In 1985, Greenacre Baptist Christian Community School commenced as a primary school on the church site in Shellcote Road in Greenacre. Greenacre Baptist Church had a vision to provide a Christian education for primary students to prepare the children for a secondary education at nearby Christian Community High School. The church had a large enclosed land area that it had secured in the 1970s that would prove to be an ideal playground. In that initial year, there were two classes with Mrs Kathleen Toussaint as the foundation principal. The following year this increased to four classes, indicating the early success of the school.
Mr Ross Crothers became the second principal in 1987 and within a few years numbers increased to the point where GBCCS became a single stream school of around 190 students. This necessitated a building program in which a library, toilet facilities and three classrooms were constructed and opened in 1997. This was followed by a further project, opened in 2005, that included four classrooms, support rooms and various offices and store rooms. It appeared that GBCCS’s building program was complete.
After twenty years as principal, Mr Crothers retired and his successor Mr Ken McCarron commenced in January 2007. In 2009, the federal government announced the Building the Education Revolution major works program for schools and this was to impact greatly on GBCCS. In July 2011, the school opened a new hall with kitchen and extra classroom and the school looked to options to fully utilise the new facilities.
With an exciting vision for Christian education at Greenacre, the school board announced its intention to introduce secondary classes in 2013. A particular small school model was chosen and the first Year 7 intake of 21 students started lessons using two upgraded classrooms in the school and church facilities.
There is no doubt that God has been with the school in its long history and we pray that as GBCCS heads towards its first Year 12 class in 2018, the focus is never taken off the reason for its commencement some thirty years ago.