A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
A new term is in front of us
Welcome to a new term. I trust all in the BGS community managed some sort of midyear break. It is great to see the boys back with smiles on their faces ready to go again.
Term 3 always promises much and is always a busy term. In many ways, for our Year 12s, this term is their final term; indeed a key factor in our recent years of academic success has been the work rate of our Year 12s in Term 3. I hope to see the Hancock Wing full during our Extended Study Days and on Saturday mornings once APS sport finishes.
For the rest of BGS, there is much to look forward to: the Year 6 and Middle Years productions with FGS, music concerts at St Andrew’s, Outdoor Education journeys for our Year 8 and 10 boys, the end of winter sport and the beginnings of spring sport, the development of the Junior School GB Robertson Hall and the swimming pool, the launch of the refreshed sport and HPE uniform, continuing our work on becoming Effective Learners, the Pink Dinner, the Crowther Centre engaging parents via a number of parent workshops plus much, much more.
I wish you all the very best for the term ahead and I look forward to seeing you all on the gate or around BGS soon. Have a great week.
From the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton
Welcome back to the second half of the School year at BGS. I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable midyear break. I was lucky enough to escape the Australian winter to spend some time with my family and friends both in England and Canada. I also attended the International Boys’ School Coalition Conference which took place at Selwyn House School in Montreal.
The theme this year was Boys and the Arts: Great Minds, Big Hearts. A particularly relevant and timely talk was given by neuroscientist Dr Sonia Lupien who spoke about identifying and controlling stress in children and teenagers. For our boys, who have less experience than us in dealing with stressful situations, it can come from so many angles; the unpredictability of what might be on an exam, threat to the ego when they are challenged by someone or the sense of loss of control when changes to friendships or families are occurring.
For many, in addition to being both intellectual and creative pursuits, the Arts can play a huge role in managing the stress response. Deep belly breathing (a strategy being taught to our Year 9 students as part of the Biodash project) works by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Similar effects can be achieved by stealth, so to speak, when boys breathe deeply while singing and when boys sing in a choir, this is doubly beneficial as it comes with the added bonus of social connections and support. Exercise is a great way to dissipate the energy mobilised as a consequence of the stress response and dancing is great exercise.
In summary, stress is unavoidable for all of us. The trick is to learn to recognise it and then to find creative ways to manage and reduce it. So breathe, move, sing, dance or just have a good laugh.
NAIDOC Week Chapel Service
Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony
For the first day of Term 3, we had a flag raising ceremony for NAIDOC Week. We had a moment of silence and then myself and Cecil Puruntatameri raised the Aboriginal flag. Mara Lovett-Murray then raised the Australian flag. We stepped back and put our hands on our chest and watched the flags fly with pride for NAIDOC.
Welcome To Country
This morning Steve Parker one of the traditional owners of the Boon wurrung people came to assembly and performed a welcome to country after the flag raising ceremony. He spoke about NAIDOC Week which is in July and stands for National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee. After welcoming all staff and students, he performed a song from Bunjil The Creator to watch over us on Boon wurrung country.
A smoking ceremony was performed by Steve Parker who was a traditional owner of the Boon wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Steve spoke about the importance of a smoking ceremony and also taught the students local Indigenous words from the Boon wurrung language. He then invited all staff and students to walk around the fire and to let the smoke cleanse their spirit. The NAIDOC themes for this year are Voice, Treaty and Justice.
Years 7 and 8 Football Tour to Tasmania
During the first week of the holidays, 52 boys and 6 coaches headed to the Apple Isle for the 7th biennial Tour to Tasmania. Games against Hutchins School and St. Virgil’s College were played throughout the week with some impressive performances.
The boys enjoyed a host of cultural activities including visits to Port Arthur and MONA and sightseeing (including the spectacular Mt Wellington in zero-degree temperatures!). A big thanks to Travis Hopgood and Simon McPhee for their efforts during the week, so too to Old Boy coaches Will Agius, Tom Whitson and Flynn Wood.
Director of Sport
The final Assembly last semester saw Year 11 student, Craig Marais and 2018 Captain of the School and Old Boy, Brad Marais, presented with an Olympic flag by Olympian Melissa Tapper. This was in recognition for representing Australia in the Hockey 5s at the 2018 Youth Olympics.
The event, held in Argentina last October, saw Australia finish fifth out of 16 teams. Both Craig and Brad continue to shine with opportunities playing for Victoria at an U18 and U21 level.
Head of Student Leadership Years 7–12
Mary Poppins Jr.
The cast and crew of the Middle Years Production – Mary Poppins Jr. have been working hard over the break to bring you a Practically Perfect performance! What are school holidays? Opening 7 August, grab your tickets to what is no doubt to be a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show!
Head of Drama Curriculum and School Productions (7–12)
Comedy for a Cause – Dinner and Show
Come along with your friends for a night of giggles and fun with a fabulous line up of International Comedy Festival comedians. Prior to taking your seat, start with the included substantial canapé dinner, then during intermission enjoy a canapé dessert all provided by a favourite Church St restaurant.
When: Saturday 20 July, doors open 7.00pm for 8.00pm show
Comedians: Dave Williams, Peter Jones, Cait Johnson, Nick Quon
Where: St Andrews Brighton Parish Hall
Cost: $35 Adults, $20 Students. Drinks at bar prices.
2019 is a Pink Dinner Year!
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Outdoor Education Expo 23 July
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