Founded in 1887, Kambala caters for students from Preparatory (four year olds) to Year 12, with boarders generally entering the School from Year 7. Kambala is located on the rising shore above Rose Bay with a breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour.
Kambala offers a broad and holistic education, an excellent teacher-to-student ratio and the opportunity for students to truly excel. Kambala’s rich and varied programs, administered in a positive and supportive environment, inspire every student to realise her own purpose with integrity, passion and generosity. Kambala aspires to raise leaders of the future who are academically curious and intellectually brave.
In Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Kambala is unique in offering a choice of pathways for secondary matriculation. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, introduced in 2011, is a natural fit with Kambala's educational philosophy as well as the School’s values Humanity, Courage, Wonder and Respect. Kambala’s tradition of high academic performance, its global outlook and emphasis on social awareness, provide a nurturing cultural framework for developing learners who collaborate, investigate, explore, inquire, create and think deeply. Kambala's reputation for academic excellence is a product of traditional, proven educational practices that incorporate worthwhile innovations. As a non-selective school, Kambala’s current high academic ranking is enhanced by the exceptional results of its IB graduates. Continued academic success is a testament to the expertise of the staff, the students’ engagement and the leadership of the Principal and School Council, and the support of parents and Old Girls. Kambala’s academic reputation is complemented by a wide range of opportunities that enable students to engage in experiential learning through artistic, sporting, physical and service activities that facilitate their participation in the Creativity, Activity and Service component of the IB Diploma Programme. These opportunities are integral to the lives of students in the School's two onsite boarding houses, which provide a supportive communal family environment for over 100 girls. In-house tutors are employed to assist boarders to structure their time in a positive way and to develop and maintain productive study habits. Internet social media enables distant parents to have personal involvement with their daughter’s learning. Boarders at Kambala share experiences that build a strong network of friends and a feeling of community that lasts for life. In addition to the IB Diploma core of Theory of Knowledge, Creativity Activity and Service, and Extended Essay, Kambala offers a broad range of subjects. Current subject offering includes: English Literature, French B, Latin, Mandarin B, Spanish ab initio, Economics, Global Politics, History, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Mathematics Analysis and Approaches, SL Mathematics Applications and Interpretations, Music, and Visual Arts.