Weekly eNews

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Three cheers for BGS

The past week has seen three diverse members of the BGS community achieve highly.

Firstly, it was a pleasure to witness our Junior School Chaplain Chester Lord being ordained as an Anglican Priest by the Archbishop at St Pauls Cathedral on Saturday morning. Chester joins Fr Tony Poole as our second Ordained Priest on the teaching staff.

Secondly, BGS Old Boy Dylan Alcott (OB 2008) topped off a golden year by winning the Newcombe Medal – Australian tennis’s highest honour. Dylan’s spirit of generosity towards his old school is highly valued and I am sure we will look to welcome him back sometime next year to speak to the boys again.

Finally, congratulations to Andrew McGrath, our 2016 School Captain, who was chosen as the number one pick in the AFL draft last week. We are proud of Andrew’s footballing ability; we’re sure he’ll be as great a Bomber as he was a Tonner. However, we are even more proud of the leadership, character, humility and respect Andrew demonstrates: he is a fine young man.

Hopefully these three diverse achievements inspire us all a little.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

This week is an important one in starting the process of looking at the new year and the work ahead with our Promotions Period. There is a wonderful story in Homer’s Odyssey where they are given a clear image of ‘Ithica’ (his homeland – or the final goal) right at the start of the long journey back. It is a reminder that sometimes we can get an image of the year ahead and the what is in store, but then we need to work through the year to get there. Promotions provides the boys with a look at the year ahead, and we hope that this starts some thinking about the journey ahead too.

While it is nearing the end of the year and we might think that it is winding down, there is a lot happening. It is vital that with the examination information that the boys do not just read the result then ignore the advice, reporting and conversations they have had with their teachers. I strongly encourage you to talk about the experience of the assessments with your son to see not just his results, but also his thinking and understanding of his progress. This will be an important factor in the year ahead.


Haircut regulations

Please find below the Senior School haircut regulations. It is important that all boys adhere to these guidelines at all times.

  1. At all times haircuts must be neat and reasonable. A haircut below blade 4 is not permitted (hair of consistent length and no undercuts).
  2. Hair should not fall below the ears, eyes and collar. Boys must be clean shaven. Sideburns must not be grown more than halfway down the ear.
  3. Hair must not be dyed.

The first day back next year (Wednesday 1 February, 2017) is student photo day and any boy not adhering to these regulations will be sent home and their photograph taken at a later date.

David Liddle
Deputy Head of Senior School


Career News

Items in the Career News include:  

  • 2016 VCAA Results
  • Key VTAC Dates
  • Introducing our new BGS careers website http://studentcareers.brightongrammar.vic.edu.au/
  • News from Monash University
    • Monash University Special Entry and Access Scheme – Direct Application
    • Important information for VCE International Students
  • UMAT2017
  • 2017 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships
  • VCE 2017 Summer Schools
    • Access Education Summer School
    • TSFX Summer School

If you would like any further information on any of these items please click here or see Sophie Keele in the Careers Centre.


2017 subject changes

The 2017 timetable has now been finalised. For all subject changes, boys will need to meet with their Head of House on Monday 5 December (Coaching Day).

Subject changes must be finalised and submitted by 4pm on Thursday 8 December. There will be no further changes accepted or processed after this date.


Rowing: Sunset at the Sheds

Last weekend, the BGS rowing community celebrated its 2016-2017 commencement with their annual Sunset at the Sheds. Held at our city rowing shed location Mercantile Rowing Club, nearly 300 parents, coaches and boys were in attendance.

Our wonderful Boaterie prepared a BBQ supported by the senior rowing crews donating plates of delicious food for everyone to enjoy. The afternoon commenced with the presentation of a cheque for $40,000 – the money raised by the Boaterie in 2015-2016. This was followed by the naming of eight boats in honour of a number of people part of the BGS community including ex- Chairman of the Council, Ian Paroissien and a number of old boys who have served as both rowers and coaches over a considerable length of time.

They included:

  • 1st VIII – Ian Paroissien
  • 10A VIII – Bill Tait
  • Year 9 Quads – Hayden Johnson, Matthew keen, Robert Holding, Scott Collie
  • Scull – Greg Jones.

House Rowing is another exciting component of this event with this year, a record number of boys competing in heats and subsequent finals at a range of different levels. Current Year 8 students, part of the Wilson Club, competed in Quads with Hancock winning their final. The Years 9 to 11 rowers who are part of the Skelton and Cooper Club fiercely fought out their final with a close win going to Dixon House.

Thanks go to the Boaterie committee for their outstanding efforts in running the event and all of the BGS rowing family and friends for their support.



Senior School dates for the diary

For updates on important dates and events, see School Stream or click here for the online calendar.