Aidanfield Christian School as it is now known, began as Kings College, an amalgamation of Avon Christian College and Kings Christian School. Kings College closed to be replaced by Canterbury Christian College in 1996. The school was integrated in 1999. Canterbury Christian College was then renamed Aidanfield Christian School in 2009.
The main purpose of the change of name was to redefine the school, to place it in its community and allow a new perception in the community to develop. The new name reflected the place of the school geographically in the growing community that surrounded it.
Aidanfield Christian School was founded on a strong commitment to Christian values, including the ideal that all students be given equal access to quality education, regardless of their socio-economic status or cultural background. The school’s integration agreement captures the heart of the founding fathers.
The school’s founding leaders had a strong sense of responsibility to faithfully provide a Christian education to all those who desired it. In the early years of this journey as a private school, the challenge was to balance the ideals of integrity and faithfulness with responsible stewardship of resources, as well as excellence in academic and social outcomes.
Through the years from private school to integrated school the Board of Proprietors were challenged to update the school property to state-school standard. With limited funds this was not achieved. The challenge of excellent stewardship of resources became daunting. Equally so, the increased expectation and audit by the state, who agreed to fund the operations of the school through integration, challenged the structures and capacities of those involved in what had been a small private school.
The Board of Trustees and school leadership found the journey overwhelming and in 2006, facing a dropping roll approached neighbouring Christian schools for assistance. New personnel were added to the Proprietor ranks and the Board of Trustees.
From there the school began to reposition itself as a healthy, growing and well led school.