Pivotal Moments in Our History
1978 - 1979
A School birthed by parents
In 1978 Christians from the Reformed Church of Adelaide, Campbelltown felt called by God to establish a Christ-centred school.
It didn't take long for them to set the wheels in motion, creating an association, negotiating the use of their church facilities and sought approval from local council to use the church for up to 50 children.
1980 - 1983
First teachers and Principal were employed
It was a glorious day in 1980 when TVCS' first teacher, opened up the doors to receive 14 children for their first day of term.
It didn't take long for the school to create a logo and employ Marian Shepherd, TVCS' second teacher, as the school grew to 42 students and signed a contract for a five acre block of land in Hope Valley.
In January 1983 the Board appointed Peter van der Schoor as TVCS' first Principal.
1984 - 1988
TVCS grew to 282 enrolments
The school is relocated to the new premises on the land on Grand Junction Road, Hope Valley. Four log cabin classrooms and a brick toilet block are erected. The school motto is introduced– In Christ – Wisdom and Knowledge based on Colossians 2:3. The school uniform is introduced with the colours of blue, red and white.
The Board receives strong parental support for developing a Secondary program. Year 8 is introduced and an additional block of three log cabin buildings are erected. Enrolments rise to 128 early in 1985.
A main office, Staffroom, Science laboratory, Home Economics and Classroom block, built around the brick toilets are completed early in 1986. Teaching staff increase to 15. The student population rises to 200 students.
Peter van der Schoor resigns to accept a call to a small Christian school in Tasmania. Log cabin buildings are erected to accommodate the development of a Year 11 and Year 12 program. Vere Fulwood, the school’s first Senior Secondary teacher is employed.
Bob Stunell is appointed as Principal. Hugh Walker joins the school as its first full-time Bursar. Enrolments rise to 282. Year 11 commences.
The first Year 12 students graduated
The first Year 12 students graduate. The School receives a government grant of $264,000 to assist with the financing of additional buildings – a second toilet block, more classrooms, and improvements to the grounds. Vere Fulwood, the school’s first Senior Secondary teacher, passes away, after a long illness.
An annual award, the Vere Fulwood Award is established to commemorate the significant contribution made by him in the establishment of the School’s secondary curriculum.
1991 - 1999
Growth saw Business Manager appointed
1991 Peter Thomson is appointed as the School’s first Deputy Principal.
1993 The School receives its second government building grant of $620,000 for the construction of a new resource centre, administration area and Staffroom. There are 368 students and 37 staff.
1994 A new double story building is dedicated to the Glory of God by the chairman of the Board and officially opens, Sunday 6 March 1994 with a plaque unveiling by the Hon Peter Duncan MP. The position of Deputy Principal is changed to Assistant Principal and Peter Wyatt is appointed to the position. A Middle School is established from Years 7 to 9.
1996 Bob Stunell retires in July and Andrew Mackenzie is appointed as Principal.
1997 Wayne Garrett is appointed as Bursar as Hugh Walker accepts a position in Geelong.
1998 An extension of the undercover area is added and two new Middle School classrooms constructed. The computer centre is extended, providing access to new technologies. The school has grown to 450 students with 49 staff and a budget of $2,000,000.
1999 Ralph Byles is appointed Business Manager.
2000 - 2004
Enrolments reach 600 students with 65 staff
2000 Brian van Wageningen steps down as Board Chair. John Flack becomes Board Chair.
2001 The school works on a master plan to accommodate the school’s growth. Due to economic considerations the plans to purchase the Holden Hill Primary School are set a side. A new staff car park is laid in the northern corner of the school.
2002 New transportable primary classrooms are placed in the north western part of the school including three classrooms on the western basketball courts next to Primary toilets. Middle School log cabins are extended with a waterproof pergola. Enrolments reach 620 students.
2004 Nigel Bennett is appointed as Principal, following Andrew Mackenzie’s resignation to take up the position of Principal in Victoria. Ralph Byles retires and Douglas Duff takes the Business Manager role. A new School Leadership structure is put in place and Fergus McGinley is appointed to the new position of Years 7 – 12 Deputy Principal. Another two new transportable primary classes are placed on the basketball courts. New basketball courts are re-laid and the playground is relocated to facilitate this move. Enrolments reach 600 students with 65 staff.
TVCS celebrated 25 years of Christian Education
In 2005 Torrens Valley Christian School celebrated 25 years of Christian Education with special events. A Gala Dinner was held, with special guests, all previous Principals, Marion Shepard and Jenny Sexton and many past and present staff, leaders, Board members and students. A time capsule was built by John Fox holding work from every student. A Community fair celebrated the 25th year of the school.
2006 - 2009
Upgraded facilities and visit from the Prime Minister
2006 The new Design and Technology Centre is opened, including a new ICT room. Two more Primary classrooms are added along the back, north western boundary. Praise and worship assemblies are held in the newly renovated Hope Valley Uniting Church. John Flack stands down as Board Chair and Andrew Ferguson replaces him. Business Manager Douglas Duff leaves and is replaced by Trevor Radbone.
2007 One more Primary transportable classroom is added to the back, north western boundary.
The school’s first chaplain, pastor Chris Roberts commences.
2008 The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visits the school’s Tech Centre on 27 October.
The first primary musical is held at the Hope Valley Uniting Church. The first Canberra trip for Year 10 students is held.
2009 Primary Deputy Principal, Peter Wyatt, retires and is succeeded by Caroline Duell. Business Manager Trevor Radbone leaves and Gary John takes on the role. Significant building grants see substantial facility upgrades throughout, with an extension to the existing Resource Centre, the provision of a new Staff Room and a renovation of the Administration Building. The famous “log cabins” that have characterised the school since its inception are removed. Middle School moves to the undercover area. Work starts on new building development of the Secondary School.
TVCS celebrated 30 years of Christian Education
2010 Torrens Valley Christian School celebrates 30 years of Christian Education with twilight Family Funday and Gala Dinner. Students add memorabilia to the Time Capsule, particularity students in Year 1 and 2 who will be in Year 11 and 12, when opened in 2020. A new logo and branding for the school are launched. Jane Dewing becomes the Board Chair. New buildings open in the Secondary School with the addition of specialist Art rooms, Music facilities, a weights room, Science labs and classroom facilities. A new Middle School classroom is added to the undercover area. A new arched cover structure replaces the split pergola in Middle School. The School computing network is substantially upgraded to Wi-Fi. Laptop computers are supplied to Year 12 students. Student population grows to 580 students.
2011 - 2013
2011 As part of the Government’s Building Education Revolution initiative, new music suites, Mathematics and Physics classrooms, a school hall with accompanying kitchen facilities, mezzanine area, sports’ office space and storage is built. The Home Economics rooms are redeveloped.
2012 Nigel Bennett resigns. Senior School in its original building is refurbished inside and re-clad outside. A second primary playground opens.
2013 Julie Prattis commences as Principal, moving from Canberra to take up the role. New school Chaplain, Margaret Garland, starts. Middle School classrooms are extended and refurbished. An annual rural trip to Sanderston is introduced and TVCS participates in the inaugural Chrisitian Schools Games in Queensland.