A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

A new term is in front of us

Welcome to a new term. I trust all in the BGS community managed some sort of midyear break. It is great to see the boys back with smiles on their faces ready to go again.

Term 3 always promises much and is always a busy term. In many ways, for our Year 12s, this term is their final term; indeed a key factor in our recent years of academic success has been the work rate of our Year 12s in Term 3. I hope to see the Hancock Wing full during our Extended Study Days and on Saturday mornings once APS sport finishes.

For the rest of BGS, there is much to look forward to: the Year 6 and Middle Years productions with FGS, music concerts at St Andrew’s, Outdoor Education journeys for our Year 8 and 10 boys, the end of winter sport and the beginnings of spring sport, the development of the Junior School GB Robertson Hall and the swimming pool, the launch of the refreshed sport and HPE uniform, continuing our work on becoming Effective Learners, the Pink Dinner, the Crowther Centre engaging parents via a number of parent workshops plus much, much more.

I wish you all the very best for the term ahead and I look forward to seeing you all on the gate or around BGS soon. Have a great week.

 

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

It is great to be back! I hope all families enjoyed the break and our boys have returned relaxed and well rested. I have enjoyed my conversations with your sons and hearing of their holiday adventures: overseas, interstate, to the farm, snow, movies, grandma’s and so on.  After a three week break, plus an additional two days this week, it is good to be back into routine.

Special welcome to the following new boys and their families to Wilson House in Term 3:  Darren Zhu (Prep Fivedale), Tristan Deicke (Prep Kurrajong), Eric Shao (1 Banksia), Yanting Chen (2 Acacia), Victor Ying (2 Waratah), Thomas Chen (3 Wills), Shuqi Gu (4 Flinders), Alan Wang (4 Bass), Auryn Hills-Jones (4 Flinders), Marco Zhou (4 Flinders), Neil Sun (4 Cook), Howard Shao (5 Zachariah), Max Zhou (5 Argyle) Neo Yan (5 Scott) and Joshua Hills-Jones (6 Resolution). We wish these boys and their families a long and happy time at Brighton Grammar. I am sure our current boys and families will make them feel welcome. 

 

Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Thank you to the Junior Parents’ Group, Alexandra Dever, Fiona Cozens, Nada Hamilton and Jo Saadie who organised the end of term lunch and to our Prep parents who assisted on the last Friday of Term 2.
  • Prep to Year 6 Parent Teacher Discussions are scheduled on Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August. Information in regards to bookings will be emailed.  Homeroom teachers and Specialist Staff will be available to meet with parents.
  • Our Term 3 Year 5/6 APS Sports are Soccer, Basketball, Handball and Hockey.

Student Achievements

  • Congratulations to our champion mathematicians who competed in the Mathematics Association of Victoria Year 5 Maths Games Day late last term. They enthusiastically took part alongside 130 students in a series of maths challenges including problem solving, automatic recall and strategy games. It was a close competition with Will Hutchison, Kenneth Yeung, Matheus Judah and Ned Overend-Stevens being awarded 3rd Place. It was a wonderful opportunity to represent BGS and showcase their skills in the subject.

 

This week’s parenting tip

Positive Parenting

Despite the best efforts of parents around the world, the reality is, there is no such thing as the ‘perfect parent’. However, arming yourself with the right information is a good start! Research shows that one of the most important protective factors in the lives of young people is a close relationship with a supportive adult. With the mental health of today’s young people being at an all-time low, it is simply not enough to parent effectively.

Parents need to familiarise themselves with practical skills, knowledge and strategies when it comes to raising children. Many parents today are over-protective, resulting in children being less independent, unable to problem-solve or self-regulate. There is too much pressure on kids today, and parents will often fill their days with too many activities in an effort to avoid their child becoming ‘bored’. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how they can retain a balance in their kids’ busy schedules, how they can best deal with sibling rivalry, the importance of family rituals and traditions, as well as advice for parents entering into a blended family situation.

 

Comedy for a Cause – Dinner and Show 

Come along with your friends for a night of giggles and fun with a fabulous line up of International Comedy Festival comedians. Prior to taking your seat, start with the included substantial canapé dinner, then during intermission enjoy a canapé dessert all provided by a favourite Church St restaurant.

When: Saturday 20 July, doors open 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Comedians: Dave Williams, Peter Jones, Cait Johnson, Nick Quon
Where: St Andrews Brighton Parish Hall
Cost: $35 Adults, $20 Students. Drinks at bar prices.
Book: comedyforacause.net/andrews

 

2019 is a Pink Dinner Year! 

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