Woollahra Public School

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Woollahra Public School
Woollahra Public School
Forth Street, Woollahra

Coordinates33°53′11″S 151°14′28″E / 33.88639°S 151.24111°E / -33.88639; 151.24111Coordinates: 33°53′11″S 151°14′28″E / 33.88639°S 151.24111°E / -33.88639; 151.24111
TypePublic, co-educational, day school
PrincipalMs Nicole Molloy
Teaching staff55
Enrollment700[2] (K-6) (2014)
CampusMetropolitan (Woollahra)

Woollahra Public School, (previously known as Woollahra Demonstration School), is a main school located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia, in the suburb of Woollahra, near Edgecliff.


Though accepting students from Kindergarten to Year 6, Woollahra Public has for some time offered education for selected students in the academic area. These are called opportunity classes.[3] Each Opportunity Class holds 30 students.

Woollahra Public is one of the oldest public schools in Sydney, having opened in 1878. It was designed by W.Kemp and J.Wigram, and is listed on the Register of the National Estate.[4] It celebrated its centenary in 1978 and a time capsule was buried in the grounds.[citation needed]


Woollahra Public School was formally opened in 1879[5] with 300 children enrolled into three rooms. In 1891, extensions to the building were completed, and the enrolment was 1200. The school was changed to Woollahra Superior Public School to cater for the older and more senior students.

Since the 1930s, Woollahra has offered the Opportunity (OC) classes, catering for intellectually gifted children in the Eastern Suburbs. In 1961, due to their contribution to teacher education, the school's name was changed to Woollahra Demonstration School, but was changed back to Woollahra Public School as the Alexander Mackie Teachers College moved to Oatley in 1979, detaching their teaching program with the school's.

In 1978, a mural was painted on the old School Hall, featuring Central Australia's Olga Mountains,[6] to celebrate its centenary.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ History of Woollahra PS
  2. ^ My School ACARA website, Woollahra Public School
  3. ^ Schools Website:Retrieved 10 February 2010
  4. ^ Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/138
  5. ^ History of Woollahra PS
  6. ^ Australia in Sydney, The Australian Women's Weekly, 17 May 1978
  7. ^ "The Hon Justice Anna Katzmann - Appointment" (PDF). (2010 Winter) Bar News: Journal of the NSW Bar Association 129.