MOAMA Anglican Grammar School celebrated 13 years in existence at its annual Foundation Day ceremony on Friday.
The ceremony, which included an appearance from Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, doubled as an official opening of the school’s new resource centre.
Principal Teresa Deshon said it was an opportunity to reflect on how far the school had come since it opened in 2004.
‘‘It’s with joy and pride we celebrate this special day — and my first as a principal,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m overwhelmed with the sense of occasion. From small beginnings 13 years ago, we have all these wonderful facilities, buildings, grounds, and gardens.
‘‘We are indeed lucky. But foundations are more than just bricks and mortar.’’
Board chair Craig Smith said the school had grown to 730 students and employs nearly 100 staff.
‘‘It’s given the community more than a school, it’s given it a purpose in some ways,’’ he said. ‘‘For example, we have surgeons who could come up here through work and eventually stay because there’s an Anglican school here.’’
In opening the $4 million resource centre — which was backed by a $700,000 grant from the Federal Government — Ms Ley said it was great to see the facilities up close.
‘‘New learning spaces like these give us the latest in education research, allowing local children to learn more effectively,’’ she said.
Reverend George Hemmings delivered several prayers, while founding board member Fran Galvin OAM was recognised for her service to the school.