A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

Our Birthday

Tomorrow (14 February) is our Founder’s Day. It was on this day, in 1882, that Dr Crowther welcomed eight boys to his newly established school at 163 New Street, Brighton. Now, 138 years on, we welcome 1424 boys to Brighton Grammar School.

The School’s rich history is important to us today as current students are more aware than ever of what has gone before them.

One initiative of the Crowther Centre, named after our founder, has been the Legacy project, which sees our Year 12 student leaders each year choose the legacy they wish to leave for the School. In a nod to our history, the 2018 School Prefects adopted the creed, ‘the actions I take, fair and just, will be steeped in a history bigger than any one of us’.

There is no doubt our history can provide inspiration to the current BGS boys, whether it be from passing by the Hall of Fame gallery daily at the St Andrews Street gate, or by bringing the activities of the Old Brighton Grammarians Society to life in front of the boys.

This was the case on Wednesday at our Founder’s Day Chapel Service where a small number of Old Boys from the Pendennis Chapter (these Old Boys left BGS at least 60 years ago) joined our students and staff to give thanks and celebrate our anniversary.

School Captains Peter Demaine MBE (1940) and Jack Clarkson (2020)

Have a great week and let’s all be grateful for what’s gone before us.

 

From the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Junior School – Peter Tellefson

Thank you to all Prep to Year 3 parents for your support at last week’s Parent Information evening, we look forward to your ongoing engagement and commitment, and to our Prep to Year 3 teachers for their various presentations. I enjoyed the opportunity to chat with parents and listen to the feedback. I have a sense that, on the whole, we have had a positive start to the school year. We appreciate the support of the Junior Parents’ Group for their organisation of the social component of the evening. 

Our Year 4–6 Information Evening tonight will begin in your son’s classroom, please ensure you are seated for a 7.00pm start.  Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Discussions next Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 February provide another opportunity to further develop relationships between school and home. Online bookings and instructions have been emailed to parents.

 

Junior School Happenings and Reminders

  • Our Outdoor Education Program involves all Prep to Year 6 boys and is a compulsory component of our School’s curriculum. The diversity, skill development and range of opportunities our boys experience is excellent.  In Term 1, our Year 5 students will attend camp from 10–13 March.  Year 5 parents are invited to attend an Information Session to be presented by the Outdoor Education team in the Junior School Drama Room (Room 12) on Friday 21 February at 8.45am.

 

From the Director of the Early Learning Centre  Amelia Barrow

The ELC boys are enjoying their specialist classes with Lucrezia Mecca. Your son’s classroom timetable will be sent out shortly so you can chat about what is happening each day which is a great way to prepare the boys each morning. 

We have had a number of celebrations this week, St Valentine’s Day (the boys have made special art pieces for loved ones) and Brighton Grammar School’s 138th birthday. Our Headmaster Ross Featherston and Deputy Headmaster, Head of Junior School Peter Tellefson came to visit and the boys loved sharing their learning and news with them.

Our Buddy classes with Year 4 or 5 students will begin shortly; having an older mentor who is like a big brother is often one of the boys’ favourite experiences in ELC.

A few operational reminders:

  • Quick drop off always helps the boys settle into their school day.
  • Before School Care drop off is through Room 1 (the Bilby Room) and After Care is through Room 4 (the Bandicoot Room). We ask that if you are 5 minutes before Program time, please wait and enter through your son’s classroom (ELC4 8.45am and ELC3 9.00am).
  • Please avoid packing sesame seed products (including hummus) and walnuts in your son’s lunch. Also grapes are to be cut in half please.
  • Our Long Day Care number is: 0409 400 198
  • Help keep the boys safe by not allowing them to open the gates or doors to the Centre. Although climbing up the fence is quite fun, we want to ensure the boys understand that there are safety rules to protect them.
  • The Qikkids sign in system is for adults to access only. It is a School Regulation that users need to be 18 years or older. It also ensures that attendance is recorded accurately.

What a wonderful week we have had in the ELC.

 

Teaching & Learning

Indigenous Studies

As part of our Unit of Study this term focusing on Indigenous Australia, Year 4 students were fortunate to welcome Aboriginal Elder, Murrundindi to Brighton Grammar School. Murrundindi descends from the Wurundjeri tribe from the Upper Yarra and Healesville region.

Murrundindi shared stories about the Dreamtime and taught the boys some customs and traditions associated with Aboriginal culture through song, dance, language, and music. He also explained some challenges that Aboriginal people have faced historically, and still face today in modern Australia.

The boys were captivated by Murrundindi’s stories and information; particularly the way Aboriginal Australians connect with their land. A highlight for many boys was learning to throw and catch a boomerang. Much discussion has resulted and the boys will carry this through our unit.

Paul Gurry
Year 4 Teacher

 

This week’s parenting tip

This week’s Parenting Tip is, Spending time with kids: how much is enough?

 

JPG News

Year Level Representatives and Volunteers

The JPG is looking for year level representatives (at least one volunteer from each class, with two to four per class ideal), and a general pool of volunteers to assist on any level. Thanks to those who have already volunteered, Representatives work as a team to coordinate social events within their year level and arrange volunteers for one event annually. Contact the JPG if you are interested in assisting. 

Save the Date

3 March – The JPG Meeting will be held in the Drama Room, 8.45–9.30am

Dates for the Diary

  • Thursday 13 February Yr 4–6 Info/Social Evening
  • Wednesday 19 February Parent/Teacher Discussions
  • Thursday 20 February Parent/Teacher Discussions
  • Thursday 27 February ELC Info/Social Evening
  • Friday 28 February Junior School Welcome Picnic