Brisbane Girls Grammar School

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Brisbane Girls Grammar School
BGGS Crest.png
Latin: Nil Sine Labore
("Nothing without labour")
Location
Spring Hill, Queensland
Australia Australia
Coordinates 27°27′30″S 153°1′11″E / 27.45833°S 153.01972°E / -27.45833; 153.01972Coordinates: 27°27′30″S 153°1′11″E / 27.45833°S 153.01972°E / -27.45833; 153.01972
Information
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day
Denomination Non-Denominational
Established 1875[1]
Principal Jacinda Euler
Enrolment ~1200 (8–12)[2]
Colour(s) Blue and White
Website

Brisbane Girls Grammar School, is an independent, non-denominational, secondary day school for girls, located in Spring Hill, an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Founded in 1875, the school is one of eight grammar schools in Queensland that were established under the Grammar Schools Act of 1860. The school originally opened as a branch of the Brisbane Grammar School with fifty students under the direction of a principal, Janet O'Connor.[3]

Brisbane Girls Grammar is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[4] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[5] and is a member of the Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA).[6]

Brisbane Girls Grammar School has approximately 1450 students enrolled in Years 7 to 12. The school has a new building, the Research and Innovative Learning Centre, which will coincide with the introduction of Year 7 in 2015. The Research and Innovative Learning Centre (also known as the RLC), is five storeys high, is made out of 2183m3 of concrete, 58 000 bricks, 22 500 concrete blocks, 2066m2 of carpet and 16.05m3 Tasmanian oak timber. The building houses 55, 000 resources and provides numerous, spacious learning spaces as well as several quiet areas for study.

History[edit]

Brisbane Girls Grammar School was founded in March 1875, six years before women were admitted to universities in Sydney and Melbourne. The school opened as a branch of Brisbane Grammar School with fifty female students under the direction of a lady principal, Janet O'Connor, in premises on George Street, Brisbane. Within six months the school outgrew these premises and subsequently moved to a site on Wickham Terrace.[1]

Main Building, c1910

By July 1882, the school was well established and a decision was made to separate from Brisbane Grammar School, so as to operate independently under the Grammar Schools Act. Plans were also made to move the school to its present location on Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill. In 1884, the Main Building, designed by architect Richard Gailey, was opened to one hundred students.[1]

The school's motto is Nil Sine Labore, Latin for "Nothing Without Labour". It was adopted from the Brisbane Grammar School, which in turn borrowed it from Horace's Second Book of Satires. The school badge is an open book on a shield with the school motto on a ribbon underneath. The open book was also borrowed from Oxford University, where over half of the original staff of Brisbane Grammar School were originally secured.[citation needed]

The school's Open Day will be held on Friday the 31st of July, 2015 on campus.

Principals[edit]

Period Details
1875 – 1876 Mrs Janet O'Connor
1877 – 1878 Miss Sarah Cargill
1878 – 1881 Miss Mary Mackinlay
1882 – 1888 Miss Sophia Beanland
1888 – 1895 Miss Charlotte Pells
1896 – 1899 Miss Eliza Fewings
1900 – 1912 Miss Milisent Wilkinson
1913 – 1914 Miss Mary Atkinson Williams
1914 – 1915 Miss Jane Walker
1916 – 1924 Miss Annie Mackay
1925 – 1952 Miss Kathleen Lilley
1952 – 1970 Miss Louise Crooks (Mrs Louise McDonald from 1957)
1971 – 1976 Miss Nancy Shaw
1977 – 2001 Dr Judith Hancock AM
2001 – 2012 Dr Amanda Bell
2013 – present Ms Jacinda Euler

House system[edit]

As with most Australian schools, Brisbane Girls Grammar utilises a house system. The House System provides a framework of support for students during their years at school.[7] The House System originated in 1964, with 10 houses that were amalgamated to 5 in 1966. In 1973 the House System reverted to Interform Competitions, but was reintroduced in 1980. Since then, some of the previously discontinued houses have returned, while new houses have been created. There are currently nine houses, each named after past principals and teachers of the school as well as previous chairmen of the Board of Trustees:

Beanland (Pink)

Named after Sophia Beanland, the former Head Mistress of the school from 1882 to 1889. The house was first established in 1964 when the school had ten Houses, each with approximately fifty students. Beanland House and four other houses were discontinued in 1966, as the system of ten houses was not manageable. Beanland House was reintroduced in 1994.

England (Blue)

Named after Mr John Edwyn England, one of the longest serving trustees of the school. He was a member of the trust for 20 years and was Chairman of the Board from 1952 to 1961.

Gibson (Purple)

Originally formed in 1964 and lasted until 1973 when the House System was discontinued in favour of a horizontal division based on year groups. Gibson House was officially re-constituted in February 1980 after a gap of seven years and is named in honour of Major John Lockhart Gibson, M.D. one of Brisbane's best known doctors. Gibson was appointed Vice-Chairman of the School Board of Trustees in 1906. From 1929, until his resignation in 1940 he served as Chairman of the Board.

Griffith (Red)

Originally established in 1964, and combined with Mackinlay House in 1966 to form a larger Griffith house. It continued in this form until 1973, when the house system was discontinued. Griffith House was officially re-constituted in February 1980 and is named in honour of Sir Samuel Walter Griffith, former Chairman of Trustees, Premier of the Colony of Queensland, Chief Justice of Queensland and the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Hirschfeld (Orange)

Named after Dr. Konrad Hirschfeld (1904–1987) who served as Chairman of the Board of Brisbane Girls Grammar School between 1963 and 1976. Dr. Hirschfeld was involved in many aspects of the medical profession and also had an enduring passion and commitment to education. Hirschfeld House was formed in 1980 in recognition of his services to education and the school.

Lilley (Green)

One of ten houses established in 1964. Lilley House was named after Sir Charles Lilley, the former Premier and Chief Justice of Queensland, and the founder of Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Particularly influential in the educational arena, Sir Charles Lilley had a substantial influence on the Education Act 1875, and was responsible for the introduction of free education in Queensland in 1870.

Mackay (White)

Started in 1998, and named after Margaret Annie Mackay, a pupil at the school in its early days. She became a teacher at Brisbane Girls Grammar School and finally was appointed Head Mistress in 1916. She retired in 1924.

O'Connor (Maroon)

Named after Brisbane Girls' Grammar School's first Headmistress, Mrs Janet O'Connor. From 1875 to 1877, O'Connor led the fledgling school which was then located in George Street. O'Connor House was established in 1964 and was discontinued in 1966. In 1990, it was re-established and adopted maroon as its colour.

Woolcock (Yellow)
Judge John Laskey Woolcockn.d.

First established in 1964, and named after John Laskey Woolcock in recognition of his contribution to the school and to education in general. In 1966, Woolcock and O'Connor Houses combined keeping the name Woolcock. In 1973 the House was discontinued, but was re-established in 1980.[8]

Campuses and facilities[edit]

In addition to the main school site at Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, the school has a Sports Campus in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket and an outdoor education campus, Marrapatta, in the Mary Valley.

Brisbane Campus, Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill

Since 1884, Brisbane Girls Grammar has continually developed their main campus. Recent building projects include the Cherrel Hirst Creative Learning Centre, opened in 2007 to house music, drama, computer technology and art facilities, and a 25-metre suspended swimming pool in 2009.[9] In 2015, to coincide with the introduction of Year 7, the school is building the Research & Innovative Learning Centre.

Marrapatta Campus - Memorial Outdoor Education Centre

The school operates a dedicated Outdoor Education Centre from a campus in the Mary Valley at Imbil, approximately 2 hours drive north of Brisbane.

Sports Campus at Fig Tree Pocket

In 2013, Brisbane Girls Grammar School acquired a 13 hectare site in Fig Tree Pocket, which comprises 2 playing fields and 3 ovals. It is 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the CBD and is the home ground for sports such as hockey, netball, softball, cricket and touch. The campus is also used to teach environmental sciences, with school groups working with local organisations to rehabilitate areas of ecological significance.

Notable alumnae[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History". School Profile. Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Aspiration and Intent Statements". School Profile. Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  3. ^ History | Brisbane Girls Grammar School (http://www.bggs.qld.edu.au/about/history/)
  4. ^ "AHISA Schools". Queensland. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  5. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  6. ^ "(What is) QGSSSA". QGSSSA. SportingPulse. 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  7. ^ Student Care | Brisbane Girls Grammar School (http://www.bggs.qld.edu.au/our-school/student-matters/)
  8. ^ http://www.bggs.qld.edu.au
  9. ^ Campuses | Brisbane Girls Grammar School (http://www.bggs.qld.edu.au/about/campuses/)
  10. ^ "Betty Churcher - Interview Transcript tape 1". Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  11. ^ "Queensland Australian of the Year 2013 Award winners announced". Queensland Government. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Barbara Leggett". Gastroenterological Society of Queensland. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 

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