Guildford Grammar School makes history as fully co-educational school

Guildford Grammar School students Joshua Heffernan, Gemma Mars, Zoe Langtry and Duke Secco.
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Guildford Grammar School students Joshua Heffernan, Gemma Mars, Zoe Langtry and Duke Secco. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490327

GUILDFORD Grammar School starts the first week of Term 1 as fully co-|educational for the first time, with 242 female students enrolled from kindergarten to Year 12.

This year there were 113 female students enrolled from years 7 to 12, compared to 50 students in years 7, 8 and 11 in 2018.

There are 893 male students from kindergarten to Year 12.

Year 10 student Zoe Langtry, who returned to the school after attending primary school, said she was excited to see the grounds and people she used to know.

“I think it is really exciting because it is new, changing all traditions and I think it is good for the boys to go through the rest of high school with girls,” she said.

“I am looking forward to all the arts and sports that they have to offer because you can explore your interest more before you enter those higher years.”

Year 7 student Duke Secco said he was looking forward to meeting friends at his new school.

Headmaster Stephen Webber said it would be the first time the school had both male and female captains, vice-captains and prefects.

“During 2018 co-education became our everyday norm,” he said.

“We are confident that our students are building a sound platform for personal growth, peer connectedness, relationships with other people and the development of appropriate value systems.

“Growth in the number of female students in 2019 will enhance our diversity and we believe the |experience of all of our students.”

The school has a development application for another co-educational boarding house with the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel, which will be considered at a later date.

Co-educational boarding will start in 2020.