The Geelong Grammar Foundation, in collaboration with Geelong Grammar School, launched the Tommy Garnett Scholarship at the School for Performing Arts and Creative Education on Friday 2 March 2018. It was also a wonderful occasion to celebrate the life of Tommy Garnett (Headmaster 1961-73), his contribution to Geelong Grammar School and the introduction of co-education during his leadership.

The Geelong Grammar Foundation was delighted to have many special guests in attendance on the night, especially from the Garnett family, which included Tommy’s son Stephen, his brother Malcolm and his wife Jan and Tommy’s oldest granddaughter Sarah Lendon and her family.

The event was hosted by Tim Murray AM (P’52) and opened with an insightful address from Andrew Lemon (FB’67), author of the recently launched book, The Master Gardener: A Biography of T.R. Garnett.

A video featuring Tommy Garnett and his impact on Geelong Grammar School was presented on the night. The video highlighted his vision for the School and how his legacy has enabled us to become the School we are today.

The launch also featured a speech from the Principal, Stephen Meek, who spoke passionately about his personal life-changing opportunity, as the son of an Anglican priest his parents could not afford to send him to a boarding school. He was fortunate to receive a scholarship by the generous support of a patron in his parish.

The Tommy Garnett Scholarship will be awarded to students (from Years 7 to 11) who display qualities of general excellence and demonstrate enthusiasm and interest across the School’s academic and wider co-curricular activities – in the spirit of Tommy Garnett himself, whose interests were so diverse and enthusiastically pursued. Applications for 2019 are now open.

Should you wish to join us in making a difference or you would like to know more, feel free to contact Jo Nitz, Executive Director of the Geelong Grammar Foundation by phone (03) 5273 9254 or email