A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

As you know, we enjoy a close relationship with the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS). Since 2017, a number of indigenous boys from remote communities have attended Brighton Grammar and lived with local host families. Year 8 boys Cecil, Caleb and Calvin, joined in the celebrations at the MITS Annual Gala as James Hilditch, BGS Indigenous and Cultural Development Coordinator, reports.

We are now looking for two more families to host new boys entering Year 8 in 2020, for a minimum commitment of two years. Your own children do not need to be the same age as the homestay student – you just need to be willing to include an extra child in your everyday family life. BGS and MITS will offer ongoing support throughout the homestay period.

Please contact me by Wednesday 6 November if you are interested in being a host family or would like further details on the program. 

Have a great week ahead and enjoy the long weekend!


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

It is important we provide a variety of experiences to develop team skills amongst the boys.  In recent weeks we have had boys represent BGS in various teams in debating, chess, Year 3 and Year 5 Firbank activities, Relay for Life and athletics. These teams have experienced mixed success, but ultimately the result is not our major focus. We always remind the boys to give of their best, work hard, support each other, listen to their teachers, accept advice and continue to challenge themselves.

Last weekend we had approximately 60 Year 6 boys, staff and parents representing BGS in a Relay for Life event that raises money and awareness for the Cancer Council. The boys were required as a team to continually jog, run or walk from 12.00–10.00pm on Saturday in cold, wet and windy conditions. This year the BGS Junior School community contributed approximately $23,000 and was awarded highest fundraiser for the Murrumbeena Relay for Life, which is an outstanding result. Congratulations to Charlie Sabin, Hamish Featherston and Max Pihan who were part of the Opening Ceremony. Thank you to all parents and staff for your support.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Our 2020 Prep boys spent their final Orientation Morning in Junior School today. It is always an exciting time and a reminder that the new year is fast approaching, as our youngest boys commence the next stage of their schooling. Many of the boys ‘crossed the car park’ from ELC4 and enjoyed their morning activities.  I appreciate the co-ordination from Samara Madden, Paul Strain and Joanne Davies. We eagerly await the arrival of the Prep boys for next year.
  • Our last Ute Full of Food will be held tomorrow, Friday 1 November. It is our Christmas collection, so items such as small Christmas puddings, tins of ham, turkey or chicken, tins of vegetables, small packets of shortbread, small Christmas cakes, mince pies, sweets/lollies/chips/chocolate, cans of soft drink, small jars of Coffee (50g), packets of tea bags (25), 500g packets of sugar, small cartons of long-life milk would be welcome, and all the usual non-perishable foods.
  • The annual Junior School Book Fair will be held from Monday 11 November–Friday 15 November in the Junior School Library. Boys will preview the fair during their library sessions on Monday and Tuesday. The fair will be open for sales on Wednesday and Thursday from 8.00am–6.00pm and on Friday from 8.00–11.00am.
  • Please mark Friday 22 November in your diary for the Family Fun Night from 4.30–8.00pm. This is the major JPG fundraiser for the year and I am sure we will all enjoy this year’s event. The organising committee is working hard to ensure the night will be entertaining for all. Further details will be forwarded to parents via School Stream.


Student Achievements

  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) and Maths competitions play a key role in motivating students to perform and excel and allow talented students the opportunity to showcase their skills. We celebrate the success of all participants, in particular these highly able students. See the Australian Maths Competition and ICAS Results here.
  • Best wishes to Caelan Mackay who has been selected to represent Victoria a the SSA Touch Football Championships in Canberra this weekend.
  • Congratulations to: Our 11 years 4x100m Relay team – Oliver Chernikeeff, Jody Cripps, Sebastian Naccarella, Jake Ring and Luca New (Reserve) breaking the record and winning gold at the School Sport Victoria Primary Athletics Championships. It was particularly pleasing to see the teamwork amongst the team: their changes were brilliant and the hard work the boys had put in at training was evident.  Jake Ring achieved an outstanding gold medal in Hurdles and also placed 8th in the 11 years Shot Put, Leo Reeve (100m, 200m, Long Jump), Sebastian Nacarrella (Long Jump) and Jasper Williams (Discus) were awarded silver medals in their events.  A great effort by Jody Cripps placing 8th in the 11 years 100m and Edward Mitrevski placing 14th in 12/13 years Long Jump. Thank you to Glenn Garland and Matt Barker for their coaching and management of the team, and to all parents for your continued support during the Athletics season.

  • Congratulations to the following boys in Years 4 to 6 who will be presented with Semester 2 Effort Cards for Physical Education and Religious Education at tomorrow’s Assembly in St Andrew’s Church at 9.20am.

Physical Education

Billy Burgess, Alex Gao, Harvey O’Sullivan, Luca New, Tom Hara, Nathan Liu, Jack Carson, Jethro Roussety, Ethan Davis, Max Thomson, Oscar Liu

Religious Education

Joshua Fletcher, Jared Thomas, Cooper Chilcott, Ethan Abramovich, Matheus Judah, Alex Hill, Arthur Coste, Luke Ferdinands, Ben Louw, Eason Ma, Lachlan Wiseman


From the Director of the Early Learning Centre – Amelia Barrow

Getting busy in the ELC

This week we continued with the 2020 Transition Program and welcomed new friends into our classrooms as well. This week has shown what a benefit it has been for all of the boys spending time in their future classrooms and settling some nerves of either worry or excitement. Our 2020 Transition packs have been distributed today and families are requested to complete any required forms and return them to me as soon as possible.

All 2020 families are invited to attend a Meet and Greet in their new classroom with their teacher on Saturday 9 November. Please email me or call into my office to arrange your time by next Thursday 7 November.

Term 4 Parent Teacher Discussions will be held on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November from 3.30–6.30pm. A letter will be sent next week to arrange your meeting time. Please note we are hosting the ELC4 Discussions in the Prep classrooms.

November is our busiest month and we ask that you check the Term Calendar for all events. We have Christmas Pageant rehearsals, Term 4 Parent Teacher Discussions, Prep Transition Statements, the ELC Parent Christmas function, Junior School Family Fun Night, and our 2020 Meet & Greet on Saturday 9 November.

With Melbourne Cup weekend upon us, a friendly reminder that the Centre is closed for program only and 38 week long day care boys. Kirstie McCormick will be coordinating a holiday program for the 48 week enrolled boys on Monday.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful long weekend and can’t wait for all the excitement ahead for the remainder of this term.


Teaching & Learning

They ran, they shuffled. Some crawled and some sprinted. On Saturday, between the hours of 12.00–10.00pm, 50 Year 6 boys participated in the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world. The annual Relay for Life event raised over $55,000 in the Murrumbeena district alone, with the BGS Junior School contributing over $23,000 towards that total. Our School Captain and Vice-Captain, Charlie Sabin and Hamish Featherston, were given the very special honour of officially opening the event, trackside at the Duncan McKinnon Reserve. Max Pihan then read the official Relayer’s Oath and our relaying began. While the weather was not our friend, it did not dampen the spirits of the BGS team. Thank you to those in the BGS community who contributed time, money, effort and team spirit to raise awareness and help the Cancer Council work towards a cancer free future.

Cathy Box
Year 6 classroom teacher


This week’s parenting tip 

View this week’s Parenting Tip entitled, ‘Strengthening Kid’s Self-esteem in a Digital World’.


JPG News

Save the Date – Family Fun Night
The Junior School Family Fun Night 2019 will take place on Friday 22 November from 4.30–8.00pm.  All the fun of previous years and more! 
Booking information and further details to follow soon.

JPG Annual General Meeting
The JPG AGM will be held on Tuesday 12 November at 8.45am in the Drama Room (Room 12).  All welcome to attend.


Dates for the Diary

  • Monday 4 November Mid-term holiday
  • Monday 11 November - Friday 15 November Junior School Book Fair
  • Friday 22 November Family Fun Night