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The academic program at Frensham is broad, with the subjects on offer covering the full range of Board of Studies courses. For the Higher School Certificate, students are successful in studying at the highest levels of extension courses and with diverse programs across the arts, sciences and humanities.

Expert careers guidance with individualised planning means students are accepted into tertiary education paths of their choice. Frensham offers a rich experience that engages girls in a diverse range of activities to complement the academic program. Participation levels are extraordinarily high, reflecting the school’s ethos that girls have a responsibility to develop their talents and enrich both their creative and intellectual selves.

Head of Frensham, Julie Gillick, notes: “It is easy for students to see that their contribution is imperative. We structure the program (from 6.30am-8.30pm weekdays — and every weekend) so that what is offered reflects the choices we want the girls to be making.” All music ensemble rehearsals, choral and drama groups, debating, equestrian and sporting teams are scheduled so that every girl can be involved as broadly as possible, while still being able to specialise in areas of her particular interest and talent. Approximately 85 per cent of girls are pursuing at least one extra subject in music tuition.

There is very high participation in sport, with sports training held on three afternoons and several mornings every week; matches are scheduled every Saturday morning of the term, on Frensham’s own Games Fields. A member of the Sydney-based independent girls’ schools sporting competition, Frensham teams compete in high-quality, graded team sports. Recently, a Year 12 student was asked by a visitor, “What is Frensham known for apart from its academic program?” The student replied, “I think everything has its season at Frensham.”

Facilities: Library, IT-enriched classrooms, sporting fields, cricket ovals, tennis courts, synthetic hockey turf, cross-country tracks, drama studio, weights room, music centre, music keyboard laboratory, gymnasium, dance studio, Sturt Craft Centre (which includes wood, jewellery,  extiles, ceramics, Design and Technology and an art gallery), cafe, and science and IT centre.

Electives Years 8 to 10: The school offers mandatory academic subjects as well as elective History, French, Latin, Japanese, Language Studies, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, and Agricultural Technology. All students participate in the Jamieson Program — a program designed to develop global citizenship, environmental awareness, critical and ethical thinking and a responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing. All Year 9 students study the internationallyrecognised Global Perspectives Course through Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

Electives Years 11 and 12: English and Mathematics to Extension 2 level, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Agriculture, Modern and Ancient History (and extension), Latin, French, Japanese (including extension in all languages), Personal Development, PD/Health/PE, English as a Second Language, Language Studies, Music 1 and 2 (and Extension), Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Drama.

Sport: IGSSA competition sports — cricket, hockey, netball, softball, tennis, basketball, soccer, touch football, gymnastics, swimming, cross-country, athletics, skiing (state and national competition), equestrian (EFI Interschools and the Frensham-hosted event).

Extracurricular activities: Debating, public speaking, mock trial, orchestra, jazz band, madrigals, choir, ensemble groups, instrumental and vocal tuition, ceramics, jewellery, wood, yoga, weaving, textiles, cooking, fitness classes, drama, environmental programs, community service, confirmation, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, cattle show team, photography, weight training, gymnastics, dance groups, self-defense and fencing. All students participate in the extensive outdoor education program.

Welfare and personal development: Form group tutors, boarding and year group co-ordinators work together to form the pastoral care team. Careers advice and resource support are provided, and 24-hour residential nursing includes co-ordination of local medical and dental appointments and arrangements for specialist services.

Head of School: Ms Julie Gillick.

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Religion Non - denominational
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day and Boarding
Boys/Girls Girl
Years Year 1 - Year 12
Enrolment 323 students, including 220 weekly or full boarders.
Fees: Over 16k
$26,854 (Years 7 to 10) to $28,979 (Years 11 and 12), Boarding: $21,874 (all years). Scholarships and educational grants are available.
Phone
+61 2 4******* +61 2 4860 2000
Address Range Road, Mittagong 2575.
Email
registr*******
registrar@frensham.nsw.edu.au
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