Salvaged school celebrates
AFTER picking up the slack from the failed Lakeside Christian College, the Tweed's youngest school has celebrated its first anniversary.
Pacific Coast Christian School staff and students celebrated at their Tweed Heads South campus with an open day and birthday cake for 150 students and guests yesterday.
But the celebrations could have easily been for the remembrance of the school campus which shut down as Lakeside College in March last year before Pacific Coast was born.
Principal Tina Lamont said the school's first year had just flown by.
“We're absolutely happy with our time here so far,” Dr Lamont said. “There is a real sense of community energy and hope.”
The actually anniversary fell on April 14 but could not be cele- brated because students were on Easter holidays.
The final component of the school's uni- forms was also realised this week with the arrival of new skirts for the junior school and junior high school.
Students have already enjoyed a calendar of events since starting up in Semester 2 last year.
“We just had a group of students get back from Uluru on a missionary trip,” Dr Lamont said.
“Our parent school, Pacific Hills in Sydney, has been doing the trip for years.”
Pacific Coast Christian School opened its doors last year on the campus of former school Lakeside Christian College.
Lakeside made headlines in late 2007 and early 2008 when founding principal Lyn Mazey was sacked amid allegations of financial mismanagement in November 2007.
In March last year students and staff at Lakeside Christian College were told the school could close after going into voluntary administration with debts of more than $5.5 million.
Two protests were held by senior students, teachers and other supporters in a bid to save the school before Sydney-based Pacific Hills Christian School provided the funding to keep the high school open.