Benalla Christian school, Australian Christian College Hume, has had an increase of enrolments this year.MONIQUE FREER February 12, 2014 11:44am
Time for tea: Australian Christian College Hume four-year-old kinder students Jorja Adams, Leila Fischer and Stacey Brockwell enjoy a tea party.
There are plenty of fresh faces at Australian Christian College Hume this year with 19 new enrolments at Benalla’s Christian school.
The school has grown considerably this year, with 57 enrolments from kinder to Grade 6.
In 2012 Australian Christian College Hume had 22 students from Prep to Grade 6; last year with the addition of the kindergarten it grew to 38 students.
‘‘The pre-school alone has grown from 15 students to 27,’’ pre-school director and four-year-old kindergarten teacher Jess Waite said.
Ms Waite said the community was becoming increasingly aware of the school and its facilities, which was contributing to the continual growth.
Formerly Benalla Christian School, it was renamed Australian Christian College Hume in 2012 following the resignation of the former principal.
The parent-run school board sought new direction for the small Christian school and gave control to a new board with proven success at recovering and renewing Christian schools throughout Australia.
Norm Fitzgerald was appointed principal of the new school and remains at the helm today.
As part of its purposeful growth plan the school opened its doors to kinder students last year, with two dedicated teachers and new facilities.
The kindergarten proved popular for parents with students in the primary years, who were able to enrol their children at the one campus.
‘‘That’s the added bonus of having the kinder with the school, is that all the kids are combined,’’ Ms Waite said.
The school’s integrated approach ensures that kindergarten students are involved in school activities.
‘‘We have a connection with the school through regular Monday school service,’’ Ms Waite said.
‘‘That gives the kids a feeling of belonging to the bigger school environment.’’
In its inaugural year the kindergarten had 15 students enrolled in its four-year-old class and five in the three-year-old class; this year there are 14 four-year-old students and 13 three-year-olds.
The kindergarten area boasts a bright, refurbished indoor room stocked with equipment, and an outside area with a sandpit, shade sail and concrete surface for riding bikes.
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