A new Salem at BGS
Some familiar faces return to BGS.
It was with a sense of both pride and loss that I announced to our community late in 2020 that Dr Rachel Horton had been appointed as Head of School at The Armidale School (TAS) in NSW.
During her time at Brighton Grammar, Rachel was instrumental in working collaboratively with staff in facilitating an outstanding and engaging education for all students through the academic and co-curricular programs.
Rachel was passionate about developing a strong pastoral program for the benefit of all Secondary School students and worked closely with the boys in the classroom teaching Science where she instilled an enthusiasm for learning and critical thinking.
Rachel was also a House tutor, a regular participant on Outdoor Education journeys and always on the sidelines or in the audience urging the boys on, whether on the field or on the stage. I thank Rachel for her contributions to Brighton Grammar over the past three years.
Travis Hopgood has taken up a position as Director of Wellbeing (Staff and Students) at St. Peter’s Anglican College in Broulee, NSW. As a keen surfer who likes nothing more than holidays on the coast with his wife Deanna and their two sons, this move means they will be living in one of their favourite holiday destinations.
Travis joined BGS in 2016 as Deputy Head of Middle School and teacher of HWPE, going on to become Deputy Head of Secondary School Years 7 and 8 in 2018 and Director of Students in 2020. He was an integral member of the Secondary Leadership Team and was most recognised for being a highly supportive, warm and friendly colleague and an active and engaged Director of Students, whose dedication to the boys has been outstanding.
Travis has achieved much and will be missed by many.
Dr Rachel Horton
Deputy Headmaster/Head of Secondary School
Many Old Boys would remember Mrs Anthony from the Junior School Library, as participants in the annual Book Week and recipients of the books she chose for students as awards for Speech Night. The following is an excerpt from the scroll written by Raelene Plozza and presented to Pauline upon her retirement at the end of 2020.
Pauline joined the staff in 2000 as a Teacher Librarian (and committed parent) and was always a passionate advocate for literacy. She created a welcoming space for students where books were honoured through initiatives such as the annual Book Fair and Premier’s Reading Challenge.
As a dedicated librarian, she oversaw two library renovations, helped to bring Book Week alive every year and carefully selected Speech Night prizes for hundreds of boys, reflecting her deep knowledge of each boy and his interests.
Pauline was also an enthusiastic timekeeper at school sports, an innovative eLearning coordinator, a Distance Learning expert, a valuable member of the IT strategy group and coach and mentor to many JS staff.
Pauline led the annual visits of our Year 6 boys to Milikapiti six times, reflecting her willingness to go above and beyond.
She will be most remembered as a beloved teacher whose dedication and passion had such a positive impact on so many teachers and boys.