The Friends' School, Hobart

The Friends' School, Hobart

Infobox Aust school private
name = The Friends' School

motto = "Nemo Sibi Nascitur"
(Latin:"No one lives for self alone")cite web |url= |title= The Principal's Message |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=About Us |publisher=The Friends' School]
established = 1887
type = Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
denomination = Religious Society of Friendscite web |url= |title=The Friends' School |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=Profiles |publisher=Studies in Australia]
slogan =
key_people = John R. Green (Principal)
fees = AU$6,495–11,610 p.a (Day 2007)cite web |url= |title=Private school fees in Tasmania half those of mainland states |accessdate=2008-03-01 |date =2007-02-07 |work=Schools |publisher=T Change]
city = North Hobart
state = Tasmania
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
coordinates = coord|42|52|8|S|147|18|46|E|display=inline,title
enrolment = ~1,294(PK–12)
num_employ = ~149cite web |url= |title=Performance Outcomes 2006 |accessdate=2008-02-06 |year =2007 |format=PDF |work=News |publisher=The Friends' School]
revenue =
colours = Blue, Red & Grey color box|#000080color box|#FF0000color box|#808080
homepage = []

The Friends' School, Hobart is an independent, co-educational, Quaker, day and boarding school, located in North Hobart, a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Founded in 1887 by Quakers, the school currently caters for approximately 1,294 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, including 47 boarders from Years 7 10 12. It is the largest Quaker school in the world,cite web |url= |title=Bearing Witness |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=Quaker life in Tasmania |publisher=University of Tasmania] and the only Quaker school in the southern hemisphere.fact|date=February 2008

Friends' is affiliated with the Association of Independent Schools of Tasmania (AIST),cite web |url= |title=The Friends' School |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=Member Schools |publisher= Association of Independent Schools of Tasmania] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),cite web |url= |title=JSHAA Tasmanian Directory of Members |accessdate=2007-09-06 |year =2007 |work=|publisher=Junior School Heads' Association of Australia ] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),cite web |url= |title=Tasmania|accessdate=2008-02-06 |year =2008 |work=School Directory |publisher=Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),cite web |url= |title=The Friends' School |accessdate=2008-02-06 |year =2007 |work=Schools - Tasmania |publisher=Australian Boarding Schools' Association] and is a member of the Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS).cite web |url= |title=Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=About Us |publisher=The Friends' School]

In 2004, "The Australian" named it one of the best Australian schools [ [ The Friends' School - In The News! ] ] .


The Friends' School opened at 60-62 Warwick Street, Hobart (the building still stands) on 31 January 1887 under the control of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It was opened by Samuel Clemes. The initial enrolment of 33 expanded so rapidly that the School moved to its present site in Commercial Road on 28 January, 1889, a move made possible by the generous loan of $A4,000 from Hobart Baptists. The first headmaster was Samuel Clemes, considered to be a remarkable reformer in education for his belief in co-education. In 1900 he resigned and set up his own family school, Leslie House, (later renamed Clemes College) in Pirie Street and then at Boa Vista, Argyle Street, where Morris Friends' Primary Years (Junior School) and Clemes (Years 11-12) are now located. Clemes College and The Friends' School came together in 1946.

1923 marked the beginning of a new era in the School's history. On 28 September, the control of the school passed from London Quakers to a committee in Hobart and a week later Ernest Unwin arrived, under whose leadership the School made remarkable progress. In this period the distinctive appearance of the School changed - with the addition of the front portico, the Hodgkin Hall, the original science and art block and the boys' boarding wing. No further building programmes were undertaken until 1955 when the second period of expansion began with the opening of the Preparatory School in 1955 followed by the Sports Ground in 1958. Building on the Commercial Road site began in 1962 with the opening of the Unwin Memorial Science and Art block, continued in the 70s with the Library, the Asten Theatre, additional science facilities and in the 80s with the W.N. Oats Sports Centre. The Clemes Memorial Library in the Junior School was erected from the old Clemes Assembly Hall in 1986.

Despite being a Quaker school, there are no more than 10 Quaker teachers at the school, and barely any of the students are actually Quakers. However students are still encouraged to participate in the Quaker activities, such as year group Gatherings held weekly.


Following the Tasman Bridge Disaster of 1975 many students of the school who lived on the eastern shore of the Derwent River became isolated, and were unable to attend. Some students of other schools were re-allocated to the limited eastern shore schools, but places were insufficient, and the educational standard was generally considered lower than Friends.

Whilst older students were trusted to make the ferry crossing from Bellerive to Hobart, for younger students it was not deemed safe to do so unsupervised. Appeals were made to the school from concerned parents, and eventually it was decided to build a temporary campus within the Clarence. A site was located in bushland above Lindisfarne and a small area was set aside for the campus.

The Sherwood campus consisted of two main inter-linked buildings, a playground, a crude gravel oval and a large area of undeveloped bushland. The school only catered for pupils from kindergarten to grade 2, as it was considered older pupils were old enough to catch transport to the main campus.

One of the features of the education system at Sherwood was the regular "nature walks" in which students from every year group would participate in regular excursions into the nearby sclerophyll bushland and learn to understand, appreciate, and get in better touch with nature.

It closed just a few years after opening.


An incomplete list of School Principals:


The Friends' School consists of three main parts: Morris Friends' Primary Years, High School and Clemes. Morris has approximately 430 students from Kindergarten to grade 6 and is situated in the Argyle Street Campus. The High School has 550 students from grades 7 to 10 and is in the Commercial Road campus. Clemes has approximately 300 students in grades 11 and 12 and is in the Argyle Street campus. [ The Friends' School: Campuses] ]

The School also owns a sports complex at Bell Street where there are facilities for cricket, hockey, Softball and football, Friends' Health and Fitness off Elizabeth Street, Friends' Early Years on Argyle Street and the Recently purchased Far South Wilderness Camp near Dover. The School aslo has a state of the art Rowing facility in Lallaby Road Lutana.

For the purpose of both class allocation and internal competition, all students at Friends' are allocated into "Houses" within the School. These are referred to as Hodgkin, Mather, Ransome and Unwin, all named for famous Quakers. Each house has a distinct colour association for ease of identification during competition. They are: Hodgkin (yellow), Mather (blue), Ransome (red) and Unwin (green).

All students in the high school are members of tutor groups. Tutor groups consist of approximately four people from each grade in the high school, creating a total of around sixteen people. The school tries to place two girls and two boys per grade per tutor group, but there are exceptions.All members of a tutor group are in the one house, and each house has eight tutor groups. The Mather tutor groups are M1, M2, M3, etc, the Hodgkin tutor groups are H1, H2, H3, etc. Students begin and end the day in their tutor groups, as members of a tutor group have their lockers together in a certain room or corridor. At the beginning of the day in 'Morning Tutor' students meet in their 'tutor room' (the room nearest to their lockers, or in which their lockers are located). The student bulletin in read aloud by the tutor (a teacher or staff member. One tutor is assigned to each tutor group, generally staying with the one tutor group the entire time the spend at the High School however sometimes tutors change) and the role is checked. At the end of the day students meet again in their tutor groups and the tutor checks the role and hands out any notices.On Fridays in period 4 (11:55 - 12:55) students meet in their tutor groups for an hour which they spend in their tutor room with their tutor. This period is basically a study period, however on special occasions, such as birthdays, tutor gatherings are held. Students who have been absent for tests in class may also use 'long tutor' as the period is named, to complete the test. With tutor's permission, some students may also meet up with students of other tutor groups to complete homework.


High school

All students in the High School study the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science, Studies of Society and Environment (except in grade 10), Physical Education and Personal and Social Development. [ [ The Friends' School: High School handbook for 2005] ]

In year ten, students' SOSE options broaden, with opportunities to learn History, Geography, Religion, and a generalized SOSE subject.


At Clemes, students can study for the Tasmanian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. [ [ The Friends' School: Year 11-12 coursebook for 2007] ]

Academic reputation

The Friends’ School has a well known reputation for academic excellence within Tasmania and the wider community in academic competitions in fields including Mathematics, Science, Chemistry, Physics and Literacy, Friends' School regularly outperforms all other schools in Tasmania. Friends' School also performs well in rowing competitions and other athletics competitions. Friends' School regularly outperforms all other schools in Tasmania in the Tasmanian Certificate of Education, for years 11-12. Alongside Launceston Church Grammar School and Scotch Oakburn College it has one of the highest academic performances of any school in Tasmania. [cite news|url=,22884,20956402-3462,00.html|title=Lesson in how to pass exams|date=2006-12-19|publisher=The Mercury|accessdate=2006-12-20]

It is the only school in the state and one of 95 schools in Australia that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a broad yet rigorous two year international academic curriculum for university entrance as well as the TCE for year 11 and 12 students.

Notable alumni

*Edward AlexanderRhodes Scholar (2005)cite web |url= |title= Rhodes Scholar |accessdate=2008-02-06 |work=News |publisher=The Friends' School]
*Errol Flynn – Hollywood actor
*Elizabeth Robyn Mason – Director of the Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltd (also attended the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne)cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = MASON (Robyn) Elizabeth Robyn| accessdate = 2007-09-17| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Kim Santow – NSW Supreme Court judge and Chancellor of the University of Sydney [ [ Humble judge with a brain for business] , "The Sydney Morning Herald", 14 April 2008.]
*Freya Stafford – actor
*Jessica Trebilco – Rhodes Scholar (2002)
*Rowan Trebilco – Rhodes Scholar (2007)
*Max Walker – cricketer
*Amali Ward – "Australian Idol" contestant/singercite news|url=,22884,21084203-921,00.html|title=Tassie's A list|date=2007-01-19|publisher=The Mercury|accessdate=2007-02-15]


ee also

* List of schools in Tasmania
*List of boarding schools
* Education in Tasmania

External links

* [ The Friends' School website]

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