A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston
We can all do with some good news at the moment and I have two good news stories to share with you this week.
Firstly, all of our boys are back on site for face-to-face learning and it is wonderful to see them again. It has been 75 days since we first moved to distance learning and it was too quiet without our boys! As a community we must continue to be vigilant and I thank all boys, staff and parents for continuing to follow our COVID-19 related protocols.
Secondly, Brighton Grammar has been recognised as a leader in educational excellence with the news that we are finalists in the Australian Education Awards for 2020 in four categories. They are Best Co-Curricular Program (Year 9/10 B2M Program), Best Student Wellbeing Program, Department Head of the Year (Bryn Humberstone, Head of Mathematics and IT in Secondary School) and Best Primary School (Non-Government).
Only a handful of schools from around Australia reached the finals. To be successfully named as finalists in four categories is an impressive result and shows the outstanding work and commitment of our staff to ensure your sons receive the highest quality educational experience.
Winners will be announced in November this year and I will keep you posted on our progress.
Stay safe and well and enjoy the long weekend.
A Word from the Deputy Headmaster, Head of Secondary School – Dr Rachel Horton
It is absolutely fantastic to now have all Secondary School students back on site, connecting in person with their friends and teachers and engaged in face-to-face learning.
The new processes in place such as morning temperature checks and the wiping down of desks at the end of each class have been easily assimilated into the boys’ regular routines as a way of enabling them to be back in the classroom while still keeping each other safe.
We will continue to review these processes weekly and also to look for opportunities to bring back sport, music and co-curricular activities as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so. In the meantime, we will continue to support group activities and gatherings online where we can. This week House meetings took place by Zoom on Tuesday while our summer sports colours assembly was filmed and shown to boys during Tutor Group on Wednesday.
Thank you to all of our parents and guardians for supporting your boys and everything you have done over the past 10 weeks to enable our distance learning program to take place.
Summer sports colours
After last week’s exciting announcement that an 8 week winter season for all APS sports will start at the beginning of Term 3, we had an opportunity this week to recognise boys for an outstanding contribution to their summer sports.
The following boys have lived the School’s values and competed at the highest level in their chosen field of sporting endeavour and we thank them for their contribution to the School. Read the list of award winners.
We congratulate all these boys on their contribution to their programs and the School and await with anticipation the winter and spring sporting seasons to come.
Director of Co-curriculum
Our First sport teams resume training
A sense of greater normality came across our sports fields last week as our winter First sporting teams commenced training in accordance with Government sporting protocols.
It was wonderful to see small groups of 10 boys scattered about our sporting facilities and training once more! Friday’s APS announcement, that we will enjoy an eight-week Term 3 winter season, further bolstered the mood, as it did for all Year 7–12 boys who will join in on the adapted season.
All other teams will commence training in the first week of Term 3.
Director of Sport
Pen pal program
Brighton Grammar has for many years now enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with elderly residents of The Crescent opposite Secondary School, with BGS boys volunteering in a variety of roles, such as IT support, choristers and musicians.
With social distancing regulations imposed in recent months, and with many of the residents having no contact with their families, the idea came to light to begin handwritten pen pal relationships and three of our boys, Jenson Galvin (Year 9), Andrew McGregor (Year 8) and Jack Harrington (Year 8) took up the challenge as Anna Ladas, Director of Service, reports in BGS News.