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
- 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
- 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
- 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.