Martyn Smith, writing about Wesley College


(August, 1989, for Issue 2 of Vision - Building Wesley to the Year 2000, a 1989 Development Appeal supplement of 'The Lion' magazine)

A sequence of events starting thirty years previously will complete a full cycle when the last finishing touch is made to Wesley's new boarding facility at Glen Waverley late in 1994.

In the mid-sixties, famous O.W. George Selleck, himself an ex-boarder, donated his time, skill and farm machinery to sculpt Wesley's hilltop orchard property in outer-suburban Glen Waverley into the sweeping multi-tiered campus of today.

Now, the G.G. Selleck gates at the main entrance to the campus stand in testimony to his efforts and Wesley pupils run freely on green hectares first shaped by Selleck's graders.

Their blades' first cut came soon after the 1963 Centenary Appeal - aimed at building a Junior School at Glen Waverley - had comfortably achieved its half-million dollar target.

Dramatic enrolment growth at Glen Waverley Having commenced in 1966, and added the E.A. Wells Library and the outdoor H.J. Kroger Swimming Pool - both resulting from voluntary giving - the campus, in 1977, launched into a period of rapid development with the introduction of co-education the following year and plans to more than double its enrolment.

In a quick ten years, Wesley at Glen Waverley:-

  • built a new Preparatory School, instantly enrolling 200 children;
  • developed an already-built Junior School to accommodate 100 more students;
  • doubled the number of Middle School classrooms, adding 300 pupils;
  • rebuilt the Library;
  • massively extended the PE/Sports complex and the Visual and Performing Arts facilities.

During this time, the Wesley College Foundation and the Parents' Association contributed generously.

And, now, what of the future?

Wesley College at Glen Waverley stands on the threshold of the fulfilment of its outstanding potential.

A purpose-built Senior College and a modern co-educational boarding facility will make it unique in suburban Melbourne.  Its complete services will reach far into the twenty-first century and well beyond the confines of its locality.

All this, just thirty years after G.G. Selleck brought his gear down from Barham, pressed the starter button and began for us the groundwork on which we, like our 1963 forebears are called to build anew.
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