A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston
Welcome to the 2016 school year – a year that promises so much. The School is in great shape, with a record 1275 boys starting the year. I’m particularly excited about the new staff we have recruited to join us, many of whom come to BGS from senior positions in Australia’s most highly regarded schools. I believe their influence, experience and expertise will have a significant impact on the boys for many years to come.
The new and underway BGS building projects will also play a significant role in enhancing the boys’ learning experiences.
- The Junior School’s new STEM centre will support and further develop our already well-recognised science and technology program.
- Significant upgrades to the turf and wicket on the Crowther Oval will be welcomed by our sportsmen and lovers of sport.
- The Senior School reception, due to be completed next month, will be comfortable and spacious and also give visitors a more fitting first impression of the School.
- The landscaping of the Senior School Quad softens our traditional ‘heart’ of the School.
- Work has also begun on the Wellbeing Centre, due for completion by Semester 2. Student wellbeing is a key priority of the School and the Centre will help cement this as a core aspect of the offering at BGS.
I am pleased to announce our 2016 School Prefects. They are a fine group of young men who will lead the School very well this year. Thanks to Ray Swann, David Liddle and the Heads of House for their assistance in the appointment process.
Andrew McGrath (School Captain)
Blake Hayes (School Co Vice Captain)
Thomas Wallace (School Co Vice Captain)
Benjamin De Worsop
The BGS staff and I look forward to working closely with you and your son/s to ensure 2016 is another memorable and successful year for every BGS boy.
Celebrating sons and grandsons of Old Boys
Boys take great pride when following in the steps of their fathers or grandfathers – and we like to celebrate it too!
To assist us, we ask parents of our multi-generational BGS boys to click on the link below and complete the BGS Generations Form so that the School can acknowledge our current second, third and fourth generation BGS boys.
If you already completed this form in the past and your son has his badge, there is no need to complete the form again.
Please return completed forms to Peter Toms at the BGS Development Office, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Toms, Bequest Manager
Change in school bus departure points
There will now be one departure point only for the school bus, which is on New Street, Brighton.
The Bentleigh and Port Melbourne buses will be parked on the Junior School side of New Street and the Beaumaris bus will be on the Crowther Oval side of New Street.
There will be no more pick-ups from Senior School due to too much traffic and the buses having nowhere to stop.
Did you know?
When Dr Crowther founded the Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society (OBGS) in 1908, the stated aim of the Society was “To keep Old Boys in touch with the School through social functions and sporting clubs”.
Nowadays, the OBGS social events are mostly in the form of reunions. We have a reunion for each year for 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th year groups.
Our affiliated OBGS sports clubs include football, soccer, golf, cricket, lawn bowls, rowing (Meliora Club), rugby and basketball.
Our oldest affiliated club is the Brighton Grammarians’ Masonic Lodge, which is part of the Freemasons network. It was founded in September 1927 and is still going strong today.
The Brighton Masonic Hall, where the Brighton Grammarians Lodge meets, is located at 15 Church Street Brighton, right opposite the Palace Dendy Brighton cinema behind four shops. Our Lodge has met there once a month on the second Wednesday since 1935. From 1927 to 1935, the Lodge met in the St Andrew’s Church Hall.
Many people ask what we do at Lodge. Many also believe that Freemasonry is a secret society, but nothing could be further from the truth. Having said that, Freemasonry does have some secrets as part of its rituals but these are part of the traditions passed down through the generations. The traditions and customs of Freemasonry date back to the time of King Solomon when the workers who built his temple formed a Lodge where they lived while working on the building.
Today, Freemasonry teaches us a moral code by applying the principles stonemasons applied to their trade to make their buildings last for many years through a sound foundation and proper practices.
If you want to know more about Freemasonry in general, the Freemasons Victoria website may be of interest. If you want to know more about the Brighton Grammarians’ Lodge, I would be more than happy to assist.
Andrew Biggin, Alumni Relations Manager
Sh@re Community Campus News
Now that the children are rested after the long holiday break, maybe it’s time to look for something new to do after school or on weekends to keep the children happy! Sh@re Community Campus offer the convenience of after school or weekend programs run at the school campus’s so you can enjoy some after school fun without travelling! Programs are open to all in the wider community too so there is also a chance to meet other children.
Some of the new programs we are offering this term include:
Cheryne is offering Resilience and Mindfulness training for children. Perfect for those that are anxious or stressed! Cheryne comes to us based on parent recommendations, so we know her methodology and approach works! Children will learn the three key aspects to mindfulness (seeing, hearing and feeling) and will have lots of opportunity to gain inner insights and develop their executive functioning without even knowing it! If you want to lower anxiety and stress in your children’s lives, join us Mondays at Firbank Sandringham. See www.beyoubetrue.com.au
Merryl is offering mosaicing Mondays after School from the BGS art room. Mosaicing is a therapeutic and creative outlet for children which can be as complex or as easy as they like. Merryl has a professional studio in Caulfield which I know many a parent and art teacher have admired her works from! We are fortunate to have her here after school. Bring your child’s ideas to life with mosaics. See www.merrylmosaics.com.au
Invent the World are offering coding classes on Mondays after school at Firbank Brighton. We know this skills is important so why not develop it young! While this class is already oversubscribed, we will add a second class in Term 2, so register your interest directly with Gin at Invent the World! See www.inventtheworld.com.au
Brick4Kidz are calling all space scientists to join them on the last frontier, travelling the surface of the moon, exploring Mars and the International Space Station. Bring your imaginations Wednesdays after school at Sandringham. See www.bricks4kidzaustralia.com.au/BPP