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Our high-performing culture supports the wellbeing and development of staff who exemplify the TGS values

Toowoomba Grammar School has a high-performing culture that supports the wellbeing and development of staff. Our staff exemplify the TGS values and share our commitment to the growth of our boys by promoting diversity, inclusivity, and reconciliation. We aim for a high workforce retention rate, and we drive performance through leadership, culture and values. We have an engaged community which fosters positive relationships and strong local, national, and global partnerships. Staff are encouraged to further develop their bonds with our students through our extensive co-curricular program which includes sport, performing arts and cadets.

We are a financially and environmentally sustainable organisation that provides programs and operations for the long-term benefit of our community. Our fresh, innovative learning spaces encourage more collaborative, contemporary and innovative teaching and learning. We are proud to be leading the way in technology, recognised by Microsoft as one of only a handful of ‘Lighthouse’ schools. Our knowledge rich curriculum, state-of-the-art technology and innovative pedagogy transforms learning outcomes.

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about our inspirational staff members and our outstanding student outcomes.

Vision
Values and Behaviours
Our Staff
Our Commitment to Student Protection

Vision

The Vision of Toowoomba Grammar School is for our boys to leave TGS with the skills to be independent, well-balanced, and successful in life, responding well to challenges and achieving life-long wellbeing.

We seek to offer an education that will enable our boys and young men to develop life-long values and qualities that will set them apart from others not so fortunate to have been educated at this School. Behavioural traits of our young men and Old Boys should include consistent demonstration of integrity, honesty, resilience, compassion, friendliness, kindness, empathy, a sense of humour, humility, a solid work ethic, an interest in life-long learning and the desire to improve the welfare of others, particularly the disadvantaged in society.

There are several key elements contributing to the attainment of this vision. Clear guidelines of appropriate behaviour for our students are required together with a recognition of the value of the highest of expectations of behaviour and student involvement.

Friendly, respectful and supportive relationships between the boys and one another, and between the teachers and the students, are crucial. The vision can also be more readily attained by having highly professional and well-qualified teachers, an infrastructure and resource base in which quality teaching can occur, a self-disciplined and aspirational environment in which students want to learn and succeed, and a sense of community, history and school spirit.

Values and Behaviours

The TGS staff have identified our values as:

  • aspiration
  • kindness
  • collaboration
  • respect
  • integrity
  • accountability.

The TGS values underpin our ability to create a culture that will most likely enable:

  • Our success as a team
  • Individual, teams and students to thrive
  • Achievement of our vision and strategic objectives

Our Staff

The quality of our teaching staff is one of the defining features of the School. All staff are appointed through a highly competitive selection process, often involving applicants from around Australia.

Our teachers have made a conscious decision to teach in an all-boys environment, reflecting their desire to relate to, and to support, our boys and young men. Their dedication and commitment are also evident in our extensive co-curricular program, through which they enhance the quality of their relationships with the students and the learning outcomes in the classroom.

The teaching staff are well qualified and include a number with post-graduate degrees at Doctoral or Masters level. Some of our staff have been employed in professional or corporate careers prior to making the decision to commit to teaching as a vocation, giving them a broader perspective on preparing the boys for life beyond school.

We are proud of the number of staff who are actively involved in the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) at State or District level; who have written or co-authored textbooks, academic webpages; or received District, State or National recognition of their teaching performance via awards and commendations.

The School has around 300 staff including teachers, administrators and coaches. Of these, there are 109 permanent, full-time teachers (Junior School 26; Senior School 83). Being one of the largest boarding schools in Australia, we have a large boarding staff.

The Head is ably supported by the Deputy Headmaster, the Chief Financial Officer, the Head of the Senior School, the Head of the Junior School, the Director of Learning and Innovation, the Director of Sport and Activities, the Director of Boarding, the Director of People and Culture and the Director of Advancement.

The goal of the Toowoomba Grammar School Strategic Plan's People Pillar is to "build a high-performing culture that supports the wellbeing and development of staff, who exemplify the TGS values and share our commitment to the growth of our boys".

Our strategies to support this goal include:

  • Attracting and selecting the best workforce
  • Developing and retaining the best staff
  • Driving performance through leadership, culture and values
  • Promoting a culture of wellbeing and safety
  • Maintaining operational HR excellence.

Our Commitment to Student Protection

Toowoomba Grammar School supports the rights of children and young people and is committed to the safety, welfare and wellbeing of students and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates are required to undergo a screening process prior to appointment and the successful candidate must comply with School policies and relevant legislation relating to student protection.

It is a requirement under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act that people working with children (under 18 years of age) in a paid, voluntary or self-employed capacity, are required to undergo a criminal history check – the “working with children check”, which is carried out by the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA). A certified copy, or sighting of the original Blue Card, must be produced prior to commencement of duties.

To be considered for a teaching position at Toowoomba Grammar School, applicants must be currently registered or be eligible for Teacher Registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Toowoomba Grammar School staff must be legally eligible to work in Australia.