Category: Middle School

The Year 7 and 8 boys have taken to Game of Loans like a storm of swords. The library program, in which the boys compete against each other in their reading, was introduced by Lauren Murphy as a way to encourage the boys to read. And competition has been fierce, with boys attempting to persuade […]

This week in PROSPER, the Year 8s explored the idea of negativity bias. They learnt that, as human beings, we are naturally more focused on weaknesses or threats because, historically, this has enabled us to survive. The problem is that we carry this focus through into the realm of learning. As a teacher, I am […]

What is the MS Student Voice? We (the MS Student Voice) comprise a group of eight Year 7 and 8 boys who were selected through a nomination and interview process. We meet every Monday lunchtime to discuss opportunities to build and improve the Middle School. The Student Voice is here to improve not only our […]

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On the Friday evening of the mid-term break, 106 Year 8 boys and their fathers, and nine Middle School staff, ventured down to Portsea for the 9th annual Year 8 Father & Son Experience. Our shared belief, and research by Harvard psychologist William Pollack, shows that one of the best things a boy can get […]

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What is the MS Student Voice? We (the MS Student Voice) comprise a group of Year 7 and 8 boys who were selected through a nomination and interview process. We meet every Monday lunchtime to discuss opportunities to build and improve the Middle School. The Student Voice is here to improve not only our school, […]

The Middle School BGS and FGS Combined Book Club meets once a term. It provides another opportunity – alongside drama productions, various combined concerts, year-level wide learning days and Philosophy Club – for the boys and girls to socialise around an activity. This term, the students have been reading Juno of Taris, an exciting, futuristic […]

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Ancient cultures collided during this week’s Middle School assembly. Before the Year 8s displayed their martial arts practice (see here), Brady Cooper, from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), spoke about Indigenous history and culture in Australia. He also introduced the origins of NAIDOC Week (which will be celebrated nationally during the school holidays between July […]

After meeting the challenges of the Grampians camp – in particular, the 18-km hike up and over Mt Rosea and the view that makes it all worth it – the Year 8 boys returned home and straight into a STEM project that required them to build a Rube Goldberg machine. These machines are complex contraptions […]

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The Year 8 boys have been learning more than combat in their martial arts classes with Ms Chen Yuan Xin this semester. They have learnt to be still, to be challenged and to be focused. Alongside their kicks, they have learnt signs of respect, used before any kung fu fight as a reminder to have […]

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The classic film The Karate Kid stimulated great discussion about the value of respect – the focus of Term 2’s Expanding the Possibilities session – among the Year 7 and 8 boys. It also kicked off an interest in martial arts – in particular, the Crane Kick! We were delighted when Ms Chen Yuan Xin […]