To lead a school like The Illawarra Grammar school is indeed a great privilege. From the day our school opened its doors on 3 February 1959, TIGS has had an uncompromising commitment to its students – that each child will be encouraged to be the best they can be in all they do.
Our responsibility as educators is to prepare young people for their lives after school as adults in a world characterised by unpreceded rates of change. Technological advancement, globalisation as well as significant political and economic change means that their social and professional futures will be very different from previous generations and will be more mobile and globally connected than ever before. Schools must respond to this future reality for their students.
I am very proud that at TIGS we continue to embrace these challenges through our clear focus on teaching and learning, the embedding of wellbeing for our students and staff enabling them to achieve their best, our attention to staff development and through our review and further enhancement of our learning environments. Our current Strategic Vision and accompanying master plan for our site, TIGS21, place us in a strong position to continue to meet the challenge of educating young people into the future.
It is a huge privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility for educating young people. At TIGS we are focussed on providing relevant and enriching learning that equips students with the contemporary skills, essential knowledge and underpinning values needed to shape their future and contribute meaningfully to both local and global communities. We are proud to observe our Alumni leaving TIGS and operating as next-generation thinkers, innovators and creators.
The School Motto, “from strength to strength” captured the intention of our founding families in 1959 and today this is expressed through the Statement of Mission and its three Core Values:
“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.”
TIGS community welcomes students and families that share these values and we look forward to the achievements of our next 50 years - maintaining the traditions of the past while applying the School’s values to the opportunities and challenges of the future. I warmly encourage you to join us for an information session or tour to see for yourself what TIGS has to offer your son or daughter.
Mrs Judi Nealy