History of Kinma

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Non-denominational, co-educational and non-profit, Kinma Primary and Preschool has been leading the way in innovative holistic child-centred teaching and learning for over 40 years.

The founding families created a supportive and inspiring environment where teachers, parents and children share the decisions about the educational program.

Graduates have gone on to have a variety of successful careers and parents and children have formed life long friendships.

History timeline

1971

Kinma school grew from a public meeting held at a home in French’s Forest in October. Parents attending were keen to have their children attend a progressive, child-centred school with a community environment. A school which respected and nurtured a child’s whole self, where each child could learn first-hand that they and all others had a unique and worthy contribution to make to society.

1972

Kinma primary school began in Forestville Memorial Hall in February and soon moved to rented premises in Belrose where three portable modules were built on site for the preschool.

1973

Parent, Bob Kasteel offered to lease his block of land at Terrey Hills. Additional prefabricated buildings for the primary classrooms were ordered and the preschool was moved to its current site in Terrey Hills.

The school went from strength to strength and an additional “log cabin” was built to accommodate extra children.

1980

An October fire burnt the log cabin and two classrooms which resulted in the school operating from temporary accommodation.

1982

The current primary buildings were completed. Tensions resulting from this difficult period caused a split in the parent body with about half the primary school parents leaving to start a new school, Yanginanook.

2006

July marked the opening of a brand new ecological preschool building.

2010

We celebrated the opening of a new library and administration building.

2011

We opened the BER multi-purpose hall.