Marryatville High School
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|Marryatville High School|
|Kensington Road, Marryatville, South Australia, Australia|
|Established||1877 (as Norwood Junior Boys Tech)|
|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.
The school offers education in a wide variety[weasel words] of subjects and its students graduate with above average Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) scores in their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). In 2004 Marryatville High School began accepting international students and was accredited by the European Council of International Schools and formed a number of sister school relationships in Japan and China. Marryatville High School is now[when?] considered an international school.[according to whom?] 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. The Marryatville High School big bands have also won music competitions around the country, notably at Generations In Jazz several times over recent years. 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" 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, and won the Children's and Youth Choir section of the 10th International Choir Festival "Tallinn 2007" in Estonia.
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 Michaela Williams and Melanie Ralph Institute for Performing Arts", named after the renowned 2005 graduates, 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".
Marryatville High School has computing facilities with four dedicated computer rooms. In 2007, the school installed data projectors in classrooms to assist with presentations. Very up to date computers, made in 1998, assist with 21st-century learning.
The various teams and players at Marryatville High School compete at a national level. Marryatville High School has eight tennis courts. The famous of which was the Sid Narayan Arena named after the honorary graduate Sid Narayan. He represented Australia in the Wimbledon and Australian Open and now resides as the school's tennis coordinator.
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.
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.
- Gia Loukes - Channel Ten Adelaide News Reporter
- Callum Ferguson
- Brad McKenzie- Australian rules footballer with the North Melbourne Football Club.
- Michelle Tumes
- Imogen Annesley who was in various films including films Playing Beatie Bow, Howling III: The Marsupials and Queen of the Damned.
- Catherine Lambert who is featured in the movies Napoleon and Lost in Translation
- Naomi Crellin & Sally Cameron from The Idea of North
- Claudia Scalzi - Film Producer
- Alexandra Walls - Inspiration for the character of Merida in the animated feature film, Brave (2012 film)
- International Accreditation, courtesy Marryatville High School
- The Forge Opening, DVD Produced by Kym Horne (2005)