Symbols and Traditions

Through our symbols and traditions we express and strengthen our school’s culture.


Semper Ulterius, Always Further

Our school motto “Semper Ulterius” – ‘Always Further’ captures the essence of the original vision for the school. The school motto is therefore recognised as one of the foundational elements of our school’s unique culture.

The Pelican

The Australian Pelican has the qualities which have enabled the species to thrive including adaptability, strength and cooperation. These qualities make the pelican a thought-provoking symbol for the school.
Pelicans continue to regularly visit Kings Lake, the school wetlands and the local area.

Student Leadership

Students at all year levels have a wealth of opportunities to develop leadership skills through informal and formal leadership roles. The emphasis of student leadership is always in the service of others.


On most Fridays throughout the school year, a full school formal Assembly is held in Founders Hall. Our student focussed assemblies have become an institution in the life of the school.
Assembly celebrates the essence of the school’s culture. Students present the majority of items including musical performances, audio visual presentations and Prefect Speeches. Parents are welcome to attend Assembly.

Major Events

The school has developed a number of signature events which celebrate and express the school’s culture. These are important in building the school community and celebrating the qualities that we hold dear.
Major events include the Year 5 and 6 Mother’s Day Picnic and Father’s Day Breakfast, Year 6 Graduation, House Eisteddfod, Presentation Ball, Foundation Day Concert, School Productions, Presentation Evening and Valedictory Dinner.

The House System

Our House system is named after four community leaders who made positive contributions to the lives of others in our region. The House system is a vehicle for engaging students in sporting and cultural activities and to promote relationships beyond the classroom and across year levels.
One of the flagship events of the year is our House Eisteddfod performing arts competition. This event, while competitive, is a celebration of the performing arts and is one of the most cherished days in the school year. It is an affirmation of fun, connectedness and energetic enthusiasm.

Carnivals and Competitions

The carnivals and competitions which feature as part of the House competition are key traditions in the school’s heritage. They are events which the school greatly anticipates, and they receive strong support from students, staff and parents alike. While there is a spirit of enthusiastic competition, the school encourages a sense of fun, participation and enjoyment on these days.


Through wearing the school uniform students demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and their commitment to the school community.

Our School Family

Goulburn Valley Grammar School was born from the vision of local families. The school community is an extended family which connects people from across Northern country Victoria and Southern NSW.
The strong support from our school community is one of the hallmarks of the school. We can see this in action when parents and extended family regularly attend school assemblies and participate enthusiastically in special events and activities.

Parent Involvement

Parents are actively involved in the school through a range of support groups including the Parents and Friends Association, Mothers Club and Tuckshop.
Many parents are also actively involved in the sporting programme through coaching and managing teams. Others are involved in Productions through costumes and backstage support.

Student Population

Our students come from communities such as Seymour, Nagambie, Benalla, Yarrawonga, Tocumwal, Cobram, Echuca, Kyabram, Euroa and Greater Shepparton. The diversity that exists in the school community is one of its great strengths.