Welcome to Coburg High School: a government school with a distinct and successful culture of students learning together and supporting and encouraging each other to do their best. At CHS, staff work collaboratively to develop a clear, comprehensive and cohesive curriculum, to support the health and wellbeing of students, and to challenge our students to reach their fullest potential.

We have developed a strong culture of learning and innovation. With the completion of our renovations in 2019, we offer some of the very best learning environments in Melbourne with contemporary facilities and the newest resources for our growing number of students.

Students are at the centre of our approach to teaching and learning and our decision-making and we hold high expectations of student learning, leadership, participation and behaviour.

At Coburg High School, we are committed to academic excellence and to the development of the whole person and we are proud to cultivate the diverse talents of our students. We offer an extensive program of well-established and wide-ranging co-curricular and enrichment activities and to support those programs we have strong partnerships with eminent universities, overseas sister schools, local council and other educational and vocational providers.

We value student voice and we foster student agency in their learning. We expect our students to actively contribute their own ideas for initiatives, activities and events.

Students are offered an extensive range of excursions, camps and international tours. There is an amazing range of enrichment opportunities to compete in sporting teams; participate in debating and public speaking competitions; perform in productions and musicals; exhibit original artwork in galleries; develop fluency in languages through overseas exchange programs; explore the humanities; and to develop mathematical and scientific curiosity through excursions, events and our own digital technologies and STEAM programs.

Coburg High School is a vibrant place of learning and personal growth. We expect students to do their personal best, invest effort into their learning, and take up opportunities that arise to showcase their talents, explore their interests, and continually develop new knowledge and skills.

Coburg High School School is committed to creating a school community where all members are welcomed, accepted and treated equitably and with respect, regardless of their backgrounds or personal attributes such as race, language, religious beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability so that they can participate, achieve and thrive at school. Coburg High School acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds and experiences in our school community and we will not tolerate any behaviours, language or practices that disrespect or demean others.

As principal, I am committed to leading Coburg High School to achieve even higher levels of student learning and wellbeing and to guiding staff, students and parents through our rapid growth in enrolments and size, and to working together with the community to ensure that we are providing the best possible educational opportunities for students. We have seen the academic results of students continue to improve over the past three years with our median VCE study score increasing each year—from 28 in 2015 to 33 by 2018—and our NAPLAN results have also improved year on year. In addition, the results and responses on the annual DET Parent Opinion Survey show that parents are, on the whole, highly satisfied with the school and the positive outcomes in all variables on the survey are well above the state average for schools.

Communication is essential and our website is an important means by which we communicate with the school community. For current parents, students and staff, our Compass portal, curriculum wikis and COGS are the main means of communication, with access to curriculum, assessment information, ongoing reporting, policies, updates and announcements. Our newsletter is published on a regular basis in the News section to share student achievements and learning, report on school events and activities, and provide additional information about upcoming opportunities for students and events for families. Our official CHS facebook account also provides regular updates on student achievement and school activities.

Coburg High School is a purpose-built, contemporary and state-of-the-art learning environment with ubiquitous access to technology through a Bring Your Own Mac program, flexible learning spaces, classrooms and specialist science laboratories, art rooms, media studios, dance and performance spaces, a theatrette and state-of-the-art library. The school is set within wonderful, expansive and well-kept grounds with a gymnasium, oval and multiple outdoor courts.

We are located only eight kilometres north of Melbourne and students regularly travel into the central business district to access the world-class venues and facilities there. Staff are encouraged to take students beyond the school grounds for learning and we recognise the connection between experiential learning and engagement. We strive to provide an inspiring school environment that allows students to pursue their own goals and make strides in all of their educational pursuits.

Coburg High School alumni

Coburg High School was re-established in 2015 and we are honoured to build on the rich and successful history of the original Coburg High School, one of the first high schools in Victoria. In 2016, we marked the centenary of the 1916 opening of the original Coburg High School through a wonderful reunion day of celebrations with over 1000 former students. We have a thriving alumni and we are establishing even stronger connections between former students and our current Coburg High School community.

There are many eminent and high-profile former students of Coburg High School, including Doris Carter—the first female Australian track and field athlete to medal at an Olympics—and Raelene Boyle who represented Australia at three Olympic Games. Glenyys Romanes—a former Mayor of both Brunswick and Moreland—is also one of the active members of the Coburg High School alumni.

Our alumni have researched and prepared extensive information about the original Coburg High School and the inspiring achievements of former students through the website of the Coburg High School Historical Society: www.coburghighhistorical.org

Coburg High School is truly one of the finest high schools in Melbourne. To students and families who are new to the school, welcome to the next exciting stage in your educational journey.

Stewart Milner

Stewart Milner

Principal 

Coburg High School