Pedare Christian College

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Pedare Christian Collage
Pedare College logo
Let Your Light Shine
Surrey Farm Drive
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Coordinates 34°47′42″S 138°41′35″E / 34.79511°S 138.69309°E / -34.79511; 138.69309
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Established 1986
Principal Mr. Mike Millard
Enrolment 928 students
Campus Urban
Colour(s) Blue, Red and White             

Pedare Christian College is a joint Independent, Junior, Middle and Senior School in South Australia. The Junior School comprises Reception to Year 5, the Middle School Years 6 to 9, and the Senior School Years 10 to 12.

This school is a member of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia, the Anglican Schools Heads Group, the Uniting Church Educational Ministries Commission, the Junior School Heads Association of Australia and the South Australian Christian Schools Association.[1]

The Surrey Farm campus shares facilities with Gleeson College and Golden Grove High School, resulting in an extended curriculum and extra resources. Pedare Christian College is governed by a college board containing members elected from the college community, and representatives from the Anglican and Uniting churches.[1]


The name "Pedare" originally came from a vineyard on Ladywood Road, Modbury Heights, owned by Mr Leonard Tolley. It was formed from the names of his sons, Peter, David, and Reginald. The joint campus was originally going to be on this location but it was decided otherwise.[2] That location is now The Heights School.

The founders decided to use the name "Pedare" to recoginise the past pioneers. The names of the five communities, or houses, of the school also came from surrounding areas. Eldergreen, from Elder Green Farm, Brooklyn, from Brooklyn Villa Farm, Greenwith, from Greenwith Farm, Surrey, from Surrey Farm and Hillcott, from Hillcott Farm.[2]

In 1984 Delfin Management Services was developing land in Golden Grove, along with Urban Land Trust. They came up with the idea to make a joint school, and contacted the Pedare foundation planning committee to see if they wanted to join this scheme, saying two of the joint schools would be a Catholic College, and a Government High School. Pedare agreed. Pedare Christian College had its first official school day in 1986. There were 90 students, spread through Years 7 and 8. By 1990 Pedare had enrolments in all Secondary School levels, Years 8 to 12. In 1991 the school board decided to form a Primary school, and located it at nearby Bicentennial Drive.[2]

Today,[when?] Pedare is a successful college with over 1100 students. In 2005 Years 6 to 9 were relocated to the Surrey Farm Campus, forming a middle school.


The Middle and Senior Schools are currently at the same campus. All campuses are located in Golden Grove, South Australia, Australia, with the Junior School on Bicentennial Drive, and the Middle and Senior Schools on Surrey Farm Drive.

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  1. ^ a b "Pedare Christian College - Who we are". Pedare Christian College. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pedare Christian College - Our Heritage". Pedare Christian College. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 

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