Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Man Up

As we prepare to farewell the young men who make up the BGS Class of 2016, I was compelled on Tuesday evening to watch the first episode of Man Up – a three-part documentary series on the ABC.

Man Up explores masculinity and men’s mental health in Australia today. It’s a confronting and challenging series, yet one that I commend to you. The website that is attached to the series can be found here.

On a slightly different note, best wishes to our Middle and Senior School athletes this Saturday afternoon as they run, jump and throw at the APS Athletics Final at Albert Park. It would be great to see as many BGS supporters there as the team hopes to match (or even better) last year’s excellent third place.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

A massive highlight this week has been the incredible performances of our athletes in preparation for the APS athletics carnival on Saturday. To qualify in 18 A division finals (up from 16 last year) is a wonderful achievement and is no doubt due to the hard work of the boys, the parent support group and of course the staff and coaches. We wish them the very best for Saturday.

This Monday 17 October marks one of the most important dates in our school year – Valedictory Day. On this day, the boys celebrate with humour, emotion and ‘beat the bounds’ of their time and passage from boyhood to manhood. A reminder that we have communicated arrangements to parents through School Stream and again thank you for your support of this ritual.


Senior School Fundraising Committee

Upcoming fundraising events

Thursday 20 October PetRescue
PetRescue is a non-profit organisation on a mission to stop the killing of companion animals in Australia’s pounds and shelters. All of the money we raise will support life-saving programs and projects to promote pet adoption and the humane management of orphaned pets.

Final entries for all competitions: Wednesday 19 October at 4pm. 
– Casual clothes day.
– Guess the number of jelly beans.
– Photo competition (match the pet with the staff member).
– Silent auction (portrait made by Nik Scriven, Year 12 student) – Please email your interest to Ms Beguin abeguin@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.
– Sweets at recess for sale.


Silent Auction Portrait by Nick Scriven, Year 12

Friday 18 November – Ute Full of Food Special Christmas
Volunteers will collect all non-perishable food items kindly donated by students, staff and parents and will head to the Fitzroy Community Centre to make a difference in the life of so many. Thank you in advance for your generous donations. Let’s make sure as many as possible have a nice Christmas lunch.



Housemuseum excursion

The Year 9 and 10 Art students went to the Lyon Housemuseum in Kew on Tuesday. They received a personal tour from Yueji Lyon of her house which also doubles as a contemporary Australian art gallery. The boys were able to see first hand some amazing artworks by such art stars as Howard Arkley and Patricia Piccinini, as well as the spectacular Housemuseum itself, designed by Yueji’s husband and BGS Old Boy Corbett Lyon (1973).


Career News

Items in the Career News include – 

  • Reminder: VTAC Key Dates
  • RMIT Village
  • Which Deakin Campus Fits You?
  • Federation University – Courses offered at Berwick Campus
  • Health Courses offered at University of Queensland
  • Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio & Television) at Holmesglen Institute
  • Discover Hospitality Website
  • Pathway Programs to University in 2017.

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


From the Chaplain

What should the last Chapel for the 2016 Year 12 look like?
Observe these images, they speak for themselves.


All these objects speak of the substance of the experience of BGS. Six students representing each House spoke of “What Brighton Grammar means to me.”  The common theme was ‘relationship’, ‘community’ and mates who ‘actually give you the will to continue’.



This is indeed something special.

Fr Tony Poole


Senior School dates for the diary

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