Week 3 Term 3
Friday 30 July 2021
In this issue:
- BGS response to article in The Sunday Mail
- The nature of winning
- STEAM timelapse
- BGS students place first in Australian Geography Competition
- Success at Queensland South Schools Rowing Championship
I want to address the recent article in The Sunday Mail with the headline “A dangerous sense of entitlement” and which appeared online under the headline “Calls for government to investigate management of Brisbane Grammar School” and the criticisms made in that article of the School, its Board and its processes.
As our community knows, BGS has openly acknowledged the terrible events that occurred here 30 years ago. Since first becoming aware of these matters in 2000, successive Boards and School leadership have been working to respond appropriately.
We readily accept reporting on these matters, and we only ask that this reporting is accurate, and to that end, I would like to highlight several relevant points.
The article made an incorrect claim – that the publication had been previously advised was incorrect – that those reaching settlement of their matter with the School are ‘silenced’ by confidentiality provisions.
While the settlements do include non-disclosure on the amount and terms, they do not prevent any person from talking about their experience at BGS.
The School acts entirely appropriately in all its dealings with claimants and stands by our approach, which ensures that they:
- are independently legally represented;
- are provided counselling for as long as is necessary;
- receive a personal apology from the Chair and Headmaster of the time; and
- receive agreed compensation in a mediated settlement that is overseen by independent, expert facilitators.
BGS joined the National Redress Scheme in 2020 to provide an alternative path for claimants, and equally, we fully respect the right of any person to use civil litigation to settle their matter if they choose to do so.
The article further claimed that the Brisbane Grammar School Board has no one with tertiary education experience. This assertion is factually incorrect.
Chairman John Humphrey and Trustee Professor Doune Macdonald bring extensive experience in tertiary education, being closely involved with QUT and UQ. Their expertise in the tertiary sector is crucial in the preparation of our students for higher learning.
The School was deeply disappointed that the article did not reflect the breadth of experience and diversity BGS Trustees bring to the benefit of the Board, the School and our community. BGS Trustees have extensive experience in education, health and student welfare, business management, governance, finance and public administration, engineering, building construction and law. Notably, the point that four of our Trustees did not attend BGS was not included in the article.
The School also stands by our access to the JobKeeper Scheme – independently verified – which prevented standing down and/or dismissal of a number of staff and the impact of that on them and their families – we know our community supports this.
In response to the suggestion that the School’s interests are above the welfare of children, nothing could be further from the truth. BGS has in place policies, processes, training and reporting guidelines that, combined with our statutory obligations, give practical effect to the protection, wellbeing and safety of each and every child at our School.
Should any person genuinely hold any such concern about the welfare of any child, then BGS reminds them of their personal obligation to report such concerns to the appropriate authorities in line with the provisions of mandatory reporting principles which serve to protect every child in Queensland.
As part of our open acknowledgement of the dark chapter in our history, we will continue to work to repair the damage caused and never forget the important lessons learned.
Mask Wearing to Continue
Mask wearing restrictions have been extended for a further week. Please continue to keep your son at home if he is unwell. Students over 12 years old are required to carry a mask and wear it when outside their home, including on public transport – this will continue to at least Friday 6 August. They are not required to wear a mask when on the school premises.
Wearing face masks remains mandatory for all parents and visitors to the School. We request all parents dropping off and collecting students at school to remain in their vehicles and follow all directions from staff.
BGGS Open Day
Brisbane Girls Grammar School is holding its 2021 Open Day evening today (Friday 30 July) from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. We have made the BGS No. 2 Oval staff car park via Kalinga Avenue and the BGS Tennis Centre car park available for visitor parking from 4.30pm. We anticipate increased traffic in the area after school today.
- Deputy Headmaster Cocurricular | Greg Thorne
- Independent Schools survey
- STEAM timelapse - Preparation for construction
Winning. We have seen plenty of it this week, across the School and the globe. I am sure many of us have found ourselves cheering, shouting or celebrating a win, either by someone we know or someone we don’t, at some point recently.
At Senior School Assembly this week, I took the opportunity to explore the nature of winning, expand the definition of what it means to win, dispel some myths or illusions about winning, and focus on the reality of what it takes to win.
In many ways, I wanted our students to know that striving for success and achieving it is not something they should shy away from or allow anyone to construct a narrative around them which may deter them from that pursuit. If they happen to be multi-talented, they should celebrate that through their achievements across a range of settings.
Winning connects habits, behaviours and culture. It is the subject of more than its fair share of cliches. It appears to come easy to some, and for others, it can be an impossible dream.
But in my view, and while not guaranteed, if we are willing to put in the work in preparing for success, it will likely come.
The great part about winning in our educational setting is that boys learn to win with others and share that success with others. The experience of winning, moreover, the journey to that point of success, is something that connects our boys to their shared identity here at Brisbane Grammar School.
While exploring winning with our students, I did not focus our definition of winning only in the sport context. I challenged our students to think about winning and success synonymously and know that we are proud of and share in all their ‘wins’, be they an academic improvement, a flawless rehearsal, a sporting result, or a university placement.
Most people want to ‘win’ in some way. There is no drought of aspiration in our midst in this fortunate country. However, many fall short in the gap between their want to win, and their ability to turn that want into an outcome — their willingness to wade through the waters of perseverance required to reach success on the other side.
At assembly, I used a range of examples to illustrate the common thread that links all those who win in various pursuits. It was pleasing to draw on the efforts of our flagship teams as they register or edge closer to wins.
Stepping away from sport and targeting the concept of pursuing excellence, I focused on the lifelong preparation of Captain Chesley “Sully” Burnett Sullenberger III and his co-pilot for the three and a half minutes they endured on 15 January 2009. This entailed over 20,000 hours of flying, learning and teamwork, which prepared them for what we know as the Miracle on the Hudson. It was an extraordinary ‘win’ for all 155 people involved.
The preparation for that outcome and intuitive decisions made from the moment both engines on US Airways flight 1549 lost thrust, right through to the safe evacuation of all on board, was a lifetime in the making.
Should our students ever find themselves in those waters which separate want and win – that space where success can feel too far off and failure can hurt but will teach us patience and honour – they only need to think of the words on our school crest, which should be their compass: nil sine labore.
Whether student, school sportsman, Olympic swimmer, heroic pilot, or anything else they may choose to do, I encouraged our students to know that winning comes, eventually, if you make it so, by doing the work required and trusting in the process and themselves.
I hope that by speaking with our students about winning, in all its forms, they may have opened their minds to the wins they may have this afternoon, tomorrow, next year, in 2032 or well beyond that if they prepare.
Why did you choose BGS for your son?
Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) runs a longitudinal research study into how parents choose a school for their children. Their anonymous survey What Parents Want provides BGS with important information about what you, as a parent, value in a school. The survey also helps us to better understand and support prospective and new families in our community.
We encourage you to take this 10-15 minute survey. It closes on 17 September.
- Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School | David Carroll
- Outdoor Education
- Student Wellbeing
- Digital Learning - Subject selection
- Australian Geography Competition
A sense of community
My article last week focused on the importance of creating community and a sense of belonging for our students. A sense of belonging is important for the adults in our school community as well.
My work at a school like BGS can be all-consuming, but it is also important for my sense of belonging. Last Saturday, I felt particularly lucky to be associated with Brisbane Grammar School.
At Northgate, I was part of the excited crowd cheering on the Rugby First XV. In fact, all our Rugby Open teams won on Saturday — the first time I think that's happened since I've been at BGS. For me, the excitement that goes with watching the players, spectators and parents connect over the shared experience was more important than the winning.
After the jubilation at the rugby, I headed to the Year 11 Charity Social with BGGS. As the boys signed in, many of them looked a little nervous as they entered the Royal International Convention Centre. Three hours later, I noticed the growth in confidence as they walked out. It was obvious they had enjoyed themselves. These experiences are special for the boys and their parents, and for the staff as well. Many of the Year 11 Form Tutors attended, and I was happy to see how the boys also valued interactions with their teachers at the event. We are very fortunate to have staff that wants to engage and help boys connect and belong to this great school community.
Director of Boarding
On Thursday of this week, it was my great pleasure to host a Gold Coast event alongside our Director of Enrolments Jamie Smith and Director of Philanthropy Stuart Fitzpatrick. It was a delight to catch up with Old Boys, former parents, current parents and prospective families at a beautiful location overlooking the Broadwater.
For me, it is always pleasing to share the story of Brisbane Grammar School with families, specifically our best-kept secret, the BGS Boarding program.
Our newly established Griffith House for junior boarders has been a success. The parents were interested in learning more about the facility's physical structure and how the program enables boys to begin their residential journey alongside their peers. Equally, there was great interest in how we maintain a clear connection with the senior students, who are our all-important role models.
There was also considerable interest in the Harlin House redevelopment for senior boarders. This project will provide a transformational opportunity for 79 boys, each with an individual room. From our brief time in 89 Gregory Terrace, the boys have become accustomed to the increased privacy, and I am sure they will enjoy returning to a private room on the campus. I look forward to sharing images of the works in the coming weeks.
Next week, we join the Sunshine Coast BGS community. Again, I encourage your attendance if you live in the region or are travelling through. This is an opportunity to introduce families to BGS Boarding and the School in general. This will be the second of a number of events we will hold across the state this semester, and I look forward to publishing more details in due course.
Director of Outdoor Education
9F were an enthusiastic and capable class. They engaged in the expedition, height activities and residential life at the centre and campsite. The cold winter mornings have made it a challenge to get motivated for the morning run, but there were still several students in the class that put in a great effort and pushed themselves to record a time for the cross country course.
Lucas Bell was an excellent student. He consistently put effort into every aspect of the program and engaged in the opportunities to learn about the outdoors. Lucas made the most of the activities, especially paddling on Lake Moogerah and spending time at the campsite at Bitenbar. Max Dober participated in the height activities with great enthusiasm. He was not only capable during the high ropes course and rock climbing, but was a great supporter of his peers, taking the time to encourage and assist his classmates during these activities.
Kit Robertson proved to be a helpful and considerate student. He was prepared to help out his mates, work hard during the expedition with cooking, campfires, and life around the campsite. Oliver Tu was a standout participant in the knot tying competition. He spent his free time learning the clove hitch, double fisherman’s, bow line and figure eight and was a strong competitor during the evening competition.
Isaac Doan showed some great leadership potential during the student led components of the expedition. Isaac was aware of his peers and the needs of the group, he facilitated decisions that supported every student. Thomas Ruddell demonstrated the components of leading self. Tom was well organised, took responsibility and demonstrated independence and initiative. He was recognised by his peers and teachers for the way he participated throughout the experience.
Year 11 Outdoor Education Leaders Tate De Jager, Henry Nelson and Thomas Kwan were great supporters and mentors for the Year 9 students. They demonstrated a caring and considerate approach and made great contributions to the program. Ms Sarah McDonald visited the class on Friday to support them during the high ropes and rock-climbing activities and catch up on their experiences during the week.
A short movie of the boys' experiences can be viewed via the 9F Video link.
Outdoor Education photos are now 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 9 folder in Pixevety.
Director of Student Wellbeing Programs
SchoolTV - Friendship and Belonging
Every young person could benefit from understanding and developing the skills needed to make and keep new friends. For some, sharing experiences and opening up to new people comes naturally, allowing them to move easily between different friendship groups. This can be much harder for others to navigate. Belonging to a group that is like-minded with similar interests is highly beneficial to a young person’s wellbeing. Feeling valued gives them a sense of security and builds their confidence.
Positive friendships are an important part of the journey to adulthood. Adult carers can support their child or teenager by talking to them about the social and emotional skills required for a healthy relationship. This will help them build and maintain friendships. It is also important to help them identify, avoid or deal with less positive or even toxic friendships.
This edition of School TV has tips for adult carers on how to support a young person's friendships and encourage a sense of belonging.
Director of Digital Learning
Subject selection for 2022 begins
In Semester 2, students in Years 8, 9 and 10 start the process of subject selection for 2022.
Last week, Year 10 students received a personalised email outlining how they are to enter their subject preferences for senior learning (Years 11 and 12). Subjects are grouped in set “lines” and students select one subject from each of the five lines available. As English is mandatory, students do not have to select this subject. Subjects may appear on more than one line to provide more options for their course of study.
Subjects are grouped together because they are being taught at the same time, and this is a necessary feature to ensure of any timetable. We have used more than 10 years of subject selection data to cater for literally hundreds of different possible combinations. If a student’s preferred combination cannot be accommodated, students should make an appointment with Student Services in The Lilley Centre as soon as possible. We can advise on an alternative combination based on career or tertiary aspirations.
There are some constraints when selecting subjects. For example, each student must study a humanities, language or arts-based subject in addition to mathematics. Pre-requisite standards of entry exist for sciene and maths in the senior years, and students must meet these conditions. If students receive results after the selection process that makes them no longer eligible for a particular subject, they will be counselled and reassigned a more appropriate subject.
Parents of Year 10 students can access information and resources from MyGrammar under Academic / News and Subject selection. The webpage provides video presentations for all subjects and information about QCE-ATAR, as well as tertiary entrance details and FAQs.
On Monday, parents were invited to a face-to-face presentation where key members of staff involved in the process provided a range of information, including the QCE, ATAR and tertiary prerequisites. Various Heads of Departments offered subject information sessions. Next week, a similar evening will be held. For those parents not able to attend, digital versions of these presentations are also available on MyGrammar. Heads of Department also invite questions via email about their subjects.
Parents have an important part to play in this process and I encourage you to work through the information with your son so that he makes informed decisions. Each student in Year 10 is required to obtain a parent or guardian’s digital sign off on their son’s selections. Students are prompted for their parent/guardian email address when submitting their preferences. The closing date and time for students to complete the process is 5.00pm Friday 27 August. After that time, no changes will be permitted until the start of 2022.
Information and timelines for subject selection for students in Years 8 and 9 will be provided in the coming weeks.
Where would you be without Geography?
Our students recalled information on place, space and environment to attain great results in the Australian Geography Competition, with BGS again placing first in Queensland. The competition uses the Australian Curriculum as its foundation for questions that assess geographic knowledge, skills and analysis.
Attaining the highest standards were Nicholas Carroll, James Yantsch and Chris Zhu (Year 8) who achieved equal first in Australia. Commendation is also extended to Oliver Dauber and Jake Parker (Year 7), and Will Matthews (Year 11) who all placed first in Queensland in their age categories. Congratulations.
A sincere thanks to all the Geography teachers for supporting the boys’ journey in the subject and for the administration of the competition.
Head of Geography
Middle School students have begun the Bookopoly reading challenge and are eagerly tracking down books to match their assigned categories.
Every Friday lunchtime, the dice are rolled, and each Form Class receives a new square and accompanying task on the Bookopoly board. 5B and 7A boys have been hunting books with five words in their title, 8B boys are reading books by authors they have never read before, and 7E boys are reading books whose titles begin with a letter that matches their first initial. As the challenge continues, more options will be available. Points are earned when book reviews or other challenges are submitted.
At the end of the first week, 5C, 7B and 8I were leading their year levels while 6C and 6A were tied. All the relevant information can be found on the Bookopoly page of the Library website.
The challenge promotes reading, and we encourage parents and boys to talk about books. These conversations are important in fostering a love of reading and supporting boys’ literacy skills. Numerous studies show that there is a direct correlation between the act of reading and academic success.
If a boy reads for five minutes a day, he will read 282,000 words a year. If a boy reads for 20 minutes a day, he will read an astounding 1,800,000 words a year! The connection between time spent reading per day and reading growth cannot be ignored. Please take time to talk to your son about what he is currently reading, and maybe share some of your own favourite stories.
Groups to have their photos taken on Friday 13 August include:
- Harlin House and Griffith House
- Most Music ensembles (the remainder will have their photo on Monday 11 October)
- GPS Chess
- Tennis, Gymnastics, Cross Country teams
- Cricket First XI, Football First XI, Rugby First XV
- Titration and Athene
- Rowing crews Open Third VIII, Year 10 Third Quad
Boys are to wear full winter uniform or appropriate sports uniform.
- Music ensembles wear performance uniform. Middle School boys, please remember your white music shirts and ties.
- Cross Country teams, please bring your competition singlets and shorts.
- Boys in the Football First XI, Rugby First XV and Cricket First XI wear game day uniform and their blazer. Please remember your full playing strip (including shoes) and your blazer.
Please check the schedule carefully, and arrive for your photo five minutes before. There will be no insert photos taken.
2021 Drama X Art Collab
The BGS Drama and Art Departments are joining forces to celebrate the creative skills of Years 9 and 10 students, who are collaborating on exciting Arts projects.
The Scene Project: We Are the Mutable – a contemporary political theatre performance that showcases a collection of episodes representing the teenage voice.
The Portrait Project: Sense of Self – a body of work that explores the unique and deeply personal ways in which we see ourselves and how we are perceived by others.
Both projects have challenged students to reflect on the complexities of perception, identity and self-awareness.
This is a ticketed event with only 120 seats available for the theatre performance. We encourage the community to see both projects to support all our emerging artists.
Friday 20 August | 6.00pm – 7.30pm
The Scene Project: We Are the Mutable performance starts at 6.45pm
The Portrait Project: Sense of Self exhibition will be open from 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Cost | $20
Tickets are available here
GPS Music Day of Excellence
On Tuesday 3 August, 23 of our most talented Middle School musicians will join forces with like-minded students from other GPS schools to form a Concert Band, String Orchestra and Choir. They will work with experienced conductors to prepare for a spectacular concert in the evening. It is always a beneficial day for our musicians’ development. It is also lots of fun! The concert commences at 6.00pm and will be held at Brisbane Boys' College. Tickets are free but must be pre-ordered here.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Semester 2 events
Due to venue availability, there have been changes to signature events this semester. The Sing and Swing event for all Jazz bands and Choirs will now be on Sunday 10 October at 4.00pm in the BGS Multi-Purpose Courts (cricket nets). The Music Celebration event will now be held on the evening of Friday 15 October at the Greek Club. More details will be provided closer to the time.
Dates for the diary
|Intermediate String Festival Concert||Tuesday 10 August (6.30pm, Centenary Hall)|
|Concerto and Chamber Music Competitions||
Sunday 29 August (9.00am, Great Hall)
|Woodwind Young Players Festival||Sunday 5 September (time TBC)|
|Junior String Workshop Concert||Wednesday 8 September (6.30pm, BGGS)|
|Sing and Swing (choirs and bands)||Sunday 10 October (4.00pm, BGS oval)|
|Bands Showcase Concert||Tuesday 12 October (6.00pm, Centenary Hall)|
|Strings Showcase Concert||Wednesday 13 October (6.00pm, Centenary Hall)|
|Orchestras Showcase Concert||Thursday 14 October (6.00pm, Centenary Hall)|
|Music Celebration/Dinner||Friday 15 October (7.00pm, Greek Club)|
|Middle School Concert||Thursday 18 November (4.00pm, Centenary Hall)|
|Lessons and Carols||Saturday 27 November (7.00pm, St Johns Cathedral)|
Round 2 versus Ipswich Grammar School
Another great round of Chess was played last Friday against Ipswich Grammar School. Out of 40 games played, BGS won 35 and drew 2. Wins were recorded by all teams from the Premier Team to the Open G Team. Well done to all involved!
Round 3 games will be against a very strong Brisbane State High team at BSHS.
Results Round 2
BGS 3 IGS 1
BGS 4 IGS 0
BGS 3 IGS 1
BGS 4 IGS 0
BGS 4 IGS 0
BGS 4 IGS 0
BGS 3 IGS 1
BGS 4 IGS 0
BGS 3 IGS 1
BGS 4 IGS 0
QLD South Schools Rowing Championship
A small group of boys competed at the QLD South Schools Rowing Championship last weekend. This regatta is held annually during the winter holidays and is attended by schools across Queensland.
Congratulations to the boys on winning the Year 11 Coxed Four and for a strong second place in the Year 11 Quad Scull. The boys also had good representation in the Year 11 Single Scull, with three of five boys progressing to the final. Well done, Connor McStea, Oscar Akhavan, Campbell Stoneley, Tommy Doe and John Morrissey.
- Volunteer Roster
- P&F Auxiliary | Connect - Care - Contribute
- Fencing - Musketeers AGM
- Gymnastics - MAGS AGM
- Rugby - Normanby Blues
- Tennis - Wimbledon Club AGM
- BGS Golf Day 2021 | Friday 20 August
- The Jam | Saturday 21 August
- BGSOBA Business Breakfasts
- Year 5 Family Barefoot Bowls
- Year 12 Senior Formal – Parent Function
- Upcoming Events
- BGS150 History Book
- 2021 Calendar
Tuckshop +61 7 3834 5229
Grammar Shop +61 7 3834 5347
Roster Secretary Wendy Smith - email@example.com
Grammar Shop hours
Weekdays 7.30am – 11.00am
Weekdays 7.00am – 2.00pm
Due to social distancing, we can only have three volunteers for breakfast and six volunteers for morning tea and lunch.
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 weekdays before school, during breaks and at lunchtime.
The Tuckshop provides a selection of hot food, fresh salads, wraps, rolls and drinks. Please recharge your BGS Card here.
Open weekdays from 7.30am to 11.00am.
Grammar Shop staff appreciate parents arranging payment for their sons prior to their arrival. The simplest way for students to pay is by using their BGS Card, which can be topped-up online (MyGrammar\BGS Card).
The Grammar Shop can no longer hold separate credit or credit card details for future purchases. Please charge your son’s BGS Card for future purchases. We still accept phone orders or order forms for specific items.
The Grammar Shop has a new product: Luigi Bormioli veronese glass tumblers designed with oval bases and round rims for that extra flair and comfort in the hand. With the BGS logo etched these will make beautiful gifts or mementos.
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.
Please call the Grammar Shop on 07 3834 5347 to discuss your needs.
Musketeers Support Group AGM | Thursday 26 August at 7.00pm
The Musketeers BGS Fencing Support Group invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 26 August at 7.00pm via Microsoft Teams, followed by a short Ordinary meeting.
All voluntary positions on the support group committee will be declared vacant. Nominations for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer must be received by Thursday 19 August 2021:
Please consider nominating for these positions as the committee is essential to providing whites hire and fundraising for our fencing boys.
To make a nomination please email a completed Position Nomination Form or Ordinary Membership Form to Musketeers Secretary Jen Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org. These forms can be found on the MyGrammar Fencing page.
To RSVP to the Teams Meeting, please email Fencing Director Melanie Chin at email@example.com and a Teams invite will be forwarded to your email address.
For more information about the Musketeers Support Group or the AGM, please contact the Musketeers President, Julia Lim on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Supporters (MAGS) AGM | Tuesday 10 August at 5.45pm
Parents of BGS Gymnasts are warmly invited to attend the AGM for the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Supporters (MAGS) Group.
The meeting will be held in the classroom opposite the weights room in the Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday 10 August at 5.45pm.
All positions will be declared vacant. Nominations are welcomed for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, General Member.
To RSVP, obtain a nomination form or for further information please contact President of the MAGS Support Group Karuna Hoole email@example.com
What a difference a week makes. The Normanby Blues congratulates all those coaches and players who have put so much effort in to deliver so many wins on Saturday; particularly the clean sweep of victories from the First XV to U16As, a giant stride towards developing a winning culture.
It was great to have the results speak for themselves this week. We trust that the boys can take that confidence into Round 3.
A huge thankyou to King G’s Jester (Sam Powell) and all the boys in school uniform who enjoyed the games from the Northgate stands. The school spirit on display was inspiring and you have two weeks to encourage your mates to enjoy the next big school event that is Saturday afternoon GPS Rugby at Northgate. The First and Second XV games are sure to entertain again, and we will serve the best burgers and Rugby Rolls in the competition.
A big thank you to Sue Boughan for her successful first day feeding the crowds at Northgate Rugby and the volunteers that made it possible. I trust that you made some new friends and appreciated Ben’s choice of music.
Some useful links brought to you by the Normanby Blues:
The First XV match can be viewed on Cluch TV by those that can’t make it in person.
Rugby Supporter Merchandise is in stock (unless specified) and will be shipped. Shop online here
As always, the Normanby Blues Rugby Support Committee are happy to receive suggestions and feedback of any kind. Please do not hesitate to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the rugby.
President, Normanby Blues
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Tee up your team – BGS Golf Day is returning in 2021!
We'd love you to join us on Friday 20 August at The Brisbane Golf Club for a great day of golf and networking to support bursaries.
In 2019, the BGS Golf Day raised over $20,000 for the BGS Bursary Fund to provide financial support for a boy who does not have the means to attend the School. This year, we have a target of raising over $30,000. Sponsorship and prize donation opportunities are available to support our fundraising efforts.
The BGSOBA is proud to present the return of The Jam – Band Battle '21 at Brisbane's iconic music venue The Triffid, owned and operated by Old Boy John Collins ’87. Come and cheer on some amazing bands and mingle with our community. All members of the BGS community, family and friends are welcome to attend this event.
The winning band will win a day in Airlock Recording Studios with Old Boy Ian Haug ’87 from Powderfinger and The Church. The winner’s recorded song will then be streamed via Gyrostream thanks to Andy Wilson.
Don't miss the next two BGSOBA Business Breakfasts following the first event being sold out!
The BGS community is invited to join the below upcoming BGSOBA Business Breakfasts at The Grove Rooftop, 480 Queen Street Brisbane. Community members are encouraged to invite their peers and business associates from beyond the BGS community for this networking opportunity. Join the below events to hear from reputable speakers in the field:
- Entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy | Wednesday 15 September, 7.00am to 8.30am. Panellists include Brett Clark '85 (ePharmacy) and Steve Baxter (entrepreneur, investor, and ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank Australia).
- The Business of Sport | Thursday 11 November, 7.00am to 8.30am. Panellists announced shortly.
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.