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Great Lakes College

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Great Lakes College

Coordinates32°12′55″S 152°31′39″E / 32.215390°S 152.527611°E / -32.215390; 152.527611
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school
MottoTis the Game not the Prize
  • 1978; 46 years ago (1978)
    (as Forster High School)
  • 2003; 21 years ago (2003)
    (as Great Lakes College)
School districtGreat Lakes; Regional North
Educational authorityNSW Department of Education
College PrincipalGraeme Jennings
Campus principals
  • Jennifer Miggins (Forster[1][2])
  • Sally Chad (Tuncurry Junior[3])
  • Davina Bowen (Tuncurry Senior[4])
Teaching staff134.4 FTE (2018[5][6][7])
Enrolment1,556[5][6][7] (2018)
  • Cape Hawke Drive, Forster
    (Forster Junior Campus[1])
  • The Northern Parkway, Tuncurry
    (Tuncurry Junior Campus[3] and Senior Campus[4])
Colour(s)Blue, red and white    

Great Lakes College is a multi-campus government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in the dual-town of Forster/Tuncurry, in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Established initially in 1978 as Forster High School, in 2003 through division of Forster High School, the Great Lakes College was formed. The combined campuses enrolled approximately 1,410 students in 2022, from Year 7 to Year 12.[5][6][7] As of 2022 the Senior Campus, a senior school located in Tuncurry that caters for students in Year 11 and Year 12 only, enrolled 344 students, of whom 9% identified as Indigenous Australians and 3% were from a language background other than English;[6] and of the two junior high schools catering for Year 7 to Year 10, the one located on the same site in Tuncurry enrolled 505 students (13% indigenous, 4% non-English language background)[7] and the one located in Forster enrolled 565 students (18% indigenous, 4% non-English language background).[5]

The school is operated by the NSW Department of Education; and prepares students for the NSW Higher School Certificate and post school destinations. The College Principal is Graeme Jennings.

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (July 2019)

See also


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Great Lakes College Forster Campus. NSW Department of Education. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Respected principal to retire". Great Lakes Advocate. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Dolphin 2021". 6 December 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b "The Dolphin 2021". 6 December 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "Great Lakes College Forster Campus, Forster, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2023. Retrieved 3 December 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d "Great Lakes College Senior Campus, Tuncurry, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2023. Retrieved 3 December 2023.
  7. ^ a b c d "Great Lakes College Tuncurry Campus, Tuncurry, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2023. Retrieved 3 December 2023.
  8. ^ "Advocate Stories on Paul Carroll". Great Lakes Advocate. 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Advocate Stories on Jamal Idris". Great Lakes Advocate. 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
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