Our Houses - Knox

The mid 1500s were desperate times in Scotland with a lot of blood being shed.  Because of his Protestant beliefs, John Knox was captured and made a galley slave on a ship for 19 months.  When “Bloody Mary” became queen of England, Knox fled to John Calvin’s Geneva and experienced something completely different.  It was Knox who said Geneva was “the most perfect school of Christ that ever was on the earth.”  

When Knox returned to Scotland, he was filled with pioneering courage.  Despite hardship, opposition and even risk to his life, Knox aimed to establish a church and a school in every parish.  Education was made compulsory and money was also made available for relief to the poor.  Presbyterian Churches around the world trace their roots to the church John Knox established.

King’s College was established by pioneering Presbyterians who wished to see a Christian school in the city of Warrnambool.   Those who follow in the footsteps of John Knox have a pioneering spirit and press on, even when times are tough and they are faced with opposition.  As Knox’s body was laid to rest, it was said “Here lies a man who, in his life, never feared the face of man.”

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