Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

My commitment to the wellbeing of our boys

Much has been written this week about BGS and how it handles bullying. I have written my fair share, including rightly apologising for the upset and distress that has been caused. I take this opportunity to make two final points on this topic.

Firstly, the BGS staff and I have an unwavering commitment to ensuring the boys’ mental health and wellbeing needs are met. Bullying, and all that is associated with it, falls into the broader category of mental health and wellbeing. We do not tolerate bullying at BGS. We care for those who are subject to bullying with the utmost care and compassion. To say otherwise is simply incorrect.

Secondly, the BGS staff and I have an unwavering commitment to assisting our parents, through thought leadership, in raising their sons. We will not retreat from this commitment. As such, the Understanding Boys blog, parent seminars and open, honest and transparent two-way communication will continue.

Finally, I wish the cast and crew of our joint senior production with Firbank of Copacabana all the best as they take to the stage tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Everyone involved has worked so hard and I can’t wait to see the results. I look forward to seeing you all there.


From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

There was great excitement for our Year 4 to 6 boys who attended Science Club on Monday evening.  The focus of the presentation was the Science of Weather and Mike Larkan, Channel 10 Weather Presenter, shared his passion and expertise. The highlight was the live broadcast of the weather report from our new STEM Centre.  

This week, our Year 4 boys have been engaged in a project-based learning experience focused on the concept of ‘courage’.  Boys have worked in small teams, guided by staff, in the process of planning, researching, organising information, presenting and reflecting. We look forward to seeing the boys’ presentations tomorrow.

The joys of Melbourne’s autumn! 6 Endeavour and 6 Investigator experienced challenging weather conditions while on camp last week; whereas on Monday of this week we said goodbye to 6 Resolution and 6 Discovery in magnificent sunshine!  No matter what the weather, the boys are certainly challenged while on camp. At times they are out of their comfort zone, but are supported by their classmates and the staff.  There are many highlights for the boys, including canoeing, sailing, mountain bike riding, the night games of Stealth and Lantern Stalk, the Indigenous Immersion experience, and sleeping out in a tent. Joining the boys on camp on Wednesday reminded me of my scout days and there were certainly lots of laughs when my canoe capsized!  


In any school community, parental support is essential. As I ‘walk the corridors’, throughout the course of a week, I see parents from ELC to Year 6 assisting with Literacy Blocks, incursions/excursions, supporting their sons at sport, sitting in on instrumental music lessons, assisting the JPG, attending concerts and social functions. Parental support builds strong relationships; school and home cannot work in isolation as we assist our boys on their educational journey and I appreciate the continued involvement and support of so many parents.


Junior School music concert: 7 June

Our Junior School Semester 1 music concert will be held on Tuesday 7 June, 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. All Year 4 and Year 5 boys, Borwick House Choir, Wilson House Concert Band, Wilson House String Orchestra and the Guitar Ensemble will be performing. Boys are to wear their full winter uniform and need to be seated in St Andrew’s by 7.20pm. Mr Furtado will provide further details.


Visible learning outdoors in the ELC

In our ELC we have some special visitors for a sleepover tonight; Mrs Pitt’s chooks have come for their annual sleepover. Last year when this happened the boys got to find eggs each day and take them home for tea. How the chooks managed to find 10 minutes of peace to lay them is amazing. We are using this learning experience to reiterate our expectations of respect for all living things and have carefully monitored the boys around these visitors. As a follow up to this we hope to hatch our own chickens in Term 3.


Outside we also have been busy in the garden. The Wallaby and Bandicoot planting project has spilled out of the veggie patch and over to the mud patch this fortnight. As a team, we have observed the lack of natural materials close by our mud kitchen, and decided that instead of getting the gardeners to help, we would make some changes ourselves to support our outdoor program. The boys helped to shift tyres to the Mud Patch and together we filled them with potting mix. We have planted herbs and veggies in the hope that when they grow bigger, the boys can take samples to add to their Mud Kitchen Play. The garden looks great! Keep the veggies coming.  Hopefully the chooks won’t eat too much of these new plants during their stay.

Gumboots would be brilliant for each of the boys to have here. We love the mud patch and even the sandpit play is better with protection on our feet.

Learning occurs in all areas of our Centre. Through our portfolios and reflective journal we try to make these outside learning experiences as visible as the beautiful art displays in the room.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


This week’s parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: The trip to being at your parenting best’.


Prep to Year 2 

On Wednesday 25 May it is National Simultaneous Story Time. This year the book is I Got This Hat. As a part of our activities for the morning, please send your son to school with a hat on this day. It can be any kind of hat, the more interesting the better. There will be a prize for each class for the best hat. You will find a reminder in his record book closer to the time. Thank you for your support.


Year 4 Courage Immersion Program

Year 4 parents are invited to view the work completed by the boys during this week’s Courage Immersion Program tomorrow, Friday 20 May 2016.

Times: 10am – 10.40am and 11.10am – 12pm

Please feel free to wander through all of the rooms below.

  • GBR – Art, Posters and Drama
  • Year 4C – Webpages
  • Year 4B – Moviemaking
  • Year 4F – PowerPoints
  • STEM Centre – Shackleton and Mawson.


Teaching and learning

What’s happening in drama?

In Year 4, the boys are focusing on the importance of storytelling. They are collaborating to create tableaux that represent fairy tales as well as their own stories.

In Year 6, the boys are currently in the process of creating their own characters. Characters are created through visual prompts as well as improvisation exercises.


Did you know?

Drama involves visualisation exercises to assist creativity. It also aligns with the mindfulness program here at the Junior School.


Why is drama important?

Drama is an integral part of the school curriculum as it not only develops learning, social and creative skills but also compliments development within other subject methods. It provides an avenue for acknowledging and promoting equality, critical thinking and empathy, which encourages the boys to become contributing members within their school community and society as a whole. Most importantly, drama is fun!


What’s happening in Maths Week?

 This year some exciting events have been organised to celebrate Maths Week at Brighton Grammar School.  The dates for Maths Week 2016, will be Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May.  The theme this year is… Let’s Investigate.



Please check below the list of activities organised.

Monday 23 May

Whole School Board Games: Boys are able to bring a board game to school to share with the class. Please ensure that it is clearly named.

Design a Logo or Slogan competition – Due Wednesday 25 May (boys will be given a handout from their class teacher – this is not compulsory).


Tuesday 24 May

Maths Investigations display in corridors.

Years 3 and 4 Family Maths Night – 7pm.


Wednesday 25 May


Maths Investigations display in corridors.


Thursday 26 May


Maths Investigations display in corridors.


Friday 27 May

Boys wear sports uniform to school with House coloured polo shirts.

Whole school multi-age Maths rotations – 8.40am – 11.50am (House Teams).

Years 3 to 6 (12.15pm) Junior School House Maths Competition in the GBR Hall.


JPG News

Junior School Gala Ball Update

Thank you for a wonderful response to the Gala Ball. The event is now a sell-out with the exception of a few places available on the Year 5, Year 3 and ELC 3/4 tables. Trybooking will be open until end of day tomorrow for last minute bookings on those tables.

A number of people have questioned what a ‘formal’ dress code entails. In essence, it means dress up for the red carpet! For men specifically it means a suit and tie or tuxedo and bow tie, and for women, an evening dress, be it mid-length or a longer gown, or even an evening pants-suit. Whatever makes you feel glamorous!   

Diamond Pendant Raffle tickets

Tickets are still available via Trybooking or to buy from Year level representatives in ticket form. Be in it to win it!

Gala Ball diamond pendant raffle flyer

New 2016/2017 Entertainment Memberships are here

JPG Entertainment Book Image

The new Entertainment™ Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers that you can use until 1 June 2017. Flick through to preview the value here.

Choose between the popular Entertainment™ Book with Gold Card and Vouchers, or the Entertainment™ Digital Membership that puts the value of the Book on your smartphone. Click here to order.

We receive 20% from every Entertainment™ Membership we sell, which contributes to the JPG fundraising goals. The more Memberships we sell, the more we raise so please tell your family and friends.  Thank you for your support.


JPG Meeting: 7 June

The next JPG Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 June at 8.45am in the G. B. Robertson Hall.  All are welcome.


Dalziel Club 2016 Footy Fun Day: Year 4, 5 and 6

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 Trybooking.


OSHClub News

We are half way through Term 2. We will be running kinder and primary holiday programs as usual. Sign up at OSHClub online if you are interested.  



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: Marion Cotter, Primary Coordinator: Emma Jean Callery.

Assistants: Kate Rushen and Libby Hands.

All families must be enrolled to attend the program and/or vacation care, and remember it is free to enrol your children online. 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.

Many thanks, from the OSHClub Team at Brighton Grammar.


Found property

  • 1 football jumper size 8
  • 1 sport shorts size 12
  • 1 tie.