Weekly eNews

Senior School

From Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

The term has opened and the boys have settled into their routines quickly, which is pleasing to see. In assembly this week, we reminded the boys about the transition for uniform – we would expect all boys to be in winter uniform by the end of next week, and to be presenting themselves with pride and respecting the blazer.

This week, staff are engaged in a major professional learning initiative – visible learning. Based on the work of Professor Hattie, staff will be focusing on how research continues to shape and teacher quality and improve the decisions made in classrooms.

This model compliments Crowther thinking, and will be an important platform for our continued focus on improving the learning at Senior School. Should you be interested in learning more about our teaching and learning programs, please feel free to have a chat with Dan Belluz (Director of Teaching and Learning) here at school.

Don’t forget to check the School wide section

News relating to the whole of the School will now appear in the School wide section of the eNews – click on the button below to take a look.

This week, School wide e-News includes Ross Featherston’s comment on the benefits of holiday ‘boredom’, information on our upcoming BGS Breakfast Bio with Dylan Alcott OAM and events and activities supporting Will Murray, a ‘Did you know’ article about two AFL greats, details about a Bayside Police youth disco and information on getting involved in BGS snowsports.


Working through grief

Sadly during the school holidays, many of you would be aware, a Year 12 Firbank student, Juliana Tan, passed away. I am mindful that some of your sons may be impacted by this and wanted to provide some guidance to assist you to support your son.

Grief, at any age, can be overwhelming and confusing, but particularly so for young people who have limited prior experience of grief, emotional awareness and coping skills. Grief is expressed in different ways, some people may try to keep themselves busy and distracted, while others may withdraw.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, however there are some strategies that may be helpful in managing feelings of distress which are outlined here.

In most cases, feelings of grief subsides with time and responds to acts of comfort (i.e. a hug or positive affirmation), however if you are worried about your son’s reaction or his ability to manage distressing feelings then contact your Head of House, or the School Psychologists, Amy Greaves (greavesa@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au) or Hien Nguyen (hnguyen@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au).

Hien Nguyen
Senior School Psychologist



Year 12 Formal

What a way to round off a busy Term 1 with the Year 12 Formal at The Brighton International. In the company of a number of our Headmaster, Head of Senior School, Captain and Vice-Captain of School’s parents and staff, over 200 Year 12 boys and their partners were in attendance for this special occasion.

The theme this year was ‘Vintage New York’ and the venue was certainly dressed to reflect to this. With New York landscapes in the back drop and vintage cars on display under the lights of old fashioned lamp posts, the boys and their partners enjoyed a three-course menu and danced the night away.

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Thanks go to the prefect parents who were involved in organising the decorations and setting up the venue. A fantastic night was had by all.

Deanne Cannizzaro
Director of Programs and Activities (7-12)



Formal photos now available

Photos from the Year 12 formal are now available for downloading. You are welcome to share the links with your partners if they wish to download some photos.
A number of albums have been set up – please see the links below. These will be available for download one month only.

Please note:
1. Images are free to view, download, post, share or print for personal use.
2. Images cannot be sold. No one can make profit out of image files or prints.
3. Images should be used unmodified – no cropping, changing, compositing by photoshop, etc.
4. Images are resized and compressed. It is okay for internet or small prints but not for large prints. If someone wants the original file, this can be provided upon request.
5. These links include photos of Year 12 FGS student Julianna Tan and we ask you to be respectful of the current circumstances. If this causes you or anyone you know distress, please feel free to speak to a teacher or Hien.







Senior School Fundraising Committee

Summary of the activities organised by the Committee for Term 2:

ANZAC Day. We will be selling ANZAC badges, wristbands and bag tags throughout the week starting on Monday 18 April. You can help by buying an item at the Senior School reception.

Will Murray’s special days on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April 2016
The details of the specials days have been placed on The Hub and more information can be found in the School wide eNews. The boys are encouraged to support the cause by wearing casual clothes (with something orange) on Friday 29 April.

Can you please help in baking a cake for Friday 29 April? We will sell them at recess for $2 per slice. All the cakes can be given to Ms Beguin on that morning (her office is in front of H2).

Brain Week: 1-7 May
At an assembly on Tuesday 3 May, a presentation will be made and activities will be offered. On Friday 6 of May, we will encourage the students to have a “GoGreyinMay” day by wearing casual clothes with something grey.

Ute Full of Food: Friday 13 May
On this day, we will collect all the food donated and drive to Fitzroy Community Centre. There is also a casual clothes day in support for Will Murray. This is an initiative of Bayside Schools and represents a wonderful level of support from the broader community.



New York art tour

On Easter Monday 10 boys and two staff headed off to New York for ten days on an art tour. We visited art galleries and museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Guggenheim.

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We participated in workshops and guided tours, and the boys gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of the art in these galleries. We also took in the sights of New York, going to the top of the Rockefeller building and Empire State building, visiting the Statue of Liberty and riding around Central Park and then around Manhattan before going to see a Broadway show. We visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which had a profound effect on the boys. We also managed to go to the NBA basketball around the corner from our hotel at Madison Square Garden. The Brooklyn Street Art tour was another highlight of the trip and a great way to finish off the tour

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Steve Emmett
Head of Art



F1 in Schools: visit by CAMS and RMIT

On Wednesday 23 March an excited group of Year 8 Extension Studies boys and Year 10 engineering students had the privilege to be part of a presentation on the history of aerodynamics in Formula 1 as part of their involvement in the F1 in Schools program.

Matthew Anderson and Ewen Cole from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport made a very interesting and engaging presentation to the group and delved deep into the physics behind the ever-changing innovations in car design.

Following the presentation RMIT engineering students demonstrated their own electric racing car and explained the process of turning theory into practice. The car has cost the RMIT students $120,000 to date and the program could not run without sponsors. The F1 in Schools program runs along similar lines, although the cars are much smaller.

The final act involved an inspection of the car along with the chance to chat directly to the engineering students themselves.

The timing was perfect with the F1 in Schools teams at the start of the design process where they are designing their own 3D models using Autodesk CAD software.


Jamie Watson and Anthony Keane



From the Chaplain

The first chapel for Term 2 – what did we celebrate today?

The break between Term 1 and 2 is structured to accommodate Easter or more pragmatically the Easter holiday.

As a Christian School the question is: how do we appropriately observe the resurrection event which is the reason for Easter?  In some instances, like Christmas, we could anticipate it, have the celebration during the last week of the term and then go on holidays.

To do so however would mean that we diminish the meaning of Good Friday, the painful death of Jesus, and rush to the good news of the resurrection.  Therefore to give both Good Friday and Easter the proper observance, the last chapel of Term 1 is the Good Friday observance – Stations of the Cross; and the first chapel of Term 2 is a celebration of resurrection – new life, hope and promise.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

In chapel I affirmed that I believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus. That means that I also acknowledged that it is an unbelievable event, and that I am flying in the face of what many accept as possible. The boys were presented with an honest presentation: highlighting the traditions of the Christian community while not hiding from the problems raised.

Three things were affirmed in the process:
(1) If Jesus is alive then he is found today in the life and work of individuals and the communities to which they belong. We are not abandoned to a lonely meaningless existence.
(2) The resurrected Jesus is a real encounter, which defies rationalisation or explanation and nothing much is gained by trying to justify it. The light of Christ is not a candle blowing in the wind, but a way of knowing the world in a completely different way.
(3) The experience of the resurrected Jesus more often than not is something that dawns on us, and is most likely not to be recognised for what it is until after it takes place.

As an educational institution charged with preparing young men for life, all this may seem totally counterproductive and misdirected. However if the resurrection of Jesus is a real experience, that is deeply profound and life changing, then it has much to offer our young men as they encounter life in all its complexity.

With prayers and best wishes for all and the term ahead.

Fr Tony Poole



Year 12 Parents Book Club – reading Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

We are serious at BGS about the important role that parents play in their sons’ education. English is a subject that lends itself to a real partnership between home and school. Reading and talking about the texts your boys are studying are powerful ways to deepen their understanding of sophisticated themes and ideas. And that’s why we are inviting you to join our Year 12 English Parents’ Book Club.

 Our aims are to: 

  • Demystify VCE English.
  • Give you confidence to provide your son with different perspectives on the texts he is studying.
  • Provide you and your family with opportunities for dinner conversations about ‘big ideas’.
  • Have fun, talk about books and meet other parents.

Where: The Hancock Wing in the Senior School
When: Tuesday 17 May
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

There is no cost to attend but please register your attendance by emailing Kirsten Molloy (kmolloy@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au)  Be quick as places are limited.



BGS Fixtures Saturday 16 April 2016



Careers News

Items in the Career News include:

• Dates to diarise in Term 2
• Updated deadline for VTAC course applications – now Sept 29
• Year 11 Job Skills Workshop – Thursday April 21
• Morrisby Information Evening – Tuesday April 26

 News from the University of Melbourne
o ‘Focus on Melbourne’ Series
o New Bachelor of Design degree from 2017
o Bachelor of Science Videos

• ‘Inside Monash’ Seminar Series
• Scholarships at Bond University – applications now open!

• Connect with Deakin at Melbourne Knowledge Week
 1. Building Startups the Silicon Valley Way
 2. Virtual Reality Lounge
 3. Life in the Cyber-Physical World

• Billy Blue College of Design Open Day
• Southern School of Natural Therapies Open Day
• University of Queensland Information Day in Melbourne
• Difference between a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist?
• Become an AUSTSWIM swimming teacher

If you would like further information on these news items please click Career News 14 April 2016 or see me in the Careers Centre.

Sophie Keele
Careers Counsellor




Friend of Music meeting
The next Friends of Music meeting will occur next Wednesday 20 April, at 6.30pm in the Senior Music Centre. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and I encourage as many parents to attend.

The main item on the agenda will be the role of the Friends of Music in the two up and coming concerts on Thursday 28 April and Tuesday 3 May commencing at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church.

Robin Cook
President – Friends of Music

Up and coming concert events
Over the next 3 weeks there are two exciting concert events taking place in in St. Andrew’s Church involving Middle and Senior School students. For both events, the Friends of Music are looking at hosting pre-concert drinks in the Atrium. More details will be in next week’s newsletter, so stay tuned.

On Thursday 28 April, the Orchestral, Guitar and Choral Concert will commence at 7:30pm and will be a part of the fundraiser for the Will Murray Foundation. The Music Department would like all people in attendance to make a minimum $2 gold coin donation (anything more would be greatly accepted) and 100% of the money raised will go to the foundation. The ensembles performing at this concert will include: Senior Symphony Orchestra, Corelli Orchestra, Cello Choir, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Middle School Strings, Middle School Guitar Ensemble, Senior School Choir, Middle School Choir.

On Tuesday 3 May the Wind, Brass and Percussion Concert will take place in St. Andrew’s Church commencing at 7.30pm. Performances will be seen from the Senior Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band, Middle School Concert Band, Senior Big Band, Intermediate Stage Band, Percussion Ensemble.

Parental and family attendance helps create an exciting performance environment so we hope to see as many people there to experience some of the fantastic music making from our boys.

Senior Big Band holiday workshop
During the Term I holidays, the Senior Big Band were involved in a workshop in preparation for their performance at the Generations in Jazz event from 6-8 May. This event is held annually in Mount Gambier, South Australia, and involves the very best student stage bands from around the country, with over 4,500 students involved over the weekend. The boys were rehearsed by guest director and well-known jazz trombonist Roger Schmidli, who worked with the students on a number of aspects relating to their performance pieces and jazz playing. The workshop was a great springboard for the boys to develop their pieces further and to focus them on refining aspects of their ensemble playing.


Jamie Ransome
Director of Music



Past Mothers’ Celebration

One of the lovely long-standing traditions at BGS is the annual Past Mothers’ Celebration and this will be our 74th year. The Past Mothers’ Celebration is run by the BGS Parents’ Group in conjunction with the Development Office. This year’s event will be held on the 22nd April 2016 for all mothers whose youngest sons have now left the School. As in previous years, we are asking for assistance from the mothers of current BGS boys to ensure the event runs smoothly.

  • Food service/clean up – 15am – 3.30pm.
  • Beverage service – 30am – 2.30pm (please note that a current Responsible Serving of Alcohol Certificate – RSA is required).                                                                                      

Your help is gratefully received. For all enquiries and offers of assistance, please contact Emily Ianuali, eianuali@gmail.com.



Year 10 drinks evening: save the date

Year 10 drinks will be held on Thursday 12 May at Debbie and Dave Jonker’s house 16 Park Street, Brighton from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. BYO plate of nibbles and a drink or two. Please RSVP to janea@insys.com.au by Tuesday 10 May.



2016 Touch Football Victorian School Championship

Brighton Grammar’s First VI Touch Football side competed in the U18 Boys Championship Division on Wednesday 23 March at Mentone Grammar’s Sport fields in Keysborough. Brighton played very well, winning three out of four of their pool games. They lost to Haileybury in the semi-final and while the defeat was disappointing, their efforts were superb. It caps off a great season with good performances in the Victorian School Touch Football league this season and a fine showing in the state championships by the U15 teams as well. The future looks bright for Touch Football at Brighton Grammar School.



Rugby Boot Camp

During the Easter break, 64 BGS rugby players and seven staff went to Anglesea to participate in a pre-season boot camp.  We trained four to five times a day, watched rugby games, set goals, talked rugby and finished by playing games against Geelong Grammar. It was the first time that the whole BGS Rugby Club had been away together and it was a fantastic experience for both players and staff. Three days of intense training was capped off with two wins against Geelong Grammar – a perfect way to start the season.

A big welcome to all the new Year 7 players who came away with us. I’m pleased to say that the 1st XV boys led by example – they are up against it this year being such a young side but they have a lot of pride in wearing the BGS jersey and they have a lot of respect for each other.  They demonstrated this against Geelong and played as a team that was hungry for success.

Many thanks to all the coaches who made this experience so good for the boys. Xavier 7s this Saturday for the U16 and 1st XV teams. The U13, 14 and 15 teams play Xavier at home.

Good luck for the season boys. Go Tonners!

Rugby boot camp

Peter Whitehead
Head of Faculty HPE & PEB



Senior School dates for the diary

Thursday 14 April
Soccer 1st Jumper Presentation  6pm–8pm

Friday 15 April
Staff day – student free
BGS football feason kick-off  7pm–9.30pm

Saturday 16 April
Winter team sport round commences

Monday 18 April
Soccer 1st Jumper Presentation  6pm–8.30pm
Cape York Information evening  7pm–8pm

Wednesday 20 April
Rugby 1st XV Jersey Presentation 7pm–8pm

Thursday 21 April
Year 11 Job Skills Workshop  9am–3.30pm

Friday 22 April
Chess World BGS Cup #1  9am–2.30pm

Saturday 23 April
Winter team sport round

Saturday 23 April – Sunday 24 April
Outdoor Education Units 1/2 field trip (Cathedral Range Hike)

For live updates on dates and events please click here.