A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

Ready to go again!

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

Term 3 is always a busy one, full of exciting activities – and this year especially so. For the Year 12s, it is in effect their final term; indeed, a key factor in our academic success over the past two years has been the work rate of the Year 12 boys during Term 3. I hope to see the Hancock Wing full on our Extended Study Days and, once APS sport finishes, on Saturday mornings. These days provide an invaluable opportunity to study with peers in an encouraging environment and with teachers on hand.

For the rest of the School, there is much to look forward to: the Year 6 and Middle Years productions with FGS, music concerts at St Andrew’s, 2019 information nights, Outdoor Education experiences for the Years 8 and 10 boys, the end of Winter Sport and the beginning of Spring Sport, the new Annandale Pavilion coming online, the launch of the refreshed academic uniform, continuing to become Effective Learners and the Crowther Centre parent workshops – plus much, much more!

I wish you all the very best for the term ahead and look forward to seeing you soon, on the gate or around BGS. 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, hearing of their holiday adventures overseas, interstate, at the farm or the snow or the movies or Grandma’s.  After a three-week break, it is good to be back into routine.

At the end of last term, we welcomed Gillian Williams to Junior School Reception. Lynn Bullock is now working in a part-time capacity (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), replacing Danielle Lord.

A special welcome to the following new boys and their families to the Junior School in Term 3:  Brandon Currie (ELC3), Jouy Guy (ELC4), Justin Guo (Prep Kurrajong), Bentley Fulkoski (1 Heath), Tiras Kasapidis (2 Waratah), Jesse Pratt (2 Waratah), Etienne Eglier (3 Burke), Jamie Dai (3 Burke), Jason Hang (4 Cook), Evan Raglin (4 Cook), Jack Zhang (4 Flinders), Nathan Liu (4 Flinders) and Ryan Raglin (5 Zachariah). 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. 

Our playground is always full of activity between 8.10 and 8.30am as boys arrive to start their school day early.  The importance of playtime should not be underestimated, not only from a social perspective but also from a learning perspective.

Exercise and fresh air certainly improve school performance. A study published in the journal Paediatrics found that 15 minutes or more of playtime had beneficial effects on children’s classroom behaviour and learning.

I encourage you to drop your son off in the morning and let him have a run around with his peers before school begins. At 8.30am, he’ll be ready for the classroom. Boys who arrive late are at a disadvantage; not only are they in a rush to get themselves organised and risk missing important instructional time, they have not had the opportunity to interact with their peers before school.

I am delighted to see an increasing number of Lower Primary parents now dropping off their son in the carpark, allowing him to take his bag to the classroom and then to venture out on the playground before school.


Junior School Happenings and Reminders

  • Thank you to the Junior Parents’ Group, Kerstin Barber and Nicole Sexton, who organised the end-of-term lunch, and to our Prep parents who assisted on the last Friday of Term 2.
  • A reminder to families who have not yet completed their son’s personal and medical details via Consent2Go. To assist with the implementation of our new integrated system, please ensure all details are up-to-date as requested.
  • Prep to Year 6 Parent–Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 August (Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 August for 4 Flinders). Bookings are now open via the Synportal. Homeroom teachers and Specialist Staff will be available to meet with parents.
  • The corridors and playground have been quieter this week as our Year 6 boys are exploring Canberra.
  • Melbourne Water has notified us of intersection closures for the Brighton Main Sewer Upgrade. An update from the Melbourne Water contractors indicates that the intersection closures will now be in operation from Wednesday 1 August to Sunday 6 August. Please note that Grosvenor Street (Beach Road end) will be closed to all traffic during this time.

Student Achievements

  • I was delighted to hear that 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 Past Junior School Parent Jane Abbott and Teacher in Charge Mat Steed.
  • Last week, Harrison Gibbins (6 Endeavour) (8th) and Hugo Richey (6 Discovery) (24th) competed at the State Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to both boys as they acquitted themselves very well in challenging conditions to achieve excellent results.
  • Congratulations to Cade Segar (6 Resolution), who has been selected to represent TeamVic in the U12 Primary Soccer National championships.


A Happy Start in the Early Learning Centre

It was wonderful to see all of our smiling faces return last week in the ELC; we certainly missed the boys and their families over the winter break. We have enjoyed catching up on holiday adventures and can tell that the break has refreshed the boys’ minds and bodies. We welcome Brandon and his family to the 3 Wombat class and look forward to them joining our ELC community.

This term, we are implementing a new documentation format for the boys’ Individual Learning Objectives by setting 5 Individual Learning Intentions across each developmental domain – cognitive development, social development, emotional development, physical development and language development. Parents will receive their son’s Learning Intentions for Term 3 at the end of this week and we would value your feedback on this information.

This week we also sent home the boys’ Individual Portfolio for reflection and review. This is a wonderful way for the boys to share their learning and development over the past two terms, and set new goals for their learning and growth. To support the 3-cornered partnership, we ask that you spend time going through this document with your son and complete the Reflection Page (this needs to be returned with the Portfolio next Monday). Many thanks to those parents who have already completed and returned this information.

A notice went out on School Stream last week regarding our need for parents to sign up for our Thursday morning Perceptual Motor Program. Claire Clarke implements a wonderful sports program each week that requires parent helpers to support an activity station in the GBR Hall. If you would like to support this program, please put your name on the sign-up sheet outside your son’s classroom.

This Friday, in recognition of National Tree Day, we will be planting fruit trees in the ELC garden. We are very lucky to be supported by Toyota, who are donating the trees, and look forward to nurturing and caring for these new additions to our garden.

On Monday, to celebrate National Friendship Day, we will gather as a community in the Wellbeing Centre at 9.30am. As we will walk over at 9.20am, we ask that any families who are running late join us there (corner of New Street and Allee Street). We look forward to working with the boys in small groups to focus on the importance of friends and highlight what makes a good mate. It’s a nice reminder for us all to reach out and thank those closest around us.

With the reduction of plastic bags in supermarkets (a great advance), we are finding our supplies diminished in the ELC. (We need plastic bags to send home wet clothes.) If you are able to donate any plastic bags, you will find a box in the foyer area. Thank you in advance!

Also, a reminder to return any BGS ELC spare clothes – our socks, pants and underpants supply is depleted. We require that all boys have a supply of spare clothes kept in their lockers to be used for accidents. You can place casual clothes in here if you do not have a spare uniform available.

ELC Classroom Programs and Reflection Journals will be sent out for the last time via email this week. The ELC will then move to The Hub, where all programs (including specialist programs) and journals will be placed. Login information is the same as Synportal (click here to access).

With Melbourne weather presenting its best, please ensure your son brings in his waterproof jacket each day. Our program doesn’t halt just because of the rain, so a nice warm waterproof jacket is always handy. The jacket doesn’t need to be a BGS jacket and can be kept in your son’s locker.

A Term 3 calendar with organised experiences will be sent out next week. This will help you organise your diary and be aware of planned activities ahead of time.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


Parenting Tip

Click here to view this week’s Parenting Tip: Five forgotten skill sets that contribute to student success


Teaching and Learning

Camp Read-a-Lot – Year 1
On Wednesday 20 June, the Year 1 classrooms were transformed into Camp Read-a-Lot. The purpose of this event was to promote a love of literacy and the boys’ participation in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

The boys rotated through different campsites and completed activities to develop their independent reading skills and comprehension tasks to challenge their understanding of texts.

After recess, the boys experienced Camp Read-a-Lot in the darkness and their Year 6 buddies shared the campsites and read together using torches. The Year 1 boys listened attentively to their older buddies modelling expressive and fluent reading skills.

The highlight of Camp Read-a-Lot was our final activity – Circle Time by the fire. The boys roasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate while reflecting on the morning’s activities.

Many thanks to Nathan O’Malley for generously providing his time and creating a genuine campfire experience for the boys.

Emily Beaton and Sam Kuring
Year 1 Homeroom teachers


Digital Technology ICAS Competition
This year for the first time, BGS entered students in the Digital Technology ICAS Competition. This test assesses skills and knowledge in the areas of databases, graphics and multimedia, internet and email, computer hardware, programming, spreadsheets and word processing. Congratulations to Jordan Rose, Tommy Sloan, Jarvis Rowe, Ethan Rowe, James Longley, Hugo Fyfe and Oliver Chang, who tackled new and challenging questions, and Lachlan Auden, Felix Wolfe and Charlie Sabin, who were awarded a Distinction.  

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


‘I Bet You Ain’t Never Seen a Donkey Fly!’ 

Then don’t miss the combined BGS/FGS Middle Years production of Shrek the Musical Jr.

Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August, 7pm

Rosstrevor Hall

Book now

See the flyer here.


Breakfast with the Hunter Family

Along with his sons James (OB1999), Luke (OB2002) and Tim (OB2003), and daughters Natalie and Madeline, entrepreneur Jeff Hunter has developed Hunter Products into one of Australia’s leading importers of toys and sporting goods. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing!

Join us for the next BGS Business Breakfast to discover Jeff’s keys to success and to hear more about the Hunters’ fascinating journey combining family and business.

Thursday 16 August, 7–9am, The International, Brighton

Book now


What parents need to know about mental health

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists, a broadcaster and a specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health, and the author of 11 books. This Saturday, he’ll be at BGS.

Hear Michael speak on what parents need to know about depression, suicide, eating disorders, deliberate self-harm and other mental health problems in young people.

Saturday 28 July, Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall (registration from 2.45, seminar 3.30–5pm)

Free for BGS parents and staff (but please book here)


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