A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston
Keeping up appearances
In my line of work, I often receive letters from members of the public regarding their perceptions of our School – both good and bad.
This week I was pleased to receive a letter regarding the positive behaviour of one of our boys. Of course, the student was easily identifiable as he was in his BGS uniform. This letter reminded me of the importance of our boys being mindful of their appearance before or after school, particularly when in their BGS uniform. Whether they like it or not, the boys are walking advertisements for our School.
It’s crucial that all BGS boys wear their uniform properly, act appropriately and do the right thing when out of school but in uniform. The ‘grandmother test’ is a good one to keep in mind when reminding your son of these expectations: would your boy’s grandmother be pleased if they were witness to their grandson’s conduct outside the gates of BGS?
Ni Hao, China
The stunning Shanghai skyline proved the perfect backdrop for BGS’s international community reunion held recently. We were delighted that the event attracted 30 past, present and prospective parents, along with Old Boys and friends of BGS, all joining together to celebrate their connection to our School.
Held in conjunction with Firbank, the event enabled the Headmaster and Principal of Firbank Heather Norton, along with other staff, to meet members of our international community currently overseas and share some news from back home.
Although the Shanghai reunion was a highlight of the trip, the primary reason for our visit to China was to participate in a series of educational recruitment expos held in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. These expos, which included representation from many of Australia’s leading independent schools, enabled us to discuss the benefits of a BGS education with prospective parents. We expect a number of international families will now consider sending their sons to BGS as a result of our presence in China.
A visit to our two sister schools in Hangzhou was another highlight of the trip. Hangzhou Guancheng Middle School and Hangzhou QiZheng Middle School are highly regarded private schools. Our visits to both schools enabled us to discuss cooperation as we focus on strengthening Asian literacy at BGS and providing our boys with more opportunities to experience China. We look forward to reciprocal visits from both schools later in the year when discussions will continue.
Will Murray fundraising event: movie screening
Enjoy a Hollywood blockbuster while raising funds for BGS boy Will Murray and his family. The Watch for Will screening of Batman v Superman will take place on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at Palace Dendy Brighton cinema at 6pm (time TBC). Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go directly to Will Murray and his family. Click here to book.
Dalziel Club 2016 football launch evening – 15 April
A welcome night for all mums, dads and friends of BGS football boys. New members most welcome, particularly from the Junior School.
The blue ribbon event of the social calendar, it is a great opportunity for parents, Old Boys and coaches to come along and celebrate the kick off of the 2016 season.
Drinks at bar prices, finger food, auctions, raffle, door prizes and much more. We look forward to seeing you there – bring your friends for a fun night!
When: Friday 15 April – from 7pm, cost $25 per head
Where: BGS Middle School Hall, Allee Street, Brighton
Book now: http://www.trybooking.com/KRGZ
Can your son ski or snowboard in control on blue runs? Would he like to represent BGS at the Victorian Interschools Championships at Mt Buller during the last week of August?
Coffee morning at the Brighton Beach boxes
Join us for a coffee and a catch up at the Brighton Beach Boxes (Box 59) on Monday March 21 at 9am. We’ll have a beach box open to welcome you. For those of you with young children bring them along for a small Easter treat. The Brighton Grammar International Parents Group and BGSPG look forward to seeing you there. For additional information, contact Maggie Lynch on 0425 786 683.