Arthur Phillip High School

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Arthur Phillip High School
Arthur Phillip High School logo.png
Macquarie Street

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Coordinates33°48′59.08″S 151°0′23.95″E / 33.8164111°S 151.0066528°E / -33.8164111; 151.0066528Coordinates: 33°48′59.08″S 151°0′23.95″E / 33.8164111°S 151.0066528°E / -33.8164111; 151.0066528
TypePublic, Secondary, Day school

Arthur Phillip High School (APHS) is a coeducational public high school in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. The school was established in 1960 in its own right, in buildings which had been used continuously as a school since 1875, and is named for Arthur Phillip, the first governor of the state of New South Wales and the founder of the city of Sydney.


Parramatta South Public School opened in 1873, and in 1875 moved to Smith Street. In 1887 it became a "Superior Public School" offering both primary and post-primary courses. In 1907 it was renamed Parramatta. For many years, boys' and girls' post-primary classes were taught separately in the adjacent buildings. In 1944, they were combined into a Central School. At the start of 1958, the primary school moved to Macquarie Street, where it remains today. In 1960, the secondary classes were separately established as Arthur Phillip High School.[1]

At the front of the main side of its two-part campus the Old School House building, now a museum, is situated and contains photos and items pertaining to education in Australia's early colonial era and beyond. The Old School House is the oldest continuously used educational building in Sydney.[2]


The campus is located at the corner of Smith Street and Macquarie Street in Parramatta's central business district, on both sides of Macquarie Street. The architectural front and main entrance of the school faces Smith Street, however it is rarely used and is an artefact of a different structure which has now changed due to the building's numerous appendages. The school has a central courtyard around which the main classroom buildings are arranged, and additional sports grounds which have gradually decreased in size due to an increase in demountable classrooms.

Social initiatives[edit]

The Arthur Phillip High School Plan has a Refugee Transition Program which engages with the wider migrant and refugee community [teuong] in Western Sydney.[3]



  1. ^ CLI database Arthur Phillip High and Parramatta (2), NSW Department of Education and Communities. Accessed 18 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Arthur Philip High School - Australian Historical Markers on".
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