BY JADE MORELLINI
International Grammar School (IGS), is nestled among refurbished warehouses between the University of Sydney, Notre Dame, UTS and Wentworth Park in Ultimo.
They have been providing a world-class education for girls, boys, and young women and men since 1984.
Secular and independent, the school offers a unique bilingual program with 1,200 students from Pre-school to Year 12, with choices of Chinese, French, German, Italian or Japanese as a second language, and Spanish added to the options in Year 7.
With the school’s motto of Unity in Diversity, the proudly inclusive school runs an Indigenous Scholars Program. Many students are multilingual, joining from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The 2018 IGS Head Girl is Indigenous scholar Mi-kaisha Masella, joined by multilingual rock and roll enthusiast Lukian Adams as 2018 Head Boy.
With after-hour care and more than 70 clubs to choose from, students of all ages enjoy a vast range of activities inside and outside the classroom, as part of the School’s vision to grow world-ready, tenacious and confident individuals.
Junior School clubs include music, drama, sports, 3D Printing, 2D Game Creation, coding, Bee Bots, 2D Video Game Creation, Yoga 4 Kids, Year 5 and 6 Girls’ Club, Yu Gi Oh and Pokemon Club.
There are a multitude of opportunities for high schoolers to get involved and learn new things. They offer drama, music, Zero Robotics, Rubik’s Cubing, Year 7 and 8 Science Club, Ukulele Club, War Gaming Club, Film Watching Club, Year 9 Boxing Club, Senior Sewing Club, Year 11 Scuba Diving Club, Girls’ Maths Club, and more.
A focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) has led to engagement with local businesses, including the IGS Digital Innovation High for senior students, exploring coding and virtual reality. Other local engagement includes Engineering students from the University of Sydney mentoring Robotics Club students, for example.
With a focus on innovation from the IGS Strategic Plan 2016 to 2020, Into the World, IGS is continually reimagining and renewing teaching and learning spaces. For example, a purpose-built Design Centre opened in October 2017, blending original warehouse and factory walls with the latest in makerspace workshop equipment and computer labs.
Among the unique programs offered at IGS is SAGE Week, when high school students celebrate Student choice, Authentic learning, Global relevance and Exhibitions of learning.
During SAGE Week, Year 7 experience Shakespeare Boot Camp, Year 8 venture out on The Rocks Quest, Year 9 create their own dramatic operas in Opera on Kelly, and Year 10 explore Tasmania, creating original poetry, prose and artworks in response.
IGS Year 12 students enjoy excellent HSC results. In 2017, one student achieved 100 per cent in Mathematics Extension 1, two IGS students were named in prestigious NSW All-Round Achievers list; and 117 honourable mentions for distinguished achievement. An impressive 15 students had their major works nominated for 2017 HSC showcases, with four selected.
IGS welcomes visitors.
Book a tour at www.igssyd.nsw.edu.au or phone 9219 6700 for more information.