WestMAC celebrates 25 years of Anglican education

The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane cuts the cake with Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz OAM RFD, Foundation Chair of College Council, Dr Cathryn Hester, Foundation Student and College Council Member and Mr Paul Claridge, Foundation Principal

The past, present and future success of West Moreton Anglican College was a pivotal theme during the College’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations in July.

Joined by Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Foundation Principal, Mr Paul Claridge and Foundation Chair of the College Council, Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz, Principal Geoff McLay revelled in the success of the College’s founders, but reminded staff and students that there is always room for further milestones.

“I’m very proud of our origins, I’m very proud of who we are and I’m very proud of who we’re becoming,” Mr McLay said.

“We express our gratitude for the vision and hard work of WestMAC’s founders. We’re fortunate enough to have many foundation staff, families and College Council members with us still. However, we are not done yet – more is expected of us as we mature.”

For teachers like Director of Curriculum Sue Stewart who has been with the college for almost 25 years, it was a special time to reflect on how far WestMAC has grown.

“The school has become more established in terms of buildings and physical resources but most importantly it’s our students who have not only grown in number but have grown in their own cultural experiences here at the school,” Ms Stewart said.

A highlight of the ceremony was the commissioning of Wing Commander Brett Nansen from RAAF Amberley into the College Council.The father to two WestMAC students has been apart of the College Council since 2017.

“I pledge to devote my time and energy to the College community. I will seek to do all I can to nurture, foster the faith and the life of this college, honouring it’s motto: faith, knowledge and service,” he said.