A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston
The upcoming holiday break presents us all with an opportunity to draw breath, slow down and spend some time together.
Over these Easter holidays, why not spend some time with your son reflecting on his academic progress? It doesn’t matter whether your son is in ELC, Prep, Year 12, or somewhere in between. The focus of this reflection should largely be on the processes and effort that he is putting into his school work. Results, outcomes and progress are obviously important, however we must attend to the processes and effort that is required to achieve those results, outcomes and progress.
The holidays are also about having fun and making time for family. We all know that our children would like us to spend more quality time with them, so let’s make it a priority these holidays.
I wish you and your families a safe, relaxing and refreshing break. Thank you for an excellent first term. I look forward to seeing you next term.
Looking for ways to support Will Murray?
The Where there’s a Will Community Day is a day of music, activities, entertainment and food that will raise money for BGS boy Will Murray (Year 8). The Community Day will take place from 2pm to 7pm on Saturday 16 April at Sandringham Athletics Track, Glamis Avenue, Hampton.
See the flyer for more information.
The Brighton Lunch, run by Brighton Rotary, is on Friday 27 May will also raise money for Will. The theme of the lunch is Brave Heart and guest speakers will include Rosie Batty and Will’s mother Emma Murray.
Term 2 music events
Early next term there are three events for the Music Department:
- Thursday 28 April: Orchestral, Guitar and Choral Concert @ St. Andrew’s at 7:30pm (MS/SS).
- Tuesday 3 May: Wind, Brass and Percussion Concert @ St. Andrew’s at 7:30pm (MS/SS).
- Friday 6 May to Sunday 8 May: Senior Big Band at Generations in Jazz @ Mt. Gambier (SS/MS).
The Orchestral, Guitar and Choral Concert on Thursday 28 April will be a part of the fundraiser for the Will Murray Foundation. The Music Department would like all people in attendance to make a minimum $2 gold coin donation (anything more would be greatly accepted) and 100% of the money raised will go to the foundation. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please place these dates in your diary and come along and experience some of the fantastic music making from our boys.
Director of Music
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?
Looking for something for your teens to do over the holidays?
Head to the Art Party at NGV International for a night of music, dancing and creativity for under 18s. The event takes place on Thursday 7 April from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Art Party costs $13 or $10 for members. Valid secondary student ID required for entry. Art Party is an alcohol-free event.
Free online parenting program you may be interested in
This free online parenting program empowers parents to make sense of adolescence and parent their teenager with confidence.
Partners in Parenting is a new online parenting program that has been shown to help improve parent-child communication and reduce family conflict. Through interactive online activities, parents can develop skills in emotional intelligence, supporting their teenager through difficulties they face, and maintaining a close relationship with their teen.
Researchers are currently evaluating the longer-term benefits of the program by offering parents in Australia the opportunity to try it for free. If you are a parent or guardian of a child aged 12 to 15, you may be eligible to participate. Find out more or register at www.partnersinparenting.net.au or contact the researchers at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 03 9905 1250.
For more on resilience in boys, see the Understanding Boys blog post written by BGS’s Peter Furey.
Computer game addiction program in the holidays
Computer game addiction is on the rise among Australian teenage boys. Statistics from recent studies have shown one in ten school children are addicted to computer games. Gaming addiction can effect mental, physical and social wellbeing.
During the school holidays, Headspace in Elsternwick is running a game aware program to assist students to self-regulate their gaming behaviours.