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Wyndham College

Wyndham College

Working together to widen horizons

Telephone02 9208 7100

Emailwyndhamcol-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

History

Wyndham College history

Established in 1999, Wyndham College was named after the previous NSW Director General of Education, Sir Harold Wyndham, who was visionary in implementing the HSC for Year 12 students and the School Certificate for Year 10 students.

The Wyndham family has connections with the College to this day and is proud of their namesake.

Wyndham College's crest was designed by the school's founding principal, Mr Ian Wing, in 1998. The crest features Wyndham's motto of "Working Together to Widen Horizons", with a representation of a book. Traditionally the book is associated with learning and the motto refers to the broad curriculum that the students have access to through the school's links with the Precinct partners.


Precinct history

Wyndham College is co-located on the Nirimba Education Precinct which was was formerly the home of a Royal Naval Air Station during World War II.  

After the war, the land was commissioned HMAS Nirimba as an Apprentice Training Establishment. Over six thousand naval technical trainees and several thousand more members of the Royal Australian Navy served at Nirimba which covered an area of 300 hectares, and housed some 200 buildings.

The name Nirimba is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning Pelican, and the Pelican became the main theme for the HMAS Nirimba crest. It was worn for over twenty seven years of naval tradition with the motto of the ‘Success from Endeavour’ which relates to HMAS Nirimba’s prime role of training.

Nirimba was finally decommissioned in 1994, having trained some 13,000 young men and women.

In 1995, Western Sydney University, TAFE, Department of Education and Parramatta Catholic Education Office signed a document that demonstrated the shared commitment of the partners to the establishment and development of the Nirimba Education Precinct that exists today.