Casino Christian Community School (incorporating both Casino Christian Primary School and Casino Christian High School) is a non-Government Christian school located in North Casino, New South Wales, Australia, providing education to boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 10.
Small Beginnings (1993-1994)
In 1993, a group of Christian parents had the idea to start up a local Christian school somewhere in the Casino
area. The first meeting discussing this idea happened with about ten families not too long after.
Three Christian businessmen had been putting money into a fund to go towards inter-denominational Christian activities in the Casino area. This money ended up going towards the school.
After a long period of discussion and planning, local doctor Bruce King donated eight acres (three hectares) of land to and for the school, and a local builder offered to do all the earth-moving required on the school's land. A local retired builder offered to build the very first building, but the Christian mission, Mobile Mission Maintenance, stepped in and helped too.
This first building now serves as:
- the main toilet block
- staff room,
- high school English room (where English and Music are taught)
- librarian's office
- SWLD (Students With Learning Difficulties) head office
- resource room
The First Five Years (1995-1999)
In 1995, the school opened with fifty-five students enrolled, ranging from Kindergarten
to Year 6. Mr. Peter Robinson was the founding principal, and served as this until 1999. He was the only teacher there for a short while until numbers started increasing, which was when more teachers were employed.
In 1996 numbers had increased quickly to just over 100. A second building needed to be built urgently, which was done by another local man and his team.
This second building now serves as (since 2008):
- Kindergarten/Year 1 classroom
- Year 1/Year 2 classroom
- Year 3/Year 4 classroom
- Year 5/Year 6 classroom
- SWLD rooms
- Primary art area
Also in 1999, Peter Robinson stepped down as school principal and Mr. Ern Case took on the role. He is still the principal in the current day.
The High School Begins (2000-2003)
In 2000 the Casino Christian High School began with the inaugural Year 7 class. The third building started to be constructed, which became the high school building and new administration offices. From 2001 to 2003, Years 8-10 were added, and the inaugural class graduated in 2003.
This building now serves as:
- History Room (where History, Geography, PDHPE and Biblical Studies are taught)
- Computer Room (where Computers, Mathematics and Commerce are taught)
- Food Tech Room (where Food Technology, LOTE and PDHPE are taught)
- Science Laboratory (where Science and Mathematics are taught)
2004 to the Present Day
In 2005, a combined outdoor sports court of three tennis courts, two basketball courts and two netball courts were built after many years of planning.
In 2007, approval for a new fourth building was given and in early 2008 construction began. This building will hopefully be finished by April 2008, and will consist of new Technology, Music and Art rooms, with a brand-new bigger library, a new set of toilets and new administration offices.
The discussion of adding Years 11 and 12 has been a common topic for many years, and it is a feat that is hoping to be achieved within the next few years.
The Board of Studies has established 'indicative hours' which all students are expected to meet during the duration of there Primary school and majority of their High school education.