Bairnsdale Campus newsletter: Nov 28, 2019

Nov 29, 2019 | Bairnsdale News

Tuesday night saw an enthusiastic group of parents attend the Foundation Information night. And after seeing their children had settled in so beautifully that morning for their second transition session, it was lovely to see the parents also so relaxed and interactive. Thanks to the experienced Mrs Libby Crowe, who shared valuable insight into what the Foundation year may well look like and she also spoke of the importance of parent engagement in each child’s education. In my own welcome, I was proud to include our current Year 5 students’ descriptions on the ‘spirit’ of Gippsland Grammar, which they had presented in their Campus Captain application. Because, after all, what better way to showcase the ‘spirit’ of our School than by sharing the students’ own words. I would also like to share these words with you now:

– ‘A wonderful caring community with excellent values and endless opportunities.’
– ‘A kind and caring community of students, teachers and parents working together to achieve excellence.’
– ‘The spirit of Gippsland Grammar is inclusive, supportive, provides many learning opportunities and encourages individuality.’
– ‘A great place to learn and a great place to express ourselves without being judged’.

The impact of these words was reinforced to me the following day when I met a new parent who said that as a new parent to our School she found the words ‘inspiring’.

On this topic of student leaders, Mrs Carr and myself have been most impressed with the quality applications for Campus Captains and we have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with such fine young leaders in this context. Regardless of the outcome I am truly excited for what our 2020 Year 6 cohort will bring to our Campus.

On Wednesday, Zara, Jadah and myself joined many other students in the ‘Walk to Change the Story’, which is an initiative to send the strong message that family violence will not be accepted. Again I stood proudly with our 2019 Campus Captains as they acknowledged and recognised the need in our society and the importance of the occasion.

Bairnsdale Head of Campus Virgina Evans with Zara and Jadah at the Walk To Change The Story.

In other news, this week we have been following the travels of student Joel and his father Brett who are off on an adventure on the Great Victorian Bike Ride. Yesterday they rode a mere (!!!) 100km from Port Fairy to Peterborough on the Great Ocean Rad. What an experience!

As we look towards Christmas we think of the lovely traditions we all have when celebrating with family and friends. Today’s Melaleuca’s Fellowship focused on the varying traditions around the world and it was lovely to hear the sound of Christmas in their songs.

It is with this spirit in mind that I would like to invite all those who have assisted, supported, helped in any way at our School this year to a Thank You morning tea on Wednesday at 11am in the Thinking Dome.

Next Tuesday our Year 6 students will commence their transition to secondary school and on Friday our current students and new students for 2020 will also have their transition morning, when they get to meet their new teacher and cohort.

Please see below our teachers for 2020.

Year Level

Class name




Mrs Libby Crowe

Year 1/2


Mrs Joy Hay-Smith

Year 1/2


Ms Charlotte Cheadle

Year 3/4


Mrs Penny Rankin

Year 3/4


Mrs Amanda Jenman

Year 5


Mrs Fiona Carr/Mrs Sally Stevens

Year 6


Mr Todd Cook

In 2020 the specialist teachers will be:


Ms Elizabeth Magnuson


Mrs Etsuko Boulton


Mr Brett Glover

Physical Education

Mrs Elisha Froud


Mrs Fiona Sutherland

Digital Technology

Ms Sharen Cameron


Mrs Tracey Grubb


Enjoy your weekend,
Virginia Evans
Head of Bairnsdale Campus

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