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STUDENTS at Blakes Crossing
Christian College will be start-
ing the next school term in the
school's new building as the final
stages of construction near com-
For the duration of this year, the
13 students enrolled at the school
have been studying in a makeshift
classroom just down the road from
the college's new facility.
College principal Warren Hall
said the new facility would initially
have seven classrooms and a library,
and eventually expand to hold 700
"To have a school right here is
quite strategic in that it's attractive
for families to move into the area,"
"With more growth happening
across the other side of Main North
Road in Playford Alive, there's just
the need for schools out here."
The college will start with six year
levels, from reception to grade five,
and add a new level each year until
reaching year 12.
Mr Hall said the feedback he has
received so far from parents has
"We've seen significant growth in
our students, both numerically and
academically, and their develop-
ment as children," he said.
"We've had a lot of really posi-
tive feedback from the parents who
have enrolled their children in the
Teacher Penny Hayman, who is
currently the college's sole teacher,
has had the exciting challenge of
educating six year levels at once.
Mrs Hayman said the students
have gained so much by being in a
"What they add to each other be-
cause of that is just amazing," she
"Older kids helping younger kids
with things, little kids bringing that
delight of learning to the older kids;
it's been really great to see."
Blakes Crossing Christian Col-
lege is governed by Christian
Community Ministries, which is a
not-for-profit service organisation,
providing administrative, financial,
development and human resource
services to a network of Christian
The college is the organisation's
first in South Australia, adding to
eight in Queensland and one in
New South Wales.
Childcare demand growing
TWO new childcare centres
are to be built in the Munno
Para district to meet growing
need for the service within the
The two new Stepping Stone SA
Childcare and Early Development
Centres will be located on Curtis
Road, near Andrews Farm, and at
Blakes Crossing, and will be opera-
tional next year.
The planned centres follow the
recent opening of a childcare facility
at Playford Alive in Munno Para.
Stepping Stone director George
Skrembos said the new Munno
Para centre reached capacity only
six months after opening, meaning
there would soon be a "very urgent
need for more places for children".
"Out of all the locations, we've
identified the northern suburbs as
the major growth areas, hence the
reaction to build two (centres) at the
same time," he said.
"It's a reflection on the massive
growth and population growth in
the northern suburbs," he said.
"Every time I drive around here I
see a new house going up. It's mas-
Mr Skrembos said Stepping Stone
was keen to start construction.
"When you plan something like
this it takes a year to plan, then it
takes three months to get planning
approval, then it takes three months
to get building approval," he said.
"(Meanwhile) families are with-
"So we've reacted very quickly to
the growth in these areas, and hence
we're very advanced. We're almost
The centres, which should be
completed early in 2015, will be
unique, each with a different design,
different appearance and different
"Part of our model is one centre
shouldn't be the same as the oth-
er, they must be individual," Mr
When completed, each centre
should cater for 100 places, in addi-
tion to the 120 places at the Munno
In readiness for the new facili-
ties, Renewal SA's works program at
Playford Alive, in partnership with
Stepping Stone, Northern Futures
and Skills SA, is delivering a pre-
employment program with the po-
tential for successful participants to
work at the new centres.
The program will provide a Cer-
tificate III in Early Childhood Ed-
ucation and Care, with around 20
training places available.
Those interested can attend an in-
formation session on June 11 at the
Playford Civic Centre, or contact
Shona Payne (8462 0200) for fur-
SMITHFIELD Plains mum
Moyra Williams is the proud
owner of a new home, some-
thing that would have been
impossible without the support
of not-for-profit home-builder
Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat has now constructed
10 homes in Playford Alive, all
of which are built for low-income
families, or families whose circum-
stances prevent them from enter-
ing into home ownership.
The organisation involves stu-
dents, long-term unemployed and
volunteers in constructing each
home, providing them with rel-
evant, ongoing training and work
Habitat for Humanity SA ex-
ecutive director Ben Sarre said the
construction of these homes has
short- and long-term benefits.
"For the first time in the fam-
ily, someone has moved into home
ownership," he said.
"This means when they pass
on they'll actually have an asset,
for the first time ever, to pass on
to the next generation and, there-
fore, they actually start to establish
wealth in their family.
"We're taking people out of
whatever their less secure housing
situation is and helping them have
the security of home ownership,
but it's really the impact that it has
on the generations to come."
Moyra, a relief school sup-
port officer at Elizabeth Special
School, obtained a loan through
HomeStart Finance, enabling her
to build and purchase the Habi-
tat home well below true market
She and her son, Kyle, had pre-
viously been in and out of rental
homes and have now settled into a
home they can call their own.
"Things are going really great,
we're starting to settle in a lot bet-
ter now," she said.
"The repayments on this are a
lot cheaper than what I was pay-
ing in rent...it's still in the area
for my son to go to school and for
my work; it's close to friends and
As part of the arrangement,
Moyra must contribute 200 hours
of her own time into finishing off
the house as part of her 'sweat eq-
"It's basically going through and
doing up the back garden or the
front garden, which the majority
of it was done up, anyway," she
"It's good for my son to get the
hands-on experience as well so he
knows what he wants to do when
he leaves school."
More home-ownership oppor-
tunities will be opening up soon
in Davoren Park and Paralowie,
meaning 'Habitat' will be seeking
more families to assist.
"We're always on the lookout for
the next Moyra and the next fam-
ily we can help out with a home
ownership," Mr Sarre said.
Next stage for school
Blakes Crossing Christian College students Connor (year four) and Hayley
(year ve) had a fun time learning during class last week.PHOTO: Mary Ackers
Stepping Stone director George Skrembos standing in front of the soon-to-be childcare centre on Curtis Road.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
LAST week's Playford Times story 'Bravehearts gives support'
had the contact email listed as email@example.com
The correct email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Moyra's new habitat
Smith eld Plains mum Moyra Williams and her son, Kyle, receiving the keys to their new home from Habitat for
Humanity SA executive director Ben Sarre.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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