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

 

House Chorals Festival DVD

A DVD of the House Chorals adjudication performance is now available 

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy

  

Friday 18 May

Social Service Free Dress Day

 

Saturday 19 May

Working Bee 9.00am - 12.00pm

 

Monday 11 June

Queen's Birthday public holiday

 

Wednesday 13 June

Year 12 Formal

 

Friday 15 June

Curriculum Day

There will be no classes on this day

 

Friday 29 June

End of Term 2

Students dismissed at 2.30pm

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