Located in Sydney’s Rose Bay, Kambala is a vibrant, independent day and boarding school for girls up to 18 years.
We offer a choice of learning pathways. Girls can achieve the IB Diploma or the NSW HSC. Kambala inspires academic excellence, with the School consistently ranking among the top non-selective girls’ schools in Sydney.
Inspired learning. Empowering young women of integrity.
Since our pioneering days in the late 1800s, the Kambala community has shared a common goal: to educate ‘the whole girl’.
Kambala began as a humble class of 12 girls, taught in a terrace house in Woollahra by Miss Louisa Gurney, the daughter of an English clergyman. Louisa was later joined by Mademoiselle Augustine Soubeiran who became Co-Principal. The School moved in 1891 to a larger property in Bellevue Hill called ‘Kambala’.
In 1913, with an enrolment of nearly 50, the School moved again to its current site, on New South Head Road in Rose Bay. The School operated within the Tivoli townhouse, the home of Captain William Dumaresq. Tivoli has undergone several extensions and restorations; today, it remains the home to Kambala’s Boarders in Years 7 to 9, who enjoy some of the best harbour views Sydney has to offer.
In 1926, Kambala became a Church of England Foundation School with an independent council.
Massie House, for Kambala girls in Prep to Year 2, was founded at Vaucluse Hall on Coolong Road in 1949 and opened in 1950. In 1974, the site was sold and Massie students relocated to join the main campus on New South Head Road.
Kambala has strengthened its reputation for academic excellence and the education of the whole girl through continually evolving teaching and learning practices, improving facilities and expanding the opportunities provided to students.
Dr Amanda Bell AM
Dr Amanda Bell AM BA DipEd PhD FACE FAIM FAICD was appointed to the position of Interim Principal at Kambala Girls’ School, commencing 1 July 2021. Dr Bell is highly qualified and brings with her a wealth of experience in the education sector, specifically the education of young women. As well as her tenure as Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 2002 to 2012, Dr Bell was Principal of The Women’s College within The University of Sydney until the end of 2019. Kambala has a proud connection with The Women’s College; our Founder and Principal from 1887 to 1914, Miss Louisa Gurney and her brother, Professor Thomas Gurney, were active in the establishment of and fundraising for The Women’s College. Students from Kambala ‒ especially boarders ‒ have resided at Women’s College over its history into the present day.
Dr Bell’s professional expertise comes from her extensive experience in teaching, management and leadership roles across Australia in education and the visual arts. In 2017, Dr Bell was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to education, particularly to young women as a leader and academic and to the visual arts. Her current board positions include Chair of Queenwood School for Girls (from which she is on temporary leave while at Kambala), Director of Art Exhibitions Australia, Member of the Chau Chak Wing Museum Advisory Committee and Member of the Ramsay Centre’s Postgraduate Scholarships Selection Panel.
It is an exciting time in Kambala’s 131-year history and Kambala’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023 will lead us over the next five years and build on the ambitions and direction of our heritage.
At Kambala we nurture and challenge every girl to realise her full potential. We do this by focusing on four strategic pillars:
Our Strategy is underpinned by our core values and an evolved vision and mission, which best represents Kambala’s heritage and future.