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Set in leafy grounds opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Senior School is equipped with world-class facilities in a magnificent historic environment.

Located only five minutes from the centre of Melbourne, our Senior School is the pinnacle of the Melbourne Grammar School educational journey. As well as up-to-date classrooms and facilities to support the curriculum, the Senior School has numerous purpose-built facilities to enhance the sport, music and art programmes.

The Old Melburnians War Memorial Hall is the heart of the school, operating as the main meeting place for assemblies, Senior School productions, exams and the House singing competition. With an extensive library collection of print and electronic resources the Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership demonstrates the natural synergy between traditional and new sources of information, while the Strickland Physical Education Centre includes a gymnasium, sports courts and an indoor heated swimming pool.


The Nigel Peck Centre for Leadership and Learning (CLL) contains the centralised library and resource centre for Wadhurst and Senior School. As well as an extensive print and electronic library collection, the CLL houses the Higgins Theatrette (a lecture theatre with seating for 220 people); an information technology hub; a multimedia centre with audio-recording, editing, viewing and listening facilities; and a gallery and exhibition space.

Located in the Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership, the Parncutt Library is a teaching and learning centre that offers quality information sources across different media, including print, multimedia and curated digital collections to support the Melbourne Grammar School curriculum. As such, the Parncutt Library is a dedicated physical and digital space that is open and accessible to all students and staff.

The Parncutt Library has a number of roles: as an instructional space for teaching and learning within classes and subject areas, where students learn the capabilities for engaging with information and exploring diverse topics in a safe environment; as a literacy centre where the School community nurtures reading and literacy development; as a technology space with a diverse range of technology tools and software for creating, representing and sharing knowledge in an appropriate and ethical, safe manner; and, as a social space open for cultural, professional and education events.

Importantly, however, the Parncutt Library is an information environment for the Melbourne Grammar School community. A main purpose is to provide equitable access to resources, technology and information skills’ development which may not occur in the classroom or in the home.

To meet the needs of the School learning community, the Parncutt Library provides a range of services which can be delivered within or from the Centre. The provision of a strong networked ICT structure and services means that access to library collections, the tools for undertaking research-based inquiry and sharing knowledge extend to all areas of the School and to the home. School library services include a vibrant literature based Year 9 wide reading programme for academic achievement and personal enjoyment and enrichment. Support for the curriculum comprises resource provision, research skills, inquiry-based learning and information literacy development.



The Parncutt Library has a main book collection (including a small reference collection), of some 61,000 titles, both fiction and non-fiction, which may be borrowed for various periods of time. There is an extensive online database collection, online catalogue and many eBook titles, all of which are accessible on the library section on the School portal. Journals, popular magazines and newspapers are in both electronic and hardcopy formats. There is a wide selection of DVDs and some audio books, while ClickView is the main School digital video library.

The Strickland Physical Education Centre houses a gymnasium with facilities for volleyball, basketball, badminton and table tennis; four tennis courts; a weight training room and an indoor heated swimming pool.

Students also use the School’s sports complex at Edwin Flack Park, named for the School’s first Olympian and Australia’s first gold medal winner, who attended the first Games of the modern era in 1896 at Mount Olympus in Greece.

Edwin Flack Park has nine tennis courts, an AFL football/cricket ground, hockey field and soccer ground. Our sportsmen regularly use the well-maintained playing fields and tracks around nearby parks and gardens, while rowing is organised around the School's boathouse on the Yarra River.

The Shelmerdine Music Studio is an underground rehearsal and teaching space with a state-of-the-art sound-proof studio. Students perform recitals and lunchtime performances in the SMS on a regular basis.

The Myer Music School is a dedicated space for private tuition, and the School schedules music tutors for a range of instruments.

Outdoor education and camps are an important part of our holistic approach to learning. Melbourne Grammar School owns a number of campsites across regional Victoria, including Camp Dowd at Banksia Peninsula in the Gippsland Lakes and Robert Knox Camp at Woodend.

The Motor Works is Melbourne Grammar School’s self-contained Creative Arts centre. The purpose-built complex was completed in 1994 and has since made considerable difference to the quality, scope and scale of work by students at all levels.           

The Motor Works contains spacious drawing studios, an eleven-person darkroom, and a large gallery, as well as facilities for printmaking, woodworking, ceramics and computer graphics.

Professional artists exhibit their work at the Motor Works, providing students with contact with artists, curators and the public. Importantly, students are able to see their work exhibited in a professional manner and setting and have the satisfaction of having it placed out in the general community.

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