Waverley Christian College

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Waverley Christian College
Waverley Christian College logo.jpg
Location
Melbourne, VIC
Australia
Information
Type Inter-denominational & co-educational
Motto In Hoc Vinces
'In This We Conquer'
Established 1978 as Parkmore Full Gospel College
Founder Nathan Chen
Chairman Peter Leigh
Principal Mr. Peter Sheahan
Chaplain Mr. Peter Nash
Staff 157
Grades K-12
Enrolment 1220+ (2011)
Campus Wantirna South
Colour(s) Royal Blue & Gold
Affiliations CSA, CityLife Church
Website

Waverley Christian College is an inter-denominational and co-educational independent Christian school with the main campus in the outer Eastern Melbourne suburb of Wantirna South and an additional campus which opened in Narre Warren South in 2012. The Wantirna South campus is located on the same property as CityLife Church, alongside the Eastlink Tollway with exits on High Street Road.

The school has grown enormously since its beginning over 30 years ago, where it had only a handful of students and a couple of teachers. There are still members of the school faculty that were there in 1978. The school has now reached maximum enrolments at the Wantirna South campus.There is also another campus in Narre Warren South.

History[edit]

Originally established in 1978 as Parkmore Full Gospel College by Parkmore Full Gospel Church, the church and its school merged with Waverley Christian Fellowship (now CityLife Church) in 1983. The College and Church were moved to their present site in Wantirna South in 1989.

The College has more than 1350 students, with over 550 in Primary and more than 450 in the Secondary School at Wantirna South Campus and approximately 150 Prep to Year 7 students at the Narre Warren South Campus. The College has a great academic record, always achieving highly in VCE scores.

The College is set up as a ministry of CityLife Church in Knox City, a large, local charismatic Megachurch with more than 7000 attendees. [1]

Principals[edit]

The College has had three Principals in its history, those being:

  • John Morice - 1978-1983
  • Trevor Field - 1984-1985
  • Peter Sheahan - 1986-2017

Houses[edit]

The College has a four "House" system. The Houses are used mainly for sporting/music and drama events.

  • Red - Wycliffe - Named after a 14th Century Theologian
  • Green - Tyndale - Named after a 16th Century Protestant Reformer and Scholar
  • Yellow - Finney - Named after an 18th Century American Revivalist and Minister
  • Blue - Spurgeon - Named after a 19th Century Preacher

Site Redevelopment[edit]

Over the last decade, more than $7 Million has been spent on improving the school's facilities. Due to clever managing and the assistance of the Australian Government, the school is currently in only $800,000 of debt. New buildings over the last decade include:

  • Secondary Oval Wing
  • Science Wing ($ 4 million)
  • Primary Wing
  • Library
  • Art/Technology Building
  • Music Facilities
  • Gymnasium
  • Car Park
  • Science Wing[1]

For large school productions, presentation nights and chapel services, the school uses the state-of-art main auditorium at CityLife Church which is on the same property and has a capacity of 2000 people.

The school has recently completed construction of a new Performing Arts Center in mid-2010, which seats approximately 300 people and can be used for smaller productions and rehearsals, as well as small school functions and events (such as information nights for new students and/or students going into a new year level). The first concerts were the Secondary production of The Sound of Music and the Year 4 Concert First Fleet.

Narre Warren South Campus in 2012[edit]

Waverley Christian College opened a brand new campus in Narre Warren South opening at the start of 2012. It caters for Prep to Year 12 (2017) and is much better than the Wantirna South campus. [2][3] It has been confirmed that the school's new gymnasium has finally reached completion after around 14 months of construction - starting from March 2015 to May 2016. The Gymnasium was previously given the name of 'Gymatorium' considering its shared use for sporting activities, performing arts, school assemblies as well as chapel services - It is now referred to as the Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) by staff and students.

This campus' growth, in staff and students, over the past 5 years has been outstanding and it is pleasing to see how much this school has developed under physical and social circumstances.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Secondary Programs". Waverley Christian College. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.wcc.vic.edu.au/narre-warren-south-campus.html New Campus 2012 FAQ
  3. ^ http://www.wcc.vic.edu.au/announcement.html Announcement

A student attending the college.

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 37°52′49″S 145°12′55″E / 37.88026°S 145.21518°E / -37.88026; 145.21518