Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

The Making of Men

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you enjoyed the break and an opportunity for some family time.

As we begin the new semester, I am pleased to announce that BGS has formed a partnership with Dr Arne Rubinstein, author of the acclaimed book The Making of Men. This long-term partnership will start this term and build over the next few years.

Our aim is to draw upon Arne’s 30+ years of expertise in adolescent development and implement a school-wide program involving staff, boys and parents aimed at creating happy, healthy and successful boys and young men.

As the second half of this year unfolds, you will hear more about BGS’s partnership with Dr Arne Rubinstein. I believe this new partnership will become a key plank in our vision of BGS boys becoming successful men.

In Arne’s address to all BGS staff on Monday afternoon, he referred to the task of raising good men as a partnership between parents, schools and the broader community. I strongly encourage you to take up any opportunity that is relevant to you and your son/s.

Finally, I would like to wish you all the best for the term ahead.


The BGS School Stream app is now live

Action required: BGS has changed the way it communicates with parents.

Don’t forget to download our new communication tool, School Stream, if you haven’t already done so. As a consequence of your feedback in parent surveys, we have undertaken an overhaul of how best to communicate with you about the day-to-day operational issues involving your son. From the start of Term 3, BGS will be using the School Stream app to communicate with you about day-to-day operations. 

 Click here to find out more about School Stream at BGS.


From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the break and that the boys have returned relaxed and well rested. I have enjoyed my conversations with your sons and hearing about their holiday adventures – from overseas and interstate trips to visits to the snow, the movies, the farm and grandma’s house.  

A special welcome to the following new Junior School boys and their families: William Skinner (ELC3 Wombat), Lucca Markin (4 Cook), David Yang (5 Scott), William Cooney (5 Melville), Gordon Li (5 Melville), Shohma Funasaka (5 Zachariah) and Tim Tso (6 Endeavour).  I’m sure our current boys and families will make them feel welcome. We also welcome Cathy Box as Homeroom teacher to 4 Bass as Mrs Marian has commenced maternity leave.

To raise and educate boys, parents and teachers need to have a significant understanding and appreciation of what makes boys tick. I often tell staff that boys “learn teachers, not subjects”. You can be the best mathematics, English, science, PE or art teacher, but if you don’t understand boys you will not be an effective teacher. Teachers must like boys, as approval is at the heart of working successfully with boys. Boys need a sense of connectedness and belonging, to feel a part of ‘the team’. If boys sense their teacher likes them they will work hard for their teacher and respond positively to their learning environment and the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. We are fortunate that our Junior School teachers have a clear understanding of what makes boys ‘tick’.  I encourage all parents to attend the parent/teacher interviews next week to ensure the boys’ learning and progress is our main focus for Semester 2.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Congratulations to  Year 5 boys, Matthew Cruse, Leon Haralambakis, James Hepples, Oliver Howell, Xavier Martin, Lachlan Molloy, Thomas O’Leary and George Roubos who represented BGS at the Mathematics Games Day at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar at the end of last term. Thank you to Mrs Jane Lowe for her organisation.
  • Thank you to the Junior Parents’ Group, Mrs Cindee Heath, Mrs Brandy Lyons, Mrs Karen McIntyre and Mrs Louise Pearson who organised the pizza lunch and to our Prep parents who assisted on the last Friday of Term 2.
  • A good number of boys competed in the BGS trials for the snow sports to be held later this term. I appreciate the combined time commitment and coordination of Mrs Jane Abbott who is a past Junior School parent and Teacher in Charge, Mr Andrew Braddy.
  • Congratulations Matty Goss (Year 5), who was awarded the Australian Minnow Champion at the National Sailing Championships in Darwin recently.
  • Congratulations Isaac Lee (Year 6), who was invited to perform at a Musical Recital Performance at Carnegie Hall, New York.  Fortunately Mr Furtado was able to be an audience member whilst enjoying his travels. 
  • Best wishes to Harrison Gibbins, Charlie Paterson and Jonah Campigli who are competing in the State Cross Country Championships today.
  • Our Term 3 Year 5/6 APS Sports are soccer, badminton, athletics, and hockey. Training nights commence as follows:

Monday 18 July Year 6 – 3.20pm – 4.30pm: soccer, badminton and hockey and Year 5/6 Athletics
Thursday 28 July Year 5 – 3.20pm – 4.30pm: soccer, badminton and hockey.

  • The Hub News has been updated for the first two weeks of Term 3. The Hub will be updated every two weeks from next Friday 22 July.


A happy start in the ELC

It was wonderful to see all the smiling faces returning in the ELC yesterday. We have enjoyed catching up on holiday adventures and can tell the break has refreshed the boys’ minds and bodies. We also welcome William and his family to the 3 Wombat class and look forward to them joining our ELC community.

This term we are implementing indoor/outdoor programs throughout the week to allow the boys to choose the direction of their learning. The day will continue to have the routines and structures that best support boys while allowing them time to be at one with nature in our physical environment. All boys will need to have wet weather coats, beanies and gumboots to be kept at the centre during the week. Our foyer display share the benefits of our outdoor program for the boys, particularly for their wellbeing. Next week, we will be placing large tubs in our entrance area to challenge the boys (and families) to find natural resources we can work with outdoors. These could include logs, large sticks/branches, pine cones, fabric, pots and pans and utensils.

Our entrance door pin code has been replaced and is in operation. You just need to tap on the numbers and #. We will ensure that we are close by to open the door if you have difficulty in the first few weeks.

A term calendar with organised experiences will be sent out next week to all families. This will help you organise your diary and be aware of planned activities ahead of time.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


Parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: Insights: The art of sparenting.


Year 5 Maths Games Day

Congratulations to the Year 5 boys who were chosen to compete in the Maths Association of Victoria Games Day at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar. It was a fabulous opportunity for the boys to develop their mathematical talents and thinking skills. They competed against 128 like-minded students who were equally excited about maths. Oliver Howell, James Hepples, Leon Haralambakis and Xavier Martin worked collaboratively to earn 9th place, and Thomas O’Leary, Matthew Cruse, George Roubos and Lachlan Molloy demonstrated impressive lateral thinking to be awarded 7th place. All the boys embraced the challenges of the day and represented BGS with pride.


Jane Lowe
Extension/Enrichment Teacher


Years 4, 5 and 6: BGS Dalziel Club – 2016 Footy Fun Day

Join us for a free skills session, specifically aimed at BGS boys in Years 4, 5 and 6, on the mighty Crowther Oval, led by our 1st XVIII players, local Zebbies VFL players and, if all goes to plan, some AFL players too (Saints and/or Melbourne).

Based on the success of last year’s event, this session is loads of fun and a great opportunity to get up and personal with some of the greats.

Venue: Crowther Oval  
When: Friday 22 July, 3.35pm – 5.30pm 
To help us with our planning, please book via: https://www.trybooking.com/LDOL 
Contact details: Penny Edmondson (Year 6 mum) 0420 905 616, Roger Adams (Year 6 dad) 0415 377 796, Tom Le Grice (co-organiser): 0414 309 276.


Sh@re term programs

We are introducing some new after school programs this term, for children or adults, including:

  • The Toymaker – combining woodwork and crafts in one activity
  • Friday Coding Club – programming and building apps and games, strictly for teens aged 13 plus
  • Somfit – fitness for 25+ year olds, using lots of fun games plus strengthening work.

Please see the Sh@re Community Campus website for further details about any of these programs at www.share.vic.edu.au or click here for further details.  Contact Sonia Wagner, Community Education Manager, 0439 392 514 or swagner@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.



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