Rosebank College

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Rosebank College
Rosebank College Logo.JPG
Latin: Sursum Corda
Lift Up Your Hearts
Five Dock, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°52′13″S 151°7′16″E / 33.87028°S 151.12111°E / -33.87028; 151.12111Coordinates: 33°52′13″S 151°7′16″E / 33.87028°S 151.12111°E / -33.87028; 151.12111
Type Private, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
Denomination Roman Catholic, Good Samaritan
Established 1867
Chairman Professor Marea Nicholson
Principal Tom Galea
Staff ~44[1]
Enrolment ~1200 (2014)
Colour(s) Navy Blue & Gold
Song Lift Up Your Hearts (Sing of Rosebank)

Rosebank College is an independent, co-educational, Catholic secondary day school in the Benedictine tradition, located in Five Dock, an inner-western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Founded in 1867 by Archbishop John Bede Polding and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Rosebank College is one of the earliest schools in New South Wales and is among the oldest in Australia. The College currently caters for approximately 1000 students. Young men were welcomed into the Junior School for the first time in 2009 and full co-education was achieved in 2012. The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Congregational Offices are situated on the College campus, along with a private cemetery where the early Good Samaritan sisters are buried.

In 2008, the College and its grounds were heritage-listed under the Local Government Act for historical and cultural significance; "Rosebank College is a rare example of a nineteenth century estate that survives with most of its land in the Canada Bay Council area. The College has considerable significance for the 1850s chapel that, despite some alterations, retains the qualities of a Victorian Gothic chapel and for the 1876 school building that is a fine example of the work of George Allen Mansfield. The grounds of Rosebank College retain extensive lawns and plantings, many established in the early to mid twentieth century, that are part of the continuum of use of the site as a Catholic convent and college. The high brick wall around the perimeter is notable in the surrounding streetscape and adds to the amenity of the grounds."[2]


Rosebank's facilities are housed in eight buildings. The College has just undertaken the biggest building redevelopment project in the school's history, which its fourth stage has been completed as of June 2014, Which included complete restoration of all of the college's facilities and the construction of several new buildings. Students now have access to a Creative Arts & Performing Centre (incorporating a theatre, music, drama and dance facilities), the Scholastica Research and Study Centre (including a Library with almost 10,000 books, IT Support Desk, Study Centre and seminar room, the Benedict Trade Training Centre (which houses two state-of-the art commercial hospitality kitchens), Science labs, the College gymnasium, computer labs, a Design and Technology Centre, the Benedict Hall, a food technology kitchen, textiles classrooms, visual arts rooms, the College's historic chapel, a Careers Centre and the Student Services building. The Rosebank College campus is notable for the high brick fence surrounding its perimeter and the extensive bank of roses that has existed on the property since the late 1840s.[3]

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  1. ^ "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Accountable. Rosebank College. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
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  4. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "ALEXANDER Jennifer Anne". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help);
  5. ^ "Swimming to Success" (PDF). Sursum Corda. Summer 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Therese Ann McLaughlin". Founding Sisters. Society of Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 

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