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.
Your son’s Head of Year and House Tutor will be his main pastoral carer, providing support with transition, academics and social and emotional wellbeing. House Tutors meet regularly with their Houses to check in on day to day operations.
House Tutors are the first port of call for day to day operational matters such as absence, questions regarding academic classes or social/emotional concerns.
House Tutors attend the Outdoor Education Program 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.
Heads of Year are responsible for two Houses at Year 7 and two at Year 8. Heads of Year oversee the pastoral care of our boys in close consultation with House Tutors. Heads of Year coordinate matters over and above day to day operations.
All boys will be allocated a House in 2021. 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 and those who have a sibling at BGS or a family association with the school will be allocated the same House to continue the family tradition.
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 Director of Students (7-12), our Secondary School Chaplain and Student Counsellor offer another layer of pastoral care for all Year 7 boys.
Head of Year 7/8 Armstrong & Crowther
Head of Year 7/8 Dixon & Hancock
Head of Year 7/8 Rofe & School
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.
The complete Year 7 subject guide provides detailed information about each of the subjects our Year 7 boys will study, including a list of themes covered, skills developed and assessment tasks.
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. Therefore it is a key priority for us to ensure all boys have a consistent experience in the classroom and a reliable device for their learning without distraction.
All Year 7-9 students are required to take part in the BGS managed laptop program as part of the standard curriculum resources used in the classroom and at home. Laptops and a full day of IT training will be provided in the first few days of school, along with the School ICT Policies that are required to be upheld.
All boys are supplied with an HP Elitebook x360 commercial grade laptop as part of a 3 year program. The program ensures you and your sons are fully supported for all their technology needs and includes the laptop, a fully protective bag, interactive pen, all software, licensing, updates, significantly reduced capped price repair service, along with IT staff to provide any assistance, repairs or trouble shooting they may require. Onsite repairs are performed by HP during their daily visit to BGS and your son will be offered a loan laptop for the duration of any repairs or re-imaging of the machine.
BGS has partnered with FamilyZone and purchased a license for each family to optionally apply cyber safety or screen time controls on your son’s devices (including mobile phones) at home. FamilyZone is installed on all BGS computers to implement our eSmart and ICT policies during school hours, and parents can choose if they wish to activate the product to also provide customisable controls at home.
All families will receive a letter towards the end of the year outlining the full details of the laptop program including the 2021 model laptop specifications and the annual cost, and you will hear more about technology at the Parent information nights.
The eLearning program at BGS includes a full day laptop induction and ongoing in class laptop training and support. Heading up our eLearning program is our program is Robert Hanley (eLearning Coordinator 7-12) who coordinates the induction of all Year 7 boys and ensures support and training is available to those boys who may need it beyond the initial induction.
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.
Getting started on the Hub
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 our website,School Stream App (how to download), Weekly eNews (latest eNews) and BGS social media pages.
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.