From the Head of the Junior School, Peter Tellefson
Over the past year, the Junior School boys have engaged in a daily meditation and reflection practice called ‘Still Cloud’. Each day, straight after recess, five to 10 minutes of stillness descends over all classes in the Junior School. The Still Cloud practice supports BGS’s strategic commitment to student wellbeing and has proven to be an excellent way to promote renewed focus and enhanced concentration. The Junior School boys respond extremely positively to their daily Still Cloud practice. Why not ask your son about his Still Cloud experience? I would be delighted to receive your feedback.
Thank you to the parents who have made the commitment to support the Junior Parents’ Group (JPG) by agreeing to be Year Level Representatives in 2016:
- ELC3 – Rebecca Cunnington, Kate Henderson, Emily Severino, Emily Kato
- ELC 4 – Emma Buckingham, Missy McPherson, Paige Kilburn, Harriet Heath, Katherine Persoglia, Megan Ryan
- Prep – Anne Vassallo, Cathie Bulfin, Lisa Schnepf
- Year 1 – Petra Thomson, Jessica Greenwell, Eva Aschman, Sarah Fearn
- Year 2 – Kellee O’Hare, Cris Crewdson
- Year 3 – seeking volunteers
- Year 4 – Karen McIntyre, Kim McGain, Di Hasker, Kylie Segar, Wai Ling Lee, Nikki Chang
- Year 5 – Jen Marshall, Laura Coleman, Sally Roberts, Kathryn Fuller, Rachael Haddon, Kelly Bramley, Emma Rodgers
- Year 6 – Sonia Wagner, Georgie Hill, Isobel Reid
Volunteers are still required in the following classes: 3 Burke, 3 Wills and 6 Investigator.
As a Year Level Representative, your main role is to assist the JPG with the organisation of functions through the year and to seek support from parents in your year level. If you have not already volunteered, please consider joining the JPG this year – the greater parent involvement we have, the richer the school experience is for you and son.
Please email email@example.com or contact Amanda Field (Christian, Year 2 Waratah) on 0400 136 413 if you are interested in being involved, either in representing your year level or in any form of volunteering.
Parent information evenings
Our Years 4 to 6 parent information evening, held last Thursday, was most successful. Our final parent information evening for ELC parents will be held tonight from 7.00pm. The format for the evening is as follows:
- 7.00pm – 7.20pm Welcome/Introduction of staff – G. B. Robertson Hall
- 7.30 – 8.10pm ELC classroom presentation – ELC 3-4
- 8.15pm – 9.00pm Social function – ELC playground area
Don’t forget to check the School wide section
News relating to the whole of the School, including the Headmaster’s comment, will now appear in the School wide section of the eNews – click on the button below to take a look.
Junior School happenings and reminders
- Year 5 parents are invited to attend an Information Session to be presented by the Outdoor Education Team in the G. B. Robertson Hall on Tuesday 23 February at 8.45am.
- All families from ELC to Year 6 are invited to attend the Junior School’s Welcome Picnic next Friday, 26 February from 5.00pm. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a BYO picnic and to socialise with other parents. BBQ facilities will be available. The JPG will provide a free sausage sizzle and year level tables will be set up on the Red Square.
- Our Year 3 to 6 Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 4 March at 9.30am. All boys are expected to compete in BGS bathers, which can be purchased from the Uniform Shop. Remember, BGS swim towels are still available for order. Towels can be named or unnamed. Click here to order your towel.
- New JPG Committee member required. The JPG committee is looking for a new parent to work with the JPG team in the role of communications. If you are interested in getting more involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Traffic management during drop off and pick up.
The safety of our boys is paramount around the Grosvenor Street car park. To assist with the efficient flow of traffic we have asked all boys from the ELC and Junior School not to play on the Adventure Playground after school. Your support with this request is appreciated.
Grosvenor Street car park guidelines:
– keep to the left for drop-off and pick-up
– parents are not to leave their vehicle in the drop off or pick up zone to collect their son
– please do not park at the oval end of the driveway, this is clearly marked No Parking.
Settling in to the Early Learning Centre
This week we are enjoying getting to know all about our boys and their families. We have nearly completed a full week with all of the boys, but it feels like we have known each other for a lot longer. The boys’ personalities, strengths and interests have flourished over the past few weeks, and we have seen growth with their confidence and sense of security already. Again I wish to acknowledge how proud we are of all of the boys.
As you know – boys don’t verbally communicate everything that is going on inside their minds. Some boys seemed to settle straight away, however could have been struggling on the inside. We often see a honeymoon period – three weeks in and a few wobbles and tears begin. Please let us know if we can assist in any way.
The boys have been very creative beings in all the rooms with a focus on families and our community. We have an array of cultures in the ELC, and we look forward to acknowledging and celebrating these during the year.
We have even been lucky enough to have parents and grandparents participate in the program sharing their interests and skills. If you would like to join in for an experience or activity please let your classroom teacher know. We value your time and cherish the impact it has on the boys.
We look forward to seeing you at our parent information night tonight, and will print out information presented to parents who request this. We will be focusing on topics specific to early childhood and parenting needs, and hope to create connections across the four rooms.
Our parent/teacher interviews begin next Monday after school, and I thank parents for returning their requested times so quickly. If you have not yet been allocated a time, please do not hesitate to see your son’s teacher to arrange. It provides us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss our initial observations and plan ahead as a team – School and home.
A reminder that in Terms 1 and 4 the boys require their hats even if it’s cloudy. We have provided sunscreen at the sign in areas for you to apply before entering the room. We reapply after lunch for the afternoon exposure.
Director of the Early Learning Centre
The Hub news
The Hub is Brighton Grammar School’s learning management system with information about your son’s learning. As part of our ongoing commitment to the three-cornered partnership pillar of our BGS Strategy, we have fortnightly communication for parents entitled ‘Hub News’. This single page news item informs parents of the focus of teaching and learning in their year group during a two-week period. It also features reminders for parents and questions that you might ask your son to further support what is happening in the classroom.
To log into The Hub, go to http://thehub.brightongrammar.vic.edu.au and enter your username and password.
This Week’s Parenting Tip
Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: Teasing vs. Bullying’
Teaching and learning
Celebrating the arrival of the Year of Monkey with the Lion Dance
Last Friday students and staff from Years 5 and 6 marked the beginning of Chinese Spring Festival with a spectacular Chinese Lion Dance, drumming, live music, red pockets, Chinese lollies and delicious Chinese dumplings.
As a school we have been fostering open mindedness. The study of the Chinese language opens the way to important fields such as Chinese: politics, economy, history or archaeology. Studying Chinese involves studying a culture, a people, an ancient civilisation. China has a rich cultural heritage of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and more recently, film. These reflect the values, struggles, sensibilities, joys and sorrows of this great people, and often offer insights into the most intimate feelings of people in the past.
These celebrations help students to understand what is behind the language, what makes it powerful, and how it actually functions in Chinese society. To be at ease and effective in a Chinese environment learning the language is half the battle, but knowing about the culture behind the language represents the other.
I was pleased to see that the boys applied themselves to a wide range of cultural experiences and were well behaviour during the performances.
Thank you Ms. Nancy Ting, Head of Chinese, for organising this special event so successfully.
Ms Linda Chen
Year 5 and 6 Chinese Teacher
What’s happening in Year 5 APS sport
“It was fun playing against a different school rather than last year with the Year 3/4 friendly against Scotch and St. Kevin’s.” Matt F (cricket)
“I really enjoyed playing table tennis against Burke Hall. I was a spare player and was able to play with two partners, George and Jenson.”
Thomas O (table tennis)
“It was the first time playing APS Sport for BGS and it was a really fun experience.”
George R (table tennis)
“I liked representing the school and playing with my mates.”
Ethan P (cricket)
What’s happening in 5 Zachariah
“Wow! The game ‘Turbo Tables’ is amazing. You have to recite a whole tables and then answer a mixed bag. I love it!”
“One of my high standard goals is to become a class captain. I need to show leadership skills, respect and passion. I hope for success!”
“In Year 5, I love ‘Man of the Week’ because it is exciting and unbelievably nerve wracking.”
“5 Zachariah is an awesome class! We play so many fun and educational games.”
What’s happening in Art?
This week the Year 6 boys have been enthralled by an invited guest presenter on the topic of street art vs. subway art. Ashley Goudie from KIL Productions shared his story with each Year 6 class on how he became a successful commercial artist. He spoke about the history of street and subway art and its validity in Melbourne’s art world, whilst making it clear that these styles are distinctive from the illegal activity of graffiti and vandalism. Through his demonstration of the skills required to complete art works, he inspired the boys with his amazing talents. An individual art piece was created at the end of each session and two of these have been displayed in the foyer.
Next week the four Year 6 classes are attending an excursion to the city where they will participate in a guided walk with Ashley and Mrs Foulds to see some of the street and subway art that has made Melbourne famous. This includes the well-known Hosier Lane. In Art classes following the excursion, the boys will explore their creativity and create art works of their own. A true example of boy friendly curriculum.
Ulysses Bookstore Sandringham brings author Tristan Bancks to BGS
On Wednesday 2 March, the boys from Years 3 to 6 will be attending a presentation by Tristan Bancks, author of the Tom Weekly series, the Mac Slater series and his standalone novel, Two Wolves. Boys are encouraged to bring their own copies of Tristan’s books to the session for signing. Otherwise, if you wish to purchase any of his books, please click here for the order form from Ulysses Bookstore in Sandringham, which will be delivered to the school in time for the presentation and signing.
JS Librarian/eLearning Co-Ordinator
Science Alive – introducing the BGS Science Club
Does your son always ask why things happen? If so Science Alive, the BGS Science Club, is perfect for him. Science Club meets on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm twice a term. Guest speakers will come in and talk to the boys about science outside the classroom and demonstrate their scientific principle.
The first Science Alive event is all about fire and explosions.
When: 2 March, 3.30pm–4.30pm
Where: Design and Technology room
For: All boys Years 3-6 – no bookings required
JPG Term 1 major events
26 February – JPG Welcome Picnic
1 March – JPG Meeting. G. B. Robertson Hall, 8.45am-9.30am
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