Weekly eNews

Junior School

From the Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson

Our three cornered partnership (3CP) between home and school is a key pillar of our strategy here at BGS. I appreciate your continued support and engagement.  The anticipated support for future events is encouraging:

  • Year 3 and Year 4 Family Maths Night, 33 families booked, 17 places available.
  • Year 6 Cybersafety Information Session for Parents, 42 places booked, places still available.
  • JPG Gala Ball, 18 tables (180 seats) sold, 7 tables (70 seats) available.
  • Year 6 Father/Son Weekend: fully booked.

Our involvement in the Year 5/6 APS sport program is essential to the ‘all boy’ educational experience and is no doubt a highlight of the week. The emphasis is on participation, there is no ladder or premierships awarded at the end of a season. Boys have a choice of 3 to 4 sports to select from each term. The boys are expected to train on a weekly basis to improve their skills, game plan and fitness levels. Representing our School with pride, the importance of organisation, the wearing of their uniform correctly, and the emphasis on sportsmanship, are all key elements of this program.

The boys are fortunate with the sporting opportunities they are offered within the Junior School, and I commend Mr Ryan and our staff on their leadership and commitment to our programs. As members of the APS there are a number of obligations and expectations placed on us:

  • appropriate sportsmanship being displayed by boys at all times
  • respect being shown to officials at all times
  • parents are asked to offer positive encouragement at all times, and not denigrate umpires or opposition players.

I am pleased to say that the boys generally play the game in the right spirit and receive positive reinforcement from their teachers and parents.


Junior School happenings and reminders

  •  Thanks to all ELC and Junior School boys and families for your support of our recent Will Murray fundraiser. So far $5,400 has been raised, raffle tickets will remain on sale until next Friday.
  • Congratulations to Jarod Prins who recently received the Private Greg Sher Memorial Shield Award. This award, bestowed by the Victorian Association of Jewish ex-servicemen and women (VAJEX) in memory of Private Sher, recognises students who have rendered service to their peers.
  • There was great excitement for our Year 3 boys as they participated in an AFL Clinic with North Melbourne footballers Drew Petrie, Luke McDonald, Scott Thompson and Aaron Black. Thanks to Christopher Ride for organising this event.  The boys had great fun, the players were very generous with their time and all boys ventured home with plenty of ‘blue and white’ in their show bag.
  • Our Year 6 Outdoor Education program commences next week with 6 Investigator and 6 Endeavour heading off to the Gippsland Lakes on Monday. I look forward to spending time with our boys and staff on Ccamp next Wednesday and Thursday. Mr Bryan will be responsible for the Junior School in my absence. 
  • Our boys and staff look forward to our Prep to Year 6 mums joining us tomorrow from 8.30am for our Mothers’ Day Celebration. The morning will commence from your son’s classroom, we will then move across to St Andrew’s Church. This will be followed by classroom activities. It will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to express our appreciation to our mums, and the special morning together will conclude at approximately 10.40am. Thanks to Brigitte McGregor and Averil McDowell and their team of helpers for the superb organisation. Best wishes to all our mums for Sunday.
  • Best wishes to the Year 3 and Year 5 boys who are participating in the NAPLAN testing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week. There has  been no particular ‘build-up’ that in turn creates stress or anxiety. The NAPLAN testing is a ‘simple snapshot’ on a given day in comparison to what I would describe as an ‘ongoing video’; the ongoing video is of greater value over the course of the year. Fortunately, the boys are regularly provided with the opportunity to complete work under ‘test conditions’, which provides them with experiences to complete the NAPLAN with confidence.
  • Our next Ute Full of Food will be on Friday 13 May 2016. Items particularly requested are: breakfast cereals, sugar, jams and spreads, pasta and pasta sauce, rice, noodles, biscuits, tins of vegetables, fruit and fish, meals-in-a-can, toilet paper and bathroom supplies.
  • Our Year 4 to 6 Music Camp for members of Borwick House Choir, Wilson House Strings, and Wilson House Concert Band will be held at Rutherford Park in Daylesford on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June. Details will be sent home to those boys who are expected to attend the camp.
  • Our Junior School Semester 1 Music Concert will be held on Tuesday 7 June, 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church. All Year 4 and Year 5 boys, Borwick House Choir, Wilson House Concert Band, Wilson House String Orchestra and the Guitar Ensemble will be performing. Boys are to wear their full winter uniform and need to be seated in St Andrew’s by 7.20pm. Mr Furtado will provide further details.
  • Generating a sense of pride in themselves, their appearance and presentation is particularly important for boys. There is an expectation with our winter uniform that boys have their top button done up and shirt tucked in. Please support us and reinforce the expectations we have.


Jumping puddles in the ELC

This week has provided the boys with a variety of learning opportunities both indoors and outdoors, and the weather hasn’t held us back. Gumboots and wet weather jackets mean that play isn’t hindered by a bit of rain and wind. We just need to hold the boys enthusiasm back as they lunge themselves at the mud patch without preparation!

The boys have been extending their love of performing this week, and it has been uplifting to see the more reserved boys come out of their shells as they hit the stage. The Wombat class’ performance had an extra sparkle as the boys used their animal masks made with their mums at our ELC Mothers’ morning.

The Bilby class have been treated to Greek Easter and experienced the most wonderful cooking class with two of our mums. The boys learnt about the traditions and celebrations Greek families practice during this special time, and also got to take home some treats to share with their families.

Our Golden Moments focus with the boys each day have helped the boys stop and reflect on their learning. As you could imagine, their first response for their ‘favourite’ thing that happened usually starts with “Playing outside…”, “Playing with…”. However, we then encourage the boys to think about an experience of activity, who they were with, how they were feeling, and what they learnt. Some boys certainly don’t need any prompting to expand on their thoughts, and we can find ourselves ‘summarising’ their amazing reflections. What has been exciting to see is how well the boys have learnt to show respect when someone else is speaking. We encourage our “’whole body listening’ – eyes looking, body facing the speaker, ears listening, calm bodies.

We would like to wish all of our ELC mums in the a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday. Your love and dedication to the boys is so special and we hope that you are spoiled.

Amelia Barrow
Director of the Early Learning Centre


Parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: Teach Your Kids about Time and Place’.


You Can Do It awards

Congratulations to Shaun Gunaratna, Jake Tuim and Dylan Roberts from 6 Discovery and Ethan Lyons, Damien Paino and Christian Paice from 6 Endeavour.  These boys consistently demonstrate the 5 You Can Do It Foundation Skills: confidence, resilience, persistence, organisation and getting along. In recognition of this, they have received the 5 You Can Do It keys stickers on page 19 of their Record Book and will be presented with a certificate at Assembly.

Monica Le Couteur
Growth and Wellbeing PLT Coordinator


BGS Science Club: The Science of Weather, 16 May 2016

Channel 10 weather, live from BGS

Weather patterns change every day and affect our lives every day. With climate change, weather patterns are becoming more extreme and the art and science of predicting weather has never been more important. 

The next Science Club will welcome Mike Larkin, Channel 10 weather presenter who will not only talk to the boys about the science of weather, but he will also broadcast the weather live from BGS.

When: Monday, 16 May
Who: Year 6 boys – 4.30pm  – 6pm (after sport training), Year 4 and 5 boys 3.30pm to 6pm
Where: STEM Centre

Consent forms will be handed out by your classroom teacher and Mr Gibney, so return your forms in by Friday 13 May.

Parents are most welcome to join in the fun from 5.15pm to 6pm while Mike is presenting.


Teaching and learning

What’s happening… 6 Endeavour

“In 6E we are getting ready for camp.  I’ve never done anything like this.  I am really excited!”  Noah H

“We had a cyberbullying presentation this week.  It was interesting to see how many boys are visiting sites that are for higher ages than they are meant to be on.” Damien P


“We are writing 10-20 word stories about our mums.” Lachlan M

“Mother’s Day is coming. Be ready to show the love!”  Samson and Sam L

BGS Science Club

Rocks and boys mix well together. It was of no surprise then that the boys thoroughly enjoyed listening to our second guest speaker, Dr Thomas Gundlach, talking about the earth, rocks and the mining industry. The talk was quite advanced yet the boys were up to the challenge and had many interesting questions to ask during the 60-minute session.


Visit from the North Melbourne Football Club

“It was exciting to see the football players – Drew Petrie, Luke McDonald, Scott Thompson and Aaron Black.” Sebastian (3 Burke)

“The players told us many interesting things about the football club including Drew Petrie’s 300th game this weekend.” Lachlan R (3 Burke)


“It was interesting to find out what they do in their spare time. They train outside and sometimes go out with their friends.” Will B (3 Burke)

“It was exciting to see how far Scott Thompson could kick. It covered three quarters of the Junior School Oval.”

What’s happening… in art?

This term, the Year 2 boys went to the NGV to learn more about the exhibition by Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol. The boys were blown away by Ai Weiwei’s sculpture Forever Bicycles.  Using chickpeas and toothpicks, the boys created their own amazing balanced sculpture.


Did you know that…

“Ai Wei Wei had over 50 cats? They are free to come and go as they please. One of the cats can jump up and open the studio door.”

“At the art gallery we saw a huge bike bridge made by Ai Wei Wei. He creates incredible artworks made of bikes. He turns the bikes upside down or sideways and stacks them up so that they soar.”

Angus Thomson and Lachlan Molloy


JPG news

Junior School Gala Ball

Are you ready for an evening of veritable Hollywood glamour? Join us on the red carpet at The International of Brighton on Friday 27 May 2016 from 7.30pm. Tickets are now on sale via Trybooking.

JPG Ball Image

Please note: table seating will be allocated per specified year level. Alternatively, nominate a Table Captain if you have a group that would like to be seated together.

Diamond pendant raffle

Don’t miss out on the Junior School Gala Ball raffle. Win an exquisite diamond pendant valued at over $11,000. Raffle tickets are limited to 400 and at only $50 per ticket, they’re sure to sell out fast. Tickets are now available via Trybooking.

Gala Ball diamond pendant raffle flyer

 New 2016/2017 Entertainment Memberships are here

JPG Entertainment Book Image

The new 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. Flick through to preview the value here.

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 so please tell your family and friends.  Thank you for your support.

OSHClub news

Last week the boys really enjoyed play on sports football session, pancake morning Tuesday, soccer with RDK on Wednesday, and chess club on Friday. Come Join us for these fun activities next week.



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

Head Office: 8564 9000, Program Contact:  0422 193 377 (kinder), 0401 143 440 (primary).

Kinder Coordinator: Marion Cotter, Primary Coordinator: Emma Jean Callery.

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 enrol your children online. 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.

Many thanks, from the OSHClub Team at Brighton Grammar.


Snow Sports Information Night – 7.30pm – Wednesday 11 May

If your boy is interested in taking part in the BGS Snow Sports Team in 2016 please come along to our upcoming Information Night, 7.30pm Wednesday 11 May in The Nexus, BGS Middle School.

Parents take an active role in BGS Snowsports, including accommodation, supervision and assisting with duties so please come along to find out some important information.

If you can’t make it to the night but would like to register your boy, please contact Andrew Braddy, TIC Snowsports, abraddy@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au. If you require more information about the practical aspects of being involved in the team, please contact Jane Abbott on 0408 590 963 or janea@insys.com.au.