Week 10 Term 1
Thursday 1 April 2021
In this issue:
- Student leaders of Term 2 activities announced
- Five BGS gymnasts qualify for the Queensland team
- BGS Robotics compete in the FIRST Robotics International Competition
- Queensland School State Swimming Championships podium finishes
Sadly, Term 1 came to an abrupt halt with the enforced three-day lockdown issued by the State Government. The Queensland Health website has up-to-date information, including restrictions and frequently asked questions.
The last week of any term is usually a busy assessment period for students and an important time to close summer cocurricular activities and prepare for winter activities. Schools, such as BGS, impacted by the announced three-day lockdown have the discretion to change the date of any internal assessment that has been scheduled for this week. All year levels will be advised of any changes to Term 2 programs.
Before the term closes, I want to take the opportunity to publicly thank Ms Kate Stevenson and Mr Nick Holland for stepping into senior roles while Mr Mark Schumann and Mr David Carroll were on leave. We are incredibly fortunate at BGS to have so many high-quality people who have the capacity and the inclination to assume these significant roles. I also welcome Mr Stuart Fitzpatrick to BGS. He joins us as the School’s Director of Development and will be heavily involved in our capital campaign to raise funds for the STEAM Precinct, Boarding refurbishment, and needs-based bursaries.
The School’s Annual Report has been tabled in the Queensland Parliament and is available on the BGS website.
The Annual Report contains reports from the Chairman and myself, a review of critical projects, school operations, financial results, and key statistics. I would like to highlight several key areas and provide context and information for each one.
Responding to the economic impact of the pandemic on our families was an important priority for the School in 2020, which led to a 10% tuition fee discount offered across the board. We are grateful that many families opted not to accept the discount or to redirect their discount to the School’s Bursary or Building Funds. In addition, we continue to respond with customised fee payment arrangements on a case-by-case basis to parents affected by the financial impacts of the pandemic.
The School also prioritised supporting our staff throughout the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other boarding schools, BGS was eligible to participate in the first phase of the JobKeeper Payment Scheme.
The JobKeeper Payment Scheme enabled BGS to avoid any job losses or staff stand-downs during the Term 2 closure of our campuses, particularly for our catering, maintenance, cocurricular and tutoring team members.
The School’s eligibility to participate in the JobKeeper Payment Scheme was independently verified. BGS did not participate in the second phase of JobKeeper, which ended in March 2021.
As with all Queensland grammar schools, the State Government requires we demonstrate competent financial performance and management, as well as confidence in our current and future operations as a going concern.
The financial viability and stability of the School is demonstrated through the regular delivery of an operating surplus. In 2020, BGS recorded an underlying operating surplus of $3.4 million, down from $4.9 million in 2019. This result reflects the strong performance of the School in one of the most challenging years of our history.
BGS operates without the financial backing of a broader church or government school system. Being a not-for-profit institution, all funds generated must be used to fulfil and further the School’s educational mission to its students, now and well into the future. Like all independent schools, Brisbane Grammar School is continually investing contributions received from parents over many years in new infrastructure and maintenance of existing infrastructure. This process is continuous and to some extent inter-generational. All current students enjoy the benefit of the School’s existing infrastructure, much of which was initially funded by contributions from the parents of past generations of students. This approach underpins our current substantial investment in the STEAM Precinct, which will support best-in-class education of generations of students throughout this century. The STEAM Precinct is expected to welcome staff and students in Term 1, 2023 and will be funded by a sensible blend of long-term debt, cash from operations and philanthropic support.
Once again, I thank members of the BGS community for contributing to the School’s success, despite the challenges. I am pleased that BGS has navigated the profound economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that our financial performance has been well managed in challenging circumstances.
I wish to advise BGS families that the School has continued updating campus security. Last year, perimeter gates were fitted with a card entry system and additional CCTV cameras were installed. This year, perimeter fencing along Gregory Terrace frontage has been installed and boom gates erected at the Tennis Centre. The measures intend to provide added safety for staff, students, and visitors to the BGS Spring Hill campus. There will be additional upgrades this year and next.
2021 is a significant year in the history of Brisbane Grammar School, in that we are about to embark upon the largest capital project in the School’s history. After seven years of research and planning, the timeline for the BGS STEAM Precinct has been set. Brisbane Grammar School has signed the building contract with leading construction company Watpac Construction.
The benefits of a STEAM-rich education are increasingly recognised as worthy of investment for a well-rounded scholastic experience and the development of important life skills. The STEAM project will integrate the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics across an entirely new dedicated precinct.
Temporary classrooms are being erected this week, buildings decanted during the term break, staff car parking built on No 2. Oval and demolition of the existing Maintenance Block, Physics, Biology and Languages buildings after Easter. Plans are in place for classes to be appropriately allocated so that learning is not disrupted during the construction phase.
STEAM information evenings for the BGS community will be offered soon. More information will be available on these evenings in the first week of Term 2.
BGS held a ‘Demolition Party’ last weekend to acknowledge those who have donated to the STEAM Project so far and celebrate the upcoming demolition of several buildings to make way for the STEAM Precinct. I was fortunate to start the celebrations with the destruction of a replica Biology Building piñata, and Trustees John Humphrey and Warren Traves cut a STEAM Precinct cake. Thank you to all who attended the party, including Wilson Architects and Watpac Construction.
BGS Pick-Up / Drop-Off Zone
We are aware of the difficulties and delays involved in dropping off and picking up your sons at the front of the School, especially at the start of each term. With construction of the STEAM Precinct and the closure of the College Road gates, traffic will be even more concentrated around the Gregory Terrace entrance and Kalinga Avenue, which runs between the two Grammar schools, and will be especially busy with BGS and BGGS staff coming and going along that road. We ask BGS families to be patient and supportive of staff while they move traffic through the passenger zone and when possible avoid this area completely in 2021 and 2022.
In closing, it is my pleasure to announce the student leaders of Term 2 activities. Each of these boys has been selected by their coaches and senior staff to lead their respective communities.
I wish all BGS families a safe and restful Easter holiday.
- Acting Head of Senior School | Nick Holland
- Outdoor Education
- Student Wellbeing
- Senior Library
- Academic Updates
Our end of term activities were cut short by the Premier’s lockdown announcement on Monday. I would like to thank all families for their flexibility and support on that challenging day. There was a flurry of activity as some boys emptied lockers, adjusted to new cocurricular schedules, and several boarding students made quick arrangements to leave before the lockdown started. Teachers also had to reschedule a significant amount of assessment. The boys adjusted to the situation with great maturity.
To encourage good habits in lockdown, boys were asked to check in with their Tutor at 8.20am each day. This helped boys get out of bed at a suitable hour and set themselves up for a productive day. The check-in also let the boys touch base with their classmates and discuss any academic work. Our online attendance rates were excellent. Thank you for assisting with this process.
Winter uniform, including blazer, is to be worn from Tuesday 4 May, the day following the Labour Day long weekend. If you have not yet organised your son’s blazer, please contact the Grammar Shop as soon as possible.
When boys return following the break, it is important that they are presentable and meet our standards. Can you please ensure that your son has a suitable haircut. Our expectations can be found on MyGrammar here.
Director of Outdoor Education
Unfortunately, due to the weather event in the Scenic Rim and the east coast, 8C could not attend two days of their program. Thanks to the much-needed rain, Lake Moogerah rose dramatically from 12.5% to 42% during the week, which closed access roads and bridges.
As the rain eased and the roads opened, 8C came out to Moogerah for a two-day program at the end of the week. The class attended with great enthusiasm and energy to make the most of their shortened program.
Boys were tasked with team-focused challenges like the commando wall, where they had to get their whole group up and over the 2.5m wall. In the trolleys, teams lined up on timber planks and coordinated their movements around a course, before progressing to a team-focused height activity. The giant ladder entails groups of three climbing a 15m ladder where the rungs of the ladder are beyond one person’s reach and therefore requires collaboration and creativity at height to complete the task.
The class enjoyed an evening around the campfire, pancakes for breakfast, the morning run and then their final activity, paddling on Lake Moogerah. The class visited Lake Moogerah Gorge to see the Sandy Creek Waterfall flowing in two stages down the cliff face and were able to paddle in under the waterfall — a unique opportunity.
Maxwell Hirst was enthusiastic and keen to participate as much as possible. He was a happy and empathetic group member who helped his peers and maintained a great attitude. Luca Porfyriou was willing to challenge himself and work hard for his classmates. Luca belayed continuously during the giant ladder session and did an excellent job of keeping his classmates safe and supported. James Stephens was also recognised for his commitment to the group and his willingness to take on the role of belaying.
Year 11 Outdoor Education Leaders George Sayer, Sam Siganto and Tom Macpherson got involved in the activities and looked for every opportunity to assist during the program.
A short movie of the boys' experiences can be viewed via the 8C Video link.
Outdoor Education photos are available via the School’s photo management system, Pixevety. The platform helps the School safely manage and share our photos. This user guide provides instructions on how to access, navigate, search and download photos. The system uses single sign on and must be accessed via MyGrammar > Useful Links > Pixevety. Once activated, you will be prompted to enter a login email and password, but please do not attempt to login this way. Instead, go back to MyGrammar and click on Pixevety again. You can then view the photos by clicking on the Outdoor Education Year 7 folder in Pixevety.
Director of Student Wellbeing Programs
Resources to assist parents and caregivers
I recently read an excellent article by Paul Dillon on vaping and e-cigarettes, What should parents say when their teen says "But it's not smoking" when they find out they're vaping? You can read it here.
Parents and caregivers may also find two recently published SchoolTV reports useful. Last month’s report was on the topic of consent and respectful relationships, while this month’s report is on vaping and e-cigarettes. You can access both reports here.
Our Student Wellbeing platform GrammarWell also provides relevant and accurate information covering a range of topics to support boys social and emotional wellbeing. Resources related specifically to respectful relationships and drug and alcohol education are included and can be accessed here. GrammarWell is accessed during Student Wellbeing lessons to enhance the curriculum.
BGS Library Holiday Opening Hours
The Senior Library will be open from 8.00am to 4.00pm each weekday during the holidays (except for public holidays). Students in Years 9 to 12 are welcome to come in to work on assignments, study for exams or borrow from our fiction collection. Please check the Library website for updates.
Don't forget you can access eBooks and audiobooks from the Library website. If you need assistance accessing resources from home, feel free to contact Library staff for help at email@example.com.
We wish everyone a Happy Easter from the BGS Libraries.
Communications Officer — Library
Year 12 Studies and Tertiary Information Evening Rescheduled
The Year 12 Studies and Tertiary Information Evening for Year 12 parents only will be rescheduled to early next term due to the COVID restrictions.
Medicine Entry 2021
Year 12 students and parents are invited to join us for a morning information session on Medicine entry on Tuesday 20 April. The session will commence at 7.00am in The Lilley Centre Forum. Our guest speaker on the morning will be Associate Professor Deanne Skelly, Program Director Medical Science at Griffith University. Please RSVP for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Queensland is hosting a Medicine Entry Information night about studying Medicine at UQ. Hear from leading medical experts, UQ alumni and current students on the changing medical climate, how to apply for Medicine at UQ, and tips for success. This event will be held on Wednesday 21 April and is open to Year 12s and their parents/guardians. Places are limited. Register to participate either online or in person here.
Music Tuition Reports
This year we have introduced a new approach to Music Tuition reporting. Instead of an end-of-semester report, students have smaller, more regular assessments and a conversation between teacher and student. They then agree on an approach for improvement over the following weeks. The report is no longer an end point, but an exciting starting point for improvement. In 2021, this will occur three times each semester.
Students and parents can now view results from the first round of assessment conducted in Week 8 via Tableau. Specific instructions are outlined on the Music page of MyGrammar. We strongly encourage parents to view the results and to have a follow-up conversation with their son. Specific discussion points could include:
- the specific meaning of the criteria (which he should be able to explain to you)
- how the assessment criteria can be identified on his specific instrument/voice
- identifying strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth
- how the 2021 result compares to the 2020 results
- encouraging your son to follow through on his learning goals and to be self-regulating in his approach
- ways in which you as a parent can support him in reaching his performance goals.
Please contact your son’s music teacher if you have any questions.
Term 2 Dates:
Sunday 25 April
Anzac Day march in Brisbane CBD (Marching Band).
Thursday 29 April
Intermediate Concert #1 at 6.00pm in Centenary Hall.
Wednesday 5 May
Intermediate String Festival concert at 6.30pm in the Old Museum (Guarneri and Tartini Strings).
Thursday 6 May
Mother’s Day morning tea (Chamber Choir, Year 5 Choir).
Thursday 6 May
Intermediate Concert #2 at 6.00pm in Great Hall.
Sunday 16 May
Grammar In Concert – Live Again. 4.00pm at St Laurence’s College.
Tuesday 25 May
Stringfest concert at 6.30pm in the Great Hall (Chamber Strings and other senior string students).
Saturday 5 June
BGGS Cathedral concert at 6.00pm in St John’s Cathedral (Grammar Singers).
Saturday 12 June
Open Day for senior performance ensembles.
Head of Music
Round 9 and season recap
Despite heavy rain and the emergence of a COVID-19 case, BGS managed to host the First XI fixture and 10 other games at Northgate, thanks to our grounds staff led by Don Myles. Thank you for making Round 9 possible.
We had a fantastic day out against Churchie, recording 13 wins out of 21 GPS matches played. We also won 11 out of 14 matches played at A and B levels, including a comprehensive victory by the First XI.
There were some extremely close fixtures contested throughout the day. The 11A team won their match with only one ball to spare courtesy of a single from Ryan Logan. The Second XI made tough work of their run chase, snatching a victory with only one wicket in hand. The 7B team performed a miracle to win their match after falling to 7/35 in their run chase. Some lusty tail end hitting by Hardik Bhutada 30 runs (26 balls), enabled his team to sneak home in the last over of the game.
Congratulations to the Years 10, 11 and 12 teams who won all their GPS fixtures. Well done to our 5A, 6B and 6C teams who finished the season as undefeated competition leaders and the 5B, 7D, 9D, 10A, 10D, 11B and Third XI teams who also finished the season as competition leaders. Special mention of the 6A, 7A, 7E, 8A, 10B and 11A teams who finished in the top three.
Overall, our cricketers finished the season winning nearly 57% of all GPS matches played, with over 50% of our GPS achieving a podium finish. Other highlights for the season included five 5 wicket-hauls and eight batting partnerships in excess of 100 runs. The most pleasing statistic of the season: we scored three centuries (a feat not achieved since 2017). Well done boys and hopefully we can build on this in 2022.
Round 9 Notable performances:
- Matthew Love (First XI) – 90 not out
- Hugh Weibgen (First XI) - 54
- Robbie Sanders (First XI) – 4/38 (10)
- Krishna Kangatharan (Second XI) - 5/13
- Conan Trewin (Second XI) – 3/18
- Alex Lu (Third XI) – 3/4 (3)
- Hugh Mowbray (11B) - 50
- Oliver Spence (10A) – 58 not out and 2/17
- Saahil Dahiya (10D) – 3/9
- Harsha Cikaluru (9A) – 3/19
- Harrison Reck (8A) – 3/13
- Luke Telford (8B) – 3/20
- Bennett Huf (8C) – 49 not out
- Oliver Dauber (7A) – 4/19 and 28 runs
- Adam Johansen (5A) – 40 not out runs
- Flynn Oliver (5B) – 36 not out (19 balls)
Team of the Week
BGS First XI 5/219 def ACGS First XI 10/119
For many First XI team members, this was their last time on Northgate #1 Oval to represent the light dark blue. And what a way to finish their BGS careers with a comprehensive victory against Churchie. Winning the toss and choosing to bat, our innings started a little shaky with the loss of two early wickets. However, a 100-run partnership between Hugh Weibgen (54 runs) and Matthew Love steadied the innings and helped us reach 2/120 at the second drinks break. A run a ball 44 from Angus Tolhurst helped continue the momentum and Matthew Love continued his fine innings with placement and hard running to finish 90 not out, lifting our total to 5/219 off 50 overs.
Our Vice Captain of Cricket Robbie Sanders ensured Churchie were on the back foot early picking up two quick wickets, combining with Marcus Bean to have Churchie reeling at 4/16. Some excellent swing bowling enabled Connor Nowlan to trap two batsman leg before wicket, before Robbie came back for a second spell to destroy any hope Churchie had of a comeback to finish with 4/38 off his 10 overs. Churchie were bowled out for just 119 runs in the 38th over to give the boys a bonus point victory. The First XI team finished their season with two excellent wins to instil belief in themselves, which the returning players can take forward into next season. In a season of “what could have been” – a few narrow losses and missed opportunities could have seen them finish much closer to a podium position. Well done to all our players and best of luck to those seniors leaving us at the end of the season.
Player of the week
Matthew Love 90 not out (141 balls)
In a superb break-out innings, Matthew Love showed us all the potential he possesses to craft a wonderful unbeaten 90, batting through the entire BGS innings. His placement was exquisite and his running had intent from the very first ball faced to the last ball of the innings. Matthew epitomises what it means to work hard on your game and I look forward to watching his continued development over the next season. Well done Matthew!
A full Cricket newsletter has been emailed to Cricket parents.
The lockdown imposed by the State Government prompted us to update our at home holiday training plan to include Tuesday 30 March and Thursday 1 April.
A detailed holiday training plan can be found via MyGrammar here.
We hope boys can return to BGS next week so we can proceed with on-campus training as planned, but this may not be the case. We will update the community when we have clarity from Queensland Health.
Whatever transpires, it is essential that all boys continue to train over the holidays. With the GPS Cross Country Championships approaching (Week 5 Term 2), the next three weeks are essential to our training.
We encourage parents to sit with their son and map out a plan for how they will undertake holiday training. Please consider the following:
- Will he come into school and complete training on campus (restrictions permitting)?
- Is there a good running route at your holiday destination?
- Can you run together?
- Could you assist by timing his intervals?
Your support in this area is greatly appreciated.
Last Friday, boys competed at the second shield meet at Nudgee College. We had a great turn out and some excellent results. We encourage all boys to sign up for next term’s shield meets. All dates can be found on our community calendar here.
Last Sunday we held our third community run of the season at Mt Coot-tha. Boys and parents ran a scenic, undulating route beginning and ending at the Mt Coot-tha summit area. Many families remained afterwards to enjoy a coffee and the view. We look forward to seeing many of you at future community events.
Musketeers Welcome Function
It was great to meet everyone at the Welcome Function. Thank you to the Musketeers for hosting such a lovely event and congratulations to the raffle winners.
Fencing Easter Holiday Camp
Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 April in the Indoor Sports Centre.
If your son has paid and registered for the camp, please complete the excursion consent form emailed to parents so they can attend.
Brisbane School Teams Competition
Team nominations are due to Queensland Fencing Association (QFA) on Friday 23 April. Exact fixtures times for our fencers will be known after that date.
QFA have confirmed the following competition fixtures dates:
- Round 1: Saturday 8 May
- Round 2: Saturday 15 May
- Round 3: Saturday 22 May
- Round 4: Saturday 29 May
- Round 5: Saturday 5 June
- Round 6/Finals: Saturday 12 June
Queensland State Championships and State team trials
Last weekend, BGS gymnasts competed at the Queensland State Championships and State team trials. It was a very successful and enjoyable weekend; all BGS gymnasts should be proud of the way they competed.
In Level 7 Under 13, Tennyson Ford finished fourth all around with a second on the pommel horse and qualified for the State Team.
Level 7 Open saw Jacob Nucifora finish 14th all around.
In Level 8 Open, Oliver Waterhouse picked up third all around, first in the floor event, second on the pommel horse, second on the rings, third on the parallel bars, second high bar and qualified for the State Team.
Level 9 Under 17 saw Brooklyn Brougham claim second on the floor. Alistair Hoole claimed a fourth all around, first on the floor, third on the pommel horse, second on the rings. Fletcher Griffiths pick up third all around, second on the pommel horse, second on the parallel bars and first on the high bar. All three qualified for the State Team.
Congratulations to all these gymnasts! We now work towards the Australian Championships which will be held in May on the Gold Coast.
Gymnastics Club Director and Head Coach
FIRST Robotics International Competition
Last weekend, six BGS students finished the robot competition element of the FIRST Robotics Competition. We began this competition in January 2020, but COVID restrictions cancelled the event, and our robot was stuck at Sydney’s Macquarie University for nine months. This year’s international competition is a remote event to allow all teams to compete. Our playing group consists of teams including the USA, India and Norway.
The FIRST Tech Challenge website describes the competition as, “Combining the excitement of sport with the rigours of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High school student participants call it ‘the hardest fun you’ll ever have’.”
This competition challenges competitors to develop strategies to deal with industrial-sized robots. Our current robot, Jeff, weighs over 50kg and has a top speed of around 35km/h, so safety is a priority. In recent days, we have collaborated with our team members from other Brisbane schools in the robot driving competitions. Every team member had a chance to try and record the fastest laps in the four driving and two shooting challenges. Judges will take a couple of weeks to process the video submissions from hundreds of teams from around the world. Check out our short YouTube video clips to see Jeff and the team in action: Powerport Challenge; Hyperdrive Challenge 1; Hyperdrive Challenge 2; Hyperdrive Challenge 3; Hyperdrive Challenge 4; Interstellar Accuracy Challenge.
BGS team members are solely responsible for the Innovation Challenge part of the event. At 6.30am on Easter Saturday, the team will have a 15-minute interview containing a pitch and presentation on our project proposal, Pineapple Travel.
Pineapple Travel allows users to escape confinement in their homes, and travel around the whole world. With a Google Cardboard, smartphone and either a treadmill or a bike, you could be running through the Blue Mountains one minute and cycling down Parisian streets the next. The BGS team developed this concept to alleviate loss of fitness during extended confinement in the home. This interview is all completed online so coordinating our pitch from five different locations will be a challenge. We hope to make the semi-finals so that we can develop the concept further.
Robotics HQ Relocation
Due to the imminent demolition of the BGS Robotics room in the old Grammar Shop, we have had to find a new home. Thanks to our teammates and friends at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, we have moved to Bread House, across from BGGS. We have relocated our equipment, reorganised parts and tools and begun building robots for upcoming competitions. With over 50 BGS Robotics team members, this new location came at the perfect time.
In Term 2, our team members are competing in FIRST Tech Challenge and RoboRave. Both competitions involve the use of sophisticated sensors, lifting mechanisms and fast drive-base. Teams have designed their robots from scratch and are attempting to create rapid and reliable robots that meet the challenges of each competition. Teams design their robots using 3D modelling software and have to think outside the box to meet complex challenges. One of our senior teams will design their robot elements in CAD and will 3D print their drive-base to achieve their goals.
Queensland School States Swimming Championships 2021
Last week, 17 BGS boys competed at the Queensland School State Swimming Championships at Chandler. Students from across the state raced down the black line for their chance to make finals and hit the wall first. Year 9 student Rocco Zikarsky was outstanding in his 100m Freestyle heats with a time of 53.99 seconds! Congratulations to all our swimmers, especially our podium finishers – Hudson Slater, Ed Rimmington, George Rimmington and Rocco Zikarsky.
10 to 12 years
- Sebastian Ashby-Cliffe: 50m backstroke.
- Callum Deacon: 200 individual medley (IM), 100m backstroke.
- Alex Donaldson: 200m IM.
- Lachy Donaldson: finals 100 freestyle, PB 1:13.90, placed fourth; finals 50m backstroke, placed sixth; finals 100m backstroke, 1:25.76, placed fifth; 50m fly and 50m Freestyle.
- Mason Gao: 100m breaststroke; Finals for 50m breaststroke.
- Thomas Gorry: 50m freestyle.
- Maverick Harris: 50m fly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle.
- Hudson Slater: 200m IM; 100m freestyle; 50m fly; finals 100m breaststroke, 1:23.19, placed fourth; finals 50m breaststroke 37.86 placed third; 200m breaststroke, 3:03.06 placed third; 50m freestyle.
- Max Wang: 50m breaststroke, 100m fly.
- Samuel Zhang: 50m fly; finals 50m backstroke, 34.74, placed eighth.
13 to 19 years
- Max Gao: finals 100m breaststroke, 1:21.10, placed fifth; finals 50m breaststroke, placed sixth.
- Cashy Luo: finals 100m fly, 1:07.70, placed fifth; finals 50m backstroke, 32.55, placed seventh; finals 50m fly, 30.28, placed sixth; finals 100m backstroke.
- Charles Nelson: 100m fly; 200m freestyle; finals 400m freestyle, 4:52.19, placed seventh; 200m IM.
- Ed Rimmington: finals 100m breaststroke, 1:11.50, placed third; finals 50m breaststroke, 32.57, placed fourth; finals 200m breaststroke, 2:41.04, placed third.
- George Rimmington: 50m freestyle; 100m breaststroke; finals 100m fly, 58.18, placed third; finals 50m fly, placed second; finals 50m breaststroke; finals 100m freestyle, 54.51, placed eighth.
- Declan Simpkins: 50m freestyle; finals 100m backstroke, 1:12.66, placed seventh.
- Rocco Zikarsky: finals 50m freestyle, 24.60, placed first; finals 50m backstroke, placed eighth; finals 100m freestyle placed first.
Middle School Swimming Coordinator and Assistant Swimming Coach
- P&F Auxiliary | Connect - Care - Contribute
- Art Support Group | BGS Art Show
- Normanby Blues | Rugby Support Group
- Sportsman's Lunch | Friday 23 July
- Upcoming Events | Save the Dates
- 2021 Calendar
- BGS150 History Book
- Year 12 Parent / Son Pizza and Pool Afternoon
- Year 6 Parent Cocktail Evening
- Year 8 Parent Cocktail Evening
- Year 5 Parent Cocktail Evening
The P&F Auxiliary is a subcommittee of the P&F Association that facilitates fundraising and fosters parent fellowship and the sense of strong community at Brisbane Grammar School. All profits are returned to the School to enhance the experience for students and families.
The Tuckshop and Grammar Shop are currently operating cash-free, so please plan accordingly. Safety guidelines regarding social distancing and hand sanitising will continue in both locations.
Thank you to all our wonderful Tuckshop and Grammar Shop volunteers for a very successful start to 2021. We wouldn’t be able to provide the same service without you, and we look forward to seeing you again in Term 2.
Open school days before school, during breaks and at lunchtime.
The Tuckshop provides a selection of hot food, fresh salads, wraps, rolls and drinks. Please recharge your Student ID cards here.
The Tuckshop has a new 'Breakfast of Champions' menu here.
Open school days from 7.30am to 11.00am.
Senior Winter Uniforms
From Tuesday 4 May, all Senior School students must wear winter uniforms (blazer, long-sleeved white shirt, trousers, black belt and optional navy jumper). These items are available for purchase from the Grammar Shop. Year 9 students are encouraged to purchase their blazer this term rather than waiting until the beginning of Term 2.
Unless you have a spare blazer, it is now too late to submit blazers for award embroidery as we can no longer guarantee they will be completed before the winter uniform season begins.
Pre-loved Uniforms and Textbooks
The BGS P&F Auxiliary has an exciting new initiative – the Grammar Shop is trialling the sale of preloved uniforms.
If you have any BGS uniform items that you no longer use, please consider donating them to the Grammar Shop. We will accept preloved items in very good to excellent condition. Complying items will be gratefully accepted at the Grammar Shop during opening hours. Bags of preloved items must not be left outside the door.
Families who are waiting for returned embroidery should check here (MyGrammar > P&F Auxiliary > Embroidered Item Pick Up List) to confirm whether their items are awaiting collection in the Grammar Shop.
Grammar Shop staff appreciate parents arranging payment for their sons prior to their arrival. Students can pay using credit or debit card, using funds on their account with the Grammar Shop or using their students ID cards (log into Student ID Account from MyGrammar to top up the balance).
Please call the Grammar Shop on 07 3834 5347 to discuss your needs.
2021 BGS Art Show – Sponsorship Opportunities
Each year the Art Support Group seeks sponsorship to offset the cost of producing an event of this scale. The success and future of this great event is possible with the support of our sponsorship partners.
For many years, the Art Show has continued to thrive with the help of, and to the benefit of, our great sponsorship partners. Click here to view the BGS Art Show Sponsorship Proposal.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Art Show or donating a prize, please contact Rebecca Webber on 0425 208 807 or email@example.com. A copy of the Art Show Sponsorship Proposal can be found here.
BGS Art Support Group
Welcome and updates
We trust all enjoyed the Term 1 Cocurricular program. It’s fair to say that none of us are taking it for granted after last year’s disruptions.
The Normanby Blues have started to work through the Rugby Director Phil Mooney, who is also coaching the 2021 First XV. We thank Paul Warwick for his past, and importantly his ongoing, contribution to the BGS Rugby program. We are very excited to see Phil Mooney and Cameron Lillicrap bring their wealth of experience to the 2021 season.
We are proud to announce the integration of wearable technology for rugby players. Thanks to the generous support of the BGS Rugby community, 15 Catalyst’s Vector X7 devices have already been supplied to the School. The opportunity to raise funds for additional units is still open, and we hope to allow more teams to benefit from the technology. Some of these benefits include:
- Player safety: data can be analysed to assess player fitness and improve return to play decisions.
- Inclusion and participation: data analytics is an emerging career choice, and this equipment provides more opportunities for students to participate in BGS Rugby, whether their interest is in data analytics, sports science or the traditional on-field contribution.
- Performance: player work rates and other performance metrics can be measured and analysed to improve selection decisions.
The Normanby Blues welcomes your suggestions as to how the committee can better serve Brisbane Grammar School Rugby. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the dates
Please save the following important dates in your calendar.
Annual BGS Rugby Launch event | Saturday 5 June, 6.30pm, venue TBC.
Inaugural BGS Rugby Family and Friends Queensland Reds Match (v Crusaders) | Saturday 22 May, 7.45pm at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets will be available at a discounted rate, and all family members are welcome. We ask each rugby player to bring along a schoolmate who is thinking about playing rugby at BGS. Our theme is Believe in Blue, so wear something light dark blue, even if you proudly display your Reds colours.
We hope to see you at both events.
Jonte Lowe (0411 476 472)
Normanby Blues President
BGS is excited to confirm the speakers for the 2021 Sportsman’s Lunch – former Wallaby and Old Boy Greg Martin '80 and All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens.
Join the pair at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel for an afternoon of stories, banter and World Cup analysis on Friday 23 July (12.00pm). There will also be some fantastic auction items and raffle prizes available on the day.
All funds raised will go towards a bursary to give a boy access to a BGS education. All community members are invited. Tables of 10 and individual tickets available here.
Click here for more information on upcoming events.
Open Day 2021
Saturday 12 June
BGS/BGGS Young Alumni Event (BGS Old Boys 2015 – 2020)
Saturday 19 June
Sportsman's Lunch | Friday 23 July
Friday 23 July — purchase tickets here.
BGS Old Boys Business Breakfasts
Wednesday 19 May
Thursday 9 September
Thursday 11 November
BGS Golf Day
Friday 20 August
BGSOBA Band Battle ’21
Saturday 21 August
Class of 1970 (50 year reunion) | Friday 8 October — purchase tickets here.
Class of 1980 (40 year reunion) — purchase tickets here.
Classes of 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2011 | Saturday 9 October (invitations to be sent in early August)
Class of 1961 | Sunday 10 October (invitations to be sent in early August)
BGS Regional Events — Boarding and Community Tour
Bundaberg | Friday 30 April
Goondiwindi | Friday 30 April
Rockhampton | Wednesday 5 May
Toowoomba | Wednesday 9 June
Emerald | Thursday 24 June
Gold Coast | Thursday 12 August
Sunshine Coast | Thursday 19 August
Darwin |Tuesday 31 August
Cairns | Wednesday 1 September
Townsville | Thursday 2 September
Mackay | Friday 3 September
Click here to RSVP.
For information about the BGS events, please contact Alumni and Community Relations, Carla Hardy on 3834 5206 or email@example.com
Light Dark Blue: 150 Years of Learning and Leadership at Brisbane Grammar School is available for purchase. The beautiful 500-page hardcover book updates the BGS story with previously untold anecdotes, rare photographs and illustrations. With a limited print run, it is sure to become a sought after collector’s item. Standard edition and limited editions are available.
Click here to view all BGS150 merchandise – limited stocks remain.