Halberton Girls' Grammar School

from Sandringham and District Historical Society

Halberton Girls' Grammar School has been established at Sylvia Crescent, Black Rock, to meet the growing need for a girls' school in the district. The situation of the school is an ideal one, being at the tram terminus, and within one hundred yards of the beach.

The school course is from kindergarten to leaving certificate honours, and the aim of the school is to provide a thorough training in all subjects, particularly in the junior school, where the foundation of all work is laid. The work is so graded that pupils may pass without difficulty to intermediate and leaving standards, and thence to University. If university work is not intended for pupils, the principal will co-operate with parents in preparing in the early stages for later careers.

All work is under the personal supervision of the principal, Miss Russell BA, who is a certificated primary and secondary teacher, with many years experience in teaching and management of sport in leading public and private schools in Victoria. Miss Russell also had complete control of a day and boarding school for girls during the illness of the principal, while her experience as a university coach enables children's individual difficulties to be detected and overcome.

A special feature of the school course is a daily training in voice production. A short time each day is devoted to the correct production of the speaking voice, so that all pupils learn to speak and read correctly and fluently. This is not an extra subject, and pupils who wish special training in elocution and dramatic work may join the elocution class.

Sandringham News 26.1.1934 p8