The Anglican Church Grammar School (ACGS), commonly referred to as Churchie, is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for boys, located in East Brisbane, an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Founded in 1912 by Canon William Perry French Morris,〔 Churchie has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,750 students from Reception to Year 12,〔 including 150 boarders from Years 7 to 12. It is owned by the Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane.
Churchie is a founding member of the Great Public Schools Association of Queensland (GPS),〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.gpsqld.org.au )〕 and is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.aisq.qld.edu.au/SchoolDetails.aspx?category=1&element=17&PKID=142 )〕 and the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA).〔
Churchie, widely recognised as one of Australia's most prestigious schools, is among Australia's richest based on earnings and donations from alumni. In 2009, the school raised $30.9 million in fees, charges, parent contributions and other private sources, 26.5 per cent more than any other school in southeast Queensland.〔〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/list-top-10-schools-by-private-earnings-20110304-1bhj1.html )〕 In the same year, Churchie also received $7.7 million in donations, primarily from alumni. This figure was the second highest in Australia, surpassed only by the donations to Sydney Grammar School.〔
In 1912, Canon William Perry French Morris and his wife (who held degrees in science and medicine) founded a school called St Magnus Hall at Ardencraig, a suburban house in Church Street (now Jephson Street), Toowong, before relocating it to the present site in East Brisbane in 1918.〔
Canon Morris assigned Saint Magnus, a Norsemen earl, as the patron saint of the school and had hoped that the students would be referred to as 'Magnates'.〔 It is said that he did not like the nickname 'Churchie' at first, however when it had become commonplace by the 1930s and respected around Queensland he accepted the change.
The school's name was changed to St Magnus Hall Collegiate School For Boys and then to The Cathedral School early in 1913 following the move to a new site at St John's Cathedral in the Brisbane central business district. Thirty-three boys completed the school year that year. In 1916, the land that the school currently stands on was purchased and, in 1918, the foundation stone was laid on the school's current site.〔 From 1916 to 1985, the school was officially known as the Church of England Grammar School (CEGS). Prior to the 1985 school year, the school name was officially changed once again to the Anglican Church Grammar School (ACGS), in order to reflect the 1981 renaming of the Church of England in Australia to the Anglican Church of Australia. However, the school continues to be popularly known as Churchie.
On the afternoon of 7 December 2007, a fire started in the Lanskey Building between two Year 7 classrooms. The automated fire system set alarms off, and just after 4:30 pm the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service arrived to find two classrooms badly damaged.
In late 2009, the school began extensive construction work to upgrade its cultural and sporting facilities. Over two years, three new complexes were built at the school's East Brisbane campus: the Barry McCart Aquatic Centre,〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.churchie.com.au/content.cfm/Swimming/713/ )〕 the David Turbayne Tennis Centre〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://cefpi.org.au/awards/2012-awards/2012-category-1b-new-construction-major-facility/david-turbayne-tennis-centre )〕 and the $9.9 million Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex,〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://cefpi.org.au/awards/2012-awards/2012-category-1b-new-construction-major-facility/anglican-church-grammar-sir-john-pidgeon-sports-complex )〕 opened by Governor Penelope Wensley in 2010.〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.govhouse.qld.gov.au/the_governor/100807_churchiespch.aspx )〕 In 2011, Morris Hall, the school's "spiritual heart", was upgraded and expanded and the adjacent quadrangle, Magnus Quad, was also relandscaped.〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://cefpi.org.au/awards/2012-awards/2012-category-2-renovation-/-modernisation/morris-hall,-anglican-church-grammar-school )〕
Churchie celebrated its centenary in 2012.
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