Hope-filled celebration

Hope Adventist School celebrated 40 years of Adventist education in Bundaberg, Queensland, on March 8.

The day of celebration featured speeches and presentations from many who have been part of the school’s journey.

“So many people have a connection to our little school in Bundaberg,” said principal Tanya Barbuto. “We’re like a big family, so bringing past students, past principals and staff to celebrate together felt like a family reunion.”

After a pancake breakfast, attendees participated in the special program, which included singing led by past staff and students. Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith was among the attendees.

The program also featured a student-led tour of the school, the opening of a new student pathway and the Stepping Stones Garden gifted by the 2021 student leaders. Continuing the long-time tradition, the school also opened a time capsule last buried 10 years ago.

Hope Adventist School originally began as the Bundaberg Seventh-day Adventist School in 1983. The land was purchased by the Bundaberg Seventh-day Adventist Church with the dream of starting a church school.

Church members raised money through various projects, including growing watermelon crops. Geoff Smith, a local church member, built the school.

Mrs Barbuto, who has been working at the school for almost seven years, said she’s seen the school’s growth. “Many things have changed over the years, but we have definitely grown in numbers,” she said.