A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

We have almost come to the end of another term, one that challenged us on a number of levels but also one that brought us closer together although physically apart. The hard work and support of teachers and parents kept our boys afloat academically and emotionally over the last few months and I am grateful for your efforts, as are your sons.

We know that a strong sense of wellbeing is essential for students to achieve their academic potential and equipping our boys with the skills and mindsets to foster good mental health and wellbeing underpins all our programs at BGS. This week is Men’s Health Week and is a timely reminder of how we need to look after the health of our sons and ourselves during uncertain times.

As we lead into the holiday break, our Director of Crowther Centre and Deputy Headmaster Dr Ray Swann has some key ideas on how to talk with your boys about resetting boundaries on appropriate screen time limits, following the period of distance learning.

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and look forward to welcoming the boys back on Tuesday 14 July, a day earlier than previously advertised to maximise teaching time in Term 3.

 

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

Although back on-site for a few weeks now, we are still unable to gather in large groups, so yesterday the boys joined in a virtual Chapel Service from their Tutor Groups. Tomorrow we will finish the term as is customary with a Secondary School assembly, also online.

As the season was cut short this year, we were unable to recognise our Summer Sports Award winners through the traditional presentation evenings. Please view the Summer Sports presentation announcing these winners, which is also on the Hub for the boys to watch.

A huge congratulations to all award winners! Boys can collect their trophies between 8.00am and 4.00pm tomorrow from the Annandale function room.

I would like to wish those of you who also have some time off a wonderful mid-year break, and a restful and enjoyable time with your boys.

We look forward to seeing the boys on Tuesday 14 July for the start of Term 3, refreshed and ready for the latter half of the year.

Creativity on show

During distance learning, Year 8 Creative Design and Technology students streamed materials available at home to create miniature worlds of wonder, bringing the inanimate to life in their own Stop Motion Animation films.

Getting inspiration from famous animators such as Aardman, the boys chose a film genre, news article or reimagined an existing story to develop skills in cinematography, storyboarding, narrative as well as editing and animation techniques.

Zac Ristevski chose to reflect on a timely theme in his animation, Isolation, one exceptional example of creative development in this unit.

Sarah Martin
Arts and Design Teacher

Diary Dates

  • Friday 19 June Term 2 ends
  • Tuesday 14 July Term 3 starts
  • Tuesday 21 July Year 9-11 Information Evenings
  • Wednesday 22 July Coaching Day
  • Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 July Year 7-12 PTS Discussions