St Marys Senior High School

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St Marys Senior High School
St Marys Senior High School Crest.PNG
Latin: Mente Manuque\
With Mind & Hand
St Marys, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°45′48″S 150°46′12″E / 33.76333°S 150.77000°E / -33.76333; 150.77000Coordinates: 33°45′48″S 150°46′12″E / 33.76333°S 150.77000°E / -33.76333; 150.77000
Type Public, Co-educational, Day school, Post-compulsory
Established 1989
Principal Kris Beazley
Enrolment ~898 (11-12)[1]
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Green, White and Black

St Marys Senior High School is an academically comprehensive senior high school. It is a post-compulsory, public, co-educational, senior high school, located in St Marys, a Western Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1989, the school is the first NSW Government senior high school and currently caters for approximately 850-900 students from Years 11 and 12.


St Marys Senior High School was the first NSW Government senior high school. It was established in 1989 on the site of the comprehensive high school which first opened in 1956 (formerly known as St Marys High School). 2009 will be the school's twentieth year operating as a senior high school.

Admissions and Enrolment[edit]

Acceptance to St Marys Senior High School is extremely competitive; over one thousand students from the Penrith and Western Sydney areas as far as Parramatta, apply for the approximate 450 places offered for each year. Students wishing to enrol must complete an online registration to attain enrolment forms. Applicants must also include with their enrolment form their half-yearly report and complete a 'Personal Profile' which allows applicants to indicate things about themselves to assist the school's enrolment committee in making their decisions about applicants. Students are chosen based their attitude and behavior towards education, hence offering an adult, selective and positive learning environment.

Current enrolment at St Marys Senior High School is 898.[1]

School Life[edit]

The school life of St Marys Senior High School is very different to that of a normal High School as it offers an adult learning environment, similarly to a university. Students may refer to their teachers by their first name. No school uniform is enforced, but are however required to follow school dress code; either uniform as sold by the school or school colours; green, white, grey, black and yellow. Students are required to carry an identification card and are allowed to leave the school premises during their non-timetabled periods. Student parking is also available for students driving to and from school.


St Marys Senior High School is registered and accredited with the New South Wales Board of Studies, and follows the mandated curriculum for Years 11 and 12.

The large number of HSC students means that almost the full range of Board HSC subjects, as well as a number of Joint School - TAFE courses and other courses designed to meet students' special needs and interests are provided.


Commercial Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • Society and Culture
Computing Studies
  • Information Process and Technology
  • Software Design and Development
Creative and Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Music 1
  • Music 2
  • Music Extension (Performance Elective)
  • Music Extension (Composition Elective)
  • Music Extension (Musicology Elective)
  • Studio Drawing
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Design
  • Advanced English
  • ESL English
  • Extension 1 English
  • Extension 2 English
  • Standard English
Human Society and Its Environment
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • Extension History
  • Studies of Religion I
  • Studies of Religion II
  • Geography
  • French Beginners
  • French Continuers
  • Filipino Beginners
  • Filipino Continuers
  • Japanese Beginners
  • Japanese Continuers
  • Japanese Extension
  • German Beginners
  • Italian Beginners
  • Spanish Beginners
  • Mathematics
  • Extension 1 Mathematics
  • Extension 2 Mathematics
  • General Mathematics
  • Sports Lifestyle & Recreation
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Industrial Technology
  • Textiles and Design
  • Physics
  • Senior Science
Technological and Applied Studies
  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Industrial Technology
  • Textiles and Design

VET Courses[edit]

  • Business Services
  • Hospitality
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Information Technology


  • In 2008, a St Marys Senior High School student was awarded first place in the Society and Culture Higher School Certificate (HSC) exam.[2]
  • In the 2008 HSC exams, St Marys Senior High School had 5 students achieve recognition on the Board of Studies All Rounders List.[2]

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Rebecca Lee - Australian representative to the 2012 Olympics in Athletics[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "NSW Schools". Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b "First Place in Course List: 2008 Higher School Certificate". Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  3. ^ "London 2012 - Rebecca Lee Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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