St George Girls High School
An Academically Selective High School For Girls
St George Girls High School (enrolment 921 students, including 91.7% students from a Language Background Other than English) is an academically selective state high school with a well-respected history of providing exceptional educational outcomes and opportunities for gifted and talented students since 1916. Situated within walking distance to Kogarah railway station, the school attracts students from all areas of Sydney.
The school offers a broad curriculum and a range of opportunities allowing students to achieve excellence in academic, creative, social, cultural, sporting, leadership and community endeavours. The school values collaborative learning, positive relationships and building capacity amongst the students to effectively allow them to engage in the world of the future, where problem solving, evaluating, working in teams, communicating, creating and innovating are not only valued concepts, but expected skills, attributes and capabilities.
St George Girls High School creates a supportive and inclusive environment where gifted and talented students are encouraged to explore their potential and achieve their personal best in all aspects of school life. Students are challenged and engaged through authentic learning opportunities that inspire them to develop creativity, confidence and resilience to become independent and ethical life-long learners.
Years 7 to 10 have an enrolment ceiling of 150 girls. In Year 11 the Principal determines the number of new students each year, based on their performance in the ACER test and the number of vacancies that exist, taking Years 11 and 12 numbers up to a maximum of 168 students.
Year 7 placements are administered by the High Performing Students Unit. Year 7 entry into selective schools is determined by the student's results in the Selective High School Placement Test in English (including reading and writing), Mathematics and general ability, together with their primary school's assessment of their performance in English and Mathematics.
In October of Year 5, interested parents can obtain an Application package from any government Primary School, Selective School or District Office. Alternatively, the application package can be downloaded from the High Performing Students Unit website at:
Open Day for prospective students and their parents will be held on Tuesday 29 August 2017. Registration for Open Day is essential. Information is listed below.
Applications open online from the High Performing Students Unit on the 10 October 2017 and close on the 13 November 2017. LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
High Performing Students Unit (Postal address)
NSW Department of Education
Locked Bag 53
DARLINGHURST NSW 1300
Phone: 1300 880 367
Fax: 02 9266 8435
Sample questions from past Selective Schools Placement tests are also available on the HPSU website. The application form inside the package should be completed and returned to the student’s Primary School by the closing date shown on the application package.
Open Day for prospective students and their families will be held on Tuesday 29 August 2017. Registration for Open Day is essential and can be made online via 'School Interviews'. Simply go to the website https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/ and enter the event code wvnv4. Two tour sessions are available and families can select their preferred time. All guests are invited to attend the Open Day Assembly which will be held at 10:30am in the school hall.
There are very few vacancies in each year. Selection is based on testing and assessment by the school enrolment Selection Committee of the applicant's two most recent school reports and any other supporting documentation supplied with the application.
A written test, reading, mathematical reasoning and abstract reasoning together with possible interview may form part of the selection process.
The Selection Committee will consider the students to be offered placement and will establish a short waiting list in order of priority based on academic merit.
The Selective High Schools listed below are coordinating their entrance test procedures for Years 8 – 12. The entry test will be held on Saturday 12 August 2017.
• St George Girls High School
• Girraween High School
• Gosford High School
• Hornsby Girls High School
• Manly Selective Campus
• North Sydney Girls High School
If you wish to apply for other selective schools not on the above list, please make direct contact with the individual school.
In determining academic merit, the selection committee will consider the following criteria:
• Performance in the ACER Higher Ability Selection Test which assesses reading, written expression, mathematical reasoning and abstract reasoning
• Achievement in the two most recent school reports
• Supporting documentation
• Possible student Interview.
You are entitled to apply for entry to a maximum of 3 selective high schools. To gain entry into one of the above selective schools in Years 8 – 11, your child will need to sit a test developed by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Melbourne at that school you have selected as your first preference.
The application fee must be paid to the school that you have nominated as your first preference from the group of schools listed above and you will sit the entrance test at that school.
If your first preference is St George Girls High School, you will need to apply for and pay the $100 application fee to St George Girls High School prior to Friday 28 July and then your daughter will sit the test at St George Girls High School on Saturday 12 August 2017. If you have nominated a second or third preference from the list above, you must also submit an application to those schools. If St George Girls High School is your second or third preference you MUST still complete and send an application form to the school so we can register your preference. An administration fee of $30 will be charged to process the application.
Applications for Years 8 – 12 entry to St George Girls High School in 2018 will be available on the school’s website from Friday 23 June 2017. Applications close at 3:00pm on Friday 28 July 2017. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
downloading the application form, please read the following information
Follow the instructions to complete the application form and attach the relevant supporting document – Proof of Citizenship or permanent resident status (see Eligibility Criteria below).
Return a copy of the application form to St George Girls High School by Friday 28 July 2017. (You must send separate applications to all the Selective High Schools in which you are seeking enrolment.)
Years 8 – 12 applicants whose first preference is St George Girls High School will sit the test on Saturday, 12 August 2017, commencing at 9:30am at the St George Girls High School Assembly Hall.
Identification of the candidate must be presented at the time of the
examination – e.g. passport or official school ID card.
An application fee of $100 must be paid to St George Girls High School when the application is submitted. The application fee of $100 pays for the setting and marking of the test by Australian Council Educational Research (ACER) Melbourne and for the supervision of the test on Saturday 12 August 2017.
The student's performance
in the test will be one component to determine the applicant's placement on a
short waiting list for enrolment. If vacancies become available, the Principal
or representative may consider inviting applicants from the waiting list for
an interview. The Principal will then determine if an offer is to be made.
How Many Students Gain Entry to St George Girls from Years 8 – 11?
In 2017 at St George Girls High School, 2 students were invited to enrol in Year 8, 4 places in Year 9, 2 in Year 10 and 13 in Year 11 were offered due to available places. As the school maintains only 150 places in each of the year groups from Years 7 – 10, new students can only come into these year groups if a current student leaves the school to go to another school. In Year 11, the Principal determines the number of new students in this year based on their performance in the ACER test. This number will vary from year to year. In 2016, 11 students gained places in three year groups with over 160 students applying.
This information is provided to parents and students so that they can make an informed choice about whether to proceed with the enrolment application.
1. Academic Merit
Students must compete academically with all other candidates for entry into our school. In determining academic merit, the Selection Committee will consider the results of the entry test together with other documentation supplied. This MUST include the two (2) most recent school reports.
2. Australian Citizenship and Residency Status
Candidates must generally be Australian citizens or holders of a visa granting permanent resident status in Australia. Information on Australian citizenship is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Citi .
You can get a Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship to prove your visa status. Citizens of New Zealand are eligible for selective high school entry. Permanent residents of New Zealand are considered in the same manner as temporary residents of Australia and are not normally eligible.
If you do not meet these residency requirements at the time of applying but expect to meet them in the near future, you are allowed to apply provided you are already living in Australia.
If you qualify for entry on academic grounds but do not meet the residency requirements, including those who hold diplomatic visas, you may ask for special consideration through the review process.
If your application is successful, you must show original documentation, such as a Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship, birth certificates or visas, before the school can enrol your child.
Your child’s offer or enrolment may be terminated if it is based on false or misleading information that you have provided.
Your family must be living in NSW by the beginning of the 2018 school year. If your family normally lives in NSW but you are temporarily out of the state, you should expect to return before the student is enrolled in a selective high school. If you continue to live outside NSW after the 2018 school year begins your application will be considered only if there are vacancies after all suitable applicants from NSW have been placed.
An electricity or telephone bill in the name of the parent at a NSW address is required as proof of NSW residency.
3. Courses of Study
Students should be aware that courses of study at selective high schools may not be the same as those taken in their previous school. However, students’ current courses will be taken into account when they are considered for placement. Where two or more candidates have equal merit and results, students who are studying elective subjects in the Creative and Performing Arts, and /or Languages, may be given priority.
It is rare that students are accepted into Year 12 to complete their Higher School Certificate at St George Girls High School. However, if parents and students wish to apply, please follow the same procedures as for Years 8-11.
Parents are welcome to contact the school should they have any specific enrolment enquiries.
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