Agreement Signing

Indigenous Agreement

Committing to the Improvement of Educational Outcomes for Indigenous Students CCGPS principals joined with the Korreil Wonnai AECG on 13th of November to sign a landmark agreement of co-operation between our local public schools and the Aboriginal Community to promote and enhance educational outcomes for Indigenous students. This partnership agreement continues to strengthen the very close relationship that the CCGPS already enjoys with the Korreil Wonnai AECG by committing to the agreed priorities laid out in the agreement. All schools now... Read more

125th Anniversary

Proud Public Schools

In so many ways, the Public Schools across the Cessnock area are at the heart of their communities, so it is not surprising that as these schools reach milestones of age, there is a real sense of pride and community spirit. Cessnock High School recently celebrated its 75th anniversary (at its current site) and so many of the primary schools, including Ellalong and Kearsley Public Schools have held their centennials. Congewai Public School has just celebrated its 125th anniversary with maypole dancing and bush poetry and Laguna PS is set to... Read more



Cessnock Regional Art gallery is once again hosting the very successful Photovoice exhibition," My Eyes, My Culture, My School". This showcase of photographic works is a collaborative effort across the Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS). The recent launch for this event was a celebration of the twenty one Aboriginal students from year 5 to year 10 who contributed works to the exhibition. A series of animated works as well as still-shots are featured, with students being encouraged to make use of innovative technologies... Read more


Internet Safety Presentations

The ACMA's Cybersmart Outreach—Internet Safety Awareness Presentations Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools is hosting a Cybersmart Presentation for Parents and interested community members. Internet safety awareness presentations offer parents and students cybersafety information which is presented in an easy to understand, thorough, non-technical and informative manner. Each presentation is approximately 60 minutes excluding question time. These presentations cover a range of issues including: the ways children use the internet and... Read more

Bushfire Appeal

Bushfire Appeal

Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) is teaching their students the spirit of generosity and the value of community. Students from across CCGPS are rallying to support the victims of the devastating bushfires across NSW in recent weeks. The schools are keen to demonstrate their support for communities, hard-hit by bush-fire and together, have established The CCGPS Bushfire Appeal to collect monetary donations, vouchers, non-perishable food items, toiletries, new toys and books. "We hope to provide much-needed items and help... Read more


Cybersmart Schools

Children, parents and teachers across the Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) are getting Cybersmart! As part of a broad commitment by CCGPS for the wellbeing of its students, schools will provide internet safety awareness presentations for students, parents and staff. Many of our local schools have recently hosted these highly successful workshops delivered by a team of outreach trainers from the Australian Communications and Media Authority, each of whom is an education specialist. By early next term, all 16 schools will... Read more

Aboriginal Units

Local Aboriginal Stories in Our Classrooms

Providing connections for learners is integral to the success of student outcomes and Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) will soon release a comprehensive package of support materials and lesson plans developed specifically to engage students in learning with a focus on local Aboriginal stories. The packages, designed for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, are literacy based, but incorporate rich learning activities across the key learning areas. "The stories are dreaming stories related from the Awabakal people. No one... Read more

Debate 2

Effie O'Neil Debate

The debating teams from Cessnock High School and Mount View High School competed at the annual Effie O'Neil Debate last week, held at Potters Brewery. The topic 'Technology decreases the literacy skills of teenagers and young adults' brought about some worthy arguments from both sides. Cessnock High's team of Mikayla Sheehan, Yasmin Williams, Lauren McGowan and Joel Troy defeated Mount View High School to take home the Effie O'Neill memorial shield.... Read more

Kindy Orientation

Kindergarten Orientation

As parents all over Cessnock prepare for the transition of their children into kindergarten for 2014, Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) shows its support with a range of activities designed to support families as they take this next step on the learning path. Representatives from CCGPS have been busily working with parents to provide transition talks, distributing information packs for school readiness and offering workshops for speech development. In collaboration with Korreil Wonnai, our local Aboriginal Education... Read more

Abermain Eisteddfod

Abermain Eisteddfod

The 96th annual Abermain Eisteddfod was a huge success this year. Cessnock East Public School students and the CCGPS choir were amongst the competitors this year and all students who participated should be very proud of their achievements. Students from Cessnock East who competed in the individual items received a first place, three second places and many highly commended awards. Their choirs, verse speaking groups and percussion groups also competed well, gaining first, second, third and highly commended awards in their individual sections.... Read more

Rock Climbing

Small Schools: Big Opportunities

Small school education has long been associated with a family-like learning experience and last week as students from several small schools within The Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) attend a joint school camp, went on a transport excursion and combined for a tabloid day, this has never been more true. As part of a commitment to combined small schools opportunities aimed at strengthening cross-school relationships and developing independence, more than 60 Stage 3 students, as well as Principals, teachers and support... Read more


The New Australian Curriculum

Teachers of The Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) are well positioned for the implementation of the NSW Syllabuses for the new Australian Curriculum. The Cessnock Executive Network Group (CENG), which includes leaders from across the 16 Public schools, met again this week to further their understandings of the new curriculum and particularly the English Syllabus which will be put into practice from the beginning of 2014 with Mathematics and Science and Technology to begin implementation in 2015. On hand to present the... Read more

Cessnock High Team

Mayoral Academic Challenge 2013

Our schools participated in the annual Mayoral Academic Challenge this week, competing against all schools in the Cessnock LGA. They were tested on many difficult general knowledge questions ranging from spelling homophones to the local weather. Small schools led the way, with Laguna, Millfield and Paxton Public Schools making it to the semi-finals. The clever Paxton Public School team (left) made it to the grand final in the primary division, coming third overall, following Branxton Public School and Rosary Park Catholic School. Cessnock High... Read more

Education Week

Education Week Celebrations

Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools (CCGPS) has once again demonstrated its strong commitment to community partnerships during a week of Public Education celebrations. Throughout the week, each of the 16 schools held special events including open days, ensemble performances, grandparent days, picnics, special assemblies, choir recitals, and more. The highlight of the week was a combined presentation event last Wednesday evening, held at Mount View High School, where the achievements of students, staff and community were celebrated.... Read more

Bob Pynsent

Breakfast with the Mayor

As part of Local Government Week, student leaders from CCGPS schools were invited to breakfast with Mayor Bob Pynsent for the annual School Leaders' Breakfast. Students enjoyed a delicious breakfast followed by a presentation from motivational speaker and author Sebastian Terry (100 things to do before you die). Students were engaged by a range of inspiring, humorous and interesting stories from his quest to complete 100 tasks, including dreams such as holding a Guinness World Record, walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, running... Read more

MVHS Jazz Band

Education Week Reception

The CCGPS community came together this afternoon to celebrate the quality education that is happening in our schools. Selected school programs, community members, students, teachers and non-teaching staff were awarded for their outstanding contributions to our schools. The audience was entertained by a select few of the talents our schools have to offer, including the Mount View High School Jazz Band, Mount View High School students Maxine Chapman and Mackenzie Pringle, the CCGPS choir and Nulkaba Public School's aerobics team. They were also... Read more

Cessnock West zone athletics

Zone Athletics Carnival

We were blessed with wonderful weather for our Zone Athletics Carnival today. There was a great turn out from students from CCPGPS schools and all competitors should be extremely proud for making it to zone. Our athletes took part in many running events, as well as field events such as high jump, long jump, discuss and shot put. Good luck to all in making it to regional! Go to our gallery to see more photos from the big day.... Read more

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