Pittwater High School

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Pittwater High School
Pittwater High School Crest
Location
Mona Vale, New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates 33°42′2.95″S 151°17′50.70″E / 33.7008194°S 151.2974167°E / -33.7008194; 151.2974167
Information
Type Public, Secondary, co-educational, Day school
Motto Truth, Courtesy, Courage.
Established January 1963[1]
Principal Jane Ferris
Years offered 7-12
Enrolment 932[2] (2011)
Campus Mona Street and Pittwater Road
Colour(s) Maroon and Grey         
Website

Pittwater High School, (abbreviation PHS) is a school located in Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia, on Mona Street and Pittwater Road. It is a co-educational high school operated by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training with students from years 7 to 12. The school was established in 1963.

History and name[edit]

Pittwater High School was established in 1963. It is named after Pittwater, the body of water extending south from Broken Bay parallel to the coast. The waterway was surveyed by crew members of HMS Sirius in 1788, and named Pitt Water after British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger.

Due to its location the school has a rich sporting history, producing many Olympians, especially in both swimming and sailing, and for many years had its own yacht, "Kalori", which was built and sailed by students and staff.[3]

The school also has a strong musical tradition, with internationally renowned jazz musician James Morrison and his brother John Morrison both students at the school in the 1970s, along with the children of Australian rock singer Johnny O'Keefe and Keith Potger of the Seekers. The school has been involved in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge since its inception in the early 1980s, winning the 1987 Sydney challenge, despite a disastrous school fire the night before the final.[4]

PHS joined the Peninsula Community of Schools in 2008. The uniform is also used on the Seven Network TV show Home and Away. PHS is the sister school of New Trier High School in Chicago, America.

Binishell Collapse[edit]

In August 1986 the school was the site of an international architectural incident when its radical free standing "binishell" school hall collapsed, just minutes after the area had been occupied by students. A cleaner was seriously injured in the collapse, which led to the immediate closure of all similar structures across Australia.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pittwater High". Government Schools of New South Wales from 1848. NSW Education and Communities. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Pittwater High School". School Locator. NSW Public Schools. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  3. ^ "The Kalori - Pittwater High School Yacht". Piitwater Online News. 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  4. ^ "The Three Rs - Reading, 'Riting and Rock 'N' Roll". The Age. 1987-09-04. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  5. ^ High School "Failures - Binishell Domes" Check |url= value (help). wikispace. 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  6. ^ https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/business-management/The-Couples-Guide-to-Money-Linda-Gough-9781865089492
  7. ^ http://sydneyanglicans.net/seniorclergy/michael-stead
  8. ^ http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/about/people/profiles/anne.honey.php

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