A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

Selwyn Noall: ANZAC and Old Brighton Grammarian

Each year as part of our ANZAC Day Chapel Service, I read out the names of the 118 Old Brighton Grammarians who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives serving in our defence forces. It is a humbling experience.

One name of the 118 has special reverence: that of Selwyn Noall. According to the Grammarian of 1917, Selwyn was “one of a band of brothers whose names will always live in the annals of Brighton Grammar School … brainy fellows all of them, and excellent sports, especially in the cricket field.”

Selwyn Richard Noall was born in December 1894 and grew up in Sussex Street, Brighton. He attended BGS (along with his three brothers) from 1903 until the end of 1909. A bank clerk upon leaving BGS, Selwyn played sub-district cricket for Brighton and maintained an interest in the activities of the St Andrew’s Parish. He enlisted with the AIF on November 1914 and served initially at the First Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt. In late 1916, he was transferred to the 21st Battalion AIF, where he was given his corporal stripes and sent into action on the Western Front of France.

Corporal Selwyn Noall was killed in action during a dawn raid on 20 March 1917, near Ecoust-St Mein, France. He was 23 years old.

Selwyn Noall’s name is inscribed at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France and his memory lives on at BGS as his family provided for the establishment of the Selywn Noall Memorial Rhodes Prize, awarded as our premier prize to a valedictorian Year 12 student at the end of each year.

Have a great week and please remember them.


From the Head of Junior School – Peter Tellefson

Parent Teacher Interviews are vital to strong connections between home and School, and provide teachers with the opportunity to give feedback to enable further progress. Thank you for attending Parent Teacher Interviews this week to discuss your son’s progress and areas of focus for Term 2. All staff will shortly commence the process of writing Semester 1 Reports, providing feedback on attitude, effort and achievement. These reports will be distributed in the last week of this term.

This weekly eNews is our main form of communication with you as parents. It is essential that you read the eNews on a weekly basis to ensure you are aware of the day-to-day happenings within the School. This, in turn, assists your son with his organisation and involvement in School activities. I am delighted to say the Junior School section had 1028 ‘clicks’ last week and the average time spent reading the section was about 4 minutes (it’s amazing what technology can tell you these days!)  I also encourage you to read the Crowther section to ensure you are aware of our School-wide focus within Teaching and Learning.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Prep to Year 6 Cross-Country will be conducted next Monday 30 April on the Crowther Oval from 1.15pm. All boys are expected to participate, and they may wear their Sports uniform and House polo shirt to School for the day. Parents are more than welcome to attend and support their sons. We will commence with Year 3 at 1.15pm, followed by Year 4, Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 5 and then Year 6. Boys will be dismissed from their classrooms as per the normal routine and not from the Crowther Oval.
  • The boys and staff look forward to our Prep to Year 6 Mums joining us next Friday 11 May from 8-30am for the Mothers’ Day Celebration. The morning will commence in your son’s classroom before we move across to St Andrew’s Church. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to express our appreciation to our mums. The morning will conclude at approximately 10.40am.


Teaching the Importance of Respect and Pride in the ELC

There are so many shining moments in the ELC when we catch ourselves reflecting on what an incredible community we live in and the numerous learning opportunities our boys are exposed to. This week has provided us with one of our favourites. Teaching the boys about the importance of ANZAC Day comes with heartfelt honour and some trepidation. How do we explain such a valuable message of respect, remembrance and national pride to our youngest boys?

As we gathered in the G.B. Robertson Hall on Tuesday morning we created our own field of poppies, with each boy proudly showing their individual poppy creations from Monday’s art experience. The boys listened intensely as we discussed the meaning behind ANZAC Day from the past to the present. We were blessed to have Margaret Coyne share her personal history of her Father’s involvement by showing us photos of him in uniform, the ships he travelled on, and of course his treasured medals. We were also lucky enough to see Magaret’s marching technique, in preparation for yesterday’s march.

We shared a story called ANZAC Ted and discussed what it is to be a good teammate. This lead into discussions of respectful behaviours, bravery and what it means to show pride. Boys were  invited up to share family stories and memorabilia of past or present heroes. This provided us with the wonderful opportunity to involve all cultural backgrounds and varied history, and show our respect by listening to each boy.

We ended the assembly by singing ‘Advance Australia Fair’ – with groovy dance moves, of course! The boys chose a special place to plant their poppy in the ELC front garden to show our thanks and respect. ANZAC cookies were also made to connect the boys with our special day. We would like to thank those families who shared their own personal stories and memorabilia. Lest we forget.

ELC Reminders

A reminder that next Thursday 3 May all ELC mothers are invited to join us for a special Mothers’ Day Celebration from 8.30am to 9.30am. The boys are excited to pamper their mums and share planned activities during this time. If you cannot make the morning, please inform your son’s classroom teacher. Before School Care will be operating but will hand boys over into their classrooms at 8.30am. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Long Day Care is operating out of the 3 Bilby room (Room 1) this term. If you are dropping your son off or picking him up outside of program hours, please ensure you enter through this classroom. The other three rooms will not be in operation during this time. Please make sure you keep up to date with the Long Day Care Program by reading the display board in the ELC foyer.

Your son’s Individual Portfolio documents his development in the ELC. If you would like to access your sons’ Portfolio at any stage, please ask his teacher. The location of the Portfolios is signposted in each classroom. They will also be sent home at the end of Term 2 for you to review. Your son’s Individual Learning Intention has been sent out this week. If you would like more information, feel free to arrange a time to meet with his teacher. We value your feedback and input, and are always happy to make a time to discuss your son’s development.

We look forward to a busy week next week.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


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Teaching and Learning

Year 1 Fathers’ Breakfast

In the second-last week of Term 1, the Year 1 boys hosted a breakfast for their dads and special friends. This was a great chance for the boys to showcase their classroom and share some of the learning they have experienced throughout the term. It also strengthened the three-cornered partnership (3CP), which is a vital part of helping all BGS boys achieve success.

One of the things the Year 1 boys were most looking forward to about the morning was showing off the wobble board mazes they had made during Design and Technology with Bill Gibney. The challenge of the board is to get a marble to travel from the start to the end of the maze without falling through one of the strategically placed holes, simply by tilting the board. The boys spent five weeks designing, creating and refining their wobble board during Term 1. They learned a lot about the importance of persistence and showing attention to detail, as well as how to use a variety of woodworking tools. Needless to say, the boys were very excited to show their dad or special friend the culmination of all their hard work, and they enjoyed explaining what they had learned throughout the process.

The second aspect of the morning involved dads and boys making paper aeroplanes for a friendly competition on the oval. The competitive instincts of the boys, not to mention their dads and special friends, came to the fore as paper planes were carefully folded and decorated. The boys learned to follow instructions to create a plane with specific features and, once again, the importance of persistence and attention to detail was paramount in order to achieve their best. Everyone enjoyed the contest and it was great to see the boys and their dads or special friends working together. Well done to Bertie Brougham and Caleb Arceri for having the best-performing planes on the day.

As the boys said goodbye to their dads and special friends, it was clear that they’d loved hosting their special visitors and sharing the learning they had experienced in Design and Technology. It was also obvious throughout the morning that the 3CP, so crucial in enabling the boys to achieve their best, is thriving in Year 1.


Year 4 Indigenous Learning Journey 2018

Year 4 students have been learning about the longest surviving culture on earth – that of Indigenous Australians. The topic permeates the curriculum in Term 1 as boys learn about the traditions, culture and customs of the local Wurundjeri people and of the many other tribes across Australia. Art, Drama, English and Humanities are all dedicated to this topic, providing a rich experience for boys to learn the significance of Indigenous history to modern Australian culture.

In the last week of Term 1, boys celebrated their learning by inviting parents to watch a Drama performance, followed by a gallery-like display of the work completed in the Year 4 classrooms.

The performance included three Indigenous Dreamtime plays: Tiddalick the Frog, How the Sun Was Made and Boora the Pelican. Boys gained a deeper understanding of the stories by memorising the lines of the plays and practising them together. They learned about the deep significance of Dreamtime stories to Indigenous people as a way to transmit culture from one generation to the next.

To complement their body of work, which included various artworks and a published Dreamtime story of their own, boys were also challenged to create an Indigenous artefact for homework. This included creating an authentic item and researching its original purpose and use. A dazzling array of artefacts was created, including spears, rafts, didgeridoos, boomerangs and hand-axes. Boys learned about the techniques used by Indigenous people to create items for hunting, gathering food and cultural events. The information was presented on posters for boys and parents to learn more about how Indigenous people survived across so many generations and geological events.

The event concluded with a didgeridoo workshop by James Hilditch, where boys learned how Indigenous people played the didgeridoo and made sounds mimicking animals from the local environment.

JPG News

The next JPG Meeting will be held on Tuesday 1 May at 8.45am in the G.B. Robertson Hall. All parents are welcome to attend.