Year-long cel­e­bra­tions at Faith

Gatton Star - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

THIS year marks 20 years since Faith Lutheran Col­lege opened its doors.

Mile­stone cel­e­bra­tions have al­ready kicked off with stu­dents, and staff at­tend­ing the Turn­ing of the Sod on March 7.

At the event, the whole school came to­gether to form the num­ber 20, the mo­ment was cap­tured by a drone fly­ing over­head.

Two days later, the com­mu­nity joined in on the cel­e­bra­tions, and past and present prin­ci­pals Theo Hel­big and Janelle Anderson broke ground to plant the first tree in the an­niver­sary gar­den.

Cel­e­bra­tions are set to con­tinue through­out the rest of the year with all events hav­ing an “an­niver­sary feel” to them.

On Septem­ber 18, the col­lege will at­tend the Lutheran Longest Lunch.

Stu­dents and staff will take a bus to the orig­i­nal school site at the Lutheran Church in Lai­d­ley.

As the col­lege steps back in time to where it first be­gan, stu­dents and staff will have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate how far the school has come.

Just 40 stu­dents at­tended the school when it first started in 1999.

Year 8 and 9 were the only two year lev­els en­rolled. The num­ber of year lev­els have tripled in two decades with the school now teach­ing from Years 7-12.

Along with the amount of year lev­els, the num­ber of stu­dents has also dra­mat­i­cally in­creased – more than 700 pupils are en­rolled in 2019.

To mark an end to the mile­stone year, Faith will hold a gala din­ner in term 4.

Ed­u­ca­tion, achieve­ments, ini­tia­tives, stu­dents, teach­ers and plans will be cel­e­brated on the night.

An of­fi­cial date for the gala din­ner will be con­firmed once con­struc­tion to the new sports hall has been fi­nalised.

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