Newcastle Grammar School

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Newcastle Grammar School
Newcastle Grammar School logo
Hunter Region
Newcastle, New South Wales, 2300
Coordinates 32°55′47″S 151°46′50″E / 32.92972°S 151.78056°E / -32.92972; 151.78056Coordinates: 32°55′47″S 151°46′50″E / 32.92972°S 151.78056°E / -32.92972; 151.78056
Type Independent, co-educational, day school
Motto Latin: Spectemur Agendo
(Let us be judged by our actions)
Established 1918[1]
Status Open
Chairman Keith Lynch
Head of school Erica Thomas
Teaching staff >90
Years offered Pre-school – Year 12
Enrolment >740
  • Park (Pre-school to Year 4)
  • Hill (Year 5 to Year 12)
Campus type Urban
Colour(s) Blue & burgundy
Slogan "Towards a Brighter Future"
Entrance to Newcastle Grammar School at Hill Campus.jpg
Entrance to Newcastle Grammar School at Hill Campus
Newcastle Grammar School Hill Campus - Middle School.jpg
Newcastle Grammar School Hill Campus

Newcastle Grammar School is an independent, co-educational, non-selective, non-denominational, Anglican-affiliated day school in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

It was established in 1859 as the Newcastle Boys' Grammar School, but was officially established in 1918 as the Girls' Grammar School of England. The school was relocated to Morpeth amid fears of Japanese attacks in Newcastle during World War II but then relocated back to Newcastle. The school finally became co-educational in 1978 and stopped boarding after 1978.[1]

Newcastle Grammar School is now one of the longest established schools in the region, with over 800 students and staff from Pre-school to Year 12. Students attend Newcastle Grammar School from all over the Hunter Region, with a small contingent from country New South Wales and overseas.

Newcastle Grammar is affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle,[2] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AISNSW)[5] and Hunter Region Independent Schools (HRIS).

Heads of school[edit]

Headmaster/headmistress Duration
E K Yeatman 1859–1862
HS Millard 1865–1896
M E Lawrance 1918–1932
Z E Martin 1933–1951
M Roberts 1952–1959
E Heath 1960–1964
L Thompson 1965–1967
K Stewart 1968–1976
D Lloyd 1977
R H Morgan (Executive Principal) 1977–1991
A Coombes 1978–1985
B L Charlton 1986–1988
A Green 1989–2014
E Thomas 2014–present


Newcastle Grammar School is situated on two campuses.

Park Campus – Cooks Hill (Pre-School – Year 4)[edit]

Located 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Hill Campus, this campus features a pre-school that caters for children in the year before kindergarten, as well as a library, music room and computer rooms. The Sandi Warren Performance Centre is used for musical and productions, assemblies, physical education lessons, lectures and dinners. Park Campus is on Union and Corlette Street, and is across from a national park which has many sports facilities including netball/basketball courts.

Hill Campus – The Hill (Years 5 – 12)[edit]

Located on the hill overlooking the city of Newcastle and the beaches, this campus caters for students from Years 5 to 12 in a mix of historic and modern buildings. The areas of Hill Campus have names associated with various figures that contributed to the founding and running of Newcastle Grammar School. On the east side of the school are the two areas of the courts, which are used for physical education, and Stewart building, used as the office for sports teachers and the area for Years 5 and 6. The west side of the school is Merrick Courtyard which acts as a sitting area. It is also the location of the Hill Campus Canteen, art rooms, student lockers and office area for the Heads of House and House Coordinator. The Parnell building has lockers, science labs, music basement and the Tyrrell Library, which is also the site of the offices for languages and English staff. The Holland Building is a four story building designed for classrooms and office area for social studies. The roof of Holland is only accessible at various times, and the uppermost floor is only reserved for Year 12s. The Holland basement is used for technology and woodwork, and the first floor is used for classrooms, computer lab and a kitchen area for hospitality and food tech. Dividing the school into east and west is the Horbury Hunt Hall, used for assemblies and functions.

Curriculum, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities[edit]

Students are expected to participate in a minimum of one co-curricular activity from Years 5 to 12.[6] These include sporting activities, such as tennis or touch football; and musical activities, such as concert band or symphony orchestra. Students can perform in any sporting event, but for symphony orchestra, the student must audition to show that they are a suitable level to perform.

House system[edit]

Upon entry to the School, each student is allocated, according to age and gender, or family tradition, to one of the four houses:

On the Hill Campus, each house is divided into two sections – Stewart (years 5 to 8) and Berkeley (years 9 to 12) – with each section composed of small, vertically streamed, single sex mentor groups. The mentor, supported by the House Coordinator, monitors students' overall progress and well-being, and establishes a long term, caring relationship with them. Mentor groups meet during a designated period every fortnight and also sit together during hapel and Head of School's assemblies. Each house has two captains for each section, who are voted in by the students of each section. The students vote for one male and one female captain to be the house captains for Stewart and Berkeley.

At Park Campus (pre-school to year 4), the roles of the House Coordinator and mentor are undertaken by the Class Teacher and the Assistant Head of Park Campus.

Every term is a specific house's term, wherein which the house has to organise House Day, a day of celebrating an aspect of mindfulness that the house has chosen.

Houses participate in three annual events: the swimming carnival, the athletics carnival and cross-country. These are meant to impose competition, and usually have house rivalries in a bid to win the day. The main purpose of this event is to select students to represent the school at HRIS.[clarification needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Newcastle Grammar School". School Choice. Archived from the original on 14 September 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Anglican Schools & Independent Schools with Anglican Affiliation" (PDF). News South Wales. NSW Provincial Commission on Christian Education. March 2007. p. 16. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  3. ^ "New South Wales". School Directory. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2008. Archived from the original on 19 October 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Hunter Region". NSW Independent Schools by Region. Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  6. ^ Newcastle Grammar School Co-curricular Activities 2004

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