Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

The Making of Men

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you enjoyed the break and an opportunity for some family time.

As we begin the new semester, I am pleased to announce that BGS has formed a partnership with Dr Arne Rubinstein, author of the acclaimed book The Making of Men. This long-term partnership will start this term and build over the next few years.

Our aim is to draw upon Arne’s 30+ years of expertise in adolescent development and implement a school-wide program involving staff, boys and parents aimed at creating happy, healthy and successful boys and young men.

As the second half of this year unfolds, you will hear more about BGS’s partnership with Dr Arne Rubinstein. I believe this new partnership will become a key plank in our vision of BGS boys becoming successful men.

In Arne’s address to all BGS staff on Monday afternoon, he referred to the task of raising good men as a partnership between parents, schools and the broader community. I strongly encourage you to take up any opportunity that is relevant to you and your son/s.

Finally, I would like to wish you all the best for the term ahead.


The BGS School Stream app is now live

Action required: BGS has changed the way it communicates with parents.

Don’t forget to download our new communication tool, School Stream, if you haven’t already done so. As a consequence of your feedback in parent surveys, we have undertaken an overhaul of how best to communicate with you about the day-to-day operational issues involving your son. From the start of Term 3, BGS will be using the School Stream app to communicate with you about day-to-day operations. 

 Click here to find out more about School Stream at BGS

From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

Some inclement weather accompanied the welcome back for the boys this term. As we braced our way through the week, the classrooms (and libraries) have provided warm havens. So far the boys are full of intent and desire to do well.

This week the staff were trained by leading boy expert Dr Arne Rubinstein in how we can better work with the boys and our relationships. The Year 11 boys had a workshop with him this week, and there will be an opportunity for senior parents to hear from Arne in September.

We hope that the new report format has provided some further value to you as parents as part of feedback and that over the break you were able to find some time to talk through some goals and aims with your son based on his progress in first semester. With parent/teacher discussions coming up shortly, there will be a further opportunity to clarify staff comments and results and make further times for discussion as required.

We have a very busy term with subject and sport recognitions evenings as well as interviews. We trust that the new School Stream application will help you to keep abreast of what is going on on a day-to-day basis.


Senior School Fundraising Committee

Activities organised by the Committee for Term 3

RCD Special Fundraising day: Thursday 1 September
This is a casual clothes day for all students and staff members. All funds raised from the activities and the casual clothes day will be directed to the RCD Foundation.



8am – 9am

  • Connors’ Run on the Crowther Oval.
  • $25 per entry (with a Connor’s run t-shirt) or $5 for the run only.
  • Winner: the student who runs the most laps in 45 minutes. 
  • Prize: a pizza and 2 cans of drinks at lunchtime .


  • Mario Kart Competition at the library. 
  • $5 per entry. 
  • This competition will run all week and the finale will be in the library at 10.30am. 
  • Prize:  TBC by the library staff.


  • French poem competition in H3 at 10.30am. 
  • Mrs Coste and Ms Beguin will judge the competition. Connor was a finalist of the Alliance Francaise Competition for this poem in 2008. 
  • Prize: Books offered by the French Department for each year level (9 and 10)


  • Chess Competition in the library. $5 per entry. 
  • This competition will run all week and the finale will be in the library at 1pm. 
  • Prize: $50 voucher offered by the library. 


  • Pizzas and drinks at the atrium for sale. 
  • 1 slice – $2. 
  • 1 pizza and 2 cans of drink – $20. 

Ute Full of Food and clothes Friday 2 September
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. Thanks in advance for your generous donations. We will also collect all unwanted clothes/shoes for St Marks Recycled. Please give them to Ms Beguin closer to the date.

RCD Run Sunday 11 September
This annual run raises money for paediatric brain cancer research and cures, in memory of Brighton Grammar past student Robert Connor Dawes, who passed away at the age of 18 from a brain tumour in 2013.

BGS has been a major sponsor since the run began 3 years ago and many from the school community have registered for this now sold out event.  For those interested in still being involved, we need volunteers from the Senior School and Middle School (students, faculty and parents) will volunteer all morning at a water station to support the runners.  If you are able to help please contact Angelique Beguin: abeguin@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.

For more information on Connor’s Run go to: www.connorsrun.com.


News from the Careers Centre

Items in the Career News include:

  • Monash University – Pharmacy Update.
  • Open Day at Le Cordon Bleu.
  • The Hotel School Melbourne
    • Intercontinental Insights Experience
    • Open Day.
  • Aspire Program at La Trobe University.
  • News from Swinburne University:
    • Know Lounge at Open Day
    • New Majors in Health Science.
  • EducationUSA General Advice & Sports Scholarship Information Session.
  • Arts Degrees on offer in Victoria.
  • What can I do with an Arts Degree?
  • Win an AFL Game Day Experience.

To read more, please click Career News 14 July 2016 or see Sophie Keele in the Careers Centre.


Sport news

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


 Senior School dates for the diary

Tonight: Thursday 14 July
Dr Arne Rubinstein free parent seminar 7pm – 8:30pm, Middle School Nexus

Monday 18 July
Year 10 Biology assessment   8:30am – 3:30pm

Tuesday 19 July
Parent/teacher discussions   2pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday 20 July
DAV Debating – Round 4 of 5   5:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday 21 July
Parent/teacher discussions  2pm – 8:30pm

For live updates on dates and events please click here.