Gosford High School

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Gosford High School
Gosford High School crest.jpg
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 Selective, State
Motto Spectemur Agendo
("Judge me by what I do")
Established 1928
Principal Tony Rudd
Grades 712
Gender Coeducational
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 principal of Gosford High School from 2006 to 2016 was Lynne Searle.[1] She was replaced in 2017 by Tony Rudd, the former principal of Manly Selective Campus.[3] The Years 7, 9 and 11 deputy principal is Mr Gary Bennett while the Years 8,10 and 12 deputy principal is Ms Rebecca Cooper.[1]

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]

Extracurricular and 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.[1]


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.[6]

Gosford and Orange High School have an annual school exchange program which has taken place since 1968.[1] 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.[7]


Gosford High School shares a three-hectare agricultural farm with neighbouring Henry Kendall High School.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Our school". Gosford High School. 
  2. ^ "List of selective and agricultural high schools". NSW Public Schools. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tony Rudd (@rudd58) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Dr Mark Butler". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Priest, Pauline (13 September 2013). "Excellent Teachers Awarded". Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Bennett, Phyl. "Looking Back 1929 to 1979". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Bartlett, Sam (30 May 2001). "Breaking Gosford’s hold Orange High’s goal". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 29 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "Gosford Public School relocation". Full Day Hansard transcript, Parliament of NSW. 29 March 2012. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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