Bairnsdale Campus newsletter: Feb 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020 | Bairnsdale News

The commitment of our School community was evident in the level of attendance at the Parent Information evening on Wednesday night, for which I am grateful. This engagement ensures the best outcomes for our students and I thank the teachers for their thorough explanation of class room practices and procedures. In response to many requests for further VOS workshops, we will endeavour to organise two sessions (a morning and late afternoon) later this term. 

Our team of 25 swimmers returned to School yesterday with an array of ribbons following the District Swimming Carnival at the Bairnsale Outdoor Pool. And the entire team has qualified to progress to the Divisional Swimming Carnival on Wednesday, also at Bairnsdale. I was thrilled to hear of their excellent sportsmanship on the day. Well done team!

District Swimming Carnival: Kael led the warm up (above left) and some of the winning smiles (above right).

Today’s Fellowship was led by Grevillea and focussed on the class’s Integrated topic Space. The students’ demonstration of our CLERR values through drama provided us with the right responses to give both in the playground and in the classroom. The younger students particularly enjoyed the scenarios put forward. Mr Brett Glover also led Year 5 in playing the Australian National Anthem. It was terrific to see our new students joining in, with Daniel Wattam and Grace Smith on the piano and Tom Campbell on the drums.

Next Friday (Feb 28) our Campus will be participating in Clean-up Australia Day. On this day students are asked to bring gardening gloves to school which they can wear while out and about helping to tidy up the environment around our School. Staff will explain to the students what is safe to pick up and what is best left for an adult. After lunch, the Foundation students will go with their Year 6 buddies to collect rubbish around the bakery, Year 1/2 students will collect rubbish around the Wy Yung Park, the Year 3/4 students will go to the riverbank area and the Year 5 students will clean the area around our campus with their ELC buddies. Students should wear their usual summer uniform on this day.

The time is drawing near to farewell our current Principal Mr David Baker and for us to celebrate his time with us as our leader. Earlier this week, parents and guardians will have received an invitation (via VOS) to the event at Portside in Sale (for adults only) on Thursday March 26. We would also like to invite you to our Bairnsdale Farewell Fellowship at 9am on Monday March 16 when our students will offer Mr Baker our good wishes in a number of novel ways as we wish him well for his future. Parents are invited to the morning tea following this Fellowship.

One of the Bairnsdale Campus stalls at the Twilight Fair will be a drinks station, and so parents and guardians are invited to a cordial making afternoon on Tuesday March 3 from 1-3pm. Kenny the Koala from East Gippsland News will even pop in at 2pm to help make some cordial and to pose for some photos which will help promote our stall. Donations of chocolate, sugar, soda water and soft drinks have begun to come into the office in support of the Bairnsdale Campus stalls. Rosters are also now ready for names to be added. If you would like to co-ordinate a stall, please see Sarah in the office.

Please see below for a note from our Board Chair Vicki McLeod.

Many thanks,
Virginia Evans
Head of Bairnsdale Campus

The Gippsland Grammar Board of Directors would like to welcome back all of our families to another School year. As a Board, we have ‘hit the ground running’ and are working busily behind the scenes on a number of projects. Most importantly, we are looking forward to the arrival of our new Principal Leisa Harper and we are working closely with Mr Baker to ensure there’s a smooth transition when he departs at the conclusion of this term.
Earlier this week you should have received (via email) an invitation to Mr Baker’s farewell, which will be held at Portside on Thursday 26 March from 5-7pm. I encourage as many people as possible to join us to thank Mr Baker and wish him well as he leaves us.
RSVP’s are essential for catering purposes and please be aware that as alcohol will be served at the event it is an adults-only function.

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