Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

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Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
Fairy Meadow, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 34°24′23″S 150°53′22″E / 34.40639°S 150.88944°E / -34.40639; 150.88944Coordinates: 34°24′23″S 150°53′22″E / 34.40639°S 150.88944°E / -34.40639; 150.88944
Type Public, Co-educational, Performing arts, Secondary, Day school
Motto Latin: Age Quad Agis
(Whatever you do, do well)
Established 1916
Principal Paul Ryan
Enrolment ~952 (7-12)[1]
Campus Suburban
Colour(s) Green, Black & Gold

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts is a specialist co-educational, public secondary school located in Fairy Meadow, a suburb of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, run by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. It was founded in 1916.

The school enrolls both local area students and students who gain entry through auditions. The school estimates that over a third of the student body has gained entry through auditions.

The school focuses primarily on academic excellence and excellence in the performing arts and boasts of examination results, well above average and a high level of tertiary acceptance.


The school was established in 1916, as "Wollongong High School".[2]

Notable alumni

  • Alan Edward Davis - Rhodes Scholar (1956).[3]
  • Dr Roger Houghton - Rhodes Scholar (1969)[3]
  • Mark Kerry - Olympic gold medalist in swimming[4]
  • Nicholas Cowdery - NSW Director of Public Prosecutions from 1994–present
  • Natalie Bassingthwaighte - Australian Singer and Actress[4]
  • Michael Vincent McHugh - Australian Actor and Model, Appeared on Home and Away
  • Kristofer Stefan (Stefanovski) - Australian Actor
  • Mitchell Gordon - Activist, Charity worker, AIDS Council of NSW Director
  • Francis James - Journalist and Activist
  • Dr Mary Puckey - First female Superintendent of an Australian hospital
  • Stephen Martin - Politician
  • Rod Oxley - Former General Manager of Wollongong City Council
  • Barom "Rome" Yu - Member of South Korean boy band C-Clown
  • Leigh Scott - Actor
  • katherine langford - Australian Actress
  • Evelyn Owen - Inventor
  • Isabel Kimber - Activist, Businesswoman, Centenarian
  • Siena Elchaar - Actor

See also


  1. ^ "Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts". School Locator. New South Wales Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  2. ^ Savage, Desiree (2 December 2016). "Happy 100th birthday Wollongong High School". Illawarra Mercury. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "NSW Rhodes Scholars"University of Sydney list, (retrieved 16 April 2007)
  4. ^ a b Savage, Desiree (11 December 2016). "Notable pupils from Wollongong High's 100 year history". Illawarra Mercury. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 

External links

  • www.imdb.com
  • Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts Website
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