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 was appointed as Principal of the College in January 2008. Fifty-seven children began at the College on the first day of school in 2009 and in 2017, enrolment has expanded to welcome more than 529 students to the School. An ultimate enrolment of 950 students will be expected once the site has been developed to full capacity. Gary Jewson, who has a long history with St John’s Lutheran School in Newtown, is involved in strategic planning for both schools with Heads of Schools responsible for the day-to-day administration. This structure ensures the continuation of the quality Christian education across both school sites into the future.