This year we welcome the following four new Principals as they take up leadership in their schools including:
Mr Wayne Barker, Kerang Christian College
Mr Steve McAllister, Bairnsdale Christian Community School
Mr Russell McKane, Capstone College, Poatina
Mr Allister Rouse, King’s College, Warrnambool
Each of these new Principals have leadership skills gained from their experiences in other Christian schools. We acknowledge God’s grace in placing each of them according to his purposes, and pray for wisdom and joy as they take up their leadership roles.
NEW MEMBER SCHOOLS
We are delighted to announce that the governing bodies of Kings College Warrnambool and Capstone College, Poatina have decided to apply for CSA membership. We look forward to increased levels of fellowship and networking with these schools as they faithfully provide Christian Education in their particular contexts.
Allister Rouse commenced as Principal of King’s College at the start of this year. Prior to this he was Deputy Principal at Flinders Christian Community College, Carrum Downs Campus and previously Director of Teaching and Learning at Waverley Christian College. Allister brings a wealth of experience in leadership and curriculum development to be able to lead King’s College through this next season.
Allister says ‘King’s College has many strengths and enormous potential’. Established by the Presbyterian Church, the college commenced in 1987. The College is located in the northeast of Warrnambool on around twenty acres of land, originally purchased for $93,000. The story of how God fulfilled the vision of the original founders of the College is remarkable in itself! Not only did much prayer lead to the provision of land, but also the connection of services, buildings and finance. The early founders had faith in what they were doing and trusted in a God who ‘speaks of things that are not, as though they are.’
Today the College has well-resourced facilities including a gymnasium, modern library and 350-seat auditorium. With 46 staff and 300 students from 3-year old kinder to Year 12, this year the College celebrates 30 years of Christian education in Warrnambool.
Capstone College, Tasmania
Poatina Village has opened its doors to a whole new group of young people with the launch of Capstone College. A Special Assistance School designed to support young people who aren’t thriving in the traditional education system, Capstone offer Year 9 and 10 students a hands-on approach to learning that makes the most of the Village environment and community. With youth unemployment at 15.2% in Tasmania, the highest in 16 years, the College comes at a critical time for both young people and the wider community.
Our Teacher / Principal Russell McKane designed the curriculum to work within the villages strengths. “Our interactive and holistic model of teaching will involve the whole community, sharing practical skills, providing mentoring and even welcoming students into their family life.”
All these factors can directly impact on the paths these young people take in life. The model takes seriously the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
The year is divided into eight five-week teaching units. Units of study will all have a practical application so that young people are contributing in a real way to the life of the community and learning skills and understandings that will serve them into the future. As an example
“The study of history and social science won’t just be theoretical,” says Russell. “Instead our students will be researching for themselves the story of Poatina, including the multi-cultural complexities of a new community thrown together by the hydro scheme. From there they will create an interactive museum for the town. This unit alone will see students using and learning a range of skills from research techniques through to creating interactive computer applications.”
While we have started, we have many of the challenges a new school have in their first year. Our enrolments are low at the moment and we have a major school inspection due in the first weeks of April. Please pray for us as we provide this unique opportunity to the young people in our wider region.
Executive Officer – VIC/TAS