Emmanuel College given approval to buy land from City

Current Year 7 students from Emmanuel at their new school site in Casserley Park.
Current Year 7 students from Emmanuel at their new school site in Casserley Park.

Councillors voted at last week’s meeting to buy 1.08 ha of Crown reserve, known as Casserley Park in Girrawheen, for 5 per cent of its market value.

The school will buy the land from the City for $1.4 million. The profits will be retained by the City.

Principal Pedro Cruz said the school community was delighted by the approval to purchase Casserley Park as the site of its new kindergarten to Year 6 primary school.

‘It is expected that during 2015 all planning and building approvals will be finalised and construction will begin in 2016,’ he said.

The Early Childhood Centre will be constructed first followed by primary classrooms while the existing site will be modified to accommodate Year 7 students and take in Year 12 students in 2020.

About 80 per cent of students at the school come from non-English speaking backgrounds.

To acknowledge the signing of the contract Mr Cruz and the whole school walked to Casserley Park in May to raise the Australian and Aboriginal flags.

‘This is very exciting for us because of the great benefits it will bring in giving local families a choice in the education of their children,’ Mr Cruz said.

Cr Brett Treby said the purchase was a significant part of the process for the school’s extension.

‘This provides a fantastic service for the locals of the Girrawheen and Koondoola community to continuing their schooling education with Emmanuel Christian Community School,’ he said.