North Sydney Girls High School
|North Sydney Girls' High School|
|Crows Nest, New South Wales
|Type||Public, Selective, Single-sex, Secondary, Day school|
|Motto||Latin: Ad Altiora
(Towards Higher Things)
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue, Green and White
North Sydney Girls' High School (NSGHS, more commonly known as NSG) is an academically selective, public high school for girls, located in Crows Nest, in Sydney, New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia.
Established in 1914, the school currently caters for approximately 930 students from Years 7 to 12. Admission is based entirely on academic results through the Selective High Schools Test undertaken by students in Year 6.
In 2001, The Sun-Herald ranked North Sydney Girls High School first in Australia's top ten girls' schools, based on the number of its alumni mentioned in the Who's Who in Australia (a listing of notable Australians).
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Co- and extracurricular activities
- 4 Notable alumnae
- 5 Principals
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
North Sydney Girls' High School was officially founded in 1914 with an enrolment of 194 students. The school was originally located on the corner of Hazelbank Road and Pacific Highway (where Cammeraygal High School is now situated). By the 1980s, it was felt that the site could no longer meet the needs of the school, and years of intense lobbying for improved facilities followed. When the New South Wales Government decided to close Crows Nest Boys' High, the facility was transferred to North Sydney Girls'. In December 1993, North Sydney Girls' High officially moved to its current location, following a $6 million building and renovations project.
North Sydney Girls' is an academically selective high school; admission to the school for Year 7 is determined by results in the Selective High Schools test, which is open to all Year 6 students in NSW. A small number of students from other high schools are accepted into years 8 to 12, with applications made to the school to sit for an entrance exam.
At North Sydney Girls' High School, awards are given based on academic performance.
The school performs well in public examinations, and in recent years has been placed as the leading girls' school in New South Wales in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) examinations. Annually, at least 30% of Year 12 students achieve places in the top 1% of HSC.
Co- and extracurricular activities
NSGHS offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities.
Music and drama
NSGHS has a theatresports troupe, Junior Drama Ensemble, Year 10 Drama Night, and various clubs available to seniors. They also have a combined Annual Musical with North Sydney Boys High School. Instrumental ensembles and bands include Advanced String Ensemble, Stage (Jazz) Band, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Beginner Band. Choirs and vocal ensembles include Year 7 Choir, Junior Choir, Intermediate Choir, Combined (NSGHS & NSBHS) Choir, Senior Vocal, and the A Capella group.
Sport and outdoor activity
Co-curricular sports include Basketball, Skiing, Hockey, Cricket, Badminton, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Rowing, Kayaking, Touch Football, Water polo, Fencing, Netball, Tennis, and Volleyball. NSGHS also has a chess club, dance ensembles, cadet program at Marist College North Shore, and have students who participate in Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
- Dame Valerie Beral AC FRS, breast cancer epidemiologist
- Anna Katherine Donald, Rhodes Scholar (1989)
- Dame Janet Ritterman, former director of the Royal College of Music in London, from 1993 to 2005.
- Sylvia Tulloch, Founding Managing Director of Dyesol, third generation solar company listed on the ASX.
Entertainment, media and the arts
- Jill Hellyer, author and poet
- Benita Collings, Play School presenter
- Ruth Cracknell, actress
- Nathalie Kelley, actress
- Nicole Kidman, actress
- Katia Tiutiunnik, composer
- Naomi Watts, actress
- Catherine Martin, production designer
- Lucy Maunder, cabaret and theatre performer
- Margaret Throsby, ABC Classic FM presenter
- Samantha Lang, film and theatre director
- Ceridwen Dovey, author
- Cassandra Pybus, historian and author
- Janet Patterson, costume designer and production designer
Politics, public service and the law
- Verity Firth, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Education Foundation in Australia, a former NSW Minister for Education and Training, the former member for NSW Legislative Assembly seat of Balmain
- Justice Lucy McCallum, Judge of the Supreme Court of NSW 
- Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, resistance fighter known to the Germans as "the White Mouse"; the most decorated woman of World War Two
- Shelley Hancock, teacher and parliamentarian; elected as a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly for South Coast (Liberal Party)
- Nicola Wakefield Evans, lawyer and company director; partner of King & Wood Mallesons (1993-2013), non-executive director of Toll Holdings, Lend Lease Corporation, Macquarie Group and BUPA Australia & New Zealand; member of the University of NSW council of the Law School and director Asialink, University of Melbourne
- Elise Simone Ashton (née Norwood), Olympic water polo player
- Renée Kirby, World Championship-winning rower
The school principals have been:
- List of Government schools in New South Wales
- List of selective high schools in New South Wales
- North Sydney Boys High School
- "North Sydney Girls High School". School Locator. NSW Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- As the school historian pointed out in History of NSGHS, the correct year of commencement was in fact 1912 when classes were temporarily formed at North Sydney Superior Public School in Miller Street
- Walker, Frank (2001-07-22). "The ties that bind". Sunday Life. The Sun-Herald. p. 16. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
- "History of NSGHS". North Sydney Girls High School. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- "Academic Excellence". North Sydney Girls High School. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
- "NSW Rhodes Scholars"—University of Sydney list, (retrieved 16 April 2007)
- "Nicole Kidman". Hollywood Pulse. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
- "Samantha LANG" (PDF). Cherub Pictures.
- "Swearing-in ceremony of the Honourable Justice Lucy McCallum" (PDF). Supreme Court of NSW. 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- "Wake, Nancy Grace Augusta (1912-)". Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Australia. National Centre for Australian Studies. 2005. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
- Alafaci, Annette (2006). "Hancock, Shelley (1951 - )". Australian Women Biographical Entry. National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
- Elise Norwood
- "Meet the Quad". Australian U23 Women's Quad. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
- This table was copied from a display plaque in the school office.