Schools in the ACT


Schools in the ACT

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Information on early schools in the region that was to become the ACT, is from the Hall School Museum's research into early Capital Territory Government Schools and published in its database, launched in October 2013. We have linked to the database for further information.

Information on schools in Canberra and the ACT was provided by the ACT Department of Education and Training in 2003 and from “75 years of Catholic Education in Canberra”, supplement to The Canberra Times, 5 March 2003. 

Further information on each school may be available on the ACT Department of Education and Training’s website.

Table 1: Opening Dates of Government Primary Schools
Table 2: Opening Dates of Government High Schools
Table 3: Opening Dates of Government Secondary Colleges
Table 4: Opening Dates of Government Special Schools

Table 5: Opening Dates of Catholic Schools

Table 6: Opening Dates of Non-Government, Non-Catholic Schools 

 

Table 1: Opening dates of Government Primary Schools

School

Open date

Closing/amalgamation date

Ainslie

1927

Aranda

1969

Arawang

1989

Barnes Creek, NSW 1899  1902

Bonython

1992

Bobeyan (Tin Dish), NSW  1907   1910

Calwell

1989

Campbell

1961

Canberra  1880  1913 

Chapman

1975

Charles Conder

1994

Charnwood

1975

Chifley

1966

1989 closed and reopened as Melrose

Chisholm

1986

Church Rock Valley  1898  1904 

Cook

1969

Co-operative

1978

Cotter River  1914  1917 

Curtin

1983

Downer

1962

1989

Duffy

1973

Duntroon

1914

1971

Evatt

1974

Fadden

1985

Farrer

1970

Fisher

1972

1989

Florey

1989

Flynn

1974

2006 

Forrest

1958

Fraser

1979

Garran

1967

Gibraltar  1886  1942 

Gilmore

1983

Ginninderra  1873  1910 

Giralang

1977

Gold Creek

1996

Gordon

1993

Gowrie

1983

Griffith

1955

1995

Gungahleen  1888  1923 

Hackett

1964

Hall

1911

2006 

Hartley Street

1971

Hawker

1976

Higgins

1971

Holder

1972

1991

Holt

1973

Hughes

1964

Isabella Plains

1988

Kaleen

1976

Kowen  1875  1913 

Latham

1972

Lyneham

1959

Lyons

1966

Macgregor

1968

Macquarie

1968

Majura  1874  1930 

Majura

1989

Malcolm Vale  1892  1903 

Maribyrnong

1979

Mawson

1968

Melba

1973

Renamed Mt Rogers Community School 1998

Melrose

1989

2006

Miles Franklin

1980

Molonglo  1922 1942

Monash

1982

Mt Neighbour

1975

2006

Mt Rogers Community School

1998

Mulligans Flat  1896  1931 
Naas  1886  1924 
Narrabundah (Crossroads)  1894  1923

Narrabundah

1952

Nerrabundah (Long Gully)  1886  1900 

Ngunnawal

1997

North Ainslie

1958

North Curtin

1966

1983 North Curtin renamed Curtin

Page

1970

1989

Palmerston

1995

Pearce

1967

1989

Red Hill

1960

Richardson

1984

Rivett

1972

2006 

Royalla  1879  1935 
Russell Hill  1927  1930 

Scullin

1970

1989

South Curtin

1965

1983

Southern Cross

1989

Spence

1977

Stone Hut  1873  1888 

Taylor

1978

Telopea Park

1923

Tharwa

1899

2006

Theodore

1991

Thornhurst  1886  1902 

Torrens

1968

Tuggeranong  1870  1940 

Turner

1953

Upper Naas  1911  1924 

Urambi

1976

Uriarra

1897

2001

Village Creek

1975

Wanniassa

1976

Wanniassa Hills

1978

Waramanga

1970

1989 reopened as Arawang

Watson

1964

1989 and reopened as Majura

Weetangera

1973

Weston

1971

2006

Williamsdale  1871  1949 
Yarralumla (Bulgar Creek)  1878  1914 

Yarralumla

1956

Yarrowlumla  1850  1855 

 

Table 2: Opening dates of Government High Schools

School

Open date

Closing/amalgamation date

Alternative Education Program

1998

Alfred Deakin

1989

Belconnen

1971

Calwell

1990

Campbell

1965

Canberra

1938

Relocated from North Canberra in 1969

Canberra High

1938

Relocated to Belconnen in 1969

Caroline Chisholm

1985

Charnwood

1981

1996

Deakin

1966

Renamed Alfred Deakin High School after amalgamation with Woden Valley High School 1989

Dickson High

1962

Dickson Secondary College in 1976

Ginninderra

1974

2005

Gold Creek

1998

Holder

1975

Amalgamated with Weston Creek in 1991 to become Stromlo High School. Holder campus closed in 1993.

Kaleen

1978

Kambah

1976

Lanyon

1996

Lyneham

1959

Melba

1976

Melrose

1970

Narrabundah High

1961

Narrabundah Secondary College in 1976

Secondary IEC

at Dickson College

School Without Walls

1974

1997

Southside Alternative Education Program

1998

Stromlo High School

1991

Telopea Park

1984

(primary students from 1923)

Wanniassa

1981

Watson

1965

1988

Weston Creek

1972

Become Stromlo High School in 1991

Woden Valley

1968

1989

 

Table 3: Opening dates of Government Secondary Colleges

College

Open date

Closing/amalgamation date

Canberra College

1997

Formed from the amalgamation of Phillip and Stirling Colleges

Copland

1978

Dickson College

1976

Prior to 1976 Dickson High School

Erindale

1981

Hawker

1976

Lake Ginninderra

1987

Lake Tuggeranong

1990

Narrabundah

1976

Narrabundah College was Narrabundah High School prior to 1976

Phillip

1976

Amalgamated with Stirling College in 1997 to form Canberra College – Phillip campus

Schools Without Walls

1974

Also has high school enrolments

Stirling

1977

Amalgamated with Phillip College in 1997 to form Canberra College – Weston campus

 

Table 4: Opening dates of Government Special Schools

School

Open date

Closing/amalgamation date

Cranleigh

1974

Hartley Street

1971

Hartley Street is administratively attached to Turner Primary School.

Black Mountain School

1954

Known as Koomari prior to 2003

Malkara

1970

Woden School

1974

 

Table 5: Opening dates of Catholic schools

School

Suburb

Open date

Close/amalgamation date

St Christopher’s School

Manuka

1928

1971

Our Lady of Mercy Primary School
(also known as St Mary’s Primary School)

Braddon

1935

1973

St Edmund’s College

Griffith

1954

St Benedict’s Primary

Narrabundah

1955

St Jospeph’s Primary

O’Connor

1956

St Peter Chanel’s Primary School

Yarralumla

1956

1989

Merici College,
formely Catholic Girls High School, Braddon

Braddon

1959

St Thomas More’s Primary

Campbell

1960

St Brigid’s Primary

Dickson

1960

1986

St Michael’s Primary

Lyneham

1961

1973

Daramalan College (Secondary)

Dickson

1962

Daramalan College (Primary)

Dickson

1962

1996

St Bede’s Primary

Red Hill

1963

Rosary Primary

Watson

1963

St Clare’s College,
formerly Catholic Girls’ High School, Griffith

Griffith

1965

Holy Trinity Primary

Curtin

1966

Sts Peter and Paul Primary

Garran

1967

Marist College

Pearce

1968

St Vincent’s Primary

Aranda

1970

Sacred Heart Primary

Pearce

1970

St John Vianney’s Primary

Waramanga

1971

St Matthew’s Primary

Page

1972

St Thomas Aquinas Primary

Charnwood

1975

St Jude’s Primary

Holder

1975

St Thomas the Apostle Primary

Kambah

1977

St Monica’s Primary

Evatt

1977

St Francis Xavier College

Florey

1976

Padua Catholic High
(became the junior campus of Mackillop Catholic College in 1997)

Wanniassa

1978

St John the Apostle Primary

Florey

1979

St Anthony’s Primary

Wanniassa

1980

St Michael’s Primary

Kaleen

1983

Holy Family Primary

Gowrie

1985

St Peter’s Catholic College
(became the senior Campus of Mackillop Catholic College in 1997)

Isabella Plains

1989

St Francis of Assisi Primary

Calwell

1988

St Clare of Assisi Primary

Conder

1994

Holy Spirit Primary

Nicholls

1996

Mackillop Catholic College –
amalgamation of St Peter’s Catholic College, Isabella Plains and Padua Catholic High School, Wanniassa

Tuggeranong

1997

Good Shepherd Primary

Amaroo

2002

 

Table 6 Non-Government, non-Catholic schools

School

Open Date

Closing/amalgamation date

Blue Gum School  1998 

Brindabella Christian School

1997

Site of the previous O’Connor Christian School which opened in 1980

Burgmann Anglican School

1998

Canberra Christian School

1972

Previously known as Mawson Seventh Day Adventist School

Canberra Girls' Grammar

1926

Canberra Grammar School

1929

Canberra Montessori School

1980

Covenant College

1991

Emmaus Christian School

1997

Site of St Brigid’s Primary School, Dickson

Galilee Day Program

 unknown

Orana School

1981

Radford College

1984

Trinity Christian School

1980