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Grammar prepares to welcome girls
Canberra Grammar principal Dr Justin Garrick with year 2 students (clockwise) Gianni Bisa, Ella Welsh, Willem
Hehir, Macy Strickland, Lillian Healy and Harry Bodman, all 8.
Photo: Jamila Toderas
Canberra Grammar is casting off 87
years of history as an exclusive boys
school to become co-educational.
The school plans to open to female
enrolments into years 3 and 4 next year
and into years 7 and 11 from 2017,
Principal Justin Garrick announced to
staff, students and parents last week.
Describing it as a gentle transition,
he said the aim was for all year groups
to contain female students from 2020.
The decision had been a topic of
discussion for years but had received
board approval just a few weeks ago,
as well as the blessing of the Bishop of
Canberra and Goulburn, Reverend
Dr Garrick said he understood there
would be resistance from some parents
who want their sons to attend an all-
boys school but there had also been
strong parental desire for the change to
take place and Canberra Grammar
needed to prepare its students to live
and work in a world where women
played an equal role.
Becoming co-educational is an
extension of normality, Dr Garrick
I think it is an important step to
take for the benefit of our boys and
also the girls for whom we want to
open up our education facilities.
He did not believe there was
conclusive evidence that girls or boys
benefited purely from a single-sex
Every single student should be
taught as an individual.
We are also acutely aware that for
many families that have sons and
daughters, they deeply wish their
children to be educated at one,
Dr Garrick noted modern life is
complicated enough without the
requirement to place siblings of
different ages and genders in multiple
schools with different drop-offs and
pick-up arrangements, different
policies, procedures and
communication systems, different
dates, events and curriculum structures
The school would keep its name and
introduce changes to the uniform
which would be phased in from 2016.
Dr Garrick did not believe the
school had an aggressively male
culture and said every effort would be
made to ensure new girls had full
citizenship at the school from
sporting, to cultural and academic
The school would invest in new
toilet and change rooms facilities in
preparation, as well as take
expressions of interest in
coeducational boarding from 2018,
With current enrolments at a record
high of 1700, Dr Garrick said the move
was not an attempt to double the
student population but extending
enrolments to girls would "underpin
the school s prosperity into the future".
New use for old
fire station land
The old Charnwood fire station will be
rezoned to house about 100 children at
a proposed new childcare.
The site, at the corner of Florey
Drive and Lhotsky Street, is proposed
to be rezoned from transport and
services zone to community facility
Located next to existing community
facilities, the ACT government plans
to release the site for a childcare
Minister for Planning Mick
Gentleman said the next step was for
the Land Development Agency to
auction the site in 2016-17.
"A new childcare facility in
Charnwood has been widely called for
by the local community ... The
community was consulted widely
about the proposed change to a
childcare centre last year and their
feedback helped inform the draft
Territory Plan variation, he said.
"Later that year when the draft
variation was publicly notified no
submissions were received therefore
no changes to the variation were
considered necessary," he said.
CITY TRAVEL OPTIONS
The ACT has become the first
jurisdiction in Australia to introduce
regulated ridesharing. Canberrans can
now access a new form of safe,
flexible and alternative on-demand
transport. Ridesharing in the ACT will
allow drivers to carry passengers
through services such as Uber, OnTap
and GoCatch. This will improve travel
options for Canberrans, reduce fares
through competition and drive further
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