B2M: Year 9/10 Program

Brighton Grammar’s new B2M program spans Years 9 and 10 – a vital time in the education of every boy.

The academic and co-curricular programs continue and are amplified – with increased options and opportunities. The senior years are looming and academic study becomes increasingly important. Within the co-curricula sphere, boys may be progressing into senior teams and bands and representing the School at the highest levels.

Running parallel to the academic and co-curricula programs is a new initiative, the 9/10 B2M program.

BGS archetypes

BGS boys understand there are many component parts of every boy and successful man. These component parts are represented within our student community as the ‘archetypes’ – the magician, sage, warrior and caregiver. More broadly, the terms ‘Creating, Learning, Playing, Being’ are recognised as strategic pillars that guide much of what we do at BGS. These pillars and archetypes can help explain 9/10 B2M – they can be found behind and within each of the components of the 9/10 B2M program.

 

Academic timeline 

 

In Year 9 2018, the boys will have access to the following programs:
Details and the opportunity to submit preferences (for optional programs) will be distributed closer to the relevant program.

  • Great South West Journey

    Click here to see our first Great South West Journey

    The Great South West Journey has been specifically designed with BGS Year 9 boys in mind. In line with the School’s extensive Outdoor Education program, the 12-day journeywill challenge the boys to perform as a team, while offering unique leadership opportunities.

    The journey includes a mixture of canoeing, mountain biking and bushwalking, to provide access to different forms of journeying in a range of environments. This ensures that the boys have a well-rounded experience, as some will excel in particular areas, and may find it tougher in others. While the whole group will be in the area at once, the boys will be in small groups, of between 10 and 15, for their journey. The Lower Glenelg, Discovery Bay and Cobbobonee National Parks together, are unrivalled as a venue for such an extended journey.

    The areas are naturally spectacular and offer a sense of remoteness, while still being relatively accessible. The Great South West can, at times, be quite diverse with its weather conditions. This will no doubt add to the challenge.

    The itinerary has been deliberately designed to provide a physical and mental challenge. It will be imperative that the boys quickly bond and work as a team over the long days. This will be achieved with the assistance of two experienced Group Leaders, who will travel with the group and provide structure and guidance when necessary, but step back to create space for the boys to step up and lead when the opportunity arises.

    Ultimately, the journey and experience will be owned and created by the boys. Additional specialist staff will travel with the groups during the canoe and mountain bike legs.

    These staff members will provide initial instruction, and then step back to let the group manage itself, while maintaining safety as a priority. It promises to be an amazing journey!

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • Human Centered Design Thinking (HCD) Program

    The Human Centred Design Thinking Program (HCDT) is a Service-based program that sees the boys collaborate to confront real-world challenges in innovative ways. The boys will develop skills in Design Thinking and apply these skills in dynamic and interesting ways to new and unique questions.

    During this week, the usual timetable is suspended and the boys re-think the shape of learning and look for opportunities to create.

    What is Human-centered Design? from IDEO.org on Vimeo.

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • Connor's Run

    Connor’s Run is a charity fun run for the RCD Foundation. Connor was Robert Connor Dawes (RCD), a BGS student who died of a brain tumour aged 18 in 2014. Robert Connor Dawes attended Brighton Grammar from 2008 to 2012. Connor’s Run was first completed in 2013 and is now an established and vital part of the Brighton community.

    In Year 9 2018, all boys will either complete 9.6 or 18.8 kilometre runs or work in a support capacity, either in fundraising or event support. In preparation, the boys will spend time learning why Connor’s Run is significant, not only to the Brighton Grammar community but also to the wider community and the wider world. The boys will be trained by Olympic athletes such as Tasmin Lewis Manou and James Tomkins. Then they’ll run or walk or support their way to a memorable contribution to society. 

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • River Journeys

    The second Outdoor Education Journey for the Year 9 boys is the third stage in their Year 9 B2M experience (after the Great South West Journey and Service trips).  Run early in Term 4, the boys will have grown physically, emotionally and mentally since their Great South West Journey in Term 1. We are aiming to extend their experience of the river landscapes with a ‘choose your challenge’ suite of river journeys. All journeys will involve a hiking aspect, river aspect and a full boys-cater aspect.

    Still in the developmental stage – the BGS Outdoor Education team is working toward a partnership with an experienced outdoor education provider to offer the boys a number of spring-time journeys that showcase the best river landscapes Victoria has to offer. Rivers will be graded as to their challenge level and commitment from the boys – from a mild challenge and low commitment option (i.e. The Yarra River Corridor) to a high challenge and high commitment option (i.e. The Snowy River).

    Offering the boys options at this stage shows that we are honouring their growth as young men, allowing them to experience a mode of travel new to our sequence (whitewater rafting). These journeys will extend their previous outdoor ed skills, while giving them the option to visit and explore a river of their choosing.

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • Tomorrow Man

    Across the latter part of Year 9 and early Year 10 the boys will experience the Tomorrow Man program. Tomorrow Man is a series of presentations and workshops that focus on social and emotional growth. Positive masculinity and the importance of choices and actively supporting one another through these years are just some of the powerful themes explored and developed during these sessions.

    Tom Harkin, an expert facilitator and workshop leader, is the author of the program. Tom has spent 20 years facilitating workshops and has recently developed the Tomorrow Man program, specifically for boys aged 15 to 16. Some of Tom’s brilliant work was captured on the ABC series Man Up in late 2016. Further information about Tom can be found here

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

     

As a School community we pride ourselves on the contributions we make by our service to others. B2M allows numerous opportunities for ‘Service’. While the Human Centred Design Thinking Program is in operation, boys can have instead nominated to attend an optional ‘Service’ trip. Please note for all of these optional trips, additional charges are incurred.

The opportunity for boys to indicate preferences will be completed in late Year 8, early Year 9.

Please note: the Human Centred Design Thinking Program promises to be an amazing Service opportunity and this option is available to all boys at no additional charge.

See below for the list of optional Service trips.

  • Artist in Residence @ Berendale School

    Berendale is a modern and innovative school that offers an alternative education for students with a mild to moderate intellectual disability. It is a Secondary Special School. Berendale is located in Hampton East and services students in the South Eastern suburbs.

    Brighton Grammar has stong links to Berendale, with our students together sharing the Sony Frankston Camp in December in each year.

    In 2018, the boys will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a significant work of art, under the guidance of an Artist in Residence. The artwork will be jointly constructed, by both Berendale and BGS students and will then remain for the students of Berendale to enjoy.

    BGS boys would have the opportunity to work alongside the Artist at Berendale for five days, Monday – Friday, returning to their own homes each evening.

    Details of the appointed artist and the probable project will be available in early 2018.

    Note – program cost: $500.

  • Cape York Experience

    The Cape York Experience is a journey across Cape York with an extended stay in an Indigenous communities. We will fly to Cairns and spend two days exploring the beautiful wet tropics before we head to the remote Indigenous community of Pormpuraaw.

    From Cairns we will drive north along the famous Bloomfield track, visiting Cooya Beach for a mangrove tour, Wonga Beach, the Daintree Discovery Centre, Cape Tribulation, and will then stay overnight in the Indigenous community of Wujal Wujal (Bloomfield). We then head west into the dry rocky interior, where the boys will explore some amazing Indigenous rock art sites and spend a night camping at the Jowalbinna Rock Art Safari Camp. From Jowalbinna we continue west across the cape to the remote Indigenous community, which is situated on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    The boys will spend a week living in the community, visiting the school and working with the Indigenous children. There will be many opportunities to immerse themselves into Indigenous culture, experience first-hand contemporary community lifestyles, go fishing, see crocs, and possibly go camping with Indigenous elders.   

    Note – program cost: $2,750.

  • Marine Biology

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the living wonders of the world… and it is suffering. The boys will have the opportunity to learn more about the plight of the Reef, and how they might be able to positively lead the change to help the Reef in the future.

    What better way to learn about the Reef than by getting out and seeing it? This program will be based out of Port Douglas. A marine biologist will be with the boys throughout the week. They’ll spend time snorkelling and swimming, but also time in discussion and reflection on the current and future state of the Reef.

    Each day will involve education sessions, then snorkelling, where the will undertake underwater learning tasks and observations involving fish, coral, turtles and other life sustained by the Reef.

    Accommodation will be comfortable, and all meals, transport, equipment and specialist tutoring is included.

    Please note, boys must have successfully completed the BGS swim test, and be competent and capable swimmers if they intend to select this program.

    Note – program cost: $3,025.

  • Melbourne Urban

    The Urban Melbourne is based at the ‘live-in’ program run by The Brotherhood of St Laurence at their premises in Fitzroy. A specially designed program for Brighton Grammar, this program offers a mix of activities over five days and four nights, covering a range of community issues. Boys are offered the opportunity to share time and experiences with those financially and socially disadvantaged who rely on The Brotherhood on a daily basis. The people range from the elderly to young primary school students from the local housing commission area.

    While much will be based in and around the city, local service is also vital and so our boys will also have the chance to spend some time with of the residents at Bayley House in Brighton, all of whom have some intellectual disability. The boys may also complete an education session: either at The Big Issue, assisting at the Red Cross at their warehouse or making Trauma Teddies; or spending time with some local elderly people. All of these are positive possibilities with final details to be released closer to the program.

    Note – program cost: $500.

  • Papua New Guinea

    Click here to see the 2017 trip to Papua New Guinea

    A  popular option over the past five years has been the visit to the Martyrs Memorial School in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Brighton Grammar has had a relationship with Martyrs Memorial School since 1963.

    The Martyrs Memorial School is in Popondetta, a remote community of PNG. Approximately 600 children attend the school and all staff and children live on site. The facilities are very basic and money is tight – if, in November the money runs out, then the school closes for the year and everyone goes home.

    Each group of BGS boys who take this opportunity are assigned a major project to enhance the infrastructure of the school. Projects in recent years have included  building stairs and store rooms, painting, and installing a computer network. Not only is this an outstanding opportunity for our boys to learn some carpentry skills and how to work hard to complete a task in very hot and humid conditions, but it also gives them first-hand exposure to the poverty other communities live in and the difference they themselves can make.

    Upon their return home, boys from previous trips have always expressed how satisfying it was to have done the work and they seemed very moved and humbled by the gratitude of the local people – not to mention how impressed they are by their kindness, humour, athleticism and generosity.

    However, the trip is not all about hard work. Each group is greeted with a thrilling welcome by body painted dancers followed by an afternoon tea and dinner provided by the School. The boys also play sport together with the local children, explore the jungle, swim, and take expeditions to various Australian war sites.

    Note: Due to the remote location of the camp and inaccessibility of medical facilities, it is strongly recommended that students with serious medical conditions such as anaphylaxis, epilepsy, diabetes or other do not attend this journey. All immunisations must be up to date for boys to travel to PNG.

    Note – program cost: $3,200.

  • South East Asia

    Whether it’s about finding perspective, overcoming obstacles or gaining confidence, travelling through South East Asia on a program with World Challenge (or similar) builds the life skills young people need to live a life of courage, kindness and adventure.

    We know that your son heading overseas is no small thing. The Service South East Asia program involves rigorous planning and preparation in the build up to departure, as well the most comprehensive level of safety overseas, so you can be assured of your son’s wellbeing. This is a unique opportunity that has a lifelong impact on young people. By stepping out of their comfort zone they come back forever changed.

    Note – program cost approx. $3,500.

How to book your programs

Families will be sent more details about how to select preferences for the B2M optional trips in the week of 1 November. This is for Year 10 boys in relation to World Class journeys and for Year 9 in relation to Service journeys. Please note, for a number of these journeys, special conditions and additional charges apply.

 

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