Cobram Anglican Grammar School began in 2000 as Christ the King Anglican College (CKC) with a total of 26 students spread throughout Years 5, 6 and 7. The founding principal was Mr Andrew Williams who worked tirelessly to establish the school in the local community. Other founding members of staff were Mrs Tricia Seccull, Mrs Heather Stammers, Mrs Simone Tynan and Mrs Allyson Willis.
At the time of its opening, the College consisted of one building incorporating the Principal's office, library, staffroom and two classrooms. The first Anglican College in the diocese, CKC was built through the generosity and vision of many in the local community. Bishop David Farrer was the first chairman of the College. Fr. Lyall Cowell was the driving force behind the school in its early years.
The Gearing Wing was added to the College in the second half of 2001, greatly expanding the number of available classrooms. In April 2003, the old Library and Administration Building was opened, the first structure built in the school’s original characteristic red brick style. In 2005 the first CKC students completed Year 12 and attained their Victorian Certificate of Education. In the same year a new Science Wing was constructed. In its 20 year history, the College has grown steadily.
In 2006 the first group of Prep students joined the school. Since then the primary school (Prep to year 4) has grown to include Seven composite classes. The College has become well known for addressing the academic and pastoral needs of it's students through developing primary and middle years programmes as well as engaging its senior students in a wide variety of VCE subjects.
In 2009 a new Arts Technology Wing was opened at the southern end of the College, this facility has enabled the College to enrich its offerings in the Arts enormously. In the new Art building students have access to a modern, well equipped visual and ceramic arts classroom with its own kiln. The Administration Wing was renovated to provide a spacious, comfortable reception area, a student foyer, administrative offices and a new staff room.
During 2010 a new library building and Junior Primary classroom block were built in the North-West corner of the campus. The new facilities were opened in 2011 together with a new Senior Computer lab in the Gearing Wing and a new sports oval on the eastern side of the school, replacing the old orchard. 2012 saw the opening of more classroom facilities for Junior School students with two extra classrooms available for the use of students in Years One and Two, complete with breakout room, toilet and disabled facilities. These facilities were enhanced with the addition of an adventure playground.
In the latter half of 2012, Appointed Mr Steve Gale as the new principal, replacing the outgoing and sadly missed Mr Michael Merrylees. Under Mr Steve Gales, influence 2013 saw the introductions of woodwork and music classes to the secondary curriculum and the start of the roll out of the collage wide Wi-Fi Network for both staff and students.
More classrooms were added in 2014 in response to steadily increasing students numbers.
These included classrooms for year Three and Year Four students, as well as a dedicated Food Technology room. Again in 2015 increasing numbers demanded the establishment of more classrooms. These facilities included a staff area for middle and senior school staff members and more classrooms for our growing middle school population.
As of the 1st of January 2015 the school became apart of the Anglican Schools Commission (Inc.) and is now trading as Cobram Anglican Grammar School (CAGS). The Anglican Schools Commission encompasses 14 schools across Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. 2016 saw the establishment of a cover for our Basketball Court and an area which in time will be developed into a gymnasium. As well as a large amount of new paving around the senior and middle school to tie in to the new gardens around the school 2017 has seen the installations of a new sand pit for the junior school and a giant chess board to encourage more students to join the schools already extremely successful chess team.
The 2017/2018 school holiday period saw the new Performing Arts Centre be built in the space currently between the Science building, Admin building and the Arts Technology Wing in the South-West corner of the campus. The new Performing Arts Centre is surrounded by landscaping that include trees, gardens and shade sails. The area provides students with a relaxing outdoor space to enjoy at recess and lunch time.
At the same time, the Arts Technology Wing has been extended towords the schools Western boundary and will include a purpose built Wood Work and Sheet Metal rooms. The schools new STEM Centre (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), has also been installed during the 2017/2018 school holiday period and is located between the Gearing Wing and the Oval, and again it is now surrounded by landscaping that includes new gardens, trees and shade sails.
With the school growing fast two new classrooms have also been installed is the Junior School and are located between the covered basketball court and the school’s northern boundary, they face inwards towards the now extended Adventure playground.
2019 saw the creation of the school's Ag centre at the south-eastern corner of the campus. The Ag department has already grown a variety of different crops and fruit & veg, they have also cared for chickens and calves. Also, another two new classrooms have been placed to the southern side of the STEM lab, for the ever-growing middle school. These new classrooms have now been surrounded by new landscaping and gardens.
Perhaps the biggest development in the school in 2017 was the acquisition of the large parcel of land to the east of the school's current position. This new land more than doubles the size of the school footprint and will future-proof the school of many years to come.
The school is an exciting place to be, as we continue to implement our School Improvement Plan, and our building master-plan. More of Cobram Anglican Grammar Schools history to follow.