The College commenced from a humble beginning as an afternoon school at St John’s the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Community and Parish in North Carlton in 1972, under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. As interest grew, in 1979 it transformed into a fully comprehensive bilingual day school. In 1983 the College was relocated to its current site at Preston.
The College site has continuously been developed with the Senior School built on the northern side of the site and the Junior School at the southern side. Both campuses are well complemented with extensive facilities. These include a Student Resource Centre, facilities for Art, Music, Science, Food Technology and Digital Technology. Also featuring an olive grove and student garden, basketball and netball courts, a football field and the Performing Arts and Sport Centre that includes an indoor basketball court. In addition, the first stage of the College’s new Science Centre will open at the start of Term 2 2015.
St John’s College is situated north of the Melbourne CBD in the City of Darebin. This site was selected for its easy accessibility to public transport by train, tram and bus; as well as being close enough to the new housing estates to the northeast, north and northwest of the city.
The College has been successful over the years as a prestigious independent school, as most of its students graduate to tertiary studies at university, with a smaller number to TAFE. It produces students of exceptional character and calibre who have continued to make a contribution to Australia’s society in the areas of medicine, health, law, education, commerce, business, information technology or the trades.
To mark its 35th Anniversary in 2014, the College launched its new Strategic Plan and Master Plan, which will enable the College to continue to develop, renew its facilities, and enrich its educational programs.