A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston
Strong voices bring harmony to BGS
Over the weekend, while attending the Australian Anglican Schools Conference in Adelaide, I was lucky enough to hear from keynote speaker Lt. Gen. David Morrison, the 2016 Australian of the Year. I cannot speak highly enough of David – his presentation was simply superb. We are privileged to be welcoming David to BGS next Tuesday evening, when he will speak to parents and Senior School boys about leadership, values and diversity. If you haven’t already booked your spot, I urge you to do so ASAP, and please bring your sons if they are in Year 9 or above. David’s is a voice that needs to be heard, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.
Talking of strong voices, a wise person once told me you can tell how a school is going by listening to how well the students sing. If this is true, then Tuesday afternoon’s Choral Soirée showed that, as a school, we are in fine form.
My personal highlight was the Combined Choirs singing Horizons, a piece commissioned specifically for BGS. Seeing our boys from Year 4 through to Year 12 singing in harmony was wonderful. I also loved seeing so many School Prefects in the Combined Choir: leading by example is an important leadership trait. Congratulations to all the boys and staff involved.
From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson
Our first BGS Choral Soirée on Tuesday afternoon was impressive. Having spent the last 18 years in an all-boy environment, I believe a strong singing school, tells you plenty about the pride, passion, spirit, sense of team and the ability to express yourself creatively and for one’s creative talents to be celebrated and accepted amongst peers. Music plays an important role in shaping the culture of our school and the singing at BGS is impressive. The Journey Concerts are an excellent opportunity for our boys and parents to see the opportunities provided from Junior School into Middle School and Senior School. Congratulations to our Year 4 boys and Borwick House Choir for the excellent choral work, thank you to Nina Sofo for her great work and to Jared Furtado for his excellent leadership as Head of Choral. It was wonderful to see so many parents and family enjoying the concert.
This morning, boys from across the School who are competing in the Interschool Snowsports enjoyed breakfast in the G. B. Robertson Hall. Our boys were presented with their bibs and passes. Best wishes to Hamish Andersen, Christian Paice, Ethan Gendala, Caspar Payne, Isaac Lee, Luka Simic, Oscar Cowling, Thomas Hahn, Fedya Kononchuk, Aaron Perry-Crockart, Tomas Crennan, Thomas Field, Hugo Kepper, Corey Gendala, Christian Field, Archer Hallinan, Ned Overend-Stevens, Matvey Kononchuk, Hudson Hallinan, Toby Jones, Max Mailing and Martin Yang. Thank you to Mr Andrew Braddy and Mrs Jane Abbott for their co-ordination of the team and organisation of the breakfast and to all parents for your continued support.
This week BGS and Firbank have hosted our Milikapiti visitors. The boys and girls have been billeted with Zach Bowen, Charlie Heaton, Ethan Lyons, Oliver Robertson, Chloe Buscombe, Abby Fischer, Anika Liddle and their families. Our visitors and hosts have been busy participating in classroom activities, visit to the MCG, National Sports Museum, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, visits to North Melbourne Football Club. This weekend, they will attend the St Kilda vs. Richmond game and spend time with their host families. Our exchange program is now in its seventh year, and it enables our boys to foster and develop friendships, communication, understanding and developing greater respect for each other’s way of life.
Junior School achievements and reminders
- Our Year 6 boys have been working hard in preparation for our combined musical production of The Lion King Jr with Firbank. Tickets will be available soon. The standard of rehearsals has been very impressive, and I am sure the show will be a great success.
- In recent weeks we have a number of boys achieve excellence in various fields; congratulations to Matthew Hill (Year 6), Charlie Sabin (Year 3) and Matheus Judah (Year 2) who received High Distinctions in the recent ICAS Spelling and Science Competitions. AJ Harris (Year 5) represented Victoria in the National Primary School Ice Hockey Championships and Luka Simic (Year 6) has been selected to compete in the National Primary Schools Diving Championships.
- Congratulations to all Prep to Year 6 who enjoyed our Mini Olympics representing 18 counties with plenty of colour, noise and physical activity as our games were officially opened by Junior School Captain Samson Adams. The event was superbly co-ordinated by Joanne Davies and was lots of fun.
- Dixon House won the House Spelling Competition last week. Congratulations Jackson Pantelopoulos (Year 6), Lachlan Molloy (Year 5), Will O’Connor (Year 4) and Huw Thomas (Year 3) on their excellent teamwork and spelling prowess.
Future Olympic athletes in our midst in the ELC
The ELC has again been buzzing with the pride and support for Olympic athletes around the world. Each class are continuing their knowledge about the countries and events shown on the telecast and what it takes to ‘try our best’. We are also developing the boys’ awareness of pride and support for all competing. It was so lovely hearing the boys cheer athletes from their parents’ countries and claiming they are “from mine”. This has also be extended into the boys indoor and outdoor programs where the boys have developed their own events – some have been sports we have cheered, and others new made-up sports. I have to say I did enjoy in the Bandicoot class the vacuum cleaner hose dragging race (where I had boys holding on to the hose as I ran pulling them fast on the slippery floor!). Maybe we will see this in years to come?
Our buddy program has also included the Olympic celebrations in with their activities, and it was lovely to see the Wallaby boys receive Olympic head wreaths from their buddy. The big boys explained that a long time ago the wreaths were the medals for the winning athletes and how now they would be presented with a wreath to wear. They have also planned their own mini Olympics with their buddies this week.
An invitation has been sent out via the School Stream app for our ELC Fathers’ morning on Thursday 1 September, 8.30am to 9.30am. The boys have started to secretly prepare for this day and can’t wait for their dads to come to school.
Next week is Book Week celebrations and a letter will be going out to inform all ELC families of our exciting experiences planned for the week. We ask that each boy brings their favourite book (named) on Monday 22 August to share with their class during the week. We look forward to an active literacy week.
A reminder that we are waiting on the last few portfolio feedback forms and portfolios. I have enjoyed collating the feedback from the boys and parents to ensure we strive for excellence.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: The pitfall of using other children as benchmarks’.
Strengths-based parenting workshops: enrol today
As a parent of four, I know that parenting is one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs any of us will ever have.
The time from Year 5 to Year 8 can be particularly demanding and stressful – both for boys and parents – as your son transitions from boyhood into adolescence and explores the need for greater autonomy and independence.
Fortunately, as parents, we can have a positive impact on our children’s stress levels and play an important role in helping to cultivate wellbeing.
As you know, at BGS we are committed to building a culture of wellbeing. To strengthen and compliment what the boys are learning in their Wellbeing/PROSPER classes, we are excited to offer a new strengths-based parenting workshop series for parents of BGS boys in Years 5 to 8.
Strengths-based parenting is a style of parenting based on Positive Psychology and neuroscience that seeks to identify and cultivate positive qualities, positive states, and positive processes in your child.
To further demonstrate our commitment to wellbeing, and to building strong relationships with parents, BGS will subsidise 50% of the workshop series fee.
The strengths-based parenting workshop series caters for up to 60 parents. I would encourage you to enrol early to avoid missing out on this crucial opportunity to support your son on his wellbeing journey.
Junior School Annual Book Fair
Our annual Book Fair is only days away! Held during Book Week every August in the Junior School Library, the Fair is a great opportunity to foster a love of books and reading.
This year we welcome a new company, Lamont Books, with a wide range of quality Australian and overseas books on display. We look forward to welcoming parents and boys to view and purchase a great range of books, posters and variety items.
Monday 22 August: Preview day for all classes (NO sales on this day)
- Tuesday 23 August 8am – 6pm
- Wednesday 24 August 8am – 6pm
- Thursday 25 August 8am – 6pm
- Friday 26 August 8am – 11am
Please note that the Fair runs for one week only.
JS eLearning Coach/Teacher-Librarian
Student achievements: ICAS Spelling
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Spelling is an independent spelling assessment developed in conjunction with Macquarie Dictionary. Congratulations to all the boys who were selected to undertake the challenging test paper. Well done to Matt Hill for achieving a High Distinction. Distinctions were awarded to Seymour Zhu, Tom Jorgensen, Tom Crennan, Leon Haralambakis, Zach Shieh, Will Fearn, Alexander Jacob, Zach Bowen, Lucas Connell, Brendan Zhang, and J Sum.
Teaching and learning
What’s happening in Year 4 Art?
“In Art, we are making hessian teddy bears. We have to sew them together and then stuff them.” James M
“We are making stuffed bears. My challenge is to stitch the whole bear and make it look neat.” Jem S
“I find threading a needle is really challenging because as a child I have not had very good finger strength and so this has been full on for me.” Tom J
House Spelling Competition
Last Friday, 36 of our finest spellers from Years 3 to 6 competed for the coveted BGS House Spelling Championships. The competition was fierce as some of our best spellers went head-to-head. It was a close race, with only seven points separating first place recipients Dixon from our runners-up, Armstrong.
Last Friday the Junior School participated in a mini Olympics. The afternoon began with House teams being assigned a country and creating a flag and ‘uniform’ to wear in the Opening Ceremony Parade. After a rousing welcome to all of the countries the Olympic flag arrived followed by the Olympic flame. All countries participated in some team sports including relays, volleyball and hockey. Concluding the afternoon was the closing ceremony and handover of the Olympic flag to Japan.
“I was in Greece, I enjoyed the afternoon and the outdoor activities were exciting.” Ethan 1H
“I thought it was fun playing the activities. My country was Brazil and I wore a headband and a uniform.” Sidney 1H
“I was in the team Japan, we made headbands for the opening ceremony. I enjoyed the volleyball activity because it was a challenge.” Ben R 3W
“All of the boys enjoyed the Olympics but were disappointed there weren’t any winners.” Trent 3B
“I thought the mini Olympics was a fun activity. A lot of thought went into it.” Alex 5M
“The favourite part was the opening ceremony. We love dressing up at Brighton Grammar!” Oscar 5S
Please note the JPG has decided that it will not be undertaking a Father’s day gift fundraising initiative this year.
The Family Fun Night will take place on Friday 25 November.
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