Shepparton’s future Anglican school ticked off the first of many milestones, as school, Church and community leaders gathered this week for the blessing of the school site.

The blessing of the site on Verney Road in Shepparton North was conducted by the Bishop of Wangaratta, The Right Reverend Clarence Bester. 

Representatives from the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC), the Greater Shepparton City Council, ASC schools in the Diocese of Wangaratta and the local Shepparton community attended the service. ASC students from Cathedral College Wangaratta, Cobram Anglican Grammar School and Trinity Anglican College (Albury-Wodonga) also took part in the service.

The blessing of the site is the first step towards the new school, with forward works due to start this year and building commencing in 2023.

ASC Chief Executive Officer The Reverend Peter Laurence OAM said it was a significant day for the ASC community.

“While planning has been well underway behind the scenes, the blessing of the site is the first step as we prepare to start site works here in Shepparton North,” he said.

“The ASC has a commitment to supporting current and new schools in regional Victoria and we can’t wait to be a part of the Shepparton community and welcome students to our new school in 2024.”

Reverend Laurence said the ASC had received strong interest and enrolments after holding community information sessions in late March.

“We have been delighted with the response from families enrolling their children for the school’s opening year in 2024 and beyond,” he said.