New Hurlstone Agricultural HS

Investing over $35 million for a new Hurlstone Agricultural High School at Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury.

An educational vision for the future

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In 2020, Hurlstone Agricultural High School will move to a purpose built state of the art facility at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Campus. 
The new Hurlstone Agricultural High School will be an academically selective agriculture and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) school for 1,500 students across NSW. 

The new school will be the most advanced agricultural high school in Australia, benefiting from a unique partnership with Western Sydney University's School of Science and Health, and the highest quality agricultural and STEM research expertise. 

Students will have access to world class science, agriculture and technology facilities, as well as learning spaces designed based on the findings of the Department of Education's Futures Learning unit. 

The new school's facilities will include interactive learning spaces, state of the art boarding and sporting facilities, laboratories and full WiFi connectivity. 
Students will have access to extensive farming land suitable for both intensive and progressive farming practices. 

Map of the new Hurlstone Agricultural High School
Image: Map of the new Hurlstone Agricultural High School

Key university facilities: 

  • 3 greenhouses that currently hold the insectary and native plant experiments with fully controlled CO2 and temperate conditions.
  • 6 carbon fibre rings respectively encompassing 25m segments of Cumberland Plain forest work to predict the effects of rising CO2 levels on forest ecosystems.
  • 6 large and 48 contained rainout shelters, enabling the study of controlled exposure to drought.
  • World class laboratories dedicated to genomics, soil science, molecular biology, plant physiology, microbiology and plant-insect interactions.
  • Growth chambers used for plant biochemistry and manipulative plant-microbe interaction research, employing similar experimental treatments as those in glasshouses and field research facilities.
  • State of the art, technology interfaced lecture theatres and blended learning spaces.
  • 1,400 hectares of farming land. 

    For more information: 
  • Hurlstone Agricultural HS Hawkesbury Brochure
  • Hurlstone Agricultural HS in Hawkesbury FAQs


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Upcoming events

  • Thursday 27 April 2017 at Richmond Marketplace (outside Specsavers), 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 at Richmond Marketplace (between Prouds and Jeanswest), 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • Thursday 29 June 2017 at Richmond Marketplace (between Prouds and Jeanswest), 12:30pm-2:30pm