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Welcome to the Winter 2014 issue of Meliora Sequamur New year, new Headmaster, new Middle School and a new format for Meliora Sequamur! We hope you enjoy sharing some of our boys (young and Old) achievements, celebrate our progress and catch up on some of the BGS news. To help you see the progress we are making in advancing the new strategic plan several of the articles have been ordered under the key priority areas: • Innovation and Learning • Wellbeing • Enablement • Three Cornened Partnership • High Performance Learning Culture Don’t forget you can also keep up with news on the School website, BGS Facebook, the weekly eNews and by following us on Twitter.
Natalie van Wetering, Editor
CON T EN TS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL OPENS
WORKING IN AROUND THE MIDDLE THE SCHOOL SCHOOL
12 BECAUSE I’M HAPPY
STRIVING FOR YOUR P.B
33 OLD BOYS
44 NEAR AND FAR
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The Middle School Opens
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A large crowd of parents, donors, staff and friends of the School gathered on Friday 14 March to mark the opening of the Middle School. CEO of Rio Tinto, the world’s second largest mining company, Old Boy, Sam Walsh AO (OB 67), travelled from London to officially open the facility. The main building, The Urwin Centre for Learning, has been named in honour of our previous Headmaster Michael Urwin. Sam was joined by the Archbishop of Melbourne, The Most Reverent Dr Philip Freier, who conducted the blessing. The guests were literally awestruck when touring the new learning space after the conclusion of the formalities.
01 Michael Urwin 02 The Nexus in Theatre Style setup 03 The Archbishop of Melbourne, The Most Reverend DrÂ Phillip Freier 04 The Nexus in informal setup 05 The guests watch the formalities at the Middle School opening 06 Sam Walsh AO (OB67), CEO Rio Tinto
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BGS appoints inaugural Director of Growth and Wellbeing Kay Rogers is a clinical and counselling psychologist who has worked in independent schools for over 20 years counselling students, parents and staff, and is acutely aware of the issues facing today’s youth.
I think a good education is not only about developing numeracy and literacy skills but young people also need to develop social/ emotional skills...
She also managed the Victorian branch of CORPSYCH, a national employee assistance program (EAP) and worked for several years in the Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) field including with heroin addicts. Kay is also a trained primary teacher and was one of the original puppeteers with Polyglot theatre as well as PA to entertainer Linda Ronstadt. Kay is delighted with her new position as Director of Growth and Wellbeing at BGS as she recognizes the importance of being proactive in focusing on the wellbeing and growth of the boys, staff and parents. “I think we all recognise a good education is not only about developing numeracy and literacy skills, but young people also need social/emotional skills that support them in becoming self-aware, resilient individuals responsible in their decision making and compassionate towards the needs of others”.
01 Kay Rogers, Director of Growth and Wellbeing at Brighton Grammar School
A line in the sand... The new BGS Student Growth and Wellbeing program will not be based on gut feel and intuition but on data and evidence. One of the first steps on our goal to develop a culture of positive education is to assess the current culture by establishing the baseline of the existing level of wellbeing of our boys. Working in partnership with The University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, all boys from Year 7 to Year 11 have recently completed a wellbeing survey. In addition, these boys were also involved in an assessment of the School’s social environment from the boys’ perspective. As part of this initiative, School Councillor Dr Amber Kelly and Kay Rogers ran a survey designed to help us better understand the patterns of behaviour amongst the boys. We asked them, in
strict confidence, to talk about how the conditions are at School. This data will provide us with important information to better drive our pastoral programs. Specifically, it will help us to identify any behaviour that may need remediation. The research findings will provide the School with excellent data to guide the design of our Student Growth and Wellbeing program both in the short and longer term. WINTER 2014 9
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy In the papers recently I noticed two contrasting articles, but on the same continuum. One, ‘The serious benefits of happiness’ was a reflection on the Positive Psychology and WellBeing Conference held in Melbourne in February, attended by several of our staff. The contrasting article was ‘Depression rife in high schools’.
5 simple strategies to build wellbeing
Reading both articles affirmed the School’s new focus on Student Wellbeing. The first article reminded us that positive psychology tenets can be a foil for depression, and employing simple mindfulness techniques can have a significant impact on an individual’s wellbeing and resilience.
Exercising makes you feel good so join a school sports team, or if you’re not particularly sporty, find a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
The second article cited • One in four boys displays depressive symptoms • 30% of boys feel ‘constantly under strain and unable to overcome difficulties’. • More than half have low levels of resilience. This was a stark reminder that we have a significant responsibility as a school and a community to equip our boys with tools and habits that may inoculate them against depressive illness in the future. Perhaps the following tips are a good starting point.
(from the New Economics Foundation)
Think of relationships as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support you when times are tough and enrich you every day as you get older.
Keep a journal, or take a photo. Be mindful. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
A given at school, but it should not be limited to academic studies. Try a new musical instrument, learn a new language, learn to draw, become an expert at something.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Your time is the most valuable thing you can give anyone. Peter Furey, Co-Head of Year 7 WINTER 2014 11
Working in the new middle school How is Science different?” At first glance some may conclude that compared to other areas of the Middle School, the SNARL Science Centre, isn’t that different to a standard school laboratory. Or is it? Walking into the Lab you immediately are struck by the spaciousness and light. This is an environment where the design of the space is genuinely transforming the way boys are learning. No longer does the science teacher stand on the slightly elevated platform at the front of the room, giving instructions and writing on the board. Students now work in groups, more often than not in a hands-on experimental situation learning by doing, testing, trialling and discovering with the teacher coaching and facilitating the learning. The innovation design of the lab allows this to happen effectively. There is an expansive breakout area for working collaboratively in small groups hypothesizing, sharing ideas and problem solving. Further collaboration occurs using the white board walls where boys consider that ever puzzling question, ‘but why?’ Because we know that boys are predominantly hands on learners who 12
need to be able to move freely while they work, the floor space is double what would be normal and the furniture, power and technology are all flexible and allow for fluid movement around the space. An impressive marine fish tank, while looking glamorous, has actually been designed and filled with marine flora and fauna to align with the science curriculum. The sound proofing material on the walls has the double purpose as convenient display space for showcasing exemplar examples of boys’ work. This is in itself a learning strategy as boys need
We believe this new space will inspire new interest in the wonder and mystery of physics, chemistry, biology and more!
to be able to see what a top class piece of work looks like so they are able to adapt and improve their own work. The technology rich laboratory accommodates individual tablets and computers as well as direct access to large interactive high resolution display screens for larger group work and explicit teaching. Boys love technology and find it
especially engaging when it is interactive. The lab furniture is flexible with mobile work benches seamlessly being used as work tables as well as traditional lab benches for the Bunsen burner, microscopes and other scientific equipment. We believe this new space will not only enhances the experience of learning science but will inspire a new interest in the wonder and mystery of physics, chemistry, biology and more! Deanne Cannizzaro, Head of Middle School Maths & Science WINTER 2014 13
We know how boys learn even down to the chair they sit in Furniture might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about your son’s education, but to us it is a carefully considered detail we know makes a big difference. The ‘Learning Commons’ (open learning spaces about the footprint of four regular classrooms accommodating a maximum of 75), have distinct spaces defined by furniture arrangements, architectural features and massive retractable glass doors providing boys and staff with a range of experiences to enable optimum learning. The furniture is varied and mobile. In fact the use of furniture is an integral part of the curriculum design; as the topics change throughout the term, the furniture does too. It is important the boys have space to move, comfortable places to sit, places to construct, and places to concentrate. We know that boys fidget and wriggle. Boys want to discuss interesting topics 14
and have the opportunity to be heard. Boys don’t want to just hear about why something is important for them to learn, they want to experience it, build it, make it, do it. Boys are active learners and we recognise that this is the strength of boys. Sometimes the Learning Commons are set up to encourage collaboration, using tables with surfaces like a white board, to enhance small group discussion and debate. In contrast the Epicentre is lined with soft chairs for intimate discussions, viewing documentaries, or reading for both research and pleasure. Research shows a comfy couch actually encourages concentration for these activities rather than a hard backed desk chair! The Construction Zone is permanently located next to a store room filled with materials to build models (which boys love and learn from) or create eye-catching posters in English. Each time the learning unit changes, our teaching teams place great emphasis on planning how the furnishings and space are configured to meet the needs of the curriculum to engage our boys in the most effective way.
3 CORNERED PARTNERSHIP
Chinese native and BGS mother, Sharon Xu, who has lived in Australia for 18 years, has recently established a BGS WeChat group for those Mandarin speaking members of our community living both here and in China. Sharon does an amazing job translating and posting important notices from the weekly eNews into mandarin as well as managing discussions about parenting issues, expectations about BGS events such as the Parent teacher interviews, explaining cultural nuances and giving a sense of connection to people isolated by language. If you would like to join the group sign into WeChat and search for BGS. For further information email Sharon on email@example.com
Brighton Grammar School
The 5 most important conversations you need to have with your son.
Free Parent Forum
The positive response we had from the parent body for the first Crowther Lecture Parent Seminar was nothing short of overwhelming. Psychologist, author and parent educator Andrew Fuller facilitated a panel of experts through an insightful and thought provoking discussion exploring “The 5 most important conversations you need to have with your son”. The panel included: • Dr Michael Gordon, Unit Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Monash Health • Kirsten Larkworthy, BGS Parent of three boys • Dr Jon Priestley, Old Boy & School Captain 2004 • Sergeant Tim Lambourne, Victoria Police Operational Sergeant , St Kilda Police Station • Dr Brad McKay Old Boy 1995 & one of three doctors on TV show ‘Embarrassing Bodies Down Under’ • Jason Mifsud, BGS Parent & Man. of Diversity, AFL • Kay Rogers, BGS Director of Student Growth & Wellbeing • Ross Featherston, BGS Headmaster
It was obvious from the huge turnout that there are many parents who care deeply for their sons’ wellbeing and to have that supported by the School is fantastic. Joy, parent
WeChat is a Chinese language social media platform, a little bit like Facebook – with more than 300 million users around the world.
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HIGH PERFORMANCE CULTURE
Data, data, data and more data…… A global trend is the increased use of data to track student performance. We were delighted recently to be cited as the case study school in a major article in The Age newspaper about how data is changing the way we teach and learn. Indeed, as part of our strategic focus on building a High Performance Learning Community, data is, and will be, used much more to track and improve the academic performance of all boys at BGS. With the data provided by our internal testing along with NAPLAN, Alwell and PAT tests we have a rich source of evidence about the academic strengths and weaknesses of each boy. This will, over time, enable teaching to become more tailored to suit the individual needs of each
boy with the focus shifting to progress rather than just achievement. Another benefit will be an even smoother and informed transition as students move from teacher to teacher, from one year level to the next. However that said, we are mindful there does need to be a balance. We can’t be ‘testing’ boys all the time or there won’t be any time for learning.
Past Scholars An initiative recently introduced to support our strategic goal of developing a high performance culture is our Past Scholars mentor program.
Alasdair Stretch (OB 2013) supports boys studying Chemistry and Further Maths 16
A number of ‘recent’ Old Boys have been contracted to assist our Year 12 boys with their academic program. Specifically, these ‘Past Scholars’ are available to help mentor, guide, coach and even extend Year 12 students with their studies.
INNOVATION AND LEARNING
Uncovering your sons’ learning style Using data to inform our teaching practice is core to the strategic direction of BGS. In the first half of the year, the School engaged MIND Peak Performance, a leading Melbourne based neuroscience and psychology practice renowned for education research. Their task was to undertake research to help us understand the engagement levels, attitudes towards learning and learning preferences of each boy in Years 5 and 8. The Year 8 data will also help us establish benchmarks about teaching and learning in the new Middle School and effectiveness of the curriculum delivery; the Year 5 data will allow us to accurately assess the impact of the thinking and discussion routines we have been using for several years. The research took the form of a ‘Day in the life of…’ on a typical day at our school. The boys completed two short online tests before their first class in the morning. At the end of the same day they completed another two short tests. These were not ability tests, rather they were designed to provide individual information about the way each boy learns and how to optimise his learning style for his ongoing success. This information will provide important insights for teachers. The plan is to take a number of snapshots during 2014 and then design interventions to maximise the alignment of curriculum with learning/ attitudinal preferences. WINTER 2014 17
A DAy IN THE LIFE of THE HEADMASTER One of the joys of being Headmaster is the range of things you gets up to on a typical day. Here’s a sneak peak!
08:00 09:00 10:30 Standing at the Junior School gate with the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson, and greeting the boys as they arrive at School. Most of the conversations revolve around whose AFL team won or (in my case) lost. The manners of the Junior School boys are always most impressive!
Attend the Senior School weekly Chapel Service in St Andrews. This week is Hancock House’s turn to lead the Chapel and the boys do a superb job on the themes of love and forgiveness. The singing needs some work however….
Drop into morning tea with the Middle School staff. This is usually done strategically when I know someone has baked a cake for a staff member’s birthday. Thankfully today is no exception.
Ross Featherston, Headmaster
The Headmaster sets a great example to us all by ensuring he schedules in time for exercise every day no matter how demanding his diary is.
11:30 12:30 Meet with the Director of Business and Head of Senior School to discuss the Senior School Renewal project which is about to start. The tenders are in and we just need to ensure that the budget is going to be met. It is reassuring knowing that the Property Committee of Council is helping along the way.
Before lunch, go for an informal wander of the Senior School to check in on the Year 12s who I am sure are studying hard in either the Library or the Senior School Study Hall.
14:30 19:00 Clear some emails (keeping the inbox to a manageable level is always a bit of a challenge), approve an advertisement for the local press highlighting the Three Cornered Partnership and our next Open Day and then head to the Middle School to say goodbye to the boys (and to possibly remind them to tuck their shirts in and pull their ties up).
Sit in the audience with my wife Rosie and four children and be amazed at the calibre of our boys and the Firbank girls as they bring Beauty and the Beast to life on the stage in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall. Incredible!
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A generous gift AROUND THE SCHOOL
Pat Norris, parent of Old Boy David Norris (OB 73), has chosen to make a substantial gift to the School in thanks for the special support shown to her son in his time at BGS. In recognition of her generosity, the School Council has decided to honour Pat by naming the new library resource centre in the Middle School, The Norris Family Library and Resource Centre. Pat recently visited the Middle School for afternoon tea and was amazed to see firsthand the 21st century approach to teaching and just how much Libraries have changed.
Giving what we can The Headmaster was delighted to be handed a small, yet significant contribution, to the Annual Giving Campaign from a Prep boy Ethan Hamilton when he greeted him at the Junior School gate recently. Ross was so moved that Ethan had chosen to give the School all of his $5 pocket money that he immediately organised a special receipt certificate of thanks to present later in the day. Ethan has certainly heeded the call of one giving what one is comfortable to give – and the Headmaster hopes you will too! Donations can be made online or ring our Donation Hotline 03 8591 2271. To date Annual Giving has raised $43,452 towards our goal of $80,000. 20 WINTER 2014
The Headmaster thanks Mrs Pat Norris for her generous donation to the School.
ELC and Year 11 Sculpture Class On a sunny Friday in May the young artists from ELC 4 visited the Senior School for an exciting art class with the Year 11 boys. Claire Clarke, Specialist Teacher ELC, and Steve Emmett, Head of SS Art, collaborated once again to offer our boys the unique experience of a cross-age art class. The senior boys had recently finished a unit of work in sculpture and were able to showcase their work to the ELC boys. The ELC boys were well prepared and arrived with working drawings to use for inspiration for their “Alien” masterpieces.
For older boys there is no better way to learn than to teach. Claire Clarke
It was inspiring to watch the older boys pass on their knowledge to the little boys. The sensitivity and encouragement they showed was evident in the impressive sculptures that emerged as the hour passed.
Both groups listened to each other, shared imaginative ideas and worked with incredible mutual respect. Undoubtedly there was a lot of humor and lively conversation, but at all times their uniting focus was the sculpture they were creating. For older boys there is no better way to learn than to teach. To encourage, motivate and communicate clearly with someone so much younger is a skill to be proud of. For the ELC4 boys it was amazing to see their confidence shine as they worked in such a supportive, trusting and creative environment. This kind of cross-campus learning experience is something that makes BGS stand apart from other schools.
Celebrating successful men BRIGHTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Once every three years we host our most prestigious community event, The BGS Hall of Fame – and you’re invited! On Thursday 21 August in the Members Dining Room at the MCG, 10 new Inductees will join the ranks of our most celebrated and honoured Old Boys. Achievements from all areas of endeavour - the arts, business, sport, science, medicine and entertainment – will be celebrated. Adding to the excitement, additional Rising Stars will also be recognised. To learn more or make a booking please contact the Development Office on 8591 2271. WINTER 2014 21
Seussical Our production hits the stage
Seussical the Musical, was colourful and fun featuring characters and scenarios from many Dr Seuss books. A favourite with young audiences around the globe, itÂ made the perfect choice for the combined BGS andÂ Firbank 2014 Middle School Production. 22 WINTER 2014
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Co-operation not co-education With a new Headmaster at BGS and new Principal at Firbank Grammar, a new level of commitment has been made to explore what is the role of girls in a boy’s education and vice versa, what is the role of boys in a girl’s education. This exploration and research will lead to initiatives beyond the long standing coproduction of plays, concerts, and various class interactions with a more defined focus aimed to develop the whole person.
New FGS Principal, Heather Norton and Ross Featherston are working collaboratively in their new roles.
Architects Unite! Following the March BGS Corporate Connections Breakfast, our guest speaker and founding Director of Lyons Architecture, Corbett Lyon (OB 73) toured the new Middle School with our School architects Wayne Stephens and Robert Goodliffe of Clarke Hopkins Clarke. Also in attendance was BGS past parent, architect and host of Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison. On the tour, Wayne and Robert discussed how the most recent research in boys’ education influenced the design of the new building.
(L-R) Peter Maddison, Corbett Lyon, Wayne Stephens and Robert Goodliffe
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We were very excited to have four such highly acclaimed architects walk through our new Middle School building together. The tour offered the perfect opportunity for Corbett Lyon and Peter Maddison to visit BGS and celebrate great architecture which supports learning.
BGS now has a hockey supporters’ group – The Wicks Club! The new Club, named in honour of Don Wicks, the Senior Master who introduced hockey to BGS in 1961. The Wicks Club is delighted to also have a wonderful Patron, Travis Brooks (OB 98), former Kookaburra, Olympic Gold Medallist and Inductee of the BGS Hall of Fame. Travis played in the last BGS team to win the APS Hockey Premiership in 1998. He certainly has credentials to inspire our current and future hockey players! To celebrate the launch of The Wicks Club, we held a BIG Breakfast Barbecue pitch-side on Saturday,
31 May. Parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and even pet pooches were there to enjoy four fantastic hockey matches and a very hearty breakfast. Also in attendance was Travis Brooks, who addressed the current BGS players. Travis was presented with the first-ever Wicks Club scarf by Firsts XI Captain, Ryan Cook. Ryan also presented Travis with two teddies, wearing miniature Wicks Club scarves, for his young sons Archer and Oliver. Travis then delighted the crowd by presenting Ross Featherston with a Wicks Club scarf; and by signing
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dozens of hockey sticks and posing for endless photos with all of the BGS players… and quite a few of the BGS teachers too! It was a great morning, and a brilliant beginning to a new chapter for hockey at BGS. It was also a fitting tribute to Travis, who is celebrating the ten year anniversary of his Olympic Gold Medal win. Congratulations Travis...and go Tonners! WINTER 2014 25
CURRICULUM FOR BOYS
Outdoor Education program The February fires across Gippsland caused last minute changes of location and plans for the Year 7 Outdoor Education camp moving from our original location in Gippsland to Point Leo on the Mornington Peninsula.
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Outdoor Education is much more than just having fun in the sun! The curriculum focus on the Year 7 camps included the boys understanding and displaying of the BGS core values of respect, accountability, integrity and passion to themselves, each other and the natural world.
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The undeniable value of outdoor education for boys is the balance between real and perceived risk.
When you add this to the surfing lessons, ocean rafting, bushwalking, beach games and other initiative games, you can imagine what an exhilarating week it was. There were also night time challenges such as ‘stalk the lantern’, night walks and star gazing, as well as unplanned nocturnal visits from the local possums that entered unzipped tents hoping to share in some warm accommodation! Mixed weather conditions meant the boys had to work on building resilience skills and extending their personal comfort zones. After a successful two weeks, students and staff all returned tired and happy after forming new friendships and getting to know each other better.
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New Home for Sailing The new school year marked the beginning of a new formal relationship between the Royal Brighton Yacht Club and the School with the local Yacht Club becoming the BGS ‘home ground’ for sailing.
We know boys like to work in a team whether it’s in the classroom, in a band or on the water.
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The Royal Brighton Yacht Club is looking to grow their school sailing activities and Brighton Grammar School is extremely excited to be part of what promises to be a positive future for local youth sailing. The boys are very proud of their new training venue. Thanks to David Staley, RBYC Sailing Manager, for organising the acquisition of six pacers for the program and for his support of our Sailing Team.
$79,000 Raised & a great time too… The Junior Parents’ Group Willy Wonka Ball, held in May was a brilliant success in everyway! The 270 guests were in awe of the abundance of sweet treats and colourful decorations depicting the Willy Wonka Factory theme. Through the superb organisation by Penny Zissis and the generosity of the parent community donating a range of fabulous goods, the silent and loud auctions, gift baskets and raffle raised $79,000 to assist in funding the new Junior School Science & Technology room and the new cricket nets. Congratulations to Margaret Duncan, parent of Year 2 student Hugh, who took out the major raffle prize – a year’s free school fees!
A crazy life The BGS Corporate Connections quarterly breakfasts continue to flourish a decade since their inception in 2005. The latest breakfast held in May featured BGS parent Patricia Ilhan, who shared a moving and insightful account of her life with her late husband ‘Crazy’ John Ilhan, and how she and the children have adjusted since his untimely death five years ago. Hers was a story of loyalty, resilience, optimism and sound family values. The Headmaster, Patricia Ilhan and BGS Council Chairman, Ian Parossien. WINTER 2014 31
BGS SEA CHANGE
Lizard Island As part of Sea Change some Year 9 boys travelled to the ruggedly beautiful Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef to study under the guidance of James Cook University researchers. After a morning lecture, boys snorkel, completing underwater tasks observing fish, sea turtlesÂ and coral.
UK Rugby Tour In April, 44 boys and four staff travelled to the UK for the first ever BGS European rugby tour visiting Ireland, Wales, England and France. They played four Club teams and visited many sports and cultural highlights.
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State Sailing Championships Both the 1st and 2nd BGS Sailing Teams competed in the State Sailing Championships at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. The First Team won eight of their ten races and placed fourth overall. The boys are looking forward to competing in the Australian Secondary Schools’ Team Racing Championships on Sydney Harbour in July. Captains, Pat Chipp (Year 12) and George Walch (Year 12) will lead sailors Mitch Dow (Year 8), Ethan O’Brien (Year 8), Devan Nicholls (Year 8), Lachlan Neville (Year 11) and Christian Aquila (Year 12).
5,000 meters in less than 16 minutes!
(L-R) Dan Belluz (Coordinator of Teaching and Learning - Senior School) with award winners Jack Coleman, Tom Wallace, Kevin Sun
Jack Bullock (Year 12) came 9th in his age group in the 5,000 meter Australian Junior Athletics Championship. Although he did not break his PB, he did race to the finish line in under 16 minutes.
The three highest achievers from Year 9 2013 were honoured in March by Monash University. The boys were selected due to their outstanding performance in all areas of school life and have proven themselves as well-rounded members of the community. Their recognition is accompanied by ongoing academic support from Monash University as the boys undertake their VCE studies. WINTER 2014 33
STRIVING FOR YOUR P.B
OOO-AHH Andy McGrath!
Andrew McGrath (Year 10) ran a personal best time in Sydney recently to take the Under 17 400 m hurdle Australian Championship. This is his 3rd consecutive year as an Australian Hurdles Champion, however, his first year over the 400m distance.
Our National Champion Rowers! Just seven days after the Head of the River our rowers competed at the National Regatta. It was a brilliant regatta with our boys winning the School Boys Coxed Four, beating both the NSW state champions and Victorian Head of the Lake winners. We also won silver in the Under 19 Four and a close fourth (0.08) in the Under 19 eight. The crew (L-R) is Jack Wheeler, Will Simon, Alex Douglas, Ed Tait and Hayden EdanBaidawi (coached by Dick Bartlett and Sandy Mitchell).
Entrepreneur in the making!
U18 Touch Football
At BGS we have some pretty entrepreneurial students. Take Year 11 boy Will Howard. Will runs an entertainment company, Reaction Entertainment, and employs a number of Year 11 & 12 students as DJs. He has a business plan with the goal of earning $50K in 2014. Will uses the money to fund his artistic pursuits and has had three or four compositions already bought by record labels. Will is well-known for providing entertainment at many of Melbourne’s underage nightclub events. 34 WINTER 2014
BGS won both the the U18 Touch Football State Championship and the School's Division One title. Well done to team manager, Jo Ellis, coach, Chuck, and all the boys.
Bronze, Silver and Gold! James Tickner recently competed in the Australian Cycling Junior Track Championships. James and his team won gold and broke their own Australian record (3:18.568) in the 3km team pursuit. The next day James went on to win Silver in the 2000m Individual Pursuit and bronze in the Team Sprint. Most recently, James has been awarded a Scholarship to the Sports Cycling Program at the Victorian Institute of Sport.
Will’s going international! Will Paynter (Year 9) was selected to play in the Australian Under 15 Water Polo Team after a demanding 4 day try-out in NSW. For the first time in the history of Australian water polo an Under 15’s team will be touring Europe, culminating with a tournament from August 13-18 in Belgrade, Serbia. Will’s passion for the sport was sparked when he learned to play in Year 5 in the BGS pool! His secret weapon is his strong legs that give him great lift out of the water.
Dan swims the Rip Congratulations to Year 9 student Dan Canta who recently swam the notoriously dangerous Rip from Point Nepean to Point Lonsdale, as part of his training for swimming the English Channel in August 2015. Dan is the youngest member of the famous Brighton Baths Icebergers.
Matthew Avdoulos (Year 11) won the John Famechon Cup in the Light Welterweight division at a Boxing Victoria event in May, and also the Sting Golden Gloves title (Lightweight division) in April. Matthew is training towards competing for the State title in one of those divisions later in the year. WINTER 2014 35
Beauty and the Beast The cast and crew brought the magic of Disney to life for audience members of every age. It was fabulous to see so many of our younger students in the audience supporting our seniors. Tim Semmens (Year 11) who played the role of Cogsworth (pictured right) shares his personal perspectives… “Those moments on stage, acting, singing and dancing side-by-side with the hugely talented cast of this year’s production are the most thrilling and enjoyable moments I have had all year. Through rehearsing and performing the popular Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, I have not only learnt a lot and had a great time, but have also met heaps of new people, and have come to know those I share classes with a whole lot better. Rehearsals on Friday after school and Sunday afternoons were a blast. I have vivid memories of many funny moments. Just like the animated characters we were portraying, there was also a very friendly, caring relationship between the cast. Before we knew it, the dress rehearsals were rapidly approaching, with a seemingly impossible amount of work still left to do. In a flash, it was opening night. We Alex Clarke, were all incredibly impatient Gaston and excited to begin – and 36 WINTER 2014
Images courtesy Andrew Lee
Tim Semmens, Cogsworth
find out how the audience would react and receive the show. They loved it! Each night was a great success! I am extremely appreciative of the work of our directors, music staff and choreographer who developed our performance skills and made the whole experience as fun and memorable as it was. Participating in this yearâ€™s production really was a fantastic experience.â€? WINTER 2014 37
Farewell Andrew Andrew Baylis has had a very successful 30 year career at BGS. Over that time Andrew progressed from Head of Physics, to Head of Science and ultimately to Director of Teaching and Learning and Executive Director of the Crowther Centre. Andrew’s a passionate teacher of Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Science, English and RE. Outside the classroom Andrew has had many roles including 20 years as Head of Swimming and First Hockey Coach, (Andrew was the Premiership Hockey Coach in 1998), an Aths coach for many years, a Company Commander of Cadets and was involved with drama and music for many years. Andrew was licensed as a lay administrator in 1987 and spent 20 years as a server with St Andrew’s Church. He assisted with Communion at BGS services since 1987 and was known to give the occasional sermon as well as his memorable and provocative addresses in assembly. Who will ever forget ‘why is a duck?’ The BGS community wishes Andrew all the best in his new role, Director of Learning and Research at Melbourne Grammar School. 38 WINTER 2014
01 Then! 02 Now! 03 Hockey Coach
A man of many talents Senior School Lab Technician, Dr Andrew Lee, was born and raised in South Korea and immigrated to Australia in 1997 as a young adult to study. Following his father and brother who both had doctorates in Chemistry, Andrew gained his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the UNSW in 2004 – making him the third Dr Lee in the family! Andrew then worked as a research engineer in industry and universities until joining BGS at the beginning of 2014. Such a background prompts the question, why would you choose to come and work in a school? Andrew replied without hesitation, “While at the universities, other than supervising research students, I often worked alone. I also was very much a specialist in my area of study - it had a very narrow focus. I was ready to become a generalist. At BGS I am
At BGS I am learning new things every day and growing with future scientists.
learning new things every day and growing with future scientists. It is quite a challenge which I dreamt of.” Andrew is also an outstanding photographer. Since he bought his first DSLR camera in 2008, he practiced photography as a ‘serious’ hobby. He has gone on to shoot for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Knox United Soccer Club,, the University of Melbourne and many more. He is also the in-house photographer
for Korean Today a weekly news magazine published for the Korean community in Melbourne and Sydney. We were delighted when Andrew recently volunteered to shoot the Senior School production Beauty and the Beast – without doubt the most prolific and high quality shots we have ever had over a BGS& FGS theatrical production. Andrew and his wife Gemma have three sons aged 15, 12 and 10. WINTER 2014 39
Beautiful Bride with her Wombats ELC teacher Melissa Perks was married on 1 March at Toorak Uniting Church. Melissa teaches the Wombat Kinder Group here at BGS and many of her past students went along to support their teacher on her special day. Congratulations Mel!
New baby Peter Whitehead's daughter Christina, born in February, is already the sweetheart of the BGS Rugby team, resting in the trophy after the boys won the prestigious school boy competition, the Cardiff Cup. 40 WINTER 2014
European Nuptials Director of ICT, David Humphries, married his beautiful bride Mirella in St Julian’s, Malta on the 27 May surrounded by Mirella’s son Connor and David’s sons Benjamin and James.
Officially an Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
After a long six years of waiting, Junior School Chaplain Father Chester Lord recently received his Australian citizenship. Father Chester received his citizenship from Mayor Laurence Evans of the City of Bayside at an impressive ceremony in the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron Clubhouse.
The Court of Companions was established to acknowledge those who by their devotion have contributed significantly to the advancement of Brighton Grammar School.
Where are they now?
Member of Senior School Administrative Staff 1975 -2003 My husband, Frank, and I live in Glen Waverley in the house we built 52 years ago. Frank spends his days hitting golf and tennis balls and I spend mine stretching muscles in Yoga, and my brain in Italian classes at U3A. “Fantastico”! An important regular activity is keeping up with “The Old Tarts” the name given to the ladies in the Senior School office by receptionist Connie Ramsay, so many years ago. And I think it is very special that 35 years later still enjoy our extended lunches and care about each other. We were very saddened when Jill O’Reilly died in September 2013; we miss her greatly. Each year we visit Perth and Canberra spending time with our sons Andrew and Michael and their families. In October Frank and I intend to circumnavigate Australia for five weeks on the Holland America Line’s MS Volendam. We are looking forward to a restful holiday!
Member of the Junior Staff 1975-2003 Since retiring in 2003, six grandchildren have kept me busy. I helped at my grandchildrens school for the first few years where my daughter Donna’s children were at school. Jess is now at Melbourne University; Sarah at Mentone Girls High, and Ben at Sandringham High and playing basketball for the Sabres. I also squeezed in several trips to England I moved to the Mornington Peninsula in 2007, enjoying my stall at “The Bottom Drawer”, along with visits to Sydney, then New Zealand, to visit my son Glynn, Jo and their boys, Jake (8), Dylan (6) and Kieran (3). In 2013 another move - I now live in Silverstream, a village north of Wellington. Glynn and Jo had moved to NZ in 2009. My house is opposite the boys’ school, very handy for the boys to come after school. I love living in NZ with its four distinct seasons, the frosts and the snow, and how could I not be happy with three boys around! WINTER 2014 41
Annual Dinner Festivities for the 2013 Court of Companions Dinner commenced in the Senior School Atrium to the delightful sounds of a Middle School string quartet. As is our tradition, a toast was proposed to the 136 past and present members who, through their dedication, have positively enhanced the life of the School. It was most fitting that Rob Quelch officially welcomed Dwi Ariantono to the Court of Companions as Rob has worked alongside Dwi for the past 15 years. Peter Toms welcomed absent new members, Cat Rossiter and Nick Tsiavos, and thanked them for their contribution to the education of our boys over the past 15 years. All were pleased to renew acquaintances with our ‘senior Staff members’ Barbara Green (1952-72), Keith Ferguson (1964-1990) and Peter Harkness(1964-68; 1984-98) who were able to join us. The Court of Companions Dinner is a wonderful opportunity for present and past long-serving Staff to catch-up with former colleagues, rekindle memories and hear about developments taking place at the School.
01 (L-R) Barbara Cramer, Mary De Salis 02 Photo of Dwi Ariantono and Rob Quelch
Did you know? Definitely the first, and arguably Australia’s most famous, opera singer was Dame Nellie Melba. Melba was born Helen Porter Mitchell. Her father David Mitchell was a well-known businessman in Richmond but it is a little known fact that two of her three brothers attended BGS. The Mitchell entries in Dr Crowther’s enrolment register from 1886-87. 42 WINTER 2014
Francis (Frank) David Mitchell and Charles John Mitchell both attended BGS from November 1886 to the end of 1887.
Barbara Green shares some memories from the past… When I started at BGS in the early 50s as the Junior School Art & Craft, Mabel Fairweather was the head of Junior School. The Junior School Library fitted a single shelf in her office, every book covered with brown paper. When I left there were over 10,000 books in two converted classrooms. The Headmaster, Canon Wilson, was a very hands on person, and often turned up at unexpected moments. One day he appeared to find a class of Junior School boys standing on the seats keeping the cane clean as they wove their wastepaper baskets. Art classes could go anywhere. Taking the Grade 3 boys, with pencils, paper and drawing slates across New Street, and down Cramer Street to watch and draw the tram line being removed from outside Middle Brighton Baths was memorable. The groundsman, Alex, had a wonderful German Shepherd, Betty, who sounded very ferocious, but before school and at the weekends could be seen playing with early arrivals, and during the Athletics season, completing a 100 yard hurdles on the oval. Alex also had a draught horse Nellie which pulled the cart which mowed the oval. When the Memorial Hall was first opened, the senior boys put on a play for two nights, and it had to be censored. They had a very successful opening night, and the last night the complete uncensored version was played much to the concern of some staff. When Charles Sligo became the Junior School Head, anything could happen. There was the time when all the parents were required to come to night classes, sit
in their son’s seats and be taught. Why I am not sure, but it was a great success and a very good PR exercise. On one occasion when I told Charles the there was a problem with the lock on the changing room door, Charles insisted that he show me that there was no problem. The only problem was, we became locked in, and it was only that I carried a pair of pliers in my handbag that allowed Charles to remove some louvers from the window, climb through and unlock the door from the outside before the whole school returned from Chapel in the morning. WINTER 2014 43
A word from the President In my role as President of The Old Boys’, I am privileged to also sit on BGS Council and have witnessed a very smooth transition from Michael Urwin to our eighth Headmaster Ross Featherston. Being the Head of Senior School for last two years has allowed Ross to hit the ground running and BGS has had a great start to 2014. The official opening of the Middle School by Old Boy Sam Walsh AO (1967) in March was a splendid event. The Middle School has received many accolades for its innovative design. The next capital works project will be the renewal of some traditional classrooms in the Senior School into contemporary, open plan and flexible learning spaces. Late last year the School installed a permanent display honouring the BGS Hall of Fame Inductees in the breezeway off St Andrews Street. Not only are they a great honour to the Inductees but they also inspire boys, staff and parents with their diverse and amazing successes. Ten more Old Boys will be inducted into the BGS Hall of Fame at an event at the MCC Members’ Dining Room on Thursday 21 August 2014. The Class Reunions, organised by Alumni Relations Manager, Andrew Biggin, continue to grow in number
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drawing Old Boys back to BGS to renew friendships and see how the School has changed. Do attend your Class reunion when it comes up and take the opportunity to join the tour of the ever changing School. If, at any other time you are visiting Melbourne and wish to have a tour of BGS, get in touch with Andrew Biggin and he will set it up. Don’t forget, another great way to engage with fellow alumni is through the Old Boys’ Affiliated Clubs - Cricket, Football, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Athletics and the Brighton Grammarians’ Freemasons Masonic Lodge This year’s Annual Giving Appeal will help provide more scholarships to boys, particularly those boys who would normally not be able to afford a BGS education. I urge you to join with me to make a donation to the Appeal. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and, no matter what size, will be greatly appreciated. “Let us follow better things” Roger B Wilson OAM MAICD (OB 61), OBGS President
Chad Stephens and his ‘Pop!ular’ business adventures
Chad Stephens (OB 97) and his business partner Chris Koch recently sold their 1Form. com property rentals website to REA Group for $15 million. 1Form is an online application service that allows potential tenants to store their information so they can easily apply for multiple rentals. Chad and Chris started their business while they were working at Pantry café in 2006 in response to a shared dislike for the complex and time consuming process for prospective tenants to apply for rental properties. The entrepreneurs had attempted to start up several different business ideas, but it was 1Form.com that got off the ground. Since selling 1Form.com, Chad and Chris have been busy with their next business adventure, Pop! – an app that allows users to control the personal information they share online. Pop! was only launched this year but is already a great success with over 100,000 registered users.
Barney’s App is helping Children
Parents of children with cerebral palsy can now purchase educational toys online with the confidence that what they are buying will help improve their child’s condition, thanks to Dr Barney (Brian) Hoare (OB 94). Barney has created a ground breaking free smart phone App to help parents find the right toys to achieve their child’s rehabilitation goals. The new App, CPtoys™, provides a simple platform that offers professional assistance to parents looking for specific educational toys, directly linking them to online retailers that stock the recommended products. Barney, a Melbourne-based paediatric occupational therapist working at Monash Children’s Hospital, l designed the App to improve the effectiveness of therapy and to help ease the frustration of parents trawling through websites to find the right toys for their child’s rehabilitation. Barney completed a PHD on effective therapies for hands and arms in 2010 and has since become a recognised world expert in the field. WINTER 2014 45
Old Boy punts on the American Football dream! Joel Dixon (2009) recently headed off to Delta College in Stockton, California to pursue his dream to punt in the American College system football competition. After leaving BGS, Joel played with the Sandringham Dragons but after a range of injuries he turned his attention to the American game. Delta is a junior college where Joel will study Business Management. He hoped to gain entry to a Division One college but because of the subjects he had studied here (Humanities) he was unable to do so – they prefer the sciences. Joel hopes to transfer to a Senior College after about 18 months to play College football and eventually, pro-football. Australian footballers are valued in 46 WINTER 2014
American football for their ability to kick the ball high and keep it in the air for a long time. This is called ‘hang time’ allowing players behind the punter when the ball is kicked to make position and take possession of the ball without penalty. Punters are used in a game infrequently and can go through a season and actually play very few games despite the fact that they can be very well paid. A handful of AFL players have been punters most notably Mat McBriar (1997) drafted from OBFC to the Denver Broncos and ultimately the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons where he broke the record with a 75 yard punt. Mat currently plays with the Pittsburgh Stealers and is only the second Australian to be selected to play in a Pro Bowl in 2006.
Matthew Arblaster wins Young Manufacturer of the Year The Young Manufacturer of the Year award, an initiative of the Victorian Government, celebrates young people making a contribution to our manufacturing future. The award recognises an individual in a technical or innovative manufacturing role who has demonstrated high achievement, advocacy, leadership and enthusiasm for manufacturing. Matthew’s love of all things manufacturing commenced at an early age – as a child he enjoyed pulling things apart to see how they were made. Things didn’t end well for his mother’s kitchen mixer. He achieved First Class Honours in his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Monash University. In the year prior to completing his degree,
Matthew approached Bayer MaterialScience for unpaid summer work experience. Around that time he won the 2005 Association of Consulting Engineers Australia National Student Engineering Project award. During his time at Bayer, Matthew enjoyed challenging and rewarding projects including managing the maintenance department, project managing a $6m new production line and a large upgrade to the existing machinery. A move to Fosters Wine Estates followed where Matthew became the plant engineer at Wolf Blass Packing Centre to help implement lean manufacturing. He then took a position implementing an environmental government
program as well as capital projects in the engineering team. Following a stint in the Napa Valley, California, Matthew returned to Bayer, where he is currently responsible for the production department of the Australian site of Bayer MaterialScience. Recently, Matthew has been promoted to the Bayer MaterialScience’s head office in Shanghai to help oversee production and reliability best practice.
VALE It is with sadness that we advise the names of Old Brighton Grammarians and their year of leaving who have passed away since the last edition of our magazine. We express our sincere condolences to their families and friends.
Brodrick, Kenneth (OB 46) Bromley, Geoff (OB 72) Findley, Ian (OB 63) Hutchinson, Gerald (OB 46) Jeffery, Eric (OB 40) Lane, Bob (OB 53) Law, James (OB 32)
McIntyre, Rt. Rev. John (OB 69) Mannix, Chris (OB 72) Ogilvy, Peter (OB 73) Seares, Peter (OB 66) Siminton, David (OB 69) Tripp, Len (OB 32)
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The PUMP man John Link (1953) is Australia’s foremost authority on pumps of all shapes and sizes but especially “really big pumps” and the engines that drive them. When John left BGS in 1952, he began studying mechanical engineering but was advised his future was not in engineering but in sales. After a stint working and travelling around Australia John returned to Melbourne working in the agriculture field spraying pasture for weeds – soon starting his own business. In the 1960s John was asked to solve the problem of weeds choking Albert Park Lake and successfully invented a means of delivering herbicide safely and effectively below the surface of the water to kill the weeds. John attended agricultural college in America to further study weed control and business management but on his return sold his business to the staff. He began selling tractors in South Melbourne, soon discovering a demand for pumps. One day the ETA food manufacturing 48 WINTER 2014
company wanted to hire a pump. Reluctantly John agreed and was delighted when it was returned two weeks later in good condition and he began taking more enquiries for hire. Today, Link Pumps has the most diverse range of pumps in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 750 different types of pump on hand in John’s yard in North Williamstown. Link Pump Hire also provides the massive motors to drive the pumps. John’s other passion is cars. His collection includes an American La France weighing more than 3 tonnes (one of two in Australia), a Morgan, an Armstong Siddley, two Bentleys and a 1923 Vauxhall. John is a keen “Royal Tennis” and squash player and will play in the world masters Squash tournament in Hong Kong in July.
01 Just one of the 750 massive pumps John has awaiting in his North Williamstown yard 02 Link Pump Hire also provides the massive motors to drive these huge pumps 03 John’s 1923 Vauxhall
“Pendennis Chapter” 60 Years On Reunion
01 (L-R) Bob McLellan (1954), Jeff Sturrock (1948), Bryan Linacre (1946), Robin Lloyd (1953) and Merrick Summers (1941) 02 (L-R) Geoffrey Bowell (1948), Des Clark (1951) and George Thomson (1951) 03 (L-R) Peter Toms, Ian Brown (1947), Neil Grummitt (1954) and Wells Eden (1947)
Thanks to our OBGS Sponsor Michael’s Appliance Centre Take a closer look at Michael’s specialist suppliers of kitchen and laundry appliances in Hampton Street, Brighton. Ask for Old Boys Simon Williams or Michael Wood. Phone (03) 9592 6400 or visit our showroom 24 hours a day at michaelsappliancecentre.com.au WINTER 2014 49
Amazing experience for one so young After finishing 13 years at BGS, Tom Watkin (OB 2007) went to Monash University to study Arts and after first year, transferred into Law. While at Monash, Tom volunteered at the Monash Oakleigh Legal Service, and the Prison Legal Education Project. He and others would give legal education seminars to inmates. Tom’s area of speciality was parole. In mid 2013 Tom set off to Houston, Texas, as the 100th intern of the REPRIEVE program. Reprieve Australia helps provide legal and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty, to advocate against the death penalty and to raise awareness about human rights. Tom had a six month placement working with lawyers who specialise on gathering mitigating evidence to present to the jury. This was followed by a six month Internship as a defence Investigator at Georgetown Law. MS: What did your internship involve? TW: The other interns and I worked tirelessly on the tedious but vitally important tasks associated with defending somebody on death row. We collated all evidence, drafted motions for court and conducted research into new areas of capital punishment jurisprudence. MS: Were there any major lessons that you learnt? TW: The inherent dignity and worth of every human life. Also, as a lawyer, you can’t worry about being everyone’s friend. Often lawyers think they should be 50 WINTER 2014
chummy with the prosecutor, judge etc., and they can ‘cash in’ that good will later. Inevitably, the good will is never cashed in, and the needs of the client have suffered. MS: Tell us about your Georgetown experience so far. TW: I was employed (unpaid) for six months as a Defence Investigator for the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown. The Clinic teaches select third year Georgetown Law students how to run criminal cases. The Clinic is staffed by full time attorneys that handle felony and misdemeanour cases in the Washington DC Superior Court. Defence Investigators investigate on behalf of defence attorneys. We had no formal power except for the ability to subpoena people. A subpoena compels an individual to appear in court, at a certain time and date. Other than that though, all we had were our street smarts. Most of the work we completed was out ‘in the field’. We were responsible for: taking statements from witnesses, photographing crime scenes, collecting video footage, serving subpoenas, liaising with Police for documents, visiting clients in jail, performing criminal background checks, reviewing evidence for trial and locating hostile witnesses. It was an extremely hands-on internship. Most of the cases we handled (the attorneys and investigators) originated in South East DC which consists of predominately African American communities of a low socioeconomic status. Often, I was the only Caucasian
As a lawyer you can’t worry about being everyone’s friend
(L-R), Tom Watkin, Eli Northrup (The Attorney Tom worked for), Danite Chiles (Tom’s investigative partner).
person visible. The economic disparity between these areas and the suburbs in North West D.C. was stark. White faces would replace black faces; one bedroom town houses (that often occupied 3 or more people) would give way to multimillion dollar mansions. Instead of chain linked fencing and pit-bulls, North West D.C. had picket fencing and labradors. I don’t exaggerate when I say these areas were 10 minutes’ drive from each other. MS: What’s next?
TW: Soon I’m setting off to backpack around Chile, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. My girlfriend lives in Buenos Aires and I have friends dotted around the continent, so I’m looking forward to seeing them too. As for work, I’m currently applying for graduate jobs that commence at the start of 2015. I’ve got my eye set on a variety of government departments including the Commonwealth Attorney General and the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions. WINTER 2014 51
Near & Far Phillip McGibbony (1969) has lived in Mt Eliza for many years. He and his wife have recently built their first home after 35 years of marriage. Phillip is still running his concrete business but hopes semi-retirement is only a few years away. Phil has been a Justice of the Peace for the past seven years. Apart from a few joint replacements, life is good! Phillip Davis (1970) recently retired from politics and is now an avid bushwalker. He was a Liberal member of the Victorian Legislative Council since October 1992, representing Gippsland Province until 2006 and then the Eastern Victoria Region. Phillip was Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council from December 2002 to February 2008, and was a Shadow Minister from 1999 to February 2008. Richard Wilson (1972) has been living in Condah (about half way between Hamilton and Portland) for the past eight years. Richard works for the State Government as a professional firefighter for eight months of the year and the remainder is spent working on sustainability projects caring for native 52 WINTER 2014
Mel, Nick & Harry Biggin
flora and fauna. Richard fought the serious fires earlier in the year in the Grampians and Gippsland. Warwick Bray (1974) joined the Royal Australian Navy after leaving School and enjoyed a rewarding 24 year career. On leaving the Navy, he purchased a petrol station and convenience store in Mt Eliza which he ran for eight years before entering into the funeral industry. He is currently the Manager of Herbert King Funerals which is a division of Tobin Brothers Funerals. Ian Davies (1978) is living in Sydney. Ian founded and ran ISYS Search Software from 1988 to 2012, at which time he sold to Lexmark Inc. and is now enjoying a spot of sailing and scuba diving. Robert Nankervis (1981) started his own business in consulting, advisory and executive coaching practice
in mid 2013. He specialises in driving performance in midsized ($10m+) organisations. He helps business owners, CEOs and senior executives who are chasing substantial growth, facing performance challenges or driving transformation agendas. David Thomson (1981) has been specialising in residential property management and sales for the past 27 years in the family business ‘Thomson’ and is based at the Murrumbeena office. In the 1980s and early 90s, David played in a band at parties and pubs with fellow old boys Mal Lewis and Brent Mallet (both 1979) under the name ‘Sick of not being in the Bahamas’. Now they have families and kids, the band is reforming for performances at corporate level and occasional pub work. Maybe we will see David, Mal and Brent on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’!
Nick Biggin (1996) and his wife Melissa became the proud parents of Harrison (Harry) Charles on February 3rd this year. Harry is already enrolled at BGS to commence in 2026.
Technology, Service Delivery, Processes, IT Recruitment, Program Management, business transformation and Payroll Operations. Simon previously worked for the Spotless Group.
Brodie Summers (2011) competed for Australia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi competing in the Mens Moguls in which he finished a creditable 13th.
Baby Nathan Biggin
Chris Biggin (1996) and his wife Allison have also become parents, with the birth of Nathan on 21 March 2014. All doing well. Simon Overend (2002) is a business process architect with Service Stream, a company providing service solutions for the operators and owners of Australia’s essential infrastructure networks such as fixed and mobile communications, and electricity, gas and water utilities. Simon has broad based experience in HR,
Alex Georgiou (2006) has been working in Real Estate since 2008 and currently is working with Buxton St Kilda as a Property Consultant. He is very passionate about the industry and helping his clients’ real estate ambitions become a reality. Alex also enjoyed an amazing European adventure late last year seeing 14 countries in just over two months. In London he caught up with Nick Graham-Bowman (2006) and Tim Biggin (2008) at the soccer watching the Aussies play Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Andrew Maglio (2013) has been accepted on a five year full scholarship to Northeastern University, Boston; for rowing where he will also be studying a Bachelor of Business Administration. Last year Andrew was Captain of Boats at BGS and competed in the World Junior Championships. He leaves in August. Brad Nelson, Junior School Teacher 1993 - 1997 is the new Head of Sandringham House, Firbank Grammar School. Brad spent six and a half years as Head of Junior School at Ruyton Girls’ School before starting at Firbank at the beginning of 2014. WINTER 2014 53
Class of 2013, 1st Reunion 01 A great turn up 02 The three boys from the Class of 2013 who were drafted to AFL teams Left Jayden Hunt (Melbourne FC) Christian Salem (Melbourne FC) and Josh Kelly (Greater Western Sydney FC) 03 (L-R) Dylan Rodrigues, Marcus Lavender, Christian Salem, Alex Phillips, Tom Boxtel, Chris Roubos, Andrew Alesi, Adam Andrews, Tom Fisher, Navin Cooray, Peter Chantzos, James Emery and Max Hayes. 04 (L-R) Joel Le Couteur (school Captain 2013), Chen Qian (Dux 2013), Gary McPhee and Sam Gibson
30 Year Reunion of the Class of 1984 01 (L-R) All the attendees 02 (L-R) Geoff Barden, Greg Wheeler, Steve Collins, Simon Kay and Howard Bradfield 03 (L-R) Andrew Ritson, Peter Toms, Jason Veale and Neil Hoar 02
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Meliora Club Dinner The Meliora Club dinner has been held on the Tuesday evening immediately preceding the Head of the River Senior Regatta every year since 1968. All BGS rowers and coaches are welcome to attend. The 2015 Meliora Club Dinner will be held on Tuesday 17 March 2015 in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
01 The newest members of the Meliora Club (L-R) Tom Fisher, Jerome Keast, Brodie Miller, Brad Johnson, Andrew Maglio, Donald Beddoe, George Longbottom, Alex Page, Scott Collie, Matt Johnson and AlasdairÂ Gnauck 02 Guests of honour at the Dinner were the 2013 1st VIII. Standing (L-R) Seb Nearchou, Jack Wheeler, Dick Bartlett, Alex Clarke and Oscar Armstrong. Seated (LR) Hayden Edan-Baidawi, Angus Maloney, Alex Douglas, Ed Tait and Will Simon 03 The parents of the 1st VIII were also invited to attend the Dinner. Standing (L-R) Donna Maloney, Grant Douglas, Richard Simon, Pamela Simon and Michael Armstrong. Seated (L-R) Claire Clarke, Deb Douglas, Josie Wheeler, Greg Wheeler and Kerry Armstrong 04 Nobby Forster (1960) centre presents the Hon Paul Guest OAM QC (coach of the 1974 1st VIII) left and Michael Strong with their Sterling Silver Oar lapel pins to celebrate 40 Years membership of the Meliora Club
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10 Year Reunion of the Class of 2004 01 02 03 04
All the attendees (L-R) Simon Rowell, Tom Gunning, Brendan Blatt and Ryan Eastgate (L-R) Nick Stanway, Brett Anderson, Monty Stephens, Kevin De Almeida, Oliver Cox (L-R) Nick Allen, Phillip Carlei, Pat Cooney, Chris Cannon and Reece Watson
Top Enders Annual Cricket Lunch
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The Top Enders is a cohort of Old Boys who have descended from a group of five who all worked at the â€˜top endâ€™ of Collins Street and had lunch together on the last Thursday of every even numbered month. Nowadays, the Top Enders meet at the Marine Hotel in Brighton except for the February lunch which is held on the Friday of the first home game of cricket in Term 1.
5 Year Reunion of the Class of 2009
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All in attendance (L-R) Tristan Jones, Kyle Buntz, Alexander Dick and Will Francis (L-R) Riley Cummin, Ben Jakobi, Bradley Page, Jordan Portelli, Alistair Johnson and Nick Coroneos. (L-R) Chris Walton, Clark Irwin, Charlie Davidson, Will Newman
BGS Alumni Relations Manager, Andrew Biggin and his wife Robyn visited their son Tim (2008) in London in June and while there, decided to hold a BGS reunion cocktail party at the Chiswell Street Dining rooms on Wednesday, 25 June 2014.
(L-R) Geoff Finkemeyer (1968), Andrew Twomey (2000), David Truex (1967), Scott Sinclair (1980), Josh Bucknall (2006), Andrew Biggin (1969), Michael Waite (2008), Tim Biggin (2008), Robyn Biggin, Nick Graham-Bowman (2006) and Catherine Cranston (Daughter of past staff member and much loved Midori Cranston) WINTER 2014 57
OBGS Reunions 2014 and 2015 Please mark these dates in your diary for your Class Reunion to be held in the second half of 2014 and first half 2015. Invitations will be posted approximately 6 weeks prior to the Reunion. Reunions at the School will be preceded by a whole School tour commencing from the Oak Tree one hour before the start of the reunion. REUNION
15 Year - Class of 1999
25 Jul 2014
20 Year - Class of 1994
1 Aug 2014
Scotch College Perth
8 Aug 2014
25 Year – Class of 1989
22 Aug 2014
28 Aug 2014
40 Year – Class of 1974
10 Oct, 2014
30 Oct 2014
50 Years On Reunion
Top Enders Cricket Lunch vs Wesley
60 Years On – Pendennis Chapter
Senior School Library
13 February 2015
First Reunion Class of 2014
20 Feb 2015
30 Year – Class of 1985
27 Feb 2015
Meliora Club Dinner
17 Mar 2015
30 Apr 2015
10 Year – Class of 2005
22 May 2015
5 Year – class of 2010
29 May 2015
Indicative Dates 2015
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The Sequamur Society honours and thanks those members of our BGS Community who have confirmed their intention to include Brighton Grammar School in their Will.
Why include BGS in your will
(L-R) Stephen Jones (OB71), Georgina Grigoriou, member of School Council.
Having worked so closely with the leadership, staff and parents of BGS over a number of years, I have had firsthand experience of the commitment, passion and hard work so many put in to doing the very best for our boys. It’s inspiring. But resources are always tight. I simply want to do my bit. Natalie van Wetering, Sequamur Society Member
Old Boy Stephen Jones (OB1971) and wife Georgina Grigoriou, member of School Council, and parents of Greg Year 12 share their reasons for leaving a bequest to BGS. Why BGS? BGS is an integral part of bayside living and ticks all the educational boxes. Firstly, it’s a one campus school; secondly, a single sex school focused upon teaching boys academically, culturally and spiritually; thirdly, BGS has a long and proud history within the bayside community; and finally BGS shares a special relationship with its sister school, Firbank Grammar. We must ensure BGS survives and prospers in good and bad times. It is an undeniable fact that BGS, like other independent schools, is receiving less and less funding from state and federal governments. Hence those who have enjoyed a first rate education at BGS, should, if financially able, leave a financial legacy in their Will to ensure ongoing prosperity of the School for future generations. All bequests big or small in some measure collectively make a real difference to the economic future viability of the school. Accordingly, as an old boy, a member of School Council and both enjoying seeing our son completing his Year 12 from ELC, we have no hesitation in making a bequest to BGS in our respective Wills - we invite others to do so. Remember every little bit helps!"
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Cocktail Party The Middle School Nexus was a superb venue for this year’s Sequamur Society’s Cocktail Party. Sixty members and their guests gathered for what was a celebration of support for our much loved School. During the evening the Headmaster expressed his gratitude for the foresight and generosity of our Sequamur Society members and made presentations to new members Old Boy and Past Parent Peter Hay (1976), his brother, Old Boy and Past Parent John Hay (1978) , Old Boy and Past Parent, Tino Marget (1968), Old Boy Geoff McCalman (1957) and Old Boy, Tim Renouf (1974). 01 (L-R) John and Kim Hay with Andrew Biggin 02 (L-R) Brigit Luxton and Andy McGuigan 03 (L-R) Graeme Templeton, Michael Talbot and Ross Featherston 04 (L-R) Ross Featherston presents Peter Hay with his Seqaumur Society paperweight and lapel pin 05 (L-R) Sue Toms, Maggie Lynch, Trudy Talbot, Kathy Tims , Heather Arendsen and Julie Marget 06 (L-R) Tino Marget and Tim Renouf
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