This selective girls’ high school is centrally located in Surry
Hills, adjacent to Sydney Boys High. The school was founded in 1883 following
the admission of women to universities two years earlier and moved to its
present site in 1921. Sydney Girls is committed to academic excellence and
fostering individual ability in a caring and challenging environment.

Facilities: Computer rooms, library, drama hall, science labs, music
rooms, specialist rooms for practical subjects, multi-purpose hall, tennis courts, basketball courts,
rowing shed.

Curriculum Years 7 to 10: English, Mathematics, Science, Geography,
History, French, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Hebrew, Music, Drama, Visual Arts,
Photography, Multimedia, Textiles and Design, Food Technology, Design and
Technology, Graphics Technology, Information Processes and Technology,
Commerce, PD/Health/PE, Career Education, Scripture, Sport.

Curriculum Years 11 and 12: Advanced English, Extension English 1
and 2, 2-Unit Mathematics, Extension Mathematics 1 and 2, Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, Chinese, Chinese Extension, French, French Extension, Japanese,
Japanese Extension, Latin, Latin Extension, Economics, Geography, Legal
Studies, Ancient History, Modern History, Extension History, Software Design
and Development, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Drama, Music, Music
Extension, Visual Art.

Sport: Students participate in competitions in rowing, swimming,
water polo, netball, fencing, cricket, hockey, soccer, skiing, volleyball, and
basketball, as well as zone, regional and state competitions in a variety of sports.
There are many options available including aerobics, circuit training, squash,
cycling, self-defence, table tennis, touch football, badminton, table tennis,
swimming, contemporary dance, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and yoga.

Extracurricular activities: Clubs — chess, bridge, Scrabble, public
speaking, writers, Interschool Christian Fellowship, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Scheme, Young Achievers, environment group. Competitions — Tournament of Minds,
Mock Trial, writing, art, English, mathematics, science, geography, debating,
International Mythology Competition, NSW Latin Reading Competition. There are
also performance activities such as concert band, choral group, stage band,
orchestra, sax ensemble, chamber orchestra, Junior strings, Junior wind ensemble,
drama and musical performances, and an annual art exhibition. Annual interstate
exchange to Melbourne and international tours supporting language study to
France, Italy, and China.

Welfare and personal development: The school has a peer support
program, supported by an active student council and prefect body. Support
services include head teachers, student advisers and a school counsellor. Work
experience is offered to Year 10 students and careers guidance is provided for
all girls. The school is developing a strong transition program focusing on the
needs of Middle School students, moving from Year 6 to year 7.

Famous ex-students: Marie Bashir, Margaret Fink, Lilith Norman,
Marjorie Barnard, Libby Hathorn, Christina Stead, Marilyn Richardson, Glenda
Adams, Jane Saville, Jessica Rowe, Bettina Cass, Marele Day, Sascha Horler, Ada
Evans, Ethel Turner, Lee Rhiannon, Lucy Bell, Jessi Miley-Dyer.

School Information

  • Type: Government Selective
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Single-sex, Girls

  • Faith-based: None
  • Year: Year 7 - Year 12
  • Day/Boarding: Day School
  • Enrolment: 920 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:Anzac Parade, Surry Hills 2010
  • Phone:02 9331 2336 / 02 9311 1627
  • Fax:02 9360 9702

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