A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
Hitting the ground running
Welcome back to the final term of 2019. I hope all in the BGS community enjoyed the break.
As I mentioned to the staff on Monday, it is incredible to think that we have only 42 days left with the boys this year. However, the school term has started at a rapid pace, with the Year 9s experiencing their B2M River Journey Expeditions, the Preps learning about forks and doubling numbers, the Junior School House Athletics Carnival taking place tomorrow, APS summer sport about to commence and the Year 12s busily preparing for their VCE examinations.
Farewelling the Class of 2019 is a key point of focus over these next two weeks. It can be a challenging time for students, balancing the emotion of finishing school with the need to narrow the focus on examination preparation. The Year 12s have led the community particularly well this year and very recently have delivered another powerful piece of cultural leadership for the Secondary School with the ‘unlocking of the dance’.
Student creativity is also on show this term. I commend the staff and students on last night’s Creative Arts Show. Yet again, the quality of work and the passion and dedication that goes into each boy’s work is first class.
A ‘heads-up’ for Year 8 iDesign next week; come along and witness the innovation and flair the Year 8 boys (and their mentors) bring to these projects. The Creative Arts Show and iDesign are both indicators of the School’s commitment to equip our boys to be future ready.
Have a great week and all the very best for the term ahead.
A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton
After a successful end to the term with a win over Firbank in the sporting event of the year, Prefect Netball, the holidays were full of activity for many of our staff and students. Although the pace at School was a little slower than usual, 33 boys and four staff attended athletics camp in Queenscliff, our senior rowers spent Week 2 on the Mitchell River in Bairnsdale and the Year 9–12 cricketers trained on the Mitchell Oval. At the St. Andrew’s end of the School, almost all of the Year 12 students took advantage of the Library, the long day program and study sessions held by their teachers in the first week, and all of the Year 12 cohort attended trial exams in the second week.
School is back into regular routine for most of our students this week while our Year 9 boys left on their Rivers Journeys on Tuesday morning. They will spend the next week canoeing, kayaking and hiking on and around the Murray, Mitchell and Goulburn Valley rivers.
Finally, I will return to the end of Term 3 when we announced our probationary prefects for 2020. I would like to congratulate all those boys who were involved in the process. The young men who have been given probationary status are:
Jaikob Akinci, Josh Bortolussi, Jack Clarkson, Darby Hipwell, Harrison Kirkham, Liam Konidaris, Craig Marais and Chris Valcanis.
Health and PE Week 2019
The last week of Term 3 had plenty on offer to celebrate Health and PE Week 2019.
Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 Hancock boys who won the Soccer competition and the Year 9–12 Rofe boys who came away with the Touch Rugby win. Tug O War winner was Crowther House, with Dixon as runners up. Crossfit games’ winners were Hancock (Year 7), School (Year 8), Crowther (Year 9/10), School (Year 11), Rofe (Year 12).
Joe Webber (School), won the prestigious ‘BGS Gift’, a 100m sprint where boys who win their heat against year level peers are given a handicapped start in the final and race against every other year level. Runners up were Tristan Orb (Rofe) and Aidan Nicholls (Crowther).
Staff were included in the week’s activities and began their day with either yoga, art classes, team games, physical conditioning and walking, to name a few.
Thank you to staff and students who took the opportunity to look after their health and wellbeing, from physical to social-emotional, mental and spiritual. We are already planning for a bigger and better week in 2020!
PE, Health and Wellbeing Teacher
Year 12 Update
During the second week of the recent school holidays, the Year 12 boys were kept extremely busy completing trial exams.
With end of year exams as the major contributor to final results for each Year 12 subject, it is paramount for the boys to learn to use the most effective strategies to enhance understanding of their subjects. Retrieval practice of previously learnt concepts, under the same conditions in which the boys will need to draw on this learning in their final exams, is consistently shown to produce the most significant and enduring increases in learning outcomes.
Year 12 teachers have also been kept busy marking each of these exams. Their feedback will provide the boys with the necessary insights for their remaining study preparation time so they can continue to improve.
Head of VCE Programs
Bairnsdale Rowing Camp Report
Just under 40 Year 9–11 rowers volunteered to attend a training camp held on the beautiful Mitchell River in Bairnsdale during the first week of the holidays.
This long, winding river, with its beautiful glassy water, offered the perfect platform for the boys to make big leaps forward in their rowing and fast-track their improvement for the start of Term 4. At 5.30am each day, sleepy-eyed and sore-muscled boys made their way to the bank of the river to be greeted with one of rowing’s more beautiful sights — a clear sunrise and glassy water scattered with fog.
For Year 9 rowers, three daily sessions allowed them to begin to refine their techniques and learn the new technical model, under the lead of Mr Dutton in single sculls and quads. The senior boys in the First and Second VIII crews brought an impressive intensity to the camp, rowing almost 50km daily in pairs, singles and quads, exhibiting a do or die attitude that most schools only hope to have at the end of the season.
The camp provided opportunities for the rowers to form friendships across all year levels, and for the older boys to mentor and inspire younger rowers. Mr Bartlett, and coaches Tom Fisher and Alex Douglas, produced enough food for the boys to complete their daily workload; the planning by them and other coaches and teachers ensured the camp ran smoothly.
Congratulations to the boys who gave up a week of their holidays to attend this camp. We will appreciate the hard work that we have put in early when we get to the Head of the River on 21 March 2020. Go Tonners!
Creative Arts Show 2019
Student works from Art, Product Design and Technology and Visual Communication Design were on show at the annual Creative Arts show last night. Students, family members and staff came together to celebrate student achievement and the rich and varied learning opportunities that are available at Brighton Grammar. With a focus on Year 9–12 work, an amazing array of work was exhibited, highlighting the creativity, passion and skill of the students involved. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage with student identity and voice through the arts.
It was rewarding to see the boys proudly show their hard work to their family and friends.
Head of Art
Surfcoast Century Ultra Marathon
The first day of the holidays, I was part of a group, with Dr Rachel Horton and Year 10 students Oliver Disney and Pearson Grant, that competed in the Surf Coast Century 100km Ultra Marathon. Forming two teams, each member ran 50km along the beach and trails from Aireys Inlet to Torquay.
The teachers’ team finished in fourth place for mixed teams in 12 hours 34 minutes, and Oliver and Pearson (from left above) placed third for all male age teams in 12 hours 7 minutes. Pearson Grant also raised $560 for the RCD Foundation. One of the unseen lessons from taking part and achieving these results is, that anything is possible. Rumour has it that several members have set their sights on running 100km solo next year.
Head of Student Leadership (Years 7—12)