Welcome from the Principal
There are very few things more important to you as a parent than your child’s education. We are privileged to play a pivotal role in shaping who your child becomes and how they live their life. We thank you for considering King’s Baptist Grammar School.
A child’s education is a joint effort between parents, school and the greater community and we welcome a relationship with every parent who entrusts their child’s education to King’s.
We cater for parents who want their children to be educated in an environment that will extend and challenge. King’s works for students who want to be part of something bigger than themselves; who aspire to being the best they can possibly be and who are willing to work hard for that discovery.
We believe a school is more than just rote learning, more than just exams and passing grades. It is the biggest gift a child will ever receive; the dual gift of knowledge and knowing who they are. We believe it is our job to help your child discover how to become a discerning learner, to ask questions, to listen to the answers, to interpret and problem solve, to uncover their passion and develop the courage to follow that path.
I warmly invite you to visit King’s and experience the wonderful Christian community of King’s Baptist Grammar School.
Don Grimmett, Principal
King’s Baptist Grammar School is one centred around the Christian faith. It draws its strength from that sure rock and provides an educational context which is underpinned by faith in, and witness to, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
King’s was founded in 1983 by members of the Tea Tree Gully Baptist Church as part of its commitment to serve the local community. We are a co-educational, ELC to Year 12 school of the Christian faith located in the north-east of Adelaide, 5 minutes from Golden Grove, 15 minutes from Mawson Lakes and under 30 minutes from the city centre.
Located on a 4.5ha campus overlooking the plains of northern Adelaide, our programs and facilities offer students an exceptional range of options as they pursue their Early Years to Year 12 journey.
Modern, air conditioned, facilities have been designed with the learner in mind and combine contemporary building principles with the latest trends in flexible educational spaces incorporating a range of learning technologies.
A broad range of co-curricular activities and subject choices are offered including all university pre-requisites and vocational options. These are enhanced by Science and Computer Laboratories and elective areas with specialist facilities for Art, Home Economics, and Industrial Technology. A dedicated Dance and Drama Studio, equipped with the latest in digital lighting technology, supports our excellent Performing Arts program.
Other facilities include:
- 2 full size ovals, one larger than Adelaide Oval!
- Large outdoor Amphitheatre
- 2 outdoor basketball courts, 4 netball courts
- Well equipped 2 court, Indoor Sports Centre
- Weights room and dance/aerobics room
- Dedicated, state of the art, indoor Theatre
- An extensive food and hospitality centre
- 4 science laboratories
- Modern Visual Art Studio
- 4 specialist computer and technology suites
- A Design and Technology workshop
- 2 drama studios/theatrettes
- High tech Music rooms and recording studios
- A counselling/student advisor centre
- An extensive library/resource centre
- A multi-functional special education/vocational education centr
Quality Education Factors
Vision & Values
Our motto: ‘Visio Fidei’ (The Vision of Faith); underpins the care of our school community and all that we do in developing our students.
Everything we do at King’s is driven by the vision of faith. The Christian ethos permeates our teaching and relationships. King’s is a school which believes that education is only complete when centred on that source of spiritual release and hope.
You and your child will join a diverse community; we encourage enrolment from a broad range of students and seek to support individual interests and needs. Our staff are selected for their professional excellence, character, humility, and good heart.
King’s is affiliated with the South Australian Baptist Union of Churches. We have close links with neighbouring Baptist churches however, we are truly inter-denominational in focus. We stress the tenets of faith which are common to all orthodox Christian churches.
No matter where you are on your personal faith journey, King’s offers a Christian community where students and parents alike can experience the love of God and have the opportunity to respond to Him.
Our prayer is that our students will become secure in their faith and established in a Christian view of life through which they honour God. Our further hope is that they will take their faith into their adult life as maturing Christians within their own particular world.
Faith life at King’s:
- Daily morning devotions in classroom
- Faith Studies program
- Weekly chapel services
- Holy Week (prior to Easter)
- Communion (on occasion)
- Annual family chapel services
- Annual end of year Celebration Evening
- Service Learning program
History, Leadership and Governance
Founded in February 1983. In the first three years, the rate of growth was astounding as the school population tripled. Today our school is led and governed based on a rich and strong history.
After many months of negotiation and planning by members of the Tea Tree Gully Baptist Church, the Tea Tree Gully Christian School was founded in February 1983, with a complement of 38 students (R–7). The rate of growth trebled, reaching 85 students (with four staff) in a relocatable building by 1985 (the ‘Church campus’).
The Board decided to search for a ‘home campus’ and plan for eventual extension with secondary levels. Land was temporarily leased opposite the church and the provision of a second larger relocatable building (the Angove Building) eventuated. ‘Angove Campus’ became a reality during 1987–1988. Steady growth lifted enrolments to 200 students, with half being on the ‘Church Campus’ and half on the ‘Angove Campus’.
It was decided to seek allocation of a Golden Grove allotment as a provider of educational facilities (R – 12) within the proposed Golden Grove development. The present Wynn Vale Campus was allotted and work at the site commenced in early November 1988. Two ‘in-situ’ buildings were erected, and our two relocatable classrooms were moved on-site. Angove Building was updated with brickwork and a verandah was added on all sides.
On February 7, 1989, the school – re-named King’s Baptist Grammar School – opened on the Wynn Vale Campus with a complement of 300 students from primary to secondary years. Today, more than 1000 students attend every day, a new Early Learning Centre opened in 2020 taking children from three years of age and a second King’s at Mt Barker is planned for 2023.
Where has our journey taken us?
- From the first 38 students to a school of more than 1000 children.
- A reputation as a school with outstanding academic results.
- A community where the school and church live, work, play and worship together.
- A wonderful single campus with three individual sub-schools and a planned new King’s at Mt Barker in 2022.
- A modern primary school facility with a new Early Learning Centre to provide a seamless transition to school.
- A middle and senior offering in modern facilities providing excellent learning spaces.
- Integrated use of computers and hand-held devices in classrooms as a tool for learning.
- A leadership program for students preparing them for their transition into life beyond school.
- A student body able to resolve playground issues, listen respectfully to each other and act responsibly in their family and community.
- Social action taken by students as acts of service to support others in the local and global community.
- A committed parent body who are passionate about our school and work hard to support it in a variety of ways.
- High quality before and after school hours care.
The Senior Leadership of King’s consists of a team of Directors. These roles are as follows:
Don Grimmett commenced as the Principal of King’s Baptist Grammar School in July 2019. The previous 17.5 years Don spent as the Principal of Investigator College in Victor Harbor. Don was appointed to that position whilst he was at King’s for a 5-year period as Director of Educational Development, then spending a year in each of the Director of Junior School and Director of Senior School positions. His early teaching years were spent in Victoria at Billanook College.
Don is a Past President of the Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA) and currently holds a position on that Board. He is also a current Board Member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA).
Don is married to Sandi and they have 3 adult children.
Darren joined King’s in 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from the University of South Australia, as well as CPA qualified and holds a Masters of Business Administration through Deakin University. He is a past Chair of the Board and current Treasurer and Chair of the Board at King’s Baptist Church. In addition he sits on the board of Baptist Financial Services (2014-current). Prior to joining King’s, he worked in Finance and Management Accounting for Woolworths Ltd. Darren is an active member of the King’s school community both as a parent and school board member (2006 – current).
Darren grew up in Kadina before moving to Adelaide for tertiary study. He has three children who have all attended King’s and is a committed member of King’s Baptist Church. He is passionate about seeing people reach their potential.
Lee commenced as Director of Senior School in 2018 having previously served as the Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing and Administration at Blackfriars Priory School (2014-2015) and as Curriculum Development Co-ordinator at Loreto College (2010-2013). Lee has held leadership positions in single gender and co-educational schools both in metropolitan and country regions of South Australia. Lee has great hope for young people and the potential they have to make a positive difference in our world.
Lee has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Mathematics/Science) and a Masters in Catholic Education from the University of South Australia.
Adam is one of the earliest Old Scholars of King’s, joining the school part way through the third year of its development when it was still at the Tea Tree Gully site. He completed his schooling at King’s, leaving in 1994. After completing his teaching degree, Adam taught for five years at Hills Christian Community School. He returned to King’s in 2005 as a Year 7 teacher in the newly opened Middle School. Adam was made Director of the Middle School in 2015.
He loves being in front of the classroom in the thick of things with the students and knows the important work he undertakes in the Middle School is his calling. Adam is a graduate of the University of South Australia and holds a Bachelor of Education.
After leaving Coomandook Area School in the Murray and Mallee Region, Mark completed his teaching degree at Sturt College of Advanced Education. Mark was a Year 6 teacher at Marrara Christian School in the Northern Territory for two years before joining King’s in 1984. He is one of the longest-serving staff members in the community commencing as a classroom teacher in composite classes and watching the school evolve and grow over the past 30+ years.
Mark was appointed as Director of the Junior School in 1994 and firmly believes that it is not the size of the community but the size of its heart that matters when it comes to supporting students.
King’s Baptist Church has been Kathryn’s spiritual home for the last 18 years. Her childhood was spent in the Adelaide Hills, before moving to Para Vista at the end of her schooling. She studied at Burleigh Theological College and was the Children’s Pastor at Menai Baptist in Sydney for 12 years. This work was followed by five years with Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT writing a curriculum for teaching SRE (Scripture) in public schools.
Sensing the pastoral heart beating strongly within, Kathryn moved back to Adelaide, taking up the joint role of Children’s Pastor at Tea Tree Gully Baptist Church (now King’s Baptist Church) and as one of the Chaplains at King’s Baptist Grammar School.
King’s Baptist Grammar School is an Incorporated Association and has a Board of Governors who oversee the operations of the school. The Board follows a policy governance model to facilitate strategic objectives including a framework of accountability termed ‘The Ends’.
The Principal is Chief Executive with a clear distinction between the role of the Board and the Chief Executive. At King’s, governance can be defined as “ownership one step down, not management one step up”. Board responsibilities include strategic planning, stakeholder accountability, key performance monitoring and policy development.
King’s governance policy is divided into the four areas of Governance processes (covering Board operations), Executive Limitations (what the Principal can’t do), Board Principal Linkage (how the Board interacts with the Principal) and Ends (defining what outcomes the School is to achieve). The Board educates its members and oversees succession planning.
Time on the board: Since 2013
Relationship to the School: My relationship with the school began primarily through our four children who all attend, and has grown from there. In addition to the board activities, I have particularly enjoyed coaching both AFL football and cricket both of which has enabled me to make many friendships with other parents as well as getting to know the kids.
Being the current Board Chair has enabled me to form another set of relationships with Russell and the other directors and has provided an amazing insight into the teaching profession.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar School Board? Having been Chair of the congregation at Rostrevor Baptist Church for ten years I sensed God calling me out of that role and into a leadership role at KBGS. I believe that we deliver a high-quality education here at King’s, strengthened by teaching inclusive of a Christian worldview. As Christianity is further moved from the centre to the margins of our society, schools such as ours provide an opportunity to reconnect our hope in Christ not just with our students but also with our wider community. Ensuring that both the excellence in education is maintained and that we form better connections with our community is why I am part of the board here at King’s.
Time on the board: Since July 2019
Relationship to the School: I am currently the Principal. I previously worked at King’s from January 1997 to December 2001.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar School Board? School appointment and ex-officio member.
Time on the board: Since 2006
Relationship to the School: I am currently the Business Director at King’s and I am also a parent.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar School Board? I am currently on the board in my capacity as Business Director, prior to this I joined the board with the aim of assisting and making a difference to the place my children attended.
Time on the board: Since 2015
Relationship to the School: I started as a year 7 student at King’s when my family moved to Adelaide in mid 1990. I then completed my schooling at King’s having the privilege of serving as Head Prefect in year 12. I worked at the School over the summer holidays for two years cleaning textbooks at the end of each year and packing the stationery orders for all School students. I then enrolled my children in school when they were born and my boys are currently in years 7 and 1.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar School Board? I am passionate about King’s. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to myself and my family as a result of being a part of the King’s community. The decisions that were made by men and women 35 to 40 years ago have impacted thousands of people so far. I want to be involved in ensuring that the values that this School were founded on are the values that King’s continues to grow in. More than this, I believe that it is what God has called me to be a part of and I want to be obedient to that call.
Time on the board: Since 2017
Relationship to the School: I am a parent of 3 children at the school and have been involved here since 2015.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar School Board? I really value the privilege of investing in and being involved in the governance of such a wonderful school and influential part of my family’s life. I feel a real call to support and encourage the incredible work of so many in both my family and many others. I see a significant role in investing in the Christian culture and opportunities we are able to provide here at King’s.
Time on the board: Since 2017
Relationship to the School: I have 3 children at King’s school. We are so pleased our kids can be a part of King’s. It’s a great environment for growing minds and bodies, and contributes to a great Christian foundation for our children.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar School Board? Holding down a fulltime job, it can be difficult for me to make it to many school events during normal business hours. Being on the Board allows me to give back to the school community, in after-hours timeslots. As a family, we are passionate about King’s and its future, and the provision of Christian education to our local community. Being on the Board gives me direct insight and influence to ensuring King’s not only operates as a fantastic school, but will continue to be a great school into the future.
Time on Board: Since 2014
Relationship to the School: It is my honour to serve the King’s Community as the senior pastor of King’s Baptist Church. We were formerly Tea Tree Gully Baptist Church, and were the church that gave birth to and founded the school.
There has always been a special and unique bond between our church and the school, and this continues to grow and flourish, and I’m really excited about all that is taking shape under the banner of wider King’s Community! So personally, I am blessed to have 3 kids attending King’s, but “professionally” I also really enjoy the many different ministry opportunities my role as the pastor affords me at the school – it’s always life giving to work with such a group of faculty and students! So whether it’s ministry together in Cambodia, speaking at chapel, or coaching football teams – life “on campus” as Russell and I say, is always good and always full.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar Board? In terms of formalities according to school’s constitution, the School has to have a representative on it’s Board from it’s founding church. While this doesn’t have to be the senior pastor, given the nature of the new work we are undertaking together, it just makes sense for that representative to be me I guess. Plus – the people on the School Board are great folks to hang out and do life with!
Time on the Board: Since 2019
Relationship to the School: I have 3 children at King’s school. We have always been delighted with the fantastic learning and spiritual environment that King’s has provided for our children.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar School Board? I am very excited about the School’s future and growth plans and am pleased to be able to give back to the King’s Community. I have worked as a Chartered Accountant for more than 25 years and appreciate the opportunity to serve God as we continue to build this wonderful school.
Time on the Board: Since 2019
Relationship to the School: I have been involved in the school since my son started Reception in 2007. As he is now nearing the end of his secondary schooling, I can say that King’s has been a great school throughout the years & I am so glad that we have been a part of it.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar Board? As I am also a member of Hope Village, which has established a Christian School in a poor, rural region of Indonesia, I greatly appreciate the value of Christian Education in enabling students to realise and reach their potential as well as positively impacting communities. King’s has been built on a strong Christian foundation and I have seen how it recognises each individual child’s unique abilities and helps them discover and develop them, whilst also encouraging them to grow in character and build their faith in God. I consider it a privilege to serve on the King’s Board and hope to make a positive contribution, while helping to ensure the strong foundations the School has been built upon continue well into the future.
Time on the Board: Since 2019
Relationship to the School: I am a parent and have 3 daughters at King’s.
Why King’s Baptist Grammar Board? I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the school’s leadership, parents and community members to provide strategic leadership to King’s Baptist Grammar School. The future for our community is exciting and being a Board member provides the opportunity to shape our collective purpose; provide excellence in education and create a Christian community where students experience the love of God.