Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Marking academic success and the 3CP

Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming back our 2016 Academic Scholars for the annual Scholars Assembly. At the Assembly, we recognised and celebrated the successes and achievements of our academic elite from last year. I believe this event also serves to inspire our current Senior School boys to achieve their academic best.

2016 School Dux Raymond Li (ATAR 99.90) gave the current Senior School boys some great advice across a number of areas. However, for me, the advice that stood out was Raymond’s encouragement to “figure out how you learn”. This strongly aligns with our continuing work to make each BGS boy a more capable visible learner and it applies to all BGS boys, big and small.


Our 3CP focus for Term 1 is on engaging parents in all things relevant to the BGS academic culture. We have finished our parent information sessions, and this term presents other opportunities for parents to deepen their understanding and engagement, such as parent/teacher interviews and The Hub information sessions.

On Tuesday 28 March, Crowther Centre Director Dr Ray Swann and I will host a whole-School parent information night on our school-wide teaching and learning approach. Specific information regarding venue and start time will soon be available. My hope is that every BGS family will be represented on this important night.

Finally, best wishes to the Year 9 boys and staff for their 12-day Great South West Journey, which starts this weekend. We look forward to the welcome home ceremony and hearing great stories of challenge, learning, collaboration and fun.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

It was heartening to see so many engaged parents at the parent/teacher conversations this week. This year the Senior School hosted 2,485 interviews – an all-time record! Thanks to Dan Belluz and the team for facilitating the event; we trust you found it informative and useful. Please let us know if you have any feedback or further comments.

As the Headmaster has mentioned, this week we welcomed back our successful 2016 class to celebrate their fine achievements. The 2016 Dux Raymond Li spoke about a number of key success factors and, in particular, the way that the boys used the Syndicate Program to work together. He illustrated the power of group work by talking about his peers and how they pushed (and supported) each other, and even the delicious post study meals that were made by Virginia Coleman – a great example of 3CP!

A full list of award recipients can be found here.



From the Chaplain

A scholar is defined as: “a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines”.

For us, a scholar is a student who has excelled in his application to the discipline of study across the spectrum of subjects undertaken over the course of a given year. This might be called academic success.

Academic success is balanced by the extra curricula activities he chose to undertake in parallel to the demands of each subject. It is an extraordinary balancing act, alongside maintaining a meaningful relationship with family and friends.

The Scholars honoured in this week’s Scholars Assembly are the cream of the crop: they reflect the striving of the whole cohort of 2016.  All are worthy of respect.

Paul says, in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith (true to my promise). And now there is waiting for me the victory prize.”

For Paul, the prize is a right relationship with God.

Our scholars have indeed run the full distance of their time at BGS; but they know the future is before them.

Peace be to all.

Fr Tony Poole


State U/15 Hockey Championships

Congratulations to Craig Marais (Year 9) who has been selected to represent Victoria in the U15 National Championships. The tournament will be played in NSW from 3 to 14 April.

State U 15 Hockey Championships


AFL 9s Grand Final Winners

Congratulations to the BGS team that won the AFL 9s competition at Hampton last week.

This team consisted of boys ranging from Year 8 through to Year 11. It was great to see a broad spread of players from different year levels working together.

AFL Grand Final Winners


Victorian water polo champions

Congratulations to Harrison Kirkham, Ben Paynter and Max Post who all competed in the state water polo championships in Geelong last Saturday.

At U/16 level, Ben and Harrison won the Silver Medal. At U/14 level, Max Post was part of the gold medal winning team, making them State Champions for 2017. All boys are members of the Richmond Water Polo Club.

Victorian State Waterpolo Champions

Career News

Items in the Career News include:

  • Key VTAC dates for 2017/2018 applications now available. Please note timely deadline: Sept 28
  • Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Website
  • ‘Inside Monash’ Seminar Series 2017
  • GAP and/or Exchange Programs
    • AFX Student Exchange
    • AIFS Au Pair, Volunteer & Exchange Program
    • Cultural Care Au Pair
    • Lattitude Global Volunteering
    • Projects Abroad
    • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (SCCE)
    • Student Exchange Australia
    • Volunteer Abroad with WEP
  • Snapshot of Deakin University.

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


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply for a payment of $125 (primary students) or $225 (secondary students) to be paid directly to the School (the amount of which will be deducted from your fees) for use towards camps, sports and excursion costs for the benefit of the student. A special consideration category also exists. Information about the CSEF program can be found here

Please contact the Accounts Department on 03 8591 2213 to submit an application on your behalf.