Barrenjoey High School
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|Barrenjoey High School|
|Avalon, New South Wales
|Type||Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school|
|Motto||Respect Effort Challenge'|
|Colour(s)||Green, Red, White and Black
The first student intake was in 1968 with a single grade (known at the time as 'Form 1') which formally graduated from the school in 1973. The inaugural graduating year of 1973 remains close-knit and has recently held a reunion with an outstanding number of students in attendance (more than 70, close to 40 years after last seeing each other).
The location of the school right at the beach lends itself to many curricular and non-curricular beach activities.
Over ensuing years, the school has grown in enrollments to its current level, necessitating expansion of the campus and construction of additional facilities.
Barrenjoey's feeder primary schools include Avalon Public School, Bilgola Plateau Public School and a few other schools in the local area.
There appears to be a trend towards increasing achievement at the school, with the class of 2008 achieving 150 Band 6 results in a range of subjects in the HSC. This trend has continued through to 2014, where the class achieved over 170 Band 6 results.
In 2009, Barrenjoey High School introduced the house system. Students are placed into one of the four houses in Year 7. The houses are made up in alphabetical order, according to students last name. The 4 houses are named Maluka (blue), Akuna (yellow), Iluka (red) and Tingara (green). Students can win 'house points' through various activities including receiving merit certificates and participating in school carnivals.
Barrenjoey High School is actively involved in its community (Avalon).
The SRC chooses a charity each year to support, in previous years they have supported:
- Chief Economist at AMP - Dr Shane Oliver
- NSW Waratah, Manly Sea Eagles and Wests Tigers - Sam Harris
- World Surfing Champion - Chelsea Georgeson
- Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO - Dr Mark Howden
- Musician - Angus Stone
- Musician - Julia Stone
- Winner of the 1996 Archibald Prize - Wendy Sharpe
- Olympic silver medalist - Nina Curtis
- Australian National and N.S.W. Ladies Archery champion and record holder - Lyndall Gerlach
- World Champion Bodyboarder - Ben Player
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