Girraween High established in 1975 is a medium-sized academically
selective high school. Life-long learning is emphasised with a priority on
academic excellence. The HSC results of its students have established it as one
of the leading schools in Western Sydney. The selection process for Year 7
entry is controlled by the selective schools unit of the Department of
Education. Applications for Years 8 to 12 are controlled directly by the school
and required by mid-year for entry the following year. Prospective students are
required to sit for a test. The enrolment committee examines the applications
and test results and determines which students will be placed on the reserve
list. Students on the reserve list are offered a position at the school when a
vacancy occurs.

Facilities: Large library, up-to-date computer facilities,
well-equipped science laboratories, two ovals, covered tennis, volleyball,
netball and basketball courts, gymnasium, cricket training nets, darkroom for
photography, music rooms, drama room, outdoor covered learning area, farm.

Electives Years 7 to 10: History, Geography, Food Technology,
Japanese, Drama, French, Commerce, Industrial Technology, Music, Visual Arts,
Visual Design, Information and Software Technology, Physical Activity and
Sports Studies.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Maths (Extension, 1, 2), Physics,
Chemistry, Biology, Senior Science, Engineering Science, Software Design, Food
Technology, Ancient History, Modern History, Economics, Geography, French,
Japanese, Music, Drama, PD/Health/PE, Visual Arts, Legal Studies, Information
Processes and Technology, Sport Lifestyle and Recreation, Photography, Studies
in Religion. Extension courses are offered in History, Music, English,
Mathematics, and Japanese.

Sport: Soccer, volleyball, tennis, squash, basketball, hockey,
athletics, softball, cricket, cross-country, European handball, netball, indoor
cricket, touch football, swimming, circuit training, table tennis, tenpin
bowling, and weight training. There are interschool sport competitions and gala
days throughout the year.

Extracurricular activities: The school offers leadership in the form
of a student council, prefects, house leaders, peer support, the High Resolves
Program and community services. Other activities include Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award Scheme, Model United Nations, an extensive band and ensemble music
program, debating, choir, photography club, chess, Tournament of Minds,
Streamwatch, Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians. Students also take
part in advanced programs organised by universities and scientific

Welfare and personal development: Strong pastoral care network with
a highly effective and supportive welfare team. The school offers work
experience to Year 10 students and has a full-time careers adviser. Students
wear school uniform with pride.

Special features: The school offers a prestigious Science
Acceleration Program beginning in Year 9. Mathematics is studied at the
advanced level in Years 7 to 10. All subjects are studied at the highest level.
The school has had much success in national competitions such as Australian
Schools English, Maths and Science Competitions, as well as similar competitions
for languages, computing, geography and business studies. Girraween has a
sister-school agreement with Hisai High School in Japan for the purpose of
interschool visits and exchange of information.

School Information

  • Type: Government Selective
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Coeducational

  • Faith-based: None
  • Year: Year 7 - Year 12
  • Day/Boarding: Day School
  • Enrolment: 750 students
  • Interview Required Upon Enrolment: No
  • International Baccalaureate Programs offered:
  • ESL Support: N/A
  • Scholarships Available: No
  • Gifted and Talented Program: N/A
  • Preschool or Early Learning Centre:
  • After School Care/ OOSH Options:
  • Fees: Free (Government School)
  • Address:Gilba Road, Girraween 2145
  • Phone:02 9636 7293
  • Fax:02 9896 3274

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