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Established on its current spacious site in 1967 overlooking
Passmore Reserve and near Manly Beach, Mackellar Girls’ Campus aims to develop
independent, resourceful and tolerant young women equipped with the personal,
social, academic and technological skills necessary for a changing world. In
2005 Mackellar won the Director General’s Award for its outstanding gifted and
talented program, which features G&T academic extension classes and G&T
programs for talented dancers, musicians, artists and athletes.

Facilities: Dance room, full commercial kitchen, design and
technology centre, four language rooms, special needs resource room, digital
photography room, careers education centre, simulated office and retail store.

Curriculum Years 7 and 8: Students follow a wide compulsory course
in Years 7 and 8 consisting of English, Mathematics, Science, History,
Geography, Languages, Technology, Music, Visual Arts, Thinking Skills,
Religious Education, PD/H/PE, Sport and Dance.

Electives Years 9 and 10: In addition to the compulsory courses of
English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, PD/H/PE and sport, the
school offers courses in Commerce, Drama, Food Technology, French, German,
Information and Software Technology, Japanese, Music, Physical and Sports
Studies, Textiles Technology and Visual Arts. Careers Education is taught to
all classes in Years 10 and 11.

Electives Years 11 and 12: English (Advanced, Extension 1 and 2,
Standard and ESL), Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, Biology,
Business Studies, Chemistry, Chinese Background, Community and Family Studies,
Construction, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Earth and Environmental
Science, Economics, Engineering, Food Technology, French (Continuers,
Extension), Geography, German (Beginners, Continuers, Extension), Information
Technology, Italian (Continuers), Japanese (Beginners, Continuers, Extension),
Legal Studies, Mathematics (also General and Extension 1 and 2), Music 1, Music
2, PD/H/PE, Physics, Senior Science, Society and Culture, Textiles and Design,
Visual Arts. One-unit courses include Photography, Sport, Lifestyle and
Recreation. Industry Framework Vocational Education and Training courses
include Hospitality, Information Technology, Business Services, Entertainment
and Retail Services. An extensive range of TAFE-delivered courses is also

Religious education: There are timetabled lessons in Years 7 to 11.

Sport: Australian Rules football, athletics, basketball,
cross-country, hockey, rugby union, soccer, snow skiing, softball, swimming,
touch football, volleyball, water polo and many recreational sports. Teams
enter regional, state and national competitions. Weekly night competitions in
basketball and water polo take place and there are Saturday competitions in
hockey and softball. Individual athletes have performed at national,
international and Olympic levels.

Extracurricular activities: Dance ensembles, school musical and
Shakespeare productions, Rock Eisteddfod, instrumental tuition, school bands,
instrumental and choral groups, public speaking, debating, Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award Scheme and other competitions (English, Maths, Science, Chemistry,
Poetry, Computing Studies, Languages), specialist camps, Streamwatch,
city-country and international exchange programs. Mackellar Girls’ has sister
schools in Japan and Germany.

Welfare and personal development: Student welfare is monitored
through a series of staff committees, and discipline is managed as an integral
part of the student welfare program. The school has a prefect and student
leader system, SRC, peer support program, individual and group student welfare
programs, overseas student exchanges and visits, and a student leadership

Special features: The school enjoys strong parental support through
its P&C Association and through parents’ involvement in specific school
projects. Support for students includes learning support, ESL, gifted and
talented provisions, maths support, lab and talented athlete, dance, music and
art programs. The school consistently achieves outstanding results in HSC, SC and NAPLAN. The school has links with Northern
Beaches Institute of TAFE, University of Technology Sydney and other campuses
of Northern Beaches Secondary College.

Famous ex-students: Layne Beachley, Debbie Watson, Elka Graham.

Religion None
Type Government
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Girl
Enrolment 1080 students
Fees Free (Government School)
voluntary fees range from $125 to $165 depending on the year, with additional specific subject and activity costs. there is an annual contribution to the p&c and library fund.
02 9949******* 02 9949 2083
02 9949******* 02 9949 3028
Address Campbell Parade, Manly Vale 2093
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