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Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

Coordinates34°24′23″S 150°53′22″E / 34.40639°S 150.88944°E / -34.40639; 150.88944
Former nameWollongong High School
TypeGovernment-funded co-educational comprehensive and specialist secondary day school
MottoLatin: Age Quod Agis
(Whatever you do, do well)
Established1916; 108 years ago (1916)
School districtIllawarra
Educational authorityNew South Wales Department of Education
SpecialistPerforming arts
PrincipalPaul Ryan
Teaching staff86.0 FTE (2018)[1]
Enrolment1,188[1] (2018)
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Green, black and yellow

The Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive and specialist secondary day school with speciality in performing arts, located in Fairy Meadow, a suburb of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1916, the school enrolled approximately 1,190 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom five percent identified as Indigenous Australians and 25 per cent were from a language background other than English.[1] The school is operated by the NSW Department of Education.

Approximately one-third of students gain entry through auditions.[citation needed]


The school was established in 1916 in Smith Street Wollongong as Wollongong Home Science School, for girls only. At the time it was the only high school between Sydney and the Victorian border.[2]

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (July 2018)

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts, Fairy Meadow, NSW: School profile". My School. Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ Savage, Desiree (2 December 2016). "Happy 100th birthday Wollongong High School". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Savage, Desiree (11 December 2016). "Notable pupils from Wollongong High's 1000 year history". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
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