s Christian Colleges, students experience a higher degree of individual attention due to smaller class sizes. In the mandatory subjects of English and Math the classes don’t normally exceed 25 students. In the Junior High School the maximum students in a class is usually 26. Teaching styles vary from subject to subject. They can range from a traditional model of the ‘teacher at the front with whiteboard’ to interactive discussion groups.

Technology is utilised to enhance teaching methods through the use of Powerpoint, Internet and Multi-media.

Participation is key for students studying in Australia. Students will be expected to ask questions in class; contribute to discussions and demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways. The Australian Education System places a high value on experimental, interactive learning. Therefore, it is common for students to participate in excursions relevant to the subject of study. For students from countries where the teaching method is a traditional lecture style you will find Australian teaching methods quite different. Student learning is assessed on the basis of how students apply knowledge. This is achieved through testing; exams and assessment projects.

In Australian High Schools, students move from room to room depending on where their subject is located. This is opposite to a number of countries, where the teachers move around while the students stay in the one room.

The Australian Education system requires that all students participate in physical education. This is most commonly done in the form of playing sports. St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle offers a variety of different sports that suits most students.

Being a Christian School, a Godly perspective will be enunciated in each aspect of our curriculum.

International Office
PO Box 87
NSW 2298 Australia
International Contact
Phone: + 61 2 4960 6600
Fax: + 61 2 4960 6690
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