A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

A new term awaits

Welcome back to a new term.

On a number of occasions over the break, I was reminded of the importance of balance and wellbeing in our lives. I reflected on how important it is that our boys are healthy physically, spiritually and mentally. I am optimistic that the holidays gave all boys the opportunity to take time out to gain some space and energy, and a sense of renewal.

During the break, I read Tim Winton’s new book, The Shepherd’s Hut. If you are a Winton fan, you’re unlikely to be disappointed by this tale; it is a challenging, thought-provoking and at times troubling read. The story is a comment on masculinity, mateship and persistence. It is also about how things can go wrong – but, as in almost all of Winton’s stories, there is hope and redemption to be found amidst the grimness.

The new term brings much energy and promise, with some amazing opportunities and challenges in store for our boys. I look forward to seeing you at a musical concert, drama production, parent session, sporting contest or at drop-off very soon.

Have a great week (and term).

From the Head of Junior School – Peter Tellefson

Welcome back to what will be a busy Term 2 for the Junior School community.  I was delighted to be back into the routine of my daily ‘meet and greet’ and to hear about our boys’ holiday adventures. 

A special welcome to the following new boys and their families to the Junior School in Term 2:  Harry Healy (ELC3), Jake Knipe (ELC3), Fletcher Watson (ELC3), Sam Auditore (ELC3), Benjamin Zhao (2 Acacia) and Michael Cui (6 Discovery). 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. We also welcome Yuri Graham, who will be teaching Japanese, replacing Yoko Sainsbery while she is on Long Service Leave in Term 2.

A sense of pride in themselves, their appearance and presentation is particularly important for boys. There is an expectation with our winter uniform that boys have their top button done up and shirt tucked in. I would ask parents to support us and reinforce the expectations we have in Terms 2 and 3, when boys wear their winter uniform. On the various days in Terms 2 and 3 that boys from Prep to Year 6 wear their sports uniform to and from School, the expectation is that the tracksuit (top and pants) must be worn as the outer garment.

Prep to Year 6 Cross-country will be conducted on Monday 30 April on the Crowther Oval from 1.20pm.  All boys are expected to participate, and they may wear their sports uniform and House polo shirt to School for the day. Parents are most welcome to attend and support their sons. A reminder that boys will be dismissed from their classrooms as per normal routine and not from the Crowther Oval.

On Friday 11 May from 8.30am, all Prep to Year 6 mums are invited to a Mothers’ Day Celebration to join their sons in various classroom activities and a Mothers’ Day Service at St Andrew’s Church. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to express our appreciation to our mums. The special morning together will conclude at approximately 10.30am. A slideshow featuring photos of boys and their mothers will be shown during the church service, and mothers are encouraged to email their favourite mother and son/s photos by Tuesday 24 April to jsadmin@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.

Wilson House Happenings and Reminders

  • Thank you to Kerstin Barber, Lisa Schnepf, Nicole Sexton, Marina Regelman and the Junior Parents’ Group, and the Year 5 parents who organised the JPG Lunch on the last Friday of Term 1.
  • Winter Sports this term are Volleyball, Cross-country and AFL Football. See the Junior School Sports Newsletter for further details.
  • Our Term 2 Parent/Teacher Interviews are scheduled for next Monday 23 April and Thursday 26 April. Information in regard to bookings has been emailed and bookings are now open.  These interviews will allow Homeroom Teachers to provide feedback on progress made and to establish areas of focus for Term 2.
  • Our Year 4 and Year 6 boys’ Outdoor Program commences this Term:

Year 4       Wednesday 2 May–Friday 4 May

Year 6       Monday 14 May–Friday 18 May (6 Investigator & 6 Endeavour)

                  Monday 21 May – Friday 25 May (6 Discovery & 6 Resolution)

Ready for Term 2 Action in the ELC

What a wonderful buzz there was in the ELC on Tuesday morning with all boys returning after the Easter break.

During the break, we were lucky enough to have our wonderful Holiday Program in action under the care of Kirstie McCormick and Bing Li. The boys were treated to an array of themed days and incursions, with it difficult to choose the highlight – Was it the real fireman coming to teach them training drills? Learning to be farmers with a visit from the mini farm? Workout Wednesdays? The program exploded with learning opportunities for our lucky boys enrolled in the Long Day Care 48-week option.

With Term 2, the boys have happily adjusted to wearing their winter uniform, and our Melbourne weather has ensured we use all layers – how lucky we were to go from a cold wintery day to hot summer temperatures within the first week. The boys do not require their summer hats this term; however, wet weather jackets and gumboots are a must.

This term, there are a few important dates to put in your diary; these will be sent out next week on School Stream. We will be hosting our lovely ELC Mothers’ Morning on Thursday 3 May from 8.30–9.30am. We look forward to spoiling our mums on this day! Next week, we will also discuss with the boys the importance of ANZAC Day and the meaning behind showing respect. If you have current or past family members who have served, and would like your son to share their story with the ELC, we ask that you bring in any memorabilia on Monday or Tuesday. We will ensure we keep treasures safe.

We look forward to a wonderful term ahead.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre

For more on Teaching & Learning at BGS, visit Crowther Thinking.

Grammarian 2017

Is your copy taking pride of place on your coffee table?


Parenting Tip

Click here to view this week’s Parenting Tip: Let kids off the leash for greater confidence and resilience

JPG News

Save the Date – Bright Lights, Big City Gala Ball – Friday 7 September 2018

It’s almost here – our new Strength and Conditioning Centre

And we’re sharing it with you, the BGS community!

Exercise body AND mind in BGS’s cutting-edge facility due for completion mid-2018 

  • Exciting mix of small-group classes
  • Personalised training and wellbeing programs
  • Biometric and mindfulness technology
  • Expert, friendly staff
  • Affordable community rates
  • Easy bookings via our app

Click here to find out more and register your interest.