The official grand opening of Grace Christian School in Millgrove took place on Sat., Sept. 16. Doing the honours (left to right) are: Lori Mulzebosch, Mike Vandervelde, Gary Aikema, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Rachel Beijes, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Ted McMeekin, Flamborough-Glanbrook MP David Sweet, Ward 15 Councillor Judi Partridge, Marcel Kampen and Jeff Breukelman. – Julia Lovett/Metroland
Just over a year-and-a-half after the groundbreaking, the brand new Grace Christian School in Millgrove held its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 16.
“We’re glad that you’re here to celebrate God’s goodness and blessings on the Grace Christian School community,” said Ray Kampen, board of directors and MC for the ceremony.
“Much work has been done over the past three years on the construction of this wonderful building and we appreciate the opportunity to reflect with you on how the Lord has blessed the efforts of so many in making this school building a reality,” he added.
Inside the state-of-the-art facility, guests toured the cosy classrooms — some only sitting 15 students. The school — an amalgam of Flamborough’s Covenant Christian School and Burlington’s John Calvin Christian School — opened to students at the start of term and will serve more than 90 families by teaching students from kindergarten to Grade 8.
To help open the school, local dignitaries were on hand to help guide the dedication through to its ribbon-cutting conclusion. David Sweet, Conservative member of Parliament for Flamborough-Glanbrook, was the first to address the audience.
“I firmly believe that when you’re teaching academics on a parallel plane, you’re teaching your students love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That you’re helping to create great Canadian citizens,” he said.
The 25,000-square-foot school, situated on the former Covenant School site on Millgrove Side Road, welcomed roughly 190 students in its inaugural year but has the capacity for 250. Ten classrooms, a gym, special education room, wide hallways and a bright colour scheme are nicely appointed.
Speakers at the opening included Mayor of Hamilton Fred Eisenberger, Sweet and Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge. Grace Christian School principal Mike Vandervelde spoke about how a house turns into a home.
“What is it that makes this happen? It is watching the building being used, watching it get dirty, hearing the laughter, the instruction, the arguing, the discipline, the collaborating between students, between teachers,” he said.