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Cessnock High School

Cessnock High School

Coordinates32°50′31.5″S 151°22′09″E / 32.842083°S 151.36917°E / -32.842083; 151.36917
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoAge Quid Agas
Established1938; 86 years ago (1938)
School districtCessnock; Regional North
Educational authorityNew South Wales Department of Education
PrincipalPeter Riley
Teaching staff59.9 FTE (2021)[1]
Enrolment636[1] (2021)
Campus typeRegional
Colour(s)Navy and gold

Cessnock High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Aberdare, in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia.

The school provides the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) in Year 12.

The school enrolled approximately 636 students in 2020, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom 25 percent identified as Indigenous Australians and two percent were from a language background other than English.[1] The school is operated by the NSW Department of Education; the principal is Peter Riley.[2]

The school is part of the Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools, a local management group consisting of 15 schools designed to improve learning, engagement and wellbeing in the region.[3]


The school originally opened in 1921 at the location of the current Cessnock Public School. The high school was moved to its current site, on Aberdare Road, in May 1938.[4] Around the time of its relocation, it was the biggest school in the state, and one of the biggest schools in Australia.[5] During World War II, slip trenches were dug out at the school.[4]

The school celebrated 75 years in 2013.[4]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Cessnock High School, Cessnock, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2021. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Senior Executive". Cessnock High School. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  3. ^ "What is CCGPS?". NSW Department of Education. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Cessnock High School celebrates 75 years". Newcastle Herald. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Unlocking the Past: Education minister encounters snake on 1937 visit to Cessnock High School". The Advertiser. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Robert Endean". Cessnock City Council. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  7. ^ "John Hughes". Cessnock City Council. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Kenneth Neate". Cessnock City Council. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Frank Rickwood". Cessnock City Council. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
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