Georges River Grammar is an independent, co-educational school for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, located in Sydney’s South-West. Affectionately known as GRG, the School is a dynamic and supportive environment that offers students varied opportunities for a holistic and engaging education which enables every GRG student to thrive, grow and prosper. The School is committed to providing students with a safe, encouraging, and nurturing learning environment, whereby each student is known and supported throughout their own unique learning journey and provided with opportunities to experience success and achievement. We are a community where the values of sacrifice, community, compassion, and service take pride of place.
Georges River Grammar is an independent, co-educational school for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, located in Sydney’s South-West. Affectionately known as GRG, the School is a dynamic and supportive environment that offers students varied opportunities for a holistic and engaging education which enables every GRG student to thrive, grow and prosper. The School provides students with a safe, encouraging, and nurturing learning environment, whereby each student is known and supported throughout their own unique learning journey and provided with opportunities to experience success and achievement. We are a community where the values of sacrifice, community, compassion, and service take pride of place.
Governed by these values, the School’s mission is an expression of its Christian ethos and its relationship with students, staff, parents and the wider community.
GRG continually strives to:
Our highly professional and committed staff, under the leadership of our Principal Mrs Raquel Charet, challenge each student to extend themselves in their academic, social, physical, and spiritual endeavours. Empowered with the knowledge, skills and capabilities required in our ever-changing world, our students are developed into compassionate, resilient, engaged and accomplished lifelong learners.
The GRG Sports Program plays an integral role in the life of students at GRG. The School fosters a sporting environment which caters for the diverse school community through the provision of a variety of sporting activities for all students who wish to participate in sport and physical activity, regardless of ability. The sporting program at GRG is a valuable platform for developing character and a lifelong interest in health and fitness among our students.
GRG also offers an extensive co-curricular program that provides students with many opportunities to reach their personal best outside the classroom. The list of options for the students to choose from grows each year: Duke of Edinburgh, Study Hub, Debating, Public Speaking and an extensive Music problem, are just a few of the co-curricular activities on offer.
At GRG, we understand that the school plays a critical role in the promotion of wellbeing - promoting student wellbeing enhances learning. Therefore, we focus on the whole student and provide opportunities that enable every GRG student to thrive, grow and prosper.
Our Student Wellbeing Program ensures that each student is known and supported throughout their own unique learning journey. We believe that all students can succeed, and our wellbeing program has been designed and implemented to ensure that each student aspires and achieves their goals.
Using the work of Martin Seligman and other researchers within the field of psychology, students explore the tenets of positive psychology and are encouraged to adopt these principles in their own lives. Students are provided with strategies which enable them to take a proactive approach when dealing with the issues they will inevitably face. Under the direction of the GRG Wellbeing Team, students are equipped with the tools required to flourish emotionally, academically, mentally, and spiritually.
Our aim at GRG is to develop students into resilient, engaged and accomplished lifelong learners, ready to face the challenges of our increasingly complex world. Fostering a sense of personal responsibility and commitment to others underpins our Student Wellbeing Program. The key components of positive psychology are embedded throughout the GRG curriculum, as students learn the importance of developing a growth mindset, serving others, and building meaning and purpose in their life.
GRG has adopted the Berry Street Education Model, an evidence-based K-12 framework which enables our teachers to increase the engagement of all students by improving their ability to self-regulate, build effective relationships, develop empathy, and the stamina and grit required to ultimately achieve. GRG takes a positive and solutions-focused approach to behaviour management; we set clear boundaries and expectations for every child, whilst recognising that each child is an individual with unique physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs. Our staff embody the qualities of compassion and respect, treating each student in the first instance with unconditional positive regard, as they guide the young people in their care. Teachers actively foster a culture of collaboration and respect, providing an anchor for students and ensure that the school environment is safe, supportive and conducive to learning.
GRG also employs a full-time psychologist, who is able to provide additional academic, psychosocial, and emotional wellbeing support for students across K-12, as necessary.
We know that wellbeing underpins every aspect of a student’s schooling; from their ability to learn, their capacity to build positive relationships and ultimately their educational outcomes. We believe that working in partnership with parents and families is essential to student wellbeing, and developing effective partnerships built on trust, respect, and shared responsibility, means that our students flourish.
Performing Arts Program
Georges River Grammar offers a wide range of opportunities in performance. The School has a strong program which allows students to advance and develop their musical skills and talents, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Music is flourishing at Georges River Grammar. Our focus is to motivate students to explore and create in a music rich environment.
Inside the classroom, Secondary students are encouraged to explore performance, composition and musicology in an environment where they are able to collaborate, create and develop critical thinking skills. Primary students undertake lessons that revolve around listening, moving, and creating music.
Outside of the classroom, and in the wider community, our students participate in a variety of ensembles and performances.
Our students demonstrate the essence of our music program which is to enjoy their music and to gain self-confidence through participation.
Our ensembles include Senior Band, Rock Bands, Chapel Band, String Orchestra, String Quartet, Orchestra, Honour Choir, A Capella Group, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Training Band, Primary Band and Primary Choir. We also run a highly successful mentoring program whereby our Secondary students mentor our Primary students. Primary musicians develop positive peer relationships with senior school members which assists their transition into Year 7.
Our musicians are involved in a number of performances throughout the year such as Open Day, Mother’s Day, Anzac Day, Grandparent’s Day, Father’s Day, MusicalesK-Mart Wishing Tree, Staff/Student Carols at Bankstown Uniting Care facility, Quest for Talent, GRG has Talent, Presentation Day and our showcase evening – Variety Night.
The Secondary Variety Night features a seamless wealth of talent. Our students provide enchanting performances with an edge of professionalism beyond their years.
For Primary musicians, performance for peers is a large focus as it builds confidence and resilience that can be used in other key learning areas. Students are encouraged to perform for their class and are provided opportunities to perform at Assemblies.
GRG has a substantial peripatetic program with 15 tutors involving up to 300 students across the School. The program provides lessons in Voice, Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor Horn, Euphonium, Violin, Cello, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Bagpipes and Guitar. This program supports our performance ensembles providing as many musical options as possible for our students.
HICES music camp continues to be a major highlight in GRG’s music calendar. Students audition to attend the camp, held at Stanwell Tops, for a 4-day intensive workshop culminating in a brilliant performance at Town Hall.
GRG Music staff members are proud of the efforts made by our students; they develop their skills as musicians and showcase their talents in the performance arena. Our ultimate goal is to produce well rounded individuals who achieve outside their comfort zone and build personal resilience that will last a lifetime.
Students engage in visible thinking routines every week, as well as exploring the human condition through the ‘Four Cs’ that are innate in Drama – Critical Reflection, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication. GRG students go further and add another two Cs: Challenge and Courage.
The Drama students of GRG accept challenge and have been the practitioners of quality work through exploration and discovery. Students gaina wealth of important life skills; quick-thinking, focus, working collaboratively in groups and reflection work. All year groups can enjoy live theatre experiences, which has been of enormous benefit for their stagecraft.
Drama Night showcases a collection of works the students from Years 8 – 12 prepare throughout the year. With pieces ranging from Ancient Greek theatre, to contemporary pieces that explore an existential view of life, the audience is treated to a night of high energy, humour and pockets of madness. Year 10 students organise the evening to enhance their production skills in a practical, purposeful manner.
Dance is a powerful tool which teaches rhythm and coordination. It enables students to showcase their talents and develop a sense of self confidence. Working together, students participate in weekly lessons and prepare for numerous performances each year.
The weekly Primary Dance classes incorporate a range of dance styles, focusing on commercial jazz, where they develop their technique and learn choreography. The Secondary groups study the dance styles of lyrical, hip hop, jazz and musical theatre.
The GRG Sports Program plays an integral role in the life of students at GRG. The School provides a sporting environment which caters for the diverse and changing school community through the provision of a variety of sporting activities for all students (K- 12) who wish to participate in sport and physical activity, regardless of ability. We also believe the sporting program at GRG is a valuable platform for developing character and a lifelong interest in health and fitness among our students.
At GRG, the annual House Competition is held across a variety of athletic and academic events. The competition takes place between the four houses – Chamberlain, Jackson, Rossiter and Wood. Student participation is key to the success of the winning house every year. The three key sporting events that contribute to the overall points score of the victorious house are:
Sport and physical activity is essential to healthy development of all young people. It not only contributes to a young person’s level of fitness but also to the cultivation of dynamic and creative minds.
The benefits of being active for young children include:
Students at GRG have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of competitive and non-competitive activities. These activities vary from term to term and aim to develop a variety of fundamental movement skills.
GRG takes part in a range of Inter-school and Gala Day competitions throughout the school year. The School is an active member of various school sporting organisations including NASSA (Primary and Secondary), SWISSA (Secondary) and IPSSO (Primary). GRG takes part in competitions involving the following sports:
GRG also utilises the sporting knowledge and expertise of senior students and alumni during the year to provide coaching to enhance skill development in students selected to represent the School in the various sporting teams.
The representative pathway at GRG also provides students, who excel in a particular sport, the opportunity to challenge themselves and showcase their talents at a higher level.
GRG expects all students to who represent the School to do so to the best of their ability and display the values of the School during competition which include:
The sporting year at GRG culminates in the annual Sports Awards evening, which is held in Term 4. The evening recognises the achievements of the students and teams who have represented the School during the year.
The Outdoor Education Program is integral to the Student Wellbeing Program, with the involvement of Classroom Teachers, Secondary Heads of Year and Year Mentors. The School Chaplain oversees the organisation of the Secondary Outdoor Education Program and the Head of Primary oversees Primary camps.
Outdoor education is a sequential program that aims to enhance personal growth through the development of the whole person. Most camps are at the Youthworks Outdoor Education Centres, and facilitated by trained Christian educators who lead, teach, model, encourage and resource young people to stretch their comfort zones and be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.
Camps are held in Outdoor Education Centres. Children are exposed to situations in which they can build relationships, use problem solving strategies in challenging situations, work as a team, acquire an appreciation of and respect for the natural environment, develop a sense of community, and learn valuable new skills.
Year 6 students travel to Canberra for a National Capital excursion and Year 5 travel to Bathurst, Hill End and/or Jenolan Caves.
The Orientation Camp concentrates on developing peer relationships and gives the students an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities. It occurs at the very beginning of the year and serves as an introduction/orientation to Secondary School. The Year 12 Student Leaders attend to support the transition of the Year 7 students.
Students are encouraged to extend themselves further by engaging in archery, canoeing, fishing, water-based activities and group initiatives.
The sequential activities program starts to increase in skill level during Year 8 and Year 9, allowing students to build on foundational skills learned in their younger years. These camps a wide variety of activities, including: in archery, canoeing, fishing, water-based activities, as well as abseiling and high ropes. Additionally, students have gender specific programs at camp in Year 9, to raise awareness of matters that will pertain to their growth and development spiritually, physically and emotionally.
The Year 10 City Mission Camp aims to develop the leadership and social skills of our students. By introducing students to the GRG Personal Development program, they participate in a variety of leadership opportunities and activities. Facilitated by Youthworks and held at Cockatoo Island, the Year 10 camp is where students learn how to budget on a minimal amount each day, work in teams and navigate themselves in small groups around public transport. This City Mission Camp is one of a kind!
In Term 3, at the conclusion of the Personal Development Portfolio, those students who have been selected as Student Leaders are invited to attend the Leadership Camp. The Head of Secondary School, in collaboration with the School Chaplain, are responsible for the organisation and running of this camp.
This is an optional camp held annually for Primary families. Held at Youthworks, this camp offers an opportunity for fathers to take time out to make special connections with their child. Many families have commented
Students learn best when they feel confident, their motivation is high, and learning is targeted towards their specific needs and interests. At GRG, we know that differentiation is the key to ensuring that each individual student’s strengths and weaknesses are considered in the creation of responsive, innovative and engaging programs. All students undertake wide-ranging testing, including Allwell Testing, at various stages in their schooling at GRG – this practice gives the School comprehensive data and information that allows us to create an extensive learner profile for each student and provide individualised support and extension to every child enrolled at our school.
K-12 Gifted Education at GRG aims to meet the unique needs of our gifted and high potential students in their social, emotional and academic development. Provisions for talent development are offered through a variety of subject, grade, and cross-faculty enrichment opportunities. Our teaching staff are committed to differentiating learning programs to incorporate extension and enrichment, flexible grouping, deep learning opportunities, and curriculum compacting, to provide the appropriate rigour needed to enhance the self-efficacy and wellbeing of our gifted and high potential students.
In addition to in-class differentiation, Primary Enrichment classes operate through a withdrawal program targeted for students with advanced talent, as well as giftedness, through a variety of English, Mathematics, STEM and coding units. In Years 7-8, a full-time Enrichment Class supports our gifted and high potential students. Teachers in these classes engage in professional development and collaboration to ensure high quality teaching and learning opportunities address the needs of our students.
Students across the School also have the opportunity to participate in academic competitions, Gala Days, Maths Olympiad, Gateway 8, Stage 6 Extension courses, debating, public speaking and writing competitions, as well as opportunities offered through external agencies such as Mindquest, Learning Labs and GERRIC.
GRG promotes the participation and engagement of all students within an inclusive educational environment. The Learning Support Team assists students with a broad range of cognitive, physical, sensory, and social-emotional additional learning needs.
Across the Primary and Secondary school, targeted student support includes evidence-based literacy intervention programs such as MiniLit, MaqLit, MultiLit and Spell It. Reading comprehension is a significant focus of individual and small group withdrawal programs. Learning Support Officers provide in-class support for students, as well as individual instruction and small group withdrawal for students requiring more subject specific support. Identification, implementation, and progress monitoring are key aspects of the support provided by the Learning Support Team at GRG.
Assessment Provisions are offered to students who require adjustments for in-class assessments, NAPLAN Examinations, and HSC Disability Provisions. The Learning Support Team encourages students to access assessment support and provides weekly assistance at Study Hub in the Senior Learning Centre.
Fostering inclusive planning and participation for all school activities, the Learning Support Team work closely with our incredible team of teachers, as well as allied health professionals, to monitor the specific needs of all our students, ensuring that every student experiences success.
The School has four private bus runs each morning and afternoon. There is an additional charge for these services, which are conducted on buses owned and operated by the School:
Transdev, a private bus company, also runs government-funded special bus services to the School from East Hills, Revesby, Sandy Point, Moorebank, Liverpool, Wattle Grove, Chester Hill, Bankstown, and Picnic Point.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School Certificate, enabling students to study courses which are relevant to industry needs and have clear links to post-school industry and training.
GRG offers Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in Business Services, Construction Pathways, Hospitality (Kitchen Operations), Information, Digital Media & Technology, Retail Services and Tourism, Travel and Events. It should be noted that students must complete 70 hours of work placement over the two years of Stage 6 in order to fulfil VET course requirements.
Georges River Grammar facilitates an extensive career education program for students in Years 9 – 12. The program provides students with education, information, strategies, and access to a range of career development pathways. It aims to give students the knowledge they need to make well-informed choices and decisions in order to establish a smooth transition into post-school options. Students develop the skills necessary for entering the world of work and to foster resilience, independence, and maturity.
Weekly Careers lessons in Year 10 and the Year 10 Work Experience Week form a vital part of the GRG Careers Program. Extensive careers information and resources is made readily available to all students and parents. Students in Years 9 -12 are encouraged to make regular contact with the Careers Adviser, who is available for individual subject, career and future planning discussions, including tertiary education and scholarship applications.
GRG has grown from its humble beginnings as St Paul’s Choir School over 30 years ago. Our comparative youth as a school has many benefits, which our parents and students enjoy. We are a school that ensures that every child is known personally and valued. We provide individualised programs to cater for our multi-cultural and academically diverse students and ensure that each student can achieve their goals, whatever those goals may be. The students of GRG are at the centre of everything we do, and the committed and passionate staff at GRG do everything in their power to make sure that each child is extended, challenged and supported in their learning journey.
At GRG we recognise that the physical learning environment also has a strong influence on student learning. GRG is a well-resourced school, with modern facilities, that allows us to offer varied opportunities to our students. Our campus is an exciting place to learn, and our manicured gardens and grounds play an influential role in ensuring that GRG students come to school each day ready to learn and can be proud of their school.
We continually strive to:
GRG is a caring learning community where the values of community, service, sacrifice and compassion take pride of place.
We would be delighted to invite you and your child to visit our school to discuss how we can best provide suitable learning opportunities for them at GRG.
Georges River Grammar celebrates the particular cultural diversity of the Canterbury-Bankstown area. Students from overseas enrich our School in many ways.
Georges River Grammar accepts the admission of International Students from around the world. International Students may be considered under the following criteria:
(as voted by site visitors)
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