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North Shore School Guide: Private Girls’ Schools

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Looking for Private Girls’ School on the North Shore for your child? Choosing a school for your child is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as a parent. No pressure, right? To help you with this big decision, we’ve compiled a North Shore Private Girls’ School Guide, which showcases a range of local schools.

North Shore Private Girls’ Schools

Find out more about many of the private girls’ schools that we have on Sydney’s North Shore. Click on the links below to get all the details:

North Shore Private Co-ed School Guide

North Shore Private Boys’ School Guide

North Shore Catholic Primary School Guide

North Shore Montessori & Steiner School Guide

North Shore Public School Guide

Pymble Ladies’ College

About Pymble Ladies’ College

We don’t just dream – we do. Pymble Ladies’ College girls bring passion and purpose into everything they do. They are change makers in the classroom, in their community, and in the world. ‘Watch Us Change the World’ is their statement of intent. It exists to instill courage in their young women to create the future they want to see for themselves. Since 1916, a Pymble education has equipped girls with the tools to achieve those dreams, while shaping them as influential and compassionate women. Girls at Pymble Ladies’ College are nurtured to be inquisitive, courageous, and determined, so they can make a difference that will positively change the world.

Their campus sits on 50 acres of beautiful park-like grounds on Sydney’s upper North Shore. Pymble Ladies’ College is a non-selective, independent school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12, with Boarding available from Year 7.

The opportunities – both curricular and co-curricular – ensure Pymble girls have every chance to achieve the ambitions, they set for themselves. Pymble has been marked with excellence throughout its 104-year history. The College has gained a reputation for offering an extraordinary, well-rounded education and co-curricular programs. The College has both outstanding teachers and world-class facilities.

The College’s new Strategic Direction 2021-2030 is an exciting new chapter in the life of the school and focuses on developing the whole student in all areas of her life, focusing on four key intelligences: academic, social, emotional and digital, supported by the College values: Care, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility and delivered through the lenses of Pymble Courage, influencing the mind, body and soul.

  • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 12
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religion: Uniting Church
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Co-curricular offered: Pymble Ladies’ College believes in a balanced educational experience. In supporting the academic curriculum, the co-curricular program provides a platform on which students grow into healthy, capable and confident adults. The wide range of programs allows students a pathway to develop their talent and skills in a safe, informative and friendly environment. Find out more.
  • Notable Alumni: Ellyse Perry, Melissa Doyle, Dame Joan Hammond, Jacqueline McKenzie, Elizabeth Evatt, Edwina Tops-Alexander
  • Transport Options:
    • Train: 5-minute walk from Pymble train station
    • Private Bus: There are five dedicated bus services (Hunters Hill, Lower North Shore, North West, Northern Beaches, Lower Northern Beaches). Find out more.
  • Scholarships: Pymble offers a number of scholarships each year to girls entering Years 7 to 11.
    • Junior Academic Scholarship (Year 7)
    • Performance Scholarship – Music (Year 7)
    • Performance Scholarship – Sport (Years 7 to 11)
    • All-rounder Scholarship (Years 7 to 11)
    • Boarding Scholarships (Years 7 to 11)
    • Senior Academic Scholarship (Year 11)
    • Ex-Students’ Union Scholarship (Year 11)
    • Indigenous Scholarship (Years 7 to 11)
    • Barbara Mary Nippress Memorial Scholarship (Years 7 to 10)
      Pymble Ladies’ College Scholarship details
  • Fees: $22,578 (Kindergarten) to $34,251 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

Pymble Ladies’ College Open Days & Tours

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions they are limiting visitors on-site. Should you wish to visit the College, please register your details and they will contact you when they can welcome you to the College.

Contact Pymble Ladies’ College

Ravenswood School for Girls

About Ravenswood

Ravenswood is a Prep to Year 12 private girls’ school, which aims to equip and inspire girls to participate in and contribute to our evolving global society. Established in 1901, Ravenswood is one of Australia’s leading independent girls’ schools, offering a broad-based curriculum with a strong academic focus.

  • Ages: Prep/Preschool – Year 12
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religion: Uniting Church
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered: Athletics (Track & Field), Australian Rules Football, Alpine Sports, Badminton, Cross Country Running, Debating, Diving, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Hockey (field), Netball, Oztag, Rugby Union, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football, Triathlon, Volleyball
  • Notable Alumni: Christine Morgan (CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison), Julia Baird, Australian journalist, broadcaster and writer.
  • Transport Options:
    • Private bus: Ravenswood offers bus routes servicing Avalon, Freshwater/Narrabeen, Brookvale/Seaforth, Mosman/Castle Cove, Longueville/Hunters Hill, Bella Vista/Hills District.
    • Train: Gordon station is a 5 minute walk
  • Scholarships: Ravenswood scholarships are conducted by Academic Assessment Services. All scholarship candidates are required to take the Scholarship Examination, conducted at Ravenswood. The scholarships offered by Ravenswood are: Academic Scholarships, Music Scholarships, Kim Buchan All Rounder Scholarship, The Margaret Donaldson Scholarship, Ravenswood Alumni Scholarship, The Rural Residential Scholarship. For Ravenswood Scholarships enquiries, please contact [email protected]. Please note that scholarships for 2022 are now closed.
  • Fees: $20,870 – $34, 550 (Year 7 – Year 12).

Ravenswood Open Days & Tours

  • Virtual Tour: To book a private Zoom tour, contact the Enrolments Team

Contact Ravenswood

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Brigidine College St Ives

About Brigidine College St Ives

As a non-selective Catholic Independent School, Brigidine College proudly caters for girls of all abilities and talents. Framed by their motto, Fortiter et Suaviter, Strength and Gentleness, a Brigidine education combines the spiritual, academic, physical and cultural dimensions of learning. They encourage all girls to challenge themselves and realise their potential. They believe, now more than ever, that education is more than an academic result.

Their College has an optimum size of 900 girls from Year 7 to Year 12, which is small enough to know all their girls yet large enough to offer a broad range of curriculum and co-curricular endeavours. The College offers 35 courses for the HSC and a vast choice of co-curricular activities, ensuring that all girls find their passion for learning.

  • Ages:  Year 7 – Year 12
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered:
    • IGSSA and BBSSSA sport, dance and eisteddfod teams.
    • Music and vocal ensembles, musical production, Girls in Black.
    • SDA debating, Mock Trial, Tournament of Minds, DaVinci Decathlon, AHIGS Festival of Speech.
    • Duke of Edinburgh, STEM programs and robotics, social justice.
  • Notable Alumni: Annette Andre (Actress – star of 1960s cult British series, Randall and Hopkirk), Bella Ferraro (X Factor 2012), Lisa Hensley (actress), Sarah Stephens (model), Alex Hope (songwriter), Cxloe (singer), Joanna Oud (model), Tash Palmer (musician)
  • Transport Options:
    • Public Bus & Train: Public buses provide transfers for students between Brigidine College and the North Shore rail line, the Northern Beaches, West Ryde and the Forest areas.
    • Private Bus: The College private bus service offers three services to and from Avalon, Cromer/Collaroy & North Balgowlah/Seaforth.
  • Scholarships: Brigidine College offers scholarships for students whose gifts have the capacity to add value to the College and are aligned with the College spirit and ethos. Two scholarships are offered per year for Year 7 entry. Scholarship applications close February in the year prior to entry. See the College website for details.
  • Fees: $19, 570 (Year 7 – Year 12).

Brigidine College St Ives Open Days & Tours

  • School Tours: A virtual College Tour is available via their website. The YouTour experience is a wonderful way to see the College facilities and girls in action from the comfort of your home. Their College Open Day is usually held in the first half of the year and College Tours are available to book via the College website.

Contact Brigidine College St Ives

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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. In 2021, the Mercy community welcomes Mrs Brenda Timp as their new college principal.

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

  • Open Day: Sunday 7 March, 11am-2pm. 

Contact Mercy 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 holistic Loreto education places equal emphasis on learning and on building relationships in a caring community. Our unique and robust Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) motivates our students to be life-long learners and critical thinkers dedicated to all areas of our FACE Curriculum – Faith, Academic, Community and Extra-curricular. Guided by an active faith, we prioritise social justice and encourage students to take action as informed, loving and responsible servant leaders in their communities.

  • 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. Apply via the Loreto website
  • Notable Alumni: Catherine Livingstone AO, Kate Eastman SC, Judge Kate Traill, Elise McCann, Honourable Clare Martin AM, Victoria Pendergast, Ellen Roberts, Jessica McNamee
  • Fees: $19,260 (Year 5) – $27,318 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

Loreto Normanhurst Open Days & Tours

Contact Loreto Normanhurst

Loreto Kirribilli

Loreto Kirribilli, private girls catholic school north shore

About Loreto Kirribilli

Loreto Kirribilli is an independent Catholic girls’ school 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: $17,655 (K-2) – $25,725 (Year 10-12). View fee schedule.

Loreto Kirribilli Open Days & Tours

  • On-site School Tours:
    • Thursday 25 February 2021, 10am
    • Wednesday 21 April 2021, 10am
    • Tuesday 27 July 2021, 10am
    • Wednesday 13 October 2021, 10am
  • Virtual School Tours
    • Wednesday 24 March 2021, 10am
    • Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10am
    • Wednesday 11 August 2021, 10am
    • Tuesday 16 November 2021, 10am

Contact Loreto Kirribilli

Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney

About Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College has been educating and caring for young women for over 145 years, continuing a tradition of excellence in Catholic education in the way of their founders, the Sisters of Mercy North Sydney. Their Mercy values guide our teaching and learning culture and inform their student immersion programs and social justice initiatives. They believe a single-sex education enables young women to thrive in every realm, by encouraging them to be critical thinkers, problem-solvers and leaders of the future.

They follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme as the framework to deliver the NSW curriculum in Years 7-10. In Years 11 and 12 they offer a dual-based curriculum; the Higher School Certificate and IB Diploma Programme, as pathways to academic excellence.

  • Ages: Year 7 – 12
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered: Whole School & Middle School Musical Productions, Cultural Exchange & Immersion Programs, Literary Club & Student-Led Publication, Green Team Environmental Group, Biamunga Indigenous Group, Debating & Public Speaking, Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award, Art After Hours Program, 22 Sports & Activities, Da Vinci Decathlon, Music Academy, Drama Club, Chess Club, Industry Partnerships, Mercy Action Group, Music Ensembles, Theatresports, Mock Trial, AV Club
  • Scholarships:
    • Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College awards a Scholarship for entry at Year 7.  The College participates in the ACER Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP). Applications are open to all students due to start Year 7 in the relevant year group.
    • A Senior School Scholarship is also offered for entry at Year 10 or Year 11 for students not currently enrolled at the College. The Scholarship covers tuition fees for Years 10 and/or 11 and 12. Applications open in May of the year prior to the commencement of the Scholarship.
  • Fees:  $21,220 (Year 7) to $23,640 (Year 12).

Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College Open Days & Tours

  • Open Day: Sunday 7 March 2021.
  • School Tours:
    • Tuesday 1 June – Virtual College Information Morning and Tour
    • Tuesday 7 September – Virtual College Information Morning and Tour
    • Tuesday 9 November – Virtual College Information Morning and Tour

Contact Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College

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Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills

About Mount St Benedict College

Mount St Benedict College is a leading Catholic, independent, girls high school in the Good Samaritan tradition, offering holistic education based on Benedictine values of Pax, Hospitality and Stewardship. Mount St Benedict College strives to ensure girls learn at their best, have strong connections, feel valued, respected and known, and their learning is relevant and interesting.

Centrally located in Pennant Hills, the College has well-equipped learning spaces and facilities. The Hildegard Centre for Creative and Performing Arts was recently opened with high-quality learning and performing spaces with industry-standard technology featuring a performing arts space with full stage production facilities, music classrooms and tuition rooms and drama – dance – art studios.

  • Ages:  Year 7 – Year 12
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Boarding: No
  • Extracurricular activities offered:
    • Creative & Performing Arts Academy (incorporating Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
    • Debating & Public Speaking Academy
    • Outdoor Education Academy
    • Sport Academy
    • Technology & Innovation Academy
    • Global Enrichment Program
  • Notable Alumni: Julia Calixto (Journalist/Media), Catherine Cox (Australian Netballer and Media Personality), Mary Jerram (Former NSW State Coroner), Liane Moriarty (Author), Jaclyn Moriarty (Lawyer and Author), Jana Pitman (Athlete and Doctor)
  • Transport Options:
    • Private Bus: located in Pennant Hills, the College launched a private bus service at the beginning of 2021, providing a direct transport option for families living on the North Shore.
  • Scholarships:
    • 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. More info.
    • 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. In the spirit of Sister Mary Hyacinth Roche’s leadership, the successful applicant will be the student who best demonstrates to the Selection Committee evidence of their sense of community, discipline and commitment in their endeavours. More info.
  • Fees: $14, 144 (Year 7) to $14, 144 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

Mount St Benedict College Open Days & Tours

Contact Mount St Benedict College

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More North Shore Girls’ Schools

Queenwood SchoolMosman
Roseville Ladies CollegeRoseville
Tangara School For GirlsCherrybrook
WenonaNorth Sydney


North Shore Private Co-ed School Guide

North Shore Private Boys’ School Guide

North Shore Catholic Primary School Guide

North Shore Montessori & Steiner School Guide

North Shore Public School Guide

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