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Great Southern Grammar
 Address: 244 Nanarup Road, Albany, WA 6330 Postal: PO Box 1151, Albany WA 6331 T: +61 8 9844 0300 | F: +61 8 9844 0380 E: | CRICOS Provider Code 03178E

Country school. City opportunities.

An Invitation to Join our Community


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Welcome to Great Southern Grammar, where wideopen spaces equal wide-open futures. Our campus is as expansive as our curriculum. Situated on 144 acres adjoining Oyster Harbour in Albany, we offer your child everything from science to SCUBA diving, maths to marine science, and history to horse riding. It is this richness of learning and breadth of experiences that allows your child to uncover their strengths and passions. We give girls and boys from Kindergarten to Year Twelve a world of opportunity in a supportive, country setting. At Great Southern Grammar, your child has room to flourish.

Core Values The core values of GSG are integrity, respect, tolerance and compassion.

Our Vision Great Southern Grammar’s vision is to be the premier provider of education in the Great Southern region, offering quality education in a Christian environment.

Our Mission To provide the young people of the Great Southern region and beyond, a world class school, incorporating a liberal education, the Christian faith and a maritime heritage.

Your family’s journey of discovery at Great Southern Grammar is underpinned by our commitment to you, as follows: „„

To provide our students with a broad and balanced education by encouraging participation in as many learning areas as possible.


To encourage and enable students to recognise and value their gifts and talents and to develop these in appropriate ways.


To encourage students, through their exposure to Christian teachings, to explore issues of faith, spirituality and values.


To encourage students to develop and appreciate the important place which integrity, respect, tolerance and compassion have within the context of a modern society.

GSG is more than just a school. It is a growing, thriving community that prospers and succeeds on the basis of the contribution of all of its members – parents, students, teachers and stakeholders. Every member of our community plays a part in developing GSG: a country school offering city opportunities. I invite you to become part of the Great Southern Grammar community; a community that values the education of the whole child. Please contact the Registrar on 9844 0300 to arrange a tour of the school and our outstanding facilities. I look forward to meeting you.

Mr Stuart Marquardt | Headmaster

“At Great Southern Grammar, your child has room to flourish” GSG Prospectus


About GSG: Tradition in the Making Since 1999, Great Southern Grammar has developed an excellent reputation for the quality of its programmes, staff and facilities. There is a culture of achievement in the School and of excellence across a range of academic, cultural and sporting pursuits. Our programmes offer enormous depth and breadth of learning across the curriculum. The concept of establishing an independent school in the Great Southern region arose from families seeking an independent school alternative within the region. Great Southern Grammar was founded in 1996 by a development committee. The School was incorporated in 1998 and those who had worked to establish it became the first Board of Trustees. The Trustees established the inaugural School Council. The School Council, as the governing body of GSG, is the educational and financial authority of the School. The School opened in 1999 with 36 students at a temporary campus, after which a building masterplan was commenced to establish permanent facilities at Lower Kalgan. The School moved into its new home on the shores of Oyster Harbour in Term One, 2000. When local Noongar elder, Mr Aiden Eades, spoke at the opening ceremony of the School he stated, “The school grounds are of special significance to local Noongars, with the Kalgan and the King rivers meeting close by. Never forget that this is Noongar land but you are welcome to use it, especially for something like education.” The School has grown steadily each year, with enrolments reaching 845 for Kindergarten to Year Twelve in 2015.


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School Structure Great Southern Grammar has three sub-schools: „„ Junior School (Kindergarten to Year Six) „„ Middle School (Years Seven to Nine) „„ Senior School (Years Ten to Twelve) Each sub-school is located in separate facilities and has its own Head of School and staff.

Curriculum @ GSG GSG is committed to preparing students to be successful citizens in the twenty-first century. To this end, alongside literacy, numeracy and technology understandings, students develop creativity and critical thinking, intercultural understanding, personal and social capability, and ethical behaviour delivered through high quality teaching. Learning experiences are developed in line with the Australian Curriculum, the Western Australian Certificate of Education courses of study, and the Early Years Learning Framework to cater appropriately for students at each stage of development.

Learning Support The goal of the Learning Support Team at GSG is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which students with a range of abilities and needs are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences. GSG Learning Support staff work with parents, class teachers and students to provide equity of access to the Australian Curriculum in a dignified and engaging way by providing relevant and appropriate curriculum, as well as instructional and environmental adjustments.

Gifted and Talented Gifted learners have particular cognitive, affective, social, and academic needs. The Gifted Education Coordinator assesses these needs using data from multiple sources, including student test results and a nomination process. Based on the data, provisions are put in place to provide a developmentally appropriate programme by the Gifted Education Coordinator and class teacher, working collaboratively.

“ The school grounds are of special significance to local Noongars, with the Kalgan and the King rivers meeting close by. Never forget that this is Noongar land but you are welcome to use it, especially for something like education� GSG Prospectus


Junior School

Positive relationships make Great Southern Grammar more than just a school; they make us the Great Southern Grammar community 8

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The Early Childhood Centre: Kindergarten to Year Two A child’s primary education is arguably their most important. At Great Southern Grammar we are proud of the broad foundations that are laid through the vibrant, child-centred Early Learning Centre and Junior School. We build on this solid base with a rigorous curriculum programme and plenty of laughter and play. GSG students love coming to school. Learning is an adventure at GSG where students are nurtured, supported and encouraged to challenge themselves academically, culturally and spiritually. The Early Learning Centre at GSG provides a knowledge and skill emphasis within a stimulating learning environment based on the principle that children learn from playing and doing, while having fun. Their social world expands as they experience play with others. In recent years the physical environment of the Early Learning Centre has been transformed into a purposeful nature play centre, with good progress being made to implement nature play into educational programmes. A wild space has been developed in the idyllic surrounds of bushland within the school’s waterfront boundary where children can safely play in natural surrounds under supervision.

In Junior School, home and school life are interwoven. Honest, open communication between home and school is essential. These positive relationships make Great Southern Grammar more than just a school; they make us the Great Southern Grammar community. Language-rich learning experiences provide children with opportunities to develop essential literacy and numeracy skills. Children are encouraged to become thinkers as teachers make the most of their creativity and desire to explore, presenting them with interesting, real-world questions and encouraging them to solve problems. It is vitally important that every child learns foundation numeracy and literacy skills in Years One and Two. Considerable teaching emphasis is devoted to ensuring that each child receives the best start for further learning.

Inspiration and a thirst for knowledge is what we aspire to instil as students progress from Kindergarten through to Year Six, before transitioning to Middle School as confident, competent learners. Dedicated, professional staff provide a dynamic learning environment that encourages all children to strive for their personal best. They are supported in this by a pastoral care framework based on Christian values aimed at promoting healthy relationships and a sense of emotional wellbeing.

“Children learn from playing and doing, while having fun” GSG Prospectus


Years Three to Six Middle childhood sees the learning door open wider. The Junior School programme provides hands-on, child-centred learning opportunities to develop both cooperative learning and independent thinking abilities. An academically rigorous curriculum establishes good study skills, while fostering in each student a personal aspiration to continue learning and seize each day of opportunity GSG provides. Teachers take a genuine interest in each child, helping them to reach their potential and develop the character traits that will support them in their Middle to Senior schooling. Children’s breadth of learning and interests are developed through the specialist learning areas of Music, Language, Christian Studies, Physical Education, Health, Library and Art. An outdoor education experience includes camps from Years Three to Six, and a Year Six sailing programme builds on the attachments to nature developed in the ECC. A plethora of excursions and incursions broaden the learning opportunities provided to capture the interest of enthusiastic students. Students are supported in developing their spirituality by taking part in many broad-ranging community and cocurricular activities, from tree planting to Lego robotics, surfing, visual arts club and zumba.They gain a sense of belonging to a community and the capacity and willingness to be responsible, caring citizens beyond the classroom.


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“ Students gain a sense of belonging to a community and the capacity and willingness to be responsible, caring citizens�

Middle School

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Years Seven to Nine


At GSG we navigate students through their early adolescent years, providing a range of learning experiences.

Recognising the importance of social groups by providing programmes that assist students to develop social skills and confidence; and


Acknowledging that adolescent students learn more effectively and are more engaged when they are having fun.

Middle School at GSG offers a unique transition programme with many of the best features of primary schooling combined with secondary elements. Middle School caters for adolescent children by:

Middle School students enjoy a programme specifically designed for the developmental and educational needs of adolescents. Features of Middle School teaching and learning include:



Student-centred learning, allowing each child to achieve their highest potential by focusing on individual strengths and areas of need;


Encouragement for each student to learn at their own pace;


High-level, hands-on learning; and


Consideration of student interests in the design of learning programmes.




Acknowledging that each student is growing and developing at a different rate and should be encouraged to progress in academic work at their own rate; Recognising emotional and social changes by providing specialised pastoral care to support individuals as they grow into young adults; Accepting the importance of emerging individuality by offering programmes to develop self-esteem and leadership; Catering for the particular learning needs of boys and girls;

Year Seven teaching programmes are developed by a team of teachers ensuring integration of content knowledge and skills in areas such as Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technologies. The Outdoor Expedition programme helps extend this learning into the natural environment.

“ We navigate students through their early adolescent years”


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Year Eight and Nine staff ensure quality teaching across Learning Areas. Content knowledge becomes more specialised, while there is a continued focus on integration of the skills required for ongoing learning. We present enriching elective programmes enabling students to enjoy a wide range of learning opportunities, including Woodwork, Marine Science, Outdoor Education, Hospitality and Media Studies. Environmental Studies programmes take advantage of our oceanfront position. Approachable, friendly teachers build solid partnerships with parents to encourage students’ educational and social development. In addition to the school-wide House system, each student has a homeroom teacher who takes responsibility for their pastoral care, overseen by a Head of Year. Comprehensive reports are issued to parents each semester, and parents are encouraged to discuss their child’s progress with staff at any time.

Opportunities At GSG, we are acutely conscious of the opportunities and challenges presented during this exciting stage of adolescence and of a child’s schooling. It’s a combination of the caring processes, the integration of technology, the investigation of new subjects and challenging camps and experiences in the natural environment. Middle School students are presented with opportunities to make connections with the real world. They experience a rich, relevant and rigorous programme driven by the Australian Curriculum. They engage in hands-on, outdoor experiences examining aspects of Indigenous culture, sustainability and the richness of the region in programmes delivered by a supportive, cohesive and collaborative teaching team. Cross-curricular connections are pursued, reinforcing the significance of the subject matter. Opportunities are offered to study Japanese language and culture, and to travel to Japan on our biennial exchange programme. Our innovative Information Technology programme develops skills in a range of computer applications, including Robotics, CAD and Engineering. Student learning is facilitated and supported by 1:1 devices in the classroom. A sequential outdoor expedition programme enables students to build independence and interpersonal skills in an outdoor environment.

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Years Ten to Twelve Senior School students are on the final leg of their journey towards higher education and the workforce.

All Year Ten students participate in a one-week Outward Bound programme and one week of work experience.

Senior School at GSG provides a challenging, stimulating and nurturing educational environment for students in Years Ten to Twelve.

A 1:1 school-funded tablet programme is in place for Years Ten to Twelve.

It is our expectation and objective that every student realises their own individual potential in whatever field of endeavour they pursue. To that end, GSG offers a broad and extensive curriculum, supported by a strong Pastoral Care system and a wide range of cocurricular activities. We encourage full and whole-hearted participation in the school’s activities and programmes. We hope that students take advantage of the many opportunities afforded by GSG and that they develop into well-rounded, versatile adults who expect high standards of themselves, and who try to do their best. The core values of the School - respect, tolerance, compassion and integrity - are emphasised and demonstrated in all facets of Senior School. We encourage responsible, thoughtful and considered behaviour where the rights of others to feel safe and secure at school are paramount. As students progress through Senior School, they develop personal and academic confidence and independence. Supporting this growth in our students is a caring and dedicated professional teaching staff. Oversight of each student’s progress is the responsibility of their Head of House who coordinates a support team of pastoral staff. Year Ten students study a broad curriculum that includes six lessons per week each in English, Mathematics, Science and Society and Environment, along with eight lessons per week of elective subjects ranging from the Arts (Drama, Music and Visual Art) to Japanese and practical activities including: Sports Science; Information Technology; Engineering; and Woodwork. Health Education, Careers Education, Christian Studies/Ethics and Physical Education are also key components of the broad Year Ten curriculum.


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A wide range of School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses of study have been introduced in Years Eleven and Twelve. The selection of subjects on offer is comprehensive and caters for diverse interests, abilities and intended pathways beyond Year Twelve. Educating students at Great Southern Grammar is an enormous privilege and responsibility. We work closely with parents to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved for all students. We look forward to sharing productive and richly fulfilling years with them.

Senior School

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Boarding @ GSG A Home Away from Home GSG is a world-class school, with boarding forming an important element of the school’s fabric and reputation. GSG boarding is a busy environment with a wide range of experiences and activities to enhance residential life. Boarders at GSG live in comfortable boarding houses located on a spacious 144-acre site, nestled alongside the Kalgan River and Oyster Harbour waterways. Boarding provides a unique opportunity to live within and contribute to the school community. Many wonderful friendships are developed, with close bonds serving residential students well into their adult lives. Boarding at GSG has seen significant growth, with a fifth on-campus boarding house opened in 2016. One offsite boarding house, situated within a beautifully landscaped setting, completes the suite of GSG boarding houses accommodating students from Years Seven to Twelve. We see firsthand the amazing experiences and opportunities available to GSG boarders.

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Peace of Mind for Boarding Families The GSG boarding intake is predominantly made up of boys and girls from farming communities and includes students from a variety of backgrounds. From 2016, GSG accommodates up to 164 residential students from Years Seven to Twelve. Living away from home in a boarding environment helps develop students’ sense of sharing and capacity to look after one another. Boarding staff appreciate the commitment and sacrifice parents make to send their children to GSG and are thankful that you trust us to take care of your children living away from home. While we will never replace the family home environment, we like to think of the boarding community as an extension of boarders’ homes. Our aim is to make this life transition as smooth as possible for all involved. Most residential students at GSG occupy single rooms. Boarding houses emulate extended homes, providing a friendly and warm environment. Permanent house parents live in each residence where they extend genuine family values to boarders. Within each residence boarders enjoy comfortable and spacious living areas and a fully maintained kitchen. After school, boarders have access to school facilities including supervised academic support, computers, the Library and sporting activities. The School provides transport for boarders to and from after-school and weekend excursions, sport and other commitments, ensuring that they have access to all the opportunities that the picturesque Great Southern region provides. Limited places are available to ensure we provide a quality residential experience for students with a clear focus on maintaining a friendly spirit of cooperation between staff and families. Open, effective and positive communication between staff, parents, boarders and teaching staff is a vital element of GSG’s boarding success. Positive communication allows us to address concerns while, at the same time, sharing the joy and excitement of many successes. We welcome you and your family to the Great Southern Grammar residential community.

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Project Beyond

Music @ GSG

Exchanges are part of the Great Southern Grammar philosophy and are an exciting component of Project Beyond that includes cultural and enrichment programmes such as Outward Bound, Singapore and Malaysia sporting tours, the Nichinan programme, the Europe Trip, Tjuntjuntjara trip and Cambodia Leavers’ trip.

Welcome to GSG’s vibrant and comprehensive Music programme, which offers a wide range of musical opportunities encompassing classical, jazz and contemporary music. Music features at all formal school occasions and is a regular part of school assemblies and Chapel services. Participation in the creative arts is proven to have a positive impact on young people’s lives and development. Learning an instrument and being involved in music provides opportunities for children to foster creative skills, enhances literacy and numeracy, helps develop fine motor skills, aids in personal and social development and gives great enjoyment. Fundamental elements in learning and experiencing music directly parallel aspects of learning: „„

Reading: Visual recognition and understanding of music notation;


Speaking: Sounded expression of written music or improvisation;


Writing: Correct and meaningful writing of music notation; and


Listening: Aural recognition, reflection and understanding of music.

Students learn valuable life skills such as motivation and dedication through learning and practising an instrument. Performance occasions provide students with the opportunity to learn the importance of presentation and generate a feeling of excitement and pride in their achievements. At GSG students have the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments from one of our experienced instrumental teachers. Group lessons are also offered for beginners. The School also offers students tuition on the bagpipes and marching drums as part of the Pipe Band, a distinctive band that features at all formal school occasions.


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There are many ensembles offered to GSG students to cater for all levels of musical development, age and style. Activities for ensembles include annual camps, regular tours within Western Australia and interstate and many performance and learning opportunities throughout the year. Many students are involved in Music throughout their school journey. Formal Music classes begin in Pre-Primary and are part of the weekly timetable up to Year Seven. During this time there are opportunities to learn violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, keyboard, the bagpipe chanter and drums. From Year Eight, Music becomes an elective subject. In the remaining school years there is a choice of two streams of Music: contemporary music, culminating in a VET course with TAFE Certificate II and III; or an academic course leading to university entrance. In addition, individual and small group lessons are offered on a wide variety of instruments.

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The language other than English studied at GSG is Japanese, with the programme including wellestablished cultural activities.

A natural extension of physical education is involvement in sport. It encourages mental and physical fitness and promotes working together in a team and the setting and achievement of goals.

Students participate in Japanese classes from Pre-Primary to Year Eight then progress by taking Japanese language as an elective in Years Nine and Ten and continuing into Year Eleven and Twelve courses. We offer an exciting Japanese exchange programme for students from Year Nine onwards. The programme provides students with opportunities for travel, culture and economic exchange between Albany and Nichinan City, Japan. Great Southern Grammar hosts students from Nichinan on alternate years and through this network our families create connections and friendships with families in Albany’s sister port. Through a partnership with the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) and the Confucius Institute at The University of WA, GSG also exposes Junior School students to Mandarin Chinese.

GSG students enjoy competing in the Great Southern Secondary Schools Sporting Association and participating in competitions with other Albanybased primary schools. We are well represented in many community sporting associations. Strong school spirit, along with dedicated and enthusiastic coaching, has resulted in success for teams and extended participation for many students. Students are involved in: „„ House competitions

„„ State championships

„„ Regional competitions

„„ Community sport

„„ Country Week Opportunities exist in a wide range of sports: „„ Athletics

„„ Orienteering

„„ Basketball

„„ Netball

„„ Cricket

„„ Rowing

„„ Cross Country

„„ Scuba Diving

„„ Dance

„„ Swimming

„„ Equestrian

„„ Surfing

„„ Fitness Classes

„„ Sailing

„„ Football

„„ Tennis

„„ Soccer

„„ Triathlon

„„ Hockey

„„ Volleyball

Agriculture From 2016 the School introduces programmes in Agriculture, Viticulture and Aquaculture, reflecting the important industry base of the Great Southern region.


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Pastoral Care

Middle School

Great Southern Grammar is a Christian school, offering a K-12 education informed at all levels by Christian beliefs and values.

A strong homeroom-based pastoral care system is the backbone of Middle School and provides students with the necessary support to grow into well-rounded, happy and secure young adults.

One of the key undertakings of our commitment to the school community is to encourage students, through their exposure to Christian teachings, to explore issues of faith, spirituality and values. The school community also seeks to implement the Nine Values for Australian Schooling: 1.

Care and Compassion


Doing Your Best


Fair Go

4. Freedom 5.

Honesty and Trustworthiness

Each student in Middle School is a member of a homeroom class in which they spend most of their academic time. Each class is headed by a homeroom teacher who takes primary responsibility for each student’s academic and social wellbeing. Each year group is supported by a Head of Year. Dedicated pastoral care periods see students spend time in their homeroom or House. This allows for a gradual transition between the traditional primary school, one-teacher model and the Senior School system, where students generally have a different teacher for each subject.

6. Integrity 7. Respect 8. Responsibility 9.

Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion

Junior School Junior School classroom teachers are primarily responsible for the pastoral care of the students in their class and are the first port of call for students and their parents to discuss any concerns. Junior School staff aim to provide an environment that models positive behaviour, respect, compassion for others and good manners. Junior School staff meet regularly to discuss pastoral care issues and to initiate and monitor specific support programmes for individuals, groups or classes.

Senior School In Senior School, the House-based pastoral care system is developed further and becomes the primary pastoral care grouping, building on students’ strong identification with their House and supporting their development into mature and increasingly independent young adults. Each student belongs to a group of students from the same House, supported by a House tutor, with students from Years Ten to Twelve in homerooms supporting each other. Student welfare is supported by your child’s Head of House, a school counsellor, nurse and an AISWA-employed psychologist.

All Junior School staff and specialist teachers are informed of students with particular needs. Each semester students receive a Pastoral Care comment as part of their report. This comment supports the child’s progress as a social member of the class and school.

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House System


The school is divided vertically into four Houses: Baudin, Camfield, Mokare and Wilson. Each House has assigned staff members who encourage and develop team work, team spirit, goal setting and goal sharing.

The School Council offers a number of Academic and Music Scholarships to students entering Years Seven to Eleven. These are awarded for a portion of the annual tuition fee and continuation from year to year is dependent upon ongoing excellent progress and participation in the school community.

The House system reinforces our students’ sense of belonging to the School and provides opportunities for leadership and student interaction across year levels. Such interaction includes peer support and peer mediation programmes.

Expeditions Learning takes place not only on the school campus. Theatre trips, excursions and field trips are an important part of learning in all subject areas. We also seek to nurture students’ independent spirits through Outdoor Education. The Outdoor Expedition Programme encourages students to develop their social and leadership skills, build teamwork, develop self-reliance and challenge themselves both physically and mentally. Students from Years Three to Ten are involved in a sequential programme of camps, specifically designed for the GSG curriculum.

Cocurricular All students have the opportunity to participate in cocurricular activities. These include:


Yalari programme Great Southern Grammar is proud to be one of only a few Yalari partner schools in Western Australia. Since 2005, Yalari has provided Indigenous children with full scholarships for their entire secondary school education. Yalari is a not-for-profit company supporting Indigenous children’s education. It provides programmes that bring about generational change by giving Indigenous children the opportunity for a firstclass education through full boarding scholarships at some of the highest achieving schools in Australia. The Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship programme invites applications once a year, with applications closing at the end of April for entry the following year. Pastoral care commitments are a major focus for Yalari and a key factor in our successful operating model. Yalari aims to nurture the whole child, giving everyone a chance to shine and lead in their own way by recognising their personal potential, not only those who are academically gifted or good at sport.


Sporting teams


Music ensembles


Drama productions


Navy Cadets

Yalari students have many chances for life-changing experiences, through their education and boarding school experiences, travel and camps during school holidays, and involvement in Yalari fundraising activities. Through these experiences, their confidence and abilities bloom.


Camps and Outdoor Education

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Environmental Clubs


SCUBA Diving

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Getting Started We look forward to meeting you! To find out more about Great Southern Grammar or to book a personal tour, please telephone the Registrar on 9844 0300. The best way to experience the benefits of a Great Southern Grammar education is to visit the school and see us in action. To register a child, a non-refundable application fee is payable. Registered students are placed on a progressive waiting list. As demand for places is keen, parents or guardians are advised to register their interest well in advance of the expected year of entry. Normal entry points for GSG enrolment are Kindergarten, Year Three and Year Seven, however, students are admitted at other levels if a vacancy exists. An application for enrolment may be lodged at any time. We welcome your enquiry. Visit

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Great Southern Grammar 244 Nanarup Road, Albany, WA PO Box 1151, Albany WA 6331 T: +61 8 9844 0300 | F: +61 8 9844 0380 E: | CRICOS Provider Code 03178E

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