Avondale School (Cooranbong)

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This article is about the school in New South Wales, Australia. See also Avondale School (Wiltshire) and Avondale High School (disambiguation)
Avondale School
Cooranbong, New South Wales[1]
Coordinates 33°03′48″S 151°27′54″E / 33.0632°S 151.4649°E / -33.0632; 151.4649Coordinates: 33°03′48″S 151°27′54″E / 33.0632°S 151.4649°E / -33.0632; 151.4649
Type Private, Day
Motto Real Learning For Real Life
Denomination Seventh-day Adventist
Established 1897
Principal David McClintock
Head of Secondary Benton Craig
Head of Primary Debra Cooper
Employees 75
Years K12
Gender Co-educational
Enrolment 895
Campus size 17 hectares (42 acres)
Campus type Rural
Colour(s) Navy, Red, White               
Athletics Hunter Region Independent Schools

Avondale School is a K-12 co-educational Christian day school in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia.[2] It features an Early Learning Centre (preschool) and educates over 900 students each year. It is the oldest continuously operating Adventist school in Australia. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[3][4][5][6]


The Avondale School was founded in 1897 on the grounds of Avondale College of Higher Education and had an initial enrolment of 15 students. During the 1970s, due to the growth of Avondale College, the school needed to find a new location. In 1980, the school moved to its present location at the end of Avondale Road.[7][not in citation given] Expansion during the 1980s included a new secondary library and a Music building. Further expansions include the Avondale Early Learning Centre in 2003, a Kindy building in 2006 and a multi-purpose gymnasium and hall in June 2007, The iCentre and IT centres in 2011 and an Administration building in 2012. A trade training centre was opened in 2012 to enable the extension of VET education for senior students.


Avondale School is situated in the township of Cooranbong in the foothills of the Watagan Mountains. The campus is a 10-minute drive from the shores of Lake Macquarie.

The school is situated on a 17-hectare bushland property at the end of a cul-de-sac. Its facilities include a 900-seat multi-purpose gymnasium and hall containing 2 basketball courts, a stage, a commercial kitchen, and uniform shop; the iCentre housing libraries for both the primary and secondary schools, and the IT centre; a music building; a trade training centre and an industrial arts room.

Student life[edit]

The K-12 program at Avondale School provides a wide variety of opportunities for learning. Students can use their laptops to access the campus-wide wireless network and broadband internet service.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Students are encouraged to pursue interests outside the classroom as part of a wholesome education. There are sport teams such as soccer, touch rugby, swim teams, netball, basketball and athletics as well as a concert band and choir. As a member of the Hunter Region Independent Schools,[8] Avondale School regularly participates in inter-school events and competitions.

Duke of Edinburgh Award[edit]

Avondale School encourages personal development by offering students the Duke of Edinburgh Award program. It motivates young people to become involved in a program of voluntary and self-development activities. The Award helps takes students through a potentially difficult period of schooling. It is a major international program that is recognised by organisations around the world.[9]

Depending on the varying ability and commitment level, there are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students participate out of school hours in numerous community services, physically challenging and personal skill-based activities. It is an optional extension to the existing Outdoor Education program of Year camps.[9]

In the past, students have travelled to Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain, the local Watagan Mountains and Myall Lakes National Park for various challenges. Hiking, abseiling, cycling and camps push the physical boundaries of participants while community service projects involve helping with StormCo, the Rural Fire Brigade and Sabbath school programs at the local churches.[9]

Community Service[edit]

Avondale provides many extracurricular opportunities for service. The annual StormCo trips to remote towns, the concert band and choir visits to small churches and the annual charity contributions to valued causes, provide opportunities to serve the community.[10]

During November, Avondale school gives outgoing Year 12 students an opportunity to conclude their final year with an international service project called "Rokforce". The team is made up of students, teachers and parents who travel to foreign countries at their own expense to help poor communities.[11]

The 2009 Avondale Schoolies Rokforce (ASR) have untaken a $20,000 project in the Cambodian Wat Preah Yesu Orphanage. The orphanage has major needs and ASR have elected to build a media room, run outreach programs and interact with the children in a number of fun ways.[12]


Avondale School performs well above average in state examinations.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adventist Directory. General Conference Office of Statistics and Archives. Retrieved 24 July 2009
  2. ^ http://asa.adventist.edu.au/index.php/Adventist-System/ASA-Schools
  3. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/1115/For-real-education-reform-take-a-cue-from-the-Adventists"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (1 April 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  7. ^ "AVONDALE SCHOOL COORANBONG". School Choice. Universal Magazines. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Association of Independent Co-educational Schools Member directory". aices.com.au. 
  9. ^ a b c Duke of Edinburgh. Avondale School. Retrieved 24 July 2009 Archived 3 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Principal's Message. Avondale School. Retrieved 24 July 2009 Archived 7 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Rokforce. Avondale School Retrieved 24 July 2009 Archived 7 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Schoolies 2009 :: Rokforce. Rokforce. Retrieved 24 July 2009

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