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Ravenswood School for Girls
Ravenswood School for Girls is one of Australia’s leading independent girls’ schools. A Uniting Church, Prep to Year 12 Day multi-award-winning Positive Education and Wellbeing School that also offers Boarding from Year 7.
10 Henry Street
Sydney North
+61 2 9498 9898

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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A Uniting Church school for girls from pre-kindergarten to Year 12 with an award-winning Principal, a Positive Education approach and exceptional academic outcomes. Our 2021 and 2022 graduates have gained entry to Harvard University, the University of Oxford, Princeton, New York University, the University of Sydney, UNSW, the Imperial College London as well as the Royal College of Music. In the last two years, 7 students have received the highest possible ATAR of 99.95.

In 2023, 123 students sat the HSC and 43 sat the IB with the Class of 2023 achieving outstanding results. 

One IB student attained a perfect International Baccalaureate scores of 45 out of 45, placing them in the top 1% of IB students in the world. Furthermore, five other students achieved a score of 43 or 44, equivalent to an ATAR range of 99 to 99.45. Six students have achieved ATARs above 99 and 11 students were recognised on the HSC All-Round Achievers list.

As a Positive Education and Visible Wellbeing School, Ravenswood understands that wellbeing and academic success are inextricably linked. Principal Mrs Anne Johnstone is internationally recognised for her pioneering work in the field of Positive Education and youth wellbeing. She was the 2022 recipient of the Phyllis Evans Medal from the Teachers’ Guild of NSW, a prize that acknowledges a 'distinguished educator of great standing.' She received an Excellence Award for School Principal Of the Year at the 2022 Australian Education Awards and featured on both the 2022 and 2023 The Educator Hot List, which recognises educators who represent the cutting edge of educational excellence in Australia. She also was named one of Australia's Most Influential Educator by The Educator in 2023.

Anne is also Chair, and a founding board member of the  Positive Education in Schools Association (PESA) and a Board Member of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN).

Since 1901, Ravenswood School for Girls has embraced a strong tradition of educational excellence, developing young women of purpose who are empowered and inspired by the highest quality of teaching and learning experiences. We are guided by our Christian ethos and Guiding Principles of ExcellenceRespectCourageCompassion and Optimism.

Recognised as a leading school in the area of Positive Education, Ravenswood was the first school in New South Wales to adopt a Visible Wellbeing approach. Our girls often refer to the keen sense of belonging they experience and the warmth of the School’s atmosphere.

Ravenswood is located in Sydney’s picturesque and leafy upper North Shore, 15 kilometres from Sydney’s city centre and within five minutes walk of the main train line. Our girls enjoy beautiful, idyllic grounds and award-winning, world-class facilities. Their opportunities are broadened further by our relationship with our brother school, Knox Grammar School.

Ravenswood is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School that uses the framework of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in the Junior School and offers a choice between the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the IB Diploma in Years 11-12. It is the only school on the Upper North Shore that offers the flexibility of both the HSC and IB Diploma.

Complementing our curriculum, Positive Education offers a range of evidence-based approaches from the field of Positive Psychology that promote wellbeing. These are delivered through interventions, programs and practices that actively cultivate the dispositions of optimism, resilience, grit and compassion for others, as well as the importance of strengths-based language in our daily interactions.

Our Visible Wellbeing approach and Wellbeing Program form a multi-layered system of support and guidance provided by highly qualified and experienced educators including Class Teachers, Mentor Teachers, Year Coordinators, Stage Assistant Coordinators, Head of Senior School, Deputy Principal – Boarding, Wellbeing and Development, and the Head of Positive Education. The School Chaplain, Psychologists, Learning Enrichment team, our therapy dog Daisy, and the Health Care Unit are also available to our girls for support, guidance and advice.

Our Global Experience and Social Justice Programs provide inter-cultural and service learning through overseas and interstate educational visits, study of languages and exchange programs.

Ravenswood’s sport for all philosophy delivers opportunities for every girl, promoting both inclusiveness and the physical and mental wellbeing aspects of sport.

The Ravenswood Learning Framework is underpinned by the recognition that each student is a unique learner. It promotes a culture of inquiry and collaboration, nurturing students to excel.
A vibrant and multi-faceted curriculum, combined with an extensive range of learning opportunities and enrichment programs, allows our girls to pursue their individual interests and extend their talents.
Ravenswood has a proud tradition of academic excellence with girls consistently achieving outstanding results in the NSW Higher School Certificate and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Ravenswood graduates gain entry to many prestigious Australian and international university courses.
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International Exchange
Creative Arts
Student Health and Wellbeing
Gifted and Talented Community
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) 

Ravenswood boarding opened in 1935, catering to girls from wider Sydney, country NSW, interstate and overseas. Ravenswood has received the 2022 Excellence Award for Best Boarding School (2022 Australian Education Awards).

The Ravenswood Residential College (RRC) is a home away from home, providing a safe and caring 'boutique' environment for up to 50 students in Years 7–12. College staff are trained in Ravenswood’s award-winning Positive Education and Visible Wellbeing approach, ensuring the girls develop strong and meaningful relationships, in a family-like atmosphere.

The Ravenswood Residential College is also a first-class learning and living experience, with academic support and an endless choice of co-curricular activities. Staff in the College nurture a passion for learning and include a network of illustrious Ravenswood alumni, who serve as nightly tutors.

Ravenswood's Guiding Principles provide the framework that guide our day-to–day behaviours as a school community. The Guiding Principles are collectively embraced, and consistently applied in all that we do as individuals, and as a school.
We are fair minded in our thinking and actions and foster acceptance, tolerance and understanding. We are not afraid of what we do not know, and acknowledge and celebrate diversity.


We have courage of conviction, confidence to ask the hard questions, to be inquiring of the world and act independently with resilience in the face of adversity.

We value excellence and the fulfilment of our potential in study and play, individually and in teams, at school and in our community, and in local, national and international contexts.

We are giving of our time and our energy, our emotions and friendships, and we foster caring thoughtful relationships.
Ravenswood is a Uniting Church School dedicated to excellence in education for girls and the realisation of each student’s potential, providing a balanced curriculum encompassing spiritual, academic, cultural, physical and practical areas of learning.

Ravenswood is wholeheartedly committed to the best in education for girls. The school is devoted to the pursuit of academic excellence. Each girl is valued for her unique capacity to contribute to the life of the school. A sense of self-worth is encouraged, by providing an atmosphere in which every girl may reach her individual potential, choosing from the many areas of learning and endeavour which the wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities provide.

The Ravenswood family is a Christian community in which members are able to contribute in an atmosphere of mutual care, respect and encouragement. A willingness to accept responsibility is fostered, and both leadership and participation skills are developed through active involvement in all aspects of school life. Girls are provided with the foundation for lifelong learning.

The School Motto — semper ad meliora - always towards better things, affirms the School Philosophy for all members of the school community.
Ravenswood is dedicated to excellence in education for girls and the realisation of each child’s potential, providing a balanced curriculum encompassing spiritual, academic, cultural, physical and practical areas of learning.


The school is five minutes walk from Gordon Railway Station and Bus Interchange. Gordon Railway Station is on the North Shore line; five stops from Hornsby, providing access to the Central Coast and Epping Line and four stops from Chatswood, providing access to the City and Epping Line.

Ravenswood also offers a private bus service that provides safe and convenient transport of Junior School and Senior School Ravenswood girls to and from school. The service offers six routes with pickup and drop-off at the School gates, fixed timetables and routes, fully air-conditioned modern buses, and a mobile app to track the location of the bus.

Regular public bus services also operate from Gordon to St Ives, West Pymble, West Gordon, East Killara, Macquarie and the Northern Beaches.

Free Travel Passes are available for train, bus and ferry travel for Ravenswood students to and from home. There are conditions for different aged students

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Rachel Halliday Shand, Class of 2021

Rachel received a University of Sydney Chancellors Award Scholarship and now studies Arts Law. She dreams of working to address Indigenous incarceration rates or in European diplomacy with a focus on France. As a 2021 Community and Wellbeing Prefect, she contributed to causes such as Days for Girls and the Reconciliation Action Group. Rachel is grateful to Ravenswood's teachers, 'particularly the English Department because it is absolutely amazing.'

Laura Zhang, Class of 2021

Laura, IB Dux, was School Debating, Public Speaking and Voice Captain, and a Cadet. She was selected for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program and the United States Pioneer Academics Research Program, won Best Speaker Award at the Space Design Competition, reached the State Finals of the Evatt Trophy Competition, won the Senior Bic Art Award and the 2020 Gail Kelly Making a Difference Leadership Award. She is now studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

Michelle Bulin, Class of 2021

Michelle was School Vice Captain and is now is studying Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University. Michelle won the Chicago University Social Innovation Challenge, was selected for the New York Academy of Sciences program and was a member of the debating team and Secondary School Dance Company Blue Jazz. Her career goal is to run her own lab. ‘I want to work in inherited diseases and down the track, become a professor to pass on my knowledge.’

Phoebe Xu, Class of 2022

Zhen (Phoebe) Xu, a Ravenswood Music Scholarship holder, is a very talented oboe player who has won numerous music prizes throughout her schooling. She received the Barbara Robinson Award from the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra and was awarded first place in the senior section of the Australasian Double Reed Society National Conference in 2019. Phoebe also received the Players Award at the 2021 NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition.

Phoebe has been selected for the HSC Music Showcase ENCORE and has been accepted into the esteemed Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She intends to pursue her career either in music and play in a professional orchestra, hopefully in Europe to expand her horizons, or in science.

Jasmine Petty, Class of 2022

Year 12 student and IB Dux Jasmine Petty was Ravenswood School Vice-Captain in 2022. She has achieved a perfect IB score of 45 (ATAR equivalent of  99.95). This places her in the top 1% of IB students in the world. During her time at Ravenswood, Jasmine has won a number of academic and co-curricular awards including placing second for Interpretative Reading at the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship (2022) and winning the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition (Chinese speaking competition for non-native Chinese speakers) in 2021 – awarded Oceania Champion. Jasmine aspires to work in creative industries or film production, writing scripts for film and television in the USA or China. 

Kayleigh Li, Class of 2022

School Debating Public Speaking and Voice CaptainKayleigh Li received a perfect IB score of 45, equivalent to an ATAR of 99.95. She is passionate about making her voice heard. She is a World Champion, winning the Interpretative Reading category at the 2022 World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. Kayleigh hopes to study Law internationally. The achievement Kayleigh is the proudest of during her time at Ravenswood is the time she has dedicated to a range of social justice initiatives beyond the school gates which allowed her to volunteer and give back to the community. 

Maria Yang, Class of 2022

Maria Yang achieved a perfect ATAR of 99.95, and made it to the HSC All Round Acheivers List this year. She also received a Proficiency Prize and the Reuben F Scarf Award for Commitment, which acknowledges a Year 12 student’s ability to apply herself and work steadfastly towards her goals

Passionate about economics, her dream job would be to work for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) – she finds fascinating the influence that the RBA has on Australia’s economy. As a Ravenswood student, Maria loved the environment that the School had created, as well as its holistic approach that focuses on nurturing the students and their wellbeing, which she said really made her feel cared for.





Anne Johnstone BA, LLB (Hons), GradDipEd, MAPP (UPenn), CF, MACEBA, LLB (Hons), GradDipEd, MAPP (UPenn), CF, MACEPhD Candidate (Uni Melb), Chair Positive Education Schools Association (PESA), Deputy Chair International Positive Education Network (IPEN)

Mrs Anne Johnstone is Ravenswood’s tenth Principal and commenced in January 2016. Anne is also Chair, and a founding board member of the  Positive Education in Schools Association (PESA) and a Board Member of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN). In 2023 Anne was also been appointed to the role of Chair of the Excellence in Leadership and Teaching Council for the Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AISNSW). 

Anne was selected for the Most Influential Educators 2023 List by The Educator, July 2023. The Educator obtained details of achievements and contributions to the education profession, with nominees evaluated based on the overall impact of their contributions.

In 2022 Anne received recognition on The Educator Hot List 2022, an annual accolade now in its eighth year. This prestigious list celebrates educators who embody the forefront of educational excellence in Australia.

Additionally last year, the Teachers' Guild of NSW awarded Anne the 2022 Phyllis Evans Medal, a prize that acknowledges a 'distinguished educator of great standing.' It is the second time that Anne has been recognised by the Guild. Early in her career, she received a Teachers' Guild of NSW Award for Excellence in Teaching. Anne was also honoured with an Excellence Award for Principal Of The Year in the Australian Education Awards.

Anne is also the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship during which she explored strategies to foster resilience in learning while based at Cambridge University in England. 

In 2019, Anne was the only woman among five international educational leaders, acknowledged for her ‘pioneering work, contribution and internationally-recognised leadership in the field of Positive Education,’ at the Positive Education Global Summit in Philadelphia.

In 2018, she received the prestigious Australian Speech and Communication Association Award for Excellence.

Anne is currently undertaking a PhD in Education through the University of Melbourne and holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the ivy league University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), as well as a Graduate Diploma of Education.  

She completed the thesis for her master’s degree under the supervision of the founder of Positive Psychology, Professor Martin Seligman. Anne’s research was recognised by the University of Pennsylvania as a Distinguished Capstone.  Anne is currently completing her PhD in Education through the University of Melbourne. The focus of her doctoral research is on helping young people to develop a mindset that promotes wellbeing.

Before her appointment as Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls, Anne was Principal of Seymour College in Adelaide. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Headmistress, Head of Senior School and Head of Junior School, and an English and History teacher at St Catherine’s School in Sydney.  

Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Anne practised as a lawyer for four years, specialising in commercial litigation. An internationally sought-after speaker and presenter, Anne is passionate about helping young people fulfil their potential and flourish in all aspects of their lives.

The Ravenswood school community is comprised of girls from local, national, and global communities covering a diverse range of nationalities. We welcome and celebrate the diverse cultures at Ravenswood and the significant contribution each girl brings to the life of the school. 

Ravenswood has also established partnerships with a number of overseas schools in Asia, Europe, Canada, the USA, and New Zealand, providing the opportunity for language and cultural exchange programs.

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