Choosing a high school for your child isn’t an easy decision. There are a lot of factors to weigh up, so many what-ifs and other variables. If you have the decision sorted already, consider yourself very lucky!
For the rest of us, research is the key to ensuring we make the best possible decision for our child and family. This is where school tours come into their own because what better way to get a feel for a school than seeing the school for yourself and hearing from current students.
This is is exactly what we did at Holy Cross College Ryde and you can too at their Open Day on Sunday 7th March, 2021 from 10am – 1pm. Be taken on a guided tour around the school by a year 7 and year 12 student who can give you an in-depth understanding of what the school has to offer.
Here’s a bit of a run down from a parent-perspective of what we took away from our tour.
Set on 12ha of land on the corner of Victoria Road and Cressy Road, Ryde, Holy Cross College was founded 130 years ago by The Patrician Brothers. Arriving from Ireland in 1883, The Brothers opened a Boarding College at Ryde in 1891. The College moved to its present site in 1896 – no doubt you would recognise the beautiful sandstone building as you drive down Victoria Road.
The grounds of Holy Cross College are impressive:
- the gardens are immaculately manicured
- the quadrangles are oh-so tidy and in perfect condition
- the learning spaces are set in a beautiful combination of elegant heritage and ultra-modern buildings
- the sports fields are huge and lush and include tennis and basketball courts; cricket net facilities; soccer and rugby grounds with change rooms, seating and floodlights; extensive off-road parking areas with security lighting; and extensive play areas for each year group including seating, paved and shaded areas.
- the classrooms are thoughtfully laid out
- the beautiful chapel seats 500 where mass is held for the students every Wednesday
The academic program at Holy Cross caters to all types of learners and aims to develop well-rounded students. They offer a huge variety of traditional and elective subjects, giving every student a pathway to tertiary study, post-school training, and work. Their design, technology, and hospitality streams are popular amongst students as are music and the arts.
A selective academic stream also allows gifted students to be immersed in a culture of success. Holy Cross targets the learning of gifted and talented boys by offering specialised activities designed to develop their talents and expand their capacity to learn. Teachers provide individual education plans for boys displaying exceptional academic talents.
Their state-of-the-art learning and technology facilities provide the ideal learning environment for students to make the most of their individual potential.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
The STEM program is one that Holy Cross is particularly proud of and an area where they have been having great success since its inception in 2018. Students deep-dive into aeronautical, mechanical, and biomedical innovation. They get involved in hydroponics, mechatronics, robotics, and more! Say that 3 times fast!
Here are some photos of a recent project that involved students racing fully functioning motor vehicles they built themselves out of recycled materials. Did that happen when we went to school 20-30 years ago..??
Holy Cross College a proud member school of the Australian Army Cadets (ACC), a program that has been part of the College’s tradition as far back as 1909. Holy Cross College is the only systemic Catholic School to offer a school-based Cadet Unit in NSW.
The cadet program provides opportunities for students to develop self-confidence, resilience, leadership skills, self-reliance, teamwork, respect and discipline while challenging them in ways they may not be elsewhere.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme runs concurrently with the College Cadet program and is open to non-cadet students.
Open Day Tour
We absolutely recommend you visit Holy Cross College on their Open Day on Sunday 7th March, 2021 from 10am – 1pm to receive a tour of this beautiful school.
Address: 517 Victoria Road, Ryde, NSW, 2112
Phone: 9808 1033
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