Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Finish as a you start

For me, the Melbourne Cup long weekend is an indicator that the finish line for another school year is in sight. The weather may not have shown it (until today), but summer is only just over four weeks away and, if my calculations are correct, we have 25 days of school left.

Growing up in Ballarat, I had a fairly tough but fair football coach whose favourite form of getting us into shape was to have us run 400-metre repeat ‘sprints’. I can still vividly recall his mantra of ensuring that we finished each 400-metre lap as we started it. After all, he would remind us, if you can run 390 metres, why can’t you run the full 400?

2016 has been a good year: it’s important we finish it off well.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

The Induction of our Senior Server, Deputy and Thurifer occurred in Chapel this week with a service led by Bishop Urwin (the brother of former Headmaster Michael Urwin). His message focused on  ‘being at the edge of glory’ and what this might mean for us on different levels. Bishop Urwin also commented on the number of servers (boys who volunteer in Chapel) as being the highest he had seen in any school in his time working in schools in Australia and the UK, and we thanks Fr Poole for the work that he does with the boys and in chapel.

Now that we have passed the mid-point of the term, it is important that the boys are really starting to not only complete homework tasks, but are moving in to study programs. This is discussed in tutorial (and taught in PROSPER). If your son is having trouble from your perspective at home, please contact his Head of House and we can assist. It is also valuable for him to again connect to his coaching goals set at the start of the semester.


Career News

Items in the Career News include: 

  • Key VTAC Dates 
  • Medical Reception Course
  • Advanced Diploma of Justice at Holmesglen Institute
  • Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) 
  • Diploma of Product Design at Swinburne University
  • Gap Medics
  • ANU Advisory Day – Melbourne
  • Interested in studying Law at the University of Melbourne?
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) at La Trobe University
  • Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program
  • Careers in Water
  • How do you Think Young Quiz
  • Ventura Heavy Vehicle Motor Industry School-Based Apprenticeships.

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


From the Chaplain

Forty-eight Year 9 to 11 boys have said “yes” to the challenge of being a Chapel Server. This week they fronted up before their peers to declare their intention to assist in the conduct and leadership of Chapel in the Senior School.  They affirmed their intention to do so with reverence and diligence.

They did not promise to be holier than any other student, or even more religious. The meaning of those words would make an essay in itself.

Bishop Lindsay Urwin, Vicar of Christ Church Brunswick and Bishop to the Chaplains and Anglican School in the Diocese of Melbourne, affirmed the Chapel Servers for choosing to undertake this ministry on behalf of the School. In particular he commended Simon Farrow – Senior Server, Robert Tongs – Deputy Senior Server, and Callum Furey – Student Thurifer to their task as servant leaders.

Congratulations to all for their past, present and future contribution to the excellence that BGS strives to achieve in all aspects of its community life.

Chapel is an expression of the life of faith that undergirds the spirit and flavour of this School:  it gives expression to the fact that “we are the Body of Christ” and as such are vehicles of God’s mercy and grace to all.


Senior School Chapel Servers for 2017

Fr Tony Poole


Summer Sport

Round 1 of APS Summer Sport starts this Saturday 5 November. It is important that all boys remain physically active throughout the lead up to exams with training sessions and the APS Sport program facilitates this. All boys should be attending training each week as per the schedule on The Hub and be available for matches between 5 and 19 November. In addition, 1st teams play their final round on 26 November.

Fixtures will be sent out via School Stream and are available on the sports page of the website each Thursday. In the event of wet weather and match cancellations, information will be available via School Stream and The Hub.

Leadership is an integral part of all of our programs at school; congratulations to the following boys who have been announced as leaders of Summer Sport for Season 2016/17:

• Badminton – Captain: Lachie Foy. Vice Captain: Rob Tongs.
• Cricket – Captain: Nathan Murphy. Vice Captains: Ben Durkin and Matt Harris.
• Tennis – Captain: Jack Summerfiled. Vice Captains: Connor Hipwell and Julian Ou.


Second hand uniform shop opening hours

Please refer to this week’s School Wide eNews for details of the uniform shop opening hours and requirements.


Senior School dates for the diary

For updates on important dates and events, see School Stream or click here for the online calendar.