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Originally established in 1849 at Observatory Hill, Fort Street High
moved to its present site in 1916 and became a co-educational high school in
1975. The school has always been academically selective.

Facilities: Located in the heart of urban Sydney, the school has
large and leafy grounds with facilities for tennis, volleyball and basketball.
There is a large playing field for rugby, hockey, and soccer. The school has a
gymnasium, a well-stocked library and modern computer labs.

Electives: The school offers a full range of NSW Board courses with
a wide selection of languages including Japanese, which it has offered since

Sport: The school participates in the full range of combined high
school sports in grade and knockout competitions. There are also recreational
sports such as fencing, aikido, yoga and table tennis.

Extracurricular activities: A strong instrumental music program
includes wind ensemble, concert band, stage and show bands, symphony
orchestras, percussion and brass ensemble(s), a jazz ensemble, strings, vocal
ensemble and individual music tuition. Drama productions feature each year.
Debating, public speaking, Mock Trial, Tournament of Minds, Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award Scheme, chess, and an Amnesty International group, are also offered.

Welfare and personal development: Programs include SRC, leadership training, peer tutoring, peer
support, peer mediation, personal development camps, Year camps, Year 7
teaming, an extensive excursion program, a wide-ranging career and work
experience program, PD/Health/PE, supportive welfare network.

Special features: Students are selected on the basis of academic
excellence through the Selective Schools Entrance Test. Entry is extremely

Famous ex-students: Dr H V Evatt, Dr John Yu, Jan Stephenson, Neville
Wran, Justice Michael Kirby, Sir Garfield Barwick, John Singleton, Mary
Kostakidas, Margaret Preston, Sir Douglas Mawson, Marlene Matthews.

Religion None
Type Government Selective
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Enrolment approximately 930 students
Fees Free (Government School)
02 8585******* 02 8585 1600
02 9550******* 02 9550 9219
Address Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049
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