Early in 1999 an analysis of School Certificate and Higher School Certificate results and other data including demographic studies, enrolment and exit destination statistics was completed in all three high schools. The analysis showed many similarities and patterns of results.

A task force comprising executive from the three schools worked on options to expand the senior curriculum, and recommended structural changes to facilitate viable senior classes beneficial to students. In 2000 the collegiate proposal, with a working title “Waljuwara” was modified and re-developed.

A consultation paper was prepared and feedback from the three school communities was sought through executive staff meetings, teaching staff meetings, a combined School Councils and Parents & Citizens Associations meeting, individual school Parents & Citizens Associations and School Council meetings. Comments, feedback and suggestions for further options were collated and considered.

Meetings supported the concept of a collegiate and an acceptance that change was necessary to meet new challenges. This led to the conclusion that the establishment of a multi-campus collegiate with a single senior site and two Years 7 to 10 sites was the most effective model for improving student outcomes and addressing issues of equity and access.

On 28 June 2000 the Minister for Education and Training announced the establishment of CALLAGHAN COLLEGE. Its vision is a response to the rapidly changing nature of our educational environment and the need to ensure that our students are equipped with the flexibility and skills to succeed in a world characterised by innovation and change.

The Callaghan College partners – the schools, the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Institute of TAFE – committed to working together to make the College a leader in the provision of outstanding education and training opportunities.