Weekly eNews

Junior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Optimism thrives in the great outdoors

As you know, I am a strong believer in the power of the outdoors as an environment for learning. This was again reinforced when I spent Monday night at the campsite of the Year 8 Rofe boys.

Twenty young men and 4 staff bunkered down for a cold night near Lake Fyans at the foot of the Grampians. To see the boys working together to set up camp, cook meals with their mates and reflect on the day’s adventures around the campfire was a genuine pleasure.

In their campfire reflections, one word kept cropping up: optimism. These 14-year-old young men were determined to stay optimistic in the face of adversity and challenge: “I tried to stay optimistic when it started raining”; “I tried to stay optimistic when the bike trail became really muddy”; “I stayed optimistic when my legs started hurting”; “I stayed optimistic to keep the group going”.

I realised that the optimism and resilience the boys had cultivated on camp was as important as the physical outdoor education experience – and hearing about the boys’ experiences was also an important reminder for me about the power of a positive attitude.

A child safe school

Brighton Grammar School is committed to the safety of your son. Please click here to read a letter from me about the new Child Safe Standards introduced by the Victorian Government, and how these Child Safe Standards apply to BGS.


From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Congratulations to Ben Edmondson and J Sum who were appointed School Officers at last Friday’s Chapel service. All Year 6 boys continue to demonstrate leadership particularly through the buddy program and the example they set with their Prep and Year 1 buddies.


Earlier this week, Year 6 boys and staff travelled to Canberra. They have visited many sights: Mt Ainslie, Embassy/War Memorial Drive, Electoral Centre, Old/New Parliament House, Australian Institute of Sport, National Museum of Australia, National Archives of Australia, Australian Mint, Government House, Australian War Memorial, and Questacon. Canberra offers such a variety of educational programs focusing on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. We look forward to the boys reporting back on their experiences.



From 15 to 22 August, a number of Year 6 boys and girls from Firbank will host our indigenous friends from the Milikapiti School. Milikapiti is on Melville Island, 120km north of Darwin. This experience aims to develop friendships, communication, understanding and respect for each other’s way of life and culture.  Zach Bowen, Ethan Lyons, Charlie Heaton and Oliver Robertson and their families will host our visitors.

As marked in the BGS Date Card, Monday, 15 August is a mid-term break and the Junior School Office will be closed for the day.

 Details for the following activities/events are provided on the BGS School Stream app:

  • Year 3 – 6 House Public Speaking
  • Mini-Olympics – Friday 12 August
  • Year 3 – 6 Father/Son Evening, Thursday 18 August
  • Book Week Information and Dress Up Day on Friday 26 August.


Taking care of mind, body and soul in the ELC

This week started off with a wonderful ELC community gathering for our weekly assembly. Due to our ELC4 PMP classes this term occurring on Thursday mornings, we have moved assembly to a Monday morning. This has been a wonderful way to start the week off on a positive note. As emailed out to all parents on Monday, we educated the boys on personal safety under the Protective Behaviours program. Our two themes discussed were: “We all have the right to feel safe at all times” and “We can talk with someone about anything, no matter what it is”. The boys participated in open discussions as a learning community on:

  • our right to feel safe at all times
  • my body belongs to me and what parts of our body are private
  • what safe and unsafe feelings are
  • and our 5 safe people who we can always tell if we feel unsafe (it’s ok to tell secrets).

I encourage parents to continue with this important education at home and allow the boys to always feel safe to share their thoughts and feeling.

We have enjoyed reading through your collaborative reflections on your son’s portfolio and thank you for your prompt return. We know how valuable it is to have the time to read through this documentation and value your feedback.

Tonight we look forward to our ELC4 Twilight evening. The boys have enjoyed the countdown to the night and have been enthusiastic about their learning relating to the night. It is a highlight of the ELC calendar and we can’t wait to share with you how the night session unfolded.

This weekend half of the ELC staff will attend a mindfulness conference to share practices and continue to develop skills in supporting the boys’ wellbeing. I thank those staff for their passion and dedication in striving for excellence in Early Childhood Education.

As notified at the beginning of this term, the School has encouraged parents to access the School Stream app. Could I please remind our ELC parents that we will be using this as a way of communicating our information? We have allowed time to adjust to this change and will be sharing our important information via this app. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


This week’s parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: When kids bend the truth’.


The Hub

The Hub News has now been updated. Please check this for any reminders and calendar events and curriculum information.


JPG news

Family Fun Night – Save the date, Friday 25 November 2016.

BGS swim towels are back. Click here to order your towel in time for summer.  


OSHClub news

OSHClub will be running long service day care on Monday 15 August for the pupil free day. Please book in as soon as possible so we can arrange adequate staff and activities for the day. The program will be open for Brighton Grammar and Firbank students and will run from the OSH room.


There are currently 7 places left for our after school care Auskick initiative ‘Play on Sports.’ The program is run by professionally trained AusKick coaches and is a fabulous way for boys to partake is AusKick as an after school activity. If you are interested feel free to call and talk to Emma about the program. Otherwise you can sign your son up by logging into the OSHClub website.

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

  • Head Office: 03 8564 9000
  • Program Contact:  0422193377 (kinder)
  • 04011 434 40 (primary)
  • Kinder Coordinator: Sam Walker
  • Primary Coordinator: Emma Jean Callery
  • Assistants: Annabelle Russle

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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