Achievement, belonging and care at Westside Christian College

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Westside Christian College Open Night Friday, May 1

Westside is the school of choice for many families in the Ipswich and South-West Brisbane regions because it has a proven track record when it comes to providing great opportunities for all students.

Westside Christian College continues giving consistent, quality education in what can only be described as a caring and nurturing environment for all students.

The College caters to all school aged students and includes: Junior Primary (Prep –Yr 3), Senior Primary (Yr 4–Yr 6), Junior Secondary (Yr 7–Yr 10) and Senior Secondary (Yr 11–Yr 12). Westside has been operating for 38 years, and has two campuses within walking distance of each other in Goodna, just off the Ipswich Motorway for easy access and convenience.

The foundation of the College rests on its Christian values and beliefs. This is best reflected in the school’s ethos of ‘ABC’, which stands for ‘Achievement, Belonging, and Care’.

Principal, Christopher Meadows, has seen many changes at the school over his 30 years in the role. He knows that when choosing a school, parents want to see all the boxes ticked from OP scores to the arts, science, sport and pastoral care.

The College’s upcoming Open Night on Friday 1 May, promises to be an evening where the doors will be open for everyone to discover what makes Westside Christian College so special to parents, students and the wider community.

“Opportunities for Everyone,” Mr Meadows said, “helps describe that it’s not only just about academic results, but about finding a path for students, and providing an education for everyone. Achievements are not defined simply with a stream of As. For us it’s about delivering an education that will set them up for life and allow them as people to contribute towards society, being equipped with a Christian worldview.”

The College operates its own bus service, which allows the school to collect from hubs where the students live, and get them to school fast and effectively.

“We go out to Calamvale and Browns Plains, to Springfield Lakes and Moggill and to Yamanto and Karalee,” Mr Meadows said. “It’s a service that gives ‘peace of mind’ for parents to get their children to and from school.”

Westside students achieve exceptional results in their academic studies, but also perform exceptionally well in Sports and the Arts.

“Our students typically achieve well above State averages in OPs and end of Year 12 results,” Mr Meadows continued, “both Sports and the Arts are also highly valued at our College with our Primary School having significant success in local district sport and over a period of fifteen years at the Ipswich Junior Dance Eisteddfod. Parents are actively involved in helping with costumes and being part of our school community.

“The Arts can often ignite a spark in students that sometimes hasn’t been lit in the regular classroom. Our Secondary School also provides great opportunities in competing in the Intercollegiate Christian Schools (ICS) sports and carnivals and showing their talents in performances, music, debating, even Theatre Sports… they love it, and it is something that the school prides itself on, the way everyone gets involved.”

Prospective students and parents are invited to attend the College’s annual Open Night on May 1st from 5pm-8pm.

“The Open Night will feature performances from primary and secondary students, there will be a chance to meet all the teachers, see student work (and the quality of that work), plus the Tech Workshops, Home Economics and Science rooms will be open where you can ‘make and take’, it’s all going to be ‘hands on’ for everyone. There will also be a chance to have a go at Theatre Sports, music and theatre performances, plus of course information sessions informing parents thinking about coming to the College. We are here to answer all your questions.”

The College had a big intake this year, especially in Prep, Year 7 and Year 8 with some year levels having limited spaces available. The number of students enrolling is growing, as word continues to spread about the quality of education Westside provides.

“There was a wonderful transition when we took in extra Year 7s this year,” Principal Meadows said.

“We were well prepared for the change, and were conscious of how students would develop a sense of belonging.

“Our senior students are very compassionate, and took on a mentoring role with the younger students. It’s something that we try to instill into our students – work hard at school, but also walk out of Westside bringing something to society. Contribute to the world we live in, and we provide those opportunities for everyone.

“What makes us different is the relationship we have between teachers and students. Our staff genuinely cares for the interest of our students, and it’s all about giving them a sense of identity.”

For more information on the benefits of a Westside Christian College education visit wcc.qld.edu.au or phone the College on 3437 9000. Open Night is on Friday 1 May 5pm-8pm.