The Founders of Canterbury College wanted to establish an independent school with strong Anglican convictions, which would provide a new choice for parents.
The College began teaching on Monday 2 February 1987 on its beautiful site overlooking the Logan River and had its official opening ceremony in September that year. Originally named The College of the Good Shepherd, it began with 73 students across Years 6, 7 and 8.
Students were taught by the Head, two full-time and three part-time teachers in two ex-mining development recreation huts until Stage 1 of the permanent buildings were available for use later that year. Parents, teachers, and students worked together to develop the land, originally a dairy farm, to build the school into a place which would provide quality academic, cultural and sporting opportunities and facilities. It has continued to grow into the beautiful campus with state-of-the-art facilities and student population of 1400 which stands now.