A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

One Community, One School

As we further embrace the notion of an ‘As One’ Secondary School (Years 7 – 12), our attention has turned to how we identify the various sections of the Secondary School to boys, parents, staff and the community.

When I asked his opinion in the Quad recently, a Year 12 student suggested that we should have ‘ends’ of the Secondary School, as this denotes that we are ‘as one’ and whole as a Secondary School campus. Thus, from now on, the two ‘ends’ of the Secondary School will be known as the ‘Rosstrevor End’ and the ‘St Andrew’s End’.

The Rosstrevor End encompasses the Urwin Centre for Learning, the Wellbeing Centre, the Rosstrevor Hall and our Professional Support Team (Accounts, IT, Development, Marketing & Communications and HR). The St Andrew’s End includes the Quad, Tower, Hancock and Zachariah Wings, the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall, the Library, the Rofe Creative Arts Centre, Annandale, St Andrew’s Church and Main Reception.

Both names were chosen to reflect our strong ties with the past and with St Andrew’s Church. The Rosstrevor End is named after a large Victorian house and estate (named Rosstrevor) that was purchased by the School in 1905. The house and estate were located where the Rosstrevor End is now situated. The St Andrew’s End reflects and celebrates our close affiliation with St Andrew’s Church, which has been at the centre of the Brighton and Bayside communities since 1842. It is also an affirmation of BGS as an Anglican school.

Have a great week.


From the Head of Junior School – Peter Tellefson

A strong sense of belonging and connectedness has a positive effect on boys’ self-esteem and confidence. Our Outdoor Education Program, House System and the Buddy Program offer opportunities, over and above the School’s pastoral support, for our boys to build this sense of connection. As Term 1 progresses, it is my hope that our boys feel good about themselves and that they have a strong sense of belonging at School.

My daily ‘meet and greet’ before School is a most enjoyable start to my day; in fact, it is my priority to be in the yard at the start and end of each day. I enjoy the opportunity to chat with the boys and to ask them about their weekend, how their classwork/homework is going, what sport they are playing, or what they have to present at ‘show and tell’. I hope that it also enhances our boys’ sense of connection at Wilson House.

The Buddy System, involving all boys from ELC to Year 6, is an integral part of our boys’ experiences at Wilson House. The Program focuses on the values of friendliness, respect, responsibility, caring, including others and valuing difference. It is always rewarding to see the many positive interactions our boys experience in the classroom and on the playground. I hope you have already had positive conversations with your son at home about ‘buddies’.


Junior School Happenings

  • Congratulations to the following Year 6 boys, who will be appointed to leadership positions at tomorrow’s Assembly:

         Technology Monitors – Ethan Rowe, James Longley, Lachlan Auden, Marnix Ferwerda

         Sport Monitors – Lachlan Silva, Zach Travers, Aidan Williams, Diesel Saleh, Lachlan Lewis, Tom Hollway

  • Our first Ute Full of Food for this year will be held next Friday 23 March. Brighton Grammar has a long-standing commitment to support St Mark’s Anglican Church in Fitzroy. Before Friday, please donate any of the following: breakfast cereals, sugar, jams and spreads, pasta and pasta sauce, rice, noodles, biscuits, tins (vegetables, fruit or fish), meals-in-a-can, toilet paper, bathroom supplies, tea and coffee. Given that some of St Mark’s clients sleep rough, ring-pull cans are preferable, as they don’t always have access to can openers or cutlery. Donations can be left at Junior School Reception. The Ute will leave the Junior School at 9am to deliver donations to St Mark’s, where they will be delivered to needy families. Your generosity is appreciated.
  • Boys may purchase tickets for the Easter Raffle before school this week and next: $2 for 2, $5 for 6, or $10 for 15 tickets. Ticket flyers are available via School Stream or from the JS Reception. All boys from ELC to Year 6 are asked to donate an Easter egg. Wilson House will make a significant donation to MacKillop Family Services, who will distribute Easter eggs to less fortunate children in our community.

The Peaceful Sound of Tigers in the ELC

As the boys have now settled and established themselves within their classes, we are focusing on teaching mindful behaviours. This includes being respectful, kind and grateful throughout our day, and celebrating when this occurs. Our Director of Mindfulness, Kay Rogers, will be joining the ELC4 boys each fortnight on Wednesday to focus on aspects of being mindful. We learnt what mindful bodies look and feel like, and practised being present in the now. The boys responded well to being in touch with the present moment, and tuning in to listening mindfully. They identified what sounds make them feel peaceful – as you can imagine, this elicited a variety of responses. We had tigers, dogs, wind, rain and one that particularly touched our hearts, “My Mummy singing”. The boys certainly have responded to the benefits of being mindful throughout their day – not always an easy task for 3-5-year-old boys!

This week, we also have started our Working to Potential program with Bayley House – a centre for intellectually and physically handicapped adults. This program is designed to offer clients of Bayley House the opportunity to gain work experience in a field they wish to learn about, whilst under supervision. Bri and MeiSze will spend a morning each week working and assisting the boys and staff. It also provides us with a wonderful life lesson of inclusion and celebrating differences within our community.

A uniform reminder: please note that the boys’ summer and winter uniforms are not to be mixed. The summer uniform consists of shorts and the short-sleeved shirt. In Term 2, we will move into the winter uniform, consisting of blue pants and a skivvy.

Harmony Day celebrations are fast approaching and we look forward to seeing family and friends next Thursday 22 March at 10am in the G. B. Robertson Hall for a shared morning tea provided by ELC4 families. The boys will be performing in their cultural costumes, so please come along to support them. The morning also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to connect with all of our ELC community.

A date for your diary: the Easter Bonnet Parade will be held on the last day of Term 1, Thursday 29 March.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


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Teaching & Learning

Shaping up in Prep

The Prep Fivedale boys have been busy learning to sort, describe and name familiar two-dimensional shapes. The boys have enjoyed participating in a variety of activities, including working in pairs to turn their bodies into different shapes. Some of our Preps are incredibly flexible!

The Prep Fivedale boys are still learning to negotiate their way around the Junior School. To help facilitate their knowledge of the different areas and further develop their understanding of shape, the boys worked in pairs to identify and photograph distinctive 2D shapes within the Junior School. Once back in the classroom, they used PicCollage to showcase their learning.

‘Ready to Learn’ in Year 1 Drama

During Drama lessons, we have discussed how ‘Ready to Learn’ in Drama can take many forms. The boys are very quick to recognise the importance of listening, following instructions and helping others. We have also discussed that when you come to Drama, as when trying anything new in the classroom, it is important to be brave and have a go.

Some boys find Drama exciting and bring their confidence to speaking and acting activities. For others, participating in games and performances can be daunting, as it requires them to step out of their comfort zone and take risks. As a part of our unit on ‘Movement’ in Year 1, we are exploring imaginary worlds and seeing how our bodies can move differently in these worlds. We are also creating characters for these worlds and learning how to speak and act as a character.

We have taken a magic carpet ride to mystical places such as Lava Land, Jelly Land and Dinosaur Land, to name just a few. The boys are learning to respect the space of others as they explore how to use their bodies to communicate. All boys are encouraged to have a go and to learn from their peers when deciding on, and freezing in, a given movement.

When acting as characters, the boys are challenged to maintain focus on their performances and think about sensible and interesting things the characters would say to each other. The boys are doing a marvellous job having a go and listening to feedback to create some very funny characters!

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