Orange High School (New South Wales)

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Orange High School
Orange High School Crest
Orange, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°16′49.78″S 149°5′6.84″E / 33.2804944°S 149.0852333°E / -33.2804944; 149.0852333
Type Public, Secondary, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Latin: Quod Potero Sedulo
(Whatever I can do, I will do to the best of my ability"[3])
Established 1912[1]
Principal Chad Bliss (2018)
Enrolment ~1060 (7-12)[2]
Campus Rural
Colour(s) Black & Gold

Orange High School is a co-educational, secondary, public, day school located in Orange, a provincial city of New South Wales, Australia, 260 kilometres west of Sydney.

Founded in 1912, the school was the first state secondary school to be established in western New South Wales,[4] and is one of two government secondary schools located in the city of Orange, the other being The Canobolas Rural Technology High School.

Orange High School has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1100 students from Years 7 to 12. It is a school of the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), and prepares students for the School Certificate (Year 10), and the Higher School Certificate (Year 12).


Founded in 1912, Orange High School was the first state secondary school to be established in western New South Wales. The school's first classes were held in the School of Arts building, now the site of the Police and Community Youth Club in Byng Street. The school then moved to purpose built facilities on the corner of March Street and Sale Street, which are now part of the TAFE complex.[4]

Amongst the decisions made in the first year were for the school colours to be black and gold, the design of the school badge and the motto, "Quod Potero Sedulo" (translated from Latin as "Whatever I can do, I will do to the best of my ability").[1]

Students were housed at the March Street school from 1913 through until 1958, at which time the High School and Rural School were merged. The current school buildings, sited on Woodward Street near the western end of the main street, Summer Street, were opened on 13 November 1959. During the opening ceremony, the Principal, Mr O'Sullivan, stated that in 1913 the total number of students enrolled was 93 with 6 teachers on staff. Presently the school caters for just under 1100 students with 70 on the teaching staff.[1]


Front entrance of school


The school has a music department and stages frequent concerts. It had a stage band, which was regarded as one of the best in the state.[who?] In addition to the stage band, the school had a concert band, a choir, and many other smaller ensembles. The stage band was placed first in division 2, two years running, at the South Australian Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz Festival sometime ago. Numerous students from it perform in the NSW State Wind Band every year.


Students of Orange High School may choose to participate in a variety of sporting activities, including Cricket, Netball, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Soccer, Softball, Aerobics, Badminton, and Lawn Bowls. The School participates in statewide competitions and maintains links with the traditional "Astley Cup", "Malyney Shield" and "McGinniskin Trophy".[5]

All students take part in Swimming and Athletics carnivals, and the school also enters students in weekend competitions, including Netball, Hockey, Softball and Triathlon.[5]

House system[edit]

As with most Australian schools, Orange High School utilises a house system for sport and administrative purposes. Students are divided into four houses upon their enrolment:

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Orange High School". School Locator. New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Our Motto". About Us. Orange High School. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  4. ^ a b Turner, Russell.W (2002-06-19). "Orange High School Ninetieth Anniversary". Hansard Transcript. Parliament of New South Wales. p. 3451. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  5. ^ a b "General Information". About Us. Orange High School. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  6. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "COOK Murray James". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  7. ^ Koval, Ramona (2003-02-02). "John Clarke, David Foster & Terry Eagleton". Books and Writing. Radio National. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  8. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "WEST Garry Bruce, Hon.". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 

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