Cornerstone College History
The story of how Cornerstone Christian College came into existence is both exciting and inspiring. It testifies to God’s provision and blessing through selfless generosity and personal sacrifice of those initial families that got together to see a vision for Christian education fulfilled. It portrays a strong community spirit where people came together for a common cause, to see something bigger than themselves come to fruition. The story also demonstrates a high level of consistency and stability both in terms of leadership as well as commitment to the Christian values upon which, the College was founded.
The idea of bringing Christian education to Busselton was birthed and by August, 1983, the Busselton Church of Christ passed a motion agreeing in principle to the establishment of a Christian school in Busselton!
Some three years and a lot of praying and planning later, Cornerstone Christian Community School officially opened its doors with 17 students enrolled. The school was located in the Church of Christ manse in Rosemary Drive, Busselton. (The current RSL Club) and Phillip Anderson was appointed as the founding Principal.
Cornerstone Christian Community School appointed its second Principal, Keith Newby who took over responsibility from Phillip Anderson.
Ted and Bette Packard donated 5 acres of land to the school (current school site), about twice the size of the Rosemary Drive property. Construction of the initial buildings commenced with the help of a number of very enthusiastic parents, who were more than happy to give up some of their free time to see the new school completed. Once the buildings were completed the school relocated to its current location (then known as Walshes Road).
Keith Newby announced his resignation as principal. The School Board appointed Graeme Cross to commence in January 2003.
The School Board announced its intention to introduce an enrolment policy change, which made Cornerstone’s Christian based educational programs available to the wider community. The Leadership Team and Board also introduced the Cornerstone ‘Challenge’, ‘Way’ and ‘Charter’ as a means of redefining the new strategic direction for the school. The name of the school was changed from ‘Cornerstone Christian Community School’ to ‘Cornerstone Christian College’. The new name provided consistency with the new ‘Charter’ and paved the way for the introduction of Year 11 and 12 programs. The intention to introduce Year 11 programs in 2007 and Year 12 programs in 2008 was announced. The student population at this time was 180 from Kindergarten to Year 10.
Year 11 programs were introduced for the first time at Cornerstone.
In just five years the number of students at the college had doubled to 360. It was also the year where first group of Year 12 students graduated from Cornerstone Christian College after completing the WA Certificate of Education requirements. Those opting to sit TEE exams achieved great success and received offers from a range of universities. Some received TER scores in the top 10% of the state.
Graeme Cross announced his desire to complete further studies and resigned as Principal and Bruce Douglas was appointed at the new principal.
Bruce Douglas commenced as Principal. By now student numbers topped the 400 mark.
George and Win Burt donates 6.5 hectares of pristine land to Cornerstone Christian College in Dunsborough. The site was earmarked for a brand new K-6 Primary School located on Cornerstone Way. George was part of the original committee that in 1983, cast a vision for a new form of education for the Busselton area.
The College leadership starts the process of rebranding the College in order to pave the way for the introduction of a new primary campus in Dunsborough and further expansion in the future.
The student population is now in excess of 520 from Pre-K to 12. The new College brand is successfully launched and the college website has been upgraded to meet the increasing demands of a growing college community. Construction commences at the Dunsborough site and a ground breaking ceremony is held to commemorate this historic occasion, where for a second time, land was donated to the college.
At the conclusion of the 2015 school year, Principal Bruce Douglas concluded his time at Cornerstone, and the announcement was made that Garry Maynard had been appointed to the position.
Garry Maynard commences as Principal. The doors open for the first time at the Dunsborough Campus, with 17 students in Kindy to Year 2. Mrs Tina King takes on the position of Head of Campus.
Student numbers sit at almost 500 across both campuses.