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Canberra Grammar School

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Denomination  Anglican
Chairman  Steve Byron
Phone  +61 2 6260 9700
Number of students  1,712
Teaching staff  163
Established  1929
Head of school  Dr Justin Garrick
Founded  1929
Revenue  39.37 million AUD (2015)
Canberra Grammar School
Type  Independent, Co-educational, Day & Boarding
Motto  Latin: Deo Ecclesiae Patriae (For God, for Church, for Country)
Address  40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill ACT 2603, Australia
Similar  Canberra Girls Grammar, Marist College Canberra, Telopea Park School, St Edmund's College, St Clare's College

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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 5 for boys and girls, Year 6 for boys, Year 7 for boys and girls, from Year 8 to 10 for boys only, Year 11 boys and girls and Year 12 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.

The school was founded in 1929 when the existing Monaro Grammar School was relocated to Canberra from Cooma. 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.

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

In the Senior School, from Years 7 to 10, the School follows the Australia Curriculum and the ACT Every chance to learn curriculum framework. 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. In 2012, Canberra Grammar became an International Baccalaureate World School.


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

  • Junior School: Athletics, Ball games, Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country Running, Drama, European Handball, Gardening, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Mini Volleyball, Multimedia, Orienteering, Rugby, Art, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Triathlon.
  • Senior School: Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Code Cadets, Community Service, Cricket, Cross Country, Debating, Dragon Boat, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh awards, Football (soccer), Golf, Hockey, Karting, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Outdoor Education, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Snowsports, Squash, Sustainable CGS Swimming, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Triathlon, Water Polo.
  • Junior School Music: Junior School Chorale, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Canberra Grammar School Stage Band.
  • Senior School Music is made up of two streams of performance groups:
  • The Advanced Musicians Program consists of the Symphonic Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra and Motet. These students have high level performance opportunities in smaller chamber groups.
  • The Developing Musicians Program provides larger ensemble-based experiences, including two Concert Bands, two Jazz Bands, two String Ensembles, two Choirs, an Electric Guitar Ensemble and a Piano Ensemble.
  • Education technology

    Canberra Grammar School uses a wide range of technologies to enhance the learning of its students.

    In classrooms

    Interactive whiteboards are installed in all Senior School and Junior School classrooms. These allow teachers and students to share content through connected PCs or wirelessly from a number of devices.

    In 2012 the School commenced a Mobile Technology trial giving each Year 9 student an iPad for use in the classroom and at home. 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. From 2014, all Senior Students were required to have a mobile device at school and laptops are used by most students.

    Junior School students in Years 5 and 6 were also encouraged to bring a tablet (iPad) to school and Year 4 students may optionally bring one also. Tablets are provided to students in early years and to students in years 4 to 6 who do not bring their own device.

    The School has several computer labs available for student use.

    All teaching staff are issued with a laptop to increase engagement with technology.

    Systems available

    High-speed Internet access is made available throughout the School. The School has a campus-wide wireless network available to students, staff and guests.

    The School maintains its own servers to deliver authentication, email, database and anti-virus services. Network security filtering is used to protect students.

    Canberra Grammar School runs a student information system, a learning management system and a single sign-on system allowing convenient access between systems.


    The School has a dedicated Education Technology Support Department with 12 staff including a Service Desk providing support to staff and students, an AV technician, data and networking specialists, a full-time trainer and management.


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

    Garnsey 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:

    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:

    Notable alumni

    Rhodes Scholars
  • Peter David Arthur Garnsey (1961).
  • Daniel Guinness (2008).
  • Mayur Pater (2007).
  • Tom Snow (2000).
  • Michael Stanier (1992).
  • Jacob Wolf Taylor (2013).
  • Academia
  • Professor Stephen Bartos, Director, National Institute of Governance.
  • Professor David Braddon-Mitchell, Philosopher
  • Professor Thomas Alured Faunce, Health Law and Medical Education
  • Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Political Scientist
  • Professor Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor and President, City University, London; Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University
  • Professor Jeffrey Grey, Australian Military Historian
  • Professor Toby Miller, Sociologist
  • Business
  • Kerry Packer, publishing, media and gaming tycoon.
  • Terry Snow, Executive Director of the Canberra Airport Group, Australian businessman (trained accountant), entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed philanthropist
  • Harry O'Connor, international entrepreneur and innovator
  • Media, entertainment and the arts
  • Richard Glover, author, journalist, ABC radio presenter
  • Francis James, journalist
  • Peter Leonard, former WIN News Canberra reader
  • James O'Loghlin, ABC Sydney presenter
  • Dan O'Malley, author of The Rook
  • Howard Penny cellist
  • Mark Walmsley, musician and composer for ABC children's CDs
  • George Washingmachine international jazz musician
  • Politics, public service and the law
  • Wal Fife, Liberal Party of Australia Federal member for Hume, New South Wales
  • Robert Piper, Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General
  • Shane Rattenbury, Member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, 2008–present and Speaker
  • Andrew Refshauge, deputy Premier of New South Wales 1995–2005
  • Richard Refshauge, ACT Supreme Court Justice
  • Jon Richardson Australian High Commissioner to Ghana
  • Stephen Walmsley, NSW District Court Judge and Acting NSW Supreme Court judge
  • Peter Webb, New South Wales State member for Monaro 1999–2003
  • Gough Whitlam, (Dux three years running), Prime Minister of Australia 1972–1975
  • Sport
  • Edward Bissaker, Junior World Champion Cyclist
  • Bob Brown, Former Wallabies rugby union player
  • Josh Bruce, St Kilda, Australian rules football player
  • Andy Friend, ACT Brumbies Former Head Coach
  • David Gallop, Former Chairman of the National Rugby League (NRL)
  • Rod Kafer, Wallabies rugby union player
  • Peter Kimlin, Wallabies rugby union player
  • Michael Milton, World and Australian Record Holder, Winter Paralympic Gold Medalist
  • Nick McDonald Crowley, Olympic rower
  • Cody Meakin, Australian Wheelchair rugby paralympian
  • Fergus Pragnell, Australian representative rower
  • Guy Shepherdson, Wallabies rugby union player
  • Jacob Taylor, Australian rugby sevens player
  • Ben Treffers, Junior World Champion Swimmer
  • Other
  • David Eastman, former Dux awaiting retrial on a quashed murder conviction.
  • Sebastian Summersby-Mitchell, 2nd Place National Geographic Competition 2012


    Canberra Grammar School Wikipedia

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