Our History



The Good Samaritan Sisters acquire the estate of Rosebank. The site originally served as a Novitiate. There was a primary school on the property which the Sisters conducted for the local residents and the Rosebank chapel served many families in the neighbourhood.


Rosebank becomes a Catholic Boarding School for girls. Its chaplain Father John Dwyer OSB, donated 2 000 pounds after his death. This, along with other donations were used to build the present three-storey structure in 1886.


Rosebank assumes the name of a College and the memoirs produced from this time until 1911 testify to the great reputation it enjoyed throughout New South Wales and beyond as a place of broad education. In Rosebank’s early years, the students soon came to the attention of the wider community. As early as 1880 Marcella Kenny was the first girl from a Catholic College to pass the University of Oxford Junior Examination, in the very first year that this particular examination was opened to girls.


The College closes to serve as a Juniorate for five years, while still retaining registration as a Secondary School.


Rosebank re-opens as a boarding and day College, offering academic subjects and cultural and vocational subjects. Gradually, Rosebank developed into a Leaving Certificate School until in 1966, in the process of regionalisation in Sydney and the phasing in of the Wyndham Scheme, it reverted to a Form 4 School.


The boarding school closes but the day school continues to expand, adapting to new demands in education and adding to its facilities.


The first lay principal of the College, Mr John Hawley, is appointed.


The College returns to being a full secondary school with the introduction of co-education in Years 11 and 12.


The sisters of the Good Samaritan establish Rosebank College as an Incorporated Body and appoint a Board to be responsible for the College. Mr Frank Hayes is the first Chairperson of the Board.


The second lay principal, Mr Alan Moran is appointed.


The third and current lay Principal, Mr Tom Galea, is appointed.


The College celebrates 140 years of education.


Co-education is extended to welcome boys into Year 7. This coincides with the introduction of a new school uniform, brand identity and student leadership structure.


The College celebrated 145 years of Catholic Education and our first year of full co-education.


The College named, Blessed and officially opened three new and renovated buildings. These were Ottilien Hall, Montserrat Hall and Jamberoo Hall. The new buildings provide the College an auditorium, 18 learning spaces, five Science labs, Music, Dance and Drama spaces, a performance room, an undercroft play area and cafeteria.


Vertical Home Room structure is introduced, including Middle School and Senior School Divisions.
Students from Year 7 – 9 share a common Home Room, as do students in Year 10 – 12.


Rosebank College turns 150 years and celebrates all year with its Sesquicentenary.  Sixteen months of celebrations right up until April 2018 with the final event. The project initiatives included advertising with the 150th logo, special gifts and merchandise, Open Day with a heavy focus on archives, Gala Dinner and more  


The last of the Sesquicentenary events was a plaque unveiling on  April 10 acknowledging the original site of Rosebank College at Albina Villa in 1967. The City of Canada Bay hosted the event where students and staff of Rosebank, Council VIP and staff and neighbours gathered in prayer and blessing.
The announcement of 2 new houses will be introduced and implemented in 2019.



ContentThe estate of Rosebank was originally acquired to serve as a Novitiate for the growing community of young Good Samaritan Sisters at the Pitt Street Convent, Read more


In 1893, Rosebank assumed the name of a College and the memoirs from this time until 1911 testify to the great reputation it enjoyed throughout NSW and beyond as a place of broad education. Read more


During this period, the College continued to grow, both in numbers and academic standing. Read more


Rosebank built up to full strength but in 1944 it closed to serve as a Juniorate for five years. While still retaining registration as a secondary school,.... Read more


Rosebank spends this period as a 4th form school, but it is a period which lays groundwork for the eventual incorporation of the school as an independent body in 1986. Read more


In 1981, Mr John Hawley was appointed the first lay Principal of the College. In 1988, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan established Rosebank College as an Incorporated Body ... Read more


During this period, the College experiences a period of extended growth. The numbers of students gradually increases, from 585 in 2005 to 1250 in 2016. Read more