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Farewell to Headmaster, Mr Peter Hauser

Toowoomba Grammar School’s fifteenth Headmaster, Mr Peter Hauser, will step down from his position at the end of December.

Mr Hauser commenced his role in 2003 and announced his retirement at the start of this year after serving 18 years at the helm, the third longest tenure of a TGS Headmaster since 1877. (Headmaster Barbour 1910-35 and Headmaster Dent 1970-91).

“Being Headmaster of the School for so long has given me immense joy and personal fulfilment but there have also been incredible moments of sadness,” said Mr Hauser.

Mr Hauser will be remembered for the extensive growth period at Toowoomba Grammar School, including a massive increase in student enrolments, construction of the TGS Junior School, the Aquatic Centre (2010), the extended Pavilion (2012), Mackintosh Boarding House (2013), Corfe Boarding House extension (2014), Boyce and Taylor Boarding Houses (2016), the refurbishment of the Design and Technology and Art and Drama Studios and the Glen McCracken Sports Centre (2018). There has also been countless academic, sporting and cultural achievements of TGS students and staff that have been celebrated during Mr Hauser’s leadership.

But more importantly, the Toowoomba Grammar School community will remember and thank Mr Hauser for the development of thousands of good young men that was facilitated through his values of respect, inclusivity, hard work, humility and resilience. This was the core of the School, starting “at the top” with the Headmaster and flowing down through staff to students.

And specifically by year, the following: 

2003 

The Brisbane Lions AFL team conducting their pre-season training camp at the School in January 

Learning so much about the tradition, values and culture of the School and appreciating the qualities of the students and staff 

2004 

The 1st XV rugby team defeating Nudgee College (18-16), the first win in rugby against this school since 1982 

2005 

The 1st XI cricket team won the GPS Cricket Premiership (the Earle Williams Trophy), last won by the School in 2000 

The inspiration shown by the School’s Senior Prefect, Harrison Humphries, after fracturing his C1 vertebra in his neck in a trial rugby game against The Southport School. Harrison was to later be placed third in the 400 metres event at the GPS Track and Field Championships. 

The introduction of the Yalari Indigenous Scholarship program by TGS Old Boy, Waverley Stanley 

The School’s open volleyball team securing 2nd place in the GPS volleyball competition 

The ‘Prep’ year was introduced at the School, two years earlier than the Queensland state schools 

2006 

Fifteen Year 12 students achieved an OP 1, the highest number ever recorded by the School since the inception of the OP system of assessment in 1992 

Senior Prefect, Marc Barker, was selected by the Order of Australia (Qld) Association for a student citizenship award 

The Margery Hobbs stained glass windows were installed in Old Hall, donated by Old Boy Graham Hobbs (1949-1952) 

The School’s Open 1sts chess team sharing the GPS Chess Premiership, defeating every other GPS team and drawing with Brisbane Grammar School 

The 1st XV rugby team winning the O’Callaghan Cup against Downlands College (18-17) with only seconds to go and Downlands supporters running onto the field anticipating a victory 

The School acknowledged the 19 year highly professional service by its departing Deputy Headmaster, Mr Roger Buttenshaw, who resigned at the end of the year to relocate to the Sunshine Coast. 

2007 

The inaugural Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp was held at the School. To this day this represents one of the most significant experiences for Toowoomba Grammarians of all the offerings extended to them. 

The School’s first international football (soccer) trip took place (to the United Kingdom) 

A special school assembly and a formal dinner were held to honour the remarkable 50 years service given to the School by Mrs Judy Gillies, a member of the non-teaching staff 

2008 

The driveway through the School from Margaret Street to Herries Street was closed 

Forty-four TGS Old Boys attended an Old Boys’ Reunion in London with a further twenty Old Boys as apologies 

In a 1st XI cricket match against Brisbane Grammar School we witnessed the largest opening partnership in the School’s history (0 for 252 runs) thanks to Ben Turner and Fraser Donaldson 

2009 

Tom Lyons was Senior Prefect, one of the most inspirational Senior Prefects in the School’s history. Tragically Tom passed away with heart complications in 2014 

The construction of the School’s Aquatic Centre commenced 

A new turf wicket was installed for the first time on Old Boys’ Memorial Oval 

The School’s 1st XV had a 50 point to 5 victory over Brisbane Grammar School 

Jesus Christ Superstar was performed at the Empire Theatre receiving wonderful reviews 

The School’s 1st XV rugby team won the O’Callaghan Cup against Downlands College for the fifth time in six years 

2010 

The School received a grant of $2 million from the Federal Government as a result of the Global Financial Crisis. The School’s Board of Trustees added a further $2 million to construct a major extension to the Junior School incorporating a new Assembly Hall, Library, music, art and woodwork rooms and eight classrooms 

The new Aquatic Centre was opened in May 

A TGS under 15 team won the Australasian Championship in futsal (indoor soccer) 

2011 

The flooding in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs occurred on 10 January. Mills Oval was completely under water and for the next week the School welcomed over 100 adults and children by providing emergency accommodation for them in three of our boarding houses 

The Year 12 class was the fifth most successful academically in the entire State 

Three superb musicians, Robert van Gend, Johnny van Gend and Alexander Miller completed their Licentiate in Music (LMusA) 

At the GPS Swimming Championships, the Under 13 medley relay broke a GPS record set in 2002 

2012 

Mrs Judy Gillies retired after 54 years of loyal and highly professional service in the School’s administrative staff 

Seven Toowoomba Grammarians were selected as Queensland Schoolboys’ Rugby Union representatives 

The new Mackintosh Boarding House was constructed 

The School’s front driveway (promenade) was visually enhanced with the removal of the asphalt surface and replaced by an exposed aggregate pathway 

The opening of a major extension to the School Pavilion was celebrated 

A massive music tour in conjunction with The Glennie School took place comprising 133 people travelling to Central Europe  

The School’s Cadet Unit celebrated its 120 year of operation 

2013 

The current Deputy Headmaster, Mr John Anderson, was promoted to a newly created position as Head of Senior School 

Year 12 student and Track and Field Captain, Matthew Denny, was ranked World Champion in the under 18 discus event at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Youth Championships 

Year 12 student Joshua Robinson won the Open 100, 200 and 400 metres events at the GPS Track and Field Championships 

A group of six highly talented TGS student athletes won first place in the International School Sport Federation World Schools’ Athletics Championships in the Czech Republic 

The new Mackintosh Boarding House was opened at the start of the year and the boarders transferred out of School House 

The year was a very strong one in terms of sporting success in the GPS competition with a top-three placing in five sports – chess, cricket, football, swimming and volleyball 

The Grammarphones were placed 3rd nationally in the Australian University and Schools a’cappella awards 

The School’s swimming team came 3rd in the GPS Championships, the best result in the GPS swimming in 67 years. The team was only two points from being placed second. 

2014 

A major addition/extension to Corfe Boarding House was built in front of the existing Corfe building. The new extension to Corfe was to accommodate the new Year 7 boarders who were to commence in 2015. 

The incoming Year 7s commenced in the Senior School in the remaining available classrooms in the Hugh Rose Centre. 

The 1st XV rugby team won the O’Callaghan Cup against Downlands College with the highest winning margin (69-0) since the commencement of the Cup’s competition in 1950. 

2015 

Nykodah Smith (Year 12) was, in the following year, the first Australian ever to sign a professional contract with a leading Brazil football club (Botafogo FC) 

In the year recognising the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, a party of 28 represented the School on a Battlefields Tour of Turkey, France and Belgium 

The School celebrated its first ever GPS 1st XI Football Premiership 

In the 1st XV rugby game against Churchie, BJ Oates scored four tries (TGS 33 d ACGS 31) 

The School’s Under 16 team won the Australasian Futsal Championship 

The School Musical ‘Titanic – The Musical’ performed at the Empire Theatre was an outstanding success 

2016 

Boarders moved into the new Boarding Houses of Boyce and Taylor 

At the commencement of Term 4, students moved into the newly refurbished learning areas of the former Boarding Houses of Boyce and Taylor 

The School’s 1st XI football team achieved a GPS Co-Premiership (sharing with Nudgee College) – a back-to-back GPS Football Premiership 

The Grammarphones performed in the USA during the September school holidays 

2017 

The School acknowledged the wonderful 11 year service by its departing Deputy Headmaster, Mr Timothy Kelly as he was appointed the Principal of Townsville Grammar School 

The percentage of Year 12 students achieving an OP in the range 1-15 was the highest ever in the School’s history 

Austin Reed (Year 12) was offered a place at Cambridge University to study Mathematics 

The construction of the School’s new Sports Centre commenced 

The School’s 1st XI cricket and football teams came 2nd and the swimming team came 3rd 

2018 

Mr John Anderson is appointed Deputy Headmaster 

Two Year 12 students playing rugby suffered dislocations to vertebrae in consecutive days 

The School’s Sports Centre was completed in June 

The year celebrated the centenary of the formation of the GPS Association of Qld 

The School’s 1st XV recorded a 5 year consecutive win against Downlands College 

2019 

At the end of the year Mr Glen McCracken resigned as Chairman of the School’s Board of Trustees. He had been the Chairman of the Board throughout my time at the School and I will always be grateful to him for his wisdom and support over these years 

This was the last year of the OP system of Year 12 assessments 

The School’s Open Premier Chess team won the Toowoomba Teams’ Chess Tournament for the 25th consecutive year 

2020 

The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) was introduced in Queensland for university entrance 

Externally set examinations were introduced as one form of Year 12 assessment for the first time since 1992 

The O’Callaghan Cup was, for the first time, played away from the host school and under lights at the Toowoomba Sports Ground 

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“Looking at all the achievements of the School over the years 2003-2020 reinforces to me my gratitude and respect to the entire School Community. The success of the School is a result of the combined efforts of staff, students, parents and Old Boys and I will always look back with immense pride of the efforts of so many people who sought to promote the national reputation of this wonderful school and to enhance the wellbeing of our students,” said Mr Hauser.

“The positive events as listed above have also given me much joy and I will look forward to seeing continued success of the School in the future.”

Mr Hauser’s replacement, Dr John Kinniburgh is currently the Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide and will commence at TGS in January 2021.