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Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Making learning visible

I am pleased to invite all parents (from ELC through to VCE) to an information evening on Monday 30 May where Ray Swann (Director of the Crowther Centre at BGS) will outline our new school-wide approach to teaching and learning: Visible Learning.

Visible Learning focuses on practices that positively affect learning outcomes and is based on internationally-acclaimed research by Professor John Hattie (from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education). Professor Hattie’s meta-analysis looked at over 800 research projects from around the world, involving millions of children from thousands of schools.

The information evening will help you understand how we work with the boys at school, and importantly, why we do what we do. What goes on in the classroom is our core business and your support and understanding will only strengthen the learning outcomes for your son/s. I look forward to seeing you on 30 May.

Finally, some news from outside the classroom. Our Senior Big Band finished fourth in their division at the Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz competition at the weekend. Their fourth place is our best ever result, with the boys scoring 96 out of 100 – an amazing achievement.



From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

As our focus on ‘keeping a blue head/no undisciplined acts’ continues, it has been fascinating to see this play out in class and also on the sporting field. It was a pleasure to watch the 1st V basketball team play with a great sense of purpose, but also with discipline. Despite the intensity of the game, the boys showed tremendous character and a ‘blue head’ to ultimately prevail by the narrowest of margins, despite trailing for the entire game until the end.

As the days now become cooler, boys will need to be wearing jumpers and the full school uniform. A reminder that the sports and school uniform may not be worn together (apart from the summer cap). The only time the uniform can be blended is during certain chantology rituals. Boys are encouraged to always respect the blazer.


News from the Careers Centre

Items in the Career News include:

  • Bond with Bond Event
  • Australian Mining Industry
  • UNSW CO-OP Program
  • Careers in the Army
  • News from Moorabbin Flying Services
    • Open Day 2016
    • Airline Pilot Workshop
  • News from the University of Melbourne
    • Important Changes to Psychology stream in the Bachelor of Commerce
    • Guaranteed Entry for Onshore International Students
    • Subscribe to the My Melbourne Newsletter
  • Tripod – Empowering Australian Youth
  • Business Degrees in Victoria
  • Commerce Degrees in Victoria.

To read more, please click Career News 12 May 2016 or see Sophie Keele in the Careers Centre.


Senior School Fundraising Committee

Brain Week

Last week, the Senior School raised awareness of brain cancer while participating in Brain Week, an event of the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation.

On Tuesday 3 May, our Brain Minders, Andrew McGrath and Harry Hill had organised activities at assembly such as a Rubik’s cube competition and a memorising game of Pi – both activities that Connor, a BGS boy who passed away of brain cancer 2 and a half years ago, used to enjoy.

On Friday 6 May, we also had a ‘Go Grey in May’ day where the boys wore something grey, the colour for brain cancer, for a gold coin donation.

In total, including the Go Grey in May day, the Senior School has raised $2,647 – a great effort.


From Andrew McGrath, School Captain

‘The leaders of the school placed a heavy emphasis on Brain Week in 2016, as we felt that Connor and his family deserve an immense amount of support from the School. The inaugural BGS vs. Firbank quiz on Monday was a real highlight, followed by the Prefect Bake Sale on Wednesday, and finally the Go Grey in May day on Friday. Throughout the week, merchandise was extensively sold with all proceeds going directly to the RCD Fund.

Harry and I would like to thank all boys for their eager participation throughout the week, and their hearty donations. Thanks also to Scotia Engraving for their generous donation of the trophy awarded to the winner of the BGS vs. Firbank quiz.

 Brain Week

If you are interested in finding out more about Brain Week, an Australia-wide event, please click here.


Success at Generations in Jazz for the Senior Big Band

Last weekend, under the direction of Jamie Ransome, the Senior Big Band travelled to Mount Gambier in South Australia to participate in the Generations in Jazz Festival. The festival involved around 4500 students in over 180 Big Bands.

Although participating at the event for only the second time in many years, the Senior Big Band performed outstandingly, scoring 96/100 for their performance and finishing in 4th place against 27 bands in Division 3 – the highest finish in BGS history.

It was an incredible weekend, featuring world-class musicians such as Australian trumpeter James Morrison (who is patron for the event), the internationally-acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and many amazing scholarship winners.

The Senior Big Band’s success shows what regular practice can achieve. Congratulations boys!


The boys in the ensemble were:
Saxophones: Eric Jiang, Michael Wang, William Feng, Teddy Lovell and Steve Suits.
Trumpets: Nick Moran, Ben Durkin, Charlie Hannah and Max Purcell.
Trombones: Lachie Collie, Liam McInerney and Mitz Metaxas.
Rhythm section: Phillip Guo, Alex Nicholas, Nick Semmens, Mitch Dow and Jack Morrison.


Sport news

The BGS sport fixtures, reports and teams can be found on the Sports page of the BGS website.


Senior School chapel

Ascension Day is the fortieth day after Easter. It is the day on which the church recognises that the “physical” presence of the risen Jesus ceased. Jesus the Lord “ascended” to take a place of honour and worship within the divine status of God.

The disciples recorded this event as an experience, outside the city of Jerusalem, in which having blessed them he was “taken up into heaven”. The event was preceded by a final teaching and the promise to send “what my Father has promised”.

Throughout history, many have debated the meaning of these words, and the reality of the event itself. For many, the fact of the ascension seems to be of little consequence. However, if even for a moment one considers the possibility of Jesus rising from the dead, questions remain. Where is he now? Why does he not appear now as he did then? Such an existential failure is sufficient for some to say the resurrection never took place.

The Ascension with all its consequences was the substance of the Senior School chapel this week. The Ascension was examined with the aid of Boolean Algebra, an iPhone, the chemistry of fire and the paschal candle.

Belief in the by-products of the Ascension is a catalytic element in the formation of the value system that a Christian lives by. A value system shapes the behaviour of a person. A value system that allows for a benevolent and loving God to shape and inform our decisions is qualitatively different to a value system that does not.

Best wishes to all.
Fr Tony Poole


Sport news

The 92nd annual House Swimming event was conducted last Wednesday May 7 at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Always a popular event, the calibre was strong with some outstanding swimmers competing for the coveted title. A highlight of the event was seeing Harrison Preston win the Year 9 50 metre breaststroke, breaking a record that had stood since 1982. After a close competition, Crowther again reigned supreme, winning their third consecutive House Swimming event, much to the delight of their Head of House Mr Sainsbery, House Captain Nick Knight (pictured) and Vice Captains Henry McDowell (pictured) and Justin Branson.

A big thanks to all staff who helped to run the event, and particularly to Mr Stewart who organised the day.

Final results 
CRO       1082
HAN       1018
SCH        1016
DIX         998
ROF        929
ARM      842

House Swimmers


Year 12 Parents’ Book Club

The Year 12 Parents’ Book Club will be held in the Hancock Wing at 7pm on Tuesday 17 May.

The aims of our book club are to:

  • demystify Year 12 English
  • provide you and your family with opportunities for dinner conversations about the ‘big ideas’ in the set texts
  • have fun and talk about books.

The text is Arthur Miller’s play, Death of A Salesman. Everyone is welcome. For catering purposes, please RSVP to Kristen Molloy, Head of English: kmolloy@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.


Senior School dates for the diary

Friday 13 May
Ute Full of Food Delivery Day

Saturday 14 May
Winter Team Sport Round

Sunday 15 – Friday 27 May
Year 9 Sea Change – PNG

Tuesday 17 May
Year 12 Parent Book Club 7pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 May
Copacabana (BGS and Firbank) show nights 6pm – 9pm

Thursday 19 – Sunday 29 May
Year 9 Sea Change – Cape York

Friday 20 – Friday 27 May
Year 9 Sea Change – Coastal: Far North QLD

Saturday 21 May
Winter Team Sport Round

For live updates on dates and events please click here.