Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

What a term, and how quickly it has gone!

This term has been a brilliant example of our broad curriculum designed for boys.

In just 10 weeks we have:

  • kicked off our relationship with The Making of Men expert Dr Arne Rubinstein
  • squeezed in challenging Outdoor Education experiences across Australia
  • heard the School’s voice at the Choral Soiree
  • listened to the Australian of the Year Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO on the importance of values
  • barracked our boys to win the APS Football Premiership
  • allowed boys to shine in the Year 6 BGS/Firbank production of Lion King Jr
  • opened our eyes to diversity as we hosted Chinese exchange students from our sister schools in Hangzhou, as well students from our sister school in Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands
  • supported others as we ran in Connor’s Run
  • utilised the new Wellbeing Centre for a wealth of wellbeing and mindfulness activities
  • (perhaps most significantly) continued crucial academic activities in our classrooms.

It’s time for a breather!

I wish you a safe and relaxing school holiday period and I look forward to seeing you in Term 4.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

Early this morning Cam Barry sent me a text message photo (below) of scenes that greeted our Year 10s out on Camp this week. As I turned up the heater, I briefly considered that I had intended to get up to the Bogong High plains for a visit! As the term draws to a close I have also paused several times to think about our community and what a huge term it has been. We farewell OB Chris Johnson who many of you would know for his tireless work in AV and the school productions and wish him well. We also farewell much loved groundsman, Robbie Quelch. Robbie is a true gentleman and someone who has shown great care and love for the boys. He will be sorely missed.

Whilst our VCE scholars will continue with their studies across the break time, I would encourage all boys to take a break and rest up. We also look forward to seeing the Year 11s start to take on more leadership when the Year 12s depart early next term for their final examinations.

Finally, I am also reminded of the wonderful support from parents and the community in the care of the boys and for this we remain eternally grateful.



Student achievements

Chess Kids finals

On Friday we hosted the State Finals for the Open Secondary division of the Chess Kids tournament.  With over 120 participants from as far afield as Mildura and Warrnambool, it would always prove to be a difficult event. 

With our Chess Captain and other top-ranked players unavailable, it looked like an uphill battle throughout the day.  In the last few rounds we found ourselves just out of the top 3, so we were surprised when the final announcement was made that we’d scraped in to equal 3rd place, and joyous when we discovered that our team got trophies after a countback! 

Player results for the day were: William Wu (5.5 points), Sasha Parsons, Oscar Donald, Kai-Yee Hall (5 points) and Zak Brighton-Knight (3 points). Thanks to all for participating; if any students are interested in chess, just turn up to Room 109 at lunchtime on Fridays and we’ll keep you informed of future events.


RMIT Analytics Competition

Last Friday, three Year 12 students – Jack Coleman, Ian Tongs and Zak Brighton-Knight – headed into RMIT to compete in the RMIT Analytics Competition. The boys needed to work with complex data sets in order to come up with interesting global business insights or phenomena, while competing against other school groups to make the best infographic presentation. 

Over 10 hours went into the data analysis, including learning new software and attending a webinar beforehand. Their final presentation was judged on Visualisation, Content, Story Telling and Design Thinking – it clearly excelled, because BGS won the High School division! The three boys take home the thrill of success, as well as a handy $1,500 in prize money.



BGS Parents Group – self nominations for 2017

The Brighton Grammar Parents Group (BGSPG) representing the Middle and Senior School is seeking interested candidates to self-nominate for the Executive Team at the November AGM on Monday 28 November at 7pm in the Hay Lecture Theatre. All positions are open and we welcome new members to the team.  

Susan Middlemiss (current President) would be happy to meet with you for a coffee to discuss any of the roles and responsibilities of the group –  please call 0419 309 453 or come to our next BGSPG to learn a more about the roles: 6 October 2016 – 7pm Hay Lecture Theatre – Senior School

Positions open: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Year Level Convenor. 

Please click here for the position descriptions.

*The AGM for election of the new committee will be held Monday 28th November at 7pm, Hay Lecture Theatre.


Career News

Items in the Career News include – 

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 4
  • VTAC Key Dates
  • News from The University of Melbourne
  • News from Monash University
  • Free VCE Revision Lectures
  • Graphic and Visual Design Degrees.

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


From the Chaplain

Thinking on your feet is a skill that all of us engage in on numerous occasions. Chapel this week offered me the opportunity to show how numerate I can be: unfortunately the difference between 2016 and 335 became a more complex problem than I anticipated.

The difference was significant because on 14 September in 335, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was dedicated and this became the Feast Day of the Holy Cross. Hence this was the focus for the final Chapel for the Senior School for Term 4.

1682 years ago – a relic of the one true cross was placed in a church in Jerusalem, on the site of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. One would be forgiven for asking of what relevance is all this – is it not foolishness or even offensive.  The same was and is said about the cross itself – a symbol of the Christian faith, the moral standards it strives to promote, and an invitation to a particular lifestyle.

Chapel this week commended all students to a well-deserved rest, a time of recuperation preparing for the demands of Term 4.  It also commended the Year 12 to the last leg of their assent towards the VCE.

Looking forward and in response to the Feast of the Holy Cross, all were invited to embrace gratitude, mindfulness and empathy as a way to positively engage a world that sometimes seems foolish and offensive.

Fr Tony Poole


BGS helps out homeless youth         

This week, we received a note of gratitude from the Lighthouse Foundation for our fundraising efforts over the course of 2016. Lighthouse provides support for homeless youth through providing food, shelter, life-skills and therapeutic needs.

During 2016, Hancock House ran two fundraising initiatives. The first was an intra-house basketball and Amazing Race competition during Term 1, where each team of three had to donate a gold coin. Earlier this term, the boys ran a bake-stall at the House Athletics Carnival, where all products (or nearly all!) were baked by the students themselves.

All together, we raised $465 for the Lighthouse Foundation.


Senior School dates for the diary

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