Bairnsdale Campus newsletter: Dec 6, 2019
We began today with a mix of excitement and nervousness as our students moved into their classrooms for 2020. For some all is familiar while, for others, this transition comes with it a new cohort of peers, a new teacher and of course a new level of expectation. I can say that all students moved happily to their room and on visiting the classrooms throughout the morning, all students were busy and looked comfortable in their new surroundings.
We welcomed Mrs Amanda Jenman as our new teacher in Kurrajong, Mrs Belinda Street as Learning Assistant and Lara Benton as our Gap year Assistant. We also welcomed five new students across the campus as well as our nineteen Foundation students who have settled beautifully throughout their transition program. Change is always challenging and we wish them, along with their families, a very positive time ahead and a great sense of belonging to Gippsland Grammar.
From all accounts our current Year 6 students have had a successful transition week at their respective secondary schools, which was a key step in realising they were actually moving on to the next very important phase of their life. We will keep in touch with their progress.
Wednesday’s morning tea of thanks allowed us to demonstrate our appreciation for the wonderful supportive community we have here at the Bairnsdale campus. From the major events such as the ELC garden, our Production and Trivia night to providing meals for our Feed in Need program to working with our students with PMP, reading, camps and excursions we are most grateful. Rafael Rodriguez spoke on behalf of the students acknowledging the importance of our parent helpers, mentioning that our soccer team just kept winning and therefore the parents just had to keep taking the students to training and to games. Sharing these events are integral to parent engagement.
Mr Todd Cook represented our school at the Science of Learning Community at Melbourne University yesterday. Todd shared our year’s work on student voice and agency which included the focus on Thinking Routines and visual strategies, less teacher talk, student engagement and empowerment in their own learning. We will continue to implement and focus on this area in 2020.
We aware that there are issues with the ordering of uniforms at the Dobsons Uniform shop and we would appreciate your patience while these transitional problems are being worked though. Going forward, we are confident that Dobsons – a business with a wealth of experience in school uniform – will be able to look after our uniform needs efficiently, with weekly deliveries to be made to the Bairnsdale Campus, free of charge.
Looking ahead to the final week of the year please see the events planned for the week:
- ELC Reception Christmas lunch
- Acacia, Banksia and Correa excursion to Banksia Peninsula and Raymond Island
- Melaleuca and Kurrajong excursion to Lakes Entrance
- Swimming lessons for Foundation to Year 2
- Valedictory Service 9am. All welcome
- Year 6 Excursion to Lakes Entrance
- Valedictory Dinner
- Nativity play practice at St John’s
- ELC Christmas Concert and Party 2pm
- Students to wear Summer uniform
- Christmas Service and Nativity at St John’s 11am. All welcome
- Christmas Lunch
- Term 4 concludes 3.15pm
With thanks and appreciation to all in our community,
Head of Bairnsdale Campus
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