Sydney Girls High School is an academically selective state school located in Surry Hills in the Centennial Parklands. The school was established in 1883 and is the oldest state girls school in New South Wales.
The school has an outstanding reputation and a long record of achievement in all fields of human endeavour. The special nature of Sydney Girls High School allows gifted girls to focus on learning within a caring, challenging and supportive environment.
All Sydney Girls High School students are encouraged to achieve their personal best and have the opportunity to participate in the rich co-curricular program offered by the school.
A tradition of excellent HSC results ensures that all students attending Sydney Girls High School progress to tertiary study.
Sydney Girls High has excellent resources and it is at the forefront of technology initiatives with an extensive network system providing access to digital resources.
While academic achievement is the foundation stone of Sydney Girls High School, students today enjoy a dynamic and rich school environment which develops individuality and strength of character, while fostering a love of learning and enjoyment of the school experience.
On offer is an extensive range of co-curricular opportunities, comprising sporting, creative, intellectual, artistic, and leadership experiences.
Girls who come to Sydney Girls High School are encouraged to broaden their horizons through volunteering and working in the wider community, particularly in the contexts of health, education, the environment, and social justice.
An important part of the charter of Sydney Girls High School has always been to develop the leadership talents of gifted girls. Students take on a variety of leadership roles, including Prefects, Peer Support Leaders, SRC Leaders, Co-curricular Captains/ Vice-Captains, House Captains/Vice-Captains and SGHS Ambassadors. The school is also involved in a number of leadership initiatives, such as Model United Nations, High Resolves, Halogen Leadership Training, NSW Youth Parliament, Australian Constitutional Conference and the Social Justice Network Conference. The school promotes student leadership through our SGHS Leadership Scheme, which encourages students to undertake community and school service and participate actively in the co-curricular life of the school to develop as well-rounded and committed students.
Talents of Sydney Girls High School students both past and present are remarkable. Among the current alumni are the NSW Governor; the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology, Sydney; a Federal Court judge; members of the federal and state parliaments, well-known authors, social researchers, lawyers, educators and medical professionals.
While prizes and accolades are many and varied, at the heart of the school is the desire for every student to achieve her personal best.
The curriculum and the co-curricular programs at Sydney Girls High School allow for acceleration and enrichment in the development of the gifted student.
There are opportunities to participate in competitions, forums, activities and leadership experiences. These are offered to support the curriculum and allow for the development of gifted potential into talent.
There are many co-curricular activities available to students at Sydney Girls High School, including:
Music - School Orchestra/Symphonic Wind Ensemble/ School Choir/ Stage Band/ Senior Vocal Ensemble/ Symphonic Wind Orchestra/ Sinfonia/ Camerata
Social Justice Group
Knitting in Company
Creative Writing Workshops
Maths Club for gifted students
Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
Academic tutorials in Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Creative Writing
Tournament of Minds
da Vinci Decathlon
Senior Academic Mentoring
Sport options at Sydney Girls High School as co-curricular or weekly sport can include:
Aerobics, aqua aerobics, badminton, basketball, Bollywood Dance, circuit training, cricket, cycling, European handball, fencing, hockey, in-line skating, lawn bowls, netball, rowing, snow sports, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table-tennis, taekwondo, tennis, ten-pin bowling, touch football, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, waterpolo, yoga, surfing, zumba.