A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

It is wonderful to have the boys back for a new school year, in a new decade and with a new student leadership motto of, Make it Count.

It has been, and continues to be, a difficult summer for many in our community, as a result of the devastating bushfires in Australia and the implications of the coronavirus from China. My thoughts are with those who have been affected by both these crises.

I have written to the BGS community, in both English and Chinese, outlining the School’s guidelines for students and their families who visited China over the holiday break, or have been in contact with others who have, updated letter here. We will work to support students who will start the school year a little later than usual.

As the 2020 school year clicks into gear, and you’re out and about, you might start to notice a number of building projects taking shape such as the GBR Hall in the Junior School, our newly enclosed aquatic facility and a new school fence around the Secondary School. These projects will benefit the boys this year and beyond.

If you haven’t already had a chance, please watch my short welcome video.

Have a great week.


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

A very warm welcome back to School to our boys and their parents and guardians. Although today marks the first full school day back, there has been plenty of activity over the past few weeks. The BGS Professional Support staff have been working throughout the summer to ensure the School is ready for the return of the boys. Teaching staff have also been back at work for several days now, preparing for classes.

Of course, many boys have also taken time out of their holidays as rowing, cricket and swimming have all had training sessions and camps. Our Year 12 student leaders have spent a number of days planning for the year, culminating in the entire Year 12 cohort and pastoral staff attending the annual Big Fella camp last week.

This year, due to the ongoing tragic situation with the bush fires, Big Fella was relocated to the Mornington Peninsula. The boys came together as a year level to set personal and group goals for the year and to work on ideas to Make it Count for both themselves and across all other year levels. At face value, it seemed that the hike would be a relative walk in the park compared to the usual climb up Big Fella, but weather conditions on the day conspired to add to the challenge level with a few bouts of torrential rain and a massive headwind for the 10 kilometre beach section at the end. Overall, it was a highly successful camp which will help provide a solid foundation for the challenges of the year ahead.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Parent Information session this evening to share some important information for the year and for Year 7 parents, I look forward to meeting you next Wednesday evening.

Dates for the diary

  • Thursday 30 January Year 8–12 Parent Information/Pastoral Evening
  • Monday 3 February Secondary School Coaching Day (Year 8–12 students)
  • Tuesday 4 February VCE Units 3/4 Information Evening
  • Wednesday 5 February Year 7 Parent Information and Social Evening
  • Tuesday 11 February House Swimming
  • Tuesday 11 February Outdoor Education Expo