Georges River Grammar School

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Georges River Grammar
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Latin: Exultate Deo
Exalt greatly in God
Location
Georges Hall, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°54′50.23″S 150°58′56.81″E / 33.9139528°S 150.9824472°E / -33.9139528; 150.9824472Coordinates: 33°54′50.23″S 150°58′56.81″E / 33.9139528°S 150.9824472°E / -33.9139528; 150.9824472
Information
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day School
Denomination ostensibly Anglican
Established 1984 (as St Paul's Choir School)
Chairman Matt Hankin
Principal Patrick McGing
Employees 100[1]
Enrolment 800 (K-12)[2]
Colour(s) Blue and White
Slogan a caring, learning environment.
Website

Georges River Grammar (GRG) is an independent, co-educational, day school located in Georges Hall, a suburb of South-Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1984, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 800 students from Kindergarten to 12.[2]

Georges River Grammar's Principal is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the New Anglican Schools Sports Association (NASSA),[4] and the Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools (AICES).[4]

History[edit]

Georges River Grammar was founded in 1984, initially as a Primary school based at St Paul's Anglican Church in Bankstown. In 1986, a secondary school, Bankstown Grammar School was commenced as a joint venture of the Anglican and Uniting churches in Bankstown.[5]

The name of the school was officially changed in early 2011 from "Bankstown Grammar School" to "Georges River Grammar" to reflect the reality that it draws broadly from the Georges River area. It also ensures a unified identity after the amalgamation of St Paul's Choir School and Bankstown Grammar School in 2008.[6]

The school began in 1984 as the choir school of St Paul's Anglican Church Bankstown, and GRG was founded to enable students to proceed to a secondary education.

The school currently has four houses – Wood, Jackson, Rossiter and Chamberlain – named for the founders of the school. Previously, it had six – Wood, Jackson, Rossiter, Chamberlain, Broughton and Barker.

Unlike other new Anglican schools, GRG has had no financial support from the Diocese of Sydney and has only loose association with the structures of the Anglican Church.[citation needed]

Activities[edit]

The school has a strong academic record, consistently outperforming other non-selective schools in the area. It prides itself on offering a well-rounded education. It has a good record of participation in sporting events, providing a range of options for students, but has not displayed pre-eminence in any particular sporting endeavour. Debating and public speaking are strong points for the school, with strong curricular and co-curricular programs developed over many years. The school has always had a substantial music program. Over 200 students receive private music tuition and it currently has a Junior Band, Senior band, Primary Choir, Boys' Choir, Honour Choir, orchestra, Flute Group, String Group and Brass Band. GRG has developed a tradition of regular blood donation by senior students and has consistently been the areas largest donor, winning the 'Vampire Shield' on a number of occasions. The school was a pilot school for the SES Cadet program and has participated in that program since its inception.

Since 2011, Georges River Grammar has undergone a significant upgrade in facilities with two permanent double storey building incorporating 16 new Primary classrooms, toilets and Information technology pods. A new Canteen and Secondary block was completed in 2011. In 2014 two separate projects, a double storey Secondary block with 16 classrooms, including two art studios and a Trade Skills Centre are under construction. A Primary Library was created in early 2014 when a former factory on the site was refurbished. The Primary school also gained a designated Primary Computer lab in 2014.

2013 saw a massive information technology upgrade, with the school's network and fibre optic backbone reported in HP's industry magazine as leading edge.

Since 2013, enrolments at the school have increased dramatically with intake years in Kindergarten and Year 7 at capacity. Currently, there are limited vacancies in other secondary years and very limited vacancies in some Primary years.

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