A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston
Respect is one of our four School values (the others being Passion, Integrity and Accountability). Like any values-led organisation, it is how we live these values day to day that marks the measure of their success. These values cannot just be words; they have to be part of how we go about our business and they have to be understood, valued and adhered to.
Consequently, I was pleased to see the recent results of a Senior School survey on culture where the Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 boys rated Respect as the most important of our four values. Furthermore, the boys recognised that being successful in life is best described by internal virtues, such as being hardworking, respectful, happy and holding high moral standards, rather than more external desires such as wealth.
As a School, we have a tremendous opportunity to further our work regarding Respect by being a Leading School in the Victorian Government’s Respectful Relationships Program over the next two years. We look forward to building and sustaining a culture of respect and gender equality throughout BGS.
Respect is also at the heart of International Women’s Day, which was celebrated yesterday, and its 2017 campaign theme of #BeBoldForChange. I would like to acknowledge all the incredible women that play such an important role in the BGS community. With respect at the heart of the School, we can continue to play our part in creating a more gender inclusive world.
International Women’s Day: the value of choice and confidence
Yesterday, in recognition of International Women’s Day, BGS parent Jane Tongs spoke to the Senior School boys.
Why Jane? At age 32 Jane Tongs became a Partner at PwC. She is currently a company director and a mother of two teenage boys – two roles she finds both stimulating and rewarding. Two roles in which she is extremely successful.
In her professional life, Jane faced resistance from men based on her gender. She believes that two things influenced her ultimate success – choice and confidence. She was empowered by the people and, importantly, the men in her life to make choices. This gave her the confidence to strive for success, despite some hurdles along the way.
Jane also told the stories of other women who didn’t have the benefit of empowerment through choice and confidence. She left the boys with this challenge:
“Like the men in my life – do you, through your attitudes and ideas, empower the women in your life?… Will your little sister one day say that she achieved much because your confidence in her inspired her to take chances and have choices?”
Jane’s inspirational speech encompassed every one of the BGS values and most importantly, showed how important it is for every boys to live and breathe these values in their interactions with everyone.
Grand Prix Fundraiser
Brighton Grammar has joined forces with The Australian Food Allergy Foundation (led by BGS parent Patricia Ilhan) and the Rotary Club of Brighton to raise money and awareness for three great causes – the Australian Food Allergy Foundation, Ardoch Youth Foundation and End Trachoma 2020.
The first initiative is an event to be held at Lindsay Fox’s car museum on Thursday 23 March (Grand Prix week). Find out more by clicking here.
St Andrew’s Music Foundation: Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra
St Andrew’s Music Foundation will host the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra in concert on Sunday 19 March at 2.30pm.
The Programme includes:
– Tchaikovsky − Tempest Overture
– Brahms − Symphony No. 2
– Bottessini – Double Bass Concerto No 2 performed by young Aussie soloist Phoebe Russell.
To find out more or to book tickets, click here.