Prominent Australian psychologist Andrew Fuller often refers to one’s daily downtime period. He emphasises the importance to acknowledge this time and to embrace it. Andrew explains that this enables the body and mind to recharge, to refocus, and most importantly to cope throughout challenging periods of one’s schooling. Andrew has a simple formula for calculating one’s downtime and it is worthwhile noting that for most Primary and Secondary students it falls during our lunchtime. What a person does during their downtime is a personal preference, but it is important that it becomes a regular part of one’s life.

This is advice that I have taken on board and try to implement as part of my daily routine. Each week I have the wonderful opportunity to visit our Primary School students during their recess and lunchtime breaks. It is a time that I cherish for many reasons, one of which is that I have the opportunity to ‘play’. Whether it be colouring, playing down ball, beyblades, football or basketball, for brief moments I have the opportunity to forget about whatever it is that is on my mind and be in that particular moment.

Play for children and adolescents is so very important especially in light of their busy, on the go lives. Play has been shown to release endorphins, improve brain functionality, stimulate creativity and help us to continue to feel energetic. In addition to these benefits, play has also been shown to trigger the production and secretion of a specific growth factor that is essential for the growth of brain cells. Every day I see students from all areas of the school taking some time out to play, and therefore it is encouraging that many of our students already understand the importance of play and downtime. There is little doubt that play away from screens is, and should be, an important part of the day for all students within the school.

Our students’ lives are fast-paced and with screen temptation all around it can be very easy to pass such opportunities by, however, it is wonderful to see that throughout any day at Balcombe the majority of our students are taking time to play, unwind and recharge.

Mr Ross Patterson


Less than one week to go until Opening Night!

Balcombe Grammar School students along with their teachers, parents and volunteers, have been busy rehearsing and preparing to put on a spectacular show for the whole community to enjoy.

In The Addams Family, America's darkest family comes to life in this original musical about love, family, honesty and growing up.

The production will be held at 7:30pm in the George Jenkins Theatre, Monash University Peninsula Campus from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 May.

There are still good seats available and we encourage the entire BGS Community to book online and support our young performers.

Book Tickets Online


From Wednesday 1 May to Friday 3 May, the VCE Theatre Studies class performed a series of plays in the style of Commedia dell’Arte. Commedia originated in Italy in the 16th century and is the basis for the slapstick comedy we see today. This style greatly challenged the students as they worked on their physicality, exaggerated voices and even learnt a few Italian words. These performances form a large part of the VCE assessment for the subject and required students to produce the production from start to finish. The performances were well received my audiences and sold out all three shows.

Ms Giulia Mormile
VCE Theatre Studies Teacher


The students in Year 5 have been learning about Space and the Universe as part of their Inquiry Unit. To help immerse them in their studies, the students were given an opportunity to learn more about space at night under the blanket of stars at Balcombe Grammar. They would then share their experiences with their Foundation buddies. A local community group presented to the students their knowledge of the universe. They brought with them huge telescopes and heavy objects that had fallen from space. The students rolled in, covered in warm clothes and blankets. The Foundation buddies were full of enthusiasm and excitement. The skies were not as enthusiastic. Clouds gathered in a cluster, hiding stars, planets and the moon. The students found space in the Foundation classroom and watched and listened to interesting stories and facts about our Solar System. Once the presentation came to its conclusion, the sky blew the clouds away and allowed the students to stare up in awe at the stars that had collected in the night sky. It was a great opportunity for the buddies to catch up and learn together in a comfortable environment.

Mr Cain Krawczuk
Year 5 Teacher


The PFC Mother’s Day breakfast on Friday 10 May was a huge success. It was lovely to see over 330 Mums, Grandmothers, students and friends attending, being the largest number yet!

Everyone enjoyed relaxing with their loved ones over a delicious breakfast and cuppa.

A highlight of the morning was the students gathering on stage to wish the mums a Happy Mothers Day. The recipients of the door prizes drawn after the breakfast were, Antoinette (third), Bianca (second) and Kim, who won the first prize of a beautiful Pandora Mother’s Day bangle and charm. Congratulations to the winners.

A big thank you must go to all the PFC volunteers who did an amazing job organising and running such a huge event. Thanks also to their children for helping to set up, as well as being involved on the day. We hope you all had a joyful and relaxing Mother’s Day.

Mrs Sally Martin 
PFC President


It was fantastic to have Secondary House Cross Country back on the calendar for 2019. The conditions were amazing and the student body responded with our highest participation in school history. Students from all secondary year levels completed the 2km course which consisted of two laps of our unique Balcombe Grammar Cross Country track. House spirit was at an all-time high and competition was fierce. At one stage towards the end of the carnival there was only four points between all four Houses! It was great to see so many students willing to complete both the individual event and the newly created relay team event. While traditionalists will always love the individual events the team event definitely added some extra excitement to the day. The results remained extremely close all the way through to the end. Final results will be announced at School Assembly this week.

Mr Damon Pascoe
Physical Education, OES and House Co-ordinator


The SIS swimming team performed quite superbly at MSAC recently. A squad of 52 students competed in the SIS 'A' Division event and achieved some brilliant results. Competing against much larger schools the team displayed a very competitive edge and almost avoided relegation for the first time. With only the relays to go Balcombe was competing for third place. In a tight battle with SFX and Woodleigh the strength in depth in the Senior level of the other schools meant that Balcombe finished th and were narrowly relegated back into Division B for 2020. The team did win the Merit trophy which is calculated by looking at student population and points won on the day.

Mr Andrew Martin
Sport Co-ordinator


It had been a couple of years since we put together a surf team to compete in Surf Vic Independent Schools Competition, but on Monday this week it proved to have been worth the wait. The BGS surf team gathered in the pre-dawn light to jump on the surf bus and head down to Smiths Beach at Philip Island to compete in the relay format competition. There was a good swell running and with the wind cross–off shore there were plenty of waves for all. Each of our surfers completed their required two waves to give us a competitive total score. We finished our heat placed third out of four. Each of our surfers should be extremely proud of themselves to achieve a great result in some conditions which were challenging at times. I know the crew are keen for next year’s surf session.

2019 Surf Balcombe Surf Team:
Heath Corlass (Captain), Jet Hopgood,
Marly Campbell, Miller Cutler, Taj Hopgood,
Charlie Hurd and Mikaeli Wharton


The girls were anxious and excited to start their first game of the season. We had a motivational team chat and warmup before the game. The girls came out strongly and were winning the first quarter 9-2 with the Balcombe girls holding back Padua well in their defense from shooting. The Balcombe girls also shot well themselves. In the second quarter the girls were up 14-4. Then in the third quarter both teams scored six goals. Padua came out hard in the last quarter with their best team on court and staged a comeback, however the Balcombe girls held onto the lead winning 25-22.

Emily Lawyer
Year 8 Student


Primary School staff, children and parents were able to work with our mathematical consultant, Michael Ymer, over two days of highly engaging learning. Michael reinforced the message that our children learn best in mathematics when we plan for learning that relates to the real world. All staff were released from their classes in order to watch Michael teach a lesson and he worked with the staff group after school. Our Foundation children loved having their parents join in their mathematics lesson and parents had the opportunity to learn more about how they can support their children’s learning at home.

Ms Karen Simmons
Deputy Principal - Primary


On Friday 3 May, approximately 150 French students, from Years 7 to 10, participated in the Victorian Berthe Mouchette French poetry competition. They recited their poems individually to the visiting examiners from the Alliance Française. Each student should be very proud of taking on the challenge to perform this public speaking presentation in a foreign language. Finalists will be advised later in the month and certificates for all participants will be awarded following the finals in Term 3.

Madame Anne Macindoe and
Madame Merryn Johnstone
French Teachers


It can be an extremely rewarding experience for a family to welcome someone from another country into their home and through our amazing network of families in the homestay program we have seen our international students being given a unique insight into Australian life.

We also see the importance of these cultural links, in that the learning experience extends far beyond the classroom and the benefits are reciprocal.

If you would like to become one of our Homestay Families, please register your interest via the online link.

Ms Lorna Griss
International Student Co-ordinator

Register your interest


A reminder that all visitors, including parents, need to sign-in at reception before heading to other areas of the school.



Our bicycle storage facility will be completed in the coming weeks and will include more bicycle racks to support students who are riding to school. However, there is always a risk of a bicycle being stolen particularly if it is unlocked. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their bicycle is locked throughout the school day and therefore the school accepts no responsibility for the loss or theft of any bicycle. Your support in ensuring that all bicycles are locked throughout the school day would be greatly appreciated.


Commences on Thursday 2 May at 8:15am and the final session will be Thursday 13 June.
No session on Thursday 6 June (Primary Student Free Day - Parent/Teacher interviews).

Please make sure the staff member on duty is present before leaving your children at the beginning of the session. As we move in to the late end of autumn and the beginning of winter the location for Running Club may be on the oval or in the gym.

Due to OHS please refrain from bringing hot drinks and food in to the gym. Thank you for your continuing support of this activity.


Latest news articles available on the Intranet:

  • In Memoriam - Reverend Leaver
  • Messages on Career Tools
  • School Production 2019
  • Biggest Morning Tea
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The safety and wellbeing of Balcombe Grammar students and staff is our foremost concern. Following a recent review, from Monday 20 May 2019, dogs will no longer be able to be brought onto school grounds. For a copy of the schools Dogs in School Grounds Policy please click on the link below

More info


Woolworths has just launched their Earn & Learn program, and this year Balcombe is joining in.

If you shop at Woolworths, please collect the stickers at the checkout and drop them in to the coloured box at the sign-in desk at the school office. Or you can drop them into the Balcombe box at the checkouts at Bentons Square, Mornington or Mt Eliza.

The more stickers we collect, the more new equipment we can get for school - things like sports gear and art and craft supplies.

We have one month left to collect lots of stickers. Thanks for helping out!

TERM 2 2019, WEEK 5

Tuesday 21 May
SIS Drama Workshop

Wednesday 22 May
District Cross country

Thursday 23 May
Year 8 SIS Sport
School Production Performance – Opening Night

Friday 24 May
Biggest Morning Tea
Year 10 SIS Sport
Year 5 & 6 Interschool Sport
School Production Performance

Saturday 25 May
School Production Performance – Final Night

TERM 2 2019, WEEK 6

Monday 27 May
Big Science Competition

Tuesday 28 May
SIS Cross Country Carnival
SLP/JLP Foodie Excursion

Wednesday 29 May
 Balcombe Grammar Tour

Thursday 30 May
Semester 1 Exams
Year 8 SIS Sport


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