A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
More than 100 families joined us online on Saturday 15 August for our first Virtual Open Day as they visited Brighton Grammar from the comfort of their homes.
Families were keen to hear about many aspects of our School and I was happy to answer questions on our STEM program, wellbeing focus, class sizes, competitive sport, academic results and even our bus routes.
Talking to people online will never replace walking around the grounds of a school and meeting staff and students but, with the current situation in Victoria, I was pleased to show these families all we have on offer at BGS for their boys.
When talking about our Effective Learner Model to prospective parents last Saturday, I highlighted the importance of feedback and how we all need it to grow personally and professionally.
This is also a timely reminder on providing your feedback by completing a very short parent survey on what we should keep, stop, and start for DL 3.0.
Keep safe and well and thank you for your continued support.
A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton
It has been quite some time since I have had the opportunity to see any of our Year 7-9 boys in person, so I have been taking the time to drop into their Zoom classes.
Depending on the class, I might chat to the boys, join in with some of the discussions, or simply enjoy observing the lesson and potentially learning something new. It is really nice to see their faces, say hello, and see how well they are managing with DL 3.0. I have been impressed with how punctual, prepared and engaged the boys are in their learning.
Many things take a little more effort to ensure they take place during distance learning and one of those is the student-student interactions between year levels. These are so valuable in building a sense of connection and belonging for all of our boys. I mentioned a few weeks ago that our Year 11 coaches were returning to their roles of visiting different student groups, and a number of our Year 12 and Year 10 students have also recently started to visit Year 7 Tutor Groups once a week.
As we pass the mid-point of the term, it is worth reminding the boys there are lots of opportunities for them to become involved with different activities and these are all posted on The Oak. Inter-House competitions are also in full swing with the Portrait Competition drawing to a close, Chess coming up and different weekly Strava challenges for the boys to participate in.
RCD Connor’s Run
Under the Oak on the Hub you’ll find a link for training advice, tips and tricks to prepare for Connor’s Run. Liz Dawes, Connor’s mother and Founder, CEO of RCD Foundation, has written to the BGS community to explain why it is so important, now more than ever, to support Paediatric Cancer research by running YOUR WAY ANY DAY in September.
An edited version of Liz’s letter is reproduced below; you can read the full version of her letter here.
Dear BGS boys, parents and staff,
Many of you know my son Connor’s story but I’m guessing as the years move along there will be many of you that do not. In February 2000 Connor started Prep at Brighton Grammar School. His brother Nick started Prep in 2002. The BGS community in many ways became our family for 15 years.
In April 2013 Connor lost his life to brain cancer but left us inspired to create a foundation in his name and make a difference for other young people with a similar diagnosis. In large part, thanks to Brighton Grammar, Connor’s Run is now Australia’s largest event for paediatric brain cancer.
This year, Connor’s Run is YOUR WAY ANY DAY in September. We invite you and your family to join us, any way you’d like (that does fit in with the government’s guidelines) and feel awesome about being part of something positive. You can set any goal you wish, large or small.
By joining us, please know you WILL be making a difference and continuing on an important legacy that Brighton Grammar has helped create. To register and find out more, please visit Connorsrun.com
Founder and CEO
Robert Connor Dawes Foundation
SchoolTV special report: Riding the Corona Coaster
In response to the current pandemic and various stages of lockdown, SchoolTV has released a special report: Riding the Corona Coaster. In this special report, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg offers advice on how parents can look after themselves while also creating a calm and structured environment at home for their family.
Secondary School Psychologist (Years 9-12)
Keeping Fit with Ian Miller
With restrictions reimposed around Victoria, and BGS students returning to distance learning, we have had to expand our range of creative ways to keep the boys physically active and mentally fit during lockdown.
Joining with the Physical Education Department in both the Secondary and Junior Schools, I have been holding live Zoom fitness sessions with Year 3 through to Year 11 students. These sessions have been great fun, with as many as 80 students taking part.
We have had a year level competition with Secondary School students to see who can be the most active, with over 3,800 hours of activity logged in just four weeks, which is an amazing effort. I encourage parents to continue to support and encourage their sons to keep physically and mentally fit as lockdown continues.
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
UNMASK A Great New Read on SORA – online reading app
Please view a simple powtoon video promoting books for the boys to read during distance learning 3.0.
School Librarian, Urwin Centre Library
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.
Director of Music, Head of Choral