Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Welcome back!

Another school year begins and with it lots of optimism, hope, energy and enthusiasm. As I mentioned in my welcome video message sent earlier in the week (see below), we enter 2017 in excellent shape and with great things planned for our BGS community.

Our positive start to the year was celebrated nationwide, with two BGS stories running in the national media. The Herald Sun ran a story on how we’re engaging our prep boys in mindfulness and wellbeing training (re-posted on our website here). As you know, we are extremely proud of our school-wide wellbeing program. The Age ran a story about Jordan Bourke, one of our new Indigenous students, and the huge contrast his new school experience will be from his home. 

Best wishes to you and your son/s as we begin another exciting year at BGS. And don’t forget that the best way you can support your son in his school year is to know what’s going on. I urge you to attend your parent information night/s and look forward to seeing you there.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

Join the dance

We have just returned with the Year 12 from a very successful trip to Mt Bogong for the Big Fella camp. Oli Barden, Branko Skocic and Ben Durkin led the boys through the exploration of four major archetypes that underpin a successful person – the warrior, carer, magician and sage. Across the time they bonded the group and returned with a ‘dance’ which all of the Year 12 participants then showed the other Senior School boys on the first day.

This week we commenced the rollout of the Legacy project with guest speaker and former Ironman Trevor Hendy providing an ideal launch. Trevor’s words about encouraging the boys to look ‘inside’ and connect to what is important using his own life story of challenge and success was inspiring. During the speech, Trevor asked the boys to talk about their mates and why they were important, and what did they provide? The responses ranged from ‘someone to laugh with’ or ‘to pick me up when I’m low’; the final response was ‘love.’ To have that level of honesty and comfort from a 16-year-old boy was truly moving.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Year 9-12 information evening where School Captain, Ben Durkin will invite you to ‘join the dance.’


Career News

Items in the Career News include: 

  • What the Career Centre can assist you with.
  • Tax File Numbers.
  • ANU Tuckwell Scholarship and Roadshows.
  • The Group of Eight (GO8) Universities.
  • Studying Medicine at Monash University.
  • UMAT 2017.
  • ISAT 2017.

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


BGS Parents Group

The first BGSPG meeting for 2017 will be held on Monday February 13 at 7pm in the Hay Lecture Theatre in the Senior School – access via St Andrews St. The Headmaster, Ross Featherston, will open the meeting.  This will be the only meeting for Term 1. All parents are welcome.