Weekly eNews

Senior School

From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

As we cross the midpoint of the term, it is worth pausing and reflecting on where you son is up to in his learning. Whilst our programs are differentiated, there are some common threads that you can talk about with your son. Firstly, his goals. Coaching day provides an opportunity for boys to clearly set out goals with tutors and then work through the steps of attaining these goals.

The goals should be specific, measureable, ambitious and time bound. As we often say, creating a mutual time to ‘open up a conversation’ with your son through a shared activity can be a good way to invite some discussion about his aims for the term. To this end, really focusing on his growth and effort rather than purely on the achievement is important.

Secondly, you can provide a great supporting role with his organisation. This support can occur in the planning and preparation of his work, but also in the reflection on how he is ‘going about it’. Your continued active interest in, and support of, your son’s learning (what, how, when and why) plays a key role in his success.



Parent Alert

The BGS phone app, which we know many parents rely on for accessing the Sports fixtures, is experiencing technical difficulties. Please access this and any other information on the website. The Sports fixtures for this week are below. 



Don’t forget to check the School wide section

News relating to the whole of the School will now appear in the School wide section of the eNews – click on the button below to take a look.

This week, School wide e-News includes Ross Featherston’s report on BGS in China, BGS’s partnership with Melbourne Rebels Club, information on The Victorian Parents Council 5th Annual Seminar, and a free parent seminar on resilience, anxiety and children.



Student achievement

U/16 Australian cricket captain, Mackenzie Harvey

Congratulations to Mackenzie ‘Macca’ Harvey (Year 10) who captained Victorian in the recent State U/16 championships. Macca acquitted himself extremely well, scoring 95 not out (84 balls) in one game and 191 runs for the tournament.

Macca led the team to the final where they were defeated by NSW. Macca’s leadership and individual efforts were rewarded further when he was named U/16 Australian captain at the end of the tournament. This is an enormous achievement – Macca will lead the team in a series against Pakistan later this year, as well as being involved in the national U/17 tournament next summer.




From the Chaplain

Each year in the middle period of Term 1, Senior School boys are invited to participate in a Lent Appeal. This year the focus of the appeal was for the people of Fiji and the recovery process following Cyclone Winston.

It was a great satisfaction to receive $375.15 from the staff and boys meeting in Chapel – this was without the Year 9 students who are off on the Great South Western Adventure.

Thank you for your generous support. A special thank you to the anonymous member of staff who has matched this donation dollar for dollar.

The people of Fiji are proud and resilient, with a long sacred history. Politically and economically they have suffered much in recent years and there is much to be gained from even our small act of solidarity with them.

Lent is a time that reminds us of our connections with others and the very positive role we have in their support and care.

Fr Tony Poole



Exhibition debate  


There has long been a tradition of senior debaters from Firbank and BGS putting on a debate for the Year 7 students. Indeed, we current Year 12s can still remember back to when we were in Year 7 and heard the very same debate – it was the reason many of us joined. The witty responses of the senior debaters to each other, the sharp rebuttals, the expert grasp they had on the topic, and the often downright hilarious paths the debate often progressed down sparked an interest back then that led us to do debating today. This year’s debate was no different.

This year, there was a slight change from the traditional topic. The topic was “That girls are stronger than boys”. The BGS team comprising of Darcey Delagnes, Lachlan Collie and myself on the affirmative side and we battled against the girls from Firbank on the negative side. As to be expected, what ensued was a vibrant debate between the rival sides. With particularly free and humorous debates from Lachlan and his first negative counterpart, the debate certainly entertained and encapsulated the attention of the Year 7 students. In the end, the debate was decided by seeing which team was given a louder applause. The BGS Year 7s supported the Firbank side and the Firbank Year 7 girls supported the BGS side. It was close, but the BGS Year 7 boys were louder and the Firbank side was victorious.

All in all, the debate was very successful and many Year 7 boys signed up to debating in 2016. Who knows, perhaps three of those new sign-ups will, in five years time, stand on the stage themselves debating the very same topic.

Ian Tongs, Year 12



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.



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 to submit an application on your behalf.



Careers News

Items in the Career News include – 

  • All Year 10 students – Morrisby Assessment March 15, 8.30am
  • Free VCE Exam Survival Guide from TSFX
  • News from the University of Melbourne:
    • Experience a Day at Melbourne
    • ‘Focus on Melbourne’ Series
  • Tackling Climate Change – free Presentation
  • Deakin Explorefabulous new Web App
  • GAP Year Programs:
    • ADF GAP Year
    • AFX Student Exchange
    • Au Pair, Volunteer and Exchange Programs
    • Antipodeans Abroad
    • Cultural Care Au Pair
    • Gap Medics
    • Lattitude Global Volunteering
    • Projects Abroad
    • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange
    • Tutors Worldwide 
    • Volunteer Abroad with WEP

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



Year 10 Morrisby assessment

All Year 10 students will be engaged in the Morrisby assessment on Tuesday 15 March. Please do not book a doctor’s or dentist appointment on that morning. This testing will form the basis for a comprehensive report, which will assist you with your VCE subject choice and career planning.

All Year 10 students: please go straight to the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall ready for an 8.30am start on Tuesday 15 March.

All boys who are absent for the assessment will have to complete it at another site during a weekend.

Boys should complete the practice questions to familiarise themselves with what to expect before the test day. Morrisby Profile practice questions can be found here. 

Sophie Keele
Careers Counsellor






Year 11 parents’ drinks night

All Year 11 parents are invited to a social drinks night on Wednesday 23 March (last week of the term) at The Wine Larder, 153 Martin Street, Gardenvale at 7.30pm to approximately 10pm. Finger food will be provided and wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at bar prices.

Please RSVP by Friday 19 March to Michelle Hamilton by SMS: 0412 922 199 or email mich1965@bigpond.net.au.



Sports news

Sports team reports from Saturday 27 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 dates for the diary

Friday 4 March
Headmaster’s Tour   9am – 10.30am

Saturday 5 March
Summer Team Sport Round

Sunday 6 March
Big Band workshop/rehearsal day   10am – 4pm

Wednesday 9 March
Second hand uniform shop   2pm – 4pm

Thursday 10 March
Year 9 – Welcome back from GSWJ   7pm – 8pm

Friday 11 March
Bayside Regional Chess Championship
Year 9 GSWJ Student Free Day

Monday 14 March
Labour Day Public Holiday

For live updates on dates and events please see our calendar below.