Macquarie Grammar School is Sydney CBD’s only secular, independent, non-selective, Yrs 7-12 High School. Located just by the Queen Victoria Building, on Clarence Street, the School boasts an HSC-focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on maximising students’ ATAR [Australian Tertiary Admission Rank] results without the stress and distractions found at many Schools. The booming population in Sydney’s CBD and inner suburbs has led to a squeeze on local Schools, leaving frustrated families stuck on long waiting lists, to access independent alternatives. Macquarie Grammar School Ltd has never conformed to the 19th century ideals of single-gender and religious-based, favouring instead a 21st century model that is secular, coeducational, and open to all.
Founded in 2004, the School’s mission is to provide an academic-based curriculum and prepare students for the Higher School Certificate, pre-vocational and University Education, and the workplace, by providing quality education to its students and fostering an enjoyment of and respect for learning. We value every student regardless of his/her ability or predisposition and have a respect for cultural diversity and inclusiveness. Teaching and learning take place in a nurturing, student-centred, caring, and safe environment, where every effort is made to cultivate the individual’s full potential. Our neatly-attired and well-behaved students voluntarily attend our Macquarie Coaching School.
The School is neutral to differences and inclusive of all religious and political views. We welcome freedom of expression, including the wearing of jewellery, dying hair, etc. Fridays are casual days for members of staff and students. Fees are kept to a minimum because we utilise our City’s World-Class facilities.
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy -- Jacques Maritain
Macquarie Grammar has gained a reputation as a friendly School, free of bullying, violence, and illegal drugs. MGS is firmly building its quality and management processes, by adopting a culture of belonging and an attitude of gratitude. Our HSC graduates have consistently enabled Macquarie Grammar to be included on the “HSC Honour Roll”, “Mathematics Merit List”, and the “Board of Studies NSW Distinguished Achievers’ List”, since our first year. Graduates may choose to articulate to Macquarie Institute’s on-Campus Certificates, Diplomas, or Advanced Diplomas, or Degree Programmes, in partnership with Australian universities, which are all part of Macquarie Education Group.
Statement of Core Values
Macquarie Grammar School practises the following values for Australian Schooling articulated in the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools that underpin the activities, actions, and behaviours within its community:
Care and Compassion
Care for self and others
Doing Your Best
Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, and pursue excellence
Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society
Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others
Honesty and Trustworthiness
Be honest, sincere and seek the truth
Act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct; ensure consistency between words and deeds
Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person’s point of view
Be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment
Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion
Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others