Queenwood School for Girls
Mosman, New South Wales|
|Type||Independent, Day school|
Latin: Per Aspera Ad Astra|
(Through Struggles to the Stars)
|Founders||Grace Lawrance and Beatrice Rennie|
|Chair||Thomas Dery AO|
Red, Grey and White|
Established in 1925 by Miss Grace Lawrence (Wenona alumnae) and named after the Queenwood Ladies' College in East Sussex, Queenwood has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
The school is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia, and is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).
The two women had met in 1918, at the Glennie Memorial School in Toowoomba, Queensland, where Lawrance was Principal, and Rennie first assistant-mistress. They travelled to England in 1921, where they visited many of the best girls' schools. Both women resigned from the Glennie in 1925, with the intention of founding a school in Sydney. They chose a large, old house at 47 Mandalong Road, Mosman. Their entrepreneurial courage was remarkable since neither enjoyed perfect health.
The school was named "Queenwood" after the now defunct Queenwood Ladies' College at Eastbourne, in East Sussex, on the south coast of England, which had been founded by Miss Lawrance's mother in 1871, and which was similarly located on a hill overlooking the sea. The site at Mandalong Road was chosen because of its view over Balmoral Beach and its northeasterly aspect. As Queenwood grew, the school expanded to a second site at Mandalong Road.
By 1926, Queenwood was a registered secondary school, and three years later Miss Rennie was teaching, running the school and caring for her ailing co-Principal. In 1932, a combination of the Depression, Lawrance's death in November, and Rennie's illnesses, meant that Violet Maude Medway often assisted in managing the school. The two women became co-Principals in 1942. Queenwood prospered despite the Depression and Second World War, and by 1950, Rennie was president of the New South Wales branch of the Headmistresses' Association of Australia. The school phased out its boarding program in the 1950s.
In 1962, Rennie retired as co-Principal but the school remained her home as she worked in the library and helped with the students, as far as her health permitted. In 1966, the school became a non-profit private company, named Queenwood School for Girls Ltd.
Queenwood School for Girls is now no longer a boarding school.
|1925 – 1931||Miss Grace Lawrance, Founder|
|1931 – 1961||Miss Beatrice Rennie, Co-Principal with Miss Violet Medway 1942–1961|
|1942 – 1982||Miss Violet Medway, Co-Principal with Miss Beatrice Rennie 1942–1961|
|1982 – 1987||Mrs Alison Stalley|
|1987 – 1996||Mrs Judith Wheeldon|
|1996 – 2008||Mrs Kem Bray|
|2008 – 2013||Mr James Harpur|
|2014 – Present||Ms Elizabeth Stone|
Queenwood has four campuses, each located in suburban Mosman. The site at 47 Mandalong Road on which Queenwood was founded, was completely redeveloped in 2002/03 and became operational in Term 4 of 2003. This campus caters for the Senior School (Years 7 to 12), and houses most of the academic activities of the School, including classrooms, integrated technology, a 600-seat tiered Auditorium, an underground car park, library, and music and drama facilities. In 2009/10 the Lawrance Campus at 44 Mandalong Road was completely redeveloped and opened for use in Term 3, 2010. The building has a 25m pool, a learn to swim pool, a 110-seat lecture theatre and numerous class rooms and science labs.
Queenwood is registered and accredited with the New South Wales Board of Studies, and therefore follows the mandated curriculum for all years. It offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the Higher School Certificate in Years 11 and 12.
In the Junior School, the curriculum is based on the six primary Key Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, including languages other than English, Science and Technology, Creative and Practical Arts, and Physical Education, Personal Development and Health.
Years 7 to 10 students are offered a range of curriculum choices. In Year 7, the school follows a mandatory pattern of subject choices. Year 8 students are introduced to six new subjects from which they select two for further study. In Year 9, whilst the mandated core subjects must be completed, students choose three electives which may include those studied in Year 8 or may consist of new subjects or a combination of both. In Year 11, students are prepared for either the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on their preference. Those choosing to complete the HSC must study at least ten units including: at least two units of English; at least one unit from the Key Learning Area Group 1 of Science, Mathematics and Technological and Applied Studies; and at least one unit from the Key Learning Area Group 2 of Languages Other Than English, Human Society and its Environment, Creative Arts, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
As with most Australian schools, Queenwood utilises a house system through which students may participate in intra-school competitions and activities. The school currently has three houses:
The motto is, 'Per Aspera ad Astra', or 'through struggles to the stars.' (Extended by Miss Rennie to be: 'it is only by struggling to overcome difficulties that we can hope ever to reach our highest ideals.') As taken as an extract from 'Queenwood: The First Sixty Years', Miss Rennie says, '"Per Aspera" precedes "Ad Astra" and so it is that strength and courage are necessary, for the highest and best are not attained without struggle. Self-control, self-discipline are necessary with strength, to stand up for the right and courage to stick with one's convictions.'
- Entertainment, media and the arts
- Shirley Hazzard – Writer
- Jane Nicholls – Editor of Who Weekly magazine
- Dorothy Porter – Writer
- Madeleine St John – Writer
- Phoebe Tonkin – Actress as seen in H2O: Just Add Water and The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals
- Adelaide Clemens – Actress
- Anna Volska – Actress
- Gemma Pranita (Xumsai) – Actress
- Politics, public service and the law
- Anna McPhee – Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace First female [Chief of Staff] to a Liberal Premier in NSW]
- Suzanne Sharon Vardon AO – Chief Executive of the Department for Families and Communities, South Australia; Inaugural CEO of Centrelink (1997–2004), Chief Executive of the Department of Correctional Services (SA) (1994–97); Telstra SA Businesswoman of the Year 2005; Recipient of the Centenary Medal 2003
- Zali Steggall – Olympic skier
- Holly Lincoln-Smith - Water polo player
- Nicola Barr - First draft pick for the Giants in the inaugural Women's AFL Season
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