Weekly eNews

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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

The Wellbeing Centre is on its way

You might have noticed that the builders have now moved in to the Girraween Chapel on New Street (near the Middle School). This signals an exciting development – the building of our Wellbeing Centre is underway, with the centre due to open at the beginning of Term 3.

The Wellbeing Centre will give a home and focus to our School-wide wellbeing program, not only for the boys and staff, but also for BGS parents and the broader community. Good mental health and wellbeing is critical for boys’ development: it helps them cultivate a positive sense of self, resilience and perspective, and the ability to form and maintain positive relationships.

Clearly our community agrees with our commitment to wellbeing – the development of the Wellbeing Centre has been almost entirely funded through support from our community. Like you, I look forward to the opening of our Wellbeing Centre in a few months’ time. I am confident it will take our dedication to the mental health and wellbeing of our boys to another level.



Change to Term 2, 2016 start dates

Please note that we have slightly adjusted the starting dates for Term 2, 2016. The boys will return to BGS on Monday 11 April and will not be required at school on Friday 15 April. This switch has been made as all BGS Staff will be undertaking training on a new BGS-wide approach to teaching and learning on Friday 15 April. More details of this exciting new approach to what we do in our classrooms will come in 2016.




Alert for all parents

Brighton Grammar School has been notified of some suspicious behaviour in the Bayside area regarding strangers offering school children a lift home. Please ensure you remind your son never to accept a lift from a stranger.



Free parent seminar – Resilience, Anxiety and Children

So how do you raise a resilient child?  How do you teach children to bounce back, no matter the situation? In this day of increased rates of anxiety and other mental health illnesses, which often go untreated, what can we do to change this growing epidemic and build resilient children?

If you are interested in strengthening the shape of your children’s world, come along to hear from Melissa from Shine Academy for Girls and Longford and Fraser Academy for Boys about what we can do to build stronger healthier children. Please click here for further information.

Join us on Wednesday 16 March in Rosstrevor Hall, corner Allee and New Streets Brighton, to hear about the crucial elements of resilience and to consider how you might immunise your child against depression and mental illness. 

Register your interest for this free seminar with Melissa on 03 9592 4948 or info@shineacademy.com.au

For any additional information please see www.share.vic.edu.au.



Did you know?

David Herbert Boykett OAM or ‘Crockett’ to almost everybody who knew him well, was a legend of Australian rowing and is most remembered and revered as a teacher at Scotch College.

However, very few people are aware that David was the pioneer who established a rowing program at BGS. When the Headmaster Phillip Wilson introduced rowing to BGS in 1958, a mammoth task faced David Boykett, the first coach.  He found a home for BGS rowing at the Mercantile Rowing Club where it is still firmly entrenched today.

David also was instrumental in establishing rugby as a sport at BGS – the Old Boys Rugby Club is today called the Boykett, Gascoigne, Scott Club, the initials of which are also BGS. The late Paddy Gascoigne and Douglas Scott were also extremely influential figures in the history of rugby at Brighton Grammar.

Last Thursday I attended the Memorial Service celebrating the life of David Boykett along with around 900 others and many BGS Old Boys whose live were impacted is such a positive way by the great Crockett.

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



Brain fuel

Poor nutrition and deficiencies in particular vitamins and minerals can result in reduced cognitive function, leading to a decrease in concentration. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have also been shown to have mood altering effects.

Please click here for a tip sheet with suggestions on how your child can consume more of the key vitamins and minerals that will fuel their learning and regulate their mood.




Let School Plan pay your fees

Paying school fees up front can be a challenge. That’s where School Plan can help.

School Plan can pay all your fixed fees directly to Brighton Grammar School.

You simply pay School Plan back in easy-to-manage fortnightly or monthly instalments.

For more information contact the School, visit www.schoolplan.com.au or call 1800 337 419.



French exchange – join a community of global friendship

As Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” Volunteer to host an international high school student from France arriving into Australia in May 2016 through Southern Cross Cultural Exchange and prepare to be amazed at the way this unique and rewarding opportunity helps your family to become closer, to understand themselves better and see the world in a new light. You’ll have fun learning about cultural differences and language.

Carefully selected students from France will arrive in mid May for one term. With excellent English language skills, these students will attend a local secondary high school. They will arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive health insurance cover – all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. For more information, visit www.scce.com.au, email scceaust@scce.com.au or call us toll free on 1800 500 501.



This week’s parenting tip

Please click here to view this week’s parenting tip: ‘Insights: Exploring the New Frontier in Parenting’.



Music news

Friends of Music evening

The annual Friends of Music Evening takes place next Monday on 29 February in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall at the Senior School, starting at 7.30pm. All parents are invited to attend.

The evening will involve some student performances, presentation of student leaders for 2016, finger food, drinks, and is a chance for parents of boys involved in music to meet each other, as well as chat with music department staff.

Please RSVP to Anna Watson, Music Administrator, by tomorrow Friday 26 February at music@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au and indicate how many people will be attending. Please have the subject of the email as Friends of Music Evening. This will be a very relaxed evening and it would be great to see you there.



Ensemble rehearsals

Rehearsals for all ensembles have begun (except Middle School Big Band and Percussion Ensemble – students will be notified when this will occur). A reminder that all Middle and Senior School boys involved in before school ensemble rehearsals should be at the rehearsal venue by 7.20am to assist with the setting up and to be ready to play/sing the first note at 7.30am.

The rehearsal schedule for the ensembles is as follows:

Monday: Intermediate Stage Band and Senior Big Band – 7.30am
Tuesday: Intermediate Concert Band, Senior Concert Band and Corelli String Orchestra – 7.30am
Wednesday: Percussion Ensemble – lunch time

  • Senior Symphony Orchestra – 7.30am
  • Middle School Guitar Ensemble – 7.30am
  • Senior Guitar Ensemble – lunch time
  • Cello Choir – lunch time
  • Middle School Concert Band – 3.45pm
  • Middle School String Orchestra – 3.45pm


  • Middle School Choir 7:30am
  • Senior Choir 7:30am

Boys and parents are asked to regularly check The Hub for messages regarding when the above ensembles commence.

Jamie Ransome
Director of Music