Pedare Christian College is a coeducational Anglican and Uniting Church school comprising Junior (R-5), Middle (Years 6-9) and Senior School (Years 10-12).

We are a professional learning community internationally accredited as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme school.  Pedare has a proud history of academic success and values-rich pastoral care and seeks to develop young people with a strong sense of self worth, knowledge and self discipline who seek to make a difference in our global community.

Our Vision

Fostering partnerships with families that enable students to:
• excel in learning
• be globally focused
• have a strong sense of self-worth
• make a difference in the community.

Our Story

The vision for the establishment of Pedare Christian College in the Golden Grove area came from the local Anglican parishes of Tea Tree Gully and Modbury, and the Uniting Church parishes of Tea Tree Gully and Golden Grove.

Their vision was to create a school focused on giving students the skills to become life-long learners rather than just the traditional formal academic curriculum. It’s a vision we remain committed to today.

  • 1986

    Our College Begins...

    The college opened its doors in 1986 with 90 students in Years 7 and 8.

    The Golden Grove Campus

    In 1984, Delfin Management Services was developing land in the Golden Grove area in association with the Urban Land Trust. They were planning a ‘Joint Schools’ project and contacted the Pedare foundation planning committee to see if Pedare was interested in joining the scheme, which would also include a Catholic College and a State High School. Pedare agreed, and the proposal went forward.

  • 1990

    By 1990, the College had grown to accommodate all
    secondary levels of education (Years 8 to 12)
    together with a single year 7 class.

    Other History Information

    What's in a Name?

    The name ‘Pedare’ was given to a vineyard established by the Tolley family on Ladywood Drive, Modbury. It was a name formed from the first two letters of the names of the three sons of Mr Leonard J Tolley: Peter, David and Reginald. Although the site for the College was originally planned to be on the Tolley vineyard land at Modbury, the present location in Golden Grove was subsequently decided upon following the decision to participate in the ‘Joint Schools’ project.

    In recognition of our past pioneers, the name Pedare was chosen for the new College, which became Pedare Christian College. Today, we maintain a small section of the original vineyard at our Surrey Farm Drive location.

  • 1991

    By 1991, the Board decided to expand the College
    to include a Primary Campus, with the primary
    component commencing in 1993 on a nearby site
    on Bicentennial Drive, Golden Grove

    Work commences to expand the College and build a dedicated primary campus at 150 Bicentennial Drive, Golden Grove.
    This area has very steep banks and amazing views of the hills towards Greenwith. Thanks to the assistance of dedicated staff, students and volunteers lots of the slopes were planted with shrubs and plants to stop .

  • 2005

    At the commencement of 2005, the Year 6 and 7 classes moved to the Surrey Farm Drive location, therefore establishing Middle School (Years 6 - 9) on the one site. With this move, the identities of the three sub-schools were achieved with the Junior School at Bicentennial Drive and Middle and Senior Schools at Surrey Farm Drive.

    On 1 November 2005, a 20 year Celebration Ceremony was held in the College Chapel. Time capsules were blessed and buried and the College’s past and present successes were remembered.

    Another link with the history of the region is expressed through the names of the College Communities, which came from farms that originally occupied land on or adjacent to the present College site. They are: Brooklyn, from Brooklyn Villa Farm; Eldergreen, from Elder Green Farm; Greenwith, from Greenwith Farm; Hillcott, from Hillcott Farm and Surrey, from Surrey Farm.

  • Today

    Today, our R - 12 College provides a vibrant,
    globally focussed, values-rich education and in 2015 the College celebrated its 30th year.

    Today the College has approx 1100 students
    With dedicated Junior School Mid-Year Reception through to Year 5
    Dedicated Middle School area from Year 6 to Year 9
    Senior School Precinct from Year 10 to Year 12

From The Principal

Welcome to Pedare: a co-educational R-12 Anglican and Uniting Church School established in 1985 at the then, new development of Golden Grove.

At Pedare our vision is to work in partnership with families to provide an exceptional program of learning, inclusive of every student. We aspire to develop confidence, resilience and a strong sense of self-worth in our students by prioritising wellbeing. Through the establishment of respectful relationships between staff and students we ensure the individual needs of each young person is at the core of their Pedare experience.

Through our focus on exceptional learning and teaching, and the commitment of our dedicated staff, Pedare has a proud history of outstanding academic achievement. The link below provides details of our most recent SACE results.


Senior School students experience a curriculum that is broad, flexible, challenging and diverse. We inspire our students to develop knowledge, skills, capabilities and attitudes relevant to their aspirations, and we take pride in offering pathways to success for all students. In Years 11 and 12 students complete Stages 1 and 2 of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Our focus on academic success is underpinned by exceptional staff who challenge students to push the limits of what they believe to be possible.

As an International Baccalaureate School we encourage our students to be globally focussed. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) nurtures and develops young students as active participants in a lifelong journey of learning, whilst the Middle Years Programme (MYP) challenges our students to make tangible connections between their studies and the real world. Learning is designed to foster innovation, collaboration and creativity as we prepare students for success in an increasingly connected and interdependent world.

Our rigorous academic program is complemented by a broad and diverse range of co-curricular opportunities. This allows every student to explore their passions creatively, in an environment where they are encouraged to unlock and grow their unique gifts and talents. The College motto is Let your Light Shine, and every student is provided with the opportunity to explore what this means for them.

We are united by our common goal of fostering inquisitive minds and developing compassionate, respectful young people who encapsulate our Anglican and Uniting Church values. Students are encouraged to contribute meaningfully to society, making a difference to others by imagining better ways.


The move of our Junior School in 2019 to our Surrey Farm Drive location means that the community is now united on one campus. Our newly updated facilities provide exceptional learning spaces and facilities, and we invite you to visit at any time to experience the Pedare difference personally. You will be welcomed by a community where respect, kindness, inclusivity and compassion permeate our culture.

I look forward to meeting with you at the College, welcoming you to the community and sharing the many wonderful gifts and talents of our students. Details of Open Mornings (held each term), as well as other opportunities to tour Pedare, can be obtained by contacting the College.

Christian Ethos

Pedare is an Independent Anglican and Uniting Church School. The College’s culture, aspirations and principles are founded and fostered on our Christian values and traditions and we welcome students from all backgrounds and faiths. As the College Prayer affirms, we celebrate our diversity knowing that it inspires creativity and builds community strength.

Pedare has strong relationships with its Anglican and Uniting Church founding parishes and strives to teach and nurture faith in God. It is our aim to educate young leaders of the future who are distinguished by compassion, to give more than is received, to serve, and to love with God’s guidance and care.

Our Christian Life and Worship Programs are designed to open a dialogue with students about God, Faith and Spirituality. Whilst Pedare openly communicates its Anglican and Uniting Church Faith background the Christian Life Program also provides an atmosphere for understanding and respect for the diversity of religions and traditions within our community. We aim always to be sincere, respectful and reflective in spiritual matters, and we encourage our students to explore their own personal faith journey. The College Chaplain conducts the worship program supported by students and staff.

The Religious Education program engages students from R – 12 with rigorous academic reflection on topics such as The Meaning of Life, Who Am I, and Where did I come from? These big questions are dealt with on different levels and are indeed continually explored on a journey during a lifetime.

The Junior School Curriculum centers around exploring a variety of Bible stories and Characters that teach us many of the Christian Values.

The Middle School Curriculum engages with many of the issues that life brings such as Homelessness, Discrimination and Forgiveness and how Christian Values help us to respect one another.

In Senior School students study Comparative Religions to develop a knowledge and understanding of the global environment in which we live. They develop logical reasoning skills in dealing with some difficult issues in Situational Ethics and Philosophy. Student engagement with Christian Ethics is always a highlight of the course.

College Prayer

Almighty God,

You have blessed our College and made it a place of learning, support and spiritual growth.

We give thanks for the students and their families, for the staff and for the many friends and supporters of Pedare.

Give us an open heart towards others, knowing that our diversity inspires creativity and builds community strength.

May your Holy Spirit fill us, guide us and strengthen us for each new day, so that the light of your love shines brightly through us.

This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. AMEN

College Board

Current Board Members


Mr Barry Atwell, Chairperson

Mr Bronte Wilson, Vice-Chair

Archdeacon Sam Goodes

Ms Susie Vincent

Mr Matthew Elding

Dr Valerie Aloa

Ms Mary Szabo

Rev Dr Joseph Chung

Mr Craig Moore


James Tamblyn, Principal – ex officio

Amanda Kleeman, Business Manager/Secretary/Public Officer – ex-officio


College Leadership Team

 James Tamblyn – Principal

Mandy Hore – Deputy Principal / Acting Head of Junior School

Kat Elliott – Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning

Josh Willis – Head of Senior School

Eliza Buckoke – Head of Middle School

Amanda Kleeman – Business Manager

Naomi Bruce – Manager People and Culture

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