Our Heritage

​​​​​​​Birkenhead College (known initially as Birkdale College) is a state co-educational secondary school which opened in February 1972, with a starting roll of 190 Form 3 students.

The school was officially opened by Sir Dennis Blundell, Governor-General, in February 1973. 

The residential growth of the surrounding area grew the student roll to 1169 and 71 teachers in 1982. The early developmental years firmly established a culture that expected each person in the school to gain the highest qualifications possible and to treat others with kindness, consideration and respect. 

Today, those basic expectations have not changed. 

Mr Brian Gerrard, the foundation principal, retired in 1986. 

Mr Jim Mathewson was principal from 1987 until 2016.

Mr Craig Waller is the current principal.

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NEW JUBILEE WEEKEND DATES ANNOUNCED

We are very pleased to announce the new dates for our postponed Golden Jubilee celebrations.

They will now be held over the first weekend of Term 2 next year, which is April 28-30, 2023. Put that in your calendars now!

We are looking forward to seeing you all, coming from near and far, to celebrate and reminisce about school days, the life of our college, our local community, friendships, teachers and so on.

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02 March 2022