In a long and distinguished career in teaching, Beryl Gregory made a fine art of giving.
It’s a habit she has maintained through a donation to Melbourne Grammar School’s New World of Teaching and Learning Campaign, which aims to raise $15 million to fund the future $34 million Geoff Handbury Science and Technology Hub.
Until her retirement six years ago, Beryl was the Headmistress of Christ Church Grammar, where she shepherded hundreds of boys and girls through their early years of education.
However, Beryl’s ties to Melbourne Grammar School were bound long before her arrival at Christ Church, with her two sons, Michael (OM 1991) and Christian (OM 1995), being educated at Grimwade and Senior School and her daughter, Elizabeth (OM 1993), being educated at Grimwade House before moving on to Melbourne Girls Grammar.
Education is in the bloodstream of the Gregory family. Beryl’s husband, Alan, is an educator and historian, while Christian is also a teacher.
“He is everything that I wasn’t,” she says. “He is gifted as a teacher. I had to work hard at it but he knows just how to inspire children.”
Beryl may be understating her achievements. In 2004, she was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to education and the community.
Perhaps her greatest achievement has been raising her family. “I have three of the most generous and thoughtful children,” explains Beryl. She is adamant that Melbourne Grammar School was critical in inspiring her daughter and sons to be the best people they could be.
“The boys had two extreme personalities. One was a funny but shy little boy who was very nervous about playing sport, but he flourished at the School. The other loved sports and was the consummate sportsman. Both were given a very rich education at Melbourne Grammar School and I am so very grateful for that.”
This sentiment has inspired her to give back to the School. “I think it is a sense of service to the institutions and organisations that you love and that are important to you, that have given so much to you. I give gratefully for the wonderful teaching my children have had.”
If teaching is part of the family’s lifeblood, so too is Melbourne Grammar School. Beryl’s two grandchildren, Beatrix, and Ignatius, attend Grimwade House.
Beryl’s association with the School continues through her work on the Melbourne Grammar School Council, which is responsible for guiding and monitoring the School.
As we come towards the end of the New World of Teaching and Learning Campaign, we are well on our way to reaching the $15 million goal. Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this exciting, history-making Campaign.