Horizon Christian School unveils new facilities

BUILDING team (from left) Don Veitch, Nick Durdin, Steve Lawrie, Gavin Frost, Horizon principal Mike Clisby and Board chairman, Robert Veitch.
HORIZON Christian School unveiled its wonderful newly completed facilities at an opening ceremony on Wednesday.
A new gymnasium, language centre and library were built at the school with funding from the Federal government’s Building the Education Revolution initiative.
School principal, Michael Clisby, said the $2.3 million project would “add depth to the school’s facilities and enhance our capacity to deliver improved educational programs for our children.”
“We are pretty excited to be able to achieve what we have with the money we received,” he said. “It’s nice to have a sense of new and fresh.”
The gymnasium is part of the Horizon Centre, complete with catering and stage facilities.
“It wasn’t many years ago we were dreaming
Principal Mike Clisby addresses students, teachers and guests.
of how nice it would be to have a gym,” Mr Clisby said.
It’s been a huge 18 months at the school, erecting a new arts centre, administration block, refurbishing a second hand classroom and extending the technical studies building.
The total investment adds up to almost $4 million of both state and federal government grants and private capital spending by the school on new buildings or revamping old ones in the past year and a half.
Federal member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, said the end result proved the BER program was a resounding success by also avoiding the nation falling into the depths of recession.
“This program and the economic stimulus which came with it proves we, as a nation, have some ability to chart our own course,” he said.
Mr Champion credited the tradespeople and businesses involved for their commitment to producing an excellent end product.
“It’s tremendously heartening to see the quality
Principal Mike Clisby unveils a commemortaive plaque with Federal MP for Wakefield, Nick Champion.
workmanship and value for money provided by locals in the area,” he said.
School business manager, Steve Lawrie, has been at Horizon for three years.
He coordinated and planned most of the work on the new buildings and was relieved most of the hard work is now behind him.
“It’s been flat out the past couple of years,” he said. “Hopefully in the next 12 months I can take some time off from the building side of things.”
In his time at the school, Mr Lawrie believed it had grown by over 30 per cent in size.
Looking at all of the new facilities now available to staff and students, he said there was a strong sense of satisfaction to see everything complete and operational.
“It was a good, challenging project,” he said.
GUESTS (from left) Cleaner Nyoni, Gretchen Seal, Glenda Shepherd and Cathy Chapman.

THE BUILDERS
Frost Constructions, Durdin Building Services and Burns Ceilings all contributed to the construction of the gym.
Durdin Building Services, both Nick and Warren, assembled the language centre and also the library.
Other local suppliers and contractors, amongst others, included Goldney Electrical, Yorke Communications, Balaklava Stitch Joint, Rhino Tanks, Catford Plumbing, Mack’s Cabinets, PGK Concrete, Andrew Rowe, Goldney Welding, Don Veitch, Balaklava Electronics, Cunninghams Balaklava, Grandeur Press and Balaklava Building Supplies.
Steve Lawrie shares a “cuppa” with Bianca Sferruzzi and Ken Milne in the staff room designed by Milne Architects.