A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

2018 done and dusted

Many thanks for what has been an excellent 2018 at BGS. So much has been achieved this year: a continued focus on a strong academic culture via our Effective Learner model, numerous Parent Workshops run by the Crowther Centre, the creation of the Secondary School, our first Rites of Passage camp, record enrolments, the opening of the new Annandale, a refreshed academic uniform and, critically, an ongoing and unwavering commitment to knowing each and every individual boy in our care.

Although 2019 might seem some time away, it will be here before we know it, and promises to be another stimulating year. We will continue to focus on those elements that always remain vital to BGS, alongside a number of very exciting developments that I look forward to sharing with you in a few weeks.

I wish you, your families and all in the BGS community a happy, safe and holy Christmas, and a great start to 2019. Your support of BGS in 2018 has been greatly appreciated and I look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.


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

I would like to start this week by congratulating Noah McGrath, 2019 School Captain, and Martin Kulesza, 2019 School Vice Captain, both of whom were announced at Speech Night last week. I have no doubt that they, along with the Prefect group, the House Captains and the Year 8 Student Voice Leaders (recently announced at our Final Assembly), will ensure that next year is an outstanding year for Brighton Grammar.

As we close out the 2018 year at BGS, we thank and say farewell to a number of staff who are moving on. We are extremely grateful to all of these staff, but in particular I would like to thank Stephen Miles and Hiroko Hunt for their dedicated service to the Brighton Grammar community over 37 and 24 years respectively. I would also like to draw your attention to some key staff movements for next year:

  • We welcome Christian Neeson to the School in the newly created role as Director of Co-curriculum (Years 7–12).
  • Tim Marshall will step down from his role as a Head of House for Year 7 and begin 2019 as Director of Sport (Years 7–12).
  • After a number of acting roles this year, Nicole Clark has been appointed as Head of House (Year 7).
  • Simon McPhee will join the School as Director of Coaching (Years 5–12).
  • Simone Lewis has been appointed in another newly created role as Director of Service.
  • Patrick Sanders will move into the role of Director of Curriculum & Assessment (ELC–VCE) and we welcome Simon Maaser into the Head of Science Faculty role.
  • Louise Carroll is retiring from her role as Head of Humanities Faculty and Yvette Radas has been appointed to the position starting next year.
  • Kristen Molloy will be taking a year’s leave and Peter Pidduck will step into the role of Acting Head of English Faculty.
  • Graeme Harris is retiring from his role as Head of House and a Teacher of Science. We welcome Dennis Rodwell as the incoming Head of Rofe House and also a Teacher of Science.
  • Anthony Keane will be staying at BGS but is stepping down from his role as Head of House. We welcome Maxwell Forbes as the new Head of School House and a Teacher of English.

Finally, I would like to end on a personal note of thanks for your support throughout the year. I do hope you all have a peaceful and joyous Christmas time with friends and family.


Welcome to 2019 Classes

On Thursday, we commenced promotions in the Secondary School. This is always a busy time of year and it requires great organisation to enable the boys to sample their 2019 classes. The day started with the induction of our new Chantologists.

Charlie Moore, Fergus Murray  and Luke Hart set the scene at the start of the day for the new Years 9 to 12 boys while the new Year 8 students arrived from the Urwin Centre. The call of ‘Brighton Grammar’ echoed throughout the Atrium as a prelude for what was to come.

All students congregated in the Quadrangle as the Chantologists led the school in chants. The Headmaster was drawn from his office as the chanting grew and he bestowed the Chantology blazers to Head Chantologist Charlie Moore and his team.

The bell at the top of the Tower entrance rang out and all students were welcomed to the 2019 year. They were urged to make the most of their opportunities throughout the year ahead. Students then returned to Tutor Groups to prepare for their new classes.

Prior to this, on Wednesday afternoon, all Years 7 and  8 students had their Final Assembly together. Year 8 students then met with their new Heads of House and House Tutors in preparation for the Promotions period. A large number of these boys have already had some classes at the St Andrew’s end of the School but for some it was a new experience.

Thank you to all Heads of House and to Cam Taylor, who worked hard before this day to finalise tutor groups and ensure a smooth transition period into new House groups. A large number of boys new to the School have also had a chance to familiarise themselves with how things operate before commencing fully in 2019.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

David Liddle
Deputy Head of Secondary School (Years 11–12)


Outdoor Education Leadership Program 2018/2019

This weekend, 36 OELP nominees gave up their time to embark on the Stage 1 training course for 2019. With help from Ray and Julian at Adventure Curve, the nominees worked through a series of team challenges and professional development tasks, including public speaking and constructive feedback sessions.

Tackling inclement weather, the Year 11s worked as a team, maintaining a high standard and proving their aptitude for leadership. Finally, on Tuesday, the boys put what they had learned into practice by welcoming the new Year 7 students to Secondary School with an afternoon of team activities on the Crowther. Highlights included the leadership challenges, a team barbecue dinner and visits from Ross Featherston, Rachel Horton and Peter Tellefson, who shared their viewpoints on the significance of service, the value of mentoring and the importance of student voice.

The Outdoor Education Leaders Program (OELP) is a three-stage student mentor program that places Year 11 students with a class of peers from Years 3 to 8. The Year 11 leaders walk alongside staff and build relationships with the younger students, helping them through their own BGS journey and, ultimately, accompanying them on their Outdoor Education experience.

This program is designed to cultivate our young men as they step up as mentors and examples for the BGS student community. We look to shift the perspective of the OELP members from participant to student leaders.

I am excited to welcome the new OELP students as representatives of our department. I’d also like to thank the outgoing cohort of OELP students for their outstanding service to their younger peers and their efforts in strengthening BGS and extending the ‘As One’ message across New Street and Allee Street.

Nathan O’Malley
Assistant Head of Outdoor Education


Community Carols Service

The highlight of the festive season at Brighton Grammar is the Community Carols Service, which was held on Monday 3 December in St Andrew’s Church. Featuring a number of well-known carols, as well as Christmas readings and a selection of Christmas songs, the evening celebrated the work of the 130-strong combined Borwick House, Meliora Voices and Senior Choirs, Corelli Strings, Senior Concert Band and Senior Symphony Orchestra.

Soloists this year included Zac Murphy (Year 4), Jordan De Worsop (Year 11), Joel Dow (Year 10) and Jonty Leadbeater (Year 12).

Jared Furtado
Director of Music 
Head of Choral


Head Shave Challenge

The Head Shave Challenge was a huge success! The event kicked off with Mr Sanders saying a fond farewell to his beard while Charlie Paterson was lucky enough to shave Mr Bain’s head – a reward for raising almost $800! Dr Lee, Leo Kouskouris, Joe Catalano and Ayrton Alessandro all followed with new hair cuts! Thank you, gentlemen – great work.

Crepes were flying out the door thanks to Crêpes for Change, a not-for-profit social enterprise, with all funds going to support youth homelessness.

The Ultimate Frisbee staff vs student match drew crowds but after a heated contest, it was the teachers who managed to take home the win. 

For those interested in a more chilled lunchtime, we had Kyle from Brightside Art working with students on street art style designs on slate decks and boards.

A special thank you must go to Joel Dow, Ryan Thorpe and Lachie Briggs for performing at the event. The boys helped create a very relaxed atmosphere for all to enjoy. Thanks also to ‘Marshall Chef’ and his crew. Your team ran a tight and faultless ship, ensuring bellies were filled.

We had a group of about 20 volunteers set up and sort bags to be distributed through the ‘It’s in the Bag’ drive, run by Share the Dignity. These bags will be donated to women who may be experiencing hardship at this time of year.

Raffle tickets are available until the end of tomorrow on the go fund me page ($2 for one or $5 for three). You can win vouchers for Mama’s Buoi or Açai Bros, or original prints from Kyle at Blindside Art.

All of this could not have happened without the help of a small group of young men who have wanted to make a difference this year. From coming up with great ideas and assisting with advertising designs to selling raffle tickets, you have done it all. Henry Williams deserves a final thanks for coming up with the Head Shave idea and being willing to back it. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot make a difference, gentlemen. As a school, we have managed to raise over $5000 to be donated to the Les Twentyman Foundation. These funds will be used to support young people and assist them into secure housing and education. 

Simone Lewis
Head of Community Services



School transition can be a very exciting and stressful time for parents and students. This week’s SchoolTV provides interviews with leading specialists, helpful articles and fact sheets about school transitions. 


Laptop Donations

If your son will not be needing his laptop after the end of this year, the community of Pormpuraaw would be grateful to have it. Please take your old laptop to ICT so that the team can wipe the drive and prepare it for donation. If you have any queries, contact our Director of ICT, Sandra Maher.


Whatever your child is interested in, there will be something to inspire them in the Share Summer Holiday Programs. Check out what’s on offer this December and January. Programs are booking out already so be quick!


Get Fit for Summer

Box, cycle, HIIT or downward-dog your way into shape at your community gym in Annandale. You’ll love the small class sizes, superb setting and community atmosphere. Our highly qualified trainers are offering free fitness assessments to help you plan your goals and work out which classes suit you best.

Visit the Annandale Gym website for the Christmas timetable.



New Academic Uniform Fittings

From Friday 7 December, current students will be able to purchase the new academic uniform (to wear from the beginning of 2019) from the Uniform Shop. The Shop will operate extended opening hours in December to manage the increased demand. Opening hours will be as follows:

Friday 7 December 12–5pm
Saturday 8 December 9am–12pm
Monday 10 December 12–5pm
Tuesday 11 December 9am–12pm
Wednesday 12 December 9am–12pm
Thursday 13 December 9am–12pm
Friday 14 December 12–5pm
Saturday 15 December 9am–12pm
Monday 17 December 12–5pm
Tuesday 18 December 9am–12pm
Wednesday 19 December 9am–12pm
Thursday 20 December 9am–12pm
Friday 21 December 10am–2pm

The Shop will re-open on 7 January 2019. Opening hours for January will be available on the Noone and BGS websites soon.

Noone’s experienced staff fit the boys for growing room. However, if your son happens to grow significantly over the holiday period, you can exchange any uniform item.


Prize Winners Secondary School Speech Night

YEAR 7   
The Chinese Prize Brayden Hope
The Design Prize Matthew Barwood
The Drama Prize Moe Spencer 
The English Prize George Roubos
The (joint) English as an Additional Language Prize William Sun
  Leon Gu
The French Prize Kyle Verbunt
The Humanities Prize Ryan Cory
The Latin Prize Josh McCahon
The Mathematics Prize Lachlan Molloy
The Music Prize James Hepples
The Outdoor Education Prize Fedya Konunchuk
The Science Prize Luca Dixon
The Year 7 Progress Prize Oscar Sloan
Fifth in the Year Prize James Clarkson
The Art Prize and Fourth in the Year Prize Josh Finkelstein
The Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education Prize and Third in the Year Prize Oliver Goodger
The Extension Studies Prize, the Japanese Prize, the Wood Technology Prize, the Instrumental Choral Friends of Music Prize and Second in the Year Prize Jenson Galvin
The Dux of Year 7 Prize Tristan Orb
YEAR 8  
The Art Prize Xavier Hendy
The Chinese Prize and the Music Prize Aaron Hong-Dunnett
The English Prize and the Design Prize Michael Paltoglou
The English as an Additional Language Prize Jerry Qiyuan Chen
The French Prize Jonathan Sum
The Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education Prize Oliver Holland
The Humanities Prize Charlie Morgan
The Japanese Prize and the Mathematics Prize Eric Chen
The (joint) Latin Prize Will Stebbing
  Spiros Velos
The Outdoor Education Prize Lochie McDougall
The Wood Technology Prize James Mitchell
The Chapel Server Prize Jack Kissane
The Drama Prize, the (joint) English Prize and the Fraser Cairns History Prize Cameron McIntryre
The Debating Prize and Year 7-9 Production Prize Thomas Galinas
The Intermediate Instrumental Friends of Music Prize Jevons Wang
The Linacre Hospital Prize for Citizenship (engraved shield) Samson Adams
The Year 8 Progress Prize Angus Elliott
The Science Prize and Fifth in the Year Prize Mitchell Kuzilny
The Extension Studies Prize and Fourth in the Year Prize Matthew Hill
The Third in the Year Prize James Bourke
The Stewart Family Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Second in the Year Prize Jonah Campigli
The A.D. Turnbull Prize for Dux of Year 8 Jorge Houridis
YEAR 9   
The Art Prize and the Visual Communication and Design Prize James Semenov
The Chinese as a Second Language Prize Eric Stone
The Commerce Prize and the I.T. Robotics Prize James Cannuli
The Drama Prize Marcus Bierens
The (joint) English as an Additional Language Prize Eric Sima
  Juan Hu
The Mathematics Prize Wilson Shi 
The Music Prize Harrison Fulton
The Outdoor Education Prize Alex Christopolous
The Wood Technology Prize Maxim Coste
The Year 9 B2M Prize Stirling Findlay
The Year 9 Progress Prize Leo Read 
The French Prize and Fifth in the Year Prize Lucas Williamson
The Japanese Prize and Fourth in the Year Prize Tony Li
The Latin Prize, the Science Prize and the Third in the Year Prize Max Kortge
The Forensic Science Prize and Second in the Year Jack Anson
The English Prize, The Geography Prize, the Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education Prize, the History prize and the Edward McKay Memorial Prize for Dux of Year 9 Hamish Roberts
YEAR 10   
The Art Prize Daniel Smith
The Analytical Chemistry Prize Kareem Zecevic
The Unit 1/2 Australian and Global Politics Prize Max McLachlan
The Chinese as a Second Language Prize James Sherborne
The Unit 1/2 Chinese First Language Prize Justin Feng
The Classical Studies Prize Micah Swann
The Commerce Prize Wei Yee Hall
The Visual Communication and Design Prize Harrison Boys
The Drama Prize Hayden Cory
The Engineering Prize Ollie Cruse
The (joint) English as an Additional Language Prize Larry Li
The (joint) English as an Additional Language Prize, the Japanese Prize and the Unit 1/2 Chinese Second Language Advanced Prize Peter Qui
The (joint) French Prize and the Sports Exercise Science Prize Lachie Caldwell
The Geography Prize Lachlan Wake
The Unit 1/2 Geography Prize Nick Vakirtzis
The History Prize Billy Pearson
The Literature Prize Lucas Pithie
The Mathematics Prize Richard Jiang
The Music Prize Joel Dow
The Outdoor Education Prize Lachlan Jackett-Simpson
The Psychology Prize Darby Hipwell
The Sports Psychology and Coaching Prize Luke Langdon
The Unit 1/2 Visual Communication Design Prize Jackson Sweet
The Year 10 B2M Prize Jack Clarkson
The Norman MacGlashan Memorial Prize for Physical Education Chris Valcanis 
The Robert Asche Memorial Prize for Information Technology Victor Ding
The Maurice Dowd Memorial Prize for Woodwork Dominic Kastrinakis
The A.J. Simpson Prize for Religious Education Bailey Rohan
The Year 10 Progress Prize Max Benier
The Biotechnology Prize, The Unit 1/2 Biology Prize and Fifth in the Year Prize Liam Konidaris
The (joint) Latin Prize and the Fourth in the Year Prize Carl Rumbens
The Third in the Year Prize Ben Sexton
The (joint) French Prize, The Unit 1/2 Physical Education Prize and Second in the Year Prize Harrison Kirkham
The English Prize, the Financial Literacy Prize, the (joint) Latin Prize, the Science Prize, member of the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Class of 2020, and the Alan MacGlashan Memorial for Dux of Year 10  Jaikob Ackinci
YEAR 11   
The Accounting Prize Matthew Downs
The Art Prize Ed Burt
The Business Management Prize Luke Sorensen
The Chinese Second Language Prize Jack Thomas
The Drama Prize Matthew Young
The Economics Prize John Paterson
The English Language Prize Dennis Gu
The English as an Additional Language Prize Jason Jin
The Ethics and Belief Prize, the Music Prize and the Senior Choral Friends of Music Prize Isaac Burgess
The History 20th Century Prize Mike Kantounatakis
The Japanese Prize JayJay Zhu
The Legal Studies Prize Gordon Chen
The Mathematical Methods Prize Matt Warman
The Physics Prize James Mitchell
The Psychology Prize Tom Banfield
The Product Design and Technology Prize Sam Reid
The Lewis Luckins Memorial Prize for General Mathematics Aidan Nicholls
The Allan Zavod Jazz Prize Stephen Suits
The Year 11 Outdoor Education Leadership Prize Lionel Wang
The 10-12 Production Prize Jack Wyss
The Computing Prize and the Year 11 Progress Prize Callum McPeake
The Fifth in the Year Prize Curtis Wilson
The English Prize and Fourth in the Year Prize Leo Kouskouris
The Latin Prize, the Specialist Mathematics Prize, the Senior Instrumental Prize for Friends of Music and the Third in Year Prize David Li
The Second in the Year Prize Max James 
The Chemistry Prize, the French Prize, The Literature Prize and The Monash Prize for Dux of Year 11  Joshua Sum