Students, Parents, Staff and the Beechboro Christian School community gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the school at a special Thanksgiving service on Sunday 18 February 2018.
“An important commemoration such as this is always a poignant opportunity to celebrate and reflect on our heritage so that we may honour the past and be grateful for God’s provision,” said Beechboro Christian School Principal, Mr. Justin Krause.
“It is equally important to recognise who we are today, our place in the current educational landscape and of course very importantly who we will become.
“As we celebrate 30 wonderful years as a community-minded school, we look forward to the bright future ahead of us,” he said.
The school opened in 1988 on the grounds of Noranda Church of Christ and consisted of two rooms, one teacher (Mrs. Mavis Creagh) and 17 children from PP to Year 3. In the second year, the number of children had doubled, the school had acquired another teacher (Mr. Murray Thomas) and the year levels were extended to offer PP to Year 7.
“There have been many challenges over the years, but the school has always had a special community feeling about it, and this had helped us to reach this 30-year milestone,” said Mrs. Helen Lakstins, a long-serving staff member at the school.
Like many Christian schools, the school has been blessed with the contributions of many generous people who worked hard to establish the school and its community, some of whom now have grandchildren in the school.
Mr. Murray Thomas served as Principal for many years and is a very familiar figure in the school as he still serves the community in a very practical way. During his “Reflection” on his time at Beechboro Christian School, he made the following observation: “Schools are a community with a whole range of people of different ages, personalities, education, walks of life, likes and dislikes. When those differences are all pointed to the one goal – making the school a better place for all and not for just one. Then we have a very effective school.”
Beechboro Christian School aims to honour God and prepare the children of today to be serving citizens of the future and offers classes from Kindergarten to Year Six with a transition to Ellenbrook Christian College for high school.
The school also welcomes pre-school-aged families to its daily playgroup.