Northholm Grammar School is a K-12, co-educational, independent school offering a unique opportunity for young people to develop the knowledge, skills and personal attributes they need to live a purposeful life. The broad curriculum and diverse range of activities we offer our students nurture their sense of autonomy and enable them to develop the personal interests and passions they need for a positive attitude to life..
The education philosophy at Northholm Grammar School is underpinned by the belief that every child is born with the capacity to learn and achieve. As such, our responsibility as educators is to inspire each child to achieve his or her personal best. To accomplish this Northholm Grammar School has implemented a range of strategies that recognise and support the different needs and capacities of the students in our care.
LEARNING & TEACHING
Northholm caters for the individual learning needs of all students including those with gifts and talents in all areas including, but not limited to, academic subjects, the creative and performing arts, social and leadership skills and sporting interests. Included in the range of opportunities we provide are programs for special groupings of students, multi-age classes, acceleration, and extra support within the class. Enrichment activities, an extensive co-curricular program and a range of clubs also provide opportunities for students to extend and enrich their learning experiences.
SMALL CLASS SIZES
The teachers and students at Northholm Grammar School enjoy the advantages of small class sizes. In Kindergarten to Year Six there is a maximum of 20 students per class. This increases to a maximum of 24 in Years Seven to Twelve.
As a non-selective school, our students consistently perform above the state average in state-wide and national testing.
SPIRITUAL & PERSONAL GROWTH
Northholm Grammar School seeks to bring our students to an understanding of the Christian faith and the personal integrity it implies, through what we do in our teaching and learning, in our discipline and pastoral care, in our co-curricular program and in our dealings with the wider community. We recognise that in an increasingly complex world young people need support in making sense of the world they will inherit. Now more than ever they need guidance in finding the personal interests and passions that will give their lives purpose.
At Northholm Grammar School, this guidance is provided through a variety of programs that foster the intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and social development of all students. This holistic approach to educating our students builds their self-knowledge and personal strengths in ways that allow them to embrace life with a sense of optimism.
The co-curricular program at Northholm Grammar School includes a diverse creative and performing arts program, an extensive agriculture program and an impressive record of success in a range of sports. Students also participate in a range of leadership and community service initiatives. A number of Clubs operate either after school or during lunch time. They currently include: Poultry Club, Green Thumbs, Cattle Club, Science Club, Photography, and Pottery.
We aim to develop young people who are resilient, who make good decisions and who accept responsibility for their actions and decisions. This is achieved through a range of opportunities including our outdoor education program, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and our Service Learning program.
LOCATION & FACILITIES
Northholm Grammar School enjoys the benefits of a tranquil, semi-rural 10 hectare setting away from traffic noise and urban pollution.
We are fortunate to have a range of excellent facilities including: air conditioned classrooms, an extensive computer network, science laboratories, specialist music centre, library and information centre, art centre, design and technology centre, drama studio, Agriculture Trade Training centre, working farm, multipurpose gymnasium, extensive playing fields and outdoor courts, natural bushland for cross-country and outdoor pursuits.
While enjoying the benefits of our facilities, Northholm Grammar School are aware of our global responsibility and are actively promoting practices that will reduce our institutional carbon footprint and encourage our students to develop more sustainable living habits.
Northholm attracts students from the Hills District, Upper North Shore and Hawkesbury Valley.