Our Facilities

Our school is set amongst 10.8 hectares of beautiful bushland adjoining the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and its protected stands of native turpentines. Our students derive significant benefit from these natural, tranquil surroundings as they provide a relaxed atmosphere in which to learn and socialise.

The Margaret Preston Hall

The Margaret Preston Hall

Named after Margaret Preston, a local resident of the Berowra area, and one of Australia's foremost female painters, this multi-purpose facility adapts to a variety of functions from meetings to sport and dramatic performances. Its unique Binishell design was advanced technology at the time of construction. It is a reinforced concrete thin-shell structure that was lifted and shaped by low air pressure and this technology was invented in the 1960s by Dr. Dante Bini.

Catherine Jinks Library

Catherine Jinks Library

Our library is dedicated to acclaimed author and former KCAHS student Catherine Jinks, whose 30+ books for children, youths and adults have been translated into many foreign languages.

The Catherine Jinks library is a user-friendly learning resource centre available to all students, staff and parents/care-givers of the school.

Our dedicated librarian works with teachers and students to improve learning outcomes for all students and to foster a love of life-long learning.

The air-conditioned teaching and learning areas include three separate lounge

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 areas where students can relax and read, as well as seminar rooms that are suitable for small group activities and senior study areas. Library computers are available for student use and are connected to the school's computer network with
internet access available at all terminals.

As well as fiction and non-fiction texts, the library offers daily newspapers and audio-visual materials such as DVDs which teachers use extensively to further enhance students' learning experiences. Photocopying and laser printing services are available.

The library is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday (other times by arrangement).

Science Laboratories Hospitality Kitchens Art Facilities Sporting Facilities Technology School Canteen

Science Laboratories

The recently refurbished science laboratories are well equipped with separate areas for practical and theoretical work. The labs are wired for data projector and computer connection, with acoustic ceilings and display boards installed to minimise noise. New roller blinds have been installed to allow each lab to be darkened for optics experiments.

Student work benches have water, gas, electricity and modern fume cupboards which allow chemistry demonstrations to be conducted safely. Preparation rooms and the chemical storeroom have been refurbished to facilitate efficient organisation of equipment and lesson materials.

Hospitality Kitchens

Two semi-commercial kitchens with a fantastic outlook over the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park ensure our hospitality students enjoy the perfect environment for practical and demonstration lessons all year round.

Recently upgraded with stainless steel benches, new tiles and flooring, and fully-ducted exhaust systems, the kitchens are extremely well resourced. Commercial cookery equipment includes gas ovens, chargrill, large flat grill, salamander, deep fryers, mixers and a variety of saucepans, frypans and other essential items.

Art Facilities

There are three purpose built art classrooms: one featuring a kiln for glazing or jewellery making; an art cottage for painting classes as well as a dark room; and a dedicated digital computer lab for digital photography and design projects.

Sporting Facilities

Sports fields are in abundance and include: a full sized synthetic grass hockey pitch; a full sized and mini soccer fields; two outside basketball courts; two tennis courts (recently refurbished); a multi-purpose oval adjacent to the Margaret Preston Hall; and practice cricket nets. There is also a dance studio, allowing for students to pursue their interest in the performing arts as they study a variety of styles.

Technology

The school has over 100 computer work stations, four computer labs, wireless networking to 95% of school buildings, 25 interactive whiteboards in classrooms, and a full time technical support person to manage student laptops in Years 9, 10 and 11.

School Canteen

The canteen is open every school day, and staffed by managers and volunteer parents. Our canteen has happily adopted the Department of Education and Training's Healthy Canteen Guidelines, and offers breakfasts and weekly specials, as well as a wide selection of healthy food options. The canteen provides an excellent means for parents to interact with students on a daily basis.

For an updated menu for the canteen please click on the following links:

Current menu 2016

 

Welcome

As a smaller secondary school located in Northern Turramurra in Northern Sydney, Ku-ring-gai High School is able to offer a very personalised and individual approach to supporting student learning and achievement. Often called “the best kept secret on the North Shore” due to our size and outstanding academic results, our school is located on the edge of the very beautiful Ku-ring-gai National Park - a short 12 minute bus ride from Turramurra Station. We have a wide drawing area with the opportunity for students from outside that area to apply for enrolment. Our focus is on creativity, innovation and challenge. Ku-ring-gai is a comprehensive co-educational high school offering the same curriculum as all secondary schools in NSW and enhanced by a special structure which allows for a creativity stream. This Talent Enrichment Program (TEP) offers students who are gifted, talented or interested in creative or performing arts, sports, technology or design options, the opportunity to choose extra classes, often with tutors or coaches to engage them and further develop their skills and interests.

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Our innovative and creative approach to education has seen the school well placed to implement the educational changes needed to enable students to meet the challenges faced by 21st century learners.

Ku-ring-gai fosters strong educational connections with local primary schools through our year 5 and 6 Enrichment Day Program as well as Project Based interactive learning activities. Our partnership with the NS5- North Shore Secondary Public Schools has resulted in an increased choice of curriculum and extra curricular subjects for students including leadership days, sports gala days, Duke of Edinburgh, debating and public speaking competitions. Our P&C is active in supporting our educational programs and the updating of resources including our tennis courts and basketball courts. We have an artificially surfaced full hockey pitch with change rooms and lighting located within our grounds. Our fully flood lit soccer fields are used by the Northern District Football Association.

Addressing issues of student engagement and well-being is an important part of our culture. Support programs are offered over the year to students and parents and include such programs as the "Big Fish Little Fish" Program to assist students and parents in the transition from Primary School to High School. The “Managing HSC Stress“ has been particularly helpful to our year 12 students and their families. A strong student support team assists students with learning difficulties.

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Small personal morning teas are held a couple of times per term where families meet the Principal and have a school tour. This allows families to see the school in operation and to meet with teachers and students in an informal climate.

Ms Terri-Anne Kamasz
Principal
BA. Dip Ed. Hon. Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders

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Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School
403 Bobbin Head Rd,
Turramurra North 2074
Phone: 9144 3477 or 9144 7617
Fax: 9983 9331

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