A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

As you know, a great deal of thought and effort has gone into refreshing our academic uniform over the past couple of years.

Our Uniform Review Steering Committee, led by designer Jonathan Ward, has looked into every aspect of the uniform to ensure that we obtained the best possible outcome.

The revised design brings a new level of consistency across the School, greater comfort and durability for the boys, and increased visibility in the community.

I am very excited to be sharing the final designs with you now. Click here to see the range.

Thank you for your support throughout the process.

 


From the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School, Dr Rachel Horton

Last week, I was lucky enough to escape Melbourne for a brief and beautifully sunny 24-hour visit to Mount Arapiles and the 30 Year 10 students who were spending the week there camping and climbing. This was just one of seven journeys offered to the Year 10s this year and reports coming back from all programmes are of outstanding experiences for students and staff alike. Outdoor education programmes offer opportunities for boys to challenge themselves and of course to learn and develop new skills. Programmes such as these also encourage independence and the ability to work as part of a team, building strong relationships outside of the classroom with both peers and staff. These Year 10 journeys were very much ‘choose your own adventure’. I arrived to find the boys at Arapiles cooking their own breakfasts while poring over the Arapiles climbing pocket companion, discussing the different difficulties and styles of climbs and working out where they wanted to climb that day.

Our next outdoor experience will be the Year 8 programme in the Grampians at the end of this term. Catering and tent groups have been decided and the boys are busy preparing for the challenge of camping, hiking, mountain biking and abseiling. A number of Year 11 students have been assisting the Year 8s with their planning and will also join this camp as part of their Outdoor Education Leaders’ Programme.

The Year 11s recently voted for their 2019 school leaders. Promising candidates with high peer support will have leadership interviews in the coming weeks and probationary school leaders will be announced at the end of this term. This year’s leaders developed and delivered some outstanding messages, challenging all boys and staff in the Secondary School to come together ‘As One’, and to strive to be better men today than they were yesterday. They have also planned some initiatives that are still to come. I very much look forward to seeing our future school leaders build on this and previous legacies.

Finally, it is business as usual for the Year 12s, with just a few weeks of the term left until their final school holidays. The Long Day Programme continues to run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and the Hancock Wing is also open and staffed on Saturday mornings for extra Syndicate sessions.


Another Brother for the Rest of Their Lives (re-post)

At the beginning of 2017, two graduates of MITS (the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School) came to live with BGS families and attend our School. In 2018, we welcomed two more MITS graduates, Harry DeSantis in Year 8 and Calvin Cook in Year 7.

Harry and Calvin are living with the Glassel family – Ashley, Maggie, Charlotte (Kilvington Year 9) and Seb (BGS Year 6). When asked what it’s like having Harry and Calvin living with them, Ashley and Maggie said:

In a number of ways, it is no different, and in a number of others, it is a world of difference.

The sense of family and community is important to these boys; they are happiest when at our family gatherings or amongst their friends from MITS. This sense of belonging is something that we have all learnt after we welcomed Harry then Calvin into our family.

In 2019, we need two more families to host new boys entering Year 8. We are looking for a family prepared to host a student for a minimum of two years. Your own children do not need to be the same age as the homestay student – you just need to be willing to include an extra child in your everyday family life. BGS and MITS will offer you strong support throughout the homestay period.

Ashley and Maggie again:

It is amazing to hear their stories about fishing and hunting on the Tiwi Islands.

Harry and Calvin are unique. They currently love playing rugby, a game that they had never seen at home, where everything is about Aussie Rules. Even when Damien Hardwick [Richmond Football Club coach and MITS supporter] introduces himself to us, they act like it means nothing because they aren’t really into watching sport and the adulations; they just want to play it. 

 The Aboriginal culture is rich through Australian life; it’s just that you may not have noticed it. So if you have kids and want to learn about Aboriginal culture, consider opening your house to an Aboriginal boy – you’ll learn more than you think. And your children will have another brother for the rest of their lives.

Having seen first-hand the opportunities offered to both the MITS student and the host family, I can assure you that, despite inevitable challenges, the rewards of opening your home and your heart are immeasurable.

If you are interested in the program, please contact me at headmaster@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au by Friday 24 August 2018 so that I can discuss this opportunity with you in more detail. Further information about MITS can be found at www.mitschool.org.au.

Ross Featherston
Headmaster    

 


A Lifetime of Theatre Experience

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Senior Concert Band Wins Gold!

Hot off the press – read about it here.

 


Community Services Update

The past few weeks have been exciting for Service at Brighton Grammar. Year 10 students Liam Konidaris and Denver Stroud represented the Brighton Grammar team at the Youth in Philanthropy presentation event. This programme empowers young people to develop an understanding of philanthropy by allocating funds to their chosen charities or services. The team undertook research and visited a number of services to develop a deeper understanding of how they contribute to their clients and how their funds are allocated. This was a fantastic opportunity for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to receive feedback from student representatives and for our boys to celebrate their achievements.

Last week, a group of Years 7 to 12 students chose to spend their lunchtime listening to guest speaker Lynsey Storer. Lynsey is a UK-based artist and educator who is committed to making a difference to the lives of those less fortunate. Lynsey has spent extended periods working on community arts programs in Uganda and, in more recent years, has established an orphanage in Nepal. The orphanage houses young people who have been saved from slavery and prostitution. We appreciate Lynsey taking the time to visit and share her life experiences.

We have also said goodbye to several carloads of goods donated to our first Brighton Grammar Winter Appeal. Mums Supporting Families in Need and Victorian Dog Rescue are both extremely grateful for the goods and funds that our families have provided.

Finally, we have some exciting Service programmes coming up. If you would like to take part in some practical programmes that will allow you to contribute to your community, please contact me at smills@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who has taken the time to contribute to Service at Brighton Grammar this year. We love seeing our boys working together to support their community.

Simone Lewis
Head of Community Services

 


Shrek-tastic!

What a fantastic achievement from the cast and crew of Shrek! Months and months of hard work culminated in a very successful season of Shrek the Musical Jr. The cast was electric. Their enthusiasm was clearly infectious, with audiences members not only amazed by the performances but singing and dancing in the aisles as they left the theatre! The crew of students also did a superb show in bringing the show to life. Congratulations to the over 100 students, staff and parents involved in the construction of this massive project. Your hard work and dedication really helped create life-changing experiences for all involved.

Michael Kent
Head of Drama Curriculum and School Productions (7–12)

The production was a fun activity to be involved in, not just as a creative task, but as a social experience. Being able to act, sing and dance with other people was a great experience and it allowed me, personally, to create friendships with many people whilst also allowing everyone to both show off their dramatic skills and also learn new skills. I began the production not being able to sing on stage, but I was able to overcome this through the assistance of my teachers. It was exciting to be up on stage and it gave us all a great challenge to overcome. Overall, I highly recommend others to have a go at something like this – you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Michael Paltoglou (aka Shrek)
Year 8

 


Andy Supports BGS Athletics

Last Thursday, our athletics season was declared open with a special launch held in the new Annandale building. The event was a great success, due not only to the number of staff, parents and boys in attendance, but also to the support of our Headmaster, Ross Featherston, and our very special guest, Andy McGrath (OB2016).  Andy, who was the AFL’s number one draft pick in 2016 and NAB Rising Star in 2017, spoke to the boys about his time at BGS, notably in athletics. Andy was a national athletics star from a young age. He was the BGS Athletics Captain for two years in a row (2015 and 2016), leading the School to third place in both years – our best result for many years. Andy’s support of and passion for athletics was highly motivating. 

Athletics Twilight Meets for Brighton are held at Sandy Athletics Track on Friday afternoons for Years 7 to 12. Please direct Years 7 and 8 queries to Christian Machar (cmachar@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au) and Years 9–12 queries to Meg Adem (madem@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au).

 


B2M Year 10 Journeys

Mt Arapiles 

A group of 30 Year 10 boys ventured to Mt Arapiles last week, led by experienced and helpful guides. During their journey, the boys experienced some of the world’s best climbing. They rotated in small groups between multi-pitch climbing (up to 120m), the ‘Rock Journey’ (a mixture of hiking and abseiling) and top-rope climbing (like you see in an indoor gym). In amongst this were some bouldering ‘problems’, which occur a shorter distance from the ground and are attempted with mats and spotters instead of ropes.

Overall, the boys greatly enjoyed the climbing and were able to attempt climbs of many different heights and difficulties. Some boys chose to climb as high as possible, while others went for high grades, climbing to a great standard and impressing even the well-accomplished guides. A visit from Dr Horton late in the week allowed the boys to display their new skills and finish off the week on a high.

Tom Cantwell
Year 10

 

Kokoda 

From the time we arrived in PNG, we knew this was going to be a tough expedition. After spending the night in Port Moresby, we began our Kokoda Track experience at the Bomana War Cemetery, where over 3000 soldiers lay to rest. This set the scene for the next 10 days.

Our trek started at Owers’ Corner, where we met our porters and the undulating track commenced. The days that followed were full of steep climbs, where the roots of trees often acted as stairs. We took in the beautiful scenery and were informed about the dense history of the track.

Highlights of the journey included evenings spent in local villages bonding with the local kids and the porters, participating in an emotional service on Brigade Hill where many Australian soldiers lost their lives, and spending time with our mates.

This 110-kilometre trek is an adventure we will never forget.

Jack Clarkson and Christian Aloi
Year 10

 


Ute Full of Food – Donate Tomorrow

Donations for Ute Full of Food this term will be leaving tomorrow (Friday 24 August). Ute Full of Food is one of the longest-running whole-School service programs at BGS. St Mark’s volunteers are heavily reliant on our donations to feed up to 80 displaced clients daily and provide food packages for individuals and families in need. BGS is one of their major suppliers and we need to step up again this term, particularly in these colder months.

To donate tomorrow, before the supplies are collected:

  • St Andrew’s end – Student Services or Reception (or straight into the Ute)
  • Rosstrevor end – Urwin Centre (at the base of the stairs)

  For those that forget to bring non-perishable items, coin donations can be made at Tuckshop registers at both ends of the School.

Please take the time to clean out your cupboards and purchase some items for donation.

 


Year 7 Fathers’ Day Breakfast

Don’t forget to book your tickets to share in this event next Tuesday 28 August with your son. Breakfast is 7.30–8.20am followed by a Chapel Service at 8.30am. Limited tickets are available and bookings close tomorrow.

Book now:  www.trybooking.com/XHTD

 


Years 8–12 Fathers’ Day Chapel

Fathers or special friends are very welcome to celebrate Fathers’ Day by attending our Fathers’ Day Chapel Service in St Andrew’s Church on Wednesday 29 August at 8.30am. 

Book nowhttps://www.trybooking.com/XKWM

 


Dates for the Diary

Fri 24 August

– Athletics Twilight Meet
– Ute Full of Food

Sun 26 August 
– Strings Rehearsal Day

Mon 27 August
– House Swimming Carnival

Tue 28 August
– Year 7 Fathers’ Day Breakfast and Chapel

Wed 29 August
– Years 8-12 Fathers’ Day Chapel
– Woodwind Students’ Soiree

Fri 31 August
– Athletics Twilight Meet