Debra Ogston takes the helm at Bacchus Marsh Grammar

New principal Debra Ogston.

appointment of new Principal from 2025, Mrs Debra Ogston.

Bacchus Marsh Grammar is pleased to announce the appointment of its fourth and new principal from 2025, Mrs Debra Ogston.

This is an exciting appointment for the school and wider community as Mrs Ogston, having served the school in various positions over the past 23 years, provides current and future families continuity, confidence, a strong direction and seamless transition into her new role.

In a recent speech given to staff, Mrs Ogston said, “Change can often bring feelings of uncertainty and apprehension and continuity is what binds us together as a school community. Our values, our traditions and our shared commitment to excellence remains the same. As we, as a school, navigate the changes and transitions that inevitably come with a new principal, it is essential that we remain steadfast in our commitment to that which has got us to this place. This school has been built on a culture of significance, values and high expectations, particularly with academic results. This will remain the same. Continuity and confidence in what we as a school are delivering and our continued expectations will help us move forward in our pursuit of excellence.”

It is with great confidence that the Bacchus Marsh Grammar Community can count on our new principal. Mrs Ogston’s ambition and success in her leading roles to this point have been entwined with her commitment to excellence in education, and her passion to create well-rounded individuals. She leads by example as she balances parenthood and has strong community ties while involved in local sport through both coaching and playing roles at Sunbury Basketball Association since 1997 and more recently Darley Football and Netball Club.

Mrs Ogston’s beliefs are that the “future of our society is based upon our ability to change and grow. The skills and knowledge required in the future must enable people to take change in their stride. Students leaving secondary school must be problem-solvers, listeners and good communicators. Students need to keep up with the ever-changing pace in technology, work effectively in group situations and be responsible citizens. In order for students to be prepared for life beyond the four walls of school, we must teach these skills.”

Current principal Mr Andrew Neal said, “I cannot be more delighted with this appointment. Mrs Debra Ogston has the capacity and desire to continue the growth and development of the school in a way that is true to our values and is respectful to all members of our community.”

On behalf of the School Board, Cathy Jeffkins wishes to thank the entire school community for its respectful engagement and interest in the new principal selection process. The board is delighted to have made the appointment of Mrs Ogston to position of principal with effect from 1 January 2025.

The board also reiterates its grateful and heartfelt thanks to current principal, Mr Andrew Neal, for his enormous contribution to our school over the past 26 years, and looks forward to Mr Neal undertaking the new role of the School’s Chief Executive Officer from 1 January 2025.

Bacchus Marsh Grammar is a vibrant Independent school, boasting a rich depth of programs that foster confidence, self-awareness, resilience, and gives students the ability to contribute to their personal growth. It has three campuses Maddingley P-12, Woodlea P-10 (expanding to Year 12 by 2026) and Staughton Vale Rural Campus. For more information email or contact 5366 4800.