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Normanhurst Boys High School

Normanhurst Boys High School

Fostering excellence in young men through holistic education

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History and educational philosophy


Normanhurst Boys High School is an academically selective, public high school for boys, located in Normanhurst, on the upper north shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Established in 1958 and operated by the New South Wales Department of Education, the school currently caters for 730 students from Years 7 to 12. From the opening in 1958 until 1993, Normanhurst Boys High School operated as a comprehensive school. In 1993, the NSW Government earmarked Normanhurst Boys High School as one of several schools allowed to select students by academic achievement. The first intake of selective students commenced Year 7 in 1994, with a new intake of Year 7 students each year, until the school became fully selective in 1999.

As of 2010, Normanhurst was one of 17 fully selective schools in New South Wales. The school, affectionately known as Normo, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.

Educational Philosophy

Fostering excellence in young men through holistic education

Because we take the time to understand every student, our staff provide differentiated instruction and approaches that cater to each student’s abilities and needs. This is one of the strengths of our educational community and how we are able to consistently achieve HSC success. We also pride ourselves on how we support our teachers and students to excel and reach their potential. Whether it’s through mentoring, coaching or learning support, our goal is to instil an appreciation of learning and learning habits that endure.

Although an academically selective high school, Normanhurst Boys High School does much more than prepare students for university. Philosophically, the school aims to provide a holistic education with three goals in mind:

  •     Know Thyself
  •     Personal Best
  •     Raise the Bar

Grounded in these values, NBHS graduates know their strengths and weaknesses, strive to achieve their personal best in all they do and constantly raise the bar to improve. During their years at NBHS, students develop life skills, grow as human beings and actively engage with the world around them to make positive contributions.

Integral to this is participation in a phenomenal number of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities offered that allow all students to gain an enriched education and challenge themselves in sometimes unique circumstances. These include overseas cultural tours to London, Paris, Rome and New York, as well as industry focused tours that include visits to NASA and Silicon Valley.

Our budding auteurs have the privilege of being mentored by guest directors and producers in filmmaking, while those seeking to hone their acting, singing, dancing and technical theatre skills join the school musical productions. Public speaking and debating, is popular with students wanting to test their oracy and thinking skills in prepared and impromptu environments. Those with talent in sports and athletics compete at the highest levels, while keen, creative wordsmiths develop their craft in workshops with professional writers.

Robotics gives students the opportunity to design and build their own robots and enter them in state wide competitions. Others design their own television advertisement in English or learn lighting and sound in drama courses, which has seen several students enter the television industry upon graduation. In the Sciences, the school is well known for its successes in titration and the promotion of environmental sustainability.

Leadership opportunities are also available to all students through an active SRC and Prefect body which focus on social justice issues and making contributions to various charities. It is not unusual for our students to be remembered for their volunteer work at local aged care facilities and with community welfare groups.

To us, education is more than academic achievement. It is about the social, ethical and cognitive development of the whole student.