A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

The term that was…

Thank you to all in the BGS community for a fantastic first term of 2019. From the very first day, when a record number of boys returned for the new school year (looking resplendent in the new academic uniforms), this term has been one of aspiration, hard work, challenge and success.

In the classrooms, the focus on student engagement has been evident, with boys taking greater responsibility for their own (and others’) learning. Our Year 12s continue to set an excellent example for the rest of the School to follow as we seek to ‘unlock the dance’. The Year 5s, Year 7s and Year 9s have enjoyed adventures in the outdoors, we have collected a number of state and national titles on the sporting field, our relationship with Firbank has continued to strengthen via a number of joint activities and preparations for the Senior Production, Anything Goes, continue apace.

As we continue to aspire for excellence in everything we do, we have laid a strong foundation for Term 2 and the rest of the year.

I wish all in the BGS community a safe, refreshing and peaceful Easter break. Please note that the boys return to school for Term 2 on Tuesday 23 April. (The next edition of the eNews will be published on Thursday 2 May, as the first Thursday of Term 2 is Anzac Day.) I look forward to seeing you then.

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

It is hard to believe Term 1 has come to an end.  Thank you to all boys, staff and parents who have contributed so much to ensure a successful start to the year.  I appreciate the commitment of our staff to provide your son with many positive learning experiences this term.  There is no doubt Wilson House is a busy learning community for boys, staff and parents.  The boys are fortunate to be provided with such a variety of experiences.  Boys and staff alike will all look forward to the two week holiday.  Best wishes to all families for the break; may the blessings of Easter be with you. A special mention to our St Andrew’s Choristers who have a significant commitment throughout the Holy Week celebrations.

The continued support of parents in recent weeks has been pleasing: weekly assemblies, Outdoor Education sessions, Year 3 Training Strings’ performance, Father’s breakfasts, a parent helper workshop for Literacy, various sport competitions, lunchtime music concerts and the James Kerr Crowther presentation.  It is great to see parents continue to avail themselves to these opportunities as it increases your awareness and engagement in your son’s education here at Brighton Grammar.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Term 1 Interim Reports are now available to parents via the Synportal. These reports do not assess achievement, but focus on attitude, effort and the development of various personal skills.
  • Tomorrow will be our final day of Term 1. The following is an outline of the day:

8.50am  Chapel – Prep to Year 6

10.00am  Free time for the winning House

11.20am  Assembly

12.20pm  JPG Lunch – please note there are NO tuck shop orders available

1.30pm  Tabloid Sports – boys can wear their sport uniform with House polo shirt

3.20pm  Normal dismissal

  • Thank you to all boys and families from ELC to Year 6 who kindly donated Easter eggs for our Raffle. Wilson House have made a significant donation to ‘Mackillop Family Services’ who will distribute Easter eggs to less fortunate children in our community. I am certain our generosity will bring a smile to many faces on Easter Sunday. Thank you to Dr Eva Aschman for her coordination and to our ELC mums for their time in wrapping the prizes and organising our raffle.
  • St Marks Community Centre would like to thank the Brighton Grammar Community for the overwhelming generosity towards the Homeless Support Program. The quantity of food and toiletries that was donated this term was fantastic and well and truly needed as the pantry was close to empty before the delivery. It is estimated that the value of the donation is approximately $8,500 and the Program relies heavily on the support from Brighton Grammar.
  • On Friday 10 May from 8.30am, all our Prep to Year 6 mums are invited to a Mothers’ Day Celebration to join their sons in various classroom activities and a Mothers’ Day Service at St Andrew’s Church. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to express our appreciation to our mums, and the special morning together will conclude at approximately 10.30am. A slide show featuring photos of boys and their mothers will be shown during the church service and mothers are encouraged to email their favourite mother and son/s photos by Tuesday 30 April.
  • From the commencement of Term 2 all boys from ELC to Year 6 are to wear the winter uniform. Term 2 commences on Tuesday 23 April.

Student achievements

  • Congratulations to the following Prep – Year 6 who will receive end of term Effort Cards:

Prep Fivedale – Isaac Corcoris, Zane Mtenje, Freddie Pollock

Prep Kurrajong – Olly Heath, Archie Hooper, Aarav Kurien

1 Banksia – Max Liu, Lenny Lui, Henry Zhang

1 Heath – Roy Gu, Chris Han, Tom McLean

2 Acacia – Caleb Arceri, Barnaby Heath, Adriaan van Jaarsveld

2 Waratah – Thomas Black, Bertie Brougham, Sam Sabin

3 Burke – Toby Jones, Tom Pollock, Alex Woolf

3 Wills – Lucas Judah, Aston Russell, Thomas Zhuang

4 Bass – Jack Epstein, Richie Evans, Nicholas Galinas

4 Cook – Hamish Bramich, Henry Morandi, Max Thomson

4 Flinders – Monty Brougham, Isaiah Harper, Ed Mohseni

5 Argyle – Jason Hang, Tom Hara, Alexander Rozentoul

5 Melville – Mara Lovett-Murray, Jack Pollock, Kenneth Yeung

5 Scott – Jack Carson, Matvey Kononchuk, Murphy Zeng

5 Zachariah – Domenic Todarello, Steven Qiu, Gary Wang

6 Discovery – Bowen Ke, Rishi Mahendranathan, Jackson Zhao

6 Endeavour – Harry Heaselgrave, Kyle Hearne, Charlie Sabin

6 Investigator – Edward Mitrevski, Harvey Newstead, Rob Xu

6 Resolution – Hamish Featherston, Tom McMullen, Ollie Sutherland

  • Congratulations to Aashvik Sareen, Charles Zhao, Trent Vincent, Daniel Cameron, Charlie Sabin, Anthony Tian, Will O’Leary and Ned Overend-Stevens who performed in our end of term Soloists’ Lunchtime Concert this week.


From the Early Learning Centre

This week has been a flurry of excitement in the ELC with our Easter celebrations. For some groups, the week began with Buddy Easter egg hunts. The big boys secretly hid chocolate eggs throughout the garden or classroom, then excitedly greeted our boys with the news: ‘The Easter Bunny has been!’ The boys’ beaming faces lit up the Centre as they scurried around trying to collect all the eggs. Once we had shared them out evenly, the boys placed them in their baskets ready to take home for a treat. What a wonderful start to the week!

On Monday, the ELC boys were invited to visit St Andrew’s Church to see the Easter decorations and discuss the meaning behind Easter. We made our way to the front pews to meet Father Poole, who talked about the special pictures in the church that tell stories from a long time ago.

Father Poole showed us his special church clothing and gowns, which had different meanings and purposes. We even saw one that looked like Superman’s cape and had the Brighton Grammar emblem on the back! The boys shared with Father Poole their knowledge of Easter and why we use eggs to symbolise life. It was lovely to hear their simple thoughts and also quite advanced explanations shared from home. You can read more about the visit, and see some photos, here.

As we walked back to the ELC, we could hear the boys chatting away, sharing their fascination in the ‘big building called Church’. Some of them decided that they might even take their parents there to see it! It reminds us how lucky we are to be a single campus school with everything close by.

On behalf of the ELC staff, we would like to wish all of our families a happy and peaceful Easter break. We look forward to an exciting Term 2, full of new experiences and learning. We return on Tuesday 23 April with the Anzac Day holiday on Thursday of the same week.

Kathy Pitt

Assistant Director of the Early Learning Centre


This week’s parenting tip

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Teaching and learning

Year 3/4 Swimming exchange at St Kevin’s College

The Swimming exchange between Brighton Grammar and St Kevin’s College was held last Friday 29 March at the St Kevin’s College Senior School indoor pool. All boys in Years 3 and 4 swam 25 metres of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke with butterfly being an optional stroke. The meet concluded with freestyle relays, contested by the stronger swimmers from each school.

Boys gained valuable experience for their future APS involvement in Years 5 and 6 in a friendly and fun atmosphere with both schools displaying good sportsmanship.

The sporting exchanges that occur between both schools each term, reinforces and promotes the strong relationship between Brighton Grammar and St. Kevin’s College.

Stuart Thompson

Junior School Physical Education Teacher


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Shrewd Brass

Over the past few weeks have seen the boys in Years 3 and 4 visit the Melbourne Town Hall to hear a live orchestral concert while boys in Years 5 and 6 experienced the talents of a nationally renowned brass ensemble. Live music is an essential part our BGS music curriculum as it allows the boys to experience the performance of a professional musician. Students can ask questions and get up close to all that live music offers.

On Friday 8 March, Years 3 and 4 attended the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s concert entitled The Adventures of Peer Gynt and the Firebird. The boys were taken on a journey, as the narrator told of special creatures like the Firebird and trolls that visited ‘in the Hall of the Mountain King’. All boys in Years 3–4 learn a string instrument as part of their curriculum. The opportunity to attend a professional orchestral performance enabled and inspired the boys to make connections to their learning at School.

‘Shrewd Brass’ performed a concert for Year 5 and 6 boys and Year 5 and 6 girls from Firbank Grammar on Tuesday 26 March. ‘Shrewd Brass’ is a brass ensemble that consists of some of Melbourne’s most leading brass players. The students were enthralled by their fun and energetic performance. It was very interactive with students holding pipes and funnels and gaining an understanding of what makes brass instruments so unique. At the conclusion of the performance, I heard many students say ‘I wish I played a brass instrument!’. Brass students were also lucky enough to have a one-on-one session, asking many insightful questions about the instruments they are learning. Both concerts were a fabulous opportunity for our boys to further develop their love of music.

Hayley Blakiston
Head of Junior School Music


Religious Education

With Holy Week and Easter just a few weeks away, we have been busy in RE classes from Prep to Year 6 by following the journey that Jesus takes at this time of the liturgical year.

We started by looking at the season of Lent and what it might mean to give up some of the luxuries that we take for granted in order to fully appreciate all the wonderful and good things that we enjoy in our daily lives. It also makes us more aware of those who are less fortunate around us.

We have also examined the topic of service and saw how Jesus himself was a servant to all in his final days by washing his disciple’s feet and his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a simple donkey. His idea of a King was not of power and might but rather of humility and grace.

We then traced Jesus’ journey to the cross and discussed the theme of sacrifice and how that sometimes people have to endure difficult and challenging obstacles for the good of others. We even brought in some stories like the Old Testament’s Noah’s Ark to illustrate how sometimes positive things can come out of dark and sad times.

Perhaps most importantly we learned how that Easter is, through Jesus’ resurrection, a time of new life, second chances, hope and above all selfless love for our neighbour.

The crafts and activities have therefore reflected and celebrated this colourful, joyous and holy time of the church year and has incorporated the special symbols and stories associated with the Easter period.

Our final Prep to Year 6 Chapel tomorrow will be dedicated to Easter and the happiness and sacredness that it represents.

Father Chester Lord
Junior School Chaplain

Outdoor Education 2019

Outdoor Education at Brighton Grammar exists to provide unique experiences which encompass teaching, learning and wellbeing in natural environments: for the purpose of developing healthy, passionate, responsible young men who are confident individuals, successful learners and effective contributors. This is our why. You can read about our how in this week’s Crowther Centre eNews.