A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first documented Anzac Day commemoration held at Brighton Grammar. In 1921, the School paraded on the current Rosstrevor site, watched by BGS parents and guests and Firbank Grammar students and families.

Brighton Grammar has a strong link with the Anzac campaign. Headmaster Lieutenant Colonel Henry Arnold Crowther (Headmaster 1919-1923) and son of our founding Headmaster, Dr George Henry Crowther, was instrumental in the planning of the withdrawal from Gallipoli and was one of the final six Australians to leave the cove.

The 2020 Anzac Day service will be different this year, as we will come together in spirit from our homes rather than in-person to commemorate Australians, especially our Old Boys, who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

I hope you take some time on Saturday to remember the Anzac spirit. You can view the Secondary School Anzac Day service here.


A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton

As we close in on the end of our first full week of distance learning this term, the staff and the boys have not only settled into their new routines but have embraced the challenges associated with working and studying from home admirably.

Having routine and structure is extremely important for our boys in such unpredictable times and the two pastoral touch points each day in particular provide an anchor for their day.

These check-ins are only brief, however Tutors and Heads of House/Heads of Year have been developing fun and engaging activities with the boys within them; encouraging the boys to share and connect with each other.

Dr Rachel Horton and her tutor group learn to juggle

Pastoral time on Friday will, of course, be spent talking about Anzac Day and to show the boys the video of the Chapel service that has been produced by the School.

Community is a word I hear frequently mentioned when anyone talks about BGS and at this time there is no doubt that we all need to stay connected and find the strength and support in our community. We know that some of our boys are very good at maintaining relationships with their peers but others are less so, and we will do whatever we can to support them in this.

In addition to pastoral time, co-curricular and inter-House activities are well underway. Instrumental music lessons have begun and student committees are meeting with many of the boys involving themselves in the organisation of new initiatives (reports on The Oak, Tonner Time and one interesting activity, Theatre of Dangerous Ideas, can be found below).


Introducing The Oak

In a very short period of time, our amazing staff have committed to flipping the co-curricular space to include 34 planned activities, committees and groups to interest and provoke our boys during these challenging times.

The Oak tree at the St Andrew’s end of our campus has always been a place for students to gather, share and care. Now online, The Oak continues to provide a place for boys to explore new interests, enhance their skills and contribute in any number of ways to better themselves and others in the community.  Boys can enhance their physical health and mental wellbeing by joining Ian Miller’s online fitness sessions on offer three times a week, take part in livestream debating, and represent their House in art or music.

The Oak will grow with the boys, it will shed leaves and limbs, but the health of this tree will be dependent on our engagement as a community.

Christian Neeson
Director of Co-Curriculum    



Theatre of Dangerous Ideas nurtures students from Years 9 – 12 to follow an argument; track logical reasoning; detect illogic; hear the emotions that lie beneath both the logic and illogic.  Students interrogate how knowledge and values are in constant dialogue with each other to open themselves to perspectives different from their own.

Is Theatre of Dangerous Ideas for the elite students of Brighton Grammar? Absolutely not. It is for students who need nothing more than a desire to experience learning beyond what their usual curriculum might offer. It is for students who want to understand and want to be provoked to think. Check The Oak page of the Hub for updates on imminent discussions and topics ancient.

Peter Pidduck
Teacher of English


Week 4 FIFA eSports House Competition           

Thumbs are wagging across Bayside in anticipation of The Oak’s ‘Wednesday Warriors’ FIFA eSports House Competition, open to boys in Years 7–12. Our Year 12 organising committee of Tom Cantwell, Will Murray and Steven Stavrellis met with Christian Neeson and I this week to discuss the finer details of the competition which will no doubt be hotly contested.

The FIFA committee meet to set the guidelines

The following selection guidelines have been put in place:

  • Players must at all times exhibit the School’s values: Passion, Respect, Accountability and Integrity while online
  • Players are only able to be selected in one House Tournament (those selected to play in the FIFA tournament will be ineligible for selection in future eTournaments)
  • All players must be fit to play – this equates to recording 30km of light to moderate exercise in the week before play (Week 3) as demonstrated on their House STRAVA profile.

More details can be found on The Oak page of the Hub along with details of the many co-curricular activities on offer to boys this term.

Tim Marshall 
Director of Sport


Tonner Time

Have you recently heard, ‘I never have enough time’? Most of us have more time now than ever before to spend with family, exercise or try something new. We have challenged our Year 9 and 10 boys to put this time to good use.

Tonner Time is about living our motto, Meliora Sequamur – to keep pursuing better things. Boys have chosen to engage with a new physical skill, languages, script writing, coding, understanding the stock market and all manner of diverse and interesting creative pursuits. Guided by our staff mentors, we look forward to them showcasing the results of the endeavours in the near future.

We are now looking for industry guidance. If you or someone you know could volunteer 10 minutes a week of your time to help guide the boys in a particular area, please contact Christian Neeson and he may be able to pair you up with a suitable group and staff mentor. Your help as always would be invaluable.  


From the Archives

Anzac Day

The first documented BGS commemoration of Anzac Day occurred in 1921 when the School paraded on the Rosstrevor site, accompanied by many parents, guests and students from Firbank Grammar.

The service was conducted by the Reverand Macrae Stewart, Senior Chaplain of the Australian Military Forces and former padre of the 21st Btn, AIF, and featured hymns and memorial prayers.

In his address, Rev Stewart highlighted that the Headmaster, Colonel Crowther, had been involved in planning the Australian withdrawal from Gallipoli and was amongst the last six Australians to leave Gallipoli. 

According to Rev Stewart, the Anzac campaign proved that Australian young men were prepared to give up everything, to face any hardships, and to lay down their lives in the discharge of their duty to their God, their King and their country. 

The Headmaster then read the names of those Old Boys who had made the supreme sacrifice, followed by the playing of the Last Post and the singing of the School Hymn.

This year’s Anzac Day Service, our 100th, differs from those in the past. However one constant remains, that is our commitment to commemorate all Australians who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.  

You can view this year’s online Anzac Day service here.