Brighton Grammar School

Brighton Grammar School

Infobox Aust school private
name = Brighton Grammar School

motto = " _la. Meliora Sequamur"
(Latin:"Let's keep striving for better")
established = 1882cite web|url = |title = Brighton Grammar School |accessdate = 2007-10-18|year = 2007|work = Find a School|publisher = Association of Independent Schools of Victoria]
type = Independent, Single-sex, Day school
denomination = Anglican
slogan = "We teach boys"cite web|url =|title =Content|accessdate = 2008-08-22|year = 2008|publisher = Brighton Grammar School]
key_people = Michael S. Urwin (Headmaster)
Dr George Henry Crowther (Founder)
Ian Paroissien (Chairman)
fees = AU$10,095–19,611 p.acite web |url= |title=Brighton Grammar|accessdate=2008-03-16 |work=Directory |publisher=Melbourne's Child]
city = Brighton
state = Victoria
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
coordinates = coord|37|54|18|S|144|59|45|E|display=inline,title
enrolment = ~1,220 (ELC–12)
num_employ = ~98cite web|url =|title =Fast Facts|accessdate = 2008-08-22|year = 2008|work = About|publisher = Brighton Grammar School]
revenue =
colours = Red and Bluecite web|url =|title = Club/School Colours|accessdate = 2007-10-18|year = 2002|month = April|work = 2002 Zurich Australian Rowing Championships|publisher = Rowing Australia] color box|#FF0000color box|#0000FF
homepage = []

Brighton Grammar School is an independent, Anglican, day school for boys, located in Brighton, a south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Founded in 1882 by Dr. George Henry Crowther, Brighton Grammar has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,220 students from the Early Learning Centre (ELC) to Year 12. The majority of students are drawn from the City of Bayside suburbs of Brighton, East Brighton, Hampton, Sandringham and Beaumaris.

The school is affiliated with a number of associations including the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference,cite web |url= |title=International Members |accessdate=2008-03-11 |work= HMC Schools |publisher= The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),cite web|url =|title = Professional Development |accessdate = 2007-10-18|work = Victorian Branch|publisher = Junior School Heads Association of Australia] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),cite web|url =|title = Victoria|accessdate = 2007-10-18|year = 2007|month = April|work = AHISA Schools|publisher = Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia] the Australian Anglican Schools Network,cite web|url = |title = Schools |accessdate = 2007-10-18|work = Victoria|publisher = Australian Anglican Schools Network] and the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS).cite web|url =|title = Conclusions and further research|accessdate = 2007-10-18|format = PDF|work = Publications|publisher = The Australian Political Studies Association|pages = p.45 ]


Brighton Grammar School was founded on 14 February 1882, with eight male students. The number of enrolments soon grew, and by 1890, 160 boys were in attendance. During the depression of the 1890s, students numbers declined rapidly. The school founder, Dr George Henry Crowther held the role of headmaster until his death in 1918. His son, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Arnold A. Crowther, who was in active service in France, subsequently assumed the role. Crowther retired from this position in 1924, when Herbert E. Dixon took over. Dixon helped expand the school until his retirement in 1938. Geoffrey G. Green became the schools next headmaster, serving until 1942. The man who took over from Green was Phillip St. John Wilson.

In 1958, Brighton Grammar joined the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS), and soon after purchased grounds on the former Brighton Gas Company site, where "Wilson House", now the Junior School, was to be built to accommodate the growing student numbers. The number of enrolled boys reached 800 during the 1960s, and in 1967, Robert Lancelot Rofe became headmaster. Rofe's main contribution was ensuring long overdue buildings were erected, such as a new classroom block in Wilson House, the Centenary Hall, the Creative Arts Centre in the Senior School and the performance hall at the middle school, known as "Rosstrevor". Rofe left the school in 1995.

Michael Spencer Urwin was appointed headmaster at the beginning of 1996. He had previously held the position of deputy headmaster at Brisbane Grammar School, and began his term by implementing a curriculum review, a pastoral care system, and a general program of modernisation. This also included community education opportunities in out of school hours, in order to make the school more inclusive and less parochial. A new senior school library and resource centre, and specialist classroom facilities have been built to upgrade facilities in the senior school.


Brighton Grammar School is situated on a single convert|3|ha|acre|0 campus located in suburban Brighton, 12 km southeast of the Melbourne city centre. The school is located close to Middle Brighton Railway Station.

Current facilities of the school include: three playing ovals; a physical education centre; tennis and basketball courts; Swimming pool; Creative Arts Centre, including areas for Music, Graphics, Art and Materials and Technology; Science laboratories; Assembly Halls in each section of the School; Computer centres; Three libraries, including a new Senior School Library and Resource Centre; and Specialist classrooms. The school also features an outdoor education campus, known as "Labertouche", in the Gippsland ranges.cite web|url =|title = Current Facilities|accessdate = 2008-08-22|work = About|publisher = Brighton Grammar School]


Brighton Grammar School has a close sister school relationship with Firbank Girls' Grammar School, an independent Anglican school for girls. Students of the two schools participate in a range of co-educational activities together.cite web|url =|title = Firbank Grammar School |accessdate = 2008-08-22|work = About|publisher = Brighton Grammar School]


As with most Australian schools, Brighton Grammar utilises a house system. The school currently has six houses, all of which are named after significant people for the school. The most recent being Rofe House, which was introduced in 2005.
* Armstrong (white)
* Crowther (yellow)
* Dixon (blue)
* Hancock (green)
* Rofe (purple)
* School (red)

Notable alumni

Alumnus of Brighton Grammar School are commonly referred to as Old Boys or Old Grammarians' and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the Old Brighton Grammarians' Society (OBGS).cite web|url =|title =About the OBGS - Community for Life|accessdate = 2008-08-22|year = 2008|work = About Us|publisher = Old Brighton Grammarians' Society] Some notable Old Brighton Grammarians include:

;Architecture, engineering and technology
*Sir Lionel Hooke - Pioneer in radio; Wireless operator in Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Antarctic Expedition; Engineercite web|url =|title = Sir Lionel Hooke Award|accessdate = 2007-10-18|year = 2007|format = PDF|work = Awards|publisher = The Institution of Engineering and Technology SA & NT Local Network]

;Entertainment, media and the arts
*Neil Douglas MBE - Environmental artist; Conservationist; Authorcite news| first = Philip | last = Jones| title = Bush lover and a law unto himself| url =| publisher = The Sydney Morning Herald| date = 2003-10-30| accessdate = 2007-10-18]

*William Grant CMG, DSO and Bar, MBE, MID - Soldier and commander of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at the Battle of Beersheba

;Politics, public service and the law
*Sir Stanley Argyle KBE - Former Premier of Victoria; Member (Nationalist) for the seat of Toorakcite web|url =|title = Argyle, Sir Stanley Seymour|accessdate = 2007-10-18|last = Browne |first = G|date = 2004-06-08|work = re-member|publisher = Parliament of Victoria]
*Thomas Clarke - MI6 operative (retired), and recipient of the OBE
*Barry Robert Dove - Judge of the County Court of Victoriacite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = DOVE Barry Robert, His Hon. Judge| accessdate = 2007-10-18| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Albert Oram, Baron Oram - British politician [ [ Baron Oram biography] ]
*Peter Reith - Australian politician (Liberal); Minister Howard Government 1996-2003; Member for the seat of Flinderscite conference| year = 2003| title = Appendix 2: Contributors| conference = The Samuel Griffith Society| booktitle = Upholding the Australian Constitution| volume = 15| publisher = The Samuel Griffith Society| location = Adelaide| url =| accessdate = 2007-10-18]
*Raymond Walter Tovell - Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (Liberal) for Brightoncite web|url =|title = Tovell, Raymond Walter|accessdate = 2007-10-18|last = Browne |first = G|date = 2004-06-08|work = re-member|publisher = Parliament of Victoria]

*John Charles McIntyre -Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Gippsland, Victoria; Recipient of the Centenary Medal 2003 (also attended Fort Street High School)cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = McINTYRE John Charles, Rt Rev.| accessdate = 2007-10-18| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]

*Travis Brooks - Olympic hockey player
*Warwick Capper - AFL footballer
*Andrew Cooper - Olympic rower
*Chris Dawes - AFL footballer
*Andrew Lauterstein - Olympic swimmer
*Matthew Lloyd - Olympic cyclist
*Mat McBriar - American football player
*Dr William C. McClelland - doctor, VFL footballer and Victorian Football League Presidentcite web|url =|title = William Caldwell McClelland|accessdate = 2007-10-18|date = 2007-09-15|work = Historic Interments|publisher = Brighton Cemetery]
*Albert Thurgood - VFL footballer
*Dylan Alcott - Paraylmpian


ee also

* List of schools in Victoria

External links

* [ Brighton Grammar School]
* [ Old Brighton Grammarians]
* [ George Henry Crowther (1854-1918)] Gravesite at the Brighton General Cemetery (Vic)

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