Gippsland Grammar celebrates National Boarding Week 2021

May 14, 2021 | Community News, Garnsey News

Choosing to board at Gippsland Grammar to pursue your goals opens up a world of opportunity. Students not only have the chance to make many new friends, the freedom to socialise, the support to develop productive study and exercise habits and the guidance to grow into the person they want to become.

“I love boarding for the atmosphere, continuously being surrounded by like-minded and supportive people encourages you to do your best,” said former student Paige Barlow from Gormandale, who hopes to achieve her dream of being a doctor.

Gippsland Grammar provides quality education for three-year-olds through to those studying VCE with campuses in Bairnsdale and Sale.

Gippsland Grammar’s boarding boutique boarding facilities, called Blackwood House, are a short stroll across the Senior Garnsey Campus sports oval in Sale. It’s a home away from home for up to 50 boarders from regional Australia and overseas. The refurbished building opened in 2008 when the boarding house relocated from the St Anne’s Campus where it had operated since 1937.

Principal Leisa Harper explained that Gippsland Grammar was the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe.

“Blackwood House is an extension of our amazing School – it’s co-educational with a strong reputation for academic and all-round excellence – located in the beautiful Gippsland region, which has so much to offer.

“The House caters for students in Year 7 to 12 generally in twin shared bedrooms with an en-suite bathrooms. Students are encouraged to fully participate in sport and other community activities, like cooking for others less fortunate than us, to broaden their experience whilst living in the Boarding House.

“Suitable time for study with additional academic tutor support helps students in their quest to achieve excellence.

“Our out-of-town rowers have also proven to thrive in this environment with easy access to the gym and rowing sheds.

“And to say we are super proud of our rowers this year is an understatement – among an abundance of great results, Year 11 students Billy Osborne and Lindsay Hamilton won gold at the Australian Rowing Championships held in Tasmania last month.”

Blackwood House is a safe, secure and happy environment with two study rooms, a multi-purpose room for tutorials and music practice, Wi-Fi and computers linked to the School’s learning systems, email and internet, a games library, a large recreation space with televisions, pool table, courtyards, table tennis and four-square court. It is in close proximity to sporting facilities including Gippsland Regional Sporting Complex (basketball, netball, indoor soccer), soccer, football, rowing, tennis, tai chi, Shotokan Karate, and Sale Aquatic Centre, with our own commuter bus available to transport students in and around Sale after school hours and on weekends. The CBD is within walking distance.

A full range of medical, dental and hospital services are located close-by.

Blackwood House is led by Head of Boarding, Stuart Llewellyn, who has many years’ experience working in this environment. He is supported by both male and female Supervisors and additional staff including a full-time chef.

“At Blackwood House, we strive to uphold Gippsland Grammar’s core values of Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility and Respect,” Mr Llewellyn said.

“We actively support boarders in achieving their individual educational goals through hard work and a strong commitment to their studies.

“Simultaneously, we foster their development into positive, independent, responsible and confident young men and women.”

Gippsland Grammar offers enrolment and boarding options for fulltime boarding, part-time boarding, casual boarding and even day boarding supporting parents and offering a safe and secure place to stay when attending school events and functions that return later than usual travel arrangements allow.

For more information about Boarding at Gippsland Grammar please call Mr Llewellyn on 5143 6388.


Gippsland Grammar background:
Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

Gippsland Grammar’s 2020 VCE results:
Gippsland Grammar’s class of 2020 was among some of Victoria’s highest achieving Year 12 students. An amazing 23 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 90, which places them in the top 10 per cent of students in the State. And 55 per cent of students achieved an ATAR above 80, placing them in the top 20 per cent while 13 students secured apprenticeships and traineeships this year through the School’s VCAL program. Click here to read more about our 2020 VCE results.

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