Mission & History
At Endeavour Christian College, we aim to provide Christ-centred education for the 21st Century through which children grow in the love of God, and in knowledge and compassion as citizens of the global community. The staff at Endeavour Christian College recognise Jesus Christ as Saviour and the creator of the world and everything in it (Acts 17:24-26). We depend on Christ to direct and guide us as we journey through the years with Him. For “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1).
Our vision is All things through Christ. It is our desire that each student finds their purpose in God, their passion in life, and uses the gifts and talents they have to make the world a better place. Our core values we believe will enable our students to lead productive, prosperous and healthy lives are: Be Kind and Respectful; Be Safe and Responsible.
Endeavour Christian College first opened its doors to the public in 2012.
It took a number of years prior though for Peter and Christine Coates’s vision for an “alternative school of choice” in Cooktown to be realised. Various options for a site were considered, including a property out on Oakey Creek Road, with another option being the old Council buildings adjacent to the Post Office in the main street. Finally, the current site at the base of Mount Cook was recognised as the best option and the small acreage was eventually leased to CCM.
The initial buildings, ie the front two buildings included a computer room, three classroom-sized areas with the potential for a library as well as the main office and staff room. While there was room to expand, it was expected that the school would open with just one Teacher, Peter Coates, and only 22 students. The school commenced in 2012 with 35 students and Christine Coates became the first Prep to Year 2 Teacher with Peter Coates teaching Year 3 to Year 7.
At the time there was bush immediately outside the back of the two buildings, so students had to play at the front on the bitumen and a small patch of lawn on the Western side.
Peter Coates said: ” It was good to be part of the first chapter of the College and a good handover to Jannie and Louise Basson to take the College through to the next chapter of its growth and development. We would also like to thank God for his goodness and provision.”