In recent months we have had the opportunity to consult with our community through the ISV LEAD School Effectiveness Survey and our School Board provided an open invitation to all parents to provide topics for a Community Forum. While the Forum was not held due to a low level of interest, members from our community did raise the following topics for discussion:

  • Speed limit on the Nepean Highway
  • Car parking at BGS
  • Laptop vs iPad Program
  • Year 11 Formal
  • Music Program
  • Future of learning at BGS
  • Evidence based learning outcomes
  • Elective options in the Secondary School

Pleasingly I have had the opportunity to meet with many of the community members who raised specific topics and received further feedback in regards to their ideas or concerns for the school. I thank them for taking the time to meet or speak with me.

In addition to these, a further opportunity to provide feedback in regard to the direction of the School will be available on Wednesday 6 November where we will workshop ideas around our Strategic Plan for 2020 and Beyond. With the support and guidance of key staff members, interactive workshopping activities linked to our five strategic pillars will occur throughout this evening. An invitation will be sent to all parents in the coming weeks. Please look to save the date and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Mr Ross Patterson


There was a quiet buzz in the Year 2 classrooms the day before the Grandparent’s morning tea. Students were becoming excited at the prospect of having a loved one in their room and working together on an activity. Come the morning of the special day, students ran into their classes excitedly chatting about who was coming and the tasty treat that they had dropped off to the hall, which would be grazed on later that morning. After taking part in a wonderfully entertaining assembly, we all hiked back to our rooms and eagerly awaited the arrival of our invited guests. The rooms quickly filled and became a hive of colourful pompom making, which eventually became little mice in honour of our class novel ‘The Tales of Despereaux’ (a story of a heroic small mouse). After an hour in the classroom we skipped up to the hall and had a wonderful morning tea; using our best manners to make sure our guests were looked after before we helped ourselves. A quick kiss and cuddle saw the end of this year’s Tea.


Congratulations to the Year 10 Social Planning Committee and the Year 10 Cohort for making this years’ Social such a hit. The relaxed and inclusive atmosphere ensured all students danced the night away in style and even a few staff were spotted strutting their stuff on the dancefloor. As their Head of Year, I could not be prouder of how the Year 10’s lived out our school values and given the challenges of the modern digital age, that students were able to share a tangible experience with each other, with no-one left out.
A big thank you to; Year 11 student Willem Bockelmann for providing the music, the PFC for sponsoring the night, Assistant Head of Year 10 & 11 Rachel Gray and the parent helpers (Holly Ellis, Karen Flavell & Justine Quayle) for making the night run smoothly.

Mr Marc Heron
Head of Year 10 & 11


Ten boys and two girls made the trip to Berwick Grammar in Officer to represent the school in the SIS Chess competition. Ably led by the very talented Jack McDonald and his deputies, Alex Froomes and Lachlan Hamilton-Brown, the team comprised mainly of Year 7 students, performed admirably in the cut throat environment that only a game of chess can create. Despite being new to the format, the Year 7 students displayed excellent learning skills and resilience which enabled them all to hold their own against their more experienced opponents. Well done to Year 7 students: Chad Lee, William Lowe, Louis Moore, Kobe Papageorge, Harrison Rollo, Thomas Rose, Zac Sliskovic, Sarah Bendall and Melanie Griffiths for their excellent first up efforts at SIS Chess..


Friday 13 September was a night to remember for all of our dedicated and talented Performing Arts students. This year saw a much smaller program of invited students at the Performing Arts Evening who have shown exemplary standards in their education and practise of Music, Theatre and Media studies.

Musical highlights were our juniors working with seniors in the many ensemble performances and our Alumni star Mollie Williams who struck us all with her beautiful performance of an emotional song from Les Misérables. Natalie Van Der Peet performed an impressive piano solo, Alice Stinchcombe delighting us with her comedic performance of a song from the school musical - The Addams family, while Lily Kurelja, Mischa Gayfer and the Pop Band paid fitting homage to two 1970’s classics. Hiyori Kamei showed her considerable experience, talent and prowess with the violin playing a difficult VCE Music Performance exam piece. Three very diverse, sensitive and dynamic VCE Media films were shown and Kade Austin and Lushia Tiffany stunned the audience with their focus and commitment to their monologue characters. We were lucky to see the senior students present their film and performance work before they present to examiners next term for VCE assessment.

An outstanding showcase evening of quality items ensued, and all those who were lucky enough to attend would agree, there is certainly a LOT of creative capacity and enthusiasm here at Balcombe. Well done to all involved!

Ms Christina Burton
Performing Arts Co-ordinator


On Monday 2 September the Year 3 students departed school for a memorable camp at The Briar's. Forty-Nine students and six members of staff travelled the short distance down the road to camp for two days. This would be a camp where friendships would be strengthened, new friends formed, and most importantly everlasting memories created. Students were challenged over the two days by participating in many tasks ranging from archery, milk crate stacking, flying fox, giant swing, bush cooking, low ropes and more. These activities were planned to develop their skills in cooperation, resilience, perseverance and confidence. Students had a wonderful experience and are now looking forward to camp in Year 4.



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


As per the terms and conditions of enrolment, parents are required to provide one full term’s notice should they decide to remove their child (for any reason) from the school. Failure to do so will result in a charge of one term’s fees in lieu of notice.


We remind all parents and visitors to please adhere to our road safety guidelines (see link below) including the use of our allocated parking areas and dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone.

Road Safety Guidelines


Is your teenage in a winter slump? Study routines ditched? Leading clinical psychologist and author Andrew Fuller offers some practical advice on firing up their self-belief.

Parent Resources


The Arthurs Seat Challenge raises funds for the Fit 2 Drive program and this year we are encouraging staff, students, parents and the wider community to be part of the Balcombe Grammar School team. The 6.7km run/walk is predominantly uphill and provides some of the most breathtaking views of the Mornington Peninsula, it is challenging and can be very taxing on the body; however, the sense of achievement once making it to the finish line is well worth it. To register please follow the link below and join the Balcombe Grammar School team. We hope to see you on the course in November.

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End of Year Event 22 November

The PFC will be holding an end-of-year family event on Friday 22 November from 5pm and will feature….

  • BYO picnic or sausage sizzle (other food items will also be available to purchase) and small stalls with lucky dips, raffle and guessing jar (yet to be finalised)
  • School choirs and music performances
  • Movie screening

More details to follow......


The BGS IOS/Android App will provide easy access to real-time information from our School Intranet.

The app is on track to be ready for the beginning of Term 4 and we will provide a link for parents for download as soon as it’s becomes available on the Apple AppStore and Google Play Store.


Southern Independent Schools Inc. are currently seeking a part-time Cultural Co-ordinator, for further details please visit their website via the link below.

SIS Website


Further information on upcoming activities and events can be found on the BGS Intranet. Recent articles posted to the intranet include:

  • Woolworths Discovery Garden
  • School Captains 2020
  • 3 reasons you don’t have to be a ‘genius’ to be good at maths


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Students in their final year of school are considered a high-risk group for depression and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, diet and social media are some of the biggest issues faced by this group of teens. Therefore it is vitally important that a student's mental health is looked after as well as their physical health.

Keeping things in perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although this final year is important, it is not necessarily the most important year of your child's life.

There are many strategies that students can implement to help themselves. Parents can provide support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping their child well-nourished and encouraging physical activity.

In this special report, parents will find useful tips to support their child during this often stressful time. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

School TV Special Report

TERM 4 2019, WEEK 1

Monday 7 October
Staff Day

Tuesday 8 October
Term 4 Commences

Wednesday 9 October
Year 11 Fit to Drive

Thursday 10 October
Class of 2018 One Year Reunion

TERM 4 2019, WEEK 2

Tuesday 15 October
Year 10 Commerce Excursion
 Choir Performance

Wednesday 16 October
 PFC Meeting
OES Surf Excursion
Year 7 2021 Information Session
Twilight Tour

Thursday 17 October
SIS Sport
 Year 2 Sleepover

Friday 18 October
Year 2 rest day
Year 12 Farewell Assembly

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