North Shore Catholic Secondary School Guide

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Wondering where to send your child for secondary school? Whether you’re looking for co-ed or a single sex Catholic School, there are options across Sydney’s North Shore. Take a look at the quicklinks below to help find out more about the school ethos, extra-curricular activities, travel options and fees. 

View North Shore Catholic Primary School Guide

View North Shore Independent School Guide


Loreto Kirribilli

About Loreto Kirribilli

Loreto Kirribilli is an independent Catholic school for girls from K-12 directed by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), also known as the Loreto Sisters.

The Loreto Kirribilli tradition combines a strong program of religious education and pastoral care, excellent academic outcomes and a wide choice of co-curricular activities supported by talented and experienced staff and an up-to-date, fully equipped campus offering a Catholic education which liberates, empowers and motivates students to use their gifts with confidence, creativity and generosity.

Loreto Kirribilli works to develop learners who are collaborative, creative, critical thinkers with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, who communicate effectively and meet the challenges and opportunities that await them.

  • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 12
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered: Loreto Kirribilli offers a range of extra-curricular activities to students, such as:
    • Robotics, Debating, Public Speaking and Mock Trial
    • Social Justice groups
    • Groups and competitions for academic enrichment
    • Sporting teams and competitions such as Athletics, Dance, Hockey, Netball, Taekwondo, Tennis, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Rowing, Softball, Snowsports, Swimming, Touch Football and Volleyball
    • Music lessons and Ensembles
    • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
    • Art and Photography groups
    • Inter House Competitions including the Music Festival
    • Snowsports Camp for Years 8-11
  • Notable Alumni: Eliza Scanlen (’16), Katerina Kimmorley (’04), Grace Brennan (’01), Caroline Meldrum-Hanna (’99), Rachel Grimes (’85), Frances Rush OAM (’79) Justice Julia Lonergan (’78), Helen Dalley, (’74) Clover Moore (’60).
  • Transport Options:Loreto Kirribilli is extremely well connected and easy to access being centrally located close to bus, rail and ferry networks.
  • Scholarships: n/a
  • Fees: $16,425 (K-2) – $23,940 (Year 10-12). View fee schedule.

Loreto Kirribilli Open Days & Tours

  • School Tours: please contact the school to arrange a private tour

    Contact Loreto Kirribilli


    Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood

    About Mercy Catholic College

    Mercy Catholic College is a Catholic secondary school for girls, Years 7 to 12, located in the heart of Chatswood.

    Mercy offers a variety of educational programs designed and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of their students. Great emphasis is placed on academic achievement and the promotion of excellence. The College offers a broad based curriculum that provides students with a range of options and courses in core subjects and a number of vocational based alternatives and life skills courses.

    Their team of highly qualified and professional teachers provide students with exciting learning experiences that cater for all learners.

    • Ages: Year 7 – Year 12
    • Gender: Girls
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • Sport – Netball, Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, Rugby, Swimming. Pathways also offered for the following representative sports Softball, Basketball, Touch, Swimming, Soccer, Cross Country, Netball, Athletics, Surfing/Bodyboarding, Golf, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Baseball, Biathlon (invitation only) and Surf Life Saving.
      • Creative Arts – Dance, Drama, Music and choral Programs
      • Maths Club, Homework and Study Club, Book Club, Walking Club, Boot Camp, Mercy Action Group, Debating and Public Speaking, Duke of Edinburgh Program
    • Transport Options: Mercy Catholic College is located conveniently in the heart of Chatswood close to all major transport hubs.
    • Fees: $6,869 (Year 7) – $7,536 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

    Mercy Catholic College Open Days & Tours

    • School Tours: please contact the school to arrange a private tour

    Contact Mercy Catholic College

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    St Pius X College, Chatswood

    About St Pius X College 

    St Pius X College Chatswood is a leading non-selective Catholic Boys School in the Edmund Rice tradition, dedicated to educating young men to be the best they can. At the heart of the College is a vibrant and inclusive community working together to support every student on their journey to becoming confident, capable and respectful young men.

    • Ages: Year 5 – Year 12
    • Gender: Boys
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • Junior School: Athletics, Basketball , Cricket, Cross country, Rugby ,Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Chess Club, Debating, Maths Club, Robotics, Performing Arts, Music and Dance.
      • Senior School: Athletics,Chess, Basketball, Da Vinci Decathlon, Cricket, Debating, Rugby, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Football, Mock Trial, Squash, Outdoor Ed, Performing Arts (Music and Drama), Swimming, Public Speaking, Tennis, Squash, Robotics, Coding, Boxercise and Social Justice Programs.
    • Transport Options: St Pius X College is located conveniently in the heart of Chatswood close to all major transport hubs. The College’s playing fields are located at Oxford Falls a 20 minute bus ride from the main Chatswood Campus.
    • Scholarships:
      • Academic Scholarships consist of 6 scholarships awarded annually by the Principal for academic excellence across the various year groups and one scholarship awarded annually via application for contribution to College life and being likely to enter a trade.
      • Equity Scholarships consist of three types of scholarships awarded annually via application on the basis of financial hardship.
      • Enrichment Scholarships consist of four types of scholarships awarded annually on the basis of enrichment of College life.
      • There are also two special purpose grants awarded to applicants on a needs basis to represent the College in co-curricular tours and events.
      • Scholarship details
    • Fees: $8,248 (Year 5) – $9,644 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

    St Pius X College Open Days & Tours

    • School Tours: please contact the school to arrange a private tour

    Contact St Pius X College


    St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga

    About St Leo’s Catholic College

    St Leo’s Catholic College is a secondary Catholic school and is located on six hectares in the North Shore leafy suburb of Wahroonga. It is the only co-educational Catholic secondary school on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. St Leo’s is a caring, inclusive community renowned for pastoral care, with a strong emphasis on knowing each student and growing their unique potential. With an innovative learning environment, consistently strong academic results, a personalised approach and a wide range of co-curricular offerings, St Leo’s aims to help students find their passion and develop their talents so that they can shape and change the world for the better.

    A newly completed $25 million campus upgrade includes a state-of-the-art centre for Creative and Performing Arts, Technology and Hospitality with drama and dance theatre, art gallery and studios, specialty music rooms, two commercial grade kitchens and TAS workshops, adding to the new resource centre, refurbished Chapel and outdoor spaces. Together with the introduction of a new uniform, unique Pathways Program to assist students transition from school and a custom online learning platform with online portfolios for all students, St Leo’s is forging a new path in Catholic education.

    • Ages: Year 7 – Year 12
    • Gender: Co-ed
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • Sport: ‘Sport for Life’ program for all students and a range of representative opportunities available in a variety of sports.
      • CAPA: Currently 14 different co-curricular ensembles and programs across music, art, drama and dance as well as regular concerts/performances and an annual musical/drama production.
      • Other: Pathways Program; Debating and Public Speaking; Outdoor Education, Retreat and Peer Support Programs; Community Tutoring Program; VEX Robotics; Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; Environmental Group; sports and games clubs; global sporting and immersion experiences; a broad social justice program and more.
    • Transport Options:
      • Train: Located walking distance to Wahroonga and Waitara stations.
      • Bus: Public bus options available.
    • Scholarships: No
    • Fees: $7,231 (Year 7) – $7,426 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

    St Leo’s Catholic College Open Days & Tours

    • School Tours: please contact the school to arrange a private tour

    Contact St Leo’s Catholic College

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    Loreto Normanhurst

    About Loreto Normanhurst

    Loreto Normanhurst is a leading Catholic, independent day and boarding secondary school for girls from Years 5-12, with boarding from Years 7-12, mainly from country NSW and the Sydney basin. Loreto’s unique and robust Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) focuses on the development of students in a holistic sense, utilising the key areas of Faith, Academic, Community and Extra-curricular (FACE) to focus on individual student growth.

    A Loreto Normanhurst education assists students to be young women who are passionate about learning, compassionate to others and have a strong sense of faith and social direction to achieve their personal best. Loreto aims to encourage our students to be lifelong learners who are curious and critical thinkers with a broad vision for the future.

    • Ages: Year 5 – Year 12
    • Gender: Girls
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Boarding: Yes
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • Creative: Music, Drama, Debating, Public Speaking
      • Sport: Football, Netball, Hockey, Softball, Tennis, AFL, Rugby 7’s, Badminton, Triathlon, Rowing, Basketball, Equestrian, Snow Sports, Touch Football, Water Polo, Cricket, Flippa Ball (primary), Cheerleading, Duke of Ed, Gymnastics, Jumps, Pilates, Fitness, Dance, Taekwondo, Swimming
      • Overseas Tours
      • Future Problem Solving
      • Clubs: Ecology Club, Kitchen Garden Club, Maths Olympiad, Maths Games Club, Robotics, Social Justice Club, Tech Angels, Audio Visual Student Team, Chess & Strategic Games, Coding Club, Photography Club, Science Club, Student Alliance Networking Group (Years 9 – 11), Student Newspaper: The Mary Word, Tech Hub, Visual Arts Open Studio, Global Issues Booklet Program
    • Transport Options:
      • Train: Normanhurst Railway Station about 400m from the school with an overhead walkway over Pennant Hills Road
      • Private Bus: Private bus services Mosman/North Shore, Northern Beaches, Lane Cove/North Ryde, The Hills District, Drummoyne/Gladesville, Arcadia.
      • Bus: The Government M60 Service also has a stop on Pennant Hills Road directly at the school gate.
      • Internal Drop-off/Pickup zone inside the school grounds for both public and private bus services.
    • Scholarships: Boarding Scholarship/Bursary. Apply via the Loreto website in September/October
    • Notable Alumni: Catherine Livingstone AO, Kate Eastman SC, Judge Kate Traill, Elise McCann, Honourable Clare Martin AM, Victoria Pendergast, Ellen Roberts, Jessica McNamee
    • Fees: $19,253 (Year 5) – $26,664 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

    Loreto Normanhurst Open Days & Tours

    • School Tours: please contact the school to arrange a private tour

    Contact Loreto Normanhurst


    Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills

    About Mount St Benedict College

    Mount St Benedict College is a Catholic Secondary School in Pennant Hills. It was founded by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in the Order of St Benedict in 1966 and celebrates fifty-four years of educating young women in the spirit of Benedictine and Good Samaritan tradition.

    Learning experiences at Mount St Benedict College are developed in response to the diverse needs of our students, leading to a wide range of opportunities which meet the needs of individual students.

    As an academically non-selective school, in the 2019 HSC, the College was ranked as the 13th best performing Catholic school in NSW and 74th overall in NSW.

    ‘Bennies’ girls are able to develop their talents and become articulate, confident and compassionate young women, equipped to transform our world.

    • Ages: Year 7 – Year 12
    • Gender: Girls
    • Religion: Independent Catholic
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • Academy of Dance: Contemporary/Lyrical (College-based and Representative), Jazz (College-based and Representative), Hip Hop, Ballet, Strength and Conditioning
      • Academy of Excellence – Coding Club, CSDA Debating, Da Vinci Club and Decathlon, Duke of Edinburgh Program, Public Speaking (CSDA and Rostrum Voice of Youth), STEM Club
      • Academy of Music – Individual Music Peripatetic Tuition, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Clarinet Choir, College Choir, Concert Band, Flute Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Orchestra, Saxophone Ensemble, String Ensemble
      • Academy of Sport: Athletics, AFL, Basketball, Cross Country, Cricket, Diving, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Soccer, Softball, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, 
        Tennis, Touch Football, Triathlon, Water Polo
      • General: Learning Tours and Immersion Programs (domestic and overseas), Bennies Book Club, College Musical, Games Club, Tech Crew, Theatresports
    • Notable Alumni: Liane Moriarty, Jana Pittman, Julia Calixto
    • Transport Options:
      • Train: Northern Line (Pennant Hills or Beecroft station). Walk approximately 10 minutes, or bus from Pennant Hills
      • Private Bus: In 2021 Mount St Benedict College will be launching a private bus service that services the North Shore region with a fixed price per term for return school travel.
      • Public Bus: Well serviced by public buses which drop and pick up students in Beecroft Road
    • Scholarships: Two Scholarships are offered to incoming students in Year 7. To be eligible for the Scholarships, students must already have a confirmed enrolment position. Application requires students to register for and sit an ACER examination in the year prior to entry.
      • The Sister Mary Hyacinth Roche Scholarship: This Scholarship will be offered to an incoming Year 7 student who is the daughter and/or granddaughter of an ex-student. The Scholarship will cover tuition fees for a six-year period from Year 7-12.
      • The Sister Christopher Burrows Scholarship: This is a general academic scholarship offered to an incoming Year 7 student. The Scholarship will cover tuition fees for a six-year period from Year 7 to Year 12.

    Fees: $13,600 (Year 7-12). View fee schedule.

    Mount St Benedict College Open Days & Tours

    • School Tours: please contact the school to arrange a private tour

    Contact Mount St Benedict College


    View North Shore Catholic Primary School Guide

    View North Shore Independent School Guide

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