A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

As distance learning continues, we know that from your feedback this term, parents are seeking information on how best to support your son with his learning while he is studying off-site.

Dr Ray Swann and the Crowther team have developed a range of parent resources and a video, useful for Lower Primary parents, is featured in this week’s Crowther Centre eNews, which I recommend as worthwhile viewing.

This lockdown phase has required us all to be more creative in how we communicate to our community and one key change is the way we host our school tours for prospective parents. This Saturday is our first Virtual Open Day and we have over 100 families registered to join me and our Heads of School online to tour the school virtually.

Finally, our archives show this is not the first time Brighton Grammar has moved learning off-site. In 1937, an outbreak of infantile paralysis caused the School to close from 28 July to 1 September.

Interestingly, Headmaster Herbert E Dixon reported that the 1937 examination results had been very satisfactory despite the interrupted academic year due to the epidemic, which bodes well for the future.

 

A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton  

At this unusual time for all of us, it is important for our boys to maintain a routine; not only on a daily basis, but also in terms of marker points and events for the year.

This weekend marks the mid-term break and although families are unable to get away for a long weekend, it is a marker in the term and provides an opportunity for the boys to think creatively and achieve or do something different in the current norm.

There are a multitude of activities the boys can get involved with or you may well have some family plans, but I would like to draw your attention to two options in particular.

Tomorrow night (14 August), Armstrong House will be virtually hosting a sleep out as part of their Winter Appeal, raising money for and awareness of the homeless community (see article below). At a time when we are restricted to our own homes to keep us and the wider community safe, it must be an extraordinarily challenging time for those who do not have a home to go to.

I would also strongly encourage you to take note of the request below from our Director of Music, Jared Furtado, to get involved with a whole school music video. This is an opportunity for everyone in the BGS community to be part of an uplifting project and I have been assured it really is for everyone, regardless of their level of singing ability.

I will be recording a version this weekend to please join me, have some fun and we can all create something amazing.

 

Armstrong Appeal – Winter Sleep-out

We invite all Secondary School students and staff to participate in the inaugural Armstrong Winter Sleep-out Event tomorrow night.   

Boys are to sleep in the confines of their own property (their backyards or even in the lounge room with no heater), using only a cardboard box and either a sleeping bag or doona for bedding.  The aim of this adventure is to educate the boys to understand and empathise with the homeless, particularly during the bitterly cold winter nights in Melbourne. 

There will be regular Zoom check-ins where everyone can encourage each other and have a bit of fun along the way.  Zoom check-ins will take place at 6.00pm, 8.00pm and 10.00pm tomorrow night and 12.00am, 6.00am and 8.00am on Saturday.

We ask that all participants take a brief video of themselves throughout the night explaining how they are feeling and email them to Anna Ladas.

We hope to see many of you embracing the cold and joining in what I am sure will not only be fun but a huge learning experience.

If you would like to make a donation and support the boys, you can do so on our appeal page

Anna Ladas
Director of Service

 

Whole School Community Choir Video

The School is creating a whole school community virtual choir video and the Headmaster and I invite you to be part of this wonderful experience.

Boys, families and staff from ELC–Year 12 are asked to submit videos of themselves singing the song ‘We Belong’ (by the Australian band Sheppard) at home with their loved ones. The song has a great message of community, collegiality and belonging – all especially important right now.

We had over 160 boys participate in our last music video, and we’re hoping for even more participation in this unique project – all you need is this video (which features a personal invitation from the Headmaster to join the project), these instructions (PDF) and this music (PDF).  

We look forward to receiving your videos by Monday 24 August.

Jared Furtado
Director of Music, Head of Choral

 

Sleep Routines

The recent change to Stage 4 restrictions has disrupted our daily routines, including bedtime and sleep routines. While many of us are aware that sleep is important for physical health, including helping to strengthen our immune systems and maintain activity levels, sleep is also vital for mental health and wellbeing.

Research tells us that children and adolescents who have inadequate sleep tend to perform worse on learning tasks, have more difficulty regulating emotions and behaviour, and are at increased risk of depression and obesity. In contrast, studies have shown that young people who sleep well tend to have better overall physical and mental health.

More information about the benefits of optimal sleep for young people and tips for parents from leading sleep specialists can be found in the SchoolTV newsletter

Jacqui Ormsby 
Secondary School Psychologist (Years 7 & 8)

 

RMIT lecturer speaks to Visual Communication Design students.

Visual Communication Design students were fortunate to have Dr Olivia Hamilton, lecturer in Interior Design, Coordinator of first year students for Design and Communications at RMIT, attend their class via Zoom.

Dr Hamilton spoke about the various design programs offered at RMIT and gave key advice on how to apply for course positions post Year 12. She shared many insights into the Interior Design field and touched on how current social issues have impacted the way housing structures are planned.

 

Matthew Wardell
Head of Visual Communication Design

 

Diary Dates

  • Friday 14 - Saturday 15 August Winter Sleepout
  • Saturday 15 August Virtual Open Day
  • Monday 17 August Mid-term break