A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

‘Chill out and you can do more stuff!’

So said a Year 11 student, wisely, as part of the discussions Dr Ray Swann and I have with every year group across the Secondary School each term. If I were to paraphrase, I believe this student was suggesting that if we look after ourselves, stay in control and remain mindful, our outcomes will be better.

These year-level discussions are proving to be very fruitful in terms of our mission to keep academics ‘first amongst equals’. Dr Swann and I talk with the boys about the key elements of the Effective Learner model (with a focus on engagement) and the goals that the boys in each year level set themselves at the beginning of the year. We provide them with data we have gathered from the year level around progress and performance as well as other key indicators we know are important for success, such as attendance. This term, we have also ‘witnessed the good’ by recognising and rewarding a small number of boys from each level who have been identified by their peers as exemplars in demonstrating the year-level goals.

As always, I encourage you to have a conversation with your son about his academic efforts. And if he is in the Secondary School, ask him about the recent discussion with Dr Swann and me. (You can find some more details in this week’s Crowther Centre eNews.) Maybe, by chilling out, we can do more stuff.

Have a great week.

 

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

We will continue to upgrade our facilities, with the next stage being the conversion of our swimming pool to an indoor facility and the addition of two floors (music and indoor sport facilities) to the GB Robertson Hall. 

This stage will commence on Wednesday 12 June, with practicalities as follows:

  • Art classes will be relocated to a portable classroom on the Red Square.
  • Lunch orders will continue as per normal routine.
  • Assembly will now take place at 9.15am on Fridays at St Andrew’s Church directly after our weekly Chapel Service.
  • The pool, gymnasium driveway, Junior School Art Room, GBR Hall and Lower Primary playground will all be fenced off with access restricted to boys, staff and parents.
  • Boys, staff and parents will be able to access the Fairweather Building (instrumental lessons/before and after school care) via the oval side (west) of the GBR Hall and via a pedestrian walkway closest to the gymnasium.
  • Prep–Year 2 boys will have access to the Fairweather playground at recess and lunchtime.

This is a significant project and the boys will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to watch it in progress.

 

Junior School happenings and reminders

  • It was great to see our younger boys wearing their footy colours and the older boys in their bright gear on Tuesday in support of our Creating Brighter Futures Annual Appeal.
  • Our Junior School Choral and Instrumental Music Concert will be held on Tuesday 11 June,  7.00pm at St Andrew’s Church. Wilson House Guitar Ensemble, Borwick House Choir, Junior Voices, Beginner Strings, Training Strings, Wilson House Concert Band, Wilson House String Orchestra, Junior Percussion Ensemble, Junior String Quartet and Year 6 soloists will be performing. Boys are to wear their full winter uniform and need to be seated in St Andrew’s by 6.30pm. Further details are available via School Stream. 
  • Our Prep–Year 2 boys look forward to hosting their Grandparents and Special Friends on the following dates from 9.45am to 11.00am:

Prep – Thursday 20 June

Year 1 – Friday 14 June

Year 2 – Thursday 13 June

  • A number of activities and clubs for the boys are available throughout the week. This provides the boys with opportunities to socialise with others, share their talents or find a quiet space to read and play. Please see below the list of activities, the time and location.

ACTIVITY

DAY

LOCATION

Design Technology 


Mr Gibney

Monday
Lunchtime

Technology Room

Coding Club

Years 5/6
Mrs Anthony

Monday
Lunchtime

Library

Coding Club

(Years 5/6)
Mrs Anthony

Monday
Lunchtime

Library

Board Games 


Mrs Le Couteur

Tuesday
Lunchtime

6 Discovery – Room 27

Science 


Mrs Hall

Tuesday
Lunchtime

STEM Centre

Filmmaking

(Year 6)
Mrs Anthony

Tuesday
Lunchtime

Library

Chess

Mrs Lowe

Wednesday
Recess

Mrs Lowe’s Room – Room 21

Coding Club


(Prep– Year 4)
Mrs Anthony

Wednesday
Lunchtime

Library

Art 

Mrs Foulds

Thursday
Lunchtime

Art Room

Music 


Mrs Blakiston

Thursday
Lunchtime

Music Room

Chess 


Mrs Lowe

Thursday
Lunchtime

Library

Library 


Mrs Anthony

Thursday
Lunchtime

Library

Gardening 


Mrs Box

Friday
Lunchtime

Vegetable Garden 
(next to the swimming pool)

 

Student Achievements

Congratulations to our boys in Years 3–6 who represented BGS in our APS Divisional Cross Country this week. The standard of competition was very high and our boys’ performances were excellent in very trying conditions. Thank you to Glenn Garland and Matt Barker for their organisation and coaching, and to those parents who were able to support our BGS team. Congratulations to all boys involved, and best wishes to Eli Botha and Leo Reeve who have been selected to compete in the Regional Cross Country Championships.

Congratulations to the following boys from Years 3–6 who will be presented with Semester One Specialist Effort Cards at tomorrow’s Assembly in the GBR Hall at 12.30pm.  Year 5 boys will be presented with their Effort Cards at Assembly on 14 June as they will be attending their Goldfields trip this Thursday and Friday.

Art – Jacob Everett, Bryn Cory, Leonardo Grollo, Andrew Zhang, Eddie Jin, Eason Ma, Lachlan Wiseman

Physical Education – Jody Cripps, Lachlan Reid, Edward Mitrevski, Luke Sexton, Henry Thomas, Caelan Mackay, Will Church, Domenic Todarello, Luke Lawrence, Luke Kollmorgan, Etienne Eiglier, Tom Pollock, Evan Constable

French – Henry Fearn, Max Henley, Isaiah Harper, Sacha Rose, Jack Bulfin

Religious Education – Billy Burgess, Charlie Sabin, Cooper Chilcott, Luke Sexton, Charles Wettenhall, Stefan Bandura, Curtis Fyfe, Luke Ferdinands, Jack Epstein, Max Henley, John Haralambakis, Alexander Woolf, Ieuan Hill

Chinese – Billy Burgess, Jared Thomas, Carter Russell, Luke Sexton, James Paltoglou, Angus Beaton, William Nicholls, Ned Overend-Stevens

Drama – Fred Digney, Alex Hill, Daniel Piccolo, Domenic Todarello, Ethan Davis, Brodie Buckingham, Lachlan Wiseman

Science – Ben Calder, Jack Carson, Sacha Rose, James Paltoglou, Steven Qiu, Thomas Zhuang

 

From the Director of the Early Learning Centre Amelia Barrow

Recognising National Reconciliation Week in the ELC

This week is Reconciliation Week across Australia and in the ELC, we have been focusing on the theme ‘Grounded in truth – walk together with courage’. Throughout the week, the boys have been experiencing Aboriginal stories, learning traditions and understanding the cultural importance of Australia’s history. The boys have also learnt about traditional music and art. We also decided to create our own celebration of the Aboriginal flag using each boy’s handprint in our Long Day Care Program. The flag will be displayed in our foyer from next week.

On Tuesday, our 4 Bandicoot boys went over to visit the ELC4 girls at Firbank whilst their ELC3 group visited 3 Bilby in our ELC. Although it was a cold wintery day, all children enjoyed their time together by sharing their environments, getting to know each other and spending a morning session learning cooperatively. A huge thank you to our parent helpers who assisted to make this possible.

Next Thursday, we will be hosting our Art Trail in the beautiful Wellbeing Centre (corner of Allee Street and New Street) from 5.00–7.00pm. All families are welcome to enjoy the boys’ amazing creative efforts this term and celebrate their individual achievements. We have so many budding artists in the ELC and look forward to coming together as a community to praise our boys. We look forward to seeing you for this special evening.

 

This Week’s Parenting Tip

Please view this week’s Parenting Tip entitled Encouraging healthy attitudes towards women

 

Teaching and learning

Eureka, we’ve struck gold!

On Friday, Year 5s had their first Immersion Day. The day aimed to immerse the boys in all things gold and build their knowledge of events leading up to the Eureka Stockade.  Each hour rotation focused on a different part of the discovery of gold.

In 5 Zachariah, the boys learnt about prominent Goldfield’s artist S.T Gill, and by studying his works, gained an understanding of what everyday life was like at this time.

In 5 Argyle and 5 Melville a gold nugget was discovered at BGS! The rush was on. As boys went in search of striking it rich, they learnt who made their way to the Goldfields and the frenzy that followed.

Lights, camera, action. In 5 Scott, boys acted the prospector, and we do mean act. They performed a scene of five miners making their way to the Ballarat Goldfields. The boys thrived on the experiences of this day and now cannot wait for their trip to Sovereign Hill.

Hamish Leahy
Year 5 Teacher

 

Creating Brighter Futures Annual Appeal Day

This week the Year 3 boys were very excited and proud to be taking part in the annual Brighton Grammar School Creating Brighter Futures Annual Appeal Day. This is a day where we truly live out the School’s values of passion, respect, integrity and accountability. The appeal aims to provide more boys, who would not otherwise receive an education at BGS, with life-changing opportunities well into the future.

By giving to others through this appeal, the Year 3 boys and their parents have, in their own small way, made a difference to another child’s life. Coming to School dressed in their footy colours, the boys took on a football theme for the day’s activities combining fun mathematics and footy – a very topical subject at this time of the year!

By Wednesday evening, the BGS had exceeded our initial goal of $250,000. This generous support will grow our Scholarship Program considerably. 

It’s not too late to support our Creating Brighter Futures Annual Appeal. Donate now at: www.charidy.com/brightongrammar

Our sincere thanks to all of those who have supported our Creating Brighter Futures Annual Giving Appeal.

David Turner
Year 3 Teacher

 

Earn & Learn for Pormpuraaw

BGS Outdoor Education team member James Hilditch is currently in Pormpuraaw on the Cape York Peninsula, preparing for the Year 6 visit. He has let us know that the Pormpuraaw State School is collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn stickers so that they can purchase new equipment for science, technology, maths, arts etc.

We’d be very grateful if families shopping at Woolworths could save their Earn & Learn stickers and bring them to one of the BGS Receptions (Junior School, Urwin Centre or St Andrew’s End). Stickers need to be left at Reception by Tuesday 11 June so that the Year 6 boys can take them to Pormpuraaw when they go.

 

JPG News

  • The next JPG Meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 June at 8.45am in the Drama Room (Room 12).  All welcome.
  • The JPG will again be offering an end of term lunch for the ELC and Junior School boys on Friday 21 June.  Lunch will include a hot dog, juice and cookie and the cost will be $7.50.  A vegetarian option will be available and for hungry boys an additional hot dog can be added to the order for an additional $2.50.  Online ordering is available through Flexischools.  Orders must be placed by no later than end of day Friday 14 June 2019 at 5pm.  Please note that normal canteen ordering will not be available on this day.  Click here for further details.

 

A golden ticket raffle!

Friends of Music has been lucky enough to secure 2 VIP tickets to Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ musical. At Her Majesty’s Theatre from August 2019, the prize includes:

  • 2 front row dress circle Producer’s Reserve seats
    · Your own private lounge pre-show and interval in the Director’s Box 
    · A bottle of Domain Chandon on arrival in the Box

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 – get yours now!