From little things, big things grow

Great Southern Grammar has always been a special place. On the bank of Miaritch / Oyster Harbour, on land traditionally owned by the Menang people, you’ll find the stunning result of years of community work.

It all started in 1996 when a small group of community members came together to start — of all things — a school.

But not just any school. This group had a clear mission: to provide a first-class education to local and far-flung families — a school that allowed local students to stay connected to their homes and communities instead of travelling 500km to be educated.

Great Southern Grammar opened in 1999 with 36 students and by 2000 had moved to its current location in Lower Kalgan. What started as a few sheds on a paddock is now an innovative, forward-looking, Pre-Kindy to Year Twelve school, filled with happy, hard-working students, teachers, and staff.

At the official opening of the school, Mr Aiden Eades, a local Noongar elder, welcomed the attendees to Menang country and said:

“The school grounds are of special significance to local Noongars, with the Kalgan and the King rivers meeting close by. Never forget that this is Noongar land but you are welcome to use it, especially for something like education.”
Aiden Eades

At Great Southern Grammar, we acknowledge the Menang people as the traditional owners of the land on which we grow and learn. We recognise their unceded sovereignty and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay respects to them, to their cultures, and to their elders past, present, and emerging.

The land is a treasured part of learning each day at GSG. Thanks to our 144-acre waterfront campus, our students have access to bushland, wetlands, agricultural farmland, and the treasured history of this significant site.