Cranbrook School, Sydney
|Bellevue Hill and Rose Bay, New South Wales
|Type||Independent, day and boarding|
|Motto||Latin: Esse Quam Videri
(To be, rather than to seem to be)
|Deputy Headmaster/Head of Senior School||Tim Browning|
|Deputy Head of School/Head of Junior School||Michele Marquet|
|Head of Pre-Schools||Heidi Burke|
|Director of Students/Deputy Head of Senior School||Genevieve Whiteley|
|Key people||F. T. Perkins (Founder)|
|Colour(s)||Red, white and blue|
Founded in 1918 with the Reverend Frederick Thomas Perkins as the first headmaster, Cranbrook has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,300 students from Pre-school (4 years old) to Year 12 (18 years old), including 97 boarders from Years 7 to 12.
Cranbrook is affiliated with the International Coalition of Boys' Schools, the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, and is a founding member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).
On 1 December 1917, the former private home and vice-regal residence, Cranbrook, was bought at auction by an agent for Samuel Hordern. He was the main financial benefactor of a group of businessmen and churchmen aiming to establish an Anglican boys' school in the Eastern Suburbs. From December 1917 to June 1918, a provisional committee of twelve, comprising the founders and six additional men, prepared for the opening of the new school. They held meetings, ensured building renovations were completed, drew up the first articles of association and appointed the first Headmaster, Rev. F T Perkins. On 6 June 1918, the provisional committee reformed itself as the first council of Cranbrook School and organised the official opening of the school for 22 July 1918.
From the time of its foundation in 1918, Cranbrook School established a tradition of high teaching standards, a comprehensive curriculum and an acknowledgement of the importance of boys' physical and social development and giving individual attention to every boy. As well, boys were expected to contribute their spirit toward the community through participation in social service and church. Cranbrook also has a strong history of sporting and academic success throughout recent years.
Cranbrook school is situated over two campuses; the Senior school (Years 7 to 12) are located on the main campus in suburban Bellevue Hill, while the Junior School, for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, is located in nearby Rose Bay.
Cranbrook has a system of houses from year seven to twelve. This system was created in order for boys to socialise better between different year groups, where senior boys would be acting as juniors' mentors within the house. There are currently ten day houses, with about 80 boys each. There are also two boarding houses with around 40 boys each.
The school has ten day boy houses -
Sir Brian Hone (1940–1951)Hone: Founded 1970 - Named after Headmaster
Perkins: Founded 1994 - Named after founding Headmaster Rev. Frederick Perkins (1918–1932)
Harvey: Founded 2012 - Named after founding school council chairman Sir John Musgrave Harvey (1918–1938)
Cranbrook has two Boarding Houses-
- Rawson House
- Street House
Founded in 1957, it was named after the Sir Kenneth Street, a previous President of School Council.
Every year, the school community elects prefects from boys in Year 12 to serve the school and to enforce the daily routine. There are prefects, head of house prefects, a senior prefect (a duty that is shared between four prefects, each for one term) a second prefect and a head prefect.
Alumni of Cranbrook School are known as "Old Cranbrookians" and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the Old Cranbrookians' Association (OCA). For a list of notable Old Cranbrookians', see List of Old Boys of Cranbrook School, Sydney. These ″Old Cranbrookians″ include such notable names as: Kerry Packer, David Gyngell, Gabriella Jabison (the costume designer), Hon. Tim Bruxner and, Murray Rose.
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