Mentone Grammar School

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Mentone Grammar
Mentone Grammar crest. Source: (Mentone website)
63 Venice Street
Mentone, Victoria 3194
Coordinates 37°59′15″S 145°4′4″E / 37.98750°S 145.06778°E / -37.98750; 145.06778Coordinates: 37°59′15″S 145°4′4″E / 37.98750°S 145.06778°E / -37.98750; 145.06778
Type Independent, Co-educational
Motto Latin: Labore et Honore
("by work and with honour")
Denomination Anglican
Established 1923
Principal Mal Cater
Chaplain Rev Micheal Prabaharan and Rev Andrew Stewart
Enrolment 1429 (F-12)
Campus size 7 hectares (70,000 m2)[1]
Colour(s) Navy Blue, Gold & White             

Mentone Grammar (formerly known as simply The Boys' Grammar in the local community) is an independent, Anglican co-educational grammar school in Mentone, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Mentone Grammar School was founded in 1923 by a group of Anglicans who had a high profile in the town, supported by the Mentone vicar.[2] Mentone Grammar remained a boys only school until 2006 when the school decided to accept female students. Prior to this, the school hierarchy announced, in July 2005, its co-educational intent after a merger proposal put forth by the Board of Management was rejected by nearby Mentone Girls' Grammar School, its sister school.[citation needed]

The School has adopted a parallel learning approach, where boys and girls are together in coeducational classes from Kindergarten to Year 4, from Year 5-9 the two are separate, and in Year 10, 11 and 12 students are in co-educational (mixed gender) classes again. All year levels are coeducational, except the middle years 5-9, when students learn in single gender classes.[3]



  • Henry Tonkin
  • Charles Thorold
  • Lionel Large
  • Keith Jones
  • Neville Clark MC, OAM
  • Tim Argall
  • Mal Cater (Current)

Cadet unit[edit]

The Mentone Grammar School Cadet Unit is an Australian Army Cadets Unit based in the school, founded in 1943. It once had a strength of nearly 400, due to the compulsory nature of service in Years 9, 10 and 11. This made it one of the biggest Cadet units in Australia.[citation needed] However the emphasis once placed on the cadet unit is no longer fostered. The AAC Training Management Package (TMP) is not completed within the training sessions.[citation needed] This is due to time shortages with reduced time made available and frequency of sessions. Participation remains compulsory for Year Nine, but this is insufficient for TMP completion.


The Year 2010 has seen Mentone lure past star sportsmen back to the school to coach winter sports teams. An initiative developed by the past sportsmaster Andrew Hayes, the idea has already led to success in the winter sport teams, an area where Mentone have struggled before.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]






See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mentone Grammar Facilities
  2. ^ Kingston Historical Website
  3. ^ Alaress,humans.txt. "Why Mentone Grammar? - Mentone Grammar". Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  4. ^ [1]

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