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Cranbrook School is a dual-campus independent Anglican early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding school for boys, located in Bellevue Hill and Rose Bay, both eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Cranbrook School
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Cranbrook School is located in Sydney
Cranbrook School
Cranbrook School
Location of the Bellevue Hill campus in greater metropolitan Sydney

Coordinates33°52′15″S 151°15′9″E / 33.87083°S 151.25250°E / -33.87083; 151.25250Coordinates: 33°52′15″S 151°15′9″E / 33.87083°S 151.25250°E / -33.87083; 151.25250
TypeIndependent early learning, primary and secondary day and boarding school
MottoLatin: Esse Quam Videri
(To be, rather than to seem to be[4])
Established1918; 101 years ago (1918)[2]
FounderFrederick T. Perkins
President of CouncilRoger Massey-Green
HeadmasterNicholas Sampson
Deputy Headmaster/Head of Senior SchoolTim Browning
Deputy Head of School/Head of Junior SchoolMichele Marquet
Head of Pre-SchoolsHeidi Burke
Director of Students/Deputy Head of Senior SchoolGenevieve Whiteley
ChaplainJames Vimpany
Employeesc. 134[3]
YearsEarly learning; K-12
Enrolmentc. 1,369 (2006[3])
Colour(s)Red, white and blue             

Founded in 1918 with the Rev'd Frederick Thomas Perkins as the first headmaster, Cranbrook has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,300 students from early learning (4 years old) to Year 12 (18 years old),[3] including 97 boarders from Years 7 to 12.[5]

Cranbrook is affiliated with the International Coalition of Boys' Schools,[1] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[6] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[7] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[5] the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference,[8] and is a founding member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).[9]



On 1 December 1917 the former private home and vice-regal residence, Cranbrook, was bought at auction by an agent for Samuel Hordern. He was the main financial benefactor of a group of businessmen and churchmen aiming to establish an Anglican boys' school in the Eastern Suburbs. From December 1917 to June 1918, a provisional committee of twelve, comprising the founders and six additional men, prepared for the opening of the new school. They held meetings, ensured building renovations were completed, drew up the first articles of association and appointed the first Headmaster, Rev. F. T. Perkins. On 6 June 1918, the provisional committee reformed itself as the first council of Cranbrook School and organised the official opening of the school for 22 July 1918.

From the time of its foundation in 1918, Cranbrook School established a tradition of high teaching standards,[citation needed] a comprehensive curriculum and an acknowledgement of the importance of boys' physical and social development and giving individual attention to every boy. As well, boys were expected to contribute their spirit toward the community through participation in social service and church. Cranbrook also has a strong history of sporting and academic success throughout recent years.[citation needed]

Charles Kingsford Smith during a visit to Cranbrook in 1928


Ordinal Headmaster Qualifications Years Education Other key positions held
1 Rev'd Frederick T. Perkins MA 1918–1932
2 Brigadier Iven G. Mackay BA HonLLD 1933–1939
3 Sir Brian W. Hone OBE BA(Hons) MA FACE 1940–1951
4 Gethyn Hewan MA MACE 1951–1963
5 Mark Bishop OBE BSc ARACI FACE 1963–1985
6 Dr Bruce N. Carter AM BA EdM EdD 1985–2000
7 Jeremy J. S. Madin BA(Hons) DipEd 2001–2012
8 Nicholas A. Sampson MA PGCE 2012–present


Cranbrook school is situated over two campuses; the Senior school (Years 7 to 12) are located on the main campus in suburban Bellevue Hill, while the Junior School, for students from Kindergarten to Year 6, is located in nearby Rose Bay.[10]

House systemEdit

Cranbrook has a system of houses from year seven to twelve. This system was created in order for boys to socialise better between different year groups, where senior boys would be acting as juniors' mentors within the house. There are currently ten day houses, with about 80 boys each. There are also two boarding houses with around 40 boys each.

Day housesEdit

The school has ten day boy houses:

Colour Name Year founded Named in honour of
     Chelmsford 1931 Lord Chelmsford, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Strickland 1931 Sir Gerald Strickland, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Davidson 1941 Sir Walter Davidson, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Northcott 1957 Sir John Northcott, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Wakehurst 1960 Lord Wakehurst, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Woodward 1969 Sir Eric Woodward, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Hone 1970 Sir Brian Hone (1940–1951), a former Headmaster
     Cutler 1980 Sir Roden Cutler, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Perkins 1994 Rev. Frederick Perkins (1918–1932), the founding Headmaster
     Harvey 2012 Sir John Musgrave Harvey (1918–1938), the founding School Council Chairman

Boarding housesEdit

Cranbrook has two boarding houses:

Colour Name Year founded Named in honour of
     Rawson 1931 Sir Harry Rawson, a former Governor of New South Wales
     Street 1957 Sir Kenneth Street, a previous President of School Council


Every year, the school community elects prefects from boys in Year 12 to serve the school and to enforce the daily routine. There are prefects, head of house prefects, a senior prefect (a duty that is shared between four prefects, each for one term) a second prefect and a head prefect.

Cranbrook Sports Pavilion was designed by John Horbury Hunt and is heritage-listed

Notable alumniEdit

Alumni of Cranbrook School are known as "Old Cranbrookians" and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the Old Cranbrookians' Association (OCA).[11] For a list of notable Old Cranbrookians', see List of Old Boys of Cranbrook School, Sydney. These ″Old Cranbrookians″ include such notable names as: Kerry Packer, David Gyngell, Gabriella Jabison (the costume designer), Hon. Tim Bruxner Olympic sprinter Steven Solomon, and Murray Rose.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Cranbrook School". Member Directory. International Girls' Schools Coalition. 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Cranbrook School". School Directory. SchoolSeek. 2008. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Publications. Cranbrook School. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Cranbrook School". Schools. Study in Australia. 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Cranbrook School". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  6. ^ "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. January 2008. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  7. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  8. ^ "International Members". HMC Schools. The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Combined Associated Schools". CAS. Cranbrook School. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Woollahra and Surrounds Schools Directory" (PDF). Woollahra Municipal Council. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  11. ^ "Old Cranbrookians'". About Us. Cranbrook School. Retrieved 28 January 2008.

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