BGS Open Day 2015
The 2015 BGS Open Day proved a resounding success, with clear skies defying the forecasted rain. Thousands of people flowed into the School from midday to 3pm to see just what makes Brisbane Grammar School what it is today. These visits to the School are enlightening gatherings for parents and future pupils. The event enables our staff, students and parents to showcase the many and varied qualities of our energetic school community. Our Open Day allows future parents and boys a chance to get a sense of school culture and the merits of a BGS education.
I want to offer my appreciation to our current students for the manner in which they represented their school. They were self-assured without being conceited; frank about the School’s commitment to the academic, social and emotional growth of every student; and spoke positively and eagerly about their BGS schooling experience. To the staff and parents who contributed so much I am indebted to you for your affability and readiness to share your Grammar experience with our visitors.
I would like to report the feedback from parents on the day was an overwhelmingly positive endorsement of the supportive community we enjoy.
Art Show 2015
Of equal importance and satisfaction was the 46th Art Show Discovery
. The event was opened by Dr Campbell Gray, the Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum, and highlighted the work of Queensland based artist Wayne Singleton.
Mr Singleton is an Australian relief block printmaker specialising in black and white, and hand-coloured, linocut prints. A major theme in his work is ‘place’. The images come from special places that are within a few hours’ drive from Brisbane where he lives, and represent his connection with those backdrops.
The cocktail party held to open the Art Show has become a highlight of the School’s social calendar and with 350 attendees, this year, it was a tremendous logistical achievement.
Many prominent Brisbane and interstate artists have been represented in the show over the years and many are represented in the School collection.
The Art Show continues to provide essential support for the School, the collection and the academic program. I wish to thank the BGS Art Department guided by Angela Brown, the industrious Art Committee headed by Elizabeth Kendall, the generous sponsors, and all the other wonderful people who volunteered their assistance to support this significant school event.
By Anthony Micallef