Barrenjoey High School

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Barrenjoey High School
Avalon, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°37′51″S 151°20′3″E / 33.63083°S 151.33417°E / -33.63083; 151.33417Coordinates: 33°37′51″S 151°20′3″E / 33.63083°S 151.33417°E / -33.63083; 151.33417
Type Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school
Motto Respect Effort Challenge'
Established 1968
Principal Ian Bowsher
Enrolment ~812 (7–12)[1]
Campus Suburban
Houses Akuna          
Colour(s) Green, Red, White and Black
Newspaper Peninsula Press
Communities served Avalon

Barrenjoey High School is a co-educational high school located in the Sydney suburb of Avalon, in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. The campus backs onto the Northern end of Avalon Beach.

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.[citation needed]

House System[edit]

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.

Community Involvement[edit]

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:

Various teachers have participated in Movember in 2014 and 2015, raising over $2,700 towards Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer research. Their team is called Barrenmoey.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • 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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Welcome". Barrenjoey HS Website. Barrenjoey HS. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 2015-03-25.