Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales
|Headquarters||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Membership||The King's School
Sydney Grammar School
Saint Ignatius' College
St Joseph's College
Sydney Boys High School
Sydney Church of England Grammar School
The Scots College
The Armidale School 
|President: Phil Harry AM Grammar
Chairman: Andrew Cavill
The Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS), also known as GPS or Great Public Schools is an association of mostly private boys' schools in New South Wales, Australia that share common interests, ethics, educational philosophy and contest sporting events among themselves. AAGPS was formed on 30 March 1892, and today has nine members - eight Sydney schools and The Armidale School, a country boarding school.
GPS representative sports sides are selected for matches are typically against representative sides of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS), Independent Schools Association (ISA) and Combined High Schools (CHS).
- 1 History
- 2 Schools
- 3 Sports and trophies
- 4 Personal Awards
- 5 Notable GPS sporting alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS) was formed at a meeting held at Gunsler’s Café, near Circular Quay, on 30 March 1892. The schools represented at this first meeting were The King's School, Saint Ignatius' College, St Joseph's College, All Saints College, Bathurst and the North Shore Grammar School (Shore). On 12 April, representatives from Sydney Grammar School, Newington College and Cooerwull Academy joined those who had attended the first meeting.
A third meeting was held on 28 April 1892, where membership of the AAGPS was clarified, and St Patrick's College, Goulburn, St Stanislaus College, Bathurst, and The Scots College joined those Schools who attended the first two meetings.
Sydney High School applied for membership in March 1894, but were not accepted for admission until 14 February 1906. The final entrant was The Armidale School, who were admitted to the Association on 7 May 1897.
Current member schools
|Also known as|
|The King's School||North Parramatta||1500||1831||Anglican||Day and Boarding||1892||King's|
|Sydney Grammar School||Darlinghurst||1109||1854||Non-denominational||Day||1892||Grammar|
|Newington College||Stanmore||1600||1863||Uniting Church||Day and Boarding||1892||Newington|
|Saint Ignatius' College||Riverview||1569||1880||Roman Catholic||Day and Boarding||1892||Iggies, Riverview|
|St Joseph's College||Hunters Hill||900||1881||Roman Catholic||Day and Boarding||1892||Joeys|
|Sydney Boys High School||Moore Park||1180||1883||Secular||Day||1906||High|
|Sydney Church of England Grammar School||North Sydney||1600||1889||Anglican||Day and Boarding||1892||Shore, SCEGS|
|The Scots College||Bellevue Hill||1800||1892||Presbyterian||Day and Boarding||1893||Scots|
|The Armidale School||Armidale||800||1894||Anglican||Day and Boarding||1897||TAS|
Former member schools
|St Stanislaus College||Bathurst||1867||Roman Catholic||Boys
Day and Boarding
|1892||now a member of the
Independent Schools Association
|All Saints College||Bathurst||1873||Anglican||Co-educational
Day and Boarding
|1892||now an associate member of the
Independent Schools Association
|Cooerwull Academy||Lithgow||1851||Presbyterian||Day and Boarding||1892||closed during World War I|
|St Patrick's College||Goulburn||1873||Roman Catholic||Day and Boarding||1892||now Trinity Catholic College|
Sports and trophies
The sports contested are:
The official rugby union competition commenced in 1892.
- 1st Grade School Challenge Trophy Presented by the President and Vice Presidents of The New South Wales Rugby Football Union first award in 1986 replacing an earlier shield.
- 2nd Grade W.S.Corr Shield. The Shield also has AAGPS 2nd Grade Football engraved on it. It was first presented in 1913.
The official athletics competition commenced in 1892. In 1912 the competition was divided into two levels – Senior and Junior. In 2012 a third level, intermediate, was added.
- Senior Championship Shield for Athletics first awarded in 1895. In 1908 a new Senior Shield replaced a previous trophy which was full having been first presented in 1873 when a race for All Schools was first held at each School carnival. The new Shield was back dated to 1895. The current holders of 2014 are Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview.
- The Intermediate Championship for Athletics first awarded in 2012 to the King's School. The current holders of 2014 are Shore School.
- Junior Athletic Championship AAAGPS first awarded in 1912 and presented to Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of NSW 11 May 1895. Engraved on the back is The Ladies Challenge Plate. The current holders of 2014 are The King's School.
The official cricket competition commenced in 1893. As early as 1897 the competition was in First and Second Grade.
- 1st XI A.A.G.P.S. Challenge Shield for Cricket first awarded in 1893.
- 2nd XI A.A.G.P.S Cricket Second Grade first awarded in 1915.
The official rowing competition commenced in 1893. Some schools had competed at club competition before then. The Head of the River is the main event of the rowing season. It takes place annually in the first term at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
- 1st VIII 1910 onwards Major Rennie Trophy presented by Z.C. Rennie in 1894. Prior to 1910 the Major Rennie Trophy was awarded for the First Four race, there being no First Eight race until that year.
- 2nd VIII 1968 onwards LC Robson Trophy. Robson was Shore’s Headmaster (1923-1958).
- 1st IV 1893 onwards Yaralla Cup presented by Miss (later Dame) Eadith Walker in 1906. From 1906 to 1911, inclusive, the Yaralla Cup was awarded for the Second Four race. In 1912 the Yaralla Cup became the First Four trophy.
- 2nd IV 1918 onwards Alan Callaway Trophy first awarded 1979. Callaway was a Sydney Boys High School Rowing coach.
- 3rd IV 1920 onwards Father Gartlan Trophy first awarded 1983. Father Gartlan was the founder of the SIC Rowing Club in 1882.
- 4th IV 1927 onwards Penrith City Council Trophy first awarded 1986. Awarded by Penrith City Council to mark 50 years of AAGPS rowing on the Nepean.
The official rifle shooting competition commenced in 1905 but results of the National Rifle Association competition are recorded from 1893. The AAGPS decided in 1903 to formally admit Shooting as one of its sports.
- The National Rifle Association Shield purchased by the AAGPS in 1905. The NRA competition had been held annually for many years prior to 1905.
- The Rawson Cup presented in 1905 by Sir Harry Rawson Governor of New South Wales and Patron of the AAGPS. In 1910 it became a perpetual trophy.
- The Buchanan Shield from 1905 to 1912 was known as the GPS Challenge Shield but in 1913 was renamed to honour CA Buchanan, a long serving Newington master.
- GPSAAA Rifle Shooting Second Grade Premiership Shield - 2nd team first awarded in 1917.
The official tennis competition commenced in 1972.
- 1st team NSW LTA Shield First Grade AAGPS first awarded in 1972.
- 2nd team NSW LTA Shield Second Grade AAGPS first award in 1972.
- The AAGPS and CAS First Teams compete annually for the John Brown Trophy
The official basketball competition commenced in 1975.
- 1st Team HD Hake Shield first awarded 1975 was presented by The King's School Council in memory of Herbert Denys Hake OBE Headmaster of Kings (1939-1964).
- 2nd Team TE Bawden Shield first awarded 1975 was presented by The King's School Council.
- The AAGPS and CAS First Teams complete annually for the PJ Yeend Cup presented by Basketball NSW
The official swimming competition commenced in 2000. Unofficial competition commenced in 1987 among all nine schools but competitions between the schools via a GPS Relay at each School’s Swimming Carnival started in 1922. Between 1903 - 1921 All Schools races were held over various distances at each School’s Swimming Carnival.
The official cross country competition commenced in 1988.
- Senior Cross Country NA Emery Shield first awarded 1988.
The official football competition commenced in 1988
- 1st Grade The Wanderers' Cup for AAGPS Soccer presented in 1988 by The King's School to mark the first school-based game of Soccer in Australia between The King's School and The Gentlemen Wanderers played in Parramatta on 14 August 1880.
- 2nd Grade GPS 2nd Soccer XI Premiership first awarded in 1988.
A gold blazer with the AAGPS logo on the breast is awarded to any boy who attends one of the current AAGPS schools and makes the 1st AAGPS representative side for his chosen summer and winter sport as well as debating; or makes the 1st AAGPS representative side for 2 chosen summer and 2 chosen winter sports.This honour is obviously extremely rare and prestigious.
Notable GPS sporting alumni
- "AAGPS History". Info. Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- "Member Schools". Info. Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- "AAGPS Convenors". Info. Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- "NSW Rhodes Scholars" — University of Sydney list, (retrieved 29 June 2006)
- GPS website
- Newington College
- Saint Ignatius' College
- St Joseph's College
- Sydney Boys High School
- Sydney Church of England Grammar School
- Sydney Grammar School
- The Armidale School
- The King's School
- The Scots College