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Logical Incrementalism

Logical Incrementalism

Logical incrementalism. I know, I was just as confused as many of you are when I first heard this term. Logical incrementalism is the process...

22 May 2018 - 8:18 AM
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Tips and Strategies for Year 11 and 12 Exams

Tips and Strategies for Year 11 and 12 Exams

This week Mr Brad Evans, Head of Senior School and Dr Julie Harris, Director of Teaching and Learning, will be presenting to the Year 11 and...

16 May 2018 - 2:22 PM
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Dealing with Exam Anxiety

Dealing with Exam Anxiety

To reduce their anxiety about exams and other assessments, it’s really important that all our girls and boys believe that their end of...

15 May 2018 - 8:08 AM
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There's more to music than meets the ears!

There's more to music than meets the ears!

How is it that we can’t remember all the information we read for an exam, where we left our house keys, or what was on the shopping list...

12 May 2018 - 9:58 PM
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7 Reasons to love our libraries!

7 Reasons to love our libraries!

“Shhhhh…. this is a library!” is not something you are likely to hear in one of our libraries.  In fact, most of the...

12 May 2018 - 9:37 PM
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The importance of The Arts for your children

The importance of The Arts for your children

One of the major assets of our co-curricular and academic programs is our commitment to a broad range of opportunities for students to...

10 May 2018 - 3:26 PM
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Reclaiming Time - Walking with time by our side

Reclaiming Time - Walking with time by our side

Time is on my side, yes it is, Time is on my side, yes it is” Rolling Stones 1964 Is it? Is it really? Does it really feel like time...

23 Mar 2018 - 10:15 AM
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The Benefits of Sport

The Benefits of Sport

School sport comprises a significant part of the life of our school. Some recently published research highlights the range of benefits on...

16 Mar 2018 - 12:58 PM
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Rowing into the History Books

Rowing into the History Books

Rowing has been part of history for thousands of years, primarily as a form of transport and more recently as a competitive sport. Rowing...

15 Mar 2018 - 12:23 AM
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The importance of good sleep for teenagers

The importance of good sleep for teenagers

Sleep is so essential for our physical and emotional wellbeing yet we rarely get enough. Research has found the average adult sleeps less than...

6 Mar 2018 - 3:46 PM
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Tips to Combat Homesickness for Boarders

Tips to Combat Homesickness for Boarders

Making the choice to send your child to boarding school is often a very difficult decision for parents, but one made with their best interests...

28 Feb 2018 - 8:15 AM
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How to beat procrastination and improve productivity

How to beat procrastination and improve productivity

“I’ll do it tomorrow.”   This is an overused phrase we’re all guilty of saying and one we often hear from our...

27 Feb 2018 - 9:43 AM
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Take the Plunge...Swimming for Competition and Fitness

Take the Plunge...Swimming for Competition and Fitness

We all know about the benefits of swimming.  From burning calories and improving our cardiovascular health to strengthening our core body...

23 Feb 2018 - 2:53 PM
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Cyber Safety and Device Management for our Teens

Cyber Safety and Device Management for our Teens

This week I want to again focus on the use of electronic devices and also the importance of vigilant behaviour when on-line.  Cyber...

19 Feb 2018 - 2:27 PM
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The 5 Benefits of Book Club!

The 5 Benefits of Book Club!

For those parents new to the Senior School, you might be interested to know that we run two Book Clubs for all students. Senior Book Club is...

18 Feb 2018 - 12:29 AM
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Teaching our children how to use the Internet

Teaching our children how to use the Internet

Congratulations...your child can now drive a car. This is amazing. We can send them up to the shops, they can drive themselves to school, we...

14 Feb 2018 - 4:40 PM
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Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing a Healthy Lunch

I have always been interested in healthy eating, so I was very happy to be asked to write about packing a good school lunch.It wasn’t...

12 Feb 2018 - 1:52 PM
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Getting ready for school: morning routines that work!

Getting ready for school: morning routines that work!

I am finding that getting old is, generally, a miserable process.  I have, however, found one advantage of getting old.  The...

7 Feb 2018 - 2:50 PM
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Managing Homework in the early Senior School Years

Managing Homework in the early Senior School Years

Teachers often come across parents in different parts of the campus and chat about academic progress.On one occasion a few years ago, I was...

31 Jan 2018 - 9:52 AM
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Wasting time on the Internet

Wasting time on the Internet

It would seem from reading various accounts and listening to students’ parents that children are spending far too much time on the...

19 Jan 2018 - 2:04 PM
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Catalyst for Success

Catalyst for Success

Guildford Grammar School’s unique Catalyst Program aims to meet the specific needs of students in Years 7 to 9, providing a ...

19 Jan 2018 - 9:19 AM
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Our Academic Talent Program

Our Academic Talent Program

Our Academic Talent Program, STRIVE, provides students with specific academic talents and encourages strong personal drive. STRIVE...

19 Jan 2018 - 9:13 AM
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Finding the WOW in the world

Finding the WOW in the world

It is times like our Preparatory School Carols Concert when we stop and enjoy moments of “WOW”. We appreciate the beauty, the...

29 Nov 2017 - 2:23 PM
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The benefits of reading fiction

The benefits of reading fiction

I recently came across a new study which has given the common anecdote often used by librarians some scientific weight – reading fiction...

29 Nov 2017 - 11:20 AM
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Share the Story...Now

Share the Story...Now

Share the Story As I moved through the throngs of visitors on Grandparents’ Day, watching and listening I was struck not only by the...

16 Nov 2017 - 12:02 AM
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Last Day in New York and the Senior Team Finish Second in the Whole World!

Last Day in New York and the Senior Team Finish Second in the Whole World!

Today was our last day in America and we intended to make the most of it.  The juniors had their closing and awards ceremony in the...

15 Nov 2017 - 9:47 PM
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New York - Day Five

New York - Day Five

I left the last blog as we were preparing to set off to the ball.  The boys were all apparently disappointed with the occasion, saying...

14 Nov 2017 - 9:37 PM
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New York - Day Four

New York - Day Four

When I didn’t wake up until 5 o’clock this morning (my usual waking time at home) and discovered the temperature was minus 4...

13 Nov 2017 - 8:57 AM
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New York - Day Three

New York - Day Three

It was toasty warm with the heater on when I woke up at 3:45 am (I’m counting on the fact that if I keep waking and sleeping at the...

12 Nov 2017 - 10:54 PM
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New York - Day Two!

New York - Day Two!

The next 24 hours ...   As Russell drove us into North Haven and the Best Western Plus hotel car park, it became evident that we would...

11 Nov 2017 - 12:47 PM
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Blog from New York - World Scholar's Cup at Yale

Blog from New York - World Scholar's Cup at Yale

The first blog post of the tour was written by Dr Julie Harris, in her usual good humour! It wasn't the best start to a school trip. ...

10 Nov 2017 - 3:15 PM
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Planting Seeds of Kindness

Planting Seeds of Kindness

You planted a seed today. You probably planted quite a few. Some will land in fertile soil, others may lay dormant for years and some will...

1 Nov 2017 - 11:07 AM
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Fergus' Five Fabulous Tips for new Senior School Students

Fergus' Five Fabulous Tips for new Senior School Students

Year 7 student Fergus joined the Senior School this year and has prepared five fabulous tips to help new students entering the Senior School...

24 Oct 2017 - 10:44 AM
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Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.

Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart.

Strong Back. Soft Front. Wild Heart. Could this be the synthesis of what we have been talking about for our children (and for us) all this...

19 Oct 2017 - 8:32 AM
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Helping your teens through their exams

Helping your teens through their exams

With less than three weeks to go until the commencement of the Year 12 Trial WACE examinations, combined with our school focus on R U OK Day...

13 Sep 2017 - 12:00 PM
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The Curriculum Epiphany!

The Curriculum Epiphany!

Every once in a while someone comes up with an idea, a “what if” moment that becomes reality. Recently, Mr Kieran Hurley...

23 Aug 2017 - 2:47 PM
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Six Ways to Improve Your Reading Habits

Six Ways to Improve Your Reading Habits

I recently read a great article about how to read (a lot) more books. Lots of famous and successful people (i.e. Elon Musk and Bill Gates...

15 Aug 2017 - 3:33 PM
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Books in Languages Other Than English

Books in Languages Other Than English

As we have been celebrating Language Week in the Library, our Director of Library Services talks about her favourite books written in...

9 Aug 2017 - 10:13 AM
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Languages Week 2017

Languages Week 2017

Did you know that more than 270 languages and dialects are spoken in Western Australia today? Languages Week provides an opportunity to...

7 Aug 2017 - 10:14 AM
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Father Philip on Friendship

Father Philip on Friendship

During this last weekend over lunch I was discussing with one of our Boarding staff how the meaning of “friend” has been affected...

6 Jul 2017 - 3:14 PM
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Stronghills - Our oasis on the Avon River!

Stronghills - Our oasis on the Avon River!

Set on the beautiful Swan River, Guildford Grammar School is blessed with grounds that are the envy of every other school in the state. ...

5 Jul 2017 - 11:43 AM
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Can we make it to the moon...in STEPS?  July School Holiday Challenge!

Can we make it to the moon...in STEPS? July School Holiday Challenge!

So, the July school holidays are almost here and Mr Wight has issued his school holiday challenges for the Preparatory School community - not...

29 Jun 2017 - 2:59 PM
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The Currency of Clever

The Currency of Clever

We needed a fresh perspective, a new way of looking at an old problem and we needed not one idea, but many. It was a problem; a conundrum that...

21 Jun 2017 - 2:33 PM
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The Value of Community Service - How our students are making a difference

The Value of Community Service - How our students are making a difference

The School's Director of Service Learning, Ms Selinna Forward, updates us on the range of community service and service learning projects...

16 Jun 2017 - 9:59 AM
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The importance of resilience

The importance of resilience

In light of some reading I managed to do on the plane, and considering recent global events, as well as events which may occur in our students...

1 Jun 2017 - 8:04 AM
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Charles Fadel: what qualities & skills do our kids need to succeed in the 21st Century?

Charles Fadel: what qualities & skills do our kids need to succeed in the 21st Century?

Parents have a vital role to play in making sure their children have the schooling they need to succeed in work and life, according to Charles...

31 May 2017 - 3:42 PM
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Focus on Boarding

Focus on Boarding

It was a privilege to hear from a number of wonderful student speakers at Assembly this morning. One of the addresses related to National...

18 May 2017 - 9:33 AM
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Teaching for the 21st Century

Teaching for the 21st Century

Research has indicated that young people today are likely to have 17 jobs over five different careers after they leave school. Charles Fadel...

17 May 2017 - 10:01 AM
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Upsets = Set ups = Growth

Upsets = Set ups = Growth

As we focus on growth this term, it is incredibly important that we share stories about our own growth. Times where “everything was hard...

10 May 2017 - 3:30 PM
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A Growth Mindset

A Growth Mindset

One of our intentions as a Preparatory School this year is our focus on Growth and Kindness. This term we will shift our focus towards the...

28 Apr 2017 - 2:55 PM
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This article is dedicated to you - our students!

This article is dedicated to you - our students!

This article is dedicated to you, our students. Thank you! Your boundless energy and enthusiasm at 8.15am on Monday morning gets us excited...

5 Apr 2017 - 4:06 PM
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Choosing Love

Choosing Love

I was asked on Tuesday morning by one of our Year 6 students what I missed the most when I was away from the Preparatory School last week. My...

8 Mar 2017 - 12:09 PM
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The Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge

Our Preparatory School students were issued a new challenge this week by Mr Clark Wight - to take part in the Great Kindness Challenge. The...

15 Feb 2017 - 3:22 PM
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Colour their world

Colour their world

Supporting our students to learn and understand key principles and concepts across all their subject areas and to apply this knowledge in...

8 Feb 2017 - 4:30 PM
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The importance of transition

The importance of transition

The start of a new school year truly is a wonderful time. Despite most of our staff already having been back on campus over the past couple of...

1 Feb 2017 - 12:59 PM
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Welcome back!

Welcome back!

We have started to build the wall in the Preparatory School, thanks to you. The wall is being built right outside my office and it is looking...

1 Feb 2017 - 12:54 PM
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A special message from the Head of Prep

A special message from the Head of Prep

Mr Wight, Head of the Preparatory School, has a special message for all Preparatory School students: I hope that you are well and getting...

28 Jan 2017 - 12:41 PM
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Congratulations to the Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

We are pleased to report the WACE results achieved by the Guildford Grammar School students of 2016 and congratulate them on their fine...

2 Jan 2017 - 1:07 PM
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Catalyst - Our Junior Secondary Curriculum

Catalyst - Our Junior Secondary Curriculum

What if the traditional school timetable could be changed? Traditionally, students experiencing the first three years of Senior...

8 Dec 2016 - 1:29 PM
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Inspired by our students

Inspired by our students

This article is dedicated to our students.Simply… you inspire us.You… yes you. Every one of you in your own unique way and in...

2 Nov 2016 - 2:56 PM
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The importance of deep learning in the Preparatory School

The importance of deep learning in the Preparatory School

Wow! So many of you “crushed” the 48-hour challenge on being outside in nature. I have been inundated with journals, logs...

12 Oct 2016 - 4:04 PM
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Clark’s October School Holiday Challenge!

Clark’s October School Holiday Challenge!

During the month of October (and as soon as our holidays begin) we have set for our community the following holiday challenge: Who of you...

21 Sep 2016 - 4:05 PM
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Inspiring students to achieve personal excellence and to be outstanding citizens who work to create a just, loving and peaceful society.