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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Pursuits outside the classroom

One of the greatest joys of my job is watching the BGS boys engage in their various co-curricular pursuits. Recently, I have been lucky enough to watch the Year 7, 8 and 9 boys in The Little Mermaid; listen to our Middle and Senior School boys play in the Wind, Brass and Percussion and Orchestral, Choral and Guitar concerts; and see a plethora of sport (rugby, hockey, soccer and football) during the first round of the APS winter season.

If I had to pick two highlights, I would choose the Senior Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Nimrod from the Enigma Variations and the 1st XV Rugby’s mighty performance against Scotch College. These two ‘performances’ were so different, yet they contained so many similarities –passion, precision, discipline and excellence.

I will always recall the words of George Longbottom (School Vice-Captain 2013) when he said that every boy needs a co-curricular pursuit, and that it doesn’t matter what that is; sport, drama, debating or music. I agree with George wholeheartedly. A boy needs a pursuit that he is passionate about. A pursuit he can deeply engage in to temporarily forget other life pressures. A pursuit that can teach him life lessons that will be called upon beyond the school gates. When I see our boys in action, George’s wisdom continues to be affirmed.

Finally, a happy Mother’s Day to all the BGS mums. I’m sure your sons will look after you well on Sunday, and will make you proud every day.


Did you know?

The first site of Brighton Grammar School was the home of Dr and Mrs Crowther situated at 161 New Street Brighton, near the corner of New and Wellington Streets (photograph below).

161 New Street Brighton

The advertisement that appeared in The Australasian newspaper on 7 January 1882, read in part, “The School is situated about midway between Middle Brighton Railway Station and the beach, not five minutes’ walk from the Brighton baths.”

Two boys were enrolled on February 13 1882: Arthur Warrington Rogers and Audley George Lilly. By the end of the next day (14 February) six more boys were enrolled, a 300% increase in just one day! From day one, this was a School for day students and boarders; the boarding house closed in 1954.

By 1884, the enrolments had grown to 56 and the School had well outgrown 161 New Street. Dr Crowther then purchased Temperly Lodge, which faced onto Outer Crescent and stood (partially) where today’s BGS Middle School stands.

In 1886, Pendennis was built to house the boarders. Enrolments had grown to 77.

Pendennis (pictured below) is still standing at 284 New Street on the corner of Crowther Place.

Pendennis (1) Pendennis (4)

Andrew Biggin
Alumni Relations Manager and Executive Officer
Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society


Sacrament of Christian initiation: Baptism or Confirmation

Each year Brighton Grammar offers boys and staff the opportunity to make an adult profession of faith. This event is called Confirmation.

A person is confirmed by a Bishop, in the Anglican tradition, when they decide that they want to make for themselves a statement of faith, having first had that statement made for them in baptism.

It is the current trend in Australian society for some families not to have a child baptised, or christened, at birth.  In some minds, it is a choice to let the child make their own decision when they are able.

Hence the visit of the Bishop, on August 17, will also be an opportunity for some of the boys or staff to be baptised; to make this decision for themselves.

The Chaplain wishes to invite boys or staff who wish to discuss this to make a time to do so. Contact Fr Tony Poole by email: tpoole@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.

Of course such discussions might conceivably start with: why should I bother?  Does someone need to be baptised to hold to a system of belief?


BGS Will Murray day a huge success

On Friday 29 April, BGS went orange for Will Murray. Boys and staff from the Senior and Middle School joined together to raise money to support Will Murray (Year 8) who was paralysed after jumping from a pier in the summer holidays. 

Activities included wearing casual clothes with a touch of orange, a yummy cake stall, lunchtime pizza stall, a paper plane competition, (won by Luke Hart, Year 9) in the Senior School, where $2,648 was raised. In the Middle School they also wore casual clothes and held a raffle and food stalls, raising $1,249. This total of $3,897 will grow even further with fundraising in the Junior School planned for later this week.


Will Murray fundraiser_pizza Will Murray fundraiser_planes



Last chance to grab brekkie with Paralympian Dylan Alcott OAM

Don’t miss your chance to breakfast with BGS Old Boy Dylan Alcott OAM. The Paralympic gold medalist with a wicked sense of humour will be sharing his story at the BGS Breakfast Bio on Wednesday 11 May. But you’d better be quick – this event is almost sold out and bookings close 5pm Monday 9 May.

See the event on our website