What is it that makes All Souls St Gabriels School different to other schools?
OUR SMALL CLASS SIZES
With an average teacher student ratio of 1:15 in the Junior School and 1:16 in the Secondary School, All Souls St Gabriels School has very manageable class sizes. This brings numerous benefits to our students. Teachers can spend more time with each student. Teachers know each student individually. Teachers have time to work on lesson preparation. There is also less demand on facilities which Junior students can easily access. In many larger schools, the Juniors often miss out.
SPACIOUSNESS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
We have 45 hectares available to our students. Students do not feel hemmed in by buildings and bitumen. The school matches the lifestyle that many of our country boarders are used to. Some students choose to bring their horse, and cattle yards provide reminders of home. And for all students there is that space – space to be alone, to enjoy some peace and quiet to reflect and occasionally escape from the hurly burly of dormitory life.
STAFF WHO GO BEYOND THE 9-3 SYNDROME
Our teaching staff assist our boarders with their prep (homework). They are no uni students filling in, but qualified teachers who can give expert advice. More than 25 adults, many of whom are teachers, live on the campus which gives our school a feeling of a small community. Our students know their teachers well, and are comfortable in their company. Our staff is a great mix of young teachers and older ones who have made a long term commitment to our school.
FREE AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Our After School Care for Junior School students operates from 3.00 to 5.15 pm each afternoon which makes it easy for working parents to be assured that children are safe and sound after school.
LOCATION & SIZE OF THE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Our Junior School is on the same campus as the Senior School, but is quite separate so our Juniors have the tranquillity of their own area. Our Pre-Prep and Prep classes are right next to the Year 1 room, so transitions from year levels are very easy.
SPORTS & RECREATION PROGRAM
We run a full sporting and recreation program for all of our students. Our program encompasses activities of all sorts for our boarders and interested day students. One of the main aims of the program is to provide opportunities for boys and girls to mix in supervised settings.
A NEW SCHOOL
This may seem a strange thing to say about a school with a 90 year history. However, the changes that took place at the beginning of 2000 have ensured that we now have the best of both worlds – a school with a rich tradition and history, but a school which is a dynamic, enthusiastic school striving to establish an even greater reputation. This is not a complacent organisation resting on its laurels, but a vibrant community ready to adapt to a modern world.
A TRULY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL
ASSG is run from Charters Towers, not Brisbane or Townsville and is therefore not dictated to by the demands of other schools or coastal priorities. The governing body is made up of mainly local people with a wide diversity of experience, who are committed to the philosophy of providing a first rate educational experience in the country rather than transporting students to larger cities.
Although no longer owned by the Anglican Church, the school has retained that ethos from our tradition and history. We aim to give students values to cope with a modern world; norms by which to live, rather than rules.
NOT A “BOLT ON” BOARDING SCHOOL
Unlike many other schools where boarding is a declining part of the school’s program, ASSG is a true boarding school. Over the years, we have developed a fine reputation for producing self-reliant and independent young men and women.
Charters Towers is a fine location for a school with its great climate, relaxed lifestyle and the safety of a small country town.
Located on the edge of the town, access to the city centre is only a short five minute trip from our campus.