Canberra Grammar School

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Canberra Grammar School (CGS)
Canberra Grammar School crest. Source: (Canberra Grammar School website)
Latin: Deo Ecclesiae Patriae
For God, for Church, for Country
Red Hill, ACT
Australia Australia
Coordinates 35°19′51″S 149°7′31″E / 35.33083°S 149.12528°E / -35.33083; 149.12528Coordinates: 35°19′51″S 149°7′31″E / 35.33083°S 149.12528°E / -35.33083; 149.12528
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
Denomination Anglican
Established 1929
Chairman Steve Byron[1]
Head of school Dr Justin Garrick
Chaplain Rev Andrew Robinson
Staff 340
Teaching staff 163
Enrolment 1,712 (ELC-12)[2]
Campuses Southside Campus & Northside Campus
Colour(s) Navy Blue, Sky Blue & Orange             
Slogan Ready for the World
Revenue A$39,369,357 (2015)[3]

Canberra Grammar School (CGS) is an independent, day and boarding school for boys and girls, located in Red Hill, a suburb of Canberra, the capital of Australia.

The school is affiliated with the Anglican Church of Australia and provides an education from Pre-school to Year 2 for boys and girls, and from Year 3 to 12 for boys only.

In October 2015, the school announced that it would extend co-education to all years, commencing in 2016 with an intake of girls in Years 3 and 4. This will extend in 2017 to Years 7 and 11, with full co-education achieved by 2020.[4]

The school was founded in 1929 when the existing Monaro Grammar School was relocated to Canberra from Cooma.[5] The foundation stone was laid on 4 December 1928 by Prime Minister of Australia Stanley Bruce. Initially it was attended by only 63 students, but has grown considerably since the early 1950s to a total attendance of 1,712 students as of December 2014.[6]


In the Primary School, the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework requirements are incorporated through International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.[7]

In the Senior School, from Years 7 to 10, the School follows the Australia Curriculum and the ACT Every chance to learn curriculum framework.[8] Unlike other schools in the Australian Capital Territory, Canberra Grammar School does not follow the ACT Year 12 Curriculum. Instead, students in Year 11 and 12 have the option to study either the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.[9] In 2012, Canberra Grammar became an International Baccalaureate World School.[10]


The school offers many activities outside of school hours. These include sport, music and other activities.[11]

Education technology[edit]

Canberra Grammar School uses a wide range of technologies to enhance the learning of its students. Interactive whiteboards are installed in all Senior School and Junior School classrooms and the School has several computer labs available for student use. The School also has campus-wide wireless network available to students, staff and guests. In 2012 the School commenced a Mobile Technology trial giving each Year 9 student an iPad for use in the classroom and at home.[12] This trial was funding by the Federal Government under the Digital Education Revolution. Following the trial, the School decided to implement a BYOD scheme. This began in 2013 and students in the Senior School were encouraged to bring a 'light' mobile device such as a tablet or laptop. These mobile devices had to meet certain specifications set by the School to ensure that they were appropriate and useful learning tools. Junior School students in Years 5 and 6 were also encouraged to bring an iPad to school. From 2014, all Senior Students were required to have a mobile device at school. At the start of 2014, all staff were also issued new laptops, the Sony Vaio Pro, to increase teachers' engagement with technology and as part of the move to a digital attendance system, Synergetic, which took place in February 2013.

The School has a dedicated Education Technology Support Desk located in the Senior School Resource Centre for providing technology support to staff and students. The support desk is staffed by over six full-time employees.


Grounds and buildings of Canberra Grammar School viewed from Red Hill

As with most Australian schools, Canberra Grammar utilises a house system. The Senior School currently has eight houses: [13]

House Colour Mascot
Burgmann Gold Lion Rampant
Manaro (boarding) Red Dragon
Garran Purple Bull
Garnsey Sky Blue Dove with Olive Branch
Eddison Navy Blue Eagle
Hay Black Murray Cod
Sheaffe White Pegasus
Edwards Maroon Kookaburra

Sheaffe House is the current holder of the Manaro House Shield, the award for the culmination of inter-house competitions.

The School also has two Year 7 houses:

House Mascot
Clements Agnus Dei (Lamb)
Burgess Kangaroo

The two Boarding houses are smaller than the day boy houses, to facilitate one-on-one pastoral care; during school sporting events they combine to form Monaro house to remain competitive with the larger day boy houses.

The Junior School has four houses:

House Colour
Edwards Green
Radford Red
Garnsey Blue
CJ Shakespeare Yellow

Heads of School[edit]

Name Term
The Rev. Canon W.J. Edwards 1929–1946
The Rev. A.E. Gardner 1947
The Rev. Canon David A. Garnsey 1948–1958
Paul J. McKeown, AM 1959–1985
Timothy C. Murray 1986–1998
A. Simon Murray 1998–2010
The Rev. Christopher Welsh 2010
Dr Justin Garrick 2011–present

Notable alumni[edit]

Rhodes Scholars
  • Kerry Packer, publishing, media and gaming tycoon.[24]
  • Terry Snow, Executive Director of the Canberra Airport Group,[25] Australian businessman (trained accountant), entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed philanthropist
  • Harry O'Connor, international entrepreneur and innovator
Media, entertainment and the arts
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CGS: Governance". Canberra Grammar School. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2014" (PDF). p. 3. 
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2015". 
  4. ^ "CGS goes fully co-educational". Canberra Grammar School. October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Canberra Boys' Grammar School and oval, Red Hill, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory". Australian National University photographs. 1948. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Canberra Grammar School Annual Report 2014 (accessed:17-11-2015)
  7. ^ "The IB Primary Years Programme & Australian Curriculum". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  8. ^ "The Curriculum Year 7 to Year 10". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  9. ^ "The Curriculum Year 11 to Year 12". Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Canberra Grammar School - International Baccalaureate". IBO. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Co-Curricular". Canberra Grammar School. 2009-03-13. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. 
  12. ^ "CGS: Teaching and Innovation". Canberra Grammar School. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Houses". Canberra Grammar School. 2009-03-13. Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. 
  14. ^ "NSW Rhodes Scholars"University of Sydney list, (retrieved 16 April 2007) Archived January 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ a b c d CGS Rhodes Scholars. Red Hill Outlook 2011; 28
  16. ^ "News | The University of Sydney". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Debating Team. McKeown PJ (ed) Deo, Ecclesiae, Patriae Fifty Years of Canberra Grammar School ANU Press Canberra 1979 p195
  18. ^ Debating Team. Original choral music composition YABROVIII won 1976 music prize The Canberran 1976: 44: 72.
  19. ^ Pursehouse Prize for Cricket (Cptn 1st XI); Prize for Ancient History; Littlejohn Prize for Public Speaking (Senior). Debating Team. 1st XV. The Canberran 1976: 44: 90 and 165.
  20. ^ 1st XI and early entry ANU. The Canberran 1976; 44: 79 and 91
  21. ^ "City University web site", (retrieved 1 January 2009).
  22. ^ Smarden Essay Prize 1976. Debating Team. The Canberran 1976: 44: 38-43, 166
  23. ^ Butler Prize for Modern History. Debating Team. The Canberran 1976; 44: 166
  24. ^ "Chip off the old block". Melbourne: Fairfax Digital. 2005-12-31. 
  25. ^ "Team | Canberra Airport". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  26. ^ Debating Team. The Canberran 1976: 44: 38-43.
  27. ^ "Francis James interviewed by Stewart Harris [sound recording] | National Library of Australia". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  28. ^ [1] Archived October 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Retrieved March 28, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  30. ^ Howard Penny. accessed 14 December 2011.
  31. ^ 2nd place music competition The Canberran 1976: 44: 72
  32. ^ Clarence Festival. George Washingmachine. accessed 15 June 2010.
  33. ^ "The Hon. Wallace Clyde FIFE". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  34. ^ Dodd, Mark (20 October 2008). "Eco-brawler unworried about front line". The Australian. 
  35. ^ "Passions kept Carr on track". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-08-03. 
  36. ^ Capital Magazine Publishing (18 May 2008). "I love my Capital" (PDF). Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  37. ^ 1st X1 and 1st XV The Canberran 1976: 44: 88
  38. ^
  39. ^ "Mr Peter William WEBB". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  40. ^ National Museum of Australia: Gough Whitlam (accessed:02-08-2007)
  41. ^ "Cycling Australia > Home | Edward Bissaker". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  42. ^
  43. ^ "ROMS | Crew listing for Canberra Grammar racing the Schoolboy Coxed Quad Scull at 2009 Hydro Tasmania Australian Rowing Championships and Interstate Regatta". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  44. ^ a b c d "Rugby — Canberra Grammar School". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  45. ^ "A man on top of his game". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-03-10. 
  46. ^ "Michael Milton". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  47. ^ "1986 National Championships - Australian Rowing History". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  48. ^ "Athlete profile: Fergus Pragnell". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  49. ^ | Australian Sevens Player Profiles (accessed:26-11-2009) Archived July 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  50. ^ "Swimming Australia". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  51. ^ Inquiry into fitness to plead of David Harold Eastman[dead link], page 56
  52. ^'s-murder-conviction-quashed/5688270

Further reading[edit]

  • McKeown, P.J., Editor (1979). Deo, Ecclesiae, Patriae; Fifty Years of Canberra Grammar School. Australian National University Press. ISBN 0-7081-1591-8.