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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

My commitment to the wellbeing of our boys

Much has been written this week about BGS and how it handles bullying. I have written my fair share, including rightly apologising for the upset and distress that has been caused. I take this opportunity to make two final points on this topic.

Firstly, the BGS staff and I have an unwavering commitment to ensuring the boys’ mental health and wellbeing needs are met. Bullying, and all that is associated with it, falls into the broader category of mental health and wellbeing. We do not tolerate bullying at BGS. We care for those who are subject to bullying with the utmost care and compassion. To say otherwise is simply incorrect.

Secondly, the BGS staff and I have an unwavering commitment to assisting our parents, through thought leadership, in raising their sons. We will not retreat from this commitment. As such, the Understanding Boys blog, parent seminars and open, honest and transparent two-way communication will continue.

Finally, I wish the cast and crew of our joint senior production with Firbank of Copacabana all the best as they take to the stage tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Everyone involved has worked so hard and I can’t wait to see the results. I look forward to seeing you all there.


Ute Full of Food

On Friday 13 May 2016, the Ute Full of Food set off, once again to the Community Centre of Fitzroy with the kind donations from Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. This time, we even donated knitted blankets and a brand new toaster.

Upon arrival, the boys and the staff emptied the bus, categorised and counted the food items. This would have to be the most efficient teamwork I have ever seen!


On that day, we contributed for $5,316 worth of food. What an amazing effort. I would like to thank everyone who has given generously to this Ute Full of Food. The manager of the Community Centre was very impressed and talked to the boys about homelessness and their impact on helping others.

A big thank you to all the participants on this month’s Ute Full of Food:

  • From the Junior School: George McDowell and Jasper Findlay.
  • From the Middle School: Jack Davies, Ethan Furey, Sam Funston and Christian Aloi.
  • From the Senior School: Nathan Rearick, Will Brydon-Waldren, Josh Canham, Mitchell Hayden and Will Gregory.

Our next Ute Full of Food is on Friday 2 September. We will also be collecting unwanted clothes.


Did You Know?

When the School was moved to its current site in 1926 (where the Senior School is today) the Quadrangle was an area with no grass, paving or oak tree and was a dusty sand heap in summer and a muddy quagmire in winter.

In 1931, to celebrate the School’s Golden Jubilee (50th birthday) in 1932, the brick paths we have today were laid in the form of the Union Jack and English grasses planted in the triangular spaces between the paths as a token of loyalty to Britain and reigning monarch at the time, King George V.

The Oak Tree was planted in that year in the centre of the quad’ and is the often regarded by Old Boys as the symbolic heart of BGS.

BGS boys have therefore walked over those old bricks in the quad and the mighty oak tree has seen the sun rise and set for 85 years.

In the photo below, the Oak tree is so small, it is barely visible.

Quad 1931

Andrew Biggin
Alumni Relations Manager and Executive Officer
Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society


Copacabana: the hottest tickets in town

Copacabana has sold out. But don’t despair Manilow fans – a few walk-up seats are still available for tonight and Saturday’s show (no walk ups on Friday night). Click here for show details. 


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.


New 2016/2017 Entertainment Memberships 

JPG Entertainment Book

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.


Cycling 4 Will Charity Dinner

Support Will Murray and his family as they begin Will’s rehabilitation journey. The first annual Cycling 4 Will Charity Dinner will take place on Saturday 6 August at Sandringham Yacht Club. See the flyer for more details.


Confirmation opportunity at BGS

Each year, Brighton Grammar offers boys and staff the opportunity to make a decision to undertake an adult profession of faith through Confirmation. The preparation required involved discussion, during school hours, with the Chaplain.

If you wish to discuss Confirmation, please contact Fr Tony Poole: tpoole@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.


BGS car sticker competition: the week 1 winner is…

A person holding a sign saying 'The winner is'

It’s been fantastic to see so many vehicles proudly displaying BGS car stickers this week. The lucky winner of week 1’s fantastic prize is Number Plate XVG-564. Contact the Junior School reception to claim your prize and enjoy your dinner for 2 and 4 hours of free babysitting.

Get your stickers from BGS receptions and display in your vehicle to be in the running for next week’s dinner and babysitting prize.

As a reminder, the stickers are transparent. Both sides should be peeled off. For instructions please see the video below.