On Friday 1st of April 2016, the new secondary campus of Mundaring Christian College was officially opened by the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, MP during a joyful and significant ceremony attended by a broad audience of Federal, State and local government members, members of the SCEA Board, architects and builders, staff, students and parents of the school, and other dignitaries.
“What an incredible site you have! Your new facilities will allow you to learn many new skills which will set you up for a prosperous future and I hope that your new state-of-the-art secondary campus will encourage you to come up with great ideas to make our world a better place,” said the Hon. Ken Wyatt as he addressed the school community.
The federal government was pleased to contribute $1,580,000 to the school, which will benefit many future generations of students.
“The Australian government is committed to making sure that we provide the best education for school students across the country by focussing on improving teacher quality, giving more autonomy to school principals, strengthening the curriculum and ensuring we engage parents in their children’s education,” Hon. Wyatt said.
Principal of Mundaring Christian College Rod McNeill honoured all those who have contributed to this project over time.
“Many people ask me, ‘when will this school be finished?’ and the short answer is ‘never’,” said Mr McNeill.
“Every school is a story and many generations past have lived, taught, learnt, built and invested in this school and many generations will continue to do so in the future,” he said.
In addition to reflections from two students who had been at the school since Kindergarten, a blessing of the building by the local church minister and official acknowledgements by SCEA’s Chief Operations Officer, time capsules containing letters from current students to their future selves were part of the ceremony.
Chair of the Mundaring Christian College Parent Committee, Mr Andrew Bailey spoke powerfully to the students saying, “Look around you, this is for you, because we believe in you.”
After the official proceedings, guests were invited on self guided tours around the extraordinary campus and treated to a delicious morning tea, largely prepared by students.
Mr Craig Choveaux (Business Manager at Mundaring Christian College MCC), Dr Martin Bent (SCEA COO), Rod McNeill (Principal of MCC), Mrs Lisa Robertshaw (Executive Officer Capital Grants at AISWA), Dr Thelma Perso (Director of Teaching and Learning at MCC), Hon Ken Wyatt (Federal Member for Hasluck), Roger Edland (Chairman of SCEA Board)
About Mundaring Christian College Secondary Campus
In 2010, the SCEA Board made the strategic decision to progress with the planning for a secondary school in the Hills. Advanced Determination from the Minister was received in 2012, with Broderick Architects, engaged in 2013 and Shire Approval given mid-2014, after which construction of the unique building, by Universal Constructions, commenced. Jointly funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government, State Government and Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA), the extensive new campus opened its doors to Year 7 to Year 11 students in February 2016, with Year 12 students joining in 2017.