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History

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Early in the 1980’s, God planted a dream for a Christian school in North Auckland in the hearts of some folk. Those folk, Graham Braddock, John Bolam, Clinton Sanford, Helen Pearson, Joe Darby, Ron Youngman, Trevor Bond, proved to be good listeners and obedient to God’s prompting. Together they formed the KingsWay Trust to provide a vehicle for these dreams to become reality.

Through prayer, teamwork, and a sharp eye for using well the resources God supplied, plans came together and in 1983 an Early Childhood Centre was established in Red Beach. This was quickly followed by a school, well known today as KingsWay School opening in 1986 with one teacher and 10 students.

With God’s grace and provision, KingsWay grew and saw it introduce a secondary school in 1992. In 2006, KingsWay adopted Jireh school as a Satellite, which opened with eight students using the premises of Kumeu Baptist Church.

In 2011, KingsWay School was adopted another school, the bi-cultural, bi-lingual school in Helensville called Tau Te Arohanoa Akoranga. TTAA opened its doors with 30 students.

The growth was then exponential.

  • In 2006, Jireh moved to a new location in West Auckland to help accommodate its growth.

  • 2013 saw a new Early Childhood Centre open in Millwater.

  • KingsWay was blessed with a new junior campus in 2014, adjacent to the Early Childhood Centre.

  • In 2016 the KingsWay Trust became proprietor of Horizon School (formerly known as Mahurangi Christian School) and merged with KingsGate School in Pukekohe.

  • In 2018, Jireh Christian School became a stand-alone integrated School and relocated to their permanent home on the Avondale campus, previously home to the Immanuel Christian School.

  • In 2018, a further Early Learning Centre was added to the KingsWay Pre-Schools fold with the addition of the Snells Beach facility, supporting the adjacent Horizon School.

  • In 2019, Horizon School begins its journey as a Year 1 - 13 composite school, providing a pathway for families and students to experience a Christian education throughout their school years.