Blue Mountains Grammar School


Blue Mountains Grammar School

Infobox Aust school private
name =Blue Mountains Grammar School


motto = _la. Per Ardua Ad Altiora
("Through Hard Work To Higher Achievements")
established =1918
type =Independent, Anglican, Co-educational, Day school
denomination =Anglican
slogan =
key_people =Mr Stuart Walker (Principal)
Mr Mick Woolan (Chairman)
fees =AU$7,704 p.a. - AU$12,663 p.a.
city =Wentworth Falls & Valley Heights
state =New South Wales
country =Australia
enrolment =940 (Pre-K to 12)
num_employ =
revenue =
products =
colours =Blue & Gold color box|#000080color box|#FFD700
homepage = http://www.bmgs.nsw.edu.au/

Blue Mountains Grammar School (BMGS), established in 1918, is an independent school over two campuses, in Wentworth Falls and Valley Heights, New South Wales, Australia. Classes are run from Pre-Kindergarten/Transition to Year 12 (HSC). The school is an Anglican, co-educational day school. There are approximately 900-1000 students currently enrolled over both campuses.

History

Blue Mountains Grammar School commenced in 1917, as the Blue Mountains Grammar Church of England Boys Grammar School, in Springwood. It was a boarding school and the property was known as "Homedale". The Founding Headmaster was E.K. Deane and the first pastoral House formed in the School bears his name. His son, John, became Headmaster after the war. [http://home.exetel.com.au/bmgs/html/site.htm Blue Mountains Grammar School Website - History] (accessed:23-04-2007)]

chool aims

*To encourage in students an understanding and acceptance of Christianity as the spiritual and moral basis of life.
*To nurture students so that they may achieve their potential.
*To provide students with an excellent, purposeful, imaginative and enjoyable learning environment.
*To develop in students, attitudes and actions which are visionary, reflective, wise and sensitive to others.

Curriculum

Departments

Teaching at Blue Mountains Grammar is divided into 9 different departments as follows:

*English
*Mathematics
*Humanities
*Science
*Languages other than English (LOTE)
*Music
*Art and Design (AD)
*Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
*Religious and Values Education (RAVE)

HSC courses

Blue Mountains Grammar School offers courses taught at solely at the school, courses taught in conjunction with TAFE known as VET courses (Vocational Education and Training) and courses by correspondence taught with the aid of the school teachers.


*General Mathematics
*Mathematics 2 Unit
*Mathematics 1 Unit Extension 1
*Mathematics 1 Unit Extension 2
*English Standard 2 Unit
*English Advanced 2 Unit
*English 1 Unit Extension 1
*English 1 Unit Extension 2
*Chemistry 2 Unit
*Physics 2 Unit
*Biology 2 Unit
*Earth and Environmental Science 2 Unit
*Modern History 2 Unit
*Ancient History 2 Unit
*History 1 Unit Extension 1
*Geography 2 Unit
*Legal Studies 2 Unit
*Economics 2 Unit
*Industrial Technology 2 Unit
*Business Studies 2 Unit
*Wilderness Education 2 Unit

*Engineering Studies 2 Unit
*Design and Technology 2 Unit
*Visual Arts 2 Unit
*Information Processes and Technology 2 Unit
*French Beginners 2 Unit
*French Continuers 2 Unit
*French 1 Unit Extension 1
*Japanese Beginners 2 Unit
*Japanese Continuers 2 Unit
*Any other language taken by correspondence
*Personal Development/Health/Physical Education
*Community and Family Studies
*Studies of Religion 1 Unit
*Studies of Religion 2 Unit
*Music 1 2 Unit
*Music 2 2 Unit
*Music 1 Unit Extension 1
*Drama 2 Unit
*Construction (VET)
*Hospitality (VET)
*Tourism (VET)
*Information Technology and Services (VET)
*Any other course taken by correspondence

Notable alumni

*Andrew Denton, Australian comedian and television presenterFact|date=April 2007

Houses

There are six houses in Blue Mountains Grammar. They are listed in alphabetical order, with their colour and animal (which appears on the house crest) in brackets.
*Deane (blue; phoenix) - After E.K & J Deane (former headmasters)
*Hughes (maroon; griffin) - After Mr Hughes (commitment to BMGS through continued philanthropy)
*Kelley (white; ram) - After Mr W. Kelley (honorary service to BMGS in a range of positions on the School Council and on the Conservatorium Management Committee, a reflection of his great love of music)
*MacLaurin (black; lion) - After the MacLaurin family (benefactors of BMGS).
*Pitt (green; serpent) - After the Pitt family (in the late 1800s, Mr & Mrs Robert Matcham Pitt built "Coorah", which is now the centerpiece of the Senior Campus of BMGS)
*Ziele (red; bull) - pronounced zee-lee - After Dr S. Ziele (a philanthropist with a wide range of charitable interests, as well as a benefactor of BMGS)

References

ee also

*List of Non-Government schools in New South Wales

External links

* [http://www.bmgs.nsw.edu.au/ Blue Mountains Grammar School Website]


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