Canberra Grammar School

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Canberra Grammar School (CGS)
Canberra Grammar School crest. Source: (Canberra Grammar School website)
Latin: Deo Ecclesiae Patriae
Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Coordinates 35°19′51″S 149°7′31″E / 35.33083°S 149.12528°E / -35.33083; 149.12528Coordinates: 35°19′51″S 149°7′31″E / 35.33083°S 149.12528°E / -35.33083; 149.12528
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding
Denomination Anglican
Established 1929
Sister school Canberra Girls' Grammar School
Chairman Mark Brandon-Baker
Head of school Dr Justin Garrick
Chaplain Fr Christopher Welsh
Staff 314
Teaching staff 150
Enrolment 1,655 (ELC-12)[1]
Campuses Southside Campus & Northside Campus
Colour(s) Navy Blue & Sky Blue         
Slogan Lead the Future
Revenue A$24,798,519 (2006)[2]

Canberra Grammar School (CGS) is an independent, day and boarding school for boys, located in Red Hill, a suburb of Canberra, the capital of Australia.

The school is affiliated with the Anglican Church of Australia and provides an education from Pre-school to Year 2 for boys and girls, and from Year 3 to 12 for boys only.

The school was founded in 1929, the foundation stone being laid on 4 December 1928 by Prime Minister of Australia Stanley Bruce. Initially it was attended by only 63 students, but has grown sharply since the early 1950s to a total of 1,655 students in attendance as of February 2013[1]


Unlike other schools in the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra Grammar School awards the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) to its Year 12 students.[3] The curriculum in Years 11 and 12 is thus based on New South Wales HSC courses. Canberra Grammar is an IB World School.


The school offers many activities outside of school hours. These include sport, music and other activities.[4]

Education technology[edit]

Canberra Grammar School uses Microsoft Exchange for email.[5]

The school's Main Oval and Breezeway


Grounds and buildings of Canberra Grammar School viewed from Red Hill

As with most Australian schools, Canberra Grammar utilises a house system. The Senior School currently has eight houses: [6]

House Colour Mascot
Burgmann Gold Lion Rampant
Manaro(boarding) Red Dragon
Garran Purple Bull
Garnsey Sky Blue Dove with Olive Branch
Eddison Navy Blue Eagle
Hay Black Murray Cod
Sheaffe White Pegasus
Edwards Maroon Kookaburra

Also two year seven houses:

House Mascot
Clements Agnus Dei (Lamb)
Burgess Kangaroo

The two Boarding houses are smaller than the day boy houses, to allow for more one on one pastoral care, during school sporting events they combine to form Monaro house to remain competitive with the larger day boy houses.

In the Junior School, there are four houses.

House Colour
Edwards Green
Radford Red
Garnsey Blue
CJ Shakespeare Gold


Name Term
Rev Canon W.J. Edwards 1929–1946
Rev A.E. Gardner 1947
Rev Canon D.A Garnsey 1948–1958
P.J McKeown A.M 1959–1985
T.C. Murray 1986–1998
A.S. Murray 1998–2010
Rev Christopher Welsh 2010
Justin Garrick 2011–present

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Kerry Packer, publishing, media and gaming tycoon.[17]
  • Terry Snow, Executive Director of the Canberra Airport Group,[18] Australian businessman (trained accountant), entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed philanthropist
Media, entertainment and the arts
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian School Choice- Canberra Grammar School[dead link] (accessed:20-06-2007)
  2. ^ Canberra Grammar School Annual Report 2006[dead link] (accessed:20-06-2007)
  3. ^ "Years 11-12". Canberra Grammar School. 2009-03-13. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Co-Curricular". Canberra Grammar School. 2009-03-13. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Microsoft Exchange - Outlook Web Access". 2009-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Houses". Canberra Grammar School. 2009-03-13. [dead link]
  7. ^
  8. ^ "NSW Rhodes Scholars"[dead link]University of Sydney list, (retrieved 16 April 2007)
  9. ^ a b c d CGS Rhodes Scholars. Red Hill Outlook 2011; 28
  10. ^ "City University web site", (retrieved 1 January 2009).
  11. ^ Debating Team. Original choral music composition YABROVIII won 1976 music prize The Canberran 1976: 44: 72.
  12. ^ Butler Prize for Modern History. Debating Team. The Canberran 1976; 44: 166
  13. ^ 1st XI and early entry ANU. The Canberran 1976; 44: 79 and 91
  14. ^ Smarden Essay Prize 1976. Debating Team. The Canberran 1976: 44: 38-43, 166
  15. ^ Pursehouse Prize for Cricket (Cptn 1st XI); Prize for Ancient History; Littlejohn Prize for Public Speaking (Senior). Debating Team. 1st XV. The Canberran 1976: 44: 90 and 165.
  16. ^ Debating Team.McKeown PJ (ed) Deo, Ecclesiae, Patriae Fifty Years of Canberra Grammar School ANU Press Canberra 1979 p195
  17. ^ "Chip off the old block". Melbourne: Fairfax Digital. 2005-12-31. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ Debating Team. The Canberran 1976: 44: 38-43.
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Interview with Francis James
  22. ^ [2][dead link]
  23. ^ [3][dead link]
  24. ^ 2nd place music competition The Canberran 1976: 44: 72
  25. ^ Clarence Festival. George Washingmachine. accessed 15 June 2010
  26. ^ Howard Penny. accessed 14 Dec 2011
  27. ^ [4]
  28. ^ The Hon. Wallace Clyde FIFE
  29. ^ Dodd, Mark (20 October 2008). "Eco-brawler unworried about front line". The Australian. 
  30. ^ "Passions kept Carr on track". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-08-03. 
  31. ^
  32. ^ 1st X1 and 1st XV The Canberran 1976: 44: 88
  33. ^ National Museum of Australia: Gough Whitlam (accessed:02-08-2007)
  34. ^ Mr Peter William WEBB
  35. ^
  36. ^ "A man on top of his game". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-03-10. 
  37. ^ Michael Milton
  38. ^ a b c d Rugby — Canberra Grammar School
  39. ^ 1986 National Championships - Australian Rowing History
  40. ^
  41. ^ | Australian Sevens Player Profiles[dead link] (accessed:26-11-2009)
  42. ^ ROMS | Crew listing for Canberra Grammar racing the Schoolboy Coxed Quad Scull at 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta
  43. ^ Athlete profile: Fergus Pragnell
  44. ^ Edward Bissaker
  45. ^ Swimming Australia
  46. ^ Inquiry into fitness to plead of David Harold Eastman[dead link], page 56

Further reading[edit]

  • McKeown, P.J., Editor (1979). Deo, Ecclesiae, Patriae; Fifty Years of Canberra Grammar School. Australian National University Press. ISBN 0-7081-1591-8. 

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