School celebrates 20 years of growth

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Achievement: Mr Cockrem said the strong academic ethos and distinct Christian values are just a couple of reasons parents choose the school.

Achievement: Mr Cockrem said the strong academic ethos and distinct Christian values are just a couple of reasons parents choose the school.

Celebrations marking two decades of educating Western Sydney children began at Richard Johnson Anglican School last week.

Principal Paul Cockrem said in many respects the school is the same today as it was 20 years ago: “a place in which students can ‘belong’ and ‘succeed’; and a place in which parents have confidence that important characteristics of ‘respect’ and ‘care for others’ are energetically pursued.”

There have been physical changes though. Mr Cockrem said there are major plans to expand the Marsden Park Campus and the ongoing integration of that with the Oakhurst campus is a significant motivation.

“For example, investment of over $1 million this year will deliver the completion of our football field, adjoining amenities and hardcourts for netball, basketball and volleyball. 

“At the Oakhurst Campus, learning is being transformed by the purposeful use of technology. For instance, all secondary students will have, by 2018, transitioned to an excellent Bring Your Own Device Program, enabled by an efficient digital wireless platform and by willing teachers who are progressively adjusting their learning approaches to suit,” he said.

Apart from its facilities, RJAC nominates its approach to multiculturalism as a highlight. “One of the best indicators of daily harmonious student interactions would be the annual Secondary Heritage Festival which celebrates, through costume, food, dance and other cultural presentations, the backgrounds of over 30 different nationalities represented in the school,” Mr Cockrem said.