Gosford High School

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Gosford High School
Gosford High School crest.jpg
Spectemur Agendo
(Latin for Judge me by what I do)
Gosford, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°25′6″S 151°20′29″E / 33.41833°S 151.34139°E / -33.41833; 151.34139Coordinates: 33°25′6″S 151°20′29″E / 33.41833°S 151.34139°E / -33.41833; 151.34139
Type New South Wales Selective Public High School
Established 1928
Principal Lynne Searle
Enrolment 1080
Colour(s) Blue (Juniors, Yrs 7-10) White (Seniors, Yrs 11-12)

Gosford High School (abbreviation GHS) is a public, co-educational, academically selective high school located in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia with 1080 students from Year 7 to Year 12.


Gosford High School, operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, was established in 1928,[1] the first secondary school in the region, and became a selective high school in 1989. The original building was completed in 1929, and consisted of seven classrooms, one science laboratory and an assembly room. Students at the school primarily come from the Central Coast region, though students from the Sydney and Lake Macquarie regions comprise a significant portion of the population. Currently, Gosford High is the only fully selective school on the Central Coast, making admission very competitive.[2]


The school's Latin motto is spectemur agendo, which is conventionally translated into English as "Judge me by what I do." Other translations include Let us be judged by our acts and By our deeds may we be known (this translation is preferred by Camberwell Grammar School in Melbourne, which shares the same motto).


The current principal of Gosford High School is Lynne Searle[3] who took over from previous principal Peter Hall in 2006. She is the school's first female principal.

Notable among the current staff are Dr Mark Butler, recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools in 2004, who has been elected to the National Curriculum Board,[4] and Ms Rebecca Donoghue, Head of Visual Arts, who received the Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013 (now retired, replaced by Ms Wendy Mortimer).[5]

Extra & Co-curricular[edit]


Apart from the mandatory Music course in Years 7 and 8, the school has several music groups and programmes, including a Concert Band that has toured overseas in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore. A school musical is held every three to four years.[6]


The school holds annual swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals, with achieving students competing in higher level competitions. Within the school there are four sporting houses: Kingsbury (red and white), Rowe (black and white), Wheeler (green and yellow) and OSU (brown and yellow), named after prominent members of the local community and the Old Students Union.[7]

Gosford and Orange High School have an annual school exchange program which has taken place since 1968.[8] Each year sporting teams are selected from both Orange and Gosford High Schools to compete against each other for the Malynley Shield, the name Malynley being an acronym of Dews' family members who donated the shield.[9]


Gosford High School shares a three-hectare agricultural farm with neighbouring Henry Kendall High School.[10]

Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.gosfordhigh.com.au/services.php?service_id=1&category=ourschool
  2. ^ "List of selective and agricultural high schools". NSW Public Schools. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ https://www.gosfordhigh.com.au/services.php?service_id=1&category=ourschool
  4. ^ "Dr Mark Butler". Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Priest, Pauline (13 September 2013). "Excellent Teachers Awarded". Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gosford High School:About Us". Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Bennett, Phyl. "Looking Back 1929 to 1979". Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gosford High School: About Us". Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Article: "Breaking Gosford’s hold Orange High’s goal"". Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  10. ^ "Gosford Public School relocation". Full Day Hansard transcript, Parliament of NSW. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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