A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
Welcome back to Term 3 and a special welcome to our new families.
It was wonderful to see our Years 10–12 and ELC students return to school on Tuesday. Our staff have been busy working to refine Distance Learning 3.0 for our Prep – Year 9 boys and I look forward to connecting with the boys over the coming weeks.
Despite finding ourselves in a situation that we hoped we might avoid, as a community we need to stay positive, optimistic, follow government directives and work through this together.
In today’s Crowther Centre eNews, you can find some key messages for parents and boys as we adjust to this new normal, and an opportunity for you to help shape the Crowther Parent Webinar program by providing your preferences for future topics that might be of interest to you.
I am keeping up-to-date on developments as they occur and will keep you informed where necessary.
I look forward to another productive term for the boys. Look after yourself, your family and stay safe and well.
A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton
A very warm welcome back to all of our families, staff and boys.
While of course we wish all our boys were able to be back on-site and we will welcome them back as soon as we are able, we are happy to be back to school, giving all the boys some structure to their day whether that be on-site or in Distance Learning 3.0.
This week’s Secondary School Assembly was streamed to all students (7-12), and School Captain Jack Clarkson addressed the boys saying, ‘you can’t calm the storm but you can calm yourself’. I phrased it less poetically and encouraged the boys to ‘control their controllables’, and to focus their energy on things they could change.
Regardless of good advice, we do know that everyone feels things differently and while many of our boys will adapt and sail through the current circumstances, others may struggle. I feel I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for the boys to reach out to someone if they need to talk.
Likewise, as their families, please do get in touch with us if we can help in any way. Coaching Day next week will also give all our boys a wonderful opportunity to reframe their goals for the year and to talk about anything they like with their tutor.
BGS made it count!
The team at St Mark’s in Fitzroy was overjoyed at the generosity of BGS, as the donations made a very real and immediate impact for those who are truly struggling. The final week of Term 2 saw the school rally together to donate over $6000 in much needed food items as part of the Ute Full of Food program.
As students could not be part of the delivery team, Adam Thorn, one of our maintenance staff, was quick to offer to sort and deliver the huge haul of food to St Mark’s.
On another positive note, despite many of the BGS Bushfire Appeal fundraising activities being cancelled, we still donated an impressive $2,917.40 to the appeal. This is an amazing effort that will go a long way to help the rebuild of Clifton Creek Primary School which was completely devastated by the bushfires earlier this year.
On behalf of everyone at BGS, a massive thank you for showing the true spirit of Brighton Grammar, together we made it count!
Director of Service