Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Three cheers for BGS

The past week has seen three diverse members of the BGS community achieve highly.

Firstly, it was a pleasure to witness our Junior School Chaplain Chester Lord being ordained as an Anglican Priest by the Archbishop at St Pauls Cathedral on Saturday morning. Chester joins Fr Tony Poole as our second Ordained Priest on the teaching staff.

Secondly, BGS alumni Dylan Alcott (OB 2008) topped off a golden year by winning the Newcombe Medal – Australian tennis’s highest honour. Dylan’s spirit of generosity towards his old school is highly valued and I am sure we will look to welcome him back sometime next year to speak to the boys again.

Finally, congratulations to Andrew McGrath, our 2016 School Captain, who was chosen as the number one pick in the AFL draft last week. We are proud of Andrew’s footballing ability; we’re sure he’ll be as great a Bomber as he was a Tonner. However, we are even more proud of the leadership, character, humility and respect Andrew demonstrates: he is a fine young man.

Hopefully these three diverse achievements inspire us all a little.

From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Congratulations to our Junior School Chaplain, Chester Lord, who was ordained as an Anglican priest in St Paul’s Cathedral last Saturday.  This was a wonderful occasion for Reverend Lord and we look forward to his continued guidance and support in the Junior School.


Our Family Fun Night was a great success last Friday evening and lived up to its name splendidly. The big crowd, made up of so many happy boys and families enjoyed the delights on offer, the company of each other and the rides and entertainment.  Approximately $11,000 was raised and will assist with the soon to be refurbished cricket net and sports area at the far end of the Junior School oval.  Thank you to Rowan Findlay, Nick Bulfin, Basia Quill and the JPG Committee for their organisation and to all families for your continued support.

Next Wednesday 7 December all Prep to Year 6 boys will participate in a ‘Mini Fête’ to raise funds for the Baraka School. This event will be run and organised by the boys with various stalls/activities for them to enjoy. Casual clothes may be worn for the day, and boys will be asked to donate $2 to wear casuals. I suggest boys bring small change, not notes, as 20c, 50c, $1, $2 activities will provide them with plenty of fun. If every boy was to spend $10 in total (including the $2 for casual clothes) we would raise $4,000. At this week’s assembly we welcome Matthew Warrell (Year 7) who will share his experiences from his visit to Baraka earlier this year. Matthew and his family spent time in Africa and the various photos and video footage Matthew will present ensures all the boys and staff understand the funds we raise certainly make a difference to the lives of the children who attend Baraka.

The Year 6 boys thoroughly enjoyed their formal sit-down farewell lunch on Wednesday. A number of speeches were made in appreciation of the year to classmates, staff and parents. Thank you to Anne-Marie Bowen for her co-ordination, to the many parents who assisted, and to Darren Cook, Hamish Leahy, Shelly Turek, and Monica Le Couteur for their support – the boys certainly did BGS proud.

More photos can be seen here.



Junior School achievements and reminders

  • Speech Night. All Year 3 to 6 boys are expected to attend Speech Night tomorrow night at 7.30pm in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall. Boys will be sitting together in the seats allocated to them downstairs. Boys need to arrive by 7pm at the R.L. Rofe Creative Arts Building, which is situated in the Senior School between the Tower and the School Ovals, and are to wear Summer uniform with their pin-striped shirt, shorts and blazer. Speech Night will commence at 7.30pm.
  • Mary MacKillop Family Services Christmas tree. The Junior Parents’ Group have organised a Christmas tree in the main Reception area so that families can leave a gift for underprivileged children. These gifts will be donated to the Mary MacKillop Family Services which I am sure will bring pleasure to many children in need. Mary MacKillop Family Services have asked that gifts not be wrapped.
  • Semester 2 reports are now available via Synportal.
  • Congratulations to Jonah Campigli who was appointed Captain of the Victorian Athletics team and competed in the National Athletics Championships last weekend. AJ Harris and Landon Penca also represented Victoria in a National Ice Hockey competition.
  • Christmas Pageants ELC3 to Year 2. Best wishes to all our ELC3 to Year 2 boys and staff for our Christmas Pageants next week. Excellent leadership has been provided by Mrs Clarke, Miss Barrow (ELC), Mrs Sofo, and Ms Taylor (Lower Primary). This is also a very busy time of the year for our musicians, and we wish them well for their performances at Speech Night and Carols next week and thank Mr Furtado for his excellent leadership ‘of all that is music’ in the Junior School.
  • The End of Year Carol Service is next Monday 5 December at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. I would encourage families and boys to attend; it is a superb night and a highlight of our preparation for Christmas. You will enjoy the quality of our talented musicians and the congregation certainly have the opportunity to join in the Christmas spirit.
  • House Chess Competition. Congratulations to all finalists who competed in the House Chess Competition in recent weeks, the following boys were the Year Level Champions:
    • Year 3     Ben Ride (Dixon)
    • Year 4     Lachlan Kwong (Dixon)
    • Year 5     Campbell Yeo (Armstrong)
    • Year 6     Elijah Akinci (Rofe)
  • Classes conclude for all Prep – Year 6 next Thursday 8 December at 12pm.
  • APS Sport training for Years 5 and 6 will be schedule for Monday afternoons from 3.20pm – 4.45pm in 2017.


Twinkling in the ELC

The ELC has been a hub of excitement and activity this week with the finishing touches being put on everything. The boys have been productive with their special Christmas gift making, and wrapping time is almost here for us to send them home to go under your tree.

Our Christmas pageant rehearsals this week have been uplifted with our school pianist Mr Kerr accompanying the boys’ singing. We have also started to practice with lights and microphones. Costumes have been sent home with an explanatory note or the lead up to our performance on Wednesday 7 December.

We have placed the list of shared food items for parents to sign up to. Please put your name next to at least one item of food or drink to bring on our performance morning to share with our ELC families after the concert. We look forward to celebrating with all of our guests back in the ELC.

We will start sending home the boys smocks, library bags, sneakers and gumboots. We also look forward to handing over the boy’s individual portfolios by the end of this week. Please take the time to enjoy these over the Christmas break.

We look forward to a wonderful last few days with the boys and our families. It is amazing to think that the school year is wrapping up and Christmas is just around the corner.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


Parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: Insights: Goodbye primary school, hello secondary


Teaching and learning

 Year 6 reflections

“I feel very proud to be part of this Year 6 cohort as we transition to Year 7.” Tom H

“Year 6 has been a fun and exciting year of my life. Time flies when you’re having fun and this year has been a flash!” Felix B

“Year 6 has been a very memorable year of my life and my highlight has been the billy cart building.” Max B

What’s happening in Year 6 Drama

“Drama gives me my time to shine.” George M

“In Drama, I can be something that I’m not.” Max B

“In Drama, you get to learn how to use props.” Sam V

“I get to perform in front of an audience.” Jack K

“I have fun!” Tom H

Tell me about Arts Alive with Year 6

In developing a well-rounded student, it is important to expose boys to a number of different learning opportunities – including formal dance. After boys in Year 6 admitted that the most dance they experience is through the eyes of their sisters, the Music Department organised Laura from A3 Arts Alive and the Australian School of Performing Arts to take two groups of all the Year 6 boys for a dance class. Through learning two routines and looking at many different styles of dance, boys learned that dance is less about tutus and more about strength, accuracy, eye for detail and creative expression.



Science Club

The BGS Science Club held their final meeting for the year on Wednesday afternoon and what a sensational session it was for all who attended. It was a gathering of all types of snakes and reptiles that thrilled and freaked out many of the boys and teachers. Thank you to the Court family who kindly sponsored this session and were instrumental in the entire program.



JPG news

Junior School tea towels

Limited stock of our fabulous 2016 tea towels is still available. Cash orders may be placed at the Junior School Office. $15 per tea towel.



OSHClub news

I would like to please take this opportunity to say goodbye as Sam is leaving at the end of this week. Annabelle will be taking over for a few weeks until Jaquie the new ELC coordinator is able to start. We have had a lot of fun times over the last week with our Thursday pancake morning, soccer on a Thursday, basketball on a Monday and Chess Club on a Friday. We would please ask that while the weather has been warming up we have been spending lots of time outside at OSH and would please ask all boys to bring their hats to aftercare.


We also please ask parents to ensure your child is booked in as there is a $3 a day charge if your child is not booked in this adds to $15 a week and $60 a month. We please ask this is to ensure we maintain our child to staff ratio.  

Please feel free to contact us with any feedback, questions or concerns:

  • Head Office: 8564 9000
  • Program Contact:  0422 193 377 (kinder), 0401 143 440 (primary)
  • Kinder Coordinator: Samantha Fry, Primary Coordinator: Emma Jean Callery
  • Assistants: Kate Rushen, Annabelle Russell. 

All families must be enrolled to attend the program and/or Vacation Care, and remember it is free to enrol your children online. Please create an account online at www.oshclub.com.au.

All bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account. For on-the-day/emergency After School Care bookings please contact the School Office and the Coordinator direct at the program (text messages to the program mobile are preferred). Before School Care can be booked in the same fashion, or just come in.


Found items

  • Navy hoodie size XL ‘Easter Classic basketball’.
  • Richmond top size 4.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid – vols 3 & 4.