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We are sad to hear of the passing of one of our Beaconhills College House patrons, Neville Clark.
Neville and his wife Carole have been an integral part of Beaconhills College since its inception in August 1980.
Neville and Carole were founding parents of the College who volunteered their time, labour and expertise to ensure that Beaconhills was a success. As members of Pakenham’s St James Anglican Church, they were both keen to see a Christian school established in the local area. They attended the 11 March public meeting in 1981, aimed at gauging local interest in the school and promptly enrolled their three children.
Neville played a critical role in preparing the school site in Toomuc Valley Rd for the construction of the first buildings and was responsible for building the semi-circular driveway and preparing the earthworks for the portables he had helped obtain.
Both Neville and Carole were closely involved with Beaconhills through the 1980s and 90s and in 1993, Clark House – one of two new College Houses added to the original six – was named in their honour. In recent times Carol and Neville have remained actively involved, attending many Clarke House Church services and Annual General Meetings of our College.
I often refer to the notion of ‘standing on the shoulders of those before us’. Neville exemplified those founders who took that all-important leap of faith in our school. His contribution to our beginnings will not be forgotten and his ongoing participation in our school life will be sadly missed.
If you would like to attend the service for Neville Clark, it will be live-streamed on Monday 16 November, starting at 1.30pm. The stream will be activated shortly beforehand.
Neville is survived by his wife Carole and two of their children, Russell and Greg. Their daughter Michelle, who was a College Dux in 1991, sadly passed away in 1992. The Michelle Clark Scholarship was established in her memory.
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