New South Head Road, Rose Bay, Sydney, 2029

Ph 02 9388 6000

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Religion: Catholic

Type: Independent

Years : Preschool to Year 12

Boys/Girls: Co-ed Junior (4 year olds to Year 6), Girls only Senior (Years 7–12)

Day/boarding: Day and boarding

Enrolment: 850 students (Years P to Year 12)

Fees:Please consult the school

Principal: Mrs Hilary Johnston-Croke


Kincoppal-Rose Bay School is part of an international network of more than 200 Sacred Heart Schools in 44 countries. Throughout its long and rich history, Kincoppal-Rose Bay has continued to develop young women and men of integrity, compassion and learning.

Every child is supported and encouraged to develop to their full potential in an environment of personalised learning and academic rigour. Our co-educational junior school and secondary school for girls foster spiritual, social and intellectual growth.

The Convent of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay, was founded in 1882. Kincoppal-Rose Bay emphasises the importance of a global focus for students and an education in a diverse international community. The School currently has students from 34 different countries and is registered to accept students from overseas, who meet Australian Government requirements.

Facilities: A newly-constructed, state-of-the-art multi-purpose centre with sporting, music and performance facilities and spaces, Science Centre, Technology Suite containing new computers, Visual Arts Centre, Design and Technology Suite, assembly hall, Junior library, Senior library containing areas for group and independent study, Music, technology suite and facilities, Performing Arts Centre, Independent Learning Centre computer networked with internet and intranet facilities and audio-visual facilities, a Year 11 and 12 Learning Centre, flexible digital learning spaces in the Junior School with laptop trolleys and interactive whiteboards, gymnasium, swimming pool, basketball courts, sporting fields and tennis courts; two boarding houses comprising 2, 3 or 4 study bedroom units and a senior boarding house with single and twin rooms.

Curriculum P–6: From P–Year 2 teachers follow the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and from Year 3 onwards, teaching and learning are approached using the personalised learning framework. The P–6 curriculum follows the key areas of: English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative and Performing Arts and Personal Development/ Health/ Physical Education, Italian (P–Year 4), French (from Year 5).

Electives Years 7 and 8: Key Learning Areas are: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Human Society and its Environment, Languages (French) Creative Arts (Visual Arts and Music), Technology, Personal Development/Health/Physical Education.

Electives Years 9 and 10: All students study: English Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Australian History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Personal Development/Health/Physical Education, Learning to Learn and two electives from Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, French, Music, Photographic and Digital Media, Visual Arts, Information and Software Technology (Year 10 only) and ESL (for international students as required). All subjects, with the exception of French, may be taken up in Year 10 without previous study.

Electives Years 11 and 12: For the Year 11 Preliminary Course, students must study at least 1 unit of Studies of Religion and one of the three English courses (English Advanced, English Standard and ESL). Preliminary courses offered are Fundamentals of English, Photography, Visual Design. Other courses: English Extension, Mathematics (all levels), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Modern History, Ancient History, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Legal Studies, French Continuers, Italian Beginners, Japanese Beginners, Information Processes and Technology, Software Design and Development, Visual Arts, Music 1 & 2, Drama and Personal Development/Health/Physical Education.

HSC courses include all listed above as well as these extension courses in English, Mathematics, History, French, Music.

Courses not included at school may be studied via the Saturday School of Community Languages, the Open High School or Distance Education.

Sport: Junior: Sports include athletics, basketball, cross-country, minkey (hockey), netball, indoor soccer, rugby, soccer, swimming, touch football and water polo. Saturday sport is organised through the IPSHA and is non-competitive. Senior: Teams compete in the IGSSA Competition in: athletics, cross-country, swimming, touch football (separate competition), tennis, softball, soccer, skiing, gymnastics, basketball, water polo, hockey and netball. After school classes are offered in gymnastics, tennis, martial arts and dance. inter-house competitions are held for swimming, athletics and cross-country.

Creative and performing arts: Choir, chamber choir, chamber strings, flute choir, orchestra, clarinet and rock band. Individual music tutors are available in the following: piano, musicianship, pipe and electric organ, flute, french horn, flugelhorn, cornet, trumpet, tuba, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, violin, viola, double bass, cello, acoustic guitar, electric bass guitar, singing, drums, and percussion. Speech and drama courses are available in Acting, Communication Skills, Speech and Drama.

Welfare and development: Each senior student is a member of a pastoral group under the care of a pastoral tutor. Pastoral groups provide a support function for students so that they develop academically, socially and spiritually. Students also gain support from the Junior School counsellor, who is available to identify and devise strategies of dealing with learning and behavioural difficulties. The Senior School counsellor provides support to day girls and boarders. Leadership opportunities include the Senior School Leadership Committee, Student Representative Council, various co-curricular committees, class liaison groups, peer tutors, peer support. Year 6 leadership includes: School Captain, Sports Captain, Peer  Support Leader, Member of Liturgy, Environment, Health, Library, IT, Sport and Music committees.

Special features: Kincoppal-Rose Bay runs a Learning Advantage Program, whereby each student in Years 7 to 10 is provided with a notebook computer as part of the compulsory curriculum. The school also offers a mini-bus pick-up and drop-off service that is safe, secure and comfortable. Five different routes are run, starting and finishing in Balmoral, Rozelle, Little Bay, Maroubra and Circular Quay, with drop-off points along all routes. 

From the school: At Kincoppal-Rose Bay we offer your child the challenge of achieving personal excellence in all areas of school life, working to their personal strengths and talents. We challenge our students to become independent life-long learners and equip them with the skills necessary for life-long learning. We aim to give our students an empathy with others and the self-confidence to believe they can transform their world. However, of utmost importance is the caring, supportive environment that is Kincoppal-Rose Bay. We say — come as you are and you will be cared for with great love.

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