Goondiwindi’s newest school will soon lose its title as the town’s smallest if it continues to grow at its current rate.
Almost two years old, Border Rivers Christian College is well on the way to expanding, with earthwork on their new building site on Lilly Drive underway this week.
“Hopefully (we’ll) have a bit of concrete down before Christmas,” builder Robby Hanna said.
“We’ll be doing everything in our power to get the project moving and we think it’s a great initiative for the whole community in general.”
Starting with just 19 children, Border Rivers now has 54 full time students and several long waiting lists. The school currently operates out of the old Goondiwindi Christian Church building on 111 Callandoon Street.
“That’s why we need the new buildings, to be able to increase our capacity. But by the time we reach these buildings, if things keep moving the way they are, which they will, we’ll need to build again,” school principal Rebecca Montgomery said.
Initially hosting students from prep to year eight, the school will be expanding to year 12 over the next few years. The board hopes to one day add boarding facilities, to give smaller communities in the district another option.
“There is a huge vision for the school. So we know where we want to take it, and it’s just flowing,” Rebecca said. She credited the dedicated team of parents and staff for the school’s rapid growth.
“You’ve got a team of people behind it that just trust where it’s got to go, and it is a Christian school, so everyone pulls together. And it’s God’s school, so we leave it in his hands,” she said.
School business manager Julie Hoffman was part of the initial push for a Christian school to be established in Goondiwindi.
“We just thank God for his favour on the school and the staff and the board, and give him all the glory for how it’s moved so quickly,” she said.
Board chairman Ivan Waldock said employing local businesses to build the new site was essential. “We just wanted to involve everyone who we possibly could in the community,” he said.