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We can always do better The traditional method of improvement in any area is to train, study, practice, graduate and, once you are a professional, manage your own improvement.



Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance. Atul Gawande Atul Gawande, Professor of Surgery, Harvard University

on the effectiveness of their work. Instructional coaches share evidencebased teaching practices and use video analysis to reflect and improve classroom teaching. We also hold coaching conversations with students

There is ample evidence that professionals improve consistently over the first several years before reaching a performance plateau. At this stage, tasks become easier to complete but with no increase in quality of performance. In contrast, elite performers (sportspeople, actors, musicians and, often, CEOs) have an attitude that we are never ‘there’ – we can always do better. For this reason, everyone – even the best in the world – needs a coach. Often, individuals don’t recognise the obstacles standing in the way of their own progress, or simply don’t have the time to reflect on them. As an external set of eyes and ears, a coach can provide a more accurate picture of an individual’s situation. By recognising the strengths and weaknesses in the individual’s performance, they can help the individual to break down the weaknesses and rebuild them as strengths. This process can be painful but the benefits for the individual’s personal evolution, and for the people with whom they work closely, are immense. BGS uses coaching at various levels, including leadership coaching, peer coaching, instructional coaching and student coaching. Our leadership team undertakes coaching conversations with expert coaches to develop leadership capacity. Teachers work with peers to set goals, plan actions and reflect

and provide the Year 11s with coaching skills so they can act as coaches for the Junior School students. The evidence of the value of coaching is definitive and growing. Coaching is a powerful intervention that can support teaching and it also provides teachers with the opportunity to practise and refine high-impact teaching strategies (Knight 2007). Most importantly, at the student level, the coaching of students can increase resilience, wellbeing and hopefulness (Campbell and Gardner 2005). Students who receive coaching training and become coaches demonstrate increased communication skills, selfconfidence and relationships with others (van Nieuwerburg and Tong 2013). The coaching culture at BGS is one

example of the high-performance learning community in action. Coaching enables all members of the BGS community to identify where they are at within the learning environment, to practise new skills and to improve their performance.

Mark Dowley Director of Staff Development, Crowther Centre References Campbell, M. A., & Gardner, S. (2005). A pilot study to assess the effects of life coaching with Year 12 students. Evidence-Based Coaching Volume 1: Theory, Research and Practice from the Behavioural Sciences, 159. Knight, J, (2017). The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA. van Nieuwerburgh, C., & Tong, C. (2013). Exploring the benefits of being a student coach in educational settings: a mixed-method study. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 6(1), 5–24.



Sir Graham Henry challenges prefects The day before we returned to School at the beginning of the year, the staff and prefects had the pleasure of listening to and engaging with former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry. Sir Graham has an incredible amount of experience working with highperformance teams, and his words on legacy and teamwork certainly sparked a sense of motivation in both staff and prefects to create a culture within Brighton Grammar that will allow every boy to thrive. The five prefects of 2018 were presented with a unique opportunity to have a discussion with Sir Graham about the type of culture we are trying to create this year. We presented our ‘As One’ project. Sir Graham suggested that the project does not need to be limited to being a better man today than the man I was yesterday, but rather it could be extended to trying to be BGS men who are going to change the world. It is not often we think that we have the ability to make a difference, but the words of Sir Graham certainly convinced me that with the right balance between improving individually and working to be a part of a team, any Brighton Grammar boy can leave this School with the confidence to go into the world and create change. One of the focuses of our discussion was motivation; firstly, how to instil motivation in team members, but more importantly, how to ensure this motivation is sustained over a period of time. Sir Graham spoke about his obsession with improving the culture of 4


the All Blacks to ensure that they became a winning team. His obsession links directly to one of the core values of BGS: passion. Within any high-performance team, the passion and desire to achieve a certain goal comes before anything or anybody else. Sir Graham challenged we prefects to create this obsession within every Brighton Grammar boy – to come to School to be a better man. I believe that through our chantology and rituals – similar to

L-R Deputy Head of Secondary School (Years 11 and 12) David Liddle, School Captain Brad Marais and Sir Graham Henry.

the All Blacks’ Haka – we will rise to Sir Graham’s challenge. Finally, Sir Graham spoke about how the role of a leader is to develop their teammates, not to tell them what to do. This message questioned the stereotypical idea of leadership. This year, the Year 12s will create a culture that will allow any boy of any age in the Junior or Secondary School to develop into a passionate, respectful and accountable man who will

not be judged or criticised for trying to create a positive difference. Sir Graham stressed the importance of everyone developing individually to ensure the success of the School, and I hope that by the end of this year, we will be a collection of men brought together by our desire to make a difference ‘As One’.

Brad Marais School Captain 2018 AUTUMN 2018


Coaching for performance: communication dos and don’ts Core to my work as both a teacher and as a coach is exploring ways to bring out each boy’s individual best performance. Whether in the classroom, preparing for an exam or training for a big race, the language we use to communicate with boys is key to building their individual self-esteem and helping them achieve their own personal best. In his book With Winning in Mind, Olympic athlete and highperformance coach Lanny Bassham illustrates the power of effective communication through a personal story. Lanny’s daughter kindly offered to bring him a cup of coffee. As she came back into the room, he said to her, “Don’t spill the coffee.” And what did she do? She spilt the coffee. As Bassham reflects, he shouldn’t have been surprised – he had put the idea into her head in the first place. However, if he’d simply changed the language he’d used, things could have been very different. One simple rule I use when communicating with my students is tell them the dos (and not the don’ts). Instead of telling them what I don’t want them to do (“Don’t forget your homework”), I tell them what I do want (“Remember your homework”). This simple switch works outside the classroom too. Telling boys what not to do can set them up for failure. They begin to build a negative self-image, thinking that it is inevitable that they will always forget to do homework, walk the dog, miss that crucial goal and so on. Choosing the word “do” over “don’t” sets boys up for success. Give it a try and I’m sure you’ll find it a powerful way to encourage a more positive self-image and help boys achieve their own personal version of success.

Meg Adem Head of Year 12 Psychology





Frank’s: the community-minded café built by the OBGS community People like working with people they know. And what better connection than a Brighton Grammar education? Harry Butler’s (OB 2002) thriving café, named Frank’s after his grandfather, is a testament to the wide-reaching benefits of being part of the Brighton Grammar community. “You don’t really get a proper appreciation of how strong the OBGS network can be until after you leave the School,” says Harry. A qualified carpenter, Harry always had a passion for food. His first foodie business was Corn Boss, a catering business, but he dreamed of opening his own café. The stars aligned when Harry’s best mate Sam Loughnane (OB 2002) and Sam’s brother Patrick (OB 2000) bought the building Harry had been eyeing up as a prime spot for his café. Toby Ewert (OB 2000) and Will Leaf (OB 1996) from Ewert Leaf were brought in as the architects, winning the café Victorian Hospitality Interior Design of the year for 2017. Joel Acquroff (OB 2002) from S&A Stairs supplied the timber joinery at commercial cost rates, and Ari Karasavidis (OB 1999) helped out with the carpentry. The OBGS network just kept on giving. Daniel Mann (OB 2000) assisted with the electrical requirements, Adam Lane (OB 2002) was on hand to help with finance, Nick Acquroff (OB 2005) assisted with copywriting and branding, and the Parnham boys – Brett (OB 8


1995), Charlie (OB 1997) and Ryan (OB 2000) – supplied the café’s Relax House Furniture. Chad Stephens (OB 1997) and Simon te Nennepe from HYPD Web Development designed the website. Ben Avramides (OB 1999), of Little Ox, Hamptons and Tommy Collins fame, has been invaluable as Harry’s business mentor. With Frank’s built on the back of the strength of the OBGS community, it makes sense that the café also prides itself on being community-friendly. “If an old lady wants a jam sandwich, we make her a jam sandwich,” says Harry. Along with its fresh, locally sourced food, the community-minded formula is working well – Frank’s is extremely popular with long-time residents, as well as young families moving to the area. However, Harry isn’t finished yet. There are exciting plans for expansion afoot and he would be happy to hear from any BGS students or Old Boys interested in hospitality work. Harry believes that much of his success is down to the incredible community of Old Boys – a community of which he feels lucky to be a part.

Innovation and entrepreneurship for breakfast E-commerce trail-blazer Maggie Zhou, Managing Director for Alibaba Australia and NZ, was the guest speaker at a BGS Breakfast Bios event in August. Maggie wowed the audience of 160 guests (parents, Old Boys, staff and sponsors) with the sheer scale and numbers around the 19-year-old online retail giant that is now arguably the largest e-commerce company in the world. Maggie was almost upstaged by our own entrepreneur in the making, Jackson Court (then Year 7), who was invited to share with the audience a little about his recent business enterprise, Jax Solar Pax. Last year, after experiencing the frustration of running out of power for his mobile phone, Jackson designed a solar-powered backpack. He entered the prototype into the Victorian Science Talent Competition and came away both a finalist and with loads of people expressing their desire to buy a pack.

According to Jackson, “I knew from the prototype that this would be a success as there are so many uses for my solar-powered backpacks. Also, I figured it was more fun to start a business and sell backpacks online than to do chores around the house for extra pocket money.”

Jax Solar Pax comes in two styles – the Sports Solar Pax has a removable solar panel and water bladder, and the Day Solar Pax is perfect for anyone who needs to pack a lot of things. To learn more about Jax Solar Pax, or to buy one, visit the website: AUTUMN 2018


The rise and rise of Simon Crowe’s Grill’d

Grill’d, which celebrates its 14th birthday this year, is the inspiration and product of years of hard work by Simon Crowe (OB 1990). With over 130 restaurants in every state and territory, and plans to expand internationally into Singapore and Canada, Simon has established a much-loved business built around healthy, tasty food with a strong focus on sustainability and community interaction. Simon, who previously worked as a senior executive at Foster’s and Proctor & Gamble, took on the challenge of producing a great burger, establishing his first store in Hawthorn in 2004. With a big vision and huge amount of hard work, Grill’d has grown steadily as a food chain with a difference.



Simon is seen as a gamechanger in the fast-food industry in Australia – Grill’d offers a quality product built on a strong culture and a strong brand. “We talk about the culture around Grill’d – passion, leadership, ownership and trust. Those are our values,” said Simon in a recent interview in The Australian’s business magazine, Deal.

Giving back is another of the food chain’s core values. The charity partnerships set up by Simon donate $500 per restaurant, per month to local community groups. Each Grill’d store chooses to give back to their own community, so the impact of the initiative is truly community-minded and community-led.

True to his brand Entrepreneurialism is a focus at BGS and Old Boys such as Tom Jacob have it oozing out of their pores. Read on to hear Tom’s story as well as his keys to a (hugely) successful business. Commencing at BGS in Year 5, Tom completed his HSC in 1972. Throughout his time at school, Tom was a keen participant in a variety of activities, including First XI Cricket, Drama, Choir and Cadets, in which he was Drum Major. On leaving school, Tom was granted a cadetship with the Melbourne Age, where he distinguished himself as a passionate journalist reporting on politics, police rounds and sport. He worked for The Age for six years. In 1978, due to their father’s ill health, Tom and his sister Barbara took over their father’s highly successful business, which specialised in manufacturing springs for heavy vehicles. Over the next 17 years, Tom and Barbara grew the business, exporting to Europe. At this stage, to keep up with low-cost competition from Asia, they shifted their Australian factory production to Asia. In 2005, Tom and Barbara grasped an opportunity to supply the US military with

accessories for vehicles in Afghanistan. For the next three years their company, now called Ironman 4X4, fitted out 55,000 military vehicles. To further grow the company, Tom and Barbara fed all profits back into the business. Under Tom’s direction, Ironman 4X4 has grown enormously. Now more than 50 years old, it has outlets in over 160 countries. It specialises in design and product development, creating accessories for 4WDs, including camping and fishing equipment, winches and air compressors. Tom maintains that the keys to a successful business are: • innovation • knowing and serving the requirements of your customer base • being absolutely true to your brand • seeing failure as a critical step to success • maintaining loyalty and attentiveness to staff. Tom looks back over his time at BGS with great affection and gratitude and, as a member of The Chairman’s Circle, has supported the School generously. AUTUMN 2018


Blue Tongue Racing excels Our boys performed extremely well at the F1 in Schools National Finals in Launceston in March. Blue Tongue Racing finished 5th overall in the development class – our best result to date. The result is particularly impressive because the team completed all tasks in their own time – yet they were competing against schools at which F1 in Schools is a curriculum subject. Chris Field, Charlie Catt, Max Kortge, Andrew Penca and Hamish Roberts (all Year 9) finished 2nd at the State Finals in October 2017 to qualify for the Nationals, where their results were higher, in terms of overall points, than at the States. The boys have spent over 12 months fine-tuning their car design in Autodesk CAD software, and testing and modifying the virtual car before CNC (computer numerical control) machining and further track testing. In this time, they collaborated with industry, including Tesla and Renault, along with Fox Footy and the All Blacks. The depth of this competition requires equal amounts of time to be spent on a range of areas, including branding, marketing, trade display, merchandise, uniform, sponsorship, website and Facebook profile, as well as verbal presentations. At the National Finals, Blue Tongue Racing performed strongly in all aspects of the competition, especially the verbal presentation, in which they were only 1 point off first place. Charlie was instrumental in designing



the 3D CAD car and testing it in the virtual wind tunnel prior to machining the final design. Hamish was meticulous in the preparation and painting of the two race cars A and B along with the third display car. Chris was the team manager and graphic designer along with Max, who also looked after the web design and technical aspects of the trade display. Andrew oversaw the sponsorship and also played an important role in the branding. Collaboration and innovation are a key to success and the boys made great inroads in both departments. Globally, 17,000 schools compete in the

event. Australia is the most successful country and Victoria the most successful state. The boys are now focused on securing a place at next year’s National Finals via their performance in the Professional Class at the State Finals later this year, with a view to building a legacy for BGS in this event. The boys are ambitious in looking towards this goal and we will be there with them every step of the way.

Jamie Watson Head of Creative Design and Technology



Rites of Passage In August 2017, Andrew Wyss attended the Rites of Passage experience with his son, Jack (then Year 10). Facilitated by Making of Men and Dr Arne Rubinstein, the four-day journey took place in the Byron Bay hinterland. Afterwards, Andrew (pictured with Jack in second photo from bottom) shared his thoughts with us. This journey, which involved both the young men and the not-so-young men, was an amazing experience. It was a privilege to be a part of a profoundly important process. Through the process of the journey, I got to know my son on a new level. It was wonderful to see him interacting with his peers and the other men. I felt that at the end of the journey, both my son and I had forged new bonds of friendship not only with each other but with all the guys on the camp. This new network of friends will be important for all of us on many levels going into the future. My son (and I) have learnt many things about what it is to be a good man, and also many things that will help us to improve and strengthen our relationship. We have some specific ongoing activities that will help us build on what we achieved up in Byron. It wasn’t all easy, though. The process did involve some open and frank discussions. Not the everyday superficial conversations but the truly meaningful stuff that is sometimes difficult. Since the journey, my relationship with my son has changed for the better. I felt it was good before, but now we are significantly closer and are looking forward to things building even more into the future. I would say that no matter where your relationship is now, this journey is very valuable. I would highly recommend it to all father and sons. 14


ELC at the beach During 2017, the ELC introduced a new element into its curriculum – beach walks! For both boys and staff, these walks quickly became a highlight of the program. They took place in all weathers and the focus of each walk was determined organically by the boys. One walk began in soft drizzle, with no wind, and the boys noticed that the water was as still as glass. Suddenly, out of the stillness, a pod of dolphins appeared – to great excitement! The boys noticed that the water trickling out to sea was quite dirty and even contained some rubbish. This sparked a discussion about taking care of the environment and, in particular, the creatures that live in the sea. On another walk, with the sun shining and a cool breeze blowing, the sea was quite different – choppy and splashy. The boys made their way carefully and bravely down some steps, close to where small waves were splashing. They decided to

try not to get wet – but their mission was impossible and they shrieked with delight at each splash. Behind the beach, the boys were drawn immediately to the ti-trees, which are beautifully twisted and contain wonderful nooks for hiding. The staff observed incredibly inclusive and creative play in this location. The boys made up a game called The Mountain Brothers, which continued back at the Centre throughout the year. Research shows that unstructured, outdoor play in nature is fundamental to childhood. This has been clearly evident on our beach walks, during which the boys have been eager to learn and discover. As a result of these experiences, they are happier, more relaxed, more cooperative, more independent, more inquisitive, more engaged, more physical, more imaginative … and even more brave!



More than a portrait Phyl is 103 years old. She loves doing crosswords. During Year 11 in 2017, Andy Nie painted Phyl for the exhibition ‘100 portraits of 100 year olds’, as part of the Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers. Andy first met Phyl, along with her daughter Lib, in August at the RSL Care where Phyl resides. He learnt a lot about Phyl’s life during their subsequent meetings. He heard about her childhood (she was born in Toorak) and about her husband, a doctor who served in the Middle East and PNG during WWII. Prior to painting Phyl’s portrait, Andy made multiple pencil sketches of different postures and from various angles. He showed these to Phyl and Lib and asked for their opinions before starting the portrait. He chose the medium of oil on canvas ‘because it is formal and traditional’. The final portrait took a few weeks to complete. Andy says: ‘From meeting Phyl, I learnt that no matter how many years, one’s memory can accompany him or her forever. Even though Phyl experiences troubles with forming new memories, she is effortless in retrieving her memory of when she was young. Also, every time I met Phyl, she was intently focused on doing crosswords. This inspired me because despite Phyl’s senility, she is still trying to challenge herself and test her knowledge. This is also why I thought the crossword should be an essential element of the portrait.’ Now that the exhibition is over, Andy’s portrait has been given to Phyl.





A ‘once in a lifetime’ Alpine Journey In August 2017, the Bogong High Plains experienced its biggest snow dump for many years – and the Year 10s ventured out into it on their Alpine Journey.



This Alpine Journey was an unprecedented logistical exercise for BGS and, with 96 boys involved, possibly the largest number of students ever out on the snow at one time in Victoria. While in many ways it may have seemed brave to attempt such a feat, months of prior planning ensured the risks were mitigated and the boys remained safe at all times – if sometimes cold and a little uncomfortable. The extra snowy conditions required one group to undertake a ‘night travel’, moving to a more accessible location in case they needed to pull out quickly (thankfully, they didn’t). Deputy Head of Outdoor Education Nathan O’Malley refers to this type of exercise as ‘type 2 fun’ – it’s not fun while you’re doing it, but looking back on it, it could be called fun! And it certainly created lasting memories.

At times during the Journey, the group experienced whiteout conditions, with visibility so reduced that the horizon disappeared and there were no reference points at all. During these times, the group had to stick to established trails. At other times, the skies were clear and the sun shone over the High Plains, revealing a stunning wilderness landscape that few young people ever get the chance to traverse. Asked why he takes students out on a trip like this, Head of Outdoor Education David Gemmell said: “We do journeys of this nature because we know that the boys have the ability to thrive amidst adversity. By chance, this year level has been met by difficult weather conditions

in both their Year 8 and Year 9 camps, and have come out the other side stronger. We wanted to give them the opportunity to prove to themselves that they now have the skills they need to face almost any outdoor adventure.” David believes that the biggest challenge for the boys is the mental one: “Our brains and emotions play nasty tricks on us. I felt that a lot of our boys were expecting the absolute worst – they believed that they couldn’t do it, which just isn’t true. Our boys are smart and strong and capable. Journeys like this one increase their confidence remarkably.”



BGS partners with worldleading institutions At BGS, we are committed to remaining a leader in thinking about and understanding education. During the last few months, through the Crowther Centre, we have secured two new and exciting partnerships. In 2017, we signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding with the University of Melbourne to enter into a formal relationship with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The MGSE is one of the top graduate education schools in the world and this relationship will give BGS boys ongoing access to visiting experts, as well as ensuring that our staff experience exceptional professional development. Further, Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick, from the Centre for Positive Psychology (affiliated with the MGSE), will be completing her sabbatical based at the Crowther for the first half of 2018. Her research is investigating student understanding 20


of what it is to be a successful man. The Crowther has also partnered with Dr Simon Rice, who is based at the University of Melbourne and Orygen. Directed by Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Orygen is the peak mental health body for adolescents in Australia. Simon is working on developing a framework for positive masculinity and will assist us in bringing together the work that we are doing with Dr Arne Rubenstein and the Rites of Passage programs. Our continued work with international bestselling author James Kerr will continue with the Legacy Project and, early in 2018, legendary All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry did some work with the staff and boys around developing the School culture. These stimulating partnerships, and others currently under consideration, are a sign of the respect that BGS is gaining in the field of educational research.

Dr Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Dr Simon Rice



The secrets to successful praise Praise is powerful. It has the ability to motivate, guide and support our boys’ learning, and boost their self-confidence. We all want our children to succeed. Naturally, we praise them to encourage and motivate them. And we sometimes do this regardless of whether or not they have truly applied their best efforts. However, research tells us that, though wellintentioned, praise for ability as opposed to praise for effort has the capacity to derail our son’s learning.

Mindset matters According to leading researcher Carol Dweck, children generally fall into two categories when considering perceived intelligence – those with a fixed mindset and those with a growth mindset. Children with a fixed mindset believe that they have a certain amount of intelligence from birth. According to Dweck, they believe that if they have to make an effort to learn, it is because they aren’t smart enough and therefore often become discouraged or simply give up when faced with setbacks. They tend to avoid learning challenges where they might make mistakes. In contrast, children with a growth mindset believe that their intelligence can be developed with effort and hard work. These children tend to try hard in the face of frustration and failure, believing that effort is a positive thing they can use to gain knowledge. A 2015 study published in the European Journal of Psychology of Education



indicated that the belief that intelligence was malleable (growth mindset) boosted children’s self-esteem and improved their academic self-concept. Compare this with students whose fixed mindset was found (by Dweck) to be associated with increased self-handicapping, truancy and a greater likelihood of giving up on school altogether.

Praising effort over ability How then do we use praise to encourage a growth mindset? Avoid praising your son for his natural intellect or abilities. Focus instead on praise for effort and determination, which will help teach him the value of hard work, and make him more resilient and better-equipped to overcome future obstacles. And ensure that your praise is genuine – children are perceptive and will pick up on insincerity. As parents, we need to remember that learning is hard. According to 2007 study The Power of Feedback, children need to understand that a good process is what will lead to good learning. The study also argues that feedback, where it is clear, purposeful, meaningful and compatible with a child’s prior knowledge, is perhaps the most powerful influence on the learning process. Remember, the growth mindset is a journey. The end goal is to improve and learn through hard work and persistence. Kate Casey is a former lawyer and is now Crowther Centre Manager.



Giving gifts of opportunity in 2017 The growing culture of philanthropy developing at BGS was clearly evident on our Annual Giving day – 21 June 2017. Over 24 hours, an astonishing 431 generous members of our community banded together to provide the gift of a Brighton Grammar School education to a boy who otherwise would not be able to attend the School.  To our amazement, the initial $200,000 target, which would allow us to provide one scholarship for a boy to attend the Senior School, was quickly surpassed. In an incredible show of support, our 431 donors raised more than double the target amount, enabling us to offer BGS scholarships to two deserving boys. Over the past few years, through the support of our community, we have been able to bring eight fully funded scholarships to life. Thank you to everyone who has helped us provide so many priceless gifts of opportunity to so many boys. In 2018, as our culture of philanthropy continues to strengthen, we will be reaching out to our generous community for support as we embark on the most ambitious building program in the School’s history – our new science, design and technology precinct. You will hear more about this vital facility in the near future.   If you would like to make a gift to our Building, Library or Scholarship Funds, or would like to discuss leaving a gift to the School through a bequest, please contact me on 03 8591 2280 or email John Phillips Director of Advancement



$2.1M TOTAL raised in 2017


the percentage of current School parents who have supported our plans for the future by way of a gift to the Building or Scholarship Fund


the number of people in our community who chose to support the Scholarship Fund in 2017

$424K the amount raised on a single day (21 June 2017) for means-tested scholarships


the number of people in our community who have chosen to join our Bequest Program




Berry, Janelle & Russell

Abbott, Jane & Brian

Bezencon, Tim & Tania

Abbott, Thomas (OB12) Abramovich, Mark & Adele Absalom, Paul & Kobie Adachi, Tats & Michelle Adam-Gedge, Sarah & Gedge, Geoff Adams, Geoff & Amanda Adams, Roger & Lorraine Agg, Brett & Keri (OB81) Agius, Charles & Angela Akinci, Ismail & Christiana Alesi, Joseph & Angela

Recognising our donors in 2017

Aloi, Sam & Luisa Anderson, Ben & Crawford-Fish, Jodie Anderson, Jonathan & Nina Andreetta, George & Burt, Trudy Andrews, Christopher Arceri, Michael & Rebecca Arendsen, Andrew & Celia (OB92) Ariantono, Dwi

Thank you to all our donors. You make a significant difference to what we can achieve at BGS. Whether contributing to scholarships, buildings or other programs, your support shapes and enhances the educational opportunities for our current and future boys.Â

Arnold, David & Sharon Atkinson, Michael (OB55) Avats, Roger & Olivia Ayers, Kenneth & Leanne Aylward, Stephen & Cleary, Cate Azzaro, Luciano & Jane Badge, Philip Badger, Ann Bailey, Justin & Libby Ballantyne, Peter & Catherine Balmer, Anita & Tim Banfield, Kevin & Amanda Baragwanath, John (OB67) Barden, Geoffrey & Fiona (OB84) Barnedt, Dennis & Pamela Barnes, Jeffrey & Jane Barnes, Thomas (OB14) Barreto, Alex & Maura Barton, Greg & Jane Barwood, Shane & Danielle Bath, Andrew & Dougan, Jo Batterham, Robin (OB59) Beasley, Michael & Roberts, Sally (OB75) Beck, Andrew & Roisin (OB78) Beddoe, Bruce & Anne (OB76) Beer, Lyn Bellmaine, Drewe (OB72) Belluz, Dan Beninati, Vittorio & Angelina Benitez, Emma Bentley, Geoff & Katie



Bessell, Ben & Peta BGS Second Hand Uniform Shop Bian, Jun & Yang, Rong Biddick, Martin & Jackie Bird-Hickey, Mandy & Hickey, Chris Birrell, Kate Black, James & Ryan, Megan Bloom, Jacqui Bogoevski, Vlad & Vivian Bond, Christopher & Nicole Bongiorno, Danny & Rebecca Booth, Andrew & Richardson, Christine Bortolussi, John & Catherine Bottomley, Katrina* Bottomley, Laurence & Theres (OB59) Bottomley, Luke (OB16) Bourke, Colin & Imelda Bowen, Peter & Sophie (OB93) Bowen, Richard & Anne-Marie (OB87) Bowen, Vaughan & Nunn, Carolina Bowerman, Michael & Liz Bradbury, Noel & Min Braddon, John & Kathy Bramich, Ashley & Amanda Brighton Toyota Brooks, Matthew & Christine Bryan, Dean & Jackie Bryant, Ines Bryant, Peter (OB57) Brydon, Carolyn Bulfin, Nick & Cathie (OB95) Bullock, Lynn & Michael Bullock, Murray & Melanie Burgess, Andrew & Wingrove, Anita Burnell, Andrew & Rossiter, Cat (OB78) Buscombe, Rick & Emma Butler, Peter & Sonja Byfield, Natalie Byrne, Steve & King, Hannah (OB98) Byrnes, Paul & Nicole Calcatjicos, Arthur & Kim Calder, Michael & Lucy Campbell, Iain & Carol Campigli, John & Monica Cannizzaro, Deanne Carney, Marc & Fiona Carnovale, Christian (OB15) Carr, Derek & Lisa Carson, Douglas (OB60) Carus, Henry & Sibille Catt, Matthew Cee, Simon & Wang, Karen

Chand, Kelvin & Julia

Elizabeth (OB77)

Erb, Frank & Serene

Gibbins, Jill & Greg

Chantzos, Patty & Tony

Cunnington, Simon & Bec (OB89)

Ettershank, Andy & Sarah (OB89)

Gibney, Bill & Triecia (OB74)

Curtis, Rob & Apolito, Silvana

Ettershank, Gerald & Beverley

Dai, Jack (OB16)

Ettershank, Kim & Rodgers, Emma (OB87)

Gibson, Peter & Maryse

Chen, Angela & Gu, Jason Chen, Bing & Wu, Guohong Chen, Don & Sun, Vickie Chen, Ellen & Cheng, Bei Chen, Hui & Zhang, Yufen Chen, John & Wang, Vivian Chen, Lily & Zhang, Charlie Chen, Xiangqiang & Nie, Jianxin

Dai, Lei & Zhang, Zhirong Dai, Mia & Mi, Hung wei

Evans & Partners

Dai, Yusheng & Liu, Guangxia

Evans, Andy & Hovey, Sanchia

D’Alessandro, Anthony & Kylie

Evans, Tony & Theresa (OB71) Everett, Richard & Brooke

Dalton, Rodney (OB69)

Fan, Audrey & Shen, Charles

Chepurov, George & O’Sullivan, Melissa

Dammer, Louise

Fan, David & Liang, Annie

Darkin, Monique & Scott

Farrow, Ian & Annie

Chessells, Merv & Hey, Jacquie

David, Arvind (OB89)

Faulds, Steven & Shelley

Chou, Junyi & Cui, Helen

Davies, Joanne

Featherston, Ross & Rosie

Davies, Peter & Carolyn

Felicetti, Peter

Davies, Tracey & Brian

Feng, Di & Liu, Rebecca

Dawes, Jenny & Nick

Ferguson, Keith*

Dawes, Liz & Scott

Ferguson, Tim & Tina

De Worsop, James & Karen

Fernando, Devika & Sarath

Delagnes, Marina & Serge

Field, Adrian & Candice

Demaine, Peter (OB40)

Field, Cameron & Amanda

Denning, Simon & Nada

Fielding, Rohan & Tania

Dever, Phil & Alex

Findlay, Rowan & CliftonFindlay, Elizabeth

Christodoulou, Chris & Roberts, Julie Christopoulos, Kathie & Ange Clancy , Jonathan & Joanna Clark, Geoffrey & Maki Clarke, Claire & James Clayton, Scott & Jacinta Colaci, Pino & Karen Cole, Peter & Bronwyn Collie, Robert & Jenny Comport, Brian (OB59) Connell, Nick & Vanessa Connolly, Tony & Munro, Lisa Constable, John & Sarah Cook, Andrew & Robin Cook, Damon & Jane Cook, Gin

DIB Australia Pty Ltd Dickson, Ian & Dwyer, Lisa Dillee, Guillaume & Sylvie Dimer, Steve (OB96)

Findlay, Vance (OB61) Finkelstein, Jodi & Clive Fisher, Michele & Alan

Ding, Ding & Wu, Hao

Fitzgerald, Andrew & Penelope

Ding, Victoria & Hirasedo, Motoi

Flannigan, Patrick

Dimmer, Tim

Fitzgerald, Andrew & Rhonda Fleming, Peter (OB55)

Cooray, Ralph & Samantha

Dixon, Ben & Rovis, Jules (OB85)

Cordner, Andrew & Kellie

Doan, Hung Van & Lu, Ha My

Flockart, Pete & Katie

Corke, Neil & Fi

Dodanwela, Nicci

Forbes, Cameron (OB93)

Cornwell, Scott & Dee (OB78)

Donald, Scott & Kylie

Forster, Kenneth (OB37)

Costin, Pam

Dow, Grant & Suzanne

Forsyth, Sharon

Couper, Sarah & Greg

Dowley, Mark

Fox, Justin & Sophie

Court, Peter & Tessa

Downs, Jamie & Jo

Fraser, Hugh (OB69)

Cowan, Peter & Melissa

Draheim, Matthew & Lisa

Fu, Da Qing & Huang, Ping

Cozens, Fiona & Shaun

Du, Simon & Li, Michelle

Funasaka, Atsushi & Teruyo

Craps, Jan & Van Bael, Heidi

Duan, Kevin & Liang, Melody

Funston, Robyn & Leigh

Crawford, Will (OB12)

Duckinson, Carl & Gibson, Melissa

Fyfe, James & Susan (OB86)

Dunne, Michael & Tuya

Gadsden, Yvonne & Peter

Crawley, Nigel & Cornelius, Lisa

Fletcher, Stephen & Juliette

G. Brand & Sons Pty Ltd

Gibney, William (OB12) Giddings, Charles & Jo Giemza, Hayley Gill, Jason & Jessica Gilmour, David & Pamela Glassel, Ashley & Pascoe, Maggie Glasson, Michael (OB69) Glover, Alan* Gong, Greg & Pott, Omega Goodger, Darran & Terry Goss, Nathan & Kate Grange Automation Grant, Dean & Marie Grant, John (OB51) Grasby, Symon & Heather Graves, Jonathan & Claire (OB84) Gray, Roger & Haughton, Kerrie Greenwell, Jessica & Henley, Paul Griffith, Peter & Rachel Grigoriou, Georgina & Jones, Stephen Grubb, Paul & Pappas, Irene Grummitt, Neil & Mavis (OB54) Gu, Ben & Hao, Sharon Gu, David & Kong, Fang Gu, Tony & Jiang, Sasha Gui, Ting & Wang, Lei Gunaratna, Asanga Guo, Rick & Nie, Jing Haddon, Matt & Rachael Hahn, Laura & Andrew Hall, Benjamin (OB89) Hall, Robert & Tania Hall, Tim & Brooke Hallinan, Jonathan Hamer, Kristin Hamilton, Ian & Margaret Hamson, Larry & Wendy Han, Heng & Ben, Huihui

Crennan, Daniel & Laura

Durkin, Stephen

Crew, Phil & Sue

Easton, Thomas (OB69)

Crewdson, David & Chris (OB95)

Eden, Wells & Marjorie (OB48)

Gee, Rod & Helen

Edwards, Sam & Phillips, Kimberley (OB92)

George, Mark & Nicole

Harding Architects Pty Ltd

Crocker, Darren & Marcia

Geraghty, Karla & Hackett, Mark

Hare, Bill & Eugenie (OB84)

Croft, Darren & Kate Cruse, Rob & Scott-Murphy, Anita

Elleray, Joy

Cummins, Richard & Burke,

Enosawa, Yoshihiro & Kumiko

Ellis, Phil & Jane (OB60)

Galinas, John & Noulikas, Dianne

Gernandt, Julia & Andreas Gianatti, Chris & Caroline Giannatos, Theo & Kym

Haralambakis, George & Helen Harding, Brian & Louise Harris, Audrey & Adam Harris, Roger (OB62) Hasker, Diana & Ben



Haslem, John & Caryl (OB57)

Hunter, Jan & Jeffrey

Kissane, Greg & Sandie

Lineham, Lisa & Marc

Hathway, Rod & Joanne

Hurd, Tony & Jodi

Knight Sport Pty Ltd

Lipovetsky, Max & Rho

Hayes, Mark & Jennifer

Hutson, Malcolm

Litis, Dean

Hayter, Danny & Jayne

Ianuali, Pat & Emily

Knipe, Travis & Luketic, Jessica

He, Jing Dong & Zheng, Li Ying

Ickeringill, Peter & Milena

Kobayashi, Masaru & Mina

Liu, Gary & Chen, Jing

Healy, Matt & Sherrin

Inglis, Stephen & Moya

Hearne, Brian & Millar, Rhona

Ilhan, Patricia

Heath, Colin & Harriet

Jackett-Simpson, Michael & Karlie

Heath, Rob

Jackson, Simon & Sandy

Heath, Rodney & Cindee

Jacob, Thomas & Issy (OB72)

Heaton, Alex & Rachael

Jacobs, Kevin & Michelle

Heil, Les (OB50)

Jacquet, Thierry & Caroline

Hendy, Ross & Melissa

Jakobus, Damian & Salamah, Sari

Hennig, Ian (OB60) Henry , David & Laura Hepples, Ian & Emma

James Partners Lawyers James, Jane & Andrew

Hermawan Lo, Tommy & Lukman, Angel

James, Tim

Hernadi, Melissa & Tim

Jiang, John & Li, Emily

Hick, Alastair & Caroline

Jin, Wei & Liu, Lucy

Hikima, Ryan & Sanae

Jin, Xiaochun & Wang, Xiaohong

Hildebrand, Matthew & Neumann, Esther Hill, Adrian & Georgina Hill, Alexander & Nikki Hill, Marshall & Sally (OB86) Hill, Warren & Rose Hipwell, Greg & Trina Hofmann, Alex & Consiero Hofmann, Flavia Hollow, Nathan & Nicole Hollway, John & Daniela

Jarvis, Barry & Wilma (OB58)

Johnson, David & Sandy (OB79) Johnson, Sandy (OB63) Jones, Brendan (OB86) Jones, Christopher & Alexandra (OB93) Jones, Gary & Jennifer (OB72) Jones, Mack Jones, Simon & Belinda Jonker, David & Deborah

Hollway, Richard & Skaife, Lisa

Judah, Mark & Debora

Hong-Dunnett, Brent & Sophie

Kantounatakis, Paul & Natalie

Hook, Martyn & Watson, Fleur

Kastrinakis, Steven & Dora

Hooley, Alan (OB39)* Hooper, Aidan & Leah Horth, Geoff & Corbett, Colleen Horton, Noelene Hou, Qingxia & Hu, Linglong Houridis, Harry & Sophie Howard, Elizabeth & Warren Howden, James & Trainor, Kate (OB87) Howell, Vanessa & David Hu, Xiaofeng & Shen, Pin Huang, Anna Huang, Jing & Zhao, Yu Tong Huang, Linlin Hunter Industrials Pty Ltd Hunter, Cameron (OB84)



Jupp, Greg & Zhang, Kalu Karsten, Hendrik & Kate Kataoka, Yuji & Chisato Kato, Jim & Emily Ke, Colin & Wang, Zoe Kearns, David & Michelle Keenan, Kevin & Willis, Kym Kelly, Phillip & Tricia Kemal, Ben & Kitty Kerr, Ian (OB61) Kerr, Stephen & Odette (OB90) Khan, Jamal & White-Sansom, Lorna Khan, Saleem Kim, Joon & Choi, Yuri King, John & Elaine King, Kristofer (OB08) Kirkham, Anthony & Cathy

Konidaris, Stan & Kalabishis, Mary Kononchuk, Andrey & Olga Kosenda, Ruben & Santoso, Maya Kouskouris, Con & Riki Kritikides, Irene Kritikides, Peter & Erica (OB98) Krok, Eugene & Melissa Kulesza, Aleks & Anette Kurien, Aju & Mathai, Elizabeth Kwong, James & Kyeong Kyte, Paul & Ruth Ladas, Anna Lade, Justin (OB87) Lancashire, Derrith Landsman, Tyrone & Simone Langdon, Brad & Vicki Langdon, Tim & Duncan, Margaret Lawlor, Peter & CassidyLawlor, Cheryl Lawrence, John & Kristy Leadbeater, Mark & Heather Lee, Linley & Bin Lee, Tony & Irene Lees, Richard & Annette Lemon, Mac & Kerrie (OB74) Lew, Fraymond & Tan-Lew, Jancy Lewis, Elliott & Nicole Lewis, Keith (OB46) Lewis, Michael & Kerrin (OB89) Lewis, Warren & Dezraye Lexus of Brighton Li, Jinhua & Kang, Qianyi Li, Li Li, Rebecca Li, Yo Yo Liang, Ada & Hou, Yong Quan Liang, Huang & He, Cathy Liang, Wendy & Liu, Chi Liao, Yu & Zeng, Linglan Liddle, David & Jachno, Kim Liddle, David & Murdoch, Kathryn Lin, Haifeng & Mu, Helen Lincon Builders Pty Ltd

Liu, Dylan & Hu, Jane Liu, Leo & Dong, Rheana Liu, Leo & Yue, Catherine Liu, Peng & Jinning Liu, Perry & Zhu, Lisa Liu, Ping & Yang, Amy Liu, Shen & Mao, Weiqun Liu, Shengjia & Yu, Shelly Lochhead, Ash & Anne Lohan, Paul & Susanna Lombard, Reece & Jacqui Long, Hua & Qiao, Xiaohua Longley, Nick & Su Lopez, Simon (OB86) Lou, Songtao & Wang, Chunping Lou, Songtao & Wang, Chunping Louw, Johann & Louw, Carina Lowenstein, David & Leanne Lu, Zhongxun & Zhu, Wendy Lui, Sze Wai & Chan, Jess Lukeis, Oliver & Rachel Luo, Ken & He, Herring Luo, Shengyu & Liu, Chun Luscombe, Matt & Jo Luu, Jonathan & Carlos-Luu, Taffy Lynch, Maggie & Frank Lynch, Simon & Ann-Maree Ma, Jun & Man, Yize Ma, Mary & Gu, Bill Macgowan, Rick & Jacqui MacKenzie, Duncan (OB08) Macnab, Angus & Mecca, Lucrezia MacSweeney, Donal & Megan Madeira, Michael & Elle Maher, Steve & Carly Maisano, Marco & Helen Mandragona, Scott & Elsbury, Karen Mannion, Michael & Mitchell, Louise Manoharan, Rajiv & Prasheela Marais, Robert & Sue Mariager, Donald (OB43) Markham, Peter & Michelle Markin, Matt & Marnie Marks, Bradley & Angela (OB98)

Marks, Christine & Len

Moffat, Andrew

Palmer, Tony & Sandra

Marriott, David & Kylie

Mohseni, Narelle

Palmos, Jim & Kylie

Prendergast, Jonathan (OB96)

Marshall, Kath & Charlton, Jamie

Moir, Andrew & Rebecca

Paltoglou, Nick & Megan (OB86)

Preston, Anthony (OB74) Price, Katrina

Martin, Melissa

Moncrieff, John & Traci

Pan, Yue Liang & Gu, Hua

Prins, Cameron

Paolacci, John & PsiukPaolacci, Barbara (OB90)

Purcell, Ray & Cathrin

Paraskevas, Steve & Nefeli

Putland, Darren & Lecia

Maslen, Ian & BradshawMaslen, Mikaela Mastromanno, Alex Mattioli, Adam

Mollard, Cynthia Moore, Halli & Amelie (OB89) Moreton, David & Bader, Karina (OB89)

May, Jo

Morgan, David & Danchin, Margie (OB87)

Mazzoni, Anthony & Leanne

Morris, Audra & Troy

McAvenna, Jacki & Silva, Brent

Morris, Stephen & Susann

McCahon, Andrew & Rachel

Mozina, Michael & Georgina

McCalman, Geoff (OB57)* McCormack, David & Beilby, Felicia (OB90) McDonald, Kerry & Bruce McDonald, Rita & Ryan McDougall, Mark & Gill, Nadia McDowell, Simon & Averil

Moulton, Wayne & Pam Muratore, Melissa Murphy, Heather Murphy, Richard & Jacqueline

Parker, Angus & Vicki Parlane, Gerard & Pettengell, Priscilla Paroissien, Ian & Barbara (OB69) Parsons, Andrew & Lana Paterson, Ian Paterson, Trish Patterson, Mark & Caitlin

Murray, Nick & Emma

Paul, Chris & Haylee

Murray, Rowan & Fielding, Melinda (OB81)

Pearse, Ken & Elizabeth

Paynter, Sam & Louise (OB86)

McGain, Kim

Naccarella, John & Mercer, Joanne

Pearson, Richard & Louise

McGrath, Mike & Sandy

Neave, Colin (OB61)

Peng, James & Gao, Lynette

McGregor, Bruce & Brigitte

Nethercott, Craig & Lucy

Peng, Simon & Li, Serene

McInerney, John & Nicole

New, Junko & David

McKelvie, Douglas

Newett, Scott & Jaime

Penwright, Julian & Ferrier, Carolyn

McKenna, John & Philippa

Newman, Mark

McKenzie, Alison

Nguyen, Teresa

McKenzie, Allan (OB68)

Nicholas, Alex (OB16)

McKinnon, Peter (OB59)

Nicholas, Chris & Meagan

McLean, Mark & Sally

Nicholas, James & Ines

McLellan, Matthew

Nicholls, Mark & King, Annette

McLeod, Ian (OB74) McLeod, Lynton (OB48) McMullen, Chris McNaughton, Ross & Christine

Nicholson, Max (OB47) Nickou, Harry (OB14) Nimorakiotakis, Peggy & Chris

McPherson, Lachlan & Missy (OB97)

Noble, Andrew & Steel, Kate

Mei, Yuanbin & Zhang, Angela

Noske, Jackson (OB16)

Meik, David (OB59)

Noske, Tom (OB15)

Melbourne Pool & Spa Service Pty Ltd

O’Brien, Matt & Danielle

Meng, Qing Juan & Un, Meng Io

Old Brighton Grammarians Society Inc

Micari, Gerry & Jodi Middendorp, Nicholas & Joanne (OB79) Mihailidis, Sam & Zoe Miller, Belinda & Brad Minihan, Gary (OB79) Mirovics, Lia

Noske, Carmen & Tony

O’Connor, Matt & Anthea

O’Leary, Kylie & Tim Oliver, Ken & Tracey Osborne, Michael (OB85) Ould, Cassie Overend-Stevens, Tiffany & Stevens, Anthony

Mitchell, Dwayne & Kim

Packir Saibo, Imran & Soysa, Tilly

Mitchell, Mark (OB83)

Page, Pamela & David

Mitchell, Scott & Leslie, Sarah

Palillo, Vincenzo & Buccheri, Bianca

Mitrevski, Peter & Belinda

Penca, Andrew & Laura

Perkins, Simon & Victoria Perry, John & Crockart, Heather Persoglia, Katherine & Stephen Peters, Stanl & Lorraine Peters, Tonya Phan-Molloy, Hang & Molloy, Warwick

Pure Electrics Pty Ltd Qiu, Alex & Wang, Maggie Qiu, Yawei & Li, Ling Quill, Mike & Basia Raftis, David & Lisa Rangray, Munish & Ruchi Rathmayr, Erik & Belinda Rattray, Julian & Fiona (OB91) Read, Andrew & Liz Rearick, Mark & Christina Redpath, Lee & Karyn Regelman, Roman & Marina Reid, Isobel & Chris Reid, Matt & Phoebe (OB90) Rekusz, Zbig & SeibertRekusz, Anita Renouf, Timothy (OB74) Richardson, Jon & Emma Richey, Andrew & Clifton, Nicci Rico Estrada, Luis & Corinne Riddell, Mark & Janet (OB71) Ride, Christopher & Chelsie Roach, Michael & Jaime Roberts, Campbell & Bronwyn Roberts, David & Katherine Roberts, Frank (OB43)

Pharr, Margaret & Michael

Robertson, Ian & Sally (OB77)

Pharr, Steven & Rebecca (OB01)

Robertson, Ian (OB74) Rodgers, Lisa

Phillips, Graeme & Sarah

Rofe, Helen & Gregory, Rowan

Phillips, John & Sue

Rofe, Joan

Phung, John & Hong, Lucy

Roos, Richard & Treena

Piccolo, Michael & Cilia, Gaby

Ross, Paul & Jennine (OB88)

Picking, Brad & Tamara (OB95)

Rotstein, David & Willoughby, Jennie

Pinhas, Yishay

Roubos, Nick & Georgina (OB84)

Pitman, Michelle & Andrew Pitt, Kathy Platt, Stephen & Carolyn PMC Glass & Glazing Pope, Jackie Post, Andrew & Quill, Sue Powell, Dave & Meg Powell, Mike & Sally (OB73) Poynter, Alan (OB40) Poynter, Jim & Roberta (OB34)

Roubos, Theo & Christina (OB93) Rowe, Justin & Rebecca Rowell, Julian & Leonie Rozentoul, Boris & Pan, Hsin Ruthven, Justin & Samantha Ryan, Christopher & Janine Ryan, Paul & Rachel Saadie, Michael & Jo Saleh, Hatem & Agnese



Salisbury, Dave & Robyn

Stott, Derek & Felicity (OB73)

Tongs, Paul & Jane

Wilde, John (OB67)

Salvo, Daniel

Strahan, Clarke & Cathie

Tonkin, Neil (OB62)

Willcock, Gregory & Phoebe

Savage, Brenden & Holli

Stretch, Nick & Felicity

Savage, Thomas & Sally

Stretton, Nancy*

Trevillian, Paul & Healy, Robyn

Williams, Barton & Stuart, Joanna

Scanlan, Alana

Strintzos, Keith & Morf Stroud, Guyan & Marlo

Trubiano, Adrian & Bartolotta, Leah

Williams, Brett & Barbora

Scheirs, John & Sandra Schmidt, Monica

Sum, Mike & Alison

Tsindos, Harry & Veneta

Williamson, Craig

Scott, Peter & Janelle (OB76)

Summers, Mark & Pamela

Scriven, Colin & Gail

Sun, Shane & Lu, Jo Jo

Selleck, Vanessa

Sun, Shoukui & Wang, Wei

Semenov, George & Val

Svensen, Gary & Alissa

Semmens, Gavin & Lisa

Svensson, Per & Shenuka

Shaw, Toby & Georgie (OB87)

Swain, Paul & Andrea

Shayan, Ramin & Karnezis, Tara

Swann, Ray & Bik

Shen, Ava & Yang, Kenneth

Symon, Graham & Jill (OB49)

Shen, Roger & Zhang, Amy Shi, Jiqing & Feng, Juan

Swinton, Howard Szonyi, Tim & Tanya

Shi, Yun Yong & Hao, Renae

Takahashi, Allan & Elvijanti, Maria

Shinoda, Akihiro & Shinoda, Yukiko

Talbot, Michael & Trudy (OB65)

Shu, Shiho & Sachiko

Tan, Arno & Lee, Wai Ling

Sima, Guo Qiang & Lzu, Ying

Tan, Shu & Zhao, Spring

Skocic, Mark & Skocic, Christalia

Tang, Cherie

Sloan, Alastair (OB89)

Taylor, Leigh & Jen

Smart, Terry & Shore, Minaret Smith, Geoffrey & Carolyn Smith, Greg & Siapantas, Stella Smith, John & Kim Smith, Paul & Clare Smith, William & Eve Sobee, George (OB28) Song, Hualiang & Zhang, Qiaoqin Sorensen, Erling & Kim Spampinato, Paolo & Sirianni, Lena Speirs, David & Melita Spence, Matthew & Davies, Trudi (OB90) Spencer, Hayden & Carita Spicer, Geoff & Ann-Marie Srinivasan, Shekhar & Taneja, Henna Stanley, Alan (OB61) Stavrakis, Bill & Carli Stephens, Monty Steward, Nils & Tracy Stewart Insurance Group Stewart, Graeme & Melissa Stewart, Luke & Vanessa (OB92) Stewart, Rob & Hope (OB65)



Tassoni, Frank & Parodi, Patti Taylor, Priscilla Tellefson, Peter & Fiona Templeton, Graeme & Margaret (OB61) Thomas, Bob & MatthewsThomas, Deb Thomas, Mark & Robyn Thomas, Philip & Fiona Thomas, Simon & Margie Thompson, Stuart Thomson, Andrew & Sakomoto Thomson, Sayuri Thomson, David (OB80) Thomson, George & Susan (OB51)

Turek, Shelly Twycross, Mark & Lisa Tyler, Rob & Finola Tzimas, Bill & Farakos, Betty

Wilson, John (OB79)

Unger, Hans & Sarah

Wood, Mathew & Kristen

Urwin, Michael

Woodward, Dave & Lanta

Usher, Anton & D’Cruz, Rina (OB88)

Woonacott, Richard & Michele

Valcanis, Les & Agnes

Wright-Smith, John & Boileau, Simone

Van Heemstede Obelt, Darryl & Tricia

Wu, Lixin & Li, Ning

van Wetering, Natalie

Wu, Xiafang

Vaserman, Yaroslav & Irena

Wu, Yajian & Wu, Yihong

Vaughan, Jon & Narelle

Wynne, Peter (OB66)

Vautin, William & Sarah (OB98)

Wyss, Andrew & Julie

Verdini, Anthony & Adriana

X’Lingson, Eddie & Chinn

Volpe, Ron & Brause-Volpe, Suzy Vulcan, Michael & Victoria Wagner, Sonia & Payne, Phil Walker, Clint & Ruiz, Jennifer Walker, Rob & Felicity Wallace, Roger Walters, Daniel & Hallpike, Kath Wang, Guoyao & Shen, Youli Wang, Lei & Yu Wang, Leslie & Zhu, Lan Wang, Shuqi & Li, Emily Wang, Wei & Xu, April Wang, Yong Gang & Xu, Michelle

Thomson, Scott & Ciampa, Tricia (OB86)

Warrell, Andrew & Margie

Ting, Nancy

Wilson, Gregory & Christine Wilson, Roger & Margaret (OB61)

Thomson, Paul & Petra (OB86)

Tian, James & May

Williamson, Kevin & Judy

Ungar, Stephen & Rasa

Wang, Yufeng & Gu, Chris

Thornton, Rebecca

Williams, Marcus & Michele

Warman, Paul & Belinda Warren, Andrew & MacLeod, Suzie Watkins, John & Ryan, Kerrie

Tiver, Graham & Helen

Watters, Scott & Emily

Tognarini, David & Kate (OB87)

Weiner, Ronald*

Webster, Simon & Liz

Tole, Peter & Gathura-Tole, Phyllis

Wheatley, Sarah

Toms, Matthew & Jodie (OB90)

Whiting, Stefan & Tragear Whiting, Rebecca

Toms, Peter & Sue

Whitney, Dallas (OB40)

Tomsic, Mark & Tania

Whitson, Graham & Petra

Whiteley, Martin

Xie, Yi & Huang, Hongbo Xu, Alex & Chen, Lei Xu, Peter & Ma, Mary Xu, Qian & Li, Ying Xue, Madeline & Zhu, Alan Yang , Yun & Weng, Zanhua Yang, Bo & Lai, Iris Yang, Marina Yang, Xiaolei & Yang Yann, Max & Bunn, Meredith Yao, York & Wang, Yanrong Ye, Qing Yelland, John (OB59) Yeo, Andrew & Meredith (OB87) Yeung, Matt & Sally Young, Jeff & MJ Yuan, Jinqiang & Lu, Yao Qin Yuan, Shujie & Chen, Guofeng Zeng, Lipu & Zhao, Ling Zeng, Shines & Sun, Minjie Zeng, Sunny & Tsang, Janice Zeng, Xue Lu & Huang, Yuhong Zerial, Simone Zhang, Bovey & Tan, Sandy Zhang, Nick & Penny Zhang, River & Cai, Cathy Zhang, Zhen Biao & Wu, Xiao Hua Zhang, Zhichao & Tan,

Xuzying Zhao, Jessie Zheng, Zhiling & Wu, Yuanyuan Zhibing, Lyu & Wang, Chunqi Zhu, Jishen & Yu, Angela Zhu, Juping & Zhang, Yun Zhuang, Robert & Yu, Emily

SPONSORS All Graduates Interpreting and Translating Alliance Catering Atlantic Group (V)

BEQUESTS Realised in 2017 Ferguson, Keith* Glover, Alan* Hooley, Alan (OB39)* McCalman, Geoff (OB57)* Stretton, Nancy*

SEQUAMUR SOCIETY Arendsen, Gregory

Berman Homes

Arrowsmith, John

Brighton Toyota

Backholer, Arthur (OB36)*

Campion Education (Aust) Pty Ltd

Balfe, Tony (OB66)

Central Home Loans Clarke Hopkins Clarke Erbas and Associates Pty Ltd Ezisay

Baylis, Andrew Begg, Jim (OB58) Bunning, Rodney (OB50) Burt, David (OB47)*


Burt, Diana

Hodges Real Estate

Cameron, Don (OB51)

Interactive Pty Ltd

Cameron, Jill

Karstens at CQ

Chapman, Bruce (OB53)

Knight Sport Pty Ltd

Darby, Peter (OB51)*

Landscape Solutions Maintenance Pty Ltd Lexus of Brighton

De Salis, Mary Devine, John (OB63)

Mattioli Bros

Devine, Julie

Middendorp Electric Co Pty Ltd

Eden, Wells (OB48)

Monjon (Australia) Pty Ltd Noone Imagewear OSH Club Pty Ltd Quest Brighton On The Bay

Ellerton, John (OB61) Fairweather, Mabel Farman, Jeffrey R Ferguson, Keith*

Ricoh Australia Pty Ltd

Forbes, Cameron (OB93)

Shining Knight Facility Services Pty Ltd

Ford, Rodney

The Crescent

Glover, Alan* Goddard, Colin

Trident Computer Services Pty Ltd Ventura Bus Lines Pty Ltd

Gray, John (OB64)* Grigoriou, Georgina Grummitt, Mavis Grummitt, Neil (OB54) Hamilton, Phillip (OB66) Hare, Bill* Harkness, Peter* Hart, Christopher Hay, John (OB78) Hay, Kim

Hay, Pamela*

Urwin, Michael

Hay, Peter (OB76)

van Wetering, Natalie

Haymes, Chris (OB64)*

Watkin, Trevor

Hope, Roger (OB69)*

Watson, Mark

Ickeringill, Peter

Wehsack, Jack (OB31)*

Jarvis, Barry (OB58)

Wehsack, Joyce*

Jones, Gary (OB72)

Weiner, Ronald*

Jones, Jennifer

White, Fred

Jones, Stephen (OB71)

White, Graham (OB49)

Lasry, Nancy

White, Judith

Lynch, Frank

Willcock, Greg

Lynch, Maggie

Willcock, Phoebe

Marget, Tino (OB68)

Wilson, Roger (OB61)

Marshall, Tim (OB00)

Yann, Max

McCalman, Geoff (OB57)* McCausland, John McKenzie, Allan (OB68)

*Denotes deceased

Moncrieff, John

We have made every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the above information. We apologise for any errors.

Moylan, AM, Fred (OB38)* Nicholson, Max (OB47) Norris, Pat O’Sullivan, David (OB43)* Paroissien, Barbara Paroissien, Ian (OB69) Parsons, Richard (OB54)* Pearse, Elizabeth Pearse, Ken Phillips, John Philpott, Ted (OB39)* Redhead, John (OB62) Renouf, Timothy (OB74) Robertson, Ian (OB74) Robertson, Ken (OB68) Robertson, Maggie Robinson, Keith (OB45) Sanderson, Robert (OB35)* Stephens, Monty Stretton, Nancy* Talbot, Michael (OB65) Talbot, Trudy Tapp, Peter (OB69) Taubman, John (OB55) Templeton, Graeme (OB61) Thomson, George (OB51) Thomson, Lachie (OB51) Thorne, John Toms, Peter



Blazing hot in snowsports For the first time, BGS boys were on the podium every one of the seven days in the 2017 Victorian Interschools Championships at Mt Buller. In a nutshell… • 56 boys competed • 22 qualified for the National Championships • BGS was placed 3rd overall in the Primary School Boys’ Competition • BGS was placed 3rd overall in the Secondary School Boys’ Competition. • All the boys (SkiCross, Alpine, Moguls, Snowboarding, Slopestyle and Cross Country) gave their all, sometimes in blizzard conditions. The support team was also incredible. Well done to everyone! • In the National Championships, Nick Anson, Flynn Cooper, Noah Jones, Reece Smart and Harry Thom competed.

The Div 5 Alpine team (Corey Gendala, Daniel Piccolo, Archer Hallinan, Christian Field, Ned Overend-Stevens, from Years 3 and 4) just missed out on a place in the Nationals.

Victorian All-rounders Congratulations to Henry Pearson (Year 8) and Josh Finkelstein (Year 7) on representing the Team Vic U12 Cricket team in the National Championships held in Cobram/Barooga in January.

Josh and Henry



Victoria finished the tournament in equal-fifth place alongside NSW, with the South Australians taking out the title. Henry played an integral role as an off-spin bowler and classy middle-order batsman. Josh’s accurate pace bowling often saw him close out the innings and he joined Henry at the crease on a number of occasions.

Striving for the top Late in 2017, Jaxon Putland (Year 10) and his partner Nicky danced in the Australian Championships, in the Under 21s age group. They won the B-grade Ballroom title and were placed 2nd in the Open field – a great effort, as they were dancing against much older and more experienced competitors. Jaxon and Nicky are officially ranked number one in the DanceSport Australia national rankings in both styles in which they compete. “Last year was the most successful and crucial year of improvement in my ballroom dancing career so far,” said Jaxon. “This was achieved not only by our intense training sessions but by our passion for the sport. We were lucky enough to compete overseas, which gave us the opportunity to train and compete against some of the best couples in the world, driving us to strive for the top.”



Pendennis at Assembly On 21 February 2017, some 40 members of the Pendennis Chapter returned to BGS for the Annual Historical Assembly and the 60 Years On Reunion. Guest speaker Andrew Mullett (OB 1967) regaled the boys and guests with his witty stories and school memories. It was wonderful to have our most senior Old Boys, all 60 or more years out of school and the

living history of the School, join with the current cohort to celebrate BGS. As part of the assembly, school captains through BGS history were honoured as important leaders. We were fortunate to have four great examples in attendance – Andrew Mullett, Barry Pryor (OB 1957), Geoffrey Bowell (OB 1948) and Peter Demaine MBE (OB 1940).

Demons up the ante The usual afternoon training session turned out to be far from usual for the Year 7 footballers one midseason wintry Wednesday. Arriving at the Crowther, they were greeted by Melbourne Football Club players Christian Salem (OB 2013), Jack Viney and Billy Stretch. The three players needed some boys to train as part of their assessment for an advanced coaching course – and our boys were more than happy to oblige!



Welcome to Dr Rachel Horton Since the beginning of 2018, Dr Rachel Horton has been with us as Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School. Rachel comes to us from Anglican Church Grammar School (‘Churchie’), an independent boys’ school in Brisbane, where she was a Housemaster, and Senior Physics and Chemistry Teacher. Her previous experience is varied and fascinating. Rachel was awarded a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Immunology from the University of Bristol, was a Research Fellow and Lecturer in both Canada and Australia, and has published many peerreviewed papers in international scientific journals. In 2003–04, she completed a sixmonth tour of Iraq with the British Army (Royal Engineers). Third in command of a squadron of 135, she was awarded the British Army Campaign Medal.

Rachel is a former representative Rugby Union player, and has just stepped down from four years as a member of the Australian Rugby Union High Performance Match Official team. She has refereed Premier Rugby in Queensland as well as International Womens’ Test matches for World Rugby. Last year, she spoke at the Women in Boys’ Education conference. She also loves mountain-biking and the combat sport of Muay Thai (of 11 sanctioned fights, her record stands at 9 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss – boys beware!) We are very excited to have Rachel at BGS and warmly welcome her and her husband, Curtis, to the community.

Ross Featherston Headmaster



BGS babies The Outdoor Education department coordinated more than their waterproof jackets in 2017! Meet Sonny Wilson (born to James and Jenna Hilditch on 19 September), Piper Anne (born to David and Jill Gemmell on 13 April) and Flynn Miller (born to Nathan O’Malley and Charlie Miller on 18 September).

A new team member in Development We are delighted to announce the appointment of Hayley Galloway to our Development Office team. Hayley comes to us from Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School, where she worked in the Development Office in a senior community engagement role. Hayley will be fulfilling a similar role at BGS, and she looks forward to connecting with members of our community, and continuing to strengthen relationships, as the year unfolds.

Advancement Manager, Hayley Galloway



Their numbers add up! Matt McLellan married Steph Lee Shane in St Andrew’s Chapel in November 2017. They met at a maths conference several years ago and Steph has now joined Matt on the BGS staff.


Gary McPhee After 33 years of excellent service to BGS, Gary McPhee will retire after his long-service leave concludes at the end of Term 1, 2018. The decision has not been an easy one but Gary is very much looking forward to a ‘seachange’ on the Mornington Peninsula. Gary says, “The students and staff of BGS have provided me with not only a flood of memories but of life-altering experiences that have shaped who I am today. I have certainly been indoctrinated with the Tonner Spirit.” We wish Gary and Joanie all the very best for the next chapter in their lives. Ross Featherston Headmaster AUTUMN 2018


Court of Companions The Court of Companions commemorates those members of staff who, by their devotion, have contributed significantly to the advancement of Brighton Grammar School. A highlight of this year’s Court of Companions Dinner was the induction of Matt Wardell, Olivia Tims and Natalie van Wetering as members.

Natalie van Wetering Throughout Natalie’s 15 years at BGS, she influenced all aspects of the School’s marketing, communications and publications, and fundraising. As Director of Marketing and Communications, her work consistently put BGS at the forefront of school marketing and her innovative achievements have been recognised by national awards. Natalie introduced key BGS community events such as the Pink Dinner and the Blue Dinner, the Corporate Breakfast program, the Hall of Fame, the Benefactors Service and the Sequamur Society Bequest program. In 2012, to mark the School’s 130th anniversary, she raised a record amount at the Crowther Bros Circus Fundraising Ball, marking a new chapter in the School’s philanthropic history and winning the Fundraising Special Event category award at the ADAPE (Association of Development and Alumni Professionals in Education) international conference. She edited the School’s key publications, the Meliora Sequamur and the Grammarian. Natalie left BGS in 2017 and we wish her the very best as she embarks on a new role.




Olivia Tims Olivia joined BGS in 2002, after working as a psychologist with the Department of Education and Training. She has worked in all sections of the School, supporting boys in their academic achievements as well as their psychological health, and social and emotional wellbeing. In 2003, Olivia established the BGS Student Council, which she oversaw for a number of years.

Olivia is congratulated by fellow Court of Companions members Gary McPhee and Brendan Mathews

As Head of Psychological Services, Olivia has developed policies, guidelines and procedures around student mental health and wellbeing. Most importantly, she has been there for students in times of stress and difficulty. Olivia has a longstanding family connection with BGS: her great uncle and grandfather attended during Dr Crowther’s era, and her father and uncle are also Old Boys.

Matt Wardell After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1996, Matt taught Visual Communication Design for five years, mainly in western suburbs’ schools. He joined BGS in 2002 and was appointed Head of Visual Communication Design. With his encouragement, many of his students have achieved outstanding VCE results.

Matt and his wife, Tiffany

Matt has played a significant role in the School’s extracurricular activities, particularly as a sporting coach. For five years, he was Teacher in Charge of Athletics. Always willing to support a range of activities, Matt assisted Gary McPhee on three BGS UK Cricket Tours, and has supervised boys on the Year 9 Sea Change program, visiting Papua New Guinea and Cape York.



Sequamur Society

Supporting the Scholarship fund

Mark Sainsbery, Dan, Doina Canta and Sophie Keele at the Bond University awards night.

John Gray (OB 1964) died in 2010 but his legacy lives on through his lifeenhancing scholarships. Three of ‘John’s boys’ have completed their schooling at BGS and two more will join the School. John’s bequest will always enable two or three boys to study concurrently at BGS – a powerful legacy. In 2017, John Gray scholars Dan Canta and

“I was so lucky to get the opportunity” 40


The Sequamur Society honours and thanks those who have confirmed their intention to include Brighton Grammar School in their will.

Nathan Murphy graduated from BGS. Dan, the youngest Australian to swim the English Channel, said: “I could not have enjoyed my time at BGS any more than I did and am very thankful toward the School and John Gray for the amazing opportunity provided to me and the ability to be a lifelong Tonner.” Dan has now taken up a scholarship at Bond University to study Commerce/Law.

Nathan, an outstanding cricketer who represented Australia at U16 level, was picked by Collingwood in the 2018 AFL draft (see page 58 for more). “I can’t thank John Gray enough for giving me the opportunity to attend this school. What BGS did for me was amazing and I was so lucky to get the opportunity.”

Supporting the Building fund Alan Glover (staff 1956–89), who died in 2017, is remembered with great affection by staff and students, and his generosity will be reflected in new facilities. Alan taught at BGS for 34 years and held various roles, including Senior English Master, Chairman of the Common Room, Editor of The Grammarian, House Master, Master in Charge of Tennis and Chapel Organist. Upon his death in September 2017, the School received more than 180 emails from Old Boys. Some referred to Alan’s enthusiastic organ playing, which inspired the boys’ singing in Chapel; others recounted his giftedness in passing on a love of literature; and others remembered being fascinated by his detailed accounts of the sinking of The Titanic. Alan’s funeral service, at Wesley Uniting Church in Geelong, was attended by a large gathering, including Old Boys, Joan Rofe and former BGS staff members Hector Walker, Rodney Ford, Peter Toms and Ken Robertson. Alan, who was a member of the Sequamur Society, left a generous $25,000 bequest that will strengthen our Building Fund at a time when the School is embarking on some exciting building projects.

Did you know? Did you know that a part scholarship is available to BGS Old Boys who go on to study engineering at Melbourne University? Through the support of the Mirams family, this scholarship was endowed in memory of James Herbert Mirams (OB 1908). James was one of our fallen at Gallipoli. If this scholarship interests you, or you know of another Old Boy who may be interested in applying, please contact Kate Birrell in the Development Office on 8591 2272 or email



Ronald Weiner Ronald Weiner (past parent and grandparent) died in 2017, leaving a gift of $20,000 for the purpose of ‘improving the educational opportunities of students enrolled at the School’. Ron, father of Brendon Medley (OB 1994) and Simone Gendala, was a Foundation Member of the Sequamur Society. He experienced much adversary in his early life. After emigrating from Czechoslovakia with his mother and sister, Ron was involved in an horrific car accident aged 18, leaving him a paraplegic. Forced to give up his electrical engineering studies, he went out to work and, with extraordinary resolve, built up his own company. Ron had great affection for BGS and was delighted that his daughter Simone and son-in-law Troy chose the School for the education of their two sons, Ethan (Year 8) and Corey (Year 5). Every bequest to the Building Fund

Ron with his grandson, Corey.

strengthens our ability to provide the most appropriate learning environments for our boys. When considering a bequest, please contact Peter Toms at the Development Office for a confidential chat (8591 2274 or email

Alan Hooley Alan Hooley (OB 1939) is remembered through a donation by his son, Doug Hooley, to the Scholarship Fund. In 2017, Doug donated $10,000 to the Scholarship Fund in memory of his father, who died in 2015. During World War II, Alan served in the Royal Australian Navy as a writer, and was a regular attendee at BGS Anzac services and OBGS reunions. Alan also supported the BGS Building and Scholarship funds. This generous gift in honour of Alan, along with other such gifts, will enable a boy to attend BGS who otherwise would not have this life-changing opportunity. Leaving a bequest to our Scholarship Fund, no matter the amount or the form, is your opportunity to change a boy’s life. 42


Celebration of the life of Alan John Hooley 17 January 1924 – 22 January 2015

Vale Tom Baddiley 1921–2017 In November, Peter Toms represented BGS at the funeral of Tom Baddiley, who died aged 96, in Brisbane. A much-respected Head of Junior School from 1970 to 1987, Tom was a dedicated teacher who demanded good manners and high standards both in the classroom and on the sports field. Prior to his teaching career, Tom was a court reporter and was the official Australian stenographer at the postwar Australian War Crimes Trials. Most likely, his personal recording of the atrocities committed shaped his remarkable charity in supporting children’s causes on the Indian subcontinent.

At the time of the onset of dementia in his last few years, Tom was donating annually many thousands of dollars to 38 different charities. His philanthropic support for orphanages in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India was well known, but he also supported a variety of other causes. He had paid for the medication for a young child who was critically ill with meningitis; this boy, now about 17, was present at Tom’s funeral. Also present were the parents of a boy whom Tom had tutored for several weeks on an isolated cattle station in outback Queensland.

As an artist, Tom’s realistic representations of still life, particularly his flower studies, are remarkable and eagerly sought by art aficionados. Mentored by one of Australia’s renowned stilllife artists, Albert Sherman, Tom staged several highly successful exhibitions. He used the proceeds of sales from these exhibitions to support his many charities.

Vale It is with sadness we advise the names of Old Brighton Grammarians who have passed away. Our condolences to their families. Roger Banks (OB 1948)

Bruce Hicks (OB 1942)

Ivan Perry (OB 1947)

Ian Boyce (OB 1949)

Graeme Jeffery (OB 1946)

Keith Poynter (OB 1941)

Gregory Brough (OB 1971)

David Langworthy (OB 1958)

Konrad Seidel (OB 1957)

Jason Collie (OB 1995)

Peter Lidstrom (OB 1978)

Lindsay White (OB 1950)

Keith Collins (OB 1950)

David MacFarlane (OB 1948)

Alan Wilson (OB 1947)

Don Draper (OB 1944)

William McGauran (OB 1980)

Ian Woodward (OB 1938)

Peter Ford (OB 1956)

Bruce Molland (OB 1943)

Ian Hands (OB 1947)

Donald Oates (OB 1951) AUTUMN 2018


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Riding the Long White Cloud If you’re an adventurer – or even if you’re not – it’s easy to fantasise about tackling that next trip. But getting to the start line is not always so easy. The logistics that go into planning and organising often hold us back. So what if I told you that Cameron Nicholls (OB 1999 and co-founder of cycling company Bike Chaser) decided to ride the entire length of New Zealand just seven weeks out from the start line in July 2017 to raise money for CanTeen Australia and CanTeen New Zealand? Granted, Cameron did have a husbandand-wife getaway in New Zealand already locked in, but it was never meant to be a 13-day mid-winter cycling adventure. It was Cameron’s wife Alice who asked, “Why don’t you look into doing some cycling while we’re away?” Cycling is one of Cameron’s favourite recreational activities. “One thing led to another”, Cameron says. “One minute I was Googling ‘cycling in New Zealand’ and the next I’d found an article on Craig Harper’s world-record attempt at riding the length of New Zealand in 4.5 days.” While Craig’s story of sleeping on the side of the road and cycling on Hwy 1 was intriguing, it was not the couple’s idea of a holiday – and Cameron wasn’t interested in breaking any records. However, he was 44


keen to see New Zealand ‘properly’ – his mother is a Kiwi and had always told him of the beauty of the country. “What better way to see the country than on my road bike?” To her credit, Alice got behind him and their getaway suddenly looked a whole lot different. Cameron had reasonable fitness, but needed to train some solid 30-hour weeks on the bike in the short lead-up. Over the 13 days in NZ, Cameron averaged 180 km per day. “The winter conditions and the disruption to the itinerary [due to extreme weather] made it even more of an adventure”, Cameron continues. “We ended up

having to play multiple days by ear and stayed in random towns – such as Ross on the South Island – that we never would’ve come across if it wasn’t for my endeavours.” Day-to-day, Alice would book the accommodation, drive past Cameron around mid-morning and then meet him for lunch. Although she wasn’t riding, Alice still experienced the adventure, without such exposure to the elements. Cameron and Alice were blown away by the beauty of the South Island, especially through the Glaciers, Haast Pass, Wanaka and, of course, Queenstown. “While I won’t be disrupting a husband-

and-wife getaway again for a while, both Alice and I reflect on the adventure with great memories. Getting out of your comfort zone and being spontaneous was a life-changing event that I’d highly recommend to anyone.” Cameron raised a total of $11,400 for a cause close to his heart. The full story can be read at www.

Kate Birrell Alumni and Community Manager



Alex puts global career success down to great relationships

Alex at the opening of the Meisha Academy by Haileybury

With a CV and passport that would be the envy of teachers and travellers across the globe, Alex Paltos (OB 1997) puts his success in international education down to good relationships, great teachers and a strong work ethic. When Alex graduated from Brighton Grammar in 1997, he dabbled in script writing and even IT. However, he found his feet with an arts degree in history and politics. Great teachers had always influenced his academic choices and Alex knew he wanted to travel, so after completing his BA, he enrolled in a graduate diploma in education. With the world now at his feet, Alex travelled to the UK and earned his teaching stripes at a state school in London. Much to his mum’s chagrin, he didn’t return home for six years! When he did return to Melbourne, now as a dual British citizen, he reached out to some old school and university connections and was given the opportunity to head up middle school humanities at Haileybury – a position he held for two years. Another connection, this time London-based, told him about a middle-management position at a school in Dubai. Outside work, in his ‘spare time’, Alex decided to study for a masters in education management and leadership. After three years, the pull of home was too strong. Armed with some new ideas from his time in Dubai, Alex 46


returned home to Sydney to teach at Cranbrook College. Never one to sit still for long, Alex signed up for the MBA program at the University of Sydney and, aside from growing his network, Alex was awarded a scholarship to participate in a Shanghai real-life consulting project. Through another connection, he found a teaching role in Shanghai at an American SCIS International School and was approached by an APS friend to play footy for the Shanghai Tigers, a team mostly made up of expats.

Alex in action for the Shanghai Tigers

As well as being great fun, playing for the Tigers further extended Alex’s professional network. Little did he realise that the same person who invited him to join the team was also checking him out for a job. After being interviewed by a Haileybury colleague he’d known for 10 years, Alex was appointed International Principal of the Meisha Academy by Haileybury. As always, Alex loved being in the classroom, but he was also keen to explore ideas that had been brewing throughout his time in teaching. The opportunity to turn one idea into reality – an education and cultural camp for Chinese kids to visit Australia – came during a parent/teacher interview with an MBA connection. The first 12-day pilot program ran with four year 9 students, two bilingual

teachers and Alex. The group spent two days at Haileybury and Cranbrook to get a feel for Australian education, then spent the rest of their time completing leadership and life-skill programs. The camp was a huge success and this year, 50 students will participate in Ao’Wei Education programs. Trained camp leaders will deliver communication, problemsolving and conflict-resolution programs, all formulated from a teaching and MBA background. Alex puts much of Ao’Wei Education’s success down to the connections he has forged over his career. The BGS connection is still strong, too – BGS Old Boys including Christian Carnovale, Harrison McIntyre and Zac Donald (all 2015) have made great camp leaders. The exciting world of international education is growing and Alex is enjoying riding the wave. We look forward to seeing where in the world his hard work and multitude of connections will take him next. Ao’Wei Education’s website is at www. AUTUMN 2018


From Rotary Down Under to International President Ian Riseley (OB 1964) has been elected the Rotary International President 2017–18. Since 1978, when Ian joined the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Rotary has been central to his life. However, he has also been involved in other community groups, including the Sea Scouts, sporting associations and school councils. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2006 in recognition of his service to the community. In his address to the 2017–18 class of district governors in San Diego in mid2017, Ian unveiled the year’s presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. In particular, Ian is concerned about environmental degradation and global climate change. He challenged every Rotary club (there are 35,000 around the world) to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year (1 July 2017) and Earth Day (22 April 2018). Ian also wants to improve Rotary’s gender balance (currently, 22% of its members are women). When the question of admitting women as members of Rotary arose in the early 1980s, Ian felt unable to remain a member of an organisation that discriminated, and decided to resign. However, the then President of Sandringham Rotary encouraged him not to resign but instead to advocate for women’s membership from the inside – which he did, successfully. In 1989, Rotary officially changed its constitution to allow female members. In his San Diego address, Ian also highlighted the importance of welcoming younger members. “Consider what Rotary stands to look like 10 or 20 years from now



if we don’t get very serious, very soon, about bringing in younger members,” he said. According to Ian’s friends and colleagues, he is a listener, and someone they turn to for advice. He is also a social networker – he first joined Rotary in an effort to make contacts for his new accounting practice. “Soon, I was making more than just business contacts, I was making friends and, most importantly, I was making a difference in my community and beyond,” he recalls. Ian would like to quantify the contributions of Rotary clubs worldwide. He says, “I believe that not just the rest of the world, but Rotarians themselves, will be astonished at the value of what we do.”

A first for OB musician On 5 November at the University of Newcastle, a world premiere performance took place. Paul Copeland’s (OB 1963) award-winning piano composition, ‘Audacious Binary Forms’, was performed by Michael Kieran Harvey and streamed live. The piece was the winner of Australia’s most prestigious piano composition competition, the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition. Firsts are not unfamiliar to Paul, who is a multi-genre composer, graphic artist, computer programmer, teacher and author. His compositional styles span a huge range, from neo-classical, jazz, ragtime and musical theatre to electronic, avant-garde, post-avant-garde and experimental. His work remains at the forefront of experimental multi-genre art, and he is an Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre. Now 70, Paul attended BGS from 1957 until 1966, when he left school for the Melba Conservatorium (where, he

observes, he “failed in all subjects except piano and harmony”). While at BGS, he learnt to play the St Andrew’s organ while it was being built. After leaving the School, he coached some of the BGS hockey teams, including a team that won the premiership. Paul recently retired, having taught piano at two independent schools for the last 18 years. Paul’s musical credits include a performance by members of the Australian Ballet School, which included a montage of his electronic and instrumental music. Although much of his music is highly complex, he also enjoys composing easy piano works for children. He says he would love to compose a piece specifically for the St Andrew’s organ. Paul’s website is at www.paulcopeland. To watch the world premiere performance of ‘Audacious Binary Forms’, follow this link: ABFWPREM AUTUMN 2018


Getting down to business In 2017, Roger Gray (OB 1978) was the proud recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship, which allowed him to undertake the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD Business School in France this year. Roger now lives in Auckland permanently and is about to get married to Caroline. He works as Group GM Airports for Air New Zealand, where he is responsible for the operations of the airline’s 53 international ports; the Lounge network in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and the USA; and the airline’s car parking businesses. Roger’s team handle in excess of 16 million passengers per year.

Roger (right) received his scholarship from the (now former) Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Bill English.

Analyse this: Old Boys rise to the challenge, again After taking out the top spot in the secondary school level of the annual RMIT University Analytics Competition back in 2016, we were delighted to hear that 2016 Old Boys Ian Tongs, Jack Coleman and Kai-Yee Hall had continued their competitive success, coming second at university level in the 2017 competition. Hosted by RMIT’s School of Business IT & Logistics, the annual competition showcases the importance of big data and analytics in contemporary supply chains. Student teams must work with complex data sets to come up with interesting business insights or phenomena. The OBGS dream team were up against 20 other teams and were pipped at the post by a team of Honours Econometrics students from Monash – not bad for a trio of first-years! 50


Sailing through the goalposts Congratulations to 1966 Old Boy and BGS Hall of Fame member Andrew Plympton on becoming a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Andrew received his Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to sports administration through governance roles, particularly to sailing and Australian rules football.

A passion for balance

Wil Feng (below), Oli Platt (above)

Since visiting the US several years ago, Wil Feng’s (OB 2017) dream has been to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (ranked one of the best educational institutions in the world for art and design) because he loved the creative atmosphere. In 2017, Wil had a busy year. Alongside a heavy VCE workload, he was a member of the very successful Rugby 1sts, played the saxophone and prepared a portfolio to accompany his application to the RISD. One of his projects for Product Design and Technology was this stunning Z-bookshelf, which required very little glue because of its qualities of counterbalance – ‘Z’ stands for Zen and, in turn, balance. In late 2017, Wil was delighted to receive a letter of offer from RISD, where he will begin studying in 2018. He’d like to be an industrial designer, to produce items that are aesthetically pleasing as well as useful. Congratulations, Wil! Several other Year 12 (2017) Visual Communication and Design students also received exciting news over the break. Oliver Platt was offered a scholarship to study Design at Monash University on the strength of a portfolio based around futuristic car design. Mitchell Dekker received a scholarship to Swinburne, and Will Paynter received a scholarship to the University of New South Wales to study Landscape Architecture. AUTUMN 2018


From science to insurance After working as a Senior Medical Scientist at St Vincent’s Hospital for 16 years, in 2017 Cameron Stewart (OB 1997) decided upon a very different career path, joining his brother Michael Stewart (father of Sam in Year 8) at Stewart Insurance Brokers in Sandringham. So far, Cameron (right, above) has no regrets, and is relishing the changes and challenges his new career in the insurance industry presents. As a father of two young children, Cameron recognises that the convenience of working locally is a bonus; however, he believes that he was always destined to join the family business. “Insurance was in the blood and the calling came,” he says. We wish you the best of luck with your calling, Cameron.



Re-honoured! We love it when Old Boys come back to visit. While out from the US visiting family, David Webster (OB 1958, pictured in centre above) made time to come and see all things old and new at BGS on a tour with Kate Birrell and Peter Toms. There were laughs a-plenty as schooldays stories came out. We even managed to find the honour board with David’s name on it from Year 6! David was also delighted to be presented with a copy of his original handwritten enrolment card.

A good – and busy – life It may have been 57 years since Chris Milner (OB 1959) left BGS, but the UK-based Old Boy who last visited us in 2006 still keeps in touch with many of his old school mates and loves hearing about what’s happening at the School. It’s a surprise that Chris manages to find the time to read the BGS news at all. He’s a very busy man and, now in his 70s, he shows little sign of slowing down. When he’s not working as an advanced tutor at the charity RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents),

or taking charge of the Observers at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Chris is heavily involved with his local church and loves singing in the church music group. It’s wonderful to hear that Chris still counts BGS as such a positive influence. “Without

my schooling at BGS (and in England at Taunton School, Somerset), plus of course my fabulous parents, life would no doubt not have been so good,” says Chris. “I feel really blessed!”

BGS connections are for life After leaving BGS, Matt Smith (OB 1997) still felt a strong connection to his old school. He stayed in touch, coming together with old mates through a shared love of footy, playing for the Old Brighton Grammarians’ Football Club. Matt still cherishes his Old Boy mates – relationships he believes are “for life”. He also actively seeks out job opportunities

for BGS graduates looking to carve out careers in property and construction. Helping people out is in Matt’s DNA. He’s a keen volunteer and has been a Big Brother, initially via the Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia program, for over 10 years. Matt was also on the committee of the Epworth Foundation, the fundraising

arm of the Epworth Group, for eight years, volunteering his time to help with events to raise money for key areas of the hospital. Matt is currently an equity partner with one of Melbourne’s oldest executive search firms, is married to a doctor, and is the proud father of a beautiful 14-month-old girl.



L-R Robyn & Robert Morphett and Julie & Bill White

55 years later... When Gold Coast-based William ‘Bill’ White (OB 1959) received his invitation to the OBGS Brisbane reunion, he immediately thought of his old school friend Robert Morphett (OB 1958). He asked Brighton Grammar staff to remember him to Robert, who now lives in Echuca. In an amazing and happy coincidence, Robert happened to be

holidaying with his wife in Queensland when he received the call from BGS! The friends caught up for dinner and loved every moment of catching up on 55 years. Bill has been married to Julie for 45 years. They are proud parents to two sons and have three grandchildren.


Rob Baines (OB 2005), Matt Burge (OB 2005), Marcus Ward, James Ward, Marcus Harbour (OB 2005), Hann Hor (OB 2005), Tim Barnes (OB 2006)

In October, James Ward (OB 2005) married Ellie Faulkner in San Diego, California. Despite the distant location, more than 30 Old Boys attended the wedding, many of whom also made the trip to Las Vegas for James’ buck’s party. James’ brother Marcus Ward (OB 2008) was his best man. 54


Chris Scott (OB 2012) and Tahlia Le Couteur (FGS 2013) were engaged on 23 September 2017, their fifth anniversary.

Historic merge sees the formation of the United Schools Lodge The Brighton Grammarians’ Lodge was formed and affiliated with the Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society on 17 September 1927 after it was consecrated in the St Andrew’s Church Hall. Many of the founders of the Brighton Grammar Association (the incorporated body founded in 1924 when the School was bought from the Crowther family) were foundation members of the Lodge. Familiar names such as Dixon, Hancock, Jack and Ellis-Smith were amongst those who initiated the formation of the Lodge. The Caulfield Grammarians’ Lodge was formed two years earlier in 1925 and, like their schools, both Lodges have enjoyed a close friendship and friendly rivalry over the years. Although Freemasonry has seen a reduction in members over the past 40 years, which

The ritual handing back of the Charters of both Lodges to the governing body of Freemasonry in Victoria (The United Grand Lodge of Victoria). From the left, holding the Caulfield Grammarians’ Lodge charter, Charles Cartney and John Evans, the Grand Director of Ceremonies, and holding the Brighton Grammarians’ Lodge charter, Geof Hosie (OB 1959) and David Massey (OB 1978).

has resulted in many Lodges closing, Brighton and Caulfield Grammarian Lodges have not only survived, but continued to thrive. And on Saturday 18 November 2017, history was made when long-talked-about Lodge merger plans finally came to fruition with the memorable ceremony of consecration of the newly formed United Schools Lodge. The merger was driven by two tenacious men – John ‘Nobby Forster (OB 1942) and the late John Evans (Old Caulfield Grammarian and former legal advisor to BGS). For more information about the United Schools Lodge, or to find out about Freemasonry in general, please contact Nobby Forster on 0408 320 410 or Andrew Biggin on 0417 534 261. AUTUMN 2018



Rowing supporters merge to form the ‘new’ Meliora Club

Both the Boaterie and the Meliora Club have played significant roles in the history of the Brighton Grammar School Boat Club. The Meliora Club grew out of the reunion dinners first initiated by Paul Purcell and the 1966 crew. The Club officially formed in 1968, actively organising fundraising functions to provide equipment for the Boat Club. The Meliora Club was formally wound up, but a dinner on the Tuesday before the APS Head of the River Regatta has now become a major event on the rowing calendar, both to send off the 1st VIII each year and for alumni to come together and celebrate. The Boaterie was formed in 1988 when a group of parents banded together to organise social and fundraising events. The Boaterie has raised money for equipment including tents and banners, powerboats, sculls, ergometers, oars and cox boxes, as well as coordinating the supply of clothing, hats, water bottles and other essential items.

Following consultation and the strong support of members of both clubs, a merge occurred at the end of 2017, with a logo created for the newly formed group. Under the name the Meliora Club, the group’s major focus will be to continue to support the Boat Club. However, the Meliora Club has no direct involvement with the operation of the School rowing program. The newly formed Meliora Club will continue to develop the profile of rowing at Brighton Grammar. It will also assist the Brighton Grammar rowing program through fundraising, and facilitate social interaction among BGS rowing supporters. The Meliora Dinner was held on 20 March 2018. Our guest speaker was Nick Lloyd, who has been appointed as 1st VIII Coach. Nick has coached Head of the River wins in NSW and Victoria, and multiple Henley Royal Regatta victories. It is 50 years since the original Meliora Club was formed and we have much to celebrate. Both the 1968 and 1978 crews are planning reunion rows.

Richard Bartlett Director of Rowing



More than a Grand Slam Achieving a fourth consecutive Australian Open title in the 2018 Grand Slam was an incredible achievement for Dylan Alcott (OB 2008). However, having 10,000 people in the stands and hundreds of thousands more watching on primetime TV was arguably even more significant for the Paralympian and Newcombe medal winner. “I remember when I was a little kid, I used to ask my parents and brother why I never saw anyone like me on TV,” says Dylan. “Kids today won’t have to ask that. That means the absolute world to me.” Congratulations on both achievements, Dylan.

Young gun Old Boys take AFL by storm Alongside Nathan Murphy (see page 58), two other Old Boys are kicking plenty of goals in the AFL. Josh Kelly (OB 2013) continued his meteoric rise in 2017, being named in the AFL All-Australian Team and finishing 5th in the Brownlow Medal. Josh’s passion for the Tonners has always run deep and it is not uncommon to see him cheering on the 1st XVIII when he’s in Melbourne with the GWS Giants or during byes. Speaking of meteoric rises, as if being the 2016 AFL number one draft pick wasn’t enough, Andrew McGrath (OB 2016) capped off an outstanding first season with the Bombers by taking out the 2017 AFL Rising Star award, receiving 51 votes out of a possible 55. After anchoring the Essendon backline last season, Andrew is looking forward in 2018 to the possibility of being unleashed into the midfield, where he played much of his senior years in the 1st XVIII.



History-making success for East Brighton United soccer team In 2017, East Brighton United Football Club (EBUFC) experienced its most successful season in its 18-year history, winning both the Seniors and Reserves Men’s State League 5 East titles and claiming the Men’s State League 5 Finals trophy. Boasting a young and talented squad, spearheaded by Senior Coach Brandon Galgano, EBUFC encourages participation at all levels. The Saturday side includes many former National Premier League players, alongside a number of Old Boys who have

played soccer at various levels for the School and our Sunday teams. We are delighted to announce that we will now be offering junior footballers an opportunity to play for us. Our newly appointed Technical Director Charles Talboys is an experienced footballer who has played for professional clubs Swindon Town and Oxford United. Charles is also the former head coach of Brazilian Soccer Schools in Melbourne. Trial dates will be announced on our Facebook page.

If you’re interested in joining one of the fastest growing soccer clubs in the region, send us an email at

At home with the Pies In November 2017, Nathan Murphy (then Year 12) was selected by Collingwood in the AFL draft, having had to choose between a focus on Australian Rules Footy and cricket. Nathan was the first-ever recipient of the John Gray Scholarship, which was set up for boys without the financial means to attend BGS. Throughout his years at the School, he was a valued member of the community. Nathan stirred up AFL interest when he kicked seven goals for BGS 58


in a game against Geelong Grammar during the 2017 season. According to coach Robert Shaw, Nathan started off in the backline that day but, “We were a bit light on up forward so we threw him forward and … he kicked seven!” Nathan played with the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup for a number of years. He left the program in 2016 to focus on cricket but rejoined in the middle of 2017 and played in the grand final. The Dragons’ coach, Jackson Kornberg, said, “He

constantly seeks feedback and has a real desire for improvement.” Nathan was the recipient of the Brighton Grammarians’ Lodge Prize at the 2017 Year 12 Prize Giving Assembly.

Our rising academic culture Class of 2017 – you have excelled! Congratulations to you and your teachers on your VCE results, which are some of the most successful in BGS history. Of 124 of you, 42% achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, and your median ATAR was 86.90. But far and above your ATAR scores, we know that you have graduated as well-rounded young men, with diverse skills and passions. We hope that this is the start of many exciting life adventures.

A tale of two passions Growing up in Queensland, Billy Gray (OB 2014) developed an early passion for rugby at school. When his family relocated to Victoria in 2010, his new school didn’t offer rugby, so he had to find one that did – BGS. It was here that Billy found his second passion – the School itself. In 2011, Billy captained the BGS U16 Rugby team and took part in the Victorian Schoolboys tour of England and Europe. He represented Victoria in the Australian Touch Rugby Championships, and was selected to compete in the Australian Schoolboys Championships and in the Melbourne Rebels Development Squad.

In his final year at BGS, Billy was Captain of the 1st XV and entrenched in the Melbourne Rebels U20s. During the pre-season, he coached his beloved Brighton Grammar Touch Rugby team to a state championship in its first year. After graduating, Billy wanted to give back to BGS. Despite a hectic schedule training with the Rebels and being selected for the Junior Wallabies (the Australian U20s team), he returned to his old school as Assistant Rugby Coach. In 2017, he was part of the coaching team that took the BGS 1st XV to the Victorian Schools Rugby Grand Final for the first time in 30 years! AUTUMN 2018


OBGFC 60th anniversary marked by fun, focus and many firsts In 2017, OBGFC celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Club in spectacular style. In a highly successful year for all playing groups, we won Grand Finals in the Seniors and Reserves, propelling the Club into A Grade. The Under 19s and Women’s team (in its debut year) narrowly missed out on playing in the finals, demonstrating the solid talent that we have coming through.

Awards This year’s Robinson Trophy for Senior Best and Fairest went to Harry Hill, who had a magnificent season. Harry also won the GT Moore Best and Fairest in the VAFA B Grade competition and 7 Best on Ground performances. The Reserves’ Best and Fairest was Marty Ho, and in the Under 19s, Tom Wallace took out the honours. Indi Tate was named as a VAFA Rising Star finalist and the inaugural OBGFC Best and Fairest for the Women’s team. The John Priestley Trophy for leading goal kicker was shared by Michael Karayannis and Alex Mastromanno. 60


Recognition 2017 was also a year of recognition. We were proud to recognise the outstanding contributions of Jack Geddes and Tup Mullet, awarding them the status of Life Members of OBGFC. We also acknowledged the unwavering support of our joint no.1 ticketholders – Felicity Frederico and Tim Wilson MP. Tim’s resounding congratulations to the OBGFC in our national parliament was certainly a high point! The OBGFC also recognises and thanks all Committee members for their selfless efforts in ensuring that we remain relevant and progressive, continually seeking to improve all aspects of the Club in the community and in the top VAFA competition. We are grateful for the hard work of past and present Committee members, players, coaches, volunteers and supporters – all of whom have ensured that the OBGFC has a positive, unified and supportive culture, both on the field and behind the scenes. This will be critical

to the Club’s success as we step up into A Grade.

Community engagement The OBGFC continued and increased our engagement with the local community in 2017, with involvement in the Reboot, Thick & Thin, and Orange Socks for Will campaigns, raising awareness for underprivileged kids, mental health

awareness, and BGS student Will Murray. The Club also joined the inspiring Connor’s Run once again. These last two causes concern young men from our local community who are known to many of our players, making our involvement even more meaningful.

OBGFC Women’s team In 2017, the OBGFC achieved one of its key strategic goals with the Women’s team

hitting the field in the red and blue, opening up yet another avenue for engagement with the local community. The talented and motivated Women’s team was coached to a highly successful season by past President and former Captain Peter Grant and his brother Andrew Grant. The players and coaches were supported by a Committee comprised of Louise Graham, Leanne Sargent and

Ben Verney. In this first year of the VWAFA, our team may have just missed out on the finals, but they certainly showed that they are a team to watch in 2018. A great footy club is only as good as its people and we have some fantastic people at Old Brighton. Go Tonners, and bring on 2018!




50 Years On Reunion The 50 Years On reunion is a special day for all Old Boys who left school 50 or more years ago to enjoy a Chapel Service and lunch together in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall. 01 The whole group, spanning 33 peer years 1934-1967 02 Still great mates 50 years on 1967 leavers John Baragwanath and Gary Simmons 03 Three of our youngest Old Boys with our oldest Old Boy, David Madden, who turned 100 in March 2018 04 L-R Kenneth Boyd-Gerny (OB 1967), Ian Jane (OB 1967), Peter Toms, Dennis Belcher (OB 1955)









Class of 1977 40 Year Reunion 01 The 1977 group 02 L-R Rodney James, Tony Baenziger, George Fidler, Robert Howard 03 L-R Daryl Wilkinson, Simon Kessler, David Strong 04 Final words of wisdom from Headmaster Mr Rofe on Valedictory Day 1977 05 Valedictory Day 1977 hijinks with Mr Toms on Outer Crescent 06 More 1977 Valedictory Day fun in Church Street








Historical photos courtesy Tony Baenziger




Class of 1992 25 Year Reunion


01 L-R Robert Watmuff, Tim Strahan, Dan Holdsworth, Tom Carra, Jason Elias 02 L-R Luke Veale, Duncan Begley, Matthew Gamble 03 L-R Simon Davies, Roger Winders, Adam Stolz




OBGS reunion in Jakarta

John Phillips (right) and Michael Arceri (left) were lucky enough to catch up with Malcolm Collis (OB 1976) and Steven Sutanto (OB 2009) while in Jakarta, visiting our Indonesian sister school. Our first-ever Indonesian reunion! Look out for other international reunions later in the year in the UK and New Zealand.

Shanghai BGS Community Event Four Old Boys were part of a international community gathering in March in Shanghai. Hosted by the Headmaster, some 30 past parents, current parents and Old Boys enjoyed connecting with each other and hearing news from BGS.

L–R Herbert Chow (OB 2002), William Feng (OB 2017), David Chen (OB 2008), Alvin Zheng (OB 2008)




Class of 1997 20 Year Reunion 01 The 1997 group 02 L-R David McKell, Nicholas Coombe, Ashley Mckenzie, Ben Slater 03 L-R Nick Lowe, Nick Long, Toby Lyng, Alex Paltos 04 L-R Toby Lyng, Lachlan MacGillivray, Chris Barrow 02 68



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Class of 2002 15 Year Reunion 01 L-R Adam Lane, Lawrence Hii, Harry Butler, Cameron Voss, Jensen Overend, Luke Hunter 02 L-R Simon Overend, Phillip Thomas, Alex Kennedy 03 L-R Lucas Jarman, Peter Toms, Michael Dever





OBGS 2018 Reunion Calendar REUNION


Class of 1988 30 Year Reunion

Friday 20 April

Anzac Day event

Tuesday 24 April

Class of 1983 35 Year Reunion

Friday 4 May

OBGS Committee Meeting

Tuesday 8 May

Class of 1968 50 Year Reunion

Friday 18 May

Top Enders’ Term 2 Luncheon

Friday 25 May

Class of 2013 5 Year Reunion

Friday 25 May

Class of 2003 15 Year Reunion

Friday 15 June

London Reunion

Friday 29 June

OBGS Committee Meeting

Tuesday 3 July

Class of 1998 20 Year Reunion

Friday 20 July

Class of 1993 25 Year Reunion

Friday 3 August

Class of 1978 40 Year Reunion

Friday 10 August

Top Enders’ Term 3 Luncheon

Friday 24 August

Class of 1973 45 Year Reunion

Friday 24 August

OBGS Committee Meeting

Wednesday 12 September

50 Years On Reunion

Friday 14 September

Singapore Reunion

Tuesday 2 October

Class of 2008 10 Year Reunion

Friday 12 October

OBGS Committee Meeting

Thursday 8 November

Hall of Fame & OBGS Annual Dinner

Wednesday 14 November

Top Enders’ Term 4 luncheon

Friday 30 November

For all enquiries, email Alumni & Community Manager Kate Birrell (

OBGS Scholarship OBGS President Steve Dimer (OB 1996) is pleased to remind Old Boys with sons about this initiative. The Old Brighton Grammarians’ Scholarship for Citizenship and General Excellence is awarded to the son of an Old Boy of fine character and general all-round ability who will embrace the spirit and culture of Brighton Grammar School. OBGS scholarships are available for boys entering Year 8, 9, 10 or 11 in 2019 from within the School or externally (from another school). Scholarships attract 25–50% remission of fees and do not cover the cost of uniform, stationery, books or discretionary costs. For more information, email



Old Boys, parents, staff and friends of BGS are invited to attend the 4th

Gala Dinner incorporating the OBGS Annual Dinner 10 high-performing Old Boys will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with some ‘Rising Stars’

Wednesday 14 November 2018 Brighton Receptions, Bay Street, Brighton Further details coming soon

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