A Word from the Headmaster – Ross Featherston

Back into routine and Make it Count

It is wonderful to be back into the routine of the school week. The start of a new school year is a great time to set out the course of the year ahead and to engage with all members of the community. The Crowther Centre has some handy tips on the benefits of setting routines early in the year.

It has been a pleasure speaking to Secondary School parents at our information nights about the story of Icarus and how that can be a guide for our boys in the year ahead: we do not want to get complacent but nor do we want to get ahead of ourselves and think we have made it. Consistent hard work is the key! I look forward to seeing Junior School parents over the next two weeks at the upcoming information nights.

I also enjoyed speaking to the Secondary School boys in St Andrew’s last week where, as part of our Commencement Eucharist Service, we inducted our School Captain, Vice–Captains and Prefects. Drawing on the Prefects’ theme for the year to Make it Count and from the reading from Romans, I encouraged the boys to make 2020 count.

The boys can do this in a number of ways: by making themselves into the best version of what they can be, by recognising that they are part of a community and they need to make it count by contributing to it and, as the reading from Romans challenged us, by holding onto what is good, by being respectful, by working hard and not being lazy, by being full of hope and joy and by loving each other warmly or, to put it another way, by being kind.

Have a great week and Make it Count.


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

The 2020 school year began with the Year 12 cohort, along with students in Years 8–11, welcoming the Year 7 boys to the Secondary School. All boys were welcomed back to School in Assembly where School Captain Jack Clarkson and Vice-Captain Jaikob Akinci spoke about the coming year: making the most of the multitude of opportunities on offer at BGS and having each other’s backs when ‘the sharks are circling‘. This was followed on Friday morning with the formal induction of our Prefects at St Andrew’s, in the presence of their families, the Secondary School students and staff, read article.

We were delighted to welcome back our Scholars of 2019 on Wednesday to celebrate their achievements. The 2019 Dux, James Kelly (Mitchell), eloquently imparted his advice for success at school to the students. He spoke about the importance of looking after both your own physical and mental health. James also encouraged boys to think critically, look for transferable skills between their subjects and, crucially, to try to understand not just what their goals are, but why those goals are important to them. 

The achievements of our 2019 scholars are listed on our Wall of Scholars board in the Hancock Wing, on view for the Secondary School boys to aspire to achieve an ATAR of 95 plus and feature on it. The Scholars’ Assembly, along with the Scholars’ Wall, are important pillars in the way we celebrate academic success at Brighton Grammar.

Term 1 has already seen a large number of events and information evenings. To assist with your planning, in addition to the events calendar on the BGS website, please find some key Secondary School dates.


Big Fella 2020

Near the end of the holidays the Year 12 cohort travelled to the Mornington Peninsula for our Big Fella camp. This camp sought to reunite the boys with one another after a lengthy holiday, as well as evoke thoughts as to how we will approach our final year at Brighton Grammar.

A unique tradition of the Big Fella camp is the Mount Bogong hike. Due to the recent devastating fires, this could not be completed safely; however our hard working staff were able to relocate to Cape Schank where we were set to complete a 28 kilometre hike along the Two Bays Walking Trail.

Whilst the hike alone was a difficult task for some, all boys were posed with creating a challenge for themselves. Some decided to stay as a group for the whole walk, while others aimed to talk to boys they previously hadn’t spoken to before. In essence, the hike aimed to resemble the year we are about to face; a marathon, rather than a sprint. It demonstrated that there will be times where we may struggle, but, together as a cohort and as a team, that we are able to step up to overcome any challenge.

It also functioned as the first step of rolling out the Make it Count Legacy project this year, which tied in perfectly with the metaphoric nature of the hike.

Walking along the beach with a gale headwind, and trudging through mud and gravel in the forests beneath a downpour, seemed suspiciously symbolic of the challenges facing the Year 12 students this year, but every boy made it safely to the finish line.  Only now begins the real challenge.

Chris Valcanis, Liam Konidaris
Year 12 Prefects


An Encouraging Start!

Our sporting facilities were alive with energy and excitement on Saturday as the Year 7 boys, dressed in their new BGS sports uniforms, commenced their six year Secondary School APS Sport journey by trialling for their nominated sport. 

The news wasn’t as positive for the First Cricket and Tennis teams who were washed out once the storms hit. Ironically, the Senior Sailing team’s regatta was cancelled due to a lack of wind and our rowers also had their plans interrupted by the wild weather conditions. Indoors, the all-conquering First Futsal team posted a 12-0 win to kick off the year.

The Swimming squad held their season launch at Firbank Grammar, enjoying time trials, speeches and a relay between a team of recent Old Boys and current squad members. At Kevin’s College, the Diving team sprang into action at their first meet of the season, with a number of boys posting some impressive early season results.

This week sees a full round of APS Sport for Years 7-12 boys. Please join me in crossing your fingers for calm and mild weather conditions.

Tim Marshall
Director of Sport


Welcome to our Year 7 students

A total of 159 Year 7 boys arrived at School last week bearing gifts, well more like boxes of books and bellies of nerves. Scott Davies, Head of Transition, pulls the curtain back and gives parents an insight into what unfolded on their son’s first day in the Secondary School, read article. 


Celebrating sons and grandsons of Old Boys

Boys take great pride when following in the steps of their fathers or grandfathers. When Old Boys enrol their sons at BGS, the School also takes much pleasure in celebrating this multi-generational link. Parents of our multi-generational BGS boys are asked to complete the BGS Generations Form so that the School can acknowledge our current second, third and fourth generation BGS boys. If parents have already completed this form, there is no need to do so again. A reminder that the inaugural all BGS Generations photo will take place at Annandale on Friday 14 February at 6.00pm, following the BGS First XI match against Melbourne Grammar. 

Please return completed forms via email to Peter Toms or to the BGS Development Office, 90 Outer Crescent, Brighton.


Dates for the diary

  • Tuesday 11 February House Swimming
  • Tuesday 11 February Outdoor Education Expo
  • Monday 17 February Long Day Program commences