Good Shepherd Lutheran College was the fourth Lutheran School in the Northern Territory and the second in the Top End prior to the merge with St Andrew Lutheran School in January 2015. It has grown from a small group of 18 students who commenced in January 1998 to now having an enrolment of over 1,300.
Need for Quality Education
The concept for the school emerged in late 1995 and led to the forming of a school task force made up of members from both Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Palmerston and St Andrew Lutheran Church - Nightcliff. This group recognised from its beginning the need for alternative education for the growing Palmerston community.
The school was located on the corner of Temple Terrace and Emery Avenue - Gray, a suburb in the heart of Palmerston. Title for the 2.2-hectare block was granted in January 1997.
Middle and Senior School Developments
In January of 2007 Good Shepherd Lutheran College was extended to Year 8 and the split within the College to two sub-schools – a Primary and Middle School. In 2008 the Middle School moved to a new campus in Howard Springs, corner of Whitewood Rd and Kundook Place. This campus also contains the Senior School, which opened in 2009.
Merge with St Andrew Lutheran School
In January 2015, Good Shepherd merged with St Andrew Lutheran School in Leanyer.
The College is incorporated as the Good Shepherd Lutheran College NT Inc, and is managed under the auspices of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, (Howard Springs / Palmerston) congregation. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the parish of the Top End Lutheran Church, which is itself part of the Lutheran Church of Australia.