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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Making space for creativity

No matter what their age or stage, boys love making things. Whether it’s our ELC3 boys making their own gumboot racks; the Year 5s making pinball machines in our new STEM centre; or our VCE boys making high-grade furniture as part of Product Design Technology, producing something tangible, solid and real is both satisfying and valuable for the boys. Learning by doing is, in many ways, the most powerful mode of learning.

As such, it’s great to see our mini Makerspace in the Middle School Library being so well used by the Year 7 and 8 boys at recess and lunchtime. The boy-friendly tools and materials promote hands-on exploration and foster a spirit of collaboration and cooperation. The boys are obviously feeling inspired – we’ve seen some truly innovative creations emerge from our Makerspace, including graphic novels, rocket ship blueprints and even a tail-wagging cardboard dog with LED eyes. I can’t wait to see what our innovators of tomorrow come up with next!

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.


If you are not on School Stream – you will miss out!

There is only one place for parents to find out what’s going on at BGS and that’s via School Stream. That’s actually the beauty of the system! This communications platform has been in place since the beginning of the term, and we expect that all parents will take responsibility to make sure they have School Stream on their phone. 

If you haven’t already done so, please take five minutes today to download this app. Operational  information will no longer appear in the eNews.

Click here to find out more about School Stream at BGS.


Only 2 weeks until we welcome the 2016 Australian of the Year to BGS

We are honoured to welcome Lieutenant General David Morrison, 2016 Australian of the Year, to address the parents and senior boys of BGS on Tuesday 23 August at 7.30 pm.  His messages around gender equality, diversity and inclusion are important and timely.  

Perhaps you were unaware, Lt. Gen. Morrison soared to international prominence when his 3 minute video ordering misbehaving troops to ‘get out’ if they couldn’t accept women as equals, went viral.

Don’t miss this hard-hitting, straight talking presentation. The event is free and open to all parents, friends and Senior School boys. 

Click below for further information and to reserve your place. 


Hockey players to support Legacy Week

Over the next fortnight, members of the 2nd XI hockey team will be selling badges, pens and wristbands at recess and lunch times to support the 2016 Legacy Week appeal.  The funds raised support over 80,000 widows and 1,800 children and adults with a disability Australia-wide. 


Did you know?

In all, 11 BGS alumni have represented Australia at summer Olympics, winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Our first competitor and medal winner was Ivan Stedman (1908) at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium and again at Paris in 1924 winning a Silver medal in the 4 X 200 yard relay event.

Andrew Lauterstein (2005) competed at Beijing in 2008 bringing home one silver medal for the butterfly leg of the 4 X 100m medley relay and bronze in both the 100m butterfly (in which Michael Phelps won his 7th gold medal) and 4 X 100m freestyle relay.

Sailing is the sport that has seen the more Old Boys complete at Olympic level that any other, with the famous Americas Cup yachtsman, Jock Sturrock (1931) competing at London 1948, Helsinki 1952, and Melbourne 1956 where he won a bronze medal. He also competed in Rome 1960 where he carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony.

John Coon (1946) sailed Dragon Class in Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964.  John is the late grandfather of Declan Jeffery (Year 10) and the father of Liz Jeffery our catering manager.

Tim Dorning (1973) sailed in 3 Olympics in the Soling Class at Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984 and Barcelona 1992. 

David Linacre (1934) was Section Manager for the Australian sailing team at the Munich games in 1972.

It was in rowing that a BGS Old Boy brought home the first gold medal, with Andrew Cooper (1982) in the bow seat of the ‘Oarsome Foursome’ sweeping all before them at the Barcelona Games in 1992.  The coach of that crew was Noel Donaldson, who was a staff member at BGS at the time.  Roger Wilson was also in Barcelona as part of the ABC Radio Rowing Commentary team.

Former BGS rowing coach and pioneer of rowing at BGS, Simon Newcomb competed in the coxless four at the Tokyo games in 1964.  In the same crew was Peter Gillon parent of Karl and Justin (1986 and 1990 respectively).

Gary Minihan (1979) and former School Accountant competed in athletics in 1984 at Los Angeles narrowly miss out on a Bronze Medal in the 4 X 400m relay.

The School’s next gold medal was won by Travis Brooks (1998) at Athens 2004 where the ‘Kookaburras’ defeated the Netherlands after Travis scored a goal to equalise early in the second half.

Matthew Lloyd (2001) (not to be confused with the former Essendon footballer) competed at the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics in the cycling road race team alongside Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.

Dylan Alcott (2008) competed at the Beijing Paralympics while a current student at BGS winning a Gold Medal in wheelchair basketball.  He competed again at London in 2012 wining a silver medal.

Dylan is competing again at the Rio Paralympics in wheelchair tennis and is hot favourite to take the gold as he is currently ranked number one in the World in the sport.

Brodie Summers (2011) competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in the Men’s Moguls.

As well as competitors, two more BGS Old Boys have made significant contributions to Australia’s Olympic movement.

Ross Smith (1968) gave his services as team physiotherapist over six Summer and Paralympic games from 1984 to 2004 inclusive with 1992 to 2004 as Chief Physiotherapist.

Andrew Plympton (1966) is currently a member of the Australian Olympic Committee having conducted a successful review into Olympic sailing and later a review into Olympic rowing.


Upcoming BGS music events and concerts

Tues 16 August  All Choirs Choral Soiree,  4pm in St Andrew’s Church 

Friday 26 August  Music + RCD Charity Concert in RSCH @ 4pm. 

Wed 30 August  Strings Spectacular Concert in St Andrew’s @ 7.30pm 

Thurs 1 Sept  Bands Showcase Concert in St Andrew’s @ 7.30pm 

Wed 7 & Thurs 8 Sept  Year 6 BGS/FGS musical  


Special St Andrew’s Choir events

Sunday 28 August: 2016 Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral – all welcome. Click here for more information. 

Saturday 10 September: 2016 St Andrew’s Choir Dinner at St Andrew’s Hall.  All welcome at this special evening featuring musical performances.  For more information and to book click here


Calling the heroes of Connor’s Run

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The 4th Connor’s Run will be on Sunday 11 September. All running spots are now sold out but it’s not too late to get involved. Everything that Connor’s Run has accomplished (from funds raised and people helped) is very much due to our awesome volunteers and we would love you to be a part of the fun on the run.

This year we have a system that lets you allocate yourself the role that suits you best. You can even see who you will be hanging out with. If you’d like to volunteer this year, sign-up for your favourite spot.