A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

Looking after oneself

With World Mental Health Day last week, I read with interest an article on the views of young Australians on the state of their mental health. Almost two thirds of young Australians believe their mental health is declining, according to a report by headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Social media was listed as the highest cause of this (37% of respondents), with expectations and study also cited.

Reading this report sent me back to the work of leading mental health advocate Wayne Schwass, of Puka Up, who has shared his compelling story with our students. Wayne’s eulogy for the late Danny Frawley contained a powerful message for us all when he said, ‘my health and wellbeing is ultimately my responsibility, it’s up to me to stay healthy and well’.

I would encourage you to visit headspace  and read about the healthy headspace action plan and seven tips to staying mentally healthy and well. Please feel free to share these tips with your family and friends.

Have a great week.


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

This week has been one of firsts and lasts for many in our BGS community. Today the Year 12 students completed their last regular day of school, with only two Valedictory days of celebration between now and the SWOTVAC period leading into their first VCE exam.  Tomorrow promises to be a fun day with the boys arriving in fancy dress, holding a mock assembly and enjoying bubble soccer. Monday will be a more formal occasion as the boys and their families gather for Chapel, followed by their Prize Giving Assembly, the traditional Beating of the Bounds and concluding with a celebratory dinner at the MCG. With some of our Year 12 students having been at BGS since they were just 3 years old, it will be an emotional day for all of those involved, no doubt.

At the other end of the Secondary School, we welcomed our new Year 7 cohort for their first Transition Day on Tuesday – a day when the boys participate in hands-on activities and sample some of the many opportunities on offer in the Secondary School. This was followed by a short information evening and meet and greet for their parents.

For students and parents of boys currently in Years 7 to 11, could I remind you all to note the evening of Thursday 28 November in your diaries for the Secondary School Speech Night which will take place at Robert Blackwood Hall. The night will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our academic prize winners and the year as a whole. We will also have some superb musical items, and hear from Captain of the School 2018, Brad Marais and Hall of Famer, Peter Wilson.


Urwin Centre Read-a-thon

Last Thursday, the Year 7 Hancock boys celebrated their win in the House Read-A-Thon Challenge with a pizza party. The Read-A-Thon is a reading competition between the Year 7 and 8 Tutor Groups in support of the Fiji Book Drive and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, for kids who aren’t as fortunate as us to have access to books.

 It was a small win by Hancock, just in front of 7 Dixon, so great job to all the houses that competed. Our thanks to Ms Ruth for organising this fundraiser that encourages the boys to read more in a friendly and competitive way, and to Andrew McGregor who was a great advocate by starting the donations and leading the boys to victory.

Will Hallam
Year 7 

iDesign Top 10 Shark Tank 

I am one of this year’s iDesign finalists, my project was to make a sustainable and natural hay fever preventer.  I did this by harvesting and creating my own brand of locally sourced honey, Buzz Honey, as this has been proven to help with hay fever.

Finalists presented to five judges in an environment similar to that on Shark Tank. The judges listened to each presentation which was followed by a ten minute Q&A session. I also had the opportunity to demonstrate my product. I was the third speaker and, while the build-up was extremely nerve wracking,  my presentation went really well and the judges were more approachable than I expected. They asked interesting questions and even bought some of my honey!  Overall it was an amazing experience, I really enjoyed the entire process and I wish I could do it again.  

Angus Tagear Whiting
Year 8


BGS Keep Cup

The newly formed student Eco-club has launched its first project, the BGS Keep Cup, available for $26 online and at school events. Read about the club’s work.


Creative Arts Show

The artistic talents of Secondary School students were showcased at the annual Creative Arts Show, read report


The Ross Williamson Scholarship

The Ross Williamson Scholarship, provided and subsidised by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, is a short term bursary for boys whose parent/s are experiencing temporary financial hardship.

The scholarship is open to boys 13 years and over, who are baptised members of the Anglican Church and whose parents are in need of financial assistance to provide for their son’s education at an Anglican Grammar School in Melbourne or suburbs.

If you are interested in applying, please complete an application form to be returned to the Registrar at the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.  Applications close 10 November 2019.


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