Calrossy Anglican School

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Calrossy Anglican School
East Tamworth, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 31°4′58″S 150°56′15″E / 31.08278°S 150.93750°E / -31.08278; 150.93750Coordinates: 31°4′58″S 150°56′15″E / 31.08278°S 150.93750°E / -31.08278; 150.93750
Type Independent, single-sex, day and boarding
Denomination Anglican[1]
Established 1919[2]
Principal David Smith
Chaplain Rev. Andrew Newman
Staff 180[3]
Enrolment ~1050 (K–12)[4]
Colour(s) Maroon, cream and blue             
Slogan "Christian - Personal - Caring"[5]

The Calrossy Anglican School (Calrossy) is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for boys and girls and incorporates a primary and preschool. Calrossy is located in East Tamworth, a suburb of Tamworth, a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1919, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy, and caters for 470 secondary girls and 155 secondary boys and 375 primary students.[2] With 180 boarders, Calrossy has one of the largest boarding enrolments among New South Wales boarding schools.[6] In 2006, Calrossy joined with William Cowper Anglican Boys High School and William Cowper Primary School,[7] to create the Calrossy Anglican School. The school now incorporates a secondary day and boarding school for girls (Calrossy), a secondary day and boarding school for boys, a co-educational prep and primary school, and a co-educational preschool, with total enrolments of 1000.[8]

The school is affiliated with the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[9] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[2] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[10] and is an affiliate member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).[11] Calrossy is administered by the Anglican Diocese of Armidale.[12]


The school was named as the Tamworth Church of England Girls' School (TCEGS), by a group of parishioners from St John's Parish Church, Tamworth, led by the Vicar, Canon Rupert Fairbrother with seventeen foundation students. The school occupied a site close to the church in East Tamworth. Lessons were held in the church hall, and the boarding house was an old building on the corner of Brisbane and Carthage Streets.[13]

The school moved to its present site in Brisbane Street in 1923, to a property formerly owned by John Patterson. His home, the centrepiece of the new school, was named 'Calrossy' after his family property in Scotland. The school adopted the name in 1969.[13]

TCEGS remained a parish school until 1936, when it was taken over by the Diocese of Armidale and administered in a similar way to the Diocese' other schools, The Armidale School and the New England Girls' School.[13]

In 2006, Calrossy joined with William Cowper Anglican Boys High School and William Cowper Primary School, to create the Tamworth Anglican College (TAC), subsequently the school's name was changed to Tamworth Anglican College - Calrossy Campus.[7] The amalgamation created a Pre-school to Year 12 with school, with a co-educational primary school and two single-sex high schools (Secondary Girls and Secondary Boys). Each sub-school has retained its own crest and traditions. In 2007, the name "Tamworth Anglican College" was changed to Calrossy Anglican School. The senior school for girls is now therefore named Calrossy Anglican School - Brisbane Street Campus.[5]


Period Details[11]
1919 – 1921 Matilda Stockfeld
1921 Florence Suiter
1922 – 1925 Katharine Bedford
1926 Muriel Hammond
1926 Sidney Warren
1927 – 1929 Annie Dannevig
1930 – 1940 Annie Parr
1941 – 1951 Gwendoline Horton
1951 Rita Allen (Acting)
1952 – 1961 Audrie Stafford Smith
1961 – 1968 Winifred Wetherall
1968 – 1976 Frances Stacey
1976 – 1988 Rev Peter Smart
1989 – 2001 Graham Hilder
1999-2006 (William Cowper Anglican School) Ann Brown
2001 – present Elisabeth Jackson


Calrossy Anglican School is registered and accredited with the New South Wales Board of Studies,[14] and therefore follows the mandated curriculum for all years. The school offers core and elective subjects designed to prepare students for a range of opportunities in tertiary studies and career pathways.[15]

Students in Years 11 and 12 may follow different Higher School Certificate (HSC) pathways, and complete vocational courses at TAFE or at school. Students may also undertake school-based traineeships, linking HSC studies with workplace developed competencies.[15] Current subject choices include Agriculture, Agricultural Technology, Modern and Ancient History, Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies, Christian Studies, Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, Food Technology, French, Hospitality, Information and Software Technology and Design, Japanese, Music, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Photography, Society and Culture, Studies in Religion, Technology, Textiles Technology, Textiles and Design and Visual Arts.[15]


Extra-curriculum activities include music groups, sporting teams, public speaking, debating and drama.[16]


The school offers music ensembles, such as orchestra, jazz band, string ensemble, cello choir, woodwind ensemble and choir. Links with the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music enable the school to provide private tuition in piano, guitar, violin, clarinet, flute, cello and drums on the school grounds.[16]

Music activities include a house music competition, carol service, Creative Skills week and recital evenings.[16]


Calrossy offers sports, from beginners to advanced level, and offers pathways into professional sporting accolades. The school participates in local community sporting associations, where competition takes place throughout the week outside school hours.[16]

Calrossy is an affiliate member of the Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) and participates competitively against 28 other similar type independent girls' schools in Swimming, athletics, cross-country, tennis and gymnastics. There is an opportunity for students to represent IGSSA in hockey, netball, waterpolo, swimming, athletics, cross-country, tennis and gymnastics. Other sports available include touch football, basketball, soccer, equestrian and softball.[16]

Calrossy holds annual inter-house competitions in swimming and athletics, and a Sports Day involving a range of sports in term three.[16]

Public speaking[edit]

Students may participate and compete in public speaking activities, including Mock Trials, Model United Nations, local, state and national debating and public speaking.[16]


An overseas exchange program is in place for students in Years 11 and 12, whereby students may attend schools in England or Canada. Some students arrange short term stays at the completion of their Year 10 School Certificate course.[16]

Notable alumnae[edit]

Alumnae of Calrossy are known as Old Girls and can join the school's alumni association, the Old Girls' Union (OGU).[17] Some notable Calrossy Old Girls include:

Media, entertainment and the arts
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Calrossy School". School Directory. SchoolSeek. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  2. ^ a b c "Calrossy". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  3. ^ Calrossy Anglican School Annual Report 2005 (accessed:12-06-2007)
  4. ^ "CALROSSY Campus TAMWORTH ANGLICAN COLLEGE". Find a School. School Choice. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  5. ^ a b "A word of welcome from our Head of Campus". Home. Calrossy Anglican School. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  6. ^ "Boarding at Calrossy: A Home away from Home". Our Boarders. Calrossy Anglican School. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  7. ^ a b "2006 Annual Report" (PDF). Our News. Tamworth Anglican College. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  8. ^ "Employment". Home. Calrossy Anglican School. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  9. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  10. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  11. ^ a b "Heads of New South Wales Independent Girls' Schools". About AHIGS. Association of Heads of Independent Girls Schools. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  12. ^ "Diocesan Schools". Diocesan Profile. Diocese of Armidale. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  13. ^ a b c "History". Our School. Calrossy Anglican School. Archived from the original on 10 September 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  14. ^ "Non-Government Registered Schools List". Letter T - Board of Studies NSW. New South Wales Government. 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  15. ^ a b c "Curriculum". Our Curriculum. Calrossy Anglican School. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h "Co-curriculum". Beyond our classrooms. Calrossy Anglican School. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  17. ^ "Old Girls' Union". Our Old Girls. Calrossy Anglican School. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  18. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "DAVIES Bronwyn". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  19. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "GORMAN Lyn". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  20. ^ "Strings: First Violins". About Us. Sydney Symphony. Archived from the original on 26 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  21. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "ADAMS Shirley Margaret". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.

Further reading[edit]

  • Newman, W. 1994. Calrossy 1919-1994: A Vision Unfolding. Halbooks Publishing, Avalon, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-19908-0.

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