Illawarra Grammar School

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The Illawarra Grammar School
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10–12 Western Avenue
Mangerton, New South Wales, 2500
Coordinates 34°25′38″S 150°52′10″E / 34.4272°S 150.8695°E / -34.4272; 150.8695Coordinates: 34°25′38″S 150°52′10″E / 34.4272°S 150.8695°E / -34.4272; 150.8695
Type Independent, Day school
Motto Latin: De virtute in virtutem
(From Strength to Strength)
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Anglican
Opened 3 February 1959 (1959-02-03)
Head of school Stephen Kinsella
Years Pre-Preparatory – Year 12
Gender Co-educational
Enrolment 1100 students

The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) is an independent, Anglican, co-educational day school located at Mangerton in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

The school currently caters for about 1100 pupils from pre-preparatory school to Year 12.


The Illawarra Grammar School was founded in 1959 through the efforts of the late Bishop Gordon Begbie and a group of 'founding parents' who firmly believed in the need for a regional Anglican School to be based in the Illawarra. On its opening day, 3 February 1959, the first headmaster, Rev R F Bosanquet and two staff, welcomed 28 boys into the school. In 1975, the school became co-educational when it amalgamated with SCEGGS 'Gleniffer Brae'.[1] In 2009 TIGS celebrated the Golden Jubilee of its founding.[2]

In 2012 TIGS became an International Baccalaureate World School, implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP).[3] In 2016, the school became accredited for the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Programme (DP).[4] Students in year 11 are given a choice between the NSW HSC program and the DP program.[5]

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  1. ^ The Illawarra Grammar School: History (accessed::2012-06-18)
  2. ^ Michelle Webster (17 Feb 2009). "TIGS Back in Time". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  3. ^ International Baccalaureat (accessed::2014-06-10)
  4. ^ [1] (accessed::2017-04-07)
  5. ^ Dimoski, Lile. "Diploma Programme (DP)". Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  6. ^ Illawarra Mercury (accessed:2012-06-18)
  7. ^ Olympics(accessed:2012-06-18)
  8. ^ "Rants, Raves and Reflections by James R Cooper on iBooks". iBooks. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Mixdown Magazine #250 | February 2015". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  10. ^ "James R Cooper on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 

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