Blakehurst High School

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Blakehurst High School
Blakehurst, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°58′51″S 151°6′48″E / 33.98083°S 151.11333°E / -33.98083; 151.11333Coordinates: 33°58′51″S 151°6′48″E / 33.98083°S 151.11333°E / -33.98083; 151.11333
Type Public (Secondary, Co-ed)
Principal Daniel Ovens
Deputy Principals

Vicky Manos

Tony Yelavich
Staff 78 teachers
Grades 7–12
Number of students 1130
Campus Blakehurst

Blakehurst High School is a public, co-educational, specialist Languages high school for years 7-12 located in Blakehurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The school has around 1130 students, 78 teaching staff and 12 administrative staff. 40% of students are from an Anglo Celtic background and 60% of students identify as having a non-English speaking background, many of whom were born in Australia. Of these students the largest group is of Chinese background, 30% of the school population, and the second largest is Greek. Of the remainder of the 60%, there are over 40 language groups represented.


Faculty HSC Board Developed Courses[1] Head Teacher
English English (Standard and Advanced), English as a Second Language (ESL), English Extension 1, English Extension 2, and English Studies (Content Endorsed Course, does not contribute to ATAR). Ms A. Heron
Mathematics Advanced Mathematics, Standard Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, and General Mathematics (Content Endorsed Course, does not contribute to ATAR). Ms A. Peachey
Science Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Physics and Senior Science. Ms L. O'Brien
HSIE Ancient History, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History, Society & Culture, Studies of Religion I (Future), History Extension (Future), and Business Services (VET). Mr P. Slater
LOTE Chinese, French, Greek, Italian and Japanese (All Beginners and Continuers), Chinese Background Speakers and the Chinese Heritage Course. Ms A. Mangraviti
PDHPE Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE), Sport Coaching (VET), and Sports, Lifestyle & Recreation (Content Endorsed Course, does not contribute to ATAR). Mr N. Smith
CAPA Drama, Music 1, Music 2 and Visual Arts. Ms J. Jacobsen
TAS-IA Engineering Studies, Information Processes Technology (IPT), Information Technology (Graphics, Multimedia or Timber Products), Construction (VET), and Information & Digital Technology (VET). Mr S. Moses
TAS-HE Community & Family Studies, Food Technology, Textiles & Design, and Hospitality Food & Beverages (VET). Ms N. Dexter

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Justice Robert McClelland — Judge of the Family Court of Australia, former Attorney-General of Australia and Member for Barton
  • Dr. Mark Sheldon (dec) — dux and school captain in 1976, Senior Registrar in Psychiatry in Alice Springs - specialising in "Psychiatric Assessment in Remote Aboriginal Communities". Mark was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in October 1997 and the College has named the annual "The Mark Sheldon Prize for Service in Indigenous Mental Health" in his honour. Mark Sheldon's Dissertation
  • Professor David Williams — Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Physics Education Centre, Australian National University (Canberra)

Notable Former Teaching Staff[edit]

  • Gareth McCray OAM- broadcaster with Radio 2CH Sydney. Head Teacher, English/History 1970 to 1980.
  • Barry Collier MP- State MP for Miranda (1999-2011 & 2013-2015). Teacher, Social Sciences,1982 to 1986.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Student Entries by Sex — 2016 Higher School Certificate". NSW BOSTES. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 

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