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Brighton Grammar deputy headmaster told students Australia Day was ‘Invasion Day’ #englishheadline #Brighton #Grammar #deputy #headmaster #told #students #Australia #Day #Invasion #Day

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One of Australia’s most elite private schools draws outrage after deputy headmaster tells students Australia Day is ‘Invasion Day’ and a date that ‘shouldn’t be celebrated’

  • Meg Adem from Brighton Grammar made the remarks at an assembly last week
  • Students at the $32,000-per-year school reportedly ‘gasped’ at her comments
  • Parents slammed Ms Adem for not keeping an apolitical stance on the issue
  • Almost half of Australians are opposed to changing the date from January 26 










An elite Melbourne boys’ private school has sparked outrage after its deputy principal told students that Australia Day is ‘Invasion Day’ and isn’t a date that should be celebrated. 

Meg Adem from Brighton Grammar made the comments during an assembly with hundreds of pupils last week on their first day back at school.

Dozens of students at the $32,000-per-year school reportedly ‘gasped’ at Ms Adem calling January 26 ‘Invasion Day’.

‘It was really awkward when we were told not to celebrate Australia Day,’ a teenage student at the school told The Herald Sun. 

Meg Adem from Brighton Grammar made the comments during an assembly with hundreds of pupils last week on their first day back at school

There have long been debates about the celebration of the day, with many Aussies saying it is linked to the killing of Indigenous people and the 'colonisation of an ancient culture'

There have long been debates about the celebration of the day, with many Aussies saying it is linked to the killing of Indigenous people and the ‘colonisation of an ancient culture’

‘I’ve celebrated it for many years of my life, ever since I was born and it really hurt my feelings,’ he said.

‘The entire school was surprised, there were lots of gasps and she said ‘Australia Day was not a day to be celebrated’.’

Parents also slammed Ms Adem for not keeping a neutral stance on the contentious issue.

One parent said the speech was a ‘foolish start’ to the school year by saying something so ‘divisive’.

‘Our boys are there to be educated not indoctrinated,’ the parent, who wished to not be named, said.

A spokeswoman for the school defended the deputy headmaster’s sentiment and said Ms Adem was simply recognising different perspectives regarding Australia Day.

There have long been debates about the celebration of the day, with many Aussies saying it is linked to the killing of Indigenous people and the ‘colonisation of an ancient culture’. 

January 26 marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet into Port Jackson in 1788, but is noted by many Indigenous Australians as the start of a campaign of genocide and land grabs.  

Almost half of Australians are opposed to changing the date from January 26 while just 28 per cent want to move the day, according to a new Ipsos poll released last week.

A spokeswoman for the school defended the deputy headmaster's sentiment and said Ms Adam was simply recognising different perspectives regarding Australia Day

A spokeswoman for the school defended the deputy headmaster’s sentiment and said Ms Adam was simply recognising different perspectives regarding Australia Day



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