Balwyn High School
Balwyn High School is a state-run high school (years 7–12) in the Melbourne suburb of North Balwyn, in Victoria, Australia. It was established in 1954. As of February 2013, it had 1948 students, making it the fourth largest secondary school in Victoria.
|Balwyn High School|
Buchanan Avenue, Balwyn North
|Other names||BHS, Balwyn High, BH School|
|Motto||Latin: Constanter ac Fideliter|
(Constantly and Faithfully)
|Years||7 to 12|
|Number of students||≈2,001|
|Colour(s)||Navy blue, gold, bottle green |
|Publication||The Lion (fortnightly online newsletter)|
The postwar student population expanded. The school assembly hall was built with assistance from parents and is named after a former principal, Archibald M. Rogers. Managing the large class sizes of the era, the school developed a strong science education at senior levels that saw many of its graduates pass into senior academic, government and private sector positions.
The school buildings were rebuilt in 1994 after merging with Greythorn High School. Since 1996 the school has housed international students in their recently formed international student program.
In 2006 the median ENTER (precursor and equivalent to the current ATAR) was 85.70, 40.06% achieved an ENTER at or above 90 and 5.07% achieved an ENTER at or above 99. In 2004, 55 students attained ENTER scores in excess of 97 and the median ENTER was 86.95. In 2016, Balwyn High School ranked sixth in Victoria for median study scores.
The school runs co-curricular programmes, including music, sport, debating, cheerleading and community programs. Its music programme, which comprises many string orchestras, includes A-Strings (Beginner), Junior Strings (Junior), Intermediate Strings, Newitt Strings (Second Most Advanced) and Senior Strings (Most Advanced), concert bands Training (Beginner), Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Symphony (most advanced), choirs, stage bands, a full symphony orchestra, a smaller chamber orchestra and many other privately formed smaller groups.
Its chess teams have consistently reached state level competitions, while the school's cheerleading squad, the Skyraiders, earned two gold medals in Pom and Stunt and finished second (Level 2 Cheerleading/Scholastic) at the 2007 National Cheerleading Championships.
Balwyn High School also has a range of student-led clubs that include Social Justice, SRC, Chess and Anime.
International Students ProgramEdit
Balwyn High School runs an 'International Students Program'. In 2007, there were 107 international students at Balwyn High School, who pay $11,800 per year, compared with the local students' voluntary school fees of around $900 per year. Balwyn earned 1.2 million from those international students in 2007. Victoria's Education minister Bronwyn Pike denied that it was a "money-making scheme for schools", though Australian Education Union state president Mary Bluett said, "Certainly this has become a financial incentive for schools."
The school has four houses – Churchill, Strathmore, Windsor and Edinburgh. It also recently introduced a "Safe School Policy" against cyber-bullying. In 2009, the Victorian Budget 2009–2010 has allowed the school to commence "Stage 3" building project which will include art facilities and the replacement of two old blocks. The state government allocated $11.2 million for "school modernisation" of the facilities.
- Peter Cullen – water scientist
- Neil J. Gunther – scientist
- Lee Tulloch – Novelist and journalist
- Steve Hooker – pole-vaulter
- Robert Richter (lawyer) – Barrister, Hall of Achievement Inductee
- Will Hull-Brown – drummer of The Cat Empire
- Michael Theoklitos – Brisbane Roar Goalkeeper, former Norwich City Goalkeeper and Melbourne Victory Goalkeeper
- Malcolm Speed – former CEO of ICC and Australian Cricket Board
- Ernie Merrick - Wellington Phoenix Former Coach of the Melbourne Victory now coach of Wellington
- "International Students – Balwyn High School". www2.balwynhs.vic.edu.au. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- "A class of their own", Herald Sun 1 September 2013 p. 18. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- Balwyn High School, "Annual Report to the School Community", 2006
- Better Education, "",2016
- "2007 Australian Gymsport Spectacular". Gymnastics Australia. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008.
- "Victorian Secondary Schools' Sports Association". VSSSA.org.au. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008.
- "International Students". Balwyn High School. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- Metlikovec, Jane (3 December 2007). "Foreign students benefit system – Minister Bronwyn Pike". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 April 2009.
- Balwyn High School, Anti Cyber-Bullying Policy
- Harman, Deborah, Principal’s Perspective – Stage 3 Funding Success, 14 May 2009
- 2009/2010 Victorian Budget Fact Sheet
- "Took the water war to the wallies". The Age. Melbourne. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008.
- "Athletics". Disease and disorder Information. 31 July 2008. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
- "The Lion". Balwyn High School. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2009.