This year marks an important centenary event in Australia’s history, one that we at Brisbane Grammar School share not just as fellow citizens, but in a more direct sense, as custodians of the memory of those who participated.
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The centenary I refer to is that of WWI and the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. April 25 marked 100 years since members of the AIF landed on the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsular. Thousands of young Australians thought they were heading to Europe to fight the Germans. Instead they were diverted to Egypt and trained for an attack on Turkey – a place most knew nothing about. After eight months of fighting and more than 8000 Australian deaths, the campaign was abandoned in defeat.
The connection with our school community is one of great significance. A total of 174 of our Old Boys served at Gallipoli. It was the first major campaign of WWI that our Old Boys fought in, and was a campaign that brought home the reality of war as the casualty list mounted.
It was the melancholy duty of one of my predecessors – BGS’ third Headmaster Frederick Bousfield – to read out the names of those boys wounded, missing, or killed in action. There were great tales of heroism, but also tales of horror.
The record of the service of our Old Boys is quite remarkable. One of the most important things we can do as a community is not to glorify the events of 1915, but to simply remember the boys, our boys, who served. A special feature on Grammar at Gallipoli can be read on page 14. I encourage you to send in your own family stories and photos from WWI to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also in this edition of grammar news we touch on global citizenship and what it means to BGS, and how our school is developing meaningful connections with the global community. We examine recent graduate outcomes, where you can read about past students studying interstate and abroad. We have delved into the arts and sport, and followed our students all the way to Antarctica. A number of stories will connect readers with our outstanding alumni around the world, and how members of our community are generously supporting current and future generations of BGS students through the power of philanthropy.
I hope you enjoy the new direction we have taken with grammar news. As you read through I encourage you to send in your feedback and connect with us.