A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

Coming to BGS

Demand for places at BGS has increased sharply over the past couple of years. We have now reached record enrolment levels across the whole School – an indication, I believe, that we are on the right track. So, it is more important than ever that prospective parents submit an application for their son/s as early as they can, to avoid having to join a waiting list.

Our enrolment procedure is clear and available on our website. I would encourage you to remind any prospective parents to begin the process early. It is far from ideal telling parents that their son has missed out. Any questions on enrolments should be directed to our Admissions Coordinator, Rebecca Darling, at RDarling@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.

Have a great week – and enjoy the mid-term break on Monday.


From the Deputy Head of Secondary School (11-12), David Liddle

‘As One’

Schools are always busy places with lots of events occurring simultaneously. The Year 12 leaders and cohort have pushed the messages of ‘As One’ and being a better man tomorrow than you were today. As I reflect on the past week, these messages are certainly resonating within the School.

Last week, the Years 7 to 9 production of Shrek Junior was a credit to all the performers and staff involved, ably led by Michael Kent, Adrienne Mewett and Isaac Mouskovias. Especially noteworthy was the large number of Years 11 and 12 boys who acted as mentors, ushers and general helpers as required.

In Assembly, we recognised Scholars from Years 7 to 11 based on Semester 1 results as well as Senior Chapel Servers (boys in Year 12 who have assisted in Chapel during their years at the School). It was great to see boys from all year levels rewarded for achievement and service.

Tonner of the Fortnight (as chosen by the student leadership group) went to a Year 8 student who, without prompting, and using his own money, bought a gift for a friend who was having a rough time. We also had a visit from a member of the public commending the efforts of one of our boys to return his wife’s lost phone and credit cards.

Chapel this week was about sacrifice and boys in Crowther and Rofe gave readings on what sacrifice means to them. Jonty Leadbeater gave a memorable performance of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails as interpreted by Johnny Cash, which was well received by all students.

With all of Year 10 enjoying their World Class experiences this week, the Long Day program continuing and Saturday morning Syndicate sessions beginning, BGS has certainly been a busy place!


Another brother for the rest of their lives

At the beginning of 2017, two graduates of MITS (the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School) came to live with BGS families and attend our School. In 2018, we welcomed two more MITS graduates, Harry DeSantis in Year 8 and Calvin Cook in Year 7.

Harry and Calvin are living with the Glassel family – Ashley, Maggie, Charlotte (Kilvington Year 9) and Seb (BGS Year 6). When asked what it’s like having Harry and Calvin living with them, Ashley and Maggie said:

In a number of ways, it is no different, and in a number of others, it is a world of difference.

The sense of family and community is important to these boys; they are happiest when at our family gatherings or amongst their friends from MITS. This sense of belonging is something that we have all learnt after we welcomed Harry then Calvin into our family.

In 2019, we need two more families to host new boys entering Year 8. We are looking for a family prepared to host a student for a minimum 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 you strong support throughout the homestay period.

Ashley and Maggie again:

It is amazing to hear their stories about fishing and hunting on the Tiwi Islands.

Harry and Calvin are unique. They currently love playing rugby, a game that they had never seen at home, where everything is about Aussie Rules. Even when Damien Hardwick [Richmond Football Club coach and MITS supporter] introduces himself to us, they act like it means nothing because they aren’t really into watching sport and the adulations; they just want to play it. 

 The Aboriginal culture is rich through Australian life; it’s just that you may not have noticed it. So if you have kids and want to learn about Aboriginal culture, consider opening your house to an Aboriginal boy – you’ll learn more than you think. And your children will have another brother for the rest of their lives.

Having seen first-hand the opportunities offered to both the MITS student and the host family, I can assure you that, despite inevitable challenges, the rewards of opening your home and your heart are immeasurable.

If you are interested in the program, please contact me at headmaster@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au by Friday 24 August 2018 so that I can discuss this opportunity with you in more detail. Further information about MITS can be found at www.mitschool.org.au.

Ross Featherston


B2M World Class Journeys

All Year 10 boys return at the end of this week from the B2M World Class Journeys. With groups spread across Australia, south- east Asia and the Pacific, we’ve covered our fair share of the world!

All programs have been a success. The boys have been extended, challenged and rewarded as they have journeyed through some amazing experiences and parts of the world. To those with boys on the trips, I hope you’ve checked the relevant Hub page, as there have been a number of updates; to the rest of the community, I’m confident you’ll hear about each of the trips in the weeks ahead.

Boys currently in Year 9 will have the chance to select their preference of Year 10 B2M World Class Journey before the end of this term.

Thanks needs to be extended to the members of our Outdoor Education department, who played a lead role in putting all of these trips together; to the staff who have facilitated the trips and accompanied the boys; to the various external provider companies we enlisted to help us deliver such amazing programs; and to the BGS families who have supported the program – the boys, who have grabbed the opportunities presented to them, and the parents, who have enabled their sons to participate in such unique experiences.

World Class Journey BGS 
Kokoda Track (PNG) – Cameron Taylor
Kakadu (Northern Territory) – Carly West
New Zealand Winter Adventure – Sean Bryant and Jason Bain
Bogong High Plains Winter Adventure – Rob Shaw
Arapiles Multi-pitch Rock Climbing – Jack Hollingsworth and Josh Moore
Fiji Sea Kayak Journey – Richard Bartlett
King Island Surfing Adventure – James Hilditch


Food for Thought…

Year 8 CDT students were entertained and informed during a wonderful and insightful presentation on Tuesday morning. Our guest speaker was BGS parent and marketing expert Ross Hendy. Ross has worked for the likes of Cadbury, Nestle, Pizza Hutt, Birds Eye, Don, Hudson’s Coffee, Morning Fresh and Method. 

All Year 8 boys undertake a Branding and Marketing Unit in CDT during which they create their own original chocolate bar, complete with prototype, packaging and a promotional campaign. Ross explained that the industry is dominated by consumer-focused design and he noted that the biggest consumers of chocolate bars are aged between 15 and 30 years.

Ross shared many valuable insights from his experiences in the launch of Cadbury Dream and Cadbury Favourites. The boys came away with a wealth of knowledge and a better understanding of how marketing decisions start by connecting with consumers. The design process is central to the CDT program and Ross helped to reinforce the importance of targeting a particular consumer. He also emphasised the need to conduct market research in order to fully understand consumer needs.

In CDT, the boys pitch their ideas to each other and receive constructive feedback in order to refine their next iteration. The questions asked by the students at the end of the session showed a growing awareness of consumerism and, hopefully, the boys will become more aware and informed as consumers themselves. We look forward to a wonderful array of new chocolate bar ideas in the near future.

Jamie Watson
Head of Creative Design and Technology



Our school is built on the foundations of four key values: Respect, Passion, Integrity and Accountability. Every day, we see these words around the School, serving as a constant reminder of what we embrace at BGS. This week I spoke to the Years 7 and 8 boys about our four values. Almost every boy knew what our four values are, but when asked how to display these, the boys found it much harder to answer.

As a Year 12 leadership group, we have been trying to answer the very same question; How can we display the four values of Brighton Grammar? Having met on numerous occasions, it was decided by the Year 12 prefects that a creed outlining how we can demonstrate Respect, Passion, Integrity and Accountability will hopefully guide boys to be able to succeed in their time at Brighton Grammar. This creed summarises the importance of continual improvement as an individual and as a school, as well as the importance of supporting one another in and out of the classroom. It will be learnt by our Urwin Centre boys, and will hopefully inspire students for many years to come.

I bring a hunger to be a better man today than I was yesterday.

I will have the back of my fellow tonners as they have mine.

The actions I take, fair and just, will be steeped in a history bigger than any one of us.

From the Crowther to the Oak,

Meliora Sequamur

Brad Marais
School Captain


Celebrating Women in Song

Last Tuesday 7 August, the School celebrated our ever-expanding choral program with the first of the 2018 ‘Journey Concert’ series – the annual Choral Concert at St Andrew’s Church. The theme for the concert this year was celebrating ‘Women in Song’, with all pieces performed either composed, arranged or sung by female artists.

The event featured over 400 students from Year 4 to Year 12 in the following performing ensembles: Year 5 Choral, Year 7 Choral, Year 8 Choral, Borwick House Choir, Meliora Voices and Senior Choir. Also performing at the concert were a selection of vocal students from the Junior and Secondary Schools.

The concert concluded with the world premiere of a piece for the three combined choirs called ‘Who I’m Meant to Be’, composed by Carmel Dean and commissioned for the event by the School.

If you would like to join one of the choirs or enrol in singing lessons, please contact the Music Department on (03) 8591 2285 or email at music@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.


BGS Bods

Tom Morehouse is a Teacher of Mathematics and Director of Coaching (Athletics).

  1. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The thought of a good coffee.

  1. Where did you go to school?

Haileybury College

  1. Given a day to yourself, what would you do?

Sleep in, go for a ride on Beach Rd, and visit my favorite café for lunch. Then I’d have a nap, and spend the rest of the afternoon curled up on the couch with a cat and a good book.

  1. What is on your wish list for your time at BGS?

To see BGS win the APS Athletics.

  1. What’s the most recent app you downloaded and have you used it?

Stan. For coffee shop viewing. Still hasn’t been used. No time.


Rugby Grand Finals Day

The BGS 1st XV season culminated at the VSRU Finals Day (hosted by Xavier College) in the 3 vs 4 playoff against Marcellin College. In what was the last game for the Year 12s in the team, the boys were motivated to go out and secure a victory.

In slippery conditions, the first half was a ping pong affair, with tries to Tom Murray and Max Markham well and truly keeping Brighton in the hunt. We went into halftime down by 7 points, but an elusive run by Zac De Worsop set up a try to Devan Nicholls to bring the scores level. However, some sloppy errors from the boys allowed Marcellin to run in two late tries to take victory 27–17.

The boys finished up in 4th place for the season, for which they should be commended, after a season of stiff competition.

James Chand


Years 8–12 Fathers’ Day Chapel

Fathers or special friends are very welcome to celebrate Fathers’ Day by attending our Fathers’ Day Chapel Service in St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday 29 August at 8.30am. 

Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/XKWM


Europe Tour

Unfortunately, we have not reached the number required to run this trip in 2019. We’re hoping to offer the trip in 2020. For further information, contact Biddy Duckham (bduckham@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au).


Play Golf and Support CF

Along with Firbank Grammar, Brighton Grammar is delighted to be supporting the Monash Cystic Fibrosis community as Principal Sponsors of a charity golf day to be held at the Commonwealth Golf Club on Monday 25 March 2019.

Both the BGS and FGS communities have personal experience of the life-limiting illness of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). More details on CF and the Monash CF Foundation can be found at www.monashcffoundation.com.au.

Can you help make this event a success? You can…

  • Save the date (25 March 2019) if you’d like to play golf
  • Purchase a sponsorship package
  • Donate a prize or raffle item

Please contact Felicity Stretch (BGS Year 8 parent) for more information (fstretch@monashcffoundation.com.au) or visit the blog.


Dates for the Diary

Fri 17 August
– Athletics Twilight Meet

Mon 20 August 
– Mid-Term Break 

Wed 22 August
– Senior Concert Band Performance
– Year 8 Grampians Parent Information Session

Fri 24 August
– Chess Kids Open Secondary State Finals 
– Ute Full of Food