On Friday 24 March Brisbane Grammar School celebrated its 149th Foundation Day assembly.
Our Foundation Day assembly has three distinct phases. First, we celebrate the foundation and history of this school; second, we invite successful Old Boys back to the School to address the students; and third, we affirm our School's historical commitment to scholarship.
In examining the School's history, I explored Brisbane Grammar's commitment to the provision of a liberal education for its students from its inception to the current day. While this purpose was made explicit in the preamble to the Grammar Schools Act of 1860, the cause was not without debate. Certainly, its provisions have evolved over time but the basic aim has remained constant. As I noted, it is our historical commitment to a broad liberal education that shapes and gives meaning to this school. A legacy that defines our past and shapes our future.
The second phase of the ceremony was an address from BGS Old Boy Adam Franklin '97. Adam is the co-author of Web Marketing That Works. He is also an international social media speaker and marketing manager of Bluewire Media – the web marketing firm he co-founded in 2005 with fellow Old Boy Toby Jenkins. Adam is a social media commentator on 2UE and writes for two of the Top 25 Business Blogs in Australia (Start-up Smart and Bluewire Media).
Adam co-created the Web Strategy Planning Template and co-wrote the e-book Web Strategy Secrets, which have been downloaded by thousands of people worldwide. He has featured on Smart Company's Hot 30 Under 30 and the Dynamic Business 2010 Young Guns lists of young entrepreneurs, as well as in the latest edition of the book The New Rules of Marketing & PR.
Adam's messages to the boys were pertinent. He spoke about three types of work:
Challenging work where failure becomes the stepping stone to success;
Uncomfortable work where discomfort is a compass for growth; and
Courageous work where risk is the price you pay for opportunity.
It was clear to all in attendance that Adam exhibited an obvious affection for the School. His wonderful BGS story provides a living example to the boys, that the future is rich and rewarding if they are prepared to work conscientiously towards their goals.
The final part of the Foundation Day assembly involved a number of high achieving students. Three important annual scholarships were presented to members of the 2016 Year 12 cohort. I am delighted to congratulate Tom Ryan on receiving the R.H. Roe Scholarship, Jeremy Hunt on the award of the A.S. Roe Scholarship and Michael Fielding the winner of the A J Mason Scholarship. The three young men were splendid BGS all-rounders, outstanding academics, excellent and balanced extracurricular participants, influential leaders and wonderful servants of the community. They have commenced at The University of Queensland and we wish them all the best in their tertiary careers.
We also acknowledged and congratulated 10 boys on the receipt of Trustees' Scholarships, along with two boys awarded the J G Nowlan Bursary, and Frank Shaw Award.