Annesley Junior School
|Annesley Junior School|
|Wayville, South Australia|
|Type||Independent, Day, Primary school, Early learning centre (Long daycare centre / child care centre / pre-school)|
|Key people||Bruce Spangler (Chair) Cherylyn Skewes (Principal)|
|Colour(s)||Maroon, navy and white|
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. The early learning centre operates as a long day care centre (child care centre), open 49 weeks of the year. The early learning centre (kindergarten) and the primary school's before and after school care programs are Child Care Benefit–approved.
Annesley has been an IB World School since December 2005. The school has a music program and children from reception to year 6 learn French as a second language.
Campus and curriculum
Annesley Junior School is located on a single campus in Wayville, opposite the Adelaide Parklands, 500 metres from the Adelaide CBD. Notable facilities include the historic 'Gillingham Hall' seating the whole school and a Chapel.
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.
Annesley Junior School was founded in 1902 as Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), at the site of the former Malvern Grammar School, with 26 students enrolled. In 1903, the school was moved to the site of the former Way College for boys on Park Terrace (now Greenhill Road) at Wayville.
In 1977, a Union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches took place, forming the Uniting Church in 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
In October 2010 Annesley College considerered merging with another school due to declining enrolments over the previous seven years. The Uniting Church stated it would guarantee the continuity of the school for the following two years and that no merger would proceed. The school appointed former Melbourne Girls Grammar School principal Christine Briggs as its new principal but she withdrew from the appointment days later.
In the face of growing uncertainty the school said it was seeking formal discussion with Pulteney Grammar School regarding a merger, but the Uniting Church shortly thereafter withdrew in favour of "the co-operation of another Uniting Church School". 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.
By January 2011, 108 students remained enrolled, down from 466 students mid-2010, 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), with a commensurate drop in staff numbers from 29 to 13. Year 10 to 12 tuition was not sustained and the college was renamed Annesley Junior School. In August 2012 there were 100 students enrolled.
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. Some notable Annesley/MLC Old Scholars include:
- Simone Annan – R&B singer with a degree in biomedical science.
- Jennifer Jane Batrouney – Senior Counsel, Victoria (also attended Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne)
- Roxy Byrne (née Sims) – actress and hockey player (Head Prefect, Dux and Captain of Hockey; Class of 1929)
- Mary Campbell (Mollie) Dawbarn (1902-1982), biochemist and nutritional physiologist
- Sarah Carver, cricketer
- Kimberley Clayfield (‘94), listed in Australia’s Most Inspiring Young Engineers from 2010. She is Executive Manager of CSIRO Space Sciences and Technology.
- Sara Douglass – author
- Amy Gillett – rower and cyclist
- Gerda Jezuchowski – reporter for Ten News
- Sally Newmarch – Olympic rower
- Jesse Scales - Dancer
- Dorothy Catherine Somerville (1897-1992) – solicitor
- Petra Starke – writer, journalist and PR manager.
- Jessica Trengove - Australian representative to the 2012 and 2016 Olympics in Athletics
- Sesca Ross Zelling, OBE, LLB (1918 - 2001) - lawyer, vice-president of the NCW of Australia (1954-1957)
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