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College History

The history of Lutheran Education in Geelong dates back to 1854 when the Lutheran Church established a school at Grovedale.

This school remained as a Lutheran School until 1868 when it then became State School No. 283 which is now known as Grovedale Primary School. St Paul’s Lutheran Congregation has since established and continues to operate a successful kindergarten at its church site in Grovedale.

In 1962 St John’s Parish commenced a primary school on the former Geelong Grammar site on the corner of Pakington and Aberdeen Streets, Newtown. St John’s School is now a vibrant and well-respected Kindergarten to Year 6 School.

For many years the opportunity to establish a Lutheran secondary educational facility in Geelong has been recognised. Additionally, the recent trends in education to offer P-12 schooling intensified the demand for Lutheran schooling, culminating with the founding of Geelong Lutheran College.

Mr Gary Jewson, who had a long history with St John’s Lutheran School in Newtown, was appointed as Principal of the College in January 2008. Fifty-seven children began at the College on February 2, 2009.  College Principal, Ms Jill Lange-Mohr, is involved in strategic planning for both schools, with each Campus Principal being responsible for the day-to-day administration.