Headmaster to retire in 2015

Ballarat Grammar Headmaster Stephen Higgs will retire at the end of 2015 after 21 years of leadership at the School.

Stephen HiggsIn Stephen’s years at Grammar, the enrolment has more than doubled to 1,500 and new campuses have been established in the Melbourne CBD and at Mount Rowan. Through the introduction of Round Square, Grammar students now have access to exchanges with 150 schools around the world and participate in conferences and service projects that deliver real international understanding. This year, our Junior School expects authorisation for the delivery of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, and the new Year 4 campus at Mount Rowan underscores the School’s innovative approach to effective education.

Furthermore, Stephen takes pride in the School’s excellent academic results, nothing that Ballarat’s top three VCE achievers last year were Grammar students.

‘Grammar’s real focus is on breadth of character growth and encouraging young people to explore their strengths within a culture of friendly care and co-operation. We also want young people to appreciate that contribution to community and connection with the natural environment make us whole.’

– Stephen Higgs

Stephen and his wife Sue are grateful for the opportunities that leadership at Grammar has provided them, including travelling extensively with students and staff on service projects.

They will move to their farm at She Oaks next year with Sue continuing to support the Agricultural Society in Ballarat and Stephen taking on new professional responsibilities. Asked what they would miss, Stephen said, “most of all, the delightful, motivated, open and amenable young people at Grammar”.

The Board recognises Stephen’s achievement

The Chairman of the School Board, Rob Knowles AO, paid tribute to the outstanding leadership that Stephen and Sue have provided over these past two decades. ‘While there will be opportunities later in the year for more extensive recognition of their contribution, this announcement does signal the approaching close of a remarkable period in the School’s growth and development. The best testament to their contribution is that fact the School has never been in a stronger position in all aspects of what makes a great School.’

While it will be business as usual for the remainder of the year, the Board has commenced the search for an outstanding leader to follow Stephen to ensure a smooth transition and the maintenance of the finest traditions of the School.