A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
It is wonderful to have the boys back for a new school year, in a new decade and with a new student leadership motto of, Make it Count.
It has been, and continues to be, a difficult summer for many in our community, as a result of the devastating bushfires in Australia and the implications of the coronavirus from China. My thoughts are with those who have been affected by both these crises.
I have written to the BGS community, in both English and Chinese, outlining the School’s guidelines for students and their families who visited China over the holiday break, or have been in contact with others who have, updated letter here. We will work to support students who will start the school year a little later than usual.
As the 2020 school year clicks into gear, and you’re out and about, you might start to notice a number of building projects taking shape such as the GBR Hall in the Junior School, our newly enclosed aquatic facility and a new school fence around the Secondary School. These projects will benefit the boys this year and beyond.
If you haven’t already had a chance, please watch my short welcome video.
Have a great week.
From the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Junior School – Peter Tellefson
There was great excitement on the playground this morning. It was a pleasure to welcome all boys and families to the commencement of the 2020 School Year. Our boys are generally excited to be back, staff will establish routines quickly and I am sure, as parents, you are pleased to have your sons back at school. A special welcome to our new boys and their families, time will fly quickly, and I am sure with the supportive network that exists at Wilson House you will feel a strong sense of connection and belonging.
Welcome to our new staff Rebekah Ashcroft (Leadership release), Lucrezia Mecca (ELC Specialist Teacher), Belynda Kennedy (ELC Assistant), Christina O’Neill (ELC Assistant), Anita Salems (Year 4), Mary Stefanelli (ELC Long Daycare) and Sarah Webster (Year 6). We also welcome Claire Clarke (Drama/Leadership Release) who has transitioned from the ELC to the Junior School and Jessica Taylor (Year 6) who has moved from a specialist role to a Homeroom teacher. Thank you to our Administration Staff, Lynn Bullock, Gillian Williams and Rebecca Darling for all their ‘behind the scenes’ preparation and to our Grounds and Maintenance staff for their work to ensure all was in readiness for today. Our building project is well on track and will be completed at the end of Term 1.
- I ask that Junior School parents cooperate with the School policy and not include nuts or food containing a high concentration of nuts, such as peanut butter, in their boys’ lunches.
- BGS has a policy which requires parents who wish to assist or participate in any class activities or programs to have a current Working with Children Check. Application forms are to be completed online.
- Parents are encouraged to access the 2020 Junior School Handbook which will answer many questions, and assist with your son’s transition.
- When entering and exiting the Grosvenor Street car park, the safety of our boys is paramount. The drop-off/pick-up zone is on the left-hand side of the driveway. Parents who use the drop-off/pick-up zone will need to approach this area via the northern (Oval) side of the tree at the far end of the car park. The exit lane is on the right-hand side; these areas are clearly marked. To assist with the flow of traffic in the car park we ask all boys from the ELC and Junior School not to play on the Adventure Playground after school. I would ask all parents to support this request and, if you require more information, view the Junior School car park safety guide.
- The Tuckshop is organised and staffed by Alliance. Orders can be placed online via the Flexischool’s website by 8.30am each day.
- Parents visiting during School hours are to access the Junior School via Reception, and receive a Visitor’s Pass. Parents are asked not to go directly to classrooms. If parents collect their sons during school hours, they will need to complete sign-out details at Reception. Parents are requested to make appointments for their sons, where possible, outside School hours.