Speech Day provides an opportunity to recognise Brisbane Grammar School’s high-achieving academic and extracurricular performers, as well as farewell the graduating seniors. The occasion also offers the opportunity to hear from the School’s leaders as well as a guest speaker.
Speech Day 2016 guest speaker Matthew McLennan. Read about Mr McLennan in the Summer 2016 edition of Grammar News magazine out in late December.
This year Speech Day was live-streamed for the first time, taking the event to a broader audience. To watch the Speech Day 2016 highlights video click here
. Headmaster Anthony Micallef reflected on a year of enormous progress and much deliberation about the future. He called the graduating Class of 2016 a most unified and enthusiastic year group, and singled out the student leaders Jeremy Hunt, Tom Ryan, Jacob Li, Adrian Lingwoodock and Declan Curran for their “splendid personal efforts” in steering the senior cohort.
Headmaster Anthony Micallef.
Board of Trustees Chairman Howard Stack spoke about the future for BGS, including the development of the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) complex, calling it arguably the most ambitious and most important in the School’s history. Mr Stack told the School’s newest Old Boys they could change the world for the better. "Believe in yourself, and take your next steps with confidence," he said. "Don’t forget where you came from, and when you are ready, come back to help make BGS a still better place."
Board of Trustees Chairman Howard Stack.
Outgoing School Captain Jeremy Hunt gave a stirring address, reviewing the year’s achievements in terms of his inaugural theme “collective endeavour” and engaged the audience with his analysis of the power and potential of a co-dependent student community unified in mutual purpose. Jeremy finished the speech to a standing ovation from his fellow students.
2016 School Captain Jeremy Hunt.
Throughout the event the audience was treated to incredible musical performances, from the School’s symphony orchestra, symphonic band, and vocal ensemble, who presented a range of popular pieces from famous productions.
BGS musicians captivated the audience during Speech Day 2016.