Chatswood High School

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Description Chatswood High School is a public, co-educational, semi-selective (bi-modal) high school, located in the commercial North Shore suburb of Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.With an enrolment of approximately 1400, Chatswood High School's campus is situated on extensive grounds at Centennial Avenue on the former Carr-Horden estate and is surrounded by remnant bushland. Chatswood is especially known for its multicultural diversity with its connections to sister schools in Asia.HistoryThe school had a cadet unit in the early days - for boys only. Girls wore wide-brimmed straw hats and gloves.In the late 1970s a number of demountable buildings were deployed to provide facilities for the school's Intensive English Centre. These demountables are still in use today.After a pilot Gifted and Talented program with the Year 7s of 2001, Chatswood High School established a selective stream in 2002, entrance to which is based upon the NSW Selective High Schools Test. Since then, Chatswood has steadily increased its secondary school ranking, reaching the top 85 with a rank of 82.Chatswood is especially known for its work in the extracurricular field with achievements in the performing arts, NSW Law Society's Mock Trial Competition and with an array of leadership opportunities in the SRC and Prefect Body. The school's bands have had many successful overseas tours, including being the first Australian school Stage Band to be invited to the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1996. Chatswood High School's Concert Band 1 travelled to Europe in 2004 to the Vienna International Youth and Music Festival, attaining 2nd place. The musical 'Guys & Dolls' was put on in late June 2006 and the Band toured New Zealand, and again toured Europe in 2009. The tour in 2009 was to Vienna, Salzburg, St Moritz, Montreux and Paris.
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