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Considering boarding schools abroad? Meet Melbourne Grammar School’s top brass in Hong Kong

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Since 1858, Melbourne Grammar School has been offering one of Australia’s finest educations. And since those earliest days, boys from around Australia and overseas have been boarding at the school and making the most of the rich learning experiences and nurturing culture that make this school a very special place.

Michael Shaw, Melbourne Grammar School’s Director of Boarding, and Julie Girdwood, Director of Admissions, will be visiting Hong Kong on September 9 and 10 to meet with prospective students.


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Your home away from home 

A boarding community

Boarders at Melbourne Grammar School enter a caring, inclusive environment that helps them thrive. Dedicated staff and a structured schedule assist boarding students to achieve their academic potential, build relationships, gain confidence and learn independence in preparation for their transition to tertiary study and adult life.

Boarders come to the school from a wide range of locations and backgrounds – there are students from the outer suburbs of Melbourne, regional centres, interstate and overseas. The school is also proud to have a number of second- and third-generation boarders whose families have enjoyed long connections with Melbourne Grammar School.

Life within the boarding houses is like a home away from home. The boys occupy three elegant Victorian terrace houses located close to the city centre. Creswick is the junior house for boys in Years 7 and 8 (aged 12 to 14); and Perry House and School House are the senior houses for boys in Years 9 to 12 (aged 14 to 18).


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Living with their peers, boarders build strong relationships, communication skills and an appreciation for teamwork and tolerance. Students in Years 7 and 8 share rooms, with three to four beds per room. In the two senior houses, students occupy single and double rooms. Kitchenettes and shared recreation areas are available for boys to relax and socialise. Boarders also have access to the school’s sporting facilities and a diverse range of extracurricular activities.

The boarding houses are staffed by dedicated and experienced teachers who look after students’ day-to-day concerns. A team of qualified Health Centre staff is on hand 24–7 for any medical needs. Boarding staff get to know the students well and keep in regular contact with boarders’ families about their sons’ academic, social and sporting progress.

Teaching & Learning

Melbourne Grammar School has a rich tradition of academic excellence. The school’s culture celebrates achievement across a range of disciplines and encourages every student to work hard and to fulfil his potential. Each year, students at the school achieve outstanding results in the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education), and there are established pathways into tertiary study at Australian and international universities.

The school aims to provide a well-rounded education that develops students’ physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual growth. Students are encouraged to become productive, responsible and caring citizens of the future. At each campus, students build their leadership skills though engaging personal development activities.

Students take part in a diverse range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that engage their passions and allow them to develop strong relationships with their peers, coaches and staff. A comprehensive sports programme, opportunities in music, drama and the arts, and a diverse range of community service activities are just some of the options available for students.

Boarders are supported and encouraged to reach their academic potential. Time is dedicated to homework each evening and, during the week, specialist tutors in maths and languages visit the boarding houses after school or early evening to offer extra assistance.


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Our campus

Melbourne Grammar School is located close to Melbourne’s CBD, opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens and with easy access to public transport. Melbourne’s many acclaimed sporting venues and cultural institutions are within easy reach.

The campus itself is rich in history. The school’s many bluestone buildings tell a fascinating story of academic tradition, while its contemporary learning environments are designed to help students to study and learn. The school has a wide range of sporting facilities, including sports fields, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, and cardio and weight facilities.

A dedicated art school and music school enable students to pursue their creative talents, while a technology-rich campus helps students to access the latest digital resources and to build essential technology skills.

For more information

Melbourne Grammar School is enrolling now for 2015 and 2016. Michael Shaw, Director of Boarding, and Julie Girdwood, Director of Admissions, will be visiting Hong Kong on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 September. 2014 To make an appointment, please contact Helen Ho or Emily Cheung at AEC Education Consulting on +852 2598 6166 or email