In the early 1970s, a small group of Christian parents came together with a desire to establish a school that would educate, train and care for students based on the gospel of Jesus Christ. In October 1977, the Darwin Christian Schools Association was formally incorporated. It had 34 members and nine elected board directors.
The Northern Territory Government offered the Association a block of land on McMillians Road, where the Coptic Church now sits. But when the directors visited the site, they found the land covered in 50mm of water. As drainage options were being explored, a prayer march was organised.
Unbeknownst to the prayer group, however, the wrong address was advertised, and everyone marched and prayed around a block different to the one the Association had been granted. The mistake was discovered but soon forgotten as the Association realised it had to decline the government’s offer of land. The cost of installing drainage was too great for its modest budget.
The government’s second offer – Carpentaria College (now Haileybury) – was also declined due to the extensive work needed to repair the damage caused to the College by Cyclone Tracy. Out of options, the Association approached the Anglican Church about an empty block of land it owned on McMillians Road. It had far less drainage problems and the church agreed to surrender the title of the land so it could be transferred to Darwin Christian Schools Association. It was the same block of land the prayer group had mistakenly marched around.
The block of land the prayer group mistakenly walked around.
The original school logo.
Before Amy Johnson Avenue existed, the original entry to the school was off McMillans Road.
Due to heavy rain, the new classrooms were not ready for occupancy at the beginning of the school year. Temporary accommodation was made available at Tracy Village. Six weeks later, school resumed back at its permanent location.
In March, parents, staff, students and friends came together to dedicate the school to God.
First Principal and upper primary teacher.
First lower primary teacher.
Throughout the 1980s, the school continued to expand.
Our first science lab.
Our primary school and school driveway.
New secondary classrooms and science labs.
An aerial image of the school, showing the Amy Johnson Avenue entrance.
Work on the library block was completed. This location is now the current performing arts centre.
An aerial photo of the school.
Marrara’s first year 12 class.
A new garden.
This was officially opened on Marrara’s 10th anniversary.
Our preschool was established with 15 children enrolled.
Another new logo for Marrara.
Updated school signage.
Established to provide learning opportunities for students living in remote communities.
An aerial photograph of the school grounds.
Our Family Group Homes aim to be very much like ordinary family homes. A mature Christian, married couple, live in each suburban home. They are referred to as ‘Mum and Dad’ and look after the boarders full time.
Students participated in a refurbishment of the 1,400 square metre courtyard. This consisted of paving, gardens and a large shade structure.
Marrara Christian School became Marrara Christian College and with that, a new logo was created.
Updated school signage.
Alongside teacher Richard Hart, interested students constructed and fabricated the school’s future trade training centre.
Stage 1 completed in 2008 and Stage 2 completed in 2009. The MPB is affectionally called ‘The Cockroach’.
Our Fabrication and Construction Trade Training Centre opened. Established with 15 students, the program prepares students for work across a wide range of construction and fabrication trades. Students undertake Year 11 and 12 studies that allow them to successfully attain their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).
Our preschool became Kingdom Kids, a name befitting the foundational learning that students at Marrara receive.
Our latest logo.
Work was completed to transform the decommissioned former library into a performing arts centre and dance studio.