Seymour College

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Seymour College
SeymourCollegeLogo.jpg
Location
Glen Osmond, SA
Australia
Information
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding
Motto Latin: Crescam Ministrando
("I will grow by serving")[4]
Denomination Uniting Church
previously Presbyterian Church of Australia
Established 1922
Principal Kevin Tutt[1]
Staff ~100[2]
Enrolment ~850 (P-13)[3]
Colour(s) Green, Navy & White             
Previously known as Presbyterian Girls' College
Website

Seymour College is an independent, Uniting Church, day and boarding school for girls, located at Glen Osmond, a suburb 5 km from the Central Business District of Adelaide, South Australia.

Established in 1922 as Presbyterian Girls' College, Seymour has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for students from Pre-School (4 years of age) to Year 13, including 105 boarders.[3] The school is co-educational in Pre-School, and girls only from Preparatory (4 years of age) to Year 13.

The college is affiliated with the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[5] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[6] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[7] and the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA).[3]

School performance[edit]

Academic[edit]

In 2016, Seymour ranked equal 9th in South Australia and 434th nationally for academic achievement (including NAPLAN, ATAR, IBD).[8][9] According to the Year 9 NAPLAN results in 2016, Seymour was close to average in reading, writing, and grammar and punctuation, below average for spelling, and substantially below average for numeracy when compared to similar schools. When compared to all Australian schools it was substantially above average in reading, numeracy, grammar and punctuation, and writing, while above average for spelling.[10] Seymour has 94 teaching staff and 75 non-teaching staff.[11]

Demographic[edit]

Of the 791 students attending the school in 2016, 75% of students had parents in the top quarter of Australian society in socio-economic terms, while 1% came from the bottom quarter. 1% of students have indigenous heritage, while 16% have a non-English speaking background.[11]

Financial[edit]

According to the Australian Government's MySchool website, in 2015 Seymour recorded a net income of $18.5m, 73% of which came from student fees ($23.8k from each student), 15% from the Australian Government and 7% from private sources.[12]

Campus[edit]

Seymour College is situated on a single 10 hectare campus,[13] located 5 km southeast of the Adelaide city centre, in the Adelaide foothills.[2] The campus is a blend of both old and new buildings. Some of the College's notable older buildings include the historic "Barr Smith House" (formerly the "Wooton Lea" mansion),[14] the bluestone and brick former laundry, stables and cottages, pump house, and the former coach-house turned music room.[15] Other facilities include: two theatres, a recreation centre including facilities for indoor basketball, netball, tennis, badminton, weights training and exercise, a science centre, two libraries, four computer labs, squash courts, swimming pool, an oval for athletics, softball, soccer and hockey, and a Boarding house including dining hall and health centre.[16]

House system[edit]

As with most Australian schools, Seymour College uses a house system; however, it is unique in that it is referred to as a "Clan" system.[14] The four clans are: Bruce (Black and White); Cameron (Yellow); Douglas (Blue) and Stewart (Red). The four clans compete against each other each year in various events for the Clan Cup. These events include Swimming Carnival, Sports Day, Clan Choral, Clash of the Clans, and the Clan Can Plan.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Alumnae of Seymour College/Presbyterian Girls' College are known as Old Collegians and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the Old Collegians Association.[17]

Rhodes Scholars

Since Rhodes Scholarships were first awarded to South Australian women in 1980, three have been awarded to Seymour old scholars:[18]

  • 1988 Kathryn Brown
  • 1997 Elizabeth Wall
  • 2004 Rachel Swift.

Some notable Old Collegians include:

Academic
  • Dr Linley Martin – Commissioner of Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, Vice-President (Academic and Information Services) and Council Secretary of Deakin University[21]
Business
  • Leonie Clyne – managing director of Angus Clyne Australia Pty Ltd; Recipient of the Inaugural Enterprising Woman of the Year Award[26]
  • Carolyn Hewson (née Somerville) – Company Director; Director of AGL Energy Ltd, and Westpac Banking Corp.[27]
  • Elizabeth Lewis-Gray – Chairman and chief executive officer of Gekko Systems Pty Ltd; Director of Austmine Limited[28]
Entertainment, media and the arts
Medicine and science
Politics, public service and the law
  • Hon. Justice Catherine Margaret Branson – Judge of the Federal Court of Australia[34]
  • Hon. Diana Laidlaw AMVigneron; MLC (Liberal) for South Australia (1982–2003), SA Minister for Transport and Urban Planning (1997–2002), The Arts (1993–2002), the Status of Women (1993–2002), (Transport) 1993–97; SA Shadow Minister for Transport, Marine, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Status of Women, Local Govt Relations (1992–93), Tourism (1986–93)[35]
  • HE Susan Elizabeth Tanner – Australian Ambassador to Spain and Andorra (2003–06), Assistant Secretary Europe Br. DFAT (2000–02), Australian Ambassador to Chile, Bolivia and Peru (1997–99)[36]
Sport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seymour College principal resigns with 'immediate effect', 13 December 2016, The Advertiser (Adelaide)
  2. ^ a b "Information for Applicants". Employment. Seymour College. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Seymour College". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  4. ^ "About Seymour". Seymour College. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australia. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  6. ^ "JSHAA South Australian Directory of Members". South Australian Branch. Junior School Heads Association of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  7. ^ "SOUTH AUSTRALIA". AHISA Schools. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. April 2007. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  8. ^ http://bettereducation.com.au/school/secondary/national/au_top_secondary_schools.aspx
  9. ^ http://bettereducation.com.au/school/secondary/sa/sa_top_secondary_schools.aspx
  10. ^ https://www.myschool.edu.au/ResultsInNumbers/Index/112966/SeymourCollege/49810/2016
  11. ^ a b https://www.myschool.edu.au/SchoolProfile/Index/112966/SeymourCollege/49810/2016
  12. ^ https://www.myschool.edu.au/Finance/Index/112966/SeymourCollege/49810/2016
  13. ^ "Item metadata". edna. Commonwealth of Australia. 30 May 2007. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  14. ^ a b "School Heritage". About Seymour. Seymour College. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  15. ^ "Seymour College" (PDF). Historic Self-Guided Walk: Glen Osmond. City of Burnside. pp. 6–7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  16. ^ "Facilities and Experiences". About Seymour. Seymour College. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  17. ^ "The Old Collegians' Association". Seymour Community. Seymour College. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  18. ^ "The Rhodes Scholarship, South Australia" (PDF). Rhodes Scholarship Information. The University of Adelaide. 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  19. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "GRAVES (Jenny) Jennifer Ann Marshall". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  20. ^ "Teachers notes – Professor Jenny Graves: Geneticist". Interviews with Australian Scientists. Australian Academy of Science. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  21. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "MARTIN Linley Margaret". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 2007-09-29.
    Biographies, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, www.teqsa.gov.au
  22. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "REID (Jan) Janice Clare". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  23. ^ Brad Crouch (17 February 2015). "Breast cancer pioneer Judith Roberts, AO, passes on". The Advertiser.
    "Member of the Order of Australia (AM)". It's an Honour. 11 June 1984. "For service to the community, particularly women's affairs
    "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)". It's an Honour. 9 June 2003. "For service to the community, particularly through leadership roles in a range of womens health, social service, family and multicultural organisations and boards, and to education through Flinders University, the Senior Secondary Board of South Australia and the Helpmann Academy.
    Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "ROBERTS Judith Mary". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 2007-09-29.
  24. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "SLADE (Christie) Christina Mary". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  25. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "WOODS Claire Ann". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  26. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "CLYNE Leonie Jane". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 28 November 2007.
  27. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "HEWSON Carolyn Judith". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  28. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "LEWIS-GRAY Elizabeth". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  29. ^ "Janet Bridgland". About the Artist. Greenhill Galleries Adelaide. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  30. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "LEAKE Helen Louise". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  31. ^ "Matthews, Penny". Agent Details. AustLit. 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
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  33. ^ McHugh, Mary (1996). "Gibson, Freda Evelyn (1908–1977)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 14. Melbourne University Press. pp. 267–268. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  34. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "BRANSON Catherine Margaret, Hon. Justice". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  35. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "LAIDLAW Diana Vivienne, Hon.". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.
  36. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "TANNER Susan Elizabeth, HE". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 29 September 2007.

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