St Andrews Christian College

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St Andrews Christian College
St Andrews Christian College logo.jpg
130 Tyner Road
Wantirna South, Victoria
Coordinates 37°52′26″S 145°14′41″E / 37.87389°S 145.24472°E / -37.87389; 145.24472Coordinates: 37°52′26″S 145°14′41″E / 37.87389°S 145.24472°E / -37.87389; 145.24472
Type Independent, co-educational, day school
Motto Glory to God
Denomination Presbyterian
Founded 1983
Status Open
Principal Catriona Wansbrough
Grades Prep to Year 12
Enrolment 539 in 2015
Houses Barton, Deakin, and Parkes
Colour(s) Navy blue, white, and maroon
Slogan "Glory to God"
Song "O Lord Our Great God"

St Andrews Christian College is an independent, co-educational school situated in the Eastern Melbourne, Australia suburb of Wantirna South. The school was founded in 1983 by the Presbyterian Church, and takes students from Prep to Year 12.[1]

The College expresses a Christian and biblical perspective and approach in its curriculum and culture.[2] Currently there are families from over 35 different Protestant denominations attending the College.

In 2013, then Opposition Leader, and later Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and his wife, Mrs Abbott together with other dignitaries paid a visit to the College.[3]

St Andrews Christian College has consistently been listed as one of the top-ranking schools in Victoria and Australia based on academic achievement.[4][5][6]


St Andrews Christian College was opened in 1983 in Surrey Hills as a response to growing community demand for a Christian school in the area.

The College later relocated its premises to Burwood in 1998, and was able to offer secondary classes in 2000 as student and staff numbers began to grow.[1]

In 2010, the College moved into its current site in Wantirna South, where it is in the process of completing major infrastructure expansions to accommodate its growing population.[7]


The badge of the College consists of the white cross of Saint Andrew on a blue background, which is a reference to the flag of Scotland and to the school's origins in the Presbyterian Church.[1]

The logo also represents the College's spiritual stance, which includes:

  • "The Christian Ethos
  • The need for personal faith in Jesus
  • That all our endeavours should bring Glory to God"[1]


The College has three Houses, each of which comprises both students and teachers. Students compete for House points throughout the school year, which are awarded for academic and sporting achievements, as well as for outstanding student behaviour.

The three Houses are:

House name Colours Motto Named after
Barton Red "Strength, Honour, Wisdom." Sir Edmund Barton, first Prime Minister of Australia
Deakin Yellow "Iron Sharpens Iron" Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia
Parkes Green "God is Our Light" Sir Henry Parkes, Australian politician and the "Father of Federation"


In 2009, St Andrews was listed as one of the top 50 best performing schools in Australia, based on overall academic performance, in both primary school and secondary school categories.[4][8]

Since 2010, the College has consistently ranked in the top 15 best primary schools in Victoria, placing as high as 3rd overall in 2012.[9]

St Andrews has also been ranked as one of the top 20 secondary schools in the state since 2012, and one of the highest ranked schools that is neither selective nor partially-selective.[10]

Based on NAPLAN results in 2014, the College was ranked as Australia's 46th and 72nd overall best performing primary and secondary school respectively.[6] The College also achieved the 47th best numeracy result, and was ranked the 29th best private primary school and 50th best private secondary school.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c d "History and Logo | St Andrews Christian College". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Statement of Faith | St Andrews Christian College". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Lenore; editor, political (2013-08-02). "Tony Abbott embraces 'Gonski' school funding plans". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  4. ^ a b Better Education. "National Top High Schools - 2009". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Top Secondary Schools in VIC - 2015". Better Education. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Top 100 Primary and Secondary Schools". The Australian. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). St Andrews Christian College. Retrieved 2016-07-04. 
  8. ^ Better Education. "National Top Primary Schools - 2009". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  9. ^ Family, Wang. "Top Primary Schools in VIC - 2012". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  10. ^ Family, Wang. "Top Secondary Schools in VIC - 2012". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  11. ^ "St Andrews Christian College listed in the Top 50 Schools in Australia | St Andrews Christian College". Retrieved 2016-08-06.