Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

What a term, and how quickly it has gone!

This term has been a brilliant example of our broad curriculum designed for boys.

In just 10 weeks we have:

  • kicked off our relationship with The Making of Men expert Dr Arne Rubinstein
  • squeezed in challenging Outdoor Education experiences across Australia
  • heard the School’s voice at the Choral Soiree
  • listened to the Australian of the Year Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO on the importance of values
  • barracked our boys to win the APS Football Premiership
  • allowed boys to shine in the Year 6 BGS/Firbank production of Lion King Jr
  • opened our eyes to diversity as we hosted Chinese exchange students from our sister schools in Hangzhou, as well students from our sister school in Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands
  • supported others as we ran in Connor’s Run
  • utilised the new Wellbeing Centre for a wealth of wellbeing and mindfulness activities
  • (perhaps most significantly) continued crucial academic activities in our classrooms.

It’s time for a breather!

I wish you a safe and relaxing school holiday period and I look forward to seeing you in Term 4.


From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Music has certainly been a focus and highlight for us all in recent weeks. It is so rewarding to see the boys ‘shine’, and they do so regularly. As staff and parents, we are so often filled with pride and admiration.

Our Year 6 boys certainly shone in The Lion King Jr last week. The ‘shine’ I talk of isn’t the kind that comes from stage lighting, make-up and glittery costumes. It is the ‘shine’ that comes from within – the shine the boys bring to all their school endeavours. The boys are learning that hard work pays off. That teamwork and practice lead to success. That what you bring to your work is as important as what you take from it. That learning is fun. This was evident during the performance of The Lion King Jr, I congratulate and thank the Year 6 boys for ‘shining’ once again.


The choral work, choreography, stage movement, costumes, sets and props all came together to ensure outstanding performances were enjoyed by all. We need to remind ourselves that we were entertained by 11 and 12-year-olds. Congratulations to Mr Furtado for his excellent planning, preparation and leadership as director, to Mrs Anna Pilcher as assistant director, to Mrs Turek, Mr Cook, Mr Leahy and Mr Le Couteur for their support and to Mrs Barb Walsh and Mrs Imelda Bourke for their co-ordination with the boys’ costumes. The boys’ enjoyment was obvious and they will have fond memories of their experiences on the stage. 

Thank you to all staff, boys and parents for your efforts this term. Enjoy a well-deserved break and for those still interested, may the best team win!


Junior School achievements and reminders

  • Last week was our final round of Term 3 APS Sport, congratulations to all boys and thank you to Mr Ryan who co-ordinates our involvement, and to all the staff coaches.
  • APS Sports on offer in Term 4 are basketball, European handball, water polo and touch rugby.
  • Congratulations to the following boys who will be presented with Term 3 Effort Cards at this week’s End of Term Assembly at 11.20am in the G. B. Robertson Hall:

Prep Fivedale

Ge Gao, Ethan Marks, Hudson Vassallo

Prep Kurrajong

Lachlan Dever, Max Maisano, James Reece

1 Banksia

Logan Chilcott, Max Henley, Corban Papadopoulos

1 Heath

Keimei Enosawa, Hakeem Nonjai Noormohideen, Patrick MacSweeney

2 Acacia

Bolin Chen, Curtis Fyfe, Andy Hu

2 Waratah

Archie Hallinan, Sebastian Liddle, Ned Overend-Stevens

3 Burke

Rishi Mahendranathan, Charles Williams, Seymour Zhu

3 Wills

Cooper Chilcott, Thomas Lipovetsky, Harvey O’Sullivan

4 Bass

Max Brownbill, Lachlan Roberts, Felix Wolfe

4 Cook

Andrew McGregor, Cade Segar, William Yang

4 Flinders

Max Prassopoulos, Angus Roberts, Alex Zhang

5 Melville

Kalem Meyer, Max Nannes, George Roubos

5 Scott

Fedya Kononchuck, Archie Marshall, Landon Penca

5 Zachariah

Leon Haralmabakis, Oliver Howell, Angus Thomson

6 Discovery

Jasper Findlay, Shaun Gunaratna, Jake Tuim

6 Endeavour

Jorge Houridis, Ethan Lyons, James Reid

6 Investigator

Henry Mitrevski, William Moreton, Jonathan Pascuzzi

6 Resolution

Jonah Campigli, Isaac Lee, George McDowell

Wilson House Award

Christian Paice, Luka Simic

  • Term 3 interim reports will be available to parents for all Prep to Year 6 boys today. These reports do not assess achievement, but focus on attitude, effort and the development of various personal and social skills. These reports are now available via the Synportal.
  • Our End-of-Term celebrations will occur tomorrow – the last day of term. All boys are to wear their sport uniform with their House polo shirt to school for the day. Due to the JPG sushi lunch, please note that there will be no tuck orders available. The organisation of the day is as follows:

    8.50am            Prep – Year 6 Chapel, St Andrew’s Church
    10.00am          Free time winning House
    11.20am           Prep – Year 6 End of Term Assembly
    12.15pm           JPG lunch
    1.30pm             Prep – Year 6 Tabloids
    3.20pm             Normal dismissal

  • As marked in the Date Card, classes conclude for Term 3 on Friday 16 September 2016 at 3.20pm. The first day of Term 4 is Tuesday 4 October 2016 when classes resume at 8.30am, and all boys from ELC to Year 6 are to wear their summer uniform.
  • Details for the following activities/events are provided on the BGS School Stream app: Fundfoto; Year 4 Young Warriors Camp; Prep – Year 6 House Athletics Carnival.


Footy finals fever in the ELC

The last week of Term 3 is always a highlight, with the buzz of footy finals in the air. This week, we began activities with a football theme and created our own football jumper colours and patterns. The foyer area displayed the variety of loved teams, and boys excitedly found their team. Our assembly focused on the importance of teamwork and what characteristics we need to practise to be a good team player. It was lovely teaching in each room and hearing the theme songs and enthusiasm each group bought to the week of celebration. Even the boys who aren’t passionate about footy have excitedly shared their sporting interests or learnt from their peers. The peak of the celebrations was today’s footy training drills with our amazing BGS 1st Football players. The Year 10,11 and 12 boys led small training groups in hand ball, goal kicking, marking and fitness drills. It is lovely seeing our boys look up to the ‘big boys’ and be mentored in such an exciting program. We thank Mr Shaw and the BGS 1st team for their time and enthusiasm in making this experience so special.

On behalf of the ELC team I would like to thank the boys and parents for yet another great term. It certainly has flown by and we can’t wait for Term 4 to begin! Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


Parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: Mind their &*%@! language’


Spellmasters Spelling Bee

Is your son a super speller? Would he enjoy the challenge of a spelling bee? If so, please enter him in Spellmasters in Sunday 9 October in South Melbourne. Visit www.spellmasters.com.au or contact Mrs Lowe for more information.


Mathletics Awards

Congratulations to the students who regularly log on to Mathletics. This program enables the boys to consolidate skills in core curriculum content or simply have some fun with automatic recall in live Mathletics. We are pleased to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of our three top Mathletics students – James Mannion, Isaac Lee and Matheus Judah.


Teaching and learning

Tell me about The Lion King Jr

“Long live the king! The Lion King is all about fun, adrenaline and, of course, teamwork. The great thing about the performance is that we all had a part. Whether it was a tree, a blade of grass of even an elephant’s leg, we all enjoyed the sometimes bumpy road to putting on a show for people who loved coming to see us perform. I’d just like to finish with a phrase “Hakuna Matata.”  It means ‘no worries’.”

Henry W/Front left Elephant leg.


“From starting from scratch to receiving applause and cheering is a long journey. It takes a lot of work from all the Years 6 students and is an extremely rare opportunity for students to perform on stage in front of an audience of 200 people. It is definitely hard working behind the scenes to make this wonderful performance happen. Congratulations to every Year 6 student in our BGS/Firbank community for their performance.”
Oscar L

“Siti hu gonya ma!” The Lion King Jr musical officially started. The excitement filled me and so did the adrenaline as I walked through the aisles and saw the audience sitting and listening for the voices of the musical members. As I stepped on stage, I could see my parents smiling proudly. Throughout the musical, I could tell, that every boy and girl who was a part of the musical, was proud when it finished. I was an antelope, and I was proud to be one.”
Shaun G


“Owwww! The frame of the elephant is digging into my hip but the Circle of Life is over and we go back stage. It is a struggle getting the elephant costume off but we get back to the holding room alright. We all wait till the next time we need to be called up for Just Can’t Wait to be King. We got it done but it we almost broke the elephant’s head. A lesson we all learnt was accountability.”
John H


What’s happening in Year 6 ASX Sharemarket?

“Every Year 6 student was given $50,000 (virtual money) to buy and sell shares in the 10 week ASX Sharemarket game. I chose to invest in a range of sectors. I have only sold a small proportion of my investments and am currently leading the competition with a portfolio value of $51,193.39 (and still rising!) It is a challenging market and I check my progress three times a week.”  


“The game dashboard provides lots of information and maths about companies. The rise and fall of stock is based on real information. I invested only a small amount and selected a company that had a recent downturn (and hoped for the best!) My portfolio value is $50,497.72.”

“The Australian share prices move every day. I have placed pending orders as the ASX opens at 10am on weekdays. I sold share in A2 milk and bought in an energy company. My best investment so far is in a manufacturing business and I am placed 3rd on the leaderboard.”  


 JPG news

Save the Date – Family Fun night – Friday 25 November 2016

BGS Swim towels. Get ready for the swim season – order your BGS swim towel by clicking here.

Prep – Year 3 Parent’s Christmas Party – Friday, 11 November.  See School Stream for further details.  


OSHClub news

This week at OSH we are excited about the holidays and the fun holiday program we are running these holidays. We have had fun this term playing Play On Footy with our coach Joey. The boys have loved the warmer weather and being outside to play.


Bookings are now open for the September holidays. Please book in to ensure a place.

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 on in.


Found items

This is a list of all property currently held.  Anything not claimed by 11 October will be suitably recycled.

  • 3 x wide-brimmed hats
  • 2 x blazers – size 78B with Hancock badge, and size 8
  • Polar fleece vest size 6
  • Sports shorts sizes 8, 12, 14, S
  • Sports top size S
  • Jumper sizes 8, 9, 10, 12
  • Track pants sizes 10 and XS
  • Track suit top size 8
  • Dalziel Club top size 12
  • Adidas blue t-shirt size S
  • North Face white t-shirt size S
  • Messi soccer shirt size 8
  • Grey track pants size 13
  • Carlton fleecy top size 10
  • Ladies black and white top
  • Numerous umbrellas, shoes, lunchboxes and drink bottles.