OUR HISTORY

History of Canterbury Girls' Secondary College

Canterbury Girls' Secondary College is very proud of its long history and its traditions which permeate the College.

The school was opened in 1928 in the red brick building that it shared with East Camberwell Elementary School until the 1940s. In those days it was called East Camberwell Girls' School, but was often referred to as Mangarra. This name was adopted by the former students' association when it was re-established during the Colleges' Diamond Jubilee year.

Except for a brief period during World War II when girls from MacRoberston High School and Camberwell High School were sent to the College, the school offered courses to Year 10. Those who wished to do a fifth and sixth year went to other schools. In 1953, as a result of the efforts of Miss Jageurs (1949-1958), the College's fifth headmistress, a fifth form was added followed by a sixth form in 1958.

Throughout the 1950s the official name of the school was changed several times and it was not until 1961 that the name Canterbury Girls' High School was adopted. In 1989, after consultation with the school community, the school's name was changed in line with Government policy to Canterbury Girls' Secondary College. Miss Kate Flynn, Canterbury's first principal, chose the school motto, Fervet Opus, which appears on the College blazer pocket. It expresses the notion of working diligently.

The historical signage around the school, the honour boards and the buildings themselves remind the current students that they are part of a long history. The College, though, is ever changing and responsive to the modern requirements of education, especially education for girls. The classroom and sporting facilities and the availability and use of information technology allows us to focus on the 21st century challenges that students will face. Our historical values continue to be perpetuated today by providing students with opportunities to excel, to question, to be challenged and to achieve.

Today Canterbury Girls' Secondary College is a high performing school, with outstanding VCE results, and is sought after by parents as a school for their daughter.


Events

 

TERM 3

Thursday 19 July

VCE Information Night

Years 9 and 10, 7.00 - 9.00pm Hall & PAC

 

Thursday 26 July

Parent-teacher interviews

 

Tuesday 7 August

Year 8 to 9 Information evening

 

5 - 12 August 

NZ Ski Camp

 

Friday 17 August

Year 11 Formal

 

Saturday 25 August

Working Bee 9.00am-12.00pm

 

Thursday 30 August

Music Night, 7.30-11.00pm

Besen Centre

 

Friday 31 August

SRC Free Dress Day 

 

Wednesday 19 September

House Dance Drama Performance Evening 1 – 7.30pm

 

Thursday 20 September

House Dance Drama Performance Evening 2 – 7.30pm

 

Friday 21 September

House Dance Drama - Adjudication Day

 

Last Day of Term 3

Students dismissed at 2.30pm

 

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