Primary Campuses and Communities (Years P-6)
The Canberra Grammar Primary School is spread across two campuses and incorporates several smaller parts within the whole. There is a strong sense of interdependence between each part of the Primary School, and by organising our School into smaller communities it provides all the advantages of being part of a large well-resourced learning environment while experiencing the assurance of being known, understood and individually cared for within the sanctuary of an intimate community.
Families who join our Primary School become a valued members of a small connected community in which they forge supportive connections with one another, where they are known by our educators, and open communication is fostered.
With a strong focus upon fostering the intellectual, spiritual, cultural and physical dimensions of each child there is positioned on each sub-school a Campus Director. The Campus Director takes a keen interest in each student within their school, supporting class and specialist teachers as they nurture each student as an individuals. The Campus Director forges productive relationships with families recognising that those in a child’s family are the first and most influential educators.
Southside Campus (Early Learning Centre: Pre-School – Year 2)
Located on the School’s main campus in Red Hill (at 15 Alexander Street), this welcoming learning environment caters specifically to the educational needs of young girls and boys. Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten children spend their time together in the Early Learning Centre while children from Kindergarten to Year 2 undertake their learning at Southside Early Learning School.
Also located on the Southside Campus is the Senior School (Year 7 – 12).
Campus Director: Ms Leith Biggs
Northside Campus (Early Learning Centre: Pre-Kindergarten – Year 2)
The School understands the importance of a carefully planned and balanced early childhood programme. The Early Years at Canberra Grammar School provide a rich learning experience, valuing the importance of play and the building of a strong foundation from which literacy and numeracy skills will develop.
We believe that children are born with a desire to learn, and to make sense of the world around them.
Located on the Northside of Canberra in Campbell, this intimate learning environment caters for one hundred boys and girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2. Closely connected to the rest of the School, the staff and students enjoy the benefits of being part of a small community which is strongly supported by the resources and community of the broader life of Canberra Grammar School.
There is a strong emphasis on the partnership between children, teachers and caregivers. Open communication is fostered and caregivers are encouraged to be part of the School’s learning environment.
Campus Director: Ms Jenny Thompson
Junior School (Year 3 – 6)
Dedicated to the education of students from Year 3 to Year 6, the Junior School draws upon our students’ natural curiosity and sense of adventure. Boys and girls are engaged in programmes of discovery that build upon their prior knowledge and skills; promote and develop learning independence; and emphasise clearly articulated values and attitudes.
Understanding and knowing about students informs what we do in the Junior School. We provide our students with a learning environment in which there are clear boundaries, high expectations and exemplary role models. We understand and support the emerging, distinctive needs of each boy and girl as they grow up.
Our students are taught and expected to be aware of how they learn; to engage in self-reflection; enjoy the freedom to ask questions and provide suggestions, and the confidence to take risks. Choosing from a wide range of learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom setting, our students’ spirit of adventure and determination enables them to experience success in many arenas – the musical, sports, arts, cultural and academic.
Situated on the main campus, Junior School students enjoy spacious surrounds to learn in and have access to the many facilities on offer at Canberra Grammar School.
Campus Director: Mr Ken Raven
Canberra Grammar School is situated in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Southside Campus is situated at the base of Red Hill enabling easy and ready access to the nature reserve while the Northside Campus is nestled in the suburb of Campbell not far from Mount Ainslie.
On both campuses there are spacious and attractive play spaces designed to ignite students’ inquiry, creative play, and physical activity. Classroom areas are also expansive, well-appointed and connected to outside spaces enabling students to pursue learning in multiple settings.
During the course of a week children access purposely designed Art ateliers, Music studios and Library areas to undertake learning led by educators with specialised training in their field of knowledge. In addition, our students from Year 1 to Year 3 learn Indonesian while students from Years 4 to 6 learn Chinese. All participate in Physical Education lessons catering to the various developmental stages of Primary aged children.
Being part of a large School, our students are able to access all facilities available on the main campus at Red Hill including the Performing Arts Centre, Chapel, Gymnasiums, Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool and Gallery.
In 2015, the School released its most updated CGS Primary Master Plan and commenced the first stage of its re-development. The first stage will provide an expanded and fully refurbished centre for learning for children from Kindergarten to Year 2 on the Southside Campus, expanded and refurbished student bathroom and change-room spaces and the provision of a re-designed traffic flow arrangement that offers additional parking spaces, extended drive-through facility and more efficient bus inlay.