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SYDNEY SECONDARY COLLEGE (BALMAIN CAMPUS)


Balmain Campus sits on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour overlooking
Birkenhead Point. It has comprehensive enrichment and selective streams and
reflects the diversity and individuality of the local area. The school is held
in very high regard for its outstanding achievements in the creative and
performing arts, in academic studies and in technology. Students from this
campus have exclusive entry to the Senior Campus at Blackwattle Bay.

Facilities: Tiered library, two computer labs, drama and music
rehearsal rooms, art rooms, darkroom, science laboratories, assembly hall with
indoor basketball court, gymnasium, ovals, specialist technology rooms,
kitchens. The campus is equipped for students with physical disabilities, and
there is full wheelchair access.

Electives Years 7 and 8: The school offers a substantial curriculum
satisfying the full range of English, Mathematics, Science, and HSIE, plus all
other requirements of the NSW Board of Studies. Curriculum differentiation and
extension opportunities are offered to gifted and talented students. Learning
difficulties support is available, as well as programs for literacy, numeracy
and ESL.

Electives Years 9 and 10: This curriculum covers the full range of
English, Mathematics and Science, plus Geography and Australian History and
three electives with choices made from Computer Studies, French, Italian,
Japanese, Visual Arts, Drama, Music, Commerce, Work Studies, Aboriginal
Studies, Photography, Marine Studies and a range of Technologies including
Food, Wood, Metal, Textiles and Drawing.

Sport: Rugby league and union, soccer, cricket, tennis, swimming,
water polo, basketball, netball, softball, baseball, touch football, fencing,
squash, weight training, surf life-saving. Completion of a pontoon will provide
greater scope for water-based activities such as kayaking and dragon boat
racing. Access to Sydney Secondary College sports teams is also a feature.

Extracurricular activities: There are active clubs including chess,
debating, concert band, drama, and photography. Drama and musical presentations
feature throughout the year. Involvement in drama, debating, public speaking,
fencing, hockey, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and many academic
competitions reflect the school’s keen interest in student achievements.

Welfare and personal development: Transition teams for Year 7
classes ensure a smooth entry into high school life and personalised attention
for all new students. The special needs of gifted children are recognised and
catered for, as are the needs of those from non-English-speaking backgrounds
and those with learning and physical difficulties. The school emphasises
greater attention to individual student needs. An active SRC encourages student
participation in the life of the school.

Special features: The P&C, which is an active participant in
school life, is currently sponsoring the purchase of a pontoon, a breakfast
club and a bus for disabled students. The school successfully integrates
students with physical disabilities into mainstream classes from the special
unit within the school. The college-wide discipline policy aims to encourage
students to make accountable choices about their behaviour and to accept
responsibility for their actions. Business and community partners such as Lend
Lease and Bendigo  Bank provide further
opportunities for student enrichment.

Religion None
Type Government Selective
Day/boarding Day School
Boys/Girls Co-edu
Years Year 7 - Year 10
Enrolment 600 students
Fees: Free (Government School)
Phone
02 9810******* 02 9810 0471 / 02 9818 8206
Fax
02 9555******* 02 9555 7340
Address Terry Street, Rozelle 2039
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