Shepparton Christian College is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend, starting with a special assembly today, a family fun day tomorrow and a thanksgiving service on Sunday.
The school had humble beginnings in 1997 with one classroom of 24 mixed primary students, but now has a modern campus with multiple classrooms, sporting stadium, art, food tech and science facilities.
Encounter Church Shepparton was behind the vision for the school and its location was the school’s classroom and offices in its early years.
It was first known as the Shepparton Christian Community College.
‘‘The school now offers a P-12 education and has more than 200 students guided by 37 full and part-time staff,’’ principal Chris Aiton said.
‘‘It’s a fantastic place to be with a holistic approach to learning with strong Christian values and great academic outcomes for our students.
‘‘Pastor Charles Manley-Breen was instrumental in the school getting off the ground with a wide group from the community.’’
The school’s first principal was Matthew Paterson and teacher Sandra McGowan will be joining the celebrations.
Mr Aiton said former students and the whole community were welcome to join the college for any of the events.
‘‘The Saturday family fun day will have a jumping castle, activities for children and a barbecue,’’ he said.
‘‘There will also be historical displays and we are happy to take visitors on school tours.
‘‘The Sunday service will give thanks to God and the church for supporting the school and our families for many years.’’
The school’s celebratory assembly, followed by afternoon tea, is at 2.15pm, today. The family fun day runs from 11am to 3pm tomorrow and the thanksgiving service is on at 10am Sunday.