A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
Each week I host a Headmaster Tour for prospective families, showing them around BGS as the usual school day is unfolding.
(As a side note, thank you to all our current families who share their positive stories with prospective BGS families, as word of mouth is one of the strongest ‘marketing tools’ we have).
On these tours, I encourage families to keep their eyes open and to look at what is pinned on walls and noticeboards, as these little pieces of information can tell them a great deal about what goes on at BGS.
Last week whilst on tour, I was very pleased to see three new notices on the walls of the Urwin Centre, advertising clubs for Year 7 and 8 boys: the Drama Club, the Art Club and the Study Club.
Across both the Junior and Secondary Schools, over 20 clubs and committees are available for the boys to join. Options range from the new Algorithms and Informatics Club, the Rock Band Club, the Chess Club (all in the Secondary School) through to the Junior School offerings of the Board Games Club, the Gardening Club and the Library, Computers and Coding Club. Maybe ask your son if he’s in a club or on a committee.
As I outlined at the start of the year, our students have been busy planning activities in support of those affected by the recent bushfires. This week, our Community Service Student Committee, led by Director of Service Anna Ladas, launched the BGS Bushfire Appeal.
I urge all students and families to support this worthy cause and I commend the boys on their initiative.
Have a great week.
From the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Junior School – Peter Tellefson
I have been impressed and most appreciative of the support shown by all Junior School parents at the start of the school year. It is important that we make the effort to make connections, as well as to maintain them.
Our School offers many opportunities for members of our community to support and engage; however it takes a commitment to the partnership, a willingness and courage to step forward and be involved and connected.
I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities such as Parent Information Evenings, Parent Teacher Discussions, JPG events, Year level social gatherings, classroom/excursion support, and sporting events; our School will be a better place and your son’s learning will be enriched as a result.
Last Friday, all boys from Prep–Year 6 attended the School Officers’ Induction Service. It was rewarding to see the leadership of our Year 4–6 boys as they were guiding, modelling behaviours and leading our Prep–Year 2 boys.
Thank you to Fr Chester Lord who led the Service, Hayley Blakiston and Borwick House Choir for leading the singing, and to the family members of our School Officers who supported their sons. We look forward to the leadership of our Year 6 boys throughout 2020.
Congratulations to the following Year 6 boys who will be appointed as Captains at tomorrow’s Assembly at 9.20am at St Andrew’s Church:
Armstrong – Zach Murphy
Crowther – Caelan Mackay
Dixon – Eli Botha
Hancock – Sandro Macnab
Rofe – Will Saadie
School – Jasper Williams
Wilson House String Orchestra – Stefan Bandura and Ned Overend-Stevens
Wilson House Concert Band – James Crewdson and Alex Hill
Borwick House Choir – Zach Murphy and Anthony Tian
Last year, a number of students entered STORYATHON. The challenge was to write a 100 word story with fewer words, characters and a twist in the plot. Congratulations to Ned Overend-Stevens (Year 6) who was awarded a prize for his micro-story. Please visit www.storyathon.com and talk with Mrs Lowe if you are interested in participating in this competition.
Junior School Happenings and Reminders
Thank you to those parents from the ELC who have made the commitment to support the JPG directly by assisting as Year Level Representatives:
ELC3 Bilby – Leanne Lees, Ellana te Hennepe
ELC3 Wombat – Jackie Salem, Tracey Sammons
ELC4 Bandicoot – Alex Hamilton, Jessica Luketic
ELC4 Wallaby – Emma Lane, Cara de Reuck
- Best wishes to our Year 5 boys and staff who are on camp next week. I look forward to spending time with the boys in the ‘wilds’ of Howqua Wednesday and Thursday.
- Enjoy the extended holiday weekend with school returning on Tuesday 10 March.
From the Director of the Early Learning Centre – Amelia Barrow
Our Buddy Program is in full swing and we can see lovely bonds establishing among our boys and their ‘big buddies’. Whether the boys are working together on a project in their classroom, playing group games on the oval, exploring the Junior School, or just being boys in the outdoor playground, it certainly is a favourite experience each week. Please feel free to ask your son’s teacher his buddy’s name, if he has forgotten, so you can ask questions about their time together.
Parent Teacher Discussions
Our Term 1 Parent Teacher Discussions provide teachers and parents an opportunity to discuss how the boys have settled into their year and give an initial reflection of their development to date. Thank you to all parents for making the time to come and chat with their son’s teacher.
Our Library classes are an exciting event (especially for our new ELC3 boys) with the adventure walk to get to our beautiful Junior School Library. The impact of reading and sharing stories with children at this age is immeasurable. Switching off screens and opening books helps children explore their imaginations and develops pre-literacy skills.
Household Items Required
If you are cleaning out your kitchen cupboards, don’t forget about us. We are in need of pots, pans, utensils and bowls for our Outdoor Program and welcome contributions.
A reminder that if you would like to be a part of the ELC program you are more than welcome to join in an activity. The boys love having parents and grandparents in the ELC, and what a special experience for you as well.
We would like to wish you a lovely long weekend and look forward to seeing the boys back on Tuesday.
Teaching & Learning
Learning Chinese Calligraphy
This term our Year 5 and 6 boys have been learning to write in Chinese calligraphy during Chinese studies.
Students have been introduced to calligraphy by watching demonstrations from their teacher. They have been shown the correct way to hold the brush, and the correct way and order to draw each line of a Chinese character. These are known as ‘strokes’. They have been practising in class with a bamboo brush, ink and paper.
Whilst experimenting, some boys made the thinnest lines they could, some boys made a mark that starts thin then gets thicker and some boys showed skill in forming dots. Students have been highly engaged throughout their classes and have been surprised at how much they have enjoyed calligraphy.
Boys have been encouraged to explore different styles, each reflecting a different personal character, and to find one that suits their own personality.
Learning calligraphy will not only improve boys’ handwriting and character recognition, it will also give an understanding of the Chinese cultural state of mind. Learning calligraphy can provide a solid foundation to both Chinese culture and language.
Year 2 Activities
The learning journey in Year 2 is structured, focused and full of interactive activities, including a variety of learning experiences designed to fosters boys’ engagement.
The boys are enthusiastic writers and have been immersed in the process of writing a narrative entitled Rascal the Dragon goes to BGS. This has involved a number of foci including planning, utilising correct grammar, consistent tenses, accurate spelling, descriptive sentences, paragraphing and editing. Our Year 5 buddies have been helping us publish these and we will soon be at the illustrating stage.
The boys have also worked on recounts about our exciting experience in Design and Technology, where they have each built a solar-panelled car. This involved following instructions, designing and trialling.
It is our turn to present at Assembly on Friday 13 March and we look forward to showcasing our learning on our Humanities unit: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Monica Le Couteur
Year 2 Classroom Teacher
Coordinator of Student Growth & Wellbeing
Year 1 boys explore relationships on Thistle Mountain
In Drama the Year 1 boys have been exploring ideas for characters and situations through dramatic play. Each Wednesday afternoon we enter a world of giants and villagers. A place where uncertainty of the unknown and making judgements about a character we are yet to meet are a source of wonder and emotional exploration. The boys are developing their social language as well as challenging themselves to think creatively about friendships and reaching out to a character who is isolated from their ‘village’.
Their work is exciting, collaborative and dynamic. Each session encourages the boys to build relationships not only in character, but also when working with each other. Look out boys, the Giant might just be paying us a visit by the end of Term 1.
This week’s parenting tip
This week’s Parenting Tip is encouraging healthy attitudes towards women
End of Term Lunch
The JPG will again be offering an end of term lunch for the ELC and Junior School boys on Friday 27 March 2020. Lunch will include a burger, juice and Kit Kat and the cost will be $7.50. Additional burgers can be ordered for $3.00 each and vegetarian options are available. Online ordering is available through Flexischools ordering system. Orders must be placed by no later than end of day Friday 20 March at 5.00pm – please note late orders cannot be accepted. Our normal canteen ordering will not be available on this day. See further details.
Year Level Representatives and Volunteers
The JPG is looking for year level representatives for 2 Acacia, 6 Endeavour, 6 Investigator and 6 Resolution (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.