A holistic education is the basis for a successful and balanced life. Holistic education is of the mind, body and spirit.

Over the years, the students of the school who have excelled have thoroughly embraced the programmes that Newcastle Grammar School has to offer.

The purpose of education, and a foundation stone of the Newcastle Grammar School ethos, is the development of the whole person of the student. For these reasons an educational programme must embody, as an essential element, activities that involve students beyond the classroom and foster the values that result from interaction and united effort. Such activities form a logical extension of the required and general curriculum as well as the elective or special curriculum.

  • Our Academic Success

    At Newcastle Grammar School we are proud of our students' fine record of HSC achievements.

    • In the 2016 HSC, Newcastle Grammar School ranked 64th out of more than 650 schools in NSW
    • Newcastle Grammar School is the Hunter Region’s Leading Independent School
    • Top ATAR received by our students 99.80
    • One Student achieved 1st in the State in Music 1
    • One Student achieved 9th in the State in Drama
    • Five students were included on the All Round Achievers list (achieving 90 or more in 10 course units)
    • 36 students were on the Distinguished Achievers list (achieving 90 or more in a course unit), achieving 120 top Band results
    • One Student was selected to perform at the 2016 ENCORE showcase
    • Four Students were nominated for 2016 ENCORE
    • Four Students in two categories were nominated for the 2016 OnStage performances
    • Two Student' HSC Body of Work was nominated to exhibit at the 2016 Shape exhibition

    Congratulations to our class of 2016 who maintained the School's fine academic tradition.

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    • Academic 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 and structured homework policy is integral to our students' academic life throughout the School.

      > The School Curriculum 2017

      • Kindergarten, Years 1 & 2

        English Library
        Reading, Writing, Listening, Talking, Library

        Mathematics
        Working Mathematically, Space and Geometry, Measurement, Number, Patterns and Algebra and Data

        Human Society and Its Environment
        History and Geography

        Science and Technology

        Languages
        Mandarin

        Creative Arts
        Music, Visual Arts - including Choirs and Instrument Programme

        Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
        PDHPE and Sport

        Religious Education

        • Years 3 & 4

          English Library
          Reading, Writing, Listening, Talking, Library

          Mathematics
          Working Mathematically, Space and Geometry, Measurement, Number, Patterns and Algebra and Data

          Human Society and Its Environment
          History and Geography

          Science and Technology

          Languages
          Mandarin

          Creative Arts
          Music, Visual Arts - including Choirs and Instrument Programme

          Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
          PDHPE and Sport

          Religious Education

          • Years 5 & 6

            English, Mathematics, Human Society and Its Environment, Science and Technology, Music (including Woodwind and Brass), Visual Arts, PDHPE, French, Mandarin and Religious Education.

            • Year 7

              English, Mathematics, Science, French, Japanese, Geography, History, Visual Arts, Music, Technology, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Religious Education and Drama

              • Year 8

                English, Mathematics, Science, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Geography, History, Visual Arts, Music, Technology, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and Religious Education

                • Year 9

                  English, Mathematics, Science, French, Japanese, History, Geography, Commerce, Drama, Visual Arts, Music, Information Technology, Food Technology, Industrial Technology (Timber), Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, iSTEM and Religious Education

                  • Year 10

                    English, Mathematics, Science, French, Japanese, History, Geography, Commerce, Drama, Visual Arts, Music, Information Technology, Food Technology, Industrial Technology (Timber), Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Ethics and Religious Education.

                    • Years 11 & 12 – Preliminary / Higher School Certificate

                      English (Advanced, Extension 1 and 2), Mathematics (General Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and 2) Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern History, Ancient History, French Continuers, Drama, Economics, Geography, Visual Arts, Music (1 and 2), Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Design and Technology, Hospitality and Information Processes and Technology.

                      *Extension HSC Courses are available in History, Music and French.

                      • Vocational Education & Training

                        TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for School Students can count towards the HSC, selected UAI courses and TAFE Awards.

                        Senior students attending Newcastle Grammar School have the opportunity to undertake TVET courses at local TAFE Colleges.

                      • Co-curricular Programmes

                        The Co-curricular Programme at Newcastle Grammar School offers the opportunity of a holistic education and the development of the whole person for a balanced and successful life. Qualities such as team work, healthy lifestyle and leadership to name but a few can be gained by participation in the programme areas of Sport, Music and the Service and Adventure Training Unit (SATU).

                        Participation in the School Co-curricular Programme is compulsory for all Students from Year 5. Consequently, Parents are expected to support the School in its Mission to develop the whole individual by ensuring that their child/children are fully involved in the programme and attend all associated obligations of their chosen activity.

                        > Co-curricular Programme: Kindergarten to Year 4 - 2017

                        > Co-curricular Selection Sheet: Kindergarten to Year 4 - 2017

                        > Co-curricular Programme: Years 5 to Year 12 - 2017

                        > Co-curricular Selection Sheet: Years 5 to 12 - 2017

                        • Sports

                          Sports

                          Sporting Team Competitions include; Athletics, Basketball, Futsal, Hockey, Milo Cricket, Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Sailing, Skateboarding, Surf Survival and Surf Lifesaving, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis and Touch Football.

                          • Music

                            Music

                            The standard of both instrumental and choral performances at Newcastle Grammar School 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.

                            Music Department Programme

                            Music Tuition Enrolment Form

                            To hear the Symphony Orchestra at the recent 2015 Flower Festival in Christ Church Cathedral > Click here.

                            Or to listen to the School's Chamber Choir, also at the 2015 Flower Festival > Click here.

                            • Service & Adventure Training (SATU)

                              Service & Adventure Training (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 and bushcraft.

                              > Service & Adventure Training Unit Programme

                              > SATU Recruitment 2015 Video

                              • Duke of Edinburgh

                                Duke of Edinburgh

                                The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is available to any young person looking for challenge, adventure and personal development, including those with specific difficulties or needs.

                                Young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years are able to participate in the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award Programmes.

                                Participants in the awards are encouraged to learn through experience and to enjoy themselves in the process, but a degree of self-discipline, enterprise and effort is a basic requirement.

                                Students work towards the completion of Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards by participating in self-directed activities in 4 categories: Service, Skill, Adventurous Journey and Physical Recreation. The Gold Award has an additional requirement - a Residential Project.

                                Newcastle Grammar School is a licensed operator of the Award and supports students at all Award levels.

                                The major contribution of the School is through the provision of a trekking programme.

                                • Intellectual and Creative

                                  Intellectual and Creative

                                  Co-curricular Intellectual and Creative activities include; Artist in Residence, Chess, Debating / Public Speaking, Science Club, Syntax @ NGS - Coding and Syntax @ NGS - Robotics.

                                  • Performing Arts

                                    These co-curricular activities include; Aerobics, Dance, Hip Hop, Drama / Music Theatre and Step.

                                    • Other Activities

                                      Supporting the co-curricular activities are the Extra Curricular Activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award , Tournament of the Minds, Mock Trial, Individual Private Music Tuition, the Learning Centre Tutorials, Speech and Drama Tuition and Peer Tutoring – to name a few.

                                      Students are involved in Community service work both locally and internationally.

                                    • Student Wellbeing

                                      Student wellbeing is of the highest priority at Newcastle Grammar School.

                                      The goals of the Student Wellbeing programme mirror the School’s mission statement and acknowledge that student wellbeing is an intrinsic element in the ethos of the School.

                                      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.

                                      Spiritual – 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.

                                      Academic - 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.

                                      Pastoral - to build Student’s self esteem and confidence, to enable Students to develop a sense of personal responsibility and self-discipline and to re-enforce the values, attitudes and ideals of the School.

                                      Social - to foster respect a 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.

                                      Cultural / Physical - to develop an appreciation of, and an interest in,
                                      pursuing cultural and physical activities.

                                       

                                      The House System
                                      Students are placed into one of the four School Houses; Hunter, Macquarie, Shortland and Tyrrell.

                                      On the Hill Campus, each House is divided into two sections – Years 5 to 8 and Years 9 to 12 – with each section being comprised of small, vertically streamed, single sex Mentor Groups. The Mentor, supported by the House Coordinator, monitors students’ overall progress and wellbeing and establishes a long term, caring relationship with them. Mentor groups meet twice each week and also sit together during Chapel and Head of School’s Assemblies.

                                      At Park Campus (Pre-School to Year 4), the roles of the House Coordinator and Mentor are undertaken by the Class Teacher and the Assistant Head of Park Campus.

                                      • Service Learning

                                        Students have the opportunity as they move through the School to engage with service learning.

                                        Currently Newcastle Grammar School supports:

                                        1. Local Organisations - including Sunday Community Lunches; the Samaritans Christmas Appeal, Nexus  and local health care and aged  facilities.

                                        2. International Outreach Programmes - In 2016 the School began a new partnership with groups in Vietnam – in Vung Tau and Hoi An. The project engages students at Newcastle Grammar School in critical issues including:

                                        • a school and training centre for Vietnamese children
                                        • students and adults with a disability in a developing nation
                                        • an orphanage

                                        Senior students have the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and experience these issues first hand. Typically a trip occurs each December for about 10 days.

                                        Fundraising throughout the year helps the whole community engage and support life in a developing nation.

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