About TIGS

Why TIGS

Exceptional Academics

Exceptional Academics

At TIGS, we have a proud history of academic excellence, with outstanding ATAR results and Distinguished Achievements in the HSC. Approximately 90-95% of Year 12 students are typically accepted into university courses in Wollongong, Sydney, around Australia and overseas.

Inclusive Community

Inclusive Community

At TIGS, we are a non-selective school that places a priority on providing our students with an inclusive environment. We have an individualised approach to each child throughout all aspects of their education.

Local Excellence, Global Perspective

Local Excellence, Global Perspective

Our curriculum and programmes ensure all students experience the global benchmark of education through the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework.

Broad Opportunities

Broad Opportunities

We have an internationally recognised standard of learning through the International Baccalaureate (IB), where your child will experience an education that is respected all over the world.

Challenge and Adventure

Challenge and Adventure

School Carnivals, School Camps and opportunities for overseas trips create a lively and unique experience, where your child will push themselves and expand their understanding of the world around them.

Service and Stewardship

Service and Stewardship

Stewardship and servant leadership are embedded in the School’s programmes so our students receive guidance and practical experience in living a life that is faithful to the teachings of Christ and equips our students to be confident leaders when they step out into the world.

Creative Pathways

Creative Pathways

We have a vibrant creative community and provide ongoing opportunities for students to discover talents and have their work showcased and celebrated through exhibitions and events like the annual School Production.

Commitment to Community

Commitment to Community

Through partnerships with local charities and organisations like The Disability Trust, we encourage the enriching process of giving back through volunteering and community service in the Illawarra, nationally and internationally.

Mission Statement

The achievement of academic excellence in a caring environment that is founded on Christian belief and behaviour, so that students are equipped to act with wisdom, compassion and justice as faithful stewards of our world.

 

MOTTO

“De virtute in virtutem” – From Strength to Strength

From Psalm 84:7

Values

Principal’s Welcome

Since 1959, TIGS has upheld the proud tradition of educating young people and encouraging them to be the best they can be, while developing a keen sense of stewardship to take out to the world. Our purpose is for students to leave TIGS knowing how to learn, how to interpret information and use it to achieve a goal. We want our students to have a deep awareness of who they are, their strengths and potential. To have a strong work ethic, to feel resilient and confident and to walk into the world knowing they are valued and knowing how to build healthy, positive relationships with others.

ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL

Leaders of the School

Principal

Mrs Judi Nealy

Appointed as the eighth Principal of The Illawarra Grammar School in September 2018, Mrs Nealy is an advocate for the inquiry-based learning approach offered Read more

Deputy Principal and Chaplain

Rev. James Rogers

Rev. Rogers is an experienced and enthusiastic educational leader with a deep passion for learning. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Read more

Head of Senior School

Mr Nick Hackett

Mr Hackett joined TIGS in 2019. He has taught and led schools in NSW and throughout the United Kingdom. He has an innate curiosity and a personal love Read more

Head of Junior School

Ms Geneva Clayton

Ms Clayton commenced at TIGS as Head of Junior School in 2019.  Ms Clayton is a highly regarded educator and leader with a deep passion for educational excellence Read more

Director of TIGS Prep

Mrs Taesha Duley-Smith

Mrs Duley-Smith is the founding Director of TIGS Prep and is an accomplished educator and leader, with a comprehensive knowledge of early childhood pedagogy and Read more

Director of Student Wellbeing - Senior School

Mrs Naomi Sullivan

Mrs Sullivan is an experienced educator devoted to supporting the health and wellbeing of young people. She draws on her experience in the areas of PDHPE Read more

Director of Student Wellbeing - Junior School

Mrs Narelle McRae

Mrs McRae is a strong and compassionate educator. With experience from over 30 years in teaching, she is well suited to her Wellbeing role, caring for students, staff Read more

Director of Teaching and Learning - Senior School

Mrs Melina Sangster

Mrs Sangster is a passionate and experienced educator who is committed to providing opportunities for student growth, through individualised education where Read more

Teaching and Learning - Junior School

Mrs Karen Wallace

Mrs Wallace is a dedicated and dynamic Junior School educator, who is committed to setting and achieving high expectations for all students. With over 30 years of Read more

Strategic Vision

In 2017, in collaboration with parents, staff, students and friends, TIGS School Council created a Strategic Vision for 2018-2022. At the heart of our Strategic Vision are our core values of Academic, Christian and Caring with goals set under each of these pillars to create a clear path for our future development.

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TIGS21

A Master Plan for the 21st Century

TIGS21 fulfills our vision to create spaces that facilitate the building of community, thanks to the generosity of philanthropic gifts, combined with organised fundraising, sponsorship, loans and governments grants. New works are planned, underway or recently completed including new junior and senior learning spaces, a community sports centre and a new design and science space.

History

Our History

The Illawarra Grammar School was founded in 1959 through the concerted efforts, vision and energy of the late Bishop Gordon Begbie and a dedicated band of ‘founding parents‘ who firmly believed in the need for a regional Anglican School to be based in the Illawarra.

The vision and philosophy of those families to fully develop young people spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically in order that they might enter society with strong Christian foundations to lead and serve are still followed today.

TIGS Through the Years

Governance

From humble beginnings where 28 students sat in the Sunday School Hall of St Mark’s Anglican Church, in February 1959, TIGS now has over 900 students from Pre-Preparatory to Year 12. This kind of long term growth and expansion is only made possible with the considered governance of the School Council, who oversee the School’s Mission and Strategic Vision. The School Council are not involved with the day-to-day activities of the School, but rather ensure that the overarching policies and frameworks are rigorous and accountable. The majority of Council members are elected by the Synod, and have a wide range of experience in professional and community leadership.

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Working at TIGS

We are an Anglican independent school situated near Wollongong, renowned as a dynamic educational centre focused on forming capable, self-confident young individuals. As a co-educational school, we encourage our students to build lasting relationships, and provide a warm learning environment where children benefit from our core values to be academic, Christian and caring.

We are an equal opportunities employer, seeking to appoint suitably qualified staff who are committed to excellence in their work and the ethos of our School. Whether in the classroom or administration – we seek those who can contribute to our academic programmes and embrace the broader life of the School. Employment screening of applicants will apply.

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