Week 1 Term 2
Friday 23 April 2021
In this issue:
- BGS commemorates Anzac Day
- Sleep habits for BGS boys
- BGS sailors win Queensland Schools Teams Racing Championship
- Join the BGSOBA for the inaugural Business Breakfast
Anzac Day Assembly
The annual Anzac Day assembly was held at school today. It was my privilege to make some final remarks at this event. Anzac Day is a national remembrance of the many servicemen and women who fought and died for this nation. We are in awe of their courage, sacrifice, mateship, fortitude and resourcefulness.
Most Australians of all ages have a consciousness of the importance and influence of Anzac Day on our national story. There is a stark contrast between the extraordinary opportunities for BGS graduates today with the stories of young BGS men whose lives were so tragically shortened during conflicts.
The message of their sacrifice is a simple but powerful one. This was a generation who responded to the call to serve a greater purpose than themselves. From its earliest beginnings, Brisbane Grammar School has enabled its students to become not only good learners but also young men of good character with a spirit of service to others.
While I hope that no other generation of our students will be called to make the final sacrifice in war for their nation, I trust that successive generations of BGS students, in reflecting on those who have gone before, will ask themselves, “where and how in their professional and personal lives might they provide service to others”.
From its earliest days, BGS and its students have been committed to Australian military participation, and the involvement has deeply affected our community.
I acknowledge the student leaders who contributed to the Anzac Day assembly. My gratitude is extended to Mr Chris Price for the remarkable work he does for this significant memorial assembly; he is very much the School’s resident historian. I also thank Year 12 student Jack Duncan for performing a rousing rendition of the Last Post.
Lest we forget.
The demountable classrooms will open for students on Monday. I thank staff and students for their patience in adapting to changes caused by STEAM construction. It has been pleasing to see the boys maturely dealing with the changes and disruptions to their routines.
Click here to view an updated version of the BGS campus map accounting for the construction zones, new staff car park, and demountable classrooms.
The first of our parent STEAM Precinct Information Evenings, for Year 9 parents, is on Tuesday next week. The purpose of these evenings is to provide you with detailed information about the transformative project and to give you the opportunity to ask our Senior Leadership Team questions.
At today’s assembly our student leaders conducted the annual Anzac Day commemoration. We began with a declaration of thanks to all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in times of war. In this centenary year of the founding of the Royal Australian Airforce, we then paid tribute to our Old Boys who flew in World War II. Of the 252 Old Boys who lost their lives in that conflict, 165 served in the RAAF.
The address focused on the stories of two fighter pilot aces. Gordon Olive DFC (BGS 1931) piloted a Spitfire from 1939 to 1941 and completed an astonishing 193 sorties. In the Battle of Britain he was credited with destroying five enemy aircraft. This included chasing a Messerschmitt across the English Channel and shooting it down off the French coast. Olive survived the war and later became a Trustee of the School and cadet commander. One of his cadets in the 1950s, the former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce, said of him:
“Gordon Olive was an example of the daring, pluck and humour that gave the RAAF its deserved reputation in the service of the RAF..... To me he was the Battle of Britain….He was a legend and an inspiration to us all.” (2013)
John Jackson DFC (BGS 1923) became a fighter ace in North Africa. Flying a Hawker Hurricane, he shot down three German Junkers in a single sortie on 18 February 1941. He later commanded 75 Squadron in their extraordinary defence of Port Moresby in early 1942. Jackson was shot down and killed on 28 April 1942 by a Japanese Zero fighter plane. Port Moresby’s aerodrome was later renamed in his honour.
Thanks to Tom Stunden, William Staib , Harry Anstey-Walsh, Aly Sultan, Campbell Watchirs and our bugler Jack Duncan for conducting this service. The Grammar Marching Band will again be part of the Anzac Day march in the city on Sunday.
- Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School | David Carroll
- Captains' Corner
- Year 12 Parent Tertiary Information Evening
Thank you for helping the boys return to school well-presented this term. Our partnership in all aspects of school life is what makes BGS such a great school.
Since 2016, we have surveyed students about their sleep habits. In Term 1, we collected new data, and the infographic below summarises the 2019 and 2021 data. It is pleasing to see boys are less likely to use screens before going to sleep. This is an important habit to create with your children. Please continue to monitor this closely. You will also notice that bedtimes are later than 2019, and I encourage you to monitor this closely in Term 2.
We have focused this week on creating good routines. The attached sleep booklet may help you create good sleep routines at home. I have also included parent booklets on general routines and screen time to enhance the outcomes for your sons.
A reminder that Winter Uniform commences for all students on Tuesday 4 May 2021.
This is a term of significant change in BGS Boarding.
Over the Easter holidays, we closed and vacated Harlin House. It wasn’t easy by any means for students or staff. Having entered Harlin House on occasion over the course of this first week of Term 2, it is strange to be within a large, empty space usually filled with boarders, noise and boundless energy. That said, we now look forward to the redevelopment of the facility and the boys’ return to the main campus, knowing that every one of our senior boarders will have his own room.
I am glad to report that the move to 89 Gregory Terrace has gone well. If nothing else, the process has reinforced for Mr Byron and myself that we are not suited to a career as removalists. The relocation of a boarding house represents a significant amount of work by many individuals, and it would be remiss of me not to thank several staff who made a significant contribution to that move. These individuals include our Facilities Manager Mr Craig Derrick, our Cleaning Supervisor Mrs Nikky Nuneski, our School Marshall Mr Joe Rodrigues, along with various members of the ICT team in installing data, desktops, and projectors.
The new house was indeed ready for boys to return on Tuesday. We have all worked hard to adapt to our new home, while trying to retain as much of our existing routine as possible to aid the boys in their transition. The layout of the rooms and our use of the lounge and bedroom areas for a close cluster of boys has so far gone very well. They are impressed with their new facilities, their city views, an elevator, and the temporary luxury of a fridge in their rooms.
My message to the community has been that we are in this together. Both Mr Byron and I have relocated to 89 Gregory Terrace and retained just a small working area in the Senior School. We are learning to live differently, as are the boarders, but I am confident that if we demonstrate resilience and flexibility we can easily adapt to our new way of life.
Our Start of Term Boarding Meeting doubled as a replacement for our missed End of Term gathering. This allowed us to celebrate boarders who demonstrated significant Academic endeavour, who made a notable contribution to the Cocurricular program or who embodied all that we seek in our Boarding gentlemen. In Griffith House these awards were made to Alex Prowse (Academic), Jed Siganto (Cocurricular) and Ocean Shih (Boarding); and in Harlin House to Thomas Chan (Academic), Doug Chapman (Cocurricular) and Tingiran Amet (Boarding).
Director of Boarding
A very warm welcome back to Term 2 to the entire BGS community. There is an air of excitement around campus as students return to school. While the construction of the STEAM Precinct and Harlin House renovations will undoubtedly herald change to the landscape of our beloved Spring Hill campus, the projects also bring change to our day to day school life.
As we attempt to navigate the term, we urge all student to invite this change and embrace the idea of ‘flexibility’ – a word which has evolved in the COVID vernacular – and a concept, we are certain, you have all trained for extensively in 2020. While there are much wiser people than us who have spilt much ink on dissecting the concept of ‘flexibility’, we encourage all students to be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.
All the best,
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Year 12 Parent Tertiary Information Evening on Wednesday 28 April. Due to the high levels of interest in this event we will be offering two sessions for parents at 5.00pm or 7.00pm. Both sessions will run for approximately 90 minutes duration and will be held in The Lilley Centre Forum.
Please note that these sessions are for Year 12 parents only.
The presentations on the agenda include:
- ATARs and subject scaling
- Preparing for external examinations
- QTAC and tertiary entrance
- Illness, misadventure and AARA
To ensure boys have accurate information to make good decisions, I spoke about ATARs and subject scaling to boys in Years 12, 11 and 10 in a series of sessions in Term 1. As always, the boys were engaged and asked excellent questions.
I am confident that our students understand the importance of focusing on those things that are directly within their control: good study routines and habits, seeking feedback and acting on it, and working at continual improvement.
Please contact email@example.com if you have not already nominated a session for next Wednesday evening.
Deputy Headmaster Teaching and Learning
Welcome to Term 2. I trust that all families enjoyed a happy and relaxing Easter break. A very special welcome to the new students and families who have joined our BGS Middle School community.
This week, we welcome Ms Michelle Ragen back to BGS. I sincerely thank Dr Dirk Wellham for his contributions to our community throughout Term 1. Sadly, we bid farewell to Mrs Dionn Bichel this week. Mrs Bichel has contributed greatly to the Middle School, serving staff, students and parents for the past three and a half years. She will be sorely missed, and we sincerely wish Dionn all the best in her future endeavours.
A reminder that winter uniform will commence on Tuesday 4 May and Middle School boys are required to wear their BGS jumper to and from school each day. Please ensure your son’s jumper is clearly named. Winter uniform concludes on the first Monday of September.
Term 2 date claimers have been uploaded to the Year Level pages on MyGrammar. Please note these dates for upcoming Middle School events.
It is difficult to express in few words our gratitude for the community effort that supported our Cocurricular offerings throughout Term 1. Of course, this effort continues this term and next, as staff, Old Boys, volunteers and others provide feedback, support our program leaders, show up to run canteens, stay informed by reading MyGrammar and, hopefully not too often, wait very patiently in the traffic queue for boys to return from training or rehearsals.
I wish to offer a special thank you to all within our community who provided feedback on our Term 1 Cocurricular sport offerings via the End-of-Season Survey. As I have said many times previously, this process has been carefully constructed to receive your feedback, listen to it, and act on it; to continuously improve our programs from one season to the next. Program leaders have already received de-identified feedback ahead of their formal season review processes. In the coming weeks, I will share summaries of the feedback received from students and parents, via the respective MyGrammar Cocurricular program pages.
At the end of Term 2, we will offer another opportunity for those sports and activities currently running and we will welcome your feedback once again.
Despite a lockdown at the end of Term 1, I am grateful to our program leaders who managed to offer a wide range of camps, clinics and rehearsals over the holiday period to prepare our students for the sporting and artistic events this coming term. Full production continues for A Few Good Men; Grammar in Concert is on track for 16 May; over 400 boys attended Football camps; over 80 boys attended our Tennis camps; Cross Country runners trained onsite and remotely; over 50 boys attended each Fencing session; the Strength and Conditioning program in the gym recorded strong attendance; and our Rugby and Basketball programs also continued their preparations for Term 3.
In the sections below, you will read reports from Cocurricular program leaders about some of the great successes over the Easter holiday period. Without wishing to steal their thunder, I do wish to shine a light on the achievements of a few.
- BGS sailors won the Queensland Championship in a close contest between Iona and TSS.
- BGS Swimming Club finished ninth out of 300 clubs at the Nationals with two gold medals and 22 medals in all.
- No fewer than five BGS gymnasts qualified for the Queensland team at the State Championships.
- Three BGS Basketball students contributed to their club teams winning the State Championship.
There are countless other significant achievements which will be highlighted below, but I wanted to pay special tribute to this group of boys for their dedication, to the staff and coaches who have supported them and, to their parents for their undying support.
Senior Dramatic Production – Parent help needed
We’re looking for parents to help sell pre-show drinks before our performance of A Few Good Men on the evenings of 26, 27 and 28 May.
Ideally, we would like two or three parents arrive early and help sell beer, wine, soft drinks and some snacks to the BGS community before the show. If you have tickets for the production you will be finished in time to watch.
If you can help, please contact Bella MacDiarmid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish our Marching Band all the very best for this weekend’s Anzac Day march in Brisbane CBD. We thank them for representing the School so proudly and honouring the many Old Boys who have served our country over the years. Having missed last year’s march due to COVID, the boys and their director, Mr Jim Noble, are excited to be marching in 2021. Good luck boys!
Grammar in Concert – Live Again
Sunday 16 May, 4.00pm
Edmund Rice Performing Arts Complex
St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane
We are looking forward to Grammar in Concert and the opportunity to perform to a live audience. Our finest ensembles are featured, including Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Grammarphones, Big Band, Chamber Strings, Grammar Vocal Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble and Vocal Group. There will also be a spectacular combined choral item to kickstart the event. Details are available on the Music page on MyGrammar.
Tickets are available here.
Our intermediate groups have been rehearsing through Term 1 and are keenly anticipating the opportunity to share their music with friends and family. We hope you can join us.
Intermediate Concert #1
Thursday 29 April, 6.00pm in Centenary Hall
- Stradivari Strings
- Philharmonic Orchestra
- Williams Concert Band
- Grainger Concert Band
- Parker Jazz Band
- Junior Percussion Ensemble
- Boom Percussion Ensemble
- Crash Percussion Ensemble
- Sousa Concert Band
- Holst Concert Band
Intermediate Concert #2
Thursday 6 May, 6.00pm in the Great Hall
- Paganini Strings
- Corelli Consort
- Vivaldi Strings
- Locatelli Strings
- Basie Jazz Band
- Morrison Jazz Band
- Chamber Choir
- Grammar Voices
All details for performers have been emailed to families and are also available on MyGrammar.
The BGS community is warmly invited to attend these concerts. To comply with COVID protocols, all audience members must pre-purchase an e-ticket and sit in the allocated seat.
There is a ticket limit of two per family. We will let you know if more become available.
Head of Music
Fencing Easter Holiday Camp
It was great to see everyone at camp. Thank you to those who attended.
Brisbane School Teams Competition
Team nominations are due to QFA on 23 April. Exact fixtures times for our fencers will be known after that date.
QFA have confirmed the following fixtures dates in Term 2:
- 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
The next Musketeers meeting is on Monday 10 May at 7.00pm in Indoor Sports Centre Classroom 1.
BGS sailors win state championship
BGS A Team sailors achieved a hard-fought victory in the recent Queensland Schools Teams Racing Championship contested from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 April. Conditions ranged from a few knots of breeze to a blustery afternoon on the second day and saw BGS finish in a three-way tie with regular rivals TSS and Iona College, each on 15 wins. A countback revealed BGS with more wins against their tied opponents, to relegate Iona to second and TSS to third.
The 2021 win continues a proud BGS Sailing tradition in this competition. This is the 11th time BGS has claimed the Norman Sherwood Memorial Trophy in its 32-year history. Some additional history was made by young sailor Alex Sampson. Alex crewed for Captain Robert Ekeledo-Smith and has added his name to the trophy to follow his father Tim Sampson ’96. Tim sailed in state championship winning teams in 1994 and 1996 (as Vice Captain) and coached BGS sailors to wins in 2000 and 2001.
This latest victory follows our close win in the Term 1 RQYS Schools Teams Racing competition, and a tantalisingly close second place in the 2021 GPS Sailing Championship. This is sadly the last time sailing will be contested as a GPS championship, but these results suggest BGS Sailing remains strong. This strength is also evident in the continuing progress made by our large group of Training Squad and Advanced Training Squad sailors, competitive racing by our C Team in both fleet and teams formats, and the BGS B Team placing mid-field in the States after dominating the Silver Fleet division in the Term 1 RQYS Teams racing competition.
Our next goal is a good showing by our state champion A Team at the 2021 Australian Schools Teams Racing Championship, scheduled for Friday 2 July – Tuesday 6 July at Georges River Sailing Club in Sydney.
2021 National Age and Open Championships
During the Easter break, a large team of athletes proudly wore the BGS Swimming logo while competing at the 2021 National Age & Open Swimming Championships.
The National Age & Open Swimming Championships are considered to be the highest level of domestic competition and often serve as the platform for athlete selection on to Junior and Senior Australian Swimming Teams.
National Age Championships – 24 Swimmers
- Abigail Anderson
- Joshua Anderson
- Inde Basche
- Amelia Cescotto
- Elaine Chu
- Annabelle Creswell
- Lachlan Creswell
- Audrey Dearling
- Patrick Holmes
- William Jordan
- Euan Lynch
- Isabella Martin
- Sophie Martin
- Ava Mclean
- Ronan Mellick
- Sebastien Roy-Bryant
- George Sayer
- Edward Sommerville
- Henry Sommerville
- Harrison Steindl
- Stella Stuart
- Allison Tseng
- Millie Wesley
- Rocco Zikarsky
National Open Championships – 9 Swimmers
- Korin Aldam-Tajima
- Gemma Cooney
- Alexander Fenton
- Nicola Hoskin
- Joseph Jackson
- Sarah McLeod
- Madeline Snell
- Isabella Sommerville
- Gus Whittome
National Age Championships 5 – 12 April
- Our team of 24 athletes scored a total 587 points, securing a top 10 club result out of 250+ Swimming Club in Australia, which shows the week of competing was hugely successful
- Rocco Zikarsky won our first National Gold as a BGS student
- Sophie Martin showed her resilience to win multiple national medals after dealing with two knee operations in the last 12 months
Other notable performances outlined below:
- Girls 15 100 Metre Free
- Boys 14 50 Metre Free
- Girls 15 400 Metre IM
- Girls 15 Metre 200 IM
- Girls 16 100 Metre Fly
- Girls 13-16 4x100 Metre Free Relay
- Girls 15-16 4x50 Metre Medley Relay
- Girls 13-16 4x100 Metre Free Relay
- Girls 15-16 4x50 Metre Medley Relay
- Girls 15-16 4x50 Metre Medley Relay
- Girls 13-16 4x100 Metre Free Relay
- Girls 13-16 4x100 Metre Free Relay
- Girls 15-16 4x50 Metre Medley Relay
- Boys 16 200 Metre Fly (4th)
- Boys 16 100 Metre Breast (5th)
- Boys 16 200 Metre Breast (6th)
- Girls 14 100 Metre Breast (6th)
- Girls 14 200 Metre Breast (8th)
- Girls 13 100 Metre Breast (4th)
- Girls 14 100 Metre Breast (10th)
- Boys 15 400 Metre Free (5th)
- Boys 15 200 Metre Free (6th)
- Girls 16 200 Metre Fly (4th)
- Girls 15 100 Metre Breast (6th)
- Girls 15 50 Metre Free (4th)
- Girls 15 200 Metre Free (4th)
National Open Championships 14 – 18 April
- Women 19-20 400 Metre IM
- Men's 20-21 50 Metre Fly
- Women 19-20 200 Metre IM
- Women 19-20 100 Metre Breast
- Women 19-20 200 Metre Breast
- Men’s 20-21 100 Metre Free (4th)
- Men’s 18-19 100 Metre Back (10th)
- Men’s 18-19 100 Metre Back (8th)
- Men’s 18-19 200 Metre Back (8th)
- Men’s 18-19 50 Fly (6th)
- Women’s 19-20 100 Metre Free (8th)
- Women’s 17-18 100 Metre Back (8th)
A big congratulations to all that competed! As we continue to progress and evolve, the BGS Swimming Club continuously improves and strives towards being a world-class swimming program.
Swim Club Director and Head Coach
- P&F Auxiliary | Connect - Care - Contribute
- Volunteer Roster
- BGSOBA Business Breakfast | Wednesday 26 May
- Sportsman's Lunch | Friday 23 July
- Art Support Group | BGS Art Show
- Rowing Support Group (Tipperoo)
- Upcoming Events | Save the Dates
- 2021 Calendar
- BGS150 History Book
- Year 12 Parent / Son Pizza and Pool Afternoon
- Year 12 Parent Cocktail Evening
- 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.
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.
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. We suggest bringing them in at the end of Term 2 for embroidery during the next school break.
The Grammar Shop has received many blazers, Middle School hats and caps returned from the embroiderer. 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.
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.
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.
The Grove Rooftop | Wednesday 26 May, 7.00am to 8.30am
Join respected BGS Old Boys Philip Noble '82 (Chief Executive Queensland Treasury Corporation), and Ross Israel '85 (Head of QIC Global Infrastructure) for a discussion on the future of the Australian and global economies following the impact of COVID-19.
Philip oversees the Queensland Treasury Corporation's multi-billion dollar funding program and balance sheet, managing key relationships with global and domestic institutional investors and government stakeholders to deliver financial outcomes for the State.
Philip has more than 30 years’ experience in the international banking and finance sector, holding senior positions with Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Australia. He has also held a number of board positions at Credit Suisse and was a member of their Executive Management Committee in Australia.
Ross leads the QIC Global Infrastructure team, which manages 20 direct investments across six countries out of offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and London.
Ross has more than 29 years of experience in the fields of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure, asset management, capital raisings and mergers and acquisitions. He previously worked in corporate advisory at ABN Amro and BZW and led the AMP Capital team responsible for the creation of the Diversified Utility and Energy Trusts (DUET) where he served as DUET’s Chief Operating Officer upon its listing in 2004.
The panel discussion will be moderated by journalist and podcaster Old Boy Nick Holt '01.
All members of the BGS are welcome to attend and are encouraged to invite their peers and business associates for an opportunity to network and gain insight from economic leaders.
Young Old Boys (Classes of 2015 to 2020) will receive a $10 discount. Click here to purchase tickets.
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, including:
- One week in a luxury six-bedroom ski chalet in the Yellowstone Club, Montana, USA (valued at over $30,000).
- Four SCG member’s platinum five-day tickets at the 2022 Sydney Test.
- Private suite and drinks voucher for 10 guests at the Brisbane Racing Club.
- Signed Mick Fanning surfboard.
- Calile Hotel and Hellenika restaurant voucher.
Stay tuned for the growing list of Sportsman’s Lunch auction items. 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.
Art Support Group Acquisition
The Art Support Group proudly supports the BGS Art Department through funding Artist-in-Residence programs, resources, equipment, and projects. The group also acquires works for the impressive art collection seen around our campus.
On advice from BGS Art Curator Stewart Service, the Art Support Group has recently acquired a painting by Johnny Romeo, Crimp Crew (oil on Canvas 122x122). Johnny Romeo is a Neo-Expressionist Pop artist, and his work is large and brightly coloured in the pop art tradition.
The subject of the work is the 1930s comic character Popeye, who may be seen as a positive male role model. Popeye is a small man who willingly stands up to the bully Bluto. He is protective of his girlfriend Olive Oyl and gets his super strength from eating spinach.
The painting shows Popeye listening to a 1980s ghetto blaster, which is a reference to hip hop. The title Crimp Crew comes from the term 'crimping', an a cappella singing style. The words' Heavy Bluto' (Popeye's nemesis) have been partially obscured to read 'Heavy Buzz', referring to the concept of 'culture jamming', a practice of intercepting messages in mainstream media and changing the narrative.
The work is fun, with loud patches of bright colour laid on arbitrarily. Its cultural references are an excellent reference for Visual Arts students. The Art Department is excited by this acquisition and its potential use as a resource for teaching.
Crimp Crew features on the cover of the artist's monograph, which reflects this painting as a pivotal work in his oeuvre.
The Art Support Group has proudly operated for over 50 years enriching the BGS community and students’ cultural experiences. A significant focus for the group is the annual BGS Art Show. This year's theme is Embrace – The Art of Togetherness, with the Gala Night to be held Friday 11 June. The event features Brisbane artist Alexandra Matthews and established and emerging artists from around the world. To keep up to date on the Art Show, artworks for sale and details on ticketing, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.
Rowing Support Group (Tipperoo) AGM
The 2021 Tipperoo AGM will be held on Monday 24 May at 6.00pm in The Lilley Centre Function Room.
All parents are welcome to become members of the support group.
As per the P&F Constitution, nominations are open for the Support Group Committee. If you wish to nominate, please lodge the person, position, the proposer, and seconder to the Tipperoo Secretary (email@example.com) by Monday 17 May.
Click here for more information on upcoming events.
Open Day 2021
Saturday 12 June. Click here for details. Registration is required.
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
Economic Transition out of COVID — Wednesday 19 May. Purchase tickets here.
Thursday 9 September (Topic TBC)
Thursday 11 November (Topic TBC)
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
For information about the BGS events, please contact Alumni and Community Relations, Carla Hardy on 3834 5206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.