A Uniting Church independent day and boarding school, Ravenswood caters for girls from kindergarten to Year 12 on one North Shore campus, close to Gordon station and bus interchange. Established in 1901, Ravenswood encourages academic and personal excellence in a caring, Christian environment. As one of Australia’s leading independent schools, Ravenswood delivers a broad-based curriculum providing students with extensive choices for their future. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) for Years 11 and 12 students offers another global approach to education.
Facilities at Ravenswood: The school has a new Learning Resources facility for Kindergarten to Year 12 which includes libraries, dance and drama space, senior study lounge and cafe and outdoor classrooms. There is a centenary centre including a performing arts auditorium, classrooms and exhibition areas. Attractive grounds feature landscaped garden areas and courtyards, oval, tennis courts, heated pool, multipurpose gymnasium, and strength and conditioning centre. Ravenswood also has a purpose designed Kindergarten cottage, Junior School Centre and Senior Residential College. There are computer laboratories, networked computers, wireless notebooks and Smartboards providing flexible learning resources in classrooms from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Electives in Years 9 and 10 at Ravenswood: Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, Food Technology, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin) (Yr 9), History, Information and Software Technology, Japanese, Latin, Music, Physical Activity & Sports Studies (PASS), Textiles Technology, History Elective and Visual Arts.
Electives in Years 11 and 12 Ravenswood: HSC courses include: Beginners' Chinese, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Community and Family Studies, Design and Technology, Economics, English (Advanced, Standard, Extension 1 and 2), English as a Second Language, Heritage Speakers Chinese, Ancient and Modern History, Drama, Latin, Food Technology, French, German, Geography, Hospitality Curriculum Framework, Information Processes and Technology, Japanese, Legal Studies, Mathematics Extension 1 and 2, General Mathematics, PD/Health/PE, Physics, Software Design and Development, Senior Science, Society and Culture, Studies of Religion 2, Music 1 and 2, Visual Arts.
Student’s diverse needs are further catered for at Ravenswood by enabling them to access courses taught through outside providers such as The Whitehouse Institute of Design, Open High School, Colleges of TAFE, The Saturday School of Community Languages, and The University of Sydney.
The IB Diploma Programme, offered for Years 11 and 12 at Ravenswood is a two year rigorous course which is recognised internationally as university matriculation, providing access to tertiary education worldwide.
The programme is assessed both internally and externally, culminating in examinations taken at the end of the second year. IB subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Chinese (Mandarin ab initio), Economics, English, French, German, Japanese, Latin, History, Mathematics HL and SL, Mathematical Studies, Music, Physics, Psychology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Spanish ab initio, Theatre and Visual Arts.
Ravenswood offers Academic, Music and Best All Rounder Scholarships for entry into Years 7 and 11. Examinations and auditions are carried out in March each year for entry in the following year. Ravenswood also offers Boarding Scholarships for girls in the Senior Residential College.
Sport Activities at Ravenswood include:
Tennis, softball, basketball, hockey, netball, cricket, swimming, athletics, golf, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, diving, trampolining, water polo, cross country, equestrian, football, snow sports and touch football. Elective sports include aerobics, jazz dance, life-saving, indoor rock climbing, aqua aerobics, surf awareness, football, social tennis, driver education, sports injury and oxy-resuscitation.
Saturday Sport is offered for girls in Years 4-6 at Ravenswood for the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) competitions and for Years 7-12 for the Independent Girls Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA) competitions.
Curricular related lessons are also available for tennis, swimming, golf, diving, trampolining, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics.
Extracurricular activities at Ravenswood: Cadets, Crusaders, drama, debating, public speaking, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Year 11 community involvement, theatre technical team, chess club, orchestra, concert band, choirs, chamber orchestra, ensembles, theatre sports.
Ravenswood offers certain strategies to assist in the welfare and Personal development of their students including:
Integrated Kindergarten to Year 12 Personal Development programmes, tutor groups, student network support scheme, Year 10 community service, Years 5 and 7 transition program, Years 3 to 11 camps programme, Junior School Better Buddies programme, Year 10 community service, and Year 10 Global Experience programme. Discipline and dress policy is consistent with the tradition of the school.
Enrolment: Kindergarten to Year 6 - 320 students; Years 7 to 12 - 800 students.
Annual fees: For tuition and boarding fees please consult the school.