The School community was saddened to hear of the death of Sam Greenland on 26 June 2019 after a short period of illness.
Sam Greenland MChem (Oxon), MEd, BTeach (Sydney) was an outstanding educator. Commencing at Melbourne Grammar School in 2014, Sam was highly respected by his colleagues and his students alike. His warmth, enthusiasm and grace under pressure were admirable, as was his capability to quietly form strong and valued relationships with the students under his care.
An exemplary teacher of Mathematics, student chatter frequently indicated that the boys thought “you were lucky if you had Mr Greenland for maths”. Originally a tutor in Creese House, Sam was appointed Head of Bromby House in 2016 and he also excelled in this role.
Sam took over as Teacher in Charge of Debating in 2015. With his outstanding expertise in this field, he had an extraordinary influence in a few short years, culminating in the A Grade Championship in the Debaters Association of Victoria School Competition in 2018 – the first time the School had won this award since 1968.
In addition, Sam was involved in the School’s sporting programme (primarily tennis and rowing), the Outdoor Education programme, the Reconciliation Committee and many other facets of School life during his time with us. Students still remember his spectacular 'demonstrative' capsize while sea kayaking in Western Port Bay.
Sam’s company was enjoyed by all who knew him and he was a strong and frequent contributor to the social fabric of the teaching faculty.
Sam battled his illness with grace, courage and honour. He will be greatly missed.
Ora et labora
A Memorial Service for Sam Greenland will be held at 4.30pm, Tuesday 23 July 2019 in The Old Melburnians War Memorial Hall.
For enquiries about the Service, please call +61 3 9865 7682
“As the year comes to a close all Brombonians have something to be proud of, whether it be new friendships, sporting triumphs or academic achievements. All this has been fostered under the caring gaze of Housemaster Mr Sam Greenland, whose endless time for the individual needs of the students and paternal nature, has ensured a safe and compassionate environment for all to fall back to from the stress of School life.”