Our History

Our History

The vision of a Christian School in Devonport began with the establishment of the Devonport Christian Parent-Controlled School Association in 1987. A number of years of hard work ensued as the Board and Association members worked together to realise this vision.

The school started out in a two room terrapin building in the grounds of the Devonport Reformed Church in Nicholls Street. The school opened its doors in February 1992 with an enrolment of 27 students in two classrooms - Prep/1/2, and Grade 3/4/5/6. Mr Kees van Niekerk was the first Principal, and along with teacher Miss Michelle Pinxt, worked hard to ensure that these first students received a full and enriching educational programme.

Steady growth soon resulted in this location being too small. Land was purchased in Jiloa Way, Don and 1994 saw building works commence for an administration building. During the Christmas holiday break the terrapin classroom at the Nicholls Street site was disassembled and moved to the new location where it was used as two classrooms. Building works at Jiloa Way were completed in time for students to commence in February 1995.

The past twenty years have seen continual growth and development for Devonport Christian School. F block was constructed In 1999, and the decision was made to add a Kinder class. Steady growth in student numbers meant that new classrooms were needed and a two classroom terrapin building was purchased and erected to help accommodate these additional students. This building was used as classrooms, IT lab and library before being dismantled in 2011 to make room for permanent classrooms.

December 2006 building commenced on C Block, quickly followed by D Block in 2009, following the receipt of the Federal Government BER Grant. E Block was constructed in 2012 bringing the total amount of classrooms to 8, along with a purpose built Learning Support and Extension Unit, Canteen and much needed storage space. Late 2012, saw the student toilets relocated from inside the administration building to the current position in the student playground in preparation for the revamp and extension of A Block. The A Block Administration extension was completed in Term 4 of 2013 and brings a bright, modern look to the front of the school.

Whilst building works have been going on, there has also been continued improvements made to the school grounds, including the installation of a watering system on the school oval, new playground equipment, shade sails and outdoor eating areas, and the construction of a maintenance shed.

The completion of our new Lapthorne Close entrance in January 2017 saw the addition of a new easy one-way entrance with increased parent, visitor and staff parking and a convenient undercover student drop off and pickup area. Plans are now well underway for stage one of our next development, a new multi-pupose facility which will include an undercover play space, canteen, toilets, offices, storage and a large multi-purpose room. Building works are expected to commence mid-2018 with the facility available for use by Term 2 2019.

The future for Devonport Christian School continues to look productive and favourable. In 2018 Devonport Christian School has an enrolment of 165 students. This along with 29 staff and many volunteers means that the school is constantly buzzing with excitement.

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    • Address: 3-11 Jiloa Way, Don
      Tasmania, 7310
    • Phone: 03 6423 1373
    • Email: admin@dcs.tas.edu.au
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      Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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