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Gippsland Grammar School
Gippsland Grammar School crest. Source: (Gippsland Grammar School website)
Coordinates38°5′42″S 147°3′54″E / 38.09500°S 147.06500°E / -38.09500; 147.06500Coordinates: 38°5′42″S 147°3′54″E / 38.09500°S 147.06500°E / -38.09500; 147.06500
TypeIndependent, co-educational, day & boarding
MottoLatin: Veritas Liberabit Vos
(The truth will set you free)
PrincipalDavid J Baker
ChaplainRev. Richard Lanham
Enrolment~1000 (K–12)[1]
Colour(s)Black, green & white

Gippsland Grammar School is an independent, Anglican, co-educational, day and boarding school, located in Sale, in the state of Victoria, Australia.

The school is located over three campuses, the St Anne's Campus (K-6), the Garnsey Campus (7-12) and the Bairnsdale Campus (K-6).

The school's motto is Veritas Liberabit Vos, Latin for "the truth will set you free."

Gippsland Grammar is a member of the South Eastern Independent Schools Association (SEISA) and ICCES schools associations.

The current school Principal is David Baker, with the Heads (teachers in charge) of the junior Bairnsdale Campus, junior St Anne's Campus and senior Garnsey Campuses being Amanda Virgo, Jie Van Berkel and Jan Henry (who was the 1980 School Captain) respectively.

As of February 2013 there were approximately 600 students enrolled in Garnsey Campus, 200 in St. Anne's Campus and 125 in the Bairnsdale Campus[2]


St Anne's Church of England Girls School was founded in 1924. Gippsland Grammar School for boys commenced in 1961. The two schools amalgamated as St. Anne's and Gippsland Grammar School in 1971. For a period of time, the School was known by the acronym STAGGS, but became known as Gippsland Grammar in 1997.

Today, Gippsland Grammar caters for students from three years of age through to Year 12, with boarding facilities for secondary students.

The former site of St Anne's Church of England Girls Grammar School has been developed as the Junior School, known as St Anne's Campus. This site also contains the boarding houses for both boys and girls.

The Senior School, is located on the former Gippsland Grammar School site on the northern side of Sale, adjacent to Bishopscourt.

In January 2006 a new Bairnsdale campus was opened for primary school students.


Garnsey Campus

The Garnsey Campus is the schools senior campus, teaching students years 7 to 12. There are four or five classes at each year level from 7 to 11, each class consisting of around 20 students.

The Garnsey Campus teaches students the core subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History and Health, as well as a variety of electives including Art, Drama, Woodwork, Music, French and Japanese.

The facility is designed to cater for advancing electronic communication, and learning is located on the campus, for the use of both staff and students. These such advances can be accessed from the Information Services Centre, which provides a networked information system, an information and literacy skills program, instruction in using online services, reading programs, photocopying, a range of audiovisual equipment and reading and games for recreational purposes.

The Garnsey Campus is also host to the year 9 Centre.

Blackwood boarding house

The Boarding House is situated at the St Anne's Campus and is home to approximately 40 female and male students from years 7 to 12. Boarders can stay as weekly's (Monday - Thursday) or as full timer's, such as interstate and international boarders.

Students have access to study facilities including; a study room with a well stocked library with school texts and a range of reference books, a computer room with computers which are linked to the school system and which have internet, intranet and school e-mail access, and teachers and tutors for a variety of subjects.

Students have regular, nutritional meals, cooked by the Boarding House Chef at the Boarding House. Boarders also have access to the newly developed and widely acclaimed electronic canteen system.

The Boarding House is only a short stroll from many locations including; rowing sheds, netball courts, the shopping centre and the local pool and is in close proximity to many other sporting facilities.

For Boarders that chose to stay on weekends there are a variety of activities undertaken such as; cinema evenings and ten pin bowling and trips such as; surfing trips to Cape Coonran and an annual snow trip to Mount Hotham.

NOTE: The boarding house has recently moved to being on the Garnsey Campus, rather than the St Annes Campus.

St. Anne's Campus

This is also situated in Sale and teaches students from ages 3, in the early learning centre, to year six.

It also has a Library Resource Centre with up-to-date fiction and non-fiction collections and a strong reference section, computers for educational games and research and library classes conducted each week to promote information literacy.

Bairnsdale Campus

This is the most recent campus, it is for years preparatory to 6. The new campus offers many of the subjects that are available at the St. Anne's campus including; a full curriculum at all grade levels with specialist teachers for Art, Music, Japanese and Sport/PE.


A broad curriculum encompasses the Arts, Commerce, Christian Education, Humanities, Science, Mathematics and Technology, Languages (Japanese and French), Visual Communication & Design, Ceramics and Art. An innovative program has been developed for Year 9. Students enjoy a wide range of "out-of-classroom" activities, including two weeks in the Melbourne city classroom. Other activities include a comprehensive Outdoor Education program, with hiking trips and ski camps together with a Netbook Computer program which enables unprecedented elearning opportunities.[citation needed]


Gippsland Grammar has four Houses which participate annually in a competition which includes academic, cultural and sporting pursuits. These include interhouse Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Drama, Debating, Art, Music/Cultural Festival & Rowing. The winner is awarded the Inter House Trophy for the year. They are as follows:

  • Cranswick Dargo (Royal blue)
  • Tisdall Hotham (Gold)
  • Wellington Binks (Maroon)
  • Blundell Bogong (Red)

Each House is named after a significant person and a place which has a connection to the surrounding areas of Gippsland: Blundell, Cranswick and Tisdall were the names of the St. Anne's houses and Bogong and Dargo were the Gippsland Grammar School's sporting houses. Hotham was created at the time of amalgamation and 1984 was the inaugural year of Wellington-Binks.


See also


  1. ^ SchoolChoice Victoria: GIPPSLAND GRAMMAR Archived 30 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:26-02-2013)
  2. ^ "Gippsland Grammar Website". Retrieved 28 February 2013.

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