James Sheahan Catholic High School

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James Sheahan Catholic High School
Orange, New South Wales
Type Co-educational Day
Motto Semper Paratus
Denomination Catholic
Established 1980
Principal Mark Pauschmann
Employees ~100[1]
Enrolment 110,017[1]

James Sheahan Catholic High School is a Catholic non-government co-educational school located in Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 260 km west of the state capital Sydney. It is located on Anson Street in Orange next to the train line and is adjacent to the Orange Christian School. it is the largest Catholic school in the Bathurst Diocese.


  • Mercy - Maroon     
  • Sheridan - Black -     
  • La Salle - Red -     
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  • McAuley - Blue -     



The co-curricular music programme at James Sheahan includes private lessons as well as a range of ensemble music, including an orchestra, concert band, Choir and stage band. The "Music Manifesto" is an annual performance put on by the school which showcases their ensembles as well as other small music groups and solo performances.


The school's drama departmentallows students to express the creativity through dances and performances. Every year James Sheahan showcases a production at the Orange Civic theatre. In 2017 the production was the "Wizard of Oz".


Students at James Sheahan may choose to participate in a wide range of sporting activities. Cricket, Netball, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Soccer, Equestrian, Triathlon, League-tag, Rugby 7's, Cross Country, Hockey, Basketball and Dragon Boating are just some of the sports offered by the school. All students also take part in the annual Swimming and Athletics carnivals.

Other Activities[edit]

In addition to Music, Drama and Sport, a number of other activities are available to students. These include the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Cattle team, Public speaking, Debating, Community service, peer support, Chess, Human powered vehicles, ICAS Competitions, Tournament of the Minds, Work experience, Jindabyne Camp and SRC.


The first stage of James Sheahan Catholic High School was completed in late 1977, when secondary school boys from the local De La Salle College began to attend. In 1980 the school became co-educational when girls from Santa Maria School began attending. The original design only consisted of a 2-3 floored C-shaped building housing classrooms facing North with a wing leading off the edge of the East housing the office and a four-room building adjacent to the corner of the West edge which housed the first science labs. There was also a large house which was where the De La Salle Brothers lived for several years. There were also four basketball courts, four netball courts and two cricket nets down from the school on a large asphalt expanse known as "the tarmac".

Several years later another two-floored C-shaped extension was added containing more classrooms and several art rooms closing off the original C-shape creating the Quad later on one side of the quad was turned into a large staff room. There was a single storey industrial technology wing on the edge of the second C. Several demountables were located on the exterior side of the second C. In 1987, a Chapel was built in the school grounds which still stands today. There are also 6 tennis courts which stand between the netball courts and the now-relocated demountables.

In about 1994 a two-storey wing was added to the north-west side of the main building, extending beyond the Chapel and creating the western boundary of what is now known as the "Senior Area" (bounded on the south by the art block, on the east by the bus bay, on the north by the admin building, with the Chapel in the middle). The demountable's were also removed and now serve as storage sheds adjacent the tennis courts. A large separate two storey building was constructed on the West side of the Quad which house the new library and food technology rooms. To the south of that building, the original four-lab science block stands, including the renovated staffroom. Slightly further south, the newer, two lab science block stands, bounded by the staff carpark (E), the old labs (N), the tarmac (W) and adjacent houses (S).

Behind the two floor library and food rooms is a large Industrial Technology building built which was and still houses extensive woodwork, metal work, mechanics, sewing, graphic technology and computing rooms. There is also a staff room.

In 2001 a large multipurpose hall was built. The hall provides two indoor basketball courts, a P.E. staffroom, P.E. storerooms, a large gym mezzanine a drama/dance room, music room and changing rooms with toilet amenities. This coincided with the construction of an oval with 2 football fields and a cricket pitch, which is named Norton Park. The school hall was officially named Mercy Hall in 2011.

In Mid 2016, the storage area under the original science block was cleared out and renovated to create two separate classrooms.

In early 2017, the new performing arts centre was completed. It holds an outdoor amphitheater, music rooms, drama rooms and a large multipurpose area with adjustable walls. It is located to the west of M16.

Notable alumni[edit]

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