LEARNING ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENTS
New Junior School Building and Playground
Forty years ago, in May 1980 Trinity Christian School commenced offering a Christian education to the families of Tuggeranong. In Term 1 of 1983, the School moved onto our current campus in Wanniassa. The first building housed classrooms, a Principal’s office, a Secretary’s room and a staffroom. In 2018, as part of our long-term maintenance and renewal program, Trinity Christian School worked with architects to undertake a major upgrade and refurbishment of this original building, made possible through a generous grant from the Australian Government. The new learning environment was completed in early March 2020 and was specifically designed to support our strategic priority of being a ‘learning centred school’. With its large flexible classrooms, integrated indoor and outdoor learning spaces and passive design features, the building allows our littlest learners to explore, discover, create and learn.
On Monday 16 November 2020 it was announced that the new building will be named ‘Eucalypt’.
In 1982, before the barricades went up around Trinity’s new land in Wanniassa, students, staff and parents gathered on the building site. They walked around the boundary, stopping and praying at each corner and then sat under a large Eucalypt tree to have lunch. Resting under that gum tree with the sun shining, the Trinity community thanked God for His faithfulness and the wonderful gift of land, dreaming of what would be built over the years.
Eucalypts, commonly called gum trees, are icons of the Australian flora. With about 900 species they dominate the Australian landscape, including our local Tuggeranong and Canberra region. The foliage of Eucalypts changes as they mature from tiny seedlings to strong, fully-grown trees. They are rich with oil, beautiful hardwood and naturally employ a range of strategies to survive, recover and flourish in even the harshest times. Moving forward Trinity’s buildings will be named after native Australian flora found growing in our local region. This naming convention reflects our thankfulness to God for His wonderful gift of creation and compliments the School’s flora-themed logo of the mustard seed plant.
Construction is also almost complete on a new Junior School playground.
This exciting project will provide opportunities for all students in Kindergarten to Year 5 for natural, messy and imaginative play, physical activities to build and sustain core strength, gardening and the provision of food and outdoor class areas. The new playground will be fully operational at the start of the 2021 school year.