Frequently Asked Questions
Why will IGS suit my child?
International Grammar School is a place of learning where every student is made to ‘feel comfortable in his or her own skin’. Personal achievement comes in many forms — from the academic to co-curricular. Whilst the School excels in both, every individual student has the opportunity to shine.
Recent achievements include 1st place in the State in two languages and 5 NSW Top Achievers, along with entry to NIDA and selections for ARTEXPRESS, OnSTAGE and Texstyle. However, just as important are the Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards, band performances, State sporting titles — and the students’ plain curiosity in learning and the teachers’ enjoyment in sharing that learning.
How does the languages program work? Is it true that you have to study two languages?
At International Grammar School, studying a second language is compulsory for all students from Preschool to Year 10. The second language program includes bilingual partial immersion from Preschool to Year 6. Students' skills develop by hearing and using the language in songs, games and craft activities, integrated with selected units of core curriculum delivered in the language.
Six languages are taught at the School. French, German, Italian or Japanese are available as the mandatory second language for Preschool to Year 10, and a third language — either Chinese or Spanish — is mandatory in Years 7 and 8. All languages can be studied to Year 12. Read more about Languages.
How does the waitlist work?
Entry into the School will primarily be determined by the date the application is received by the School. Priority will, however, be given in the following circumstances (in order):
- Where an applicant has a sibling at the School;
- Where the applicant is the child of a permanent member of staff at the School;
- Where an applicant has previously been enrolled at the School; and
- Where one parent of the applicant has completed Year 12 at the School.
Applicants will be placed on a waiting list based on the date the application is received by the School, subject to the conditions listed above.
To join the waitlist, see How to Enrol.
IGS is a secular school - what about 'pastoral' care?
Students at IGS are supported by a comprehensive student care program. We focus on the development of trust, respect, responsibility and acceptance. The Home Class System for Primary School; the 'vertical streaming' Tutor Group System for Years 7 to 12 to build relationships across all High School Year groups; and the House System for both Primary and High School students creates a caring, secure environment for all students. Read more about IGS's Student Care.
What is the homework policy at IGS?
In Kindergarten to Year 2 homework will be optional, at the discretion of the individual teacher and in consultation with the parents. In Years 2 to 3 the Home Class teacher and Language teacher will set homework. Homework will generally be set for each week rather than on a night-by-night basis.
In some subjects, homework may not be set nightly, but rather set over a period of time to enable students to self-monitor their work, to work at their own pace and level and to enable students to achieve personal objectives. The number of major research tasks set each year will be limited to a maximum of 3 per subject in the High School.
For more information please refer to the IGS Homework Policy.
What about Saturday sport?
Parents often ask about ‘Saturday sport’. Unlike many independent schools, IGS doesn’t impose this requirement. However, rest assured IGS is still a very sporty school! The campus may not have vast playing fields but the School is in very close proximity to Wentworth Park for recreation and sport, and Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and Victoria Park Pool for swimming.
There is a strong sports and PDHPE program during term time with interschool comp in netball, soccer, tennis, football, basketball and AFL. Co-curricular sports out of school hours range from school-related snowsports to equestrian or students’ own local weekend team competitions, which often produce excellent results.
When can I come to see the School?
Parents of prospective students can meet the Principal, see our facilities and learn more about the enrolment process at different events held during the year, such as High School Open Night in March and regular ‘Meet the Principal’ sessions and ‘Early Learning’ sessions. Parents are invited to make use of the 2-hour free parking at the Broadway Shopping Centre on Bay Street. Tours meet at the School’s main gate at 4-8 Kelly Street, Ultimo. For tour dates and bookings see our Upcoming Tours.
Does IGS offer scholarships?
There are two types of scholarships students can apply for — an academic scholarship through the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), or an Indigenous Scholarship through the IGS Indigenous Scholarship Fund.
The ACER Scholarship Tests consist of a series of academic ability tests used by independent schools to select students for the award of a scholarship. To sit the test, applicants must register and pay for each school. For current details see Scholarships.
The Indigenous Scholarship Program is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students whose family circumstances would otherwise preclude them from attending IGS on a fee paying basis. The program provides students with a Kindergarten to Year 12 education and covers all tuition fees, full uniform, textbook allowance, clubs and society fees, excursion costs and exchange programs. For more information see Indigenous Scholarships.
Most of all, IGS prepares our students to take part in the world and to be responsible global citizens.
Download the current School Prospectus (pdf 9 MB).