Canberra Girls Grammar School
|Canberra Girls Grammar School|
|Deakin, Australian Capital Territory
|Type||Independent, Day and Boarding|
|Motto||Latin: Iuventuti Nil Arduum
(To the young nothing is difficult)
|Gender||Co-educational – Early Learning to Yr2
Girls – Yrs 3-12
|Colour(s)||Red, Green, Navy Blue and White|
Established in 1926 as St Gabriel's School, by the Church of England religious order, the Community of the Sisters of the Church, Canberra Girls Grammar is the oldest private day and boarding school in Canberra. It has a non-selective enrolment policy and caters for approximately 1,600 students, with co-education from Early Learning (preschool) to Year 2, and girls only from Years 3 to Year 12. Boarding facilities are available on the Senior Campus for up to 95 students in Years 7 to 12. CGGS is also licensed to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme (for Years 11 and 12).
Canberra Girls Grammar School is affiliated with the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia (AGSA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), and is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).
St Gabriel's School was established with nine students in 1926, as a day and boarding school for girls, by the Church of England religious order, the Community of the Sisters of the Church (the Kilburn Sisters). It catered for the small but growing community in what was designated as the new Federal capital.
From 1926 to early 1928, the Old Rectory of St John the Baptist Church, Reid, was leased from the Government by the Kilburn Sisters. The rectory was known as Glebe House, and was close to the city. In May 1927, the day before the opening of Parliament House, the foundation stone of the current site on Melbourne Avenue at Deakin, was laid by Lewis Radford, Bishop of the then Diocese of Goulburn. The school officially moved into its new site in 1928. In 1933, the school was renamed Canberra Church of England Girls Grammar School (CCEGGS).
CCEGGS was nearly closed down during the Great Depression, and sold some of its land in order to remain solvent. A boom period in the 1970s saw the school expand, with the Junior School moving to a new Campus in Grey Street, Deakin, to cater for a surge in enrolments. Today the junior school remains on a separate campus within the suburb. In 2001, the school name changed again, this time to its current form Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS). In 2004, CGGS opened an Early Learning Centre (preschool) catering for 3 to 5 year olds on its Junior School campus.
|1934–1937||Bessie Tomson Forster|
|May 1937 – 1947||Una Mitchell May|
|1947||(Acting) Doris Laity|
|1962–1965||Mavis June Prater|
|1971–1973||Donald V. Selth|
|1984||(Acting) Elizabeth McKay|
|2003–2004||(Acting) Elizabeth Gilbert|
|2004||(Acting) Jane Pelvin|
|2009||(Acting) Bruce Handley|
|2010||(Acting) Bruce Handley|
|2011 – present||Anne Coutts|
Canberra Girls Grammar School is located over two campuses (primary and secondary) in the inner Canberra suburb of Deakin, within view of Australia's Parliament House. Combined, the campuses are 10 hectares (25 acres) in size, and include an indoor heated swimming centre, gymnasia, sports courts, playing fields, an aquatic centre on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, and buildings catering for the performing arts, art and textiles.
The School's most recent additions include a music centre with an adjoining 1,000-seat hall. 2006 saw improvements made to the junior school with the opening of six new classrooms, two music rooms and practice rooms and in 2010 the addition of a new multi-purpose hall, administration block, front office and staff offices. In the senior campus a new administration block, drive through and entrance was built in 2011 and a new award-winning science wing completed in 2012.
Canberra Girls Grammar School was authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate World School Diploma Programme on 21 July 2010. The school was also authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme on 15 September 2011.
A high percentage of students who graduate with a Year 12 Certificate also obtain an ATAR and go on to study at university. In 2007, of the 150 students awarded a Year 12 certificate, 91% were awarded Tertiary Education Statements. Also that year, the median ATAR gained by students was 86 compared with the average of students from all across ACT colleges of 79. Students from Canberra Girls Grammar School had the second highest median ATAR of the ACT colleges that year, and in 2009 they achieved the highest score. 92% of students from the school who were awarded Tertiary Education Statements in 2007 scored over 65 for their ATAR compared with 79% of all ACT students.
Students in Years 11 and 12 are also given the option to study the International Baccalaureate instead of the BSSS curriculum.
As with most Australian schools, Canberra Girls Grammar School utilises a house system for activities and competitions. The system forms the basis of its pastoral care programme. Students in the senior school are divided into six houses:
- Burgmann, named after the Right Reverend E H Burgmann, bishop of Canberra and Goulburn from 1950 to 1960
- Deakin, named after the suburb in which the school is situated and former prime minister Alfred Deakin
- Glebe, named after the building in which the school was first established
- Kilburn, named after the suburb in London where the Mother House of the Order of Sisters of the Church was located
- Robertson, named after Archdeacon C W Robertson
- Waverley, named after the Sydney suburb of Waverley where the Mother House of the Order of Sisters of the Church in Australia was located.
Alumnae of Canberra Girls Grammar School are known as Grammarians and can join the schools alumni association, the Grammarians' Association (GA). The GA was formed as the Old Girls' Union in 1931 and has branches around Australia and overseas. Some notable Old Grammarians include:
- Entertainment, media and the arts
- Sibylla Budd – Australian actress
- Stef Dawson - Australian actress
- Kate Fischer – model, Pru Goward's daughter
- Samara Weaving – Australian actress, niece of Australian actor, Hugo Weaving
- Politics, public service and the law
- Tupou Draunidalo – Fijian lawyer, Vice-President of the Fiji Law Society and daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji, Kuini Speed
- Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt – British politician; Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester West; Former Secretary of State for Health
- Katrina Hodgkinson – Australian politician and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
- Zoe Buckman - Australian representative to the 2012 Olympics in Athletics
- Katherine Calder – Winter Olympian
- Anglican Church of Australia
- List of schools in the Australian Capital Territory
- List of boarding schools
- Head of the River (New South Wales)
- Associated southern colleges
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