Head of Senior School

The School’s aspirational mission for all students at TIGS is “the achievement of academic excellence in a caring environment that is founded on Christian belief and behaviour, so that they are equipped to act with wisdom, compassion and justice as faithful stewards of our world”. Excellence is viewed as neither elitist nor exclusive and is accessible to all who aspire to be the best they can be. Success in learning at TIGS involves the development of the whole child.
How does an education in the Senior School at The Illawarra Grammar School realise the outcomes that it aspires to achieve for each student?
Firstly, the School is committed to offering a broad curriculum, where students are engaged in their learning. Increasingly, students are being challenged to participate in their learning, through a student-centred, inquiry-based approach, as offered by the Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate. It promotes curiosity, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, community service and world citizenship. These are the skills most needed by 21st Century learners as they negotiate both their current learning and the world of their future. From 2017 students in Years 11 and 12 will be able to choose between pathways into further education offered by the HSC or the IB Diploma Programme (DP).
Secondly, all students are offered a suite of experiences that enhance their learning in the classroom and contribute to a sense of connectedness to the School. These experiences include:

  • Membership of a House, where students interact with students in other Year groups, in a range of sporting and cultural events. In Term 1, for example, all students participate in the Swimming Carnival and Artsfest.
  • Opportunities to explore the Christian faith through regular Chapel services, outdoor education and student run Christian discussion groups such as Xplore (Years 11 – 12) and Fish (Years 7 – 10)
  • A Student Wellbeing program in Years 7 to 10, where students are explicitly taught stage appropriate skills that will contribute to higher levels of social and emotional development.
  • The opportunity to join and explore a wide range of sport and co-curricular activities. If you would like to know more about the co-curricular offerings at TIGS go to the TIGS website, open the Co-Curricular tab and download the publication that outlines the offerings available.
  • Membership of the Student Representative Council, where student issues are identified, discussed and actioned.
  • Opportunities to explore cultural and aesthetic pursuits through music, drama and dance events.
  • A sequential outdoor education programme in Years 7 to 10, including opportunities to gain Duke of Edinburgh awards up to the Gold level.
  • An extensive community service and leadership program.
Employers and Universities tell us regularly that TIGS students are confident, independent, well-rounded individuals. It has much to do with the approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom and the opportunity to participate in a wide range of experiences, which enhance their physical, social and emotional development.