Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

A big BGS birthday and an open door

Tuesday marked BGS’s 135th birthday. On 14 February 1882, our founding Headmaster Dr George Henry Crowther opened the School with two boys enrolled. By the end of the day, the number of students had quadrupled to eight.

Dr Crowther was kind, patient, approachable, hardworking and community minded – the antithesis of the traditional ‘Victorian schoolmaster’. Under his guidance, BGS engendered a sense of belonging – Dr Crowther’s little school was like a big family. Dr Crowther championed an all-round education, where boys would ‘learn to learn’. He also believed that learning wasn’t just for school; it was for life.

Interestingly, despite the significantly increased enrolments, the core values at BGS have changed very little since Dr Crowther’s time. BGS still prides itself on instilling a sense of belonging, providing an all-round education, and inspiring a lifelong love of learning.

I hope that the re-commencement of the ‘Meet the Headmaster’ sessions, will foster a similar sense of belonging in BGS parents. The sessions will take place on Friday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm for 30-minute appointment blocks and I am delighted to discuss any aspect of BGS with you. Simply reserve a time with my Executive Assistant Michele Fisher: mfisher@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au. Of course, this invitation does not replace the expectation that parents will contact relevant staff about their son/s as the need arises. I look forward to catching up with many of you soon.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

This week we opened the top level of the Tower Wing. My thanks go to Michael Arceri (Director of Business and Support Services) and his team for the fantastic result and focus on new learning areas. As mentioned previously, we hope to have both the new Student Services area and final parts of the tower completed by the end of semester.

The Crowther Centre recently conducted a survey into staff opinions about our improved academic results over the past three years.  The staff considered what has occurred to make the difference in the results. The responses revealed that, from a staff perspective, the most important thing parents can do to support their son’s academic outcome is to be engaged in their learning.  A great way for this engagement to occur is to attend parent/teacher interviews – the next of which are scheduled for next week.  On our end, we will continue to work to improve our communication with you regarding your son’s academic program and ongoing assessment. 

Later this term, there will also be a parent evening where we will explain our teaching and learning programs (28 March – details will be sent via School Stream).


From the Chaplain

The 14 February is both the birthday of Brighton Grammar and Valentine’s Day. Is it possible that these two events speak of love in different ways?

Love of learning, and love of another (or even life).

Each year, the Senior School honours the foundation of the school through the Historical Assembly and a Founder’s Day Chapel.

The latter affirms that the school was founded by Dr George Henry Crowther within the context of his Christian faith experience. One can speculate whether the enterprise was entered into as a consequence of his faith. Did he believe and was thus motivated to provide a way for young men to learn?

The Founders Day Chapel specifically gives thanks to God for the past, present and the future of Brighton Grammar. This is a good thing, especially if we believe that God is actively involved in the things that we do.

Education is the pursuit of wisdom, yet we are reminded that “wisdom is a breath of the power of God”.

The Founder’s Day Chapel is also an opportunity for the House Champions to vie with each other in demonstration of their grasp of the history of the School. Well done to Rofe House this year, with Steven Alesi crossing the line after a tie breaker.

Good cheer to all.

Fr Tony Poole


Student achievements: state cricket representatives

Congratulations to the following boys who played cricket at state and local representative levels in various competitions over the Christmas holidays. These squads are part of elite pathways towards state level programs within Victoria and for some at national level. The standard is extremely high as a result, so selection is a great honour in itself.

  • Nathan Murphy (Captain of Cricket) trained at the High Performance Center in Brisbane under the guidance of Australian batting coach, Graeme Hick.
  • Jonty Leadbeater represented Victoria at the U/18 National Carnival.
  • Ben Pryor represented the South East Breakers at the State Championships, making 219 runs at an average of 54.7.
  • Spencer Wood Captained the South East Breakers U/14 team to Victory in the State Championships. Spencer was named player of the final, scoring a match-winning 72. (credit Leader newspapers, cited 17/2/2017)
  • Aidan Nicholls and Lukas Galanopoulos played in the championship-winning J.G Craig competition.
  • Jack Munnings, Joseph Micari, Michael Fitzgerald, Max James, Greg Hick, Max Stroud and Aidan Nicholls all played local representative cricket.

It’s great to see so many boys playing the game across all levels. 


Career News

Items in the Career News include:

  • News from ADFA
  • Biomedical Science at Monash University
  • News from EducationUSA
    • Upcoming Events in Melbourne
    • EducationUSA YouTube Channel
    • Financing Study in the States
  • University of the Arts London (UAL) Presentation in Melbourne
  • Biomedicine/Biomedical Science Degrees in Victoria.

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