Sunshine Coast Grammar School

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Sunshine Coast Grammar School
Forest Glen, Queensland
Australia Australia
Coordinates 26°41′2″S 153°0′26″E / 26.68389°S 153.00722°E / -26.68389; 153.00722Coordinates: 26°41′2″S 153°0′26″E / 26.68389°S 153.00722°E / -26.68389; 153.00722
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Strength of Purpose
Denomination Presbyterian and Methodist
Established 1997
Principal Mrs Maria Woods
Enrolment ~1,220 (P–12)
Colour(s) Gold, Maroon, Navy Blue and Green                 

The Sunshine Coast Grammar School is a private Christian school located in Forest Glen, a some-what rural town on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The school has a student body of over 1200, from prep to grade 12. The school was established in 1997. It is owned by Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association, which operates several other schools in Queensland.


The School was originally started as a non-denominational educational institute, by the founding headmaster John Burgess.

The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association purchased the school from Burgess after he was forced to relinquish financial possession of the school.[1] Nigel Fairbairn took over from the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association's Dr Evans.

On July 1, 2006 the school officially opened its Early Learning Centre for children 6 weeks old to school age. This added to the size of the school area-wise.

On June 2, 2008, the school flooded after an overnight deluge of rain. The overnight rain came on top of the rain from the prior week. No major incidents were reported, although one car was caught in a creek at the school.[2]


Sunshine Coast Grammar School separates its student body into four parts: Early Learning, Junior, Middle and Senior. They cover the traditional school years of kindergarten to preschool, year 1 to year 6, year 7 to year 9 and year 12[3] In the Senior School, Year 10 students face a difficult curriculum, to prepare them to meet the state-regulated "Senior Education and Training Plan", which leads students to set their direction, i.e., choose a career area.

In 2003, students in year 4 won awards for Creative Writing at the Ekka[4]

Schools of excellence[edit]

The school offers "Schools of Excellence" in Tennis, Mathematics and ICT for Years 8 and 9. They are designed to encourage the expansion of knowledge and skill of the students taking part. They take the place of regular classes for students involved.

OP results[edit]

At the end of 2006, there were nine OP 1's and seven OP 2's awarded to the Year 12's with 33% of the students getting OP 5 or better. These were the top results of any school on the Sunshine Coast.[5][6] An OP (Overall Position) is a ranking score used to place Year 12 students into tertiary courses.

International studies[edit]


SCGS offers language courses in French and Japanese. France and Japan tours are available for those who are studying the language in Years 9-12. Courses once existing in Italian and Indonesian were discontinued. Mandarin Chinese was discontinued at the start of 2009.

Sister schools[edit]

The school has sister schools in different countries around the world. Students may participate in student exchange programs with any of these schools.

These schools are;


The school has four sporting houses which the students are divided into. They are as follows:

House Bradman Chisholm Lawson Sturt
Colour Green Navy Blue Maroon Gold
Named after Donald Bradman Caroline Chisholm Henry Lawson Charles Sturt
Mascot Bulldog Chief Henry and Moe Hawk Leopard

Music and media studies[edit]


The school has a senior choir, covering the Middle and seniors schools; a year 3/4 choir and 5/6 choir in the junior school.

Grammar also has a number of instrumental ensembles including a junior concert band, senior concert band, string orchestra and big band.[7]

All of these groups perform at different events and in various competitions.


SCGS has set traditions in the sporting arena. From its rugby union program to its involvement in the Sunshine Coast Independent Schools Sports Association.

Grammar First XV against James Nash SHS

The school has sent teams to New Zealand, the UK, and Japan. The teams, namely in the sports of rugby union, netball and cricket, have drawn comments from the then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard and then Premier of Queensland Peter Beattie.[8]

Both the first XV rugby team and the first XI cricket team have become state champions, by competing in the Ballymore Cup[9] and Australia Post cricket competition[10] respectively.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Controversial school founder dies". Sunshine Coast Daily. Sunshine Coast News. 2006-11-01. 
  2. ^ Wikinews Contributors (2008-06-02). "Grammar school floods on Queensland's Sunshine Coast". Wikinews. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  3. ^ Senior School, Middle School, Junior School, Early Learning.
  4. ^ "EKKA RESULTS". Courier Mail. 2003-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Grammar celebrates 10 years with outstanding Op Results". Susnhine Coast Grammar School. 
  6. ^ "Grammar Students Top OPs". Buderim Weekly. Sunshine Coast Newspaper Co. Pty Ltd. 
  7. ^ "Music Students Scoop Awards". Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  8. ^ UK Cricket Tour 2005. Sunshine Coast Grammar School. June 2005. pp. 6–7. 
  9. ^ Dale, Mitchell. "The best in Queensland". Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  10. ^ Tuxworth, Jon (November 22, 2006). "Grammar cricketers take out state final". Retrieved 2008-06-09. 

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