Ross Featherston

Headmaster, Brighton Grammar School

A favourite aspect of my job is ‘standing on the gate’ before and after school at the Junior and Secondary Schools.

There are common elements across both Schools: the boys are always polite, always say hello, are open to a quick conversation and will make the necessary adjustments to their uniform upon seeing me.

However, a key difference is the consumption of food. I don’t think I can recall a Junior School boy coming to school and eating his breakfast. Yet in the Secondary School (particularly at St Andrew’s End), it is not uncommon for a senior student to come past me munching away.

As you would know a key quadrant of our Effective Learner Model is Learning Dispositions. We want our boys to be disposed to learning or, in other words, to be ready to learn, from the beginning of the school day.

It’s a well-worn adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and recent research from the University of NSW supports this, with specific reference to the role a good breakfast can play in academic achievement.

The Crowther Centre’s Nutrition Position Paper is a good start to help you encourage your son to make positive food choices on his own, with healthy nutrition tips.

Many of our boys have competing time pressures in the mornings such as music rehearsals and sports training which can lead to opting out of breakfast altogether or substituting it for a processed and sugary drink; however, I firmly believe that breakfast holds its place as the most important meal of the day.

 

Simon Angus

Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School

It has been another busy week of learning, sport, programs and co-curricular activities across the Secondary School. House Chess has been hotly contested and we look forward to announcing the winning House shortly.

Yesterday was Jam for James Day in the Secondary School, introduced last year to highlight the seriousness of food allergies and named in honour of James Tsindos (OB 2021).

At our morning assembly, we heard from Professor Kirsten Perrett, Director of the National Allergy Centre for Excellence, James’ sister Georgia who reminded us of his love for music, Year 9 student James Rodriguez who gave a moving performance of The Lark, by Mikhail Glinka (Farewell to St. Petersburg) on the piano, and finally from Arts & Culture Prefect Elliot Tay who reminded us of the importance of friendships. Read Elliot’s speech here.

The lunchtime concerts were also very successful and my thanks to all students, both current and past, who participated.

With the House Choral competition next week, the Urwin Centre is filled with the sounds of boys singing and working together as one in pursuit of an activity many would otherwise not engage in.

Next week is also Reconciliation Week. Our Cultural Development Coordinator has been working diligently behind the scenes and I look forward to sharing some stories in the next newsletter.

Meliora Sequamur.

Happenings and Reminders

  • Parking inspectors are actively patrolling the area. Please ensure you follow parking signs to avoid potential fines
  • King’s Birthday – School closure – Monday 10 June
  • Term 1 Sports photos now available for purchase

Bayspeak

Students Harrison Craw (Year 7), Max Henley (Year 9), Kenneth Yeung (Year 10), and Carey Tong (Year 10) represented our school at the Bayspeak Public Speaking competition last week. 

They competed against students from Brighton Secondary College, Kilbreda College, Shelford Girls Grammar, and St Leonard’s College. Against strong competition, Carey was awarded winner of the Senior Division, and Kenneth came in second. 

Each of our students delivered speeches on topics they were passionate about, ranging from cherishing the moment, to debating the best Arnott’s Shapes flavour.

They spoke with passion, emotion, and confidence, making a strong impression in a competition filled with top-tier public speakers.

It was an exceptional achievement for our senior debaters to dominate the Senior Division, showcasing their outstanding skills and dedication. Carey and Kenneth will now advance to the final round on 4 June.

Madeleine Dwyer
Years 11-12 Debating Coordinator

Crowther Seating unveiling

The 2023 Annual Appeal initiative, the Crowther Seating development, is now complete.

The BGS community including students, sports teams and supporters are now taking full advantage of the new space. A great opportunity to see it in action will be when our First XVIII plays against Scotch College on Saturday 1 June from 2.00pm. 

We especially invite our donors to come and see the result of your combined support. Thank you to our 2023 Appeal supporters for helping us to bring this redevelopment to life!

Model UN Assembly 

After two days of exhaustive debate, Year 10 students Nicholas Michele and Kenneth Yeung were victorious at Rotary’s Model United Nations Assembly.

Taking on the political stance of Afghanistan, the boys argued and defended their country’s economic and socio-political needs.

They formed alliances with other nations and were able to pass a number of resolutions in their favour.

Following their win, the boys will now go on to compete in the national competition.

Kirsten Dunsby
Head of Public Speaking & Debating

From Reverend Waterhouse

One of the songs from the musical Oliver! which never fails to move me is the haunting tune Boy For Sale. It encapsulates a different era; a different time; and a different set of social values.

Poignantly, it also reminds me of the biblical gospel.

This Sunday in our Christian calendar is the observation of Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is an occasion to be reminded of the Christian understanding that while there is one living and true God, within this Godhead are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Moreover, there is a distinct order of relationship, whereby the Father sends the Son into the world, to be sold, betrayed and executed, for the sake of atoning for the sins of a broken world.

However, this same Son rises to new life on the third day and now gifts the Spirit to those who trust in him.

As the apostle Paul affirms: ‘When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God … joint heirs with Christ.’ [Romans 8:15-17].  

Diary Dates

  • Monday 3 - Tuesday 11 June Year 10 and 11 Semester 1 Examinations
  • Monday 10 June King's Birthday Holiday
  • Wednesday 12 June Exam Handback Day
  • Monday 3 - Friday 7 June Year 9 Breakthrough Journey

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