Volume 54 No. 13

Sydney Grammar School

It is rather daunting to consider the extensive range of what our boys and staff have been achieving across this very busy term. Of late we have enjoyed a range of concerts, performances, exhibitions, as well as the various end-of-season functions which have typified collectively the ongoing determination and ambition of our boys and staff to do things as well as can be done, and to do so with a camaraderie which I feel is quite uniquely ‘Grammar’.

Of course, as Term III reaches its conclusion, we reflect on the reality that our Form VI boys are coming to the end of their time here at College Street as they ready themselves for the HSC examinations. This is both an exciting and a very nostalgic time for those boys. Our Form VI of 2018 have been a delightful group of young men to get to know, and I will miss them greatly.
I wish everyone well for the upcoming holiday.

Dr RB Malpass

Form VI Final Full School Assembly, Form VI Formal and the AAGPS Athletics Championships

Form VI Final Full School Assembly

Parents of Form VI boys are invited to join us for the boys’ final Full School Assembly on Friday 14 September in the John Vallance Hall at 10.40am. Seating will be provided in the upper balconies.

Form VI Formal

The Form VI Formal will be held on Thursday 15 November from 7.00pm at Nick’s Bar & Grill, The Promenade, King Street Wharf. Parents of boys should be aware that the finishing time of the Formal is 11.30pm. Management and security for the Formal will be in the hands of the Venue Licensee throughout the evening.

AAGPS Athletics Championship

We are looking forward to the AAGPS Athletics Championship at Homebush on Saturday 22 September. This is a big day in the GPS sporting calendar and the Grammar athletes really appreciate the support in the stands. Attendance is compulsory for all boys in Forms I-V. Roll call will occur in the Middle Playground by House and Tutorial at 8.30am; buses will the transport the boys to Homebush from College Street. Boys will be accompanied by Tutors and Housemasters and return buses will arrive at College Street at approximately 4.15-4.30pm. Your son will be clearly notified of the bus arrangements as well as the need for full winter uniform, a Grammar hat, sunscreen, food and water. Due to restricted seating allocations, please be aware that seats in the Grammar area of the stand will be for boys and staff only.

When the buses return to College Street, please avoid picking up at College Street or Stanley Street as 22 buses will be using the area for drop off.

Mr TC Watkins 

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

The school holiday period is an excellent time for all boys to update their logs and if they have completed a hike, to do their hike reports and submit them to the correct assessors for sign off (e.g. Collaroy, Somerset).

For each of the other areas, Volunteering, Skills and Physical, boys should set up the correct assessor in each category. They should NOT nominate me as the assessor unless it is for School Orchestra. For school sport, Mr Alan Campbell is the assessor. Please download the following document 'Information about the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme at Sydney Grammar' (click here) to obtain other assessors.

Boys in Form VI are reminded that they need to complete all components BEFORE they finish school, either by the end of this term or after their HSC examinations, otherwise they cannot be signed-off by Sydney Grammar School. I need to know which option boys are taking and Form VI boys intending to complete their awards should see me urgently if they have not already done so.

Ms RM Fin

Form VI - return of instruments and clearing lockers, AMEB practical examinations and the Australian Combined Music Festival 2019

Form VI

All boys in Form VI who currently hire a school instrument must return it to the Music Department before the end of term. Form VI instrument lockers also need to be cleared before the end of term.

Instruments should be returned to:

Strings: Mr Nijs

Woodwind: Dr Busan

Brass: Mr Howard

Percussion: Mr Scotland


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Holiday Camps

Holiday Tennis Camp

School holiday tennis camp will run from Tuesday 2 October until Friday 5 October 2018. 

Preparatory School boys will attend from 9am until noon and College Street boys will attend from 1pm until 4pm. For further details, please click here.

Holiday Cricket Camp

School holiday cricket camp will run from Thursday 11 to Friday 12 October 2018.

Available to Preparatory Schools (Year 3 - 6) and College Street (Forms I and II) from 9am - 12noon. For further details, please click here.

Mr MA Curran


Belvoir Theatre Subscription 2019

An opportunity exists for members of next year’s Form V to attend up to six plays as part of the 2019 Belvoir Season. The Belvoir is one of Australia’s most respected companies and their theatre in Surry Hills is an iconic space within easy walking distance of Sydney Grammar School.

This will be the ninth year Grammar has run this subscription program, and every year boys have been rewarded by eclectic, stimulating and challenging theatre made by some of Australia’s foremost practitioners.

Amongst plays on offer are an exciting collaborative work with a set of Sri Lankan companies, performed in the Town Hall; a one-woman show by one of our finest practitioners, Kate Mulvaney; a revival of a smash-hit indigenous work combining music and story-telling; a new indigenous work; Andrew Bovell, one of Australia's most respected playwrights (Speaking in Tongues, The Secret River) and his most recent work, toured to acclaim in Britain; and the iconic pairing of Brecht (The Life of Galileo) and Colin Friels. Boys wishing to attend this exciting season need to commit to seeing all of the chosen plays. The cost is approximately $280.
To book a place in this group for your son currently in Form IV, please email Mr Peter Rudge at epr@sydgram.nsw.edu.au, by Monday 24 September.

Mr EP Rudge

Library School Holiday Hours

The Library will be open from 9am to 3pm during the school holiday period. Boys attending the Library during this time are required to sign in and out at the General Office. 

Dr J Hughes

Peter Pan

Come along for the journey of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Tickets are free and reservations a must. A gold coin collection will happen on the day of each performance in honour of the JM Barrie legacy. All proceeds will go to the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Performance dates are Friday 19 October 2018 at 6:00pm and Sunday 21 October 2018 at 2:00pm.

Reserve your ticket for FREE at TryBooking

For further details, please click here 

GD Wilson


Hawaii Volcanoes Science Tour

New Dates (Thursday 3 October - Saturday 12 October 2019)

In the last week of the September/October school holidays, 2019 Science Beyond the Curriculum is presenting Grammar boys, siblings and parents with an exciting opportunity to undertake an eight-day geological exploration of Hawaii. 


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SGSWA Events

Form VI Leavers’ Dinner – Thursday 20 September

The Form VI Leavers’ Dinner is on Thursday 20 September at Cyren Bar-Grill-Seafood, Darling Harbour. The RSVP date was Monday 10 September. If you wish to attend, please contact Jenny Booth at SGSWA@sydgram.edu.au at your earliest convenience.

SGSWA Survey

Thank you to all who have participated in the survey thus far. To date we have received 269 submissions.

The purpose of the survey is to review our events to better understand your interests and how you might like to engage with other Grammar mothers and carers. The survey will close on Friday 14 September. Here is a link if you would like to participate, please click here. Thank you to Wendy Searle, Sophie Lin and Sara Jackson for organising the survey. 

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Annual General Meeting, Key Dates for Term IV and Contact with the Association

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 1 November at 6.00pm in the Foyer of the AMT. All members are welcome. Anyone wishing to join the Committee for 2018 should attend this meeting. The AGM will be followed by an informal dinner and we will provide the TryBooking details in the next newsletter.

Committee members attend two to three Committee meetings each term. The meetings take place on a Thursday evening at 6pm and last approximately one hour. Members participate in events throughout the year which range from BBQ activities to supporting our events for new parents and other functions. Next year, we will be looking for two BBQ Coordinators to share the duties of managing the BBQs we hold during the winter terms.

If you would like to nominate yourself for a position on the Committee or have any questions, please contact either myself or Wendy Scotter in the SGSFA office on 9332 5843 or email sgsfa@sydgram.nsw.edu.au

Key Dates for Term IV

Thursday 1 November  - AGM followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Wednesday 21 November - Weigall BBQ for House Sports Day.
Contact with the Association

Please feel free to contact the Fathers' Association about any matters of interest to you. The Association is only too happy to help. The most direct method of contact is via email sgsfa.president@gmail.com

SGSFA Website

We have launched our new website located at www.sgsfa.com.au which includes links to the BBQ roster, our newsletters and other information. We welcome your comments or suggestions.

Mr M Scotter