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About Seymour - School Heritage

School Heritage

School HeritageSeymour College opened its doors in 1922 as Presbyterian Girls' College, following an initiative by the Reverend Dr John Alfred Seymour, of Adelaide's Scots Church, to provide South Australians with a day and boarding school for girls. It was established at its present location, then the site of the magnificent home and estate of "Wooton Lea", and encouraged a Christian ethos of empathy and service that has remained one of the school's hallmarks. At that time the school's strong appeal, apart from its academic excellence, was its commanding views over Adelaide, botanic environment and convenient location . . . assets that are as real today as they were in the school's early years.

In 1977, following the amalgamation of the Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist Churches to form the Uniting Church, PGC was renamed Seymour College after its founder.

Today Seymour is highly regarded as one of the nation's leading independent girls' colleges, and has a highly qualified and stable staff. While it keeps pace with the latest developments in education, it retains strong, vital links with its past. Tradition is an important element of the school, particularly its "Clan" system, which is a variation on the "house" system associated with other independent schools.

Over the years Seymour has blended the old and new. Historic "Barr Smith House" (formerly the "Wooton Lea" mansion) contrasts with the impressive new science laboratories and indoor sports centre, while in between are bluestone cottages, modern classroom blocks and a Junior School featuring innovative architecture. Many of Seymour's historic artefacts are now preserved in its museum, created by volunteers and the first such facility established within a South Australian girls' school.