History of Kinma

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

History timeline


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


We opened the BER multi-purpose hall.