Weekly eNews

Junior School

From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Our Year 5 boys enjoyed their Outdoor Education experience at Camp Howqua. I spent two days seeing the boys in action as they rotated through activities including flying fox, high ropes, raft building and orienteering, with the highlight of the camp being the river walk and overnight camp out. Thanks to Mrs Webster, Mr Rahn and Mr Gurry for their additional commitment while on camp and to our Outdoor Education staff led by Cam Barry.

Thank you to those who kindly donated Easter eggs for our raffle. The Junior School has made a significant donation to Mackillop Family Services, who will distribute Easter eggs to less fortunate children in our community. Thank you to Brigitte McGregor, Averil McDowell and Eva Aschman for their co-ordination and to our ELC mums for their time in wrapping the prizes and organising our raffle.  

The Year 4 and Year 6 boys’ Outdoor Education program starts next term:

Year 4:              
Wednesday 27 April – Friday, 29 April

Year 6:              
Monday 9 May – Friday 13 May – 6 Investigator and 6 Endeavour    
Monday, 16 May – Friday, 20 May – 6 Discovery and 6 Resolution

Thanks to all boys, staff and parents who have contributed so much to ensure a successful Term 1. Best wishes to all families for the holiday break, and may the blessings of Easter be with you. A special thanks to our St Andrew’s choristers who have a significant commitment throughout the Holy Week celebrations.

Boys celebrated in assembly

Library Monitors
Harry Llewellyn and Jake Tuim.

Science Monitors
Jackson Court, Jamie Draheim, Mitchell Kuzilny, Caspar Payne, Luka Simic, Alex Tognarini, Henry Williams and Brendan Zhang.

Term 1 Effort Cards

Prep Fivedale
Harper Cunnington, Lucas Judah and Jaska Maher.

Prep Kurrajong
George Cozens, Shuta Kobayashi and Tom Pollock.

1 Banksia
Brodie Buckingham, John Haralambakis and Nicholas Galinas.

1 Heath
Jack Epstein, Tobias Landsman and George McDonald.

2 Acacia
Austin Beck, Luke Ferdinands and Murphy Zeng.

2 Waratah
Christian Field, Zac Mongey and Daniel Piccolo.

3 Burke
Ethan Abramovich, Sebastian Naccarella and Kylan Thompson.

3 Wills
Aydin Ilhan, Harry O’Brien and Charlie Sabin.

4 Bass
Fletcher Hall, Lachie Roberts and Gabriel Pozo.

4 Cook
Oskar Andersen, Sam Fanning and Tevann Pouliquen.

4 Flinders
Georgen Strintzos, Jem Spicer and Nicholas Robertson.

5 Melville
Leon Den Tieter, Hugo Ferguson and Jenson Galvin.

5 Scott
Alessandro Brook Savill, Sam Coleman and Lachlan Molloy.

5 Zachariah
Matthew Cruse, Aaron Hudghton and Jarod Prins.

6 Discovery
Max Linder, Caspar Payne and Lucas Toms.

6 Endeavour
Ethan Lyons, Lachlan McCurry and Damien Paino.

6 Investigator
Lenny Ewers, Freddie Smith and Sidney Zeng.

6 Resolution
Matthew Hill, Zac Landsman and Jonathan Sum.

Wilson House Awards
Jackson Court and Henry Williams.

APS Sport Awards

5A Cricket Most Outstanding Player      
Oliver Howell

5A Cricket Best Team Player                   
Jarod Prins

5B Cricket Most Outstanding Player      
Mitchell Terry

5B Cricket Best Team Player                   
AJ Harris

Year 5 Tennis Most Outstanding Player
Sam Litis

Year 5 Tennis Best Team Player            
Matthew Cruse

Year 5 Table Tennis Most Outstanding Player  
Alessandro Brook Savill

Year 5 Table Tennis Best Team Player 
Lachlan Molloy

Year 5 Swimming Most Outstanding Swimmer 
Oliver Goodger

Year 5 Swimming Best Team Swimmer
Lachlan Paino



Don’t forget to check the School wide section

News relating to the whole of the School will now appear in the School wide section of the eNews – click on the button below to take a look.

This week, School wide e-News includes Ross Featherston’s comment on taking time out, news on upcoming events supporting BGS boy Will Murray, information about Term 2 music events and BGS snowsports, and some suggestions for the school holidays.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  • Term 1 Interim Reports are now available to parents online for all Prep to Year 6 boys. These Reports do not assess Achievement, but focus on attitude, effort and the development of various personal skills.
  • Our Term 2 parent/teacher interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April. Booking information will be sent prior.
  • A reminder regarding the starting date for Term 2, 2016. Boys return to BGS on Monday 11 April but will not be required at school on Friday 15 April. This switch has been made as all BGS staff will be undertaking training on a new BGS-wide approach to teaching and learning on the Friday.
  • Boys are expected to wear winter uniform in Term 2. Prep to Year 6 boys have the option of wearing blue shorts or blue trousers but are always required to wear the blue shorts on formal occasions such as concerts. The long-sleeved, pin-striped shirt is to be worn with the BGS tie, blazer and jumper (optional).
  • The APS Summer Sports has now concluded. I was particularly impressed with our boys’ level of sportsmanship and performance as well as the significant progress boys made in the various sports. Thank you Mr Ryan and to those staff members who coached teams.
  • Winter sports next term are volleyball, cross country and AFL football. Training will commence from 3.30pm to 4.30pm from Week 1, Monday 11 April.

Year 6 football, volleyball, cross country
Year 5 cross country

Year 5 football, volleyball

  • On Friday 6 May from 8.30am to 10am Prep to Year 6 mums are invited to a Mothers’ Day Celebration to join their sons in various classroom activities and a Mothers’ Day Service at St Andrew’s Church. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to express our appreciation to our mums. A slide show featuring photos of boys and their mothers will be shown during the church service. Please email your favourite mother and son/s photo to jsadmin@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au by Tuesday 26 April.


Supporting BGS boy Will Murray

The whole School was rocked when we found out about Will Murray’s accident back in January. However, BGS, the Bayside community and indeed the whole of Australia has got behind Will over the past months. Please see the School wide section of this week’s eNews for information on how you can get involved in upcoming events that will raise money for Will.


Exciting times in the ELC

Where has the term gone? I hardly feel like we are ready to farewell you all for the Easter break. To us, the boys already seem like ‘big boys’ now that they have settled in and are achieving so much within their programs.

Our cultural diversity celebrations have been a highlight over the past week. Last Friday we were overwhelmed by the incredible support from parents, grandparents and special friends. The morning gave us an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and discuss the amazing diversity in our ELC. We are blessed to have families from so many different countries – and on Friday enjoy such an array of food to taste. The boys proudly sang and danced to their chosen songs and as a community we sent our guests off with our favourite song Peace and Harmony.

Our Harmony Day celebrations continued on Monday with a ‘dress up’ day. The boys certainly outdid themselves (and parents) on the creativity and pride shown in their outfits. After morning tea, the Bilbys, Wombats and Bandicoots walked over to visit Mr Featherston and share with him the meaning behind Harmony Day. The boys’ behaviour was incredible as they actively listened, politely asked and answered questions, and respected Mr Featherston’s office. This is a wonderful journey as we are always greeted with smiles and high fives by the Senior School boys and staff.

During the week we also received our notice from ACECQA that the ELC has been selected for our second assessment for Quality Assurance early next term. We will send out more information soon regarding this process. We are looking forward to sharing with the Department of Education our high standard of practice and care. In 2012 we received the highest rating across all Quality Areas and were rated as a centre exceeding expectations. As always we value your thoughts and feedback on how we are achieving family expectations.

Our Easter bonnet parade today was a lovely way to finish our term as a community. There was not one hat/bonnet that was the same, which was another way to share with the boys the importance of difference. Obviously there was a lot of time and effort spent making the boys’ hats. A big thank you for making this experience extra special.

On behalf of the ELC team I would like to thank all parents and caregivers for your support, care and connection over the first term. We look forward to next term and wish you a happy and holy Easter break. A reminder that ELC boys wear their winter uniform in Term 2. Happy holidays!

Amelia Barrow
Director of the ELC


Parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: Stay Sane When Travelling with Kids’.



Are you ready for the 2016 Reading Challenge?

The BGS Junior School boys have been invited to take up the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2016.  Declared open in March by the Premier, the Challenge invites all Victorian students from Prep to Year 10 to read 30 books (Prep – Year 2) and 15 books (Year 3 – 10) by 9 September 2016.

The Challenge aims to promote a love of reading. It is not a competition, but a challenge to each student. The Reading Challenge at BGS is being promoted and coordinated through the Junior Library. 

To encourage participation in the challenge and to celebrate students’ achievements, the Premier will be awarding certificates to all students who successfully complete the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2016.

The Challenge booklists and further information can be accessed through the Challenge website.   

Students may read books from the book lists of year levels above their own. Books not on the list must be approved by the coordinator before reading. The boys who take up the Challenge will be registered once a consent form signed by both the Challenger and parent/guardian is returned to the Junior Library. Click here to download the consent form. A paper record will also be issued for boys to begin reading and recording. An adult must sign the reading record as each book is completed. 

Please take the time to view the website with your son as it contains all the information, important dates and news related to the Challenge. Further news and updates will be announced as they arise. Happy reading!

Pauline Anthony
Junior School Teacher-Librarian



Junior School music notices

Please see below for a reminder of days and times for the Junior School ensembles. While we encourage punctuality, please ensure your son does not arrive more than 10 minutes before a start time. Please note the change in start time for Wilson House Concert Band):

Wilson House Guitar Ensemble   
Mondays, 7.45-8.30am (Room 22, Junior School)

Beginner Strings*               
Wednesdays, 8.10-9.10am (Room 22, Junior School)

Training Strings                  
Wednesdays, 7.45-9.10am (Fairweather Room 5)

Wilson House String Orchestra    
Wednesdays, 7.30-9.10am (G.B. Robertson Hall)

Wilson House Junior Concert Band*       
Wednesdays, 7.55-9.10am (Rosstrevor Hall, cnr Allee and New Sts)

Wilson House Concert Band        
Wednesdays 8-9.10am (Senior Music Department, Senior School)

Borwick House Choir         
Thursdays, 7.40-8.30am (Room 22, Junior School)

* New ensemble in Term 2, commencing Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

Jared Furtado
Head of Choral – ELC-VCE
Wilson House Music Co-ordinator



Learning in the Junior School

Year 1 enjoyed Breakfast with their Dad or a very special guest last Thursday. In preparation prior to the day boys designed and made a special tie which was presented and proudly worn by their guest. Together we designed, built and flew paper aeroplanes across the oval and the boys learnt that friendly competition and hands on tasks were not just for boys as their guests thrived in the folding and decorating of their flying machines prior to take-off!

“Thank you for coming to our special father’s breakfast. I really enjoyed spending time with you playing paper planes. Thank you for spending time with me.”

George W


“I really enjoyed spending time with you playing the Shopping List game, making paper planes and showing you my classroom.”


I really enjoyed spending time with you playing chess, making paper planes and showing you my classroom. Thank you for spending the time with me. You are the best Dad in the world because you always hug me and put me to bed at night”
Henry B


“I really enjoyed showing you my classroom and spending time with you”.


“I really enjoyed spending time with you, playing chess, making paper planes and showing you around the vegetable patch.”



Year 3 visit to the MCG

“I really enjoyed the MCG when we got to run onto the ground. It was great fun because it felt like we were in an AFL team.”
Conrad R

“I didn’t know that there was a yellow seat for the biggest six ever hit at the MCG.  I also love how Stephanie Morehouse talked about being an Olympian.”
Harry O

“I thought it was amazing when Stefanie Morehouse gave some of our boys a chance to wear her medals.”
Louis D


“The best part of the excursion for me was when I got to play soccer in the interactive section of the National Sport Museum.”
Lewis P




Year 2 Dads’ Breakfast

On Friday 18 March the Year 2 boys hosted their dads for breakfast and had to create things out of paddle pop sticks.



“My dad and I made paddle pop machines (mine was a jet!) and I loved it because I could spend time with dad and he could also look at my work”

“At the dad’s breakfast dad and I built a car, an airplane, a fish and a dragon fly with paddle pop sticks. Dad even drank tea and ate a muffin! It was a fun day.”

“I liked spending time with my dad and I also liked building something with my dad. It was really hard to build some things with paddle pop sticks because some things were not balanced.”



JPG news

Looking for auction items/donations for the JPG Ball

The JPG is looking for donations of items suitable for the silent and live auctions at our Walk the Red Carpet Gala Ball on 27 May 2016.  If you or your business are able to assist us (whether it be in the form of vouchers, products or experiences etc.), we would be most grateful. In return, we would be happy to promote your product or service in printed materials pertaining to the evening and list you or your business as one of the donors.

The success of this major fundraising event relies on support from our fantastic school and local community. All funds raised will be used to pay for the upgrade of the Junior School oval and cricket training facilities.

Donation details can be sent to Lorraine Adams: lozdodge@bigpond.com, who is co-ordinating prize donations over the next few weeks. Thank you for your support.

2015 tea towels and beach towels still available

Great news! We have 10 Junior School tea towels and 8 ELC tea towels left $15 each, first come first served. Contact Brigitte McGregor at brigitte.mcgregor@bigpond.com.

PS: Beach towels are still available by clicking here.


Order your new 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships from us today, and 20% of the proceeds will come to BGS. Order before 26 April 2016 and you will receive over $160 worth of additional offers that you can use right away. Visit the online order page here.


Sh@re Community Campus

Holiday programs

These holidays Sh@re Community Campus offers opportunities to:

  • explore engineering and management concepts, with our Rockets’n’Sockets STEM based program
  • audition, rehearse, perform or sing, with our theatre camp
  • imagine, create and automate, with our LEGO bricks based programs
  • design and build, with our Games Programming or Minecraft programs
  • build social and emotional resilience and leadership skills
  • kick, dribble, block, shoot or ace it, with our tennis, basketball, football or soccer programs.

Sh@re programs suit children as young as three and will run every day from Tuesday 29 March to Friday 8 April. Sh@re programs are open to all children, so you can also bring a friend from another school.

See the flyer attached or go to www.share.vic.edu.au for detailed information about these holiday programs or to enrol.

Don’t forget, many of our providers of holiday programs also offer after school programs. 

Term 2 after school programs

In Term 2 we are offering some new programs, in addition to many of our long term programs.

Try a mosaics class Mondays (4pm start) with Jessica from Merryl’s Mosaics. link to(www.merrylsmosaics.com.au.

Or perhaps try our popular Programming/Computer Science Club. Learn how to code in a fun practical way by working on music, animations, games and some operating system scripting.  Advanced students can move onto higher level programming. See www.inventtheworld.com.au for details about these classes, run on Mondays after school at Firbank Brighton (3.45pm or 5pm start).

Enjoy the holiday break, your family time and most of all, enjoy the relaxed holiday pace! 

OSHClub news

It has been a fantastic Term 1 at OSHClub. The boys have enjoyed a range of activities from our weekly chess club to multi-skills and soccer with RDK.


OSHClub is excited to announce its partnership with Play On AFL to provide AFL clinics. The program is run by AFL approved coaches with no more than 15 children in each session.  Beginning on 18 April, it will run every Monday straight after school and is open to all children at BGS not just After Care children. Click here for more details.

OSHC contacts

Program Contact:  0422193377 (kinder), 0401143440 (primary)
Kinder Coordinator: Lindsay Wilkins, Primary Coordinator: Emma Jean Callery

You must be enrolled to attend OSHC and/or Vacation Care, and remember it is free create an account online at www.oshclub.com.au.



Found items

There are loads of items in the lost property.  If you are missing something, please come and check. Items not claimed by end of Tuesday 12 April will be suitably recycled.