School begins at the start of the calendar year and there are 4 terms in each academic year. 


Term 1 30 January - 13 April* Term 3 24 July - 28 September
Term 2 01 May - 06 July Term 4 15 October - 21 December

* Western division schools start Friday 5 February 2018



Term 1 30 January -  12 April* Term 3 23 July - 27 September
Term 2 30 April - 5 July Term 4 14 October - 20 December

* Western division schools start Tuesday 5 February 2019

School enrolment dates:

  • Primary school students can enrol from term 1 to term 4
  • High school students in years 7-10 can enrol from term 1 to term 4 
  • Study abroad program (SAP) students in year 11 can enrol in terms 1, 2 or 3
  • International student program (ISP) students in year 11 must enrol in term 1 or 2 - and complete terms 2 and 3 - before moving into term 4 (when final year school studies begin). 


NSW Public holidays



New Year's Day

1 January

1 January

Australia Day

26 January

28 January

Good Friday

30 March

19 April

Easter Monday

2 April

22 April


25 April

25 April

Queen's Birthday

11 June

10 June

Labour Day

1 October

7 October

Christmas Day

25 December

25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

26 December



School locations

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Study Abroad Brochure
School Profiles
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