Christian College Geelong began in 1980 with classes from Prep to Year 10. One wing of the St. Augustines Orphanage in Highton was leased to this small school of 60 students. Despite the small numbers of enrolments, the Board members, families and staff were convinced that Christian College was a fine addition to the educational landscape in the Geelong region.
As enrolments grew, the opportunity to purchase the buildings and playing fields at Highton arose in 1987. Christian College then became a pilot school for the introduction of VCE studies, ensuring that students could have the advantages of being at one school for studies from Kinder to Year 12.
During the 1990’s, more and more families saw the advantages of a Christian College education, and so the College Board stepped out in faith to commence a Kindergarten to Year 4 Junior School at the former Glastonbury Orphanage in Belmont. The establishment of the Bellarine Campus for Years Prep to 9 in the former Bellarine Shire Offices at Drysdale then followed.
In 2000, a separate Senior School was started following the purchase of the former Geelong Grammar complex in Pigdon’s Road, Waurn Ponds. This enabled our students to focus on specialist learning within an environment conducive to the rigours of senior academic studies.
While the total student enrolment is now over 2,200 (including Williams House Kindergarten), we have recognised the optimum numbers of students at different campuses. This has facilitated the development of vibrant, effective learning at each stage of a child’s education. Student graduation and smooth transition from Junior School to Middle School to Senior School provides the excitement and challenge of new beginnings, while still maintaining the consistency and continuity of one school – Christian College, Geelong.
||Daryl C. Riddle OAM
Chief Executive Officer