About Us - History of the College

Foundation

The Riverina Anglican College commenced in January 1999 with an intake of twenty five Year 7 students. There was a part time staff of three supporting the full time Principal.

The College developed as part of the New Schools policy of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. An Organising Committee for an Anglican School in Wagga had been in operation since the early 1990s. A public meeting in April 1998 rekindled efforts. The Bishop of the Diocese, Bishop George Browning, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of over a hundred and twenty and the Organising Committee, now under the Chairmanship of Mr. Neil Stubbs took new heart. A Riverina Anglican College Ordnance was passed through Synod and the Committee, in a step of faith, advertised for a College Principal.

Dr Ian Grant secured the position of Foundation Principal and arrived in Wagga with his wife, Michelle and family in August 1998 to commence work on enrolments and curriculum. An Education Sub Committee of the newly titled Board of the College was formed under the leadership of Mrs Lorna Ireland. Much valuable work had been completed on the educational programs for the College in the months before Dr Grant’s arrival. At the same time the Board sub committee on Building and Works under the leadership of Mr Peter Davies had located a suitable block of land on Farrer Road Wagga. The fourteen hectare block was purchased and the architectural company Noel Bell Ridley Smith and Assocs. was employed to produce a design.

The Board of the College met weekly over the next months working feverishly on the hundreds of details required to be met before opening. Mrs Patricia Oliver organized the uniform as well as the temporary establishment of the College at Charles Sturt University’s South Campus. Mr Charles Houen provided astute legal advice and Mr Keith Wheeler oversaw the release of publicity details. Mrs Helen Wotsko assisted in the accountancy establishment. The new Rector and Regional Bishop, Bp. Godfrey Fryar, provided support and liaised with the Anglican officials in Canberra. As a result of the hard work the College was able to open at the South Campus on 28 January 1999. In July the school was able to move into the Stage 1 Building on Farrer Road. 

Consolidation Stage

In 2002 the Board of the College identified the move beyond the establishment stage to the consolidation stage. Mr Andrew Bowcher had joined the Board in November 2000 bringing vital accountancy experience. Under the strong leadership of Mr Neil Stubbs strategic planning days were organized and a new sense of direction was developed. Extensive building programmes were undertaken each year and balanced budget were created that included debt repayment.

Over the next years a substantial enrolment surge saw the Board recalculate the estimated size of the school from 280 students to 600 by 2009. In 2002 the College had 165 students spread between Year 7 and Year 10. In 2004 the first group reached Year 12. In 2012 there were 605 students and enrolments have been maintained at 600 to 650 since then.

The increased enrolment allowed the Board to appoint a Business Manager in 2004, Mrs Lynda Miller, as well as increasing the size of the teaching and administrative staff.

The increased size of the College steadily impacted on the school’s sporting reputation. In 2004 the College won the Inter Wagga High School Athletics for the first time. The Swimming title was secured in the following year and TRAC has held the Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country trophies every year since 2005.

A regular Activities Week programme witnessed overseas tours as well as adventure based activities. The first Silver Award in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme was obtained in 2005 and the first Gold Awards in 2008. The School currently has over 50 students registered with the Scheme. Students complete their theory work in a specifically designed Environmental and Outdoor Science elective.

In 2003 the Mathematics and Food Technology/Drama buildings were constructed. The school oval was developed through 2004 and opened in 2005 and the library and gymnasium were both opened in 2006. The Design and Technology Centre was opened in early 2009 and in September 2012 the Music and Drama building was opened. 

Excellent results in the nationwide Academic Competitions were supported by outstanding successes in the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate examinations. The College continues to produce outstanding students ready to take their place in broader society.

Future Directions

The Board of the College renewed the Strategic Plan for the school in 2016. It continues to seek the best for our current and future students.