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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Working hard on academics

The 2016 NAPLAN results for boys in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 were recently released and overall, I am pleased with the results – especially given our School-wide focus on improving academics (particularly in the secondary years).

Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 parents should have received their son’s individual results by mail. Parents can also view how NAPLAN results are explained by clicking here.

While NAPLAN results are not an all-encompassing tool of measurement, and do not tell the whole story of academic success, the results do provide us with one measure to monitor the effectiveness of our focus on an improved academic culture.

Our current Year 9 boys have made pleasing progress since they were in Year 7. This validates our teachers’ focus on their classroom practice, including raising each boy’s academic expectations and standards.

However, there is work still to be done. Across the School, our leading teachers are looking at our results to see where improvements can be made within the four domains of NAPLAN (Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy). And of course, all teaching staff from ELC through to VCE continue to be engaged in our work with the Visible Learning program.


Student-run Music+ RCD Charity Concert tomorrow

At the beginning of 2016, the Music Captain of Firbank Georgie Hannah and I created an inter-school music network for student musicians of BGS and Firbank, called Music+.

Each semester, Music+ hosts a combined student concert to showcase the musical talents of both schools and give students who do not have a chance to perform at school concerts or are not in school musical ensembles a performance platform.

This joint, student-run concert bring BGS and Firbank music closer together and encourage the ‘non-musicians’ to be involved in music at both schools. 

After the success of the first Music+ Concert in Term 1, Georgie and I decided to host a charity concert to support the Robert Connor Dawes foundation (RCD) – a cause that’s close to our hearts.

The Music+ RCD Charity Concert will take place tomorrow, Friday 26 August, 4-5pm at the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall at BGS. Instead of a ticket price, we will be collecting a voluntary donation at the door.

From rock to pop, vocals to violin, and everything in between, this is an unmissable opportunity to see our ‘hidden musos’ in action and support a worthwhile cause. We can’t wait to see you there.

Jerry Lee (Year 12)


Did you know?

Sport at BGS in the 1960s was a dismal affair, with BGS first teams rarely winning anything.

I was a student here from 1963 to 1970 inclusive, and in that time, the 1st XVIII won only two games.  The first win by the 1st football team was not until 1968 versus Geelong Grammar on the Crowther Oval.

When Robert Rofe took the reins as Headmaster in 1967, he set about changing the culture of accepting defeat on the basis that BGS was a ‘Small School’.

The total school enrolment in 1967 was 780. We had been a part of the Associated Public Schools (APS) for nine years but had failed to improve greatly. 

Rugby union in 1969 saw the School win its first premiership on the Junior Oval (now the H V Mitchell oval). In 1975 we won our first football premiership in the APS and premierships followed in cricket, tennis, swimming, hockey. We also won the Head of the River in 1983.

Robert Rofe was a man who regularly admitted that he “knew nothing about sport” but he certainly knew something about changing the culture of sport at BGS.

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


If you are not on School Stream – you will miss out!

There is only one place for parents to find out what’s going on at BGS and that’s via School Stream. This communications platform has been in place since the beginning of the term, and we expect that all parents will now have School Stream on their phone. 

If you haven’t already done so, please take five minutes today to download this app. Operational  information will no longer appear in the eNews.

Click here to find out more about School Stream at BGS.


Hockey players supporting Legacy Week

Look out for members of the 2nd XI hockey team who will be selling badges, pens and wristbands at recess and lunch times to support the 2016 Legacy Week appeal.  The funds raised support over 80,000 widows and 1,800 children and adults with a disability Australia-wide. 


Upcoming BGS music events and concerts

  • Friday 26 August  Music+ RCD Charity Concert in RSCH @ 4pm. 
  • Wed 30 August  Strings Spectacular Concert in St Andrew’s @ 7.30pm 
  • Thurs 1 Sept  Bands Showcase Concert in St Andrew’s @ 7.30pm 
  • Wed 7 and Thurs 8 Sept  Year 6 BGS/Firbank musical  


Special St Andrew’s Choir events

Sunday 28 August: 2016 Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral – all welcome. Click here for more information. 

Saturday 10 September: 2016 St Andrew’s Choir Dinner at St Andrew’s Hall.  All welcome at this special evening featuring musical performances.  For more information and to book click here


Parent excursion: Islamic Museum of Australia 

All parents are invited to join the International Parents Support Group on their tour of this very interesting museum in Thornbury on Friday 2 September at 10am. This museum is housed in a beautiful building and provides a comprehensive history of Islam in Australia.

Entry is $12. We will leave Brighton at 9am and be back by 1.30pm.

Contact Maggie Lynch on mlynch@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au or 0425 786 683 for more information or to book.


Calling the heroes of Connor’s Run

Connor's run image 2016 BGS eNews

The 4th Connor’s Run will be on Sunday 11 September. All running spots are now sold out but it’s not too late to get involved. Everything that Connor’s Run has accomplished (from funds raised and people helped) is very much due to our awesome volunteers and we would love you to be a part of the fun on the run.

This year we have a system that lets you allocate yourself the role that suits you best. You can even see who you will be hanging out with. If you’d like to volunteer this year, sign-up for your favourite spot.