Brisbane Grammar School has educated boys ranging from Rhodes Scholars to Australian sports captains, but right now, it is priming a fashion star of the future.

Connor O’Grady, a testament to the diversity of BGS boys, has already established himself as an award-winning designer, despite still being in Year 11. Last year, he took home the Supreme Award at the Australian Wool Fashion Awards and was named the Queensland Young Designer of the Year. The awards honoured his design talents and his work in making turbans for people having cancer treatment.

Initially, Connor paid for the turbans’ materials and accessories with money from part-time work, but later put the prize money from his Young Achiever Award to the cause. He then donated his turbans to the Choices Cancer Support Centre.

This year, Connor has already won three top awards at the Australasian Young Designer Wool Awards. He also judged the fashions at The Royal Queensland Show, invited after becoming a three-time Grand Champion in the Natural Fibres Creations Competition at the show.

Underpinned by values of endeavour, learning, respect, leadership and community, BGS aspires to educate boys by nurturing their overall wellbeing to become thoughtful, confident men of character who contribute to their communities. Connor epitomises this culture, using his talents not just for individual success but for the good of others.

Looking to the future, Connor said he aimed to be accepted at the esteemed Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London.