Sydney Boys High School, located in Moore Park, has many
advantages for your son. You may like to read the About,
sections of this web site to gain a further understanding of the
school as a whole.
As the first government high school in NSW, the school has played an
important part in Australia's history, producing community leaders in law,
science, the arts, business, finance, the public service, industry, politics,
the professions, religion and in sport. When you accept enrolment at High you
become part of a very proud tradition. Students at our school seek to excel in
academics, sport, leadership, citizenship and co-curricular activities. Students
are expected to participate fully in school life.
The school has an enrolment of 1160. Boys come from all over
Sydney to experience an all-round education. Virtually all boys go on to
tertiary study at university. Academic expectations are very high. All boys
participate in academic competitions. The Classics have been taught at High
since 1883. In Year 7 students are offered choices in their language study.
Enriched or compacted curricula are delivered in Years 7-10. Structured
acceleration opportunities are built into curriculum offerings in Years 10 and
11. Senior courses are taken at advanced level only. University Developed Board
Endorsed courses are offered in stage 6.
Since 1906 High has participated in competitions organised by the Athletic
Association of the Great Public Schools (the GPS). This competition is played on
Saturday, summer and winter. Rowing, cricket, tennis, basketball, swimming, water
polo and sailing are our summer sports. Rugby, football, target rifle shooting,
volleyball, cross country running, fencing, and table tennis are offered in
winter. Athletics has its own season. The school also competes in CHSSA knockout
competitions as a foundation member since 1913.
At Abbotsford the Sydney High School Foundation Inc owns and
maintains The Outterside Centre, a fine rowing facility incorporating dormitory
accommodation with seminar and function spaces. We have access to the McKay
playing fields under a licence held by the Foundation with Centennial Parklands.
The Fairland Pavilion, built by the school, is maintained by the Foundation. At
Moore Park, our UTS Sports Stadium provides excellent basketball and fitness
training facilities. There are also two basketball courts outdoors and 4
retractable practice cricket nets. For tennis, the school has 4 championship
standard hard courts on site with a resident Tennis Professional. Moore Park is
used by our boys for recreation, PE lessons and sports training. We have a fully
equipped Weights Room and a Strength and Conditioning Coach on site.
The school operates two libraries (Junior and Senior) staffed by two Teacher
Librarians. In these libraries, boys have access to networked computers,
research software and wireless network connections. The school operates extended
Library hours to provide students opportunities for extra study before school.
High has a proud tradition in debating and public speaking. The Eastside and GPS
debating competitions take place on Friday nights during Terms 2 and 3. State
PDC school competition debating is held on weekdays. Chess is a popular and well
organised activity. Competitions are held on Friday afternoons. More than 200
boys play a musical instrument and perform with one of our ensembles that are
rehearsed in the mornings by our three music teachers and specialist musicians.
Boys have multiple performance opportunities each year. Up to 23 tutors work
with our boys individually to improve their performances. High has a dozen
ensembles and a marching band that performs at the Anzac Day march in the CBD
each year. High has an active performance drama program and a circus troupe.
We operate a school cadet unit which attracts up to 50 students. Parades are
held on Tuesday afternoons. The unit conducts a bivouac and an annual camp each
year. The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is operating at High with a large majority of
our boys accessing our Outdoor Education program in Years 7-9, giving them the
preparation to qualify for the Scheme in the senior school in Years 10-12.
Our acclaimed Student Awards Scheme provides significant opportunities for
recognition of achievement in a variety of endeavours. Individual personal
development is fostered through our Values Education, Peer Support and Peer
Mediation programs. Leadership aspirations are catered for in the Student
Representative Council, the School Prefects, High Resolves, our Leadership
Programs and through membership of sporting and co-curricular teams, support
groups and service committees. The school issues a weekly newsletter – High
Notes and a bi-annual High Flyer. The school’s achievements are published in The
Record. The students are expected to conduct themselves well and to maintain the
good standing of the school in the community. They are required to wear full
school uniform which is available for purchase from The High Store. There are
academic, co-curricular and social links with Sydney Girls High School on an
Tax deductible donations by parents make attendance at High more affordable
and contribute significantly to keeping parent contributions very low compared
to our GPS competitors. Annual tax deductible donations can be used to support
the Centenary Building Fund, the Sydney Boys High School Library Fund, the
Sydney Boys High School Building Fund and the school's sports facilities and
development programs through the Australian Sports Foundation.