Senior School

Kambala provides a broad educational experience that challenges the intellectual, creative, reflective, emotional, physical, social and spiritual capacities of each individual.

“You have succeeded if you have achieved your personal best”.



The Senior School caters to approximately 590 students in Years 7 to 12. Our focus is on developing a love of learning which will last a lifetime.

The strength and quality of a Kambala education is not limited to the public successes of our talented students. All girls at Kambala are important and are encouraged to participate and do their best. While the pursuit of excellence is important, the School encourages students to believe in the principle that ‘you have succeeded if you have achieved your personal best’.

At Kambala we provide an environment which promotes the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual wellbeing of all students. Kambala promotes resolution and restorative practices rather than punishment. A positive approach, which seeks to bring about change in the behaviour and thinking of the girls, will be used wherever possible. Kambala endorses the method of shared concern, a non-punitive method for responding to bullying situations. It should be noted, however, that responses to bullying will be tailored to suit the situation.

Some of the initiatives that foster strong relationships between girls and connectedness to our community include:

Student Representative Council

Pastoral Care Programs

Community Engagement

World Challenge

Connecting Globally

Share the Benefit



One of the main reasons Kambala enjoys a fine reputation is the high academic achievements of its students. These can be measured by the results of formal examinations such as the Higher School Certificate (HSC), The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and by the many academic competitions the girls are encouraged to enter.

Students in Year 7 follow a compulsory curriculum largely determined by Board of Studies requirements. After Year 7, students have the opportunity to elect more subjects each year until Years 11 and 12 where the widest possible choice is made available through the option of the HSC or IB Diploma.

Years 7 and 8 students study

  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Personal Development/Health/Physical Education
  • Religious EducationTechnology
  • Visual Arts
  • Two languages from French, Japanese, Latin or Mandarin

Years 9 and 10 students study

Year 9 and 10 students study a core curriculum of English, Australian Geography, Australian History, Mathematics, Personal Development/Health/Physical Education, Science and Religious Education, and three elective subjects from:

  • Commerce
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Visual Arts


Kambala consistently ranks in the top independent girls’ schools in Sydney.

In 2016, our Year 12 cohort achieved outstanding results in both the HSC and IB.

  • 8 percent of Kambala’s HSC and IB students gained an ATAR of 99 or above
  • 40 percent gained an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 64 percent gained an ATAR of 90 or above
  • An impressive 88 percent gained an ATAR of 80 or above

View 2016 Academic Results

YEAR 11 AND 12



The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year integrated course for students seeking a globally endorsed matriculation alternative to the NSW HSC.




The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the traditional pre-tertiary credential for students in New South Wales. Every university accepts the credential throughout Australia.

Kambala offers a wide range of subjects and its students continue to achieve results beyond expectations, demonstrating a strong commitment to the pursuit of learning and personal self-development.


  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • French Continuers (must have studied French in Years 9 and 10)
  • Geography
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Japanese Continuers (must have studied Japanese in Years 9 and 10)
  • Latin Continuers (must have studied Latin in Years 9 and 10)
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • Music Course 1 and 2
  • Physics
  • Visual Arts
  • VET Hospitality




Kambala offers a broad range of extra-curricular activities, including:


Kambala girls have access to one of Australia’s best school music programs.


Offering everything from Tennis to Touch to Snowsports, our teams and individuals achieve excellence at local, national and international level.


Our strong Drama department promotes participation in a range of activities including musical performances and Theatresports tournaments.


With a specialist Debating trainer on staff, Kambala debaters achieve success in a number of local and national competitions.


Girls have access to professional photography equipment and technologies.


Girls have the opportunity to master Ceramics under the guidance of specialist teachers who are also artists in the field.


Girls are introduced to Chess at a young age in the Junior School and have the option to pursue this throughout their schooling.


Girls can accelerate their mastery of languages through additional language studies outside of their normal school day.


Senior School students are given countless opportunities to develop their leadership skills, explore the world around them and realise their talents.


  • World Challenge
  • Language Exchange tours
  • International music tours
  • NASA Space Challenge expedition


  • Student Prefecture and Committees
  • Participation in academic tournaments locally and nationally
  • Mentoring of younger students


  • Numerous camps and excursions in NSW and interstate
  • Community service and participation
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Science and sustainability excursions


  • Creative camps and excursions
  • Junior athlete development
  • Academic competitions and tournaments
  • Overseas exchange opportunities
  • University partnerships