Ap­proval to ex­pand class­rooms

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

AF­TER years of wait­ing, Hope Chris­tian Col­lege has re­ceived ap­proval to ex­pand its campus giv­ing much-needed room for the grow­ing stu­dent body.

The col­lege, sit­u­ated in Roe­lands with 250 stu­dents from kinder­garten to Year 12, has been wait­ing for ap­proval from the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil to move its class­rooms onto 7.4ha of ad­ja­cent land.

Pri­mary school, high school and science class­rooms will be moved to the new campus with the arts, in­clud­ing music, drama, dance, wood­work and VET stud­ies, re­main­ing on the ex­ist­ing campus.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Peter Stone said the land for the new campus was bought five years ago and the school had gone through re­zon­ing and ap­provals to move the build­ings.

“The school com­mu­nity’s been wait­ing quite a while,” he said.

Some of the high school build­ings have been moved to the new site, with the first phase of mov­ing the rest of the build­ings ex­pected to be at the be­gin­ning of next semester.

“We’re hop­ing to do the first move at the be­gin­ning of next semester,” he said.

Mr Stone said the school campus did not have enough space for its pop­u­la­tion and needed room to ex­pand.

“We’ve got too many pupils here and we need the space,” he said.

How­ever, Mr Stone said the school had lim­its on how far it would want to grow the stu­dent body.

“We don’t want to be­come too big a school,” he said. “We don’t want to go over 500.” Mr Stone said one ben­e­fit of the wait has been that the school has al­ready in­stalled its foot­ball oval with a retic­u­la­tion sys­tem and net­ball courts on the new site.

Hope Chris­tian Col­lege prin­ci­pal Peter Stone looks out on the new campus for the pri­mary school, high school and science class­rooms which was re­cently ap­proved by the coun­cil.

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