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
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.
- Personal Development/Health/Physical Education
- Religious EducationTechnology
- Visual Arts
- Two languages from French, Japanese, Latin or Mandarin
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:
- Design and Technology
- Information and Software Technology
- 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
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
- Business Studies
- Design and Technology
- French Continuers (must have studied French in Years 9 and 10)
- 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
- Modern History
- Music Course 1 and 2
- Visual Arts
- VET Hospitality
Kambala has a vibrant and progressive Music Department.
Our Classroom Instrumental Program was one of the first of its kind in Sydney and remains one of the most comprehensive. Every student in Year 3 begins learning an orchestral instrument of their choice, provided by Kambala, in small groups during class time. Students continue this program until the end of the non-elective program in Year 8.
The Music Ensemble Program features 18 ensembles, including five choirs, three concert bands, three jazz bands, three string orchestras, a symphonic orchestra and various chamber groups. Special events include the annual Music Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Music Camp, Musicals, the Gala Music Evening and Speech Day at Sydney Town Hall. Collaborations with other schools such as Cranbrook, The Scots College and Sydney Grammar create new and stimulating musical contexts for our singers and instrumentalists.
Solo performances are a regular feature of Kambala’s calendar, with public presentations in our weekly lunchtime concerts and assemblies, Music Soirées and Year-level Recital Evenings.
The Music Department is ably assisted by an energetic Music Support Group, which runs fundraising activities and provides help at major concerts.
In 2016 and 2017, Sport at Kambala has seen impressive growth in participation rates and has enjoyed noteworthy achievements at both national and international level by individual students and teams in a number of different sporting disciplines. Kambala has outstanding facilities for sport including an indoor heated pool, a playing field, a gymnasium and tennis courts. Sports offered include:
- Cross Country
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Touch Football
- Water Polo
Girls are strongly encouraged to play competitive sport and teams successfully take part in competitions and carnivals. Kambala participates in the Independent Girls’ Schools Sporting Association’s (IGSSA) competitions. Some students are selected for IGSSA teams and go on to State and National levels.
DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
Debating and public speaking have long been important in the life of the school. Kambala girls debate with great success in the Archdale Debating Competition, the ISDA Competition, Rose Bay Rotary Shield, the Inter-House Debating Competition and various social debates with other independent schools.
Students also speak in the Rostrum ‘Voice of Youth’ Competition, the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition, the Plain English-Speaking Award, the Eastern Suburbs Public Speaking Competition and the Joyce Gibbons Public Speaking Competition.
In addition, the school fields teams in all sections of the AHIGS annual Festival of Speech.
Kambala’s Drama Department provides students with countless opportunities to develop their skills in expression, problem-solving, creativity and public speaking through a number of extra curricular programs and performance opportunities throughout their schooling lives. Theatresports, musical productions and Drama clubs are just some of the ways girls can explore their interest in Drama.
CLICK OR SLIDE
Kambala offers a broad range of extra-curricular activities, including:
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