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A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

The caregiver – a leader for today

As we enter the new school year, the School’s student leaders, staff, and in fact all the boys, have been considering what makes a successful leader. At the Prefect Induction this week, I spoke about how great leaders must also be great caregivers.

The caregiver proves his worth by caring for others and building the community in all that he does. For the boys, the carer guides their interactions with mates, with other BGS boys big and small, with teachers, and with their families, and with everyone they encounter both in and outside the School gates. 

Here are some leadership values I believe all BGS boys and staff must commit to:  

  • To lead by being good.
  • To lead by being mindful.
  • To lead by being compassionate.
  • To lead by having empathy.
  • To lead by being kind.
  • To lead by treating others as you would like to be treated.

Because despite what society might tell us at times, a real man, a good man, is one who cares.


Izaak to play Division 1 College Football in US

Izaak US football

Izaak Gerkis (OB 2016) has just signed with Division 1 Western Michigan University as an official 2017 football recruit.  Izaak left BGS in 2012 when he moved to the US with his family having previously playing Aussie rules.

Find out more about Izaak’s achievements on and off the sports field by clicking here


Thompson Club – Family Fun Friday: 10 February

The Thompson Club – BGS’s tennis supporters group – will be having its Annual Family Fun Friday on 10 February from 6pm – 8pm on the Middle School courts. All BGS tennis families from Year 5 to Year 12 are invited to attend:

  • enjoy a free BBQ
  • dust off the racquet and enjoy a twilight hit – challenge the kids!
  • designated court for parents only
  • challenge a 1st VIII player
  • meet other tennis families
  • become a Thompson Club member.

Thompson Club training tops (Champion brand in high-performance cool mesh fabric) will be available to purchase at the Family Fun Friday for only $25.


Cabrini Emergency Department: 50% discount for BGS students

BGS is participating in Cabrini’s 50% discount offer to students attending Cabrini Emergency Department (ED) for the next 12 months, which could save you over $200+ in fees per visit.

Families attending the ED simply mention their school on arrival. The Cabrini ED reception staff have a list of all schools that are participating in the program.

This offer is open to students 24 hours a day 7 days a week, not just during school hours

Why choose Cabrini Emergency?

  • Be seen faster by senior doctors and emergency staff
  • All doctors are emergency specialists
  • Cabrini has all specialists on call
  • Cabrini has a new large specialist paediatric ward
  • Cabrini has 24-hour operating theatres
  • Cabrini Emergency has the only call back service where each patient attending will be called back within 24 hours from discharge to check their understanding of instructions and wellbeing.

Please note:

  • the 50% discount of applies to the attendance fee only and would not include any further out of pocket expenses such as X-rays and blood tests
  • Cabrini is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare service that does not rely on funding from government or the Catholic Church. Therefore, they must charge fees for emergency medical care. Unfortunately, health insurers do not cover emergency attendances, so Cabrini relies on these fees to cover its costs.


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The Grigoryan Brothers concert at St Andrew’s

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.