The site on which Kormilda College stands is steeped in local history. Originally a World War II Army hospital that treated Australian soldiers and Japanese prisoners of war, the post-war property was converted to a QANTAS Transit Centre. For almost 20 years, thousands of international air passengers and crew were accommodated on site as they broke their journeys to Europe.
In 1967, the Commonwealth government acquired the property to create a post primary hostel and boarding school for Indigenous children from isolated locations. By early 1968 many of the buildings were renovated, repainted and converted into classrooms or bedrooms and the property became Kormilda College. Initial enrolment totalled 121 students from 27 Territory communities, pastoral stations and missions. Following self government, the management of the College was transferred to the Northern Territory government.
In February 1989 the ownership of the College transferred to the Anglican and Uniting Churches and Kormilda College Limited was formed and administered by a board of directors, appointed by the two churches.
Whilst maintaining the provision of full secondary residential education programs for Indigenous students, we now serve the broader community and host both day and boarding students.
In 1991 Kormilda College applied to the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), based in Geneva, Switzerland, to offer the IB Diploma course to students in Years 11 and 12 – we commenced teaching the Diploma in 1993 and remain the only College in the Northern Territory to offer the IB Diploma.
In 2006 the College was officially awarded full accreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS), and has recently successfully regained that accreditation in 2015 (every 10 years). In 2010 the College commenced offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Years 6-10.
In January 2015 the development of a Kormilda Primary School, including Early Learning, on the same site came to fruition with the doors opening for 51 students. The College is now a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) with the latest student numbers passing 140 across Years T-6.