Heritage and Hope
Calvin Christian School was the first school of its kind to be established in Australia. Today there are eighty similar schools across the nation. The Association of Christians that founded Calvin (now called Christian Schools Tasmania) was united in its desire to provide students with a Christian education and the belief that parents, rather than the Government or the Church, were primarily responsible for the type of education their children received.
The school, which was funded and built by the Association, opened in January 1962 with an enrolment of 77 primary students.
As the school’s reputation for educational excellence developed so the desire for Secondary (Years 7-10) and Senior Secondary (Years 11 & 12) education grew. Secondary classes commenced at Calvin in 1976 with senior secondary classes commencing in 1990.
To meet the growing demand for a Christian education the Association established a second primary school, Channel Christian School, in 1988. Students from Channel move to Calvin Christian School in Year 7 to complete their secondary and senior secondary education.
Calvin’s heritage strongly reflects both the diversity found in the school community as well as the unity that is found in shared Christian belief.
It was the vision of the founders and remains the vision of the school to provide a Christian education to all those in the community who desire it.
God’s Order, By Grace, New Growth
In 2012 Calvin celebrated its Jubilee.
A commemorative book has been published to celebrate this significant event in the life of Christian Schooling in Australia. Calvin Christian School the first of the parent controlled Christian schools to reach this milestone. Copies are available from the office.