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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

International Women’s Day

Tuesday 8 March was International Women’s Day and I was pleased to see that we marked this day, particularly in the Senior School and on our social media platforms. I take my hat off to Sienna Parrott (Firbank Grammar Wellbeing Captain) and Tom Wallace (BGS Co-Vice Captain of School) for addressing the Senior School boys and staff on the Pledge for Parity movement.

As I have said many times, a key part of being a successful man is understanding and appreciating the important role women have played in the past, play in the present and will play in the future. Whether it’s our mothers, sisters, aunties, grandmothers, partners, teachers or friends, we salute the women of our community and say thank you for all that you have done, do and will do.



Did you know?

You may have noticed the yellow planning application boards that have recently appeared on the fences around the School signaling the beginning of the process to redevelop Annandale Pavilion. But what is the origin of the name ‘Annandale’?

‘Annandale’ is the middle name of Walter Annandale Jack who gave a lifetime of dedicated service to BGS.  He was a student from 1885 to 1892, became President of the OBGS in 1913 and again in 1937, was a major benefactor in the 1924 incorporation, which saved the School when the Crowther family put it up for sale. Walter Annandale Jack also joined the School Council in 1925 and served as Chairman of the School Council for twenty years from 1945 to 1965.

The original Annandale was opened in 1956. It was a single-level building with two change rooms, showers and toilets.  The Parents’ and Friends’ Association had conducted a ‘Pavilion Fete’ in 1955, which raised £1,055 ($2,110) a significant sum of money in those days where the average annual wage in 1956 was £650 ($1300).

In 1982 the building was rebuilt as the two-storey structure we have today.

The late Harry Zachariah’s history of BGS ‘Meliora Sequamur’ written in 1982 for the School’s centenary records that “Annandale is ready and able to take on the demands of our second century”.  Thirty-four years into the School’s second century, Annandale is in desperate need of re-development and the plans to do so are very exciting.

Andrew Biggin
Alumni Relations Manager
Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society



Old Boy Charlie Pickering’s new project

BGS Old Boy (1994) Charlie Pickering has spoken to The Weekly Review about growing up in Brighton, why he left The Project and his new project: news observation show The Weekly.

See the full article here. 




2017 term dates

Planning a holiday in 2017? To help you plan ahead, here are the provisional term dates for 2017 (please note: these dates could be subject to change):

  • Term 1: Tuesday 31 January to Friday 31 March
  • Term 2: Wednesday 19 April to Friday 23 June
  • Term 3: Wednesday 19 July to Friday 22 September
  • Term 4: Tuesday 10 October to Thursday 7 December.



Victorian Parents Council Annual Seminar

The Victorian Parents Council Annual Seminar will be held on Friday 18 March at Xavier College. For further details, please click here. 



Champagne Masterclass with the Champagne Dame

Join us on Saturday 14 May from 6pm to 8pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall as we take an indulgent journey into the world of champagne with educator and expert Kyla Kirkpatrick. Tickets for this St Andrew’s Choir fundraiser cost $110 per person and include five champagnes and canapés. Click here to book. 



Music news

On Monday, the inaugural Music+ Concert was held involving the students of Brighton Grammar and Firbank Grammar Schools. The concert was an initiative by the Music Captains of both schools, working with the Directors of Music, to create an event where students could perform and present a musical act that is not an ensemble that they are involved in as part of the regular co-curricular programs offered by both schools.

The program contained some amazing performances that included rock bands, vocal solos accompanied by piano or guitar, string quartet with piano and much more. Congratulations to all the students who performed, and those who attended, and hopefully this concert will become an annual event in the school calendar.


Music+Prophets of Rock



Friends of Music Evening

The first meeting for the Friends of Music for 2016 will be next Wednesday 16 March at 7pm in the Senior Rehearsal Studio in the Music Centre. All parents are invited to attend.

Mr Jamie Ransome
Director of Music