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Ravenswood School for Girls
Ravenswood aims to equip and inspire girls to participate in and contribute to our evolving global society.
Henry Street
Sydney North
+61 2 9498 9898

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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Ravenswood is a Prep to Year 12 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.



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.

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.

Students have access to an extensive and dynamic performing arts curricular and co-curricular program across Music, Drama, Dance, Speech and Technical Theatre, that encompasses students from all Year Groups.

The school offers more than 100 co-curricular options across a broad range of domains, providing girls with endless opportunities to explore their passions outside the classroom.

Ravenswood offers a boutique boarding experience for students from Years 7 to 12 in the stylish Ravenswood Residential College (RRC) just a short walk from the school campus. We welcome students from metropolitan and country NSW, interstate and international destinations.


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.
Tennis Courts
Outdoor Multi-Purpose Sporting Courts
Heated Swimming Pool
Boarding House
Dance Studio
Sporting Oval
Basketball Stadium
Athletics Track
Performing Arts Centre
Programs on offer
International Baccalaureate Music Performing Arts Debating / Public Speaking Languages Special Needs Religion / Faith Co-Curricular Activities International Exchange Creative Arts Student Health and Wellbeing Gifted and Talented Community STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
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.


Ravenswood is located on Sydney's North Shore at Gordon, 15 kilometres north of Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD).


The school is three 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.

Regular bus services 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.


Ravenswood offers a private bus along two routes, covering the following areas:

  1. Lane Cove / Castlecrag / Chatswood / Castle Cove / Roseville
  2. Harbord / Dee Why / Collaroy / Narrabeen / Warriewood / Mona Vale / Ingleside / Terrey Hills

The buses set down in Henry Street outside the school so there are no roads for students to cross.

The service is provided by a private operator, North Sydney Bus Charters, in Ravenswood branded buses. All Ravenswood buses are fitted with seat belts and have air conditioning.


About the Principal

Welcome to Ravenswood School for Girls, a place of outstanding academic excellence and where girls can blossom and flourish in every aspect of their lives.

Mrs Anne Johnstone is Ravenswood’s tenth Principal and commenced in January 2016.

Anne is passionate about girls' education and helping students fulfil their potential and flourish. She is dedicated to offering girls the very best education and recognises that preparing them to take their place as lifelong learners in a globalised society is essential. Anne strives to ensure that students understand how to harness their strengths, develop a growth mindset, and make a positive contribution to the lives of others and the world around them. She was previously Principal of Seymour College, a leading independent day and boarding school for girls in Adelaide, South Australia. Anne is also a founding Board member of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA), and has been a leader in the implementation of positive education in schools, along with wellbeing and resilience in learning. 

Anne has a rich and diverse academic background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours), and a Graduate Diploma in Education. She has been the recipient of the Teachers’ Guild of NSW Award for Excellence in the Early Years of Teaching. In 2004, Anne was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to explore strategies to foster resilience in learning. Anne conducted this study while based at Cambridge University, England. 

Prior to her appointment as Principal of Seymour College, Anne has held a range of leadership positions including Deputy Headmistress, Head of Senior School, Head of Junior School and Coordinator of Gifted Education. Anne began her teaching career as an English teacher, and has also taught history, applied psychology and philosophy. 

Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Anne practised as a lawyer. She has also worked as a consultant advising schools and law firms in the areas of positive psychology, resilience, leadership and communication skills, and lectured at Macquarie University in Law. In both 2014 and 2015 Anne has been invited to lecture in the postgraduate degree in Positive Education offered by the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, as well as being an invited speaker at a number of national and international conferences. 

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