Grammar School



The senior years of our secondary school programme represents the critical end of compulsory school. We aim to lay the foundation and create meaningful pathways to further study beyond Year 12 as students seek entry into Diploma and Degree courses or alternatively into the wider world of employment.

At Holmes Grammar School we are proud to offer this foundation through Year 11 & 12 assisting students to make choices that can take either a vocational or academic direction. Whatever the decision, graduating students at Year 12 can look forward to a Senior Secondary Government Certificate as they continue to forge their own personal journey.

At Holmes Grammar School we understand the needs of our students. In an environment that is energetic, vibrant and supported by a caring and friendly staff, we look to engage all students in promoting a love of learning. With a curriculum underpinned by the study of English Language students join a school that values community, placing the needs of all its students at the very heart of its mission.

School Philosophy

The school exists to provide international and local students with a quality preparation for the tertiary studies of their choice. In providing its educational programs, Holmes Grammar School is conscious of the importance of its role in shaping the minds and hearts of students who, for the most part, will be involved in international organisations and global businesses for many years in the future. It is a magnificent opportunity to contribute in a small way to the development of the world and to peaceful cooperation between people of different nationalities.

Put simply, the philosophy underlying our educational programs is that a senior secondary school has an important role to play in the harmonious development of the world. Therefore, in attempting to meet the principles of our philosophy we place high value on:

  • establishing a learning partnership between staff and students;
  • respecting individuals and their cultural differences;
  • encouraging a strong desire to succeed;
  • ensuring equality of opportunity for all;
  • promoting academic leadership; and
  • the pursuit of continuous improvement in all we do.

 For each student, this means that the school will value each person equally. Each student will be given every opportunity and assistance possible in order to obtain entry to his/her desired further study and their progress is monitored closely as staff work with students to ensure that they achieve their goals. All staff are involved in the planning of strategies to ensure the continuous improvement of all activities undertaken at the school.

Further to this, the school’s philosophy and program delivery is underpinned by important democratic principles that support and promote the principles and practices of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected government
  • the rule of law
  • equal rights for all before the law
  • freedom of religion
  • freedom of speech and association
  • the values of openness and tolerance