Newcastle Grammar School

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Newcastle Grammar School
Newcastle Grammar School logo
Location
Hunter Region
Newcastle, New South Wales, 2300, Australia
Coordinates 32°55′47″S 151°46′50″E / 32.92972°S 151.78056°E / -32.92972; 151.78056Coordinates: 32°55′47″S 151°46′50″E / 32.92972°S 151.78056°E / -32.92972; 151.78056
Information
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Latin: Spectemur Agendo
(Let us be judged by our actions)
Established 1859[1]
Status Open
Chairman Keith Lynch
Head of school Erica Thomas
Teaching staff >90
Years offered Pre-school – Year 12
Enrolment >740
Campus
  • Park (Pre-school to Year 4)
  • Hill (Year 5 to Year 12)
Campus type Urban
Houses
Colour(s) Blue & Burgundy
         
Slogan "Towards a Brighter Future"
Website
Entrance to Newcastle Grammar School at Hill Campus.jpg
Entrance to Newcastle Grammar School at Hill Campus
Newcastle Grammar School Hill Campus - Middle School.jpg
Newcastle Grammar School Hill Campus

Newcastle Grammar School is an independent, co-educational, non-selective, non-denominational, Anglican-affiliated day school in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1859 as the Newcastle Boys' Grammar School,[1] Newcastle Grammar School is now one of the longest established schools in the region and the leading independent coeducational day school with over 800 students and staff from Pre-school to Year 12. Students attend Newcastle Grammar School from all over the Hunter Region, with a small contingent from country New South Wales and overseas.

Newcastle Grammar is affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle,[2] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AISNSW)[5] and Hunter Region Independent Schools (HRIS).

History[edit]

Established in 1859, Newcastle Grammar has links to the earliest days of Anglican education in the city, beginning in 1816 when convict Henry Wrensford taught 17 children aged between 3 and 13 years in a slab hut.[6] Newcastle Boys' Grammar School opened on the present site in 1859, the same year that the school's current administration building, Berkeley House, was opened. The school operated until 1902.[vague]

Newcastle Church of England Girls' Grammar School was officially opened on 22 July 1918 with an enrolment of 56 girls. It was relocated to Morpeth for the period 7 June 1942 until some time in 1943, due to the Second World War. The control and administration of the school was given to the Pittwater House Schools in 1976, and Pittwater House administered it until the end of 1991. In this time, enrolments grew from 170 students to 600. In 1978, boys were once again enrolled at the school.[7]

At the beginning of 1992, the school's senior administration was returned to Newcastle, and the school is now operated by Newcastle Grammar School Limited, a non-profit company limited by guarantee.

Heads of school[edit]

Headmaster/Headmistress Duration
E K Yeatman 1859–1862
HS Millard 1865–1896
M E Lawrance 1918–1932
Z E Martin 1933–1951
M Roberts 1952–1959
E Heath 1960–1964
L Thompson 1965–1967
K Stewart 1968–1976
D Lloyd 1977
R H Morgan (Executive Principal) 1977–1991
A Coombes 1978–1985
B L Charlton 1986–1988
A Green 1989–2014
E Thomas 2014–present

Campuses[edit]

Newcastle Grammar School is situated on two campuses.

Park Campus – Cooks Hill (Pre-School – Year 4)[edit]

Located 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Hill Campus, this Campus features a Pre-school that caters for children in the year before Kindergarten, library, music room and computer rooms. The Sandi Warren Performance Centre is used for musical and dramatic productions, assemblies, physical education lessons, lectures and dinners.

Hill Campus – The Hill (Years 5 – 12)[edit]

Located on The Hill overlooking the city of Newcastle and the beaches, this campus caters for students from Years 5 to 12 in a mix of historic and modern buildings. Students at this campus are offered the best possible facilities including Holland House opened in 2007, houses wonderful Technological and Applied Studies facilities, including a commercial kitchen. The Industrial Technology Faculty has woodwork facilities and iMac computers which can run both Apple and Microsoft Windows programmes. The building also incorporates new facilities for Drama, PE change rooms, a student terrace, general classrooms, a Year 12 common room and a staff common room.

Curriculum, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities[edit]

Students have the opportunity to participate in a range of subjects including, English, Mathematics, Science, French, Japanese, Geography, History, Visual Art, Music, Technology (Bridge Design, Engineering, Digital Media, Textiles, Food Technology, Wood Design, Robotics), PDH & PE, Dance, Divinity and Drama. HSC electives include English Advanced, Extensions 1 and 2, Mathematics General, Extensions 1 and 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern History, Ancient History, History Extensions, French Continuers, Japanese Continuers, Drama, Economics, Geography, Visual Arts, Music 1 and 2, PDH & PE, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Studies of Religion, Design and Technology, Hospitality and Information Processes and Technology. Students are required to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities, including Musical Groups, Debating, Drama Productions, Tournament of Minds, Mock Trial, Young Achievers, Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, Service and Adventure Training Unit and various team sports. Students are involved in community service and support charities in their work. Students are expected to participate in a minimum of one co-curricular activity from Years 5 to 12.[8]

House system[edit]

Upon entry to the School, each student is allocated, according to age and gender, or family tradition, to one of the four houses:

On the Hill Campus, each House is divided into two sections – Stewart (Years 5 to 8) and Berkeley (Years 9 to 12) – with each section composed of small, vertically streamed, single sex Mentor Groups. The Mentor, supported by the House Coordinator, monitors students’ overall progress and wellbeing and establishes a long term, caring relationship with them. Mentor groups meet twice each week and also sit together during Chapel and Head of School’s Assemblies.

At Park Campus (Pre-School to Year 4), the roles of the House Coordinator and Mentor are undertaken by the Class Teacher and the Assistant Head of Park Campus.

Student wellbeing[edit]

The Student Wellbeing programme reflects the overall educational philosophy of Newcastle Grammar School. The programme aims to foster resilience, promote respect for each other and ourselves and cultivate the relationships with one another. Staff strive to ensure that each student is known and valued as an individual, experiences a sense of belonging and feels safe. In this way the social and emotional wellbeing of each student is promoted.

The wellbeing of the students is one of the prime concerns of the School. A focus on the holistic wellbeing and progress of the students is ensured through:

  • the explicit integration of the principles of positive education into the School’s curriculum
  • the philosophy, structure and practices of the House and Mentor system on the Hill Campus
  • the explicit teaching of targeted wellbeing programmes
  • the care shown by Staff in their daily interactions with students.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Newcastle Grammar School". School Choice. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Directory of Anglican Schools & Independent Schools with Anglican Affiliation" (PDF). News South Wales. NSW Provincial Commission on Christian Education. March 2007. p. 16. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  3. ^ "New South Wales". School Directory. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-12. [dead link]
  4. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Hunter Region". NSW Independent Schools by Region. Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  6. ^ From the Spirit - A History of Newcastle Grammar School
  7. ^ Newcastle Grammar School – Our History
  8. ^ Newcastle Grammar School Co-curricular Activities 2004

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