Be Ambitious.

At Canberra Girls Grammar SCHOOL our academic results are consistently outstanding and we encourage our students to aim high

In 2014, 35 per cent of our Year 12 students scored an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95 or above. Dux of the School Vanessa Ma scored the highest possible ATAR of 99.95.

Achieve at CGGS

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CGGS encourages both staff and students to aim high and to enjoy the challenge of change and development.

Aim high to achieve your best

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) pays individual attention to the students' interests, strengths and goals. The School offers a wide range of subjects to allow girls to pursue their ambitions, with options increasing in Year 10 in preparation for Years 11 and 12. The School's focus on individuals ensures that all students have the opportunity to reach their potential and will graduate ready to take the next step on their life journey.

CGGS Year 12 student Vanessa Ma was awarded the top ACT ATAR for 2014, the fourth consecutive year that a CGGS student has jointly topped the ACT.

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2014 Dux of CGGS

Vanessa Ma with Principal Anne Coutts.

"I've always strived to do the best I can in school and having a high ATAR really opens up a lot of doors when it comes to choosing university courses...” - Vanessa Ma.

Students undertake continual internal assessment under the auspices of the ACT Board of Secondary Studies (BSSS). These assessments, together with final examinations, will contribute to the ACT Year 12 certificate and the student’s ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score for university entrance.


At CGGS, we are committed to reflecting on our teaching practices.  We are not afraid to do things differently and to be creative in order for our students to learn more effectively. Our highly qualified teachers are dedicated to their students' learning and are committed to finding the best way to teach every student. 

“Conservative estimates suggest that students with a highly effective teacher learn twice as much as students with a less effective teacher” – Dr Ben Jensen, The Grattan Institute.

Making things easy is what good teachers do best. They find creative ways to explain subject matter and translate complex into simple. They help students to learn in a way that makes most sense to that student. Our expert teaching staff provide enrichment for students of all levels and ability and encourage them to celebrate their successes.

The teachers at CGGS also use their skills and specialist knowledge to run co-curricular activities taking the exceptional CGGS education beyond the classroom.

Sporting prowess

Sporting excellence is encouraged at CGGS, as is participation in sport. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a compulsory subject from Prep to Year 12, covering a wide-ranging program of sport, physical health and well-being activities.  Many competitions are held throughout the year in which students compete individually, as part of a team, or for their House. 

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"The most satisfying feeling is when you've just finished a race and you know you've given it your all."

- Elizabeth, School Captain and rower.

“Students who are determined sportswomen often are highly successful in their academic studies too. They know how to use their time effectively. They know the value of persisting until they have mastered the skill or gained the knowledge” – CGGS Principal Anne Coutts.


CGGS provides an environment that enriches the educational experience and encourages students to be their best. Our beautiful campuses cover 10 hectares in the leafy inner Canberra suburb of Deakin at the foot of Parliament House. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasiums, sports courts, playing fields, an Aquatic Centre on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and purpose-built structures for the performing arts, art and textiles, and Information Technology. 

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State of the Art facilities

The award-winning CGGS Science Wing, officially opened in May 2012 by 2011 Nobel Prize Winner for Physics Professor Brian Schmidt, affords sweeping views to Parliament House.

Our 1,000 seat Senior School Hall boasts state-of-the-art acoustics, tiered retractable seating for multi-functional use of floor space and a tiered balcony. The adjacent Music Centre features soundproof practice rooms, classrooms, a library, a recital room and a computer lab where students can work in groups or on a one-to-one basis with other students and music staff.

The inspiring school Administration Building overlooks Melbourne Avenue and houses the School’s reception, administration and executive offices. Its towering atrium is a grand, multi-functional space, which plays host to many events and visitors.

 A three-storey classroom block was completed for the start of the 2011 school year, focusing on flexible teaching and learning spaces with an emphasis on connecting indoors with the outdoors. The School’s central quadrangle, with its grassed courtyard, forms the 'heart of the School'.