A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
2018 done and dusted
Many thanks for what has been an excellent 2018 at BGS. So much has been achieved this year: a continued focus on a strong academic culture via our Effective Learner model, numerous Parent Workshops run by the Crowther Centre, the creation of the Secondary School, our first Rites of Passage camp, record enrolments, the opening of the new Annandale, a refreshed academic uniform and, critically, an ongoing and unwavering commitment to knowing each and every individual boy in our care.
Although 2019 might seem some time away, it will be here before we know it, and promises to be another stimulating year. We will continue to focus on those elements that always remain vital to BGS, alongside a number of very exciting developments that I look forward to sharing with you in a few weeks.
I wish you, your families and all in the BGS community a happy, safe and holy Christmas, and a great start to 2019. Your support of BGS in 2018 has been greatly appreciated and I look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
From the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Junior School – Peter Tellefson
As I write the final eNews for 2018, the time between our first few weeks of settling into the new school year and today seems so short. It seems like yesterday that we were welcoming boys, families and staff to the start of the year. The growth of our boys over the last 12 months is a celebration on so many levels. I take this opportunity to express my thanks and appreciation to all members of Wilson House for your support this year. Thank you to our boys for their wonderful contributions; to our staff for their commitment, encouragement and concern for the boys in their care; and to all parents for their continued support and generosity. We have every reason to be proud of our boys’ progress and achievement this year; our Christmas Pageants, Carol Services and Speech Night were all wonderful opportunities to celebrate these. May the blessings of Christmas bring joy in every house.
From the Director of the Early Learning Centre – Amelia Barrow
Tinsel and lights lead us to Bethlehem
Yesterday’s ELC Christmas pageant was such a beautiful way to end the school year. The boys shone even brighter than the set – and that’s saying something! We are so proud of the boys’ performance, and although a little starstruck and overwhelmed by the day, they did an amazing job.
A special thank you and fond farewell to Rebecca Thornton for all her work in the ELC over the years. We wish her well in her retirement.
On behalf of all of the ELC staff, I would like to thank the boys, parents and families for their ongoing support and trust in our ability to nurture and guide the youngest boys in the School. We wish you a safe and happy festive season and look forward to our 2019 adventures.
Teaching & Learning
Angels are Awaiting
The Preps have been a little busier than usual. On top of their action-packed schedule, they have been learning songs and actions for this year’s Christmas Pageant. For anyone who believes that boys can’t multitask, the Preps of 2018 are out to prove you wrong! While learning the songs that help to tell an important story, the Preps have also learnt some new words. It has been fascinating to see the boys’ confidence grow as they become more comfortable with the music, lyrics and choreography. All the boys are excited to play the role of angels and are keen to put on their wings, straighten up their halos and tell this magical story.
SchoolTV – Making a smooth transition to Secondary School
The transition from primary to secondary school can be an exciting yet daunting time for students and their families. After the familiar surroundings of primary school, the move across the road can sometimes create feelings of uncertainty. This week’s SchoolTV contains strategies that parents can use to make the transition to Secondary School easier.
The JPG would like to thank the Junior School community for their support in 2018. We wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Whatever your child is interested in, there will be something to inspire them in the Share Summer Holiday Programs. Check out what’s on offer this December and January. Programs are booking out already so be quick!
New Academic Uniform Fitting
From Friday 7 December, current students will be able to purchase the new academic uniform (to wear from the beginning of 2019) from the Uniform Shop. The Shop will operate extended opening hours in December to manage the increased demand. Opening hours will be as follows:
|Friday 7 December||12–5pm|
|Saturday 8 December||9am–12pm|
|Monday 10 December||12–5pm|
|Tuesday 11 December||9am–12pm|
|Wednesday 12 December||9am–12pm|
|Thursday 13 December||9am–12pm|
|Friday 14 December||12–5pm|
|Saturday 15 December||9am–12pm|
|Monday 17 December||12–5pm|
|Tuesday 18 December||9am–12pm|
|Wednesday 19 December||9am–12pm|
|Thursday 20 December||9am–12pm|
|Friday 21 December||10am–2pm|
The Shop will re-open on 7 January 2019. Opening hours for January will be available on the Noone and BGS websites soon. Noone’s experienced staff fit the boys for growing room. However, if your son happens to grow significantly over the holiday period, you can exchange any uniform item.
Get Fit for Summer
Box, cycle, HIIT or downward-dog your way into shape at your community gym in Annandale. You’ll love the small class sizes, superb setting and community atmosphere. Our highly qualified trainers are offering free fitness assessments to help you plan your goals and work out which classes suit you best.
Visit the Annandale Gym website for the Christmas timetable.