A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

Navigating adolescence has always been challenging, but I think navigating it today is more challenging than ever before. For parents of teenagers, it can be a time of give and take, taking deep breaths and seeking advice and guidance.

I came across this article which I wanted to share with you, that offers sound advice and guidance to parents.  Writing in Berkeley’s Greater Good Magazine, sociologist and author Dr Christine Carter discusses how parenting shifts when younger children become adolescents.

According to Dr Carter, parents of teenagers need to increase their coaching, need to influence their teens differently and need to have more of those hard conversations. In this week’s Crowther News, you will find strategies to help your son be engaged in all aspects of his life, in our position paper on student engagement.

In a similar vein of advice and guidance, please save the evening of Wednesday 18 March in your calendar for our Putting Youth in the Picture workshop, co-hosted with Firbank Grammar. For all parents of teenagers, this evening is a must!

Have a great week.


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

We continue to watch the progress of the GB Robertson Hall building project with great delight and Stage 1 is nearing completion. Unfortunately, we need to cancel our Welcome Picnic scheduled for this Friday 28 February as builders finish external works including painting, and the pouring of concrete pathways.

Competition is a key element of boys’ education. We have a responsibility to teach our boys to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. At no stage do we expect our boys to be the best, but at all times we expect our boys to give of their best.

Most boys also enjoy competition as they are competitive by nature. Our structures within the various sporting competitions from Years 3 – 6 and our House System from Prep – Year 6 provide healthy competitive experiences for our boys. 

Our third round of Year 5/6 APS sport took place with games of Cricket, Tennis and Table Tennis and boys from Years 4 – 6 represented BGS in the APS District Swimming Championships on Wednesday. 

We look forward to our School Officer Induction Chapel Service tomorrow at St Andrew’s Church. Headmaster Ross Featherston will appoint the following boys to leadership positions:

Captain of the Junior School – Kenneth Yeung

Vice Captain of the Junior School – Jack Carson

School Officers – Kai Ballantyne, Angus Beaton, Luke Ferdinands, Tom Hara, Sam Lorback

Senior Chapel Server – Christian Field

Assistant Chapel Servers – Matheus Judah, Thomas Sloan


Junior School Happenings and Reminders

  • Our final Parent Information Evening for our ELC parents will be held 27 February from 7.00pm. It is important we continue to build strong and open relationships between School and home.
  • Congratulations to the Year 4 – 6 boys who competed at the APS Divisional Swimming trials on Wednesday. Best wishes to our 11 Years 4 x 50m Freestyle relay team (Mitchell Carney, Luke Kollmorgen, Justin Mei, William Tan and Freddie Inglis – reserve) who were selected to compete at the Regional Swimming trials on Friday 13 March.


From the Director of the Early Learning Centre  Amelia Barrow

As we sadly wave goodbye to summer, our wonderful playground has provided opportunities for the boys to explore, engage and use their imagination, highlighting the importance of giving children time outdoors to practise basic playing skills. 

Wellbeing classes are currently focusing on a sense of belonging and self-identity as well as supporting the boys with social and emotional language. Library visits have also begun for some of our classes.

Our Parent Information Night tonight will provide a great opportunity for all parents to meet Headmaster Ross Featherston, Deputy Headmaster and Head of Junior School Peter Tellefson and the ELC team. Information booklets will be placed in your son’s locker if you are unable to attend. 

A reminder for parents to log into their Synportal account and book an interview time with your son’s classroom teacher for next week’s Parent Teacher discussions.

This week we welcomed two University of Melbourne students, Miss Amy and Miss Songyi, to the ELC4 classes on placement for their Master of Teaching in Early Childhood. 

Our Long Day Care program has been busy; whether it is cooking fun in the kitchen, working outdoors, yoga or sport group games, the boys definitely have fun after school. Contact Kirstie McCormick for more information.


Teaching & Learning

Design & Technology

Solar power has really caught on in Year 2, with the boys being very active designing and building their own solar powered cars.

This unit involved a variety of planning techniques and the use of fine motor skills in order to complete and then race their vehicles. Accurate measuring ensured the boys’ cars were balanced and all the components were able to fit into place.

Every boy was required to assess the materials that were offered and choose the most appropriate wood or plastic to create the vehicle and then justify their choice. If the car did not work, then problem-solving skills became the focus as the fault in the electrical circuit had to be located and repaired.

A greater appreciation of renewable energies and their current limitations was another focus of the unit as all boys powered up their cars on a sunny afternoon full of racing and fun.

Bill Gibney
Design & Technology Teacher


Welcoming our new boys

Our new boys have made a wonderful start to their new school and classroom. In 3 Wills, Sky, George, Brandon, Kris and Alex have all displayed, amongst many fine qualities, strong initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm.

Most importantly, at the end of our first month, these welcomed additions are happy, eager to learn and each day developing a stronger understanding of the School’s culture.

The desire to help others, to give up one’s time for the benefit of others and to take on responsibility have always been a significant part of a BGS boy’s profile. On Day One, boys were invited to volunteer to be a ‘Buddy’ for a new boy.

Their role was to support them in the playground, offer immediate friendship and to assist them with any challenges associated with matters of routine. The response to this was superb as were the results.

Brendan Rahn
3 Wills Classroom Teacher


This week’s parenting tip

This week’s Parenting Tip is, When you love but don’t like your child


JPG News

Year Level Representatives and Volunteers

The JPG is looking for year level representatives (at least one volunteer from each class, with two to four per class ideal), and a general pool of volunteers to assist on any level. Contact the JPG if you are interested in assisting.  We still require Class Reps for 2 Acacia, 6 Endeavour, 6 Investigator and 6 Resolution.

Save the Date

3 March – The JPG Meeting will be held in the Drama Room, 8.45–9.30am

Dates for the Diary