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History and Values

CHAC Early PhotoThe impetus to establish Cannon Hill College grew from a meeting of enthusiastic, visionary, determined, courageous, patient and extremely hardworking educators and community members, who first gathered together on 15 April 1987.

Just two years later, in 1989, the College opened its doors with 79 students and three buildings, and since that time, has become a positive influence on the lives of thousands of people.

In 1994, the College became an Anglican school in the Diocese of Brisbane. This union further strengthened the College's philosophy of offering a balanced approach to education encompassing the development of the whole person: intellectual, social, physical, emotional, aesthetic and spiritual.

Since its journey began, Cannon Hill Anglican College has had the privilege of being led by five visionary Principals: Mr Rod Wells, the College Founder, Ms Suzanne Bain, Mr Greg Wain, Mrs Robyn Bell, and current Principal Mr Gary O'Brien, who commenced the role in January 2019.

Cannon Hill Anglican College now caters for over 1100 students from Prep to Year 12. Those values on which the College was founded - vision, innovation, courage, determination and a strong sense of community and compassion - remain central to College life today, and will continue to inspire its further progress.


Cannon Hill Anglican College – distinctively innovative, successful and sustainable Anglican co-education.


Cannon Hill Anglican College is a dynamic Christian learning community which strives to offer a balanced and holistic educational environment, in order to develop the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of each of its members.


Cannon Hill Anglican College is based on the principles and traditions of the Anglican Church and fosters among its students, staff and parents a lifestyle based on Christian values. These principles are outlined in the Summary Ethos Statement for Anglican Schools in the Province of Queensland. As learning communities of excellence, Anglican Schools in the Diocese of Brisbane are called to share the mission of the church to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God through: Faith, Vocation and Service.


Cannon Hill Anglican College is committed to building the capacity of all learners to:

  • take responsibility for their own learning, adapting to constant change in society and in the world
  • achieve their personal best in all aspects of their lives, developing self-confidence and a healthy self-concept
  • make informed decisions in the areas of personal relationships, further education and vocational choices
  • be articulate, self-motivated, independent and interdependent
  • be critical, creative and reflective thinkers and problem-solvers, contributing to the well-being of society
  • become spiritually literate, and to have a well-developed sense of social justice, tolerance, respect and concern for others and for the natural environment.


With Courage and Compassion

Anglican Schools Ethos

The characteristics and qualities of an Anglican school will be shared with good schools everywhere, whether run by the state or by denominational churches. Ideal schools evidence a commitment to learning, to justice, to individual achievement and to wholeness. Anglican schools naturally value these qualities. Please click here to view the ethos statement for Anglican Schools in Queensland.

Hallmarks of a CHAC Education

  • A philosophy based on the principles and traditions of the Anglican Church, which fosters among its students, staff and parents a lifestyle based on Christian values.
  • Striving for academic excellence through the provision of a comprehensive, option-rich and innovative curriculum – utilising high-end technology –underpinned by dynamic and professional educators, proactive in assimilating contemporary teaching and learning practices.
  • Personal development programs which will allow students to explore their strengths, interests and abilities, while specialist personnel complement the education team and support each student's school journey and career aspirations.
  • The advantage of a co-educational community, within an educational and pastoral framework that recognises and caters for gender differences, and which focuses on empathy, emotional intelligence, team work, and co-operation.
  • A distinctive pastoral care focus instilling a sense of safety and belonging within the College community.
  • An inspiring range of co-curricular and extra-curricular programs offered to develop students' sporting, artistic, intellectual and musical talents. A member of the Associated Schools (TAS) interschool sports competition.
  • A 'green' campus that promotes a sense of wellbeing and provides a focus for environmental studies

Our College is committed to the ongoing development of a high quality thinking and thoughtful culture, within a dynamic Christian learning community – a community which learns to know, to do, to be and to live together, and which nurtures respectful relationships.