We pride ourselves on the care of our boys and we make a commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for them. A sense of belonging is a vital key for transition.
During your son’s transition he will be allocated into a House. There are six Houses at Brighton Grammar School: Armstrong, Crowther, Dixon, Hancock, Rofe and School. Boys from the BGS Junior School will remain in their previously allocated Houses.
Your son’s House Tutor will take Roll Call each day and may also teach him some classes. House Tutors attend camp in Term 1 and may coach boys in interschool sport during the year. As such, the House Tutor is the primary pastoral care provider for boys throughout Year 7.
In 2019 each Head of House will have responsibility for a Learning Common consisting of three Houses. During the year, boys will compete in a range of sporting, academic and cultural activities for their House.
In order to assist boys integrate into the school, and to form new friendships Year 7 camps are held in Term 1. Attendance at camp is compulsory.
The Deputy Head of Secondary School (7&8), our Secondary School Chaplain and Student Counsellor offer another layer of pastoral care for all Year 7 boys.
Teaching and Learning
Boys in Year 7 undertake the following subjects: Creative Design & Technology (CDT), Drama, English, Humanities (Geography & History), Mathematics, Music (Choral and Classroom Music), Science and Health & Physical Education, which also incorporates our Wellbeing program.
Year 7 boys will experience two of the following four languages throughout the year: French, Japanese, Latin and Chinese.
Please note that in Chinese, we offer 2 options: ‘Chinese’ for none native speakers and ‘Chinese Advanced’ for students of Chinese background and who are aiming to study VCE Chinese First Language or Second Language Advanced in senior years.
There is an opportunity for students new to English to study EAL (English as Another Language) or have additional literacy support. However, this support is subject to discussion and approval by the School.
We know everyone learns at a different pace. Our Learning Strategies teachers work closely with subject teachers to provide curriculum support that ensures effective learning strategies are implemented to facilitate successful academic outcomes and maximises learning potential.
A variety of learning strategies are used in mainstream classes and in small groups to facilitate differentiated curriculum. Specialist assessments are arranged for any boy who requires in-depth assessment. The information gained is disseminated to staff with recommendations about adapting instruction in the Learning Commons.
Under the supervision of the Learning Strategies Coordinator, Christine McIntosh, our Study Club runs three mornings before school, and one afternoon after school, each week. This provides students with the opportunity to undertake private revision, meet with peers for group work or work closely with Christine on areas of the curriculum they find challenging.
We recognise the importance of providing leadership opportunities and actively encourage all boys to be involved. In the Secondary School, boys are mentored by older boys in their House and guided through the varied leadership opportunities with the Head of Student Leadership (7-12).
Boys interested in Student Leadership will be exposed to varied roles and responsibilities. Student Leaders meet as a team on a regular basis and develop their leadership skills to ensure they leave a positive legacy. Further leadership opportunities for boys in Year 7 and Year 8 also include Library Committee, House Service, Student Voice, Wellbeing Committee and on the sporting field.
We firmly believe that leadership is something that can be nurtured and learnt through these opportunities. Our mentoring and training programs aim to develop leadership skills and capabilities in all our boys.
The Norris Family Library
The Norris Family Library provides a current and vibrant collection of recreational reading materials of fiction, true stories and biographies, graphic novels and picture books. The Library also subscribes to a collection of e-audio and e-books to support students that prefer reading in different formats, or need audio support with their reading.
Resources in print and electronic format are made available to students via the School Hub, and the use of authoritative and quality resources is facilitated by subscriptions to online databases and encyclopaedias.
The Library hosts lunchtime chess training and play, a hands-on MakerSpace Centre, a coeducational book club with Firbank Grammar girls and a Library Committee for students who wish to contribute to daily Library operations.
Harnessing the power and potential of technology in learning is core at BGS. Specifications regarding the compulsory personal device to be purchased for 2020 can be accessed here (PDF).
The Hub is our electronic learning management and communication system that supports the boys’ daily routine at school and home. The Hub enables staff to post messages directly to the students and is the main vehicle of communication between home, school and the boy himself. Academic results are also posted on the Hub. Parents will be issued personalised log-in details and are encouraged to attend parent training sessions. Please see the video below for further information.
Parent participation is a key pillar in the School’s Strategic Plan. There are many ways you can stay connected at home and work including
Getting started on the Hub.
Assessment, Reports & Homework
The current assessment and School Report arrangements are as follows:
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Assessment varies according to the subject and includes such things as topic tests, assignments, essays, spelling tests, oral tests, practical tasks and model building. All marks are available on The Hub for both parents and boys.
Reports are prepared at the conclusion of each term, offering parents a summary as to how their son has performed. Parents can access results from The Hub at any time for more detailed feedback and monitoring.
During the year, Year 7 boys all undertake the compulsory NAPLAN tests. The boys also participate in a variety of Mathematics, Science and English competitions. Other standardised testing is conducted during the year to assist in mapping progress.
Reports are prepared at the conclusion of each term, offering parents a summary of their son’s progress. As a general rule, boys can expect between 60 and 90 minutes of homework per night during the week. Homework tasks will range from subject to subject, and weekly expectations will be communicated via a homework schedule. During Term 1 boys will be provided with guidance in study skills and time management. Additional ongoing support is provided at Study Club and through individual appointments.