Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

This has been an extremely difficult time for everyone in the BGS community. Of course, the welfare of everyone involved in the week’s events is of utmost importance. I share your hurt and sadness. However, my pride in our School, and the people in it, is undiminished. During this difficult time, I am buoyed by the great work being undertaken by caring people at BGS – people who, like me, are proud to call themselves part of the BGS community.



From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Please ensure you have downloaded the new BGS communication tool, School Stream. We are transitioning from using the eNews as our main form of communication to using the School Stream app.  Over the next couple of weeks, the content of the eNews will change. At this stage, 338 ELC/Junior School parents have downloaded and are using the School Stream app.  With 450 boys from ELC to Year 6, we have the potential for 900 users.  If you have not yet signed up, please do so as soon as possible to avoid missing out on important information regarding our day-to-day operations. See the article below for more information on the School Stream app.

As you know, our parent/teacher interviews are a key element in strengthening our three cornered partnership (3CP) at BGS.  I hope you found the feedback and discussion valuable in helping your son grow and develop. I was surprised and disappointed to hear that some parents did not make their appointments. It is essential we work together to build and maintain a supportive community for the boys, and communication between home and school is a vital part of this. 


BGS School Stream app 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.  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.


Junior School achievements, happenings and reminders

  • Congratulations to the Year 4 – 6 boys who represented BGS in the Victorian Primary School State Cross Country Championships: Harrison Gibbins (U10, 19th), Charlie Paterson (U11 – 10th), and Jonah Campigli (U12, 16th).  The standard of competition was extremely high and our boys acquitted themselves very well, despite challenging conditions. Thank you to Mr Ryan for his management of the team and to all parents involved for your support.
  • Years 3 to 6 toy-making workshop. BGS will be hosting a wooden toy-making workshop for boys who are interested in design and technology on Wednesday 27 July from 3.45pm – 4.45pm in the STEM Centre.  This introductory session is free but there is also an opportunity to participate in further sessions, at a cost.  Please click here for further information. Please email Bill Gibney at bgibney@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au if your son would like to attend.

  • The Year 3 to 6 Father/Son Activities Evening will be held on Thursday 18 August. Activities will commence in classrooms at 5.45pm and conclude at 7pm.


Incredible learning in the ELC

The boys have been in full throttle this week, leading our programs across the centre. Our indoor/outdoor program during our morning sessions has given the boys a sense of ownership of where their learning will develop, and the weather has been perfect for getting outdoors.

You may have noticed that we have removed the majority of plastic toys and equipment from the outdoors to strip back to our natural environment and get ‘back to nature’.  

Although we are less than two weeks in to the term, we have noticed the boys self-regulation, confidence, problem-solving skills and social connections are already benefitting from the change. Our indoor programs have also provided smaller group focus and more individualised attention. Thanks to parents who have already provided their son with a warm waterproof coat (it does not need to be a BGS one) and gumboots.


Our PMP program for our ELC4 boys has begun and the boys enjoyed the activity stations Mrs Clarke had prepared for them. Each activity focuses on the boys gross or fine motor skills and also helps with the boys’ social skills and turn-taking. We couldn’t operate our PMP program without the support of our parent volunteers so thank you to those who have already helped out. 

Next Monday each boy will receive their Individualised Portfolio to reflect upon their learning over the past six months.  A letter and Collaborative Portfolio Reflection Form will be attached and we ask you to complete this with your son. Your feedback and reflection is vital to ensure we continually improve our programming and practice in order to achieve the best outcomes for your son. Your son’s thoughts are just as valuable and we look forward to reading these forms when returned with the portfolio.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


Parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Tolerance: a vital ingredient for your child’s success’.


Teaching and learning

What’s happening in Prep Fivedale?

The boys in Prep Fivedale are studying different forms of transportation. During structured play, some of the boys are designing cars using the computer. 


Here are some boys building a multi storey carpark. 


What’s happening in 5 Zachariah?

“Everyone knew that Design and Technology would be fantastic fun this term when we learnt that we would be working with a friend.” Heath


“Once we finalised our partners, we were off and firing with our planning of our pinball machines.” Oliver


“Michael and I created a design of our pinball machine based on the ‘X Games.’ We are confident that our machine will be awesome.” Matt F


“At our next session, Leon and I will construct the base so that the pinball cannot fall out. This will be challenging as you need to make the edges stable.”  James H


“Heath and I really enjoyed our first session. We concentrated on the design of our machine, making sure that our measurements were accurate.” Dylan

Tell me about APS Sport last week…

In Term 3, Year 6 boys are competing in badminton, athletics, hockey and soccer for APS Sport. Some of the boys were asked about the season ahead.


“I’m excited to play doubles in badminton this term. I’m even excited for the bus trips when we have away game.” Lenny E (badminton)

“This term in athletics there will be multiple events including 100m, 200m 800m, high jump, long jump, shot put and relays.” Max A (athletics)

“APS will be very fun this term. I am particularly excited about being a team with my friends.” Jackson C (hockey)

“I’m excited to be playing in the As this week. But regardless of the team I’m in this term, I’m just happy to be playing soccer.” Henry M (soccer)


JPG news

2016/2017 Entertainment Memberships 

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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. 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. 


OSHClub news

Welcome to Term 3 2016 at OSHClub. We welcome our New Kinder Coordinator, Sam, who has started with us this week.

RDK will start back on Thursday 28 July. This term, boys will participate in basketball.

Recently we have had lots of casual bookings, where boys are not booked in to the program. Although we will never turn anyone away, we ask for your sons’ safety that they are booked into the service online at least 24 hours before the required session. 

Upcoming pupil free day care bookings are now open for Monday 15 August. The program will be open from 7.30am until 6pm.

Please feel free to contact us with any feedback, questions or concerns:

  • Head Office: 03 8564 9000
  • Program Contact:  0422 193 377 (kinder), 0401 143 440 (primary)
  • Kinder Coordinator: Sam
  • Primary Coordinator: Emma
  • 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 enroll 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 in.


Found items

  • Sports shorts sizes 14 and 8
  • Athletic singlet size 14
  • Cap
  • BGS fleecy vest size 6
  • Jumper size 10 labelled ‘Ryota K’
  • Tracksuit pants size 8
  • Sports shirt size S
  • Footy jumper size 10
  • Black and white umbrella, Bank of NY