Great Southern Grammar

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Great Southern Grammar
GSG CREST Small.jpg
Wisdom and Knowledge
Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates 34°56′51″S 117°58′10″E / 34.9476°S 117.9694°E / -34.9476; 117.9694Coordinates: 34°56′51″S 117°58′10″E / 34.9476°S 117.9694°E / -34.9476; 117.9694
Type Private School
Established 1999
Headmaster Stuart Marquardt
Enrolment 736 (2012)
Campus Lower Kalgan
Colour(s) blue, white, red, green and Calhoun tartan

Great Southern Grammar is a coeducational independent residential and day school located in Lower Kalgan between the King River and the Kalgan River. The school is approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi) East of Albany, a regional centre 390 kilometres (242 mi)[1] south-southeast of Perth, Western Australia.


The campus has a total area of 100 acres (40 ha)[2] bordered by Nanarup Road to the north, Oyster Harbour to the south, Johnston Creek to the west and the Kalgan River to the east.

Multi-Purpose Sports Facility

The school is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA),[4] Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA),[5] and the Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia (AISWA).[6]

The school is known as "the School of the Sea".[7]


The school was founded in 1996 by a development committee and incorporated in 1998 by the Board of Trustees. After opening in rented premises in Mount Melville in 1999, the school relocated to the Lower Kalgan campus in 2000. The school catered for Year 8 to 10 students when it first opened.

In 2002 the Junior School opened which catered for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. The Middle School continued to operate for students in Year 7 to Year 9 and the Senior School continued to cater for students from Year 10 to Year 12.

The Senior School building was extended to include an extra six classrooms in 2004. The construction company, Wauters Enterprises, won a construction excellence award from the Master Builders Association.[8]

The new Middle School building, including new classrooms, music facilities and science laboratory was opened in 2009. The building was awarded as the best commercial building for the Great Southern Region in 2009.[9]

Elizabeth Constable, the Minister of Education, visited the school in 2010 in recognition of the school's strong performance in the TEE examinations in 2009 where the school ranked in the top ten of the state.[10]

The new senior boarding wing, Michaelmas House, named after the island of same name in King George Sound, was opened at the commencement of Term One in 2010.

The new multi-purpose sports facility, partially funded by the Building the Education Revolution program, featuring two basketball courts and a synthetic surface, was completed and opened in June 2010 during the school's Foundation Day ceremony.[11]

The school won the Best School Grounds category for the region in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's awards for 2010.[12]

Opening the new music building in April 2011, the school had new spaces for music lessons, a recording studio, storage for equipment and a direct connection to the existing hall that is used for drama lessons and performances.

A new senior school building was opened in 2012 with additional classrooms and undercover areas, the new building was named the Pratten Centre after Peter Pratten, one of the school founders and chair of the school council.


The school appears regularly in the top 50 schools for the Western Australian Certificate of Education. Ranked as the top school in the Great Southern region in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007. In 2009 the school was also ranked as the top regional school in the state.

Year % +75 in WACE[i] State ranking[ii] % +65 in WACE[iii] State ranking % graduation[iv]
2012 16.36 22 41.09 30 100[13]
2011 19.00 23 41.00 46 98.4[14]
2010 11.01 47 45.81 41 100[15]
2009 18 10 100[16]
  1. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 75 or above was achieved
  2. ^ Ranking of school compared to other schools in the state
  3. ^ Based on the number of Stage 3 course enrolments in the school where a WACE course score of 65 or above was achieved
  4. ^ Percentage of Year 12 cohort that graduated with a WACE certificate


Stuart Marquardt and Rev. Stephen Lee, Foundation day 2010

The founding headmaster of the school was Reverend Stephen Lee who accepted the position in 1999. Mr Lee left the school in 2003 to become the principal of Methodist Ladies College.[17] The second headmaster was Peter Welch who managed the school from 2004 to 2007. Stuart Marquardt is the current headmaster and joined the school from Sunshine Coast Grammar School in 2007.[18]

House system[edit]

The house system is a support system for the pastoral care of students. The School is divided into four different houses: Baudin, Camfield, Mokare and Wilson. The four houses compete in interhouse competitions including swimming, athletics and cross country. Other competitions such as debating and tug of wars are also held.

House Baudin Camfield Mokare Wilson
Colour Blue      White      Green      Red     
Named after Nicholas Baudin Anne Camfield Mokare Thomas Wilson
Mascot Sea Horse Owl Gecko Serpent
Outward Bound School Group in Walpole-Nornalup National Park

Expedition Program[edit]

The school has a long association with Outward Bound[19] and have conducted compulsory expeditions in all levels of the Middle school and Year Ten in the Senior School. Commencing in 2009 the school only Year 9 and Year 10 students have attended compulsory Outward Bound expeditions with an optional program being available for Year 11 students. The expeditions are conducted in the D'Entrecasteaux National Park and Walpole-Nornalup National Park with students being accompanied by a staff member and an outward bound instructor.


School Captains at Countryweek 2008

The school participates in many sports in the local leagues including soccer, netball, hockey and basketball. The sporting uniform is navy blue and red, usually in horizontal stripes, although the design has changed through the years. Football teams are entered into the Belt Up Cup carnival and the Smarter than Smoking carnivals and have achieved a good deal of success in their endeavour including winning the regional title in 2007 and 2008 for the Belt Up Cup.

Country Week

Country Week teams have been sent from the school since 2004 when the school sent 2 teams: boy's basketball and girl's netball. The teams were composed of Year 12 students only and a total of 19 students and 3 teachers attended the carnival.

More teams participated in the 2005 carnival with teams, again made up of Year 12 students only, for boy's hockey and boy's volleyball and girl's netball attending.

By 2006 teams were sent to represent the school in boy's hockey, boy's basketball and girl's netball. This was the first year that the school sent students from both Year 11 and Year 12.

GSG students in stand at Perry Lakes Stadium in 2008

The 2007 school team consisted of Year 10,11 and 12 students and sports represented included boy's and girl's hockey, boy's basketball, boy's soccer and girl's netball. The school won two division shields in girl's A-grade hockey and boy's C-grade soccer.

The 2008 carnival saw the school represented in the same sports as the previous year with the inclusion of a girl's basketball and a speech and debating team. The school won shields in boy's A-grade hockey, girl's A-grade hockey and girl's A-grade soccer. By 2009 the school team was composed of the same sports as in 2008, with shields being won in boy's A-grade hockey and boy's B-grade soccer. The school also came runner-up in the meritorious shield to Bunbury Cathedral Grammar.

2010 proved to be the school's most successful year at the tournament with teams representing all the sports taken in 2009 with the further addition of boy's and girl's volleyball teams as well as a dance team. Shields were won in boy's A-grade hockey for the fourth year in a row and also in girl's A-grade netball and by the speech and debate team. The school also won the meritorious shield award for the first time.

The school sent the same teams as for 2010 with the exception of dance but included a mixed touch rugby team to compete in the 2011 carnival. The speech and debate team was again successful as was boy's B-grade soccer. The school also came runner-up in the meritorious shield to Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School.

Equestrian Team

In 2012 the school fielded its first Australian Rules Football team in the competition, overall the school once again were runners up in the meritorious shield to the Western Australian college of Agriculture - Narrogin.

In 2013 the boy's Volleyball team won the A-grade trophy and the girl's hockey team also won the A-grade title, overall the school came third in the meritorious shield.


The school has competed in the Western Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships since 2007.

The team has been awarded Champion Secondary Dressage School in 2012, Reserve Champion Secondary Dressage Team in 2010, 2011, Champion Secondary Evening Team 2012 and Champion Secondary Showjumping Team in 2012.

The equestrian team from the school has been awarded Champion Secondary Rural School in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with many members of the team being have been invited to represent Western Australia at the National Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,[20] 2012[21] and 2013.[22]


  1. ^ "Great Circle Distance between Albany and Perth". Geosciences Australia website. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Great Southern Grammar". 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "AHISA Schools". Western Australia. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Great Southern Grammar". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Independent Primary School Heads of Australia". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia". Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Great Southern Grammar School". Albany Gateway. 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wauters Enterprises Awards". 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Master Builders Great Southern Spring 09 newslwetter". 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Minister touts Albany schools' performance". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan". Government of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Anchor Newsletter". 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Year 12 Student Achievement Data". Government of Western Australia. 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "New MLC Principal known for commitment to excellence". 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Sunshine Coast Grammar School Reflections 2007". 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "Outward Bound - Partner Schools". Outward Bound. 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Equestrian WA Interschoools 2011". 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  21. ^ Vanessa Fuchsbichler (9 May 2012). "Great Southern Grammar takes the EWA Overall School Championship Title again!". Equestrian Western Australia. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Extract from Hansard ASSEMBLY - Thursday, 6 May 2010". 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 

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