A new state-of-the-art sports and recreation facility was officially unveiled in the Lockyer Valley, as the staff and students of Faith Lutheran College Plainland welcomed members of Parliament to celebrate the opening of our $7.5 Million Sports Centre.
Representing years of work, and made possible by significant contributions from the State Government, Federal Government and the Lutheran Church of Australia, the new Faith Sports Centre provides staff, students and the broader school community with access to world-class indoor sports facilities, including two multi-use courts, a gymnasium, three classrooms, amenities, storage facilities and sports office.
Attending the opening, and providing the dedication for the new facility, Lutheran Church Bishop, Reverend Paul Smith, spoke of the solid foundation that sport can provide to students, and how the new facility will help to strengthen the school’s foundations even further.
Appearing on behalf of the Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz who sent his apologies due to Parliamentary commitments, State Member for Lockyer, Jim McDonald said at the opening ceremony he was “proud to attend such an important event for Faith Lutheran College Plainland” and was “forever singing the praises of the Faith Lutheran community”. Mr. McDonald spoke of the enrichment that sport provides to students’ school experience, whether it was individual or team sports, and that the new centre represented a “wonderful addition” to the community.
Mr. McDonald also spoke of the “pride” held by former principal, Janelle Anderson, who got the sport centre build off the ground during her tenure, and of the vision of current principal, Doug Braiden, who hopes to utilise the new facility to draw the surrounding sporting community to the College.
Reflecting on the recent difficulties and challenges to normal community life throughout 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Braiden highlighted the importance of ‘Connection’ as a theme for the new year, and the pivotal role the new building would play in the on-campus life of young learners, as it hosted not just sporting events, but school chapel services, assemblies, and extra-curricular events. “This building is not just a physical environment, it is not just a world-class sporting facility, it is a place of connection… the one place in our college where our whole community comes to connect with each other,” Mr. Braiden said, in his opening address for the year.
Joined by the Chair of College Council, Mr. Kerry Wall, and State Member for Ipswich West, Mr Jim Madden, invited guests unveiled a plaque, which will take pride of place near the entrance to the facility, and declared the building officially open – to a chorus of applause and cheers from the 750+ Faith staff and students.
A wonderful addition to our campus, the Faith Sports Centre will be given it’s first official use in the coming weeks, as the College hosts visiting teams in the first rounds of the Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) sport conference, and will expand the College’s sporting programs, including a proposed Young Women in Sport program, for many years to come.