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 2019 edition or download the complete version below. 

A word from the Chairman and Headmaster

Thank you for making a difference

Our community truly embraced the philanthropic spirit in 2019 and for that, we are very grateful.

Through your support over the past three years, we have now raised over $1.1M for our means-tested scholarship program which is simply wonderful.  We could only have dreamed about this level of support a few years ago and this speaks volumes about our community. We now have 12 boys attending BGS because of the generosity of our community.

In February we opened our new Annandale pavilion. Our new home of sport is an outstanding facility and one that came to life with the generous support of our community. The donor wall erected on the side of the pavilion is a wonderful testament those in our community who chose to support this much needed development.

Support from our community is crucial to enable us to achieve our goals and we do hope that everyone will make, or continue to make, a contribution, at whatever level, to support current and future generations of BGS boys.

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

Chairman, Peter Ickeringill
Headmaster, Ross Featherston

2019 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 $2.2m
320 Annual giving donors
396 Number of first time donors
518 Families contributed to the Building Fund Voluntary Levy

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

Read the Impact of Giving reports online