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Hunter Valley Grammar School

Hunter Valley School
Hunter Valley Grammar School 09.jpg
Ashtonfield, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 32°46′1″S 151°35′45″E / 32.76694°S 151.59583°E / -32.76694; 151.59583
Type Independent, Co-educational, Day school
Motto Success Through Endeavour
Denomination Non-denominational
Established 1990
Sister school Erasmus-Gymnasium
Chairperson Kristine Littlewood
Principal Paul Teys
Employees ~130[1]
Enrolment ~1100 (P-12)[2]
Area 32 acres
Colour(s) Navy Blue & White

Hunter Valley Grammar School (also known as HVGS) is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational day school located in Ashtonfield, a suburb of Maitland, in the lower Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Hunter Valley Grammar School is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[3] the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AISNSW),[4] and Hunter Region Independent Schools (HRIS). The school is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) World School.[5]


Hunter Valley Grammar School evolved from an idea by a Newcastle businessman, providing the Hunter Valley region with its second independent, non-denominational school behind the nearby Central Coast Grammar.

Newly appointed Governor-General, The Hon. Bill Hayden, formally laid the foundation stone on July 18, 1989.[6]

Hunter Valley Grammar School opened its doors to 110 students on January 31, 1990. Later that year, when the NSW Governor, Rear-Admiral Peter Sinclair, officially opened the School on Thursday November 8, enrolments had increased to 190.

John Weeks remained Principal for seven years before Michael Clapper was appointed in 1998. By then, the School had over 700 students enrolled. Michael Clapper, principal for 7 years, was succeeded by Geoff Millar in 2005. Geoff Millar played a role in developing the school's pastoral care system and promoting the school's values.[7]

After Geoff Millar's retirement, Paul Teys served as acting principal throughout 2008. He was appointed principal the following year.


Students have the opportunity to participate in, English, Mathematics, Science, French, Japanese, German, Humanities (History and Geography), Visual Art, Music, Drama, Technology (Engineering, Textiles, Food Technology, Design Technology, IST, Hospitality, Agriculture), and PDHPE.

HSC electives include English Advanced and Extensions 1 and 2, Mathematics General and Extensions 1 and 2, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Modern History, Ancient History, French, German and Japanese Continuers, Drama, Economics, Legal Studies, Business Studies, Geography, Society and Culture, Visual Arts, Photography, Music 1 and 2, PDHPE, Design and Technology and IST.


Academic opportunities

Students have the opportunity to explore academic-based co-curricular activities.

The ASX Sharemarket Game, Australian Business Week, and the Online Global Challenge are run by the Commerce faculty, whilst Debating, Chess, Tournament of Minds and Mock Trials are run through the English[8] y.


HVGS students may participate in a variety of sports, mainly within the HRIS competition. Sports include rugby union, rugby league, soccer, netball, cricket, tennis, basketball, rowing equestrian, taekwondo, touch football, volleyball, athletics, hockey, golf, aerobics and snowsports.[9][10] Most of these sports are undertaken on the school premises. These include an indoor multi-purpose hall (used for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Futsal) a rugby oval, soccer oval, cricket oval, two basketball courts, two tennis courts and cricket nets.[11][12]

The school's rowing shed is located at Berry Park, Morpeth along the Hunter River. The rowing shed was upgraded to a two-story complex in 2015, allowing for more boats, training equipment, and improving the existing amenities. The school's annual regatta occurs at the beginning of November.[13]

Performing arts

Hunter Valley Grammar School has maintained an active music program for its 25 years. It runs all Higher School Certificate (HSC) relevant music courses. In 2010 construction was completed on the Music Centre, connected to the Year 12 lounge from above.

Students perform at the annual HRIS and HICES cultural festivals and other similar events. Co-curricular activities include: the K-6 Choir; 7-12 Choir; Senior Vocal Ensemble; Junior and Senior Concert Band; Stage Band Senior; Senior Strings; K-6 Percussion Ensemble and the 7-12 Percussion Ensemble.

Hunter Valley Grammar School offers drama as a subject for students from grades 9 to 12.

The school presents an annual drama production; alternating between musicals and plays. Throughout the years Hunter Valley Grammar has put on a variety of productions including: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oh, What a Lovely War!, The Wizard of Oz, Hamlet, Moonlight Avenue, Death by Chocolate, Blabbermouth, Friday Knight Fever, A Midsummer Night's Dream, High School Musical, Community Spirits, Peter Pan and, most recently, Beauty and the Beast.

Service opportunities

The school participates in the Duke of Edinburgh program, and also maintains an active lions club. Run by principal Paul Teys, the lions club runs school fundraisers and community programs.[14]

Associated schools

The Hunter Valley Grammar School is the sister school of the Erasmus-Gymnasium in Grevenbroich (NRW) in Germany, which visits the school yearly.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "Employment". Hunter Valley Grammar School. Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  2. ^ "About HVGS". Hunter Valley Grammar School. Archived from the original on 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  3. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hunter Region". NSW Independent Schools by Region. Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  5. ^ "International Baccalaureate". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  6. ^ "History of HVGS". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  7. ^ "HVGS Values". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  8. ^ "HVGS Opportunities". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
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  11. ^ "Sport". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  12. ^ "HVGS School Map". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  13. ^ "Rowing". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  14. ^ "Duke of Edingurgh". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  15. ^ "Seeking International Alliances". HVGS. Retrieved 2018-02-25.