Set on six hectares of grounds with lawn, trees, gardens and playing
fields, Birrong Girls High was established in 1957. It has a student population
of 860, and a reputation that attracts students from many areas. The majority of
students continue on to tertiary education when they leave. The school has a
P&C which endorses the wearing of full school uniform.
Facilities: A passive recreation area of landscaped gardens has been
recognised as best practice in school playground environments. It contains
gazebos, a pond and a sculpture court, and theme gardens. Other facilities
include computer rooms, science laboratories, a multi-purpose hall and
gymnasium, a drama theatre, a canteen, a wetlands study area, basketball
courts, and three large sports fields. The school also has a specially designed
library with state-of-the-art computer facilities and visual arts block.
Electives: A varied and interesting curriculum is seen as one of the
school’s strengths, catering for university entry, other tertiary study and
vocational skills. Students have the opportunity to study all English and
Mathematics courses as well as Senior courses. These include Physics,
Chemistry, Biology, Extension English and Mathematics, Legal Studies, Business
Studies, Geography, Commerce, Ancient History, Modern History, Japanese,
Italian, Drama, Visual Arts, Music, PD/Health/PE, Society and Culture and
Textiles and Design. There are also special courses offered such as Ceramics,
Photography and Fundamental English. The school also has dual-accredited
courses for the HSC. These include Hospitality, Retail, Business Services and
Sport Coaching. English-as-a-second-language support is also provided.
Sport: Junior sport is integrated so that all students develop sporting
skills with qualified PE teachers. Students also participate in grade sport,
field days, competitions and state carnivals as well as experiencing a wide
range of sports. The school has considerable success in gymnastics and
trampolining. For the past nine years, students from the school have been
awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Award for excellence in sport.
Extracurricular activities: Debating, PRC, chess club, Amnesty club,
Environment team, dance, demonstration skipping team, instrumental groups and
vocal ensembles. Full participation in school life is strongly endorsed.
Welfare and personal development: The school has a welfare program
that emphasises care, achievement, reward, expectation, support and
involvement. The head teacher of welfare and a team of Year advisers ensure
that students feel safe, secure, motivated and confident. Student leadership is
a priority with training provided as well as practical experience in the
prefect body, SRC, peer mediation, peer support programs and a TAFE-accredited
student mentoring reading scheme.
Special features: Gifted students are catered for in special classes
in Years 7 and 8 and through a challenging extracurricular extension program.
Students also take part in overseas study tours to enhance their learning of
foreign languages. Technology in education is widespread and facilitated by networked resources that are regularly updated. The school has
received an Australian National Government Award for Quality Schooling, a
Director General’s Award and individual staff members have been recipients of
the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Famous ex-students: Ilsa Konrads, Ruth Everuss, Jozefa Sobski
(Deputy Director of Education).