At Grimwade House we have a holistic approach to Pastoral Care in which the school strives to meet the personal, social, spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of the students and families in our community. Classroom teachers foster and teach social and emotional wellbeing through classroom programmes and are supported by Section Heads, Deputy Heads, a full-time School Chaplain, School Nurse, the School Psychologist and the Head of Grimwade House.
While Melbourne Grammar School affirms Christian values within an Anglican tradition, students are encouraged to explore ideas and share their diverse thoughts and beliefs from an early age. The Religious and Values Education programme promotes a Christian education, while also examining other religions and providing a basis for discussion on morals, values and ethics.
Out of School Hours Care
We understand that parents are not always able to pick up their children at the end of the school day. To help make our families’ experience at Grimwade House more convenient, we operate an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) programme as well as Grimwade Club.
Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC) encompasses the Before School Care and After School Care and Holiday Program services which operate out of a purpose built centre at Grimwade House. OSHC is all about having fun and there are so many things to do. We offer opportunities to explore the inner artist with constant access to art and craft experiences. There are also a plethora of board and card games to play or children can simply relax in the chill out zone. There is a space to set up and get homework done and somewhere to get busy with all sorts of construction sets. Whatever your child's interest there is something for all.
Grimwade Club provides recreational activities and coaching for children after school. As a term based extra-curricular program that is all-inclusive, Grimwade club operates each school day between 3pm and 6pm. We aim to develop skills that will be used both academically and in co-curricular activities, while providing a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. Our program is designed so that students may ‘dip their feet’ without committing to a season long program.
The activities vary, but include swimming, gymnastics, tennis, taekwondo, football, Bricks4kidz (Lego), chess, drama and many others. We also run a Swim School which includes a ‘Learn to Swim’ and Squad program. This ensures all skill levels are accommodated.
Information regarding the current range of activities with Grimwade Club is available on MyMGS.
The school provides psychological services for students and parents on each campus with fully registered psychologists. Each psychologist is experienced in dealing with educational matters and the child, adolescent and family issues which may impact on educational progress.
The School Psychologist at Grimwade House is available to consult with staff, students and parents.
Parents are welcome to contact the psychologist regarding the development and management of their children. Students may also be seen individually from time to time, for assessment and for ongoing support should the need arise.
Worship in the chapel offers students the opportunity to explore their own relationship with God, and to have some time for reflection and quiet in the midst of the busy school day. It is also an opportunity to experience some simple Anglican liturgy.
All students are expected to attend and participate in weekly year level chapel services which include singing, prayer, bible reading and reflection upon the theme of the week. The children are introduced to aspects of worship including liturgical greetings and responses, calls to worship, opportunities for meditation and contemplation, readings from the Christian scriptures, time for reflection, intercessory prayers, the Lord’s Prayer, Blessings and Benedictions.
There is also an opportunity to participate in a weekly celebration of the Eucharist. This service is held on Wednesday morning at 8.00am and is open to all staff members, students or parents who wish to attend. An annual carol service is held late in Term IV at St Paul’s Cathedral when the whole junior school gathers together with family and friends for a celebration of Advent and Christmas through song, prayer, and readings, with a focus on peace and goodwill to all.