Bairnsdale Campus newsletter: Feb 28, 2020

Feb 28, 2020 | Bairnsdale News

Shrove Tuesday is always a favourite day on the calendar and the smell of pancakes teased us all day. Our Year 6 students came through at the last minute with a pancake for both Mrs Guinness and myself. They were delicious and at the same time reminded us all of the significance of the day and the Lent season ahead. We ask our students to be grateful for what they have and prepare for Easter by perhaps giving something up, doing things for others and appreciating the food on their table.

Our swimmers excelled once again at the divisional level with many of our students progressing through to regionals. There was a great display of school spirit with loud cheering in support of our swimmers. I was proud of their swimming and more so their sportsmanship to their fellow competitors. Five of our swimmers joined the senior school on Thursday to compete in the SEISA competition with great results.

Congratulations to:
Paul Ng – 1st 50m freestyle, 1st 100m freestyle
Kael Frith – 2nd backstroke, 3rd 50m freestyle, 4th 100m freestyle, 2nd 50m butterfly
Charlotte Klingner – 3rd Breastroke, 3rd freestyle
Josh Newstead – 1st Breastroke
Asha Jankowiak – 2nd 50m freestyle
Girls relay 3rd
Boys relay 2nd
Gippsland Grammar came 2nd Overall


Today’s Fellowship was run by the Greenteam where they explained the importance of looking after our environment and contributing to keeping our country beautiful. We all had a role to play in cleaning up our surrounding areas and our students’ participated enthusiastically, while recognising the disappointment that others had left rubbish behind. Our Greenteam members are passionate about their environment and work closely with Mr Cook in our vegetable garden and orchard. We are currently planning out a schedule with Mrs Ann Smith (our canteen chef) to work with our students in turning our garden produce into healthy dishes. The Greenteam will be responsible for the planting, watering and harvesting of the produce. Each class will be given a designated time to work with Ann.

The Twilight Fair is gaining momentum amongst our students as they see the chocolate basket filling in reception, the arrival of lemons and sugar for the lemonade stall and the poster, which features an image drawn by Jemima Carson. We ask that you continue to support us by sending in any goods requested and writing your names on the roster.
Silent disco: all those attending this year’s Twilight Fair will have the opportunity to be part of a silent disco. ‘What is a silent disco?’ I hear you ask. Well, a silent disco is an event where people dance to music on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a group of people dancing to nothing. These events have grown in popularity across the country and will appeal to all those who love hanging out with friends, dancing and laughing! There will be several discos scheduled throughout the duration of the Fair and with no age limit, everyone’s welcome to give this new and fun experience a go. For more information, visit
Food stalls: We have plenty of gourmet food planned and here’s a tastebud tempter of just a few: barbecued haloumi, dumplings, Forge Creek roast lamb rolls with Bruthen Bakery buns, pizza, Gippy Milkshakes, Gippsland Grammar Grazing Box, Grammar Mess (think Eton Mess on steroids!), Grab & Go Kebabs, gourmet salads, proffertjes, a barbecue, curries and nachos.
Market stalls:
our call out for market stall applicants was very successful and we have some fabulous and varied options for those attending the Fair. Stalls include: hair accessories, henna tattoos, flowers (grown by Garnsey music teacher Laura Evans), an osteopath stall, ping pong clowns, bath accessories and much more. These stalls will be a great addition to our School-based stalls and will ensure there really will be something for everyone.
Sponsors: an event of this scale could never be the success that we hope the Twilight Fair will be without the generous support of our sponsors. We would like to give a particular shout out to our major sponsors, which are: Anytime Fitness (who have sponsored our music stage), Accounting Solutions in Bairnsdale, Sale Sign Torque, are supporting our marketing including the event posters which you should now start noticing in shopfronts of businesses around town, Venables Precast (which is sponsoring our animal nursery) and Sale Dental Group, who have been a long-time sponsor of this event. In addition to these key sponsors, many other businesses have supported us with donations of goods and/or services including the Bairnsdale Advertiser (keep an eye out for Kenny the Koala helping the Bairnsdale students make cordial for our refreshment station), Gippsland Music and Sound and Lactalis, which is providing many dairy products for our various stallholders.
And, finally, we need your support in helping us let as many people from the community know about this fun, family-friendly event. Don’t forget to confirm your attendance on our Facebook event page ( and to also invite others in your social media network to attend. The more likes and interactions we get on this page, the more we can spread the word. #twilightfair2020

Author Leigh Hobbs visited our school today to speak to our librarian Mrs Fiona Sutherland who proudly showed Leigh our beautiful library space.

Inspired by our author visit, I hope you all find some time to relax with a good book over the weekend.

Kind regards,
Virginia Evans
Head of Bairnsdale Campus

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