Northshore Christian Grammar School (NCGS) College Principal Mr Stuart Chisholm took a number of his staff through the newest building on site this week, with the six learning areas ready to accommodate students for the beginning of Term Three, 2023.
Despite pandemic supply-chain issues, building timelines that have delayed the opening of the facilities and significant interest from the NCGS community, the building is now in its final phases before ‘opening for business’ in July of 2023.
Mr Chisholm paid tribute to his staff this week, who have had to exercise flexibility in their learning space arrangements while the new structure was being finished.
“They’ve been incredible! I’ve got an amazing team, and to be able to walk through these buildings today and know that they will have more space, more resources, and more opportunities for our students is just a testament to what we have set out to achieve since we opened our doors here on day one in 2017.”
The building, constructed by Sanpro Construction, houses four general learning areas (GLAs) and has dedicated woodwork, machinery, and material fabrication areas. The GLAs will be used primarily for Mathematics for middle and upper school students, with the east wing becoming the hub for the Design & Technology side of the school.
NCGS Business Manager Mr Jean-Andre Spangenberg is keen to see the building opened as soon as possible, as the school is growing in enrolments.
“We have 650 students in our College now, with 700 students lined up for the beginning of 2024,” said Mr Spangenberg.
The entire project has been a group effort from Chief Executive Officer Dr Graeme Cross, Chief Financial Officer Mr Rowan Joubert, and SCEA’s Head of ICT, Mr Wayne Fewster, to NCGS’s Head of Secondary Mr Jethro Sobejko and Head of Primary, Mrs Richelle Schokman – who have had to meet constantly to alleviate the strain of new enrolments and the confinement of learning spaces up to this point.
The new building is set apart from the main group of Northshore buildings, with an ‘avenue’ dividing the structures. Two Norfolk pines have been planted to begin the streetscaping for an area that will become the iconic walkway for the school in years to come.
“The Norfolk pines were part of the original design brief when Northshore was conceptualised in the 2015-2016 project phase,” said Mr Chisholm.
“If you look closely at our school logo, you will see the silhouette of the Norfolk tree in the outline. We also built our school around the concept of the tree planted by the water, as the writer of Psalm 1 illustrates so beautifully. That is a key text for us because you need a life source that you can depend on in all seasons of life.”
The opening of Psalm 1 is found below:
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked,
or stand in the way that sinners take,
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither
— whatever they do prospers.