Canberra Grammar School is an Independent Anglican school that welcomes students of all backgrounds and faiths. Canberra Grammar School recognises that our student body is diverse, and we respect the variety of religions and traditions within our community. We seek to be sincere, open-minded and reflective in spiritual matters, rather than assertive or dogmatic. The School Chaplain assists educators to nurture the spiritual dimension of our children.
The Chaplain cares for the entire School community, from students in the Early Years through to Year 12, their families, former students, members of staff and their families.
Complementing and working closely with the Learning Development Team is the Primary School Counsellor. The Primary School Counsellor is dedicated to assisting educators as they undertake their responsibility for enabling student care and development. Our counsellor is available to students and families to listen to their challenges, help them to find solutions and to assist with the entry of new students into the School. Providing individual and group counselling, students’ social and personal capabilities are strengthened through time spent with the counsellor.
Referral to the counsellor is usually undertaken via the class teacher, Campus Director and in consultation with families.
Defence School Transition Aide
In recognition of the numerous families who are part of the Australian Defence Force, Canberra Grammar School in partnership with the Department of Defence through the Defence Community Organisation employs a Defence School Transition Aide. The Aide provides in-school support to Defence children. The aide assists children and families to integrate into the School, coordinates social gatherings for Defence families, works with other members of staff to monitor the wellbeing of Defence students and provides support to children during times of parental absence.
Learning Development TEAM
The members of the Learning Development Team focus their work on the tracking of student achievement and they support the work of the class teachers and Campus Directors in the presentation of a learning program that is responsive to the needs of individual students. Consisting of a variety of teachers with complementary experience and qualifications, the Team closely monitors student progression – encouraging excellence, the attainment of potential and the promotion of self-confidence.
The Enrichment Team delivers targeted individualised and small group learning programs, oversees the summative assessment program of the School, supports class teachers in the differentiation of the learning program and works closely with parents and out-of-school health professionals to provide a holistic approach in the augmentation of student achievement.
This team of teachers is ably led by the Director of Primary Academic Education and includes staff with backgrounds in delivering a wide variety of programs including Reading Recovery, English as an Additional Language, Gifted Education and various learning development programmes.
For information about the Learning Development Team in the Primary School, visit the Senior School Support Services page.
Canberra Grammar School runs a fully operational Health Centre on its Southside Campus. The centre is staffed by registered nurses who offer advice and assistance to other members of staff as they provide care for our students. Students who become unwell while at School are provided assistance by the nurses at the centre, with parents informed of the care provided. The Health Centre staff also liaise with and assist parents in ensuring that current and necessary health plans are in place for students with identified medical needs.