Works starts on new world-class co-educational boarding facility

15 Oct 2019

On Monday 14 October, soil was officially turned on Guildford Grammar School’s new state-of-the-art co-educational boarding facility at a ceremony held at the site of the new building. The soil was turned by Headmaster, Mr Stephen Webber; Fellow of Council, Mr Mitchell Wells; Chair of the Guildford Grammar Foundation, Mr Bill Ryan; 2019 Co-Captains of School, Nicholas Sheppard and Rebecca Adamson; Captain of Boarding, Zac Finlayson, and two brothers and sisters, Holly and Blair Dunne and Robert and Charlotte Harris, who will be boarding together from next year.

The turning of the soil ceremony signifies the commencement of the construction project, which will be managed by FIRM Construction.

The new facility will ultimately accommodate approximately 200 boarders and includes separate living areas for girls and boys, with both single sex and co-educational social lounges. The facility will be located on the northern side of Terrace Road, providing stunning views across the Swan River flats, looking out over our 100-hectare campus to the river.

The first intake of 12 female boarders will join the School in 2020 and will be accommodated in their own separate wing in the Graham Malcolm Junior Hall of Residence until the completion of the new facility in 2021.

Headmaster, Mr Stephen Webber said, “We are very excited to be commencing the building of our new world-class co-educational boarding development.”

“Following our extensive research into the provision of exceptional co-educational boarding facilities around the world, With_Architecture Studio have developed a visionary design that encapsulates the beauty of our campus and which will provide a wonderful home away from home for our boarding community”, he said.

“We are very pleased to once again be working with FIRM Construction, following the success of our stunning Preparatory School Development.”

Year 10 boarder Blair, whose cousins, dad, uncles and grandad all boarded at Guildford Grammar School, is looking forward to his sister Holly join him in boarding next year. Holly is currently a day student in the Senior School, joining the school this year for Year 8 and moving into boarding next year. “I think Holly will feel comfortable knowing the school already and knowing that she has family here. I know mum and dad will appreciate us being together at the one school, with only one lot of commitments and being able to pick us up on the same day at the same time at the end of each term.”

The Harris family, whose son Robert has been a boarder for five years, is looking forward to their daughter Charlotte joining the boarding community next year.

“Robert has been very happy at Guildford Grammar School and has made some great friends. The pastoral care shown in the school and in boarding has been second-to-none. In discussions with Charlotte, it became clear that she had her heart set on Guildford Grammar School. The safe, family environment that we have seen with Robert and the friends we have made during his time at the school made the decision easy for us as a family. Charlotte is excited about getting to know the new girls joining boarding next year and making close friends for life.”

A digital fly-through of the new boarding facility and our boarding prospectus are available on our website at