PLC Armidale was
founded in 1887, and has for the past 75 years been a school of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in
New South Wales. In 2017, the College will celebrate its
130th year of continuous education for girls.
The Tindall sisters Eliza Jane and Mary
Murray, who took over the school in December 1894, decided on the initial
college motto, ‘Lux Per Studia’,
meaning ‘Enlightenment Through Study’.
Miss Alethea Tendall (Principal, 1909 –
1937) changed this in 1913 to ‘Ad Astra’, which means ‘To the Stars’. Our
students are encouraged to aspire academically, while serving the community with the Christian character.
a presbyterian college
The College was obtained by the
Presbyterian Church of New South Wales in 1941, and since then, it has had a
distinctive ethos with an emphasis on academia and practical Christian service.
As a regional school, we play an important role in the New England community,
and are known for our high quality of scholarship and the calibre of our
We have had six different locations
during our history as a girls’ school. PLC Armidale has spent fifty-three years on its current site.
Today, PLC Armidale is located on a beautiful site of seventeen hectares, with
spacious grounds and cultivated gardens.