Hunter Valley Grammar School is strategically located in the Lower Hunter Valley of NSW, Australia.
The Hunter is semi-regional, within easy driving distance of Sydney, half an hour from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Australia’s most visited wine region. Hunter Valley Grammar School is surrounded by unique dining experiences, a selection of golf courses, beautiful waterways, parklands, wineries and natural bushland.
Newcastle Airport is a half-hour drive from the School offering affordable direct flights to other Australian capital cities several times daily.
GAP Year and Short term Programs
Students who choose HVGS for a GAP year will receive a warm welcome and will be able to soak up the Australian lifestyle in one of the best regional schools in Australia, in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
Our GAP students assist teaching staff in all year levels and faculties and are involved in cultural and sporting activities both on and off campus. During recreational time, students can enjoy the Hunter Valley and its surrounds.
HVGS students are accustomed to welcoming overseas visitors. For more than 10 years, the School has been involved in an exchange with Erasmus Gymnasium, a co-educational high school in Grevenbroich, in the West of Germany between Köln and Düsseldorf. About 20 students from the German school are billeted to HVGS families for two weeks every year. In turn, our students travel to Germany every second year.
Our most recent GAP student is Anna Taylor who comes to us from Millfield School in Somerset, England. Anna is spending 9 months at HVGS, staying with host families who have children at the School. Anna will be kept busy as a teacher’s assistant in all year levels and faculties.
In 2015 Mr Craig Axford, Head of History from South Dartmoor Community College, in South-West England, enjoyed a six-month exchange at our School. Mr Julian Beath, Head of Year 10 and an outstanding History teacher, was Craig’s exchange partner. Craig commented that he had never met a nicer, friendlier group of people and cannot believe how similar HVGS students were to those at his school.
Craig was impressed with the ethos of HVGS and especially with the Principal’s views and comments on assessment for learning. He particularly appreciated our school's global conscience. After nine years of teaching, Craig feels this experience has reinvigorated him both personally and professionally.
Hunter Valley Grammar had the pleasure of welcoming Mr Tom Andress and his family in exchange for our Director of Sport Mr Tony Burgess during 2014. Tony, his wife and children, travelled to Canada to work at the Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School (referred to as Hall) - a Catholic school located in Caledon, Ontario. This experience was more than a very successful teacher exchange - it was a family adventure!
HVGS is widely regarded as one of the best Independent Schools in Australia. Our reputation for staff development, training and learning is the reason why many schools choose to send their staff to us for a day, a week or a longer period of study. We are centred in one of the country’s premier playgrounds so we can more than satisfy the important work, rest and play objectives of a sabbatical.
HVGS is an ideal stopover for principals and executive staff to complement any sabbatical plan.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the Principal's Assistant Mrs Ana Stratton
to discuss your requirements with Mr Paul Teys.