The summer 2017 edition of grammar news focuses on the history and success of our boarding community. A year ahead of celebrating the School’s sesquicentenary in 2018, we celebrate 130 years of on-site boarding at BGS, after the Roe Building opened to boarders in February 1887.
Boarding at the School actually dates back to its opening in 1869, when boarders lived in a row of cottages on Petrie Terrace. BGS boarders have been an integral part of the School for almost 150 years, and this edition serves to highlight its significance over the years and its relevance today.
Also in this edition, inspiring stories will connect you with alumni at home and abroad. We profile the incredible success story of one of our bursary students, who escaped war-torn Afghanistan for a better life in Australia. Another alumni story profiles the work of an Old Boy using coffee to provide a pathway out of poverty for disadvantaged minorities in Laos.
You can also read about current students who are also making a difference locally and overseas through our public purpose program, as well as stories that highlight the power of philanthropy.
Our Global Achievers section showcases a 10-year-old piano prodigy, and an exceptional designer. While regular sections, the Reunion Roundup, His Future, and On Campus, will keep you abreast of all the BGS happenings.
Cover image: 100 BGS boarders in the Great Hall this year. Steeped in tradition, the foundation stone was laid in 1879, the iconic building still remains at the centre of school life. The photo won a national social media competition run by the Australian Boarding School Association.