What kind of music programme do you have at Girls Grammar?

At Brisbane Girls Grammar School we believe that music is for everyone and should be relaxing, satisfying, stimulating and above all, fun. Through music, we encourage our girls to develop their leadership qualities, responsibility, discipline, commitment and teamwork — and the result is a rewarding and musically enjoyable experience. Of course, we also have programs, teachers and facilities in place to nurture exceptional talent.

My daughter already plays an instrument, what can you offer her?

If you already play an instrument we will find the right place for you in one of our 20 ensembles — including bands, orchestras, choirs and chamber groups — that are supported by experienced and enthusiastic conductors and teachers. We strive to bring out the best in every student, from elementary musicians to those studying for their performance diplomas.

What if my daughter has never learned a musical instrument before? Is it too late? 

For girls who have never had the chance to learn an instrument before, Girls Grammar is the place to be. We strongly encourage all students who have never tried music before to take up an instrument when starting at the School. After only a few lessons girls can soon find themselves part of a band or orchestra. Singers can join a choir right away! Some of the School’s most successful musicians have been those who began learning upon entry, with no music experience from primary school.

Why is music an important part of your co-curricular program?

Girls Grammar believes that playing music enriches life. It provides an avenue for self-expression and creativity that girls can carry with them throughout their lives. To play music combines behaviours that promote higher order thinking skills and involvement in music can stimulate the brain and develop intelligence in other areas. Music provides the opportunity for perceptual motor development and encourages the development of social skills, discipline and commitment, which all add to self-worth. And more than anything else, being involved with music is so much fun.

Do you have concerts, camps, competitions and performances?

Each year the Brisbane Girls Grammar School Music Faculty presents a variety of concerts and musical experiences for the students and the community. Following is a selection:

  • Music and Choir camps
  • Welcome, Gala, Autumn, Spring, Jazz, Choral and Christmas Carol Concerts
  • Solo and Ensemble Performance Week
  • May Concert Series
  • Instrumental and Vocal Competition
  • Artists in Concert (when the winner of the Jefferies Bursary is judged)
  • St Stephen’s Cathedral Concert
  • Open Day Performances
  • Senior and Intermediate String Festivals with other schools
  • Band workshops and concerts with other schools
  • Chamber Music Competition
  • Australian Combined Schools Music Festival
  • Music Dinner
  • Speech Day performances.

My daughter loves sport but isn’t outstanding. How do you cater for girls of differing skill levels?

We believe physical activity teaches girls many lessons about honour, physical skills, discipline, self- esteem, humility, the team concept and healthy lifestyle. All students participate in Health and Physical Education as a compulsory part of the Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 curriculum. Students in Years 11 and 12 can also choose to continue on with Health Studies as part of their elective program of study.

Our co-curricular sports programme offers 18 competitive and several non-competitive sporting activities as well as lifestyle activities such as yoga, pilates, aquaaerobics, fitness and rock climbing.

Competitive Sports

More than 700 girls participate in competitive sports for Girls Grammar each year. Over the past decade, 70 per cent of the student population has represented Girls Grammar in competitive sport. In the winter months, more than 600 girls are involved in Rowing, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Athletics, Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Volleyball. Most notably, and in stark contrast to the national and international trends, there has been no decline in the rate of participation for Brisbane Girls Grammar School students in the past decade.

The School is a founding member of the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools Sporting Association (QGSSSA) competition, and participates in a range of Brisbane Club associations as well as operating a comprehensive Interhouse programme.


Women’s Gymnastics
Cross Country
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Fencing (QFA)
Rowing (BSRA)
Water Polo (BWPI)

Features of the Girls Grammar Sports Programme include:

  • A strong Interhouse programme and inter-school competition.
  • Access to top quality venues, including our own thirteen-hectare Rangakarra Recreational and Environmental Education Centre at Fig Tree Pocket.
  • An awards system designed to recognise the many sporting achievements of the girls.
  • Dedicated and qualified staff who develop and teach our sporting programmes and coach our teams.