From the Head of the Junior School, Peter Tellefson
Boys are curious and inquisitive by nature; they love to build, construct, tinker and experiment and to ask the big question, why? With this in mind, four years ago we made a strategic decision to implement science and design and technology as specialist subject areas for our boys under the leadership of Mr Bill Gibney.
The passion and enthusiasm for ‘all things Science’ has been taken to another level this year with the introduction of the BGS Science Alive Club – an initiative driven by Jackson Court in Year 6. Last night, Mr Warren Joel from the CFA presented to 60 Year 3 to 6 boys, and their enjoyment and engagement was obvious to all. We also look forward to accessing our new Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM Centre), which is close to completion as we approach the end of this term.
I have been impressed by, and most appreciative of, the support all parents from ELC to Year 6 have shown at the start of the school year. It is important that we make the effort to make connections, as well as to maintain them. Our School offers many opportunities for members of our community to do this, but if we are committed to the ‘partnership’, it requires the willingness and courage to step forward, to be involved and connected. From parent information evenings, parent/teacher interviews and JPG events to year level social gatherings, classroom/excursion support and sporting events, the opportunities are there for parents to support. I encourage you to take these opportunities as they arise – our School will be a better place and your son’s learning will be enriched as a result.
Competition is a big part of boys’ education. We have a responsibility to teach our boys to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. At no stage do we expect our boys to be the best, but at all times we expect our boys to give of their best. Most boys also enjoy competition, as they are competitive by nature. Our structures within the various sporting competitions from Years 3 to 6, and our House System from Prep to Year 6, provide healthy competitive experiences for our boys.
Last Friday, our Year 3/4 boys competed in a swimming carnival with our friends from St Kevin’s College, our fourth round of Year 5/6 APS sport took place with games of cricket, tennis and table tennis, and boys from Years 4 to 6 represented BGS in the APS District Swimming Championships. Tomorrow (Friday 4 March) is our Year 3 to 6 House Swimming Carnival, which starts at 9.30am.
The BGS phone app, which we know many parents rely on for accessing the sports fixtures, is experiencing technical difficulties. Please access this and any other information on the website. The sports fixtures for this week are below.
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 report on BGS in China, BGS’s partnership with Melbourne Rebels Club, information on The Victorian Parents Council 5th Annual Seminar, and a free parent seminar on resilience, anxiety and children.
Junior School reminders and happenings
- Our Year 3 to 6 Swimming Carnival will be held tomorrow, Friday 4 March at 9.30am. Parents are welcome to attend and support their sons and seating is available on the western side of the pool for parents. All boys are expected to compete in BGS bathers.
- Our Family Picnic was a great successful last Friday evening. There was a great sense of community as the night was well supported and enjoyed by all. Thank you to Mrs Basia Quill and the JPG Executive for their organisation and to our volunteers who cooked the sausages with a smile.
- Congratulations to our Year 3 to Year 6 boys who represented BGS in the APS District Swimming Championships this week: Zac Landsman, James Bourke, Damien Paino, Henry Pearson, Matteo Palillo, Jasper Findlay, Zach Bowen, Archie Marshall, Erik Kyparisis, Lachlan Paino, Oliver Goodger, Justin Krok, Nicky Robertson, Cam Tregaskis, James Lineham and James Tan. I would also like to mention Lachlan Paino, who supported his fellow team members as a reserve for his relay team. Our boys’ performances were excellent, and their behaviour and sportsmanship were commented on. Best wishes to Cam Tregaskis, who has been selected to represent BGS in the Zone Finals. Thank you to Mr Ryan for his organisation, Mr Thompson for his co-ordination and to our parents who supported their sons at Haileybury.
- Change to Term 2, 2016 start dates. Please note that we have slightly adjusted the starting dates for Term 2, 2016. The boys will return to BGS on Monday 11 April and 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 Friday 15 April. More details of this exciting new approach to what we do in our classrooms will come in 2016.
- I look forward to joining our Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 dads and special friends for breakfast in the forthcoming weeks. Breakfasts will be held on Wednesday 16 March (Prep), Thursday 17 March (Year 1) and Friday 19 March (Year 2). The breakfasts and classroom activities will commence at 8am and should conclude by approximately 9am.
A buzz of excitement in the Early Learning Centre
This week the boys have been extremely busy bees within their programs and enjoyed a variety of experiences, both indoors and out. The centre has a feeling of calmness with the predictability of each day and it is quite obvious how safe the boys feel with their new routines.
We have started assembly with all of the ELC boys meeting on a Thursday morning in the G. B. Robertson Hall – just like the big boys do. This provides us all with a great opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate the boys’ strengths, current interests and discuss experiences the boys might like to explore further. It also gives us a chance to dance and sing as one. Today we were extremely lucky to have a past ELC parent and current Junior School parent Hsin Hsin as our guest. Hsin Hsin has been kind enough to support the ELC staff in learning key Mandarin phrases for our Chinese boys as part of our recent celebration of Chinese New Year. Hsin Hsin was eagerly welcomed as she shared a few Chinese songs, and taught us how to sing in Mandarin. It really showed how hard it must be for all of our international boys who have little or no English-speaking skills when they arrive. We would like to thank Hsin Hsin for her enthusiasm and the time she spent with the boys. How lucky we are to have past parents share their skills with our boys and staff.
Harmony Day invitations have been sent home today for ELC parents to attend a morning tea on Friday 18 March from 10am to 11am in the front garden of the ELC. We hope you can join us for a relaxed catch up to celebrate the wonderful array of cultures within the ELC community. The boys are looking forward to welcoming you as our guests and to singing a few songs.
Relaxation/rest time is a valuable part of our curriculum each day with the purpose of self-regulation and ‘down time’. I understand that sometimes this can push the boy’s night-time sleep back and we do our best to support home routines by providing books, story tapes and sensory experiences to these children on their beds. As rest time is approximately 45 to 60 minutes in duration, some boys will fall asleep. This is often due to the physical nature of our program involving the boy’s gross and fine motor skills, and also the social and creative stimulation. It can be quite an exhausting day for a three or four-year-old. We thank you for your understanding and support, and ask that if you have any questions please feel free to chat to your son’s classroom teacher.
ELC4 photos will take place next Monday 7 March for 4 Bandicoot and Tuesday 8 March for 4 Wallaby. Could parents please return their forms by tomorrow (Friday 4 March)? ELC3 photos will occur during Term 2.
Miss Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre
This week’s parenting tip
The Hub news
The Hub is BGS’s learning management system with information about your son’s learning. As part of our ongoing commitment to the three-cornered partnership (3CP) pillar of our BGS strategy, we have fortnightly communication for parents called ‘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. Log in to The Hub here and enter your username and password.
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 to submit an application on your behalf.
Teaching and learning
What’s happening in Junior School ensembles and choir?
With many 2016 Junior School ensembles and the choir underway (and two more to commence in Term 2 with Beginner Strings and Junior School Concert Band), rehearsals are fast and furious!
In other Junior School music news, on Monday night, the Music Department held a very successful annual Friends of Music Social Evening in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall. As well as boys performing – including our very own Thomas Stretch singing, ‘Where is Love?’ from the musical, Oliver – our music leaders for 2016 were presented to the crowd.
The six music leaders for the Junior School are:
- Borwick House Choir: Thomas Galinas and Callum Heath
- Junior School String Orchestra: Stanley Chen and Jorge Houridis
- Junior School Concert Band: Lucas Connell and Jackson Pantelopoulos
Here are a couple of quotes from our leaders:
“I’m really excited about the future of the Orchestra and making a difference for the whole group this year.”
“I’m excited about leading the Orchestra towards a successful year. I’m also looking forward to leading Music Camp and other events.”
Here are some photos of Junior School String Orchestra in action under the direction of Mr Vincenzo Castronovo and Mrs Tatiana Oskolkov.
What’s happening in Year 6 Resolution?
“In Year 6 Resolution we engineered massive planks creations using rectangular prisms. We had up to 22,000 planks to build with.”
‘This week we played maths games with our buddies in Prep Kurrajong. The Preps had to roll a die and place counters on their make 10 board.’
“Our book for our immigration topic is called Refugee. It’s about a refugee boy called Ali who has escaped the Taliban and journeys to Australia.”
Tell me about the biographies from Year 5 Scott
“When I was writing a biography of Landon P, I discovered that he lived in China for three years, his favourite toy is a hockey stick and he has a Labrador call “Zoey”. I also found out that he made the state baseball team.”
“I found out that Sam C was born in England and loves to build things out of wood, such as model tanks that move and have lights.”
“I discovered that Zac S in my class was born in Australia, has Taiwanese parents and he loved his trip to Uluru. He speaks pretty good Chinese.”
“I learned that Alessandro speaks Italian and he’s going to Italy for a visit soon. He has a little brother called Luca. His mother was born in Italy and his father was born in England.”
“I discovered that Mrs Webster’s best achievements are her two sons and her master’s degree.”
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 email@example.com.
JPG Mother’s Day Gift Initiative
Don’t forget Mum this Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day may seem a long way off, but will be here before we know it! As part of our fundraising initiative, the JPG is once again offering boys the opportunity to order a unique gift for Mother’s Day.
Final date for orders is Friday 18 March 2016. Thank you for your support.
Each year, the Junior Parents’ Group holds an Easter raffle to raise money for projects that directly benefit the boys. This year the money will be used towards funding the upgrade to the Junior School cricket nets below the oval.
Each boy is asked to contribute an Easter egg for the raffle. Other donations of any type of Easter items (bunnies, chickens, fluffy toys, baskets etc.) are most welcome and may be placed in the collection baskets/boxes in the corridors from Monday 7 March until Monday 21 March 2016.
Raffle details will be circulated next week. Click here to view the flyer.
BGS swim towels
BGS swim towels are still available for order. Towels can be named or unnamed. Click here to order your towel.
End of term lunch
Details of the JPG end of term lunch will be available soon. Ordering will only be through the online Flexischools system. Please note that the tuck shop service will not be available on Thursday 24 March.
JPG major events
End of term lunch – Thursday, 24 March
JPG meeting – Tuesday 3 May
Victorian Parents Council Annual Seminar
The Victorian Parents Council are hosting their 5th Annual Seminar featuring three dynamic guest speakers. This one-day seminar will tackle diverse but hot topics for parents and educators.
See the School wide eNews for more information on this seminar.
Sh@re community news
Free parent seminar – Resilience, Anxiety and Children
Rosstrevor Hall, corner Allee and New Streets Brighton
See the School wide eNews for more information on this seminar.
These holidays Sh@re offers a range of holiday programs, all on site at our School campuses. Programs include soccer, tennis, football, basketball, performing arts, resilience/leadership and our generalised program of out of school care run by OSHClub, including days out at Werribee Zoo and Scienceworks. Come to one or all days during the school holidays from 29 March to 8 April. For children aged three years and over.
Come join us next week for some fun! Monday after school care we will have make your own pizza afternoon tea. Wednesday morning will be pancake breakfast. Monday and Thursday afternoons RDK multiskills sports sessions will run, and Friday we will have chess club and chess tournaments.
Please feel free to contact us with any feedback, questions or concerns.
Head Office: 03 8564 9000
Program Contact: 0422 193 377 (kinder) or 0401 143 440 (primary)
Kinder Coordinator: Marion Cotter
Primary Coordinator: Emma Jean Callery
Assistants: Kate Rushen and Libby Hands
Please note: 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 on in.
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