HISTORY of THE KOORALBYN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ::

  • 1985 :: The original school opens as a Secondary School in what is now known as the Lower Campus (where the Kooralbyn International Graduate College now resides.)
  • 1988 :: The school gains international acclaim as a school of excellence in Golf, Cricket, Track and Field (Gold Medal Olympian Cathy Freeman is a student in the Sports program at the time) and the arts.
  • 1989 :: The school reaches a population of 200 (mainly international students from Papua New Guinea and other Asia/Pacific nations.)
  • 1990 :: The school is virtually flattened in a flash flood that leaves very few buildings standing. Meteorologists suggest that it was a 'once in a hundred years' flood.
  • 1991 :: Just as the school is rebuilt following the flood of 1990, another devastating flood occurs... this time the only buildings left standing are the new Science block, Dining Hall and Junior Boys Dormitory. A decision is made to rebuild the school 400 metres up the road on higher ground...in what is now known as the Upper Campus.
  • 1992 :: Most of the current buildings on the Upper Campus are completed and the school re-opens again....for the second time in as many years. TKIS Primary School is also opened....to service the local population of the Kooralbyn Valley which is estimated to now be approaching 800 residents.
  • 1995 :: The school prospers and its reputation becomes world famous. Through the years 1993 to 1996, various achievements are won including Golf and Cricket Teams (coached by the soon-to-be Australian Cricket Coach) reaching the World School's Finals and a large number of individual achievements...all of which help build the reputation of this small school dedicated to excellence.
  • 1997 :: From 1995 to 1999, various foreign factors begin to detrimentally effect the school's enrolment of international students... SARS virus, Asian economy collapse, terrorist attacks, middle east conflicts, etc. This combined with the heavy debt level still being carried by the school from its two rebuilds back in the early 90's begins to impact on the small, proud school.
  • 2000 :: Despite its many impressive results, including two 'Young Australians of The Year' having graduated from the school, the financial pressures are mounting. The local population is not big enough to maintain the school and as a result the Primary School section of TKIS is closed down with 23 students.
  • 2001 :: Unable to escape mounting interest rates and falling student enrolment numbers, the original school is closed down with 156 students (only 34 of which are local Australian students.)
  • 2002 :: The school premises and properties are purchased by Hilton Hall Properties Pty Ltd, the owners of The Kooralbyn Resort.
  • 2003 :: A group of academics and businessmen (headed by the current Principal of the School), mount a campaign to re-open a 'total-education pathway school of excellence' and in November 2003 obtain Government accreditation to re-open TKIS as a private Secondary School with government funding.
  • 2004 :: In April 2004, the school reopens as a Grade 8 to 10 Secondary School in what is now known as the Upper Campus. This time however, there is a great deal more local support and local Australian students constitute 100% of the enrolments.
  • 2005 :: The school consolidates, doubling its 2004 enrolment numbers and enlarges into Senior Studies, adding Grades 11 and 12.
  • 2006 :: The school enlarges again, adding a Prep to Grade 7 Primary School, meaning that the school is now a Prep to Year 12 school. The school also obtains its CRICOS Accreditation to allow it to begin accepting International Students for the first time since the original school closed in 2001. The Board of the new school also obtain licensing permission to offer Post-Secondary Graduate College Studies through various institutions of higher education on the Lower Campus of the school and so the Kooralbyn International Graduate College is born. As of 2008 the school will be the first in Australia (perhaps the world) to offer a 'total education pathway' from Prep-school to Graduate studies.