Prepared for growth

By Cobram Courier

Cobram Anglican Grammar School is building towards an even brighter future after acquiring four hectares of land next to its eastern boundary, doubling the school’s existing footprint.

It is expected the land will be used for the expansion of middle and senior school facilities, along with passive and active recreational areas for all students — providing AFL, soccer, cricket, netball/basketball and general outdoor facilities.

Principal Steve Gale was delighted with the purchase and pleased it would add stability to the school’s plans.

‘‘The recent enrolment growth surge since 2016 has dictated that we plan for a future with a much larger student population than was ever initially expected,’’ Mr Gale said.

‘‘The land acquisition secures our ability to provide outstanding facilities for the predicted significant increase in student numbers into the future.’’

Assistant principal Brad Downie said the desire to buy more land had been a priority for the school council for some time and was the most positive outcome out of all options explored.

‘‘It will be used primarily for our VCE agricultural studies students in the short term and it will be fantastic for them and it might possibly be a space we will look to build on down the track,’’ Mr Downie said

School council chair Trevor Noonan said the extra land would give the school some more breathing space and flexibility in its planning.

‘‘The school has grown steadily since its inception in 2000. Based on recent enrolments and future projections, school council became aware that we were at risk of becoming ‘land locked’,’’ Mr Noonan said.

‘‘This acquisition will give us the opportunity to develop first class amenities for all students who attend Cobram Anglican Grammar School well into the future.’’