Camberwell High School

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Camberwell High School
Coordinates37°49′50″S 145°04′24″E / 37.83056°S 145.07333°E / -37.83056; 145.07333Coordinates: 37°49′50″S 145°04′24″E / 37.83056°S 145.07333°E / -37.83056; 145.07333
MottoLatin: Disco Consulere Aliis
(Learning to be considerate of others)
PrincipalJill Laughlin
Number of studentsApprox. 1200
Colour(s)Green and red
PublicationsBi-weekly newsletter

Camberwell High School is a government-funded, government run, co-educational high school for years 7 to 12, located on Prospect Hill Road in Canterbury, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Camberwell High School is located on a 3.2-hectare site in Canterbury, which lies about twelve kilometres from Melbourne's Central Business District.

Its school zone includes the affluent suburbs of Camberwell, Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Balwyn, Deepdene, Kew, Hartwell, Burwood, and Hawthorn East.

The school is next to Riversdale Park and the East Camberwell Tennis Club. It is accessible via the 70 tram on Riversdale Road and Riversdale railway station on the Alamein line.

The school has multi-storeyed cream brick buildings, and extensive facilities. The school opened in 1941, with over 350 students – as of 2010, the school's population is capped at 1200 students.[1]


The school is made up of several buildings. The double-storey A building is the centre of school administration, containing the administration office, the principal's and vice-principal's offices, the staff room, and the Brereton Library, as well as several classrooms. This is the oldest building in the school, with the facade constructed in the 1940s.

Adjacent to the A building is the assembly hall, which was renovated in 2015. This hall contains a stage with backstage areas that are connected to an underground toilet and change-room block. The hall also has theatrical lighting facilities which are accessible from the ceiling. In 2017 a student suffered a neck injury after he fell 10 m (32 ft 9.70 in) while adjusting lighting fixtures in this ceiling area.[2]

The B Building is the centre of arts and technology, containing media and photography spaces, art rooms, and woodworking spaces. Below the B building is the music centre, containing practice rooms and a soundproofed recording studio. In the same building is the VCE centre.

The C building is parallel to the A building, and is three storeys high. The D building is adjacent to the C building, and contains the schools drama centre. Renovation on these two buildings was funded by the Victorian state government and began in 2018.

In 2011 the school commenced construction of a new building, the E building, housing a theatrette and extensive media and IT facilities. This building has an "open learning" floor plan with only two classrooms in the building having separate doors. The centre was completed in late 2012 and was renamed from the "Innovation centre" to the "Enterprise centre".[3] The school also has a sports hall, a large oval, and several basketball courts. In 2018, the oval's surface was changed from authentic grass to synthetic grass.


Camberwell High Ex-Students Society[edit]

Camberwell High has an integral ex-students society also known as "C.H.E.S.S", a collective of ex-students who support the current students through mentorship, awards and financial support. The ex-students society hosts several events throughout the year to connect current and ex-students along with teachers and principals current and previous.[10]

Films and television[edit]

Knowing, a 2009 movie, was filmed at Camberwell High School which was converted into the set for William Dawes Elementary, Lexington, Massachusetts circa 1959.[11]

Former principal Elida Brereton has appeared in the Australian television comedy series Summer Heights High playing the beleaguered principal Mrs Murray.[12]

The Australian television series The Worst Year Of My Life - Again! was filmed at Camberwell High School in 2013.

In early 2016, the Australian film Emo the Musical was filmed at Camberwell High School.

The Australian TV series The Sullivans used several locations in the local area for external shots of the residences, shops, parks and schools of the main characters, which included the grounds of Camberwell High School.


  1. ^ About Camberwell High School, Retrieved on 18 August 2011
  2. ^ Hore, Monique. "Camberwell High School student taken to hospital after falling metres". News Limisted. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Driscoll, Hannah (8 July 2016). "Hawthorn legend Peter Knights prepares for Vic Country final farewell". The Weekly Times.
  7. ^ "Maths Runs in his family", The Age via Google News. Retrieved on 25 July 2009
  8. ^ a b "Kylie Minogue - Biography, Photos, News, Videos, Reviews, Movie Reviews -". Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  9. ^ 9 February 2009, "Brian Naylor; Channel Nine Newsreader"
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  11. ^ Metlikovec, Jane (30 March 2008). "Nicolas Cage goes back to school". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  12. ^ Tom Reilly (9 March 2008), "New school of thought on Ja'mie and Jonah", The Age. Retrieved on 23 July 2009

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