At Brisbane Grammar School, we understand the importance of formally recognising significant transitions made by students during their school journey. One such transition is made by Year 8 students as they prepare to enter the Senior School. During Term 4 each year, we hold the Tie Ceremony. The wearing of the School Tie is a visual symbol of a student’s move from Middle School to Senior School, the start of his move from boy to man.
To celebrate this moment, a special ceremony in the Great Hall brings boys and their fathers, or other significant men in their lives, together to share in what has become a much-anticipated event. Through ritual and stories, each boy is challenged to think ahead to the adventures and responsibilities of their next phase of learning. They are officially welcomed by the School’s student leaders who pass on their wisdom.
Once all the boys exit the Great Hall, each student spends time with his father and other senior students who assist them in learning how to wear the tie. By the end of the ceremony, each boy will proudly wear his tie for his remaining time in the Middle School; a daily reminder of the history and tradition the tie represents.
Although 2020 presented some challenges, the School was able to re-imagine this ceremony. The ceremony was streamed to parents to watch, fathers were invited to write a personalised message to their son, and photos were displayed on digital noticeboards showing boys receiving help from their father tying their ties the next morning.