Marryatville High School

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Marryatville High School
Kensington Road, Marryatville, South Australia, Australia
Type Public
Established 1877 (as Norwood Junior Boys Tech)
Principal Mark Leahy
Faculty 150
Enrolment 1228 [1]
Campus Two (Middle and Senior)
Colour(s) Navy Blue, Sky Blue, White
House Colours: Woodroofe (blue), Heysen (red), Anderson (yellow), Mitchell (green)

Marryatville High School is a public state school in Adelaide, South Australia. It was founded in 1976 during the Don Dunstan era of South Australia and was formed out of the old Norwood Boys Technical High School. The school is situated on a large area of land in the eastern suburb of Marryatville, part of the City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters. First Creek cuts through the middle of the school grounds and large gum trees line the property.


Marryatville High School was accredited as an international school by the Council of International Schools in 2003 and formed a number of sister school relationships in Japan and China.[2] The school specialises in particular subject areas, including music, drama, and tennis.


One of the school's main focuses is music, as the school is one of four Specialist Interest Music Schools in South Australia. The school's music program is well known[according to whom?] for its national standard school choirs, bands and orchestras. The music centre's ensembles performed at the opening of the new Adelaide International Airport, for Queen Elizabeth II and in Disneyland.[citation needed] The Marryatville High School big bands have also won music competitions around the country, notably at Generations In Jazz several times over recent years.[3][4] The school's Concert Choir entered into the "McDonald's Performing Arts Competition" held in Sydney in 2005 and won "The John Lamble Australasian Choral Championships for Secondary School Choirs"[citation needed] against Brighton Secondary School and Barker College. In 2007, the Concert Choir won the SA state final of the inaugural ABC Classic FM Choir of the Year Competition and second place in the national final,[5] and won the Children's and Youth Choir section of the 10th International Choir Festival "Tallinn 2007" in Estonia.[6][7]

The school provides two types of music education in the junior high school, known as Music I and Music II. The Music I program is less intense than Music II. Music II is aimed at musicians with professional music potential.


The Performing Arts Centre named "The Forge", is able to showcase drama, dance and musical performances. For the official opening of the school's new theatre, a production by drama students was presented to guests including South Australian Premier Mike Rann and state member for Norwood Vini Ciccarello. When talking to the cast and crew after the opening show, Mr Rann exclaimed, "I've never seen anything this good, at either a High School, University or TAFE".[8]

Information Technology[edit]

Marryatville High School has computing facilities with four dedicated computer rooms. In 2007, the school installed data projectors in classrooms to assist with presentations.


The various teams and players at Marryatville High School compete at a national level.[citation needed] Marryatville High School has eight tennis courts.


Marryatville High School offers many opportunities for exchange trips to each of its sister schools in France, China and Japan. These trips offer students a diverse look into the lives of cultured people, and a chance to experience life as a young, free adult. Teachers accompany students, but do not play a major role in the supervision of students. A first hand account from a recent student on this trip says "yeah, so much fun, like felt so independent, it's like I'm adult but totally have more fun". Many students, past and present, are given this opportunity to enrich their learning and life experiences, even once of age.

Student Life[edit]

Students from years 8 to 12 attend seminars and presentations targeted to inform the students about the dangers of life (drink driving, parties, stress free etc.). This encourages students to make the right choices, and to have the right mental health to make the difficult transitions through life phases. The fantastic counsellors with years of experience and the appropriate university degrees are here to offer guidance and support to young, struggling students.

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Coordinates: 34°55′44″S 138°38′44″E / 34.92889°S 138.64556°E / -34.92889; 138.64556