Choosing a School for Your Child NSW

Choosing a School for Your Child NSW

NSW Issue #36 2020

When it comes to education, we all want what’s best for our kids. Decisions about where your child goes to school are very personal and can be daunting. In Choosing a School for Your Child we aim to make this process as simple as possible. These days, choosing the right school is more than simply choosing between co-educational or single-sex, government or independent. Other factors to consider include educational options, the school’s philosophies, religious affiliation, the co-curricular programs and much more. Some schools are noted for their sporting and musical programs, while others have a strong vocational emphasis. Some make involvement in community service compulsory, while others offer an extensive range of languages and international exchange programs. Our regular features detail everything that a parent needs to know about the NSW education system and the HSC, RoSA and the IB. In order to keep you informed and up-to-date, we have compiled a series of articles that address important issues. Our comprehensive listings highlight information about government and independent schools in New South Wales, divided by location for easy reference.

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Abbotsleigh is a Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 Anglican day and boarding school for girls. The school’s sixth headmistress, Miss Betty Archdale, says, “With education, women can do or be anything,” which is an ethos the school stands by. It always has, and always will, champion equality for women and girls. Its teaching philosophy ensures that girls are provided with experiences that are innovative, challenging, varied and fun. This is why Abbotsleigh girls love to learn. The school believes that by giving every girl the opportunity to do more, she has the ability to be more. Abbotsleigh prepares girls for a changing world in which they can positively impact their future and that of others. It encourages girls to find opportunities to serve the community and inspires them to act now to make…

north west

ARDEN ANGLICAN SCHOOL Co-educational, independent Anglican, Pre-school to Year 12, day Arden is a vibrant, Christian-based school providing a positive learning and caring environment that inspires girls and boys to thrive. Arden is small enough to nurture and care for each child individually, yet is big enough to challenge and foster the individual talents of each student to help them fulfil their potential. The school’s dedicated and caring classroom and specialist staff pay attention to the individual needs of every student, encouraging them to be the best they can be — ensuring that, when students complete their education at Arden, they will have positive attitudes, sound values and skills to equip them for the future. Facilities: Information technology resources, libraries, music rooms, visual arts centres, careers centre, science labs, TAS and a Senior…


BULLI HIGH Government, co-educational, day Bulli High has a magnificent location. Overlooking Bulli Beach and the Illawarra Escarpment, it is surrounded by spacious grounds and parklands. The school has a fine reputation for academic achievement, a renowned cultural, creative and performing arts program and, more recently, a high level of classroom technology. The values that guide the school are respect, responsibility and integrity. Facilities: The school has benefited from a significant building program over the past three years, which has provided new kitchens, new science laboratories, new music rooms, a brand-new gymnasium and outside games courts. Nearly half (40 per cent) of teaching spaces in the school are now less than four years old. The school has extensive playing fields, two gymnasiums, hall, library, four specialist computer labs, darkrooms and a specialised tiered…

outer sydney

BLAXLAND HIGH Government co-educational, day, disabled access Blaxland High, established in 1977, continues to develop its facilities in the new millennium. The school effectively manages its considerable human and material resources to equip its students with the skills and values needed to meet the challenges of a modern society. As a result, the school enjoys an excellent reputation for student behaviour and academic, cultural and sporting achievement in the wider community. Facilities: Specialist rooms for design and technology courses, multipurpose centre/gymnasium, three computer rooms, drama room, sporting fields, basketball and netball courts, modern library, independent learning centre, senior study facility. All learning spaces are networked with the library and independent learning centre. Electives Years 7 to 10: Computing Studies, Languages, Visual Arts, Ceramics, Drama, Dance, Music, Electronics, Engineering Studies, Food Technology, Design and Technology…

wahroonga adventist school

Wahroonga Adventist School is excited to have nearly completed its expansion into a full Prep to Year 12 co-education Christian School, with Year 12 commencing in 2021. Owned and operated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, it is one of six schools in Sydney and part of a worldwide network that includes Adventist schools, colleges and universities. With a motto of “Nuture for Today, Learning for Tomorrow, Character for Eternity”, Wahroonga Adventist School provides a Christ-centred environment with a holistic approach to learning, focusing on children’s mental, physical, social and spiritual needs, which will ensure they are equipped with an education that prepares them for life. “Children are the heart and soul of our school — giving them a nuturing, contemporary and inspiring education is what drives our decision-making,” says school principal, Mrs…

monte sant’ angelo mercy college

Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College has been educating and caring for young women for 145 years, continuing a tradition of excellence in Catholic education in the way of their founders, the Sisters of Mercy North Sydney. The college embraces and celebrates their core values of: mercy, human dignity, justice, service and option for the poor. These values guide the college’s teaching and learning culture and inform student immersion programs and social-justice initiatives. The principal of Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, Mrs Nicole Christensen, believes that, “Girls’ education enables young women to flourish in every realm, encouraging them to be critical thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators of the future they wish to independently create for themselves in their workplace and beyond.” As a leading independent girls’ school, Monte Sant’ Angelo is renowned for an innovative…