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All Saints' College Bathurst
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Location
Bathurst, NSW, Australia
Coordinates 33°23′48″S 149°33′43″E / 33.39667°S 149.56194°E / -33.39667; 149.56194Coordinates: 33°23′48″S 149°33′43″E / 33.39667°S 149.56194°E / -33.39667; 149.56194
Information
Type Independent Co-ed Anglican Private School
Motto Deo Auctore Vim Promovemus Insitam
"With God as our guide, we develop the inner strength"
Established 1873
Founder Canon Thomas Smith[1]
Head of Senior School Mr Stewart Ross[2]
Headmaster Dr. Peter Miller [3]
Chaplain Fr. Tony Card[2]
Employees ~70[4]
Enrolment ~ 500 (K-12)[4]
Colour(s) Red and Navy Blue
Slogan "Educating the whole person for the challenges of a changing world"[5]
Website

All Saints' College is an independent, co-educational Christian college in the Anglican tradition. Located in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, the college caters for day students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 and boarders from Years 7 to 12.

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2011, All Saints' College ranked 33rd in Higher School Certificate (HSC) results in NSW.[6] Among NSW private Schools it ranked 17th in the State.[7]

History[edit]

In 1873, Canon Thomas Smith of All Saints' Cathedral, Bathurst, with the support of Bishop Samuel Marsden began the process of starting the School. The following year, on January 27, the Bathurst Church of England College opened its doors to seven students under the headmastership of Henry Kemmis. Renamed All Saints' College, the school officially came into being in mid-1875 when it moved to its permanent site on the corner of Piper and Hope Streets after a successful fund raising campaign and the Bishop's donation of land.[1]

In 1888 Mr Edward Bean, the Senior Classics Master of Sydney Grammar, succeeded Henry Kemmis. During the eleven years of his headmastership, the College enrolment grew significantly. Bean produced the badge and motto, designed the uniform, commenced the Bathurstian (the school year book), introduced the prefect system, cadets, debating, dancing and carpentry, as well as opening a library and the Prep School.[1]

The third Headmaster was Rev Frederick Tracey. Under his leadership, the College became one of the ten founding members of the Athletics Association of the Greater Public Schools.[8] In 1893 the Old Bathurstians' Union was started. With their support, Mr Tracey purchased the school from the Church, thus becoming its proprietor, a position he maintained until 1919 when he sold the land and buildings to the NSW Government.[1]

Originally the Assistant Master under Bean and Senior Master under Tracey, the fourth Headmaster was Mr Britten. His reign at the College saw it become involved in rugby, football and cricket; several boys going on to play for NSW and Australia. He also persuaded the Old Bathurstians' Union to finance the building of a Chapel which they later moved brick by brick to the College's present location on the then Ophir Road, now Eglinton Road.[1]

In 1911, Mr Britten was succeeded by George Stiles. Both a linguist and an amateur boxing champion at Oxford University, he promoted French and German and brought boxing to the College. With the coming of the war in 1914, enrolments dropped, staff became difficult to obtain and prices soared. Despite all efforts, on June 30, 1919, Mr Stiles resigned and the College closed its doors.[1]

Then in 1923, the Headmaster of Monaro Grammar School, Cooma, the Rev Lindsay Watson and one of his staff, Mr Cameron McLeod, sought permission to re-open the College on its present site after purchasing Esrom House and 20 acres (8.1 ha) of adjoining land. The College grew so rapidly that Watson and McLeod had to purchase the nearby Travellers' Rest Hotel for additional classrooms and lease Walmer House on the river for boarders.[1]

In 1925 the OBU moved the Chapel from the schools' original location to its current site on the existing school grounds.

In 1946, after 24 years, Lindsay Watson retired and handed the College over to the Rev. Alan Catley, he stepped down in 1948, and Mr Ted Evans became headmaster for fifteen years. During this time the College grew from a student population of 108 to 315.[1]

In 1963, Mr Roy Dent, founding Headmaster of Sydney Grammar Preparatory School, took over from Mr Evans. He oversaw the inauguration of the Avern Award (for meritorious service to the College) and the republication of the history of the College.[1]

1966 was a year of three headmasters. Mr Roy Dent resigned, Mr Vic Tunbridge of Geelong Grammar took over as acting Headmaster and later in the year, the Council appointed Mr Peter Gebhardt as the tenth Headmaster. During his time, Mr Gebhardt introduced many programmes including Eastern-Western Week (work experience), Outdoor Education and Arts and Artists Week, most of which continue today. He also initiated the building of the H.R. Richardson Memorial Library and Watson College (now Watson Boarding House).[1]

Mr Dan Massey was appointed Headmaster in 1975. He introduced co-education in 1976, and was instrumental in the College amalgamating with Marsden Girls School in 1977. In 1982 the Junior School was reopened under the guidance of Mr Doug Finlay.[1]

Dan Massey resigned at the end of 1983 and Deputy Headmaster, Mr Bruce Clydsdale, took over until Mr Robert Bickerdike was appointed in 1985. Previously Principal of Girton College and Head of Geelong Grammar's Timbertop, Mr Bickerdike led the College forward through eight years of constant development both in buildings and student numbers.[1]

December 1989 saw the departure of Mr Doug Finlay from the position of Master of the Junior School, a position he held for eight years. He was succeeded by Mr Jock Bidwell in January 1990.[1]

1993 saw the arrival of Dr Timothy Wright from the position of Second Master at Trinity Grammar Sydney. During his time as Headmaster, Dr Wright was responsible for the development of the formal Pastoral Care Structure and its implementation within the College timetable. His vision of ASC as a Christian College in the Anglican tradition inspired and shaped his leadership.[1]

Dr Wright oversaw the development of College facilities such as the building of the Foundation Block and the Evans Block, and the refurbishment of the Science Labs. The second stage of the Junior School Development was also completed during his time. In 1998 the inaugural Transition to School class commenced with a full complement. Dr Wright was appointed to Shore (Sydney Church of England Grammar School) in 2003.[1]

Ms Jenny Williams joined All Saints' College from Snowy Mountains Grammar at the start of 2003. She continued the development of the College, overseeing the refurbishment of Britten House, the Dining Room, the Music and IT Centres and the front of Esrom House. Ms Williams remained as Head of College until 20 March 2008 when she accepted the position of Head of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand.[1]

During the interim period following Ms Williams' departure and the arrival of the present Head, Mr Stewart Ross (Head of Senior School) took over as Acting Head of College.

Another significant change for the College came with the resignation, after 18 years, of Mr Jock Bidwell, Head of Junior School, at the end of 2007. Mr Bidwell and his wife left All Saints' to travel to Tanzania to work at the School of St Jude. Mr Christopher Jackman took up the role of Head of Junior School from the start of the 2008 academic year.[1]

Dr Peter Miller, the current Head of College, was appointed at the start of Term 3 2008. He had previously been Head of Middle School at Barker College, Sydney. Before this he served on the staff of Shore School (Sydney), Wellington College (UK) and St Peter's College (Adelaide). He has been involved in rowing, rugby and athletics coaching. Dr Miller received a Rowing Blue at Sydney University and represented Australia in the Senior B Lightweight Four.[9]

Today, ASC has a total enrolment of around 460 boys and girls.


The school was nominated as a member of the Combined Associated Schools in 1928, a grouping of private schools, but never formally joined.

Motto[edit]

The Motto: "Deo Auctore Vim Promovemus Insitam" is Latin for "With God as our guide, we develop the inner strength"

Heads of College[edit]

Henry Kemmis (A boys boarding house was named after Kemmis)

Edward Bean (A sporting house is named after Bean)

Rev Frederick Tracey (Also the name of a day house)

Britten (A boarding house is named after Britten)

George Stiles (A sports oval is named after Stiles)

Rev Lindsay Watson (A senior boy's boarding house as well as an oval is named after Watson)

Rev. Alan Catley

Ted Evans (A day house was named after Evans)

Roy Dent

Vic Tunbridge

Peter Gebhardt (The right wing of Watson house is named after Gebhart)

Dan Massey

Bruce "Bopper" Clydsdale

Robert Bickerdike (A sports complex is named after Bickerdike)

Doug Finlay

Jock Bidwell (Previous Head of Junior School)

Dr Timothy Wright

Jenny Williams

Dr Peter Miller (Currently Head of College)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "All Saints' College History". All Saints' College. All Saints' College. 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b "All Saints' College Senior School Contacts". All Saints' College. All Saints' College. 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ "All Saints' College Head". All Saints' College. All Saints' College. 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Annual Report 2009" (PDF). About All Saints. All Saints' College. 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Philosophy". All Saints' College. All Saints'College. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  6. ^ "HSC 2010". Better Education. Better Education. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  7. ^ "HSC 2010 Private Schools". Better Education. Better Education. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  8. ^ "AAGPS Website (follow History Link)". AAGPS. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  9. ^ "Sydney Uni Blue". Sydney University Boat Club. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  10. ^ Hall, George (1983). "Hall, Arthur Charles (1896 - 1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 9 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 160–161. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 

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