Ryde Secondary College

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Ryde Secondary College
Ryde Secondary College Logo
Ryde, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Type Public, Co-educational, Secondary, Day school, selective
Motto Leadership, Respect, Co-operation and Responsibility
Established 1965 (Malvina High School)
2001 (Ryde Secondary College)
Principal Cassy Norris
Grades 7-12
Enrolment ≈1000
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Maroon, Navy, Light Blue and White
Affiliations CHS

Ryde Secondary College is a co-educational public high school in Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is a partial selective school with unique features. Ryde Secondary College is one of the few schools in New South Wales which takes enrolments for selective students, mainstream students as well as those who need special education (support unit students). Since 2002, the school has undergone major renovation and transformation, with a heavy emphasis on incorporating Information Technology as part of their curricular structure.


The school opened in 1965, designed in an innovative "doughnut" style by NSW Government Architect's Branch architect, Michael Dysart,[1] originally named Malvina High School due to the school's location on Malvina Street, Ryde (another high school in the same suburb had used the name Ryde High School until its closure in the mid-1980s). The motto of Malvina High was the Latin "Contendamus", translated as "Let us strive". Malvina had always operated as a co-educational school, but for most of its history was a mainstream secondary school. The Support Unit was introduced in 1999, after the closure of Peter Board High School at North Ryde, where the Unit had previously been. In 2001 it was announced that Malvina High School would receive a six million dollar upgrade, under the New South Wales Government's controversial "Building The Future" plan. From 2002 the school was renamed Ryde Secondary College, to properly identify the school to its suburb locality. The school also took selective stream students from 2002.

Ryde Secondary College has taken on new Information Technology infrastructure which will be linked to Macquarie University. As well as new refurbishments taking place, a new building has been constructed to facilitate a new IT lab and audio visual theatre. Ryde Secondary College also has an outstanding performance record in grade sports against other competing schools in the area, and has maintained the title of zone champion for swimming and athletics.

Ryde Secondary School has several musical ensembles; a concert band, jazz band, choir and string ensemble.

It is only one of three surviving co-ed secondary schools in the Ryde/Hunters Hill district, along with Marsden High School at West Ryde and Hunters Hill High School. Other local government schools have progressively closed due to declining student numbers, alongside a gradual increase in popularity of single-sex and private secondary schools. Since 2002, Ryde Secondary College has seen a healthy increase to student numbers, and in 2007 it had approximately 860 students.

Since reestablishment[edit]

  • 2001

Name changed from Malvina High School to Ryde Secondary College under the NSW Government's "Building the Future Plan". This also saw a change in logo, and a change in uniform. Became a partially selective high school.

  • 2002

Selective students able to enrol at Ryde Secondary College - Year 7 enrolment reached 150.

  • 2006

The last Malvina year graduated from Ryde Secondary College.

  • 2007

The first stream of the new student body graduated.

  • 2010

Principal since reformation, John Hughes, retires.


Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Logan, Cameron (14 November 2012). "Designing Australian schools". ArchitectureAU. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

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