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Danebank crest. Source: www.danebank.nsw.edu.au (Danebank website)
Danebank is located in Sydney

Coordinates33°57′44″S 151°06′09″E / 33.9622°S 151.1025°E / -33.9622; 151.1025Coordinates: 33°57′44″S 151°06′09″E / 33.9622°S 151.1025°E / -33.9622; 151.1025
Other namesDanebank Anglican School for Girls
TypeIndependent early learning, primary and secondary day school
MottoLatin: Ut Prosim
(That I May Serve)
Established1933; 86 years ago (1933)
FounderEdith Roseby Ball
OversightSydney Anglican Schools Corporation
ChairmanRichard Sharp
PrincipalMaryanne Davis
ChaplainSarah Browne
Staffc. 85[1]
YearsEarly learning; K12[1]
Enrolmentc. 930
Colour(s)Red and green         

Danebank, officially the Danebank Anglican School for Girls, is an independent Anglican early learning, primary and secondary day school for girls, located in Hurstville, a southern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is a member school of the Anglican Schools Corporation.

Established in 1933 by Edith Roseby Ball, Danebank has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 930 students from Prep to Year 12.[1]

The school is affiliated with the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA),[2] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[3] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[4] and the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).[5]


Danebank was established in 1933, on its current site in Hurstville, by Edith Roseby Ball. The school was established as a small co-educational Kindergarten with just five students.[6]


Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Edith Roseby Ball 1933 1950 16–17 years [5]
2 Olga Wilson 1951 1953 1–2 years
3 Joyce Cowell 1952 1974 21–22 years
4 Carole Tisdell 1975 1987 11–12 years
5 Rosalyn Bird 1988 2009 20–21 years
6 Maryanne Davis 2010 present 8–9 years


  • Summer - In summer months students from K–10 wear a green striped dress with red tubing on the collar and sleeves, with white socks and black school shoes; often the uniform is commonly referred to as 'toothpaste'. Years 11 and 12 wear a similarly striped skirt and blouse, with jade-green tubing, white socks and skirts. Matching scrunchies and red, green or white ribbons can be worn in hair.
  • Winter - In winter months students in Kindergarten to year 4 wear a green-and-red tartan pinafore with a grey skivvy and long green socks. Years 5-10 wear a green and red tartan skirt with a pink blouse and green stockings, and are referred to as 'Watermelons'. Years 11 and 12 wear the same tartan skirt with a pale-green blouse and green stockings or socks with garters. All students are required to have a jade-green school jumper and bottle-green blazer.

Grey school hats are no longer compulsory and are rarely worn by students, although in 2011 there was a competition for the most grey school hats for each class.


Note: Construction and demolition is currently[when?] ongoing in Danebank and new facilities will be constructed. The Langdon Wing is being partly demolished for newer facilities. Danebank's current[when?] facilities include:

  • The Gymnasium - opened in 2006 and holds a gymnastics area, court, upstairs dance studio, classroom, staffroom, storerooms, changerooms and contains equipment for sporting activities.
  • The Terraces - contains equipment and facilities for Design and Technology, Visual Arts, Hospitality, Visual Design, Industrial technology Multi Media and Computing. New facilities for Drama and Music have now been added including a drama space, drama room, music foyer and music classroom.
  • K-12 Resources Centre - contains the JC Cowell Library, the Careers Reference Area, AudioVisual Control Room and the Independent Learning Centre. Demolished as of early 2017, another is being rebuilt in place.
  • Prep Cottage - Home of the Prep Class and Outside School Hours Care. Demolished as of early 2017, another is being rebuilt in place.
  • Wingara Senior Studies Centre - Study rooms, Geography and History classrooms, common room, Conference Room and kitchen for Year 12.
  • Roseby Ball House - "The Quad" - a three-storey building designed around a central courtyard. For administration, classroom teaching, science laboratories, mathematics laboratory, staff rooms.
  • The Langdon Wing - Junior School administration and classrooms, Japanese Room, Language laboratory, computer laboratory. Partially demolished for construction on the Junior School.
  • The Aquatic Centre - consists of the Aquatic Centre plus a multi purpose court. The indoor Aquatic Centre contains a 25-metre water polo pool plus a beginners pool. Other sporting facilities include a mini gymnasium and multi purpose court.
  • The Performing Arts Centre - Also commonly known as the PAC, consists of a main stage with seating for 1,000+ people including a gallery level, large music and drama classrooms and storeroom, and 10 individual music practice rooms for individual student tutorials and class groups.

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  1. ^ a b c "2012 Annual Report" (PDF). Danebank. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. January 2008. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  3. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  4. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Heads of New South Wales Independent Girls' Schools". About AHIGS. The Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools. 2004. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
  6. ^ "From small beginnings". Danebank. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Principal's Biography". Executive. Macquarie Anglican Grammar School. 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007.[dead link]

2017 Danebank Annual Report

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