A public meeting is held for anyone interested in establishing a Christian school in Alice Springs.
A second public meeting is held, initiating the process of starting a school.
‘Alice Springs Christian Academy (ASCA)’ commences at a private home in Alice Springs using Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) Australia. Staff are parents who have undertaken an ACE Supervisor training course. The purpose is: “To teach children God’s principles of relationships, self-discipline and personal character development, in conjunction with their academics.”
The Academy moves to rented property on Elder Street due to growing enrolment numbers.
Alice Springs Christian Academy is incorporated as an association.
The Academy moves to rented commercial property in Kidman Street with 13 students.
Alice Springs Christian Academy is awarded professional registration.
Five Transition students start morning class in a private home in Poeppel Gardens using ‘ABCs of ACE’ program.
Assemblies of God pastor Phil Griffin is appointed as (nominal) School Principal. Alison Scott, the first qualified teacher, is appointed the ‘Teacher in Charge’. (Unfortunately, she falls ill and returns to Adelaide in late 1987.)
Alice Springs Christian Academy applies for a grant of land to construct a new school.
Alice Springs Christian Academy registers as a primary school.
Glen Sawtell commences fabrication of steelwork for a new building.
Department of Lands grants permission to commence site preparation.
Alice Springs Christian Academy is granted Crown Lease of our current site on Blain Street, Araluen.
Site preparation and foundations are completed.
School year commences in the new school building.
David (Bud) Crawford is appointed school Principal. (He returns to Canada in December 1988.)
Alison Scott returns to teach at the school (before returning to Wales in December 1990).
Shireen Selvaratnam is appointed ‘Teacher in Charge’. (Shireen returns to Malaysia in December 1990.)
A formal invitation is extended to the Baptist Union of the Northern Territory to assume control of ASCA. The offer is declined after prayerful consideration and following a vote by church members.
A public meeting is held at the Araluen Performing Arts Centre to gauge the level of support for establishing a parent-controlled school in Alice Springs.
Darwin Christian Schools Association Executive Officer Craig Reynolds advises that his Association will incorporate Alice Springs Christian Academy into Darwin Christian Schools Association.
School name is changed to ‘Araluen Christian School’.
Consent is granted by Department of Lands to transfer Crown Lease of Blain Street premises to Darwin Christian Schools Association.
A logo competition is held to find a logo for the College. (It is later rebranded for a more contemporary look.)
The food technology and woodwork rooms are built.
Middle school commences at ACC with the first Year 7 class. The school changes its name to ‘Araluen Christian College’ to include middle school. The words ‘faith, hope and love’ are added to the College logo.
First Year 8 class at ACC commences.
Middle school classroom is built and opened.
The library opens. The first Year 9 class starts at ACC, using a room in the library as their classroom.
The first College Chaplain begins working at the College. The general purpose leaving area for middle school students is also built and opens.
Fire in the sports shed, with fire damage also to the food technology and woodwork rooms.
Araluen Christian College celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Middle school buildings open.
Basketball court is built.
The College is painted (from ochre red to the green shades of today).
Staff develop ‘The Araluen Way’. The middle school grass area is landscaped.
The new College logo is unveiled and master planning is also completed.
New College signage is installed. B2 is refurbished into a food technology room. Junior outdoor learning area is refurbished. A10 is refurbished into an art room. B1 is refurbished into a woodwork room.
First Year 10 students of Northern Territory Christian College, Araluen Campus, begin. Students paint ‘The Araluen Way’ mural.