Newcastle Grammar School, established in 1859, is one of Newcastle's most historically significant schools. The School has
links to the earliest days of Anglican education in the city, beginning in 1816 when convict Henry Wrensford taught thirty
eight children in a small room in Christ Church, on the site of today's Cathedral.
Since its inception, the School has developed into one of the region's most notable, independent, co-educational and
non-selective schools and remains a focus for many of the thousands of former students who have been educated here.
Newcastle Boys' Grammar School opened on the present site in 1859 in Berkeley House and operated until 1902. Newcastle
Church of England Girls' Grammar School was officially opened on 22 July 1918 with an enrolment of fifty six girls. The
School was relocated to Morpeth from 7 June 1942 until some time in 1943.
The control and administration of the School was given by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to The Pittwater House Schools
in 1976 until the end of 1991 and in 1978, boys were once again enrolled at the School.
In 1992 the School's administration was returned to Newcastle and Newcastle Grammar School is now conducted by Newcastle
Grammar School Limited, a non-profit Company limited by guarantee.
Newcastle Grammar School maintains strong links with the Anglican Church. Today it is the leading independent school
in the Hunter Valley Region.
Our vision is to be a leading Australian School in
pursuit of excellence in all that we do.
The School community believes in the value of:
- Christian living
- The self worth of the individual
- The family
- Individual and collective achievement
- Our tradition and heritage
- Our interaction with the wider community
- Authentic leadership
The essential purpose of the School is to develop the potential of our students so that
they can lead a satisfying life and make a positive contribution to society.
To promote an understanding of the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition and a tolerance and respect of
other beliefs, thus assisting students to develop a well-rounded and balanced approach to life.
To encourage students to develop a capacity for independent thought and
judgement, to foster in each student a love of learning and to promote individual and group achievement.
To build students' self esteem and confidence, to enable students to develop a
sense of personal responsibility and self-discipline and to reinforce the values, attitudes and ideals of the School.
To foster respect and concern for all others in the world in which we live so that students show consideration for
those around them, and become respected members of the community.
To develop an appreciation of, and an interest in, pursuing cultural and physical activities.
The Christian foundation of the School has been maintained since the first classes were held in the
Christ Church Vestry. These strong links with the Anglican Church remain today. All students attend
weekly worship in Christ Church Cathedral (the School Chapel) and regular Divinity lessons. The School
Chaplain takes part in the day-to-day life of the School. Our Christian education programme promotes an
understanding of the Christian faith and is designed to assist students develop a well rounded and
balanced approach to life. The School accepts students from all religious denominations and faiths.
In the Junior School the classroom teacher is the pastoral carer. In the Middle School it is the
Class Patron, while in the Senior School teachers mentor small groups of students. Mentor periods
are included in the weekly schedule wherein teachers oversee the development and pastoral care of
their group of students. All students are assigned to a House fostering team spirit and ensuring
a small support network. A buddy system provides new students with individual care and extra
assistance to settle into our School.
Catering for All Ages
Newcastle Grammar School
enrols both boys and girls from Pre-school through to Higher School Certificate level
with a Three School Focus
- Junior (Pre-school to Year 4) Middle (Years 5 to 8) and Senior (Years 9-12). This
enables the whole family to be educated at the one school. Modern facilities have been purpose built to cater
for the special needs of all sections of the School. The School's campuses give the best possible opportunities
for all students.
With excellent results in academic, cultural and sporting pursuits as well as consistent performances well above
the State average in all external examinations and competitions, Grammar has an enviable record of achievement.
Classes are structured to allow each student to work towards realising his or her potential in a supportive
atmosphere conducive to achievement.
As well as first class educational facilities, Newcastle Grammar School offers after-school care and vacation
care programmes providing families with continuity of quality care.
Consistent firm and fair discipline leads to self discipline in a caring, Christian community.
Grammar students are always encouraged to behave and dress in a way that brings credit to themselves,
their families and the School. Anything contrary to common sense, good manners and decency is contrary
to the rules of the School. Students are considered as representing the School from the time they
leave home to attend School, or a School function, until they return home at the end of the day or function.
Three School Focus
The Preschool caters for children in the year before Kindergarten. Our hand-picked, caring and qualified
staff working in a safe, fun and challenging environment, allow children to explore, experiment, create,
discover and interact, developing the skills recognised as the foundations for a balanced life. The
flexible programmes promote self-discovery and spontaneous learning in a happy and secure way.
Visits to specialist teachers in the Music Room and the Library in the Junior School as well as visits
to Kindergarten help in the transition to school.
Students from Kindergarten to Year 4 are taught in an environment that is warm, friendly and supportive.
The Park Campus allows the students to feel secure in their early years of primary education. The School
provides the structure and discipline required for young children to develop both socially and academically.
Although the curriculum provides a broad based introduction to the adventure of education, the emphasis is
on the traditional areas of literacy and numeracy. Students work in ability groups in several areas of
Specialist teachers work in the areas of music, PD/H/PE, library, support education and languages other than
English. A varied programme of excursions and camps provides opportunities for the children to experience at
first hand the subjects studied.
After School Care and Vacation Care
Newcastle Grammar School has an after-school child care programme and vacation care programme for Preschool to Year 6.
On Hill Campus, Years 5-8 make up the Middle School which is a discrete learning environment set up to cater
specifically for young adolescents (between the ages of 10 and 15) and created to allow a gradual, seamless
transition from Junior to Senior School. Students have a Home Base with one person as their key carer.
Although students have specialist teachers in the Middle School, the number of teachers a student has to
encounter in these formative years is reduced significantly from traditional Secondary School settings.
In Middle School our aim is that students' learning is more meaningful and they become more connected
students who are able to achieve and excel. We want to allow students to become aware of and strengthen
their preferred learning styles and take advantage of the array of opportunities on offer at our School.
The Senior School, Year 9-12 is on Hill Campus. The School curriculum meets all Board of Studies
requirements. The Years 9/10 Curriculum and Years 11/12 Curriculum are designed to develop the
academic potential of each student, with the pursuit of excellence being the underlying objective.
The Senior School students are given opportunities to develop in leadership roles in all aspects of
School life. Support, guidance and encouragement are given to them by their mentors and teachers as
they make choices in their selection of elective subjects.
Our School Curriculum
The primary aim of the School is to offer an academic education of the highest standard in an atmosphere
where academic learning and achievement are a priority. The curriculum meets all Board of Studies
requirements. A structured homework policy is integral to our students' academic life throughout the School.
The School Curriculum
Click here for the School Curriculum
The achievements of Newcastle Grammar School students in external Examinations and competitions have been such
that the School has gained an enviable reputation for academic success. Results in the Higher School
Certificate and School Certificate examinations are consistently well above the State average. Results in
music and art competitions are exceptional, with the School and individual students winning many prestigious
At Newcastle Grammar School we are proud of our record of achievements, but accolades and awards are not our
motivation. Rather they are the simple recognition of our students reaching their potential.
Newcastle Grammar School's latest academic results are detailed here.
The School's philosophy is to contain class sizes in order to provide all students with opportunities to learn
in an atmosphere that fosters learning. Support teachers are utilised for students requiring guidance, whether
it be to overcome some difficulty or to progress at an accelerated rate. Students meet regularly in small
groups with members of staff so that their progress can be monitored and so they can be encouraged to
achieve their goals.
The Junior School (within two kilometres of the original campus) at Park Campus has its own library, music room and computer
room. Students also have access to interactive whiteboards and computers in every classroom. A new building was opened in 2001
with well equipped rooms catering for the needs of the students. The Sandi Warren Performance Centre is used by the whole
School for many musical and dramatic productions, assemblies, physical education lessons, lectures and dinners.
The Hill Campus offers the best possible facilities. Holland House opened in 2007, houses wonderful new Technological
and Applied Studies facilities including a commercial kitchen. The Industrial Technology Faculty has new woodwork facilities
and IMac computers which can run both Apple and Microsoft Windows programs. The building also incorporates new facilities for Drama, PE, change rooms, a second stage of the Computer development, a student terrace,
general classrooms, staff and a Year 12 common room.
Our Library, the central resource of the School, is an outstanding facility and is open from 8am to 5.30pm each day and for
most of the year. Within the Visual Arts Centre there is a print making room, a dark room, a ceramics area and up-to-date
Apple computers with Photoshop. The Horbury Hunt Hall provides a place for Drama and assemblies. An extensive network of
the latest technology in computers and audio visual equipment is linked to all classroom blocks throughout the School
including The Merrick Lecture Theatre which seats seventy. Interactive Whiteboards are installed in most teaching areas
of the School.
The School purchased Howzat Sports and Fitness Centre in 2000 and this enables students and families to utilise the excellent
sporting and gymnasium facilities through the School.
Newcastle Grammar School is easily accessible from all areas of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Maitland
and Lake Macquarie by train as well as by public and private bus services. The School runs its own
bus services from and to Toronto, Maitland and Swansea. Special transport arrangements can be made
for students from various areas throughout the Hunter Region.
Train and bus services connect Newcastle Grammar School with all areas of Newcastle,
Port Stephens, Maitland and Lake Macquarie. In particular, direct bus services
to and from the School are now available from both Maitland and Toronto.
This document provides bus service information and
timetables covering Bolwarra/Maitland, Toronto and Swansea. Updated 25 January 2011.
For more information, please contact the School or visit any of the following websites:
The development of a student's capacity for social interaction, leadership and teamwork and
exposure of the student to a broad range of experiences, are integral to a Newcastle
Grammar School education. Students are required to be involved in co-curricular activities
which play a significant part in School life. Co-curricular activities fall into the following
broad categories: Sport, Music and Service and Adventure Training Unit.
This brochure details the co-curricular activities for 2011
Students are encouraged to strive for excellence and personal satisfaction in what is regarded as a key
character building area. The School offers a wide variety of both individual and team sports within the
School as well as encouraging students to compete against other schools and in local competitions.
The standard of both instrumental and choral performances at Newcastle Grammar is highly regarded and our
Orchestra and Choirs tour overseas on a regular basis and enter many competitions and eisteddfods.
Students are encouraged to participate in choirs, choral groups, orchestras, bands, string and brass
ensembles. Regular Variety Nights are scheduled along with major productions to showcase the talents
of the students.
This brochure details the schools music department
Further information about the Music Department click here.
Students from Years 3 to 12 are involved in specific programmes during each year.
Service and Adventure Training Unit (SATU)
The SATU provides students with the opportunity to be involved in outdoor education, leadership and experiential
training. Activities include camping, trekking, abseiling, canoeing, initiative exercises, leadership courses
Further information about S.A.T.U click here.
Extra Curricular Activities
Supporting the co-curricular activities are many other enriching and worthwhile
pursuits such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Mock Trial, Debating, Lions'
Youth of the Year Quest and Drama productions, to name a few. Students are involved in
Community service and support charities in their work.
Administration & Staff
Newcastle Grammar School is governed by the Board of Newcastle Grammar School Limited, a non profit
company and the body responsible for the School's policies and philosophy. All members of the Board
serve in an honorary capacity, with the Lord Bishop of Newcastle being the School Patron. The Board,
with the Patron's concurrence, appoints the Headmaster who assumes overall responsibility for the day
to day operation of the School. The Headmaster is assisted in his duties by the School Executive and
is charged with ensuring that the School provides a quality, holistic education for all of its students.
The staff of the School are selected not only for their academic, teaching and administration qualifications,
but also for their personal qualities and suitability to be entrusted with the welfare of young people. The
staff are dedicated professionals who want to see their students grow and flourish into responsible, well
educated young men and women.
For more details
Contact: The Enrolment Officer
Newcastle Grammar School
Telephone (02) 4929 5811
Facsimilie (02) 4926 2976
PO Box 680 NEWCASTLE NSW 2300