Illawarra is a designated sports high school and offers targeted
sports programs in 11 sports. Situated in extensive grounds on the shores of
Lake Illawarra, it was established in 1958 and aims to develop the full
potential of each student within a framework of traditional values and a caring

Facilities: A new facility gym completed in 2007 includes a
two-court basketball/netball/volleyball stadium with weights and physio rooms.
There are also professionally developed playing fields, an oval, an assembly
hall, a darkroom, five computer rooms, an electronics laboratory and an
independent learning centre. The library includes up-to-date computer research
facilities. The school has been extensively “greened” and has all-weather
tennis courts on-site.

Electives Years 7 to 10: The Junior School is organised into modules
7 to 8 (Years of experience) and 9 to 10 (Years of choice). Electives offered
in the Years of choice are Technics, Woods Metal, Food Technology, Visual Arts,
Music, French, German, Japanese, Computing Studies, Commerce, Drama, Textiles,
Electronics, Human Movement, Sports Science and Media Studies.

Electives Years 11 and 12: The senior curriculum has been developed
to provide a number of pathways including ATAR-HSC (Academic) courses and a
series of non-ATAR pathways. TVET courses are available and vocational courses
in Metals Engineering, Hospitality, Office Skills, Construction and Sports
Coaching can be taken.

The range of subjects includes accreditation for advanced standing
at TAFE. Academic subjects include the full range of English, Mathematics,
Science, HSIE, Visual Arts, PD/Health/PE, and Design and Technology. NSW
Board-endorsed courses include Human Movement, Visual Design, Jewellery,
Photography, Marine Studies and Computer Applications.

Sport: Competition sport is usually conducted in the winter term and
students have an opportunity to be part of state-wide competitions. There is a
wide variety of recreational sports including surfing, indoor rock climbing,
touch football, indoor soccer, indoor cricket, tennis, boxing, dance, yoga,
fishing, bowls, sailing and roller-skating. Targeted sports programs are
offered to students on a selective basis in the sports of baseball, basketball,
cricket, golf, hockey, netball, rugby league, soccer, swimming, tennis and
track and field. Trials are held in July each year. Students are coached by
specialist members of NSW sports associations.

Extracurricular activities: Band, computing, mathematics and science
competitions, visual and technological displays, expo, music, public speaking,
debating, drama.

Welfare and personal development: A caring atmosphere has been
developed over many years. The welfare program incorporates a student council,
two school counsellors, a buddy system for seniors, Year advisers, a careers
adviser and a peer support program. Study skills are included in the
curriculum. The school has also developed an independent learning centre for
both accelerated and assisted learning.

Special features: A mixture of timetabled training and excellent
coaching that blends sports theory and practise have seen teams reach the State
Finals Series in basketball, netball, rugby union and tennis. The school’s
teams lead in regional rugby, basketball, baseball, tennis, netball, junior
rugby league, junior hockey, junior soccer, athletics, water polo, and track
and field. Numerous students have gained NSW representation, while even more
have been selected for South Coast representation.

School Information

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

  • Faith-based: None
  • Year: -
  • Day/Boarding: Day School
  • Enrolment: approximately 900 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:Gura Street, Berkeley 2506
  • Phone:02 4271 1099
  • Fax:02 4271 3511

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