College Street, Darlinghurst 2010
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Years : Prepatory to Year 12
Enrolment: 1110 boys at College Street and 750 in the two preparatory schools
Fees:Please consult the school
Principal: Dr J T Vallance
Sydney Grammar School is made up of two primary campuses (in St Ives and Edgecliff) and a Senior School in the City, facing Hyde Park. Its origins go back to the early 19th century. Grammar is committed to the values of a liberal, prevocational education and exists specifically in order to prepare boys for university. The school has consistently maintained a high level of academic achievement in mathematics, science and the humanities. Nearly all preparatory school boys come on to College Street. Around 60 other boys are also admitted to Year 7. Applicants need to sit an entrance examination.
Facilities: Theatres and halls, playing fields at St Ives and at Rushcutters Bay (for College Street and Edgecliff), boatshed and full rowing facilities at Gladesville, tennis courts, gymnasium.
Electives Years 8 to 10: Classical Greek, Latin, Italian, French, German, Sanskrit, Mandarin, History, Geography, Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Music.
Electives Years 11 and 12: A minimum of 12 units is taken by all boys. All boys study English, and HSC courses are offered in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Latin, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese for Beginners, Ancient History, Modern History, Geography, Economics, Visual Arts, Music, Studies of Religion and PD/Health/PE. All subjects offered are at 2-Unit level. 1-Unit Extension courses are available in English, Mathematics, Latin, Classical Greek, History, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Music. A second Extension course is available in English and Mathematics, making it possible to study four units of both of these subjects.
Sport: Grammar is a GPS school and boys take part in GPS competitions in soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis, basketball, rowing, cross-country running, athletics, rifle shooting, swimming. Volleyball and fencing are also offered. The policy of the school is to offer a wide variety of sports to suit different interests and abilities. Notable competitive success has been achieved in recent years, particularly in soccer, cricket and cross-country.
Extracurricular activities: There is an extensive music performance program involving choirs, orchestras, chamber orchestras, bands and ensembles, as well as individual tuition. Operatic works and musicals, as well as spoken drama, are performed. Boys may be involved in GPS, ISDA and Eastside debating competitions, army and air force cadets, and more than 30 clubs and societies including philosophy and chess. Maths and chemistry Olympiads and an academic extension program are offered.
Welfare and personal development: An integrated approach to pastoral care, personal development and discipline is provided in a system of small tutorials (11 or 12 boys in each). Each tutor also regularly meets his or her boys for discussions on matters of interest beyond the curriculum. There is a school counsellor at each of the three branches of the school.