Weekly eNews

Senior School

From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

This week in Senior School we stopped to remember Founder’s Day (February 14) at assembly and also in chapel. Guest speaker Lt-Colonel John Papalitsas (OB 1994) spoke to the boys about the values he learned at School and how these have prepared him for his career. John shared some humorous stories about some of the staff that are still working here, but also offered the boys the challenge to consider how they, as the present custodians of the School, can leave the School in a better way than they found it.

We also welcomed back our musicians from a very successful music camp (see the write up later in this eNews), and look forward to their performances later this term.

Finally, a reminder that the St Andrews Street gate will be locked from 8.25am; boys arriving later will need to sign in through reception and will be marked late from this time.



Don’t forget to check the School wide section

News relating to the whole of the School, including the Headmaster’s comment, will now appear in the School wide section of the eNews – click on the button below to take a look.

This week, School wide eNews reports on an exciting new opportunity for BGS Hockey players, and also contains whole School music news.



Coaching for better student outcomes

Last week, all Senior School boys were given the opportunity for a one-on-one coaching conversation with their House tutor. In preparation, the boys were asked to review their Semester 2 report from 2015 and reflect on areas that revealed strengths, as well as to consider areas in which they would like to see improvement in order to further pursue their personal best.

House tutors have been engaged in professional learning on the skills and process of coaching since 2015, including on the recent staff days and the weekly staff professional learning time. There has been a particular focus on active listening and powerful questions that guide students to their own decisions, rather than the tutor offering their own opinions. There has also been work on embedding the GROWTH model for goal setting.

With some goals for Semester 1 now established, tutors will have a touch point upon which to build a dialogue with each of the boys and to encourage them to stay on their pathway forward. The boys will also be able to support and guide each other on their personal journeys.

There will be two further days dedicated to coaching in 2016. On 16 June, tutors and boys will review and celebrate the successes of the Semester 1 goals, as well as set some fresh goals for Semester 2. At the end of Semester 2, on 2 December, tutors will meet with their students to have a final review and acknowledgement of their progress during the year, with a particular focus on Semester 2. As with all facets of our young men’s education at BGS, what each boy is prepared to invest in the activity will define how much he gets from it.


Alex Sylvan
Senior School Student Growth and Wellbeing Co-ordinator



Study Club

Study Club will be held from 7.30am to 8.30am in Room 111 every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment.

These sessions will include study guidance and task management.

Please direct any enquiries to Mrs Roula Duggan on 03 8591 2252 or via email: rduggan@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.



Lions Youth of the Year 2016

Congratulations to Tom Wallace and his nomination for Lions Youth of the Year 2016. After a detailed application process, which started in late 2015, Tom was shortlisted and subsequently nominated by the School to participate in this amazing opportunity.

Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education. It provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities – so vital in developing our youths into first-class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments, are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship. The students meet in fellowship and have the opportunity of open discussion, exchange of ideas and meet professional people of a community service club organisation.

The process is designed to provide opportunities in leadership; personal improvement; sportsmanship; citizenship; community involvement and public speaking. For Tom, this included a 30-minute interview with the judging panel followed by an evening dinner where he had to respond to two impromptu questions and deliver a prepared speech.

The six students who presented in the Sandringham division of the event were superb. Tom’s speech about community was hard-hitting and thought provoking – touching on the needs for, and the power of, community. Although Tom will not proceed into the next round of the competition, he should be very proud of his achievements. We are certainly extremely proud of his achievements.

Photo: Tom with his parents Debbie and Greg Wallace and his Head of House ­– Armstrong, Ms Kylie Rose.



Library Lovers’ Day 2016

On Friday 12 February, we celebrated Library Lovers’ Day and Valentine’s Day in both the Middle School and Senior School libraries. The boys had fun completing two competitions throughout the day. One was an online quiz inspired by Valentine’s Day and the other quiz asked the boys to guess the staff member from their wedding photos, with blurred out faces to make it a bit of a challenge.

We were delighted to see so many entries for both competitions, with 13 boys achieving 100% in the online quiz. Ultimately, the winner was drawn from the 13 boys who achieved 100% and a canteen voucher was awarded to Tom Elliott (Year 10). Our winners of the Guess Who? marriage photo competition were staff member Laura Bowden and Jason Gu (Year 8) who both correctly guessed 100%, and Lukas Katsavos (Year 11) and Will Roynic (Year 11) who correctly guessed 80% of the staff members.

Boys who visited the library on Friday also received a heart-shaped chocolate and all staff members were gifted with a Library Lovers’ Day bookmark and chocolate.

Staff enjoying our ‘Guess Who’ marriage photo competition



Senior Music Camp

This week, from Sunday 14 February to Monday 16 February, members of the Senior Concert Band and Senior Symphony Orchestra attended the Senior Music Camp at Rutherford Park, Blampied.

The boys participated in a number of large group, small sectional and individual rehearsals across the two-day camp. During this time it was pleasing to see many of the students develop their confidence, musical skills and a greater understanding of the repertoire they are studying, which is of a higher standard than previous years.

Attending the camp at this time of the year acts as a wonderful springboard for the ensembles and is a great chance to build camaraderie and establish musical expectations within the ensembles. Another bonus is that the weather is so warm, with sunny days allowing the boys to enjoy the beautiful country setting and have plenty of time to relax and study.

All the boys displayed excellent behaviour, enthusiasm and focus, improving their musical development, skills and standard of playing. Many of the boys began to make the link between improved musical performance and consistent practice due to the concentrated amount of playing in such a short time. Hopefully this regular practice routine will continue when the boys return home.

Congratulations to all the boys (especially the Year 12s for their leadership) and staff who attended. You all made this music camp an extremely successful and valuable event.

We look forward to seeing you at our first music concerts at the start of Term 2 to hear the wonderful music performed by these ensembles.



Careers News

Items in this week’s Career News include: 

  • News from William Angliss Institute
    • William Angliss Institute to join Box Hill Institute in Lilydale
    • New Bachelor Degrees on offer
      • Bachelor of Food Studies
      • Bachelor of Resort and Hotel Management
  • Study Environment & Sustainability at ANU
  • Work Experience Opportunity with a Surveyor
  • Career in Focus: Event Planning
  • Bachelor of Global Studies Seminar at Monash University
  • New course at JMC Academy – Digital Design
  • News from EducationUSA:
    • Upcoming Events in Melbourne
    • EducationUSA YouTube Channel
    • Financing Study in the States
  • Sandringham Sports Physio – interested in a career in Sports Medicine?
  • Flight Academy Australia – Airline Pilot workshop

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

Sophie Keele
Careers Counsellor



First aid

A reminder to all parents that if your son is feeling unwell at school, he is to attend reception and advise them that he is unwell. The reception staff will contact the First Aid Coordinator who will then make an assessment of any injury or illness and will make contact with you if required. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your son not to contact you directly.

Tony Smith
First Aid Coordinator



Sport news

Exciting new opportunity for BGS Hockey players

The BGS Wicks Club (Friends of Hockey) and Hockey Victoria have collaborated to present the BGS Hockey Super Clinic, to be held on Friday 1 April from 10am to 3pm at Brighton Secondary College. 

This clinic is suitable for all skill levels and is open to all current BGS hockey players from Years 6 to 12. Boys will learn match skills and enhance their understanding of the game.

For more details about this exciting initiative click here to view the flyer, or simply book here


BGS rowing

Last weekend, the BGS 1st and 2nd VIII crews travelled to Penrith to compete in the NSW State Rowing Championships at the National Regatta Centre in Penrith ­– the home of the Sydney Olympics rowing course and a mecca for Australian rowers.

The boys competed in a range of races as VIII’s and in quads. Congratulations to Robert Capp (Year 11), Nick Phillips (Year 10), Jackson Mahan (Year 11), Will Lewis (Year 11) and Simon Farrow (Year 11) on their silver medal win in the NSW Championship School IV. The 2nds VIII also placed second in the School VIII Division 2

The crews were also fortunate enough to visit the GWS home ground and go behind the scenes on a personalised tour by veteran Assistant Coach Alan McConnell. After putting on an amazing lunch for us, we were greeted by Old Boy Joshua Kelly (OB 2013) who is now playing with the Club. It was an honour and a delight to see Josh, and hear about his experiences since leaving school and be inspired by his hard work and success.

We then had the privilege of moving into the inner sanctum of the Club. We watched the team in their gym training session, went on a tour around the facilities, which included meeting areas, consultation rooms and the highlight – the laundry! It was hard not to be inspired and motivated by Alan as he took the boys through an in-depth analysis of game stats and the use of data to help players set goals and review performance. This is a critical aspect of their ongoing achievement and highlighted the importance of feedback for improvement.

Our Year 9 and 10 crews also had a successful weekend competing on Lake Wendouree at the APS Regatta. With the Head of the River swiftly approaching, the boys are working hard in their crews and making some excellent progress in the Sport.










Won their preliminary but got a weed caught in their rudder and finished last in the final








5th in the 10C Division










B Final




3rd in B Final




B Final


Josh inspires the boys and reflects on the need for grit and resilience.

The BGS boys ‘get around’ Josh in support for Will Murray. The club donated a jumper, which has been signed by the players to give to Will.


Sports team reports from Saturday 13 February

Please click here for detailed reports on the various matches played last weekend.


Sports fixtures

For this week’s sports fixtures please click here



Senior School key dates

Saturday 20 February

Boaterie Trivia Night – 5:30pm–10pm

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 February

Outdoor Education Units 1/2 Yarra River Canoe Trip

Wednesday 24 February

Year 9-12 Parent Teacher Discussions – 2pm–8.30pm

Thursday 25 February

Year 9-12 Parent Teacher Discussions – 2pm–7pm

Friday 26 February

Year 9 Great South West Journey packing day – 8.30am–3.30pm

Sunday 28 February – Thursday 10 March

Year 9 Great South West Journey


For live updates on dates and events please click here.