Commencing in 1965, Nagle has more than 55 years of educating young women in Blacktown so that they may live out our motto, ‘In Deed, Not Word’.
Nagle College has been providing education for girls in the Blacktown area since 1965 and today, has a vibrant multicultural community.
The Presentation Sisters established the college and named it after their founder, Nano Nagle. The school opened in 1965 under the leadership of Sr Mary Alphonsus Thearle and was comprised of two classes each of Years 7 to 9, and one class of Year 10 students. The school was surrounded by bushland, and the grounds and buildings had to be expanded to cope with the rapid growth in the area.
In the ensuing years, the school added necessary buildings and enlarged recreation areas, as it continued to grow in numbers. In 1993, the Presentation Sisters withdrew from Nagle and the first lay Principal was employed. A major rebuilding program commenced at this time, and in 1999 Nagle enrolled its first Year 11 cohort.
The philosophy of the Presentation Sisters, ‘In Deed Not Word,’ is still the cornerstone of all that is taught and practised at Nagle, and the College continues to maintain a close relationship with the Sisters. It is a member of the Nagle Education Alliance of Australia NEAA.
Today’s Nagle College is a modern, well-equipped secondary school for girls, serving a multicultural community. Set in tranquil grounds, providing space and nature for all girls to enjoy, the college enjoys an enviable reputation in the area for achieving outstanding HSC results and for its role in supporting the wider Blacktown community.
The Presentation Sisters were unwavering in their belief in the power of education for girls - certainly the voice of Nano could be heard here - and their tenacity and vision are our heritage.
Mrs Delma Horan (Principal 2014-present)
I have enjoyed every day, working with wonderful people. The world is in good hands with the young women of Nagle.
Mrs Robyn Meddows (Principal 1999-2006)
I'm passionate about the school's ethos and the charism, with in being a Presentation foundation (it carried the name and vision of Nano Nagle), I wanted to instil that in each girl and also their families and the staff so that the wonderful heritage that had been born here by the Presentation sisters would go long, long, into the future.
Mr Nicholas Vidot (Principal 1994-1998)
At Nagle, I felt a true spirit of community; spirit always of "WE" and not the dividing spirit of "THEY".
Sister Marie Jean Akers (Principal 1981-1985)
There is one memory that stands out vividly in my mind and that is how a Nagle girl would always go out of her way to greet you in the street - even crossing the road to make contact.
Sister Roberta Garret (Principal 1965-1976)
As I recall the beginning of Nagle Girl's High School, I experience some of the same excitement and vitality of the opening days. There was pulsing life and enthusiasm in the students, and variety in the mix of nationalities.
Sister Mary Alphonsus (Principal 1965-1968)