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Throughout the boys’ journey through BGS, an exceptionally important and exciting element of their learning focuses on Outdoor Education. In Year 3, Candlebark Farm at Healesville provides students with three days of ‘healthy’ challenges that contribute significantly to each boy’s personal development. The concept of ‘team’ is emphasised in many ways. Boys sleep together in […]

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During yesterday’s assembly, Year 7 and 8 students showcased their experiences of learning targeted languages. Performances were in French, Japanese and Chinese. The boys had spent many lunchtimes rehearsing. As head of Middle School LOTE, I couldn’t help but glow with pride as I listened to stories of great student development, and saw in action […]

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After being closed for some exciting and long-awaited renovations during Term 3, the new Junior Library space was finally revealed this term.  The light-filled, flexible learning space incorporates reading nooks, collaborative work spaces, a ‘campfire’ couch and a purpose-built ‘Experience Room’ for coding, robotics, animation and film-making – including a feature-painted ‘green screen’ wall. The […]

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Internationally renowned educational expert Jim Knight invited BGS staff Dr Ray Swann and Mark Dowley to the University of Kansas in early November for a training course in Instructional Coaching. The trip was funded through an Australian new business grant and was part of an ongoing relationship with the Instructional Coaching Group and the Crowther […]

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With examinations already begun for some and fast approaching for others, I’d like to offer some guidance in the area of time management. Of course, these suggestions are useful throughout the year too! 1. Make a to-do list every day. Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. 2. Use […]

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At the Year 12 Prize Giving Assembly a few weeks ago, high-performing students in Years 11 and 12 were awarded books by School Council Chairman Peter Ickeringill and addressed by Gary McPhee, who has taught at BGS since 1985 (when there was only one female member on the Senior School academic staff!) Gary marvelled at […]

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“There sure are a lot of clothing stores and cafes but not many drinking fountains [on Church Street].” “I never see anyone using the benches in the middle [of Church Street]. It’s a waste.” “All types of events have been held at the MCG. It was even used for World War II!” “I found my […]

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What better way to start Term 4 than with iDesign, the flagship event in the Middle School. Tuesday 10 October was iDesign Day, during which a wonderful array of projects was presented within each Year 8 House. Every student was able to speak publicly about their project and had the opportunity to highlight the experiences […]

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JS boys investigate the English language The THRASS Institute is an Australian-based company that has developed a phonetics teaching tool that has made a paradigm shift in the teaching of phonetics. (THRASS is an acronym for ‘Teaching Handwriting, Reading And Spelling Skills’). There is not a single word in English that cannot be adequately explained using […]

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One of the Year 10 electives is Engineering and Mathematics Applications. As part of a unit on Materials, the students design and build a model bridge. All the boys use the same materials and the same amount of materials. Once they have finished, they test the strength of their bridges. The project demonstrates how design […]

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