NEWCASTLE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Founded in 1859 as a boys' grammar school, Newcastle Grammar now is co-educational from preschool to Year 12 with some buildings dating back to 1850. Christ Church Cathedral is used as the school chapel. Religious education is compulsory. Newcastle Grammar School has a 'three-school' focus junior school (kindergarten to Year 4), middle school (Years 5 to 8) and senior school (Years 9 to 12). There are three campuses, two for academic and one for sporting endeavours.
Facilities: There are two well-equipped libraries as well as computer, music, language and science laboratories. The building now used for the middle school was completed in 1992. A new four-storey senior school building was occupied in 1995. New facilities for visual arts were completed in 1997. In 2007 a new five-storey building was opened with facilities for Design&Technology/Wood, English, Hospitality, computer rooms, Year 12 and staff facilities, Drama and PDH&PE. At Park Campus, a new building wascompleted in 2001 for the Junior School. In 2004, the Horbury Hunt Hall was restored and carpeted for the use of the drama students.
Years 7 and 8: As part of the transition from middle school to senior school all students study the same subjects, except for a choice of LOTE (French and Japanese) in Year 8.
Electives Years 9 and 10: Years 9 to 10 elective courses include French, Japanese, Visual Arts, Music, Information and Software Technology, Food Technology, Industrial Technology Timber, Drama, and Commerce.
Curriculum Years 11 and 12: English with Extensions, English Advanced, Mathematics with Extensions, Mathematics, Mathematics General, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Drama, Modern History, Ancient History, French Continuers, Studies of Religion, Geography, Visual Arts, Music 1 and 2, Personal Development/Health and Physical Education, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Design and Technology, Hospitality (VET), Information Technology (VET).
Sport: Aerobics, athletics, cricket, cross-country running, hockey, netball, rowing, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, touch football.
Co-curricular activities: SATU (Student Adventure Training Unit) for both boys and girls, Young Achievers, Lions' Youth of the Year QUEST, Mock Trial, debating, public speaking, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, drama productions, community service, camps.
Welfareand personal development: The welfare program is based on a strong individual pastoral care, mentor system, school prefect and house captain system. Discipline is firm but fair and there is a consistent uniform policy. The school aims to develop each individual to his or her potential within a caring Christian community.