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BRIGHTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL COMMUNITY JOURNAL
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A firm handshake and making eye contact are pivotal to effective communication and engagement and a part of the BGS way. Engagement is a key theme at BGS in the classrooms but also engagement more broadly â€“ in the outdoors, on the stage and on the sportingÂ field. Through our Crowther Centre, we have engaged parents via Parent Workshops and Position Papers, and have more recently launched the Understanding Boys podcastÂ series. We know this is important because research shows that, for most students, support from their parents and families is a key factor in them doing well at school and is an important foundation for their future.
Ross Featherston Headmaster
Student engagement The 2019 Year 12 students chose the theme Unlock the Dance as the legacy to leave for the School. Our Captains explain what this means to them. Unlock the Dance − a concept that can be interpreted, viewed and judged very differently among everyone within the Tonners family. This is why it is so powerful. I view Unlock the Dance as an opportunity, a chance, an experience, in order to achieve and strive for your potential and better improve yourself as an individual, but also as a cohesive group in the community of Brighton Grammar. However, the Legacy Project for 2019 means so much more than simply this. For me, it represents making the moments matter throughout your schooling journey, embracing new opportunities, trying new things and learning and growing as an individual. Thinking about the significance of this catchy phrase really resonates with me as I reminisce on my time at BGS, as the class of 2019, and as my time at the School is quickly coming to an end. This phrase has become a goal for me, along with my academics and my sport, as an opportunity to have no regrets, and by doing this aim to leave the School in a better place than it was prior. Noah McGrath Captain of School
Student leaders unfurl the Unlock the Dance banner to students and staff
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Over the past few years, I’ve set myself a goal to receive a placement at an Ivy League school in the United States. Alongside my passion for rowing and the drive to push myself beyond my limits, academically and athletically. I see this as a true opportunity to not only ‘unlock my dance’ but grasp an opportunity that will provide me the keys to success in the future. My dance moment(s) in this instance, are those whereby I take each step closer to achieving my goal, such as improved academic grades or improved boat speed on the water. With the back of my fellow tonners supporting me, I know that any dance moment I strive for, I can achieve. Martin Kulesza Vice−Captain of School
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We all know that learning is greatly enhanced when we are engaged and motivated, and a major part of engaging the boys is developing a sense of connection with their new school community.
Local knowledge leads to engagement ‘To learn a new language is to have one more window from which to look at the world’ (Chinese proverb) Learning a language is a complex process, which involves a multitude of skills, considerable time, patience and practice, as well as a good dose of courage and bravery. So how do you balance engagement for students who are still learning to communicate effectively in a new language? The arrival in a new country is a major transition which often involves learning a new language, routines, understanding cultural differences and approaches. This can be incredibly daunting for international students at BGS, yet they display courage and bravery daily as they develop their English skills. It is both encouraging and reassuring to see boys quickly adapt to their new surroundings, using other strategies to communicate and engage when language barriers arise. Regardless of their age, the boys find alternative ways of communicating and participating and are supported by their teachers and class mates. Language learning is a complex communication system with many interrelating linguistic elements. Vocabulary forms a major part of learning activities, as well as grammar and spelling patterns. EAL (English as an Additional Language) sessions are designed to develop the boys’ skills in
reading, writing, speaking and listening in a supportive, small group environment. Learning is greatly enhanced when students are engaged and motivated. Students are involved in many aspects of school life, including music, sport and drama. Boys develop the skills to enable them to participate in debating and the poetry competition. Earlier this year, EAL boys enjoyed learning some basic AFL skills as well as the fundamental rules of the game, creating new opportunities to develop greater connections with their peers and feel a part of the school community. It takes time to develop social and academic language, and I feel very privileged to witness the progress of the EAL boys and to see them engage with life at BGS. Cat Rossiter EAL Teacher (Prep–Year 6) SPRING 2019 7
Engaging boys through drama Dramatic story telling is a powerful way to engage boys, not only in drama but reading as well.
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The Year 2 boys have been taking turns to act out parts of the story Dirtie Bertie, Pirate by Alan MacDonald and delighting in watching each other change their facial expressions and body language to become a character. As the boys listen to the story, new characters are added and the boys need to interact in a meaningful way with new characters and the audience. Exploring a story in this
forum creates powerful visual imagery and allows vocabulary to be introduced and analysed in a meaningfulÂ way. Visual imagery and vocabulary development are two essential skills needed for an appreciation of reading. So while the boys are having a lot of fun acting as Dirtie Bertie and his crew, they are also being exposed to skills that will help them further engage with and enjoy reading. Jessica Taylor Drama Teacher (Prep â€“ Year 6)
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Crowther – a place of exchange The Understanding Boys podcast series is another way that the School engages with our parent, and the wider BGS community. Through a series of podcasts, Deputy Headmaster and Head of Crowther, Dr Ray Swann, has conversations with guests from a variety of fields including former CEO of World Vision Australia, Rev Tim Costello; stage and screen actor, Lisa McCune; and parent educator, Steve Biddulph AM. Dr Swann asks our guests two central questions: What does it take to be a good man these days? If you had a story that you could tell a 14 year old boy (and he’d listen), what would that story be? Dr Swann’s excellent work at BGS has led him to be recognised by The Educator Magazine as one of Australia’s top 50 educators who are leading the nation’s schools into the 21st century. He is on The Educator’s Hotlist 2019 as one of 50 candidates who ‘represent the cutting edge of educational excellence’. By using his experience and PhD in medical education, Dr Swann and his team of educators have developed a wellbeing program for the School to better support the community and become a place to exchange. The aim is to promote and develop healthy, balanced minds and habits for not only the students, but parents and staff too. The program: • Helps parents to understand the important of wellbeing and gives them the confidence to freely exchange ideas • Encourages staff and students to engage in better dialogue and shared understandings 10 SPRING 2019
BGS hosts leading academics and educators for the ResearchED conference
• Focuses on building a collective target culture • Allows experts to support change and develop meaningful artifacts and processes to impact the School, its students and the broader community. Initiatives to date include: • Launching BioDash, a world first program, developed with Melbourne University’s Centre for Positive Psychology to improve wellbeing for students • Launch of Understanding Boys podcast series ranking Top 10 under parenting podcasts on iTunes in Australia
• Engaging global best−seller James Kerr (author of Legacy) to build culture through a student−led vision for belonging, and to improve engagement in learning • Developing the Positive Masculinity Framework with Orygen: The Centre for Youth Mental Health; a project attracting international support that uses a best practice model to help young men and boys develop into respectful men, ready to flourish in our community
This recognition for Dr Ray Swann and the Crowther team is a unique opportunity to share these advances of the School with the broader community and drive support towards advancing educational practices for all.
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Mentoring does matter It is a joy to watch the Year 11 student coaches and Year 6 coachees engage in deep conversation as they make their way from Chapel at St. Andrew’s end to the Wellbeing Centre on Fridays. After some familiarisation activities earlier this year, the student coaches have led their coachees through conversations to establish a personal learning goal. The goals they have selected vary from improving mathematic skills to building more focus in class. It is heartening to see each Year 11 student coach show genuine concern and support his coachee to meet their selected goal. Together they consider possible actions, decide on an approach and discuss strategies for making it reality. As a school, we have been successfully engaged in adult coaching with teaching staff for many years. In Term 1, through the Leading and Learning program, all Year 11 boys engaged in reciprocal coaching training. 18 of these students have self−nominated to support a Year 6 student across Terms 2, 3 and 4. These students were further trained to coach younger students around learning, sporting, cultural or social goals using the Growth Coaching approach.
Around five times each term, the Year 11 student coaches check in with the Year 6 boys to discuss progress, refine approaches to challenges and set new goals. Ongoing training and support is provided for the student coaches between coaching sessions. Highlights have been many, including the positive impact on the student coaches themselves. Students are more confident in their approach; they are better listeners and are more empathetic of others as they work towards their goals. The Year 6 students are enthusiastic to regularly meet their coaches and share their exciting progress against their goals. We know coaching works with adults. It is great to see this learning approach being so readily adopted by students.
Brent Brickhill Instructional Coach
Year 11 coaches with Year 6 students
The culture of giving continues to grow at Brighton Grammar School. This was evident as the community came together in an extraordinary way to support the School’s scholarship program through this year’s Annual Giving Appeal, Creating Brighter Futures. In just five days, 320 members of the BGS community raised a total of $339,140 to support the scholarship program. This is an incredible result that has assisted in providing more boys, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, a BGS education. The support of the BGS community over the recent years has meant that 12 means− tested scholarships have been brought to life. ‘Without this scholarship, I would never have been able to come to BGS and excel. It has changed my direction by giving me an opportunity.’ – Remy Bednarski, 2017 Annual Giving Appeal Scholarship Recipient
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We look forward to continuing to increase the number of means−tested scholarships and offering more boys this life changing opportunity in the future. Thank you to everyone who has supported this year’s Appeal, you have undoubtedly helped to transform lives. Hayley Galloway Advancement Manager
Family engagement leads to student success
Brighton Grammar has always valued and encouraged its three−cornered partnership (school, student, parent) approach to learning. Now research has shown that this approach can have a significant positive impact on a student’s learning and wellbeing. At a parent engagement summit in Queensland in September, Independent Schools Queensland executive director, David Robertson, reported that 40 years of research had shown that student outcomes and wellbeing were maximised when parents were not simply involved in their child’s school, but were actively engaged in supporting their learning. The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) surveyed young people on parent engagement and doing well at school. Key takeaways for parents were to be positive, supportive, encouraging and practical with advice. ARACY CEO Penny Dakin said when families and communities get involved in a child’s education, the evidence shows students do better in multiple ways.
‘Along with educational achievement, parent engagement is linked to a range of positive student behaviours such as more regular school attendance, better social skills and improved behaviour, and better engagement in school work.’ ‘And we now know from our research that when having these conversations there are four key ingredients that will let your child know you are keen for them to do well and that you’re ready to help in the way that they need.’ Just some of the ways BGS engages with parents: • • • • • • • • • • •
Parent Student Teacher Discussions Crowther Parent Workshop program Crowther Parent Position Papers Understanding Boys website Understanding Boys podcast series First Horizon program Information nights Parent/student weekend programs School Information Tool survey Classroom parent helper program Parent groups – JPG, BGSPG SPRING 2019 15
Can entrepreneurship be taught? CEO of Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, Georgia McDonald, guest speaker at the BGS Business Breakfast in May, believes so and, at BGS, we think the answer is a resounding yes. The best example of where this comes to life is through our iDesign project undertaken by all Year 8s. The School has been talking with the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship at The University of Melbourne for some time about how we can bring entrepreneurship to all students in a meaningful way. Our relationship is deepening on a number of levels. Peter Drucker, management education expert: ‘Entrepreneurship is not magic, it is not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with genes. It is a discipline. And like any discipline it can be learned.’ A number of staff members have undertaken the Startup Sprint professional learning program, and have gained experience and confidence in teaching entrepreneurship to students. In Term 2, a group of Year 9 boys spent a whole week at the Wade Institute, working with BGS staff and Wade students on solving human− centred design problems. The School is committed to equipping our boys with the skills they need to be Australia’s next generation of thinkers, doers and creative problem solvers.
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Entrepreneurship is not magic, it is not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with genes. It is a discipline. And like any discipline it can be learned.
Peter Drucker, management education expert
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Ethan Calcatjicos and Stirling Findlay
The gift of giving Best friends Ethan Calcatjicos and Stirling Findlay, both Year 10 boys, recently had a joint 16th birthday. Instead of gifts, the boys asked guests attending to bring $10 to donate to the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation.
Karen Anscombe, Operations Manager for RCD Foundation commented, ‘We feel so strongly about encouraging the young people we need, to help young people in need – Ethan and Stirling embody this spirit and we are profoundly grateful.’
Ethan and Stirling, through their initiative and the generosity of their friends and family, raised $1,360.
Ethan and Stirling also took part in this year’s Connor’s Run.
Martial arts unleashes boys’ potential The Year 8 boys have been learning to unleash their potential by training in Chinese martial arts. The practice of martial arts is not about being better than someone else; rather, it is about bettering oneself and developing one’s own mind and body. By providing this experience as part of their Mandarin classes, the boys will learn to accept their imperfections, become more courageous, and set their minds to strive for their personal best. Boys learn martial arts Learning martial arts together with such an inspiring coach increases the boys’ sense of self−esteem and self−respect, leading them to build deeper friendships with each other. Linda Chen Mandarin Teacher (Years 5–8)
ANNA NDALE GY M PROGRA M Brighton Grammar’s Annandale Gym is almost through its first full year, with the Strength and Conditioning team achieving positive results for the boys in the physical wellbeing space.
For those boys who train to compete, the aim is for them to have the skills to enter a higher sports program, potentially at the elite level, and be able to physically impact that program immediately.
The program aims to improve the sporting experience and physical wellbeing of students from Years 7 to 12 through passionate and knowledgeable coaching, to develop, inspire and guide a boy on his journey to manhood.
There has been great interest in the program, with boys seeing great physical improvements in strength, power, endurance, health benefits, with a decreased risk of getting injured.
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There are also potential mental health benefits of improved self−efficacy, confidence, wellbeing, resilience and energy. Ian Miller Head of Strength and Conditioning
Preps with Headmaster Ross Featherston, Deputy Headmaster, Head of Junior School Peter Tellefson and Prep teachers Samara Madden and Paul Strain
100 days of Prep Prep students celebrated 100 days of Prep by completing 100 themed activities, which highlighted the skills and knowledge they have developed since the start of theÂ year. The first 100 days of Prep are a steep learning period for the boys. There are new faces, routines, places and skills to take on board. The Prep boys of 2019 have learnt to be more independent, engaged and are always ready for theÂ next challenge.
Whole school choral concert The pride, passion, spirit and sense of community resonated through St. Andrew’s Church for the inaugural whole school’s Choral concert. BGS provides a variety of experiences through its Music program enabling the boys to express themselves creatively and celebrate their talents amongst peers. Music plays an important role in shaping the culture of our School and the standard of music at BGS is impressive. The Journey Concerts are an excellent opportunity for the boys and parents to see the opportunities provided across the Junior and Secondary School.
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A highlight of the evening was Borwick House Choir as they performed under the direction of Sean O’Boyle AM. Sean is a BGS Old Boy, a member of the School’s Hall of Fame and a world−renowned composer and conductor. The boys were very fortunate to work with Sean in a number of workshops via Skype and in person in preparation for their ‘world premier’ performance. Featured soloists included Zach Murphy, Nicholas Galinas and Trent Vincent. The concert provided another avenue for parents to engage in their son’s learning. Kurt Abell Acting Director of Music
BGS/FGS taskForce AWaRE
BGS and FGS students
Both Brighton Grammar and Firbank Grammar are Lead Respectful Relationships Schools. The core focus on all combined activities is to ensure students extend their knowledge of the foundations of respectful relationships and put them into practice. Year 9 students from both schools participated in the TaskForce AWaRE (Alcohol: Wellbeing and Risk Education) program where they learnt about the short and long term physical and mental harm associated with alcohol consumption.
The students came away from the presentation equipped with a greater understanding of the impacts of alcohol, as well as practical strategies to manage peer pressure and minimise harm. Following the presentation, the BGS and FGS prefects ran fun and engaging activities designed to have the students thinking and moving together, whilst strengthening their connections and relationships with eachÂ other. Danielle Wolff Secondary School Psychologist (Years 7â€“8)
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Excellent conversations BGS introduced coaching six years ago to increase student engagement, which research shows is a prerequisite to learning success. Over a coaching cycle, teachers have improved student engagement from 70 to 85 per cent, the equivalent of increasing teaching time by up to 20 per cent and making a significant difference to student outcomes. Staff meet weekly with staff coaches who conduct training, to discuss their teaching practices and to find ways to improve them. More than 80 per cent of the teaching staff at BGS have worked with a coach over the last two and a half years. With Raelene Plozza as her coach, Adrienne Mewett has been able to try different strategies with her classes and experiment in a way she might not have been able to do on her own. Adrienne is clearly excited by the opportunities offered by the coaching program – to collaborate with other teachers, try out new practices and improve her own skills. She has never felt judged during the process, she says, because the focus of the program is staff working together for the benefit of the boys. Year 5 Teacher Cindy van Dijk has taught at BGS for 15 years and has trained as a coach with Dr Jim Knight from the University of Kansas, on whose research the techniques are based. She believes that coaching is about ‘excellent conversations’. The teaching staff recognise the valuable opportunity that BGS is offering through the coaching program, and they’re making the most of it. ‘Teachers tend to be the type of people who are keen to improve,’ she says. Through coaching, they’re experiencing tangible improvements in the classroom and seeing the evidence in the boys’ results. Surely this, after all, is what teaching is about. Adrienne Mewett, left, with her coach Raelene Plozza
Adrienne Mewett, left, with her coach Raelene Plozza
Connecting with the community Community Service is an integral part of a boy’s time at Brighton Grammar. Every one of our Year 9 students attend a service program, with many of the programs leading to ongoing projects such as the Brighton Grammar Keep Cup (currently in development), an initiative from this year’s Melbourne Environmental program. These programs also help to form and build relationships; we have now been visiting the Pormpuraaw community in Cape York for the last five years, a wonderful partnership which continues to grow. BGS boys, staff and families fundraise for many great causes, including Connor’s Run, raising money for the RCD Foundation in memory of Connor, who was a much loved and missed member of our community. Armstrong House organised a Winter Appeal this year, raising money and awareness of homeless people in our community, particularly timely in a week where car windshields needed defrosting. It is important to keep sight of the fact that community service is so much more than donating money for a great cause. It is about making connections within communities and raising awareness of issues. These connections help develop empathy and understanding for others.
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BGS is continuing to grow the participation of the boys in active service. A number of new initiatives have been launched this year including a gardening project with Bayley House, a local organisation providing support for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Exciting and worthwhile initiatives including the Smith Family student2student reading program are also scheduled for next year.
Peter Shepard Deputy Head of Secondary School (Years 9−10)
Dixon House leaders shop for goods for St KildaÂ Mums
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Picture this Six figures stand huddled around the light. It’s minus 2 degrees, and the fog is setting in. The boys have finally gone to bed after a day of travel, experience, engagement, and seeing powerful life changing images from Parliament House and The Australian War Memorial. Each teacher comments on the day and the boys in their care − what they saw, the social exchanges. Did we unpack the behaviour at dinner well enough? How is this boy travelling do you think? How can we encourage the boys to engage more in conversation with each other? 28 SPRING 2019
I can feel the cold creeping in. The staff do a final sweep across the cabins to make sure that all boys are soundly asleep. Mr Tellefson gives the nod and we start to walk back to our own cabins and I’m filled with thoughts of the day. About these young men, full of hope, learning about our country in the nation’s capital. The teachers’ watchful eyes. The laughter. Kick to kick in a garden outside Old Parliament House. Their looks of reverence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Is there a better job in the world than this – to help form young men of character, purpose and integrity? Dr Ray Swann Deputy Headmaster, Head of Crowther
Jared back on stage BGS Director of Music Jared Furtado always knew he’d be a teacher, but the ‘rush’ he gets from performing has drawn him back to the stage. Ten years after his last show (Jerry Springer the Opera at the Sydney Opera House), Jared has landed a lead role in Chicago the Musical, which is playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Since studying at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Edith Cowan University, Jared has appeared in many musicals, including Rent and Hair, and had wide performance experience. He brings this experience into his classroom teaching and his choral work at BGS. He has also produced the Year 6 musical for the last eight years – no small task but he loves it. For some boys, this production is possibly the only time in their lives that they will have the opportunity to be on stage. Jared says that, in production week, ‘You can really see the students get their heads around the final product’. Jared brings everything that he’s been taught about the craft of musical performance back to his teaching, and he’s looking forward to returning to BGS post−Chicago with some new inspiration for his students. SPRING 2019 29
The most important quality to develop in your son Through Understanding Boys, the Crowther team surveyed BGS parents on their thoughts of the most important quality to develop in their sons. The result? Not resilience, or perhaps a good character, but the single greatest factor in the survey was kindness. Peterson and Seligman (2004) lists kindness as one of the ‘character strengths and virtues’. They talk about how boys with this quality see others as equal, that they care for the suffering, helping all others and see themselves as part of a community. As part of the curriculum, the School provides boys with many opportunities to take part in service programs and show compassion for others, such as Ute Full of Food, Year 9 service journeys, mentoring and coaching, Connor’s Run and work at our brother school in PNG.
L-R Fr Tony Poole, the Headmaster, Noah McGrath, Peter Ickeringill, Sue Leaper
Around the School
The sense of community at BGS was on show when the Annandale Sports Pavilion was officially opened by Walter Annandale Jack’s granddaughter, Sue Leaper earlier this year. The Annandale Pavilion continues to play a key role in the boys’ education at BGS, particularly in relation to their physical wellbeing.
MGS vs BGS pride game Martin Kulesza (School Vice−Captain) joined Louis Butler and Josh le Grice (Co−Captains of Football) at Melbourne Grammar School’s Pride Week Assembly prior to the 4th annual BGS vs MGS Pride Game in August. Captains from both teams proudly display the jumpers worn on the day.
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New BGS bus It’s not often the Headmaster is handed the keys to a brand new mini bus but that’s exactly what happened recently at BGS. With School Vice−Captain, Martin Kulezsa on hand to ensure a smooth handover, John Forbes, General Manager of Brighton Toyota, hands over the keys to Ross Featherston. This is the third minibus Brighton Toyota has gifted to BGS and the School is grateful to Brighton Toyota for its support. L-R Alexi Sakellaris, the Headmaster, John Forbes, Martin Kulezsa
Welcome to country To celebrate NAIDOC week, Steve Parker, one of the traditional owners of the Boon Wurrung people welcomed students and staff to country with a smoking ceremony. Students Cecil Puruntatameri, Kaleb Brogan–Rioli and Mara Lovett−Murray raised the Aboriginal and Australian flags.
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Pink dinner The women of BGS helped to raise $26,000 for the St Kildaâ€™s Mums charity at the recent Pink Dinner. Secondary School students of Dixon House have adopted the same charity for their fundraising appeal and are working with St Kilda Mums on how they can help further in 2020.
Matthew Wardell (Head of VCD) and his partner Tiffany welcomed Henry Lewis on 31 July 2019.
Jack Hollingsworth (Science Teacher) and his partner Jessica welcomed Arlo Ielpherid on 2 August 2019.
Rob Hanley (Humanities Coordinator) and his partner Bessie welcomed Koa Jayce on 1 March 2019. Matthew McLellan (Mathematics Coordinator Years 10−12) and Steph McLellan (Head of Mathematics Years 9 −10) welcomed Oliver Marcel on 7 February 2019.
Engagements Nicole Clark (Head of House Years 7−8) and Dominic Matarazzo celebrated their engagement in Hawaii on 30 June 2019.
Mark Dowley, A rising star
New role for James
Director of Staff Development, Mark Dowley has been recognised as one of 20 ‘up and coming trailblazers’ nationwide in The Educator’s Rising Star awards for 2019. Since joining BGS in 2017, Mark has been instrumental in implementing the School’s cutting−edge Instructional Coaching program from ELC to VCE. Mark has improved, and continues to improve, the learning outcomes for BGS students by collecting the School’s own data as well as accessing external research to ensure that our practices are progressive and evidence− informed. He has played a key role in creating and implementing the School’s Effective Learner model, which is used in every classroom by every member of staff and every student.
James Hilditch has been appointed Indigenous and Cultural Development Coordinator at BGS. In this role, James has oversight and development of a number of key projects and programs as well as continuing to build the School’s relationships with communities, both locally and interstate. James heads up the Year 10 First Horizon program which marks the transition of boys into emerging young men. As part of the Crowther team, James works closely with Indigenous mentor Nathan Lovett−Murray, the Wellbeing team, and the Outdoor Ed department. James has been a frequent visitor to our sister school in Pormpuraaw in recent years and, thanks to his commitment and dedication to the program, he has been adopted as a ‘second son’ by Cecilia, a Kugu traditional owner. SPRING 2019
Australian Corporate Triathlon
L-R Christian Machar, Aline McDonald, Christian Neeson, Dr Ray Swann, Mark Dowley, Dr Rachel Horton.
In hot and trying conditions, Dr Ray Swann, Dr Rachel Horton, Christian Machar, Mark Dowley, Christian Neeson and Aline MacDonald, competed as two teams of three in the Australian Corporate Triathlon atÂ Elwood. Each team member completed a full triathlon in relay format that included a 400m swim, 10km bike ride and 4km run. The two teams finished 26th and 66th out of 300 teams in the mixed category, with all members eager to return next year.
L-R Oliver Disney, Pearson Grant, Dr Rachel Horton, Christian Machar.
Dr Rachel Horton and Christian Machar backed up their triathlon feats when they competed in the Surf Coast Century 100k Ultra Marathon with Year 10 students Pearson Grant and Oliver Disney. The four formed two teams to complete this challenging course. Our teachers came fourth in the mixed teams in 12 hours 30 minutes while students Pearson and Oliver were the third male team across all age levelsin just over 12 hours. Both teamsâ€™ efforts were sensational and the four are an inspiration to fellow students and colleagues.
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Taking on a new challenge Director of ICT Sandra Maher took on the challenge of over 35 womens’ football this year. She tells Meliora that it’s never too late to learn a new skill. ‘Having two primary aged sons who love footy and soccer, I’ve spent forever kicking balls around in the backyard or with one or the other. I wanted to show them that it is never too late to learn something new, and it is ok to try it and start at the bottom. You definitely may not feel fearless but you can still be courageous. Sandra Maher
Who knew I was missing all the fun? My sons are thrilled I’ve taken up footy and I have two ready−made little coaches who couldn’t be more supportive. Hopefully now I’ve mastered dropping the footy the right way (thank you Simon McPhee), straighter kicking will eventuate. And yes, Ian Miller, I will come along to more strength classes at Annandale gym so I can avoid injury. I know that my new−found hobby will be a conversation with my boys when they are feeling apprehensive about starting something new, and now I can totally relate. The support, laughs and friendships from the team of incredible women I joined at the Melbourne Masters AFL has provided an unexpected tsunami of joy in my life that I could never have imagined.’ Update: Sandra’s team, Melbourne Masters, won the AFL Masters Womens’ Premiership for 2019. Sandra represented Victoria at the National AFL Masters Carnival in Townsville in September. SPRING 2019 39
Students with Peter Tellefson, Deputy Headmaster and Head of Junior School
Engagement through Literacy Junior School celebrated Book Week, with this year’s theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’. From boys to staff, all embraced the opportunity to dress up and participate in the fun. Secret agents, superheros, bugs and classic characters wandered the school, proudly promoting their enthusiasm for reading; an excellent example of collective efficacy. Engagement was clearly visible during the rotation of activities prepared by
the teachers. Following a reading of one of the shortlisted books, the mixed classes explored and presented a creative interpretation of the story. Book Week is a time to celebrate the enjoyment of reading, share our favourite stories, improve our vocabulary and imagination and escape into other worlds. Reading does indeed give us ‘secret powers’. Joanne Davies Director of Teaching & Learning, Junior School
ELC treasure The ELC 4 Wallaby class were surprised to find ‘treasure’ while on their Beach Kinder walk earlier this year. Sam (ELC4) spied a ring while the group was walking and proclaimed, ‘In my whole life I have never found treasure.’
On the suggestion of Wallaby teacher Kathy Pitt, the boys handed the ring into Bayside Police Station and wrote a letter, explaining how they found the ring and hoped the owner could be found. Well done boys.
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Congratulations to the BGS and FGS student cast members of Anything Goes (Years 10–12 production), Mary Poppins Jr (Years 7−9 production) and Singin’ in the Rain Jr (Year 6 production) for their wonderful performances this year.
O1 Singin’ in the Rain 02 Anything Goes cast 03 Mary Poppins
Year 7 FGS/BGS Combined Activity
Dance is more than exploring different ways to move your body, it is in fact a great way to develop communication skills, teamwork and focus. Our Year 7 boys worked on their dance moves when they joined the Year 7 girls at Firbank Grammar for a fun afternoon of dancing. The Year 7s learned three dance routines which provided a chance for great communication and teamwork as they navigated the new dances. Our thanks to Firbank Grammar staff and students for their hospitality and for leading the session. We look forward to our next combined activity. Nicole Clark Year 7 Head of House
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Youngest ever men’s hockey player selected At just 17, Craig Marais (Year 11) is the youngest player ever to be selected to join the HC Melbourne men’s hockey team, an amazing achievement. The team competes in the national Hockey One League and Craig will play alongside the world’s best hockey players. Craig has been offered a full scholarship with VIS which is an exciting step for him in his hockey pathway.
BGS cricketers in state squad Year 11 students Ben Sexton and Spencer Wood have been selected to the Victorian Metro Under 17 State Squad for Cricket. The boys compete at this year’s Under 17 national championships in Mackay, Queensland. The annual carnival pits the best young talent from each state against one another in a round−robin tournament, and provides an opportunity for players to showcase and develop their talent on the national stage. Ben Sexton and Spencer Wood
Will captains Vic U15 team Will Ashcroft (Year 10) captained the Victorian Schoolboys team for 15 years and under to victory in the School Sport Australia Football Championships in Launceston in August 2019.
World class sailor Up and coming sailor Kylan Thompson (Year 6) took on an international field at the 2019 Cadet Class World Championships in Poland and put in an impressive debut performance. Kylan and his sailing teammate Tom secured a number of top 10 finishes in their races and finished 34th overall in a field of 65 boats, a great result. Kylan Thompson
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Top ranking With two top 10 finishes at international regattas this year, Matty Goss (Year 8) is now ranked in the top 25 junior sailors in the world. Matty finished 6th at the British Nationals from a field of 350 boats, the best performance by an Australian at a British Nationals event. Now he has his sights set on the world championships next year.
State Squads Congratulations to Brad Marais (Hockey), Felix Flockart (AFL), Oscar Lewis (AFL), Joshua Le Grice (AFL), Campbell Tweedie (AFL), Louis Butler (AFL), Hayden Mitchell (Basketball), Jovaan Ugrinovski (Soccer), Jack Clarkson (Soccer) and Noah McGrath (Soccer) on their selection as APS representatives in winter sport teams. Alongside 2018 old boys Devan Nicholls and James Chand, we also congratulate Joshua Canham on his selection into the Melbourne Rebels U19 squad despite being injured for thisÂ season.
Court of Companions
The Court of Companions commemorates those members of staff who, by their devotion and long-term service, have contributed significantly to the advancement of Brighton Grammar School.
Welcome new Court of Companion members Fifty members of the Court of Companions came together in the Bourke Family Function Room to welcome new members Jason Bain, Leigh Drummond, Jess Kenny, Jackie Petley and Cindy van Dijk.
Jason Bain. Jason started his career in the Army, before setting up his own outdoor adventure and management training business. He then entered the Army Reserve, working with the Schoolâ€™s Cadet Unit, before joining BGS. During his time at the School, he has coached numerous sports teams and led 40 odd student trips to PNG. Jason enjoys the challenges that his role of School Marshal brings and he looks forward to every day at BGS. Leigh Drummond. Leighâ€™s teaching career has taken her to a number of schools around Melbourne and to London. After taking early retirement, Leigh undertook voluntary work at Vision Australia and Bayley House. In 1997, Leigh began as a casual relief teacher at BGS and so began 22 very happy years in the role.
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Jess Kenny For Jess, a career highlight has been the opportunity to work in the ELC where she has established programs in Science and ICT. She is a great believer in the value of play and helped develop the weekly ‘Beach Kinder’ program. Another highlight has been watching the little boys she taught grow into ‘beautiful young men’ who always come back for a hug on Valedictory Day.
Jackie Petley Jackie’s initial involvement with BGS was as a parent, with her son Edmund starting in the Junior School in 1998. During those 22 years Jackie was involved with Parents Groups, including President of the JPG and convenor of the Twilight Fair. Jackie oversaw the Share community program before taking on the role of Junior School Library Assistant.
Cindy van Dijk Cindy began her teaching career in South Africa before she and her family moved to Australia. After a stint in the corporate world, Cindy returned to teaching in 2004, as a casual relief teacher for a week, which has now extended to 15 years as a full time teacher. Presently boys in Year 5 are the beneficiaries of Cindy’s dedication, her remarkable rapport with boys, and her abounding enthusiasm for teaching.
Barbara Green Former long−term member of Staff, Barbara Green died in June this year. Barbara was Junior School Art Teacher and Librarian from 1952−72. Most Old Boys would remember Barbara as their Art teacher, who converted an old army hut into an art studio behind the Argyle Building. As Librarian, Barbara instilled a love of books and literature in a generation of BGS boys and for this we remember her with great affection.
Mary Conigrave Mary was Junior School Librarian from 1981−96 and died in late December 2018. Mary had an insatiable love of children’s literature with that amazing knack of being able to choose books that interested boys and excited them to read. Mary worked closely with the Junior School classroom teachers, ensuring that the library appropriately supported the curriculum. Many former Junior School boys would fondly recall stories read to them by Mary.
The Barrie Johns Learning Space Barrie Johnsâ€™s dedicated service as a teacher at BGS from 1985 to 2002 has been recognised with a learning space in the Urwin Centre named after him. Whether teaching Science and Mathematics, coaching cricket and football, organising and managing rowing and water polo teams, supporting disabled students in an honorary capacity, or providing extra lessons to boys at lunchtime or after school, Barrie was the consummate teacher, skilled and always cheerful andÂ enthusiastic. The School thanks Fay Nicholson, and members of the Nicholson and Woodcock families, for their generosity in ensuring that the name of Barrie Johns will always be honoured at Brighton Grammar School.
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The Sequamur Society honours and thanks those members of our community who have confirmed their intention to include Brighton Grammar School in their Will.
Colonel Lachie Thomson AM (OB 1951)
Welcome Colin Neave AM (OB 1961) Colin Neave has been welcomed into the Sequamur Society by Headmaster Ross Featherston. Colin attended BGS from 1949−61 and, after university, held numerous public and private business roles. In 2005 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to public administration and to the banking and finance industry. From 2012 to 2017 Colin was the Australian Commonwealth Ombudsman. Colin regularly attends our OBGS Reunions and is a dedicated Old Brighton Grammarian.
Lachie was a boarder at BGS from 1945 to 1951, before entering Duntroon where he graduated as a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Artillery. At Duntroon, Lachie, a fine pianist, taught himself the clarinet, and with his fellow students formed a jazz band, ‘The Steam Boat Stompers’. Lachie’s outstanding military career included roles as SEATO planning staff member in Bangkok, commander of the 105th Artillery Battery in Vietnam, and Defence Attaché in Bangkok. Lachie’s linguistic ability, style, diplomacy and close relationship with the King of Thailand were significant in Australia’s strong diplomatic relationship with Thailand. In 1988, Lachie was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australia/Thai relations. Lachie passed away on 28 May 2019. Eight of Lachie’s fellow Duntroon graduates and numerous family friends came together at his funeral to celebrate a life lived so well and a man widely loved and respected. We thank Lachie for his bequest to BGS. SPRING 2019 51
Keith Robinson (OB 1945) Keith passed away aged 91 on 12 July 2019, ending a life dedicated to his family, his school and his profession. Joining BGS in 1939 in Year 6, Keith served the School and the OBGS with distinction as President Old Brighton Grammarians’ Football Club 1961−67; President OBGS 1969−71; Member of School Council 1969−71; and OBGS Honorary Life Member. Keith gave selfless support to his friend and former teacher, Harry Zachariah in his later years. Keith was Housing Industry Association’s Victorian President 1982−86; National President 1993−95; and National Board Director 1991−97. He was awarded Life Membership in 1989 and was also a founding member of the Victorian Homeless Fund.
L-R Keith Robinson and Michael Urwin
We thank him for his generous support of the School and OBGS.
Captain Harry Peers (OB 1943) In June this year the School received a bequest from Captain Harry Peers (OB 1943) who died in April. Harry was a student at BGS from 1937 to 1940. He joined the Merchant Navy and enjoyed a distinguished life−long seafaring career. Harry had a great love of BGS and his fellow Old Boys. In 2016 aged 90, Harry was hospitalised but badgered his doctors to give him a ‘three hour leave pass’ to attend the OBGS 50 Years On Reunion Lunch. We thank Harry for his gift to Brighton Grammar School in his Will and his enduring loyalty to his old school. Captain Harry Peers
Contemplating including a gift to the School in your Will? Including a gift to the School in your Will is such a fitting way to show your affection and appreciation for BGS. For a confidential discussion regarding your gift, please contact Peter Toms on 8591 2274 or email@example.com
Graham Kinross Morris
Graham Kinross Morris (OB 1959) Graham passed away in February this year aged 76. It was Graham’s wish that his bequest be directed to the Brighton Grammar School Scholarship Fund. Graham was a BGS student from 1949 to 1957. On leaving school, Graham worked for the Victorian Railways and was very proud of his 38 years’ service. Graham was a staunch parishioner of St. Andrew’s Brighton, a member of the church choir and volunteer at the Op Shop. He also volunteered at Puffing Billy, the Diabetic Op Shop, Red Cross and at a number of Bayside nursing homes.
Cyril Vane Lansell (OB 1939) Cyril and his twin brother Lance were born in March 1923 and attended BGS from 1931 to 1933 before moving to Geelong. In April this year, Genevieve Lansell notified the School that Cyril had made a gift to BGS in his Will which will be directed to the School’s Building Fund. The School is indebted to Cyril for his generosity, goodwill and forethought in making a gift.
Graham was a proud Brighton Grammarian and we thank him for his generous support of the School and his community.
From the Archives
Call for military memorabilia Readers of Meliora Sequamur will be aware of the long association Brighton Grammar School has with the Australian Military. At least 1500 boys have served in wars during the School’s existence and of these, we know of 118 who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. For a relatively small school, the contribution appears very high and we are currently researching the possible reasons for this. In the School’s Archives there is considerable material on World War I but relatively little on World War II and later conflicts. We are currently putting together a permanent display of military memorabilia associated with BGS to acknowledge this important aspect of our history, and to date, a number of unique and interesting items have been discovered. We would appreciate any donations such as articles, letters, objects or photographs from World War II (and later or current conflicts) from younger members who have served, or are currently serving with the Australian Defence Force. If you can assist please contact Trevor Watkin on 8591 2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org Trevor Watkin Archivist 54
A year of firsts The OBGS is enjoying a great year of new initiatives interwoven with longstanding events. The BGS Generations photograph (p60) was warmly received by Generations families linked to current students. An event for all Generations members is also in the pipeline so, watch this space! In April we ventured to T’Gallant winery on the Mornington Peninsula for an OBGS lunch which was enjoyed by a small group of local Old Boys and partners. This event is sure to grow in coming years as we sample different locations around the Peninsula. At the AGM in May, Tim Marshall (OB 2000), Director of Sport at BGS, was elected OBGS President. Tim follows in the footsteps of his father Peter Marshall (OB 1964) who was also OBGS President whilst on staff at the School. Tim’s report can be read on page 64. The inaugural OBGS Business Network Lunch in August was a great beginning to networking opportunities for Old Boys. Guest speaker Berrick Wilson (OB 1988) was inspiring and many ideas for future networking opportunities were born. This year the OBGS hosted well-attended interstate reunions in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. My thanks to Headmaster Ross Featherston, Peter Toms, John Phillips and OBGS President Tim Marshall (Sydney) for taking BGS to our interstate chapters.
2019 School Captain Noah McGrath with 1940 School Captain Peter Demaine MBE at our Anzac Day Service - another wonderful annual event for the OBGS.
obgsglobalconnect.com.au continues to grow in its use as an online hub for Old Boys to both have a profile and connect with others. Most pleasing, and true to the OBGS, is the willingness of Old Boys to help each other through networking, career advice and mentoring, with 82% willing to answer industry specific questions and 74% willing to introduce others to their connections. The reunion program has been extended to include 35, 45 and 50 year reunions so Old Boys can now catch up every five years. We will continue to trial different formats in an effort to appeal to as many Old Boys as possible – we just love getting you all together. Kate Birrell Alumni and Community Manager SPRING 2019
Premier’s award Congratulations to Kei Hirasedo (OB 2018) who was presented with a Premier’s VCE Award for his outstanding academic results in 2018. Kei received a Study Award for excellence in English.
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The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top−performing students in the state, and we congratulate Kei on his achievement.
Rowing world champion Congratulations Ben Canham (OB 2015) who rowed in the Australian U23 Men’s Coxed Four and helped beat Great Britain in a sprint to the finish in the World Rowing U23 Championships in Florida in July. Ben reports: ‘Throughout the campaign, we always worked towards, ‘an ordinary performance on an extraordinary day’, which I believe we achieved. We trained for a race time of 6:10, and in our final we achieved a 6:10.03.’ ‘The defining point was our push at the 750m mark. This is always a very taxing move and we essentially put it all on the line very early in the race, knowing that Italy and Great Britain always have a very fast and strong finish.’ ‘The race shows both Italy and Great Britain catching us rapidly in the last 250m with our crew holding on the best we can.’
Ben Canham, second from left
‘The whole experience is a bit surreal and I still am pinching myself about we have achieved.’
On top of the world Greg Wheeler, Joydip Das and Andrew Rogers (all OB 1984) display the BGS flag at the highest point of the Haute route from Mt Blanc to the Matterhorn.
The chase, not just the acquisition Automobiles have always fascinated Dr Ian Hellings (OB 1964). ‘One of my favourite memories as a youngster was watching the Vintage and Veteran car rallies along the Esplanade in front of my home’, he recalls, ‘and my part−time hobby actually became a passion about 40 years ago.’ The first car in his collection was an early Packard, followed by various VW models and his collection now numbers over 300 vehicles.
Dr Hellings describes the history of each vehicle, its impact on society, and the social makeup of its era as fascinating. He continues:
‘A great part of the appreciation for automobiles is the ability to not only to see them, but to touch them, and drive them; this is the chance to feel the car’s soul.’ SPRING 2019
NT tour In August, Jason Veale (OB 1984), Michael Hendrie (OB 1983) and Neil Hoar (OB 1984) took in the sights of Northern Territory, guided by TV’s Outback Wrangler Matt Wright.
Neil Hoar, back row far left, Jason Veale, back row third left, and Michael Hendrie, front row far left, with a friendly croc.
Top honour The Hon Peter Reith (OB 1968) has received the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the Australian parliament, and to the community of Victoria. Peter attended BGS from 1958 to 1968, and was a Prefect and Captain of Boats. He graduated in Law and Economics from Monash University and worked for many years as a solicitor. In 1982 Peter won preselection for the Liberal Party and contested a by−election which he won. In 1983, the Hawke Labor Government was swept into power and Peter made history by winning a seat, but was not sworn in. He won the seat in 1984, becoming the Federal Member for Flinders, which he held until his resignation from politics in 2001. Peter is regarded as one of the best politicians in the Howard government era, for his challenge to the waterfront unions in 1998. Post politics, Peter became a political commentator for Sky News. Today he is fully retired and enjoying the rest.
The boys spent their trip camping, fishing, swimming and getting up close and personal with a few local crocs! Thankfully they all made it back safely for the Sydney OBGS dinner!
Will makes national squad Will Paynter (OB 2017) has been selected to the Australian Men’s U20 Water Polo Squad of 15. Since moving to NSW to study Landscape Architecture, Will has joined the NSW Institute of Sport in preparation for the FINA World Men’s Junior Championships in Kuwait in December, and has been part of the Elite Athlete program at University of NSW. Will also won a gold medal in the Australian Water Polo League playing for the Wests Magpies.
Bradman award Outstanding cricketer Will Pucovski (OB 2015) is the Bradman Young Male Cricketer of the Year for 2019. The award is decided by all Australia−based national, state and KFC Big Bash League contracted players who cast their vote for the player (outside their own team) they consider to be the brightest young talent. Will joined BGS in Year 7 and by Year 8 was a member of the First XI. He was First XI Captain and School Prefect in 2015. Will made his first class debut for Victoria in 2017. In 2018, Will became the ninth 20 year old Australian cricketer to score a double century in Sheffield Shield cricket. This year, still aged 20, Will was named in the Australian Test squad to play against Sri Lanka and was selected as a member of Australia A to tour the UK. SPRING 2019
Inaugural BGS Generations Photograph It is a wonderful tradition to send your son to your oldÂ school.
Generations on show
This year we chose to celebrate the BGS Generations with a photograph of all current students who are sons or grandsons of Old Boys, together with their Old Boy forebears. Almost every member of the invited group attended, such was the popularity of the concept. The result was a magnificent photograph of over 210 Generations members taken under our beautiful oak tree, followed by breakfast in the Quad. There will be more Generations events to celebrate this greatÂ tradition.
BGS First XI Cricket Captains Brighton Grammar Cricket celebrated the contribution of First XI Cricket Captains earlier this year. A total of 24 past Captains and two coaches were honoured, covering 62 years of BGS cricket leadership from 1957−58 Captain, Barry Pryor (OB 1958), through to last year’s captain Jack Munnings (OB 2018). A special presentation was made to the School’s inaugural APS First XI Captain of 1959 Peter Fergus (OB 1960) who was presented with a First XI Cap embroidered with player #1. The Toms−McPhee Club is the parent supporter group for cricket and is dedicated to the celebration, promotion and development of cricket at BGS. The Friends of Cricket Committee announced the name change during the 2018/19 season to formally recognise the School’s two longest serving First XI coaches, Peter Toms (1971−1987) and Gary McPhee (1988−2016).
The Headmaster and Will Pucovski
Mathew Wood President Toms−McPhee Club
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Peter Fergus and Mathew Wood
Top Enders Geoffrey Bowell (OB 1948) and Andy McGuigan (OB 1948) are two of the founding members of the Top Enders, which began when members worked in the ‘top end’ of town in the city. Now these quarterly lunches are more casual and local to Brighton, but as enjoyable as ever. Email obgs@ brightongrammar.vic.edu.au if you’d like to attend.
L-R Geoffrey Bowell and Andy McGuigan
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President Tim Marshall and Vice President Sam Jewell (OB 2010)
From the OBGS President It is a huge honour to be elected as OBGS President. As Young Alumni Coordinator, and more recently as a Vice−President, I have found the momentum of the OBGS as exciting as it is inspiring. I am thrilled to be joined by Sam Jewell (OB 2010) as Vice−President, and committee members Andrew Biggin (OB 1969) – Honorary Treasurer, Steve Dimer (OB 1996) – Immediate Past President, Geof Hosie (OB 1959), Sam Paynter (OB 1986), Peter Scott (OB 1976), Roger Wilson OAM (OB 1961), Charlie Wood (OB 2010) and OBGS Executive Officer/BGS Alumni and Community Manager Kate Birrell – Honorary Secretary, as we
continue to steer the OBGS to foster further engagement and a sense of belonging. The new Annandale Pavilion has certainly been a hit for reunions as Old Boys young and older flock to inspect the third Annandale undertaking in the School’s history. Calls for nominations of past teams of the School to adorn the stairwell walls will soon be open for all OBGS members. We have much that we want to achieve in the next year and welcome suggestions at any time. With further interstate and overseas ventures planned, we hope to reach as many Old Boys as we can before long. Tim Marshall (OB 2000) OBGS President
BGS Generations: The MacGlashan family Thomas Leaman commenced BGS this year and is one of only a small group of BGS Fourth Generation boys. Thomas’s grandfather Paul Purcell attended BGS from 1959−1966 and his wife, Angela, was the daughter of Neil MacGlashan, a BGS student from 1926−37. Neil was the son of Alan MacGlashan, BGS 1907−13, creating the four generations. The MacGlashan family connection to BGS is strong. Thomas’s great uncle John, BGS 1953−66, was Chaplain of the Junior School 1982−86, and his son Alistair was at BGS 1979−1990; John is also a fourth generation BGS boy. In 1927, the family of Neil and Agnes MacGlashan presented the Secondary School Tower clock and chimes in honour of their parents. The Norman S. MacGlashan Prize for Year 12 Physical Education and the Alan S. MacGlashan Prize for Dux of Year 10 are further indications of the MacGlashan family’s great affection for the School.
Thomas Leaman (front), his grandfather Paul Purcell and the Headmaster
Vale It is with sadness that we advise the names of Old Brighton Grammarians, as well as past staff, who have passed away. Our condolences to their families. Tom Bruce (OB 1952) Doug Burnip (OB 1956) Peter Cowles (OB 1948) Royal Declerck (OB 1957) Nicholas Diamond (OB 1947) Kerry Gibson (OB 1952) Alan Harrison (OB 1956) Andrew Jack (OB 1962) Cyril Lansell (OB 1933) Cameron Lyon (OB 1974) Leslie Malins (OB 1955) Kenneth Martin (OB 1950) Malcolm Monteath (OB 1949) Graham Morris (OB 1957) Harry Peers (OB 1943) Keith Robinson (OB 1945) Noel Seeley (OB 1947) Max Sinclair (OB 1939) Colin Stedman (OB 1944) Peter Stevenson (OB 1949) Lachie Thomson (OB 1951) James Travers (OB 2007) Simon Voet (OB 1937) Les Walker (OB 1964) Ken Wischusen (OB 1942)
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‘You should sing the School song every day’
It's the good old Grammar School at Brighton, that's where you learn to play the game; to doggedly compete, to stoutly face defeat, and keep on trying gamely all the same. And as through life you travel onward in every failure or success, to do the best you can, and always act the man, for the honour of the B.G.S.
These were the words of Stan Marks OAM (OB 1946) when being inducted into the BGS Hall of Fame last year. Stan said that if the boys live by the words of the School song it would only be a good thing. Following this, the Headmaster invited Stan to attend a Junior School assembly to hear the boys sing the School Song - it was a truly rousing rendition.
Stan Marks OAM chatting with one of the Junior School boys
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Class of 1969 50 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R Andrew Biggin, Russell Flack, Peter Toms, John Mahoney, Ken Varcoe, David Martindale 03 L-R Peter Takle, Ian Paroissien
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Class of 1974 45 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R Tim Renouf, Graeme Clarke 03 L-R David Mylius, Chris Francis
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Class of 1979 40 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R Paul Radford, Greg Clinnick, Monty Stephens 03 L-R Louis Balis, Nick Collett, Nick Chapman, Peter Rozen
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Class of 1984 35 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R James Harvie, Rohan Jarvis, James Casey, Cameron Hunter 03 L-R Nick Timms, Peter Skelton, Tony Bowyer
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Class of 1989 30 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R Julian Holsman, Leigh Harrington, Pete Boardman 03 L-R Alex Rickarby, Jonathan Lawn, Marcus Johns, Tim Russell
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Class of 1994 25 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R Field Carr, Gary McPhee, Jess Murchie 03 L-R Rob Charles, Peter Morley, Robert Planner
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Class of 2014 5 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R Lloyd Hutson, Tom Larkworthy, Max Vulcan, Nick James, Matt Oswald, Nick Dawes 03 L-R Matt Balmer, Tim Marshall, Hugh Hamilton
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Class of 2004 15 Year Reunion
Attendees Merlin Abdallah, Nick Allen, Cade Berman, Chris Cannon, Philip Carlei, Patrick Cooney, David Dubyna, Ryan Eastgate, Jack Geddes, Tom Gunning, Sam Henley, Nathan Kaplan, Andrew Lemon, Blair Mason, Jonathan Miller, Scott Olliver, Luke Peel, John Phillips, Nick Stanway, Byron Stephens, Richard Stokes
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Class of 2018 1 Year Reunion 01 The group 02 L-R Gregoire Dillee, Aqil Packir Saibo, Jasper Mutimer, Andy Nie, Mitch Dow 03 L-R James Fisher, Hamish Dick, Harry Catt, Tom Murray 04 L-R Connor Cooper, Nik Rathmayr, Will Middlemiss, Domenic Lynch 02
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Attendees Andrew Becker (OB 1959), Tony Hoare (OB 1986), Dan Miller (OB 1990), Tony Morgan (OB 1955), Ian Pearl (OB 1974), Doug Rowston (OB 1959), Will Zacharin (OB 1976), Annie Becker, Rosalie Rowston, Peter Toms, Kate Birrell, Ross Featherston, John Phillips
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Brisbane Event 01 Attendees Andrew Allen (OB 2013), Rob Anderson (OB 1953), Mike Brewer (OB 1976), Don Cameron (OB 1951), Jill Cameron, Bill Dandie (OB 1984), Lyn Heil, Les Heil AM (OB 1951), Mark Howden (OB 1980), Sarah Iskov, Wendy Lambrides, Gary Lambrides (OB 1968), Andrea Newman, Philipp Orth (OB 1993), David Pring (OB 1973), Jeremy Pyers (OB 1989), Alison Quick, John Quick (OB 1964), Ruth Ralph, Peter Ralph (OB 1975), Dennis Rebbechi (OB 1956), Ben Slater (OB 1997), Rob Zacharin (OB 1977), Kate Birrell, Ross Featherston, John Phillips, Peter Toms 02 L-R Our oldest and youngest attendees Don Cameron (OB 1951), Andrew Allen (OB 2013)
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Attendees Bill Barker (OB 1988), Chris Barrow (OB 1997), Peter Coghlan (OB 1968), David Dawes (OB 2001), Rick de Franck (OB 1969), John Fickling (OB 1994), Graeme Finlayson (OB 1967), Mike Glasson (OB 1969), John Leggo (OB 1953), Nick McKenna (OB 2009), Adam Thistlethwaite (OB 2001), Ian Thomas (OB 1961), Rick Wogan-Browne (OB 1967), Jan de Franck, Ronnie Finlayson, Anne Glasson, Monica Leggo, Kate McKenna, Cheryl Wogan-Browne, Ross Featherston, John Phillips, Kate Birrell, Peter Toms
60 Years On Reunion Pendennis Chapter It was great to welcome back so many Old Boys who left school more than 60 years ago.
Attendees Chris Banks AM 1956, Kate Birrell, Laurence Bottomley 1959, Geoffrey Bowell 1948, Rex Burchell 1953, Brian Comport 1959, Max Davidson 1958, Peter Demaine MBE 1940, Graeme Disney OAM 1955, Ross Featherston, John Grant 1955, Les Heil AM 1951, Lyn Heil, Dr Rachel Horton, John Knight 1955, John Link 1953, Peter Maffey 1953, Tim Marshall 2000, Ian Mence 1955, Colin Mews 1950, Tony Morgan 1955, Alan Noble 1953, Laurence Pearl 1950, Father Tony Poole, Dennis Rebbechi 1956, Doug Ridley 1956, David Sedgwick 1956, Dr Ray Swann, Hon Clive Tadgell AO 1950, Ben Talbot 1993, Stephen Tanner 1955, Peter Toms, Chris Wilson 1955
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Sydney Event 01 Attendees Simon Brookes (OB 1982), Maria Brookes, Andrew Cameron (OB 1975), Zhongkai Chen (OB 2004), Rob Forsyth (OB 1982), Michael Guilday (OB 1988), Catherine Guilday, Michael Hendrie (OB 1983), Neil Hoar (OB 1984), Lachlan Hopwood (OB 2013), Damien Hughes (OB 2001), Greg Kachel (OB 1997), Jeffrey Largier (OB 2003), George Longbottom (OB 2013), Peter Macho (OB 1981), Ross Millar (OB 1971), Anthony Moulton (OB 1989), Kelvin Payne (OB 1990), Rob Priestley (OB 1978), Matt Ryan (OB 2000), Adam Stent (OB 1982), Anthony Street (OB 2002), Michael Strong (OB 1973), Jason Veale (OB 1984), Lauren Walsh, Ross Featherston, John Phillips, Kate Birrell, Peter Toms, Tim Marshall 02 L-R Zhongkai Chen, Jeffrey Largier, Anthony Street, Damien Hughes 03 L-R Oliver Barden, Ross Featherston, Will Paynter 04 L-R Andrew Cameron, Zhongkai Chen, Rob Priestley, Peter Toms 80 SPRING 2019
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