Parramatta High School

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Parramatta High School
Parramatta logo.gif
Parramatta, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°49′03″S 150°59′51″E / 33.81750°S 150.99750°E / -33.81750; 150.99750Coordinates: 33°49′03″S 150°59′51″E / 33.81750°S 150.99750°E / -33.81750; 150.99750
Type Public, Secondary, Partially Selective, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Latin: Fax Mentis Incendium Gloriae
("The torch of the mind lights the path to glory")
Established 1913
Principal Dominique Splatt
Enrolment ~850 (7-12)
Campus Urban
Colour(s) Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Grey, White

Parramatta High School (PHS) is a public, partially selective, co-educational high school located in Parramatta, a western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Established in 1913, the school was the first co-educational school in the Sydney metropolitan area and was previously a selective high school. Since 2010, it has been partially selective in the Parramatta region with a multicultural student base. The school offers a broad curriculum including elective subjects, Vocational Education, and TAFE options for the Higher School Certificate. The school is operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and has approximately 850 students in Years 7 to 12.



The study of Technology and Applied Science (TAS) courses, such as Food Technology, Textiles, Metalwork and Woodwork is mandatory for students in Years 7 and 8, and optional for all other students. Parramatta High School offers the following facilities (that include a variety of tools essential for learning) available to students studying TAS courses:

  • One woodwork room
  • One leather room
  • One metalwork room
  • One fully renovated kitchens plus a new food preparation room
  • One textiles room


Parramatta High School has three partially up-to-date and mostly operating computer laboratories that can be used by the students to aid them in their learning across some subjects. Laptops are also scarcely available for use in the School Library and during class time.


There are 5 science laboratories at Parramatta High. Each laboratory includes Whiteboards, A large Projector, up to 8 practical work-benches, up to 30 seats and a preparation room (shared between 2 laboratories, except for one-which is also a computer laboratory). These laboratories are vacant for students when necessary.

Overall Facilities[edit]

Overall, there are 29 classrooms (excluding the facilities listed above), 2 Music Rooms, One Sports-shed, One Library, 2 Small Indoor Seating Areas, 3 Quads, Benches and seats around the school, One Senior Study Centre and a School Hall. These are all available for student use, when required and vacant. There are also 7 Staffrooms; CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts), TAS (Technical and Applied Studies/Computers), PDHPE, HSIE, Mathematics, Languages/English. Basketball Courts and an Oval are also available during Recess and Lunch (they are also used for Recreational Sport, Grade Sport and PE).


Parramatta High School is divided into ten departments - a diversity of related Board of Studies–endorsed subjects. The departments are:

  • English (Subjects: English {7-10}, Standard English, English Advanced, English Ext 1, English Ext 2)
  • Mathematics (Subjects: Mathematics {7-10}, General Mathematics, Mathematics Ext 1, Mathematics Ext 2)
  • Science (Subjects: Science {7-10}, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science)
  • Creative Arts (Subjects: Visual Arts {7-8,Elective:9-10}, Music {7-8,Elective:9-10,HSC}, Drama {Elective:9-10HSC}, Dance {Elective:9-10,HSC}, Film and Media Studies).
  • HSIE (Subjects: Ancient History, Geography {7-10}, Commerce {9-10}, History {7-10}, Modern History, History Extension, Society and Culture, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Economics.)
  • Language education (LOTE) (Subjects: French, Indonesian)
  • Personal development, Health and Physical Education,
  • Technological and Applied Studies (Subjects: Design & Technology {7-8,Elective:9-10,HSC}, Graphics Technology {Elective:9-10,HSC}, Engineering Studies, Information Processes and Technology, Software Design, Food Technology {Elective:9-10,HSC}, Textiles Technology {Elective:9-10,HSC}, Hospitality - VET, Community & Family Studies)
  • Welfare
  • Careers (Year 10)
  • Administration

House system[edit]

At the beginning of Year 7, all Parramatta High students are placed in one of the following four houses.

House Colour

Every year two sporting carnivals {Athletics and Swimming} (and two advanced carnivals; Zone and/or Regional) are held in which students compete to earn their house points. A winner of each carnival and of the overall house championship is announced each year.



In 2013 Parramatta High School celebrated its centenary, marking 100 years since its establishment on 28 January 1913.

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