The (Sydney) Anglican School Corporation established Thomas Hassall Anglican College in 2000. In that year it had 150 students from Kindergarten to Year 7. The College has experienced rapid growth and in 2016 has 1670 students from Prep to Year 12.
The College has been developed as a single campus providing a seamless transition from the junior, middle to senior years. The establishment of the College has been extensive with an ongoing building program providing a facility strategically located in Sydney's emerging South West growth region close to the M7 and M5.
Our facilities are spacious, modern and well equipped. There is access to a diverse range of resources that engage students in learning both inside and outside the classroom. Its many features include attractive landscape design which creates a sense of space with specialist learning areas shared across the Prep to Year 12 continuum; a well equipped auditorium and extensive playing fields.
About Reverend Thomas Hassall
This College is named after a famous early Australian, the Reverend Thomas Hassall who was born in England on 29 May 1794. He came to the young colony of New South Wales with his missionary parents, Rowland and Elizabeth Hassall, in 1798. Walk around Parramatta, even nearby Fairfield, and you will see streets, even schools named after Rowland. We are proud to be the only school in Australia named after Thomas. As a young man he established the first “Sunday Schools" in Australia, at which the children of the colony were taught reading, writing, maths and the Christian faith. In due course Thomas went back to England to gain his M.A. and train to be an Anglican clergyman. He returned to the colony and established a number of Anglican churches and schools. He gained the affectionate title of “the Galloping Parson" because of his mode of travel being by horse, especially between his home for thirty years called 'Denbigh Estate' near Cobbitty and Parramatta and Goulburn. He was thus a frequent traveller along the Cowpasture road / track!
Throughout his life Thomas had a passion for teaching and learning, a warm heart for people, and a deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a staunch advocate of the connection between education and Christianity.
Thomas passed away aged 74 at his property 'Denbigh Estate' on 29 March 1868 and is buried beside the church he built in Cobbitty called St Paul's Anglican Church.
Since our commencement in February 2000, we have established a relationship with members of the Hassall Family, now scattered throughout Australia and the world. We have a copy of the Hassall Family Coat of Arms in our reception area. The Hassall Family has raised money for a perpetual, prestigious award that is presented each year to the most outstanding all rounder senior student of the College.
On 1 November 2004 the new official name of the area of Liverpool in which the College is located is Middleton Grange. The suburb is named after a World War Two Australian airman - Flight Sergeant Rawdon Middleton. The area has had a long association with aviation, hence the naming of new streets after people and organizations connected to aviation.
Flight Sergeant Rawdon Hume Middleton was born in Waverley on 22nd July, 1916. He joined the RAAF Empire Air Training Scheme in October 1940 and was posted to 149 Squadron RAF Feb 1942. He was killed in action on 29 November 1942.
Flight Sergeant Middleton was captain and first pilot of a Sterling aircraft detailed to attack the Fiat works at Turin (Italy) on 28 November 1942. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target. Middleton tough badly wounded and struggling to remain conscious managed to keep the plane flying.
Middleton was determined to reach the English channel even though fuel was low and the aircraft had been badly damaged. On reaching the English Channel with sufficient fuel for 5 minutes flying, Middleton flew the aircraft parallel with the English coast and ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. Five of the crew parachuted from the aircraft but two remained to assist him.
Middleton flew the plane out to sea where it crashed a short time later. He was determined not to crash it on houses as many other pilots had done. All remaining on board were killed.
“Flight Sergeant Middleton was determined not to allow his crew to fall into enemy hands. While all the crew displayed heroism of the highest order, the urge to do so came from Middleton's fortitude and strength of will made possible through the completion of the mission. His devotion to duty in the face of overwhelming odds is unsurpassed in the annals of the RAF." (The London Gazette, 15 January, 1943)
He was the first of only four Australian airmen to be awarded the Victoria Cross. The plaque at the Middleton Rest Area 25km north of Canberra states:
“Dedicated to the memory of a gallant airman
who gave his life for his comrades and his country."
His life and the circumstances of his death contain many lessons from which all of us can learn. The College has a display of photos and replica medals in the ‘Middleton Room' for the perpetuation of his legacy to Australia.
In 2007 our new sporting fields were opened by Mr Brian Booth (former Australian Cricket Captain) and were named in honour of Flight Sergeant Rawdon Middleton VC. The College was also honoured to make contact and interview Mr Stuart Bill the author of a book titled “Middleton VC'. It is a well written and researched book about the life of Rawdon Middleton.