In August 1999, Carinya Christian School Gunnedah was officially recognised as a Carinya Christian School campus. The Tamworth Christian Education Association saw an opportunity in 1998 to support the ongoing provision of Christian Education to the Gunnedah community by assuming the management of what was previously Gunnedah Christian Community School at the beginning of 1999.

It was humble beginnings for Carinya Gunnedah with just two classes, less than 20 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and two full-time teachers.

Now, nearly twenty years later, Carinya Gunnedah has 55 students in the Kindergarten Preparatory Program and 87 students in Kindergarten to Year 6, with 6 full-time teachers, 4 casual and part time teachers and 8 permanent support staff.

A message from the principal

At Carinya Gunnedah, Jesus Christ is central to the core vision of the school and our understanding of Him is embedded in our educational practices, at every level.

Children of all ages are taught that everything they learn about, is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Creator of the universe.  They are also taught that every skill, every ability and every gift they have, has come to them "From Christ" and is to be used "For Him".

Each child is treated as an individual, made in the image of God, to be loved, valued and respected as a learner.  The learning and achievement of each child matters equally with the learning and achievement of others.  These perspectives are described in more detail in the prospectus, by the Principal of Carinya Tamworth.

A school for parents!

Parents really matter at Carinya Gunnedah: sharing with parents in the education of their children is seen as a privilege for all staff at Carinya and one which we take seriously.  A close working relationship between parents and teachers is a strong foundation in teaching children to be resilient, responsible and self motivated in their learning.

I look forward to meeting you, showing you the school and discussing how home and school can work together in the education of your children.

Chad Kentwell


Chad Kentwell, Carinya Gunnedah Principal


Ph: (02) 6742 2766
Fax: (02) 6742 5095
46 Elgin Street
Gunnedah, NSW, 2380


School Days:
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4:00pm
School Holidays:
Please contact Carinya Tamworth Office
(02) 6762 0970