New campus will allow growing college to expand

HOPE Christian College in Roelands officially unveiled a new campus last week with high school students to move into the classrooms next term.

The college expanded its grounds onto a new campus with two blocks of classrooms and an administration centre to accommodate a growing number of students.

Deputy principal Julie Le Cras said the school had grown significantly since it began with 17 students from Harvey, Australind and Collie in 1999.

“We’re at total capacity on our current campus so this gives us room to expand,” she said.

“In the last 10 years we’ve grown from 80 students to our current 250.”

Ms Le Cras said some construction still needed to be finished before the high school students moved into their new classrooms at the start of the next school year.

The college has owned the land for four years with the intention of developing a new campus, Ms Le Cras said. The land was rezoned earlier this year to allow construction to begin.

“We’re very thankful to our school community for all their support,” Ms Le Cras said.

Primary school students will move to the new campus at the start of 2019.

Science labs, non-core subjects such as home economics and the school hall remain on the original campus for continued use.

Forrest MHR Nola Marino cut the ribbon on the new campus and toured the classrooms.

“It was great to visit Hope Christian College and see the impact of the new learning areas will have on students,” Mrs Marino said.

The project was funded through a $520,000 in Federal funding from the Capital Grants Program.

The program provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.