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Sydney Girls High School

Welcome to Sydney Girls High School

Sydney Girls High School is an academically selective state school located in Surry Hills in the Centennial Parklands. The school was established in 1883 and is the oldest state girls school in New South Wales.

The school has an outstanding reputation and a long record of achievement in all fields of human endeavour. The special nature of Sydney Girls High School allows gifted girls to focus on learning within a caring, challenging and supportive environment.

All Sydney Girls High School students are encouraged to achieve their ‘personal best’ and have the opportunity to participate in the rich co-curricular program offered by the school.

A tradition of excellent HSC results ensures that all students attending Sydney Girls High School progress to tertiary study.

Sydney Girls High has excellent resources and it is at the forefront of technology initiatives with an extensive network system providing access to digital resources.

Education at Sydney Girls High School

While academic achievement is the foundation stone of Sydney Girls High School, students today enjoy a dynamic and rich school environment which develops individuality and strength of character, while fostering a love of learning and enjoyment of the school experience.

On offer is an extensive range of co-curricular opportunities, comprising sporting, creative, intellectual, artistic, and leadership experiences.

Girls who come to Sydney Girls High School are encouraged to broaden their horizons through volunteering and working in the wider community, particularly in the contexts of health, education, the environment, and social justice.

The Making of Leaders

An important part of the charter of Sydney Girls High School has always been to develop the leadership talents of gifted girls. Students take on a variety of leadership roles, including Prefects, Peer Support Leaders, SRC Leaders, Co-curricular Captains/ Vice-Captains, House Captains/Vice-Captains and SGHS Ambassadors. The school is also involved in a number of leadership initiatives, such as Model United Nations, NSW Youth Parliament, Australian Constitutional Conference and the Social Justice Network Conference. The school promotes student leadership through our SGHS Leadership Scheme, which encourages students to undertake community and school service and participate actively in the co-curricular life of the school to develop as well-rounded and committed students.

Talents of Sydney Girls High School students both past and present are remarkable. Among the current alumni are the NSW Governor; the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology, Sydney; a Federal Court judge; members of the federal and state parliaments, well-known authors, social researchers, lawyers, educators and medical professionals.

While prizes and accolades are many and varied, at the heart of the school is the desire for every student to achieve her ‘personal best’.

Gifted and Talented

The curriculum and the co-curricular programs at Sydney Girls High School allow for acceleration and enrichment in the development of the gifted student.

There are opportunities to participate in competitions, forums, activities and leadership experiences. These are offered to support the curriculum and allow for the development of gifted potential into talent.

Clubs and Co-curricular

There are many co-curricular activities available to students at Sydney Girls High School, including:
• Music - School Orchestra/Symphonic Wind Ensemble/ School Choir/ Stage Band/ Senior Vocal Ensemble/ Symphonic Wind Orchestra/ Sinfonia/ Camerata
• Public Speaking
• Dance
• Debating
• Drama
• Environment Group
• Social Justice Group
• Astronomy Club
• Chess Club
• Bridge Club
• Book Club
• Art Club
• Language Clubs
• Knitting in Company

Other Opportunities:
• Theatresports
• Shakespeare Festival
• Mock Trial
• Creative Writing Workshops
• Maths Club for gifted students
• Student Exchange
• Overseas Tours
• University Links
• Scholarships
• Academic Competitions
• Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
• Academic tutorials in Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Creative Writing, Economics
• Tournament of Minds
• da Vinci Decathlon
• Senior Academic Mentoring


Sport options at Sydney Girls High School as co-curricular or weekly sport can include:
archery, Australian football, athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross-country, European handball, fencing, hockey, judo, netball, pilates, powerwalking, quidditch, rock climbing, rowing, snow sports, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, touch football, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, waterpolo, zumba

Sydney Girls High School

Cnr Anzac Parade and Cleveland Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9331 2336



Key Details:

  • Type: Government
  • Level: Secondary
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Academically Selective: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes


School Tours
Should you wish to visit Sydney Girls High School, we hold regular school tours for prospective students and their parents, which run from 8.00-9.00am in the school term.
Bookings should be made with
Mrs Greer
02 9331 2336 or 02 9331 1627

Students come from all areas of Sydney.
Sydney Girls High is a selective state school. Selection is based on academic merit.
Enrolment is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents or families of diplomats.
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