Callaghan College

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Callaghan College
Callaghan College Logo.jpg
Entrance to the school in 2007
Main entrance to the Waratah Technology Campus of Callaghan College
Callaghan College is located in New South Wales
Callaghan College
Callaghan College
Location of the Waratah Technology campus in New South Wales
North-western Newcastle, New South Wales

Coordinates32°54′24″S 151°43′39″E / 32.90667°S 151.72750°E / -32.90667; 151.72750Coordinates: 32°54′24″S 151°43′39″E / 32.90667°S 151.72750°E / -32.90667; 151.72750
Former names
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoExcellence, Respect, Responsibility
Established28 June 2000; 19 years ago (2000-06-28)
Openedc. 2002
School districtCallaghan; Regional North, New South Wales
Educational authorityNew South Wales Department of Education
SpecialistTechnology (Waratah only)
College PrincipalGraham Eather[1]
Staff~300 (2018[2])
  • 710: Wallsend and Waratah
  • 1112: Jesmond
Enrolment~2,500[3][4][5] (2018)
  • Principal's Directorate:
    Leonora Parade, Waratah West
  • Jesmond Senior Campus:
    Janet Street, Jesmond
  • Wallsend Campus:
    Macquarie Street, Wallsend
  • Waratah Technology Campus:
    Turton Road, Waratah
Campus typeSuburban
SloganCollaborating to empower learners
Communities servedLower Hunter Region

Callaghan College is a large multi-campus government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in the north-western corridor of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Established on 28 June 2000, the College operates across three campuses, with education for students in Year 7 to Year 10 delivered from both the Wallsend and Waratah campuses; and for students in Year 11 and Year 12 delivered from the Jesmond Senior campus. The Waratah Technology campus operates as a specialist school for technology students.

In 2018, across all three campuses, the College had an enrolment of approximately 2,500 students, of whom thirteen percent identified as Indigenous Australians and thirteen percent were from a language background other than English.[3][4][5] Across all three campuses, the students are supported by approximately 300 staff.[2] The College is run and administered by the New South Wales Department of Education. The College Principal is Graham Eather[1] and each campus has a principal.


A 1999 analysis of School Certificate and Higher School Certificate results and other data including demographic studies, enrolment and exit destination statistics at the Jesmond High School, Wallsend High School and Waratah High School, revealed many similarities and patterns of results. Following consultation with parents, citizens, staff and students, the Government of New South Wales made a decision to merge the three schools and establish Callaghan under a collegiate structure.[6]

The Waratah Technology Campus was originally occupied by Newcastle Boys' High School, a selective single sex high school for boys that operated on the site from 1934 to the end of 1976.[7] At the beginning of 1976 the school became non-selective and co-educational for students in years 7–11, and in 1977 changed its name to Waratah High School. Later the name was changed to Waratah Technology High School, which persisted until the change to Waratah Technology Campus in 2000 upon the formation of Callaghan College. Despite numerous other changes, the school retains the original Newcastle Boys' High School house names of Hannell Devils (red), Hunter Tigers (yellow), Shortland Vipers (green), and Smith Sharks (blue).

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  1. ^ a b Eather, Graham (February 2017). Callaghan College Principal's Presentation Day Address 2017 (PDF) (Speech). Callaghan College. New South Wales Department of Education. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "About our school". Callaghan College. n.d. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Callaghan College Jesmond Campus, Jesmond, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus, Waratah, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Callaghan College Wallsend Campus, Wallsend, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Our school: History". Callaghan College. n.d. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  7. ^ "NEWCASTLE BOYS' HIGH SCHOOL". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842–1954). NSW. 20 June 1933. p. 4. Retrieved 27 June 2011 – via Trove, National Library of Australia.

Further reading[edit]

  • Armitage, Audrey (1983). Newcastle High School : the first 75 years. Hamilton, N.S.W.: 75th Anniversary Committee, Newcastle. ISBN 0-9592118-0-2.

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