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Whether it’s coaxing the first flames to life, sharing food and stories, or simply gazing into the embers, there’s something magical about a campfire. At BGS, the idea of the campfire is close to our hearts and central to our teaching; this is due to the campfire’s connection with a sense of belonging. When they feel they belong, boys feel safe and secure enough to express themselves freely – they speaak with integrity, listen empathetically, and connect with one another respectfully. As a 2014 study by University of Utah backs up our thinking. Researchers found that humans through the ages haven’t simply used the campfire to cook and fend-off predators, but also to tell stories that help people bond with each other, promoting harmony and equality while igniting the imagination of the community. These ‘campfire’ values of equality, respect and integrity, and a sense of belonging, run through the whole School. On camp, on the sports field, on excursions, or in the classroom, the fire burns bright at BGS, stoked by the staff and kept alight by every single boy. And what could be more magical than that?

We finish the third year of the Featherston era - a time of enormous change - with the best VCE results in the School’s history. The future is full of promise...


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ANOTHER YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENT 4 Wellbeing Centre OPENS 6 The Chairman Retires 8 Crowther Centre 10 Understanding Boys 11 Capital works update 12 Guests at BGS14





The new BGS website and our online parenting resource and blog, Understanding Boys, go live.

February The inaugural Year 12 Big Fella camp at Mt Bogong sees boys and staff climb up and down the tallest peak in Victoria in just one day.

The Year 9 boys step up to the challenges of the very first 12-day Great South Western Journey, cycling, trekking and canoeing their way through south west Victoria.

MARCH The Melbourne Rebels visit BGS and announce their support of BGS Rugby.

APRIL 10 boys and two staff hit New York for BGS’s first ever international Art Tour. The ELC again proved they are the best all-boys early learning facility in Victoria when they undertook a QIP National Quality Standards inspection and were found to be exceeding the National Quality Standard in all seven areas.

MAY BGS goes orange in a school-wide fundraiser for quadriplegic student Will Murray (Year 8). Senior Big Band scores 96/100 in their division of the Generations of Jazz competition in Mt Gambia. Audiences are left awestruck by the sold-out BGS/Firbank production of Copacabana.

JUNE A small group of Year 6 boys, three girls from Firbank and staff from both schools visit Milikapiti on Melville Island as part of the annual Milikapiti Indigenous Exchange, now in its eighth year. The Headmaster and three other Senior Executive team members host alumni reunions in San Diego, San Francisco and New York.



BGS had its most successful academic year in history, with an impressive 38% of 2016 VCE students achieving an ATAR of 90 or above. Our median ATAR score was 87.68 and a massive 9% of the boys received an ATAR of 99 or above. Dux Raymond Li scored an ATAR of 99.90.

NOVEMBER The Tower Wing re-development begins. Former Premier Jeff Kennett officially opens the new BGS Wellbeing Centre.

OCTOBER The BGS team achieves 3rd place in the APS Athletics finals for the second year in a row. 21 Year 6 boys and their fathers attend an action-packed weekend white water rafting on the Mitta Mitta River. Year 9’s Aaron Leferink wins five events at the APS Athletics Finals, breaking APS records in the U16 100m (10.91s) and 200m (21.74s). Dan Canta wins the Manhattan swimming marathon and is the 140th person in the world to achieve the Triple Crown of open ocean swimming.


The Year 8 boys enjoy some quality time with their dads at the father and son getaway weekend in Portsea. The Lion King Jr with Firbank is considered the best Year 6 production ever! Our BGS snowsports team have their most successful Interschools competition ever, coming home with a flurry of medals and 23 boys go on to compete in the Nationals.



The 1st XVIII beats Haileybury at BGS to secure their third consecutive football premiership.

Australian of the Year, Lt. Gen. David Morrison addresses parents and boys at a seminar presented by Understanding Boys.

Isaac Lee (Year 6) performs in Carnegie Hall, New York.

The ELC plant up a storm, celebrating National Tree Day with Toyota.

Head of Senior School, Ray Swann, becomes Dr Ray, achieving his PhD.

Year 4 boys win the interschool Maths Games Day competition.

Boxer Danny Green addresses boys at BGS in his campaign to stop youth violence.

The Senior Concert Band win gold at the Victorian School Music Festival.




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.

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. Studies have shown that those who have a strong sense of wellbeing have greater levels of concentration, productivity, vitality and improved academic results. “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. The new Wellbeing Centre, which is located in what was once the Girrawheen Chapel, will be 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-on-one counselling. GRAMMARIAN 2016



Leadership from within A fond farewell to Ian Paroissien Over the past 15 years, BGS has evolved into a true leader in boys’ education. And we all know this can't happen without strong leadership from within. For more than a decade, outgoing Chairman Ian Paroissien led BGS from the front. Ian recognised that to deliver the best educational experiences, BGS needed to consider not just the what, but the why. Under Ian’s leadership, the Council, in collaboration with headmasters Michael Urwin and Ross Featherston, an extraordinary $50 million was invested into major facility development at BGS. Monumental physical changes that occurred include: • The Senior School re-development. The new Library Resource Centre, Hay Family Lecture Theatre and Atrium replaced the old Memorial Library, enabling the ‘healing’ of the Quad. • The development of our awardwinning Middle School. During the ‘healing’, opportunity knocked. The site of the old Girrawheen nursing home was secured for the future, leading to the eventual development of the Middle School. • Playing fields redevelopment project. A major drought prompted a redevelopment of the playing fields, including infrastructure for massive underground water storage to protect BGS from future dry spells. • The Peter Toms ELC. The new ELC doubled BGS’s capacity for pre-schoolers. • The Hancock Wing re-development. More recently, contemporary, agile learning spaces were created though 8


Retiring Chairman Ian Paroissien and his wife Barbara with new Chairman Peter Ickeringill at Ian's farewell function

the redevelopment of one of our oldest classroom areas. • The Wellbeing Centre. The engine room of our commitment to the mental wellbeing of our boys opened in 2016. • The Junior School STEM Centre. Also in 2016, we opened the doors of the STEM Centre which houses our popular junior science and technology program. • The new sports pavilion. Plans are well underway and the funding model is in place to build a new sports pavilion to support the physical wellbeing of current and future generations of boys. • The Crowther Centre. Under Ian’s direction, the Council believed that to be a truly great school, our teaching and learning needed to be supported by evidence. This led to the visionary establishment of BGS’s own research facility. However, perhaps even more significant is what we can’t see. Under Ian’s guidance, BGS developed a much clearer sense of who we are

as a school, and why we do what we do. Ian’s greatest legacy is the quiet yet insistent way he taught us the importance of having a strategic approach to all we do at BGS. One of the greatest challenges Ian faced was filling the shoes of previous BGS Headmaster Michael Urwin. It took Ian more than a year until he found not just ‘safe hands’, but the right person, in Ross Featherston. Ian also strengthened BGS’s engagement with alumni and the wider Brighton community, through events such as the cricket and football Team of the Century dinners; the BGS Corporate Breakfast program; and establishing the BGS Hall of Fame. A generous BGS benefactor himself, Ian also initiated the prestigious Chairman’s Circle, which celebrates and acknowledges the most generous donors to BGS. From second-generation BGS boy and BGS parent, to a great leader who allowed and enabled the people around him to do their jobs, Ian – we thank and salute you.


Peter Ickeringill Ian has passed the baton of Chairman to Peter Ickeringill, a long-serving member of the BGS Council and father of three Old Boys: Thomas, James and Charlie. Peter is a global partner at Baker & McKenzie. Peter and his wife Melina also have a daughter Martha, who is currently attending Firbank.



Crowther Centre

The new Crowther Centre opened in 2016 as part of the strategy work completed by the Innovation and Learning Strategic Pillar team. With a dedicated new team, the Crowther Centre has had a successful first year, which has included: driving the new professional learning model for both teachers and administration staff; presenting at national and international conferences; and publishing about the work it is undertaking. The Crowther Centre aims to be an engine that helps power the School. In order to achieve this, we need to better understand what we do and the effect of our programs, which has been achieved through a new data warehouse. We also need to improve the quality of our decisions, for example by undertaking research into specific areas and providing this to the School community. Lastly, we need to develop and strengthen networks – for instance, working with world rites of passage expert Dr Arne Rubinstein and the international researchED group. As part of our strategy to strengthen networks, in May 2016 the Crowther Centre held a research in education conference at BGS, which was well attended and received by approximately 170 delegates and trended in the top 5 on Twitter in Australia and the UK. As we continue to enter the information age, the Crowther Centre will strive to bring forth new understandings of Dr George Henry Crowther’s original vision – ‘a school dedicated to the art and science of teaching boys.’ 10


(Above) Dr Ray Swann

Understanding Boys

Launched in early 2016, BGS’s Understanding Boys blog is chock full of quality articles, tips and insights that help parents all over the world raise their sons. Parents of boys love Understanding Boys’ take on parenting, wellbeing and education – in November 2016, the blog had over 32,000 Facebook subscribers and rising. Our loyal audience (the majority of whom are women aged 25 to 45) share, like and comment, which helps us get our message out to parents of sons globally. Of course, the blog is aligned with what BGS stands for. Understanding Boys blog posts are delivered with humour, humility and always with a boy focus. We don’t shy away from the tough topics, covering everything from mental health and gambling to respectful relationships and pornography. Understanding Boys currently accounts for 40% of traffic to the BGS website so it’s a great way to share BGS’s values with the wider community. If you’re not already, we’d love you to be part of the Understanding Boys network. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe via the BGS website.

Understanding Boys top 5 In 2016, our articles on mindfulness, challenging gender stereotypes and raising well-adjusted, empathetic, happy and healthy boys really struck a chord. Here are the articles Understanding Boys readers loved the most: 1. 15 ways to teach mindfulness to kids 2. How the #StillABoy campaign is challenging gender stereotypes 3. Bringing up boys – a mum’s top 10 tips 4. 5 top tips for raising mighty boys 5. Why rites of passage are vital for boys.

www.facebook.com/understandingboys www.brightongrammar.vic.edu.au/understanding-boys GRAMMARIAN 2016



Capital works update

2016 was another busy year, which saw various major and minor capital works progress across the school.

New reception to welcome visitors A long overdue project was the creation of a more inviting Outer Crescent reception area in the Senior School. Within the existing footprint of the office area, a new spacious, light-filled and modern reception was created, making waiting a much more pleasant experience for parents and the general public.

Junior School STEM Centre The former Borwick House multipurpose room in the Junior School has undergone a $580,000 transformation into a dedicated science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) space for boys in the primary year levels. Having a ‘home’ for the highly regarded five-year-old specialist STEM program has lifted levels of engagement even further.



Sports pavilion funds raised and plans approved The focus for fundraising in 2016 has been the new sports pavilion, which will be located on the site of the current Annandale pavilion. The new $5.5 million complex will include specialist learning spaces, function facilities, gallery space and will double the change room space of the current pavilion. Bayside Council has approved the plans and the 12-month construction phase will begin in December 2016.

The new Wellbeing Centre

Additional Year 5 classroom Due to the demand for Year 5 places, a fourth Year 5 classroom has been added to the Year 5/6 building, which will be ready for occupancy from Term 1, 2017. At the same time, much needed refurbishments will occur in the other six Year 5 and 6 rooms; an $800,000 investment in total.

Tower Wing redevelopment Following on from the success of the redevelopment of the Hancock Wing in 2014, work on the Tower Wing in the Senior School began in early November. This $2.2 million project will transform the almost 100-year-old traditional classrooms into mixedstyled learning spaces to meet the needs of today’s learners. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of Term 1, 2017.

The Junior School STEM Centre

Wellbeing Centre The new Wellbeing Centre located in the former Girrawheen Chapel opened in Term 3 after a $900,000 redevelopment project. Retaining the Chapel’s serene environment and features such as the original stained glass windows, the new centre will be used by boys and staff from across the School as well as community groups. This project was almost fully funded by donors.

The Quad beautification With the help of $15,000 from the BGS Parents’ Group, we invested $30,000 in beatifying and softening the look of the Quad. The works included extensive landscaping, including replanting with more suitable grass, and the installation of English box hedges and floral beds.

A whole new cricket pitch For the first time in living memory, we invested $100,000 to remove the old cricket pitches on the Crowther and replaced them with completely new ones. Let’s hope this inspires a record-beating cricket season this summer.

Swimming pool updates In 2016, BGS allocated $130,000 to repair, repaint and improve our swimming facilities. This has enabled us to partner with Firbank to expand and improve both schools’ swim programs, including offering learn-to-swim classes and combined squad sessions for Firbank and BGS Senior School swim team members. The newly-beautified Quad




SOME Special Guests at BGS


NATALIE HUNTER Totally Wild presenter

Danny Green Boxer


TED TODD Founder of Ted's Cameras 14


Nic Strizaker Captain of Melbourne Rebels



Paralympic Gold Medallist

Olympic swimmer

LT GEN DAVID MORRISON 2016 Australian of the Year



Author and international expert on adolescent development

Ashley Goudie Street artist

Olympic sailor GRAMMARIAN 2016





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THE Headmaster

In 2016, BGS focused on the pursuit of excellence in getting the ‘little things’ right through the concept of leading oneself. We are continuing to build and improve our School culture and firmly believe that before we can lead others, we need to lead ourselves. We have adopted a consistent wholeSchool approach to teaching and learning with the introduction of a new professional learning model Visible Learning and peer-to-peer coaching. Visible Learning, based on the principles of Professor John Hattie of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, explores evidence-based teaching strategies that help teachers to see learning through the eyes of the student, and uses feedback to enhance learning This year I was pleased to announce BGS’s newly-formed partnership with Dr Arne Rubinstein, author of the acclaimed book The Making of Men. The focus of this partnership is to implement a School-wide program involving staff, boys and parents aimed at creating happy, healthy and successful boys and young men. Here at BGS we are considering not only 18


what a successful and good man does, but what a successful and good man is. For our boys to be successful, they need good mental health and wellbeing. It was exciting to see the opening of our Wellbeing Centre – the hub of a School-wide wellbeing program not only for boys and staff, but also for BGS parents and the broader community. The wellbeing program helps ensure the boys cultivate a positive sense of self, resilience, perspective and the ability to build and maintain positive

relationships. Our strengths-based parenting workshops for parents in Years 5 to 8 was also launched in 2016, and highlighted that there is a role that parents play in ensuring our BGS boys aspire to excellence in all aspects of their BGS lives. Our commitment to education excellence was demonstrated by the Department of Education and Training’s assessment of our Peter Toms Early Learning Centre (ELC), where we exceeded expectations

in all seven standards – the highest possible result. There have been musical and theatre successes throughout the year. Our boys shone in their combined Firbank/BGS performances of Lion King Jr, Copacabana, and The Little Mermaid. Our Senior Big Band achieved a personal best for BGS at the Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz Festival, scoring 96 out of 100 and securing fourth place – an amazing achievement.

Our successes on the sporting field included (among others) barracking our first XVIII boys to win the APS football premiership for a third consecutive year, and our athletics squad also achieving an amazing third place at the APS Athletics. This was the final year of our 2014 – 2016 Strategic Plan for the School. We are working on refining and refreshing our strategy with the aim of developing a roadmap for where we are headed over the next three years.

My thanks to the boys, staff and parents for your efforts this year and for your ongoing support.

Ross Featherston Headmaster




Head of Senior School



2016 has been a tremendous year of growth in the Senior School. Our outstanding Captain, Andrew McGrath, led the Year 12 cohort to set an agenda based on four key themes inspired by our work with James Kerr’s international bestseller, Legacy: 1 To ‘sweep the sheds’ – no one is too big or busy to care for the place. 2 ‘To keep a blue head’ – no matter how hard the year becomes, or the size and scope challenges that we face, we can still maintain a sense of perspective and calm. 3 To ‘follow the spearhead’ – at different times we need to lead, take risk and be bold, whilst at others we need to be followers and supporters. 4 To create a ‘legacy’ – we must plant trees we may never quite see the beauty of in their maturity, just like the mighty oak. This year we have seen renewal in a number of our programs, including: the Year 9 Sea Change experience with the addition of the Great South West Journey; new Rites of Passage work with the boys in Year 11 (in conjunction with expert in adolescent development Dr Arne Rubinstein); opportunities for learning with Firbank students; and the implementation of new teaching and learning practices in classes. Our visit from 2016 Australian of the Year, Lt Gen David Morrison reminded us that our work in building our culture was vital. Whether it was the triumphant 1st XVIII triple premiership, concerts, academic debating, outdoor education or productions, each boy has a role to play in the Senior School as a present custodian of the vision to create successful men. Our aim is to acknowledge and honour each boy not just for what he does, but for who he is becoming. Meliora Sequamur.

Dr Ray Swann, Head of Senior School, Director of the Crowther Centre GRAMMARIAN 2016



Head of Middle School

Middle School represents an important and challenging phase of a boy’s educational journey. Early adolescence is characterised by physical, psychological, social, emotional and cognitive changes. Through the Middle School pastoral and curriculum teams, we have focused on culture and learning to help boys establish the foundations upon which they can build to become successful men. Brighton Grammar School embraces the values, beliefs and principles of our community and embodies their behaviours. A number of new initiatives were introduced this year, which have driven the culture of excellence, aspiration and a sense of belonging throughout the Middle School. The introduction of the House Merit System has been a significant factor in promoting boys’ sense of belonging to their House and aligning our expectations of the boys’ behaviour and learning habits with the ‘High Performance Learning Community’ strategic pillar. We have focused on the positives, and celebrated as boys have achieved bronze, silver, gold and platinum certificates in assemblies throughout the year. The boys have also received messages throughout 22


the year about high expectations, excellence, looking at the bigger picture, ‘sweating the small stuff’, school values and representing the School with pride and honour.

together with enthusiasm and pride at a number of events throughout the year.

Our new student leadership structure, which saw each of our student leaders take responsibility for a portfolio, has seen them actively engaged in improving the School throughout the year. Their contributions have made a genuine difference and seeing them present their work in assemblies has been a particular highlight.

Our new partnership with Dr Arne Rubinstein, and the depth of knowledge he has brought to the Middle School with his experience in working alongside boys, parents and staff, has been truly inspiring. The Father/Son Weekend in Portsea in particular reinforced the important changes a boy goes through on his journey to becoming a happy, healthy and successful young man.

The introduction of choral classes has added a great deal to the Middle School culture. Encouraging boys to sing can give them confidence in their voice and in themselves, and it was with a great sense of pride that I watched all Middle School boys sing

While there are wonderful learning opportunities happening inside the Middle School classrooms every day, there are also some incredible feats in learning happening outside the classroom too. One such fine example was iDesign. Talking to the

boys about their projects in the lead up to and during iDesign week was as inspirational as it was impressive. For many, the learning experience was remarkable and something they will never forget, and the benefits of the process and working with a mentor, immeasurable. It is a pleasure and a privilege to lead the Middle School. I look back on the year with a great sense of pride at the achievements of all our boys and look forward to an equally exciting and rewarding 2017.

Jeremy Martin Head of the Middle School GRAMMARIAN 2016



Head of Junior School

Five years ago, the Junior School made the ground-breaking decision to invest in a full-time specialist teacher, Bill Gibney, to develop a boy-friendly, sequential, ‘handson’ science and design technology program – a decision that has resulted in a significant increase in the level of interest, engagement and ability in this area of the curriculum. Our reputation as a primary years leader in this space has strengthened further in 2016 with the opening of our amazing new STEM (S cience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Centre in Term 2. Excitingly, the STEM Centre was ‘launched’ in May with a visit from Channel 10 weatherman Mike Larkan, who broadcast the evening weather forecast live from the STEM Centre. This event was organised by Jackson Court, a Year 6 Science leader and founder of the BGS Science Club. This initiative by Jackson is just one example of the calibre of 2016’s Year 6 boys. In all my years as Head of Junior School at BGS, and previously at St Kevin’s College, I have never seen such an extraordinary group of boys. Their leadership, the empathy and support 24


they’ve shown each other, and the way they have looked out for the younger boys was quite exceptional. This was further evidenced by the outstanding quality of 2016’s combined Year 6 production of The Lion King Jr with Firbank, under the direction of Jared Furtado. The Lion King Jr was truly the best primary school production I have ever seen. As a member of the audience, I had to pinch myself to remember the performers were only primaryaged children. Teaching and learning has new focus with the introduction of Visible

Learning – an evidence-informed approach to learning introduced across the School. Core to Visible Learning is feedback – both timely peer-to-peer feedback amongst staff, and also feedback to the students. Timely and constructive feedback delivered in many ways is shown to be one of the most effective ways to positively affect learning outcomes. Coaching is one of the best forms of feedback, and Raelene Plozza became a full-time literacy coach in 2016, supporting staff and students from Prep to Year 8. Already, both the classroom teachers and Raelene have benefited from having one expert who has a focused responsibility across the School to see where strengths and gaps exist in our program, and how further improvements could be made. Raelene’s role complements the full-time staff coaching and development role of Joanne Davies, our Junior School Director of Teaching and Learning.

As you know, I believe in the power of community and the formal and informal involvement and support of parents in the Junior School in 2016 was outstanding. As well as the extensive volunteer classroom, excursion and special activity support by so many parents, we were also grateful for the amazing work of the Junior Parents Group (JPG). As well as providing welcoming smiles, delicious morning teas, and organising special events for the boys, the JPG donated $100,000 for the STEM centre early in the year, and more recently donated $70,000 for the redevelopment of the cricket nets. My sincere thanks to our great team of staff, supportive parents and, of course boys, for another wonderful year in the Junior School.

Peter Tellefson, Head of Junior School GRAMMARIAN 2016




It seems like yesterday when I walked alone through the big embroidered gates of Brighton Grammar for the very first time. Time certainly does fly. Our 2016 journey began in the great Victorian Alps, with the Big Fella camp at Mount Bogong. We started the year facing a massive challenge, defying the odds, and conquering the mountain. Metaphorically, we faced an equally challenging feat as Year 12 students, coping with, and managing all that’s associated with our final year at school. The year was amazing, with its fair share of ups and downs. However, I will touch on a few highlights. The first of these was our Year 12 formal. Virtually all the year level attended Brighton International on the final night of a busy Term 1. We suited up, and were ready for an enjoyable night. It was amazing seeing everyone dancing together and having an awesome time. It didn’t matter which 26


friendship group you were a part of, what your grades were, or how good you were on the sporting field. We all shared that night together, dancing and enjoying each other’s company. Secondly, in late May, the senior production Copacabana was performed. The High School Musical performance the year prior had been epic, but the likes of Evan Evans, and Arthur Xafis were up for the challenge. The drama department received a strange ticket order about a month out from the show: 40 tickets for A. Mastromanno. The whole footy team, along with many other Year 12 boys, attended the show, supporting our mates and thoroughly enjoying the spectacle. The very next day, the same boys who’d shone on stage the previous night were standing behind the goals at the footy, chanting and supporting. It would have been so easy for them to

have a sleep in and rest for their final show, but they made the effort and contributed to the greatest culture in the APS – Tonners culture. These memories were all underpinned by mateship. This feeling of mateship and belonging is something BGS has given us all; and it’s something that will be cherished for a lifetime. When we entered the gates for that very first time, we entered the BGS family – a support network reaching far and wide, from teachers, to boys younger and older. At BGS, we are a part of something special. Something bigger than ourselves. We are Tonners. This year we have further developed this school spirit, which will be embraced and improved upon in the years to come. We will observe from afar. Despite all these pleasant memories, Year 12 has been very demanding, with moments of adversity. We have

worked so hard. Regardless of the individual, challenges in Year 12 are inevitable, and sometimes it all just felt too hard. It’s relatively easy to give up, but one thing that I have learnt this year is that no matter what’s going on in your life, the people at BGS will get you through. They will motivate you when you have no motivation, they will pick you up when you fall. And most importantly, the Tonners will always be there for you, enabling all of us to move forward together. My time as BGS Captain has been an absolute pleasure. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of young men to spend the hardest yet most enjoyable year of my life with. I wish my fellow Year 12s all the best for the future. Andrew McGrath 2016 School Captain




Business and Support Services

2016 was a year filled with building activity, with the commencement and completion of a number of construction projects throughout the School. Building projects Our STEM Centre in the Junior School was completed in May 2016 and has since been enthusiastically used by many of our budding young scientists. This project was made possible due to a generous donation from the Junior Parents Group. Development in the Junior School continued, with the Year 5 classrooms and specialist teaching space. The Junior School Creek Project was also approved, resulting in an important upgrade to the heart of the Junior School; the space is sure to enhance the learning and play environment for our junior boys. Our new Wellbeing Centre opened in November 2016. The Centre has been embraced by staff, the boys and parents, proving to be a reflection of the 3CP focus at BGS. While the Wellbeing Centre is now the centrepiece for supporting the boys’ psychological and emotional welfare, their 28


physical wellbeing is the focus for the planned sports pavilion development. Building tenders have been accepted and our long-awaited project is underway thanks to amazing philanthropic support. The project will incorporate a gym and a function room and is expected to be completed before the end of 2017. In the Senior School, the redevelopment of the Tower Wing project is underway and will be completed during 2017. This will reinvigorate the oldest classrooms in the School, transforming them into contemporary teaching spaces. And finally, a committee has been formed to progress the Rosstrevor site, which is shaping up to be the largest building development in our recent history.

School fees We have implemented the transition from three to four billings per annum. This has provided the School with the certainty it needs to make planning decisions regarding staff, facilities and activities, many of which are directly related to student enrolments.

Partnerships In the interest of continuing to maximise service delivery and maintain competitive pricing, the School has reviewed a number of its existing relationships with suppliers. We have commenced new partnerships with Campion for our booklist requirements, Landscape Solutions for our grounds maintenance, and a joint arrangement with Firbank Grammar School for the swimming pool. Other significant contract re-negotiations include cleaning with Shining Knight, and waste removal with Wasteflex, and our OSHC Club.

ICT and data Some of the members of our 2016 maintenance team L-R Adam Thorn, Doug McKelville and Robbie Quelch.

In 2016 we also welcomed our new ICT Director, Sandra Maher. With Sandra’s appointment comes a more extensive IT support system for both the boys and the staff. Brighton Grammar has partnered with Neptune Managed Services to implement service desk systems and onsite technical resources, together with a range of on-call senior engineering resources. Across the School we have continued our focus on data cleansing, and improving our decision-making ability by developing learning and business analytics. With so many dynamic projects currently taking place to support the wellbeing and the learning of the boys, this is certainly an exciting time at Brighton Grammar School.

Michael Arceri Director of Business & Support Services GRAMMARIAN 2016




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Teaching and learning at BGS

The teaching and learning space at BGS has experienced significant growth and development in 2016. The ELC and Junior School have primarily focused on embedding Learning Intentions and Success Criteria within lessons so that the boys have a clear understanding of what they need to learn and successfully achieve. The next step is to develop a common language of learning so that the boys and the teachers have a consistent understanding of what good learning looks like. The newly introduced Heads of Faculty have made great improvements in curriculum offerings at all year levels. Using the Australian Curriculum and Visible Learning as a foundation, programs have been mapped from the Junior School through to the Senior School so that we have well designed programs that support and interest all boys. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, on ensuring that the boys understand where they are in their learning and what they need to do to improve. The boys have been given more flexibility and choice with the introduction of 13 new subjects in the Senior School. Boys were also given the opportunity to meet with their Heads of House and the Careers Counsellor in order to discuss the selections and pathways. We introduced new parent/teacher discussion evenings held at the Middle School and experienced the greatest participation rate on record. Brighton Grammar continues to be an innovative and dynamic learning environment where all boys are given the opportunity to flourish. Joanne Davies and Dan Belluz Directors of Teaching and Learning







In the English Department we are constantly refining what we do. We choose our texts to engage boys and to introduce them to what we see as important themes and ideas. We understand there are many ways to be an English student at BGS and we aim to tailor our curriculum and pedagogy to cater for the boys’ different capacities and interests. This year we continued to streamline the curriculum to ensure a more seamless transition between the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. We began the 2016 year with the Year 12 Parent Information Night, where we aimed to demystify VCE English for the BGS parents. We also suggested strategies to help them best support their sons during their important final year. Hayley Bunting returned to Brighton Grammar as Head of 9 and 10 English, and we introduced several new elective subjects at this level. Boys embraced the Year 9 World of Writing and at Year 10, boys now have the opportunity to study a precursor to VCE Literature. For the first time, we also offered Foundation English at both Years 9 and 10 for those who wanted to brush up on the English essentials. To support our English as a Second Language (EAL) boys, Head of EAL Jo Ellis introduced Bridging EAL, which focuses on the practical elements of English. In the Middle School, Raelene Plozza, our Literacy Coach, in conjunction with Head of 7 and 8 English Kirsten Dunsby, mentored staff in spelling programs, data-informed practices, and teaching strategies to provide boys with the essential skills they need to thrive as they move into their senior years. Kristen Molloy Head of English 34





Of Windows and White Of Windows and White by David Lawlor (Year 11) was the winner of the 2016 Senior School Library Competition.


He can’t open the door.

The door in question is the only entrance, or in this case, the only exit from the Office. He reflects that this wouldn’t be such a problem if the other occupants of The Office opened the door for him, but that would imply that there are other people in The Office with him, which, he reminds himself, there aren’t. It would also suggest that other people could fit into the Office, and he doesn’t have to remind himself that he can barely fit on his own. During his internment the door has become a point of obsession. It’s a normal enough door, save for the hinged metal flap at the bottom. By now he automatically notes its panelling and lacquered finish, a ruby red he adores. Even the minute knots and lumps in the grain are familiar. The door’s flap is definitely small enough for a cat or dog, but he sincerely doubts he can fit through and whatever vestiges of dignity have survived his entrapment persuade him not to try. It isn’t a particularly sturdy door. Given enough time, which he most certainly has, he fancies he could probably kick it down. But then Corporate would likely just find him a new Office, and a heavier door; one that probably isn’t painted that intoxicating crimson. And although at this point further convincing is redundant, he has stewed in his own contemplations for too long and adds to the above excuses the embarrassment it would cause him, to be dragged past all of his colleagues



– not that he has actually seen any of them, trapped as he is. It would be a terrible introduction, and his mother had always told him first impressions were important. And so the door remains, and it remains shut. Hollering for help had once seemed viable, but that was… he wants to say ‘months ago’, but the uncertain dilation of time has rendered such terms obsolete, so he simply uses ‘long ago’. In any case, no-one in Corporate seems intent on releasing him, not while he meets his daily quota. There isn’t much else in the Office. It is sparse to the point of spartan, in the manner that only Corporate’s mechanical efficacy can produce. Not including a couch (bone white) which he had fashioned into a bed ‘long ago’, and a desk (he had finally settled on pearl white, though it could have been vanilla) the floor lies unburdened by furniture and the walls unadorned by art. Both are also a cold white, so that the room closely recalls the white walls of an asylum, broken only by the scarlet teardrop of the door. Well, minus the padding, anyway. He really loves that door. The Windows too, but they would have to wait until sunset.


As always, the tapping rouses him.

He heaves his frame sluggishly off the couch and, just as he did the day before and every day before that, he journeys the two-or-so paces from the couch

to the door. It really was a miniscule Office. He suspects the confinement has caused him to gain weight but he hasn’t found a mirror to confirm this. The tapping grows in intensity and so, folding his heavy frame in a dejected squat, he waits at the flap in the door. Sitting on his haunches he resembles a dog waiting obediently at his master’s feet. Emanating from outside of the Office, the tapping itself belongs to high heels on marble. Those heels in turn belong to an assistant of some kind, come to complete her quotidian transaction. The tapping stops just outside the door. The flap opens. He pushes through yesterday’s batch of drafts, all densely annotated. She pushes through the day’s consignment. Following that comes the day’s ration of food: a half loaf of bread and some nutrient pills containing God-knows-what. Naturally, coffee is also provided. He is a slave, not a savage. Not one to violate routine, he puts his bearded mouth to the opening and begs the assistant for help. He does it every day. He variously begs, pleads, implores, curses, whimpers and even screams but it has done not one whit of good. She has never responded, not even to say her own name. In lieu he had christened her as Heels. The flap closes and the tapping fades to silence as Heels walks away from the Office. For his part, he has placed the sheaf of drafts on his desk. Such is his implicit contract with Corporate; while indentured he edits Corporate’s essays from dawn till dusk, and in exchange Corporate

sustains and permits his continued existence. The essays themselves are innumerable and eclectic; yesterday there was, among others, a dissertation on Persian poetry, an almanac on the present day badminton scene and a thesis on the psychological repercussions of mid-life crises. He doesn’t know who writes the essays. Perhaps there are other caffeinated workers, slaving away in their own Offices with their own immovable doors and their own Heels. The function of the essays are also a mystery. They are evidently valuable enough for Corporate to have acquired the skyscraper that he finds himself 40 floors up on, although he is likely not the sole reason for this. Among his theories and conjectures he gives preference to the notion that Corporate is devising an Encyclopaedia of the World; containing within it all of man’s knowledge and with him the sole editor. He pictures such a work sitting on the shelves of the world’s finest libraries and institutions. It would be a testament to his dedication. A monument to his resilience. He even pictures his name, imprinted on the inside of the soft leather cover, letting people everywhere know exactly who was responsible for their enlightenment. He would be remembered for eternity. But that wouldn’t open the door.


He methodically corrects the day’s essays in an overflowing script, but stops when he arrives at an article enumerating the many culinary uses for human flesh. He frowns, then reads through it again. Cannibalism wasn’t legal. Not last he’d heard, anyway. Surely he’d know if cannibalism were legalized. He furrows his brows. Someone would have notified him. He reclines uneasily.


through the smoky sea.

The Windows have failed to disclose this new development. He reassures himself that should cannibalism be permitted people would likely only indulge themselves in the comfort of their own homes, not out in the street for him to see through the Windows. But it’s a cold comfort and he corrects the rest of the essays sullenly.

But from late twilight through to early night, everything changes as the Colours emerge from their daytime cocoons. Streep lamps activate and bathe the streets in gorgeous amber. Offices light up in mottled chartreuse and gold. The neon signs of bars and billboards blaze a crimson to match his door. The flurry of traffic brings dancing currents of headlight yellow and break-light red speeding past. A far-off Ferris wheel revolves leisurely; purple chases violet; turquoise trails lime. The sheen from a prior downpour glistens in the glow, it reflects and magnifies the glimmering lights; so that the city becomes a shimmering spectrum of flickering hues and twirling shades.


By the time he finishes, his back is aching from the hours spent conforming to the chair’s harsh angles. It aches so badly that instead of moving to the Windows, as he is want to do at sunset, he retreats to the couch and unfolds himself languidly, sighing in relief. His eyes, tired from another day of close examination and scrutiny wearily start to shut. In vain he struggles to prop them open but for a millisecond, despite his best efforts, they close and…. He awakens with a start. He shouldn’t have fallen asleep. He curses his own stupidity. He should be at the Windows; must be at the Windows. He shouldn’t have fallen asleep. He spirals around and looks frantically at the Windows. Is he too late? Has he missed them? But then he sees the Colours, and all his concerns melt away. The Colours are still there. For roughly twenty-two hours every day, the metropolis observable from the Windows is a grinding behemoth of steel and concrete. Grey towers strain upwards and scrape grey clouds. Bland pavements carpet unending streets. People churn through their monotonous routines. Smog smothers the skyline, with only spires and the summits of skyscrapers stabbing

He stands enraptured by the Colours. They invigorate him, energize him, uplift him. Heels may bring nutrition, but the Colours bring true sustenance. For an hour, he is borne away from the Office’s sterile whites and lacquered reds into their warm embrace. He stands enthralled for hours, hardly blinking, until the strings of traffic begin to unravel and the city building’s lights gently fade to black. Then he ventures to the couch and settles into a far more peaceful sleep.


Heels awakens him.

He rises and wearily performs the transaction. Today he decides to whimper. He also inquires about the cannibalism situation. No answer is given. While rising from the flap, his back twinges again and he resolves to improve his posture henceforth. Chewing on some crust, he settles straight-backed into his chair and starts on the day’s essays.


Sunset. Ashy clouds blanket the setting sun. He is waiting at the Windows, back free from complaint when a movement catches his eye. He focuses his gaze and sees, in an adjacent office building, a woman. GRAMMARIAN 2016



It was definitely a woman. He hasn’t seen a woman in some time. Heels is as faceless to him as she is nameless and the bustling crowds below are too far away to distinguish gender. She’s slim, lithe like a dancer, with a frilly, lemon dress that contours her figure. Something inside him stirs. She’s waving at him. He blinks in surprise. She was definitely waving; it was the wave that had drawn his eye. His immediate thought is to signal for help, but he doesn’t want to scare her off, so he waves back. After all, first impressions are important. It feels surreal. She smiles, or at least it looks like a smile at this distance. He smiles back. Then, without warning, she turns on her heel and leaves her office, dress swirling behind her. He jolts forward as if to pull her back, but there’s nothing he can do. She is gone. She could have helped him, and she’s gone. He looks at his own door with resentment, goes to bed and dreams of ballet dancers in lemon dresses waving as they twirl around and around.


New day. Same tapping. Same begging. Same food. New essays.

He thinks of the woman as he hunches over the desk. Studying a compilation of landmark paintings, he sees her face in the misshapen forms of a Picasso, her dress in a Van Gogh swirl of yellow. More than once, he uncharacteristically breaks from his work and turns to look at her office, but the blinds are drawn. He consoles himself with the knowledge that they have likely only be drawn on account of the harsh sun, and will be raised come evening. He can’t wait for sunset but it seems the day can, and it stubbornly inches onward. Sunset finally arrives. He waits at his Windows and awaits the opening of hers. The sun is well and truly set, but the blinds haven’t opened. The Colours begin their dance, but still 38


he waits, eyes affixed. It grows dark. In preparation he has taken one page of a draft on nursery rhymes and frantically scrawled in large capitals ‘HELP ME’. He plans to press it to his window should she come. Then, movement. The blinds are being hoisted. He glimpses a mauve dress. The blinds lift completely and there she is, even more stunning than before. He mashes the note against the glass. But she seems completely oblivious to his presence, looking everywhere but at him. He waves frantically to catch her eye, but it doesn’t work. He starts banging on the Windows, shouting hoarsely. He shouts until his voice is a soft croak, but she doesn’t glance his way once. The note lies unused. Eventually, she leaves and he returns to the couch, an aching in his throat and tears in his eyes.


The tapping. The exchange. Cursing. The work. Twilight. The Colours. The day sprints by as does the night and the only notable deviation from routine is a slight feeling of apprehension, but he can’t pinpoint why it’s there and therefore ignores it. The woman doesn’t make an appearance. His dreams are full of strange crashes and bangs and other sounds of construction. Among the percussions, there abruptly comes a booming slam too loud and too immediate to be entirely fictional. He stirs slowly and opens his eyes. And it is only then that he understands the reason for his apprehension, and comprehends the magnitude of his mistake.


It was the note. The nursery rhyme page, with ‘HELP ME’ etched onto it. The one he had planned to show her but, lust having conquered logic, it had been placed back in the stack, which the next day had been unconcernedly passed on to Heels. Over the course of the day

the essays had no doubt circulated through the various branches of Corporate, and eventually the illicit transmission had been discovered. Disobedience could not be tolerated. Retribution had been swiftly plotted and during the night exacted upon the man locked in the Office. Corporate had replaced his beloved crimson door.


The new one is pearl white. Or vanilla. He no longer cares. The whole Office is now white. A cubic blizzard. Save for the Windows, he has no frame of reference and frequently finds himself disorientated; sitting on his couch and not his desk or bending down to a random wall, thinking it to be the door. Unmoored in a sea of white the Windows and especially the Colours are coveted more than ever. Tamed by the fear of further reprisal he ceases to look for the woman. His dreams are of orange and green, his nightmares endless white.

The days start to melt together. Essays come and go. During the Colours one day he observes a flurry of activity right at the base of his building. It appears to be a construction crew. He is fascinated by their klaxon oranges and intense floodlights but can’t see whatever it is they’re building.


It’s another skyscraper. That’s what the construction crews are aiming towards, their work creeping upwards towards him like a vine seeking sunlight. This is good. The space between the buildings is only a matter of meters and he feels confident he will be able to signal the residents of the other building for help. The workers only work at night, so the occupant of the finished floors can conduct their business undisturbed. He spends his free time pacing the Office, either looking out at the Colours or down at the construction. It’s got to be five

stories high already. More essays. More bread. Construction is at fifteen stories. He no longer reads all the way through the essays before correcting them. His work has fallen downhill, but the Encyclopaedia of the World can wait. Construction has reached twenty five stories. Thirty five. Each night he eagerly falls asleep, and energetically wakes himself even before Heels’ arrival so he can mark the night’s progress. The white is blinding him. He now has to take short breaks from work, jamming his eyes shut to seek solace from the oppressive monotony. He prays they build the last five stories quickly. Any day now. Construction has drawn almost level with the Office. For now, due to their proximity he can only see the roof of the new building – a hive of steel beams and concrete. He writes feverishly, baring looking at or caring for the content. Peeking over the building’s roof he watches his last Colours and sleeps his last night in the couch. He can hear the formation of the building just outside the Windows, but doesn’t dare peek. He wants to wait until morning.


At dawn he wakes. The noises have ceased, which signifies that the workers are done for the day, or in this case night, and the new story is completed. He covers his eyes with one hand and using the other feels his way to the Windows. He stands, takes a deep breath, opens his eyes and screams. The story has been completed. The building looms over the Office, encapsulating his entire viewpoint from the Windows. But there are no windows in the new skyscraper. Only this would imply that there is something there in place of windows, a decoration of some sort, but there is nothing. The building’s outside is smooth and flat. He knows he won’t

be able to contact anyone inside. That alone would be enough to make him scream. But it is the fact that the outside is totally white which makes him unable to stop.


He’s trapped in the infinitely confining expanses of the white void.

The Office presses in on him like a compactor. He can’t see anything through the Windows but white, not a wisp of cloud, not even the Colours. Day and night become one and the same in the whiteness. The only reliable measure of time is Heels’ arrival. He now screams incoherently through the flap, and once it’s closed he barely works, preferring to rock gently on the cell floor. His eyes screwed shut, he tries to remember what the Colours look like, but they twist and weave and elude his grasp. He doesn’t know what to do.

open the Windows before, not even to scream for help. He is so far up he doubts his voice would carry half the distance. But it’s a different escape he seeks now. It takes some unwieldy manoeuvring but eventually he fits his body through. A single tear trickles down his cheek and plummets to the ground below. He takes his last look at the white, jumps, and forms a puddle of scarlet below.


The pen cuts deep but he smiles in pain at the brilliant ruby fissure in his hand. He raises his bloodied palm to the door and daubs in crimson ink: THE COLOURS ARE RED AND BLUE AND GREEN AND YELLOW AND THIS IS RED. Rivulets of blood drip down from the lettering like falling teardrops. The door, encased in blood, starts to look as it once did, but still he continues to forget the Colours. In time, he forgets the blue of the sky, the yellow of sunlight, the green of grass, the purple of lavender, the orange of sunset. He rocks gently in the corner as they gradually slip away, sobbing slowly until only white and red remain.


He can’t open the door, but he can open the Windows.

The latch unlocks smoothly. He has never thought to GRAMMARIAN 2016






Bringing maths in life in the school grounds.

Mathematics in 2016 was limitless, with plenty of competitions that engaged and informed the boys. 2016 was our second year of running the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition with our top Year 10 boys, and Daniel Gu received a High Distinction. He was also one of two prize winners in the Australian Mathematics Competition, along with outstanding mathematician Jack Liu. These boys, along with Year 12 student Kai-Yee Hall and Year 10 student Steven Sun, all achieved top rankings for the Melbourne University Mathematics Competition, with Daniel’s result being Outstanding and Jack achieving the third prize in the country. Jack even spent a few days at Melbourne University, practising with the Senior Mathematical Olympiad team in the hopes of representing the country. We re-introduced university-level Extension Mathematics this year, and two of the enrolled students – Jack Coleman and Ian Tongs – teamed up with Zak Brighton-Knight to take home the top prize in the RMIT Analytics Competition. Our Middle School mathematicians were also out and about, working on mini golf courses, measuring mounds in the playground, and even achieving some High Distinctions in the Mathematics Challenge. Andrew Barr Head of Mathematics




IT and Technology

It has been another busy year in the world of computing at BGS. As always, boys in Year 9 enjoyed the introductory Robotics course with Mr Watson, using the Lego Mindstorms kits to create a variety of robots to solve real-world problems. The highlight for the semester was building a ‘Great Ball Contraption’ as a class; a machine that receives small balls from one group’s module and passes them to another group’s module. The Year 10 elective units of Programming and Games Development introduced boys to more advanced algorithmic and programming skills in a variety of programming languages. Boys developed small applications, 2D and more advanced 3D games throughout the semester. VCE Information Technology introduced boys to a range of real-world tools, culminating in a project they developed for a client. Apps for The Hub, websites, and web-based applications were built for clients, giving boys valuable experience in dealing with the needs of an actual client. The boys in Software Development Unit 3/4 made some excellent applications for real-world clients as part of their formal assessment. A range of applications were made, including booking and spelling test applications for students, sport fixturing and selfassessment applications for The Hub, and a content repository system. The work and applications produced this year has been of the highest quality, and the boys should be proud of their achievements. Cam Taylor Crowther Centre – Projects/Operations, Head of e-Learning (7-12), Head of Information Technology (7-12)






Science 7-12

The Science Faculty has had an exciting 2016. Science Week has continued to be a great time for boys to engage with science and develop new learning opportunities. In 2016 Science Week, the focus was on providing more competitions for boys to demonstrate their prowess in science, including building electric motors, analysing acids and taking science photos. Armstrong were the victors in the 2016 House Science quiz, with a star performance from David Lawlor. Jerry Lee won the Senior School Science Photo Competition, while Julian Svensen won the Middle School Science Photo Competition. Professor Bunsen presented an engaging Science Show and demonstrated real-world applications scientific concepts. Peter Felicetti, a current BGS parent, volunteered his time to talk to Senior School boys about the prospect of being an engineer or architect and how these two industries overlap. This year saw the implementation of three new Year 10 Science elective subjects: Engineering, Forensic Science and Psychology. These subjects complement the core science classes while developing practical and thinking skills that can be used in VCE studies. The boys designed and 3D printed F1 cars, analysed crime scene data such as blood splatter patterns, and identified psychopaths from real-life case studies. The Science Faculty will continue to work on developing and refining the opportunities for our boys to actively engage in real-world science. Patrick Sanders Head of Science Faculty (7-12)




JS Science and Technology Year 4 investigated what is beneath the surface of Earth and the four forces of flight. They applied the principles of flight to create their own balsawood gliders. Each year, all boys in the Junior School have two terms of Science with a specialist teacher in the newly opened STEM Centre. They also have half a term of Design and Technology, where they are challenged to build a product designed to solve a problem. In 2016, Prep boys learnt all about changes that occur during the cooking process and how sound is created and travels through air and other objects. They also built catamaran boats to sail on the school pool. Year 1 boys conducted studies on water cycles, erosion and the properties of water, as well as the features of dinosaurs and the clues that tell us more about them. They also built wobble board marble mazes. Year 2 boys discovered the changes that occur to various insects as they go through a life cycle. They also investigated the changes that occur to various chemicals in the kitchen. They constructed spinning water wheels in their Design and Technology classes. Year 3 boys looked at what causes heat and how heat can travel, as well as the life cycle of plants. They were also challenged with the task of building cars powered by mouse traps. 46


Year 5 discovered the intricate interaction between Earth, the moon and the sun and how various species are able to adapt to their environment. In Design and Technology, they created pinball machines. Year 6 conducted a series of experiments in order to learn more about meteorology. They also built billycarts, culminating in a race against other teams’ billycarts.

Science Club 2016 saw the introduction of the BGS Science Club, which was the initiative of Jackson Court (Year 6). Jackson secured some amazing guest speakers and helped run the after-school sessions. The boys certainly got all fired up about science, experiencing everything from launching rockets to exploring the science behind fire and explosions. Well done Jackson! The 2016 Science Club speakers were: ‘The Science of the Earth’ – Dr Thomas Gundlach ‘CFA-Fires and Explosions’ – Warren Joel ‘The Science of Planes and Rockets’ – Dr Ken Anderson ‘Weather and Mike Larkin Ch-10’ – Mike Larkin ‘Robotics and Artificial Intelligence’ – Paula Feleggakis Bill Gibney Head of Junior School Science and Technology





Each year, the Humanities Faculty strives to provide experiences and practical learning opportunities for the boys to help them build valuable life skills. In 2016, these opportunities included participation in the ASX inter-schools stock exchange challenge and the inclusion of our Financial Literacy elective course for Year 10 students, through which the boys gained practical skills in the basics of personal financial management through the learning modules of earning, investing, saving and spending. In this era of escalating national debt, students have a greater appreciation of some of the longer-term implications for themselves and the broader community if their personal finances are well managed and understood. Our budding politicians had the opportunity to engage with former Senator The Hon. Peter Reith, an Old Boy (1968) and guest speaker, who provided an intriguing insight into the operation of ministerial responsibility and the broader workings of the Commonwealth Parliament. The Senior School VCE Geographers undertook a fieldtrip to the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct. This region has a rich history in the provision of tourism opportunities. The boys investigated the impacts of tourism on people, places and environments. Each boy prepared a report evaluating the effectiveness of strategies put in place to minimise the negative effects of tourism on infrastructure and on the surrounding parklands. The Middle School is all about the beginning, and putting the right habits and basic skills into place. It is the scaffolding where the skills of a historian such as chronology, source analysis, significance, perspective and interpretation are introduced. For the returning Year 8 boys, their habits, skills and understanding are further honed and expectations increased. Each boy progresses at a different rate, but our aim in the Middle School is for the boys to further develop and progress with their personal learning journey. As the saying goes: “You don’t know what you don’t know”. But once you do know it, you need to keep adding to it. In 2017, we will continue in our endeavours to provide the boys with new and content-rich challenges and opportunities to develop them as conscious, well-rounded global citizens. Louise Carroll Head of Humanites SS 48





Health and Physical Education

During 2016, the faculty has been working hard to develop the boys’ physical, mental, social and emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing.

Junior School HPE Prep boys explored various ways to move, and learnt to consider, support and encourage others, and adhere to rules. In Years 1 and 2, the boys used bats, balls, hoops, skipping ropes, benches and mats, learning skills they could apply in games. They advanced from creating and playing games on their own to playing with a partner or in groups. Boys in Years 3 and 4 refined their skills, shared equipment and worked co-operatively. They also participated in activities that promoted cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility and strength. Year 5 and 6 boys developed more complex movement skills, and discussed how strategic thinking, communication and teamwork influence performance. They also learnt how muscular strength and endurance, cardio-respiratory fitness, body growth and flexibility relate to physical activity.

Middle School HPE The curriculum has been designed to give the boys a broad experience of many different physical, cognitive and social/ emotional activities, skills and practices. In 2016, video analysis of sporting performance has been a powerful resource for the boys to analyse their own performance. Critical evaluation is an essential skill and we saw some excellent work from the Year 8 boys who analysed their swimming technique and a sport of their own choice.



Year 7 boys were encouraged to use their creative and collaboration skills when asked to create their own game and then teach this to other groups. As always, the more responsibility we give to the boys, the more they rise to the challenge.

Senior School HPE 2016 has been an exciting year. We have made great strides towards the development of the Sports Science strand of our curriculum. For the first time, Year 10 boys had the opportunity to elect to do Sport and Exercise Science as a subject. GPS sports technology was used to track performance in lessons and on the sporting field. This information is helping to shape how we coach the boys in sport by allowing us to be a lot more specific in our physical preparation. Year 9 boys have continued to enjoy opportunities such as stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, which are great

ways to learn about the ocean and educate the boys about lifestyle activities. The holistic approach to health is reinforced, with all boys in the Senior School studying about relationships through our Relationships IQ program. Similarly, yoga continues to give boys another experience that links their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

VCE PE The 2016 VCE boys showed great promise in living up to the excellent results the department enjoyed in 2015. The large numbers of boys who participate in the subject are testament to respect the boys have for the VCE PE teachers. The visits to Exercise Research Australia were one of the highlights of the year. VO2 max tests were undertaken and we were amazed by the results that boys such as Will Middlemiss produced (70 ml/kg/min). These excursions are an invaluable way of linking theory and practice – something we look forward to developing in 2017. Peter Whitehead, Ben Ryan and Stuart Thompson




Creative and Performing Arts Boys learn in so many different ways and this is evident in the diversity of elective subjects on offer at BGS. It never ceases to amaze me that at any given time this year you may have seen one of our boys playing a major role in the School production of Copacabana, while at the same time producing a beautiful coffee table or piece of artwork. I have attended outstanding music concerts and drama productions, as well as the annual Art Show, which included boys designing t-shirts in VCD. CDT in the Middle School was equally innovative, one of the highlights being the Peace Poster Competition. The boys are so lucky to have passionate and committed teachers who freely give up their time to support their students and encourage them to follow their passion in life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the various heads of subject for their work this year: Myles Collins (Drama), Jamie Ransome (Music), Steve Emmett, (Art), Matthew Wardell (VCD) and Simone Lewis (CDT). As we now look towards 2017, there is much to look forward to. One of the great things about teaching is that every boy is unique, and so as the saying goes there is “never a dull moment”. There will be new and exciting challenges, which I have no doubt our boys will embrace. Martin Green Head of Creative and Performing Arts Faculty


















Jianxin Nie, architect, author and lecturer visited BGS to speak to the Unit 1/2 VCD students. He has designed a range of structures, from shopping centres, hospitals, hotels and even satellite city in the Hong Fu district in China. Listening to professionals from a design industry is a critical feature of the Visual Communication Design curriculum.




Classroom drama

Junior School Drama is an integral part of the school curriculum. It not only develops learning, social and creative skills, but also compliments development within other subjects. It provides an avenue for acknowledging and promoting equality, critical thinking and empathy, encouraging the boys to become contributing members of the school community and society as a whole. Drama also involves visualisation exercises to assist creativity. Perhaps most importantly, drama is fun! In 2016, Prep drama has been about encouraging the development of the boys’ imaginations, as well as their understanding of space through movement-based activities. The Year 1 boys have built upon their development of creativity through the use of role play and imagined situations. The Year 2 boys have worked on developing their voice in performancebased activities, as well as their confidence to perform in front of others. Year 3 boys have focused on the development of body language, facial expression and story structure through themebased activities. All boys in lower primary have enjoyed using puppets, masks and dress ups to help develop their creativity. The Year 4 boys have focused on the importance of storytelling, working individually and collaboratively to bring well-known fairy tales, as well as their own stories, to life. In Year 5, the boys have worked on using space, status and mime (ask your son to show you his Charlie Chaplin walk). The Year 6 boys have created their own characters through the use of visual prompts, activities and improvisation activities. Seeing the boys’ confidence grow throughout the year in Drama has been exciting, and has provided opportunities for both talent and friendships to flourish. Adrienne Mewett Drama and English Teacher (Junior and Middle School) 60


Middle and Senior School 2016 has seen Drama expand within the BGS curriculum, with boys now participating in classes at all senior levels. In partnership with Firbank, VCE classes have run in both Drama and Theatre Studies, providing an opportunity for students to learn in a co-educational environment. This has given students a chance to explore different types of human interaction and encouraged them to expand their knowledge and use of expressive and performance skills. It has also given them the confidence to communicate as individuals and collaboratively in social and workrelated contexts. In Year 10, boys studied the dramatic storytelling techniques of Documentary – Verbatim Theatre and Process Drama to devise an ensemble performance about the horrifying facts of trench warfare. Collaboratively researching documents, diaries, photos and film footage of the time as stimulus material, the boys were able to recreate dramatic vignettes about the realities soldiers faced during 1916. This resulted in a brilliant performance that captured both the tragic and comic futility of war. Year 9 boys were introduced to the wonderful world and words of Shakespeare. They developed skills in vocal speech, analysing and paraphrasing script for dramatic meaning, and contextualising characters with depth and credibility. This culminated in performances that entertained their year level cohort with wit, humour, pathos and their newfound passion for Shakespeare. Middle School Drama classes introduced the boys to an exciting variety of different theatrical styles, from Neutral Mask and Mime, to Greek Theatre and Clowning. They also explored specific dramatic activities that focused on developing their understanding of spacial awareness, self-awareness and strengthening their self-confidence. So the stage is set for 2017, where more boys will have the opportunity to discover that drama encourages them to express themselves with poise and self-assurance. Thank you to Co-Captains of Drama, Lachie Collie and Charlie Levine, who have both been influential and proactive leaders, promoting and encouraging a greater student involvement in Drama at BGS throughout the year. Myles Collins Head of Drama







What an action-packed year! The Junior School classroom music program continued to thrive, with the boys participating in at least one lesson a week, focusing on music appreciation and gaining the music knowledge to use in a variety of performance contexts. The Prep to Year 2 classes used tuned and untuned percussion, learning how to read and write rhythms, as well as activities such as singing, dancing and listening. The Years 3 to 6 classes looked at different aspects of composition, form, program music, listening skills, elements of music, world music, note-reading, composers, song writing, keyboard and untuned percussion, periods of music and many different styles. In addition, for the first time, all boys from ELC4 to Year 7 participated in either a weekly, fortnightly or monthly choral class. Boys in ELC4 joined in a movement and singing based singa-long, whilst Prep to Year 2 had the opportunity to sing in a more formal environment, while also incorporating movement. Boys in Years 3 to 6 continued to enjoy their choral development, the results of which were evident at weekly assemblies. In 2016, all Middle School boys undertook the study of classroom music, which offered a greater appreciation of music as a language and allowed the boys to explore their more creative side through composition and a wide use of technology. In addition, the boys experienced a variety of musical styles and genres, including film music, African music and Australian music. This part of the subject saw many boys, some of whom have experienced the demands of learning a musical instrument, enjoy another outlet for their creativity and musical talents. At the senior level, the numbers of boys taking music as an academic pursuit grew in 2016, with performance, analysis, composition, aural and theory being the major foci from Year 9 to Year 12. The Music School has 30 staff working in classroom and instrumental music programs. Jamie Ransome Director of Music GRAMMARIAN 2016




“If you talk to a man

in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela



Learning a language broadens the mind and expands the way we see the world. Indeed, learning a language is about gaining insight into a culture. From Prep to Year 12, we are fortunate to teach four languages. In the junior years, the boys have discovered the symbols and the Asian culture through their Japanese and Chinese lessons. In Year 7, the boys have the opportunity to try Chinese, French, Japanese and Latin and see which language best suits them. In Chinese, we celebrated Chinese New Year in style. Traditional dancers performed for the whole School. All the boys were in awe of the surreal dragon’s spectacular stunts to the tune of traditional drums and cymbals. The Middle School boys enjoyed a visit to the Chinese Museum, followed by an immersion experience at a local restaurant where they had the opportunity to practice their Chinese. In the Senior School, students took part in a Chinese Debating Championship for the first time. In French, the Middle School boys ordered from Monsieur Crèpes in his native tongue. Senior School boys travelled to New Caledonia to develop their language skills. The boys also honed their language skills through French conversation afternoons with students from Firbank, Melbourne Grammar School, St Michael’s Grammar School and Shelford Girls School. In Japanese, the Year 7 boys enjoyed Japanese Martial Arts Demonstrations. In Year 8, they cooked and learnt the art of Origami Paper Craft. In the Senior School, we welcomed exchange student Sorato Goto from our sister school Rikkyo. The boys also practiced Japanese Calligraphy, and sang Japanese pop songs, dancing for the music video. The Japan Tour in September was a highlight. In Latin, the senior boys enjoyed their cake day each week while learning about Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid. They also learnt about Roman history, which included the Roman political system. In Middle School, the boys discovered the life of emperors and the evolution of many cities under the Roman Empire. Studying languages is rewarding, challenging and fun. While studying a language is about gaining linguistic ability, it is also about gaining an insight into culture and traditions. Karine Coste Head of Languages Faculty GRAMMARIAN 2016




Middle School Thanks to our nine dedicated Middle School Library Committee members, life in the library was busy and exciting.

Junior School A highlight each year is the celebration of the Australian Children’s Book Council ‘Book of the Year’ awards. The Junior School boys and teachers embraced this year’s theme, ‘Australia – Story Country’, with some fabulous, creative costumes proudly paraded at assembly. The Tony Bones’ Travelling Theatre also visited with their madcap interpretations of the shortlisted books from the awards. More than $1600 was raised at the Book Fair to support our Indigenous exchange program with the Milikapiti School and the Baraka School in Kenya. Pauline Anthony Head of Junior School Library



Activities included daily lunchtime board and card games, Book Week and Movie Wednesday, where the library transforms into a cinema. In June, we launched our makerspace. Three times a week, Lauren Murphy assists boys in their self-directed creations using art materials, technology and found objects. Book Week activities included a staff vs. student debate on the topic ‘Technology has made teachers redundant’, in which the teachers argued the affirmative. Staff also played against boys in the Great UNO Challenge, and some staff joined the boys boys in a Spelling Bee. Finally, the whole School enjoyed the artistic skills of illustrator Marc McBride. Our Junior Judges, who had read the eight finalists in the CBCA Young Adult Book category, presented their views and guessed the overall winning book. Lisa Tabone Middle School Teacher Librarian

Senior School The Senior School Library upgraded online services to provide up-to-date research resources. Teachers were surveyed about which online databases they preferred and we subscribed accordingly. These can be accessed using the federated search function, meaning boys and teachers can access resources anywhere, anytime. Library lunchtime games, including chess, Chinese chess and Uno, continued to be popular. The Term 2 online current affairs trivia quiz was also a big hit. During Book Week two guest speakers spoke on the theme of ‘Australia–Story Country’. Lynton Allan created art as he told stories. Abe Nouk, a Sudanese refugee and slam poet, spoke to the Year 9 and 10 English classes about his experiences and lead a lunchtime workshop in the library. Finally, the teacher vs. student debate on ‘Pokemon go is a danger to society’ attracted a huge crowd. The teachers took the affirmative and won by a point. The Senior School Library writing competition attracted another strong field of entries. The winner can be found on page 36. Penny Roberts Head of Library GRAMMARIAN 2016




helping students to help themselves The Learning Support Department is a bustling hub during the school day. We support the boys through withdrawal programs, in-class support, and working with classroom teachers on assistance strategies. The philosophy behind the programs is to not only provide academic support, but to ensure that the boys feel confident and experience success. The remedial classes take on explicit programs that focus on direct instruction, but are also supplemented with engaging activities and educational games. The EAL lessons focus on developing oral communication skills, building vocabulary, reading and writing. The boys also develop their cultural awareness through these classes. The enrichment classes provide the boys with extension through mathematics, English and humanities. The boys are also engaged in enriching opportunities such as debating, chess, robotics, planks, games days, International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) competitions and Maths Olympiad.

Learning Strategies in Years 7 to 12 The Learning Strategies department’s aim is to support the boys to achieve to the best of their ability. Whether in the Middle or Senior School, the boys who attend for support, guidance, planning or organising are all provided with the assistance they require. While supporting the boys to access the subject matter, we also resource and empower them with skills to use back in the classroom setting. The learning environment in which the boys are embraced ensures that they all have their individual needs catered for and are able to make links with their curriculum. The learning that is achieved in this environment helps support the notion that all the boys are on their own individual learning journeys; and that the strategies learnt and developed will stand them in good stead into the future, both on a short-term and a longterm basis. The Learning Strategies Department ensures that learning is celebrated in an environment where all boys are welcomed and all boys are supported, no matter where they are on the learning path. Roula Duggan, Head of Learning Strategies 68





In 2016, we continued our commitment to supporting the wellbeing of the BGS community. The implementation of wellbeing strategies continued to flourish, with new initiatives introduced into the curriculum, along with programs and presentations involving boys, parents and staff. This year also saw the opening of the Wellbeing Centre. The space is already being heavily used by the boys and staff, with some parent and community offerings.

Wellbeing curriculum/PROSPER In Junior School, extending the Bounce Back resilience program to all boys in a ‘circle time’ format engaged the boys in further continuing to develop their emotional literacy skills. The PROSPER curriculum, with a focus on building positive emotions, positive relationships, understanding of your strengths, fixed/growth mindset and the importance of purpose and meaning in one’s life, continued to develop in Years 7 to 11. The new Rethinking Masculinity unit in Year 10 wellbeing class goes for a full term. This allows the boys to talk with staff about the pressures associated with some of the stereotypes they may feel they need to adhere to. The discussion breaks those notions open and allows the boys to explore and debate in a safe environment.



Mindfulness Continuing to build on the Still Cloud mindfulness initiative that has become successfully embedded into the Junior School, the Year 7s have engaged in a mindfulness program called Mind Up. This program extends their core practice and builds a better understanding of how we use our senses in a mindful way. In Year 9, the boys have participated in the Stop and Be (.b) program. Held over eight sessions, this program extends the boys understanding of how the mind operates and allows them to develop skills that can improve attention and focus and manage negative, non/productive thoughts constructively.


Coaching This year, all staff engaged in learning the GROWTH coaching model and developing coaching skills, and were asked to identify a wellbeing goal to work on. Feedback from staff indicates it was an opportunity for them to look at their wellbeing needs and contributed to building stronger relationships at work. The tutor/student coaching sessions have continued throughout this year and, according to a survey the boy’s completed, coaching sessions have strengthened relationships between the boys and their tutors, and assisted them in learning how to set goals and understand the process involved in achieving their desired outcomes.

Wellbeing for staff After school seminars including Building and Understanding Positive Emotions and Relationships, Understanding your Strengths, Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety, and Sleep Hygiene have been offered to staff on a voluntary basis in the Wellbeing Centre. Staff have also embraced the opportunity to participate in yoga classes, which are held in the Wellbeing Centre.

Strengths Based Parenting Parents of boys in Years 5 to 8 were invited to take part in four two-hour Strengths Based Parenting sessions facilitated by Marie McLeod. We hope to run further parenting sessions in 2017.





Year 6 Musical - the lion king jr  76 MS Production - the Little mermaid 78 SS Production - Copacabana 80 FIRBANK/BGS activity days (YEARS 7-12) 82 FIRBANK/BGS activity days (ELC-6) 84 Chess  86 Outdoor Education 88 Sea change 92 Year 11 OE leadership program 96 Music - PERFORMANCE 98 Choral100 SS community Service 102 MS CHARITY COMMITTEE 104 JS COMMUNITY SERVICE 105 STUDENT wellbeing committee 106 Debating AND Public Speaking 108 JS Lunchtime clubs 110 st andrew's choir 112






Programs and Activities

As part of any well-rounded academic program, Brighton Grammar continues to offer a rich and diverse co-curricular program for boys in the secondary school years. These programs and activities form an important complimentary pillar to the boys learning within the classroom. We have a compulsory and non-compulsory co-curricular programs, such as: • APS sport • Music • Outdoor Education • Sea Change • Duke of Edinburgh. All of these offerings provide the boys with opportunities to develop interests and life skills such as working with others and leadership. Student leadership is an important component of the programs and activities on offer at BGS. Leadership exists in a number of layers throughout these program – for instance, the Student Council who work to represent the views of their peers in school improvement and processes. The boys also have access to an enormous offering of experiences. This year we have had a number of wonderful opportunities on offer, including: • curriculum-related excursions • curriculum-related incursions • co-curricular activities such as debating, chess, Student Voice • pre-season sport camps • trips (curricular and co-curricular) to locations such as New Caledonia and Costa Rica. Deanne Cannizzaro Director of Programs and Activities (7-12) GRAMMARIAN 2016



Year 6 Musical

The Lion King Jr It was with equal parts excitement and trepidation that we chose The Lion King Jr for our Year 6 musical this year. The excitement was born of everyone’s love of the story, the timeless message, the Elton Johncomposed score, and the idea of our talented boys and girls bringing the story to life. The trepidation came from thinking about bringing Broadway’s theatrical, visual masterpiece to Rosstrevor Hall, and wanting to create a show that more than reminded our Junior School families of the professional production. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it certainly takes a village to mount a show! The support of our Year 6 parents and wider community from Firbank and BGS was second to none, and the sell-out production was hailed a tremendous success. The Lion King Jr was definitely a show that will be remembered for many years to come. Jared Furtado Head of Choral and Junior School Music Co-ordinator






“By opening night I could talk to anyone. I felt confident we were going to put on an outstanding show. When I stepped out on the stage, everything came together and we told a story that the cast, crew and audience will never forget.” Matthew Young (Year 9)

“I loved every second of it and made some great friendships. It was an extraordinary experience and something to be cherished.” Benjamin Warrell (Year 9)




The Little MERMAID The Year 7 to 9 Middle School production brought one of our favourite Disney musicals, The Little Mermaid, to life. Every student’s dedication and commitment was evident in this exceptional BGS/ Firbank production. The students embraced the style of the show and the creative process with confidence; their passion was evident in everything from the costumes and set design to the onstage performances. We always encourage our boys to ‘have a go’ and it was fantastic to see their enthusiasm and the way in which they learned from the production team at Firbank. Of course, these productions are not possible without the support of many teachers, students, administrative staff, sponsors, families and parents. Thank you to all who contributed to making The Little Mermaid such a creative success.





Copacabana Barry Manilow’s Copacabana: this light-hearted, fun and feather-filled production showcased the musical and dramatic talents of BGS and Firbank senior students beautifully. As an educational experience, musical theatre requires students to use a plethora of creative and social skills, developed and nurtured in a learning environment that is authentic, engaging and encourages professional ownership. Through the Copacabana process, every student – whether on or off stage – showed willingness and courage to take the words and notes, music and actions and bring them to life. With comedy and melodrama, dreams and romance, loyalty and revenge, songs and high kicks, mobsters and pirates, Copacabana was a colourful and vibrant show. Most importantly, it was an invaluable opportunity for personal growth, learning, friendship and fun, celebrating ‘the music and passion’ of our senior students. I would like to acknowledge and thank Friends of Dramatic Art (FODA) for their support and commitment, as well as all the members of the production team: Adrienne Mewett, Jamie Ransome, Paul Stewart, Michelle Nguyen, Chris Johnson and Andrew Lee, for their professionalism, tireless energy, incalculable hours and creativity. Together, we certainly proved that Brighton is the ‘hottest spot north of Havana’! Myles Collins Director/Producer – Copacabana BGS Head of Drama and Production








Firbank/ BGS activity days YEAR 7-12

Brighton Grammar celebrates a long-standing relationship with its sister School, Firbank Grammar School. From ELC through to Year 12, the School engages in a range of combined activities. These combined activities form an important part of the boys’ academic and co-curricular program. It provides opportunities for peers to socialise and learn collaboratively, giving them an insight into the interests of others. Across the secondary school, this past year has seen both Schools host a range of activities including: • Year 7 combined activity mornings • Year 8 combined activity mornings • after school Year 9 combined dance lessons • Year 10 activity days focused on Healthy Relationships • a Year 12 luncheon. Deanne Cannizzaro Director of Programs and Activities (7-12)




Combined BGS and Firbank activities ELC to Year 6

In Term 2, the ELC3 boys invited the Firbank ELC3 girls for a morning session in our centre, which was a wonderful opportunity to host the girls and to reestablish friendships. The ELC4 BGS boys visited the ELC4 Firbank girls at their centre and enjoyed exploring the new outdoor space. The Prep to Year 4 boys met with the Firbank girls twice during the year. Each school hosted a morning of activities, which included drama and maths games, structured play, making paper planes and creating Spark videos. Term 3 saw a wonderful connection between the Year 6 girls and boys with their superb joint production of The Lion King Jr. The ELC children from BGS and Firbank also played an important role, stepping in as an audience for the final dress rehearsal. In Term 4 the Year 5 boys and girls came together to experiment with technology, music and to play games. All of these experiences built on the friendships and interactions from the previous year, and further developed the relationship between the two schools. Joanne Davies Head of Teaching and Learning, Junior School 84








Chess was huge in 2016. There was a big increase in the number of VCE students wanting to get involved, and more Middle School boys than in previous years. Our Junior School chess also continued to improve, with a now annual tournament being held on campus. Our biggest tournament saw fantastic efforts from all and great results by Sasha Parsons and Victor Jakobus. BGS sent two teams to the Mount Alexander Schools Chess Challenge in Castlemaine, and they came second and third – a fantastic effort. Our top players at this event were Paris Sitzoukis, William Wu and Jaikob Akinci, all with more than five points out of a maximum of seven. The enthusiasm of the boys meant that we qualified for state finals in two different competitions. In the Chess Kids final we finished fourth, just missing out on third place by countback; relative newcomer Oscar Donald played marvellously. In the more difficult Chess World final we finished eighth in the state, with Chess Captain Phillip Guo being one of our best. All the boys who participated this year improved their strategic thinking and decision-making under pressure; chess exemplifies the lifelong love of learning that is at the core of the BGS tradition. Andrew Barr Head of Chess




Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education department hit the ground running in 2016 with the new Year 12 ‘Bogong’ leadership training program at Howmans Gap, Falls Creek. As part of the program, we attempted to get all six houses to the summit of Mt Bogong – Victoria’s highest peak at 1,986 metres. Other than the aching calves and feet, the lasting memory will be witnessing our Year 12 leaders leading school chants as one around the rock cairn of Mt Bogong. This moment symbolised and epitomised our strong school spirit and leadership of our senior core.

greater understanding about themselves, others and the environment. With some of the confronting issues facing our boys, we must continue to get them out into the natural world – now more so than ever. The Outdoor Education department strives to challenge the boys and meet the needs of the 21st Century learner. This year, the Year 5 boys started their first river journey into their campsite. Equipped with waterproof dry bags, the boys explored and swam the majestic Howqua River into their campsite – the highlight of their four-day experience.

Due to the Christmas Otway forest fires we had to relocate our Year 7 outdoor education experience to Cape Otway and Aire River. Once again, all Year 7 boys got off on the right foot, quickly forming and establishing new friendships, making bonds with their teachers, and understanding important BGS values of respect, integrity, passion and accountability.

At the conclusion of Term 3, all Year 10 boys will partake in their six-day alpine journey. This is a challenging outdoor education experience, which involves white water rafting down the Mitta Mitta River, snow shoeing and snow camping throughout the Bogong High Plains, or mountain bike journeying around the Omeo Valley.

The first ever Year 9 Great South West Journey, the Term 1 Sea Change experience over 12 days, was an outstanding success, which helped set the boys up for a successful year. All boys journeyed close to 250 kilometres: throughout the Glenelg River National Park by canoe; Discovery Bay by foot; and Cobboboonee National Park by mountain bike. We believe that the Junior School outdoor education programs are crucial as they allow the boys to gain a 88


There is no doubt that the boys’ overall experience is enhanced by the careful facilitation, expert instruction and care demonstrated by the Outdoor Education staff: Messrs Hilditch, Jennison and Brophy. These men always go above and beyond to ensure the boys reach their full potential in the outdoors. Cameron Barry Head of Outdoor Education









Year 9 Sea Change The Year 9 experiential learning program, Sea Change, aims to help build successful men, as the boys live out the values of the School: passion, respect, integrity and accountability. Through four different week-long ‘experiences’ spread through the year, and a series of weekly classes, the boys continuously worked to develop their sense of hope, their empathy, curiosity, resilience and compassion. The boys also focused on their understanding of leadership and follow-ship, of building and appreciating community, of acceptance of challenge and awareness of self. These hugely challenging objectives were regularly re-enforced in the weekly classes, which were also used to help prepare the boys for the experiences undertaken during the year. 2016 began with all boys participating in the first ever BGS Sea Change Great South West Journey, and what an epic journey! Over the course of 12 days, the boys travelled on foot, on mountain bike and canoe approximately 250 kilometres through the Cobboboonee forest, Glenelg River and Discovery Bay around the Cape Bridgewater area. When the boys arrived back at BGS to find their parents waiting at a welcome-home function, it was a very proud moment for all. The sense of achievement was palpable. Later in the year, boys were able to choose their remaining three ‘experiences’. Boys completed a ‘Melbourne City Experience’ and all chose from either ‘Service’ or ‘Coastal’ options. ‘Service’ options ranged from the boys staying locally and appreciating how they can make a difference in Brighton and Melbourne, to travelling to and immersing themselves at the Martyr’s School in Papua New Guinea, to visiting Indigenous communities in western Queensland. The ‘Coastal’ options were also widely varied; some boys chose to complete a week based around Anglesea in Victoria, others undertook a sea kayaking journey in the Whitsunday Islands, while others chose to gain their open water SCUBA accreditation. In 2016, Sea Change engaged the boys in the School and to allowed them to grow and develop in a challenging yet supportive environment. Thanks to all staff who contributed to Sea Change, to the parents for their support and trust, and to the boys for embracing the challenge and seeking opportunities to help them become successful men. Peter Shepard Head of Sea Change 92



Cape York 2016














Outdoor Education Leadership Program

This year has marked the first successful implementation of the Year 11 Outdoor Education Leadership Program (OELP). During September 2015, after completing their own Year 10 outdoor education experience, 27 young men were carefully selected to undertake the leadership training program with the Outdoor Education team in December 2015. After completing their training, the OELP boys were assigned their own class of either Year 5, 6, 7 or 8 boys.

“The Grampians experience was amazing. Throughout the week I developed great relationships with the boys in my group. I was able to act as a role model, which helped me take on a greater position of responsibility and develop my leadership capabilities. The skills I’ve gained and the experiences I’ve had through the OELP will definitely help me, both in school and in my day-today life.”

The OELP is ultimately a selfless, service and leadershipbased role where the Year 11 leaders give of their own time in order to ‘give back’ to the younger BGS boys. The Year 11 leaders are expected to visit their younger peers about once a week throughout the year and attend their assigned class’s outdoor education program as camp leader. The OELP is a wonderful opportunity for many senior boys to have a presence and demonstrate leadership within the Junior and Middle Schools.

Mitchell Hughes, Year 11 OELP



Cameron Barry Head of Outdoor Education

Below and above: Year 11 Leaders with younger boys





Music beyond the classroom Performances The ensemble program continues to thrive with concert bands, big bands, string orchestras, choirs and guitar ensembles among the groups available. The redeveloped junior instrumental program provides fantastic opportunities for the younger boys and is key to developing a strong foundation for the ensemble program in the School. The importance of having an ensemble program cannot be understated. Boys play their instrument in a team, applying the skills learned in their individual lessons into an ensemble context. The Year 3 and 4 boys have focused on the Strings Program and the Wilson House String Orchestra and Concert Band have grown in numbers and enjoyed much success. In the secondary years, the standard has continued to rise, which was clearly demonstrated through the various concerts throughout the year.

The extensive performance calendar of formal and informal events offered many opportunities for boys of all ages and ability levels:

The Senior Big Band competed in the Generations In Jazz festival in Mt. Gambier, finishing fourth in their division with 96 points out of 100.

Our Prep to Year 2 boys started their musical journey with performances at assemblies, Grandparents Day and the Christmas Pageant.

Three School-wide concerts – the Choral Soiree, Strings Spectacular and Bands Showcase – took place at St Andrew’s Church in Term 3, showcasing our talent from Year 3 to 12. Live streaming to a huge screen ensured the audience had an unimpeded view.

Borwick House Choir performed at the JS Officer Induction service, Mother’s Day Service and the Past Mother’s High tea. Years 7 to 12 showcased their talents at the traditional Orchestral and Choral Concert and the Wind, Brass and Percussion Concert. Student musicians joined professional musicians for the BGS-hosted productions of Copacabana and The Lion King Jr. The Senior Concert Band and Senior Big Band competed at the Victorian School Music Festival for the first time, and were awarded gold and silver respectively.

Various smaller concerts included the Brighton Jazz Sunday Concert. Thanks to Jared Furtado (JS Music Co-ordinator), Anna Watson (Administrator) and Deanne Cannizzaro (Director of Programs & Activities 7-12) and the many dedicated music staff for their generosity and support. Thanks also to Jerry Lee (Music Captain) and Phillips Guo and Daniel Lee (Vice-Captains) and Middle School Music Captain James Sherborne and Vice-Captain Andrew Wang for their dedication and leadership. Jamie Ransome Director of Music






Choral program

Singing is vital for mental and physical health and for boys to make sure they are regularly turning on both sides of their brain. It has been a joy leading the boys in all things singing in 2016, alongside Mr Martin, Ms Sofo, Mrs Clarke, Miss Nguyen, Mr Abell and Miss Walker. From our youngest ELC4 boys dancing and singing about space, transport and food, right through to our Senior Choir singing the Gloria in four-part harmonies, it’s been a busy year. With choral classes now compulsory to the end Year 8, boys have received either weekly or fortnightly year level singing programs incorporating vocal technique, sight singing, performance and chapel repertoire and most of all fun! Our three choirs – Borwick House Choir, Middle School Choir and Senior Choir – have had numerous performance opportunities throughout 2016 leading up to the Choral Soiree in Term 3. The first concert to feature over 400 boys singing in St Andrew’s Church also presented an opportunity for the School to commission its first choral piece for the three combined choirs in many years. Horizons, composed by local bayside composer, Mark Puddy, is based on the boys’ ideas of living in the bayside area. We are looking forward to consolidating and further building our Choral Program, starting with a Senior House Choral Festival in 2017. Jared Furtado Head of Choral and Junior School Music Co-ordinator




SENIOR SCHOOL community Service


In 2016, the Senior School Fundraising Committee held many events to fundraise for amazing organisations including the Ute Full of Food at St Marks Fitzroy each term. Each ute delivered over $4000 equivalent of non-perishable food items to come to the aid of homeless people. In Term 1, the Committee helped the Martyr’s School in PNG by sending $1300 to the school. We organised a casual clothes day and a BBQ at lunchtime where we sold 20 kilos of sausages in just 15 minutes! In Term 2, we helped our own Will Murray, selling pizzas, organising a paper plane competition and through a dedicated concert at St Andrew’s. With the help of the whole School, we raised over $6000 for the Will Murray Foundation. We also participated in Brain Week, raising awareness of brain cancer. We wore grey on casual clothes days (GoGreyinMay) and had fun doing activities such as memorising Pi and a Rubik cube competition in memory of Connor Dawes, who passed away from brain cancer in 2013. We raised $2275 for the RCD Foundation. In Term 3, the Committee decided to focus on helping the RCD Foundation by organising a special Connor’s day on Thursday 1 September. The Senior School enjoyed activities such as a run on the Crowther Oval, FIFA, chess and poetry competitions and a pizza lunch, raising $1800 for the Foundation. We also volunteered to help at the water station on Sunday 11 September for the official RCD Run, delivering drinks to the courageous runners. In Term 4, we chose to help unwanted cats and dogs through PetRescue, which promotes the humane management of orphaned pets. Again, we offered diverse activities for the boys to enjoy, such as: guess the number of jelly beans in a jar; a photo competition where the boys had to match the staff member with her/his pet; a silent auction; and selling ice creams at recess. What a rewarding year. We feel we’ve helped so many people. My gratitude and thanks to Zachary Warren, Lachlan McCormack and Jerry Lee who went beyond the requirement of being Committee Members. I also would like to thank other members: Martin Kulesza, Brad Marais, Nick Longmire, Callum Fucrey, George Billionis, Tom Downs, Robert Tongs, Nik Scriven, Steven Kaviadias, Keagan Foster, Liam Lovett and Matthew Webster. Angelique Beguin Teacher in Charge SS Community Service GRAMMARIAN 2016 103


Middle School

Charity Committee

The Middle School community made significant contributions to the following charities in 2016: Women for Women in Africa to provide Timothy Bosire and John Kirake’s education; the Will Murray Foundation to support BGS boy Will Murray’s rehabilitation and recovery; the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation in funding brain research; and the Ute Full of Food in support of St. Mark’s Community Centre, Fitzroy. Other events that the Middle School raised money for this year included the RSL through the sale of ANZAC badges, and the Cancer Council through Relay for Life and the Middle School annual Walkathon. In total, the Middle School Charity Committee raised more than $20,000 in money, food and donations for the various causes. Without the support of staff, the boys and their families, we could not have hoped to have supported so many causes this year. In particular, the Middle School Charity Committee of Jack Davies, Ethan Furey, Lukas Galanopoulos, Harrison Kirkham, Sam Stewart and Tom Burnell was a major force behind 2016's charity drives and played a major role in its success. Rob Hanley Middle School Charity Committee Co-ordinator 104 GRAMMARIAN 2016



The culture of a school is underpinned by community involvement (in particular, community service), and this is very apparent in the Junior School. A wonderful example is our relationship with the Milikapiti School community on Melville Island in the Northern Territory, which was established by Peter Tellefson in 2010 to foster and develop friendships, communication, understanding and respect for each other’s way of life and culture. Small group visits between Year 6 students are a unique reciprocal experience. In 2005, our community links with the Baraka School in Africa began under the helm of Peter Toms. Due to our fundraising efforts, including Peter Tellefson’s annual Baraka Mini Fair initiative, classrooms at the Baraka School have been rebuilt with electricity and more than 200 children are being fed. It is through this involvement that the bond within our community is further reinforced and bridging with the wider community takes place.



Student Wellbeing Committee

Promoting positive and inclusive culture in the Senior School The Student Wellbeing Committee (SWC) consists of a group of students who are passionate and motivated about influencing positive culture at Senior School. The SWC provides an important opportunity for students to take ownership of the School culture, and works collaboratively to identify initiatives to promote positive mental and physical health. This year, under Captain Jerry Lee and Vice-Captain Sanjeev Haikerwal, the SWC aimed to bring about lasting cultural change, in addition to hosting once-off events such as RUOK? Day. This included: the trial of a ‘Quiet Space’, which boasted beanbags to encourage quiet retreat; regular opportunities to speak at assembly; and the implementation of an SWC at Middle School. Every year, the SWC hosts the annual suicide prevention RUOK? Day quiz and sausage sizzle. Committee members wore bright yellow RUOK? t-shirts as a reminder of the significance of the day, and the boys were encouraged to ask someone they were worried about if they were OK. The event raised over $200, which was donated to Kids Helpline. Hien Nguyen Senior School Psychologist




L-R 2017 winners of Swannie awards Callum Drake Year 10 and Rob Tongs Year 11


Debating & Public Speaking Senior School Eighty boys, 19 teams, 190 debates and two prestigious Swannie awards. The Senior School debating boys certainly pulled in the numbers, and the results, in 2016. What an amazing effort! Congratulations to Rob Tongs (Year 11) and Callum Drake (Year 10), who were the deserving recipients of Swannie awards for being the best speakers in the South Eastern district. Our Captain of Debating, Ian Tongs, and Year level captains; Nick Semmens, Lachie Collie and Darcy Delagnes, worked tirelessly on behalf of the whole team. I’d also like to mention the efforts and support of Paula Donnelly, Kristen Molloy and Ness Hinnenburg. Andrea Hayes

Middle School This year, more than 80 Middle School boys were involved in debating and public speaking. Each term, the interschool debates against Firbank developed the boys’ skills. The BGS team dominated the first of these competitions, which inspired the girls to apply themselves in order to redeem their reputation. A healthy yet fiercely fought competition ensued. A group of approximately 20 boys have been involved in the Debaters Association of Victoria program in 2016, including training and interschool competition. The boys proved competitive in this forum, gaining invaluable skills that will stand them in good stead for senior debating. Thanks to our Senior Debating coaches, Ben deWorsop and Charlie Levine, our Middle School Debating captain Jaikob Akinci, and Vice Captains Thomas Barlabas and Liam Konidaris. Raelene Plozza Literacy Coach Prep – Year 8 GRAMMARIAN 2016 109



Lunchtime clubs

Boys in the Junior School are passionate about their breaks. For some, kicking the football on the oval at lunch time or playing a game of tag is what they enjoy most. Our lunchtime programs provide an alternative for other boys who have a different passion, or for boys who just like to challenge themselves with a new interest. Lunchtime clubs run on different days throughout the week in the following areas: chess, science and technology, library, gardening, board games, and sport. The clubs are supervised by our Junior School teaching staff, however, our School Officers take on a strong leadership role, encouraging and guiding the younger boys. Providing opportunities for all boys to engage and connect with new interests and friendship groups is a priority at BGS, and our lunchtime clubs play an important role in this pursuit. Dean Bryan Deputy Head of Junior School





St Andrew's Choir

While the St Andrew’s Choir has been singing since 1842, some 174 years, this year has been action-packed, with some fantastic new initiatives being implemented. Prior to saying farewell to our 2016 Year 12 Scholars, the St Andrew’s Choir had 38 members, which included 18 BGS and 12 Firbank Choral Scholars, along with adult volunteer choristers. This year saw the choir perform over 190 anthems, introits, motets and canticles, representing over 400 pages of new music learned in 12 months. Choral Scholars also continue to undertake the Royal School of Music Voice for Life program, extending their musical education, literacy and essential aural skills. In August, we performed our first evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, which was so successful that it will now become a permanent fixture in our choral calendar. This year we also formed the St Andrew’s Choir Parents Association (SACPA), which has had a busy year assisting the choir with various activities and projects. The SACPA has drawn on the generous support of time, talent and treasure from choir parents, parishioners and the community for fundraising and friend-raising throughout the year. We also officially launched the St Andrew’s Choir Alumni in August and warmly welcome and encourage all past choristers back to St Andrew’s for special choral occasions and, in the future, for mentoring roles with the current choristers. In 2017, we see the choir turn 175 years old and we will celebrate this wonderful achievement, which includes being Victoria’s oldest continuous choir. We welcome our community to come and celebrate this unique milestone with us in May 2017. 112 GRAMMARIAN 2016



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New York Art Tour In an exciting first for BGS, 10 boys and two staff headed off on a 10-day art tour of New York. We visited the city’s iconic centres of art, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET), the newly opened MET Breuer, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Guggenheim. Through participation in workshops and guided tours, including the Brooklyn Street Art Walking Tour, the boys gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of the art. Of course, a visit to the ‘Big Apple’ wouldn’t be complete without some sightseeing. As well as the Rockefeller Center and Empire State building, we visited the Statue of Liberty and rode bikes through Central Park before catching a Broadway show. We also visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which had a profound effect on the boys. An NBA basketball game topped off an incredible cultural experience. Steve Emmett Head of Art






Japanese trip During the September holidays, 16 boys from Year 9 to 11 Japanese classes visited Japan. We attended our brother school, Rikkyo, during the first week of the tour. Boys participated in cultural activities such as making Hanko stamps, playing Kendo and Judo, and decorating a personalised fan in a calligraphy class. The boys also joined in subject classes with their host brothers and buddies. The boys took Obento that their host mothers made to school, communicated in Japanese and experienced everyday Japanese family life with their host families. Home staying with Rikkyo families was the highlight of the tour for many of the boys. After tearful goodbyes to the host families at Tokyo station, we headed off to Hiroshima, Nara and Kyoto. Firstly, we visited the Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum, which made us think deeply about nuclear weapons. The island of Miyajima with the famous floating gate and shrine refreshed the boys’ minds after the busy city life of Tokyo. Whilst staying in Kyoto, we visited Nara, Fushimi Inari, Ryoanji, Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple. The boys developed friendships with their host families and Rikkyo school buddies, enhanced their language skills and visited historical places. This tour enabled the boys to experience real life in Japan and provided unforgettable memories. Hiroko Hunt Head of Japanese “I particularly enjoyed staying with my host family as it allowed me to experience Japanese culture and lifestyle. I will never forget making gyoza with my host sister.” Nick Parsons (Year 11) “I love animals so my most enjoyable experience was going to Nara and being able to pat the deer.” Max Twycross (Year 10) “My Japanese improved a lot from interacting with Japanese students and my host family.” Curtis Wilson (Year 9) GRAMMARIAN 2016 119



VCE French study tour

In June 2016, 10 VCE French students went on a trip to Nouméa in New Caledonia to boost their French skills to help them with their studies. The students had an intense 18 hours of French classes mixed in with excursions, all of which were lead in French. All the students returned from New Caledonia having enjoyed the cultural experience and with new found confidence with their French. All the boys improved their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and were proud of their ability to communicate in French for a whole week. “We were split into pairs and designated to a host family, who we lived with for five nights. We would go to French classes in the morning, do an activity in the afternoon and then return back to our host family’s house. We experienced La Belle Verte zip-lining, a kayak tour through the Dumbea River, and some French cuisine at the La Gavotte restaurant. Everyone also enjoyed swimming in the beautiful Baie des Citrons. The trip was intense because we weren’t used to speaking and hearing French 24/7, but it was a fantastic experience – we learnt so much.” Xavier Pym (Year 11) 120 GRAMMARIAN 2016

World Challenge Expedition 2016 Costa Rica and Nicaragua The World Challenge Expedition visiting Nicaragua and Costa Rica proved an action-packed way for seven Year 9 boys to spend three and a half weeks of the winter holidays. The boys visited cities such as Grenada, Leon and San Jose, as well as stunning rural locations including Ometepe Island, Los Maribios and the Osa Peninsula. They were also involved in a community project involving working at School renovating their classrooms which helped further immerse them in the culture of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The boys were certainly challenged, but they learnt some important lessons, tackling issues such as communication, planning, orgnising money, learning how to render a wall, and even using a machete for the first time! There were so many highlights, but these are a few of the boys’ ‘best bits’ (it seems the volcanos were a big hit…): • volcano boarding down Volcano Cera Negro • getting to the top of Volcano Concepcion • looking inside the crater of an active volcano • seeing animals such as the green and the brown sloth, toucans, macaws, spider monkeys and howler monkeys. One word the boys used to describe the trip was “unforgettable”. All felt that the trip was a unique confidence-building exercise, as well as an eye-opening cultural experience. GRAMMARIAN 2016 121



Milikapiti Indigenous exchange Now in its eighth year, the week-long Milikapiti Indigenous Exchange program enables eight BGS boys and three Firbank girls to immerse themselves fully in the Tiwi culture, and to interact in a meaningful way with the Milikapiti community. Welcoming cries of “Brighton Grammar! Brighton Grammar!” quickly dissipated any fears or anxieties the boys had. In no time, they were happily assisting the Milikapiti teachers with literacy and mathematics programs, promoting the value of school attendance to the kids, and being awed by the sporting prowess of our hosts during recess. Out of school hours, we made the most of Melville Island’s stunning landscape. We fished at Timrambu; swam in the waterfall at Tarracumbi; walked in the tracks of the first Dutch explorers at Karslake; and ate Kakadu plums, hard-boiled turtle eggs, buffalo stew and Barramundi curry. The Milikapiti people proudly shared their stories, their dances, their Pukamani customs, their art, and their language. The boys returned home with many of their own stories to share. However, the highlight of the program was the friendships the boys and staff made. Based on understanding and respect, these friendships are key to the success of the program – the beating heart of the strong and lasting relationship between the two schools. Pauline Anthony Junior School Teacher-Librarian/eLearning Coach GRAMMARIAN 2016 123


Junior School house competition 126 Middle School house report - sport 130 Middle School house report - PASTORAL 132 Middle School house report - Prosper 133 Armstrong134 Crowther136 DIXON138 Hancock140 ROFE142 SCHOOL144 Religious Education - JS 146 Chapel in Years 7-12 147 Counselling148 International students 149 Careers Counselling 150 School Marshal's report 151





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In the Junior School, House competitions incorporates a ‘whole school’ approach, involving events and activities across a range of curriculum areas and levels. Boys participate in House competitions in the following areas: General Knowledge, Cross Country, Public Speaking, Athletics, Chess/Checkers, Swimming, Maths, Tabloid Sports, Spelling and Poetry. Weekly and term winners are also determined from points gained in class and specialist lessons. Houses compete for the Pemberton Shield, an award named after Mr R.L. Pemberton in recognition of his outstanding contribution and service to the life of Brighton Grammar School as a student, Old Boy (1971) and teacher. Involvement in House activities provides valuable opportunities for boys to learn some of life’s important skills and understandings from each other, including: • sportsmanship and playing by the rules, respect for team mates, the opposition and officials • team work, co-operation, and getting along with others • good decision-making – making the right choices, understanding the consequences associated with those choices and the impact they may have on others • responsibility – to yourself and your team mates • pride in your performance – striving to always do your best • appropriate standards of behaviour in various settings. Older boys take on a strong leadership role, encouraging and guiding the younger boys. House competition provides motivation for the boys to work together and strive towards a common goal. A strong sense of school spirit is evident. Dean Bryan Deputy Head of Junior School GRAMMARIAN 2016 127







The 2016 Middle School House Championship enabled some hotly contested competitions throughout the year, which resulted in a sea of colour and excitement. The Championship started in the pool for the annual Swimming Sports, as our Year 7 and Year 8 boys battled it out in consecutive weeks. The mighty Armstrong claimed the first bragging rights for the year. Year 8 International Ball (Crowther) and House Trivia (Armstrong) followed in Term 2, before the annual House Athletics carnival took centre stage in Term 3. The Sandringham Athletics Track was eclipsed by a purple haze as Rofe lifted the trophy for only the second time in history. Term 4’s House Chess rounded out the Middle School competition, before academic merits were tallied to represent the boys’ efforts inside the classroom throughout the year. Congratulations Hancock, ably led by Liam Konidaris, who were crowned Middle School House Champions for the second consecutive year. Their consistency in finishing in the top two placings in six of eight competitions paved the way for back-to-back success. The final standings were: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

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HOUSE REPORT PASTORAL Positive psychology and social emotional learning aimed at enhancing a sense of belonging to the boys’ House form the foundation of the Middle School’s House merit system. All pastoral activities and the merit system are all based around the following goals: • To exceed expectations of the boys’ behaviour and learning habits. • To prepare boys academically to enable them to participate successfully in future learning and a life of meaningful work. • To prepare boys for positive mental health and successful relationships. • To develop boys who are knowledgeable, responsible, healthy, caring and connected. The boys receive merits to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences in the Middle School. Many of the pastoral opportunities enable the boys to experience positive emotions and higher levels of wellbeing. Receiving merits triggers ‘flow’ in learning, wellbeing and coping behaviours for boys. Middle School House merits have an emphasis on the development of positive behaviours to influence academic engagement and success in learning. Improved levels of wellbeing are indicated by a boy demonstrating effective academic, social and emotional functioning and appropriate behaviour at school. House merit points are collated each term for each House at each year level. The term results contribute to the overall House Championship Standings.




We all PROSPER in the Middle School PROSPER classes aim to ensure the boys are equipped with social and emotional tools that enable them to flourish, live purposeful lives and manage adversity. PROSPER – an acronym for Positive emotions, Relationships, Outcomes, Strengths, Purpose, Engagement and Resilience – is a core component of our Growth and Wellbeing Program. In PROSPER classes, which are delivered by House tutors, the Middle School boys explore each of these domains. In Year 7 there was a focus on exploring emotions, building personal strengths, developing positive relationships, instilling a growth mindset, while being grateful and resilient. A wonderful addition to PROSPER this year was the MindUp program – an introduction to mindfulness taught in Term 3. The boys have become adept at dropping into the two-minute core mindfulness practice twice a week. The Year 8 boys explored happiness and positive purpose in their lives, revisited strengths and aspects of self, and were also introduced to mindfulness practice and the idea of savouring moments in their lives. The study skills, stress management and resilience components in Term 4 were designed to guide and support the boys as they headed toward formal assessments at the conclusion of the year, and to encourage personal best. Both year levels were involved in goal setting through Peer Coaching sessions. These important sessions encourage boys to set and work towards goals in a focused and structured way. Campfire, our version of circle time, provides the opportunity for individuals to explore themes in a group situation and develop social and emotional skills. With the completion of the new Wellbeing Centre, all the House groups have had the opportunity to use this beautiful, peaceful space. This facility adds significantly to the boys’ PROSPER experiences. Peter Furey Coordinator Growth and Wellbeing (Middle School) GRAMMARIAN 2016 133




In 2016, Armstrong House was led by me and our two Vice Captains, Luke Bottomley and George Bilionis. We all felt that it was a privilege to represent Armstrong House over the course of the year. Although Armstrong placed in the bottom three, the standing doesn’t reflect the level of effort and commitment shown by the Armstrong boys. Participation was a strong point, with the boys completing all possible events throughout the course of the school year. 2016 reasserted Armstrong’s strong presence in the logical and performance events, with a dominant win in the House Science Quiz and high placings in House music and House chess. We also enjoyed playing in our annual Armstrong House Soccer Cup competition and I congratulate Armstrong 1 on its win for the third year in a row. It was great to see the increase in enthusiasm the boys had to take up the opportunities to represent the House, particularly in events they had never taken part in before. Irrespective of results, Armstrong House can be proud of the progress made and the new challenges tackled, putting the House in good shape for success in the years ahead. Evan Evans Armstrong House Captain




Crowther was looking to achieve our third consecutive House Swimming Championship title. A House BBQ breakfast just prior helped lift the boys’ competitive spirits and we won more than a quarter of all events. Highlights included Charlie Hayes, Ben Branson, Tristan and Nick Hutchins teaming up twice to win both the 10A Freestyle Relay and the 10A Medley Relay. Our impressive crop of Year 12 talent swam their hearts out, led by Nick Knight and Justin Branson. Nick and Justin combined with Lachie Collie and Kayne Davies to conclude their fine record of representation with a second in the 12A Freestyle Relay. Crowther achieved the ‘three-peat’. The House athletics saw plenty of Crowther House spirit as we cheered 136 GRAMMARIAN 2016

on those who took up the challenge. Kayne Davies was a standout performer with his elite middle and long distance running skills and willingness to back up time and time again. Max Kinsman’s run in the Year 10 1500 metres especially benefitted from support from the sidelines. Crowther’s athletics individual event winners were: Kanye Davies Open 3000m, Year 12 800m Ben Durkin Year 11A 100m Mac Parsons Year 11 1500m Devan Nicholls Year 10 High Jump Luke Hart Year 6 1500m.

Crowther House made charity fundraising a focus this year. Money was raised for the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation by Devan Nicholls and Matt Leadbeater who ran a confectionary stall at the athletics, and by Archie Hynes assisted by Jack Stewart running a lunchtime sausage sizzle. We were unable to hold onto the Cock House Cup for another year. However, the Year 12s depart leaving Crowther House strong and with a spirit that is undiminished. Thanks to our dedicated team of tutors and student leaders, Captain Nick Knight and Co-Vice Captains Justin Branson and Henry McDowell, as well as all the Year 12s, in particular Lachie Collie whose range of contributions this year was outstanding.





2016 was a very successful year for Dixon House. Although we didn’t come out on top for many events, we were certainly competitive in all of them. We had some solid performances in the major House events, including fourth in swimming, third in music, second in athletics, and first in basketball. One of the highlights of the year was our performance in the senior House music competition. A large group of Year 11 and 12 Dixon students came together and formed a men’s choir, singing a cover of Queen’s, Another One Bites the Dust. While some of our performances could have been better, the future is bright – the younger Dixon boys are creating a great culture and enjoy giving everything a go. Culture is something that as a collective we are aiming to improve and I believe it has definitely grown a lot in Dixon House. The House BBQs introduced in the last couple of years have been a great way to improve the culture within Dixon, giving boys and teachers an opportunity to get to know each other better. Later this year the School focused on new branding and part of this was creating a logo for each house. Dixon have tossed up a few ideas such as the ‘Dragons’ and the ‘Krakens’, which represent the king of the sea. Hopefully this branding can further develop the culture of each House. Overall, it was my pleasure leading the Dixon boys in 2016. Ned Murray Dixon Captain GRAMMARIAN 2016 139



Hancock House takes pride in pursuing excellence in all the opportunities offered to us at BGS. While we routinely fell short of ultimate glory in House competitions during the year, we certainly couldn’t be criticised for a lack of numbers or passion in our efforts to do our best. Building on BGS's core values, Hancock’s students and House tutors focus on the pillars of respect and accountability in particular. The year kicked off with the now traditional Hancock BBQ. The afternoon brings the whole House together for a bit of competition, a meal and the chance to forge a stronger culture and sense of belonging. We had separate winners


for both the 3-on-3 basketball tournament and The Amazing Race, and all boys from Years 9 through 12 had a great time.

we were able to donate $465 to The Lighthouse Foundation for homeless youth, for which the boys must take all the credit.

On House Athletics Day, Hancock House’s greatest contribution to the afternoon was undoubtedly our second annual bake stall. All boys were asked to bring some baked goodies for sale for $1 per item. While it became apparent that a few had chosen to call on parents (or the local bakery), many boys took to the kitchen with great purpose. Combined with the funds raised from the House BBQ in Term 1,

Our House Leaders this year, Captain Phillip Guo and Co-Vice-Captains Alex Nicholas and Steve Kavadias, were always energetic in organising and attending House events. They were enthusiastic contributors at every opportunity and set an excellent example for the younger students in terms of the House culture we strive for.





2016 has been another fantastic year for Rofe House. We were led by Kieran Start in the House swimming who dominated every event he competed in. Despite our valiant efforts, we finished fifth overall. The Rofe community bounced back, taking out the Serious Streetball competition, led by Thomas Burns and his determined team. Rofe also took out first place in House chess with ‘blue-headed’ performances from Taka Fujiwara, and Max Gernandt. However, the highlight was the athletics, as it was a hard won yet deserving victory. Rofe came second in House music, which was an outstanding effort as the Vice-Captain Arthur Xafis took control. Other activities included House debating, which showcased some talented speakers including Nick Moran and our other Vice-Captain, Angelo Lin. In all, 2016 was a true success. The Rofe boys’ participation and drive to succeed was a credit to their character. I would like to thank the House tutors and Head of House Mr Harris for their continued support. I challenge the boys to continue their involvement in the House and House activities; what makes Rofe so great is the fact that we all look out for our mates when we need to. Strive for perfection boys, but remember facing new challenges and achieving them is the way to do it. Tom Sharry Rofe House Captain




From debating competitions to barbeques, School House embraced the culture and traditions of the House system to complete a year we can all be proud of. The 2016 House events kicked off with School House winning the Senior House music, with a rousing rendition of The Monkees’ classic I’m a Believer, from Stephen Allen, Rhys Martin, Angus Wells, Eric Jiang, Michael Wang, Andrew McGrath, Daniel Lee and Nick Semmens. In House swimming we achieved some great results, finishing third overall. In the chess competition, School’s Senior and Intermediate House teams secured first and second place respectively – an exceptional outcome for the boys and School House as a whole. A new addition to the House sports this year was streetball, played during lunch on the half-courts next to the H.V. Mitchell Oval. Our Intermediate team played with great passion and enthusiasm, eventually losing but contributing to a hugely entertaining final playoff game against Dixon. House debating proved entertaining and our Senior team of Bobby Zhou, Michael Wang, Sanjeev Haikerwal and Nick Semmens made it through to the final round, narrowly losing out to Hancock. I would like to thank all the teachers for their support and encouragement in coaching the boys throughout the year, not only in the House activities, but also in general school life. Nick Semmens School House Captain




Religious Education in the Junior School The Religious Education curriculum in the Junior School has emphasised the fundamental values, beliefs and traditions of the Christian faith, and has also promoted positive emotions, relationships and wellbeing. There has been a further focus placed on constructing one’s set of moral and ethical virtues that can be lived out at BGS. These objectives are explored through Bible stories and parables, with the aid of other relevant books. Bible skills are also introduced during these lessons. Drama, art, crafts and technology also feature, and other important themes include critical thinking, leadership, building resilience, and service within the BGS community. Student co-operative learning is also encouraged; time is frequently allowed for discussion and sharing opportunities. Our weekly chapel service at St Andrew’s Church presents a special opportunity and space for the boys to take time out from their often busy routines to reflect and participate in public worship. Many boys experience and demonstrate leadership roles by serving, praying or reading. Our talented musicians and choir also have the chance to put their many skills on display and always do themselves and the School proud. Reverend Chester Lord Junior School Chaplain 146 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Chapel Years 7 to 12 In Shackleton’s Way, the authors Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell struggle with the controversy and complexity of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s faith and spiritual perspective. Shackleton’s self-understanding and performance in bringing his fellow explorers to safety was influenced by his awareness of the character and qualities of Jesus. In a modern society, where evidence-based strategies are at the forefront of an effective educational enterprise, the very fact of Chapel may seem an anachronism. Religious consciousness, practice, or spirituality is an encounter with purpose and meaning. As such it is a character strength, integral to the formation of a sensible emotional intelligence essential for our wellbeing. Hence, throughout the year in Chapel, the traditions of the School have been celebrated. The boys have orchestrated a dialogue with contemporary issues and the needs of our community and the world. Through these actions, they give credence to the possibility that each of us, boys, staff and parents, might recognise that on our own march there is another who walks with us. Thank you all the students and staff who have contributed much to the life of Chapel this year. The blessing of God be with all. Fr Tony Poole Senior Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies GRAMMARIAN 2016 147



The BGS Counselling Department believes young people thrive when they feel safe and supported. The department has four registered psychologists who specialise in working with children, adolescents and their families to identify and address educational, behavioural, emotional, psychological, social and developmental concerns. The school psychologists work in partnership with students, parents, teachers and school administrators to achieve the most beneficial outcome for the boys. Specialty areas of interest include: behaviour management; stress and anxiety; ADD/ ADHD; depression; autism spectrum disorders; bullying; grief and loss; social skills; emotional regulation; family relationships; transition; internet/gaming addiction; sexuality; and critical incident management. 148 GRAMMARIAN 2016

In 2016, the Counselling Department organised a number of guest speakers and wellbeing programs, including the confronting yet well-received theatre performance Love Drunk for Year 11 and 12, which covered issues such as safe partying, masculinity, sexual consent and family violence. We also initiated an online survey with Youth Resilience Australia for all boys in Years 3 to 12. At each year level, the results suggested BGS students reported higher levels of good or excellent resilience compared with all male students who were surveyed Australia wide, which was encouraging. The results also gave us valuable insight into the areas of health and wellbeing we can expand on, both in our curriculum and through future program initiatives.   Olivia Tims Head of Psychological Services

International students

We have a large cohort of international students in the Senior School, who are well supported by Maggie Lynch, our International Parent coordinator; Ms Ellis in the EAL faculty; and Roula Duggan in Learning Strategies. The boys come diverse areas of the world, including France, Japan and China. Maggie does a great job ensuring students in homestays are well supported. She also helps new families to settle into life in Australia, as well as preparing a weekly newsletter and running social events for international boys and their parents. At school, the boys have been ably led by Alex Zhu, Jack Yu, Eric Jiang and Clark Ma in Year 12. Various functions were held with fellow international students from Firbank and a number of meetings were held to discuss common issues. Sessions before camps were also run to help the younger boys ensure they had the correct equipment. I wish all Year 12 international students who are leaving us good health. Please remember to stay in touch with the School – we’d love to hear what the future holds. David Liddle Deputy Head of Senior School



Careers Counselling

Career development is a complex process of managing life, learning and work. It involves the identification of skills, attitudes and knowledge that individuals need to make sound choices and manage their careers. The development of career management skills helps young people to transition to post-secondary training or employment. At BGS, there is an emphasis on helping students manage the transition into the VCE and on to further learning/employment.

identified careers to explore further. An explanation of the VCE works was provided and the boys were encouraged to consider their VCE subject selection. Finally, they were asked to identify an employability skill they would like to develop further through methods such as involvement in academic projects, sport, performing arts, outdoor education and part-time employment.

The Morrisby Report and feedback sessions

This program is designed specifically to support Year 12 students as they complete their secondary education. In 2016, the boys participated in two transition sessions designed to support them as they move onto the next phase of their lives. A university representative, the senior school counsellor and two BGS alumni spoke about some of the common experiences and challenges they may face postsecondary school.

Undertaken in Year 10, this activity helps the boys identify their skills and strengths. The report involves the assessment of a range of cognitive abilities, a personality profile and an interest inventory to provide students with a range of career suggestions. During feedback sessions in 2016, the boys were introduced to a Career Exploration Plan. They brought bring together information from their academic interests and/or strengths, their VIA character strengths from wellbeing classes, cocurricular interests and personal descriptors. They also 150 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Year 12 Transition

Dr Sophie Keele Careers Counsellor Associate Researcher, Crowther

School Marshal’s report The term ‘discipline’ is often misconstrued as a negative term, whereas it should be embraced as a positive as it is a process of regulation that maintains the high standards we aspire to at BGS. In accordance with the School’s strategic plan, in particular the Evidence Informed Decision Making process, I was privileged to receive the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States during the 2016 mid-year break to attend their National Conference on School Discipline. One thing really grabbed me: we are on the right track at Brighton Grammar School. The education system in the United States is in a real trouble due to a break down in social mechanisms that prevent schools from getting the job done. The major mechanism they seem to be lacking, which BGS has embraced, is a three-cornered partnership (3CP) between children, parents and schools. Open communication is vital in maintaining the high standards that we as a community expect from our boys. If we as a 3CP can truly embrace our four core values – passion, respect, integrity and accountability – and work together to maintain our high standards of discipline, I have no doubt that we will be sending our boys out into society as young men who can hold their heads high. As a team, we can help our boys be their best. Jason Bain School Marshal



ELC SPECIALIST EXPERIENCES 154 ELC 3 156 ELC 4 160 PREP164 YEAr 1 166 Year 2 168 YEAr 3 170 YEAr 4 172 Year 5 174 YEAr 6 176 JS Student ACHIEVEMENT & PRIZES 178 YEAR 7 180 YEAr 8 182 iDESIGn184 MS CAPTAINS REPORT 186 MS STUDENT VOICE 187 MS student achievement & prizes 188 YEAr 9 190 Year 10 192 YEAr 11 194 YEAr 12 196 VALEDICTORY 2016 198 SS Student LEADERSHIP & AWARDS 200 Colours203



ELC specialist experiences

Side by side we learn together The specialist experiences offered in the ELC encourage the boys to explore their artisitic creativity, find their performing voice and develop their physical skills. The boys and parents ask with anticipation if today is a “Mrs Clarke day” as they prepare to work on extended art projects, sing dance, perform and play and head out to the oval or the GBR for some high-energy, skills-based activities. Throughout the year we are fortunate to be able to connect with other specialist areas across the School and use the excellent facilities available. The Year 11 Art students, led by Stephen Emmett, welcomed the ELC4 boys into the Senior School art room for a printing workshop. The older BGS students were outstanding in their support, encouragement and skillful guidance of the younger boys. The younger boys came away with a kaleidoscopic series of prints representing images of their dads ready for our Father’s Day celebrations. 154 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Term 3 is always rich in sporting opportunities. The ELC4 boys spent several sessions developing gymnastic skills with VCE Physical Education students developing peer mentoring and coaching skills. Being able to perform a skill yourself is quite different to communicating and teaching it to a much younger and inexperienced student. The older boys excelled at this, building positive and trusting relationships with the ELC boys. With the BGS team winning the Premiership, Footy Day wrapped up the term on a high. The younger boys loved showing off the skills they had developed throughout the term and the older boys cheered them on as they tackled, dodged and scored on the final siren. 2016 was certainly a year of kicking goals for the ELC boys, and one that built connections and a sense of belonging to our incredible one-campus community. Claire Clarke Side By Side We Learn Together. Specialist Experiences Across Our Single Campus School.




ELC 3 Bilby

2016 was all about chickens for the Bilby boys! Mrs Pitt organised this wonderful learning experience. A farmer provided us with some fertilised chicken eggs in an incubator and we discussed how an incubator keeps the eggs and chicks warm, just like a mother hen keeps her eggs warm by sitting on them. One morning, we noticed a little hole in one of the eggs. We then watched the chick hatch out of the egg, learning that that chicks use the pecking tooth on their beak to do this. A few days later this tooth fell off, which worried the boys at first. After they realised that this was normal, they wondered if the chick would get a visit from the Tooth Fairy! The boys watched the chicks grow until they moved into a box. The boys were captivated as they watched the chickens explore their new home. A highlight was when the boys were able to hold the chickens. This was an important part of the learning process as the boys had to be very gentle and careful. The boys also worked together to create their very own classroom chicken using recycled materials. This huge team effort involved communication, perseverance and creativity – building a chicken twice your size is hard work!




In 2016, we changed our program to allow the boys to choose indoor or outdoor time and nominate what they intended to do and learn in that area. It has been amazing to watch the boys as they respond to this change. At first, we expected the majority of the boys to head straight outside and engage in activities such as running and climbing. However, with the Wombats, we almost always had even numbers in and out, and the engagement outside was in building, digging and mud play. Smocks were put on, along with rain jackets and gumboots. We were out regardless of the colour of the sky. Some of the exceptional learning that happened outside included making a ‘world map’ out of mud and also trying to collect every drop of water from puddles around the School. The puddles were certainly fun to jump in but collecting the water was a challenge that was not going to outsmart our deep-thinking boys. Armed with sponges and buckets, the boys soaked up all the deep puddles so that they could use this water in their mud activities elsewhere. Giving the boys the choice in their learning areas has allowed the ELC teachers to really support and extend the boys’ interests with true meaning.






ELC 4 Bandicoot

Learning about airports The Bandicoots took an interest in airports after many boys took overseas trips in the Term 1 holidays. We started by talking about the different areas of an airport: check in, security, passport control and baggage services. The boys talked about their experiences and we planned how we were going to make our very own airport. The boys painted a box, which we turned into an aeroplane. We spoke about the different jobs people have on an aeroplane, from engineers to cleaners. The boys were especially interested in the pilot’s role and had to negotiate and take turns at being the pilot. We made our very own passports and the boys talked about the different countries their passports come from. This opened up discussions about identity, differences and culture. We talked about how to say “hello” in different languages; the different writing and language each country has; and the boys’ own experiences of visiting other countries. We extended this by talking about the time and dateline – how when it is daytime in Australia it is night-time in other countries. The boys made their own world clock, which helped them learn about numbers and time. This year we have been focusing on talking and articulating our own learning. To finish our project on airports we made our own ebook on the iPad. The boys demonstrated skills in collaborating, enthusiasm towards learning, and ability to research and investigate their own interests. I’m sure we have a few future pilots or engineers among us.



ELC 4 Wallaby

Eruptions and other Experiments In 2016, the Wallaby boys were lucky enough to visit the Senior School Science Lab to observe and take part in some real science experiments. Laboratory manager Jane focused on static electricity, and showed us many exciting experiments. The visit piqued the boys’ curiosity and paved the way for more experiments in our classroom. We tried the volcano experiment. As the boys waited for it to erupt, they chatted using scientific language, predicting and speculating. They watched with amazement as the vinegar reacted with the bi-carb soda, causing the volcano to spurt ‘lava’ out of the top. We discussed how the two substances reacted together to form carbonic acid, which is very unstable, instantly breaking apart into water and carbon dioxide to create the fizzing solution. Our experiments didn’t end there. We made a balloon rocket using string and tape. The boys learnt that as the air rushes out of the balloon, it creates a forward motion called ’thrust’. It was an exciting way to learn about energy. Throughout our science experiments, we were reminded just how naturally curious boys are; they want to explore and discover. By providing a stimulating environment that fosters inquiry, curiosity and wonder, our boys have not only taken part in, but understood many scientific concepts. The science experiments enabled scientific exploration without necessarily giving the boys the answers. The boys demonstrated the ability to think for themselves and were given plenty of opportunity to observe, speculate, predict and test. I wish we could bottle this enthusiasm and eagerness to learn! Jess Kenny 4 Wallaby Teacher 162 GRAMMARIAN 2016



Prep Fire

A special milestone in Prep is the ‘100 Days of School Celebration’. This day allows the boys to reflect on their learning over the year and recognise their fantastic achievements during their 100 days at school. By participating in reading, writing, mathematics and play-based challenges, the boys were able to demonstrate incredible growth in their academic and thinking skills. In Term 3, the boys investigated different types of transport and identified their purposes. The fire brigade visited the School as part of this unit of work. Climbing and exploring the fire truck proved to be a highlight, along with the demonstrations by the firemen. The culmination of this unit was the creation of the boys own mini cars. With their Year 6 buddies, the boys decorated a cardboard box car, received a license and made their way around an obstacle course designed by the older boys. Many of the Prep boys were heard saying that it was “the best day of my life!” Beautiful weather greeted the boys, staff and parents on the day of the excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. In the morning the boys took part in activities involving patting a corn snake, creating a habitat, using binoculars to explore the environment and using their sense of touch to experience the different textures of animals. The rest of the day allowed the boys opportunities to make their way around the various enclosures and observe the many creatures and habitats. 164 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Prep K

Prep F Zoo



Year 1

The Year 1 boys have explored a range of texts to celebrate their love of literacy. With a particular focus on Roald Dahl, the boys studied stories to enhance their own skills in language development, descriptive narrative writing and built on their reading fluency. During Book Week, the boys took great pride in dressing up as their favourite characters to mark 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth. Investigations played an integral part in the Maths Program. One investigation involved had creating a code for a friend to solve to find hidden treasure of chocolate coins in the playground. Who knew that walking around and getting fit whilst learning about maths would be fun?! Another investigation – Our Town – required the boys to work collaboratively to design and build a 3D city. The Year 1 boys loved visiting the Melbourne Museum because they learnt about how the Earth was formed. They thoroughly enjoyed the 3D video experience of being inside a volcano. Other activities included looking for fossils, fact finding and spotting dinosaur bones. One of the highlights of the year was the dinosaur unit of work. The boys relished the idea of being archaeologists and, after becoming more informed about the role, they created their own dinosaur fossils. Using facts they had researched, the boys published a news report about discovering a mysterious fossil in the BGS playground.


“Looking at the bones of the dinosaur was fun. It was great to be able to touch them and move them to see how a real dinosaur would have moved.” Logan Chilcott, John Haralambakis and Hudson Hallinan (1B)

“We enjoyed reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a class. Did you know Roald Dahl used a yellow pencil with a red rubber on the end? He always had five of the same pencils to write with when he worked in his writing shed.” Hugo Faulkner-Aschman and Owen Hermawan Lo (1H)



Year 2

Beautiful Bayside was the title of the humanities unit of work for Year 2 boys. The boys took a look around the local area and mapped the many landmarks of Brighton. A walk was organised along the beach to the Brighton beach boxes, with Mr Kuring proving to be a wonderful tour guide of key features along the way. Back at school, the boys produced their own colourful beach box, creating a vibrant display in the classrooms. The Pirate unit is always a highlight in Year 2. Activities included creating a pirate alphabet, making a flag, designing wanted posters and dressing up like pirates. After visiting the Polly Woodside and learning about the parts of the ship and some of the jobs involved, the boys wrote a diary based around the life of a cabin boy. They used techniques learned from the Seven Steps for Writing Success Program, such as ‘sizzling starts’ and ‘tightening tension’ to spark their imagination. Using the iPad app Pic Collage to create a cover page and Scratch Jr to design and create animated pirate characters proved to be most popular. In Term 4, the focus was on comparing and contrasting technology from the past to the present. The boys were divided into four groups, each looking at a different aspect – telephone, cars, bike and the radio. They were taught skills to assist in researching and creating a timeline of their chosen topic. To conclude the unit, the boys collaborated to present their work to the other students in a variety of formats. 168 GRAMMARIAN 2016



Year 3

With such a diverse and rich curriculum, there have been many highlights in 2016. The Father and Son night was a wonderful opportunity for the boys to bond with an important person in their life. Together they played a number of maths games and honoured each other by participating in a meaningful ‘circle time’ experience, which linked in beautifully with the strengths-based program in the Junior School. Many boys capably demonstrated their talents and knowledge in the House public speaking competition in the middle of the year. The confidence displayed by all boys was exceptional, as was the support they gave to each oral presentation. Year 3 is exciting for many boys as this is the first time they participate in the Strings Program. From the early beginnings of becoming familiar with the violin, plucking and tuning, to presenting a musical piece in front of an audience is a wonderful achievement. The boys in Year 3 completed a humanities unit on Marvellous Melbourne. The boys researched different landmarks of Melbourne. They used their research skills, digital technologies and a process of inquiry to discover about the five different landmarks they selected. A visit to various places in Melbourne helped boys to gain a greater understanding of the historical and cultural significance. The boys designed their own brochures and some presented these at their class level assembly.






Year 4

In 2016, the highlights for Year 4 included Convict Day, where history came to life; the Birdman Rally, where the boys enjoyed seeing science in motion; and the Immersion Project: Courage, where the boys learned about effective teamwork, planning, presentation and self-reflection.

Convict Day Early Australian History came to life when boys dressed as convicts for the Year 4 Convict Day incursion. The boys participated in drama performances, role-plays and re-enactments of how people lived in the early colonies. They experienced being subject to transportation by ship, never-ending chores and the hardships of living day to day in a penal colony. With the actors remaining in character for the entire day (even in the breaks), boys experienced the ‘real life’ of a convict for a day; understanding that life was full of difficulties, sickness, harsh punishments, and very bossy overseers!

Birdman Rally In Term 2, the boys learnt about the science of flight by making a balsa wood glider. The Birdman Rally is both a celebration and culminating day, where boys launch their gliders from a second floor landing onto the tennis courts below. The boys had immediate feedback on the engineering of their own gliders, seeing them dive, soar or completely disintegrate. The ecstatic crowd of boys on the tennis courts gave rapturous applause to gliders that soared, gliders that smashed, and those that landed on the roof.

Year 4 Immersion Project: Courage The Year 4 Immersion Project was based around the concept of courage and was completed during school time in Week 6 of Term 2. The project’s ‘driving question’ was: What is Courage? The boys worked in small teams, guided by a teacher who worked with them throughout the week. The boys learnt about planning, researching, organising information, presentation and reflecting on their work. GRAMMARIAN 2016 173


Year 5

Visits to Sovereign Hill and Camp Howqua were two of many highlights for the boys throughout the year. These opportunities brought the boys together as a Year 5 team, allowing them to further develop so many personal skills already being focused on in the classroom. Many aspects of the academic curriculum were also explored at a deeper level in these stimulating, challenging and unique environments. The ‘Life on the Goldfields’ unit provided many rewarding learning experiences. The boys loved constructing their dioramas and these, along with the iMovie creations depicting elements of the goldfields, were showcased to the parents at an open morning. Student wellbeing, and recognising and building on the boy’s strengths was a particular focus for this year. A three-week program was introduced where the boys collaborated together and developed their social and emotional skills. Plank Mates, Lego Mates and Art Mates sessions saw the boys working in groups, engaging in mindfulness activities, constructing and designing. Positive interactions and effective communication were modelled and supported throughout the tasks. History has shown that great leaders have common characteristics (including accountability, integrity, deep respect and passion) and have a strong sense of values, community and self-determination. The Leadership unit in Term 4 delved further into the qualities required to be a successful leader. Each boy chose someone who inspired them with their exceptional leadership attributes and designed an Adobe Spark Page to celebrate and share what he had learned. There were also opportunities for the boys to reflect on their own personal leadership qualities and inspiration for personal action. 174 GRAMMARIAN 2016




Year 6

There were so many Year 6 highlights in 2016, but three of the standouts were The Lion King Jr musical with Firbank, Camp Coolamatong, and our trip to Canberra. Through these experiences, in addition to the learning outcomes, the boys developed a bond, a sense of community and an understanding of the world outside the classroom. The Lion King Jr “Bright lights, outrageous costumes and hyenas prowling the sidelines: The Lion King Jr was a massive hit – you would have sworn it was a Broadway show! The practice and precision of acting, singing and dancing at the same time was something to behold. Everyone had a memorable experience and the songs will be forever etched in our memories.” Matthew Hill

Camp Coolamatong “Hiking through wet sloppy sand, rain whipping my face. We turn left, then right, cross streams and trudge through fields filled with wildlife. That night, the sound of cicadas filled the air. Cooking food over a fire and sleeping in a tent was nothing compared to that hike. It was an experience I will never forget – an amazing adventure.” Calum Binnie

Australian War Memorial, Canberra “Behind the glass cabinets lay the weapons used for slaughter. Staring down the barrel of one machine gun, I wondered what was the soldier thinking as bullets steamed across the battlefield? Many boys experienced sorrow and emotion when the name of a family member was discovered on the honour roll. The trip caused many of us to pause and reflect on the tragedy and impact of war.” Cameron McIntyre GRAMMARIAN 2016 177



achievement & Prizes

JUNIOR SCHOOL LEADERS Captain of the Junior School Samson Adams Vice-Captain Zachary Bowen Officers Lucas Connell Ben Edmondson Jasper Findlay Matthew Hill Jorge Houridis Jack Kissane George McDowell Jonathan Pascuzzi Freddie Smith J Sum

Leaders of the Concert Band

Lucas Connell & Jackson Pantelopoulos

Leaders of the String Orchestra Stanley Chen & Jorge Houridis

PRIZES 3 Burke Meliora Prize

The Subject Prizes for Year 3

The Subject Prizes for Year 4

Prize for Art Jerry Mei

Prize for Art James Tan

Prize for Design & Technology Sebastian Naccarella

Prize for Design & Technology Lachlan Auden

Prize for Drama Conrad Retschko

Prize for Drama Ethan Rowe

Prize for Japanese Huw Thomas

Prize for Japanese Harry Pollock

Prize for Music Charlie Sabin

Prize for Music James Tan

Prize for Physical Education Harvey O’Sullivan

Prize for Physical Education Cade Segar

Prize for Religious Studies Huw Thomas

Prize for Religious Studies Lachlan St Leger

Prize for Science Huw Thomas

Prize for Science Harry Pollock

4 Bass Meliora Prize 5 Melville Meliora Prize Academic Excellence Harry Pollock

Attitude and Effort Felix Wolfe Progress Fletcher Hall

4 Cook Meliora Prize

Academic Excellence Jenson Galvin Attitude and Effort Angus Haddon Progress Sam Litis

Academic Excellence Seymour Zhu

Academic Excellence Hugh Hasker

5 Scott Meliora Prize

Senior Server Jack Kissane

Attitude and Effort Lachie Reid

Attitude and Effort Andrew McGregor

Academic Excellence Thomas O’Leary

Assistant Senior Servers William Stebbing Thomas Stretch

Progress Sebastian Naccarella

Progress Henry Abbott

Attitude and Effort Matthew Cameron

4 Flinders Meliora Prize

Progress Lachlan Paino

Music Leaders Leaders of Borwick House Choir Thomas Galinas and Callum Heath


3 Wills Meliora Prize Academic Excellence Charlie Sabin Attitude and Effort Huw Thomas Progress Andrew Zhang

Academic Excellence James Tan Attitude and Effort Jem Spicer Progress Angus Roberts

5 Zachariah Meliora Prize


Prize for Science Brendan Zhang

Academic Excellence Matthew Barwood

6 Investigator Meliora Prize


Attitude and Effort Jarod Prins

Academic Excellence Lucas Connell

Progress Hunter Absalom

Attitude and Effort Thomas Galinas

Subject Prizes for Year 5

Progress Elijah Akinci

Prize for Art Erik Kyparisis Prize for Chinese Jenson Galvin Prize for Design & Technology Sam Coleman Prize for Drama Xavier Martin Prize for Music Zachary Shieh Prize for Physical Education Oliver Goodger Prize for Religious Studies Sam Coleman Prize for Science Ben Bezencon

6 Discovery Meliora Prize Academic Excellence Zachary Bowen Attitude and Effort Dylan Roberts Progress Hudson Augustini

Ethan Lyons

6 Resolution Meliora Prize

The Concert Band Prize Lucas Toms

Attitude and Effort J Sum

The Chapel Server’s Prize Jack Kissane

Progress Jiaze Jin

The Chess Prize Elijah Akinci

The Subject Prizes for Year 6

The Library Prize Jake Tuim

Prize for Art Eric Chen Prize for Chinese Isaac Lee Prize for Design & Technology Jonathan Pascuzzi Prize for Drama Samson Adams Prize for eLearning Jack Kissane Prize for Music Isaac Lee Prize for Outdoor Education Jasper Findlay

Academic Excellence

Tony Austin Memorial Prize for Religious Studies William Stebbing

Ben Edmondson

The Choir Prize Thomas Stretch

The String Orchestra Prize Isaac Lee

Prize for Physical Education Jonah Campigli

Attitude and Effort

The A & H Bottomley Citizenship Prize Jack Kissane

Academic Excellence Matthew Hill

6 Endeavour Meliora Prize Brendan Zhang

Year 6 Progress Prize Cameron McIntyre

The Mary Edmondson Sports Prize Jonah Campigli The Tassie Hutson Prize Thomas Stretch The House Prize Nikolas Stavrellis The School Officers’ Prize Jorge Houridis The Park Shield Jack Kissane The Prize for Dux of the Junior School Matthew Hill The Captain of the Junior School Prize Samson Adams The A & H Bottomley Citizenship Prize (1955) The late Mr A. F. Bottomley, whose sons Laurence (1945-1959) and Christopher (1950-1960) went to Brighton Grammar School, was Mayor of Brighton in 1954.

These Prizes are awarded in the Junior School and the Senior School. The Library Prize (2016) Endowed by the X’Lingson Family. This Prize is awarded to a Year 6 boy who demonstrates a love and passion for reading. The Mary Edmondson Prize (1991) Endowed by the Junior School Mothers’ Circle (now the Junior Parents’ Group). The first President of the Junior School Mothers’ Circle, Mrs Edmondson, later became President of the Senior Mothers’ Circle (now the Rosstrevor and Senior Parents’ Group). The Park Shield (1991) Endowed by Mr and Mrs G. A. Park, parents of Dean Park, Captain of School 1990. This Prize is awarded to a Year 6 boy for participation and excellence in the academic, sporting and cultural life of the Junior School. The Tony Austin Prize for Religious Studies (1960) This Prize is awarded in memory of Tony who died suddenly on 27 February 1958, while a member of the Preparatory class. The Tassie Hutson Prize (2009) Endowed by the Hutson Family. This Prize is in memory of Mrs Tassie Hutson, a devoted past parent of Wilson House, and is awarded to a Year 6 boy who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and determination in all facets of Junior School life.



One of the first highlights of the Year 7 boys’ secondary school journey was the annual Anglesea and Otway Ranges camp, which gave all boys the opportunity to get to know others in their learning common, build relationships and experience BGS Outdoor Education. Additional Term 1 highlights included House swimming, the zoo excursion as part of the Science program, and activities with Firbank, including debating, Book Club, Philosophy Colloquium and a combined activities day culminating in a historical tour of Brighton. The summer sport program concluded after six weeks of hotly contested Saturday fixtures. The boys returned from the Easter break with renewed enthusiasm, a new winter uniform, and a clear understanding of what was expected of them. The boys excitedly turned their attention to winter sport. Music also took on a greater focus, with the Orchestral, Guitar and Choral Concert at St Andrew’s, followed by the Wind, Brass and Percussion performance. Boys and parents received feedback about individual academic progress at the first parent/teacher interviews. The Mother’s Day Breakfast and Chapel was well attended and remains a special event on the Middle School calendar. After an extended mid-year break, Semester 2 offered new experiences, including Science Week, snowsports and the Year 7 Social with Firbank. By now the boys had established better routines and study habits. The latter weeks of Term 3 were very busy with the commencement of Spring sport, House Athletics and the annual Fathers’ Day Chapel breakfast and Chapel service. A range of Year 7 boys contributed to some of the best results on record at the APS Athletics finals, and a record number of Year 7 water polo players enjoyed success in the pool. The annual Relay for Life fundraiser was again adopted by vast numbers of Year 7 boys following the RCD Connor’s Run a month earlier. The ongoing debating program with Firbank presented further opportunities for boys to hone their skills, as did the public speaking competition through English classes during Term 4. The novel experience of examinations became a focus as the academic year concluded. The 2016 Year 7 boys have certainly had a busy year in the Middle School, with significant personal and academic growth. They have established a firm foundation for the challenges that lie ahead in Year 8. Our dedicated House tutors have played a vital role in the boys’ development and growth throughout their first year of secondary school. Thanks to Ms Bracken, Mr Braddy, Ms Jansen, Mrs Dunsby, Mr Nagayama and Mr Hanley. Scott Davies and Tim Marshall Heads of Year 7 180 GRAMMARIAN 2016

The Year 7 Experience



The Year 8 Experience


The Year 8 boys have developed markedly throughout the year and have given us many reasons to be proud. Over the past two years, they have demonstrated their capacity for hard work, endurance and perseverance. As their teachers, we have increasingly asked more of them throughout the year, both in terms of their independence and their academic achievement. The boys have risen to the challenges and have begun to form habits that will set them in good stead for the years ahead. Importantly, as young men, it is clear to see that their interactions with one another have matured as the year has progressed. Year 8 saw the boys engage with increasingly demanding individual and group experiences and strive to achieve success. As a group, the boys experienced the Year 8 Camp which was, at times, a physically and mentally demanding experience. We were buoyed to see the boys pull together to support and encourage one another. Through their shared experience, the bonds between them were strengthened and a new-found respect for one another was palpable. Individually, the boys also excelled, as evident through their iDesign projects. The boys demonstrated their capacity to plan and persevere in order to see the seed of an idea develop into a remarkable project. The boys have completed their middle years schooling and have grown to be strong leaders. They have served themselves and the Middle School well with the mature way in which they approached their role as leaders. As they move forward into their Senior School experience, they have an opportunity to once again become the young mentees of the older students. They now begin their journey, which will culminate in a few short years’ time, in their leadership of BGS. Ruth Dempsey and Peter Furey Year 8 Heads of House




Celebrating BGS’s innovators of the future The BGS iDesign competition, which encourages innovation among Year 8 boys, was conceived and founded in 2011 by teacher Jamie Watson. This year, 150 Year 8 boys worked throughout the semester on a project of their choice under the guidance of a mentor. iDesign projects fall into one of three categories: sustainability, innovation or creativity. Each boy learns new design and problem-solving skills while undertaking a challenging project in an area of his interest. The boys must design the project, plan and organise production and evaluate the final product in a real-life context. Projects are then judged on a range of criteria, including innovation, sustainability and creativity, the challenge provided, and knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding displayed by the boys when presenting his project.

The 2016 prize winners Jaikob Akinci’s thermoelectric battery that generates enough electricity to charge a mobile phone battery using two candles beat almost 150 projects to win the major prize at the 2016 iDesign Award finals. Another major winner was Oscar Zhu, who picked up a sustainability award for edible cutlery, which he developed and baked at home from natural ingredients typically found in the pantry after months of experimenting with ingredients and recipes. The product has a shelf life of up to two weeks, can last in warm liquid for 10 minutes, is edible, nutritious and 100 per cent biodegradable and eco-friendly. 184 GRAMMARIAN 2016

“The projects relate to people’s lives”, said Mr Watson. “The context might relate to what we grow, eat, wear, our health and safety, or how we travel and spend our leisure time.” For example, Kip Gibney’s innovative storybook My Anxiety Buddy and a monster toy are designed to assist the 25 per cent of children aged between 13 and 18 who have an anxiety disorder. Kip’s mentor was his mother, a psychologist. “I made a book and a soft toy, which are designed to help children learn how to be present with anxiety and accept it as a normal human emotion that can be carried with them at various times in their life without taking over their life,” said Kip. Other 2016 iDesign innovations included: • light globes powered using school gym equipment • a website to assist people with disabilities • a life-sized replica of ancient Japanese Samurai armour • a stylish timber Christmas tree that folds into a table when not in use • an energy bar to meet the nutritional needs of swimmers • a Trident cycle with a custom-designed platform to enable the transport of heavy school bags or shopping • a steel pulley system that enables Australian rules players to safely practise taking marks • a revolving games table that incorporates 10 games in one table. As Headmaster Ross Featherston said: “When boys are passionate about what they are doing, they work at a higher level and this helps to increase their confidence and capabilities in all facets of their learning. iDesign is just one of the ways we encourage this passion for learning.”





Middle School is a time filled with excitement and development. The Middle School is designed to push our limits and encourage us to give new things a go. We are exposed to a variety of learning experiences intended to encourage positive attitudes of responsibility, respect and accountability. The boys have been exposed to learning across a range of academic areas, including music, drama, sport and outdoor education. The middle years’ program enables us to leave our primary school behaviours behind and to prepare for the transition into the Senior School. Dedicated staff have provided the boys with co-curricular and curricular activities, resulting in significant physical, emotional, social and academic development. Middle School boys are provided with many opportunities to experience leadership. There has been a wide range of meaningful messages at assembly, participation in events such as chapel, and involvements in charity, student council and leadership teams. This year has seen some unforgettable highlights. However, my favourite moment would be my when my best mate Will Murray came to school for his first day in Term 3. We had been missing him all year and for him to back at school with us was incredible. His courage inspired all of us and we were so glad to have him back cracking jokes and having a good time. It was a day I will never forget. This year I have been fortunate enough to have the support and help of the Middle School leaders and teachers, especially Jaikob Akinci (vice-captain), Mr Martin and Mr Hopgood, who have been by my side every step of the way. Best of luck to the Year 8s who will be transitioning into the Senior School and to the Year 7s in their development and leadership within the School next year. Middle School student voice: Darby Hipwell, Jaikob Akinci, Joel Tyler, James Sherbourne, Tom Cantwell (Furey Rep), Ryan Thorpe (Dempsey Rep), Henry Munnings (Marshall Rep), Sven Steward (Davies Rep). Darby Hipwell 186 GRAMMARIAN 2016


Student Voice

The Middle School Student Voice met regularly throughout the year to discuss many issues student suggestions and concerns. The boys have utilised an Action Tracking file and OneNote to record all meetings and progress of ideas and initiatives. The first success was the construction of a suggestions box in order to more easily collect ideas from the student body. The group also discussed and offered feedback to the Middle School Executive regarding the House Merit System. They have put forward ideas on how to better control the line at the canteen along with suggestions on a cash card purchasing system. The boys also tested the ‘reword.it’ antibullying software aimed at monitoring the tone of emails prior to sending it. The group has also looked at and reflected upon the possible structure and use of School Colours in the Middle School along with the birthday card milestone proposal. Overall, the boys were excellent representatives of the Middle School student body throughout 2016.



Craig Marais & Spencer Wood

MIDDLE SCHOOL Student achievement & Prizes

Cross Country Sam Banfield Football Darby Hipwell Hockey Ewan Smith Rugby Archie Jackson Snowsports Jack Damyon & Daniel Smith


Music Leaders

Captain of Middle School Darby Hipwell

James Sherborne

Vice-Captain of Middle School Jaikob Akinci House Captains Billy Pearson (Armstrong) Craig Marais (Crowther) Jack Clarkson (Dixon) Liam Konidaris (Hancock) Ethan Furey (Rofe) Jack Damyon (School) Senior Chapel Server Lachlan Jackett-Simpson Community Liaison Nate Hollis Student Voice James Sherborne Joel Tyler Charity Jack Davies Harrison Kirkham Environment Richard Jiang Sport Sam Banfield

Captain of Music Vice-Captain of Music Andrew Wang Middle School Concert Band Leader Yali Lin Middle School String Orchestra Leader Jason Tang Middle School Choir Leader Zach Adam-Gedge Middle School Guitar Ensemble Leader Tommy Colaci

Debating Captains Captain Jaikob Akinci Vice Captains

Tom Barlabas and Liam Konidaris

Sport Captains Athletics Ben Fisher & Jakub Williams Basketball Sam Fitzgerald Cricket


Soccer Jack Clarkson Swimming Harrison Kirkham Tennis Zachary Adam-Gedge Touch Football Tom Draheim and Chris Valcanis Badminton Chris Lam Water Polo Harrison Kirkham

Library Committee Christopher Lam Charlie Clarke Eric Stone Jaikob Akinci Mack McGrath Matthew Ross Oscar Zhu Graeme Gouws

Charity and Fundraising Committee

Tom Burnell Jack Davies Ethan Furey Lukas Galanopoulos Sam Stewart

Middle School Chapel Servers Senior Chapel Server Lachlan Jackett-Simpson Deputy Senior Server Luke Marsden Chapel Servers Jaikob Akinci Sam Banfield Tom Barlabas Lachie Briggs Jack Clarkson Alec Ciciulla Tommy Colaci Thomas Draheim William Fry Ethan Furey Wei-Yee Hall Liam Konidaris Finn Livitsanis Ethan Lovett Max Mclachlan Craig Marais Seamus Mintrom Billy Pearson Max Post Bailey Rohan Matthew Ross Jordan Segar Ewan Smith Kyle Stewart Denver Stroud Ryan Thorpe Joel Tyler Nik Vakirtzis

PRIZES Year 7 Year 7 Academic Prizes Dux Chris Field High Distinction Max Kortge Hamish Roberts Andrew Penca Declan Hayes Distinction Tony Li Ryan Dang James Cannuli Lucas Williamson Sam Flockart

Year 7 Subject Prizes The Art Prize Max Kortge The Chinese Prize Andrew Penca The Design Prize Sam Flockart The Drama Prize Joshua Badge The English Prize Max Kortge The English as an Additional Language Prize Owen Lin The Extension Studies Prize Zach Mandragona The French Prize Ryan Agg The Humanities Prize Chris Field The Japanese Prize Tony Li The Latin Prize Max Kortge

The Mathematics Prize Zach Mandragona The Music Prize Tian Pang The Philosophy, Ethics and Belief Prize Charlie Catt

Year 8 Subject Prizes The Art Prize Harrison Boys The Chinese Prize James Sherborne

Year 7 Special Prizes

The Design Prize Flynn Chan

The Narrative Writing Competition Prize Sam Stewart

The Drama Prize Thomas Draheim

The Outdoor Education Prize Milan Adams The Physical Education Prize Sam Flockart

The English Prize Harrison Kirkham The English as an Additional Language Prize Larry Li The Extension Studies Prize Liam Konidaris

The Science Prize Sam Stewart

The French Prize Lachie Caldwell

The Woodcraft Prize Jack Anson

The Humanities Prize Oscar Zhu

Year 8 Year 8 Academic Prizes The AD Turnbull Prize for Dux of Middle School Lachie Caldwell

The Japanese Prize Costa Chantzos The Latin Prize Jaikob Akinci The Mathematics Prize Lachie Caldwell

High Distinction Jaikob Akinci Harrison Kirkham Oscar Zhu Darby Hipwell

The Music Prize James Sherborne

Distinction Lachlan Jackett-Simpson Carl Rumbens Liam Konidaris Joshua Bortolussi George Livissianos

The Chapel Server Prize Lachlan Jackett-Simpson

Year 8 Special Prizes The Debating Prize Jaikob Akinci

The Outdoor Education Prize Harrison Kirkham The Robyn Sorensen Prize for Instrumental Music Seamus Mintrom The Fraser Cairns History Prize Carl Rumbens The Parents’ Association Prize for Most Improved Jack Longmire The Linacre Hospital Prize for Citizenship Jack Clarkson The Stewart Family Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sport Darby Hipwell The Choir Prize Zach Adam-Gedge The Philosophy, Ethics and Belief Prize Hayden Cory The Physical Education Prize Archie Jackson The Science Prize Lachie Caldwell The Woodcraft Prize Lachlan Jackett-Simpson The Caltex Prize for Vice Captain of Middle School Jaikob Akinci The Osborne Family Prize for Captain of the Middle School Darby Hipwell

The Dramatic Society Prize Ewan Smith The Narrative Writing Competition Prize Seamus Mintrom



The Year 9 Experience

Welcome to the Senior School At the end of Year 8, the 2016 Year 9s were welcomed to the Senior School through a powerful and unique ritual we will never forget. This symbolic ceremony began with one of the Year 9s knocking on the doors to the Senior School quadrangle, which represented our willingness to accept and greet ‘our coming of age’ by walking through the doors towards the emblematic oak. The response from within the quadrangle was the deep and spinetingling chant “Brighton Grammar” – the drawn-out “Briiiiiiiiiiiiiiiighton” creating a ripple of movement amongst the new Year 9 group as we straightened our backs in preparation for what was to come. We proceeded into the Senior School as a group while the Senior School boys clapped their hands in sync and chanted under the leadership of the Heads of Chantology. After a short speech from Dr Swann, and an introduction into our Houses, our Senior School journey begun.

Physical Education experiences This year, part of Physical Education has been to participate in activities that most Year 9 boys have never experienced before. We all attempted to learn how to sea kayak and stand-up paddle board in the marina at Sandringham Yacht Club – a pursuit which, for most of us, ended in a cold and wet bus ride home! These pursuits left us with a far greater knowledge of conditions on the water, an understanding of the wind and waves, and further appreciation of the enjoyment to be had on our local coastline.

Dance classes with Firbank Grammar School We always look forward to working with our Firbank peers, and at the end of Term 3 we had the opportunity to attend three ballroom dancing classes taught by professionals. It always takes a bit of time to get over the nerves of learning something new – particularly something so far outside the ‘comfort-zone’ for many of us. However, we came away with the ability to dance the ‘1,2,3’, The Gypsy Tap and a number of other dances. We also came away with sore muscles and the understanding that dancing is not only an excellent workout, but also a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills in a supported environment. Ethan Baines, Will Gregory and Luke Sorensen (Year 9) 190 GRAMMARIAN 2016




The Year 10 Experience

Electives: Boys are now offered the opportunity to focus on those subjects that they feel that they may want to pursue through to VCE. They are given taster semesters of subjects including Psychology, Engineering, English Language, Financial Literacy. The Great Alpine Experience was a highlight of Term 3. The boys worked hard to prepare for this camp and it was great that they were able to experience large snowfalls as a part of the experience. In Wellbeing, the Semester 1 focus was on ‘Rethinking Masculinity’, which allowed the boys to take a closer look at relations they have with both women and men. Semester 2 moved to look at ‘Building a sense of future’ – what will my life be like when I am 50? Debating is a growing area in the School. It allows the boys to be part of a team and work towards the same goal to ultimately get their point of view across and win. As the older boys in the intermediate category, they are often the leaders of the debate. Sport: a number of Year 10 boys represented BGS in the 1st teams. They are now skilful and strong enough to participate against boys up to three years older than them. ADF Long Tan Award: in 2016 Ethan O’Brien won this award, which recognises students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the School and the broader local community. House system: Year 10 boys are able to participate in a host of House activities including chess, debating, streetball, athletics and swimming. Biddy Duckham GRAMMARIAN 2016 193


The Year 11 Experience


2016 saw Year 11 students engage in a range of dynamic activities designed to develop the skills needed for managing life, learning and work.

Job Skills Workshop The Job Skills Workshop helped the boys better understand the world of work, the employability skills sought by recruiters, and the self-marketing skills required to secure work. A mock interview was conducted by a HR professional and the boys received written feedback to help them identify their strengths and opportunities for improvement.

VCE and Careers Expo In May, the boys attended the VCE and Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse. The Expo was attended by more than 170 exhibitors and included sessions from institutional representatives, career practitioners and educators with VCE expertise. The Expo gave the boys valuble insight into: • VCE resources and study advice • university life and study • TAFE and training courses • future careers • international exchange and gap year programs.

P.A.R.T.Y. at the Alfred Boys from Year 10 and 11 participated in the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) Program at the Alfred Hospital. P.A.R.T.Y. is a dynamic, interactive injury prevention and health promotion program designed for senior high school students, which shows the possible consequences of making risky choices. The boys heard from treating practitioners as well as patients. They visited the intensive care unit, emergency department, Burns Unit, Occupational Therapy department, Physiotherapy department and the Prosthetics and Orthotics department. The information was often confronting, but provided insight into the lives of those affected by risk-related trauma and the importance of prevention. The boys displayed enormous respect and gratitude to both pracitioners and patients, for their time, their honesty and their involvement in the program.



The Year 12 Experience

The Year 12 group had a sensational start to 2016 with the beginning of the year being marked by the ‘Big Fella’ camp. The whole year level spent four days at the base of Falls Creek and participated in sessions focused on career choices, mindfulness, organisation and planning, and stress management. They also began their work on ‘The Legacy’ they would leave. By far, the highlight of the trip was conquering the summit of Mt Bogong, fondly known as ‘Big Fella’. The epic 14-hour round trip was a powerful and significant way to begin the year. The Brighton International was again the venue for the Year 12 Formal. The theme was ‘Hollywood’, which set the stage for a fabulous night. The Year 12 boys have not only been kept busy with their academic schedule, but have also participated in a variety of programs with the purpose of enhancing their view of ‘successful men’. The Syndicate Program has again seen boys working together in a peer-led, collaborative learning environment. In Term 3, boys participated in a series of university transition sessions, as well as a session on respectful relationships. The Valedictory program is the final leg of the BGS journey, which for some has been up to 13 years. Regardless of how long the boys have been a part of the BGS community, the Valedictory program gave all boys the opportunity to reflect and pay their respects to the fun times and memories they have shared. Amy Atchison Head of VCE Programs







SENIOR SCHOOL Student Leadership & AWARDS

Vice-Captains Angelo Lin Arthur Xafis

School Captain Nick Semmens Vice–Captains Angus Wells Bobby Zhou

CO-CURRICULAR LEADERS SPORT SENIOR SCHOOL LEADERS Captain of School Andrew McGrath Vice-Captains Blake Hayes Tom Wallace Prefects Kevin Sun Nick Semmens Ben De Worsop Angelo Lin Arthur Xafis Alex Nicholas Ian Tongs Bobby Zhou Ned Murray Lachie Collie Justin Branson

HOUSE LEADERS Armstrong Captain Evan Evans Vice-Captains Luke Bottomley George Bilionis

Crowther Captain Nicholas Knight Vice-Captains Henry McDowell Justin Branson

Dixon Captain Ned Murray

International Captains Alex Zhu Eric Jiang

Vice-Captains Zak Brighton-Knight Ben De Worsop

Vice-Captain Jack Yu


STUDENT WELLBEING COMMITTEE Captain Jerry Lee Vice-Captain Sanjeev Haikerwal 200 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Captain Phillip Guo Vice-Captains Alex Nicholas Steven Kavadias

Rofe Captain Tom Sharry

Vice-Captain Nick Moran

Lawn Bowls Captain Alex Mastromanno

Rowing Captain Will Lewis Vice-Captains Liam Lovett Simon Farrow



Captain Oliver Barden

Captain Andrew McGrath

Vice-Captain Max Burt

Vice-Captains Quintin Montanaro Fraser Gregson Kayne Davies



Captain Ethan O’Brien


Captain Kevin Sun

Captain Finley Olsen

Vice-Captain Daniel Lee

Vice-Captain Kyle Cansfield

Cricket Captain Tom Wallace Vice-Captain Nathan Murphy

Cross Country Captain Kayne Davies

Football Captain Blake Hayes Vice-Captain Andrew McGrath

Hockey Captain Justin Branson

Snowsports Captains Simon Farrow Matt Speirs

Swimming Captain Kieran Start

Tennis Captain Andrew Naughton Vice-Captains Jack Summerfield Julian Ou

Water Polo Captains Jackson Noske Will Paynter

Vice-Captain Sam Murray

Touch Football Captain Henry Moir Vice-Captain Oscar Donald

Basketball Captain Nick Knight Vice-Captains Sasha Parsons Marcel Denman

MUSIC Captain Jerry Lee Vice-Captains Phillip Guo Daniel Lee Leader of Senior Symphony Orchestra Jerry Lee Leader of Senior Choir Nick Semmens Leader of Senior Big Band Alex Nicholas Leader of the Intermediate Stage Band Arthur Xafis Leader of Corelli Orchestra Jerry Lee Leader of Senior Concert Band Nick Moran Leader of Cello Choir Phillip Guo Leader of Senior Guitar Ensemble Alex Nicholas

CHESS Captain Phillip Guo

DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING Captain Ian Tongs Vice-Captains Nick Semmens Darcey Delagnes Lachlan Collie

DRAMA Captains Lachlan Collie Charles Levine

SERVICE LEADERS Student Council Chairman Alex Mastromanno Deputy Chairman Ben De Worsop

Chapel Head Server Alex Nicholas Deputy Head Servers Arthur Xafis Ian Tongs

2016 BRIGHTONIANS Boys who commenced in the Early Learning Centre Matthew Simon Dylan Taylor Yi Ran Wang

Year 12 boys who have been at the School for 10 years or more Stephen Allen George Bilionis Luke Bottomley Michael Chang Lachlan Collie

Evan Evans Kai-Yee Hall Charles Levine Joshua Massuger Andrew Naughton Finley Olsen Ian Tongs Thomas Wallace Matthew Webster Sanjaka Wickremasinghe

YEar 9-11 PRIZES Year 9 Subject Prizes Art Martin Kulesza Chinese Second Language Benjamin Warrell Joshua Snowsill Chinese Second Language Advanced Eric Shi Commerce Caspar Tremlett Drama Luke Sorensen English Curtis Wilson English as an Additional Language Lawrence Liu World of Writing Dennis Gu French Joshua Sum Japanese Sam Haddon Health and Physical Education Harrison Preston

Visual Communication and Design Harrison Preston Woodcraft Cameron Glasgow Latin Leo Kouskouris Mathematics Leo Kouskouris Science Leo Kouskouris IT Robotics Asher Yu Geography Harry Mathews Politics David Parlane Music Styles and Technology David Parlane History Martin Kulesza

Special Prizes The Friends of Music Performance Prize Steve Suits The Sea Change Prize Harrison Preston The Year 9 Great South West Best Team Player Prize Johnson Shen The Year 9 Progress Prize Dennis Gu Academic Excellence Awards Dennis Gu Curtis Wilson Martin Kulesza Leo Kouskouris The Edward McKay Memorial Prize for Dux of Year 9 Joshua Sum



Year 10 Subject Prizes Art William Lam Chinese Second Language William Agius Chinese Second Language Advanced Hank Hua Chinese First Language Steven Sun Commerce James Mitchell Drama Devan Nicholls Engineering Steven Sun English Max Twycross Kosta Arvanitakis English as an Additional Language Steven Zhang Financial Literacy Toby Bendel Forensic Science Sorato Goto French Max Twycross Geography Hamish McDowell History Tom Elliott Japanese Victor Jakobus Max Twycross Latin Kosta Arvanitakis Mathematics William Lam Psychology Max Twycross


Science Max Twycross Ethan O’Brien Visual Communication and Design Ben Branson Sports Exercise Science Ethan O’Brien

Special Prizes The Year 10 Alpine Best and Fairest Prize Nik Rathmayr The Norman MacGlashan Memorial Prize for Physical Education Hamish Dick The Robert Asche Memorial Prize for Information Technology Zac De Worsop The Maurice Dowd Memorial Prize for Woodwork Tom Murphy The Friends of Music Performance Prize Steven Zhang The R.W.T. Cowan Memorial Prize for Public Speaking Luke Hart The A.J. Simpson Prize for Religious Education James Mitchell The Year 10 Progress Prize Henk Nekker Academic Excellence Awards Toby Bendel William Lam James Mitchell Ethan O’Brien The Alan MacGlashan Memorial Prize for Dux of Year 10 Max Twycross

Year 11 Units 1/2 Subject Prizes Accounting Tom Downs Art Jack Carlson Biology Luke Ianuali Business Management Branko Skocic Chemistry Zachary Warren Chinese Second Language Tom Downs Drama Sam Grose Economics Branko Skocic English David Lawlor English as an Additional Language Kai Li

Mathematical Methods Sam Luo Sasha Parsons Specialist Mathematics Jack Liu Health and Physical Education Tom Haddon Year 11 OELP Leader Josh Smith Physics Charles Zeng Australian and Global Politics Ben Durkin Psychology William Lam Product Design and Technology Tom Downs Visual Communication and Design Mitchell Dekker

Special Prizes

Literature David Lawlor

The Lewis Luckins Memorial Prize for General Mathematics James Barber

Ethics and Belief Matt Speirs

The Year 11 Progress Prize Nic Carroll

French Zachary Warren

Academic Excellence Awards Charles Zeng Ben Durkin David Lawlor Branko Skocic

Geography Elliot Ayers History 20th Century Ben Durkin Information Technology Daniel Snowsill Japanese Charles Zeng Legal Studies Joseph Micari Latin Zachary Warren

The Monash Prize for Dux of Year 11

Zachary Warren


William Lam, Year 10 Daniel Lee, Year 12 Kevin Sun, Year 12 Rob Tongs, Year 11 Di Di Wang, Year 12 Bobby Zhou, Year 12

Half Colours

Michael Chang, Year 12

Basketball Athletics

Full Colours

Lennox Amatruda, Year 10 Finn Campigli, Year 11 Kayne Davies, Year 12 Michael Dean, Year 10 Anthony Evans, Year 10 Evan Evans, Year 12 Fraser Gregson, Year 12 Kei Hirasedo, Year 10 Mitchell Hughes, Year 11 William Lam, Year 10 Aaron Leferink, Year 9 Oscar Lewis, Year 9 Andrew McGrath, Year 12 Will Middlemiss, Year 10 Quintin Montanaro, Year 12 Tristan Scheirs, Year 10 Jackson Sweet, Year 8

Half Colours

Tom Banfield, Year 9 Oliver Barden, Year 11 Harry Catt, Year 10 Ben Durkin, Year 11 Tommy Kenny, Year 11 Max Lohan, Year 12 Rhys Martin, Year 12 Alex Mastromanno, Year 12 Devan Nicholls, Year 10 Ari Sakeson, Year 12 Jack Summerfield, Year 11 Half Service Colours Robert Capp, Year 11

Badminton Full Colours

Lachlan Foy, Year 11 Kai-Yee Hall, Year 12 Kei Hirasedo, Year 10 Victor Jakobus, Year 10

Service Colours

Benjamin De Worsop, Year 12 Marcel Denman, Year 12 Tyler Jackson, Year 11 Nicholas Knight, Year 12 Tom Kosenda, Year 11 Callum McPeake, Year 9 Hayden Mitchell, Year 9 Sasha Parsons, Year 11 Matthew Takahashi, Year 11 Hamish Whillas, Year 11 Bobby Zhou, Year 12

Chapel Service Full Colours

Steven Alesi, Year 11 Edward Bartlett-Bragg, Year 12 George Bilionis, Year 12 Marco Boshoff, Year 12 Michael Chang, Year 12 Lachie Collie, Year 12 Benjamin De Worsop, Year 12 Darcey Delagnes, Year 12 Evan Evans, Year 12 Nicholas Freeman, Year 12 Kai-Yee Hall, Year 12 Steven Kavadias, Year 12 Charlie Levine, Year 12 Raymond Li, Year 12 Henry McDowell, Year 12 Alex Nicholas, Year 12 Jackson Noske, Year 12 Sam Ryan, Year 12 Dylan Taylor, Year 12 Ian Tongs, Year 12 Arthur Xafis, Year 12 Bobby Zhou, Year 12

Half Colours

Blake Hayes, Year 12


Full Colours

Hamish Dick, Year 10 Ben Durkin, Year 11 Nicholas Freeman, Year 12 Matt Harris, Year 11 Mackenzie Harvey, Year 10 Paddy Inglis, Year 11 Jonathan Leadbeater, Year 10 Nathan Murphy, Year 11 Jackson Noske, Year 12 Sam Ryan, Year 12 Tom Wallace, Year 12 Tom Yorgey, Year 11

Half Colours

Nicholas Knight, Year 12 Jack Munnings, Year 10

Service Colours

Declan Adams, Year 11 Mathew Freeman, Year 12 Ben Pryor, Year 10

Cross Country Full Colours

Kayne Davies, Year 12

Half Colours

Tom Banfield, Year 9 Rhys Martin, Year 12 Nick Semmens, Year 12

Service Colours

Kai Li, Year 11 Henry Petch, Year 11 Josh Smith, Year 11


Full Colours

Andreas Andronicou, Year 12 Zak Brighton-Knight, Year 12 Lachie Collie, Year 12 Benjamin De Worsop, Year 12 Darcey Delagnes, Year 12 Sanjeev Haikerwal, Year 12 Jerry Lee, Year 12 Charlie Levine, Year 12 Raymond Li, Year 12 Jake Parker, Year 12 Nick Semmens, Year 12 Dylan Taylor, Year 12 Ian Tongs, Year 12 Bobby Zhou, Year 12



Half Colours Alex Adams, Year 11 Steven Alesi, Year 11 Simon Farrow, Year 11 Keagan Foster, Year 12 Mitchell Hughes, Year 11 Tyler Jackson, Year 11 David Lawlor, Year 11 Angelo Lin, Year 12 Andrew McGrath, Year 12 Alex Nicholas, Year 12 Julian Ou, Year 11 Rob Tongs, Year 11 Tom Wallace, Year 12 Michael Wang, Year 11 Ned Wright-Smith, Year 11 Arthur Xafis, Year 12


Full Colours Martin Kulesza, Year 9 Nik Rathmayr, Year 10

Half Colours

Benjamin De Worsop, Year 12 Luca Jarvis, Year 8

Service Colours

Luka Simic, Year 6 Max Simic, Year 8 Kyle Stewart, Year 8


Full Colours Alex Adams, Year 11 Steven Alesi, Year 11 Lachie Collie, Year 12 Evan Evans, Year 12 Charlie Levine, Year 12 Nick Semmens, Year 12 Dylan Taylor, Year 12 Ned Wright-Smith, Year 11

Half Colours

Zak Brighton-Knight, Year 12 Liam Lovett, Year 12 Henry McDowell, Year 12


Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia – Gold Award Full Colours

Zak Brighton-Knight, Year 12 Jack Coleman, Year 12 Jerry Lee, Year 12 Ian Tongs, Year 12


Full Premiership Colours William Agius, Year 10 Thomas Burns, Year 12 Joel Crocker, Year 10 Hamish Dick, Year 10 Ben Durkin, Year 11 Liam Farrell, Year 11 Mathew Freeman, Year 12 Fraser Gregson, Year 12 Mackenzie Harvey, Year 10 Blake Hayes, Year 12 Harry Hynes, Year 11 Alfred Jarnestrom, Year 11 Will Lewis, Year 11 Max Lohan, Year 12 Alex Mastromanno, Year 12 Andrew McGrath, Year 12 Quintin Montanaro, Year 12 Nathan Murphy, Year 11 Ned Murray, Year 12 Jackson Noske, Year 12 Nick Phillips, Year 10 Ari Sakeson, Year 12 Tom Sharry, Year 12 Matt Speirs, Year 11 Tom Wallace, Year 12 Sebastian Williams, Year 11


Service Colours Alex Adams, Year 11 Declan Adams, Year 11 Finn Campigli, Year 11 Evan Evans, Year 12 Nicholas Freeman, Year 12 Takanosuke Fujiwara, Year 12 Max Gernandt, Year 12 Sam Grose, Year 11 Ash Hoar, Year 12 George Katsaras, Year 12 Samuel Larkworthy, Year 11 Henry McDowell, Year 12 Samuel Morris, Year 12

Sam Murray, Year 12 Alex Nicholas, Year 12 Will Paynter, Year 11 Sam Ryan, Year 12 Arthur Xafis, Year 12 Bobby Zhou, Year 12

Full House Colours Edward Bartlett-Bragg, Year 12 George Bilionis, Year 12 Justin Branson, Year 12 Zak Brighton-Knight, Year 12 Kyle Cansfield, Year 12 Jack Coleman, Year 12 Lachie Collie, Year 12 Kayne Davies, Year 12 Benjamin De Worsop, Year 12 Patrick Dillon, Year 12 Evan Evans, Year 12 Keagan Foster, Year 12 Mathew Freeman, Year 12 Nicholas Freeman, Year 12 Max Gernandt, Year 12 Fraser Gregson, Year 12 Phillip Guo, Year 12 Sanjeev Haikerwal, Year 12 Blake Hayes, Year 12 Steven Kavadias, Year 12 Nicholas Knight, Year 12 Daniel Lee, Year 12 Raymond Li, Year 12 Angelo Lin, Year 12 Liam Lovett, Year 12 Henry McDowell, Year 12 Andrew McGrath, Year 12 Quintin Montanaro, Year 12 Nick Moran, Year 12 Ned Murray, Year 12 Sam Murray, Year 12 Alex Nicholas, Year 12 Jake Parker, Year 12 Sam Ryan, Year 12 Nick Semmens, Year 12 Tom Sharry, Year 12 Kieran Start, Year 12 Kevin Sun, Year 12 Ian Tongs, Year 12 Tom Wallace, Year 12 Angus Wells, Year 12 Sanjaka Wickremasinghe, Year 12 William Woodman, Year 12 Arthur Xafis, Year 12 Bobby Zhou, Year 12


Steven Zhang, Year 10

Full Colours

Half Colours

Justin Branson, Year 12 Jack Carlson, Year 11 Jack Coleman, Year 12 Lachie Collie, Year 12 Jerry Lee, Year 12 Niklas Loycke, Year 10 Brad Marais, Year 10 Craig Marais, Year 8 Lachlan McLeod, Year 12 Will Middlemiss, Year 10 Nick Moran, Year 12 Daniel Parish, Year 11 Oscar Rochanakij, Year 10 Samuel Tickner, Year 11 Rob Tongs, Year 11

Steven Alesi, Year 11 Stephen Allen, Year 12 George Bilionis, Year 12 Marco Boshoff, Year 12 Tom Chen, Year 10 Jack Coleman, Year 12 Felix Gong, Year 10 James Hamilton, Year 10 Kei Hirasedo, Year 10 William Lam, Year 10 Jonathan Leadbeater, Year 10 Matthew Leadbeater, Year 10 Patrick Liddle, Year 9 Liam McInerney, Year 10 Jacob Ni, Year 11 Andy Nie, Year 10 Ethan O'Brien, Year 10 Julian Ou, Year 11 Max Purcell, Year 10 Ral St John, Year 10 Rob Tongs, Year 11 Di Di Wang, Year 12 Ned Wright-Smith, Year 11 Arthur Xafis, Year 12

Half Colours

James Dickson, Year 10

Lawn Bowls Full Colours

Dimitri Beycher, Year 12 Ash Hoar, Year 12 Max Lohan, Year 12 Alex Mastromanno, Year 12 Henry Pickering, Year 12 Xavier Pym, Year 11 Jackson Warne, Year 11


Full Colours Elliott Ayers, Year 11 Lachie Collie, Year 12 Michael Dean, Year 10 Mitch Dow, Year 10 Ben Durkin, Year 11 William Feng, Year 11 Phillip Guo, Year 12 Kai-Yee Hall, Year 12 Charlie Hannah, Year 10 Eric Jiang, Year 12 Daniel Lee, Year 12 Jerry Lee, Year 12 Teddy Lovell, Year 10 Nick Moran, Year 12 Jack Morrison, Year 10 Alex Nicholas, Year 12 Nick Semmens, Year 12 Ian Tongs, Year 12 Michael Wang, Year 11 William Wu, Year 12

Half Service Colours

Daniel Abbott, Year 10 Benjamin Cruse, Year 10 Dennis Gu, Year 9 Victor Jakobus, Year 10 Leo Kouskouris, Year 9 David Li, Year 9 Aqil Packir Saibo, Year 10 David Parlane, Year 9 Ral St John, Year 10

Service Colours

James Barber, Year 11 Benjamin De Worsop, Year 12 Evan Evans, Year 12 Timothy Krynski, Year 9 Martin Kulesza, Year 9 Scott Lee, Year 10 Nicholas Roberts, Year 11 William Speyer, Year 10

Outdoor Education Leadership Program Full Colours

Alex Adams, Year 11 Max Bowyer, Year 11 Max Burt, Year 11

Callum Furey, Year 11 Mitchell Hughes, Year 11 Harry Hynes, Year 11 Josh Smith, Year 11 Rob Tongs, Year 11 Ned Wright-Smith, Year 11

Outdoor Education Leadership Program Half Colours

Matthew Acheson, Year 11 Marcus Ang, Year 11 Oliver Barden, Year 11 Carl Bird, Year 11 Max Bladen, Year 11 Robert Capp, Year 11 Simon Farrow, Year 11 William Feng, Year 11 Mac Gray, Year 11 Tom Haddon, Year 11 Tim Johnson, Year 11 Max Laumets, Year 11 Will Lewis, Year 11 Jackson Mahan, Year 11 Oliver Platt, Year 11 Xavier Pym, Year 11 Michael Wang, Year 11 Hamish Whillas, Year 11 Julian Wilson, Year 11


Full Colours Robert Capp, Year 11 Lachlan Ewers, Year 11 Simon Farrow, Year 11 Mitchell Hurd, Year 11 Will Lewis, Year 11 Jackson Mahan, Year 11 Nick Phillips, Year 10 Ryan Riddell, Year 11 James Stewart, Year 11

Half Colours

Tom Haddon, Year 11 Liam Lovett, Year 12 Jack Mason, Year 11 Joshua Massuger, Year 12

Service Colours

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Full Colours

Brandon Ahrbeck, Year 11 Steven Alesi, Year 11 Stephen Allen, Year 12 Tom Ashman, Year 11 Oliver Barden, Year 11 Edward Bartlett-Bragg, Year 12 Sam Bradshaw-Maslen, Year 11 Max Burt, Year 11 Sean Erb, Year 11 Lachlan Ewers, Year 11 William Feng, Year 11 Tom Haddon, Year 11 Lewis James, Year 11 Jackson Mahan, Year 11 Henry Moir, Year 11 Kotaro Shu, Year 11 Jimmy Zheng, Year 11

Half Colours

Jordan Dalal, Year 11 Mitchell Hurd, Year 11 James Stewart, Year 11

Service Colours

Fletcher Pullen, Year 11


Full Colours

Lachie Caldwell, Year 8 Matt Field, Year 9 Ben Holmes, Year 12 Samuel Morris, Year 12 Devan Nicholls, Year 10 Ethan O'Brien, Year 10 André Pontifex, Year 12 James Provis, Year 9

Half Colours

Dan Canta, Year 11 Harrison Chapman, Year 7 Jackson Crawshaw, Year 8 Mitch Dow, Year 10 Charlie Hannah, Year 10 Nik Rathmayr, Year 10 Finn Roberts, Year 10 Matthew Ross, Year 8

Snow Sports Full Colours

Daniel Abbott, Year 10 Martin Kulesza, Year 9 Will Middlemiss, Year 10 206 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Half Colours

Tom Bartels, Year 9 Noah Jones, Year 9 Trent Mailing, Year 10 Matt Speirs, Year 11 Jack Wright, Year 10

Service Colours

Simon Farrow, Year 11


Full Colours Thomas Avdoulos, Year 11 Max Bowyer, Year 11 Kyle Cansfield, Year 12 Lucas Derrick, Year 12 Tom Downs, Year 11 Sandy Faulds, Year 11 Tom Franklyn, Year 10 Charles Fry, Year 11 Takanosuke Fujiwara, Year 12 Max Laumets, Year 11 Noah McGrath, Year 9 Angus McPherson, Year 12 Geordie McPherson, Year 12 Finley Olsen, Year 12 Branko Skocic, Year 11 Finn Warner, Year 9

Half Colours

Harry Osborne, Year 11

Service Colours

Andrew Naughton, Year 12

St John Ambulance Full Colours

Jerry Lee, Year 12

Swimming Full Colours

Justin Branson, Year 12 Jack Coleman, Year 12 Benjamin De Worsop, Year 12 Tristan Hutchins, Year 10 Lachlan Jackett-Simpson, Year 8 Harrison Kirkham, Year 8 Sam Murray, Year 12 Will Paynter, Year 11 Billy Pearson, Year 8 Ewan Smith, Year 8 Josh Smith, Year 11 Kieran Start, Year 12

Dane Van Heemstede Obelt, Year 11 Julian Wilson, Year 11

Half Colours

Lachie Collie, Year 12


Full Colours

Daniel Abbott, Year 10 Ricky Dong, Year 10 Connor Hipwell, Year 10 Darby Hipwell, Year 8 Alfred Jarnestrom, Year 11 James Konstas, Year 9 Andrew Naughton, Year 12 Julian Ou, Year 11 Luke Sorensen, Year 9 Jack Summerfield, Year 11

Touch Football Full Colours

Lennox Amatruda, Year 10 Sam Bradshaw-Maslen, Year 11 Will Brydon-Waldren, Year 9 Thomas Burns, Year 12 Anton Derevianko, Year 10 Oscar Donald, Year 11 Mac Gray, Year 11 Lewis James, Year 11 Max Laumets, Year 11 Henry Moir, Year 11 Harrison Reynolds, Year 10

Water Polo Full Colours

Alex Adams, Year 11 James Dickson, Year 10 Tom Haddon, Year 11 Charlie Hayes, Year 10 Steven Kavadias, Year 12 Henry McDowell, Year 12 Sam Murray, Year 12 Jackson Noske, Year 12 Matthew Noske, Year 10 Will Paynter, Year 11 Dane Van Heemstede Obelt, Year 11 Julian Wilson, Year 11

Half Colours

Max Twycross, Year 10



JUNIOR SCHOOL Sport 210 YEAR 7-12 SPORT 212 NATIONAl & VIC REPS 214 Badminton216 Cricket218 Lawn Bowls 220 SAILING221 ROWING222 Swimming224 Tennis226 Touch Football 228 Cross Country 230 Hockey232

Football234 Rugby238 Soccer240 Snowsports242 Athletics244 Basketball246 Handball248 DIVING249 waterpolo250 volleyball252 table tennis  253



JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORT Sport in the Junior School has a strong emphasis on team, working together and striving towards a common goal. Older boys take on a leadership role, encouraging and guiding the younger boys. Involvement in Junior School sport teaches boys far more than just how to kick, catch, run, jump or throw. It offers valuable opportunities for them to learn from each other some of life’s important skills and understandings, including: • sportsmanship and playing by the rules, respect for team mates, the opposition and officials • team work, co-operation, and getting along with others


• good decision-making – making the right choices, understanding the consequences associated with those choices and the impact they may have on others • responsibility – to yourself and your team mates • pride in your performance – striving to always do your best • appropriate standards of behaviour in various settings. I’d like to congratulate all the boys on their commitment and enthusiasm this year, particularly the Year 6 boys, who have demonstrated great leadership. I wish them the very best for the future. Ben Ryan Primary Sports Co-ordinator

Individual Champions Swimming Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Harry O’Brien James Tan Oliver Goodger James Bourke

Cross Country Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Harvey O’Sullivan Nicky Robertson Oliver Goodger Jonah Campigli

Athletics Tabloid Sports


Cross Country
































Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Jake Ring Harrison Gibbins Oliver Goodger Jonah Campigli

Tabloid Sports

1st Crowther 2nd Hancock 3rd School 4th Armstrong 5th Dixon 6th Rofe

Pemberton Shield

1st Armstong 2nd Dixon =3rd Crowther and Hancock 5th School 6th Rofe



SPORT YEARS 7-12 In 2016, the sporting field provided the boys with the opportunity to strive, achieve and sometimes redefine what it means to be ‘successful’. This success has come in various forms whether it be victory, personal best or skills development, for the 800 plus Middle and Senior School boys that played sports across the year.

Sports community Our three-cornered partnership is an integral element of our sports programs that continues to be the model around which others develop their own sports programs. The following parent-led groups contribute greatly to the culture of BGS sport: • AFL – Dalziel Club • Cricket – Friends of Cricket • Hockey – The Wicks Club • Rowing - BGS Boat Club • Rugby – BGS Rugby Club • Soccer – BGS United • Tennis – The Thompson Club. We look forward to finalising the formation of the BGS Snowsports group, as well as the BGS Aquatics Group. This year marked the passing of a great member of the BGS community, Matt Larkworthy. Matt was a wonderful supporter of our parent 212 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Sport development

beginners, developing athletes and elite sportsmen alike. Peer coaching and leadership is integral to this, with many older boys providing coaching and mentoring to younger boys across the whole School. We will continue to assess and refocus our peer coaching and leadership to ensure the boys’ needs are assessed and responded to.

The aim of the BGS sports program is to provide all boys with the opportunity to experience programming and coaching that is targeted at their stage of development, enabling the ongoing development of

2016 saw significant changes in our sports program; there was an increase in external coaches and the Senior School entered the APS basketball competition for the first time. In 2017, the School will play inaugural seasons

groups and led the Friends of Cricket program with passion, humility and positivity. Matt welcomed all BGS parents to games, functions and as he passed them in the street and will be fondly remembered by the whole BGS community.

of 1st team basketball and futsal, providing further opportunities for the boys to play competitive sports for BGS.

Achievement and recognition Providing opportunities to exhibit the School values of passion, integrity, respect and accountability are the best measures of the successes of our programs and the achievements of the boys. Examples of these successes included the ‘three-peat’ of premierships achieved by the 1st XVIII. The community spirit demonstrated

at the games is a great reflection on what sport provides for the boys and to be able to see them overcome team and individual adversity was inspiring to all. Our Year 8 Water Polo team set the bar high by going through their season undefeated whilst our 1st XI Hockey team moved to 4th position on the APS ladder, after finishing with only one win in the previous season. The 3-3 drawn match against eventual premiers. Scotch was seen by all present as the highest standard game of the season.

Colours, Service Awards, trophies, medallions, personal best certificates and leadership opportunities continue to be pursued and held in high regard by the boys; they are great moments of opportunity for us to recognise boys’ efforts and celebrate them as a community. They are tangible indicators of the successes of our boys as teams and individuals. We look forward to pursuing even greater successes in 2017. Luke Stewart Director of Sport GRAMMARIAN 2016 213


National and vicTORIAN repRESENTATIVES

Victorian representatives:

SCHOOL SPORT VICTORIA (SSV) STATE REPRESENTATIVE Athletics – Jonah Campigli. Diving – Luca Simic.

SCHOOL SPORT VICTORIA (SSV) STATE LEVEL COMPETITORS Cross Country – Jonah Campigli, Charlie Paterson, Oliver Goodger and Harrison Gibbins.

Athletics 12/13 Year 4 x 100m relay (gold medal). Jonah Campigli – 800m (bronze medal), long jump. Alex Holman – 80m hurdles. Justin Krok – triple jump.

Sport: state and national representatives We are privileged at to work with and watch boys that are playing sport at the highest level. The following boys represented BGS at either state or national level in 2016. 214 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Aaron Leferink

Australian representatives: • Andrew McGrath – AFL • Mackenzie Harvey and Nathan Murphy – cricket • Ethan O’Brien – sailing • Lucas Derrick – soccer • Will Paynter – water polo. We were all inspired by the gold medal won by Dylan Alcott (OB 2008) who won the singles and doubles tennis at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

• Joel Crocker, Andrew McGrath – AFL • Aaron Leferink and Jack Saunders – athletics • Luca Jarvis and Luca Simic – diving • Brad Marais and Craig Marais and Oscar Rochanakij – hockey • Declan Jeffrey – mountain biking • Olle Barden, Sam Bradshaw-Maslen, Max Markham, Will Graves – rugby • Will Middlemiss, Noah Jones, Martin Kulesza, Tom Bartels, Trent Mailing, Daniel Abbott, Matt Speirs, Chas, Rechner, Jack Wright and Sam Parkes – snowsports • Lachie Caldwell – sailing • Noah McGrath – soccer • Julian Wilson, Ewan Smith and Harry Kirkham – swimming. Many boys were also selected to represent the school in the APS teams against the AGS elite teams: • Badminton – Kevin Sun. • AFL – Blake Hayes, Max Lohan, Seb Williams and Ari Sakeson. • Cross Country – Kayne Davies. • Hockey – Craig Marais, Lachie MacLeod. • Soccer – Fin Olsen and Charlie Fry. • Water Polo – Will Paynter and Jackson Noske.

Ethan in action at the regatta

L to R: Josh Hudghton, Sam Banfield and Sam Flockart (Tom Burnell absent).

Under 14 Cross Country State Champions. L-R: Caden Arnold, Joshua Hudghton, Sam Flockart and Sam Banfield. Will Paynter

Lachie Caldwell – Sailing




Junior School The Year 6 Badminton team proved a dominate force through the 2016 season. Lead by Oscar Lo and Sidney Zeng, the team proved very difficult to beat! Despite some inexperienced players on the team, the boys regularly came away victorious. Such was their domination, our team was regularly handicapped to try and maintain an even contest. More impressive than the dominant play was the way boys carried themselves across the season. Well done boys. The Year 5 results were mixed over the season. Week to week seemed to present a different challenge. Despite inconsistent results, the team showed vast improvement across the term. When the team faced teams with more ability, they kept their heads up and tried until the final shuttlecock was hit. Matthew Barwood’s fine skills and teamwork earned him Most Outstanding Player, while Sam Coleman’s leadership, sportsmanship and spirit meant he collected Best Team Player.


Middle School

Senior School

The Year 7 and 8 badminton players had a great season in 2016, showing dedication and enthusiasm, and winning most of their games.

In season 2016/2017, BGS entered nine teams across Years 7 to 12. We had some 150 boys participating in varying levels of competition and were therefore able to provide opportunities for boys at both end of the spectrum in terms of ability. We continued our second season of badminton at Years 7 and 8 and believe that this will allow our boys to develop their skills more quickly and better prepare them for match play.

Jason Li, the season’s MVP, was an outstanding contributor to the Year 8 team, working hard to develop his skills at training and in matches – all of which paid off in the final game of the season. Tony Ma (Year 7) was deserving recipient of the Coach’s Award and Ryan Dang worked hard to for his Year 7 Rising Star Award. Coach Martin Ho deserves a special mention. The players’ confidence has grown exponentially under Martin’s leadership, which bodes well for the future of badminton in the Middle School. Linda Chen Teacher in charge

In 1st team competition, our boys struggled against seasoned opponents as we rebuilt after our breakout season of 2015/16 where we were one of the competitions strongest teams. Despite finishing 10th on the APS ladder, boys that had never played in the 1st team were able to gain valuable experiences, which should stand them in good stead in coming years. Veterans such as Kevin Sun again was a standout, playing number 1 and being selected for the APS team. Danny Lee also completed a strong final season of badminton and, along with Bobby Zhou and DiDi Wang, gave his all to the sport over an extended period. GRAMMARIAN 2016 217


Junior School

Middle School

Cricket continued to be very popular with the Junior School boys in 2016, with close to half of Years 5 and 6 electing it as their Term 1 sport.

Throughout Term 1, the Middle School fielded seven cricket teams. The boys developed their game under the guidance of six passionate coaches, all of whom once represented the BGS’s 1st XI team. Having current cricketer Ryan Barnett as 8A Coach and Year Level Coordinator gave added insight.

Such big numbers saw a broad range of abilities as we embarked on the season. Henry Pearson, Ben Edmondson, Callum Heath and Noah Hartman all represented BGS at the division trials. Although the boys were ultimately unsuccessful, the experience helped them become better leaders amongst our Year 6 group, which was invaluable, particularly for those boys who were new to the sport. The Year 5 teams had less experience within the group, but it was great to see boys putting their hands up to lead each week. Oliver Howell and Jarod Prins collected the awards for the A team after stellar seasons. Thanks to coaches Paul Gurry, Rick Pemberton, Monica Le Couteur, Hamish Leahy and Chester Lord.


The four Year 7 teams enjoyed varying levels of success, with camaraderie and rapport building towards the latter half of the term. After a swashbuckling 2015, three Year 8 teams returned in 2016 and took up where they left off. The Year 8A team was well led by captain and Rising Star award winner Craig Marais, winning five out of seven matches. Support from Senior School cricket staff and the Friends of Cricket group, as well as extra incentive through the BGS Pathways Program, has helped ensure the future of BGS cricket looks very bright indeed.

Cricket Senior School Despite somewhat disappointing overall results, there were some outstanding performances across all teams that will stand us in good stead for 2017. The 1st XI lost several close matches early in the season but improved towards the end under captain Tom Wallace. Consistent batting performances from player of the year Tom Yorgey (Year 11), Mackenzie Harvey (Year 10) and Nathan Murphy (Year 11) all helped produce wins. Ben Durkin (Year 11), Jack Munnings (Year 10) and Matt Harris (Year 11) showed batting promise and Jackson Noske (Year 12) and Jonty Leadbeater (Year 10) were bowling standouts. The 2nd XI had many great wins, following the lead of experienced players Ned Murray and Fraser Gregson (both Year 12). Harry Osborne, Hugo Butler, Declan Adams and Joe Micari (all Year 11) were consistent contributors. Under the guidance of Tom Ashman (Year 11), the 3rd XI All Stars had fun while playing some exciting cricket. The Year 10s were well served by Joel Crocker and Ben Pryor who batted brilliantly, supported by Michael and Mitch Fitzgerald, Brad Marais and Adam Oulton. Ned Bellmaine, James Hamilton, Adam Levenda-Freeman and Mitch Kelly were the best of a competitive B team. Our Year 9A level adapted well to 50 over cricket with many impressive wins. Our most consistent performers were Max James, Louis Butler, Aiden Nicholls, James Larkworthy and Felix Flockhart. Judd Rowell led the 9Bs, where Ed Burt, Campbell Tweedie, David Parlane and Will Hughes played with determination and positivity.



Lawn Bowls

The boys embraced this sport with professionalism and a sense of fun. BGS fielded two lawn bowls teams in 2016’s prestigious School Challenge, which involved more than 40 schools from metropolitan Melbourne. BGS fielded one side in Division 1, finishing 4th, and another team in Division 3, finishing 3rd. All boys involved were having their first experience at pennant play at the superb facilities at Burwood. The First team, Alex Nicholas, Ash Hoar and Max Lohan (all Year 12), were captained by Alex Mastronammo (also Year 12). The Second team, Dimitri Beycher, Henry Pickering (both Year 12) and Xavier Pym (Year 11), were captained by Jackson Warne (Year 11). The Seconds finished just one game out of the Grand Final and were unlucky not to go all the way. The competition only went for six weeks but it gave the boys wonderful insight into the tactics of lawn bowls and a greater understanding of teamwork in such a tactical game. Robert Shaw Teacher in Charge, Lawn Bowls



The 2015-16 Sailing season was a huge success. After the departure of experienced captain and skipper Lachlan Neville from our 1st team, we were lucky enough to welcome a new skipper, Lachie Caldwell, who had recently won the Australian Sabot National Championships. Lachie’s boat speed and handling skills helped him succeed in our weekend regattas almost instantly. Our 1st team showed incredible improvement throughout the season. We started off poorly, but built strongly during Term 1 2016, with training helping us advance our tactics and boat control skills. Almost perfect regattas in Week 2 and 4 of the competition showed our potential. We finished 6th overall in the combined Saturday regatta table.

We approached the annual Victorian Team Sailing State Championships with confidence. We had a great regatta, and were actually leading the overall round robin series during the middle section. However, we lost a few tight races near the end and lost 3-2 to an experienced St Leonards team in the finals. We finished the regatta 5th overall but, as only a few races separated the top eight teams, this was an incredible achievement. The 2nd team also enjoyed a fun and entertaining season, with some encouraging results. The team competed well throughout the Saturday regattas, and had a much improved result at the Team Sailing State Championships, only narrowly missing out on the 2nd Division Finals. With almost 20 boys in our entire squad, the competition for positions in the 1st team is tight. The experience

the 2nds are gaining is invaluable; the younger members, including Matt Goss (Year 5), and Harrison Chapman (Year 7), are the future of BGS sailing. Thanks to our fabulous coaches Tom Trotman and Patrick Chipp for giving us the benefit of their extraordinary guidance, knowledge, dedication and experience. I would also like to thank Mr Stewart for his help in organising and administrating our sailing team. As we look to the future of BGS sailing, the next few seasons look extremely bright, with none of the current 1st team leaving the School until after the 2017-18 season, and an extraordinary number of young and skilled sailors joining our team. We will strive for state and national level success in the near future, knowing “It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind, that will determine where you will go.” GRAMMARIAN 2016 221



The least of what we teach in rowing is how to pull an oar This season, I spent time talking to the senior rowing boys about Dr Arne Rubinstein’s book The Making of Men. Dr Rubinstein writes about raising boys to be successful men, characterising six main differences between a boy and a man. We have boys (and men) in this club who are at various stages in this journey – and their status is not based on chronological age. What’s rowing got to do with the making of men? Rowing is a ‘Rite of Passage’ in the journey from boyhood to manhood. Moving a boat only scratches the surface of what this sport is about. In rowing, we need to rely on each 222 GRAMMARIAN 2016

other 100%. Through rowing, relationships are made and tested, hearts sing (and at times are broken), and great physical and mental developments are made. It’s magical when the crew move as one. It’s hard not to be affected by the thrill of a win or a tight finish, or the pain when it doesn’t come together. But that’s what is important – we’re in it together. The junior boys on the other hand just needed to have had some fun with their rowing. They did this but also learned new skills, made new friends and perhaps learned one or two new things about themselves along the way. The school has never had so many Year 10 boys row and many Skelton boys are now rowing disciples, showing great focus. The boys First, Second and Third VIII’s felt that an A-final was a realistic result, as did I, and the Third VIII proved good enough. Finally, I would say to the 25 boys who have the chance to come back and row next year, you are now on your journey. You have learnt what is expected of you and how tough, yet rewarding, the training can be. Now you can look forward to continuing your rowing Rite of Passage. Dick Bartlett Teacher in Charge, Rowing GRAMMARIAN 2016 223



JUNIOR SCHOOL Despite a small APS Swimming squad this season, the boys experienced much success in the water. Each boy had times recorded throughout the term, and there was constant improvement. It was pleasing to see the less experienced swimmers taking large chunks of time off their personal bests each week. Congratulations to Damien Paino, Jorge Houridis, Oliver Goodger and Lachlan Paino, who received awards after extremely successful seasons. Cam Tregaskis was selected in the APS Swimming Team to compete at the EMR Trials. Although he narrowly missed a spot in the final, Cam swam a personal best in his event. Stuart Thompson Coach 224 GRAMMARIAN 2016

YEARS 7-12 It was a short but tough swimming season for the Tonners. We ventured to Xavier, St Kevin’s, Caulfield and Carey and performed well against some of the strongest APS schools, including Scotch and St Kevin’s. Although our team was small, we remained competitive and kept our opponents on their toes.

Our APS finals medalists were:

As well as our Saturday events, we traveled to MSAC to compete in the All Schools Swimming competition. We came home with a number of medals, most of which came from the Year 8 ‘Awesome Foursome’ team, who also set many records throughout the season.

• Julian Wilson and Billy Pearson, both winning silver.

• Billy Pearson, Harry Kirkham, Lachie Jacket-Simpson and Ewan Smith winning two gold medals and a silver medal • Billy Pearson, Harry Kirkham, Ben Paynter and Joshua Bortolussi, winning bronze Despite the short and somewhat bumpy season, we finished 8th overall on APS night – a respectable result for a small team. However, throughout 2016 we have seen plenty of potential from within the younger year levels, which may lead to greater success in the coming years.




Year 6 More than 30 wannabe AusOpen champs chose tennis as their sport for Term 1. The Year 6 team had a very successful season, winning a majority of their fixtures. With consecutive big wins over Scotch in the first rounds and subsequent games against various Xavier teams, BGS boys braced themselves for some competitive fixtures and tough opponents. Facing St Kevin’s at Kooyong in the final fixture was always going to be a tough task, however, our pair 1 and 2 combinations of Matthew Bates, Harry Llewelyn, Charlie Heaton and Shaun Gunaratna cruised to easy victories, finishing the season on a high note.

Year 5 The Year 5 tennis boys approached their training, theory lessons and matches with great enthusiasm, improving enormously in two key areas: serving and scoring. As the season progressed, the boys also strengthened their understanding of where to stand on the court. The BGS boys claimed excellent victories against Haileybury Newlands, St Kevin’s and Kostka Hall, but perhaps their most satisfying result was their return match against Xavier, Burke Hall. Matthew Cruse and Sam Litis were worthy recipients of awards after consistently working hard and performing well all season.


Years 7 to 12 In 2016, 23 teams and more than 250 players competed in 175 fixtures. All boys played competitively, showing a strong work ethic and good sportsmanship. Our developing 1st VIII finished on the lower half of the ladder in a strong APS competition, with two victories, but a number of narrow losses. Captain Andrew Naughton (Year 12) was a capable leader and there were strong oncourt performances from Connor Hipwell and Ricky Dong (both Year 10) in particular. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th VIIIs benchmarked the standard in their APS divisions, with the 3rd VIII navigating the season undefeated. David Mirmilstein, James Barber, Jerry Lee, Lachlan McLeod and Marco Boshoff were among the best performers for their respective teams. The competition was fierce at Year 9 and 10 level but the boys fought hard to record some impressive performances. Brandon Duan was MVP for 10A, while Jack Saunders took out the Adam Brown Cup for the Best Player in Year 9. The Middle School tennis players had a short but accomplished season. The more experienced Year 8 teams performed well, with Zach Adam-Gedge earning the accolade of MVP. The Year 7 boys relished their introduction to APS senior competition. Harley Chessells was MVP for the 7A team. Finally, thanks to our Old Boy and development coaches for their enthusiasm and guidance. Peter Furey Head of Tennis



Touch Football

Year 5

Year 6

The Year 5 boys were playing touch footy for the first time. As the intricacies of back passing and the offside law were learnt, the team became a well-organised and disciplined unit. The boys quickly learnt to keep a tight defensive line and to march upon the opposition to close down available space. BGS proved a hard team to score against. Our best results were wins against Melbourne Grammar, Wesley, Scotch and a courageous draw against Haileybury.

It was clear at the first training session that these teams were going to be difficult to beat. Despite fielding two even sides, and therefore having to spread the experience and talent across them both, the depth in the group was exceptional. There were several inexperienced players in both sides, however they improved rapidly with the assistance of boys who had more experience.

When attacking, the boys learnt to move the ball quickly and our acting halves were swift to gain territory. The Most Outstanding Player was Oliver Goodger, who used blistering pace, lateral movement and finesse as he repeatedly gained invaluable territory for his team, often scoring. He was ably supported by Jarod Prins who received the Best Team Player award for his consistent vocal support and encouragement of teammates. Other players who impressed on the field were Charlie Paterson, Matthew Cameron and Blake Picking. Paul Gurry Year 5 Coach


After five rounds of competition, neither team had been defeated, and a majority of wins had been by convincing margins. A highlight for the Red team came in the first week of competition against Scotch. Down 7–5 at threequarter time, the Reds played a stunning final quarter and emerged victorious 9–7. The Blues also had an exciting win against Carey after being level 3-3 at half time. Grit, determination and sticking to a game plan helped them to a terrific victory. The Red team was exceptionally well lead by Callum Heath, Ben Edmondson and Henry Pearson, while the Blue team had Zac Landsman and Jonah Campigli calling the shots in attack and defence. Both teams were a pleasure to coach due to their passion, willingness to listen, and desire to involve all their teammates. Ben Ryan Year 6 Coach

Years 7-12 With 70 boys involved from Year 7 to 12, Touch Football at BGS is growing in stature and popularity. The First VI competed in the Victorian Schools Touch Football league, division 1 and reached the knock-out stages of this competition. They also played in the Victorian Schools Touch Football Championship, reaching the semifinal of this elite state competition. The Middle School had five teams who competed in the inter-schools’ competition throughout the season. They also competed against some of the best teams in the state in the Victorian Schools Touch Football Championship, narrowly missing out on a spot in the grand final.

We have been lucky enough to have the knowledgeable and talented Billy Gray as coach this season. Billy, a former Brighton Grammar student, plays touch football and rugby at a high level. He has done some fantastic work with the boys this season. With some exciting talent progressing through the ranks from the Middle School, the future of touch footy at BGS looks bright. Anthony Keane Teacher in Charge Touch Football



Cross Country

Junior School This year, the boys trained at the Brighton foreshore, with the coaches making use of the Middle Brighton Pier, the concrete promenade and even the shallow water in front of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Some relay and interval work took place around the Crowther and Mitchell Ovals. At training and at interschool meetings, the BGS team was well led by Nick Stavrellis and J. Sum, who always finished in the first five placings. In the Year 5 group, Charlie Paterson trained hard to dramatically improve his running. Ethan Petris showed he had the potential to be a very capable runner, but had a disrupted season in competition. This also year saw the introduction of relay races over three onekilometre legs. The boys enjoyed two of these meetings to conclude the 2016 season. Rick Pemberton, Ben Ryan and Jack Bullock


Years 7 to 12 With the hard work of the boys, the coach and supporting staff, the BGS Cross Country team's achievements this season were remarkable. The U14 boys won the Athletics Victoria state road relays (Sam Banfield, Sam Flockart, Cade Arnold, Josh Hudghton) and Athletics Victoria state championships team category (Sam Banfield, Sam Flockart, Tom Burnell, Josh Hudghton, and Henry Kerr). A number of boys performed strongly in their races and Saturday morning matches: Sam Banfield represented Victoria at the National Championships in Canberra; Kayne Davies ran consistently in high placings throughout the season and was rewarded with representation of the APS at the APS/AGSV Representative Games; and Year 9’s Tom Banfield stepped up and ran strongly in the open team as our second runner. In their first year of cross country, Henry Kerr and Lucas Williamson consistently attended training and showed improvements during races. All the boys understood their role in the team, and played those roles well. Rhys Martin, Nick Semmens, and Kayne Davies showed great leadership and supported the whole team. Other boys such as Clarke Ma, Josh Smith, and Henry Petch showed significant improvements throughout the season and consistently supported others at training. Thanks to all the parents who came along to support the boys every week. We look forward to watching the boys’ continued development and to building on the BGS Cross Country team in 2017. Wen Yan Cross Country coordinator Jack Bullock (OB 2014)




Junior School Many of this year’s list of 28 boys in Year 6 had also played hockey in 2015. As a result, the 6A team went through the season undefeated and recorded some very comprehensive victories. Goalie Dylan Roberts was well supported by Max Berry (Most Outstanding Player) and Freddie Smith (Best Team Player). Alex Tognarini, Thomas Stretch and Christian Paice displayed excellent speed and skills with the stick and Josh Jarick, Lucas Toms, Jamie Draheim and James Hare always played strongly.

against Grimwade and Carey (Donvale) who were combined A and B teams. The defence was led by Samson Adams (goalie) and Jake Tuim who both played with great determination and flair. They were ably supported by Jay Liu and Jordan Stewart. Felix Brighton-Knight and Jack Kissane used their experience to play productively and provide opportunities for Lucas Connell (Most Outstanding Player), Jasper Finlay (Best Team Player), Ethan Gendala and Hugo Mintrom to attack and score.

The 6Bs had a victory against Haileybury (Newlands), a draw with Haileybury (Edrington) and loses

Old Boy Ryan Cook gave valuable assistance with coaching and introduced some very challenging training drills.


A total of 18 boys formed the Year 5 Hockey squad, with only a handful having had any previous playing experience. The boys worked hard during training sessions to improve their skill development, fitness and teamwork. Ryan Cook not only assisted the group with basic strategy and tactics, but also umpired our home games. The team won about half the matches played and showed consistent progress and improvement throughout the season, which will help with their development for the future. Julius Ferwerda won the Most Outstanding Player Award, with Blake Picking the recipient of the Best Team Player Award.

MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOL Early this season, the talk amongst the 1st players was that this season was going to be ‘the one’ – that we’d finally earn our first premiership since 1998. Ultimately we finished fourth, with five wins, two draws and two losses, two points behind Carey. It was the best result in a decade. This season was one of change, with many new players, coaches, and game plans. Through the addition of Dan Parish in the full back line, Jack Coleman, Rob Tongs and Lachie Collie in the half line, and Will Middlemiss and James Dixon in the forward, our line-up of debuting players was strong. We started the season with a fourgame winning streak, only broken by a 3-3 draw against eventual premiers Scotch in round 6. This was described by both sides as the highest quality match that had been seen at this level for some time. Highlights included goalkeeper Niklas Loycke totally outplaying Caulfield and the regular amazing play from the Marais brothers. The work done by our coaches Josh Bretherton and Christian Sanders to improve the boys’ skills and expectations was key to our improvement. Similarly, the Wicks Club creating a club atmosphere from the pre-season clinic, sideline support and the famous Wicks Club Big Breakfast supported the cultural change.

Our 2nds have gone from being beaten by double figure scores two years ago to winning matches against the same schools. Well done coach Simon Kessler and the boys. Our Year 9/10 teams continued to develop game sense and tactical awareness. The ongoing challenge of losing players to the 1sts makes it hard to achieve consistency, but gives other boys a chance to shine. Martin Kulesza, Scott Lee and Harry Preston had great seasons. The Year 7/8 teams had a successful year. We continued to improve our fitness by having to continually repeat coach Pat Neville’s favourite: shuttles. Our forward line included Zach, Ollie Bradfield, Sven and Maxim working together, running the baseline and passing to score many goals. Season highlights included Oliver Bradfield’s hat-trick in our fourth game and Zach’s goal from the sideline against Xavier. The combined Year 7/8B team started well, winning the first match by two goals, instilling confidence for future wins, including a 9-0 thrashing of one school! Luke Stewart TIC Hockey Tyla Braken Year 7/8 Level Coordinator Justin Branson Captain of Hockey




Year 5 The 5As faced some skilled opposition and notched up three wins, with consistent performances from Oliver Goodger, Sam Heron, Oliver Howell, Aaron Hudghton, Justin Krok, Jared Prins and Sam Litis. Importantly, all boys improved their teamwork and showed unwavering support for one another. The 5Bs didn’t have much success on the scoreboard, but all the boys displayed good team spirit, sportsmanship and determination, working tirelessly to improve their skills, fitness and teamwork.

Year 6 Despite losing star ruckman Max Absalom mid-way through the season, Jonah Campigli, Ben Edmondson, Noah Hartman and Zach Bowen led from the front, helping 6A to an outstanding season with several dominant wins and only a couple of narrow defeats. The 6B team had an up and down season. However, despite inconsistent results, players such as Jorge Houridis and Lachlan McCurry put in excellent performances, and the team spirit and sportsmanship was superb. Despite inexperience, the 6Cs committed to the contest every week, resulting in some excellent victories, with Jake Tuim and Tim Moulton showing consistency and leadership.


Middle School Middle School football continued to thrive in 2016 with over 100 Year 7 and 8 boys again opting to be a part of the story. We were thrilled with the 2016 coaching team. Old Boy and ex-1st XVIII Vice-Captain Elliot Harris returned to steer 7B, while Elliot Le Grice, another Old Boy currently in the leadership group at VFL team Sandringham, took the 8B reins. Travis Hopgood took the helm for 8A, while I again moved the 7A magnets. As an added bonus, 2015 premiership captain Harry Hill worked with the boys in a developmental role. Weekly Monday recovery sessions at Brighton Beach, known affectionately as the ‘True Believers’, were again well attended following two games of weekend football for most – not for the faint hearted in the middle of July. The support of the Dalziel Club was again appreciated, with free training shirts for all players and various perks for the boys. The annual Year 8 Lockdown over ANZAC weekend continued the long-standing pre-season tradition of combining football and culture. A special mention must be made of the resolve and resilience of our 8A team after their beloved team mate Will Murray suffered a serious spinal cord injury in January. To take to the field without Will was difficult for many of the boys. The ‘Here For Muz’ banner that hung from Annandale Pavilion throughout the season exemplified the feelings and emotion that the boys carried. Fittingly, the Will Murray Trophy was awarded to the 7A Best and Fairest player – an award Will won alongside good mate Darby Hipwell in 2015. There is no doubt that our Middle School footballers have been spoilt by being able to witness the ‘three-peat’ premiership success of the XVIII up close. The vast numbers of Years 7 and 8 boys at home and away XVIII games is a source of inspiration for our senior boys and something that they will no doubt come to cherish in future years. Tim Marshall Middle School Football Coordinator



1st XV111

The triple that deFIned Tonners' culture If you had told me at the start of the year that the 2016 BGS 1st XVIII would win the premiership for the third year in a row, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s not that I doubted the capabilities of my teammates, more so the feat itself requires such an incredible effort. Over the past two years I have witnessed the absolute struggle that is the APS. These games are not gifted to you. You have to work hard for every game, whether you win by 100 points or a couple of goals. You would think that a career like Andrew McGrath’s (29 wins and one loss) would be full of highs, when in actual fact it was full of hard work and relentless competitiveness during a 10-week season. The 2016 season was again a very successful one, finishing the year with nine wins and one loss. At the start of the year, our coach Robert Shaw split the competition into three categories: teams we should beat; teams that would be ‘awkward’ to beat; and teams that would require a four quarter effort to beat. Travelling to Geelong Grammar for the first match was classified as ‘awkward’. A heavy wind and strong competition faced us in the opening round. The sense of unknown going into the first match was somewhat enjoyable, and 236 GRAMMARIAN 2016

so too was the result with our first win on the board for the season. Following this victory, we were able to take down Melbourne and Wesley. Next came Xavier – a game we knew that would require a four quarter effort. Against Xavier, we played some of the best footy BGS has ever played, sending our opponents home with another win under our belt. In the following week, we dismissed Geelong College and looked towards Caulfield, who then premiership favourites behind Haileybury. In a muddy, wet, classic game of Tonners footy we were able to pull away with a three goal win. Before the holidays we faced Scotch. This was one of the more ‘awkward’ games of footy for the year – to be honest, technically we played terribly, but we were able to win by eight or so goals. After the holiday break we entered the ‘three-week season’, facing Carey, Halibury and St Kevin’s in an attempt to secure a three-peat. Knocking off Carey comfortably, we entered what was to be one of the toughest weeks our school has ever faced. As two of our teammates departed BGS, we were impacted in a football sense. But with the passing of the great Matthew Larkworthy, we were impacted in a community sense. Larkers was the embodiment of how a man should act, and an embodiment of Brighton Grammar School. To me,

he was the most passionate man I have met, truly showing how important the local community is and how BGS football can touch so many lives. I will never forget the handshakes that would almost break my hand and the post-win hugs that had real meaning behind them. So in the week leading to the premiership game, our focus was on celebrating the life of a legend on the Friday, and then attempting to win not just a football game, but to win back a community that had been grieving for a multitude of reasons. We set out on a muddy, rainy, genuinely terrible day down in Keysborough. With Haileybury’s list stacked with AIS and state representative players, we put forward a team with one state player and the rest mainly unknowns to those outside of BGS. Our focus wasn’t particularly on the premiership. Instead the team was focused on the significance of BGS football and the power we have to create a sense of community. Sure, winning the game would give us a shiny cup and some good photos holding up three fingers. But we realised that winning the game could lift the spirits of thousands of people who were suffering. It could rid the people of Brighton of negativity and ultimately create happiness within others. With this in mind, our main

In a tight contest we were able to secure a win in the dying minutes of the game thanks to 300 boys behind the goal square chanting manically, as well as a support team consisting of dedicated water boys and a stats team – all thanks to the organisation of our team manager Arthur Xafis. After the game, the rain cleared, sun shone and a rainbow formed. Some may think of this as a coincidence, some may think otherwise.

purpose was not to get the silverware, but to turn a community the right way up and breathe life back into the people. And that is exactly what we did.

Our success over the year and in times of adversity truly define what the Tonners culture is all about. From the assistance team to the boys as young as Year 3 coming to our games, it is what separates us from any other school in the APS, and demonstrates what being a Tonner means.

And at the core of the culture is a man who has steered this ship and changed the meaning of BGS football forever. Although he does not like compliments and praise, Robert Shaw is a man who deserves every single bit of it. He hasn’t just taught us how to play footy; he’s taught us how to act as men. Through football, he has developed a sense of character within the boys and helped many change their attitude towards schooling. For me personally, Shawy has helped me attain strong character traits that I will continue to use into the future. He has also helped my family through a seven-year journey, both on and off the football field, and for this I will be forever in his debt. We also greatly appreciate the support of Tim Marshall and Ben White. And now my family’s seven-year journey in 1st footy comes to an end. But what lives on is the Tonners culture that has reached a pinnacle and changed many lives. To accomplish three premierships in three years is something that I will never forget and all of us have created memories that will stay with us forever. It was an honour to be a part of the story. Blake Hayes Captain of Football





1st team

U14 team

2016 saw only one Open team and within that team there were only two boys from Year 12, Stephen Allen and Edward Bartlett-Bragg. The boys in Year 11 rose to the challenge. From the start of the pre-season camp in Anglesea, the 1st team were committed and dedicated, putting in many hours of strength and conditioning in the gym and on the field under the guidance of their experienced coaches. Oliver Barden represented Victoria in the U18 tournament in Sydney and Sam Bradshaw-Maslen captained the Victorian U17 team that toured Tasmania.

The improvements shown this season have been fantastic. While we lost our unbeaten record, the U14 boys grew with the increased competition and showed what they could do late in the year. The games kept getting better and better, with the final three games coming right down to the final play. The boys put in some outstanding efforts to get over the line. It’s great to see some real leadership emerging in the team. The confidence of the more experienced players has been infectious and a new set of powerhouse players are emerging. Wei-Yee Hall and Archie Jackson toured to Tasmania with the U14 Victorian team.

U16 team The U16 team had an incredibly successful season, finishing second out of 12, with 10 wins and one loss. The team also participated in a pre-season rugby 7s tournament at Xavier College, where those unable to attend the preseason camp showcased their skills. Max Markham, Oscar Estella and Will Bullock toured Tasmania with the U16 Victorian team.

U15 team The team has had a number of hurdles to overcome and they are commended for their grit and dedication. They managed to accommodate the varying skills of all players and together, they enjoyed a season of highs and lows. The boys are now ready to move up an age group and commit from the start of 2017.

U13 team Some U13 boys experienced the game of rugby for the very first time. With experienced coaches to guide the boys, the U13s progressed from non-contested scrums through to contested matches at the end of the season. The team grew together and were able to support one another, with more experienced boys assisting the novices. Biddy Duckham Teacher in Charge of Rugby




Junior School The 2016 season was a successful one for Year 6. The A team narrowly missed an undefeated season, with their only loss coming against Kostka by a solitary goal. In all other matches they emerged victorious. Phenomenal goalkeeper Callum Heath was named Most Outstanding Player. Elijah Akinci was named Best Team Player due to his selflessness, teamwork, sportsmanship and passion. The B and C teams also had successful seasons, with more victories than defeats. Their terrific application at training translated into cohesive team play. Harry Llewellyn and Cas Payne were named Most Outstanding Player for the Bs and Cs respectively. Sam Vakirtzis and Will Field were awarded Best Team Player for their teams. Year 5 had a more challenging season, with many players being new to soccer. However, what the teams lacked in skill and experience, they made up for in spirit, determination and resilience. George Roubous and Hugo Ferguson were named Most Outstanding Player and Best Team Player for the As. Lachlan Molloy and James Hepples collected those awards for the Bs. Special mention to Marcus Sorensen who was selected at the APS Division Trials to compete at the regional trials.


Senior School The senior soccer program again provided our largest participation numbers for Winter Sport across the School; with six open teams and three teams at Years 7, 8, 9 and 10, large numbers of boys played the great game. Our 1st team started training in February and were well prepared for a strong push towards premiership honours. We had a number of experienced players and the new injection of Years 9 and 10 meant our enthusiasm was high. We started strongly with a win against MGS. We had good movement and passing and our forwards continually threatened. A subsequent loss to Wesley was disappointing, however, wins against Geelong Grammar and Caulfield, as well as some positive results in other matches meant that we went into the last round before the holidays, against Scotch with a chance to be top of the table. At 2-0 up, 10 minutes into the second half we had played all over our opponents, however, this was perhaps a catalyst for Scotch to open up the game. We conceded three goals in the next fifteen minutes, leaving our season precariously placed and no doubt rueing our missed chances. This became the flavour for the remainder of the season as the team failed to find it’s mojo and drifted to finish in 7th place. Highlights of the season, were no doubt captain Fin Olsen, Kyle Cansfield and Charlie Fry being selected to play in the APS representative team. Lucas Derrick continued to play for Melbourne Victory and Noah McGrath was also selected to trial in this team. Our open teams struggled in some matches for commitment and this is an area that must be rectified in coming seasons. Angelo Lin seemed to be everywhere each week and was rightfully awarded the 3rd XI Most Valuable Player. Will Moore scored goals, whenever and wherever he played and teams were continually confused by the Aquilla twins who just kept running and scoring goals too. In other season highlights our 10As were unlucky to lose their last game of the season to narrowly miss out on being undefeated – congratulations boys. In the Year 9 squad, Mack Gregson’s trusty left boot scored some cracking goals, whilst Josh Williams kept his 9Cs in many games for longer than they should have through his selfless ‘keeping. He was rightfully awarded the Most Valuable Player for this squad. Many thanks go to our coaches who have worked hard to improve the boy’s skills and tactical awareness. With the new system of old boy coaches and a Year Level Coordinator for each age group, it will continue to be a focus to work at making sure all boys develop their game. A huge thanks also to our parents’ groups, BGS United, in particular, President Jamie Downs and Jim Elliott for their work in developing the social side of our club – who will forget the bingo night, the launch of our BGS United Team App and more importantly the provision of all BGS soccer players with BGS United Kitbags and in funding coaching development in 2017. Luke Stewart Teacher in Charge of Soccer GRAMMARIAN 2016 241



In 2016, BGS Snowsports had its most successful ever season. Sixty boys from Prep to Year 11 took part in the Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller in August. Of these boys, an incredible 23 qualified for the Australian Interschools at Perisher. This more than doubles BGS’s previous record and is a testament to the dedicated parent group and the supportive team spirit exhibited by the boys. Every single boy was integral to the performance of the team. However, it is worth highlighting some of the outstanding achievements. Toby Jones, Christian Field and Archer and Hudson Hallinan (Prep to Year 2) won gold in the Alpine Giant Slalom (GS). Martin Kulesza, Daniel Abbott, Noah Jones and Will Middlemiss (Year 10) won silver in Alpine GS and SkierX with Martin placing third individually in Alpine GS. Daniel Abbott and Trent Mailing won gold in the Division 2 Slopestyle.


The Division 3 Snowboard team of Flynn Cooper, Harry Wright and Harry Thom placed third in Snowboard GS and BoarderX. Will Middlemiss had an outstanding season, winning both the Victorian and National title for Division 2 Cross Country skiing. These individual achievements and the outstanding performance of the team as a whole sets the stage for a bright future in BGS Snowsports. Jane Abbott




Junior School 2016 was an extremely successful season. Across the weekly APS season, many of our boys were not only victorious in the track and field events, but also continued to improve their personal bests. Jonah Campigli (Year 6) and Justin Krok (Year 5) were named Most Outstanding Athletes, while Ben Edmondson (Year 6) and Sam Heron (Year 5) were named Best Team Athletes. The boys also performed well through the representative season. The 10 Years relay team (Will Stretch, Cade Segar, Elden Zeng, Harrison Gibbins), Louis Binoit (10 years Long Jump) and Oliver Goodger (11 years 800m) narrowly missed selection at the Regional Championships. Several boys were selected however, and performed exceptionally well at the State Championships. Justin Krok and Alex Holman just missed out on the medals, placing 4th in 11 years Triple Jump and 12/13 Years 80m Hurdles respectively. Jonah Campigli claimed 3rd in the 12/13 years 800m and booked a spot for the National Championships in Sydney. The highlight of the program came in the final race of the program, when our 12/13 years relay team of Jonah Campigli, James Bourke, Zach Bowen, Max Absalom and Alex Holman (reserve) claimed the gold medal and were crowned State Champions. A terrific achievement by the boys who worked incredibly hard in preparation, and executed brilliantly in the final.


MIDDLE AND SENIOR School On Saturday 15 October 2016, the APS Athletics finals were held at Lakeside stadium. After finishing third last year, we were keen to finish top three again. Our boys fought hard all day, working hard for the 6th and 7th places, whilst also celebrating 1st places. We were absolutely thrilled to finish third again, ahead of Haileybury by only three points. Outstanding achievements included 10 first places for BGS. The stand out was Aaron Leferink (Year 9) who broke the APS record for the U16 100m running 10.91s. Aaron was also the first boy in U16 APS history to run under 22 seconds, with his 200m record set at 21.74s. Aaron also won the hurdles, long jump and then the 4x100m relay with his team mates Will Lam, Oscar Lewis and Harry Catt. Will, Oscar and Aaron then finished second in the 4x400 with team mate Michael Dean.

Jackson Sweet and Chris Valcanis (both Year 8) were also high achievers. Jackson won the U14 high jump and long jump, with Jackson 1cm off the record in the high jump. Jackson then competed up an age group in the U15 triple jump, finishing third. Chris had an excellent run in the 100m, finishing second and his 4x100 relay team with Joel Tyler, Darcy McConnon and Max Benier. The U15 boys – Darcy McConnon, Jakub Williams, Ben Fisher and Jack Saunders – also finished third in the 4x400m. Other terrific performances included Will Middlemiss finishing third in the U17 1500m, and Anthony Evans finishing third in the U17 200m. Andy McGrath, our captain, also had an amazing day, winning the hurdles and long jump, and finishing 3rd in the 100m, fifth in high jump, and sixth in the 200m. Andy’s 4x100 team crossed the line in 4th place, with fellow Year

12 team mates Fraser Gregson and Evan Evans. Quintin Montanaro ran a gutsy 800m and 1500m, finishing fifth in each event and recording PBs. Kayne Davies ran in the 3000m event after many years of competing in this event for the School, and then ran the 4x800 with fellow Year 12 athlete Rhys Martin. Meg Adem Teacher in Charge Athletics GRAMMARIAN 2016 245



Junior School The Year 6 Badminton team proved a dominate force through the 2016 season. Lead by Oscar Lo and Sidney Zeng, the team proved very difficult to beat. Despite some inexperienced players on the team, the boys regularly came away victorious. Such was their domination, our team was regularly handicapped to try and maintain an even contest. More impressive than the dominant play was the way boys carried themselves across the season. Well done boys. The Year 5 results were mixed over the season. Week to week seemed to present a different challenge. Despite inconsistent results, the team showed vast improvement across the term. When the team faced teams with more ability, they kept their heads up and tried until the final shuttlecock was hit. Matthew Barwood’s fine skills and teamwork earned him Most Outstanding Player, while Sam Coleman’s leadership, sportsmanship and spirit meant he collected Best Team Player.


Middle and Senior School Following the inaugural season of basketball in 2015, teams tripled to six in 2016, with all year levels represented. Several winning records were registered, but it was the way the game was played that was truly inspiring. The Year 7s enjoyed a fantastic season under the guidance of Old Boy coach Tyba, winning six games out of nine. The Year 8 team, coached by Matt Burke, developed skills and confidence at training but were unable to secure many wins throughout the season, despite their passion on the court. The Year 9s, coached by Mac Cameron, finished with five wins and four losses, while the Year 10s, with Old Boy Dave Mitchell, finished 4-6. The 2nd Basketball squad, coached by Paul Stewart, completed a wonderful season. They achieved a number of resounding victories but the most remarkable aspect of their performance was the diligent and disciplined approach each player took to their responsibilities. It was the 2nds’ respect and support for one another that made them such a formidable force out on the court. The 1st Basketball team, coached by Cam Taylor and captained by Nick Knight, had an excellent first season in the competition. After a productive pre-season, the boys were undefeated after the first three rounds of games, and ended up winning five out of eight games. It was fantastic to see such a massive improvement in skill levels, teamwork and passion for the game as the season progressed. The foundations established this year have set the team up to play in the first division in 2017. Our coaches’ hard work and experience were so valuable, but it was the boys’ passion for the game that ultimately won out. GRAMMARIAN 2016 247



Year 5

Year 6

This was the boys’ first experience of handball and the vast variations in ability, personality and confidence made it challenging to get the two teams to play and train cohesively. Despite this, both the Reds and the Blues experienced victories against Grimwade, Haileybury and Carey.

The Year 6 teams displayed great sportsmanship, both in victory and in defeat. The boys developed their skills and implemented advanced strategies. Training sessions included simulated game situations to reinforce patterns of play.

The Red team was well served by Matty Goss (Best Team Player) in goals. In general play, Cooper Beasley, Landon Sherwood and Terence Wang (Most Outstanding Player) were supported well by Xavier Martin and Ethan Balaskas.

Max Berry, Dylan Roberts, Shaun Gunaratna, Isaac Lee, James Hare and Sidney Zeng displayed great discipline in defence, while Charlie Heaton, Stanley Chen, Ben Curtis, James Cheng, Harry Llewellyn, Ben Akinci and Elijah Akinci were elusive through the midfield and in attack.

George Roubos (Most Outstanding Player) was very athletic in goals for the Blues and their mid field was led by Oliver Dipietrantonio, Matteo Di Pietrantonio, Noah Mies (Best Team Player) and Dylan O’Brien-Petersen.

Throughout the season, many boys were given an opportunity to captain the teams. Each boy carried out his duties with distinction, demonstrating excellent leadership and organisational skills.

We hope that many of these boys will continue with handball in Year 6.

Marcus Sorensen, Sidney Zeng, Stanley Chen and Oscar Lo were awarded medallions for their consistently high standard of play and team skills. Congratulations to all boys for the improvements they made to their individual skill development and team play.

Christian Carnovale and Rick Pemberton Coaches

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DIVING The 2016 season saw growth and development in all our divers, no matter what skill level they began the year at. The BGS diving team draws from across the whole School, and has developed a respectful dynamic where Junior School divers are supported and mentored by Senior School divers. Some of our most talented divers have come from the Junior and Middle Schools this season. Luka Simic and Ethan Gendala (both Year 6) and Luca Jarvis (Year 8) have set a high standard at both school and national levels. Luka and Ethan performed exceptionally in the under 14A and 15A dive categories at the All Schools finals at MSAC, with Luka coming home with a silver medal. Matt Warrell (Year 7) and Harry Fisher (Year 8), both new divers with little previous diving experience, performed incredibly well, diving in the under 14 and 15B category, experimenting with new dives that were initially quite intimidating. Nik Rathmayr (Year 10) and Martin Kulesza (Year 9) returned with little training and continued to dive with athleticism and grace, while Max Simic (Year 8) focused on attempting the difficult ‘double somersault’, entering the water cleanly and achieving a well-deserved personal best. Thanks to our wonderful coach Theo Petrakis, we are look forward to a fantastic 2017 season in the pool. Max Simic Year 8 Hayley Bunting Senior English teacher and Diving Coordinator GRAMMARIAN 2016 249


WATER POLO Junior School In Year 6, we fielded two teams of equal strength and skill. Throughout the season, the boys all strove to improve their skills. Spring took its time, which meant that training sessions in the heated pool were often held in the cold rain. The boys applied the skills learnt at training in their games, which resulted in an undefeated season for both teams. All the boys showed a desire to improve their knowledge and skills, and worked tirelessly to improve their performance. A squad of 11 Year 5 boys attended training and matches, with very few having had any previous water polo experience. Despite this, the boys trained hard to improve all aspects of their game, particularly their skill development, fitness, game strategy and team play. Ethan Petris won the Most Outstanding Player Award, with Lachlan Paino the recipient of the Best Team Player Award. 250 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Years 7 to 12 The 2016 water polo season was one of development; BGS entered two teams at Years 7 and 8, as well as teams in Year 9, 10 and 1sts competition. In Middle School, many Year 7 boys played their first games of water polo. Despite a lack of experience, the boys learnt much under experienced player and coach Tom Oxlade, along with Matt Nettlefold, and the focus on foundation skills will stand them in good stead for coming seasons. The standout performances were from our Year 8 A team; the team went through the season undefeated, with Max Post and Ben Paynter dominating. Additionally, our 8B team only lost one game for the season. There are great expectations for this year level in the future. At Year 9 and 10, the boys thrived under the coaching of former BGS 1st player Stu Keen. Year 9’s Harry Mathews, Brock Jackson and Harry Preston all stood out and were given awards at the end of the season. Our Year 10s showed great development in the latter half of the season, but were often

undermanned due to a number of more experienced boys playing in the 1sts. Finn Estella demonstrated that he will be a strong player in future years, winning the Most Valuable Player Award, whilst Hamish McDowell was a regular goal scorer. Following the appointment of National Representative Carl Zveken as coach, the 1st squad was keen to build on the growth achieved in season 2015. Unfortunately, we were unable to convert opportunities and finished the season in 7th position. Our season was littered with near misses, both metaphorically and literally, we lost to Scotch and Wesley by one goal and pushed eventual premiers Xavier for three quarters before their experience and superior fitness broke us. Congratulations to Will Paynter for being selected in the National U/18 team that played in the Pan Pacific Games. Along with Jackson Noske, Will was also selected in the APS combined team. This was a terrific way for Year 12 and Co-Captain Jackson to finish his years of service to the water polo team and a great reflection of Will’s outstanding performance.




Year 5 It was exciting to observe the development of the skills throughout 2016. All boys became more competent servers as the season progressed. Matthew Fuller was prepared to take risks to make some spectacular returns. Alessandro Brook Savill and Fedya Kononchuk were just two of the many great ambassadors for the School. By the end of the season, the boys had moved on from catching the ball to being able to play entire matches with no catching. Overall, owing to the boys’ enthusiasm and dedication, it was a very successful season in terms of wins, enjoyment and improved abilities. Dean Bryan, Carole Webster and Brendan Rahn Coaches

Year 6 The 6A team were undefeated in 2016. They were focused during training and matches, improved week on week and displayed excellent teamwork and sportsmanship. Matthew Hill and Alex Toganarini contributed great skill, while George McDowell and Brendan Zhang played consistently and were excellent role models. It was a pleasure to coach the boys. The Year 6 Red and Blue teams played at their best skill level, attempting to receive serves with a dig rather than catch the ball. Some opponents’ hard serves made the pace of the game and return of service challenging, however, all boys had fun and it was good to see their skills and the quality of our games and rallies improve. Shelly Turek, Monica Le Couteur and Chester Lord Coaches 252 GRAMMARIAN 2016

Table Tennis

Year 5 We were fortunate to begin the term with a few experienced players who were willing to share their skills and knowledge with their team mates. We were successful in our first inter-school match, which gave the boys confidence and increased their enjoyment and their competitive spirit. Teamwork was evident throughout the season, with everyone willing to assist with setting out and packing up equipment. The partnership of Alessandro Brook Savill and Lachlan Molloy won every match they played, and they contributed to the whole team completing the season undefeated. Shelly Turek and Carole Webster Coaches

Year 6 This season, Year 6 had a large team of 19 players, including several experienced players who assisted those new to the sport. The boys worked well as a team and their excellent sportsmanship was evident in both our home and away matches, as well as the games played within the team. Congratulations to Marcus Sorenson and Tom Bailey who received awards for their efforts during the season.



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The Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society Midori Cranston, Michael Kourkoulis, James McCowan, Oli Ward and Richard Ryan.

The Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society (OBGS) was founded in 1908 by Dr George Henry Crowther with the aim of keeping Old Boys in touch with their old school through social functions and sporting clubs. The OBGS has expanded somewhat since its inception, but cultivating and maintaining alumni connections to the School is still its core function. You can find out more about OBGS at the Community section of the BGS website. A major activity of the OBGS is to run a reunion program throughout the year. The following reunions events having occurred during 2016.

There were a mix of Old Boys, parents, staff and partners (not pictured) at the reunion In New York held on a balcony with sweeping views of the city skyline.

Andrew Biggin Alumni Relations Manager and Executive Officer Old Brighton Grammarians’ Society

The Class of 2015 reunion.


The class of 1966 at the 50 Years On reunion this year.

Reunions coming up in 2017 Reunion Top Enders’ ‘Zachariah’ Cricket 60 Years On ‘Pendennis Chapter' Class of 2015 Welcome Shanghai Reunion 30 Year – Class of 1986 Hong Kong Reunion Meliora Club Top Enders’ 10 Years, Class of 2006 5 Years, Class of 2011 Top Enders’ 15 Years, Class of 2001 20 Years, Class of 1996 25 Years, Class of 1991 Top Enders’ 40 Years, Class of 1976 50 Years On Reunion Top Enders’ Christmas

Function Lunch Morning tea and lunch Drinks Cocktails Dinner Cocktails Dinner Lunch Cocktails Drinks Lunch Dinner Dinner Dinner Lunch Dinner Lunch Lunch

Venue Pritchard Room Senior School Library New Bay Hotel Centenary Hall Office of Minter Ellison Centenary Hall Sandringham Club Middle School, Nexus New Bay Hotel Sandringham Club Centenary Hall Centenary Hall Centenary Hall Sandringham Club Centenary Hall Centenary Hall Sandringham Club

Date 5 February 12 February 19 February 28 February 4 March 6 March 15 March 29 April 20 May 27 May 24 June 3 June 29 July 19 August 26 August 14 October 21 October 16 December GRAMMARIAN 2016 257


Share community Campus Share Community Campus is an initiative of Firbank and BGS where the Schools’ facilities are shared with external users, primarily children’s program providers. These providers run their specialised programs at the Schools’ facilities, after school, during holidays or on weekends. As mostly external users attend these programs, it’s a great way of sharing the Schools’ facilities with the wider community. Share was established in 2001 because research indicated that the local community considered schools to be elitist and, in essence, ‘gated’ communities. By opening up the doors it was hoped that the broader community would see the true nature of the schools, staff and families. Share has been a huge success, with over 78,000 people coming through the Schools’ doors to attend programs over the last 11 years, 90% of those from ‘outside’ the schools. Share has also received financial contributions of over $1.5 million, and new student enrolments arise from attendance at these programs. The range of programs offered by Share are broad, varied and constantly changing. Highlights from 2015 include: • establishing Invent the World’s teenager coding club on Friday afternoons and The Toymaker program for tweens, combining woodwork design with crafts • offering a free parent seminar on resilience, with resultant gold coin donations of over $200 going to Berry Street • assisting with school projects (for example, The Men’s Shed group building garden beds or assisting with class projects). Sonia Wagner Community Education Manager 258 GRAMMARIAN 2016


NUMBEr of current families who supported the school philanthropically in 2016


NUMBER of SequamUr Society members



NUMBER of Chairmans Circle members

Total raised in 2016

A sincere thank you to all those in our community who have supported BGS philanthropically this year. 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 been raised for this much-needed facility. Without this


support, the pavilion would not have come to fruition in the time frame 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 – a boy who otherwise would not be able to attend our great school. 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 jphillips@brightongrammar.vic. edu.au. John Phillips Director of Advancement



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Staff and Council

GOVERNORS OF THE BRIGHTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL ASSOCIATION D.G.T. Cameron G.A. Thomson, F.R.E.I., F.A.P.I. SCHOOL COUNCIL Chairman of Council I.D. Paroissien,B.Comm. (until 26/4/16)

ACADEMIC STAFF Headmaster R. P. Featherston, B.A.,Dip.Ed., M.Ed.

Head of Armstrong House/ Head of Chemistry K. Rose, B.Ed. M.Bioethics, Grad.Dip


Head of Crowther House M.A. Sainsbery, B.A. (Hons.), Dip.Ed.,


Head of the Senior School Dr R.F. Swann, BA, Dip Ed, MEd (Melb)

M.A. (Mon.)

Deputy Head of Senior School D.J. Liddle, B.A., Dip.Ed., B.Ed., Grad.

(Human Movement), (VU)

P.D.J. Ickeringill, LL.B. (Hons.),

Cert.M.M.E (Melb.) M.A.C.E

Deputy Chairman M. McGrath, MBA (Queens University

Director of Teaching and Learning D.S. Belluz, B.Sci. Physics, P.Grad.Dip.

B.Comm. (Hons.), F.C.A., F.C.P.A., A.S.I.A.

Canada), B.A. (Brock University Canada)

(Secondary) (UWS)

Honorary Treasurer J.A. Tongs, MBA, B.Bus, FCA, FCPA,

Director of Program & Activities D. Cannizzaro, B. Sci, B.Ed.


Members of Council A J Chong, M.B.B.S., Dip R.A.C.O.G., F.R.A.C.G.P. (until 26/4/16)

P. Court, B.A. (LaTrobe) N. Edwards, B.Eco (Hons), FIPAA, FAICD J. Hey, B.Comm, Grad. Cert. (Mgmt),


N. Horton, A.M., B.A. Dip. Ed., F.A.C.E.,


Rev’d Canon J Joustra, B.A., Cert. Woven Textiles, M.Arts (Fine Arts) S. Paynter, Lic. Estate Agent M. Reid, B.Eco (Mon) P. Scott, B.Comm., ACA, ACIS Council Secretary M. Arceri, B. Bus. (Accounting), MBA,


Director of Operations/Head of Sea Change P. Shepard, M.Ed, B.Teach (Primary/ Secondary), B.Bus (Sports Management)

Head of Hancock House/ Coordinator of Student Growth & Wellbeing A.T. Sylvan, B.A., B.Teach. (Hons.)

H. Nguyen, M.Psych, B.Psych (Hons), B.Applied Science Psych, Registered Psychologist


Head of Rofe House G.M. Harris, B.Sc., Dip.Ed. (Mon.) Head of School House A. Keane, P.Grad.Cert.Ed. (Secondary Mathematics), B.Eng.

Head of VCE Programs/Head of Psychology A Atchison, B. App Sc. (Human Mvt)-

Director of Music J. Ransome, M. Mus St. (Melb.), B.Ed.

Bus. (HRD (Deakin), Grad.Dip.Ed. (Sec.) (Mon.) Dip.Bus. (PA), (Barton),


Daily Organiser S.J. Kessler, B.Bus. (Vic.C), Grad.Dip.

Director of Sport L Stewart, B.App.Sc.(Human Mvt),

Professional Career Development Practitioner Dr. S. Keele, B.A.(Melb), Postgrad Dip

Director of Rowing R. Bartlett, B.AppSc., B.Ed., Director

Head of Learning Strategies R Duggan B.A., B. Ed (Primary), Grad.

Postgrad B.Teach (Primary &Secondary)

of Rowing

App.Sc. (Maths), Dip.Ed.

(Mon.), M.A.P.S., Registered Psychologist

A.L. Greaves, B Appl Sc. (Psych),

Psychology/Sport, Dip.Ed. (Secondary) PE/ Psychology

Bed (Counselling), MA (Clinical Psych)

Student Counsellors O.A. Tims, BB Sc., Grad, Dip. Ed. Psych.

Head of Dixon House B.M. White, Dip.Ed. (Melb.), B.App.Sci.

Director of Student Growth and Wellbeing K. Rogers, Dip Ed (Primary), BA (Psych),

Senior Chaplain The Revd. A Poole, B.Theo., Assoc.Dip. 382 GRAMMARIAN 2016


International Student Liaison Coordinator M.M. Lynch, OAM, T.I.T.C., Dip. TESOL

Psych. (Melb)., D Psych (Melb). MAPS, Registered Psychologist

Dip. Special Ed., Dip. Fashion Design Prod.

Grad. Dip. Appl Sc. (Psych) Registered Psychologist

K. Downs, Grad. Dip.Psych., B.Sci., Registered Psychologist D. Wolff, B.A., Psych.Soc.Sci. (Hons),

M.Psych., M.Human Nutrition, Registered Psychologist

Head of Humanities Faculty L. M. Carroll, Dip Ed (Sec), Monash, B.Comm (Accounting), ICA

Head of Accounting /Financial Literacy/Legal Studies & Coordinator Sea Change Operations B.J. McLellan, B.Ed. (M.C.A.E.), M.I.A.A. Grad. Dip. Bus. I.T. Ed.

Head of Economics/ Commerce and Business Management S. Bryant, Assoc.DegL, B.Bus., Grad.


Head of Geography D. M. Lancashire, B.A. Dip.Ed., Grad.


Head of History S.T. Miles, B.A. (A.N.U.), Dip.Ed. (Canb.), Dip.Ed.Psych. (Mon.)

Head of Politics and International Studies I. Giles, B.A., B.Ed.

K. Ray, Dip.Music D Rich, B.Mus., M.Mus. H. Ridgway, B.Mus., Grad.Dip.Music &

Head of Biology K.R. May, B. Sci., Grad Dip Educ. (Sec)

R. Shirley, B.Mus.(Jazz Perf.) L. Schulze, B.A.(Mus.) (Hons.), Dip.Ed.,


Head of Creative and Performing Arts Faculty M.W. Green, Dip.T.T. (S.C.V. Hawth.)


Head of Visual Communication & Design M.L. Wardell, B.Ed.(Visual Arts), (Melb.)


Head of Art S. J. Emmett, B.Visual Arts, Dip. Ed.

(Secondary) (Mon.)

Head of Drama – Curriculum/ Head of School Productions M. S. Collins, B.Teach (Primary/Sec),

B.A, Dip Dramatic Art

Music Staff J. Ransome, M. Mus St. (Melb.), B.Ed.

(Sec.), Director

K Abell, BA (Mus Ind), Grad Cert Vis & Perf Arts, Grad Dip Ed (Sec), M.A.C.E. J. Furtado, B.Ed.(Perth), Cert.ll Mus.

Th., Head of Choral

M. Nguyen, M.Music (Music Perf), B.Mus. (Hons) (Melb), B.Mus.(Melb)

J. Schweitzer, B.Mus.(Perf.) A.C. Sofo, B.Mus.(Hons.) (VCA), Grad.

Dip. Mus., Dip. Teach. (Primary)

C. Steventon, B.Mus. (Hons.), (VCA),

M.Mus. (Melb.)

N. Tsiavos, Double Bass/Bass Guitar J. Todorov, B.Mus. N. Xu, M.Mus.Perf., Grad.Dip.Music,

B.Comm/B.A. (Melb)

B. Zavros, B.Mus.(Hons), M.Mus Head of English Faculty/Head of VCE English and Literature K. Molloy M.Ed. (Melb), Grad.Dip.Ed, B.Laws, B.A.

Head of English (Years 9-10) H. Bunting, B.A., Dip. Ed. (Secondary) Head of Library P.E. Roberts, B.A., B.Lit. (Hons.), Grad. Dip.Ed. (Melb.), MLIS

Teacher Librarian P. Donnelly, M.Ed., PGCE

N. A. Adams, B.Mus., Grad.Dip.Ed.

(Term 1)

J. G. Beere, B.Mus (Hons) V. Castronovo, B.Mus (Violin), M.Chamber Mus. (Term 1)

J. Devries, (Vocal) (Semester 1) R. Ekselman, M.Mus., B.Mus (Hons)

Head of Mathematics Faculty A. Barr, B.E. (Hons.), B.Sc., Grad. Dip. A., Grad .Dip. Ed. (Melb.)

Head of Year 10-VCE Mathematics M. McLellan, B. Sci. (Mathematics),

Dip.Ed. (Melb.)

I. Manins, B.Mus. (Hons), B.Mus., M.Mus. Perf.

T. Oskolkov, Dip.Ed., B.Mus. (Perf.)


E. Rae, B.Mus./BVA, B.Mus. (Hons)

Head of Latin J. H. Croft, B.A., Dip. Ed. (Melb) Head of English as a Second Language J. Ellis, B.A., Dip.Ed. (Mon.)

M.Psych (Bus)

(S.C.V. Rusden)

(Hons), Grad.Dip.Ed.

A.L.S. Beguin, Grad. Dip. (Secondary)


E. Brophy, Dip Rec (OR), BA(OE), Grad

Dip Ed(P-12)

G. K.Csaszar, B.Sc. (Melb), Grad.Dip.A. (Melb), Grad.Dip.Teach

Head of Mathematics (Years 7-9) K.V White, M.Teach (Melb), Dip.Ed

Dr M. W. Evans, BSc (Hon), PhD

Head of Outdoor Education C. Barry, B.Arts (Outdoor Ed), Grad Dip

A.D.B. Kerr, B.Mus., Dip.Ed. (Melb.) B. Lovell Greene, B.Mus.Perf., B.Mus.,

Head of Japanese H. Hunt, B. S .Soc. (S.C.U), Dip.Ed. (Melb)

B. Duckham, H.D.E. Secondary

J.E. Geddes, M.Mus.St. (Melb.), B.Mus


Adelaide), B. Sci.

B.Ed. (Secondary) (Deakin), B. Sci./Eng. (Mon.)

(Secondary) (Melb), B.Bus&Psych.

H. Hardy, B.Mus. (Hons), Grad.Dip.Arts A. Hurst, B.Mus. (Hons) N. Juriansz, B.Mus. (Violin), Dip.Lang

Head of Chinese H.N. Ting, B.A. (Hons.) (Chinese), (U.

J. Barrett, B.Sci. (Hons), M.Sci., B.Eng.

(Juilliard) (VCA)

Languages) (Thames Valley University), PGCE Modern Languages, Cert.Ed. (Goldsmiths University London)

A. Austin, B.Sci., M.Ed. (Mon.), Dip.Ed.

Dip IKM.

Dip. Drama in Ed. (Melb.)

Head of Languages Faculty/ Head of French K. Costé, BA (Hons. Applied Modern

K. Thomas, B.A.(Hons), Dip.Ed., Grad.

A. Watson, B.Ed. (Sec), Music Visiting Music Staff T. Ashley, Dip.Arts/Music (VCA), Grad.

Hawth.), Grad.Dip. Entrep. Stud. (S.I.T.), Grad.Dip. Sports Sc. (Deakin)

Academic Staff M. Adem, B.Sci. (Hons), B.Teach (Hons),

Lib/Info Servs.


Head of Physics G.P. McPhee, B.Eng., Dip .Ed. (S.C.V.

Librarians L. Murphy, B.A.(Lib/Cor.Info.Mgt), Dip.

F. Walker, B.A./B.Mus. (HonsPerf), M.Teach

Head of Chemistry K. Rose, B.Ed. M. Bioethics, Grad. Dip


Head of Health/PE & Philosophy, Ethics & Beliefs P. E. Whitehead, B.A. (Hons.), PGCE (Cardiff)

Head of e-Learning C. Taylor, B.App.Sc. (I.T.), Dip.Ed. (Sec) Head of Science Faculty P.L. Sanders, M.Teach (Secondary) (Melb.), B. Science (Melb.)

(Edgewood College)

(Monash), Dip Ed (La Trobe)

J. Flaherty, B.A. Dip. Ed. J. Gerstman, D.Ed. (VU) E. Gu, B.Com., M.Teach. A. Hayes, M.Ed., Grad. Dip .Ed., B.A.,

Grad. Cert TESOL, Grad. Dip .Jap. B. Sp. Ed.

J. Hilditch, Dip. Outdoor Rec. L. Jennison, Dip. Outdoor Rec P.J. McLeod, B.Bus., B.Teach. (Primary & Secondary)

K.L. Malouf, B.A., Dip.Ed. (Melb) T. Morehouse, B Human Sci., M. Teach. (Secondary)

D.P. Nixon, B.A. (Hons.), Dip.Ed. C. Pohl, B.Sci., Grad. Dip. Ed. K.D. Robertson, B.Sc., Dip. Ed., Grad

Dip. Ed. Pol. Admin. (Mon) M.A.C.E.A.Timetabler

R.B. Shaw, B. App. Sci. (Physical

Education), MBA (Sports Management)

P. Stewart, B.Ed. (Sec.) W. Yan, B.Advert., M.Bus., M.Acctg., Grad.


CROWTHER CENTRE FOR INNOVATION AND LEARNING Director Dr. R. Swann, BA, Dip Ed, MEd (Melb) Head of Data Services T. Athipar, B.Eng.(Electrical &

Electronic) (Hons)

Co-Ordinator of Academic Records & Reporting/VASS Administrator C. Smith, B.Sci (Hons) Net Developer L. Nguyen, M.IT, B.IT Associate Researcher Dr. S. Keele, B.A.(Melb), Postgrad Dip Psych.(Melb)., D Psych (Melb). MAPS, Registered Psychologist

Projects/Operations C. Taylor, B.App.Sc. (I.T.), Dip.Ed. (Sec) MIDDLE SCHOOL Head of Middle School J. C. Martin, Grad.Dip.Ed. (Sec) –

Music, M.Music Perf., B.Music Perf.

Deputy Head of Middle School T. Hopgood, B.Ed., M.Ed. Transition Coordinator T. P. Marshall, B.Ed, B.A (Hist), MSportMgt, M.A.C.E

Heads of Year 8 P.B. Furey, M. Psych., B.Ed. (Melb.),

B. App. Sc (R.M.I.T.), Grad. Dip. Adol. & Ch .Psych. (Melb.), M.A.P.S.

R. Dempsey, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. (Melb) Heads of Year 7 T. P. Marshall, B.Ed, B.A (Hist), MSportMgt, M.A.C.E

S.A. Davies, B.Ed Teacher Librarian L. Tabone, B.A., Dip.Ed. (Secondary), Grad. Cert. (TESOL), M Ed. (TL)

Head of English K. Dunsby, B. Soc. Sci.(Psych), Dip.Ed.


Head of Sport and Activities T. P. Marshall, B.Ed, B.A (Hist), MSportMgt, M.A.C.E

Head of Mathematics K. V. White, M.Teach (Melb), Dip.

Ed(Secondary) (Melb), B.Bus&Psych.


Head of Humanities C. G. Machar, B.Teach (Primary/Sec),


Director of Teaching & Learning (Junior School) J.C. Davies, B.Ed. (Primary)

Head of Creative Art, Design & Technology S. Lewis, B. Visual Arts, B. Teach.

Director of Early Learning Centre A.J. Barrow, M.Ed. (Melb.), B. Ecs., Post

Head of Science/ Head of e-Learning A. J. Braddy, Grad.Dip.Ed., Grad.Dip. Enviro, B.Comm/Eng (Melb)

Head of LOTE L. Chen, Post Grad. Dip.Ed. (Secondary) Academic Staff R. Barnett, B.A., Grad.Dip.Ed. T. Bracken, M. Teach. (Secondary) (Hons) (Melb.), B. Sci.

L. Chen, Post Grad .Dip.Ed. (Secondary) S.A. Davies, B.Ed A. Gillioz, B.Sci., M.Sci. V. Hinneberg, B.A., Grad.Dip.Ed. R. Hanley, B.A. (Hist., Ancient Hist.), Grad.Dip.Ed.

C. Jansen, B.Teach., B.Sci. C. Kininmonth, B.Fine Arts, Dip.Teach,


M.J. McCarthy, Dip. Teach. (S.C.V.


C.J. McIntosh, B.Ed., Grad. Dip. Ed.,


A. Mewett, B.A.(Ed) S. Nagayama, B.A. (Eng. Lit.), Dip.

Teach. (Second Lang.), Grad .Dip. Ed. (Lang. Teach.)

R.L. Nink, B.Sc., Dip.Ed. C.L. Rossiter, M.Ed. (TESOL) P. Tutera, B.Sc. (La Trobe), Grad. Dip. Ed. (Hawth. Inst.)

F. Walker, B.A./B.Mus. (HonsPerf), M.Teach

J. Watson, BA, Dip. Teach. (Secondary) (University of Auckland)

Grad. Dip. Special Ed.

Assistant Director of ELC K.F. Pitt, Dip.Ed., B.Ed. Early Childhood

MCP, ICCNA (until 11/3/16)

S. Maher, Adv Dip. Information Systems, Interwoven Certified Engineer

Risk and Compliance Manager K. L. Price, B.Eng. (Hons.), B.A., M.B.M.

Psych., Grad. Dip. Psych, BA App Sci (Psych)


Manager Finance and Administration D. Blythman, B. Bus

Middle Primary Coordinator M. Stephens, B.Bus., Grad.Dip.Ed.

J.A. Kenny, B.E.C.S. (Melb) H. Leahy, B.Ed S.R. Lewis, Dip. T., Grad. Dip. Sports Sci. S. Lonsdale, Dip. Children. Services

STAFF D. Ariantono, JS Maintenance Officer P. Arul, M.Sci (Network Systems), B.Tech

Upper Primary Coordinator B.E. Rahn, B.Ed., Dip. Teach. Prep – Year 8 Literacy Coach R.E. Plozza, B.Ed. (Primary) e-Learning Coordinator P.F. Anthony, B.Ed.(Mon.), Dip. T. (Ch. I.T. Frankston),

Learning Support Coordinator D.A.W. Eggleston, B.Ed. (Primary)


Head of Choral (ELC – VCE)/ Wilson House Music Coordinator J. Furtado, B.Ed.(Perth), Cert.ll Mus. Th. Sports Coordinator (Junior School) B. Ryan, B.Ed. (Primary) Design of Curriculum S.J. Coverdale, B. Ed. Dip. Teach.

Primary (Deakin)

Assessment for Learning Coordinator S.J. Kuring, B. Teach (Primary), B AppSc

(Hum.Mvt.) (Melb.)

Academic Staff E. Beaton, B. Ed. (Primary) University of Sydney

Ed. (Secondary) (Mon.)

(Early Learning Edu & Care)

J.N. Lowe, M.Sp.Ed. A. Main, B.Ed. M. Manaras, Dip. Children. Services A. March, Cert.Edu. Support S.K. Marian, B.Ed. (Prep-Year12) J.T. Medlyn, Dip. T. (Ballarat), B.Ed. (Mon)

J. Petley Y. Sainsbery, B.A. (N.V.Z.C.), Dip.Ed. (Mon.)

A.C. Sofo, B.Mus.(Hons.) (VCA), Grad. Dip. Mus., Dip. Teach. (Primary) M. Stephens, B.Bus., Grad.Dip.Ed. S.P. Straford, B.Ed., Grad. Dip. Children.. Servs., Cert IV TESOL


A.C. Biggin, Alumni Relations Manager

and Executive Officer OBGS

L. Bowden, PA to Head of Senior


A.M. Brozyna, PA to Director of Human Resources and Director of Student Growth & Wellbeing

L. Bullock, PA to Deputy Headmaster/ Head of Junior School/Director of Admissions J. M. Carolan, PhD, B.A. (Melb.), M.Arts (Melb.), Grad Dip. Lib & Info, Resources Archivist R. Cavalôt, B.A.(Hons), Communications Manager

R. Thornton, Cert.Edu. Support S. Turek, B.A., B.Ed. (Queens University

R. Czekajlo, MS Maintenance Officer R. Darling, Admissions Coordinator M. Darkin, PA to Director of

Tenn. State), T.P.A.A.


D.A. Turner, Dip. T., Grad. Dip. O .Ed.

(Mon.), Grad .Dip. Ed. Admin. (Melb.)

C.C. van Dijk, H. Dip. Ed., (SA) J.C.E. C.J. Webster, B.A., Dip. Ed., M.A. (Mon) N.J. Wildschut ADMINISTRATION STAFF Director of Business and Support Services M. Arceri, B. Bus. (Accounting), MBA,


Junior School Chaplain The Rev’d C.S. Lord, B.A., Dip. Theo.

L. Chen, Post Grad .Dip.Ed. (Secondary) D. C. Cook, B.Ed. S.J. Coverdale, B. Ed. Dip. Teach.

(Workplace & Indus. Rel.) (Mon.)

Primary (Deakin)

J. A. Bain, School Marshal N. Baker, Accounts and Special Projects

S. Clapp, RN, Student Medical Officer T. Clayton, PA to Director of Program &

C. Box, B.Bus., ACA, Grad.Dip.Ed. C. Clarke, B.Ed. (Hons.), Early Childhood Ed., MA (Education)

(IT), IT Helpdesk Technician

P. Strain, M. Teach (ACU) S.J. Thompson, B.Sc.(Phys.Ed.), (Mid.

Deputy Head (Junior School) D.W. Bryan, B.Ed. Dip.Teach. (V.C.)


Director of ICT D. Humphreys, GCE O Level, C + G (UK),

T. Horvat, Cert. Edu.Integration Aide F. A. Jones, Dip. Teach (Early Childhood)

Lower Primary Coordinator J. Taylor, Grad Dip Ed (Primary), M. Edu.

Delivery of Curriculum C.A. Marks, B.Ed. (V.C.)


Tech., M.Ed. (Mon.)




Ed), Dip. Prim.Teach (ACU)

M. Gibbs, B. Ed. (Early Childhood

Director of Advancement J. M. Phillips, Dip. Teach., Grad. Dip. Ed.

P.V. Gurry, B. Ed (ACU) L. Hall, Grad. Dip. Ed (Primary), B.A., Dip.

N. Weymouth, B. Fine Arts (Hons.),

Deputy Headmaster/Head of Wilson House (Junior School)/ Director of Admissions P. Tellefson, M.Ed., Grad. Dip. (Religious



Student Growth and Wellbeing Coordinator M. V. Le Couteur, Dip.Teach., B.Ed.


M.A. Coyne R. Dyer S. Ellich, Cert. III Childrens’ Services A. J. Foulds, B.Ed., Dip.Ed W.A. Gibney, Dip.Teach. Grad. O. Ed.

Director of Human Resources S. Roberts, M Wplce& IndRels, M.H.R.M. Director of Marketing & Communications N.J. van Wetering, B.Ed. (Vic .College)

Activities & Director of Operations

Advancement & Director of Marketing & Communications

R. Donnan, Adv. Dip Design, Sen. Graphic Designer J. Ellwood, Middle School Receptionist C. Fisher, B.Sc. (Adv.) (Hons),

Researcher/Admin Assistant

M. A. Fisher, Executive Assistant to


T. Fisher, Maintenance Officer S. Forsyth, HR Consultant G. Hayes, Senior School Receptionist S. Henderson, Dip.Occ.H&S, RN, Div.2,

Student Health Officer

H. Hill, Sport graduate C. Johnson, Dip. Bus.(Mgt) (Swin.), AV

& IT Technician

F.M.P. Kerr, Payroll Officer

A. Le, Digital Marketing/Social Media Coordinator

B. Le Couteur, IT/AV Assistant A. Lee, PhD (Chem. Eng.), Laboratory Technician

D. M. Lord, Admissions Assistant – International Students L. McGeachin, PA to Head of Middle


D. W. McKelvie, Maintenance Manager M. Martin, HR Consultant N. McNicol, Boatman A.S. Mitchell, High Performance Rowing Coach

J.P. Nurton, M.Sc., Laboratory Manager J. Parsons, Receptionist R.L. Pemberton, B.Ed., Dip. Teach.,Grad.Dip.Ed., Archives Assistant

R.D. Quelch, SS Maintenance Officer M.A. Rodrigues Bravo, Dip. IT

(Network Eng.), MCP, ITIL, IT Technician

S. Sher, Senior School Receptionist T.L. Smith, OSTJ, Dip. OH & S, First Aid


A.N. Thorn, Halls Manager P.D. Toms, BA, B.Ed., Cert. Ed. (ATTI),

Bequests Officer

C. H. Tze, B. Bio. Med. Sci. (Hons.), Laboratory Technician

S. Van Langenberg, PA to Director

of Teaching & Learning/VCE Administration Coordinator

J. Wang, Accounts Officer Li Li, Accounts Officer S. Wagner, Dip. Child Serv, M Acctg, PY

ICA, B. Bus, Community Education Manager

A. Watson, B.Ed. (Sec), Music Administrator

G. Williams, Receptionist A. Zhou, Dip. IT, B.IT (ANU), MCITP, CCNA, Senior Network & Server Administrator


Staff FAREWELLS As at 1 December 2016

Praveen Arul IT Helpdesk Technician 2013-2016

Sally Clapp Student Medical Officer 2008-2016

David Humphreys Director of ICT 2011-2016

Andrew Biggin Alumni Relations Manager/ Executive Officer OBGS 2005-2016

Sheridan Coverdale Junior School Teacher 2005 - 2016

Chris Johnson AV & IT Technician 2010-2016

Roula Duggan Head of Learning Strategies 2012-2016

Michael McCarthy P.E. Teacher / Administrator/Daily Organiser (Middle School) 1988-2016

David Blythman Finance and Administration Manager 2012-2016 Laura Bowden PA to Head of Senior School 2015-2016 Andrew Braddy Head of Middle School Mathematics 2015-2016 Chris Brand Head of Years 9/10 Maths 2011-2016 Evan Brophy Assistant Head of Outdoor Ed/Teacher 2014-2016 Anne Brozyna Personal Assistant to the Director of Human Resources and Director of Student Growth & Wellbeing 2006–2016


Dr Michael Evans Mathematics Teacher 2014-2016 Joan Flaherty Teacher, Learning Strategies 2014-2016 Amy Greaves School Psychologist 2007 -2016 Echo Gu Maths Teacher 2016 Harry Hill AFL Graduate 2016 Vanessa Hinneberg Drama Teacher (Middle School) 2016 Teri Horvat Integration Aide 2012-2016

Bruce McLellan Head of Accounting / Financial Literacy/ Legal Studies 1987-2016 Prue McLeod Humanities Teacher 2013 – 2016 Noel McNicol Boatman 1988-2016 Abby March Integration Aide (Junior School) 2014 - 2016 Roger Nink Science Teacher (Middle School) 2008-2016

Robbie Quelch Maintenance Officer (Senior School) 1990-2016 Susie Roberts Director of Human Resources 2007-2016 Ken Robertson Science Teacher (Senior School) 1977-2016 Miguel Rodrigues Bravo IT Technician 2010-2016 Alex Sylvan English Teacher / Head of Hancock House/ Coordinator of Student Growth & Wellbeing SS 2001-2016 Peter Tutera Science Teacher (Middle School) 2001-2016 Suranie van Langenberg PA to the Director of Teaching & Learning, VCE Admin Coordinator 2015-2016 Carole Webster Junior School Teacher 1997-2016 Andrew Zhou Senior Network & Server Administrator 2012-2016

Amongst others, we farewelled Ken Robertson and Bruce McLellan, who between them, gave 70 years service to the School.

Former Head of Middle School

ANDREW BURNELL Many current boys, parents, and even grandparents will know Andrew Burnell. Andrew was an integral member of the BGS staff team from 1984 until 2015, including a seven-year tenure as Head of the Middle School from 2007 to 2014. Andrew started at BGS as a maths and PE teacher and was promoted to Head of Year in 1993. He became Head of Year 12 in 2000. In 2002, Andrew moved to Rosstrevor (Middle School), where he was Head of Year 7 until 2006 and Deputy Head of Rosstrevor from 2005 to 2006. In 2007, Andrew was appointed Head of Rosstrevor/Middle School and held this position until his resignation from the role at the end of 2014. His contribution as a member of the Senior Executive from 2007 to 2014 played a significant role in setting the future direction of the School. Andrew will be remembered for the key role he played in the development of the new Middle School, which opened

in 2014. He worked closely with the architects and many stakeholders to ensure the vision of a true 21st Century learning environment was realised. Andrew was committed and inspirational teacher and a thoughtful leader who was passionate about the welfare and development of the Middle School staff and boys. Over more than 30 years at BGS, he oversaw many initiatives, including the introduction of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Andrew was also Teacher in Charge of Athletics and coached a number of cricket, tennis, football, cross country and rugby teams. Andrew formally resigned from BGS at the end of 2015 to accept the exciting new position of Coordinator of Community Engagement at Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School. We thank Andrew for all that he did for Brighton Grammar and wish him well for this next phase of his career. *Apologies to Andrew for overlooking including this in the 2015 edition of the Grammarian. GRAMMARIAN 2016 387



THE CAMPFIRE THE CIRCLE OF TRUST Whether it’s coaxing the first flames to life, sharing food and stories, or simply gazing into the embers, there’s something magical about a campfire. The campfire is central to our teaching due to its connection with the sense of belonging. When they feel they belong, boys feel safe and secure enough to express themselves freely – they speak with integrity, listen empathetically, and connect with one another respectfully.

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