Primary and intermediary school students of Elim Christian College, Golflands campus had waited for three terms for the moment.
The official opening of the purpose built all weather sports field at the cost of $1m was a moment to celebrate with wild abandon.
Once the ribbon cutting of the 5500 m², artificial turf sports ground was done on Friday afternoon by senior pastor of Elim Christian College Luke Brough and youngest student in the school Rocky Green, children ran onto the field with wild abandon.
Parents, teachers, members of the PTA and Board of trustees were all there to celebrate the significant moment.
Principal Murray Burton said it was yet another milestone in the scheme of things.
“We now have an international Olympic size hockey field that also accommodates a soccer field, netball, tennis and a running track as well as long jump pit. There is enough room for a spectator stand for parents.”
Pointing to the construction work he says, “Our new building will also have a long veranda facing the sports ground which will give the parents and opportunity to watch the matches.”
Mr Burton says he is proud of the flagship campus which will soon have Years 1-10.
“Right now, we have Years 1-6 on this well designed campus but soon Years 7-10 will move in–once the new building is ready.”
The two-storied, state-of-the-art building overlooking the campus is environmentally-friendly and will be completed around August.”
Now with three campuses—Golflands Drive, Botany Road and a new campus in Mt Albert, Mr Burton finds himself spending time between the three schools.
To avoid a traffic problem for residents in Golflands, Elim Christian College will soon have three exits that included the Simon Oven Place, Montecito Place and Golflands Drive.