Toowoomba Grammar School

Activities


Adventure Based Activities

ADVENTURE CLUB

Expressions of interest are advertised to all students to participate in day or overnight adventure activities including bike riding, bush walking, kayaking and camping. Major expeditions are organised during holiday periods. Some of these major expeditions have been to places like Kakadu, the Overland Track in Tasmania, Nepal, the highlands of Laos, the Daintree region and Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland.
Coordinator: Mr Brodie Bassingthwaighte

CADETS

The Toowoomba Grammar School Cadet Unit is part of the Australian Army Cadets (AAC) which is a Commonwealth national strategic youth development program for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 years. The Cadet Unit is a school-based unit and operates as part of the School’s co-curricular activities. The Cadet Unit, founded in May 1892, is one of the School’s finest traditions and is the oldest continuously operating Cadet Unit in Queensland. It is co-educational and open to girls from Fairholme College and The Glennie School. To join the Cadets students must turn 13 years of age any time in the year that they are enrolling in the AAC, or already be aged 13 years or older. Army Cadets is set within a military-style hierarchical structure and environment (including the adoption of military uniforms, titles, ranks, customs and traditions). It builds the skills of students through the stages of adolescence to adulthood, by providing graduated leadership opportunities and by involving more experienced cadets in the planning and conduct of activities.
Coordinator: Mrs Ann Hallam

ORIENTEERING

The School fields teams from Year 7 through to Opens based on player numbers. Training is held twice a week and all games are played on Saturdays against GPS schools.
Coordinator: Mrs Stacey Nottle


Performing Arts Based Activities

MUSIC

The Senior School offers several Vocal Ensembles from the large scale choir to smaller A Cappella groups, including the well-respected, admired and enjoyed Grammarphones. All of these ensembles perform at school events and functions as well as in local, national and international tours, festivals and competitions. Private vocal tuition is available from expert musicians, skilled in a diverse range of styles and genres. The Instrumental Program at Toowoomba Grammar School caters for boys of all backgrounds and experience levels. The core ensembles provide the opportunity for every boy to participate in group music-making without having to audition. Enrichment ensembles, including the Big Band, R’n’B Band and String Quartet, are audition-based and provide advanced players with the chance to extend themselves within the ensemble setting. Boys who have a particular interest in other genres of music are encouraged to form their own groups. Rehearsal space and time can be made available to support these initiatives.

Toowoomba Grammar School offers tuition at all levels for voice and a wide variety of instruments, and there are many opportunities for students to take their discipline to the highest level. The School has a Director of Performance who oversees the boys’ co-curricular involvement in Music and Drama. A Head of Arts provides academic leadership in the teaching and learning of Music, Drama and Art in the school curriculum. The School can offer all boys a quality instruction program and dedicated professionals of the highest calibre. Many boys have gone on to achieve individual success at Eisteddfods, been accepted into national and international programs, and excelled at awards from AMEB 8th grade to L. Mus and Trinity College certificates.
Instrumental / theory lessons are based on a half-hour lesson and are scheduled on a rotational basis to ensure the boys have flexibility in their timetables. Instrumental hire / loans can be provided to beginning students on occasion. All boys who learn an instrument are expected to participate in the School ensemble program.

The School’s ensembles have performed regularly both domestically and internationally including the New York Choral Festival, Disneyland Schools Spectacular, Hawaii Pan Pacific Bands and Choral Festival (USA), the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and the Bratislava Youth Arts Festival Slovakia
Director of Performance: Mrs Natalie Otto

DRAMA

Drama (Toowoomba Grammar Acting Academy – TiGAA) is accessible to all boys in Years 7 – 12 and aims to develop active participation in a wide range of theatrical and dramatic activities, including Improvisation, Scripted Plays, Theatre Sports, Comic Theatre and Physical Theatre. The students present two productions each year and biannually perform a Musical either with students from the local girls’ schools or as an open-cast show. Added to the on-stage experiences, skills are also developed in set-design, construction, stage management, lighting and sound design.
Teacher in Charge of Drama: Mrs Eylece Blaikie

MUSICAL

Musical performances are arranged every second year at the School and are arranged in collaboration with Fairholme College, a neighbouring girls’ school. Auditions are held for character roles and boys are also encouraged to participate in backstage or technical support roles. Information regarding these performances are advertised to the School community through the Director of Performance.
Director of Performance: Mrs Natalie Otto