Virtual Boarding Night 2021
Tuesday 7 September | Queensland's leading school for boys
There is no better time to join Brisbane Grammar School as a boarder with two transformative facilities on the horizon that will significantly enhance their unique access to Queensland’s leading school for boys. BGS Boarding’s $5 million redevelopment is almost complete, giving every boarder a private room. The BGS STEAM Precinct, open early in 2023, will enhance the School’s exceptional education program to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Register below for BGS Virtual Boarding Night 2021 on Tuesday 7 September. During the event, you will learn about the new boarding facilities and hear from a panel of BGS Boarding staff, parents and students. Complete the form below to receive event updates and submit a question to be answered on the night.
Explore this page to view videos from BGS Headmaster Anthony Micallef, learn about our new Griffith House and STEAM Precinct, and view photos of life at Brisbane Grammar School.
Exciting time to join BGS Boarding
Brisbane Grammar School Boarding is undergoing a $5 million redevelopment to provide leading facilities with an individual, modern room for each boy in Years 5 to 8 (Griffith House) and Years 9 to 12 (Harlin House). Griffith House was completed in 2020, and we are excited to announce that the new Harlin House will open in October 2021.
BGS provides the best start in life for the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.
A warm welcome to BGS Boarding, set in the heart of Brisbane Grammar School. By joining our boarding family, boys from all over the world experience the academic and cocurricular opportunities at Queensland’s leading school for boys.
Our graduates' academic results place BGS as the leading school for boys in Queensland and the School's Strategy aims to create the best school for boys in Australia. Our carefully designed Boarding program enriches each boy’s BGS journey.
We are an inclusive, non-denominational community, where students from diverse backgrounds combine to live the School’s values of learning, leadership, endeavour, respect and community.
Every boy is given a place to belong and an opportunity to excel. Our broad liberal education, combined with extensive Boarding, Cocurricular and Student Wellbeing programs, provides every boy with the grounding to take on diverse careers.
A parent's perspective
Jenny and Doug MacGibbon from Moranbah in central Queensland chose BGS for their sons Andrew and Alex, who were both Harlin House Captains. Jenny shares her family’s experience.
Choosing the right boarding school is a big decision. Why did you choose to send your sons to BGS?
In addition to the School’s excellent reputation and abundance of opportunities, our decision was initially based on a long and very happy family association with the School. My husband Doug was a boarder in the 1980s, and we were keen to continue into the next generation. But the final decision actually came down to Andrew and Alex – we brought them to visit the School before signing on the dotted line. Watching their faces light up when we saw the amazing facilities firsthand and met with enthusiastic staff and students made sealing the deal a no-brainer! My advice to all prospective parents is to make the time to bring your son to have a look at the School and give them the chance to connect with present or past students and staff.
There are some things you can compromise on, other things you can’t. Education is one thing you can’t – you get one crack at it, and my experience has been that BGS will not disappoint.
You’ve had two sons board at BGS. How have you found the experience as a parent?
It’s been amazing! Despite the inevitable distance and challenges as boarding parents, we have been made to feel we are still an integral and highly involved part of our sons’ lives and education. Boarding and day school staff have been brilliant in keeping us informed about general daily happenings, celebrations and other points of interest via the weekly newsletters, and Facebook and Instagram posts. Insightful and reassuring personal contact is also made when necessary.
The boarding community offers great opportunities for parents to become connected through numerous social functions, contact with the Boarder Support Group, fundraising activities such as the Harlin House Coffee Shop on Open Day, and other volunteering opportunities. I also found incredible kindness and generosity among the day school families. Make the most of getting to know these beautiful families who will bend over backwards to help you and your son.
What’s the hardest part of having kids away at boarding school? What advice would you give other parents considering boarding?
You miss their physical presence in your everyday life – and you worry that you might miss things only you as a parent might pick up on, because you don’t always get to interpret facial expressions or voice intonations. Have great faith in the skills of the staff at Griffith and Harlin House, keep in touch regularly and connect with other parents to help you get a feeling of what’s normal or not. It’s not easy sending children away to school, but I have learned as a parent that there are some things you can compromise on, other things you can’t. Education is one thing you can’t – you get one crack at it, and my experience has been that BGS will not disappoint.