Commencement
Information Portal

Year 8 to Year 11 2024

The Illawarra Grammar School takes students from strength to strength, in life and in learning.

Welcome

We are delighted that you will be joining TIGS. This resource will provide all the necessary information to ensure a smooth transition into the Senior School.

Should you require any additional information, please contact our Enrolments team on +61 2 4220 0216 or email enrolments@tigs.nsw.edu.au.

Bell times

8.40am Period 1
9.40am Period 2
10.40am Recess
11.10am Wellbeing, Assembly, Chapel
11.40am Period 3
12.40pm Lunch
1.15pm Period 4
2.10pm Period 5
3.10pm School day concludes

Bell times may be subject to change during important events throughout the year. Information will be issued to families in advance to notify if there are any changes to the regular schedule.

After hours

The Goodhew Research Centre (Library) is open after school until 5.00pm on Monday to Thursday, and 4.00pm on Friday for students to undertake study, co-curricular activities, or tutoring.

Canteen

Students at TlGS can order their lunch from the Canteen or purchase it over the counter. TIGS uses www.flexischools.com.au for an online lunch ordering service.

Communication

The School uses two online platforms to manage communication and provide access to information ‑ OLLE and Consent2Go.  From submitting consent to attend excursions, to recording school attendance, or finding information on upcoming events, we have covered all bases to ensure there is a regular stream of communication between the school and our students and families. 

  • New parents will receive login information to access these platforms prior to commencement. 

  • New students will receive access to OLLE upon commencement.

OLLE 

OLLE is a powerful online learning environment resource that allows easy access to information needed to care for each student individually. OLLE allows parents to access information about their child/ren in a convenient and timely manner.  Information available includes student timetables, assessment tasks, academic reporting, student absences, school news and notices.

OLLE can be accessed via the TIGS Portal using your password from any computer with internet access. You can also change your password from the link on the TIGS Portal https://portal.tigs.nsw.edu.au/#parent

OLLE is also available in the App Store on all mobile devices.

Consent2Go 

At TIGS, we don’t send our students home with handwritten notes or permission slips. The simple platform Consent2Go, helps us automate the process and makes it easier for parents to view upcoming events, excursions and incursions and submit their child’s permissions online. Parents can also update their contact details via Consent2Go. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

Private Music Lessons

At The Illawarra Grammar School we have a team of experienced instrumental tutors who can enhance and strengthen your child’s proficiency and love of music. Music, like sport, needs practise and a coach or mentor who can offer a helping hand to unravel its complexities.

We offer private lessons across a wide variety of instruments; a full list is detailed in the application form below.

Lessons are conducted on campus throughout the school day, with some tutors also offering before and after school options.

For 2024, we ask any families wishing to participate to complete the online application form.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Tutor Coordinator, Ms Rowena Harris, via email if you have any questions regarding the Tuition Programme: instrumentaltutors@tigs.nsw.edu.au.

Brody Toombs
Head of The Arts

Term dates

Term I Thursday 1 February 2024 to Friday 12 April 2024
Term II Monday 29 April 2024 to Friday 28 June 2024
Term III Tuesday 23 July 2024 to Friday 27 September 2024
Term IV Monday 14 October 2024 to Wednesday 11 December 2024

Textbooks and stationery

Campion helps to provide TIGS students with a streamlined service to purchase textbooks and other resources. Textbook orders will be delivered by courier to your home or work address as directed by you. When ordering via the Campion website, please use the TIGS code is 3RKD.

The calculator required for Mathematics at TIGS is the Casio FX8200AU.  This can be purchased via Campion or at Officeworks.

Technology

At TIGS, we believe there is no substitute for sound teaching and learning practices but we also recognise the importance of technology. As we prepare students for life in the 21st century we must equip them with the skills to utilise technology responsibly and empower them for lifelong learning.

To do this effectively, we have adopted a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) policy for students in Years 7 to 12. We believe that placing the technology of choice into the hands of our students provides the opportunity for individualised learning, increases independence, and promotes self-initiated learning within and beyond the classroom.

The BYOD policy allows students to use the device with which they are most comfortable and with which learning will be most effective. Recognising the importance of choice, we do not recommend specific brands and models of devices.

On commencement, student laptops will need to be connected to TIGS wireless and a security certificate installed. TIGS needs Administrator Access to each student’s laptop to achieve this. Please ensure that:

  • Students have administrative rights to their computers to install crucial programmes at school.
  • Students’ accounts are changed to an admin account or a new account is created for them that has admin rights.

Further information on the minimum requirements to which each device should conform can be found below. 

Transport

We offer a variety of convenient transport options to assist in bringing your child to and from school each day. Need help to determine which service is right for you?

Private bus service

Our door-to-door private bus service offers peace of mind and convenience for busy families, especially if you have young children or live off the beaten track. This service runs from Stanwell Park to Nowra, with expert and accredited drivers operating TIGS own private bus fleet. Registrations for TIGS private bus fleet can be made below.

Train station transfers

Students can use the public transportation services to get from neighbouring suburbs to Wollongong Train Station.  A chartered bus then provides a bus transfer service from Wollongong Train Station each morning and afternoon to TIGS. These buses are for students only and can be accessed with an OPAL card.

Chartered buses

Chartered buses operate through many areas from Tarrawanna to Kiama.  All services are for TIGS students only and can be accessed with an OPAL card.

Late afternoon bus

The School operates a free late private bus service for Senior School students, leaving the School at 5.00pm from the Illawarra Grammar Centre (Powell Street entrance). This service operates from Monday to Thursday and is free of charge, however, bookings are essential.

For students travelling north, this service travels along the Princes Highway to Austinmer (with drop off at Austinmer shops and railway station), stopping at all fixed bus stops on the route.

For students southbound, this service travels along the expressway to Yallah (being the first drop-off point) then continues along the Princes Highway to Kiama (Hindmarsh Park) and the railway station. Registrations for TIGS late afternoon bus service can be made below.

For more information on your child’s transport options, please download our Transport brochure below.

Uniform

TIGS students wear their uniforms with pride, representing the rich history of the school and community. The Uniform Shop is located on Western Avenue and is an outlet of Perm-A-Pleat Schoolwear, a Western Australian family business that supplies uniforms to schools throughout Australia. Parking is usually available in the Visitor’s carpark off Western Avenue.

All new student fit-outs are by appointment only. If you have not used the system before, you will need to register and be emailed a PIN.

Uniform Shop

Trading hours – Tuesday and Thursday, 8.30am to 4.00pm

July School Holiday Trading hours –

Tuesday 16 July and Thursday 18 July, 8.30am-4.00pm

Saturday 20 July, 8.30am-12.30pm

Students wear summer uniform during Terms I and IV, and winter uniform during Term II and III.

Sport uniform is also required and worn to sports carnivals, gala days and during PDHPE classes. For more information about the uniform, pricing and guidelines, please follow the links below.

Online ordering

If you prefer to place an order online or are re-ordering items, you can do so via the link below. Please note, we do urge new students to arrange a try-on first and the style and fit of TIGS uniforms may vary.

Select the uniform items and at check out select your preferred collection location.


Second Hand Uniform Shop

Trading hours – Thursday, 8.30am to 10.30am

July School Holiday Trading hours –

Thursday 18 July 9.00am-10.30am and Saturday 20 July 9.00am-10.00am.

The Second Hand Uniform Shop is located in the demountable building behind the Uniform Shop on Western Avenue.

With a good supply of most uniform pieces and welcoming all donations in clean, good condition.

All money raised by the P&F volunteers from the Second Hand Uniform Shop is donated back to the School to support purchases that benefit our children.

Haven’t found what you’re looking for?

Need more information before you start your first day at TIGS? Submit an enquiry below and a member of our Enrolments Team will get back to you at their earliest convenience.