Chairo Christian School was founded by Christian parents — not a church, nor a denomination. It was parents who felt passionately about the education of their children.
Their desire was to be able to ‘train up (their) children in the way they should go’ Proverbs 22:6
They believed they could best do this by providing a Christ-centred education. They sought an education consistent with, and supportive of, the values they held and were teaching in their own homes.
Starting a school is not easy. It takes faith, courage and lots of hard work. We have much to rejoice about as we look back over the journey!
After years of discussion, planning, prayer and work, Chairo Christian School commenced on Lardners Track in 1983. There was one teacher, 19 students and facilities were basic. However, the vision kept the community united and news of the new school spread.
It was firstly a vision for community: of parents, staff and students working together.
In 1994, Chairo purchased 14 hectares on Balfour Road to create a secondary campus. The original property now caters for Pre-Kinder to Grade 4. The site on Balfour Road serves Middle School (Years 5–8) and Senior School (Years 9–12). There are currently over 600 students across the two Drouin campuses.
The vision for Christian education continued to be embraced by more local families. In 1998, a new Pakenham Campus was started on Bald Hill Road. Once again there was an air of excitement, passion and hard work as they laid a foundation for the future.
The Pakenham Campus started small with less than 50 students and just five staff members. Today it has over 700 students from Pre-Kinder to Year 12.
A Christian school was established in Leongatha by a small group of parents in 1978, five years prior to Chairo’s commencement at Drouin East. Known as Leongatha Christian School and then as South Coast Christian College (SCCC), the school operated for 35 years before becoming a Chairo campus at the beginning of 2014.
The Leongatha Campus caters for students from Prep to Year 10, with a bus service provided from the Leongatha area to the Drouin Campus for those students in VCE.
The Traralgon Campus of Flinders Christian Community College will become a Chairo Campus from the beginning of 2018.
This campus will provide for students from Kindergarten to Year 8, with students in Years 9 to 12 having the opportunity to complete their secondary schooling at the Drouin Campus.