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Whilst the school year is not quite done, this is my final Newsletter. As always, it is satisfying to review the year that has (almost) been. Although it is impossible to capture all that has been achieved in 2017, I have been very pleased with our continued focus on the core business of teaching and […]

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One of the aims of the BGS wellbeing program is to equip the boys with some resources to help them manage any worries they have. (Mindfulness is one of these powerful resources.) Another is to encourage boys to seek out help when they require it; traditional notions of masculinity – involving stoicism and ‘putting on […]

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Welcome back to the final term of 2017; I hope all in the BGS community managed a break over the recent school holidays. It certainly is great to be back with the sun shining and the oak tree in the Quad blooming. The early weeks of Term 4 are always dominated by two key events […]

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Time flies when you’re having fun! Much has been achieved this term across the School. In particular, it is rewarding to see all of our boys striving to get the most out of themselves in the classroom, on the stage, in the outdoors, in the playground and on the sporting field. Finally, I thank you […]

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In his bestselling book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2008), Paul Tough devotes almost an entire chapter to an exploration of the role chess can play in shaping how children learn to think. Tough’s book is littered with stories of individual children he met while writing the book. In […]

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Headmaster of Top Private Boys School, Ross Featherston, talks to Year 10 students

I am partway through Dr Leonard Sax’s republished book, Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men (click here), and one line particularly struck a chord with me: “Manhood is mimesis; to be a man, a boy must see a man.” I would rework that slightly: To […]

Welcome to Term 3. I hope all members of the BGS community enjoyed an opportunity to refresh and recharge over the break. Last week, I wrote to all parents informing them of some key leadership appointments for 2018. One of these was Dr Ray Swann’s promotion to Deputy Headmaster/Head of Crowther (ELC–VCE) from the beginning […]

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Upon reviewing Term 2, I am again reminded of the breadth and depth of what goes on at BGS and our unwavering commitment to ensuring we provide a stimulating and challenging (yet supportive) environment where every boy can be the best version of himself. Here are some of the Term 2 highlights: Going Grey in […]

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Today I’m excited to launch the BGS Annual Appeal. The 2017 appeal is one with a difference – but we’ll get to that. First, I’d like to share the reasoning behind the appeal. Over the past few years, BGS has established seven means-tested scholarships, giving the gift of opportunity and bringing diversity to the student […]

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Apparently, Bill Gates did not give his children a phone until they were 14. This prompted me to perform some basic research that indicates the average age that children get a smartphone is just 10. As a parent of children who are in this age ‘zone’ of mobile device ownership, the online world our children […]

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