Kinross Wolaroi School

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Kinross Wolaroi School
Kinross Wolaroi School crest. Source: (Kinross Wolaroi website)
Orange, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°17′25″S 149°6′47″E / 33.29028°S 149.11306°E / -33.29028; 149.11306Coordinates: 33°17′25″S 149°6′47″E / 33.29028°S 149.11306°E / -33.29028; 149.11306
Type Independent, Co-educational Day and Boarding
Denomination Uniting Church[1]
Established 1886 (Wolaroi College)
1928 (Presbyterian Ladies' College, Orange)
1975 (Kinross Wolaroi School)
Principal Dr Andrew Parry
Employees ~92[2]
Enrolment ~1005 (P–12)[2]
Colour(s) Blue and White

Kinross Wolaroi School is an independent, Uniting church, co-educational, day and boarding school, located in Orange, a provincial city 260 kilometres (160 mi) west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The school was formed in 1975 with the merger between Wolaroi Methodist Boys College and the Kinross Presbyterian Ladies' College, Orange (PLC). It is a non-selective school and currently caters for approximately 1005 students from the Preparatory school to Year 12, including 300 boarders.[2] Classes and boys boarding occur at the Wolaroi Site on Bathurst Road, while girl boarders live at the PLC Site on Coronation Drive.[1]

Kinross Wolaroi School is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[5] Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools (AICES) and is an associate member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA).


Wolaroi College[edit]

Weymouth House, a small privately owned school for boys, was opened in 1886, on the corner of Byng and Sale Street, Orange. The school was a success, and in 1893 the Wolaroi mansion was purchased, enabling the boys to move to a larger campus. The move led to a change of name for the school, to Wolaroi Grammar School.[6]

In 1925, the Methodist Church took control and changed the name again, this time to Wolaroi College. The College continued to educate boys from until 1973, when girls were enrolled.[6]

Presbyterian Ladies' College[edit]

The Presbyterian Ladies' College (P.L.C) opened in Orange in 1928, providing an education based on Christian principles for girls in the Western Area. In 1973, P.L.C also became co-educational, and changed its name to The Kinross School.[6]

Kinross Wolaroi School[edit]

The Kinross School Council accepted the responsibilities of Wolaroi College, and in 1975 the schools amalgamated to become Kinross Wolaroi School. With the creation of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977, the School became a part of that Church.[6]

A former Preparatory School Principal at Kinross Wolaroi, John Thomas Kennett, was in 1998 convicted on a range of charges for sex offences against 12 boys.[7][8][9]

Today, the School provides co-education and single-sex boarding using its two main campuses. Classes and boys boarding occurs at the Wolaroi Site on Bathurst Road, while female boarders live at the P.L.C Site on Coronation Drive.[6]

Co-curricular activities[edit]


The Kinross Wolaroi School Cadet Unit (KWSCU) was established over 60 years ago, and today has a Unit strength of 300 cadets. KWSCU is a member of the Australia Services' Cadet Scheme, with a total enrolment of approximately 23,000 cadets Australia-wide. Unless a student is selected in the band or orchestra, membership of the Cadet Unit is compulsory for all students in semester two of Year 7, Year 8 and the first semester of Year 9, with further service encouraged following the award of rank. A camp, bivouacs and leadership courses are held annually. The unit parades through Orange on Anzac Day, and also conducts a farewell parade to Senior Cadets (Year 12) and band members, and in recent years a Ceremonial Parade on Open Day. A formal mess night is held annually for the Senior Cadets and Band members, their parents, and officers.[10]

Each platoon is commanded by a Cadet Under Officer (CUO), with the assistance of a Platoon Sergeant (SGT), and is divided into three sections, with each led by a Corporal (CPL). Rank is attained after a cadet with suitable experience attends and passes the relevant promotion course. Typically, a CUO is in Year 11, and has served for four years in the cadet corp.[10]


The co-curricular music programme at Kinross Wolaroi includes elective instrumental, musicianship, vocal tuition, and a range of ensemble music, including an orchestra, concert band, stage band, chamber strings, chamber choir and many more. Instrumental and vocal tuition occurs during the normal school day with individual students attending lessons once a week. Students may also choose to study musicianship in groups according to grade level, with classes occurring before school and during lunch times. The school music festival is held annually in term four.[11]


The Kinross Wolaroi Prep School is a member school of both the Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools (HICES) and Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA). Through these organisations, students have the opportunity to participate in Athletics, Swimming and Cross-Country through to a national level. Boys and Girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 may play in a sports team during the winter season, and from Year 3 to 6 in the summer season. Sport is then compulsory for all students from Year 3 onwards.[12]

In the Senior school, boys may participate in sports such as rugby, soccer, cricket, cross country, basketball, water polo, swimming, diving, squash, softball, rowing and tennis. Girls may compete in sports such as hockey, netball, basketball, waterpolo, swimming, aerobics, squash, diving, rowing, softball, soccer and tennis. Sporting competition in the senior school is facilitated through the school's membership in a number of associations, including Orange Town Competitions, Western Associated Schools (WAS), Independent Schools Association (ISA), Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools (AICES), and NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS).[12]


In 2009 the senior Kinross Wolaroi debating team won the Chapman Cup, beating Newcastle Grammar School in the HICES state debating final.[citation needed] In 2015, the two open Kinross Wolaroi debating teams qualified for the HICES state debating final, with the Year 11/12 team defeating the Year 10 team, winning the Chapman Cup.[citation needed]

Other activities[edit]

In addition to sport, music, and the Cadet Unit, a number of other activities are available to students. These include: the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, stud cattle, cattle paraders, ski tour, public speaking, debating, art club, archives, computer club, photography club, crusaders, community service, peer support, young achievers, and library.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of Kinross Wolaroi School, Kinross School, the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Orange, or Wolaroi College, are known as ex-students, and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the Kinross Wolaroi Ex-Students' Association.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kinross Wolaroi School". New South Wales. School Choice. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "2010 Annual Report" (PDF). KWS Annual Report 2010. Kinross Wolaroi School. 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ "New South Wales". School Directory. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2008. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  4. ^ "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 2008-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Kinross Wolaroi School". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2008. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "School History". The School. Kinross Wolaroi School. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
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  10. ^ a b "Cadets". Co Curricular. Kinross Wolaroi School. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  11. ^ "Music". Co Curricular. Kinross Wolaroi School. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Sport". Co Curricular. Kinross Wolaroi School. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  13. ^ "Other Activities at KWS". Co Curricular. Kinross Wolaroi School. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  14. ^ "Introduction". Ex Students. Kinross Wolaroi School. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  15. ^ "ARU player profile". Archived from the original on 16 January 2016. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  16. ^ Norington, Brad (2008-06-13). "Belinda Neal's stoushes with ALP comrades legendary". The Australian. 
  17. ^ "Canoeing greats of Orange". Orange City Council. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Butt, M.F. 1978. Presbyterian Ladies' College, Orange - A Journal. Orange, G.H Craig.

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