Weekly eNews

Senior School

A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston

Where did 2016 go?

On the one hand 2016 has gone so very quickly, yet on the other it does seem so long ago that we welcomed in the new school year way back in late January.

In my final eNews comment for 2016, I’d like to sincerely thank you for playing your part in what has been a great year for BGS. While it would be close to impossible to capture everything that has been achieved this year, I sincerely hope your son (whether he is 3 or 18) has had a year of success, joy, a little bit of healthy challenge and difficulty, but ultimately progress, growth and development.

I hope you have a safe, relaxing and refreshing Christmas and summer break. I look forward to welcoming you all to a new school year in 2017.


From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann

This week we concluded our term with the annual Prize Giving assembly and a magnificent carols service. During the assembly, the boys heard from BGS alumnus and founder of the MADE group, Luke Marget. Luke shared some of his BGS story, and how he and two other friends from BGS went on to create the highly successful and innovative company.  In our summary of the year, we talked of our progress but also of the challenges that remain for us as a school. A full list of award recipients can be found here. Importantly, we welcomed in the new captaincy team of Ben Durkin (School Captain), Branko Skocic (VC – operations) and Oli Barden (VC – culture). The end of term video, which captures some of the highlights of the year, can be viewed here.

BGS School Captain 2017

Ben Durkin gives his first speech as 2017 School Captain.

We also had the great pleasure of welcoming the new Year 9s under the Tower and inducting the 2017 Chantologists. In a service characterised by passion, each new boy (from Middle School, but also all new boys) came through the Tower and were met by the ‘thunder’ of chantology and then welcomed by his House Captain. We had high hopes (pardon the pun) of capturing the event via drone, however, technology failed us. Still, photos of the event are available here.

Semester 2 reports will be available from 6pm today. A guide for accessing the reports will be sent out via School Stream this afternoon.

Finally, I wish you all the very best for the summer period and look forward to connecting again in the New Year for what is shaping up to be an exciting year ahead.


Will Paynter – VIS Scholarship Program

Congratulations to Will Paynter (Year 12 – 2017) who has accepted a scholarship for water polo at the Victorian Institute of Sport next year. This program allows Will access to elite-level training, coaching and team pathways in preparation for competition at the Elite Level.

Will has had a fantastic year in the pool, representing Australia and winning a gold medal at the Pan Pacific Games. The scholarship will allow Will to complete his studies at BGS next year, while combining all of the opportunities to maximise his ability in this sport.



Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program: William Lam

Congratulations to William Lam (Year 10) who has been selected as the BGS winner of the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program, which offers high-achieving students the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and get a taste of university life. Five boys from BGS were nominated and more than 1800 were nominated across Victoria. William attended the welcome ceremony on Tuesday 6 December. William’s report is below. 

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program offers opportunities for personal growth and developing leadership through the various activities that run throughout the final years of high school. I attended the welcome ceremony on Tuesday 6 December at the Parkville Campus of the University of Melbourne. If there was anything that I would take from that day, it would be from the afternoon seminar Opportunity Knocks. Our lecturer took us through his life, his achievements, and mistakes, and through that taught us how to deal with risk and failure, how to seize opportunity and achieve our goals. One must always be aware of the boundless opportunity around, in a positive frame of mind to recognise it, and be prepared to take it; for when opportunity knocks, be ready to answer the door.  


From the Chaplain

O holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born

These words reverberated through St Andrew’s last Monday night and once again on Thursday for the final Chapel for the year.

At the sound of these words I feel a profound sense of awe; what other event could produce this response: “fall on your knees”?

Thank you to all for sharing the journey of 2016, may the season be for you a time of rest and relaxation.

God’s blessing go with all.

Fr Tony Poole


Career News

Items in the Career News include:  

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


BGS Parents Group – 2017 Exec Team

President – Katie Flockart
Vice President – Mary Jo Young
Secretary – Harb Gill
Treasurer – Geoff Gedge
Parent Convenor – Sally Stewart
International Parent Liaisons – Bethany Lu, Connie Cai, Chun Lui (all communications via Maggie Lynch).


Senior School dates for the diary

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