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BRIGHTON GRAMMAR COMMUNITY JOURNAL
MELIORA SEQUAMUR SUMMER 2016/17
RETHINKING MASCULINITY: QUESTIONING WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘BE A MAN’
EDITOR IN CHIEF Natalie van Wetering vanweteringn@ brightongrammar.vic.edu.au CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Rebecca Cavalôt
DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Ross Donnan www.rossdonnan.com PHOTOGRAPHY Special thanks to Dr Andrew Lee
10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE 1ST XVIII
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PHILANTHROPY: RECORD GIVING TO BGS IN 2016
WELLBEING MATTERS AT BGS
OLD BOYSâ€™ NEWS
Arne and BGS: a powerful partnership
One of the most exciting initiatives of 2016 was the partnership the School established with Dr Arne Rubinstein, a renowned expert on adolescent development and Rites of Passage. Dr Arne was a GP and emergency department doctor for 12 years before selling his practice to work full-time on finding ways to improve the wellbeing of teenagers. As a father of two grown up boys, Arne has a particular interest in the wellbeing of boys. This year, Arne has worked with BGS boys, parents and staff on various programs across the School, exploring topics such as meaningful relationships and purpose. One of the strengths of the BGS/Arne partnership is that it is beneficial to both parties. This is the first time Arne has worked with one school, creating programs that cater for everyone from the very youngest BGS boys to the senior students, parents and staff. And, of course, it is wonderful for us to work with someone who is not only superbly qualified, having worked with thousands of boys and their parents, but also so passionate and dedicated. 2
“I want to thank you for executing on the Arne Rubinstein pathways concept; to see and experience a philosophy like this in practice, was impressive. It also worked.” Peter, BGS parent
Young Warriors Camp On a Friday night in Term 4, 100 Junior School boys, parents and staff pitched more than 60 tents on the Crowther for our first Year 4 Young Warriors Camp. Dr Arne Rubinstein facilitated various activities between the boys and their dad/ mum/mentor focused on the importance of relationships. The camp was a great success with many highlights, but most rewarding was hearing the quality of conversations, love and ‘honouring’ between the boys and adults.
Year 8 mother/son lunch Recently, 80 Year 8 mothers and sons enjoyed a fun, empowering and insightful lunch with Dr Arne. The focus was on deepening the quality of conversations between mothers and their boys through a range of activities involving storytelling and honouring each other’s strengths. SUMMER 2016/17
Rethinking masculinity: questioning what it means to ‘be a man’.
Our young men are growing up in a society that, in many cases, reinforces unhealthy connotations of masculinity. Boys are often taught that ‘being a man’ means placing little or no value on caring, relationships or empathy, and that respect is linked to violence. The media frequently backs up the view that ‘being a man’ means emotions should be repressed and women are sexual conquests as opposed to equals and friends. As a society, it’s crucial that we enable our boys to question and reconsider this definition of masculinity. Schools must play their part in this. To address this issue, BGS has developed a term-long compulsory unit, Rethinking Masculinity, as part of our Year 10 boys’ wellbeing curriculum. Initially, the boys view the US documentary The Mask You Live In, which probes the big questions facing young men and their definitions of masculinity. After watching this, at times, confronting film, the boys engage in a number of activities and discussions based around the film’s major themes, including:
• Man-up: masculinity as a performance: where the boys reflect on their own values and what ‘being a man’ means to them. • The men that men look up to: masculinity in popular culture: a discussion of how media can distort the positive values of masculinity. • Gender differences: masculinity and femininity as social constructs: exploring how the 90% psychological similarity between men and women is misrepresented by society’s constructions of gender.
• The whole self: developing healthy masculinity: boys work together to construct their own healthy version of masculinity. While the Rethinking Masculinity deliberately takes our young men out of their ‘comfort zone’, the primary learning intention is for the boys to see through social constructs of gender and develop their own interpretation of what it is to ‘be a man’. The lessons revolve around building healthier perspectives of three key areas:
1. their roles and responsibilities as men 2. the character strengths that make up positive role models 3. the values that good men live by. Many of the boys were challenged by the ideas, issues and themes raised by Rethinking Masculinity vindicating its important role in their education. The discussions were at times confronting and passionate, but simultaneously curious and engaging. Ultimately, this is a conversation we must have with our boys if they are to emerge as men who see ‘success’ as the good they bring to society, and leave behind for the next generation. After all, our future, and theirs, depends on it.
Alex Sylvan 2015/16 Senior School Student Growth and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Visible Learning at BGS For the first time in the history of the School, we have begun the adoption of a School-wide, evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning, known as Visible Learning. What does Visible Learning mean?
Why Visible Learning?
According to creator of Visible Learning, Professor John Hattie from the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, through Visible Learning a teacher’s role is enhanced as they become evaluators of their own teaching. Visible Teaching and Learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.
At BGS, we want the boys to achieve the best academic results they can – to achieve their personal best.
Professor Hattie’s findings are supported by 15 years of research about what works best for learning in schools – the synthesis of more than 800 meta-studies involving 80 millions of students.
“We realise the importance of adopting a uniform approach, informed by research,” says Dr Ray Swann, Head of Senior School and Director of the Crowther Centre. “We want a collaborative approach that focuses on goal setting, teacher clarity and feedback. Visible Learning is just one of the professional learning projects being actioned through the Crowther Centre.”
INNOVATION AND LEARNING INNOVATION AND LEARNING
Visit to Jewish Holocaust Centre By William Moffat (Year 10)
Sometimes a tragedy becomes so large it obscures personal stories and becomes merely a set of awful statistics. We are all aware of the six million Jews that were systematically killed in the holocaust, but few actually consider the pain suffered by the individuals actually involved and the longterm effects it was to have on them.
In Term 3, half of Year 10 were fortunate enough to be able to put a name and face to one of the stories, making this harrowing tale more than just a frightful statistic. For an hour we were graced with the presence of a frail but humble man named Jack Fogell. It was fascinating to listen to him tell his story because although he had faced indescribable horrors, he still managed to smile and make a few jokes. However, it was clear that there were moments, as he recalled his memories, where he only just managed to hold back the tears. By far the best part of the excursion was hearing Jack’s story: a story the like of which most can only read about in books, or hear indirectly as they are passed down from relatives. We sat in a large room and waited while Jack walked slowly up to the lectern. An eerie silence took over room. Jack spoke in a nervous manner and told us about his life before, during and immediately after the Holocaust. Like many of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust, he grew up in Poland and for 14 years lived a happy and comfortable life until, like many others, he was forced
to move into a ghetto. Tragically, although things didn’t seem like they could get any worse, they did. Jack spent the rest of the war working in labour camps and travelling around in cramped trains, almost dying of exhaustion when forced to march for hours on end. Sadly, for Jack, the end of war wasn’t a complete blessing. When the ship he was on was attacked by the allies, causing it to be evacuated, he managed to reach land, but had to stand by and watch as hundreds of others drowned until the British found and fed them. The real irony being that many died from being fed rich food, which their nutritionally-deprived bodies could not cope with. After the end of the war, because of the Russian advances on previously German-occupied land, Jack wasn’t able to return to his home and soon discovered that neither had his family. Jack was forced to travel, live and learn without his family, who had been killed. The excursion was a truly amazing experience for me personally and many of my peers. It is horrifying to think that all the things that Jack had to endure happened when he was the same age as we are now. SUMMER 2016/17
INNOVATION AND LEARNING
Mightier than the sword Getting boys involved in writing can sometimes be a challenge, but it seems that English teacher Paul Stewart has found an effective way to get boys excited about creativity. In explaining narrative structure, Paul decided to create a book with his Year 8 English class and see it all the way to print. The boys also created their own stories, some of which may also appear in print. The boys collaborated to extend and augment a story Paul wrote to explain concepts such as exposition, rising action, climax and denouement. The story followed the life of Sam, a ‘decidedly mediocre’ student who finds a pen that gives him 8
the power to create amazing things. The tale is a celebration of creativity – a way of suggesting that the boys have everything they need to build worlds and to populate them with all their fantastic ideas. The characters were chosen by ballot and the boys took part in a photoshoot, performing the various roles in the book. The boys made final suggestions for the story and almost all of the crazy things that colour the last ten pages of the book came from the boys’ imagination. Paul drew these ideas and added them via Photoshop. On the last day of term, the boys were presented with copies of the book. Copies can also be found in both School libraries.
INNOVATION AND LEARNING
The growth of STEM at BGS Building rockets, robots and designing F1 cars may sound like ‘playtime with big boys’ toys’. And in a way, it is – making STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) fun keeps boys engaged. However, the real-world context and handson approach to STEM is helping BGS boys understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives. Engaging with STEM in this way helps our boys to become the creativethinking, problem-solving adults they will need to be if they are to succeed in the future. STEM at BGS focuses on applying knowledge to real-world problems. It make learning relevant and real, which boys love. Recent STEM activities at BGS have included: • designing, producing and testing a bridge • designing and building an F1 car, which was then tested in a virtual wind tunnel • constructing and videoing Rube Goldberg machines (spaghetti machines).
• producing an animation of the effects of overusing antibiotics. These projects provide boys with an environment where taking risks is encouraged, and mistakes are part of the learning process. Helping boys become comfortable with the concept of ‘failure’ is fundamental as they realise that every ‘failure’ is simply another learning opportunity and another step towards success. Getting the boys out into industry where STEM skills are vital is another aspect
of the program. In 2016: • Emily Mudge, a Civil Engineer with ICON Construction, visited Year 10 Engineering students to speak about engineering principles and why she decided to become an engineer. • The boys visited The Fawkner, an old office building being renovated into luxury apartments on St Kilda Road, which enabled them to get an up-close understanding of real-life industry challenges and solutions.
INNOVATION AND LEARNING
The maker journey: allowing boys to innovate and collaborate In order to expand the Year 7 and 8 boys’ opportunity to create and innovate, this year the Middle School Library joined the global movement of creating a ‘makerspace’. A makerspace is a place where users have access to tools, materials, a little expertise, and plenty of opportunity to tinker, create and collaborate. Makerspaces formally began in the mid2000s in San Francisco, when Maker Media published the Make: Magazine and hosted the first Maker Faire. We began our makerspace journey by establishing a ‘Maker Trolley’ in the library, available for all Year 7 and 8 boys during three lunchtimes each week. Though still in the early stages, we can already see the benefits, particularly for boys of this age, including: • Feeling comfortable and confident working and exploring at their own pace, without the added pressure of comparisons, subtle competition or deadlines. • Taking risks: the boys feel empowered to just give it a go, and accept failure due to the safe and supportive environment. • Taking control of their own learning: the boys take more ownership of makerspace projects, as they have not just designed but defined. • Responding positively to the handson opportunities to explore emerging technologies and getting comfortable with experimentation.
• Collaborating and networking with boys from outside their usual social circles. The Middle School makerspace will be further developed in 2017 and expanded to the Senior School Library. Ultimately, we intend to provide boys of all ages practicing the skills to be the innovators of tomorrow. We can’t wait to see what the boys come up with next!
Lauren Murphy School Librarian
HIGH PERFORMANCE LEARNING COMMUNITY
BGS footy Premiers again! For the third year in a row, our 1st XIII won the APS Football Premiership – a remarkable and historic achievement. Team coach Robert Shaw has masterfully developed a formula combining a strong culture of team and high performance with finely-honed playing skills.
10 things you probably don’t know about the 1st XVIII You probably know that the BGS 1st XVIII team has now won the premiership three times in a row (Go Tonners!), but here are 10 things you probably don’t know about our footy champs. 1
They were slow starters.
They’re not just good at footy. The 2016 team included the Athletics Captain, Rowing Captain, Cricket Captain, Lawn Bowls Captain, and Water Polo Captain.
They don’t believe in overdoing the down time.
They’re no flash in the pan.
It took six seasons from when we joined the APS to register our first win in 1964. The Headmaster of day called a special assembly to commemorate the victory!
They never leave anyone out.
There are 32 guys in the 2016 squad, of whom 26 played during the season – but all members of the squad get the glory of a Premiership pocket.
Pre-season training starts after the Melbourne Cup weekend; once a week at 6.45am every Tuesday.
Blake Hayes and Andrew McGrath have played in all three premiership teams.
They’re not afraid of a splash of colour.
They believe a good work ethic is best learned early.
They’re numbers people.
They believe in the long and the short of it.
The 1st XVIII wear white shorts playing away and red at home. No other BGS footy team wears red shorts.
The youngest boys clean up the gear after training. By Year 12 you’ve earned the right to leave it to the others.
The number 1 jumper is always worn by the captain and number 17 is worn by the most courageous player in memory of the late Ben Furzer (OB 2001).
Nathan Murphy (Year 11) insists on always being the last player to leave the rooms before the game.
The three coaches are superstitious when it comes to who among them wears pants and who wears shorts in particular rounds. They have stuck to it religiously for the last three years.
HIGH PERFORMANCE LEARNING COMMUNITY
The year finished on a high note!
The year of music making culminated with an amazing and moving Carol Service in December. The service was a celebration of words and music about the nativity. It featured the combined BGS choir with boys from Year 3 to Year 11 supported by musicians also from across the School. 16
Student led music collaboration 2016 Captain of Music Jerry Lee collaborated with the Firbank Music Captain, Georgie Hannah, to create an inter-school music network for student musicians of BGS and FGS, they called Music+. Music+ hosted a combined student concert each semester to both showcase the musical talent of both schools, but also give students who don’t usually have a chance to perform at school concerts and who are not in school musical ensembles, an opportunity and platform to perform. After the success of the first Music+ concert in Term 1, Jerry and Georgie decided to host a charity concert for the RCD Fund in Term 3. The audience loved the diverse program, which included: • Photograph by Ed Sheeran • Waltz from Sleeping Beauty for Four Hands by Tchaikovsky • Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley. Let’s hope Music+ is carried on by the Music Captains of 2017.
More marvellous music St Andrew’s Church was transformed into a concert hall late last term for two fabulous ‘whole-school’ concerts. Both concerts involved ensembles from each part of the School, as well as solos from our Music Vice-Captain Phillip Guo on cello (Year 12), William Wu on violin (Year 12), Isaac Lee on cello (Year 6), Seamus Mintrom (Year 8) on alto saxophone and a memorable solo violin performance by Music Captain, Jerry Lee (Year 12) in the finale of the Strings Spectacular. SUMMER 2016/17
HIGH PERFORMANCE LEARNING COMMUNITY
The Lion King Jr The Year 6 students from BGS and Firbank once again demonstrated their star quality at the ‘sold out’ performances of The Lion King Jr. The show was extraordinary. It is easy to forget it was primary school kids performing and not young adults. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved, especially Jared Furtado our amazing director.
ENABLEMENT / FUNDRAISING
Philanthropy in 2016 A sincere thank you to all those in our community who have supported BGS philanthropically in 2016. Giving is an investment into young lives, their education and future. Whether your support has been directed to buildings, scholarships or bequests, all gifts are truly appreciated and really do make a difference. In 2016, our main focus was on raising funds for our new sports pavilion. I am delighted to report that, through the generosity of our community, over $1.7 million was raised for this much-needed facility. Without this support, the pavilion would not have come to fruition in the timeframe originally envisaged. While fundraising for the new sports pavilion was our main focus, a number of new scholarships have also been established. In 2017, the inaugural recipient of the Robert Connor Dawes Scholarship will start his schooling at BGS, and later in the year we will welcome the son of a BGS Old Boy. Scholarships such as these require the support of our community to bring them to life. The years ahead are exciting ones for BGS. If you would like to join the increasing number of people in our community choosing to support our various tax deductible funds – Building, Scholarships and Library – please contact me on 03 8591 2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Phillips Director of Advancement
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$1.85M TOTAL raised in 2016
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Why become a BGS barracker? BGS parents Marco Maisano and his wife Helen called in to BGS for a tour of Annandale recently. Marco and Helen are major donors to the sports pavilion project and were keen to see the old sports facility before demolition and construction of our new pavilionÂ commenced. As a former professional soccer player and founder of NSR, a company that creates pathways for student-athletes to further their academic and athletic potential at US colleges, Marco is passionate about sport and is excited by the benefits that our new sports pavilion will provide our current and future generations of BGS boys. Marco and Helen were also motivated to make a gift to the School to show their appreciation for the education that BGS has provided their sons Cruz and Max. If you would like to hear how you can join with Marco and Helen in supporting the Schoolâ€™s plans for the future, please contact John Phillips on 8591 2280 or email: jphillips@ brightongrammar.vic.edu.au
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE Lifetime gifts $50K+
Barreto, Alex & Maura Bartels, Mark & Andrea Bartholomeusz, George (OB 54)
Adams, Roger & Lorraine
Barwood, Shane & Danielle
Bourke, Colin & Imelda
Bassat, Andrew (OB 83)
Gregory, Rowan & Helen Rofe
Baxter, Ian (OB 64)
Ickeringill, Peter & Milena
Beasley, Michael & Sally (OB 75)
Jacob, Tom & Issy (OB 72)
Beck, Andrew & Roisin (OB 78)
Jones, Gary & Jennifer (OB 72)
Beckett, Alan (OB 65)
Jones, Stephen & Georgina Grigoriou (OB 71)
Begg, Jim & Marian (OB 58)
King, John & Elaine
Bennison, Ted (OB 53)
Lin, Haifeng & Helen Mu
Benton, Wayne & Georgina
Lou, Songtao and Chunping Wang
Berry, Duncan & Stephanie
Recognising our donors in 2016
Maisano, Marco & Helen
Berry, Russell & Janelle
Bessell, Ben & Peta
Paroissien, Ian & Barbara (OB 69)
Betts, Leigh & Di
Ride, Christopher & Chelsie Pickett
Bezencon, Tim & Tania
Bian, Jun & Rong
Ross, Paul & Jennine (OB 88)
Biddick, Martin & Jackie
Shen, Roger & Amy
Black, James & Megan
Our sincere thanks to all of our generous donors over the past 12 months. Your belief in BGS, along with your vital financial support of the Scholarship, Building and Library Funds, has allowed us to deliver an outstanding education for our boys. What’s more, your generosity will make a difference for generations to come.
Symon, Graham & Jill (OB 49)
Bond, Christopher & Nicole
Thomson, George & Susan (OB 51)
Booth, Andrew & Christine
Bortolussi, John & Catherine
Willcock, Greg & Phoebe
Bowen, Vaughan & Carolina
X’Lingson, Eddie & Chinn
Braddon, John & Kathy
Zhang, Sunny & Janice
Breen, Paul & Danielle
Bryan, Dean & Jackie
Bryant, Peter (OB 57)
Abramovich, Mark & Adele
Bulfin, Nick & Cathie (OB 95)
Absalom, Paul & Kobie
Bullock, Michael & Lynn
Adachi, Tats & Michelle
Burgess, Andrew & Anita
Adams, Geoff & Amanda
Burrows, Duncan (OB 58)
Agg, Brett & Keri (OB 81)
Akinci, Ismail & Christiana
Bushby, Adam (OB 99)
Alesi, Joseph & Angela
Anson, Darrell & Karen
Calder, Michael & Lucy
Arceri, Michael & Rebecca
Callaghan, Ian (OB 50)
Ashman, David & Vanessa
Callander, Nicholas & Ollie (OB 86)
Atkinson, Michael (OB 55)
Cameron, Don & Jill (OB 51)
Atkinson, Simon (OB 01)
Campigli, John & Monica
Canwell, Adam & Harriet
Avis, Mark & Lisa
Ayers, Kenneth & Leanne
Carns, Greg (OB 76)
Carr, Derek & Lisa
Carra, Xavier (OB 96)
Bailey, Dan & Ali
Carus, Henry & Sibille
Balfe, Tony & Fiona (OB 66)
Catt, Matthew & Vanessa
Ballantyne, Peter & Catherine
Cee, Simon & Karen
Banfield, Kevin & Amanda
Chand, Kelvin & Julia
Barber, Andrew & Kerstin
Chantzos, Tony & Patty
Barden, Geoffrey & Fiona (OB 84)
Chen, Don & Vickie
Chen, John & Vivian Chen, Michael & Tina Cheng, Bei & Ellen Cheng, Jay & Shelley Chessells, Merv & Jacquie Christodoulou, Chris & Julie Clancy , Jonathan & Joanna Clark, Tim & Rae Clarke, James & Claire Clayton, Scott & Jacinta Colaci, Pino & Karen Cole, Peter & Bronwyn Coleman, Darren & Virginia Collie, Robert & Jenny Cook, Damon & Jane Corcoris, Nick & Darleen Corke, Neil & Fi Cotton, Russ & Lisa Cozens, Shaun & Fiona Crew, Phil & Sue Crewdson, David & Chris (OB 95) Crocker, Darren & Marcia Curatore, Marco & Jo Curtis, Rob & Silvana Dai, James & Shuhua Dai, Lei & Zhirong D’Alessandro, Anthony & Kylie Dang, Ton & Yumeng D’Assisi, Tony & Sophie David, Arvind (OB 89) Davies, Michael & Juliana Dawes, Scott & Liz De Worsop, James & Karen Delagnes, Serge & Marina Demaine, Peter (OB 40) Denning, Simon & Nada Dever, Phil & Alex
Harry Ford reflects on Remeberance Day
Devine, John & Julie (OB 63)
Duan, Kevin & Melody
Fanning, Simon & Sophie
Fleming, Peter (OB 55)
Dials, Christopher & Kathy
Duckinson, Carl & Melissa
Farrow, Ian & Annie
Fletcher, Stephen & Juliette
Featherston, Ross & Rosie
Flockart, Pete & Katie
Dickson, Ian & Lisa
Felicetti, Peter & Anita
Foreman, Ian (OB 66)
Dickson, John & Fiona
Eastgate, Barry & Alexandra (OB 66)
Feng, Di & Rebecca
Easton, Thomas (OB 69)
Feng, Michael & Kate
Fraser, Hugh (OB 69)
Ferguson, Tim & Tina
French, Geoffrey (OB 66)
Fernald, Rodney (OB 53)
Fry, Tim & Julia
Field, Adrian & Candice
Fujiwara, Akihito & Keiko
Field, Cameron & Amanda
Funasaka, Atsushi & Teruyo
Field, David & Vanessa
Funston, Leigh & Robyn
Findlay, Vance (OB 61)
Furey, Peter & Jenny
Fisher, Michael & Tracy
Fyfe, James & Susan (OB 86)
Fitzgerald, Andrew & Penelope
Gadsden, Peter & Yvonne
Dillee, Guillame & Sylvie Dimattina, Paul & Karen Ding, Ding & Hao Disney, Graeme & Dorothy (OB 51) Doan, Hung Van & Ha My Donald, Scott & Kylie Dong, Nian Dow, Grant & Suzanne Downs, Jamie & Jo Draheim, Matthew & Lisa
Eden, Wells & Marjorie (OB 47) Edmondson, Adam & Penny (OB 87) Ellis, Phil & Jane (OB 60) Enosawa, Yoshihiro & Kumiko Ettershank, Kim & Emma (OB 87) Evans, Tony (OB 71)
Fitzgerald, Andrew & Rhonda
Galinas, John & Dianne
Gao, Xin & Li
Hepples, Ian & Emma
Kilburn, Warren & Paige
Ma, Jun & Yize
Gedge, Geoff & Sarah
Hermawan Lo, Tommy & Lina
Kinsman, Peter & Michelle
Macgowan, Rick & Jacqui
George, Mark & Nicole
Hick, Alastair & Caroline
Kirkham, Anthony & Cathy
MacKenzie, Rob & Delia
Gibney, Bill & Triecia (OB 74)
Hickey, Chris & Mandy
Kissane, Greg & Sandie
Macnab, Angus & Lucrezia
Gilbert, Nic & Penny
Hildebrand, Matthew & Esther
Knipe, Travis & Jessica
MacSweeney, Donal & Megan
Hill, Alexander & Nikki
Kobayashi, Masaru & Mina
Maher, Steve & Carly
Mandragona, Scott & Karen
Konidaris, Stan & Mary
Mannion, Michael & Louise
Koren, Robert & Mojca
Marais, Robert & Sue
Kosenda, Ruben & Maya
Markin, Matt & Marnie
Kouskouris, Con & Riki
Marostica, Adrian & Nikki
Kulesza, Aleksander & Anette
Marriott, David & Kylie
Kuzilny, Michael & Aleta
Martin, Jeremy & Lisa
Kuznetsov, Victor & Natalia
Maslen, Ian & Mikaela
Kwong, James & Kyeong
Massuger, Steven & Karen
Kyte, Paul & Ruth
Matthews, Neil & Mary
Lade, Justin (OB 87)
Lambrides, Homer (OB 71)
McBride, Andrew & Julie
Lamont, Philip & Marg
McDougall, Graham & Janine
Lane, Sam & Emma (OB 98)
McDougall, Mark & Nadia
Langdon, Timothy & Margaret
McDowell, Simon & Averil
Lawlor, Peter & Cheryl
McGrath, Mike & Sandy
Gillon, Karl (OB 86) Glassel, Ashley & Maggie Gong, Greg & Omega Goodger, Darran & Terry Goss, Nathan & Kate Goto, Koji & Kayo Graham, Andrew & Jenny Graham, Matt & Sarah Grant, Dean & Marie Grant, Simon Graves, Jonathan & Claire (OB 84) Gray, Jason Green, Allan & Kerri Gregory, Cameron & Susie Gregson, Cameron & Tracy Griffiths, Robert & Emma
Hipwell, Greg & Trina Hirasedo, Motoi & Victoria Hollway, John & Daniela Hollway, Richard & Lisa Hong-Dunnett, Brent & Sophie Hook, Martyn & Fleur Hooper, Aidan & Leah Hope, Blair & Jayne Horth, Geoff & Colleen Horton, Noelene Horwood, Peter (OB 62) Houridis, Harry & Sophie Hu, Goben & Paula Hu, Linglong & Qingxia
Grummitt, Neil & Mavis (OB 54)
Hunt, Alan & Jane
Gu, Bill & Mary
Hurd, Tony & Jodi
Gu, David & Fang
Ianuali, Pat & Emily
Gu, Weirong & Sasha
Gui, Ting & Lei
Inagaki, Toshihiro & Kyoko
Gunter, Phil & Harb
Inglis, Stephen & Moya
Haddon, Matt & Rachael
Jackett-Simpson, Michael & Karlie
Haikerwal, Deepak & Anjali (OB 82)
Hunter, Jeffrey & Jan
Jackson, Simon & Sandy
Hall, Robert & Tania
Jakobus, Damian & Sari
Hallinan, Jonathan & Fleur
Jarick, Brett & Rachel
Ji, Xia & Jie
Hamilton, Barry & Faye (OB 67)
Jiang, John & Emily
Hamilton, Ian & Margaret
Jiang, Xiaojin & Susan
Hamilton, Mike & Michelle Hamilton, Phillip (OB 66) Hansen, David & Penelope (OB 76) Harding, Brian & Louise Hare, Bill & Eugenie (OB 84) Harland, Sarah Harris , Adam & Audrey Hart, David & Catherine Haslem, John & Caryl (OB 57) Hayes, Mark & Jennifer Hayter, Danny & Jayne He, Carl Heath, Colin & Harriet Heath, Rodney & Cindee Hendy, Ross & Melissa Henley, Paul & Jessica (OB 87)
Jiang, Peter & Liya Jin, Wei & Lucy Jin, Xiaochun & Xiaohong Jing, Renfu & Amy Johnson, David & Sandy (OB 79) Johnson, Sandy (OB 63) Jones, Simon & Belinda Joynson, James (OB 86) Judah, Mark & Debora Kantounatakis, Paul & Natalie Karsten, Hendrik & Kate Kastrinakis, Steven & Dora Kataoka, Yuji & Chisato Kato, Jim & Emily Kelly, Tim & Lindy Kerr, Ian (OB 61) Khan, Jamal & Lorna
Lawrence, John & Kristy Lawson, Guy & Janine Le Grice, Tom & Louise Lee, Tony & Irene Lennecke, Julie Lewis, Elliott & Nicole Lewis, Hannah Lewis, Keith (OB 46) Li, Jinhua & Qianyi Li, Liza Li, Peter & Lu
McGain, Kim McGregor, Bruce & Brigitte McKenzie, Allan (OB 67) McLean, Mark & Sally McLellan, Bob (OB 54) McLeod, Lynton (OB 01) McPherson, Sandy & Sonia Meik, David (OB 59) Melgaard, David (OB 96) Merrill, Geoffrey Micari, Gerry & Jodi
Li, Tao & Dan
Middendorp, Nicholas & Joanne (OB 79)
Li, Yan & Lilian
Liddle, David & Kim
Miller, Cameron & Lauren
Lipovetsky, Max & Rho
Minihan, Gary & Sharon (OB 79)
Litis, Dean Liu, Dylan & Jane Liu, HongQi & Juan Liu, Leo & Catherine Liu, Perry & Lisa Liu, Shelly & Shelly Lochhead, Ash & Anne Lohan, Paul & Susanna Lombard, Reece & Jacqui Longley, Nick & Su Loong, Anton & Serene Lopez, Simon (OB 86)
Mirmilstein, Elena & Vadim Mirovics, Lia Mitchell, Dwayne & Kim Mitrevski, Peter & Belinda Moffat, Andrew & Carole Moir, Andrew & Rebecca Moir, Jamie & Katherine Mongey, Paul & Zoe Moore, Chris & Jennifer Morris, Chris (OB 76) Morris, Stephen & Susann
Lu, Zhongxun & Wendy
Morris, Troy & Audra
Luangmahanaka, Teerapoj & Kamanee
Mottram, Philip & Cathy Moulton, Wayne & Pam
Luo, Ken & Herring
Mozina, Michael & Georgina
Luo, Shengyu & Chun
Muller, James & Emily
L-R Hamish Anderson and Casper Payne celebrate graduating from Year 6.
Murphy, Richard & Jacqueline
Poynter, Alan (OB 40)
Murphy, Stephen & Larissa
Prendergast, Andrew (OB 95)
Naccarella, John & Joanne
Prins, Cameron & Jacqui
New, David & Junko
Pullen, Nic & Gail
Ni, Jimmy & Fiona
Purcell, Ray & Cathrin
Nicholas, Chris & Meagan
Putland, Darren & Lecia
Nicholas, James & Ines
Qian, Hong & Lin
Qiu, Yawei & Ling
Nicholson, Max (OB 47)
Rabinov, Philip (OB 76)
Nie, Jianxin & Xiangqiang
Rathmayr, Erik & Belinda
Noble, Andrew & Kate
Read, Andrew & Liz
O’Connor, Matt & Anthea
Rearick, Mark & Christina
Redpath, Lee & Karyn
Oliver, Ken & Tracey
Reid, Chris & Isobel
Osborne, Michael (OB 85)
Reid, Matt & Phoebe (OB 90)
Paino, Steven & Laura (OB 80)
Reilley, Geoffrey (OB 62)
Palillo, Vincenzo & Bianca
Reilly, Dean & Sonja
Palmer, Tony & Sandra
Richardson, Jon & Emma
Paltoglou, Nick & Megan (OB 86)
Richey, Andrew & Nicci
Pan, Yue Liang & Hua
Riddell, Mark & Janet (OB 71)
Simon, Richard & Pamela (OB 79)
Tognarini, David & Kate (OB 87)
Sitzoukis, Paul & Sophia
Toms, Matthew & Jodie (OB 90)
Sloan, Alastair (OB 89) Sloan, Marlese Smart, Terry & Minaret Smith, Geoffrey & Carolyn Smorgon, Barry (OB 67) Sobee, George (OB 28) Spampinato, Paolo & Lena Spicer, Geoff & Ann-Marie St Leger, Guy & Mandy Stanley, Alan (OB 61) Start, Rowan & Amanda
Toms, Peter & Sue Tongs, Paul & Jane Tonkin, Neil (OB 62) Travers, Sam & Nicole Tremlett, Doug Trevillian, Paul & Robyn Tsindos, Harry & Veneta Tso, Sui Yeung & Wen Twycross, Mark & Lisa Tzimas, Bill & Betty
Stavrakis, Bill & Carli
Ugrinovski, Robert & Maria
Stedman, Colin & Margaret (OB 44)
Usher, Anton & Rina (OB 88) Valcanis, Les & Agnes
van Wetering, Natalie
Stewart, Graeme & Melissa
Verdini, Anthony & Adriana
Stewart, James (OB 95)
Vincent, Darren & Leonie
Stewart, Rob & Hope (OB 65)
Walker, Rob & Felicity
Stewart, Robert & Nat
Walter, Nick (OB 89)
Strahan, Clarke & Cathie
Wang, Bob & Lillian
Stretch, Nick & Felicity
Wang, Fu-Ming & Shu-Hui
Strintzos, Keith & Morf
Wang, Lei & Yu
Sullivan, Lawrence (OB 76)
Wang, Leslie & Lan
Wang, Steven & Dong Ying
Sullivan, Timothy & Bec
Warman, Paul & Belinda
Sum, Mike & Alison
Warner, Todd & Christine
Paul, Chris & Haylee
Roubos, Nick & Georgina (OB 84)
Sun, Shane & Jo Jo
Warrell, Andrew & Margie
Pavone, Joseph (OB 01)
Rowell, Julian & Leonie
Sun, Shoukui & Wei
Payne, Phil & Sonia
Roynic, John & Ellie
Watling, Peter (OB 63)
Paynter, Sam & Louise (OB 86)
Rozentoul, Boris & Hsin
Svensen, Gary & Alissa
Webster, Simon & Liz
Swann, Ray & Bik
Wells, Andrew & Georgie
Pearl, Laurence (OB 50)
Saadie, Michael & Jo
Tadgell, Clive (OB 50)
Tan, Arno & Wai Ling
Whillas, Mark & Helen
Tan, Shu & Spring
Whitney, Dallas (OB 40)
Whitson, Graham & Petra
Tang, Gary & Yvonne
Wilde, John (OB 67)
Williams, Brett & Barbora
Tellefson, Peter & Fiona
Williams, Marcus & Michele
Templeton, Graeme & Margaret (OB 61)
Wilson, Gregory & Christine
Terry, Gavin & Jeannette (OB 85)
Wilson, Matt & Joy
Paraskiv, Chris & Nicole Parker, Angus & Vicki Parlane, Gerard & Priscilla Parsons, Andrew & Lana Pascoe, Brian & Ruth Pascoe, John & Kate (OB 01) Paterson, Ian Patterson, Mark & Caitlin
Pearse, Ken & Elizabeth Penca, Andrew & Laura Peng, James & Lynette Peng, Simon & Serene Perkins, Simon & Victoria Perrett, Jon (OB 01) Perry, John & Heather Pharr, Steven & Rebecca (OB 01) Phillips, Graeme & Sarah Phillips, John & Sue Phung, John & Lucy Piccolo, Michael & Gaby Pitcher, Michael (OB 72) Plympton, Andrew & Kym (OB 66) Porteous, Stephen & Angela Post, Andrew & Sue Poulter, Julie-Anne Powell, Mike & Sally (OB 73)
Rico Estrada, Luis & Corinne Ring, Adam & Doone Roberts, Campbell & Bronwyn Roberts, Katherine & David Roberts, Susie Robinson, Michael & Candice Rochanakij, Michael & Jenny
Ryan, Christopher & Janine Salis, Scott & Sonia Salvo, Daniel Sareen, Neeraj & Aparana Scally, Steven (OB 82) Schulz, Kevin & Prue Scott, Peter & Janelle (OB 76) Scriven, Colin & Gail Semenov, George & Valentina Semmens, Gavin & Lisa Severino, Brent & Emily Shaw, Tobias & Georgina (OB 87) Shentu, Junjie & Ping Sherborne, Tom & Louise Shieh, John & Annie Shinoda, Akihiro & Yukiko Shu, Shiho & Sachiko Silva, Brent & Jacki Simon, Isobel
Thom, Nick & Sarah Thomas, Philip & Fiona
Wilson, John (OB 79) Wilson, Peter & Rebecca (OB 68)
Wilson, Roger & Margaret (OB 61)
Wood, Mathew & Kristen
Thomson, Paul & Petra (OB 86)
Woodman, Brad & Carolyn
Thomson, Scott & Tricia (OB 86)
Thorpe, Philip & Bronwyn Tiver, Graham & Helen
Wright-Smith, John & Simone Wu, Lixin & Ning Wu, Yajian & Yihong Wyss, Andrew & Julie
Xafis, Michael & Mary
Hodges Real Estate
Gray, John (OB 64)*
Thomson, Lachlan (OB 51)
Xu, Alex & Lei
Interactive Pty Ltd
Xu, Fang Fang
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Xu, Qian & Ying
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Lexus of Brighton
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Arrowsmith, John Backholer, Arthur, (OB 36)* Balfe, Anthony, (OB 66) Baylis, Andrew Begg, James (OB 58) Bunning, Rodney, (OB 50) Burt, Diana Burt, David (OB 47)*
All Graduates Interpreting and Translating
Darby, Peter (OB 51)
Devine, John (OB 63)
Brighton Toyota Campion Education (Aust) Pty Ltd Clarke Hopkins Clarke Erbas and Associates Pty Ltd Ezisay
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Marget, Constantine (OB 68)
Cameron, Donald (OB 51)
Atlantic Group (V)
Zhu, Adam & Helen
Wilson, Roger (OB 61)
Jones, Stephen, (OB 71)
Sobee,George & Linda
Zhou, Kai & Jingzhi Zhou, Li & YiJing
Jones, Gary, (OB 72)
Zhibing, Lyu & Chunqi
Zheng, Zhiling & Yuanyuan
Jarvis, Barry (OB 58)
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Zheng, Li Ying & Zing Dong
Chapman, Bruce (OB 53) De Salis, Mary Devine, Julie Eden, Wellesley (OB 47) Ellerton, John, (OB 61) Fairweather, Mabel * Farman, Jeffrey R Forbes, Cameron (OB 93) Ford, Rodney Glover, Alan Goddard, Colin
McKenzie, Allan (OB 67) Moylan, Frederick AM (OB 38)* Nicholson, Maxwell (OB 47) Norris, Athene Oâ€™Sullivan, David (OB 43)* Paroissien, Ian, (OB 69) Paroissien, Barbara Parsons, Richard, (OB 54)* Pearse, Ken Pearse, Elizabeth Phillips, John Philpott, Edward, (OB 39)* Redhead, Theodore (OB 62) Renouf, Timothy, (OB 74) Robertson, Kenneth (OB 68) Robertson, Ian (OB 74) Robertson, Margaret Robinson , Keith (OB 45) Sanderson, Robert (OB 35)* Stephens, Monty Stretton, Nancy * Talbot, Michael (OB 65) Talbot, Trudy Tapp, Peter, (OB 69) Taubman, John (OB 55) Templeton, Graeme (OB 61) Thomson, George, (OB 51)
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Academic elite Just before Valedictory Day, we celebrated our Year 12 academic elite at the annual Year 12 Prize Giving assembly. Parents of the winners joined the Headmaster, Ross Featherston and Head of Senior School, Dr Ray Swann and the boys for a morning teaÂ afterwards.
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Hayden Mitchell (Year 9) was selected to play in the East Coast Challenge (ECC) team for Vic Metro who will be taking two teams to Sydney in January to play Qld, NSW, SA and ACT.
Chess Matt Cruse (Year 5) came third in an inter-school chess tournament against 52 other children.
Athletics The 2016 BGS Athletics team qualified for 18 out of 23 APS Athletics Finals in October. They ultimately finished third for the second year in a row. At the State Relays Competition we won one gold, three silver and one bronze, meaning five of our competing teams achieved a medal. Our U16 4x800 team won their timed final convincingly 30
but lost out on a medal through time (there were three timed finals). However, the AV Judges selected our BGS team for the Most Inspirational Performance Award as the boys led every leg of the race (significant over this distance). The team included Sam Flockart, Jack Clarkson, Jakub Williams and Ben Fisher.
Debating Congratulations to Callum Drake (Year 10) and Rob Tongs (Year 11) who were awarded Swannie awards for Debating in the South Eastern district. Callum and Rob also received nominations for state-wide competition Swannie Awards, placing them in the top six debaters in the state.
Gaelic Football Congratulations to the BGS boys who were part of the Victoria Blue team that won the Minors title at the 2016 Australasian Gaelic Games in Queensland.
English Congratulations to Huw Thomas (Year 3) and Harry Pollock (Year 4) who both ranked in the top one per cent in the country by achieving a High Distinction in the ICAS English competition.
Pictured here are Year 10 BGS boys (Back row L-R) Will Agius, Ben Branson, Hamish Dick, Jake Turner, (Front row L-R) Jack Goodings, David Seager, Harry Reynolds.
Gaming Congratulations to Paris Sitzoukis (Year 11), who continues to excel in the world of gaming. Paris was part of a six-man team representing Australia in the World Amateur Gaming Championships in Jakarta. Teams from over 20 countries completed in a League of Nations battle with Paris’s team finishing fourth. Not content with a top four finish, the team then completed in the MGA Pacific Championships in Malaysia and won the Grand Final. SUMMER 2016/17
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Ice Hockey Three BGS boys represented Victoria at the Ginsberg Trophy Ice Hockey National Championships. Owen Dials and Andrew Penca (both Year 7) and AJ Harris (Year 5), collected the silver medal at the event after being pipped by Western Australia in the final. Andrew was crowned Highest Point Scorer across the four-day event, accruing an amazing six goals and 10 assists. Owen was Victoriaâ€™s second-highest point scorer, with eight goals and two assists. Not to be outdone, as the youngest player in the team, AJ scored his first goal in interstateÂ competition. L-R: Owen Dials, AJ Harris and Andrew Penca.
Mathematical! Congratulations to Matt Hill (Year 6), James Tan (Year 4), Lachlan Auden (Year 4), Charlie Sabin (Year 3), Matheus Judah (Year 2) who ranked in the top one per cent in Australia by achieving a High Distinction in the ICAS Maths competition. Jack Liu (Year 10) was one of five students in Australia to achieve a perfect score in the very prestigious 2016 Australian Mathematical Olympiad Senior invitational contest in August. Typically, up to 100% students in Year 10 and 11 are invited to enter.
Karting Congratulations to Thomas Smith (Year 8) who competed against a host of international drivers in Asia’s National Kart series held in Singapore. Thomas finished in 5th place, making it on to the podium.
Motor Racing Nic Carroll (Year 11) finished fourth in the final State Round of Formula Ford 2016 at Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit finishing fifth overall in Victoria. Nic drove strategically, at times, reaching 245kph. This level of driving requires not only passion and aggression, but it requires 100% commitment challenging the driver both mentally and physically.
Music On July 3, Isaac Lee (Year 6) was invited to perform Boccherini’s Concerto in G major (First movement) in the Winners Recital of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition 2016 at Carnegie Hall, New York City. This was Isaac’s debut overseas performance, and what a venue to do it. It was serendipitous that Jared Furtado, Junior School Music coordinator and Head of Choral happened to be in New York on a study tour and was delighted to be in the audience at Carnegie Hall.
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Our Captain is the number 1 AFL draft pick 2016 School Captain Andrew McGrath’s professional AFL career officially started in November when Essendon made a seriously good call. The BGS community shared a collective sigh of relief and sense of excitement when Andrew was announced as the number 1 AFL draft pick of 2016. Media coverage clearly stated that Essendon was particularly interested in securing Andrew not only for his amazing athleticism, but also for his wonderful strength of character, tenacity and humility. As all of us at BGS know, Andrew takes pride he takes in everything he does, and commands respect from everyone at BGS – from the youngest ELC boys right through to the Headmaster. Whether he’s singing in the School choir or helping the 1sts to their third Premiership, Andrew is an outstanding role model and an ‘all round’ good man. Andrew – you may be a Bomber now but you’ll always be a Tonner. And we couldn’t be prouder. All the best for a long and successful career.
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Open Water Swimming On 1 October, 17-year-old Dan Canta (Year 11) won the Manhattan Marathon (a 45.8km swim around Manhattan Island) in 7 hours 55 minutes. If that isn’t amazing enough, it was done a week after completing the Catalina Channel swim (33km). These achievements, added to his previous swims of the English Channel (33.7km) have now placed him in a rarefied club of currently only 142 people who have completed the ‘Triple Crown’ of open water swimming. Dan is also the youngest male, youngest Australian, and first ever Romanian to achieve this feat. In November, Dan’s unique story was told via a documentary film, The Swim Kid, screened at the Brighton Dendy in November. In December, Dan also became the first ever current BGS student to feature as guest speaker at a BGS Breakfast Bio event.
Soccer Congratulations to Noah McGrath (Year 9) who has signed with Melbourne Victory’s Youth Development Program for 2017. In 2016, Noah played in the Victorian State team.
Snowsports Will Middlemiss placed 1st in the Australian Championships at Falls Creek - Menâ€™s Open U/20 for the 15km XC (Cross Country) Classic. He achieved a qualifying time for the Junior National team. Toby Jones (Prep) was our youngest competitor at the Australian Interschool Championship at Perisher. Toby raced in the Alpine Division 6 for Prep, Year 1 and 2 boys. He finished 16th overall, as was the 3rd fastest Victorian boy. Toby has been skiing since he was two years old and has been in the Mt Buller Snow Squad for four seasons. BGS finished 6th overall in the National Secondary Schools Comp and 9th in the National Primary School Comp.
Spelling Matt Hill (Year 6) was the spelling superstar of the day at the invitational ICAS spelling competition, performing in the top one per cent of all participants and achieving a High Distinction for hisÂ efforts. Distinctions were awarded to Seymour Zhu (Year 3), Tom Jorgensen (Year 4), Tom Crennan (Year 4), Leon Haralambakis (Year 5), Zach Shieh (Year 5), Will Fearn (Year 5), Alexander Jacob (Year 5), Zach Bowen (Year 6), Lucas Connell (Year 6), Brendan Zhang (Year 6) and J Sum (Year 6).
New Wellbeing Centre opens In just three short years, wellbeing at BGS has evolved from a littleunderstood concept to a multifaceted School-wide program. And now, a beautiful new dedicated space houses the signature wellbeing activities at BGS. On Wednesday 16 November 2016, BGS was honoured to welcome former Victorian Premier and CEO of beyondblue, The Hon. Jeff Kennett, to officially open the BGS Wellbeing Centre. The opening was attended by the project donors, the BGS Council, community representatives and key members of staff. The project cost approximately $900,000 and was fully funded with philanthropic support. 38
L-R The Hon. Jeff Kennett with Director of Wellbeing, Kay Rogers and the Headmaster
Why such a focus on wellbeing? When Ross Featherston began as Headmaster in 2014, his very first move was to employ a Director of Wellbeing, Kay Rogers. With the help of Kay’s expertise, Ross was determined to develop and implement a school-wide wellbeing program from ELC to VCE, for staff, parents and ultimately, the wider community.
“More than anything, at BGS, we want our boys to truly thrive. And this goes well beyond just academic success. We also want to help our boys to have a strong sense of wellbeing,” explains Ross. Studies have shown that if you have a strong sense of wellbeing, you have greater levels of concentration, productivity, vitality and academic results. The new Wellbeing Centre, which is located in what was once the Girrawheen Chapel, is a place for boys, staff and parents to escape the rush of modern life and learn the skills of mindfulness practice, active reflection and other tools to increase their wellbeing. The centre is also suitable for lectures, group work and discussion, staff professional development and one-onone counselling.
Dynamic yoga for stress relief As part of offering boys ways to control and relieve their stress leading up to exams the Year 9 boys had the chance to experience Dynamic Yoga. During the hour-long class boys were challenged physically, and mentally to maintain focus, concentration and to beÂ present.
The Resilience Project The Middle School hosted Hugh van Cuylenburg from the Resilience Project addressed both the students during the day, and parents in the evening. Hugh, a former primary school teacher, worked with disengaged adolescents before volunteering as a teacher in northern India. These experiences inspired him to develop the Resilience Project, which has been delivered to every NRL team, as well as several AFL and netball teams. Hughâ€™s message of gratitude, mindfulness and empathy conveyed through humorous story telling drawn from his various experiences aligned perfectly with the work that BGS is doing through the PROSPER wellbeing program. 40
Art therapy Another wellbeing tool introduced to the boys is art therapy. Creative art therapy uses a variety of art materials and creative processes to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing. Unlike a traditional art class, the focus is on expressing and exploring feelings through art rather than the quality of the art produced. The first BGS boys to experience art therapy classes were the Year 5 boys during Term 4. During three workshops under the expert management of Anette Kulesza and Aimee Charles, the boys honed skills in respectful sharing and listening, empathy, and being more supportive of each other.
Artist in residence We were delighted to welcome author, speaker, mindfulness educator and teacher, Janet Etty-Leal as our wellbeing artist-inresidence last term. Janet pioneered Mindfulness in Australian Schools and over the course of a week facilitated special sessions for several hundred of our boys.
A mindful Middle School The many benefits of regular mindfulness practice for children have been well documented, especially over the past few years. Research has shown that mindfulness can help boost kids’ moods and selfesteem; encourage empathy and optimism; improve mental health; and promote conflict resolution. Some studies have even shown that mindfulness can improve cognitive control, which aids academic learning. In the Middle School, both Year 7 and Year 8 boys participate in a number of regular mindfulness activities. Many of the BGS Middle School boys are already familiar with mindfulness, having been exposed to mindfulness activities and concepts from ELC and right through the Junior School. However, the intake of new BGS boys at Year 7 means that some are new to mindfulness, so a structured introduction to these concepts and ideas is essential. All boys in Year 7 complete the MindUP™ curriculum. MindUP™ fosters social and emotional awareness, improves psychological wellbeing, and promotes academic success. The MindUP™ classroom is an optimistic one that encourages mindful attention to self and others. The MindUP™ program is taught during Term 2 by House tutors who are trained in delivering the curriculum. The lessons begin with background knowledge of the brain, then over successive weeks, explore mindfulness in relation to listening, seeing, smelling, tasting and moving. 42
This helps the boys become more aware of how the brain processes information. They become more observant of their own learning processes, as well as the people and environments in which they operate. A central element of the program is the specific practice of mindfulness meditation. A three-minute script is
delivered by the tutor, which involves deep breathing and attentive listening. This practice is then ongoing throughout the remainder of the year. The philosophy of MindUP™ is that if you begin to monitor and become attuned to your senses, feelings and thoughts at a young age, then the capacity to
become aware of what is happening in that moment equips you with the ability to respond reflectively to the situation. Mindfulness isn’t just about sitting still for a few minutes a day – it’s an empowering practice that helps our Middle School boys be mindful.
Violence is not cool Four-time world boxing champ Danny Green took a break from training to address the BGS boys about his groundbreaking Stop the Coward Punch campaign. During his presentation to more than 700+ Year 7 to 12 boys, Danny made it very clear that if you sidle up from behind and crack a guy with an unexpected punch, you’re a coward. In fact, ‘coward punch’ is a phrase Danny himself coined in order to take any glamour out of what is sometimes known as the ‘king punch’. As Danny says, “You can be called all sorts of things, but no guy wants to be called a coward.” The father of two also addressed the devastating 44
consequences that a coward punch can have, both for the one who is hit and the one who throws the punch, not to mention their families. In fact, it was the most devastating of these consequences – the death of a teenager in Perth two years ago – that inspired Danny to take the first step towards stopping this form of senseless violence. Danny made a self-funded television ad to help combat unnecessary violence in social situations. The ad was widely broadcast, resonating with millions of kids and parents alike and kick-starting the Stop the Coward Punch campaign. Further ads are currently in production.
“I’m trying to get the message to tell people – not only the people who throw the punch – but his mates to say, ‘Hey buddy, pull back, don’t worry about it, let it go, let’s enjoy the night’. Our mates have to be held accountable too, not responsible but be held accountable… someone needs to stop this,” explained Danny. When one of the boys asked whether there is a difference between punching in sport or on the street, Danny made his view crystal clear: “If you hit someone from behind on the street or in sport, you are a scumbag.” When it comes to combating violence, we’re glad to have Danny in our corner.
Encouraging positive social change through performing arts
Schools have an advantageous opportunity to help shape boys’ values and standards of behaviour. Particularly so in the senior years when boys are establishing their independence and exploring identity. This is an ideal time to educate, foster critical thinking and encourage self-reflection in a meaningful way. In recognition of the importance of respectful relationships education, BGS decided to break from the traditional lecture-style format and engage Phunktional Ltd to perform Love Drunk to the Year 11 and 12 boys. Through the use of theatre, the performance highlighted the impacts of risky behaviours – drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, poor problem-solving skills, and sexual safety. The Love Drunk narrative revolved around three teenage friends, two males and one female, who experience personal difficulties and draw on their friendship for support. The use of alcohol and drugs is depicted, which leads to the sexual assault of the female by one of her male friends.
The performance was not only entertaining; it also engaged the boys. Immediate responses and boisterous interaction from the boys was expected and encouraged. The performers were skilled at effectively encouraging dialogue and self-reflection. Several times during the performance, the actors paused and asked the boys what they would do if they were in that scenario, and then improvised these responses into the show, making the performance relevant and powerful. Through the use of theatre, the production was able to convey the emotional nuances and complexities of life that may not have as effectively been portrayed via a lecture presentation. Most importantly, it evoked thought and provided an opportunity for discussion about issues that boys (and girls) commonly face during adolescence.
Hien Nguyen Senior School Psychologist
AROUND THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Relay for Life Congratulations to our Junior and Middle School teams who took part in the Relay for Life in October in appalling conditions. They were the 1st and 2nd highest fundraising teams in the district with $21,000 supporting the Cancer Council. An awesome effort!
Toy making Year 8 boys have continued the tradition of making toys in Creative Design and Technology to give to others who are less fortunate. In 2015, we donated the toys to a primary school in Kenya. In 2016, we joined the Vinnies Christmas Appeal and the toys were donated to families with children, along with hampers of food and other essentials. The boys really put in that extra effort with their work knowing their toy will be enjoyed by other children.
THREE CORNERED PARTNERSHIP
Our friends in Japan In early October, Frank and Maggie Lynch (BGS International Student Liasion and International Parents’ Group Coordinator) travelled to Japan to spend time with their son Andrew (BGS 2007) who is working for a large Japanese law firm in Tokyo. To ensure Maggie and Frank caught up with lots of the BGS community, Japanese Past BGS Parents’ Group, led by Akie Iwata and Setsu Kumagai organised several
(L-R) Setsu Kumagai, Yukiko Takigawa, Tamami Shinoda, Frank, Maggie, Michiko Sawaki, Ikuko Fukagai, Kayoko Oda, Akie Iwata and Jun Takigawa.
lunches, dinners, tours and gatherings. In all, Maggie and Frank caught up with 34 families who have returned to live in their homeland. This vibrant group have developed great friendships and all speak fondly of their time in Australia and the valuable impact the BGS experience has had on their sons’ development. We celebrate this long and strong connection with the Japanese community.
Thanks to our fabulous BGS parents So much of what happens across the School is supported by parents volunteering their time and talent. Here, we thank the mums of the JPG who served the lunch to the Year 6 boys and teachers at the end of year Graduation lunch. Thanks to all the parents for the amazing contribution you make to the School. SUMMER 2016/17
2016 Brightonians As part of the celebrations leading up to Valedictory Day, Year 12 boys who attended the Junior School for some or all of their primary years are invited back for a final farewell. This is always very moving for both the boys and their former teachers.
Hanging out at the ‘Frankston Camp’ While most of the boys started their holidays in December, 51 Year 7 to Year 11 BGS boys and seven staff headed off for the 70th Frankston Camp, along with 20 mild-to-moderately intellectually disabled boys from the Berendale School. Now officially known as the Sony Foundation Frankston Camp, and actually located in Campaspe Downs near Kyneton, Frankston Camp is believed to be the longest running camp for disabilities in Australia.
We dig Doug
Fun fact Tim Marshall has attended 20 of the 70 camps either as a student or as a staff member.
Each year, for the last three years, BGS maintenance manager Doug McKelvie has made 80 to 90 sculpture stands for the Year 6 boys to use for their self-portrait sculpture project with Artist in Residence Anastasia Nikakis. This year Doug was delighted to receive a very special ‘thank you’ gift from Anastasia. When Doug showed his mum she cried because, on covering the lower part of the face, the eyes were just the same as her late husband, Doug’s father. Thanks Doug for everything you do for the BGS community. SUMMER 2016/17
AROUND THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
World Challenge expedition In the mid-year break, seven boys and Deanne Cannizzaro visited Nicaragua and Costa Rica on a world challenge expedition. This was no junket! The group trekked five volcanoes in five days, visited a number of cultural and historical sites across the two countries and completed five days at a community project where they renovated a number of classrooms and some maintenance work in the village. As one boy said, “It’s another opportunity we [BGS] provide in building better men.”
House Husbands comes to BGS
There was great excitement around the Middle School this afternoon when cast and crew from popular TV series House Husbands used the Middle School as the location for a future episode. Year 8 boys Spencer, Lukas and Dante were rapt to meet the stars of the series.
Year 6 father/son getaway weekend The 21 dads and their sons who attended the Year 6 getaway weekend simply raved about the experience. Located on the Mitta Mitta River, the focus of the weekend was not just riding the white water rapids (thrilling as that was), but also taking the opportunity to spend time together without distractions from any technology.
One of the most interesting things I found with the other dads was the number that wished, as I had, that we had done this sort of trip with our fathers Alex, a BGS parent
“There is so much value in making memories like this and taking the time to talk to each other,” explained facilitator and head of BGS Outdoor Ed, Cam Barry. Everyone pitched tents in the Omeo Caravan park, played cricket, shared stories around the campfire and, inevitably, the fathers competed in showcasing their skills around the barbecue. As one participant shared, “We all came home with a greater love, respect and connection for each other”.
Your turn, Mr T! Deputy Headmaster and Head of Junior School, Peter Tellefson enjoys the flying fox whilst on the Year 3 camp, Candlebark Farm near Healesville.
Letâ€™s celebrate our in-house celebrant
Deacon Chester Lord (Junior School Chaplain) was ordained as an Anglican Priest on Saturday 26 November in St Paulâ€™s Cathedral. 52
You may not realise that our Senior Chaplain Tony Poole is available to anyone in the wider school community to conduct special ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, naming ceremonies, funerals and so on. Tony is able to conduct a religious service in a religious setting like a church, or a nonreligious ceremony in a non-religious setting such as a beach, garden or function venue. Interested? Give Tony a call on 0400 107 543 or email him on email@example.com
70 years of service At the end of 2016, amongst others, we farewelled Ken Robertson and Bruce McLellan, who between them, gave 70 years service to the School.
Doctor Who? Dr Ray Swann (Head of Senior School and Director of the Crowther Centre) marked the final step in his four year-long PhD process when he graduated in July and became Dr Swann. Ray developed a new model for communication performance using Applied Theatre and ActorÂ Training. The model was developed for aspirant doctors and surgeons specifically for the career medical interview. This interdisciplinary study successfully demonstrates a method to lower the key variable of anxiety to improve interview performanceÂ outcomes.
New BGS babies
Sarah Marian (Junior School) and her husband Matthew welcomed twins, Parker and Zoe on 9 August.
Joyce Wang (Accounts Department) and her husband Allen Qiu welcomed baby Oliver on 4 August 2016. Loc Ngyen-Lim (BGS software developer) and his wife welcomed a baby girl Alexa on 10 July 2016.
Former BGS Psychologist, Amber Kelly had a baby girl Aisha Lily in October.
Simone Lewis (Head of Creative Arts, Design and Technology) and her husband Ian Mills welcomed beautiful baby Nyah born on 6 Sept. Simone reports she is a content baby full of smiles and cuddles.
A Quiet Achiever leaves BGS Our BGS Boatman of 28 years Noel McNicol left BGS in August 2016. Since 1988, Noel was responsible for the maintenance of all the equipment related to rowing, including the boats, oars, bikes, motor boats and spare parts. We wish Noel all the very best in his future endeavours.
Katie White (Head of Middle School Mathematics) completed her Masters of Teaching in 2016, which had an emphasis on educational leadership, innovative learning spaces and improving numeracy. Dan Belluz (Director of Teaching and Learning) was featured in an international case study for PASCOE Scientific, which discussed how Dan changed his teaching physics using Pascoe equipment to be hands on, inquiry based science to increase student motivation and engagement.
Althea Draayers Music teacher 1981-2009
Vale Peter Harkness
Althea Draayers left BGS in 2009 after 25 years teaching singing and music in the Junior School. Althea is best remembered as a gifted choral teacher. After leaving BGS, Althea assisted with a music program at a small Gippsland school, as well as singing with the Casey Ladies Choir and with husband, Peter, performing with the Monash Corale. On Peter’s retirement in 2012, Althea and Peter made the permanent move to Gembrook where they are kept busy with a large garden and house renovations. Each year they travel to France to visit their son and usually take the opportunity to holiday elsewhere in Europe or visit friends in the UK. Althea has a love of food and wine, enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes and entertaining. Another favourite pastime is bush and coastal walking.
Court of Companions Peter Toms welcomed the new Court of Companions members at a dinner in August including Chairman of Council and past parent, Peter Ickeringill. The new Court of Companions members welcomed were: • Anna Austin, whose roles at BGS have included Head of Mathematics and Acting Deputy Head Curriculum. • Graeme Brennan former Senior Chaplain (2001 to 2013) now Chaplain to the Court of Companions. • Dean Bryan currently Deputy Head of Junior School and former Junior School Head of Sport.
Peter was an outstanding schoolboy athlete, an All-Australian Amateur Footballer who represented Australia in a demonstration Aussie Rules match at the Melbourne Olympics. After graduating from Melbourne University and teaching in England, Peter joined BGS to teach economics and coach the 1st XVIII from 1964-68. He was a popular teacher and with his formidable height was affectionately known as ‘Pole’ Harkness. In 1984, Peter returned to BGS as the Business Manager and guided the School’s finances for the next 15 years Peter retiring in 1998. Sadly, Peter died from the effects of a severe stroke on 22 October 2016 whilst on a cruise off the northern Australian coast. Peter was also a member of the Sequamur Society. We extend our sincere sympathy to Peter’s wife, Vivienne, and family including his son James (OB 1990).
The Court of Companions commemorates those members of staff who have worked at BGS for 15 years or more.
• Alex Sylvan, Senior School Co-ordinator of Wellbeing, Head of Hancock House and former Head of English 2008-2014. • Adam Thorn, former BGS curator and now Halls Supervisor. • Peter Tutera, former Head of Middle School Science and teacher of Maths and Science. It was a pleasure to acknowledge our most senior member present, Hector Walker, staff member 1955 to 1991, who was renowned for his outstanding direction and production of Senior School plays for over 25 years. SUMMER 2016/17
Tim Renouf (OB 1974) Tim tells of his decision to include BGS in his will motivated by his gratitude for his education and his desire to ensure that other young men will have the opportunity to experience a BGS education. I am thankful for attending BGS from 1967-74, a Christian-based school that provided guidance, encouragement and discipline that carry through all my life. As an average student academically, and quite shy, I was grateful for the range of opportunities available to me such as: swimming and diving; the adventures of the Labertouche bush classroom; winning an art and craft prize; the teamwork and order of compulsory Cadets; major school trips to PNG and Central Australia; and the privilege of being a Prefect. The various personalities of the staff often leave indelible marks on boys. I am so thankful for Robert Rofe’s legendary discipline, in particular his commitment to school attendance at chapel services. The School’s greatest gift to me lay dormant until surfacing about 2006 when, venturing into a St Andrew’s Easter Service, memories of chapel hymn singing came flooding back. Today, nothing gives me more pleasure than singing in church. I often attend School chapel services to help inspire the boys to sing in order to strengthen their emotional shields when confronted with this present world. As Ross Featherston emphasised at this year’s Benefactors Service, there are many different ways that people can give to the School. 56
The Sequamur Society honours and thanks those who have confirmed their intention to include Brighton Grammar School in their will.
New Scholarship especially for sons of Old Boys
The OBGS is delighted to announce the establishment of a scholarship for the son of an Old Boy. The scholarship will be awarded to a boy of fine character and general all round ability. For further details, please visit www.brightongrammar.vic.edu.au.
Labertouche An idea before its time
Establishing the first outdoor camping facility for Brighton Grammar was due to the foresight of staff member, Horace Webber. In 1907, Horace was born in Poona, India where his father Reverend Percy Webber was a missionary with the Church of England. In 1920, the family moved to Ringwood where his father became the vicar of St Paul’s Church. After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Horace joined BGS in 1946 as the head of the Middle School. Apart from teaching French and English and coaching sport teams, Horace was keenly interested in the Australian flora and fauna. He considered that with increasing urbanisation the opportunities for boys to experience life in the bush had become remote. It took until 1962 for Horace to achieve his goal when he obtained a lease in the Bunyip State Forest at Labertouche, a little over an hour’s drive from the school and 15 miles from a town of any consequence. Groups were organised into work periods and recesses. Horace conducted Botany lessons under a large marquee and specimens of plant life were drawn and studied. At night, he led excursions to observe the animal life around the camp. Every boy did their share of peeling spuds and chopping firewood, which developed a community spirit. Countless young students relished their camp experience and their hikes in the wilderness. In February 2008, the staff and students were shocked to hear when they heard that the Labertouche campsite had been raised by bushfires. Horace is remembered not only through his camps but also for his published works, which included a novel, Reluctant Angel, published under the pseudonym of Edna Constance; Years Pass On–Caulfield Grammar School 1881-1981; and the Greening of the Hill–Revegetation around Broken Hill in the 1930s.
Do you know these boys? This photograph was recently donated by Old Boy Jack Kagan (OB 1968). Can you identify any of the little boys in this photo? If so, please get in touch. If you have any similar photos or memorabilia, IÂ would be delighted to hear from you. Dr Jane Mayo Carolan, Archivist 60
We are searching for past copies of The Brighton Grammarian
Contact Jane Dr Jane Mayo Carolan, Archivist Phone 03Â 8591 2200 Email jcarolan@brightongrammar. vic.edu.au
The first edition of The Brighton Grammarian was produced in June 1909. Readers of the first edition were informed that the whole School was now fitted out with Automatic Triumph Desks so that each boy could have his own separate desk and seat, and that a flagpole 80 feet high had been presented by the Old Boys to the School. Not surprisingly, sports matches were featured in full and the activities of the Life Saving Class, redolent with quaint details, makes fascinatingÂ reading. The magazine was initially published twice a year but sadly we have some gaps in our archival collection and are seeking the support of our community as we focus on building up a complete set of Grammarians. Do you have any early editions of The Brighton Grammarian lying around in your attic? SUMMER 2016/17
Andrew Biggin retires Andrew retired from his role as Alumni Relations Manager, Executive Officer of the OBGS and Secretary and Treasurer of the OBGS in December 2016 after over a decade of dedicated service. This is what Andrew wrote to the Old Boy community about his time at BGS: “I have been fortunate to have the best job in the world for the past 11½ years in which I have arranged and attended around 180 reunions including reunions in every state of Australia except the NT and one reunion in London. There have been an enormous number of highs and hardly any lows – how lucky am I? Over the 46 years I have been involved with the OBGS Committee, I estimate I 62
have attended well in excess of 400 OBGS Committee meetings but the best part of all, I have made hundreds and possibly thousands of wonderful lifelong friendships and got to know so many people through the common bond of BGS. As I said to Ross (Featherston, Headmaster) yesterday, while I will miss my close involvement with BGS, which spans almost 55 years having walked into Rosstrevor for the first time on Monday 11 February 1963 as a 10-year-old boy starting grade 6, I will always be an Old Boy and will maintain contact accordingly. I would especially like to thank you all for your friendship, comradeship and support over the journey.”
Old Boys win gold and silver at Design Awards Melbourne architecture, interior and urban design agency Ewert Leaf has picked up two major awards at the 2016 Melbourne Design Awards.
The company, founded in 2009 by codirectors and Old Boys Toby Ewert (OB 2000) and Will Leaf (OB 1996), collected a gold award for the contemporary apartment redevelopment it designed for a large corner block overlooking Malvern Gardens. Ewert Leaf also won a silver award for the interior of the new South Yarra premises of Black Leopard Skincare. Located in a heritage shop front in Chapel Street, the building hosts the flagship store for men’s-only skincare range Black Leopard. The company has a history of picking up awards across commercial and residential projects. It has won numerous honours in the Melbourne Design Awards for residential and commercial properties, including Hawk & Hunter, Aer Bar, Feast of Merit and Cobb Lane Bakery, over the past few years. Toby and Will, who met as students at BGS and later played football together, are involved in every project. All aspects of the design are completed in-house. Their focus on marrying creative and
commercial elements of a project – they are developers as well as architects – helps them to walk in their clients’ shoes. A registered architect with a degree in architecture and property development, Will understands the commercial reality of developer-driven projects and is known for his ability to develop commercially viable, cost-effective designs for complex projects. He has worked extensively in China and India, and was the project architect on the $3 billion New Delhi Terminal 3, overseeing 35 local architects. Toby has acquired extensive expertise in the commercial, retail and hospitality sectors during 12 years in the industry and has led many successful and award-winning projects. Toby brings an invaluable mix of creativity and commercial proficiency to hospitality ventures. His in-depth understanding of the complexities of the design, procurement and operational processes makes him uniquely placed to balance design with commercial reality. SUMMER 2016/17
OLD BOY NEWS
Charlie Carrington Atlas Dining: A constantly evolving casual restaurant with no rules
Melbourne chef Charlie Carrington (OB 2011) opened Atlas Dining on Commercial Rd, South Yarra in September 2016. Inspired by his eight-month trip spanning 15 countries across South America, North America, Europe and Asia, the 22-yearold’s first restaurant explores different cuisines of the world as the seasons change. Atlas Dining’s food and beverage menus will be transformed three times per year based on Charlie’s travel experiences. Charlie was introduced to the culinary world by his grandmother’s sister, who was an exceptional home cook with an affinity for delicious desserts. Determined to start early, Charlie’s first job was a part-time role at Stokehouse at 14 years of age. By the age of 15, Charlie had left school and was working full-time at the preeminent St Kilda restaurant. After two years at Stokehouse, he ventured to London and completed work experience at the three Michelin
starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. The experience was formative and Charlie’s decision to build a career as a chef has largely been inspired by Gordon Ramsay and his former head chef Clare Smyth, who was the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars. Following his stint at Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant, 16-year-old Charlie returned to Melbourne and joined Shannon Bennett’s team at Vue De Monde before heading to Sydney to work under Mark Best at Marque and then Lennox Hastie at Firedoor. With the ambitious idea to open his own restaurant, Charlie embarked on an eight-month research trip spanning 15 countries across South America, North America, Europe and Asia. Carrington gained experience working in kitchens in Antwerp, San Francisco, Bangkok, Singapore, La Paz, Mexico City and Sao Paulo.
New Choir Alumni group In August 2016, the first official St Andrew’s Choir Alumni function was held in the Pioneer Chapel. The choir has a long a rich history – at 174 years, it is the longest running choir in Victoria. Additionally, the Choral Scholarship program began in 1924 meaning decades and generations of connection.
All past choristers are encouraged to make contact through St Andrew’s and to simply connect with others or to see how you can become more involved by joining the alumni committee or supporting the current choir. St Andrew’s 03 9592 1240 SUMMER 2016/17
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TY YALUMNI DAY 2016 Our young Alumni enjoyed their first event in a marquee at the Balnarring Races in December 2016. The day included a bus from Brighton, spit roast catering and a few drinks. Organiser Tim Marshall said “We look forward to having even more attend the 2017 Yalumni Day”. 66
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Theodore Dimaras (OB 1995) attended BGS from kindergarten to Year 12. He then studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (applied mathematics major in Astrophysics) at Monash University. On completion of Articles, Theodore changed to study finance while also working as an underwriter at ACE Insurance. In 2004, Theodore moved to Macquarie Bank Sydney. Through Macquarie Bank, Theodore and his new bride transferred to London in 2007. He has worked for several years at MUS Securities EMEA. Theodore and Lina travel extensively throughout Europe and the UK with some travel to the US where his brother John (OB 1997) lives. In a few months, Theodore and Lina will travel home to introduce their beautiful new son Dean William, who was born on 27 December 2016, to family and friends.
Mitchell Johnson (OB 2006) graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (Hons) and a Bachelor of Medical Science. He completed his Diploma in Child Health in 2015 with the University of Sydney and has commenced his Paediatric Training at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. During his university years, medical training and hospital work, Mitchell was always passionately involved with the Australian Red Cross. In 2014, he was Chair of the Victorian Youth Advisory Committee; a representative of Australian Red Cross at the 1st National Youth Volunteering Camp by the Timor Leste Red Cross 2014; and currently is the Victorian representative to the Australian National Youth Advisory Committee of Red Cross; Chair of the Red Cross Pacific Network and on the Steering Committee of the Member of the Red Cross Asia-Pacific Network. In July of this year, Mitchell was awarded the 2016 National Red Cross Youth Meritorious Service Award.
A member of the North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in action, a unit James worked with.
Captain James Hook (1983). He may share a name with Peter Pan’s arch nemesis, but BGS alumnus Captain James Hook is a far cry from the fairy-tale pirate villain. Although James tells us that his army career started less than heroically, with an “undistinguished period of service” with Brighton Grammar’s Army Cadets, he is now a Military Public Affairs Officer in the Australian Army Reserve. James attended BGS from 1978 to 1980. He would have been in the Class of 1983, but left the School when his family moved to Singapore, where he finished high school. While training as a journalist back in Australia, James did the hard yards working nights at The Australian in Sydney, but his tenacity paid off. In his long and varied media career, James has travelled all over the world, working with The Financial Times in London, as a media adviser to the NT Government, and has even set up his own media consultancy. In 2004, James moved to Darwin, and enlisted with the Army Reserves, working in
military public affairs. He joined the Darwinbased North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) – a regional force surveillance unit best known for its Indigenous soldiers who patrol their traditional country and share their extraordinary knowledge and culture with their non-Indigenous comrades. At the time of writing, James had just returned from a six-month deployment in Iraq in the role of public affairs officer for Task Group Taji, which comprises some 400 Australians and New Zealanders. Taji’s mission is to support the Iraqi Army by helping train thousands of Iraqi soldiers to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group. It’s work James takes great pride in, but it’s also tough. “We have developed relationships based on mutual respect,” says James. “The Iraqis are fun-loving and friendly. When I ask Australian soldiers what they think of the Iraqis, the most common response I receive is: “They’re just like us.” It’s not easy to send these men off to fight, even knowing that the training they receive with us will increase their chances of success and survival in combat.” SUMMER 2016/17
A life on the High Seas John Carroll was born in Winchester UK and came to Australia in 1959 when his father, a Master Mariner (Ship’s Captain) was transferred to Melbourne with Shaw Saville Line. John started at BGS in grade 6 that year. The sea was in John’s blood and upon graduation from BGS in 1965, he joined Eastern and Australian Steamship Company as a cadet apprentice, serving his apprenticeship on ships that carried both passengers and cargo between Australia and the Far East. From 1969 to 1974, John trained and successfully achieved his ship’s officer qualifications, culminating in obtaining his Master Mariners ticket in 1974 at the very young age of 26. He captained the vessel Yankee Clipper 70
for Windjammer Cruises (sail powered ships) in the Caribbean and in 1976 joined the pride of the Cunard Fleet “RMS Queen Elizabeth 2” (QE2) as second officer. He was later promoted to first officer – the second most senior navigational officer aboard and the one who would take command if the captain were to become incapacitated. John spent four years aboard the QE2 seeing almost all the world and meeting a myriad of celebrities and royalty: John dealt with stowaways, pirates and all the issues that can occur aboard a large passenger liner, which is more like a fast moving, floating city. John returned to Australia in 1982 working with Australian Offshore Services, then as a cargo superintendent with Patrick Stevedores.
John Carroll waves goodbye from the deck of the pilot cutter after having taken the ship out to sea and safely climbed down the rope ladder to the launch.
Captain John Carroll on the deck of a commercial vessel during a sail past of over 1000 vessels for the Queen’s jubilee in 2008 through the Solent (a shipping lane between Southampton and the Isle of Wight) as his old ship and home for four years, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 sails past in the background.
In 1987, John commenced with Port Phillip Sea Pilots where he still works today. As a sea pilot, John’s task is to guide a vessel in or out of Port Phillip or Western Port Bays having trained and possessing a detailed knowledge of those bays. When a ship approaches Port Phillip Bay, the pilot cutter (a very powerful and maneuverable boat) transports the
pilot to a position five nautical miles (10 kilometres) south west of Port Phillip heads where the pilot boards the ship by means of a rope ladder slung over the side of the ship. This is done while both vessels are moving at around 12 knots, in all weather conditions and at all times of the day and night. As ‘pilot’, he is there to advise the ship’s captain on how to take the ship through ‘The Rip’ at Port Philip Heads and into the Port of Melbourne and safely put the ship alongside the wharf where cargo will be unloaded and/or loaded. When a ship leaves port, the pilot takes the ship to sea and will disembark the vessel again by means of the rope ladder outside Port Phillip Heads. When asked if he had ever fallen in while boarding or disembarking, John replied “never, touch wood” as such a mishap would highly likely prove fatal. SUMMER 2016/17
Near and Far recognition of his work in Timor-Leste and is much decorated as a philanthropist. David Todd (1961) attended BGS from 1955 to 1961 and is the son of Old Boy Alan Todd (1936) who passed away in March 2016 aged 95. David lives in London and while in Melbourne in September, he called in to BGS and presented the School with a very special item of memorabilia.
Ian Riseley OAM (1963) was elected President of Rotary International in 2016 and is currently based in the US where he and his wife Juliet will live while Ian holds the reins of the worldwide Rotary International. Ian attended BGS from 1958 to 1963 and has an accounting business in Black Rock. In 2006, Ian was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “For service to the community, particularly through Rotary International”. Ian received the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian Government in 2002 in 72
In 1936, Alan Todd played in a cricket match in which he made his maiden 1st XI century vs Ivanhoe Grammar. He was Vice Captain of the team and Bob Hay (later Maj. Gen. Robert A. Hay C.B., M.B.E. and BGS Hall of Fame inductee) was the captain. The miniature bat was presented to Alan and treasured for all those years, and David has been kind enough to donate it into the safe hands of Dr Jane Carolan, BGS Archivist. Andrew Plympton (1966) has received many awards and recognitions for his outstanding contribution to business, sport and society in general and in November
David Todd and the much-treasured bat.
2016, Andrew, along with past parent David Gotze, was the recipient of Life Membership of Australian Sailing, the highest honour in their power to bestow. Ian Meredith AM (1974) relocated to Boston at the end of 2016 to become executive vice president and global chief medical officer of Boston Scientific Corporation, as such making him the most senior and powerful Australian ever in the global medical device business. Sam Paynter (1986), President of the OBGS, successfully swam the English Channel in September in a time of 14 hours and 23 minutes. What an amazing achievement. Well done Sam! Xavier Yu (1993) MBBS/BA, FRANZCR, MAICD is the Vice
President of AMA Victoria. Xavier is a radiologist who completed his training through St Vincent’s Hospital in 2015. He has had past basic surgical and orthopaedic training and clinical experience spanning many Victorian hospitals, New South Wales and Tasmania. He is a graduate of The University of Melbourne with both degrees in medicine and the arts. Xavier was elected to the AMA Victoria Board in May 2012, and has had a long involvement with the AMA Victoria Doctors-InTraining Subdivision. He has previously served on the federal AMA Council of Doctors-In-Training, attended many AMA National Conferences. He currently also serves on the Victorian Branch and Federal Councils of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ASMOF), and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sam Austen (1995). In 2008 Sam purchased the old Rosebud Post Office building and converted it into a modern eatery, which is today called the GPO HOTEL. The restaurant is branded as “Pub food with a modern Tex Mex twist”. Situated on Point Nepean Road at Rosebud, Sam has been a busy boy
catering for the Mornington Peninsula’s summer population explosion. Sam West (OB 2004) is the co-writer of a short film, Slapper, which won The Dendy Live Action Short Award at the 2016 Sydney International Film Festival. The film is about a broke and rebellious teen navigating a suburban wasteland, hustling money for the morning-after pill before it is too late.
works in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. In the busy years since leaving school he has also travelled extensively in Europe, USA and Asia, written a book on nutrition and qualified as a Commonwealth Celebrant enabling him to conduct weddings, funerals etc. In September this year, Jason married Stacey and the couple now live in Mentone.
Shinpei Fukagai (OB 2005) and wife, Kana, caught up with Peter Toms during Shinpei’s recent brief visit back to Brighton, where he stayed with Maggie Lynch. Shinpei was a student at BGS from 1997 to 2001 and is now Manager of Financial Services PWC Tokyo. Jason Ziaei (2004) completed a Health Science degree at Deakin and now SUMMER 2016/17
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Hajime Akiyama (2011) was an exchange student who spent 2009 at BGS in Year 10 Rofe. Hajime is now studying his PhD at International Christian University in Tokyo and will shortly be undertaking a short-term course at Lausanne University near Geneva to further his studies. He recently contacted Tom Yates (OB 1974) ConsulGeneral and Trade Commissioner in Fukuoka Japan to help him with some research for a report he has been doing, which has been commissioned by the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The report is titled: to Statelessness Conventions and Japanese Laws: Convergence and Divergence. ‘Statelessness’ is defined in international law as lack of citizenship and currently, more than 10 million of the world’s population are regarded as ‘Stateless”. (L-R) Mr Akiyama (Hajime’s father) Tom Yates, Hajime and Mrs Akiyama (Hajime’s mother).
Dylan Alcott OAM (2008) has had a stellar year. He won two gold medals at the Rio Paralympics – individual and doubles in the quad tennis; he is ranked number 1 in the world in the sport. Dylan was also awarded Australian Paralympian of the Year and in October 2016, he was awarded the Newcombe Medal, Australia’s highest individual honour for tennis.
Old Brighton Grammarians’ Football Club 2016 was a highly successful year for OBGFC, both on field and off. We have an exciting group of players who enjoy the game, work hard and hate losing, all the while demonstrating fantastic camaraderie and a positive club culture. It was a season of two halves for the seniors – if the whole season had been like the first half, we might have been looking at the possibility of being dropped to C Grade. However, the group rallied brilliantly and managed to defeat all the top sides in a way that looks promising for a terrific season in 2017. One of the season highlights was beating Beaumaris at Beaumaris for the inaugural Rob Jakobi Cup. Congratulations to the players for the way they pulled together to win those key games. Tom Fisher won the Robinson Trophy for Best & Fairest and Dan Anthony won the John Priestley Trophy for leading goal kicker for the second year in a row.
There is a lot of excitement around the Club with a number of new players and their parents all wanting to be involved. Congratulations to Harry Hill and Alex Mastramano who represented the VAFA state team. Harry finished second in the VAFA B Grade Best & Fairest is in his first year out of school and Alex is still in Year 12 at BGS. Huge thanks to the coaches, led by Greg Hutchison who has done a fantastic job of bringing this group of young men together and forming them into a solid unit capable
of playing top-notch football. Hutchy is greatly supported by Mitch Pepper and Peter Maynard for the seniors. Thanks to Ross Stewart, our Reserves Coach and to Ryan Joseph, coach of the under 19s. The leadership, player development and guidance provided by all our coaches is fundamental to the success of the Club. I also want to emphasise the importance of a strong culture to a successful club. Past players are an integral part of continuity and culture and their presence at the Club, either at functions or when just calling in to watch a game with their kids, can be a powerful influence. When past players meet the young players, they demonstrate leadership and the values around commitment and belonging. In this way, the culture of the Club has real depth. For this reason, engaging our past players and connecting them to our younger players will be a focus for 2017. To honour the memory of our friend and Club stalwart Rob Jakobi, who sadly passed away in early 2016, the Club has awarded a Life Membership (posthumous) in recognition of his contribution to the Club. Rob and his wife Rosie have, over many years, been ever generous with their time and energies and Rosie continues to play a key role in the life of the Club, now as a member of the Committee. Rosie’s outstanding service to the Club has also been recognised with her appointment as a life member of OBGFC.
Shane Young OBGFC President
20 Year Reunion of the Class of 1996 01 The whole group. 02 L-R The much loved and admired past staff member and Old Boy (1987) Bill Jackson (centre) attended and is pictured by Nick Biggin (left) and Liam O’Neill. 03 L-R Dave Kovac, Pat Phelan, Peter Toms, Tim “Chopper” Handley and Tom Sutherland.
40 Year Reunion of the Class of 1976
01 The whole group. 02 L-R Chris Morris, Peter Scott and Rob Smyth. 03 L-R Chris Barnes, Peter Skelton, Phil Rabinov and Greg Carns.
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50 Years On Reunion 01 The Class of 1966: the new inductees to the 50 Years On Reunion. 02 L-R Standing: Peter Wynne (1966) Alan Becket (1965) Bob McLellan (1954) and Philip Hamilton (1966). Seated: Geoff Barrow, Tony Balfe, Philippe Batters and Paul Purcell (all 1966) with the Headmaster. 03 L-R Seated: Peter Wood, Ray Watterson, Michael Griffin, Philip Hamilton, Harvey Webb, John Wogan-Browne, John Willis and Tony “Egg” Rogers. Standing: Sam Walsh AO (left) and Andrew Plympton. All class of 1966. 04 L-R Bruce McBriar, Rob Moffat, Neil Butler, Murray Smith, Ross Muhlhan, John Grant and Greg Biggin.
Farewell, Allan The BGS community was saddened with the recent passing of BGS Hall of Fame Inductee, Dr Allan Zavod. Allan was a world-famous pianist and composer who played alongside many of the world’s finest musicians including Duke Ellington, Frank Zapper, Sting and James Morrison. Allan has visited BGS on several occasions entertaining all with his unique talent, which will be sorely missed.
Vale It is with sadness that we advise the names of Old Brighton Grammarians and their year of leaving BGS who have passed away. Our condolences to their families. Thomas Adams (1949) Alan Angwin (1961) Chris Bennett (1966) Noel Bowman (1942) Keith Colliver (1954) Keith Ferguson (Past staff 1964 – 1990) Brian Grant (1943) David Grant (2002) Richard Grant (1960) Paul Graham (1973) Peter Harkness (teacher 1964 – 1968 & Bursar 1984 – 1998) Allan Huxley (1947)
Allan (right) receiving his Hall of Fame award form former Headmaster, Michael Urwin in 2008.
The Rev. Canon Donald Walter Johnson (BGS Chaplain 1970-73, Headmaster The Martyrs’ School Popondetta 1986-90) Robert (Bob) Lancet (1936) Colin Rowe (1962) John Strachan (1942)
Allan Zavod (1965), BGS Hall of Fame Inductee SUMMER 2016/17
OBGS Reunion Calendar 2017 We look forward to welcoming you to your reunion. Invitations will be mailed approximately six weeks prior to the class reunions. Every reunion held at the School is preceded by a full tour of the School commencing under the Oak Tree, one hour before the start of the function. REUNION
60 Years On ‘Pendennis Chapter’
Morning tea and lunch
Class of 2016 Welcome
30 Year, Class of 1987
Meliora Club Annual Dinner
Top Enders Cricket
Pritchard Room, BGS
10 Year, Class of 2007
Middle School Nexus
5 Year, Class of 2012
15 Year, Class of 2002
20 Year, Class of 1997
25 Year, Class of 1992
40 Year, Class of 1977
50 Years On
BEST EVER VCE RESULTS 9% scored 24% scored 38% scored 64% scored
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Congratulations to the Class of 2016. You did it!
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