Seaview College readies their first ever intake of high school students

HISTORY: Principal Jannie Basson with Dayla Warren, Jorja Rossiter, Tevin John, Karli Basson, Seb Jost, Josh Cugley and Lunga Shezi who will be Seaview Christian College's first year eight class.
HISTORY: Principal Jannie Basson with Dayla Warren, Jorja Rossiter, Tevin John, Karli Basson, Seb Jost, Josh Cugley and Lunga Shezi who will be Seaview Christian College's first year eight class.

After Throwing open the doors two years ago, Seaview Christian College will soon enter a new phase in the school’s young history with high school commencing in 2019.

Students who initially began their education in year five will be the school’s first students to transition from primary school into year eight.

This same group of students will be the first Year 12 graduates at Seaview Christian College in 2023.

Seaview Christian College principal Jannie Basson described the new venture as exciting.

“As a school community, we are looking forward to next year,” Mr Basson said.

“New facilities, dedicated staff, supportive families and amazing students have all the ingredients of an exciting 2019 school year.”

Existing Year six and Year seven students will transition into the new purpose-built facilities on the same campus to cater for the new phase of the school’s existence.

The new facilities include a home economics room and a fully enclosed gym – sporting a full-size basketball court and specialist gymnastics equipment.

The school has also recently received an additional boost to the STEM curriculum with a successful funding application of $40,000. 

Additional computers have been purchased using the grant, ensuring every high school student will have access to a laptop computer.

Primary school teacher Michael McKinley will be an important component during the transition period.

Year eight science teacher Michael McKinley and Principal Jannie Basson discussing the thermodynamics of a Crookes radiometer.

Year eight science teacher Michael McKinley and Principal Jannie Basson discussing the thermodynamics of a Crookes radiometer.

Mr Basson said his many life skills – including being a qualified pilot – combined with his passion for teaching greatly benefits his students.

“The greatest step forward for students is the innovation of the STEM program where students get to experience vital curriculum connections between Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Mr McKinley said.

“These areas have been a great passion of mine since my teenage years.” 

Mr McKinley has written more than a hundred poems, and recently inspired Seaview students to write poems for Remembrance Day.

He said students produced poems of high-calibre, reflecting a true understanding of the price of war.

He is also in the advanced stages of finishing a book based on the study of how children learn entitled, ‘Anyone’s Child, The Nature of Nurture’.