Camberwell Grammar School

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Camberwell Grammar School
Camberwell Grammar School crest. Source: (Camberwell Grammar School website)
Latin: Spectemur Agendo
("By our deeds may we be known")
55 Mont Albert Road
Canterbury, Victoria, 3126
Coordinates 37°48′55″S 145°4′2″E / 37.81528°S 145.06722°E / -37.81528; 145.06722Coordinates: 37°48′55″S 145°4′2″E / 37.81528°S 145.06722°E / -37.81528; 145.06722
Type Independent, Single-sex
Denomination Anglican
Established 1886
Founder A. B. Taylor
Headmaster Dr Paul Hicks
Enrolment 1,286 (P-12)
Houses Bridgeland, Clifford, Derham, Macneil, Robinson, Schofield, Steven, Summons
Colour(s) Gold, Navy Blue & Pale Blue             

Camberwell Grammar School is an independent, Anglican, day school for boys, located in Canterbury, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Camberwell Church of England Grammar School was founded in 1886. In its early years, the school was housed at a number of sites in and around the suburb of Camberwell, Victoria. It has occupied its present site on Mont Albert Road on Canterbury's Golden Mile, since 1935. In 2011, it celebrated the 125th year anniversary of its establishment in 1886.

The school currently has around 1600 students. The school is divided into three sections – Junior School (Prep – Year 5), Middle School (Year 6 – Year 8) and Senior School (Year 9 – Year 12).

The school has eight houses, named Derham, Macneil, Robinson, Summons, Bridgland, Schofield, Clifford and Steven. The house colours are red, yellow, emerald green, blue, sky blue, magenta, orange and royal blue respectively.


The school moved to its current location along Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury in 1936, and is made up from a collection of Victorian era estate houses, including Highton, Kingussie, Norge, Roystead, and Tara, which was demolished for the Performing Arts Centre in the 1990s.

In 2003, the H.R. McDonald Library and Humanities building replaced the old library block. The building includes a two storey library, seventeen classrooms and a ceramics studio.

In 2007, the new Middle School, VCE, Careers and Counselling offices were opened. The new Middle School building was named the William Angliss building.

At the beginning of 2013, the new Senior School building, the Wheelton Centre, was completed. It includes the new science department and science laboratories, a lecture theatre, language centres, computer pods and a new Year 12 Common Room. The new building also houses a revamped IT Center responsible for the maintenance of the school's computer network and re-imaging students' laptop computers. Currently, the school chooses to support both Windows and Macintosh computers, in the hope of diversifying the student body's current preferences.

A new sports centre and chapel is currently being built for the school, which will replace the existing gymnasium. These buildings have also replaced the Old Angliss Building, which stood for over 90 years.


  • The Bishop's Mitre
symbol of the English Church
  • The Laurel Wreath
symbol of victory

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

The Camberwell Grammar School Army Cadet Unit (CGSACU) was established in 1888 and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013. The Cadet Unit conducts military training including weekend bivouacs and annual camps. The cadets participate in weekly trainings and activities within and outside of school. They have had a friendly rivalry with the Melbourne High School Cadet Unit over the years, operating in exercises against each other at annual camps. Additionally, the cadet unit participate on the annual marches to the Shrine of Remembrance on ANZAC Day. They also participate in the Remembrance Day service at the Shrine of Remembrance.
  • Interschool Debating
Camberwell Grammar is a part of the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) and holds interschool debates with other schools in the region with school grounds.
Camberwell Grammar has one of only a few Interact clubs in Victoria. The club participates in many community service and fundraising events. Which is no longer in operation as of March 2013.

Notable Old Camberwell Grammarians[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ OCGA Gallery of Achievement
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  4. ^ Aiten, Doug (29 Oct 1989). "The weatherman who wants more". Retrieved 12 November 2009. [dead link]
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  7. ^ "Gallery of Achievement". Camberwell Grammar School. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Noted Business Man – Death of Mr F. G. Murdoch". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933–1954). 27 December 1933. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
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