Principal’s Welcome

Principal Shauna Colnan

International Grammar School (IGS) opened its doors in 1984 with a unique vision to provide its students with a globally-focused bilingual education, rich in the study of music and the arts.

Today, this pioneering spirit continues.

IGS is a vibrant school with a warm and inclusive community. Our campus is located near the heart of the city, in Ultimo, just a short stroll from the University of Sydney, UTS and the creative hubs of Glebe and Chippendale.

We are an independent, secular, P-12 co-educational school. In the preschool and primary years our students are immersed in a flagship bilingual program. They then go on to study at least one language in Years 7 to 10 and a choice of languages for the Higher School Certificate.

At IGS, we offer a broad liberal education. We believe that the teacher’s role is to honour and nurture childhood while drawing out the innate gifts of the child. We take our students on an educational journey that empowers them to explore their gifts, find their voices and become their best selves as they move with growing confidence and independence towards adulthood.

Unity through Diversity is our motto and our five core values — diversity, personal achievement, connectedness, vibrancy and authenticity – are at the heart of who we are and what we do.

My colleagues and I are committed to providing a unique educational experience that gives our students views of the world from every classroom and learning space. At IGS learning happens in and beyond the classroom – on the stage, in the orchestra, on the sporting field, in the vast array of after school clubs, and while abroad on international exchange. We are a passionate learning community – a local school with a global outlook.

I invite you to experience our school in action. Our students are our greatest ambassadors. They are in the moment: happy, warm, open-minded, curious, kind and respectful. Speak to them and they will tell you what makes IGS a great school!

We look forward to meeting you. 

IGS Principal Shauna Colnan

Shauna Colnan
BA, Dip Ed, MA, MBA, GAICD, FAIM, MACEL