Curriculum

Curriculum

My daughter doesn’t want to do medicine or science. She loves acting, dance and gymnastics. What can Girls Grammar offer her?

We offer a broad selection of subjects that all girls study in their early years at School, which includes Health Studies, Visual Art, Drama and Music, as well as all the other core subjects you would expect. By Years 9 and 10, girls have the opportunity to choose elective subjects and we encourage them to choose the subjects they enjoy and will naturally do well at. Girls who are interested in and passionate about pursuing further studies in the arts are encouraged to choose these subjects as their electives.

Alternatively, some students choose to follow these interests through our extensive co-curricular program, including sport, music and service.

We also offer several drama activities through the co-curricular program:

  • Felgate Society — an inclusive club that encourages students from any year level to participate in various dramatic activities
  • Grammar Dance — girls enjoy exploring different dance genres, extending their skills, flexibility and strength, as well as choreographing works for performances
  • Senior and Junior Production — each year the School produces a senior and junior drama production sometimes in conjunction with boys from Brisbane Grammar School.

Most importantly, a Girls Grammar education recognises the particular strengths and needs of the individual, and seeks to draw out the very best in every girl, whatever her interests and passions may be.

If my daughter is struggling to keep up in class or needs a little extra help, what kind of support do you provide and will you let us know when it is required?

Staff work together to carefully monitor every girl’s learning progress, and decisions regarding how best to help our girls develop are made as a team. We communicate directly with parents as required to ensure families are aware of any challenges their daughter may be facing from an academic, or any other perspective. We also invite families to raise concerns they may have at any time, directly with their daughter’s Head of House or classroom teacher and work swiftly to address them.

Heads of House works closely with House and classroom teachers, as well as other professional staff including the School Counsellor, School Psychologist, Health Care Coordinator, Dean of Curriculum and Director of Post Secondary Planning to provide a comprehensive and extended support network for each girl. The School also has number of programmes in place to support students including:

  • Study Buddy – available to Year 7 students who may benefit from academic mentoring from a Year 11 student
  • Maths Help
  • Differentiated Studies
  • Year 7 and Year 8 team meetings during the first year at School

During the year, our professional staff also organise a programme of informative events for the Girls Grammar community such as parent information evenings, guest speaker forums, career breakfasts and workshops where parents, staff and students can access the latest information and advice on a wide range of topics related to teenage girls and their development. This careful, professional and individualised approach is rewarded by the growth of confidence and self-belief developed in our young women.

How do you prepare girls to be global citizens?

Every Grammar girl undertakes language study during her time at School. We believe studying languages broadens the girls’ international outlook and contributes to their skills as global citizens. Learning a language goes beyond vocabulary, grammar and role-play; it prepares young people for positive social engagement with diverse social groups and opens the opportunities for life-changing experiences and friendships.

In Year 7, girls study Latin for the entire year and study a semester each of two of the following languages: Chinese, French, German and Japanese. Then in Year 8, they choose one language to study that year. In Years 9 and 10, girls must choose at least one, but may choose up to two languages to study for the full year. In Years 11 and 12, language study (Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Latin) is available, but optional.

Why do you teach Latin?

For more than 140 years, Girls Grammar has offered Latin, and from 2015 it has been a compulsory subject for Year 7. The teaching of classical languages develops a multitude of skills and benefits for students that translate into many aspects of life. Latin also provides students with a window into contemporary society through its links with law, medicine, science and theology.

As the root of many modern languages, Latin provides an excellent foundation for the development of literacy and language learning and research has shown it to help improve English vocabulary and the understanding of English Grammar. The teaching of Latin at Girls Grammar is a reflection of our commitment to providing a broad, liberal education that encourages a life-wide approach to learning. It is offered as part of our comprehensive language programme, which also includes Chinese, Japanese, French and German, allowing girls to explore worlds outside their own.

Will my daughter be able to participate in a language tour? What other kinds of trips could she attend?

At Brisbane Girls Grammar School, we believe international experiences help our girls develop important life skills, big picture thinking and a more ‘worldly’ perspective. We provide study tour opportunities to our girls in Years 10, 11 and 12 to visit any number of our affiliate schools in Japan, Germany, France and China. These amazing experiences opens their eyes to new linguistic, social, cultural and historical experiences that can be life changing.

We also offer a range of other travel opportunities both in Australia and overseas that build on other aspects of the Academic, Service and Co-curricular programmes, including:

  • Antipodeans Abroad (Years 10, 11 and 12)
  • Desert Colours Art Tour
  • Northerm Hemisphere Summer School Programmes
  • Sydney Drama Tour
  • US Space Camp
  • International Young Leaders Forum

Please see Educational Travel for more information.

How are girls taught skills beyond the purely academic?

Our annual Outdoor Education programme at Marrapatta Memorial Outdoor Education Centre in the Mary Valley, is also an integral part of our curriculum. This carefully considered programme is provided to our girls progressively through Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. In the early stages, the girls are encouraged to develop a sense of place and explore what makes Marrapatta unique. As they work through the programme and build their confidence, the girls are given more opportunities to think and work interdependently with others. Outdoor activities are used to engage students and focus on building specific skills and qualities. For example, canoeing encourages the girls to communicate effectively and work as a team to achieve a goal. On expedition, the girls use multimodal transport to reach a destination — the journey together becomes as important as the destination itself. These experiences are designed to nurture a broad liberal education through a diverse range of challenging intellectual and physical experiences.