Frequently asked questions

Please refer to this section for a range of Frequently Asked Questions. If you query isn’t answered or you would like further information please contact the Admissions office.

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Queenwood offers three private bus routes:

  1. Avalon | Newport | Mona Vale | Narrabeen | Collaroy | Dee Why | Brookvale | Manly Vale | SPit Rowing | Senior School | Junior School
  2. Lane Cove | Artarmon | St Leonards | Crows Nest | North Sydney | Kirribilli | Kurraba Road | Cremorne | Mosman | Senior School | Mosman Prep | Junior School
  3. Dee Why | Curl Curl | Freshwater | Queenscliff | Manly | Balgowlah | Beauty Point | Balmoral | Stanton Street | Senior School | Mosman Prep | Junior School

Girls may also apply for an Opal card for free transport on all NSW Transport services. Senior School girls may consider the following services:    

  • 257 Balmoral and Chatswood via Crows Nest
  • 144 Spit Junction and Chatswood via Crows Nest
  • 230 Spit Junction and North Sydney
  • L90 Express service Spit Junction and Chatswood
  • M30 Express service Spit Junction, Inner West via City
  • 244 Spit Junction and Wynyard
  • B-Line Spit Junction to Northern Beaches
 

Junior School girls may consider the following services (Mosman Shops):

  • 257 Balmoral and Chatswood via Crows Nest
  • 230 Mosman Wharf and North Sydney
  • 244 Chowder Bay and Wynyard
  • 247 Taronga Zoo and Wynyard
  • 227 Mosman Junction and Milsons Pt
  • 246 Balmoral Heights and Wynyard

Extra-curricular sport is optional, but over 90% of our girls participate in one or more of the activities listed below. 

AFL | Aquatics & Swimming | Athletics | Basketball | Cross Country | Dance | Equestrian | Futsal | Gymnastics | Hockey | Indoor Hockey | Netball | Rowing | Snow Sports | Soccer | Tae Kwon Do | Tennis | Tildesley Sheild | Surfing | Water Polo

Junior School also offers a range of additional sports including Cricket | Double Dutch | Fencing | Sailing | Yoga

“STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.” By Elaine J. Hom, LiveScience Contributor | February 11, 2014 05:16pm ET

Queenwood offers Advanced Technologies and Engineering, a program that advances the problem-solving and collaoration skills required in STEM classes. Engagement in coding, robotics and computational thinking will be a huge benefit in the workplaces of the future. The Queenwood Advanced Technologies and Engineering (ATE) program allows students to engage with these areas in a non-selective, fun environment as part of the extra-curricular offerings of the school. Projects include: lego robotics, Minisprint solar racing, science and engineering challenge and maker club.

Outdoor Education is an integral and compulsory component of a Queenwood education. From Years 3 to Year 11, students participate in various camps in a wide variety of locations. Queenwood is passionate about instilling resilience, character and compassion in young women through the use of outdoor experiences as an educational medium. Learning in the outdoors is both meaningful and memorable. The experience the students receive during camp week is fun, yet challenging and the memories stay with them for life. Moreover, their experience in the bush away from the comforts of home, enables the girls to recognise there is more to themselves and others than they realised. It helps to improve and build upon an individual’s strengths. Additionally, the life skills the girls take away with them are transferable and are able to be applied in multiple situations and settings once they move on from school life.

The Catalyst Program has been developed to support high potential learners throughout their time at Queenwood. The Catalyst Coordinator works with individual girls and small groups to support their identified academic strengths and to develop the strategies needed to become autonomous learners. In addition, a series of external competitions and programs are offered for girls wanting to pursue interests in particular fields. These include mentorships, Da Vinci Decathlon, Women of Substance, Mock Trial, Mock Mediation, Model UN, Good Pitch, Academy Lectures, Write a Book in a Day.

Queenwood is a non-denomiational school. We hold Christian Values but we are not aligned with an established religious denomination.

A woman’s ability to develop warm, positive and mutually respectful relationships with men depends more than anything on a strong sense of her own identity, values and worth.
 
The educational research is clear: girls in single-sex schools achieve stronger examination results, study the full range of subjects and sustain high aspirations for careers and further study. (1. A good summary of relevant evidence is available from the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia: https://www.agsa.org.au/page/Research/Single-sex_education_for_girls_what_the_research_shows/)
 
Perhaps even more important, are the long-term benefits for girls’ social and personal development.
 
What makes the difference?
 
The gap between the cognitive, social and emotional development of boys and girls is greatest in the primary years. There are significant differences in the development of language, focus, fine motor skills and physicality, impulse control and risk-taking. Our curriculum, lessons and classroom management can be closely targeted towards the needs and capabilities of our girls at every stage.
 
For older girls, an all-girl environment means fewer inhibitions and the greatest freedom to develop their own identity. In a girls’ school:
  • every subject, from Physics to Economics, is taken by girls
  • every sport, from AFL to Water Polo, is played by girls
  • every instrument, from the drums to the flute, is played by girls
  • every leadership position is held by a girl.
 
In these crucial, formative years, the habit of speaking her mind and the confidence to lead become deeply rooted. She will come to expect being valued for her ideas and contributions. This sense of self will stay with her for life.
 

All technology for use on site is provided for girls in Kindergarten through to Year 7. To access the online learning management system (Canvas), girls in Years 8 and 9 require an iPad, and girls in Years 10-12 require a laptop.

Senior School girls should store their mobile phones securely in their lockers and Junior School girls should hand them in to their class teacher during the school day. There is a telephone for girls to use at Reception. We encourage girls to talk to real people while on campus!

Queenwood’s music philosophy is to encourage active participants rather than passive listeners. The choral, instrumental and classroom programs provide performance opportunities for every student.

All girls in Years 3-6 play an instrument in the fully differentiated Instrumental Music Program. Every student is placed in a class or ensemble with students of equal playing and music reading ability. Small group lessons and ensemble rehearsals are scheduled once a week and each girl attends one of these sessions. Students who are progressing well can be accelerated into one of the more advanced classes or ensembles. We aim to provide opportunities for all students and to give them as broad a range of musical experiences as possible.

All girsl in Years 7 and 8 participate in curricular music. Extra-curricular Music is optional. Girls may paricpate in:

Astra Singers | Cello Ensemble | Chamber Strings | Chamber Orchestra | Choir | Flute Ensemble | Jazz Band | Orchestra | Orion Strings | Percussion Ensemble | Saxophone Quartet | String Ensemble | String Orchestra | Symphonic Wind | Vocal Quartet | Wind Quintet

After School Care for Junior School students is outsourced to Mosman Preparatory School and all bookings should be made directly with them.

For more information please visit the website:   www.mosmanprep.nsw.edu.au/community/after-school-care