A Pentecostal Church has received in-principle approval to start a new Christian school in Griffith, with organisers confident classes will commence in 2018.
LifeSource Church have long had a presence in Griffith, and are now close to being granted approval by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to launch Griffith’s first non-Catholic christian school.
The new school, to be named “Verity Christian College,” will be a primary school, offering education from kindergarten to year six (depending on initial enrollments and registrations).
Pastor Steven Rand said the school has been approved to cater to up to 60 students. He said there is a need for at least 20 enrollments to ensure the school is viable, but with many expressions of interests already said the school could have around 40 students in its first year.
The school will be located on the same site as the church on Stafford Road, where there are three rooms being converted to classrooms and a large playground area.
Approval for a change of use of the site was granted by Griffith City Council on Friday 23 June.
A public Information evening will be held at LifeSource Church on Thursday July 20th at 7pm.
“We have had a vision for more than 10 years to start a Christian education facility for the community of Griffith. It was time to put action to our dreams, and our steering committee worked tirelessly to get the application in. All glory must be given to Jesus Christ,” Pastor Rand said.
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Pastor Rodney Bortolin, chairman of the school’s steering committee, said the “church’s desire [is] to serve the community of Griffith and especially Christian parents who are looking to train and educate their children in a Godly environment”.
Around 20 per cent of Griffith’s population are affiliated with non-Catholic Christian religions, according to the 2016 ABS Census.
Pastor Rand said he hopes the school will be able to expand to cover years 7 to 12 at some point in the future.
A site visit was undertaken at Stafford Rd, Griffith, by two representatives from NESA on Friday the 26th of May, with a report being prepared to go before the Minister of Education’s office.
Pastor Rand said the next step in the process has already begun with some minor works to the facility, seeking staff, fundraising, sourcing resources and inviting enrollments.
If you would like to know more, or register your interest, you can email email@example.com or call LifeSource Church on 69649953.