Emmanuel Christian Community School (ECCS) celebrated the official opening of its new ‘west wing’ by Senator Dean Smith in late April.

Completed with $1.5 million of Commonwealth Government funding, the redevelopment commenced with the demolition of the old classrooms making way for the construction of a two-storey facility housing 11 general learning areas.

From humble beginnings of 21 foundation students in 1982, Emmanuel has grown to around 700 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, with the first Year 12 cohort graduating last year.

ECCS Principal at the time, Gary Harris, spoke of the significance of the day.

“I am proud to be here as the Principal at the time of this historic event which is taking place just before the school celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2022 – we give thanks to God on this day.”

After the ceremony, Senator Dean Smith shared his reflections of the event.

“It was a privilege to visit Emmanuel Christian Community School again and see the impressive new facilities that students and staff will enjoy,” Senator Smith said.

“Emmanuel Christian Community School is a very special school community, a showcase of multiculturalism, and these new classrooms will further enhance the very supportive learning experience here.”

The school is a ministry of Girrawheen Baptist Church. It grew out of the concerns that Christian parents had for the direction society was heading, the effect this was having on their children, and the desire to exercise their God-given responsibility to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

ECCS enrolments are now open for 2022.

For further information, visit eccs.wa.edu.au

Author – Belinda Cheung