The best-performing academic and co-curricular students were recognised and the graduating Class of 2019 farewelled at the 2019 BGS Speech Day in November. The event also provided an opportunity to hear from the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees Professor John Humphrey, Headmaster Anthony Micallef, outgoing School Captain Nick Miller, and Guest Speaker The Honourable Jackie Trad.
Professor Humphrey acknowledged his predecessor, retired Chairman Mr Howard Stack's incredible legacy. “Howard, you are the very epitome of the character traits I like to associate with a Brisbane Grammar School Old Boy. You have made this outstanding contribution with selflessness, modesty, grace and good humour – imbued with the belief that with the support of a good team, anything can be accomplished."
“The School has had the benefit of your considerable intelligence, your formidable work ethic, and those of us lucky enough to work closely with you personally – your friendship."
Professor Humphrey then outlined his vision for the School. “We exist today in a fast-changing and increasingly complex and competitive educational environment, and nothing can be taken for granted," he said. “My vision for the School is for it to become the best boys' school in Australia."
“To do this, we will – among other things – need to maintain our position as the top-performing academic school in Queensland. While this goal is a collective one, my experience in the tertiary sector has convinced me that the best way to do this is through greater emphasis on maximising the personal learning achievement of each and every BGS student."
“We will work to further develop our capability to tailor our educational offering to better fit an individual's strengths, skills and interests. The School's move to develop its own effective thinking culture, whereby our boys are encouraged to develop a critical mindset, is one aspect of personalised learning. Our graduates need to be flexible, critical thinkers."
Headmaster Anthony Micallef congratulated the award winners and commended all students for maintaining an exceptional level of performance and participation across the academic, cultural and sporting areas.
He thanked the graduating School Leaders for their contribution to the School. “Nicholas Miller, Noah Rosemann, Tim Weber, James Kenny and Ryan Ah Yek have been fabulous in their personal efforts and their leadership of the student body. We wish the Year 12s well in their future endeavours."
Outgoing School Captain Nick Miller delivered a fantastic address that captured his fondness for the BGS community, as well as his fellow students. “In 2019, the seniors sought to place focus on the importance for boys to value and make the most of belonging to the truly phenomenal Brisbane Grammar School community through the theme of As One."
“Throughout the year, I have shared with the boys the significance of the crest, the significance of the blue shirt and the significance of the tie, in that it is what we have in common, to each other, and to those who came before us."