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Bass High School

Bass High School

Safe, Respectful Learners

Telephone02 9726 3644

About our school

Bass High School is a comprehensive, co-educational school with a current enrolment of 605 students. The school has a culturally diverse student population, including an established special education unit. 

At Bass High School, more than 78% of enrolments come from families whose parents have a language background other than English. School priorities focus on raising student learning outcomes and academic performance, improving student engagement and increasing student retention. 

School targets are realised through exchanges of quality teaching and learning, as well as advancing literacy, numeracy and student welfare support. At Bass High School we value safe, respectful learners.

Our aim is to provide all our students with a positive, supportive school environment with the focus on active learning. School uniform, participation and respect are very important to our school community.

It is an exciting time to be a student at Bass High School with new state-of-the-art and fitness centre facilities, new commerical kitchen areas and recently, refurbished science laboratories. Exciting technologies, including interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads, provide students with access to the world of information beyond the classroom. Our two student learning centres (junior and senior), homework centre and regular senior study skills workshops provide fantastic opportunities for students to extend their learning or to get some extra help with their school work.

Our teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic and range from early career to highly experienced. A significant number of our teachers mark Higher School Certificate (HSC) and National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) exams. Some of our teachers are HSC marking supervisors and play an important role in the preparation of a range of HSC exams. We have a strong and active parent group. Regular parents and citizens' association (P&C) meetings provide opportunities for parent involvement in school life and school decision-making.

Our students regularly perform well in major exams including the HSC. In 2017, our best performing student received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95.5 and a number of our students were placed on the prestigious HSC distinguished achievers list for a band 6 (the highest band in a subject) result.

We are proud of our school, our students, teachers and parents. This website will give you just a glimpse of our great school and what we have to offer your child.


School history 

Bass High School, named after the famous explorer, George Bass, opened its doors in January 1959 as Bass Hill High School with our motto tibi confidas which is Latin for 'be true to yourself'. The school was renamed Bass High School in March of 1959 with a population of 440 students.

The school as it is known today was built in stages, with stage one being erected at a cost of £170,000. Stage one included a home economics block, a manual arts section as well as laboratories and general purpose classrooms. 

The second stage of building involved the construction of more general purpose classrooms, laboratories and an administrative block. 1967 was a very big year for Bass High School as the assembly hall was opened for use. The school library in its current location began construction in March 1975 and was completed in 1976.

The school has seen continued improvements throughout its 53-year history with the opening of an agricultural farm in 1985 and a support unit in 1998. Most recently, our school has seen the construction of well-resourced junior and senior learning centres, which are located in the school's library. Also, a brand new performing arts centre and gymnasium have been added to our school as well as complete upgrades to our science laboratories, which have proved to be valuable assets to the learning needs of our students.

Bass High School's principals

  • Mr P A Carnegie: 1959 to 1963
  • Mr J R Harrison: 1964 to 1968
  • Mr A H Harris: 1969 to 1974
  • Mr N R Ironmonger: 1975 to 1979
  • Mrs C Preece: 1980 to 1983
  • Mr S Murtough: 1984 to 1985
  • Mr F Yardley: 1985 to 1987
  • Mr P Goodacre: 1988 to 2001
  • Mr A Djukic: 2002 to 2010
  • Mr D Horton: 2010 to 2019
  • Mr M Toaetolu: 2019 to current

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