About Kambala

Located in Rose Bay and overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour, Kambala is a vibrant, independent day and boarding school for girls aged up to 18 years.

We offer a choice of learning pathways. Girls can achieve the IB Diploma or the NSW HSC. Kambala inspires academic excellence, with the School consistently ranking among the top non-selective girls’ schools in Sydney.

At Kambala, each girl is an individual and is valued for her unique qualities and talents.

HISTORY

Celebrating learning; inspiring young women… for 130 years

Since our pioneering days in the late 1800s, the Kambala community has shared a common goal: to educate “the whole girl”.

Kambala began as a humble class of 12 girls taught in a terrace house in Woollahra by Miss Louisa Gurney, the daughter of an English clergyman. Louisa was later joined by Mademoiselle Augustine Soubeiran who became Co-Principal. The School moved again in 1891 to a larger property in Bellevue Hill called ‘Kambala’.

In 1913, with an enrolment of nearly 50, the School moved again to its present site on New South Head Road in Rose Bay. The School operated within the Tivoli townhouse, the home of Captain William Dumaresq. Tivoli has undergone several extensions and restorations; today, it remains the home to Kambala’s boarders in Years 7 to 10 who enjoy some of the best harbour views Sydney has to offer.

In 1926, Kambala became a Church of England Foundation School with an independent council.

Kambala has strengthened its reputation for academic excellence and the education of “the whole girl” through continually evolving teaching and learning practices, improving facilities, and expanding the opportunities provided to students.

PAST PRINCIPALS

  • Louisa Gurney (1887 to 1914)
  • Augustine Soubeiran (1891 to 1914)
  • Minnie Roseby and Clara Roseby (1914 to 1927)
  • Flora Stewart (1927 to 1932)
  • Fifi Hawthorne (1933 to 1966)
  • Joyce Gibbons (1966 to 1984)
  • Barbara Monk (1984 to 1987)
  • Peter Moxham (1988 to 1999)
  • Roderick West (1999)
  • Margaret White (2000 to 2013)
  • Debra Kelliher (2014 to 2017)
  • Shane Hogan (April 2017 – current)
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OUR PRINCIPAL

Shane Hogan

Children need to be happy to learn, so the school environment must be one that focuses on the welfare and happiness of its students.

Mr Shane Hogan, a highly experienced and respected educator and leader, was officially appointed as Principal of Kambala in October 2017 after serving as Acting Principal for six months.

Shane is a former Principal of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview (2002 to 2013) and has also filled a similar role as Acting Principal for St Vincent’s College (2014), a boarding and day school for girls in Potts Point. He joins us from The Scots College where he has been the Director of School Improvement for the past two years.

Shane is passionate about educating the whole person and providing a happy and safe environment for students, staff and the broader community.

“I believe that schools must be places that not only challenge students academically and spiritually, but must also be places where students feel safe, comfortable, cared for and accepted. For students to enjoy school, staff also need to feel appreciated and valued. Central to my educational philosophy is a genuine commitment to the wellbeing of all staff and students.”

 

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Katherine Mar - BA, GradDipEd, DipEdStud.

Head of Senior School

Katherine is responsible to the Principal and oversees the wellbeing, attendance and academic care of all students from Year 7 to Year 12 and the efficient functioning of relevant staff.

Stuart Coppin MEd, BBehavSc, GradDipSocSc, GradDipEd.

Head of Junior School

Stuart is responsible for the wellbeing, attendance and academic care of all students from Early Learning (Hampshire House) to Year 6 and the efficient functioning of relevant staff.

Danielle Kassoua BBus(HRM&IR).

Human Resources Manager

Danielle is responsible to the Principal for the management of the overall Human Resources function at the School. She works closely with staff and other business units to promote Kambala as an employer of choice in order to attract and retain high quality staff.

Sally Herman – BA, GAICD

President, appointed to Council 2013, Old Girl

Sally Herman is an experienced Non-Executive Director in the fields of financial services, retail, manufacturing and property. She had a successful executive career in financial services in both Australia and the US, transitioning in late 2010 to a full time career as a Non-Executive Director. Sally is actively involved in the community, with a particular interest in education, the arts and disability. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and has a son at Cranbrook.

Suzanne Williams – BSc(Hons), LLB, FAICD

Vice President, appointed 2009, Old Girl, previous Kambala parent and Archbishop nominee

Educated at Kambala, Suzanne has, for the last fourteen years, been a Senior Client Partner with the international talent management solutions business Korn/Ferry International. Prior to that, Suzanne was the General Counsel for the Sydney Olympic Games and a partner in a national law firm. Her early career was as a research scientist. Suzanne’s board experience includes Director of the Football Federation of Australia and Opportunity International Australia.

Andrew McGill - BCom, LLB, FFin

Appointed 2014, Chairman of the Foundation and current Kambala parent

Andrew is a former Managing Director and CEO of Treasury Group Limited, an international funds management business. Currently he serves as Non-Executive Chairman of PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund Limited and
Non-Executive Director of PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited - both listed investment companies. Previously during his career, Andrew worked primarily in private equity but also in investment
banking and management consulting. He is an active member of North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club where he is also involved in coaching junior athletes.

Patria Mann - BEc, CA, FAICD

Honorary Treasurer since May 2016, Appointed 2010, Old Girl, current Kambala parent and KOGU nominee

Educated at Kambala, Patria is a chartered accountant. She worked for the international accounting firm KPMG for 17 years, including eight years in London. Patria is now a professional non-executive director and is currently on the Boards of Amalgamated Holdings, Ridley Corporation Limited, Allianz Australia and Perpetual Superannuation Limited.

Philip Allen - BE(Hons), MBT

Appointed 2010, previous Kambala parent and Archbishop Nominee

Philip is an electrical engineer with a background in photonics, telecommunication networks and computer systems administration. He is currently with the University of New South Wales. Philip is married to Ros and they have two sons and two daughters. They regularly attend St Matthias Anglican Church, Paddington.

Dr Prudence Gibson - PhD

Appointed 2016, Old Girl and current Kambala parent

Prudence is author of two academic books; she has published over 300 essays for major newspapers and journals, and is regularly invited to speak at literary events. She has acted as liaison/programmer on the UNSW/Sydney Writers Festival partnership 2014 and is a member of the editorial advisory board of the academic journal, Evental Aesthetics. She teaches Creative Writing and Advanced Media at UNSW.

Emily Smith - BCom

Appointed 2011, Old Girl and KOGU nominee

Educated at Kambala and the University of New South Wales. Following a degree course in Commerce she undertook programs at Georgetown University and Trinity College at Oxford University. Emily worked as an associate equities analyst at Salomon Smith Barney before moving to Deutsche Bank 10 years ago. She currently is Senior Equities Analyst and Director and has a son at Cranbrook.

John Comino - DipLaw(SAB), AccSpec(Property Law), FANZCN, MBA(Exec)

Appointed 2010, previous Kambala parent

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia in 1974, John was appointed Notary Public in 1988 and Property Law Accredited Specialist in 2007. He was elected Councillor to Woollahra Council in 1995, serving until 2008, and as Mayor of Woollahra from 2001-2004. John is Vice-President of the Vaucluse Branch of the Liberal Party (NSW) and Woollahra Liberals Local Government Conference. He is Chairman of the Eastern Suburbs Business Enterprise Centre & Clearly Business – Business Enterprise Centre, Sydney.

Emmanuel Confos - BA, Dip Law, LLM

Appointed 2016, current Kambala parent

Emanuel is a partner with the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in their construction and major projects group. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, he was a partner at Gilbert + Tobin. Emanuel commenced his legal practice in 1998 and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Society of Construction Law Australia.

Catherine Happ - BBus, BMus, MIR

Appointed 2017, current Kambala parent

Catherine is the immediate past president of the Kambala Parents' Association and a current parent. Catherine has worked as a ministerial adviser to senior government officials and has been a respected Investment Adviser at JB Were for the past 21 years where she is currently an Executive Director. Catherine is also a Board member for The Butterfly Foundation (a foundation for eating disorders).

Sophie Bartho

Appointed 2017, current Kambala parent

Sophie is a current parent with three daughters in the Senior School. She works in brand strategy and communications advising CEO’s, Chairpersons and Boards on their communications, reputational risk, change and crisis management. Sophie leads brand and marketing strategy and management across business services and consumer product categories including customer acquisition and retention.

Previously, Sophie built and ran her own full service marketing and communications agency for 17 years, working with well-known brands and corporations such as Coca-Cola, Campbell's, Arnott’s, Johnnie Walker, Baileys, Unilever, Allied Domecq, SC Johnson, Nestlé, Westpac, AMP Capital and ANZ.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

 

Kambala continues to lead the way in academic excellence. We offer a choice of academic pathways. Girls can achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the NSW High School Certificate. Our IB Diploma graduates further demonstrate our history of academic success, performing well on a global scale.

Results

Our academic performance demonstrates our strong commitment to the pursuit of learning and personal self-development.

  • HSC – The School consistently ranks among the top non-selective girls’ schools in Sydney.
  • IB Diploma – Our Diploma students consistently achieve Diploma scores well above the world-average.
  • NAPLAN – Kambala consistently performs substantially above national averages.
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WELLBEING

 

All members of the Kambala community have the right to enjoy a safe and positive environment that promotes tolerance and respect. Student and staff wellbeing is a key priority for Kambala. We recognise the importance of raising girls who are resilient and have a connection with life’s journey and a global perspective. At Kambala:

  • Learning takes place in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Personal possessions and School property are treated with care and respect.
  • School values are upheld by the wider community.
  • A Christian ethos underpins our interactions.
  • Bullying and harassment are not tolerated.

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