CALVIN CELBRATES 50 YEARS

JANUARY 22, 2012

IN 1962 Elvis Presley couldn’t help falling in love…

A group of young Liverpudlians were knocked back by a record label executive with an alarming lack of foresight…

Albert Sabin developed a version of the polio vaccine…

The Phillips company invented the compact cassette …

To Kill a Mockingbird was on at the pictures…

Those Tasmanians lucky enough to own a television were watching Bandstand and the Three Stooges (although the test pattern had the most air time of all television shows)..

And in 1962, Calvin School in Kingston officially opened with 77 students.

Fifty years ago, the entire enrolment was composed of children of Dutch immigrants who were so convinced  that parents were responsible for their children’s education that they spent nearly a decade fundraising and volunteering their time and labour to build the school on Maranoa Road, Kingston. However, from its inception it was the Board’s desire that the school be open to all families seeking a Christian education. Over the past 50 years, the school has matured into a vibrant and dynamic community, and has earned a reputation for its commitment to excellence in Christian education.

Exactly 50 years since its official opening, Calvin Christian School launched its golden Jubilee Celebrations, with a reception held in the Library Resource Centre on the Senior School campus on Friday the 20th January. Drinks and canapés were served as former and current students, staff members and friends of the school mingled and enjoyed library displays of old school photographs and memorabilia. The school’s new website was launched, ‘going live’ on library PCs, as was the Calvin historical anthology, commissioned by the school and compiled by historian Dr Susannah Thompson.

Calvin Christian School principal, Ric Peterson, welcomed guests and reflected briefly on this significant point in the school’s history. He affirmed the school’s rich heritage and said that the celebration was a wonderful opportunity to consciously pause and thank God for the blessings poured out on the school. It is also a time, he said, to seek forgiveness for times when the school has not acted the way it should have, and to reaffirm the school’s commitment to Christian education.  Drawing on the Biblical principle of jubilee as the sabbatical of sabbaticals, Calvin’s 50th Jubilee Celebration milestone is a time to remember that Christ is the foundation of the school: by grace the school has grown and flourished; and through a process of renewal and recommitment the school will continue to provide a Christian education that equips students to live in a changing and complex world.

Several distinguished guests were part of the evening’s proceedings: Mrs Netty Hofman, wife of the inaugural principal Mr John Hofman, and Jack Mechielsen, President and Chairman of Christian Education National – the national body to which Calvin belongs and of which Calvin was the first school. Jack congratulated Calvin on reaching the milestone of fifty years of Christian education.

Later in the evening, students from the first intake took a trip down memory lane as they re-enacted the first assembly of 1962, standing in front of the original 3-room classroom block. Hands over hearts, the students – many of whom have become parents (and grandparents!) themselves of Calvin students – pledged their allegiance to the Queen and together sang the former national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen.’ During the ‘assembly’ the principal, Ric Peterson gave thanks to God for the support provided for education by the Australian and Tasmanian governments and for God’s wisdom for those who provide leadership in government. READ MORE…