Courage • Creativity • Resilience • Respect

Principal's Message

Welcome to Avenues College, the new school encouraging bright futures in Adelaide’s North East.

Our school proudly stands on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, and we pay our respect to their spiritual relationship with their country. We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today. 


As the Principal of Avenues College, I am honoured to be part of a school that fosters a supportive community of learners, serving students from birth to year 12.

To guide our educational journey, we have an excellent team of leaders:

              Ms Rhianna Woodbury – Head of Early Years (Community Programs and Preschool)

              Ms Jenny Conn – Head of Primary Years (Reception to Year 6)

              Ms Jen Geyer - Head of Secondary Years (Year 7 to 12)

              Mr Daniel Lasscock - Deputy Principal / Head of Aboriginal Education                                                                          (Birth to Year 12)

              Ms Narelle Christiansen – Head of Wellbeing, B-12

              Ms Danielle Smith – Business Manager, B-12

Avenues College is the result of the merger between two well-established schools. Gilles Plains Primary School, which commenced 116 years ago in 1901, and Gilles Plains High School, founded in January 1960. In 2013, the Gilles Plains Child-Parent Centre evolved into the Gilles Plains Children's Centre. We also proudly host students from the APY lands through the Wiltja Program and have been supporting students in the Centre of Deaf Education for over two decades.

At Avenues College, we are committed to providing high-quality learning programs based on the Early Years Learning Framework, the Australian Curriculum, and the South Australian Certificate of Education.

I warmly welcome you and your children to our school, where they will have the opportunity to embark on their educational journey, grow with confidence, and develop meaningful relationships.

Hamish McDonald