Canberra Grammar School to take girl boarders from 2019

Ian Bushnell 29 March 2018

An artist’s impression of Canberra Grammar School’s new co-ed Boarding Village. Image: Supplied.

Canberra Grammar School has announced the next phase of its transition to a co-ed campus with it offering boarding places to girls in Years 7 to 12 from Term 1 next year.

Girls will be offered places at its new purpose-built boarding accommodation that will provide 28 rooms for girls to supplement the existing boarding house which currently houses 80 boys.

It will also include adjoining staff accommodation with construction beginning in mid-2018 and completed to open for Term 1 2019.

The new Boarding Village will replace the existing boarding house and provide both flexible and long-stay boarding accommodation with individual rooms for around 150 boys and girls from Years 7 to 12 in high-quality, comfortable and modern facilities.

The new complex will be surrounded by a spacious indoor social area, with reception, laundry, self-catering and storage facilities.

Head of Canberra Grammar School, Dr Justin Garrick said the school’s Campus Development Plan represented the next stage of its transition to full co-education and enhanced the school’s historic commitment to boarding for regional and rural families, for Canberra-based families on remote postings and for international students.

“Boarding has been central to the life of Canberra Grammar School since its earliest days. We are excited by these plans to enhance its future for boys and girls, to extend co-education at the School to its next phase, and we are proud to reaffirm its vital and flourishing place in our community,” Dr Garrick said.

The Campus Development Plan also includes redevelopment of the school’s tennis courts, creation of netball courts, construction of a new rowing centre, work to improve other sports facilities, and primary school facilities.

The first girls enrolled at Grammar in 2016, with 28 female students in Years 3 and 4, ending 87 years of single-sex education.

The boarding announcement came after Canberra Girls Grammar said boys at its early learning centre would not be offered a place in prep, under a new move to phase out co-educational learning in the junior school by 2020.

Principal Anne Coutts was reported to have said the decision “strengthened the school’s commitment” to single-sex education.

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