A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

“Parenting means teaching children to get their own Weet-Bix”

I read the above quote in the Weekend Australian on Saturday as part of a story on John Marsden’s just released book The Art of Growing Up. For those who do not know of John Marsden, he is a best-selling author of young adult fiction, with perhaps his best-known work being Tomorrow, When the War Began. He is also a teacher and founding Principal of two schools in the Macedon Ranges.

I am yet to get a copy of The Art of Growing Up, but from reading the article on the weekend, Marsden’s main points on parenting centre on over protecting and over regulating children today. More specifically, amongst other insights, he advocates parents saying no to their children at least once a day (!), parents encouraging children to become good conversationalists and parents allowing their children to experience fear. Marsden also encourages parents to allow their teenagers to get a paid part-time job and reinforces literacy as the key academic skill.

As an avid reader and being open to challenging thoughts, I will be sure to add The Art of Growing Up to my reading list and take on board the challenge of teaching my own children to get their own Weet-Bix (much to my wife’s joy).

Have a good week.


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

I am a strong believer that ‘the little things count’. Often I remind the boys how important their manners are and when speaking to an adult to make good eye contact. These two examples are ‘little things’ that make a difference and build confidence in boys.  We have a responsibility to assist our boys to develop a sense of pride in themselves, their family and their School. I love the start to my day ‘meeting and greeting’ the boys.  I continue to be impressed with the boys and how they present themselves and engage appropriately with their peers and adults at school.

It is always the intention of the School to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the boys. I remind all parents that we endeavour to remain a nut-free zone at all times. We have an Anaphylaxis Policy, and it is important we continue to raise awareness of Anaphylaxis in the BGS community. I would ask parents to ensure boys’ lunchboxes do not contain nuts or sandwich spreads that contain nuts, and to be particularly aware when boys are celebrating birthdays. The Anaphylaxis Australia website is an informative site that I encourage parents to access.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  • The corridors and playground have been quieter this week as our Year 6 boys are exploring Canberra.
  • Prep to Year 6 Parent-Teacher Interviews are scheduled on Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August. Bookings are now open via the Synportal. Homeroom teachers and Specialist Staff will be available to meet with parents.
  • The Year 3–6 Father/Son Activities Evening will be held on Thursday 15 August. Activities will commence in the classrooms at 5.45pm and conclude at 7.00pm. Our Prep–Year 2 boys will welcome their dads into the classroom for activities and to celebrate Fathers’ Day from 8.30am – 9.15am as below;

Prep – Wednesday 28 August
Year 1 – Thursday 29 August
Year 2 – Friday 30 August


Student Achievements

  • Well done to Leo Reeve who competed at the School Sport Victoria State Cross Country Championships last week. Leo finished 6th in his race and ran a big PB. Congratulations Leo on your outstanding results throughout the Cross Country Season.
  • Congratulations to Caelan Mackay who has been selected to represent Victoria in the U12 Touch Football team and will compete in Canberra later this year.
  • I was delighted to hear we had a good number of boys compete in the BGS trials for the Snow Sports to be held later this term. I appreciate the combined time commitment and coordination of Mr Troy Gendala, who is a Junior School Parent, and Teacher in Charge Mr Mat Steed. Many thanks to parents for their continued support.
  • Well done to the Year 3 and 4 chess players who competed in an interschool tournament at Wesley College, Elsternwick. They demonstrated problem solving skills, patience and focus as they battled through a series of tough games. Ethan Davis, Will Tan, Ronnie Xu, John Haralambakis, Sid Bartlett, Lucas Judah, Richie Evans and Sam Richardson competed well with James Lipovetsky and Thomas Zhuang scoring the most wins.


From the Director of the Early Learning Centre – Amelia Barrow

Back and in action!

What a wonderful start to Term 3 with the boys arriving fresh faced and full of tales to tell from their holiday break. Our holiday program boys were especially excited to share their adventures with Miss McCormick and staff as there were too many highlights to mention. The silent disco, Christmas in July, PJ day, pumpkin soup making, puppet show and pizza party were just a few of the wonderful programs the boys participated in over the three and a half week break. We thank Miss McCormick and her team for the wonderful care of the boys over this period.

The boys’ individual portfolios were sent home today for families to enjoy reading together and reflect on the learning that has taken place thus far. We encourage all parents to sit and discuss with their son their amazing development and document thoughts on the reflection page provided. Portfolios are to be returned next week to classroom teachers.

As the colder weather continues we remind families that the boys need a warm weatherproof coat for their outdoor program. The BGS Uniform shop now has an ELC Winter coat for purchase if you would like them to wear this. One is on display in the ELC Foyer.

Term Dates will be sent home to all families by the end of this week for you to place in your diaries. Our highlights this Term will be our Fathers’ Night, Sports Day & ELC Footy Day.

A reminder from Miss McCormick that if you arrive close to Program time (ELC 4 at 8.45am & ELC 3 at 9am) for before school care you need to wait for classrooms to be opened. Breakfast finishes at 8am so if you would like your son to have breakfast please join us between 7.30 – 8am.

We look forward to a wonderful Term ahead!

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Each year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). Criteria is used to identify students that receive reasonable educational adjustments or assistance because of a disability as determined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and the Disability Standards for Education 2005. The NCCD has been progressively implemented since 2015 and has recently been linked to funding for schools.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. The School will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of all students.

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal.

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact David Eggleston (Junior School) or Bik Swann (Secondary School)


This week’s parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s Parenting Tip entitled ‘Promoting a leadership mindset in students’.


Teaching and learning

Year 6 Indigenous Exchange


Last term, eight BGS boys and four girls from our sister school Firbank, travelled to the Milikapiti School on the Tiwi Islands, continuing our ongoing commitment to develop a greater understanding of Indigenous Australia.  In addition to spending time teaching in the classroom, the boys travelled around the island visiting a number of culturally significant sites including Tarracumbi Falls, Mudloe for some fishing and crabbing and the Jilamara Arts and Cultural Centre.

When asked to comment about their trip highlights the boys’ comments included:

“Playing footy with the local kids and chatting to them was amazing”

“It was great to help out in the classrooms with reading and maths games”

“I loved getting to know the other boys better and spending time working with the Mili kids”

“I can’t wait for the Milikapiti kids to come down in August to spend time at BGS”

Luke Fensling and Mandy Foulds


In the last week of Term 2 a group of Year 6 boys enjoyed a memorable trip to the Far North Queensland indigenous community of Pormpuraaw. As we first viewed Pormpuraaw from the windows of the twelve-seater plane, it was obvious we were in for a special week.

On the ground, the boys were instantly welcomed by the kids, teachers, and elders of the community. Over seven days the BGS boys enjoyed some amazing experiences like fishing for barramundi and mud crab, visiting a crocodile farm and art sessions. They also acted as classroom helpers in the lower grades of the local school, which was an overwhelmingly positive experience for all of them.

Thanks to the relationships developed by Outdoor Education teacher James Hilditch the boys met numerous local elders who shared fascinating stories about their life growing up around the Pormpuraaw region.

It really was an unforgettable experience that changed their perspective in many ways.

Sam Kuring

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Dates for the diary

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