Manly Selective Campus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Northern Beaches Secondary College
Manly Selective Campus
Manly Logo.png
138 Abbott Road
North Curl Curl, New South Wales, 2099
School type Government selective co-educational
Motto Latin: Capimus Sed Tradimus
(What We Receive, We Pass On)
Established 1859
Principal Tony Rudd
Teaching staff 50 [1]
Grades 7 - 12
Enrolment 795[2] (2014)
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Houses Bligh, Hunter, Macquarie, Phillip
Colour(s) Navy blue and white          
Yearbook The Pines
Information 9905 3982

Manly Selective Campus is a selective government high school for students in years 7 to 12 located in North Curl Curl, New South Wales, Australia. It is a part of the Northern Beaches Secondary College, a 5 campus college across Sydney's Northern Beaches, formed in 2003. Year Seven admission to this campus is based entirely on academic excellence through the Selective High Schools Test. Students seeking enrolment into Years 8 - 11 will be coordinated through the school, but must also sit for the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), Higher Ability Selection Test[3]

Manly Selective Campus tops the Northern Beaches on Merit List Rankings in the HSC, and came 8th in the state in 2014.[4] It was placed 7th in both the 2010 and 2012 HSC rankings, a leap from 15th back in 2008 and 2009, and 20th back in 2007.[5]

The graduating class of 2012 is currently the highest achieving cohort on record, achieving a ranking of 7th overall as compared with other NSW state and non- government schools. This peer group is the fourth ever to place Manly in the top 10 and also the first year the school overtook Sydney Boys High School.[6]


Manly Selective Campus has a long history after being founded in 1859 as Manly Public School, on the corner of Belgrave and Carlton Streets in Manly. In 1882 it was moved to a site in Darley Road, where it operated until 1945, and is the site of the current Manly Village Public School.

1925 saw the school become an Intermediate High School, and became solely a boys school from 1926. The school expanded rapidly, and became Manly Junior High in 1944. In 1945, the school moved to the site of the current Balgowlah Boys Campus, and in 1949 had expanded to include senior years.

In 1954 student numbers reached 1200, and the bulk of these students moved to the current site on Abbott Road in North Curl Curl as Manly Boys High School. The school became co-educational in 1983 and was renamed Manly High School, at the same time as the nearby Manly Girls High also became co-educational and was renamed Freshwater High. Manly High was granted selective status in 1990, and was incorporated into the Northern Beaches Secondary College at its founding and given its current name in 2002.


Years Manly Boys' Junior High School
1945–1948 A. D. Fraser B.A.
Years Manly Boys' High School
1949 A. D. Fraser B.A. 1956-1965 W.Furnass
1965–1965 Ted English
1966–1970 S. S. Crumlin B.A.
1971–1972 R. Hunter A.S.T.C.
1973 A. M. Tully B.A. Dip.Ed.
1974–1976 R. Outterside B.A. M.Ed.
1977–1982 R. S. Munro A.S.T.C.
Years Manly High School
1983–1987 R. S. Munro A.S.T.C.
1987–1991 A. M. Bible A.S.T.C.
1991–2000 T. P. Buggy B.A. Dip.Ed. M.A. M.Ed.Adim.
2000–2002 M. Ash M.A.Ed. B.Mus.Ed. Dip.Mus.Ed.
Years Manly Selective Campus
2003–2005 M. Ash M.A.Ed. B.Mus.Ed. Dip.Mus.Ed.
2006–2012 Mr D Tomlin M. Ed.
2013– Mr Tony Rudd B.Ed (Ind. Arts) Grad. Cert. Ed. Studies (D&T)

Students and staff[edit]

Manly Selective Campus has a student population of 795 students.[7] There are an average of around 130 students in each grade from 7 to 12, although with some variation between grades, with approximately 60 staff members.[8] There is a large degree of ethnic diversity amongst the student population, with 39% of students coming from a home where English is not the primary language.[9]

The Turtalian[edit]

The Turtalian is a completely student run weekly magazine which contains articles submitted by students, often focused on intellectual discussion. Around 200 copies are distributed each week on Friday, with special editions providing guides for events such as Pinestock, the school's annual music festival, and sporting events such as cross country, athletics and swimming carnivals. The Turtalian Committee handles the editing, design, and printing of the magazine.


Manly Selective Campus' oval and remnant bushland area.

One of the prominent images associated with Manly Selective Campus are the stands of Radiata Pines planted around the school, giving name to the school's yearbook, The Pines and the newsletter, The Weekly Pines. Some of these pines have created a problem in a 7,010 m² area of remnant bushland that lies on the school's property on a steep hill behind the school oval. Seedlings of the original pines grew up in the bushland after more of the radiata pines were planted in close proximity to the bushland in 1954. This bushland is some of the last remaining native Sandstone Heath east of Pittwater Road in Warringah, however sections of it are highly degraded by weeds such as lantana and asparagus fern. In recent years there has been an increasing effort to rehabilitate the heath back to pre-European quality, and in late 2006 many of the pine trees which had seeded in the bushland were removed.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Students are given the chance to participate in various extracurricular activities, only some of which are listed below:

  • Student Representative Council (SRC)
    • Manly School SRC
    • Middle Harbour/Peninsula Inter School Group SRC
    • Northern Sydney Regional SRC
    • NSW State SRC/NSW SRC State Conference Action Team
  • Drama Ensemble
    • Junior Drama Ensemble
    • Senior Drama Ensemble
  • Dance Ensemble, various groups
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • School Musical
  • Chess Team
  • Debating

Students of Manly also have participated with others from the NBSC in the College Rock Eisteddfod, until its cancellation due to a lack of funds.[10][11]

Band Program[edit]

The Band Program at Manly has 3 streams and 9 ensembles of various levels:

  • Concert Stream
    • Concert Band
    • Wind Ensemble
    • Symphonic Wind Orchestra
  • Stage Band Stream
    • Swing Band
    • Stage Band
    • Big Band
    • Jazz Orchestra
  • Strings Stream
    • String Ensemble
    • Chamber Orchestra

Previously, the Band Program also incorporated a Jazz Improvisation stream, which as of 2012 was changed to the "OffBeat" bands spanning all campuses across the Northern Beaches Secondary College. However, the school has been represented on númerous occasions over countless years of the Schools' Spectacular that showcases the student talent of State School students annually.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "School Profile". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  2. ^ "School Profile". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "HSC School Ranking - 2014". Better Education Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "2009 HSC School Ranking". Better Education Australia. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "2010 HSC School Ranking" (PDF). The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "School Profile". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  8. ^ "School Profile". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  9. ^ "School Profile". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ "About Brad". Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  14. ^ "NRC PROFILE: NORTH HARBOUR RAYS FULLBACK REECE HODGE". Australian Rugby. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  15. ^ "More art than science". Honi Soit. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  16. ^ "Rising Star: Katherine Wallace". FilmInk. FilmInk Magazine. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "Northern beaches cousins and sailors Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin win silver in Rio". Manly Daily. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 

External links[edit]