Girls Grammar’s 2020 vision for the future

Posted 7 March 2018 3:00pm

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) will grow its award-winning Early Learning Centre (ELC), significantly increasing the number of places for both girls and boys.

Opened in 2004, the Early Learning Centre currently provides full-time and part-time places for up to 110 boys and girls and will remain co-educational, ensuring it provides the best start for boys and girls in the early childhood phase of development.

In response to community demand for quality early childhood places, coupled with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the CGGS parent community, the ELC expansion will increase capacity through the addition of a new wing housing four learning spaces and additional outdoor play areas.

Head of Junior School, Ms Angela Whitaker, said the importance of providing children with the very best early childhood education cannot be overstated.

“Our ELC is recognised as a centre of excellence - one of only a handful of like services nationally to be awarded the Excellent rating twice by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA),” said Ms Whitaker.

“As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we offer the Primary Years Program (PYP) and we are guided by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, whose influence is evident in the beautiful environment in which the children learn.”

With the planning process for the expansion of the ELC already well underway, the development of a new wing will seamlessly integrate with the current facility, preserving the learning environments which are so important to our students’ development and wellbeing.

From 2020, CGGS will become the only Prep (Kindergarten) to Year 12 all-girls school in the region.

Principal, Mrs Anne Coutts, said the decision strengthens the School’s commitment to girls’ education.

“Canberra Girls Grammar will continue to be the school of choice for informed parents who value our outstanding academic results and the broad range of opportunities we offer to our students,” said Mrs Coutts on Wednesday.

“Along with our extensive co-curricular activities and strong pastoral care framework, our students enjoy targeted development programs for girls in Years 3, 5 and 6 – including our ground-breaking Girls with Grit program which is proving incredibly popular and helping the young women of tomorrow to become stronger, more resilient and open to leadership opportunities.”

The current cohort of 2018 Pre-Prep boys will be the final group to move through the Junior School, exiting Year 2 in 2021. In consideration of families who have boys currently enrolled, the School has made the announcement well in advance of the planned changes and will personally contact those directly affected.

CGGS families who would like more information about this announcement are encouraged to email cggs2020@cggs.act.edu.au