PACIFIC HILLS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL is in celebration mode as it looks back on 40 years of providing education and character development to many thousands of local students.
The school began with eight students and one teacher in 1979 in a rented room at Pennant Hills and made the move to Dural in 1986.
What started off as an old house and demountable classrooms on paddocks is now a busy site accommodating more than 1400 students and 150 staff. It features a large Multi-Purpose Centre, 472 seat Performing Arts Centre, the One Maker Academy which teaches dance-drama-music to the wider community, as well as the New Hope School for students with a moderate level of intellectual delay or who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Pacific Hills hosted a series of special events including afternoon teas, a thanksgiving service and a dinner which were attended by past and present students, parents and staff. Some travelled from overseas and interstate to be there. Guests included the Member for Berowra, the Honourable Julian Leeser MP, the Member for Hornsby, the Honourable Matt Kean MP and the Mayor of the Hornsby Shire, the Honourable Philip Ruddock. Also in attendance were the principals from the schools located across New South Wales which belong to the Pacific Group of Schools.
The 40th anniversary has been a special moment for two of the school’s longest serving staff members: Executive Principal, Dr Ted Boyce, joined the school in 1985 and the Director of the One Maker Academy, Annette Cadwallader, arrived the year before.
The school will continue the celebrations throughout 2019 and will finish off the year by publishing a book containing memoirs from past students. Alumni who would like to be included are asked to contact the Marketing department on 9651 0700.