Parklands Christian College opened in January 2001 with forty primary students. We started in the rented facilities of Parklands Christian Centre because we were still negotiating to purchase the adjoining property. From that small beginning, we have grown to become an education facility for Prep to Grade 12, with many pathways to cater for the different needs of students in our care.
It has been a joy to lead the College from the beginning and I remember the many miracle moments that enabled us to develop each part of our College. Today we have a large property and very good facilities for our students.
The real core of our College is our focus on relationships between students, teachers and parents. My own story has developed this focus on school culture. I pioneered the first Christian School in Townsville from 1980 to 1999, and I was a father with children in the school. Parklands has been built by a grandfather, and in this journey of growing older, I have learnt from the lives of many of my early students. I believe that encouragement in the gifts that each child demonstrates, is the key to seeing each child grow and enjoy being a part of the school, and continuing their life growing in the gifts they have developed.
What a joy it has been to meet with so many of these students in their adult life and hear their stories and their appreciation of their school times and the teachers who taught them.
It is a wonderful joy to hear our graduating Grade 12 class each year, express their appreciation for the team at Parklands, who have guided them with love and encouragement.