2020

The Impact
of Giving

BGS is grateful to have the generous support of current and past parents, Old Boys, staff and friends all of whom have contributed significantly over the years. Our Impact of Giving reports share inspiring stories from our donors in the BGS community demonstrating the incredible impact that the strong culture of philanthropy has on BGS. Please enjoy some snippets of the 2020 edition or download the complete version below. 

A word from the Chairman and Headmaster

Whilst COVID-19 hampered our seeking of support for some of our philanthropic priorities in 2020, we are fortunate that your support in the past continues to positively impact the School. 

We think particularly of the fourteen boys currently attending BGS on means-tested scholarships. Each one of these boys, quite simply, would not be able to attend a school such as ours without your support. It is so pleasing to see the way that these boys have embraced the spirit and culture of Brighton Grammar School and participate fully in the life of our School.

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of our Bursary Fund.  Our Assistance Appeal late in 2020 demonstrated the strength of our community and we were humbled by those connected to our School, particularly Old Boys, who were in a position to support our current families – families who were significantly impacted financially and whose sons’ education at BGS may have otherwise been jeopardised.

Whilst our achievements in recent years are many, to maintain our position as a leading school for boys, we need to plan and invest in the future now.  Soon we will embark upon the most significant project in our School’s history – a project that will assist us to better equip our boys with the knowledge, the tools and the adaptability to negotiate the future and seize its opportunities. You will hear more about this vital project in coming months and we expect with support from our community, we will be able to commence this project before too long.

Finally, to those in our community who were in a position to support BGS philanthropically during a most unusual year, a sincere thanks.

To download the full report please click on the link at the bottom of the page. 

Chairman, Peter Ickeringill
Headmaster, Ross Featherston

2020 Giving
By Numbers
Thank you to all our families, staff, past students and friends who have all invested in supporting Brighton Grammar School.
Total amount raised, pledged and gifts in kind $1.1m
470 Total number of donors
73 Number of first time donors
283 Families contributed to the Building Fund Voluntary Levy
105

Members make up the Sequamur Society

History of Philanthropy

For close to 100 years, BGS has received the generous support of the community to advance the School. In recent years, and as our culture of philanthropy strengthens, an increasing number of people are now choosing to support the School’s plans for the future.

The Urwin Centre, Annandale, the Wellbeing Centre are just three examples of building projects in recent years that have been significantly supported by our community, the latter being fully funded through philanthropy.

Our community has also generously supported our Scholarship program, providing life-changing opportunities to boys who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend BGS.

Please scroll through the timeline to explore when significant philanthropic support has been provided to BGS.

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The power of a scholarship

The true power of a scholarship can be found in this letter written by past scholarship recipient Oscar O’Brien (OB 2019) on the evening before the 2019 ATAR results were released.

Oscar O’Brien

Mr Featherston, Mr Liddle, Mr White, Mr Marshall & Ms Ladas,

Apologies for the group email here but I wanted to express my thoughts to all of you who have had such a massive impact on my life.

On the day before my ATAR is released I want to say a heartfelt “thank-you”. Every time I try to write this it makes me emotional as I am overwhelmed with gratefulness and also it is, in a sense, closing the most influential chapter of my life thus far.

Being welcomed back to the school and the amazing opportunities that the John Gray scholarship allowed me to experience was truly overwhelming. The sense of comradeship and instant belonging was what initially struck me and this feeling stuck by me through my entire senior journey.

The support provided by the school to me, and my Mum, at a time when it was most needed was truly something that I will be forever thankful for. The lessons taught to me outside the classroom by Brighton Grammar School have been especially invaluable and moulded my character. I have learnt values that will guide me through life and, for that, I will be forever grateful.

It goes without saying that if there is ever an opportunity to give back or help the school in any way please never hesitate to contact me.

This is not good-bye as I know our paths will cross again.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you in 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Oscar O’Brien