Ballarat Grammar School

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Ballarat Grammar
201 Forest Street,
Wendouree, Victoria, 3355
Coordinates 37°32′22.52″S 143°49′52.23″E / 37.5395889°S 143.8311750°E / -37.5395889; 143.8311750Coordinates: 37°32′22.52″S 143°49′52.23″E / 37.5395889°S 143.8311750°E / -37.5395889; 143.8311750[1]
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
Motto Latin: Honores Laborem Sequuntur
(Honour Follows Labour)
Denomination Anglican
Established 1911
School number 928[2]
Chairperson Hon Rob Knowles, A.O.
Headmaster Adam Heath
Chaplain Rev. Eleanor O'Donnell[3]
Grades ELC – 12
Enrolment Approx 1500[4]
School colour(s) Blue, Brown & Gold             
Slogan Leading through Learning

Serva Fidem

School Anthem (To the tune of Holst's 'Jupiter Hymn')
VCE average 32[5]
Publication Boomalacka
Yearbook The Grammarian

Ballarat and Queen's Anglican Grammar School is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding, Anglican Church school located in Wendouree (Ballarat), Victoria, Australia.[6]


Ballarat Church of England Grammar School for Boys was opened by Bishop Browne and on the current Forest Street site in 1911.[7] The Church of England Girls’ Grammar School was acquired by the Anglican Diocese in 1918[7] having formerly been Queen’s College which was established 1877,[7] and later having “Queen’s” once again included in the name.

The two schools amalgamated in 1973[7] and became Ballarat and Queen’s Anglican Grammar School on the Forest Street site.

For the 2011 Century Year Celebrations a book 'Met by Wendouree' captures much of the history of the schools. Although both were originally small schools, many alumni have made significant contributions to the Nation, in politics, in academia, education and health services, in business and as musicians and artists. Many are mentioned in the book.

There is also Mainly About Girls, A History of Queen’s, Ballarat 1876 – 1972 written by Susanne White and Winds of Influence, A History of Ballarat Grammar 1911 – 1971 by Michael Boyle.


Adam Heath has been the Headmaster since 2016. Previous to this he was the Middle School Principal at Kristin School in Auckland, New Zealand.[8] Mr Heath originally studied Outdoor Education at La Trobe University, more recently he has completed a master's degree in School Leadership with First Class Honours at Melbourne University. After his early teaching in Mallacoota and the UK, Mr Heath moved to join Caulfield Grammar as Head of their Yarra Junction Campus. In 2005, he was appointed as the founding Head of Middle School at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston.[9]

Previous to Adam Heath, Stephen Higgs was the Headmaster of Ballarat Grammar for 21 years.[10]


Ballarat and Queens Anglican Grammar School's main campus is located in Ballarat, on the corner of Howitt and Forest streets, Wendouree. The expansive campus stretches as far north as Norman St, and west towards Dare St. Both the Senior School and Junior School are situated on the same campus, sharing many facilities and resources. The Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts is accessed by students via the southern part of the campus, and by the general public via Howitt St.

The Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts (WCPA) was opened in 2006 through a partnership between the School and the wider Ballarat Community. The main auditorium seats 857 and the expansive stage area has the capacity to handle a range of performances. It is used by the School and also hosts community events and performances. Ballarat Grammar's Music School is located within the WCPA, featuring tutorial and rehearsal rooms, and a professional recording suite. The WCPA also features natural cooling utilizing underground catacombs and natural air-flow.

The Heinz Centre is an award-winning (2002 BEN Environment Award [11] ) Year 9 Environmental Centre, opened in 2001. The centre was the venue for the Sustainable Building Expo held in 2002 as part of World Environment Week.

The school also has a farming campus at Mount Rowan.[12] This campus is used by the grade 4 students, and the VCE Agriculture-Horticulture students.

The schools City Cite is their campus in the Melbourne CBD[13] students in year 9 will go here for three week in term 4. This gives students a hands on experience and is a powerful way to challenge the year 9s.

Ballarat and Queens Anglican Grammar School is a sister school to St Augustine's High School, an Anglican Mission boarding school in Punjabi, Zimbabwe.'

Academic standing[edit]

Academic Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Better Education Rank (Independent Schools) 45th 38th 48th 59th 69th 80th 73rd 55th 75th 100th
Median VCE score 34 34 34 33 33 33 33 34 33 32
Percentage of VCE scores 40+ 19% 22% 17% 16% 15.7% 11.5% 14.4% 15.9% 12.7% 9.4%



Rowing is considered by many to be the school's most celebrated sport. The Ballarat Associated Schools (BAS) crews compete in the annual "Head of the Lake", which is held at Lake Wendouree.

House system[edit]

The house system is very important to the structure of the school, and there is substantial rivalry between houses in swimming, athletics, choral competitions, and more. The house system also provides pastoral care and a degree of mentoring to students. The rivalry is particularly seen between the two boys' boarding houses, Dart and Wigan, which often used to engage in pranks against each other. This practice was abandoned in 2007 after new administration deemed the activities of the boarding houses to be inappropriate. Dart and Wigan still compete against each other in soccer and Australian rules football matches. These houses used to be one, and their subsequent division may be the cause of the competition. The Dart-Wigan rivalry is often overlooked when competing against the "day" (non-boarding) houses.

There are also three girls' boarding houses, Hayhoe, Woodbridge and Larritt. Larritt was created to accommodate the ever-increasing number of boarders, housing exclusively female boarders in years 7, 8 and 9. Larritt girls 'graduate' to Hayhoe and Woodbridge when they reach year 10.

There are also eight day houses, four for girls and four for boys. The girls' day houses are Manifold, Krome, Cuthbert and Macpherson. The boys' houses are Smith, Butler, Robin and Nevett.

All houses are named after people who were important to the school such as former Headmasters/Headmistresses or substantial donors, and are paired in brother-sister groups. While the houses are generally independent, they compete together in a number of competitions.

The pairs are:

  • Macpherson          – Nevett             
  • Manifold          – Smith         
  • Woodbridge              – Dart         
  • Hayhoe          – Wigan         
  • Cuthbert          – Robin         
  • Krome          – Butler         
  • Larritt         

Chapel of St Mark[edit]

Located within the School grounds is the Chapel of St Mark. Originally built as the School assembly hall (Manifold Hall), the building was transformed into a chapel when student numbers demanded a larger space. Overseen by Chaplain Fr Peter Treloar and Assistant Chaplain Mrs Fiona Whitehouse, the Chapel holds several school services each week. The services are open to students of all faiths and acknowledges the liturgical traditions of the Anglican/Anglo-Catholic Church of Australia.[15] Baptisms, weddings and funerals for school families and the wider community are also regularly held in the Chapel of St Mark

Notably, each winter the Chapel plays host to the charitable drive Can the Chapel. School houses compete to donate non-perishable items, lining the walls (and aisles) of the Chapel. All proceeds are donated to Anglicare Ballarat, and distributed to the needy within the Ballarat community.


Arts and Media
  • Tamsin Barnett – Indoor and beach volleyball (2000 Sydney Olympics; 2008 Beijing Olympics; 2012 London Olympics)
  • Stewart Crameri – Australian rules footballer
  • Robert Eddy – Australian rules footballer
  • Tony Lockett – Australian rules footballer, member of Australian Football Hall of Fame with Legend status
  • Emily Martin - Rowing, Olympian and two-time World Champion.
  • Lloyd Meek – Australian rules draftee
  • Max Spittle – Australian rules footballer for the Melbourne Football Club
  • Lucy Stephan - Rowing, 2016 Olympian (W8+) and 2017 World Champion in the Women's Coxless Four
  • Tom Swann – Rowing Men's Eight (2012 London Olympics)
  • Bronwyn Thompson – Rowing Women's Eight (1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics)[17]
  • Geoff Tunbridge – Australian rules footballer for the Melbourne Football Club
  • John Vernon – Highjumper (Australian Champion, Empire Games 1954)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Location on wikimapia
  2. ^ "Education provider details". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Senior Staff". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Headmaster to retire in 2015".
  5. ^ "Better Education VCE School Results – 2016". Better Education. 2016.
  6. ^ "State Register – Provider details". VRQA.
  7. ^ a b c d Birch, Joel. "History | Ballarat Grammar". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Meet the Principal – Kristin". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Principals in Profile – Adam Heath | Independent Schools Victoria". Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  10. ^ Birch, Joel. "Headmaster's Welcome | Ballarat Grammar". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  11. ^ 2002 BEN Environment Awards (accessed:20-07-2008)
  12. ^ Birch, Joel. "Campuses & Facilities | Ballarat Grammar". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  13. ^ Birch, Joel. "Year 9 | Ballarat Grammar". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  14. ^ Family, Wang. "VCE School Ranking – 2015". Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  15. ^ Treloar, Peter. "An enlightened headmaster". Sydney Morning Herald 14 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2016. When it came to the spiritual life of St Michael's (Grammar, St Kilda), Hewison's thoughtful brand of Anglo-Catholicism came to the fore for the 1400 students....Peter Treloar is (also) the (Anglo-Catholic) chaplain of Ballarat Grammar School...
  16. ^ "Alan Head biography in the Australian Academy of Science". Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  17. ^ Whelan, Melanie (6 November 2011). "Ballarat Grammar boat christening brings back memories for Olympian".

Further reading[edit]

  • M.J.W. Boyle, Winds of Influence: A Short History of Ballarat Grammar 1911–1971 (n.d.)
  • Susanne L. White, Mainly About Girls: A History of Queen's, Ballarat 1876–1972 (1990)

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