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Our Vision

BGS aspires to be the best school for boys in Australia.

Our Purpose

BGS educates boys within an innovative learning culture that nurtures their intellectual, physical, and emotional wellbeing to become global citizens who contribute to their communities.

Strategic Imperatives


Provide a safe and supportive learning environment where students attain the best academic, wellbeing and cocurricular outcomes.


Work together to enhance BGS programs, enact cultural values and celebrate school traditions and achievements.

Strategic Enablers


BGS recruits and retains the best people to deliver premium educational programs to BGS students.


BGS provides contemporary virtual and physical facilities so that BGS people can deliver premium educational programs to BGS students.


BGS students fulfil their potential because the School offers premium educational programs delivered by the best people in contemporary virtual and physical settings.

Our Values


A culture of excellence challenges boys to achieve their individual best.


Boys become thoughtful and confident men of character.


Nil sine labore – nothing without work – is embedded in the School’s culture.


Boys develop respect for themselves and others.

A Brisbane Grammar School education provides the best start in life for the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. BGS culture is distinctive, balancing the highest academic standards with a rich array of sporting and cultural activities in an environment that nurtures the social and emotional wellbeing of every boy. Our graduates attend the world’s leading universities, lead their chosen careers and professions and make their own futures.

Critical Projects

Digital Transformation

Enhancing our capability to optimise educational outcomes for our students


Innovating through science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics to inspire our students

Effective Thinking Cultures

Optimising teaching practices to enrich the learning experience for our students

Campus Renewal

Delivering new and improved facilities to advance Academic, Cocurricular and Wellbeing programs for our students

The School supports the Government’s objectives for the community:

  • Good jobs: Good, secure jobs in our traditional and emerging industries
  • Better services: Deliver even better services right across Queensland
  • Great lifestyle: Protect and enhance our Queensland lifestyle as we grow

Our Educational Philosophy and Major Goals

The School is committed to a liberal education philosophy. Our major goals for each boy are:
  • to develop attitudes, skills, and a base of knowledge as a foundation for critical intelligence, imaginative and creative powers, effective communication and the capacity and enthusiasm for independent, lifelong learning;
  • to develop and extend personal character traits and talents; and
  • to develop a strong sense of service, community, leadership and loyalty to others.
To achieve these goals, the School seeks to provide:
  • a broad and balanced academic curriculum in which each boy is challenged to do his best;
  • highly competent teaching staff who are committed to the School's purpose;
  • a disciplined and supportive environment for learning;
  • a broad program of cultural, intellectual, sporting and other outdoor activities; and
  • sporting activities where boys are encouraged to strive for success, but always within the finest traditions of sportsmanship.

As the education and personal development of each boy is a responsibility shared between the School and the home, the School promotes effective communication with families.

BGS Strategic Plan

First page of the PDF file: BGSStrategy2024-2028_Jan24

BGS Strategy

From the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees and the School’s Senior Leadership Team have recently undertaken a refresh of the strategic objectives and plans for the Brisbane Grammar School (BGS or the School) intended to have currency for the next five-year period (2024 – 2028). We believe this step is timely as we are about to open our magnificent new STEAM precinct which will bring with it significant changes to the way we seek to educate future cohorts of the boys of the Light Dark Blue.

The advent of the STEAM precinct reinforces the fact that we live in a complex, rapidly changing world in which the pace of change is accelerating and in which our past success as a School is no guarantee of future success. Given the pace of change there is no room for any ‘strategic’ complacency. The School’s strategic approach must necessarily be a process which we constantly seek to evolve and develop as we pursue our ambition to be the best school for boys in Australia.

At BGS we are seeking to provide boys with a rich offering of educational and co-curricular experiences designed to develop thoughtful and confident men of character who contribute and make a difference to their communities. We believe that the School’s ‘culture’ is a matter of fundamental importance to the outcomes we seek to achieve and so we energetically pursue our “Protect and Connect’ programs.

Publication of this strategy document is intended to stimulate discussion amongst BGS stakeholders. The document is intended outline a coherent vision and direction for the delivery of all of our programs as we seek to build on our past success. We welcome constructive stakeholder feedback on these strategic objectives and plans because we see it as the best mechanism there is to safeguard the long-term success and sustainability of the School.

Professor John Humphrey

From the Headmaster

For over 155 years, Brisbane Grammar School has been a model of educational distinction. Today, BGS continues to balance history with innovation in its determined pursuit of excellence. The Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team acknowledge that to achieve our vision requires continuous improvement and careful change management. Our primary focus remains on providing a high-quality education that prepares our students for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

To achieve the BGS vision we have identified key areas of strategic importance:

Educational Excellence
We are dedicated to fostering a culture of academic and cocurricular excellence by continuously enhancing our programs, investing in professional development for our staff, and implementing innovative teaching and coaching methods. Our goal is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive now and into the future.

We recognise the importance of student and staff wellbeing and are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment. We continue to augment broad programs to promote mental health, resilience, and positive relationships among our students, staff, and BGS families.

We believe that community engagement is essential for the success of our school. We are actively seeking opportunities to collaborate with local businesses, educational  organisations, alumni and community members to enrich our students' learning experiences and bolster school programs.

To create an optimal learning environment, we are investing in the development and enhancement of the school's infrastructure and facilities. This includes upgrading classrooms, technology resources, and recreational spaces to meet the evolving needs of our students and staff.

The BGS Strategy will integrate and align our distinctive plans and activities, emphasise and express our ambitions, affirm and strengthen our values, highlight our uniqueness and manifest our vision to be the best school for boys in Australia.

Anthony Micallef