The end of 2023 sees us on the cusp of the next chapter of Grammar when we will launch the 2024 – 2029 Strategic Plan with wellbeing underpinning all that we do. The plan will be shared with our community in the Term One News from Grammar. Senior and Middle Leadership are confident that this journey will be one that positions our school to empower our current and future students to be world ready.
This year has been a stellar one for our students. I have loved witnessing their growth in all aspects of their learning. They have been well supported by a parent body and community who are deeply invested in making sure each student is known, celebrated and cared for. Our outstanding and dedicated staff have delivered amazing learning experiences and the esprit de corp is palpable on both campuses.
I would like to share an example, from a multitude that I have gathered this year, which to me demonstrated what it means to be a Grammar student.
Early in Term Three at a Principal’s Assembly on the Senior Campus, I asked a Grade 10 student volunteer (no preplanning – on the spot volunteering) to come up and work with me to demonstrate a coaching conversation and how to refine and plan to achieve a goal. The idea was to narrow down through questioning what a genuine concern was and this in turn would translate to setting a goal and plan to address the concern before December. I must admit I was expecting the response from the student to be something typical like “I might not get the grades I want” or “I am worried I won’t make the First VIII”. But without missing a heartbeat he replied, “I want to work on being better at putting others before myself and to value them”. I couldn’t believe that a 16-year-old teenager whom (according to all stereotypical representations), might just grunt and utter some indiscernible sentence, broke the stereotype. In fact, he smashed the stereotype in front of the school student body.
We then proceeded to have one of the most powerful coaching conversations I have ever had. It was sophisticated, compassionate, and inspiring. His peers, the staff and I were impressed. This moment left an indelible mark on my mind about what it is we wish to hold dear for the young people in our school. The ability to have a quiet confidence, to be humble and to believe that through serving others, we become better people.
School numbers for the next academic year reflect the challenges of recent years, but we are growing in the right places. ELC enrolments are strong, as are Grades 7 and 9. We have identified our formal entry points as Prep, Grade 5, Grade 7 and Grade 10. The Scholarship programmes for Grade 5, 7 and 10 entries have been refined and we have commenced our 2025 and 2026 enrolment. For more information click here.
The Junior Campus programme remains Launceston’s and indeed the Norths best kept secret. We have identified optimal class sizes to ensure the personalised approach to learning is not diminished and this may result in waitlists moving forward. Given the demand for places at Grade 7, families may wish to consider a Grade 5 entry point which has numerous advantages for young learners. On the Senior Campus, we have reimagined the student experience and this will commence with a renewed focus on student participation in a vibrant campus-life programme. Grammar is able to offer exciting and varied formal and informal experiences which distinguish it from others.
I have been grateful for the parent and wider community expressions of genuine desire for me to succeed in this role. I have felt nothing but support. I have listened and will continue to do so as continuous improvement requires feedback. Please keep sharing your experience and your perspectives so we may serve you better.
The results for Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and the ATAR scores over the last week for our Grade 11 and 12 students has been cause for much celebration. For the Class of 2023, a heartfelt congratulations on your outstanding results. You may access a snapshot summary below.
In this final newsletter, are highlights from both campuses. We celebrate student successes and know that the effective measurement of our students is not reliant solely on academic scores. It is so much more. We also introduce new staff and farewell long serving staff.
I wish all in the Grammar community a very happy and holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year with your nearest and dearest.