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Bonus Intra Melior Exi - Come in Good, Go out Better
Townsville Grammar School
Townsville Grammar School is a school where young people, irrespective of their innate abilities, can achieve their personal best. The School motto Bonus Intra Melior Exi - to "come in good and go out better" is a guiding philosophy in our approach to the academic, sporting, cultural and character development of all young Grammarians who pass through the School. The School enjoys a remarkable culture of achievement and this is reflected in its well deserved pre-eminent status as an educational institution in North Queensland.
The co-curricular offerings at Townsville Grammar School are an integral part of the entire School curriculum. There are wonderful opportunities for students to develop their skills and interests across a broad range of activities, these include:
Townsville Grammar School, Pastoral Care is the domain of all staff. We subscribe to a whole school approach to Pastoral Care, involving all Class, Form and Subject Teachers, Year Level Co-ordinators, the School Counsellor, Boarding Houseparents, nursing staff and Heads of School. The objective is to assure students that there are adults within and outside the School who do care. There are specific staff whom students and parents can confidently access when they have issues relating to student well-being, and these include the Classroom Teachers (Annandale Campus) and Year Level Co-ordinators (North Ward Campus).
I started boarding school as a wide-eyed six year old at the Georgetown Student Hostel in Year 1. I would board there during the week and Mum would take me home on weekends. As I watched my older mates grow up and leave for the ‘big’ boarding schools, I never realised that was going to be me.
Having grown up on a cattle station, I can confidently say that boarding schools are vital to rural and remote communities. I found out very quickly that living in Townsville was a big step up from the ‘bush’ life. The precise routine that was brought upon us in the wonderful School House gave me a taste of what was ahead. Becoming homesick was a common thing, but I soon came to realise that everyone else was in the same boat. The strength and company of others was always there to pick you up when you were feeling down.
Time flies when you’re having fun and holidays seemed to sneak up faster each time they came around. The School grounds became familiar very quickly and the routine started to click. It dawned on me that school wasn’t so bad after all. Playing Rugby with your mates, doing activities around Townsville and sometimes a little academic work on the side was all part of the fun.
Over the years strong friendships were formed with people from all walks of life, boys and girls from overseas, and others that live on places just like mine. Now, as the elders of the School, we still share new stories and experiences that we all still can have a laugh about. The people that I’ve met have brought a strong sense of mateship into my life which will help me well into the future. As my five year run comes to an end at Townsville Grammar School, I can only be thankful for what boarding has done for me. It has given me an education, established valuable traits and has left me with many memories that I will hold onto forever.
Hayley Blyth - Hervey Bay
As I walked into Parker Hall, girls busily readied themselves as I heard the word “kick-out” thrown around. I could not possibly have known what that meant on my first day in boarding but it was not long before I became thoroughly acquainted with all of boarding’s nuances. Throughout the last four years,
I learned how to comfort a homesick friend, that it’s not the best idea to have dessert every single night - yes, even if it happens to be chocolate pudding night – and many other lifelong lessons.
Boarding plunges you into the pool of independence and while it may start out cold, you slowly warm up to it and can make it to the surface. Once you get the independence nailed, it’s not long before you naturally take confidence on board. Through boarding I have adapted to living among people and thriving in these conditions. Living side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder for an entire term at a time brings out people’s true colours and it’s easily seen that boarders are authentic, confident, and unafraid of being who we truly are; in fact, we embrace it! Boarding has fostered these two qualities of my personality and they have helped me through my schooling and other aspects of life.
No one really knows what to expect when first stepping through the gates of boarding school – will it be a sleep over every day with all your closest friends or a military boot camp? It is easy to see once you are there, that it’s not either of these - it is an environment unlike any other. It is one where you learn respect and how to earn it, make friends and learn what it is to mend a friendship, experience the highs of good grades and the lows of the ones that didn’t quite make the cut. Boarding is a unique environment and I can already see that it has made me a unique person.
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