For the BGS community, full contact details for the Support Group Committees are available under the particular sport on MyGrammar.
The President of The Art Committee is Nicola Rahman
The main role of the committee is to organise the annual BGS Art Show, a highlight of the school cultural calendar and a major fundraiser for the School, namely the Art Department resources and supporting the Artist in Residence program. The committee is also custodian of the School art collection. The volunteer support group also assists with art events and student exhibitions when required. In recent years the group has provided funds for photography equipment, a ceramic kiln and 3D printer. We are a friendly and fun group that welcome all parents from Years 5-12. If you wish to be involved don't hesitate to get in touch.
Basketball – The Hardwood Club
The President of The Willow Club is Justin Beirne
The Willow Club is a volunteer based parents group which supports the School funded cricket program. The club was established in 1990 by well known Grammar and local cricket tragics Mr Ian Reeves and Dr Graham Bell. Since its inception, the Club has called on parents and friends to volunteer time to help in various fundraising and social activities. Funds raised by the Willow Club are donated to the School to assist in the program run by the Director of Cricket and targeted at boys from Years 5 to 12.
In recent years our donations have been used to:
refurbish the nets on BGS No 2
purchase bowling machines, training aids and other equipment
contribute to the restoration of cricket memorabilia at Northgate
provide uniforms and hats for the coaching staff
resurface the nets in the Indoor Sports Centre.
Fencing - The Musketeers
The President and treasurer of Musketeers is Phung Vu
The Musketeers is the support group for parents and friends of BGS fencing.
Our roles include:
assisting the Fencing MiC and his coaching team
fundraising for fencing clothing and equipment
assisting with the hiring of whites and sale of uniforms
general support to all boys and parents within the fencing community
organising the fencing welcome function
running the two canteens (at BGS and Yeronga).
Fencing was first introduced to Brisbane Grammar School in 1892 and we, the Musketeers, are proud to support one of the strongest school fencing programs in the country.
Meetings are held once a month beginning in February and run throughout the fencing season (term 2). We welcome all parents from Years 5 to 12 to become involved in the fencing support group and contribute to the ongoing success of this sport.
Football – The Wembley Club
The President of The Wembley Club is Mark Brooke
The Wembley Club is the parents and friends' support group for BGS football. Our role is to support the Director of Football, coaching staff and all boys who play football for the School. Activities carried out by the Wembley Club range from operating the canteen at the Northgate Playing Fields in conjunction with the rugby support group, hosting social events for parents, to helping undertake some of the administrative activities associated with the football program. Funds raised through the canteen in recent years have enabled us to purchase such items as portable shade tents and portable stands for the Northgate playing fields, landscaping of the facility as well as making a substantial contribution towards a medical buggy for use at Northgate.
I invite all parents from Year 5 to 12 to become involved in the Wembley Club. There are no membership fees. We meet monthly and meetings are relaxed and convivial. Your involvement would be very welcome and will contribute to the continued and impressive sporting success of all BGS football teams. I am sure you would find it rewarding and the Committee look forward to welcoming you.
Gymnastics - Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Supporter’s (MAGS) Group
The President of MAGS is Karuna Hoole
The MAGS group is a team of interested parents who are prepared to raise the profile of the sport of gymnastics within the school community. MAGS do not actively fundraise but provides assistance, support and information to the Master in Charge of Gymnastics, gymnasts and parents. The MAGS group runs the canteen on competition days and organises events such as the Open Day display and end of season dinner. For any parent interested, supporter shirts are also available for $25. All gymnasts’ parents are welcome and encouraged to join the MAGS group.
The President of the Moogerah Support Group is Carl Pritchard
The President of the Music Support Group is Alison Harness
Joining the Music Support Group (MSG) is a great way to support your son's musical endeavours, get involved, meet other parents and contribute meaningfully to the cultural life of the School.
The MSG raises funds to support the music program through the purchase of instruments and music and provides logistical support at concerts and music festivals.
The MSG meets at 7.00pm on the third Tuesday of every month in the Strings Room, ground floor of the Music Block and everyone is most welcome to attend – we have parents of Years 5 to 12 boys involved. Our AGM is held with our February meeting and all parents are very welcome.
Rowing – The Tipperoo Club
The President of Tipperoo is David Weightman
The Tipperoo Support Group consists of a large group of parents who assist in a number of roles to support the boys, Director of Rowing and coaches throughout the rowing season. This group was founded in the mid 1970s and plays a major role in the success of this sport.
Throughout the rowing season we:
Throughout the year we fundraise for the purchase of BGS approved capital equipment and for maintenance of existing equipment. Most of these tasks are done alongside your son’s activities. This is the privilege of being a rowing parent. There is also a social side to Tipperoo which is recompense for all the early mornings! There must be commitment from both the boys and the parents and this is reflected in the close friendships that are formed.
We pride ourselves on being an energetic, active and welcoming group of parents and invite all rowing parents to join us in whatever capacity they can. Whether it be baking muffins, helping at a breakfast each week, loading a trailer or being a committee member, every person contributes.
Rugby - Normanby Blues
The President of Normanby Blues is John Fison
The Normanby Blues Rugby Support runs the canteen and barbecue during home game days at Northgate throughout the rugby season. The club financially supports the rugby program by providing funds for various activities and equipment to assist with training or on game days. Recent support has seen assistance with extra coaching, providing equipment, such as water bottles and carriers, touch judge apparel and flags and printing of game day programmes for home rugby days.
The club sells BGS Rugby supporters gear and apparel on each home game day at Northgate.
The club welcomes all parents who are interested to participate either on the committee, as year volunteer coordinators or as volunteers on home game days.
Sailing – Spinnakers
The President of Spinnakers is Graham Hay-Smith
Grammar Sailing began in the late 1980s, with significant support from then parents Bill and Valda Byth, who had the drive, and generosity to help bring their vision of a competitive Grammar Sailing program into reality. Our committee helps to maintain their vision, working cooperatively with the MiC of Sailing, providing support to the program and fundraising toward the purchase of new boats and the repair and/ or sale of older boats. The school has a fleet of +15 Pacers.
Term 1: we start the sailing term with a welcome barbeque at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (where Brisbane Grammar School Sailing operates) in early February as the RQYS season begins. This is a great opportunity for all the new parents to meet the Sailing MiC, other Sailing staff and parents. Generally there are Commodore Drinks and the Sailing Dinner in Term 1. The term ends with a working bee to pack up the boats for winter.
Term 3: BGS Open Day we run the Cake Stall and assist with the Sailing information stand.
Term 4: starts with a working bee to unpack the boats and a family barbeque to get the sailing pre-season started.
Tennis – The Wimbledon Club
The President of the Wimbledon Club is John Peden
Tennis was one of the first sports played at the School. The role of the Wimbledon Club is to:
support the tennis program and coaches
liaise with the executive of the P&F
liaise with academic and administration staff
organise social functions
GPS Tennis is played in term; however, tennis coaching, training, competitions and activities are spread over the entire school year. The BGS Championships for singles and doubles are held in February each year. The Wimbledon Club provides a barbecue for players and friends on these days.