We are the third wave of settlers on the school's original site in Gungahlin.
The Ngunnawal people were the first to make their homes here countless years ago. The local stone or chert was used to shape their axes and other cutting and hunting implements. The stream gave them water, the wind cooled them on hot days and carried messages of the hunt or of fire. Their connection with each other and this land was intense, they belonged here.
Thomas and Catherine Gribble travelled thousands of kilometres to settle on this same site. They used some of the local stone and mud to build their home in the late 1800s. You can see some of the remains of their farm behind the Valley Campus today. They brought up seven children and felt that they, too, belonged here.
In 1999, the buildings of Burgmann Anglican School announced the arrival of new caretakers of this place. By 2011, we numbered nearly 1500 students, across two campuses. We seek to value and understand those who have lived here before us. We want to be good caretakers and feel that we also belong here.
Take a tour of our two campuses...
This virtual tour was filmed by student Josh Atkinson, Year 11 2017, and edited by staff members Sam Clarke and Sam Dasey.
About Our Campuses
Our Valley Campus is located on the Valley Avenue. The main office and administration building is located on the Valley Avenue front drive through entrance. Next to the main office is the Grace Chapel, shared with the Gungahlin Anglican Church. Students from K-12 attend weekly Chapel Services and the space is used for a range of other activities.
Our preschool offers safe, secure and vibrant indoor and outdoor spaces for part time Early Childhood programs to 3 and 4 year old children. Kindergarten to Year 2 students also enjoy engaging, bright, well designed learning and play spaces.
Our Junior School learning and teaching areas for Year 3 to Year 5 students are open and airy, with a view to the Valley Ruins historical site.
The Senior School provides learning and teaching, study and social spaces, including a school canteen and café (for Year 11 and 12 students). The "M Block" building, opened in 2017, is a bright and contemporary space for Senior student s, including open plan classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, new teaching officers and a large common area and kitchenette.
The open and inviting foyer and administration building is the main entry point to the Forde campus and is located on the Corner of Hurrell Street and Francis Forde Boulevard, Forde.
Our purpose built Middle School buildings which opened in 2011 are bright and functional to support our middle adolescent years program.
Heyward Hall provides a basketball/multipurpose court and a large stage and performance areas for school productions and concerts.
The Forde library is a light filled and relaxed space with resources to support the learning for Early Childhood and Middle School Students.
Our Preschool and Early Childhood classrooms and play areas are safe and vibrant learning spaces for our youngest students.