Year 9 B2M Program

Brighton Grammar’s 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-curricular sphere, boys may be progressing into senior teams and bands and representing the School at the highest levels.

The Year 9 B2M program runs parallel to other academic and co-curricular programs.

In Year 9, 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.

  • Choose Your Challenge Journeys

    What:
    The first Outdoor Education experience in the Year 9 B2M program for Year 9 boys is the ‘Choose Your Challenge’ suite of journeys. These journeys follow on from the Great South West Expedition and Service trips. 

    Note: core program, no additional cost

    • The High Plains Explore
    • The Mighty Murray River Canoe
    • The Stunning North East Cycle

     

  • Choose your Challenge Journey - The High Plains Explore

    What:  

    • Bushwalking through the iconic Bogong High Plains. 
    • Logistical support from a floating Program Manager from the OE department. 
    • Limited vehicle access. 

    The Bogong High Plains have a rich history which stretches back thousands of years through theBidhawalDhudhuroa, Gunai–Kurnai and NindiNgudjam Ngarigu Monero peoples who are the traditional custodians of the land, to the European explorers, graziers and cattlemen and in more modern times the development of skiing as well as the hydroelectric scheme across the mountains. The boys will walk through stands of snow gums, across the grassy High Plains, passed the historic alpine huts and gain breathtaking views from the roof of Victoria.  

    Boys will be asked to self-cater all meals for this program (13 meals ending with lunch on Friday), where they will cook and eat taking in the scenery, native flora and fauna, discussing the day and planning for the next. 

     With the multitude of campsite options throughout the area this program provides the opportunity for the boys to self-direct their journey and work together to choose their route and campsites.               

    When:  Monday 1 March –  Friday 5 March 2021 

    Accommodation:  Camping in tents around historical huts or pick a spot with a view. 

    Group Numbers:  6 groups of up to 14 boys each, this trip is capped at 84 boys.  

    Staff2 staff per group. (1 BGS Outdoor Ed Staff and 1 BGS Teaching Staff) along with logistics support staff from BGS Outdoor Ed.   

     Challenge LevelLow to High Challenge Level (route/group dependent). 

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • Choose your Challenge - The Mighty Murray River Canoe

     

    What:  

    • Canoeing along slowly moving water. 
    • Camping along the river banks. 
    • Floating Program Manager from the OE department. 
    • Limited vehicle access. 

    Originating from the snow melt of Mt Kosciuskothe Murray River spans three States (NSW, VIC & SA) and runs for over 2500km, 1986km of which is continuously navigable. Our journey along one of the world’s longest rivers is a canoe journey starting in Yarrawongaand continuing west through the Murray Valley National Park concluding in TocumwalThis section has multiple open beach campsites, allowing the boys to experience a ‘choose your own journey’ style of program 

    Understanding the significant history, uses and indigenous relationship of this river will form part of the program’s delivery. The boys will also understand where this sits in relation to their other OE journeys at the school, specifically the Great South West Journey (GSWJ). 

    Boys will be asked to self-cater all meals for this program (13 meals ending with lunch on Friday)where they will cook and eat along the riverbanks, taking in the scenery and native flora and fauna.  

    This will be a self-directed journey, with boys working together to choose where they stay each night along the river.  

    When: Monday 1 March – Friday 5 March 2021 

    Accommodation: Tents with the option to tarp out 

    Group Numbers: 4 groups of up to 14 boys each. This trip is capped at 56 boys. 

    Staff: 3 per group. (1 BGS Outdoor Ed Staff, 1 BGS Canoe Specialist and 1 BGS Teaching Staff) along with logistics support staff from BGS Outdoor Ed. 

    Challenge Level: Moderately Challenging 

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • Choose your Challenge - The Stunning North East Cycle

    What:  

    • Cycling along scenic rail trails and through Australian native forests. 
    • Campsites are a mixture of caravan parks and bush sites. 
    • Floating Program Manager from the OE department. 
    • Full vehicle access. 

    The valleys of the King and Ovens rivers are steeped in Victorian High Country history. The towns, big and small, have evolved from the rough and remote far flung settlements of the 1800s to the bustling tourist towns that we know today. On this program the boys will move through these landscapes and observe the changes between the broad green pastoral lands of the valley bottoms, the surrounding hills and the forests where many Europeans toiled seeking their fortunes in gold. Just as the Yaitma-thang people spent their spring and summer months due to the abundance of water, food and the temperate conditions thousand of years beforethe boys will finish their journey along the iconic rail trails that linked these areas and their industries together. 

    Understanding the significant history, uses and relationships that people who travelled here before had to the land will part of the program’s delivery. The boys will also understand where this sits in relation to their other OE journeys at the school, specifically the Great South West Journey (GSWJ). 

    Boys will be asked to self-cater all meals for this program (13 meals ending with lunch on Friday), where they will cook and eat taking in the scenerynative flora and fauna, discussing the day and planning for the next.  

    While the campsites for each night are set the boys will have some choice to self-direct the route of the journey for each day. 

    When: Monday 1 March – Friday 5 March 2021 

    Accommodation:  Tents with the option to tarp out 

    Group Numbers: 2 groups of up to 14 boys each. This trip is capped at 28 boys. 

    Staff: 3 per group. (1 BGS Outdoor Ed Staff, 1 Cycling Specialist from Bindaree and 1 BGS Teaching Staff) along with logistics support staff from BGS Outdoor Ed. 

    Challenge Level: Moderately Challenging 

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • Connor's Run

    What:
    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 2000 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, 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. Boys will have the opportunity to train for the event as an athlete or learn as a volunteer to make a memorable contribution to their community and society. 

    Note – core program: no additional cost.

  • Great South West Journey

    What:
    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 journey will 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.

As a School community we pride ourselves on the contributions we make by our service to others. B2M allows numerous opportunities for ‘Service’.

The opportunity for boys to indicate preferences will be completed in the first two weeks of Year 9.

Please note: for some services journeys, additional charges apply. It is the policy of the School not to allow a student to participate in optional excursions and activities where tuition fees remain unpaid.

  • Artist in Residence @ Berendale School

    What: 

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

    Brighton Grammar has strong links to Berendale, with our students sharing the Sony Frankston Camp in December in each year. In 2019, the boys will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a significant work of art at Berendale, under the guidance of an Artist in Residence. The artwork will be jointly constructed by students from both schools and will remain on the Berendale site for the students to enjoy.  

    BGS boys will work alongside the artist at Berendale for five days, returning to their own homes each evening. Details of the appointed artist and the probable project will be available in early 2019.  

    When: Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021 (TBC)  

     Additional costs: $500 

     Indicative itinerary:  

    Day 1 

    9am–3pm: On site at Berendale School 

    Day 2 

    9am–3pm: On site at Berendale School 

    Day 3 

    9am–3pm: On site at Berendale School 

    Day 4  

    9am–3pm: On site at Berendale School 

    Day 5  

    9am–3pm: On site at Berendale School 

  • Enviro Melbourne

    What: 
    Students will be spending the week learning about how buildings of today are being built to be more environmentally friendly with the emphasis being on buildings being carbon neutral.  This is an opportunity for boys to be educated on environmental strategies being implemented in their city. They will learn what strategies they can implement at their home to be more environmentally sound. While some of the activities will be theory based, much will be practical and active. Some of the organizations will rely on volunteers.  

    Note – program cost: no cost.

    When: 
    Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021 (TBC)

    Additional costs: 
    $0 

    Indicative itinerary: 

    Monday  

    Tuesday  

    Incursion 

    • Architect/Engineer to meet with group to discuss how the environment is being considered during design and construction phases. 

    Wednesday  

    Excursion 

    • CERES  Learning about building sustainable 

    Thursday  

    Excursion 

    • Visit a Melbourne water plant to learn about how pollution is affecting our waterways 

    Friday  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Excursion 

     

     

  • Human Melbourne

    What:
    The Human Melbourne program focuses on the human needs in parts of Melbourne, both close to home and a little further afield. Part of the week is based at the ‘live-in’ program run by The Brotherhood of St Laurence at their premises in Fitzroy. Specially designed for Brighton Grammar, this program offers a mix of activities over at least 2 and half days and 2 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. These people range from the elderly to young primary school students from the local housing commission area.

    While much of the activity is based in and around the city, local service is also vital and the boys spend some time with of the residents at Bayley House in Brighton, all of whom have some intellectual disability. Boys also have the opportunity to spend some time with some local elderly people, bringing companionship and youthful fun – and hopefully some music, or a performance, or some other talent to be shared.

    Final details will be released closer to the program. 

    Note – program cost: no cost.

    When: 
    Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021 (TBC)

    Additional costs: 
    $0 (donations or fundraising component may be included) 

    Indicative itinerary: 

    Monday  

    • Travel by public transport to city 
    • Tour of the city with The Brotherhood of St Laurence 
    • Overnight at The Brotherhood of St Laurence 

    Tuesday  

    • Assist at Sacred Heart Primary School Breakfast Club 
    • Visit Choir of Hard Knocks 
    • Visit Urban Seed 
    • Overnight at The Brotherhood of St Laurence 

    Wednesday  

    • Breakfast Club 
    • Depart The Brotherhood of St Laurence 
    • Return to BGS base – 
    • Reflection of Brotherhood of St Laurence experience 
    • Preparation for elderly visit or Salvation Army, Hampton visit 
    • Overnight at home 

    Thursday  

    • Bayley House day – visiting, sharing lunch, 10 pin bowling together  
    • Overnight at home 

    Friday  

    • Visiting local elderly citizens homes and/or 
    • Assist at Salvation Army, Hampton 

     

  • Indigenous Experience - Pormpuraaw

    What:
    The Cape York Experience is a journey across Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, with an extended stay in an Indigenous community. The first stop is Cairns where the boys spend two days exploring the beautiful wet tropics before heading to the remote Indigenous community of Pormpuraaw.

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

    The boys spend a week living in the community, visiting the school and working with the Indigenous children. There are 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.   

    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. 

    Note – program cost approx: $3,100

    When: 
    Tuesday 25 May – Saturday 5 June 2021 (TBC)

  • Marine Biology

    What:
    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 boys 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 approx: $3,300

    When: 
    Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021 (TBC)

    Indicative itinerary:  

    Day 1 

    • Fly Melbourne to Cairns 
    • Transfer to Port Douglas 
    • Orientation tour of Port Douglas before dropoff at accommodation 
    • Afternoon activity 

    Day 2 

    • First 2 days of the 3day Marine Biology Program based on day trips from Port Douglas to various locations on the Great Barrier Reef on cruise vessel Wavelength 

    Day 3 

    Day 4 

    • Cape Tribulation Rainforest ecotourism excursion 
    • Ferry crossing of Daintree River 
    • Rainforest and palm forest board walks, beach visit at Cape Tribulation 
    • Rainforest Discovery Centre guided tour with interpretive insights into rainforest ecology 
    • Daintree River Cruise for another rainforest perspective and viewing of crocodiles in their natural habitat 

    Day 5 

    • Final day of Marine Biology Program based on day trips from Port Douglas to various locations on the Great Barrier Reef on Wavelength 
    • Snorkeling and insights into coral reef ecology under guidance of marine biologist 

    Day 6 

    • Transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport 
    • Fly Cairns to Melbourne 

     

  • Tiwi Islands Experience

    What: 

    The Tiwi Islands Experience is an Indigenous Community experience based out of Milikapiti in the Northern Territory. The first stop is Darwin where the boys explore the beautiful territory before heading to the remote Indigenous Community of Milikapiti.  

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

    Our aim to have deep service opportunities that will both support community and school initiatives while also allowing our boys a chance to work side by side with Milikapiti locals, enhancing our understanding of life on the Tiwi Islands.  

    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. 

    Note – program cost approx: $3,100

    When: 
    Friday 28 May – Sunday 13 June 2021 (TBC)

    Indicative itinerary: ** 

    Day 1 

    Melbourne Indigenous Experience  

    Day 2 

    Melbourne Indigenous Experience  

    Day 3 

    Melbourne Indigenous Experience  

    Day 4 

    Melbourne Indigenous Experience  

    Day 5 

    Fly Melbourne to Darwin and Travel to Milikapiti 

    Day 6 

    Milikapiti community 

    Day 7 

    Milikapiti community 

    Day 8 

    Milikapiti community  

    Day 9 

    Milikapiti community 

    Day 10 

    Milikapiti community 

    Day 11 

    Milikapiti community 

    Day 12 

    Travel to Darwin 

    Fly Darwin to Melbourne 

    ** The school may endeavor to conduct more than one trip, potentially of shorter length, if there is overwhelming interest** 

  • We Design Melbourne

    What:
    Service comes in many forms. Creative thinking and innovation is a form of service. If you can think differently and help an organisation or an individual solve a problem, you are providing a significant service. During WeDesign, the students use human-centred design thinking to solve real problems for the city of Melbourne.

    Human-centred design is a creative approach to problem-solving. The process begins with the people we’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs. Human-centred design thinking is all about building a deep empathy with the people we’re designing for; generating tonnes of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what we’ve made with the people we’re designing for; and, eventually, putting our innovative new solution out into the world.

    The students will be based in the heart of Melbourne. We’ll visit some social service organisations and hear about some of the challenges they face. (Some organisations are so busy delivering their service, they don’t have the capacity to think about more innovative ways to do it.) We’ll also consider some of the broader issues within Melbourne. Then we’ll identify some key issues and use human-centred design to seek to solve them, creatively.

    Note – program cost: no cost.

    When: 
    Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021 (TBC)

    Additional costs: 

    $0 (donations or fundraising component may be included) 

    Indicative itinerary:  

    Day 1 -5  

    8.30am–3.30pm: Melbourne based (boys home each evening) 

     

How to book your programs

Families will be sent more details about how to select preferences for the B2M optional trips. This is 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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