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The 10-year anniversary is not the only cause for celebration at Geelong Lutheran College as the school community also revels in the addition of two new facilities at its Armstrong Creek campus. Formed as an extension of St John’s Newtown, the Prep to 12 College, on the corner of the Surfcoast Highway and Burvilles Road, now accommodates a fabulous state-of-the-art gymnasium and performance space, along with an expanded Technology Precinct.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson was in attendance for the mid-March, official opening of the buildings by Bishop Lester Priebbenow, representing the Lutheran Church of Australia, Victoria/Tasmania.

The Head of College, Jill Lange-Mohr, spoke, along with Armstrong Creek Campus Principal Barry Krueger, College Pastor David Spike, College Council Chair Andrew Eichler, Business Manager Andrew Dowd and Kate Reed, representing Brand Architects.

The facilities have been in use for some months and the gymnasium proved valuable again just one week later when weather threatened to jeopardise the ‘10-Year Anniversary and Shared Identity Celebration’. What was originally planned as an outdoor event went, mainly, indoors as attendees were guests to an outstanding vocal performance by Abigail Fritsch. Guests were also entertained by the highly-regarded St John’s Newtown choir, before experiencing a taste of the upcoming College musical production, Seussical Jnr.

During the evening St John’s Newtown Principal, Sue Ellis, spoke on behalf of St John’s, outlining the history of education founded in the Lutheran tradition in Geelong. Her explanation was followed by Armstrong Creek Campus Principal Barry Krueger as he explained the development of the Armstrong Creek campus. Head of College, Jill Lange-Mohr, closed formalities with an explanation of the shared identity of the two campuses. The formal coming together of the two campuses, under the one umbrella, is driven by an overall vision to be a leading, innovative, Christ-centred learning community that inspires students to be caring, confident and creative citizens.