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Preparing to Start

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Starting at a new school is a significant event in a student’s life.

This section provides useful advice on commencing your educational journey at Melbourne Grammar School.

The Bookroom at Grimwade House supplies stationery, diaries, books, e-books and similar items for staff and students and can assist in sourcing other items. The Bookroom at Grimwade House can be accessed by students before school and during lunchtime. All purchases are charged to the student’s term account. Wadhurst and Senior School students purchase supplies through Campion Education. 

School uniforms, wallets, pencil cases and a range of branded goods are available from the Melbourne Grammar School Uniform Shop. Located at 114 Domain Street, South Yarra, adjacent to the South Yarra campus, the Uniform Shop is open each school day from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 12.30 – 5.00 pm. The Uniform Shop is also open prior to the commencement of each school term – for further information, phone 03 9865 7690 or email uniformshop@mgs.vic.edu.au.

Uniforms can be purchased in store or ordered online using our postal order service. For new families joining the Melbourne Grammar School community, we strongly recommend that you visit the Uniform Shop in the first instance, to have your child accurately measured and their uniform fitted.  Subsequent purchases can be submitted online.

Information technology is integrated across the curriculum at each campus. To help students get started, the IT Service Desk can help to source, configure and troubleshoot any IT difficulties students may face. The IT Service Desk is located in the Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership at the Senior School Campus.

The type of devices students may choose varies according to year level. For more information, please see the Student Computing Programme document or contact the IT Service Desk on 9865 7571 or email helpdesk@mgs.vic.edu.au.

Staff at Melbourne Grammar School’s coeducational junior school do everything they can to ensure a smooth transition for new students and their families. Before their first day, we encourage new students and their families to get to know the School and its facilities through school tours and open days.

A number of activities take place to ensure children are ready for Prep. In the year preceding Prep, teachers from Grimwade House may visit children at their kindergarten – it’s an ideal opportunity for them to see your child at play and to assess their readiness for school. Each year, future parents are invited to attend an information session titled Transition to Prep. The sessions explore important issues in childhood development and how parents can help their children get the most out of their school experience. Parents are also invited to arrange an interview with the Head of Junior Primary, to discuss any specific issues related to their child’s schooling.

Closer to the start date, parents are invited to morning tea with the entire Prep year level, where they have an opportunity to meet other parents and ask any questions they may have about the curriculum. Families are also invited to visit Grimwade House in small groups, to meet with the Prep Coordinator or Head of Junior Primary.

Orientation sessions for new students are held at the end of the year prior to commencement, which in an opportunity to meet with their classroom teacher and other students in their class. 

Before beginning at Wadhurst, students and their families are invited to join us for Discover Wadhurst, our annual open afternoon. It is the perfect opportunity to see how our middle school works and to meet with key staff. Tours are also available throughout the year, so that families can learn more about the campus, curriculum and programmes.

At the beginning of the school year, students participate in a range of activities to help them get to know Wadhurst and their peers. Student leaders from Year 8 participate in this process too, helping students new to Melbourne Grammar School to make new friends and settle into their House.

Students entering Senior School participate in a range of activities to help them settle in. During Term 4 of the year before commencement, new students receive a welcome pack, including details of which House they have been allocated to. The House System is a central part of the School’s approach to pastoral care, and each boy will be invited to meet with his Head of House before starting at the School.

On the first day of Term 1, Year 9 students have a dedicated morning to get to know each other, to meet with their Heads of House and to hear from the Captain and Vice Captain of their House. They spend the morning attending a Chapel service, meeting the Headmaster and participating in other activities. They are also allocated lockers and diaries and receive their timetables. At midday, students in Year 10, 11 and 12 arrive. Year 9 students are assigned a Year 12 mentor who provides support during the course of the year.

For new boarding students, there are some additional activities to welcome them to Senior School. New boarders are invited to take part in a sleep-over weekend in the November before their commencement. This is a great chance for them to meet their future classmates and to get to know some of the boarding staff.

Two days before the term commences, new boarders move into the boarding house. An exciting series of orientation activities is scheduled, including an Amazing Race-style trek around the city and other activities to help boys become acquainted with the city of Melbourne. In Week 3 of the first term, Year 9 boarders travel to the Mornington Peninsula for a special beach weekend.