We invite our community to a Middle School Open House on Saturday 24 April to explore the next phase in the story of our Middle School Houses, which aims to advance our present and secure our future sustainability.

Afternoon Tea in the Panckridge Library with a welcome from Head of Middle School, Craig Durran, at 2.30pm, followed by student-led tours of the boarding Houses.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on enrolments combined with increased regulatory compliance for boarding schools resulted in a restructure of Middle School boarding – our two boys’ boarding Houses (Barrabool and Barwon) were consolidated and our girls’ boarding House (Connewarre) was relocated. The restructure also reflected the strategic target of a 50:50 gender balance in Middle School boarding, which aligns with our successful shift to a 50:50 gender balance in Year 9 at Timbertop in 2020.

During Term 4, the School undertook community consultation to rename the restructured Middle School boarding houses. The feedback we received consistently highlighted a strong desire to strengthen our connection to place; enhancing our links with the local Indigenous culture whilst honouring the heritage of our Middle School boarding houses. The new names adopted the Wadawurrung spelling so we now have a Barro:aabil (Barrabool) Boarding Precinct with Kunawarra (Connewarre) House for girls and Parrwang (Barwon) House for boys. Barrabool, Barwon and Connewarre are Indigenous names – using the Wadawurrung spelling is not because we are politically correct, but because it is accurate and respectful. The renaming also reaffirms the School’s commitment to our Reconciliation Action Plan.

We continue to recognise and celebrate the rich history of our Middle School boarding houses, with interpretive signage and heritage displays in development for the Panckridge Library. The arrangement of Middle School Houses has changed and adapted over time – Barrabool, Barwon and Connewarre were originally sections within Junior School (now The Hermitage House). They became boarding House names in 1934 (in what was Bracebridge Wilson House), and Connewarre became a girls’ House in 1984.

Date: Saturday 24 April 2021
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Panckridge Library, Geelong Grammar School, Corio Campus
Dress: Smart casual
Cost: This is a Free Event but bookings are essential 
RSVP: Essential by Friday 16 April by booking online below
Enquiries: Denise Hanrahan, Administration Assistant  T: (03) 5227 6241 E: events@ggs.vic.edu.au 

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