The Scots College
For other schools with a similar name see Scots College (disambiguation).
|The Scots College|
Latin: Utinam Patribus Nostris Digni Simus
O that we may be worthy of our forefathers
|Bellevue Hill, New South Wales, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day and Boarding|
|Founder||Rev Arthur Aspinall|
|Chairman||Mr Simon Fraser|
|Principal||Dr Ian PM Lambert|
|Chaplain||Rev Conrad Nixon|
|Colour(s)||Gold and Blue
|Slogan||"Establishing the individual, developing the leader"
"Brave Hearts Bold Minds"
"Scots to the fore"
Established in 1893 at Brighton-Le-Sands, Scots has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1800 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, including 250 Boarders from Years 5 to 12. Students attend Scots from all regions of the greater metropolitan area and New South Wales country regions. The college is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, and is a founding member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS).
- 1 History
- 2 Principals
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Government financial support
- 5 Pipes and drums
- 6 Sport
- 7 Pipeline Student Management System (SMS)
- 8 House system
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 Business
- 11 Associated schools
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 Further reading
- 15 External links
The college was formed in 1893 by three men, the Reverend Dr Archibald Gilchrist, the Reverend (Fighting Mac) Macky and the Reverend Arthur Aspinall. Gilchrist devised the school motto of "Utinam Patribus Nostris Digni Simus", which may be translated from Latin as "O that we may be worthy of our forefathers".
The Reverend Arthur Aspinall, who became the first Principal, was minister to the Forbes Parish from 1874 to 1887. An educated man himself, with a love of learning, he saw the need to educate the sons of the pastoralists of the area. His dream was for a boarding school in Sydney to which these very isolated farming families could send their children. Ms Lillyan MacDonald of the Church Records and Historical Society (Uniting Church in Australia, NSW Synod) writes:
|“||From Dr Prentis I have learnt that a Forbes influence has pervaded Scots College for more than a century through the sons of Forbes District farming families, especially the related families of Aspinall, Strahorn and Martel.||”|
— Lillyan MacDonald, Personal communication
The Presbyterian Church was not happy with the proposal to start the school. Aspinall became the guarantor, advancing the capital required, while the possibility of starting the school was still a matter of bitter contention within the Church hierarchy. Thus Scots opened as a private enterprise. Once the school was established and functioning, the Church Assembly saw no reason to continue to oppose the idea of the school. In 1906 Aspinall sold the college to the Church for seven thousand pounds and so it became part of the Presbyterian education system in New South Wales.
Lady Robinson Beach
The college was originally established at Lady Robinson Beach, now renamed Brighton-Le-Sands, near the shores of Botany Bay. The initial school building was the modified, de-licenced 'New Brighton Hotel' on The Grand Parade, near Bay Street. The renovations to the hotel were done by Arthur Aspinall's brother, Albert Aspinall. The first Principal, the Rev Arthur Aspinall, remained in this position until his retirement in 1913. The school was officially opened 28 January 1893 by the Governor of New South Wales, the Right Honourable Victor Albert George, Earl of Jersey. Villiers Street, Rockdale was named in honour of this occasion. There were ten day students and 25 Boarders.
The period when the school opened was a time of depression. The first few years for the school were difficult. There were 55 boys enrolled at the school when, in 1895, (soon after a racecourse had opened nearby) the school moved to its current location in Bellevue Hill.
Early days at Bellevue Hill
The school occupied 'St Killians', the former home of Judge Josephson. Before he retired, Aspinall had added new buildings to the school and developed playing fields. The school was still surrounded by many areas of bushland which caught fire on hot summer days. Lessons would be cancelled so that the students could assist in the fire fighting. Aspinall was a stern Principal who dealt harshly with misdemeanours. Often his acerbic tongue and brilliant use of words produced ridicule more intimidating than any of his physical punishments. But he was also capable of empathy. Some promising students were educated for free when economic constraints within a family seemed likely to result in a student being withdrawn from the school.
1914 to 1955
James Bee, a New Zealander, continued the growth and expansion of the college. When he retired in 1934 there were 450 enrolled students. This is quite remarkable considering that the 1930s Great Depression was not yet over.
Alexander Knox Anderson, also a New Zealander, saw the Depression end only to be followed four years later by World War II. During World War II, Scots and its student body relocated to a purpose built campus at Bathurst, to the west of the Great Dividing Range. This was due to the proximity of the Bellevue Hill campus to the coast, and the fear of Japanese naval bombardment, a fear justified in May 1942 with the Japanese mini-sub attack on Sydney Harbour.
The Bathurst campus remained part of the school for a short period after the war, before splintering off and becoming the independent The Scots School, Bathurst.
The 75th Anniversary celebrations were held 3 to 10 May. The 1200 students at the College and past students had much to celebrate, for many former students had achieved success. In 1968 Dr Robert Naumann was Professor of Nuclear Physics at Princeton University in the United States of America. The Guest of Honour at the celebrations, the oldest known student in 1968, was Dr Ed Spark, a Dental Surgeon who had attended the school in 1894 at Lady Robinson Beach.
In 1975, a fire gutted most of the school's Main Building, resulting in a major reconstruction and renovation of school facilities.
In 1988, the school opened its outdoor education campus, "Glengarry", in the Kangaroo Valley. Attending Glengarry is compulsory for all Year 9 boys, who live on site in one of five dorms for six months. A residential academic and outdoor education team deliver a wide range of carefully developed personal development programs that enhance academic motivation and learning, and emphasise discipline, care, respect and curiosity. The year group is split into two intakes, they attend in terms 1 and 2, and terms 3 and 4 respectively. The Glengarry adventure now finishes with a 'Long Journey Home', which involves the intake to ride, hike and canoe their way back to Sydney from Glengarry.
Most of the Council members are elected by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in New South Wales.
In 2004, New South Wales Police raided the residence of a Scots College employee after executing a search warrant on suspicion that the employee had downloaded child pornography. Among the employee's possessions, two laptops and computer discs were seized as evidence. The police refused to name the individual or his occupation, but they suggested that there was no evidence to suggest that any impropriety had occurred on the campus of the Scots College itself, however.
In 2012, former Scots College teacher John Joseph Beckett, 75, of New South Wales, was ordered to stand trial at Port Augusta Magistrates Court for allegations of sexually assaulting boys during an camp in Oodnadatta, South Australia in the 1980s.
|1893–1913||Rev Arthur Aspinall|
|1914–1934||Mr James Bee|
|1935–1955||Mr Alexander Anderson|
|1956–1965||Mr Allan McLucas|
|1966–1979||Mr Guthrie Wilson|
|1980–1993||Mr Graeme Renney|
|1993–2006||Dr Robert Iles|
|2007–present||Dr Ian Lambert|
The campus consists of three ovals (Kirkland Oval; Fairfax Oval, which is used primarily by the Pipes and Drums as a parade ground, and Scots Main), four general class buildings, five boarding houses, a 25m swimming pool, a gymnasium, grandstands, tennis courts, basketball courts (indoor and outdoor) and the school amphitheatre.
The general class buildings are the Centenary Centre (Music, Religious Studies, and Economics/Business), the Graeme Clark Centre (Science, PDHPE and Mathematics), Scots Main (Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Geography, History), The Stevenson Building (Stevenson Library), and The Ginahgulla Centre (Languages, English).
The Stevenson Building also houses the Year 12 Common room, the Blackwatch Café, the Prefects' Room, the College Shop, and the school's two main function rooms (the Founders' Room and the Old Boys' Union Room). Scots Main houses the Auditorium and main school administration, whilst the Centenary Centre contains the school's primary Lecture room, the Coote Theatre and various music facilities and musical instruments.
The college quadrangle finished reconstruction in 2007 to provide additional change rooms and wheelchair accessible facilities such as an elevator for the Main Building, as well as vastly improving the aesthetics of the College 'quad'.
A new Mathematics/Science building, named the Graeme Clark Centre, as well as aerobics room (Bottom Level - same level as the current pool and weights room) was constructed from early 2007 to late 2008. Classes began on Monday 17 November 2008 and the building was opened on Friday 27 March 2009.
In 2007 the new 'Ginahgulla' classrooms were completed. These classrooms house years five and six located at the Senior campus, Victoria Rd. The upper floors were renovated in 2008 and became new Languages and English classrooms.
Of more important note, the College was able to fund an altitude training chamber in the high performance centre. Such a device is able alter the levels of oxygen present during sport training sessions and PD lessons. Whilst providing unparalleled benefit to the college's leading athletes, the benefit of such equipment for the institution as a whole has been publicly questioned.
Government financial support
In 2009 (the most recent year for which information has been published on the government My School website), The Scots College received $4,896,551 of recurrent funding from federal and state sources. This is equivalent to $3,078 of taxpayer subsidy for each student. In addition, in the same year the school received $437,072 of federal capital expenditure funding. According to the school's report for 2009, this government financial support totalled 11 percent of total revenue.
Pipes and drums
As a testament to its Scottish heritage, the school has a well known pipe band: The Scots College Pipes and Drums, established in 1900. The original band consisted of five members — boys who had joined the cadets as pipers. There are now over 230 boys in the band, making it the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1931 the band was granted permission to wear the tartan of the Black Watch regiment. The band's royal patron was formerly the Queen Mother. Traditionally, the Scots Pipes and Drums leads the annual ANZAC Day parade through Sydney. At the 2006 Australian Pipe band Championships, the Drum Corps won the Juvenile Drum Corp title, and the band as a whole earned a respectable third place. These results were then followed up by a successful run at the 2008 Australian Pipe Band Championships, where the band won both the Juvenile and Grade 4 title. These are the best results the band has seen in its long and prosperous history. The Pipes and Drums was recently invited and participated in the 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo.
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Sport has traditionally played a large role in the college and is an important part of the curriculum. The college competes in the AAGPS competition and has had notable success across a number of sports. Scots GPS premierships occurred in the following years:
- Athletics (Senior): 1894, 1936, 1947, 1948, 1952, 1958, 1959, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1975
- Athletics (track and field) (Junior): 1932, 1933, 1935, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1971
- Basketball (1sts): 1985, 1986, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Basketball (2nds): 1999, 2000 and 2012
- Cricket (1sts): 1943(u), 1945(u), 1948, 1953, 1957, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1984 and 1989
- Cricket (2nds): 1947, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1982, 1988, 1991 and 1996
- Rugby Union (1sts): 1948, 1949, 1959, 1978, 1987, 1993 and 2013 (Co-premiers with Newington College)
- Rugby Union (2nds): 1904, 1911, 1958, 1976 and 1979
- Rowing (1st VIII): 1946, 1962, 1965 and 1979
- Rowing (1st IV): 1946, 1971, 1978 and 2012
- Rowing (2nd IV): 1933, 1961, 1978 and 1986
- Rowing (3rd IV): 1961, 1962, 1977, 2011 and 2014
- Rowing (4th IV): 1946, 1965 and 1977
- Swimming (Senior): 2002 and 2004
- Swimming (Intermediate): 2002 and 2003
- Swimming (Junior): 2002 and 2008
- Cross Country (Open): 2009 and 2013
- Cross Country (Intermediate): 2008, 2011 and 2013
- Cross Country (Junior): 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2010
- Rifle Shooting (1sts): 1938, 1939, 1980, 1981, 1983 and 2013
- Rifle Shooting (2nds): 1948, 1971, 1983, 1985 and 1986
- Soccer (1sts): 2011
- Tennis (2nds): 1974
Pipeline Student Management System (SMS)
In 2010, Scots introduced Pipeline SMS (shifting away from its former system Scoogle), a set of dynamically controlled sites allowing parents to access resources and research materials online, on the college's latest twin ISDN connection.
Pipeline now also incorporates all day-to-day school administration functions, including rolls, detentions, homework merits and demerits, behavioural reports, school report releases, discipline records, subject selection, student timetables, assessment marks, attendance records and subject resources, allowing parents and teachers to communicate easily online and transfer documents (and information), and software not usually available at home. This network allow parents to securely gain access to school publications (such as The Flying Scotsman and The Clansman newsletter), now only available in electronic format; academic and pastoral reports; assessment marks; academic documentation; school news articles; and so forth.
As part of this shift towards electronic learning, Scots has digital projectors, speaker systems and DVD/VCR systems in the majority of its classrooms and halls, in order to better facilitate media presentations by staff and students.
As with most Australian schools, The Scots College utilises a house system. Scots has 13 student houses, of which 5 are boarding houses. Each year the houses participate in multiple academic and sporting competitions, spread across the school year, and are awarded points according to their placings. This point system determines the winner of the House Championship each year (announced at a final assembly). The day boy houses contain between 90 and 95 students each, whilst the boarding houses have between 50 and 65.
The school's five boarding houses are named Macintyre, Kirkland, Aspinall, Fairfax and Royle.
- Macintyre House is located by the Macintyre tennis courts and contains the College clinic. The house contains all the Year 7 boarders who go to other boarding houses after Year 7 and does not compete in any house competitions. Motto: Together we Shall Strive.
- Kirkland House is located next to the gym, and its jersey blue and white.
Motto: Strength of Character Through Enthusiastic Effort and Good Sense.
- Aspinall House is located between the Chapel and the dining hall, its house jersey is mostly white with a little dark green and it is named after former principal Arthur Aspinall. Motto: Honour before Honours.
- Fairfax house is situated on the hill above Fairfax oval and the Ginahgulla classrooms. Because it is on a hill the boys in the house sometimes call it "The House on the Hill". Motto: Steadfast and United.
- Royle house is located across the road from Macintyre house and the Macintyre tennis courts, and its house jersey is dark green and blue. Motto: Not Merely for Ourselves.
In addition to the boarding houses, the school has eight day boy houses — James Bee, Fraser, Anderson, Macky, Bruce, Armstrong, Gilchrist and Brandt. They are listed here by age:
- James Bee House is one of the two oldest day boy houses, formed in 1936 and named after Mr James Bee, headmaster for 20 years (1914–1934). The house badge is based on his initials. In recent years, James Bee House has consistently come second to Gilchrist House, with the exception of 2002 in which it secured the House Championship over its traditional rival. James Bee House has "Red Nose Day" as its charity and has raised around $80,000 for this worthwhile charity over the last 8 years. Colours: Black. Motto: Best Effort
- Armstrong House was formed in mid 1936 as a day boy house. It is named after Dr G Armstrong, a founding College Councillor and Deputy College Chairman. Its crest is the College's Lion Rampant and the letter A in gold on a red background. Colours: Red and Gold. Motto: Striving for Excellence
- Anderson House was formed in 1947, and named after Mr AK Anderson, Headmaster from 1935 to 1955. The crest is based on the New South Wales floral emblem, the Waratah. Colours: Yellow, Red and White. Motto: Truth, Courage and Compassion
- Brandt House was also formed in 1947. It is named for Rev DF Brandt, Chairman of the College Council from 1927 to 1936. The house crest displays four sections displaying a castle, the Lion Rampant, an open book and the house initials. Colours: Royal Blue. Motto: Fortune Favours the Brave. Charity: Cancer Council of Australia
- Gilchrist House was formed in 1986. It was named after the Rev Dr A Gilchrist, one of the most influential College Founders. In recent years, Gilchrist has been consistent winner of the House Championship (except a 2002 victory to James Bee and a 2000 victory to Bruce). The badge and motto are based on those of the Gilchrist Clan. Colours: Red, Green and White. Motto: Brave and Trustworthy. Charity: Diabetes Australia
- Bruce House was formed in 1986 and named after Rev Dr D Bruce (Chairman of the College Council from 1902 to 1905. The house selected a new badge in 1991, based on the belt that traditionally surrounds Scottish clan badges with the College's rampant lion in the centre. Colours: Royal Blue and White. Motto: Strength and Unity. Charity: Red Kite
- Fraser House was also formed in 1986. It was named after Mr HJ Fraser, Chairman of the College Council from 1969 to 1977. The crest and motto are based on those of the Fraser clan, with the buck's head in the centre. Colours: Light Green and White. Motto: I am Ready. Charity: Bandaged Bear Day
- Macky House, like Bruce, Fraser and Gilchrist, was founded in 1986. It was named after Rev Dr WMD Macky, one of the founders and the first Chairman of the College Council (1893–1901). The open book and sword-bearing arm of the crest are based on the house motto. Colours: Blue, Green and White. Motto: With Strong Arm and Mind. Charity: Jeans for Genes Day
Former students of The Scots College are known as Old Boys, or alternatively Old Scotsmen, and may elect to join the school's alumni association, The Scots College Old Boys' Union (OBU). The OBU was formed in 1900, and today supports the school with financial assistance, whilst working to facilitate communication and interaction between the College and its Old Boys through events and activities, such as alumni and sporting reunions. Reunions are also held in various states of Australia and overseas.
Among the school's notable alumni are:
- Harry Triguboff AO - Property developer and billionaire; Managing Director and Chairman, Meriton Apartments Pty Ltd
- James Keith Bain - Company Director; Farmer; Author; Chairman of Merryville Estates Pty Ltd, NatWest Aust. Bank Ltd (1985–91), W. Bain & Co. (1947–87); Sydney Stock Exchange Ltd (1983–87) (also attended The Armidale School)
- Antony Edmund Rundle Coote AM - Proprietor of Mulloon Creek Natural Farms; Executive Chairman of Angus & Coote (1999–2007); Former Director of ING Bank (Aust)
- Simon Dahdah - Real Estate magnate
- Patrick James Dymock Elliott - Company Director; Director of Crossland Uranium Mines; Chairman and Managing Director of Magnesium International Ltd; Chairman of Argonaut Resources and Australian Oriental Minerals; Managing Director of Carrington Equity
- James Richard Fleming AO - Former Chairman and Managing Director of Jewel Food Stores Pty Ltd, Director of Davids Ltd, Assistant Director of Woolworths, Director of Flemings Food Stores
- Tony Fountain - Co-founder of Australia's largest rural merchandising company, Combined Rural Traders Ltd; Pioneer in computer-oriented livestock marketing; Former National President of the Australian Democrats; Keynote Speaker
- David Lee Freedman - Racehorse Trainer; 120 career Group one wins; Race wins include: 5 Melbourne Cups, 4 Golden Slippers, 4 Caulfield Cups, 4 VRC Oaks, 4 Australasian Oaks, 5 Lightning Stakes, 2 Cox Plates, 1 AJC Oaks; Inducted into Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2003
- Clay Frederick - Former Chief Executive Officer, Adsteam Marine Limited; Former Director, Sydney Ferries
- Ian Rainy Lance Harper AM - Company Director and Solicitor; Former Chairman of Raasey Trustee Pty Ltd, Reckitt and Colman Australia, Westpac Trust Foundation, Capcount Management Ltd etc. (also attended Scotch College Melbourne)
- Albert Edward Harris AC - Company Director; Independent Advisory Board of INP News Media; Jt Chairman of Thakral Holdings Ltd; Chairman of the Australian Radio Network; Chairman of Sovereign Funds Management, Pacific Century Hotels etc.
- Charles Peter Hunt Kiefel - Principal of Principal Funds Management; Chairman of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Board; Member of the Advisory Board of Pacific Equity Partners III, Review Board for Castle Harlin Australia Mezzanine Partners LBO Private Equity Fund, Director of Pharmaxis, Director of Universal Bionsensors Inc., Chairman of Hyperion Asset Management Ltd
- John Howard Maxwell - Chairman of Aetna Life of Australia and New Zealand Limited; Former Chairman of Aetna Life and Casualty Ltd and Subsidiaries, Deputy Chairman, Managing Director; Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lieutenant seconded to Royal Air Force
- John McAdam AM - Chairman of the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia for Medical Research; David Jones Limited (1953–95)
- Sir Roderick William Miller - Company Director of R. W. Miller (Holdings) Ltd
- Graham Norman Nock OBE AM - Chairman of Nock Son & Co. Pty Limited; Chairman of Finium Financial Service Pty Ltd, Hedge Funds of Australia, Homemaker Retail Group, Touraust Corp.; Director of Emerging Markets Co. Ltd; Chairman of DCA Group Ltd etc.
- Ezra Norton - Newspaper proprietor (also attended Waverley College)
- Thomas Gregory Parry AM - Principal Advisor of Regulatory Infrastructure and Specialised Funds, Macquarie Bank; Chairman of FSS Trustee Corporation; Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation; Foundation Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales
- Brian Neil Primrose - Managing Director of Primrose Solutions Pty Ltd; Gold Medallist for Sailing in the Australian Masters Games (2003)
- James Alfred Rayner - Company Chairman; Chairman of Homesource Pty Ltd, Holmes Sackett & Associates, Grass Farms Australia Pty Ltd; Director of Gresham Partners Capital Ltd etc.
- Alan Graham Rydge - Company Chairman; Chairman of Embeear Pty Ltd; Chairman of Amalgamated Holdings Ltd; Chairman of Greater Union Pty Ltd, Rydges Hotels Ltd; Chairman of Kosciusko Thredbo Pty Ltd etc.
- Michael John Sharpe AO - Chartered Accountant; Director of Babcock & Brown Ltd; Director of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme, National Australia Trustees Ltd, ASX Ltd, ASX Markets Supervision Pty Ltd, Securities Exchanges Guarantee Corp. Ltd; Australian Representative to the International Accounting Standards Committee Board etc.
- Robert Duncan Somervaille AO - Legal and Telecommunications Technology Consultant; Former Chairman of P&O Australia Ltd, Chairman of HydroMet Corp. Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Abigroup Ltd, Chairman of FAI Life Ltd etc.; Awarded the Légion d'honneur (also attended Scotch College Melbourne)
- John Winning - Founder and CEO of Appliances Online
- Michael Magnus (1944 -2007) - Sydney advertising and arts identity
Academia, public service, politics and religious service
- Graeme Milbourne Clark AC AO, pioneer of the multiple-channel cochlear implant
- Hon Peter McCallum Dowding S.C., former Premier of Western Australia
- Dr Peter Jensen, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney
- Admiral Sir David James Martin AO, former Governor of New South Wales
- Lt-Col. Kenneth Shave OBE, distinguished soldier and patron of the arts.
- Dr Charlie Teo, a prominent neurosurgeon who operates in Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
- Ted Harris, prominent Australian company director
- Peter Lindsay Weir, AM (born 21 August 1944) is an Australian film director. After playing a leading role in the Australian New Wave cinema with his films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave and Gallipoli, Weir directed a diverse group of American and international films—many of them major box office hits—including the Academy Award nominees Witness, Dead Poets Society, Green Card, The Truman Show and Master and Commander.
- Bryan Weir - represented Australia in rowing
- Terrence Alfred - represented Australia in rowing
- Aaron Wright - represented Australia in rowing in the Junior World Rowing Championships in 2010 and 2011
- David Brockoff - a former Wallabies rugby player and rugby union coach
- John Winning - 2002 World Champion in the 29er (boat) skiff class. Also represented Australia in skiing
- Murray Stewart - Olympic Gold medallist in Canoe Sprint
- Thomas Whalan - Four time Australian Water Polo Olympian
- Tom Bowman -, born 13 May 1976 in Molong, New South Wales, Australia, is an Australian Rugby Union Player who plays lock (2nd row). He has so far won 16 caps for Australia, making his debut in the 76-0 thrashing England in June 1998. The last test he played for Australia was the World Cup pool match against the U.S. in 1999.
- Tim Gavin - a former Wallabies and NSW Waratahs rugby player
There are currently only three other Presbyterian schools in New South Wales:
- Scots' sister school, the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney in Croydon
- The Presbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale
- The Scots School, Bathurst
- List of non-government schools in New South Wales
- List of boarding schools
- History of Brighton-Le-Sands, New South Wales
- List of pipe bands
- Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition
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