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100 Days of Prep – Townsville Grammar School

With great anticipation and excitement, children at Townsville Grammar School’s two Junior School Campuses marked a significant milestone on Monday, 27 July – 100 days of Prep.

Townsville Grammar School Principal, Mr Timothy Kelly, said this year, more than ever, it has been vital to celebrate and recognise this learning milestone.

“This has certainly been a different and challenging year for students everywhere, however for our Prep students, this has been their introduction to school life, so it was very important to recognise this milestone,” said Mr Kelly.

Prep students from the Annandale Campus even travelled to the North Shore Campus for the celebrations. In fact, the children came to school dressed as “100 year-olds” and engaged in games and activities centring on the number 100.

“Our Prep teaching teams have done an exceptional job this year in keeping their students focussed and excited about learning, despite the disruptions caused by Covid-19. We had a great day celebrating with our youngest Grammarians as they achieved this milestone with such enthusiasm!”

Townsville Grammar School’s Prep Program Offers:

Teaching Teams:

  • Early childhood trained Teachers
  • Full-time Teacher Aides in each Prep classroom
  • Specialist Teachers for Music, Library, Performing Arts, Sport and Languages

Learning Environments:

  • Foundation for the Grammar approach to learning
  • Optimised class sizes
  • Inspiring classrooms filled with colour, texture and themed areas
  • Dedicated Prep playgrounds and gardens

Specialist Programs:

  • Music Program
  • Sports and Swimming Program

Pastorol Care

  • Personal development through the ‘Positive Education’ pastoral care program
  • Transition to Year 1 Program (Semester 2 focused)
  • Upper School Buddy Program

Convenience For Families

  • Two Campus locations – Annandale and North Shore
  • TGS Bus service linking the three Campuses

Read more about Townsville Grammar School HERE. 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience a Grammar Education

A Grammar education is an experience designed to open young minds to discovery and learning, as well as providing a rich environment for personal development. Children as young as four years of age can begin their learning journey at Townsville Grammar School and start receiving the benefits of a Grammar education.

There are a number of upcoming opportunities for families to visit, experience and learn more about Townsville Grammar School for Pre-Prep to Year 6.

Principal’s Open Mornings

Open mornings mean you can meet the Principal and Head of Junior School. You can also explore the Campuses and enjoy morning tea.

  • Annandale Campus – Wednesday, 12 August (9.00 – 11.00am)
  • North Shore Campus – Friday, 14 August (9.00 – 11.00am)

Junior School Experience Day (Prep – Year 6)

This is a great opportunity for your child to join in a class for a day and experience life at Townsville Grammar School.

  • Thursday, 27 August (8.30am – 3.00pm)
  • Annandale and North Shore Campuses

Prep Info Night

Prep Info Night lets you find out more about the Townsville Grammar School Prep Program. You can meet the teaching teams personally and explore the Prep Precincts.

  • Annandale Campus – Wednesday, 19 August (9.00 – 11.00am)
  • North Shore Campus – Thursday 20 August (9.00 – 11.00am)

Pre-Prep Info Night

Here you can find out more about the Townsville Grammar School’s Pre-Prep Program, meet the teaching teams and explore the Early Education Centres.

  • Annandale Campus – Tuesday, 1 September (6:00 – 7:00pm)
  • North Shore Campus – Wednesday, 2 September (6:00 – 7:00pm)

Townsville Grammar School has an enduring reputation as the academic leader in North Queensland, delivering consistently high academic outcomes from Prep to Year 12.

The Prep Program

  • Full-time Teacher Aides in each classroom
  • Optimised class sizes
  • Specialist lessons with specialist teachers
  • IT-enabled classrooms
  • Dedicated Prep precincts
  • Swimming program
  • Sports program
  • Music program
  • ‘Positive Education’ pastoral care program
  • Pre-Prep to Year 12 school culture
  • Transition to Year 1 program

 

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What is a Grammar Education and Where Does it Begin?

Children as young as four years of age can begin their learning journey at Townsville Grammar School. The Pre-Prep and Prep programs are designed to give children a strong foundation to learning. This foundation then supports them throughout their schooling years.

What is a Grammar Education?

Townsville Grammar School has a long-standing reputation as the leading academic school in North Queensland. However, the experience is far wider, with academic learning as the foundation. Principal of Townsville Grammar School, Mr Timothy Kelly, said the schools offer a particular style of education. It focuses on values and developing young people of character. Furthermore, young people are encouraged and supported to strive for personal best, and who develop a mindset of service and giving back.

Personal Best

“We use the term “personal best” because it encapsulates our Grammar experience,” said Mr Kelly. “Personal best means something different to every
child, and does not mean getting an A. It is a mindset of always striving to do your best, which is an attitude that is vital in all facets of life.

“We are focused on educating our students in a culture that is values-based, where respect for others and respect for self is paramount,” said Mr Kelly. “Our students know they are supported and encouraged every day to try their best, to learn from mistakes and to celebrate their wins. In doing so we are developing young people of character. This is what a Grammar education strives to achieve.”

Benefits of Starting at in Pre-Prep and Prep

Starting early sets the foundation for the Grammar approach to teaching and learning.  The concept of striving for personal best begins here. Children in Pre-Prep and Prep are the youngest Grammarians. Because of this, they wear the uniform, they join in wider school events and develop an early understanding of the culture and values of Grammar. Additionally, children also benefit from the successful Pre-Prep transition program, ensuring they are ready and confident to start Prep in a familiar environment.

Want to Know More?

We have several opportunities to experience and visit our Junior Schools in Term 3. Parents are welcome at any time to book a personal family tour of our Junior School Campuses at Annandale and North Shore.

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A Great Love for Discovery With the Pre-Prep Program

The Pre-Prep Program at Townsville Grammar School is the first entry point to accessing a Grammar education. It is the beginning of a great love for discovery.

As one of eight Grammar schools in Queensland, Townsville Grammar School’s Principal, Mr Timothy Kelly, said a Grammar education is an experience designed to open young minds to discovery and learning. The school provides a rich environment for personal development.

“We are proud to have supported generations of families in our 132-year history. We do this through our commitment to delivering exceptional education,” said Mr Kelly. They deliver the program at the early education centres of the Junior School Campuses in Annandale and North Shore. Mr Kelly says it is a popular starting point for families wishing to access a Grammar education. “It is the earliest entry point and a fantastic foundation years for the children as they move into prep,” said Mr Kelly. Director of Early Education, Ms Cyndi Friend, leads the program. Then it is delivered by her team of university qualified teachers and diploma-level educators. All of them are passionate about educating children within this age group.

“Year after year we bid fond farewells to our pre-preps as they very confidently and excitedly leave us to move into prep,” said Ms Friend.

“Our structure ensures that the children are very carefully introduced to learning. We do it through play-based programs with a ‘progress without pressure’ ethos. Then, towards the end of the year, our pre-preps start to visit our prep classrooms. They even join in with some of the specialist lessons such as music, drama, sport, library and languages. We do this so that the children get to know the teachers and become familiar with the layout of the campus and the routines of school life. In fact, over the total course of the year, our pre-preps also join in with some of the major school events. These include sports carnivals, art shows and concerts. Overall, it’s a very effective way of transitioning our youngest Grammarians to life in “the big school.” Plus, it also ensures that their entry to the prep year is a smooth process.”

“This is where it begins,” said Mr Kelly. “Children enter our school system and begin to become familiar with our community, our culture and our Grammar learning ethos. Here we must capture their imagination and instil a great sense of wonder for discovery and learning.”

Pre-Prep – It Starts Here

At four years of age, children are generally ready and eager to engage in structured, play-based learning programs in preparation for their formal years of schooling. With various options available for the early years, the Pre-Prep Program designed for four year olds, is an opportunity for the learning journey to commence in a school environment.

At Townsville Grammar School, the Pre-Prep Program is the first possible entry point to the School community, and marks the beginning of the Grammar education experience.

Principal of Townsville Grammar School, Mr Timothy Kelly, says “This is where it begins. “This is where children enter our school system, where they begin to become familiar with our community, our culture and our learning ethos. This is where we must capture our students’ imagination and instil a great sense of wonder for learning.”

The Pre-Prep program at Townsville Grammar School is delivered in purpose-designed Early Education Centres located at the Junior School Campuses in Annandale and North Shore. Director of Early Education for Townsville Grammar School, Ms Cyndi Friend, says the Pre-Prep program is led by university qualified teachers and diploma-level educators who are passionate and knowledgeable about educating children within this age group.
“Our program is learning-based,” said Ms Friend.

“We value the theory of learning through play, where children can parallel play and work in small groups to develop social skills, mature emotionally
and gain self-confidence to engage in new experiences and environments. Playing helps young children’s brains to develop, it helps their language and communication skills, it fosters creativity and provides real opportunities where they can learn to make sense of the world around them.”

“We are also very focused on building respectful relationships and community, where parents are very much involved,” said Ms Friend. “This creates a positive learning environment, a sense of belonging, and leads to each child feeling valued and appreciated.”

The Pre-Prep Program at Townsville Grammar School has the added advantage of being campus-based. “Because our Early Education Centres are based on our school sites, we are a part of the Junior School community and, therefore, we are involved in the events, celebrations and the culture of the School. We also utilise the Junior Schools’ facilities such as sports grounds, libraries and music rooms, and we make use of these whenever possible.”

“This inclusion and involvement in the Junior School community also paves the way for a smooth transition into the Prep Year. Our Pre-Preps visit the Prep classrooms and work with specialist teachers such as drama, music and physical education. We have an orientation morning and parent information events to help our families become familiar with what life is like in Pre-Prep, and encourage their engagement and involvement to truly build our sense of community.”