Weekly eNews

Senior School

From the Headmaster

Your feedback is valued

Thank you to the 186 parents from Year 6, 8 and 12 parents who were asked to complete this year’s Parent Satisfaction survey following on from the School-wide survey last year.

96% of these parents stated they say good things about BGS and 93% reported they would recommend BGS to others. These two measures indicate strong levels of overall satisfaction.

The survey revealed our parents are pleased with most aspects of what we do:

  • our focus on student welfare
  • our expertise in boys’ education
  • our values and traditions our co-curricular programs

The survey also indicated we have opportunities to continue to raise the bar with

  • some aspects of our facilities
  • our relationship with Firbank
  • our academic results

The commissioning of annual parent and student surveys is fundamental to my approach to promote transparency of communication and action. It also reinforces our commitment to making decisions that are informed by best available research, our expertise in teaching boys and by considering the preferences and values of our parents and boys.

Ross Featherston


From the Head of Senior School

With the examination period in full swing, it has been interesting to see how our boys have prepared. Some have really enjoyed the challenge whereas others have found the going quite challenging. There is a lot of learning going on – not only in terms of materials covered and tested (knowledge) but also in the behavioural domain. Writer Arne Rubenstein tells us that it is important to share your own stories with your son.

Perhaps you could find the time on a walk or a shared mutual activity to talk to your son about your own approaches to the exams when you were his age – what did you find hard, or scary? What worked? What didn’t?

We look forward to our coaching day next week, and a reminder that:

Monday 30 Nov
Final Examination Day

Tuesday 1 Dec
Report Writing Day (no formal classes)

Wednesday 2 Dec
Examination Return

Thursday 3 Dec
Coaching Day

Friday 4 Dec
Promotions, Day one

Ray Swann


Senior School Reception Renovations

Senior School Reception will be closed for renovation from 10 December 2015 until the start of Term 1 on 29 January 2016. During this time all enquiries and deliveries should be directed to Middle School Reception. The School’s main office number of 8591 2200 remains the same. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Programs and Activities

Year 9, 10 & 11 Examinations

The Semester 2 examination period runs from Monday 23 November to Monday 30 November. Exams are being held for each Year 9, 10 and each VCE Unit 2 subject from Semester 2, 2015.

Boys will be preparing for exams over the next week in and out of class time with thorough revision and consolidation of what has been learned this semester. All boys in Years 9, 10 and 11 are expected to attend their exams punctually as per the schedule published on The Hub.

During times when boys are not scheduled for an exam they are not required to be at school. However, boys in Years 9-11 do not have street leave. Therefore each boy must remain at school until his last exam of the day is complete. The Library will be open for supervised Private Study during the exam period. Boys are required to wear school uniform during examsand study periods.


Our special Christmas ‘Ute Full of Food’ – Friday 4th December

Thanks in advance to the Junior, Middle and Senior School students who, we are sure, will contribute generously to this amazing cause. Merry Christmas everyone!


On the 4th of December, 12 students from the Middle and Senior Schools will collect your kind donations, fill the Ute and head to Fitzroy Community Centre. There, they will unpack, count and fill the shelves. This will allow many people in need to get together while enjoying a wonderful Christmas lunch.

You can make your donations of non-perishable food items anytime in your allocated area of the school. All the donations will be collected early on the 4th of December.  

Thank you so much in advance.

Angelique Beguin
French Teacher


Parent Information Evening

The Year 12 English teachers would like to invite parents of Year 12 boys in 2016 to a parent information evening where we will explain what Year 12 English is really like. We have run this event for a number of years and the feedback from parents has been very positive, affirming our belief that parents have an important role in helping their sons through senior English.  In a sense, English is a unique subject in the VCE curriculum because it is something we have all ‘done’ and, in many cases, continue to do through speaking, reading, writing and engaging with the world. We strongly encourage parents to read the ‘set texts’ their boys will be studying and to discuss different ideas and perspectives with them.

We will go through the expectations of the course including the timing of the SACs, the study requirements, extra resources available and how you can best support your son during this important year.  Year 12 English and EAL teachers as well as staff from the Learning Strategies Department will be available to answer any questions you may have.

When: Wednesday 2nd of December at 7.00pm
Where: The Hay Lecture Theatre
RSVP: Senior School reception on 8591 2200 or 
admin@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au by Monday 31 November.

Kristen Molloy
Head of English


French Exchange within Brighton

The Dillée family from France, who have been living in Brighton for a year now, with two of their sons enrolled at BGS, would like to organise an exchange with Australian families to help with the use of English in their home and the use of French in the Australian home. They would be happy to meet anyone interested in this linguistic and cultural project to provide a source of personal enrichment and progress for our children.

For further information please contact Karine Coste kcoste@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au

Karine Coste
Head of Languages Faculty


News from the Music School

Private Instrumental Tuition

Parents are reminded that if your son is continuing with his Private Instrumental Lessons in 2016, no correspondence is required; it is assumed that he is continuing. Anyone who wishes their son to commence private lessons in 2016, please contact the Music Department at music@brightongrammar.vic.edu.au for a Private Instrumental Form. If your son wants to cease Private Instrumental Lessons at the end of this year, please ensure written confirmation is received via email by Friday, 27 November.


Choir Rehearsal for Carols

A reminder that the Borwick House, Middle School and Senior Choirs have their traditional rehearsal in preparation for Carols on Tuesday, 1 December from 3.35pm-7.00pm. Dinner will be provided.


Music Concerts/Events in Term 4

Tuesday 1 December
Choir rehearsal for Carols @ St. Andrew’s 3:35pm-7:00pm (JS/MS/SS)

Monday 7 December
Community Carols Service @ St. Andrew’s 7:30pm (JS/MS/SS)

Wednesday 9 December
MS/SS Carols Service @ St. Andrew’s 8:30am (MS/SS)

Please place these dates in your diary and come along and experience some of the fantastic music making from our boys and music staff.

Mr Jamie Ransome
Director of Music



From the Chaplain

Did you know that the 15th of November is “World Toilet Day”?  Store it away for the next trivia quiz you participate in.

In Chapel the boys were disappointed at the absence of toilet humour although some laughed at the expressions used.  The point of the message was both one of hospitality extending to our use of the limited resources of water, and the need for hygiene and the provision of proper toilet facilities for all.  Jesus sets us an example of humility and hospitality.

What can you do with a toilet seat?  Use it as Frisbee, sign board (“Support the Walkathon”) or as a target for hoops.  It’s not the type of conversation one has at the dinner table but everyone seemed to have a strong opinion about the provision of public toilets in this community.  How much do we take such things for granted?  Do we recognize that even within Australia the provision of sanitation is not a given for every community.

Even more so, do we simply assume that clean water is a given?  Many will be aware of the tailings dam collapse and the devastating impact on the lives of the people of Bento Rodrigues in Brazil.

Is it enough to be aware, or do we dare to be models and advocates for water justice and access to sanitation for all?  Anyone for a clean toilet seat?

Prayer and blessings,  Fr Tony


Career News

Items in the Career News include:

Dates to Diarise in Term 4
2015 VCAA Results
Simon Black Australian Rules Academy
VCE 2016 Summer Schools
Change of Preference Information (key dates and contacts)
If you would like further information on these news items Click here or see Sophie in the Careers Centre.

Sophie Keele
Careers Counsellor


2016 Lamont Booklists

The 2016 Booklist is now available to view and purchase via Lamont Books. All orders are made on-line through the following link Click Here   Home delivery is free for orders over $60 that are placed before December 13, 2015.

Penny Roberts
Head of Library


2015 Textbooks

If you would like to sell your son’s 2015 textbooks, please post the book details and your contact details onto the Second Hand Book forum on The Hub.  Before you post to the forum, please check the books are in good condition and do not have scribble, biro notes, calculations and inform the buyer if highlighting can’t be removed or is damaged. This is a great way for parents to purchase 2016 textbooks at a reduced cost.

Click here for further instructions.

Barbara Walsh


End of Year Drinks – Year 11 parents

End of Year drinks will be held on Thursday 26th November from 6.30- 8.30pm at the Brighton Hotel. The cost is $25pp including canapes, and drinks are to be purchased at the bar.  Last year we had a great night so I hope to see many of you and more this year.  To book please click here

Thanks for your support, Tracy Gregson, Deborah Wallace and Georgia Branson


End of Year Drinks – Year 10 parents

All year 10 parents are invited to join in for the end of year celebration on Wednesday 2nd December, 7:30pm – 9:30pm at 24 Rose Street, Bentleigh (home of Sandy and David Johnson).

BYO drinks and a small plate to share.  RSVP: Michelle Hamilton – SMS 0412 922 199 or mich1965@bigpond.net.au


Year 9 Christmas Party

Come one, come all to the Hotel Brighton on Thursday 3 December at 7.30pm.  Join other Year 9 parents for nibbles and a drink before heading off on holidays. The more the merrier!  Please Click Here for further details.

Jane, Hayley and Jane


Sport News


Last weekend the Skelton and Cooper Clubs had their first regatta for the season on the Yarra, the 3.5km Melbourne Head race. BGS crews acquitted themselves well. Thanks to the many parents who came down to watch and even follow along on bikes.

1st VIII -6th
2nd VIII – 5th
3rd VIII – 6th
10A VIII – 4th
10B VIII – 2nd
10C VIII – 2nd
10D VIII – 1st


Cooper Club

This weekend the 1st and 2nd VIII will row in the 8.6km Head of the Yarra. With over 200 crews competing this is being touted as the largest ever contingent of competitors in an Australian rowing race.


Skelton Club

No rowing for Skelton Club boys this coming Saturday.


Wilson Club

The Carrum Regatta on November 28 may be your first opportunity to watch your son row in a formal competition. You will find the National Rowing Centre at Carrum on Melway 97 J2. For most of you this will mean travelling down Wells Rd, turning left under the Freeway then follow Riverend Rd all the way around to the entrance to the designated carpark area.

Carey parents will be collecting the $10 per car entry fee. This fee entitles you to a copy of the Regatta Program (including race times and crew details) and admission of all passengers to the course itself.

Each crew will have two races over 1000m. At the completion of racing your son will have to remain with their crew to de-rig and pack up the boats .Teamwork is required both on and off the water! BGS Rowing will have a tent up at the course to congregate and a bike is advised if you wish to follow the racing.


Sunset at the Sheds/House Rowing

Sunday afternoon is a very special day for the Boat Club with our season opening, a Boat naming and House Rowing. The afternoon commences at 4:30pm at the Mercantile Rowing Club, 5 Boathouse Drv, Melbourne.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Richard Bartlett
Director of Rowing


Sports Report and Fixture

Sports Report
For last week’s sport report, please click here

Sports Fixture
For this week’s sports fixture, please click here


Senior School Dates for the Diary

Monday 23 – Monday 30 November
Years 9-11 Exams

Saturday 28 November
Summer Sport

Tuesday 1 December
Student Free Day

Wednesday 2 December
VCE English (Year 12, 2016) Parent Information Night @ 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Second Hand Uniform Shop 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Thursday 3 December
Coaching Day

Friday 4 December
Promotions Day 1
Ute Full of Food

Monday 7 December
Promotions Day 2

Tuesday 8 December
Promotions Day 3
Prize Giving Assembly 8.30am – 9.30am

Wednesday 9 December
End of Year Assembly 11.30am

Thursday 10 December
Second-Hand Uniform Shop (receiving only) 10.00am – 2.00pm

Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 December
Frankston Camp

Friday 11 December
Second-Hand Uniform Shop (sales only) 10.00am – 2.00pm

For live updates on dates and events please click here


Bethlehem in Brighton


St Andrew’s Brighton

Advent Carol Service – Sunday 29 November at 6.00 pm
Join us for this Carol Service foreshadowing the joy of Christmas.  The Choir of St Andrew’s  leads hymns and carols for choir and congregation, matched with readings foretelling the birth of Jesus Christ.  All welcome.


Grand Organ Master Series – Sunday 6 December at 2.30 pm
Spectacular music on the mighty War Memorial Organ with nearly 3,000 pipes!  This month, Thomas Heywood performs music including The Blue Danube and Christmas favourites.  All welcome.  Admission at the door includes program.  Adult $30 / Conc $25 / U18 FREE.

Enquiries: office@standrewsbrighton.org.au
Tel: St Andrew’s Parish Office 03 9592 1240




These holidays we even have opportunities for the children to alter and break a computer!  They will have to learn how to administer and fix it though, so there is some methodology to the learning!

If computing or LEGO aren’t your thing, then maybe an acting program with Acting Antics is on the agenda? These holidays we will see the children produce “Bob got a Barbie”.  Find out who is to blame for that – the reindeer, logistics or the elves!

Holiday programs run from 10 December to 28 January and cater to all interests. All our holiday program information is on the website www.share.vic.edu.au or click here to read the attached flyer.