Craigmore Christian School

Craigmore Christian School
Craigmore Christian School
School Emblem
Educating for Eternity
213 Yorktown Road
Craigmore, South Australia, 5114, Australia
Coordinates 34°42′27.82″S 138°42′23.94″E / 34.7077278°S 138.70665°E / -34.7077278; 138.70665Coordinates: 34°42′27.82″S 138°42′23.94″E / 34.7077278°S 138.70665°E / -34.7077278; 138.70665
School type Private, Comprehensive, Coeducational, Joint Campus Primary School and Secondary School
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Established 1980
Principal Dominic Hopps
Grades P-12
Number of students 425
Houses      Fleming
Colour(s) Green, Lemon and Navy
Affiliation Craigmore Christian Church

Craigmore Christian School (sometimes known as Craigmore Christian College) is an R-13 Christian co-educational, independent private school in Craigmore, a northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia in the Playford district. The school now has about 400 students, with a capacity of up to 600.



The founding Craigmore campus was established in 1980 as an affiliation of the Craigmore Christian Church.

Principal George Sears served from 1981-2005. Sandra Jesshope served as Principal from 2006-2010. In 2011, Dominic Hopps took over this role.

Logo and motto

Original school emblem used from 1981-2004

The school motto is "Educating for Eternity" and the emblem comprises a rising sun (meaning a brighter future), the Word of God as an open book (relating to Christian education), Crux (Australian heritage and the cross), Skeleton key (relating to teachers finding the key for each student) and Mortar board (education and graduation) with the words in a banner below "Hope, Opportunity, Promise".[1] A once-off school emblem was created in 2000 celebrating 20 years of the school and the current design has been used since 2004. There is also a student pledge recited weekly by students.[2]


There are three communities (houses) derived from the names of Christian missionaries involved in efforts known as Operation Auca; Fleming (blue), Saint (white) and Elliot (red).


Work began in 2007 on a A$4,000,000 building redevelopment and expansion boasting a brand new multi-purpose gymnasium, a 800 seat auditorium, to be jointly used by the church and school, and a new 3-storey administrative and middle school building. This building is also due to house an enlarged library. It was supposed to be completed early in 2009.[3]


Curriculum includes Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) for primary and middle school students, and Vocational Educational Program (VET) for Senior Students along with the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). There has been involvement with various state and national competitions and initiatives such as Rostrum Voice of Youth, Tournament of Minds, Premier's Reading Challenge, Scholastic book club, and the South Australian Primary Schools Amateur Sports Association (SAPSASA) competition. The school won the Happy Little Vegemites Awards in 2000 as part of a Vegemite promotion, presented by James Blundell.[4]

All students in years 3-12 attend camps in various Australian locations such as Wellington, Wirraway Homestead, Port Hughes, Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Canberra, Victor Harbor and Aldinga Beach. Other locations for excursions include Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.


The school has been known for its use of disciplinary paddling. Parents applying to the school signed a form agreeing to the discipline policy, including corporal punishment.[5] This policy is now under review.[citation needed]

Corporal punishment was inflicted privately in an office by a senior member of staff. Offences thus punished included swearing, fighting, vandalism, disrespect and cheating. Instead of expelling or withdrawing disruptive students, corporal punishment was seen as a final and complete punishment that is administered promptly. A wooden paddle was used to smack the student once or twice on the behind. The student would be smacked only after a calm discussion and when he or she is ready to submit to it willingly. This retains the sense of dignity and justice for both student and teacher. According to the school, many students were thankful and satisfied after being paddled, as it brings an air of finality to the incident.[6]

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