Carroll College began with the dream of ordinary people who wanted a local Catholic Secondary school for their children.
The day the land was formally consecrated by Archbishop Carroll was reminiscent of early pioneering days. A tiny choir of children from St. Mary's sang, and the Archbishop blessed the land and planted a memorial tree in a small clearing among the Banksia trees. In the middle of the bush, those present sat on logs and shared a cuppa and scones to celebrate the occasion.
The year was 1995 and it brought the excitement of the first day of the school. Builders and bulldozers were still on the site, the blue poles weren’t painted yet, the whiteboards hadn’t arrived, but none of this mattered.
Our inaugural staff-of-six were present to welcome our most precious arrivals -- our 95 Year Seven students -- bringing our long-awaited dream to reality. High school for these young men and women was a series of firsts for every event, activity, program, and policy.
We began the tradition of celebrating Carroll Day with individual letters written for a time capsule to be opened by students when they reached Year 12. Since then, a Thanksgiving Mass and themed activities organised by Year 11 students has become part of the ritual of celebrating Carroll Day.
The focus at Carroll College is based on our Vision of being a faith community providing a Catholic education. Our Pastoral and educational programs endeavour to reflect this commitment in every aspect.
Quality Teaching and Learning outcomes are incorporated into all programs in the College. Our Middle School Program in Years 7 and 8 ensures that each student is challenged to extend and develop key learning skills.
Academic achievement matters. Carroll College students excel in the Higher School Certificate NAPLAN and external examinations in National English, Maths, ICT, and Science competitions -- our strength is that we work with both parents and students.
Policies and programs at Carroll College focus on helping each student learn for life. Our students have represented us at the highest levels in almost every sport. They also participate in the Lion’s Club Youth of the Year Award and Rotary Public Speaking Competitions.
Carroll College students are provided with many opportunities in the performing and creative arts, including College musicals; Variety Concert, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Art Exhibition; as well as drama performances.
In almost every business outlet and enterprise in our shire and well beyond, there are Carroll College students and ex-students who are living life to the fullest. Their reality is grounded in their community’s dream to have a Catholic College on the coast and in the shared dedication and trust which has brought that dream to reality.
Carroll College, St Bernard’s Primary school, Batemans Bay and St Mary’s Primary school, Moruya, work closely together to provide a K-12 pathway for Catholic Education on the South Coast.
Our crest depicts significant symbols of our Carroll College life:
The Cross of Redemption reminds us of God’s great love for each and every one of us and forms the Christian basis of Catholic education.
The Southern Cross reminds us of the gentle Spirit, the nurturing environment of the College, and the typically coastal aspect of the College.
As a faith community, we acknowledge our God who offers fullness of life.
Carroll College provides an environment where Christian values form the basis of all we say and do. We are committed to our young people and dedicated to supporting their growth to Christian maturity.
Carroll College is a faith community providing Catholic-based education inspired by personal excellence and a commitment to social justice. The College fosters spiritual, academic, and personal growth, preparing students for the future as lifelong learners.
A love for God pervades all.
Learning is holistic and relevant to the present and future needs of our students.
Potential, effort, and achievement are appreciated and celebrated.
Each person feels valued and accepted in a pleasant and safe environment.
Spirituality is nurtured as a lasting, personal relationship with God.
Students are encouraged to:
- Develop a love for learning
- Strive for their personal best
- Expand horizons
- Respect others
- Take up challenges
- Prepare for the future
- Work for justice
Archbishop Francis Carroll is the Patron of our College.
He is a person who responds with total commitment to God, a person of deep faith, a person who continues to give his life in the service of others.
A prophetic man, Archbishop Francis Carroll challenges us to be people who take a stand for Christian values in a secular world; people who take a strong stance for justice in our world. Such qualities inspire us to live out our motto, “Learning for Life”.