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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

What a term, and how quickly it has gone!

This term has been a brilliant example of our broad curriculum designed for boys.

In just 10 weeks we have:

  • kicked off our relationship with The Making of Men expert Dr Arne Rubinstein
  • squeezed in challenging Outdoor Education experiences across Australia
  • heard the School’s voice at the Choral Soiree
  • listened to the Australian of the Year Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO on the importance of values
  • barracked our boys to win the APS Football Premiership
  • allowed boys to shine in the Year 6 BGS/Firbank production of Lion King Jr
  • opened our eyes to diversity as we hosted Chinese exchange students from our sister schools in Hangzhou, as well students from our sister school in Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands
  • supported others as we ran in Connor’s Run
  • utilised the new Wellbeing Centre for a wealth of wellbeing and mindfulness activities
  • (perhaps most significantly) continued crucial academic activities in our classrooms.

It’s time for a breather!

I wish you a safe and relaxing school holiday period and I look forward to seeing you in Term 4.


Strings Spectacular and Bands Showcase

2016 Strings spectacular and bands showcase at BGS

On the 31 August and 1 September, the string and band ensembles from across the entire School performed at the Strings Spectacular & Bands Showcase concerts, held in St. Andrew’s Church. The church was transformed into a fantastic performance venue, with staging and lighting installed, as well as a large screen where the concert was projected to enable a great view for everyone.

Both concerts were a showcase of talent, involving ensembles from the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, as well as some outstanding solos from our Vice-Captain of Music Phillip Guo on cello, Year 12 Student William Wu on violin, Year 6 student Isaac Lee on cello and Year 8 student Seamus Mintrom on alto saxophone. The finale of the Strings Spectacular was the performance of Introduction & Rondo Cappricioso by Camille Saint-Saens for solo violin and orchestra, performed by Year 12 student Jerry Lee.

These concerts are an excellent opportunity for our younger students to see the pathway that exists for their instrumental studies, and the standards they can strive to achieve, so perfectly modelled by the senior boys. Congratulations to all staff and students involved in producing such a high level of performance and such an entertaining series of concerts for the large audiences in attendance.

BGS 2016 strings and bands showcase concert

Please note: the Guitar & Percussion Concert will take place next term, on Monday 10 October, commencing at 7.30pm in the Senior School Music Centre Rehearsal Studio. 

Jamie Ransome
Director of Music



Double gold for BGS alumnus Dylan Alcott

Congratulations to Dylan Alcott (OB 2008) who won gold in the wheelchair tennis at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games earlier today. This is Dylan’s second gold medal in two days, having won the quad doubles gold medal with Heath Davidson yesterday.

Dylan is ranked number one in the world in quad tennis and previously represented Australia in wheelchair basketball, winning gold in Beijing and silver in London.  

Share in the moment Dylan won his first individual gold medal. Go Tonners!