Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

The power of the outdoors

BGS’s Outdoor Education program is a key element in our vision of teaching boys to be successful men. This year we decided to remodel a key aspect of our Year 9 Sea Change program: for the first time all boys in their first term of Year 9 undertook the 12-day Great South West Journey.

Led by our Head of Outdoor Education, Cam Barry, we linked with Nick Covelli (better known to the Year 9 boys as ‘Bear’) from Brainsick Productions to capture through video this inaugural experience. This four-minute video expresses the experience of the Great South West Journey for our Year 9 boys so well. However, it also expresses the broader aims of Outdoor Education program, and indeed the aims of BGS, in developing young men of passion, integrity, accountability and respect.

So whether you’re a parent or part of the broader BGS community, I highly recommend you take a few minutes to view this inspiring video.


From the Head of the Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Welcome back to what will be a busy Term 2 for the Junior School community. I’m delighted to be back into the routine of my daily ‘meet and greet’ and to hear about the boys’ holiday adventures.

Will Murray

The BGS and Bayside community response and support for Will Murray and his family has been outstanding. I am appreciative of the JPG financial contribution of $2,500, which in turn was matched by our Middle and Senior School parents for BGS to present $5,000. On behalf of Coles, Simon McDowell then added an additional $5,000 of Coles vouchers to present a total of $10,000 to assist the family.

On Tuesday 3 May, we will have a casual clothes day in the Junior School, and will sell wrist bands in support of Will. A number of Year 5 and Year 6 boys have sourced donations to run a number of raffles. Further details will be provided to parents and we look forward to our Junior School boys and families supporting Will in his recovery.


Generating a sense of pride in themselves, their appearance and presentation is particularly important for boys. There is an expectation with our winter uniform that boys have their top button done up and shirt tucked in. I would ask parents to support us and reinforce the expectations we have in Terms 2 and 3 when boys wear their winter uniform. On the various days, boys from Prep to Year 6 wear their sport uniform to and from School; the expectation in Terms 2 and 3 is the tracksuit (top and pants) must be worn as the outer garment.

New STEM Centre

There was great excitement for our Year 6 boys as they accessed the newly refurbished STEM Centre. The facility is impressive and I know the teaching and learning that takes place in this space with Mr Gibney will be outstanding and boy-friendly.



Cross-Country Carnival

Prep to Year 6 Cross-Country will be conducted next Monday 18 April on the Crowther Oval from 1.45pm. All boys are expected to participate, and they may wear their sport uniform and House polo shirt to school . Parents are more than most welcome to attend and support their sons. A general outline of the Order of Events for the afternoon: we will commence with Year 3 at 1.45pm, which will then be followed in the order of Year 1, Year 4, Prep, Year 2, Year 5 and then Year 6. A reminder that boys will be dismissed from their classrooms as per normal routine and not from the Crowther Oval.

Mothers Day celebration

On Friday 6 May from 8.30am all our Prep to Year 6 mums are invited to a Mothers’ Day Celebration to join their sons in various classroom activities and a Mothers’ Day Service at St Andrew’s Church. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to express our appreciation to our mums, and the special morning together will conclude at approximately 10.30am. A slideshow featuring photos of boys and their mothers will be shown during the church service, and mothers are encouraged to email their favourite mother and son/s photos to jsadmin@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au by Tuesday 26 April.



Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Winter sports this term are volleyball, cross country and AFL football. Training will be held from 3.30pm – 4.30pm as detailed below. 
    Monday : Year 6 football, volleyball, cross country, Year 5 cross country.
    Thursday: Year 5 football, volleyball.
  • All BGS staff will be undertaking training on a new BGS-wide approach to Teaching and Learning on Friday, 15 April. Boys will not be required to attend school tomorrow, Friday, 15 April. More details of this exciting new approach to what we do in our classrooms will come in 2016.
  • Our Term 2 parent/teacher interviews are scheduled for next Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April. Information in regard to bookings has been emailed and bookings are now open. These interviews will allow homeroom teachers to provide feedback on progress made and to establish areas of focus for Term 2.
  • Due to the Past Mothers’ Celebration being held in the G.B. Robertson Hall on Friday 22 April, there will be limited access to the Junior School canteen. There will be no tuck shop orders available on this day.
  • Our Year 4 and Year 6 boys’ Outdoor Program commences this Term:
    Year 4
    Wednesday 27 April – Friday 29 April
    Year 6
    Monday 9 May – Friday 13 May – 6 Investigator and 6 Endeavour
    Monday 16 May – Friday 20 May – 6 Discovery and 6 Resolution
  • Thank you to everyone who helped organise the hamburger lunch on the last Friday of Term 1.


Don’t forget to check the School wide section

News relating to the whole of the School will now appear in the School wide section of the eNews – click on the button below to take a look.

This week, School wide e-News includes Ross Featherston’s comment on the benefits of holiday ‘boredom’, information on our upcoming BGS Breakfast Bio with Dylan Alcott OAM and events and activities supporting Will Murray, a ‘Did you know’ article about two AFL greats, details about a Bayside Police youth disco and information on getting involved in BGS snowsports.



A wonderful return to the ELC

As our ELC staff prepared the centre last week for the boys return after the Easter break, we all commented how much we missed the boys and how quiet it was – too quiet! So as the doors sprang open on Monday morning we excitedly welcomed the boys back. The boys looked refreshed and had a sense of calm as they re-established themselves back into our routines. We have also enjoyed hearing all of the holiday stories and family fun times from the boys.

As Term 2 has begun, we are proud of the boys for wearing their winter uniforms. I’m sure some of the boys may have struggled changing to the long pants and skivvy, however they certainly looked handsome arriving at school. If you have any questions regarding the ELC winter uniform, please come and ask. ELC4 boys must have their blazers every day when arriving and departing the centre. As the weather gets colder the boys are welcome to bring gumboots and raincoats. Summer hats can be left in the boys’ lockers in case there are unusually hot days during autumn. High UV ratings will be displayed at the entrance of the ELC to notify parents on arrival. Staff are also notified and act accordingly in the best interests of your boys.

This term we are focusing on educating the boys’ awareness of recyclable materials. As we have a worm farm in our playground we will continue to feed the worms with our “brain food” scraps. Food that is uneaten will always be sent home so parents can see what has been eaten. This helps monitor eating habits and appetites which can change for a variety of reasons. It’s also supporting the boys’ understanding that we shouldn’t waste food – and even that an afternoon snack is nice on the way home from school.

With our assessment from ACECQA coming up within the next five weeks we look forward to sharing our practices and programs with the Department of Education assessors. We will notify parents once we know the inspection dates. If you have any questions regarding the process please come and ask.

Each year we ask for a copy of parent/caregiver Working With Children Checks. It is a requirement from the Department of Education that any parent helper has a volunteers WWCC card. We require a photocopy of these as we need to do termly checks online. Please bring your card in for us to photocopy within the next week. We can then checklist these and keep on file for the year. If you were a parent helper last year with a WWCC we will again need to copy these. Thank you so much for understanding the regulations we operate under for your son’s safety.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


This week’s parenting tip

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Are you ready to take up the Challenge?

The BGS Junior School boys have been invited to take up the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2016. Declared open in March by the Premier, the Challenge invites all Victorian students from Prep to Year 10 to read 30 books (Prep – Year 2) and 15 books (Year 3 – 10) by 9 September 2016.

The Challenge aims to promote a love of reading. It is not a competition, but a challenge to each student. The Reading Challenge at BGS is being promoted and coordinated through the Junior Library.

To encourage participation in the challenge and to celebrate students’ achievements, the Premier will be awarding certificates to all students who successfully complete the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2016. Students must read the specified number of books by 9 September.

The Challenge booklists and further information can be accessed through the Challenge website www.education.vic.gov.edu.au/prc.

Students may read books from the booklists of Year Levels above their own. Books not on the list must be approved by the coordinator before reading. The boys who take up the Challenge will be registered once a consent form signed by both the Challenger and parent/guardian is returned to the Junior Library. Click here for to download the consent form. A paper record will also be issued for boys to begin reading and recording. An adult must sign the reading record as each book is completed.

Please take the time to view the website with your son as it contains all the information, including important dates and news related to the Challenge. Further news and updates will be announced in the newsletter as they arise.

Happy reading!

Pauline Anthony
Junior School Teacher-Librarian

The Hub

Please note that The Hub news has been updated for the first two weeks of the term. Please check this for any reminders and calendar events and curriculum information. The Hub will be updated every two weeks from next Friday 22 April.


News from the music school

Friend of Music meeting
The next Friends of Music meeting will occur next Wednesday 20 April, at 6.30pm in the Senior Music Centre. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and I encourage as many parents to attend.

The main item on the agenda will be the role of the Friends of Music in the two up and coming concerts on Thursday 28 April and Tuesday 3 May commencing at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church.

Robin Cook
President – Friends of Music

Up and coming concert events
Over the next 3 weeks there are two exciting concert events taking place in in St. Andrew’s Church involving Middle and Senior School students. For both events, the Friends of Music are looking at hosting pre-concert drinks in the Atrium. More details will be in next week’s newsletter, so stay tuned.

On Thursday 28 April, the Orchestral, Guitar and Choral Concert will commence at 7:30pm and will be a part of the fundraiser for the Will Murray Foundation. The Music Department would like all people in attendance to make a minimum $2 gold coin donation (anything more would be greatly accepted) and 100% of the money raised will go to the foundation. The ensembles performing at this concert will include: Senior Symphony Orchestra, Corelli Orchestra, Cello Choir, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Middle School Strings, Middle School Guitar Ensemble, Senior School Choir, Middle School Choir.

On Tuesday 3 May the Wind, Brass and Percussion Concert will take place in St. Andrew’s Church commencing at 7.30pm. Performances will be seen from the Senior Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band, Middle School Concert Band, Senior Big Band, Intermediate Stage Band, Percussion Ensemble.

Parental and family attendance helps create an exciting performance environment so we hope to see as many people there to experience some of the fantastic music making from our boys.

Term 2 music dates

Thursday 28 April – Orchestral, Guitar & Choral Concert @ St Andrew’s (MS/SS)

Tuesday 3 May – Wind, Brass & Percussion Concert @ St. Andrew’s (MS/SS)

Wednesday 20 April – Friday 22 April Years 7-9 Musical (SS) Hosted by Firbank

Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May – Senior Big Band at Generations in Jazz @ Mt. Gambier (SS)

Friday 6 May – Mother’s Day Service – 8.40am – Borwick House Choir performance (JS)

Thursday 19 May – Saturday 21 May Years 10-12 Senior Musical (SS) Hosted by BGS

Tuesday 24 May – Unit 3 Music Performance Solo Recital 4pm St. Andrew’s Church/Senior Rehearsal Studio (SS)

Thursday 2 June – Friday 3 June – Junior Music Camp @ Rutherford Park (JS)

Tuesday 7 June – Years 3 – 6 Choral & Instrumental Concert @ St. Andrew’s 7:30pm (JS)

Wednesday 15 June – Piano Students’ Soiree 4pm Senior Rehearsal Studio (JS/MS/SS)

Friday 17 June – JS End of Term Assembly – WH Concert Band and String Orchestra Performance (JS)

Please place these dates in your diary and come and experience some fantastic music making from the boys.

Jamie Ransome
Director of Music


JPG news

Junior School Gala Ball

Are you ready for an evening of veritable Hollywood Glamour? Join us on the Red Carpet at The International of Brighton on Friday 27 May 2016 from 7.30pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday 18 April via Trybooking.

Don’t miss out on the Gala Ball raffle! Win an exquisite diamond pendant valued at over $11,000. Raffle tickets are limited to 400. Tickets sales open on Monday via Trybooking


Ball auction item donations

The JPG is looking for donations of items suitable for the silent and live auctions at our Walk the Red Carpet Gala Ball on 27 May 2016. If you or your business are able to assist us (whether it be in the form of vouchers, products or experiences etc.), we would be most grateful. In return, we would be happy to promote your product or service in printed materials pertaining to the evening and list you or your business as one of the donors.

The success of this major fundraising event relies on support from our fantastic school and local community. The money raised from this event will be used to pay for the upgrade of the western end of the Junior School oval and cricket training facilities.

Donation details can be sent to Lorraine Adams lozdodge@bigpond.com, who is co-ordinating prize donations over the next few weeks. Thank you for your support.


JPG major events

JPG Meeting – Tuesday 3 May



OSHClub News

OSHClub is excited to announce its partnership with Play On AFL to provide AFL clinics to children at the school. The program is run by AFL-approved coaches with no more than 15 children in each session so that each child will receive the highest quality coaching and mentoring.

The program begins on the week commencing the 18 April and runs every Monday straight after the school bell. The program is open to all children who attend the School, not just after care children. The cost ranges from $15 for after care children to $22.50 for non-after care families. Families may also be eligible for Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit reductions in cost. For more details go to http://playonsports.com.au/

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

Head Office: 8564 9000

Program Contact: 0422 193 377 (kinder) or 0401 143 440 (primary)

Kinder Coordinator: Lindsay Wilkins, Primary Coordinator: Emma Jean Callery

Assistant: Zoe Georeganakis

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 on in.


Found items

Tracksuit top size 8 and various pieces of casual wear