Founded in 1966 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of
St Benedict, the college mission emphasises that its education be holistic
based on the Benedictine traditions of Pax, Hospitality and Stewardship. It is
a place of intellectual endeavour with a history of excellent academic
achievement where students succeed across a spectrum of pursuits: academic,
cultural, sport and social involvement. A formal pastoral policy offers
structures and opportunities for students. Students can involve themselves from
Year 7 in the Student Representative Council (SRC) and in the Portfolio
structure. Portfolios include Assembly, Environment, Creative Arts, Debating,
Hospitality, Liturgy, Social Justice, and Sport. Individual giftedness and
achievements are recognised through the merit system at bronze, silver and gold

Facilities: Multi-purpose hall, art and music suites, extensive
computing facilities, courts for netball and basketball, multi-purpose sports
oval, Information Resource Centre, photographic darkroom, state-of-the-art
Technology and Applied Sciences Centre, dance studio, drama studio.

Years 7 and 8: Students complete a common course, which includes
Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Technology (Mandatory),
PDHPE, History and Geography, Music, Visual Arts, Drama and languages (French,
Japanese and German).

Electives Years 9 and 10: Commerce, Dance, Design and Technology,
Drama, Food Technology, Australian Geography, Australian History, Information
and Software Technology, Languages (French, German and Japanese), Music, PASS
(Physical Activity & Sport Studies) and Visual Arts.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business
Studies, Chemistry, Community and Family Studies, Earth and Environmental
Science, Dance, Drama, Design and Technology, Economics, English (Standard and
all Extension courses), Exploring Early Childhood, Food Technology, Geography,
IPT (Information Processes and Technology), PDHPE, Languages (French, German
and Japanese), Legal Studies, Mathematics (all levels), Modern History, History
Extension, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Senior Science, Society and
Culture, Software Design & Development, Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation,
Visual Arts, Visual Design. VET courses include Information Technology and
Hospitality Operations and Business Services. Students may take TAFE courses
such as Design Elements and Tourism.

Religious education: This is compulsory in all years and is based on
the Benedictine tradition with a strong emphasis on the balance of work, rest
and prayer. Students either study Studies of Religion 1 or Studies of Religion
2 in Years 11 and 12.

Sport: Co-curricular sports include basketball, netball, soccer,
softball and touch. Representative sport includes all co-curricular sports as
well as athletics, cross-country, diving, golf, hockey, sailing, squash,
swimming, surf life-saving, tennis and triathlon.

Co-curricular activities: Debating, drama, dance, Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, public speaking, musical groups, and choir, CREST,
Titration Competition, Tournament of Minds, Future Problem Solving, social
justice activities (including community outreach programs).

Welfare and personal development: There is a full-time careers
adviser, a special education team and counsellors. Age-specific programs
operate in each year. Outdoor education is part of the Year 8 and 9 programs.
Retreats, camps and overseas cultural experiences are offered. Home-room groups
are organised on a vertical basis in houses. Girls remain with their homeroom
during their entire time at the college. Social justice awareness has been an
important part of Mount St Benedict College. Parents are actively involved in
the life of the college. There are many social opportunities for parents to
meet, and to get to know each other serves as an important method of support.

Special features: Mount St Benedict is not a selective school.
However, in examinations conducted by the Board of Studies, the students
achieve consistently high results and a high proportion of HSC leavers are
offered university places.

From the School: There is also a Gifted and Talented Program and
Learning Support Program. NAPLAN, School Certificate and Higher School
Certificate results are indicative of our commitment to life-long learning and
reflect the outstanding work of our teachers and the efforts of our students to
develop their gifts and talents.

Famous ex-students: Olympians Jana Pittman and Jo Carter,
Commonwealth Games medallists Jackie Gallagher and Catherine Cox, Krystel
Huxlin (Who’s Who in America for medical research), Miss Universe Australia
2008 Laura Dundovic.

School Information

  • Type: Independent
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Single-sex, Girls

  • Faith-based: Catholic
  • Year: Year 7 - Year 12
  • Day/Boarding: Day School
  • Enrolment: 860+ 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: 4k - 8k tuition years 7 to 10 $6905, years 11 and 12 $7070
  • Address:449C Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills 2120
  • Phone:02 9980 0444
  • Fax:02 9484 4911


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