It is through the New World of Teaching and Learning Campaign, that Melbourne Grammar School is implementing its vision for Science and Technology education. The $15 million fundraising Campaign will enable our students to develop the crucial skills required to flourish in a world where innovative ideas and citizens with the agility to adapt, has never been greater.
It is our responsibility to ensure that the next generations of students are equipped to navigate, design and positively contribute to our collective future. With your support, we are ready to rise to the challenge.
Our nourishment, safety, homes, neighbourhoods, relationships with family and friends, health, jobs, and leisure are all profoundly shaped by technological innovation and the discoveries of science.1
Melbourne Grammar School is home to a core group of students with a keen interest and talent in Science and Technology. However, as is the trend for primary and secondary school students across Australia,2 numbers participating in STEM related subjects at our School is decreasing.
By introducing an innovative pedagogical approach to Science and Technology in a new state-of-the-art facility, we will spark the interest and creativity of students in these areas and open their eyes to their own potential. Including transparent and flexible learning spaces and designated places for featuring students work, the new Science and Technology Hub will increase collaboration between peers, as well as students and teachers. As they move through from Wadhurst to Year 12, students will be introduced to the types of learning that they are likely to experience at university and to require in their lives beyond School.
By making a donation today, you will transform Science and Technology at Melbourne Grammar School.
75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge.3
When they leave School, our students will enter a global economy driven by scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Equipped with the skills to succeed in this environment, and an understanding of how they can make a positive impact through STEM, it is anticipated that more students will pursue tertiary studies in this area.
With support from donors like you, we will empower the world’s next great innovative thinkers and, in doing so, support Australia’s prosperity and well-being.
Please give and help to inspire more students to find their passion for STEM-related tertiary studies.
Australia has a declining rate of STEM-related course completions which have decreased over the past 10 years from 22% to 16%. The Office of the Chief Scientist also indicates that the proportion of tertiary students with first degrees in STEM is only 10.6%.4
As the country begins to respond to the STEM challenge, demand for the best qualified teachers will increase as will the competition to continue to attract and retain the best teachers – our reputation of excellence will no longer be sufficient.
By providing an inviting, stimulating learning environment and a collaborative teaching approach with the latest technology, we will help our teachers to achieve the best results and demonstrate that Melbourne Grammar School values the needs of teachers.
The Science and Technology Hub will be a drawcard for teachers; it will offer them an exciting environment in which they can learn from each other, share their expertise, and provide opportunities for collaborative teaching. It will be a place where teachers are supported and encouraged to be their best and to provide the best education for our students.
Please make a gift today, and help to ensure we retain and attract the best teachers.
“If we are going to be a country that has a vibrant economy, then that's going to be built on science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship,” - Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist5
With an innovative pedagogical approach delivered in our custom-built Science and Technology Hub, Melbourne Grammar School will future-proof the study of STEM. Not only will we allow ourselves the space and flexibility to adapt and innovate as our world changes, we will also continue our strong School tradition of leading by example.
With plans to actively engage with the scientific and business community within the Science and Technology Hub, we will also provide our students with real world experiences. Our Science and Technology Hub will make a clear statement that Melbourne Grammar School is ready to create a New World of Teaching and Learning – a world that helps to inspire our students to create positive change.
Be part of the future of Science and Technology at Melbourne Grammar School, by making a donation today.
1 Office of the Chief Scientist, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach. July 2013.
2 Australian Industry Group, Progressing STEM Skills in Australia, March 2015.
3 Becker and Park, Effects of integrative approaches among STEM subjects on students’ learning, Journal of STEM Education 12 July – September 2011.
4 Ai Group Submission to the Federal Government’s 2015-16 Budget, February 2015.
5 Finkel, A. 27 October 2015. The World Today - Introducing Australia's new Chief Scientist: E. Hall [Transcript]. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The Melbourne Grammar School Foundation Board has a singular understanding of how critically important philanthropic support is to the continued improvement of our school. Together with the Campaign Patrons, they give their time, energy and their personal philanthropic support to the New World of Teaching and Learning Campaign. Through their remarkable commitment, they are setting the pace for the future of STEM education.
Lloyd Thomas, President
Lloyd joined the Foundation Board in 2000. He is also a member of the School Council, the Nominations Committee and the Witherby Tower Society. He is the Director of TWT Pty Ltd, Sealed Performance Batteries and Tinc Inc. He previously led NHP Electrical Engineering for many years. He is married to Deb and has three sons who attended the School. Lloyd enjoys most sports, and has a particular interest in golf, tennis and surf lifesaving.
Jim Cousins AO KStJ
Jim Cousins (OM 1961) joined the Foundation Board in 2012. He is also a member of the School Council, Chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and a Witherby Tower Society member. Jim is a Director of The Australian Ballet (immediate past Chair), a member of the Melbourne Museum Board, and a Trustee of the Arts Centre Melbourne. He was appointed an AO in 2004 and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Deakin University in 2004.
Louise Gourlay OAM
Louise joined the Foundation Board in 2014. She has been actively involved on an honorary basis with numerous health and education community and not for profit organisations over many years. Louise and her late husband John (OM 1951) had three sons who all attended the School. She is actively involved in their lives and also maintains the family’s country home and cattle farm on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Andrew Guy (OM 1965) joined the Foundation Board in 2011 when he became Chair of the Witherby Tower Society. He is a former Managing Partner of Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks (now Allens), a current consultant to Collins Partners, and also sits on the Boards of a number of companies. His father and two brothers went to Melbourne Grammar School, and he currently has five grandchildren attending the School.
Stephen Hiscock (OM 1981) joined the Foundation Board in 2010. He is a member of the School Council, Chairman of the Investment Management Committee and a member of Witherby Tower Society. He is the Managing Director of SG Hiscock & Company, a wholesale fund manager. He is married to Jane and has two sons, and a daughter. Stephen enjoys golf and is a long suffering, yet optimistic, supporter of Richmond.
John Jesson joined the Foundation Board in 2011, following his appointment as the School's Director of Finance & Administration. Prior to that, he had been the School's Finance Manager for eleven years. Married to Janene, they have a daughter and a son. Their son attended the School. John spends many of his weekends in Wangaratta, and his interests include hockey and working on old radios.
Roy Kelley is the 14th Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School. He has been a Foundation Board member since 2009. He is the Chairman of the Dialogue Australasian Network, which fosters an academic approach to the teaching of religious education and values in Australian schools. Roy is married to Ann and has two daughters. His interests include the theatre, bridge and many sports, including soccer, Australian Rules Football (West Coast Eagles) and cricket.
Nigel Peck AM
Nigel Peck (OM 1945) joined the Foundation Board in 2000. He established NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty Ltd in 1968, and retired in 2002, but remains on the NHP Holdings Board. For more than 60 years, Nigel is married to Patricia, and their sons attended the School. In recent times Nigel has enjoyed several adventures, including visits to the actual North and South Poles.
Philip Solomon QC
Philip Solomon (OM 1986) joined the Foundation Board in 2009 and is Vice-President of the Foundation. In addition, Philip was on the Council of the Old Melburnians between 2006 and 2010, and was President of the Old Melburnians during 2010. His two sons attend Melbourne Grammar School. Philip practises as a Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar. He supports the Carlton Football Club and enjoys reading political biographies.
Ian Ward-Ambler (OM 1982) joined the Foundation Board in 2012, and serves as Chair of the Indigenous Programme Steering Committee. Ian is Vice-Chair of Voyager Indigenous Tourism, Chair of The Indigenous Land Council’s Finance, Legal and Investment Board Sub-Committee, and a Director of ANROWS. Ian was previously CEO of Goldman Sachs’ Australian Asset Management Business. Ian is married to Penelope. They have three daughters and a son at the School.
Brian Watson joined the Foundation Board in 2009. Brian is a private investor with extensive experience in the finance sector, including 16 years with JPMorgan in New York and Melbourne, and most recently as a founding member of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund. He is also on the Board of the CSIRO. Brian is married to Edwina Le Maistre and they have two sons and two daughters. Three of them attended the School. Brian enjoys travel, golf and wine collecting.
Professor Geoffrey Taylor
Professor Geoffrey Taylor joined the Foundation Board in 2015. He is also a member of the School Council. Geoffrey is Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP). He leads the Australian High Energy Physics program with major experiments at CERN, and at the Japanese National Laboratory, KEK, in Tsukuba. He is a keen age-group triathlete, with national and state titles to his name, as well as placing in the world top ten on several occasions.
Graham Brown AM
Professor Graham Brown AM (OM 1964) joined the Foundation Board in 2015 and is past Foundation Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health. Graham has served on various national and international review committees and was a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Children’s Vaccine Program. His research interests include immunity to malaria, particularly malaria in pregnancy, and the challenge of malaria elimination. In 2010, Graham was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine in the field of infectious diseases.
Richard Larkins AO (Campaign Patron)
Richard served as Chair of School Council between 2010 and 2015. He is a Professor Emeritus at Monash University, having served as its Vice-Chancellor and University President from 2003 to 2009. Richard is involved with a number of medical institutions and schools in various capacities. Richard is married to Caroline. He enjoys rowing and playing golf and tennis in his leisure time.
Sandy Clark (Campaign Patron)
Sandy Clark served as Chair of School Council between 2005 and 2010. He is currently Chair of the William Buckland Foundation and a Director of Brown Brothers Milawa (Group). He is married to Marie and has two daughters and a son, who attended the School. Sandy enjoys fly-fishing and tennis.