The John Calvin School is run by the Free Reformed School Association (Tas) Inc. It was established to enable parents in the Free Reformed Church to carry out the promise they made at the baptism of their children "to instruct and have them instructed in the doctrine of salvation to the utmost of their power".
Since all of creation is under the dominion of Christ, it follows that all aspects of education are likewise to be subject to His sovereign authority. Therefore, the John Calvin School is not just another private school with high standards of education and behaviour, nor is its curriculum identical to that of the state schools except for the addition of Biblical and Church History, a few prayers and some Psalm-singing. On the contrary, God's will, as it is revealed in the Bible and confessed in the doctrinal standards of the Free Reformed Church, is the foundation for and permeates the whole curriculum.
The school’s aim is to assist the parents in the upbringing of their children, by equipping the children with skills and knowledge for a God-honouring life of service in the church community and the community at large. We are encouraged and guided by bible passages like Psalm 78 in which we as God’s people are reminded of our collective task to:
“….tell the next generation of the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord ……” so that they in their lives would honour God by keeping His commands.
This vision was the vision of a group of migrant parents, who in the 50’s decided to form an association with the aim of providing Reformed, Christian education for their children in Launceston. Although society has changed markedly since those early days, presenting new and different challenges for educators as time progresses, this vision is still embraced by all the school association members today.
The school was opened in 1965 with an enrolment of 52 children and staffed by two full-time teachers. In 1977 a High school section was added to the Primary school. In 2015 the school celebrated its 50th anniversary and continues, under the Lord’s blessing, to pursue excellence and improvement in all dimensions of its operations. In 2017 the school association renewed its Mission, Vision and Core Values statements to ensure the original mission of the school and our future direction are clearly stated and understood by all involved with the school.
Equipping children to be active and discerning servants of God by providing Reformed Christian education founded upon the Word of God as confessed in the Three Forms of Unity, in order to support parents in fulfilling their baptismal promise to raise their children in the fear of the Lord.
Connected and Committed
We aspire to be a strongly connected community of learners, deeply committed to our faith and to continual growth, nurturing every individual to be their best in the service of God and to His glory.
Our Core Values:
• We are sincere in our Christian faith.
• We acknowledge our sinfulness and embrace the work of the Holy Spirit in us.
• We deal with one another with love, respect and humility as Jesus teaches us.
• We encourage open and honest communication.
• We live in thankfulness for God’s gifts.
• We pursue excellence in the use of our God-given resources.
• We actively pursue growth in all aspects of faith and life.
• We support others to be their best.
• We strive to serve God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength.
• We offer our talents, firstly to the service of God, and then to the service of others.
• We will serve local and global communities with commitment and discernment.