Normanhurst Boys' High School
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|Normanhurst Boys High School|
|Educational authority||NSW Department of Education|
|Age||13 to 18|
|Campus size||6.3 hectares (16 acres)|
|Colour(s)||Red & Black|
|Publication||The Normanhurst News|
Normanhurst Boys' High School (colloquially known as Normo) is an academically selective, secondary day school for boys on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The school ranks 12th in Australia in 2018.
Established in 1958, the school currently caters for around 730 students from Years 7 to 12.
In 1957, five schools made up the Hornsby School site, located on the Pacific Highway: a boys' primary school and a boys' junior technical school on the eastern side, and an infants school, a girls’ primary school, and a girls’ domestic science school on the western side. On 30 November 1957, the three western schools were destroyed by bushfires. Over the 1957-58 Christmas holidays, the three schools were relocated into the facilities of the boys' technical school, and the three year groups of boys were moved to a newly built but unopened school at Normanhurst.
From its opening in 1958 until 1993, Normanhurst Boys' High School operated as a comprehensive school. In 1993, the Government of New South Wales marked Normanhurst as one of several high schools allowed to select students by academic achievement. The first intake of "selective" students was made up of those starting Year Seven in 1994, with a new intake of Year Sevens each year, until the school became fully selective in 1999. Presently, Normanhurst is one of 17 fully selective schools in New South Wales.
The following table shows Normanhurst's rankings relative to other schools in the state. The rankings are based on the percentage of exams sat that resulted in a placing on the Distinguished Achievers List (highest band result) as shown by the NSW Board of Studies (now BOSTES NSW).
Normanhurst Boys is not far from its "sister" school, Hornsby Girls' High School, with which joint curriculum and extra-curricular activities are held.
Normanhurst Boys High School is an academically selective high school and accepts a relatively small intake of 120 students in Year Seven. Offers of admission and matriculation into the school in Year 7 are made on the basis of academic merit, as assessed by the Selective High School Placement Test, sat in Year 6. As a result of its academic achievements, demand for entry into the school is exceptionally high and in turn reflected by one the highest entry standards of any school in New South Wales. Some students may be accepted into Years Eight to Eleven, through direct application to the school and a subsequent internal selection process, consisting of a consideration of character and academic ability.
The school has four houses, the names of which are based on figures in the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Pupils compete under their respective house in sport and academics. The houses are:
The school has an area of 6.3 hectares, and is within five minutes walk of Normanhurst railway station. Facilities includes a sporting field, two tennis courts and basketball courts as well as a large quadrangle where students congregate during breaks. Each classroom is equipped with a digital projector and each student has a laptop with wireless internet access.
The school also runs a Careers Advisors Office, which won the Careers Advisors Association of NSW & ACT Best Careers Advisor Award in 2018.
Normanhurst Boys High School is part of the North West Metropolitan Sports Association. The sporting year is divided into summer and winter, and boys are able to select sports they wish to play throughout the semester. Boys are encouraged to play grade sport, representing the school in inter-school competitions, or can opt instead for social sport. The school also holds annual swimming and athletics carnivals, as well as an annual cross-country event.
The school offers numerous clubs and societies to students. These include a debating and public speaking society, a chess club, a robotics and programming club, a concert band, a stage band, a jazz ensemble, a vocal ensemble, and a string ensemble. Normanhurst Boys also participates in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, as well as running a secondary school army cadet unit, 226 Army Cadet Unit. In conjunction with Hornsby Girls High School, an annual play is put on, for which boys can audition and participate in. These plays have a great reputation with the local community and are usually fully booked every night.
Normanhurst Boys runs yearly school camps, notably a camp for Year Seven students to Jenolan Caves and the Central West of New South Wales. The excursion has been running for 55 years. On the camp, boys are accompanied by mentors from senior years.
Former students of Normanhurst Boys' High School are known as 'Old Boys' or 'Old Normos.' They are encouraged to register in the Normanhurst Old Boys Archives available on the school website. The 'Old Normos' are given a striped tie upon graduation.
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