St Andrew?s forging ahead

KING OF THE KIDS: Glenn Choake, who will head the new St An- drew?s School campus at Townsend, with students yesterday.
KING OF THE KIDS: Glenn Choake, who will head the new St An- drew?s School campus at Townsend, with students yesterday.

ST ANDREW'S Christian Community School is charging ahead with plans for another campus at Townsend.

Principal Frank Bailey said Glenn Choake, an outstanding and experienced teacher, had been chosen to head the new primary school campus, which is expected to be ready for term one next year.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how he leads other teachers," Mr Bailey said.

Mr Choake said Christian schools provided a great alternative to existing schools, with the same curriculum being taught in a family-oriented environment.

Upon his return from teaching in the United Kingdom for nine months, Mr Choake began at St Andrew's in 2003 and will bring to the new position a wealth of experience, having taught since 1981.

But he said he would not be alone because another experienced teacher, who has not yet been appointed, will join him at the campus.

Mr Bailey said 40 students were needed to ensure the viability of the new campus. He said a leap of faith was needed in the initial phases and hoped parents would be willing to take that leap.

The new campus is the result of demand after many Lower Clarence parents expressed a desire to give their children a Christian education, but had grave concerns about them travelling daily on the Pacific Highway to Grafton.

The new school will be a campus of St Andrew's, with Mr Choake operating as an independent deputy principal. The same board, which already has Lower Clarence representatives, will preside, but there will be a separate parents and friends association.

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