Annesley Junior School

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Annesley Junior School
Annesley Junior School logo.jpg
Wayville, South Australia
Coordinates 34°56′31.37″S 138°35′54.22″E / 34.9420472°S 138.5983944°E / -34.9420472; 138.5983944Coordinates: 34°56′31.37″S 138°35′54.22″E / 34.9420472°S 138.5983944°E / -34.9420472; 138.5983944
Type Independent, Day, Primary school, Early learning centre (Long daycare centre / child care centre / pre-school)
Denomination Uniting Church[1]
Established 1902
Key people Bruce Spangler (Chair) Cherylyn Skewes (Principal)[2]
Enrolment 103[3]
Colour(s) Maroon, navy and white

Annesley Junior School is an independent day school for girls and boys aged from two years old to year 6, located in Wayville, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia.

Annesley Junior School has a co-educational early learning centre for children between the ages of two and five, and a primary school for reception to year 6.[4] The early learning centre operates as a long day care centre (child care centre), open 49 weeks of the year.[5] The early learning centre (kindergarten) and the primary school's before and after school care programs are Child Care Benefit–approved.[6]

Annesley Junior School is affiliated with the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia,[7] and the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA).[8]

Annesley has been an IB World School since December 2005.[9] The school has a music program and children from reception to year 6 learn French as a second language.

Campus and curriculum[edit]

Annesley Junior School is located on a single campus in Wayville, opposite the Adelaide Parklands, 500 metres from the Adelaide CBD.[10] Notable facilities include the historic 'Gillingham Hall' seating the whole school and a Chapel.[11]

Annesley Junior School's academic programs include the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IBPYP).

There are two intakes into reception each year, in terms one and three. This will continue from 2014 when South Australian government schools will move to a single intake.


Methodist Ladies' College, 1903

Annesley Junior School was founded in 1902 as Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), at the site of the former Malvern Grammar School,[12] with 26 students enrolled. In 1903, the school was moved to the site of the former Way College for boys on Greenhill Road at Wayville.[13]

In 1977, a Union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches took place, forming the Uniting Church of Australia. MLC subsequently took the name Annesley College, the maiden name of Susanna Wesley, the mother of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church.

2010-2012: Merger talks, council resignation, transition to Junior School[edit]

In October 2010 Annesley College considerered merging with another school due to declining enrolments over the previous seven years.[14] The Uniting Church stated it would guarantee the continuity of the school for the following two years and that no merger would proceed.[15] The school appointed former Melbourne Girls Grammar School principal Christine Briggs as its new principal[16] but she withdrew from the appointment days later.[17]

In the face of growing uncertainty the school said it was seeking formal discussion with Pulteney Grammar School regarding a merger,[18] but the Uniting Church shortly thereafter withdrew in favour of "the co-operation of another Uniting Church School".[19][20] It subsequently stated that Scotch College would take over its management. The existing school council resigned, stating that amalgamation would have provided a better outcome.[21]

By January 2011, 108 students remained enrolled, down from 466 students mid-2010,[3] and by June 2011 the school announced it would relaunch in 2012 as the Annesley Learning Community, offering a school for boys and girls from Reception to Year 6 (from 2012) and a women's college for Years 10 to 12 (from 2013),[22] with a commensurate drop in staff numbers from 29 to 13.[23] Year 10 to 12 tuition was not sustained and the college was renamed Annesley Junior School. In August 2012 there were 100 students enrolled.[24]

Notable alumnae[edit]

Annesley has an Old Scholars Association which began in 1905 as the MLC Guild. The first meetings were literary and music evenings with girls writing essays for discussion.[25] Some notable Annesley/MLC Old Scholars include:

  • Simone Annan – R&B singer with a degree in biomedical science.[26]
  • Jennifer Jane BatrouneySenior Counsel, Victoria (also attended Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne)[27]
  • Roxy Byrne (née Sims) – actress and hockey player (Head Prefect, Dux and Captain of Hockey; Class of 1929)[28]
  • Mary Campbell (Mollie) Dawbarn (1902-1982), biochemist and nutritional physiologist[29]
  • Sarah Carver, cricketer[30]
  • Kimberley Clayfield (‘94), listed in Australia’s Most Inspiring Young Engineers from 2010. She is Executive Manager of CSIRO Space Sciences and Technology.[31]
  • Sara Douglass – author[32]
  • Amy Gillett – rower and cyclist
  • Gerda Jezuchowski – reporter for Ten News
  • Sally Newmarch – Olympic rower[33]
  • Dorothy Catherine Somerville (1897-1992) – solicitor[34]
  • Jesse Scales - Dancer[35]
  • Jessica Trengrove - Australian representative to the 2012 Olympics in Athletics[36]
  • Denitza Valkova - author, DJ and Electronic Music Producer with a degree in Law from Bond University. Bond University Faculty Scholarship recipient for 2005 in Faculty of Law and Faculty of Business.
  • Sesca Ross Zelling, OBE, LLB (1918 - 2001) - lawyer, vice-president of the NCW of Australia (1954-1957)[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annesley College". UnitingCare South Australia. Uniting Church of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link][dead link]
  2. ^ Annesley Junior School - Our Staff
  3. ^ a b "Annesley student numbers plummet". City Messenger. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Annesley College". Schools – South Australia. Australian Boarding Schools Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  5. ^ Annesley Junior School - ELC
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Annesley College". About Our Schools. Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  8. ^ "JSHAA South Australian Directory of Members". South Australia Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Annesley College Junior School". IB World Schools. International Baccalaureate Organisation. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Location". About. Annesley College. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Facilities". About. Annesley Junior School. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  12. ^ The Malvern Grammar School site in the suburb know known as Highgate was occupied by Concordia College in 1905.
  13. ^ "History of Annesley College". About. Annesley College. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Adelaide college seeks merger to survive". ABC News. 15 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Annesley secures two-year lifeline". ABC News. 25 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Troubled Annesley names new principal". ABC News. 28 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "New principal quits troubled Adelaide college". ABC News. 3 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "Annesley starts formal talks with Pulteney". ABC News. 5 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "Annesley-Pulteney merger talks off". ABC News. 12 November 2010. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "Annesley College media update". Uniting Church SA Synod. Retrieved 12 November 2010. [dead link]
  21. ^ "Scotch College to take over management of Annesley College". Adelaide Advertiser. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  22. ^ "Mixed reaction to rescue mission for Annesley College". Adelaide Advertiser. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  23. ^ "Annesley College closes to seniors next year". ABC. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  24. ^ Annesley News
  25. ^ "About the Old Scholars Association". MLC / Annesley College Old Scholars Association Inc. Annesley College. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  26. ^ Simone Annan goes from top student to pop star | adelaidenow
  27. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "BATROUNEY Jennifer Jane". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help);
  28. ^ Heywood, Anne; Secomb, Robin; Henningham, Nikki (2004-04-06). "Byrne, Roxy (1912–2004)". Australian Women Biographical Entry. National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  29. ^ Biography - Mary Campbell (Mollie) Dawbarn - Australian Dictionary of Biography
  30. ^
  31. ^ lumen - Kimberley's Stellar Career
  32. ^ "Douglass, Sara". Agent Details. AustLit. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  33. ^ Annesley News, 2004, Number 3, p65.[dead link]
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  36. ^ "London 2012 - Jessica Trengrove Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012. [dead link]
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