Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Marking academic success and the 3CP

Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming back our 2016 Academic Scholars for the annual Scholars Assembly. At the Assembly, we recognised and celebrated the successes and achievements of our academic elite from last year. I believe this event also serves to inspire our current Senior School boys to achieve their academic best.

2016 School Dux Raymond Li (ATAR 99.90) gave the current Senior School boys some great advice across a number of areas. However, for me, the advice that stood out was Raymond’s encouragement to “figure out how you learn”. This strongly aligns with our continuing work to make each BGS boy a more capable visible learner and it applies to all BGS boys, big and small.


Our 3CP focus for Term 1 is on engaging parents in all things relevant to the BGS academic culture. We have finished our parent information sessions, and this term presents other opportunities for parents to deepen their understanding and engagement, such as parent/teacher interviews and The Hub information sessions.

On Tuesday 28 March, Crowther Centre Director Dr Ray Swann and I will host a whole-School parent information night on our school-wide teaching and learning approach. Specific information regarding venue and start time will soon be available. My hope is that every BGS family will be represented on this important night.

For Junior School parents wanting some guidance on helping their son with his literacy and numeracy, please click here.

Finally, best wishes to the Year 9 boys and staff for their 12-day Great South West Journey, which starts this weekend. We look forward to the welcome home ceremony and hearing great stories of challenge, learning, collaboration and fun.


From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

From time to time we have accidents on the playground. While I can assure you the playground is supervised at all times, it is important parents realise accidents will happen. Our responsibility is to ensure the playground is as safe as possible, is supervised, the boys are aware of School rules, and our boys learn to respect each other. In the event of an accident occurring your son will be cared for to the best of our ability. Parents will be contacted and, if necessary, medical attention will be sought. It is essential parents allow the School to sort through issues or problems that occur at School. I would ask that parents do not make telephone calls to other parents. Please make immediate contact with your son’s teacher, and appropriate follow-up and action will then take place.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Parent information evenings held so far have been a great success. The Parent Information Evening for ELC parents will be held next Thursday 2 March from 7pm.
  • Junior School assembly. On most Fridays at 12.30pm we have a Junior School assembly in the G. B. Robertson Hall. Classes have the opportunity to present their work to the Junior School community on a rotational basis. The assembly serves many purposes: it gives our boys an opportunity to present, read, or speak to an audience, to entertain, to educate and share knowledge, to show the breadth of the curriculum and the opportunities provided at the Junior School. Weekly awards are presented and the boys are involved in prayer and singing. All parents are most welcome to attend.
  • Junior School Welcome Picnic on Friday 3 March. All families from ELC to Year 6 are invited to attend the Junior School Welcome Picnic on Friday 3 March from 5pm to 8pm. As we trial some digital signage options at BGS, there is a chance to win a $200 voucher at The White Rabbit in Church Street, Brighton. Simply visit the Soniq interactive kiosk and answer a one-question survey  to go into the draw. The winner will be announced on the night.
  • Interschool Swimming Carnival. Best wishes to our Year 3 and Year 4 boys who are competing in an Interschool Swimming Carnival with St Kevin’s College on Friday.
  • Head of Junior School absence. Peter Tellefson will be attending an International Students Expo from Thursday 23 February until Tuesday 28 February, Mr Bryan will be responsible for the Junior School in Peter’s absence.


Mindfulness and melodies in the ELC

This week we have been focusing on extending our mindfulness practice throughout the day when needed. We have noticed that on Mondays the boys can been quite excited and energised after their weekends, and come in ready for action. While the Wallaby class enjoy outdoor mindfulness, the other three rooms have really developed their strategies indoors, which has been beneficial to the morning practice and the boys’ self-regulation and attention.

Our other focus is on cultural diversity and awareness leading up to a national celebration of Harmony Day on 21 March. The boys have begun to learn songs from around the world, and I have even seen the Bilby boys learning their New Zealand dance with Mrs Gibbs. A letter will go home shortly regarding this, with an invitation for family members to attend a morning tea on this day.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


Parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s tip: Insights Michael Grose’s top 10 parenting tips for school meetings.


Teaching and learning

Tell me about music…

In Term 1, the Prep music focus is the introduction of basic musical notation. The boys are developing skills in beat, rhythm and pitch through singing, playing of instruments and writing. They are also learning the how to read, play and write basic music notation.

The Year 1 music focus is on identifying the differences between steady beat, no beat and rhythm in music. The boys are working on developing the skills of the elements of beat, rhythm and pitch by reading, writing and playing with an emphasis on vocal pitch matching.

“It’s fun playing keep the beat game, I’m pretty good.”  Xavier B 1H

Y1 Music T&L

“We can make our own rhythms. I like doing it with my new friends.” Alex W 1B

“Look at my music notes.” Zachary M PK

Prep Music T&L

“In Prep we are learning to write music. This is the first time I make music symbols.” Kavin PK

What’s happening in 4 Cook…

This week in 4 Cook boys have been learning to write Dreamtime stories. This follows an immersion into Indigenous culture to understand the significance of the Dreamtime, the connection of story to ‘country’ and the laws surrounding how stories can be passed on. We’ve also been reading lots and lots of Dreamtime stories. The boys are now applying their planning skills by modelling their ideas onto a ‘story graph’. Once complete, the story graph will be drawn onto the iPad app Explain Everything, where audio can be added to create their final draft.

4Cook t&L

Science in Year 2

The Year 2 boys are investigating various life cycles during Science classes. They are adopting mealworms and silkworms and predicting what changes will take place. They are observing and recording what happens and comparing and contrasting these insects in detail. The boys also study their own changes and lifecycles in order to make comparisons to the insects.

“We need to look hard at the mealworms so that we will know when they evolve into something else.” Hugo F

Y2 Science T&L

“We predict that they will turn into beetles but other boys thought they would turn into butterflies or stay the same but just get bigger. We will need to record any changes.”  Aashvik S



Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply for a payment of $125 (primary students) or $225 (secondary students) to be paid directly to the School (the amount of which will be deducted from your fees) for use towards camps, sports and excursion costs for the benefit of the student. A special consideration category also exists. Information about the CSEF program can be found here

Please contact the Accounts Department on 03 8591 2213 to submit an application on your behalf.


JPG news

Year level representatives
Thank you to those parents who have made a commitment to support the JPG directly by assisting as year level representatives:

  • ELC3 – Kylie Donald, Harriet Heath, Leah Hooper, Rhonette Lipovetsky, Katherine Persoglia
  • ELC 4 – Jo Clancy, Christie Neatnica, Jacqui Kokkinos, Alice Auditore
  • Prep – Aine Arnold, Emma Buckingham, Harriet Heath, Megan Ryan, Katherine Persoglia
  • Year 1 – Cathie Bulfin, Meagan Nicholas, Lisa Schnepf, Kym Willis
  • Year 2 – Eva Aschman, Kerstin Barber, Sarah Fearn
  • Year 4 – Rina D’Cruz, Haylee Paul, Marina Regelman
  • Year 5 – Jo White
  • Year 6 – Laura Coleman, Kylie O’Leary, Victoria Pascoe, Laurie Penca.

Support is still required from the following classes: ELC4 Bandicoot, 3 Burke, 3 Wills, 5 Scott, 5 Melville, 5 Zachariah, 6 Endeavour, 6 Resolution. 

Representatives work as a team to co-ordinate social events within their year level and arrange volunteers for one event per year within their year level (i.e. mustering four volunteers to deliver food to classrooms for the end of term lunches). Tasks are neither onerous nor time consuming and it is an opportunity to facilitate communication, connectedness and contribution within the School community.

Please email juniorparents@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au if you are interested in being involved, either representing your year level or any form of volunteering.

Junior School Welcome Picnic, Friday 3 March
The BGS Junior School Welcome Picnic held in the school grounds is only a week away. This is a great opportunity for families to get together and bring a picnic. Boys can play while parents socialise. Tables will be provided in the red square and the JPG will provide a free sausage sizzle for the boys on a first-in-first-served basis. BYO picnic and drinks.


OSHClub news

This year we will be continuing Chess Club on Fridays at after school care. The session is run by chess champion Leonid Sandler and is part of the normal after school care fee. This term, we will be running Play On Sports Basketball on Monday. Play On Sport is run by qualified coaches. There are limited spots available so please ensure you sign up online. Only children that have registered will be able to participate. If you have any questions please contact Emma on the primary number.

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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: Jacquie Amato, Primary Coordinator: Emma Callery.
  • Assistants: Kate Rushen.

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 in.