The Early Days
The amalgamated K-12 Co-Educational School opened in 1993 with 43 staff and 488 students, under the leadership of Principal Mr John Scott.
After Mr Scott's retirement in 2004, Mrs Jann Robinson was appointed as the 2nd Principal of St Luke's Grammar School.
In 2016, the Anglican Schools Corporation announced that Loquat Valley Anglican School would become part of St Luke's Grammar School. The School is now known as the St Luke's Grammar School, Bayview Campus and caters for students from Cottage to Year 6.
After Mrs Robinson's retirement in June 2020, Mr Geoff Lancaster was appointed as the 3rd Principal of St Luke's Grammar School.
Since 1993, the School has since grown to over 1200 students and 150 staff, at the Dee Why (Pre-K to Year 12) and Bayview (Pre-K to Year 6) Campuses.
Building work has been extensive on the site at 210 Headland Rd, Dee Why. The first two decades saw the construction of the John Scott Hall, Drama Studio, Junior Centre, Resource Centre (incorporating Library, Administration and TAS classrooms), the Link Building, Year 12 Study Centre, and a four-storey building (incorporating outdoor courts, two-storey car park, multi-purpose space, classrooms and visual art facilities).
In 2014, the School completed the refurbishment of the Senior School, providing more than 20 new classrooms, six state-of the art Science Laboratories, outdoor walkways and landscaping and a totally re-developed Quadrangle for Senior students, The Bennett Quad, and entrance way.
In 2016, the School embarked on the refurbishment of the John Scott Hall in order to create a contemporary air-conditioned performance space and rehearsal room fitted with best-in-class fit-out, acoustics and lighting. And for the first time, the Hall, including the stage, was made fully accessible for the disabled.
In addition as part of this project:
- a dedicated Basketball Training Centre in the industrial units adjacent to the Uniform Shop was completed mid-2016
- a new Music Precinct with three new and flexible music rooms, six practice rooms, improved facilities and soundproofed individual tuition rooms is being created, and
- the Canteen was redeveloped with a commercial-grade kitchen
At the Bayview Campus over the 2016 - 2017 summer vacation, building works were completed to:
- create a new Learning Hub (Library and associated areas)
- create a separate new student Resource Centre, designed as an Open Learning Space
- renovate the main entrance facade, and
- update the entrance and administration area.
In 2019, the School announced the Masterplan for 2020 to 2030, which sees the redevelopment of the iconic Office Works / Fitness First buildings at 800 Pittwater Rd, into a Senior Campus for students in Years 10-12. The Masterplan also outlines the School's plans for the refurbishment of the business units at 224 Headland Rd into a Sport Facility containing 2 Basketball Courts.
In 2020, a brand new 4-storey Junior School building was completed at the Dee Why Campus. This 4-storey building contains multiple purpose-built flexible learning spaces, fostering both collaborative and independent learning and providing an inspiring environment where students can flourish.
- Strong Academic Curriculum - A core focus of St Luke’s is ‘learning’. The new Junior Learning Precinct will ensure progress in literacy and numeracy remains a priority for every student. Classrooms that open onto generous outdoor spaces will accommodate our commitment to empowering students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder, and will provide for inquiry and project-based learning.
- Purposeful Flexibility - Breakout rooms, small-group learning nooks and acoustic treatment will enable purposeful learning design that equips students to learn in a variety of modes. Our Learning Enhancement team and Specialised Teaching staff will further contribute to lower student to teacher ratios, providing for the needs and styles of each individual and group.
- Playgrounds Designed to Stimulate Learning - Our upper-level will feature large outdoor play areas, a trike track and garden beds for our youngest students. The grounds surrounding the building are designed to build students’ core strength while stimulating play-based learning and exploration.
2020 also saw the development of two brand new Food Technology Labs, an additional Science Lab, and several new classrooms for both Junior and Senior students, including a Music Room and multiple break-out and meeting rooms.
Leadership & Vision
Mr John Scott was the founding Principal of St Luke’s Grammar School, joining the School in 1993. With John Scott's retirement at the end of 2004, Mrs Jann Robinson assumed leadership of the School. Mrs Robinson brought in new Strategic Plans to take the School into its next stage, focused on the theme of students 'making a difference in the world'.
In 2007 Mrs Robinson introduced a whole School pedagogical framework to differentiate the curriculum, while subject choices were expanded to cater for the interests and abilities of the students. In 2014, the new teaching and learning framework, LEARNING@STLUKE'S, was launched. The framework moves beyond the traditional approach to learning, to combine the acquisition of content knowledge with the development of character. Within the framework, St Luke's identified 5 Rs associated with learning. Powerful learners display capacities associated with Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reciprocity, Reflectiveness and Restoration.
In June 2020, after 15 years of distinguished leadership, Mrs Robinson retired.
In July 2020, Mr Geoff Lancaster commenced as the third Principal of St Luke's Grammar School. Mr Lancaster, a future-focused and innovative educator, is committed to ensuring that St Luke’s continues to offer all students the opportunity to find their passion and pursue it – in any field of endeavour.
Since its foundation in 1993, the School's academic profile has been strengthened. Due to the outstanding HSC results of the Class of 2020, the School achieved the ranking of "Top Independent School on the Northern Beaches" for the 8th consecutive year, and placed 24th in the State overall.
In addition, St Luke's has further developed its Christian culture through the introduction of the LIGHT Tours (Learning In God's Hope Together), both locally and internationally, which sees students travelling to remote locations in the Northern Territory and to Fiji, Cambodia and Africa. There has been an expansion of the Chaplaincy department, significant development in the integrated use of technology across the School and major growth in sports, performing arts and co-curricular activities and opportunities.