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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Welcome back!

Another school year begins and with it lots of optimism, hope, energy and enthusiasm. As I mentioned in my welcome video message sent earlier in the week (see below), we enter 2017 in excellent shape and with great things planned for our BGS community.

Our positive start to the year was celebrated nationwide, with two BGS stories running in the national media. The Herald Sun ran a story on how we’re engaging our prep boys in mindfulness and wellbeing training (re-posted on our website here). As you know, we are extremely proud of our school-wide wellbeing program. The Age ran a story about Jordan Bourke, one of our new Indigenous students, and the huge contrast his new school experience will be from his home. 

Best wishes to you and your son/s as we begin another exciting year at BGS. And don’t forget that the best way you can support your son in his school year is to know what’s going on. I urge you to attend your parent information night/s and look forward to seeing you there.


Will Pucovski makes his first-class cricket debut at just 18

Will Pucovski cricket 2017

Yesterday, Will Pucovski (OB 2015) made his first-class debut scoring a composed 28 against NSW at the MCG. He batted 5th for the Bushrangers following a couple of months of great results.

Two months ago, he dominated the national under 19 championships, notching four centuries and averaging 162.50. He added two more Premier cricket tons immediately, prompting this week’s Victorian call-up.

Will was also regarded as the stand out performer at an exhibition T20 for the Gilchrist XII against the Ricky Ponting XII at the SCG in late December.

Bushranger’s top scorer from yesterday Travis Dean had this to say about Will: “He has been making runs for fun (in grade cricket) so I told him to stick to the method he has been using, and just soak it all up and enjoy it, and he batted well I thought.”


Tipsheet: Helping your son cope with distressing media coverage 

As a parent of two children myself, I understand and appreciate how difficult it is to know just how much information to share with your child about unfolding tragedies and traumatic events that have occurred locally or overseas. In our 24/7 news world, it’s become nearly impossible to shield children from distressing current events, heartbreaking interviews or graphic footage. Just as it is for us as adults, such news can be extremely difficult for children to understand and digest.

This tipsheet provides some practical strategies and suggestions on how parents can help their child cope with distressing media coverage in the wake of a disaster.

Olivia Tims
School Psychologist


Get social with BGS

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Singing lessons with our award-winning vocal teacher

Barbara Zavros BGS vocal teacher

It is easy to forget the sort of extraordinary talent our staff bring to BGS. One example is the highly acclaimed Barbara Zavros, our vocal teacher. You can find out more about Barbara here and her extraordinary career here.

Barbara has a couple of free slots in her BGS schedule and is interested in hearing from anyone who would like to have one on one singing lessons. As an experienced teacher of children and adults, from beginner to advanced, Barbara is equally happy to talk to a parent interested in learning more. You can email Barbara on bzavros@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.


Upcoming concerts at St Andrew’s Church

The Grigoryan Brothers

Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Australia’s finest guitar duo will perform at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday 12 February at 2.30pm. This event is presented by St Andrew’s Music Foundation. To book or to find out more, visit www.trybooking.com/ODZJ.


Grand Organ Master Series

Join us on Sunday 5 February at 2.30pm for spectacular music on the mighty War Memorial Grand Organ with nearly 3,000 pipes! This month, Thomas Heywood performs music including The Great Gate of Kiev, Finlandia and Wagner’s Pilgrim Chorus. Admission at the door includes program. Adult $30 / Conc $25 / U18 free.

Enquiries: office@standrewsbrighton.org.au or call St Andrew’s Parish Office on 03 9592 1240.