ORSON Wallis probably didn’t realise what all the fuss was about, even though it was his first birthday. His friends at the playgroup doted on the one-year-old – while mere metres away, Nambucca Valley Christian Community School principal Jeff Allen enthused that Orson would be able to complete his entire schooling – from Kindergarten to Year 12 – at the Newville campus.
HAPPY DAYS: Pictured from left at the funding announcement for the Nambucca Valley Christian Community School are Ritchie Donovan, Local MP Melinda Pavey, school business manager Lyn Sellers, birthday boy Orson Wallis and mum Elle, principal Jeff Allen and project manager Howard Penn
Mr Allen, other senior members of the school, and Local MP Melinda Pavey were gathered to hear of the latest funding instalment for the Nambucca Valley private school.
Mrs Pavey announced a grant of $700,000 – which will go toward a $1.45 million project that will see construction of a new library, a more modern administration block, and transition of the old library into two new general learning areas.
Mr Allen told the Guardian the ‘Stage 3’ works were set to begin in a matter of weeks, and all of the new facilities would be complete and open in time for the 2017 school year.
He said it was an exciting time for the school, which will have its first students starting Year 11 next year – and they would have the option of completing their HSC over two years instead of one.
Mr Allen said the breadth of HSC subjects and teaching had been enhanced by a partnership agreement for distance education between the Christian school and Camden Haven High.
He said enrolments continued to grow, and were likely to sit at around 200 next year, with a capacity mark up to 300.
But back to Orson. While the playgroup meets at the Christian school, it is not a formal part of its structure.
“But there are advantages in the children becoming familiar with the environment, so if they take the step up to Kindergarten here it won’t seem so strange,” Mr Allen said.
That thinking also underlies the strategy of students having the chance to sit the HSC over two years.
“It will take the pressure off students who traditionally have to do the HSC in one year with a very busy and pressurised set of exams in a three to four week period,” Mr Allen said.
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