School Motto: Strive to Achieve. Epping Boys High School is a leading comprehensive boys’ high school, established in 1957. The school has a strategic direction called "Boys to Men" that seeks to engage all boys and build fine men.
Boys are provided with the opportunity to achieve high academic outcomes and engage in a wide range of co-curricular activities. All boys at Epping BHS are encouraged to achieve their potential by participating in activities that foster their talents and gifts and enhance a sense of responsibility.
The School motto, "Strive to Achieve", has inspired both staff and students since the school's foundation. The code of expected behaviour is based on our Positive Behaviour for Learning values of “Respect, Responsibility and Engagement”.
All students at Epping BHS are encouraged to strive for excellence by working hard to achieve their personal best, to care about other people, to encourage and support fellow students and to enhance the reputation of the school by building positive relationships with our community.
Epping BHS is a school recognised for its excellence in boys’ education, providing a broad range of quality teaching practices. The school has a history of producing strong academic outcomes with above average state results in literacy and numeracy assessments. The RoSA and HSC results are consistently above state average. In the 2015 HSC, the school was ranked 77th in the state for all schools. Our dux achieved 99.95 and was placed 4th in the state for Mathematics Extension 1 and placed 18th in the state in Chemistry; 6 students received ATARs above 99.0; 5 students were placed in the Premier’s Award list; one student placed 3rd in the state in Physics; one student was placed 5th in Drama; three students were placed 1st, 3rd and 5th in Information Digital Technology; one student was nominated for ArtExpress; 3 students were nominated for OnSTAGE; one student was awarded NSW CHS Blue for outstanding achievement as an AFL umpire; and one student had his Industrial Technology project exhibited at designTECH.
CURRICULUM in Middle School (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Students undertake set courses in Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) and then study core and elective subjects in Year 9. A Gifted and Talented program is run in Stage 4 for classes 7P, 7C, 8C and 8P. In this program students engage in Tournaments of the Minds and complete a Cross Curriculum Project with a STEAM focus.
In the first year of Stage 5 (Year 9) students are able to select elective courses. The school offers a broad range of elective subjects across the key learning areas including: HSIE- Commerce; Global Studies; History, Languages- Japanese; Korean; CAPA- Drama; Music; Visual Arts, Photographic and Digital Media; Industrial Technology- Electronics; Engineering; Metal, Multimedia; Timber; Food Technology; Information and Software Technologies and Physical Activity and Sports Studies. Students who are accepted through a selection process also have the opportunity to complete Business Studies (Accelerated).
The BTM program (Boys To Men) is timetabled fortnightly. Sessions are designed to support and develop the whole boy by exercising methods of Growth Mindset, developing resilience and forming positive relationships. Literacy strategies are also embedded within each session.
CURRICULUM in Senior School (Years 10, 11 and 12)
In the second year of Stage 5 (Year 10) students complete their courses to achieve the RoSA and prepare for their Preliminary and HSC courses in Stage 6. In Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) there are extensive curriculum offerings in: English; Mathematics; Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Studies); Business Studies; Economics; Geography; Legal Studies; Work Studies; Japanese; Modern and Ancient History; extension courses in English, Mathematics, History, Music and Japanese; Creative Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Music); PDHPE; Technology (Design and Technology, Engineering Studies, Industrial Technology); Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses (Hospitality, Construction, Entertainment Industry, and Information and Digital Technology). Students are offered acceleration in some Preliminary and HSC courses.
The school is located on 8.8 hectares, with excellent facilities, including an assembly hall; conference and function centre; library, gymnasium; two ovals for rugby, football, cricket and Australian Rules; basketball courts; tennis/multipurpose courts; weights training/cardio rooms; and a commercial-standard hospitality trade training centre. In 2016-2017 the school is undergoing an extensive building upgrade in the art and administration buildings, and front of school.
The school has a long tradition of sporting excellence. In 2016, Epping BHS is the Overall Champion School in the NW Metropolitan Boys Zone. This accomplishment was achieved by securing the title of Champion Summer Grade School, Champion Winter Grade School, Champion Football School, Champion Cricket School and Champion Golf School. The school is also the Champion Carnivals School having been crowned the Champion Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country School this year. To add to this, the school also won the Sydney North (regional) Knockout competitions in Football and Hockey. Epping BHS currently boasts students who have represented the school at zone, area, state and national levels in a variety of sports.
Sport at the school is divided into competitive grade sport, and recreational social sport. The choice of sports include: Rugby, Football, Water Polo, Basketball, Australian Rules Football, Hockey, Tennis, Table Tennis, Lawn Bowls, Taekwondo, Golf, Ice skating, Volleyball, Badminton, Mountain Biking, Chess, Baseball, Cricket, Oz Tag, Futsal (Indoor Soccer), Parkour, Swimming, Softball, Surfing, Squash, Fitness Training, Football and Netball. Epping is involved in over 70 inter-school team competitions, over 20 state-wide knockout competitions and area gala days. The “Sports Academy of Excellence” in the sport of Football has continued to be highly successful to date with participation in the sport at an all-time high. Epping also offers numerous opportunities for students to develop their sports passions in leadership, administration, refereeing, coaching, photography and videography.
Epping BHS strongly promotes the view that valuable learning takes place outside the classroom where students independently pursue areas of interest.
The school offers over 100 co-curricular activities including national and state competitions, charity work such as weekly blood donations, Wesley Food Drive, World Vision, Cancer Council; creative and performing arts - musical ensembles, choirs, Art Exhibition, An Evening of Music, eisteddfods, Community Concert; leadership and development opportunities – Duke of Ed, Young Achievers, Multicultural Day, Technology Expo, Environment Group, debating, various clubs, peer mentoring; sport - zone/regional/state/national sporting competitions/gala days/tours; overseas tours - sporting tours in rugby and soccer to NZ, Canada, USA, Hong Kong; overseas music tours performing in eisteddfods in Hawaii and Los Angeles; overseas cultural and history tours to Japan and Europe; overseas scientific and environmental tour to Indonesia.
There is an outstanding and well respected music tradition at our school. Our music ensembles include: Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Stage Band, Jazz Band, Training Band, Choir, String Ensemble, Junior Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Contemporary Guitars and Percussion Ensemble. These musical groups are involved a range of competitions, eisteddfods, community concerts, overseas tours and a school musical on a regular basis.