Immanuel College (Australia)

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Immanuel College
Immanuel College Australia Logo.svg
Motto Plus Ultra
Motto in English
Ever Higher
Type Independent, Lutheran, Co-educational, Day and Boarding
Established 1895
Religious affiliation
Lutheran Church
Principal Kevin Richardson
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 925 (7–12)[1]
Location Novar Gardens,
Adelaide, South Australia
Campus Suburban
Colours Blue, Gold & White

Immanuel College, is a Lutheran school in Adelaide, South Australia. It is the only Lutheran college in Adelaide that has boarders. Its sister schools include[citation needed] Concordia College in Adelaide, Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Gymnasium in Windsbach, Germany and Kyushu Lutheran College in Kumamoto, Japan.


Georg Friedrich Leidig, founder of Immanuel College
Immanuel College chapel

Immanuel College was founded in 1895 at Point Pass (north of Eudunda, east of the Clare Valley[2]), before its subsequent move to North Adelaide in 1921. The founder was Pastor Georg Leidig and his eldest son Paul (correspondence in referenced book) taught there from 1950 until 1956.[3] During WWII, the buildings were required by the Air Force, and the college was forced to temporarily move to North Walkerville for the period 1942–1946. In 1949, land at Novar Gardens was acquired from the Morphett family property 'Cummins', and the school was eventually established there in 1957.[4] Cummins House was sold to the State Government in 1977, and Immanuel College leased that property for 5 years from 1982 to 1987.[5][6]

Sports centre[edit]

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Novar Gardens campus, Immanuel College upgraded the school gymnasium. The new sports centre includes a heated 25-metre 10-lane indoor swimming pool, a heated 15-metre by 6-metre hydrotherapy and learners pool, 3 indoor courts and a dance studio. A primary school oval was converted into the indoor basketball courts, and an existing auditorium and a new dance classroom were integrated into the new centre. Completed in 2008, the centre operates as an educational facility during the day,[7] and as a community sports centre after hours.[8]

The Margaret Ames Centre[edit]

The Margaret Ames Centre

The Margaret Ames Centre, named after an old scholar and ex-teacher, was opened in 2015 as the senior school for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. It includes classrooms, study areas, a cafe called 'The Wings Cafe' (based on the Immanuel logo of a dove), and a university style theatre called 'The Otto Theatre'. It has library access and has 4 floors. It is a modern looking building unattached from the old style of the middle school. The Margaret Ames Centre cost $14.9m AUD at the time of construction.[9]


Immanuel has a long history of boarding, commencing with its inception as an exclusively boarding school at Point Pass in 1895. In the 21st century, Immanuel has boarding facilities for both males and females. In 2010 the college had accommodation for 132 students, with half of them in the main double storey building, 32 in eight self-contained units, and 34 in six fully equipped houses. The houses are named after the word for "Peace" in various languages – Heiwa, Pengon, Tangokorro, Frieden, Shalom and Koinonia.[10][11]

Staff and student numbers[edit]

Census data of August 2009[1] and August 2008[12] shows the following enrolments with the 2007 census data being included for comparison.


Staff 2010 2009 2008
Teachers(FTE) 84 80
Non-teachers(FTE) 42 52
Total(FTE) 126 132
Actual Staff
Teaching Staff 92
Total Staff 168 159
Staff Qualifications
Dip. Ed. 3 3
Bachelor's degrees 84 81
Honours degrees 10 8
Master's degrees 7 8
Doctorates 3


Students 2010 2009 2008 2007
Total 925 902 874
61 80 80
Boarding 132 130 130 131
by Year Level
Year 7 117 114 110
Year 8 141 136 144
Year 9 150 148 143
Year 10 176 181 158
Year 11 195 164 172
Year 12 146 159 147
by Gender
Male 474 469 457
% Male 51.2% 52.0% 52.3%
Female 451 433 417

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Performance Information 2009,
  2. ^ Point Pass,; Point Pass,
  3. ^ Leidig, Ludwig. Bombshell. sbpra 2013. ISBN 978-1-62516-346-2
  4. ^ History,
  5. ^ Fiona Baker,Cummins House restored to life, West Side, Messenger Press, August 1985. (Archived Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. by West Torrens Historical Society)
  6. ^ Cummins: new lease, Westside Messenger, 1987, Archived by West Torrens Historical Society.
  7. ^ "Immanuel Sports Centre". Immanuel College. 
  8. ^ Personal Best Aquatics,
  9. ^ Margaret Ames Centre Immanuel College Learning Environments Australasia, 26 May 2015 Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  10. ^ Welcome to Immanuel Boarding,
  11. ^ 2010 Boarding Handbook,
  12. ^ School Performance Information 2008,

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°58′16″S 138°32′07″E / 34.9711°S 138.5352°E / -34.9711; 138.5352