Parramatta High School

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Parramatta High School
Parramatta logo.gif
Parramatta, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°49′03″S 150°59′51″E / 33.81750°S 150.99750°E / -33.81750; 150.99750Coordinates: 33°49′03″S 150°59′51″E / 33.81750°S 150.99750°E / -33.81750; 150.99750
Type Public, Secondary, co-educational, day school
Motto Latin: Fax-mentis Incendium Gloriae
(The torch of the mind lights the path to glory)
Established 1913
Principal Domonique Splatt
Deputy Principals Paul Taylor and Andrew Gokel
Enrolment ~840 (7-12)
Campus Urban
Colour(s) Light & Dark Blue

Parramatta High School (PHS) is a public, co-educational high school located in Parramatta, a western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1913, Parramatta High School was the first co-educational school in the Sydney metropolitan area. The school was previously a selective high school, and since 2010 it has been a partially selective school in the Parramatta region. It is a very multicultural school teaching students from all walks of life.

Parramatta High is a partially Selective High School with an extensive curriculum and offers a wide range of elective subjects including Vocational Education and TAFE options for the Higher School Certificate.

Operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, the school currently caters for approximately 840 students from Years 7 to 12.



The study of Technology and Applied Science (TAS) courses, such as Food Technology, Textiles, Metalwork and Woodwork is mandatory for students in Years 7 and 8 and optional for all other students. Parramatta High School offers the following facilities for students studying TAS courses:

  • One woodwork room
  • One metalwork room
  • Two kitchens plus a food preparation room
  • One textiles room


Parramatta High School has a total of four computer laboratories that can be used by the students if their teacher so wishes.


Parramatta High School is divided into eleven departments - a diversity of related Board of Studies–endorsed subjects. The departments are:

  • English (Subjects: English, Drama).
  • Mathematics (Subjects: Mathematics)
  • Science (Subjects: Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science)
  • Creative Arts (Subjects: Visual Arts, Music, Film and Media Studies).
  • Social Science (Subjects: Geography, Commerce, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Economics.)
  • Language education (LOTE) (Subjects: French, Indonesian)
  • Personal development, Health and Physical Education,
  • TAS (Subjects: Design & Technology, Graphics Technology, Engineering Studies, Information Processes and Technology, Software Design, Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Hospitality - VET, Community & Family Studies)
  • History (Subjects: History, Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, Society and Culture)
  • Welfare (Subjects: Character Education)
  • Careers


As of 2014, the current staff at Parramatta High School is as follows:

Senior executive[edit]

  • Principal - Mrs Splatt
  • Deputy Principal - Paul Taylor
  • Deputy Principal - Andrew Gokel

Head teachers[edit]

  • English - Susan Begg (including Drama)
  • Mathematics - Nikolaos Paleologos
  • Science - Yasmin Harrison
  • HSIE - Helen Kougelos
  • PDHPE - Castro Youssef
  • Languages - Lillian Smith
  • TAS - Jeffrey Ralph
  • Administration - Lee Wise
  • Teaching & Learning - Mona Bedwany & Jasmin Jones

Year advisers[edit]

The Year Advisers as of 2014 are as follows:

  • Year 7 - Billie Heron
  • Year 8 - Brent Pollock
  • Year 9 - Tyrel Dieckmann
  • Year 10 - Kristy Williams
  • Year 11 - Jacqui Edwards
  • Year 12 - Thi Duong

Other Staff[edit]

  • International Students Adviser - Ming Yan
  • Girls Supervisor - Teresa Bouziannis
  • Sports Coordinator - Kristy Williams & Sarah Vote
  • Welfare Coordinator - Louisa Cossu
  • Aboriginal Students Coordinator - Brent Pollock
  • Transition Coordinator - Helen Moore
  • Careers Adviser - Michelle Ibrahim
  • General Assistant - Reginald Lewis
  • School Counsellor - Mrs Cooper
  • School Librarian - Karin Nyilos
  • Technology Support Officer - Edwin Pellissery
  • School Chaplin - Lisa Massey & Chris Petschack
  • School Administration Manager - Jane Lloyd
  • First Aid - Debra De Angelis, Jill Burrows & Joan McDonald

House system[edit]

At the beginning of Year 7, all Parramatta High students are placed in one of the following four houses, usually on the basis of their last name:

House Colour

Every year three sporting carnivals are held in which students compete to earn their house points. A winner of each carnival and of the overall house championship is announced each year.

Additionally, the houses are used to form the basis of roll call, which students attend every morning for 20 minutes. Each house consists of 7 roll calls, each with approximately 30 students.


In 2013 Parramatta High School celebrated its centenary, marking 100 years since its establishment on 28 January 1913. Logoofparramattacen.jpg

Notable alumni[edit]

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