When preparing for the Foundation 100 Days Assembly recently I had the opportunity to speak to some Year 12 students about what advice they might offer to our youngest students. When asked, their eyes lit up and the responses they gave were very thoughtful. For the remainder of their schooling journey the Class of 2019 encouraged all students in our Class of 2031 to:

  • Have fun! Almost every student I spoke to offered this piece of advice.
  • Choose activities and subjects that you love.
  • Enjoy the experience as you only get one shot at it.
  • Don’t stress.
  • Surround yourselves with caring and supportive friends.
  • Be inclusive of others.
  • Be confident, be you! 
  • Step outside your comfort zone and do not be afraid of trying new things.
  • Take each day as it comes and grab every opportunity provided to you.
  • Enjoy the playgrounds while you can.

I thank those Year 12 students who took time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts with me. It is lovely to note that their advice naturally aligns with all our school values, compassion, confidence, curiosity, inclusion and optimism. Although this advice was meant for our Foundation students, I feel that it is applicable to all students at Balcombe Grammar. I am confident that if any student at Balcombe was to take note of and embrace this advice, their chance of having a connected, engaging and enjoyable schooling journey would no doubt increase.

Mr Ross Patterson


Our Year 11 students attended a Leadership Day called Rites of Passage which was run and organised by VESS (Victorian Ecumenical System of Schools). Please find below a couple of student reflections:

The day was such a positive experience for me. I learnt a lot about my values as a person and was encouraged to start to explore the different ways that these could help others through leadership. At the beginning of the day I was very nervous and kept to myself but as the day continued I became confident with my views and expressed them through many different activities. There were many different schools at this workshop and I made many new friends through expressing individual ideas and views on certain topics. I have taken a lot away from this opportunity and am confident in my ability to continue to use what I have learnt from it.
Jaime Miller-Gage, Year 11

Friday was an enlightening and inspiring experience. The leadership day pushed me to think outside of my comfort zone as well as giving me the opportunity to work with other young leaders. It opened my eyes to everything we can do to be a leader and what being a leader really means. I look forward to being able to put some of the ideas I gained from this day forward and I hope to inspire and help other aspirational leaders.
Renae Potts, Year 11


Snow Camp was one of the best experiences of Year 6 so far. It brought our whole year level together with activities such as tobogganing, snow-shoeing, skiing, trivia and the all-important skit night. Skiing was exhilarating and awesome fun for all students, whether they had skied before or if it was a totally new skill to learn. Snow shoeing was a great way to see and explore Mount Baw Baw and admire the snow that covered the mountain like a thick blanket. The lodges were warm and cosy and students built new friendships together. Snow camp will never be forgotten!

Ally Russo and Tom Oke, Year 6


The PFC Father’s Day breakfast was held on Friday 30 August. It was fantastic to see over 360 Dads, grandparents, students and friends attending. The hall was buzzing as everyone enjoyed a delicious breakfast with their family and friends. We had three great door prizes up for grabs which we would like to thank Eddie Brown Property and Mornington Peninsula Brewery for their kind donations, they were very well received and much appreciated.

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 and assist on the day. We would also like to thank the SLP and ACP students and teachers who helped us with the huge set up task.

We hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day with your families!

Mrs Sally Martin
Parents and Friends Committee


The Balcombe Athletics Squad of 75 students performed superbly well on both the track and field at the recent SIS Division B Athletics Carnival. There were many strong performances throughout the day and numerous students received ribbons for their efforts. Geena Davy broke the Year 7 girls Triple Jump record with a jump of 11m 27cm which was also her personal best. Balcombe led the Carnival from the very first score update and held on to win the overall event by 56 points. As well as being crowned overall champions Balcombe also won the following Pennants and Shields:

  • U/15 Girls
  • U/16 Girls
  • Inter Shield
  • U/17 Girls
  • Open Girls
  • Girls Aggregate


Each year schools across the Mornington Peninsula are asked by The Order of Australia Association, to nominate a Year 12 student for the Roy Ward Leadership Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service.

This year Balcombe Grammar School was very proud to nominate Lilly McHugh for this prestigious award. Lilly is one of our Vice Captains and is an excellent role model who is well respected by her peers and staff at Balcombe.

Lilly is a driven young woman who displays great compassion and empathy for those around her as can be evidenced by her active involvement in global projects including a trip to India in 2017. As a future Rotarian member at the Rotary Club of Casey, she travelled to India as part of the club’s initiative to raise money alongside the Rotary Club of Delhi. Rotary Club of Casey, in partnership with Rotary Club of Delhi and Pathways International School in Delhi, aimed to provide government schools throughout Delhi with purified water, solar panels for electricity, computers and clean toilet facilities.

The selection panel reviewed all fifteen submissions and in doing so they determined that this, together with Lilly’s interview, demonstrated clear leadership qualities as well as a passion for community service, both locally and internationally.

As a result, the Panel’s recommendation, endorsed by the full Committee, was that Lilly’s submission was of such a high standard, that it was deemed to merit a Certificate of High Commendation.

Congratulation Lilly, this is excellent recognition of the remarkable young woman that you are.

Ms Celia Mara
Head of Year 12



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


Wednesday 6 November 2019 from 6pm-7pm

2020 and beyond, parent evening, where you can learn more about the Strategic Plan and have the opportunity to provide valuable input towards the development of each strategic pillar within the plan.


At a time when we often hear, in the media, of negative interactions, and even violence, in schools between parents and teachers, we are fortunate indeed to be in a community that is overwhelmingly positive in its relations, and where such conflict is rare.

We believe it is important to retain these positive relationships and for the school to be very clear with our expectations around respectful parent/school communication and behaviour.

Our protocols for behaviour for parents have been recently reviewed and updated and a copy of the Parent Code of Conduct can be found by following the link below.

Code of Conduct


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.

Register Online


Time away from the school day can place great pressure on students as they endeavour to catch up independently. For this reason, it is not normally granted during term time unless there are extenuating circumstances. If a student requires leave of absence for three days or more from the academic program, please complete the Student Exchange / Leave of Absence Application Form and send the request by email to the Principal.

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We remind all parents and visitors to please be mindful of student safety when entering and exiting the school and to adhere to the 10 KMPH speed limit while driving though school grounds.

Balcombe Grammar also asks everyone to please adhere to our road safety guidelines (see link below).

Safety Guidelines


Only a few weeks left of Running Club, the final day is Thursday 12 September.

Please make sure the staff member on duty is present before leaving your children at the beginning of the session. As the weather is unpredictable, 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.


Because parenting doesn’t come with instructions, there is no such thing as the ‘perfect parent’. Getting the right information is a good start. Read the latest edition of ‘Positive Parenting’ on the School TV website.

Positive Parenting


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

  • eSmart Tips
  • Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser
  • Connect to Balcombe Grammar BYOD Wi-Fi
  • Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship


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This year, the Primary and Secondary Performing Arts Staff have changed the format and date of the Performing Arts Evening at Balcombe Grammar. We are now presenting a shorter program of selected items in Term 3 (instead of at the end of the year due to VCE commitments).
You are invited to come along and celebrate an evening of Performing Arts on Friday 13 September 2019 starting at 6:00pm and finishing around 8:30pm in the School Hall.

Our wish is to showcase an evolution of student talent at Balcombe Grammar from Year 3 to Year 12 in the Music, Drama and Media areas of study. At present, approximately 80 students are involved and the program showcases our group music ensembles, solo acting and music items as well as student media films.
Please note - in order for us to manage the nerves of the performers, parents are asked to stay for the half of the show that your child is performing in. There will be time for families to leave if they wish during a short interval. We thank you in anticipation for supporting this celebration of the hard work and time that the students involved give towards the Performing Arts at their school.

Looking forward to seeing you there.
The Performing Arts and Instrumental Team


Monday 9 September
A Cappella Workshop – VCE Music and School Choir students

Tuesday 10 September
 SIS Chess Championship

Wednesday 11 September
OES Mountain Bike Excursions
Year 11 Odyssey and Inspire program
Thursday 12 September
Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad
Envision Fundraiser
Years 3 – 6 District Athletics
SIS Debating Semi-finals
Primary Parent Teacher interviews 3:30 – 8:30pm
Friday 13 September
BGS Tea Dance
Maths Games Day
Performing Arts Evening


Monday 16 September
Book Week

Tuesday 17 September
Year 9 2020 Information Evening

Wednesday 18 September
PFC Meeting
Year 9 Pop Up Market and STEAM Evening

Thursday 19 September
Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad
Primary Book Parade
Year 5 Sovereign Hill Exhibition

Friday 20 September
End of Term 3

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