Central Coast Adventist School

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Central Coast Adventist School
Nothing Without God
Erina, New South Wales
Type Private
Denomination Seventh-day Adventist
Established 1969
Principal Dean Bennetts
Employees ~120
Key people John Hammond (Founding principal)
Enrolment ~920 (2014)
Colour(s) Silver, Blue, White             

Central Coast Adventist School is a P-12 co-educational private school located in Erina, New South Wales, Australia. Founded in 1969, the school is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[1][2][3] [4]

The school was established in 1969. John Hammond was the first principal with 18 students. The school has grown to over 900 students today.[5]


Main high school building as viewed from front entrance
Aerial image of the Central Coast Adventist School campus in 2011

The school was established on former farm land which was donated to the local church for the establishment of the school. Local church member, Kevin Chugg, built two classrooms at a total cost of $16,000.[6]

The school buildings have also changed over time. As early as 1995 the school only had two buildings, the white building at the top of the school (which has been removed) and the old primary school rooms (which have been removed).

About the school[edit]

The Central Coast Adventist School is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia. As such, it is a part of the largest Protestant school system in the world. It provides a Christian educational experience for students in Pre-Kindy to Year 12. The education offered at Central Coast Adventist School is based upon a world view derived from the Christian faith. This view begins with a belief in an eternal, loving and personal God who has always existed, who is all-powerful and is the source of all life, truth, beauty and Christian values. It is the school’s wish that every student sees himself/herself as an individual of great value, capable of living a happy productive life.

Central Coast Adventist School values authenticity - what you say and what you do shows others who you really are.

While children are encouraged to strive for excellence this is done without ruthless comparison and competition. Furthermore, each student, whether they are tertiary bound or not, are given every opportunity to maximise their educational opportunities. The school endeavours to help students distinguish between performance and their inherent self-worth. Each student must know that his/her performance has no bearing on their worth as an individual.

The school is open to all students without regard to their ethnic background, sex, national origin or religious affiliation. All students are expected to live in harmony with the school’s standards and regulations, show respect for the Word of God and to attend the regular religious classes and activities of the school. Every effort is made to provide opportunities for both boys and girls to participate in all school activities and strives to accommodate the needs of disadvantaged students.

As an independent Christian School, the Central Coast Adventist School is concerned with upholding family values, respect for authority and the overall development of each student. It is committed to seeing each student develop their maximum potential in the spiritual, academic, physical and vocational spheres for life.[7]

Student life[edit]

Central Coast Adventist School has a diverse curriculum aimed at caring for the various needs of our students. Christian values are taught throughout the school as part of our regular school day.[8] Primary school students are encouraged to set their minds to work, including learning to play games such as chess.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/denominations/seventh_day_adventist.htm
  3. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  5. ^ Linda Doherty (2003-06-23). "Adventists look outwards to grow". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2006-04-11. 
  6. ^ "History of Erina - Gosford City Council". Retrieved 2006-05-27. 
  7. ^ "About Us". Official school website. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  8. ^ "Primary School". Official school website. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Army of knights on move". Newcastle Herald, The (includes the Central Coast Herald). 2002-11-22. Retrieved 2006-06-01. 

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