Bairnsdale Campus newsletter: Oct 25, 2019

Oct 25, 2019 | Bairnsdale News

Today’s Fellowship took place under a majestic oak tree on the banks of the Mitchell River. Principal Baker joined us and the Fellowship was presented by Mr Cook and our GreenTeam, with Mrs Rebecca Lamble also joining us from the East Gippsland Shire to speak of the importance of looking after our environment. It was a perfect setting with the wind abating for the duration of our service. As one Year 2 student said in passing, “that was the best Fellowship ever”. And I have to agree! Congratulations to the GreenTeam for providing us with such a unique experience and such valuable information about our environment. I will share with you some of their wisdom:

“Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Trees also provide us with timber for us to build with and make homes with and they create habitats for animals, clean our water, stabilise our land and they look great! We have tree breaks on our farm to keep our farm cool in summer and keep out the cold wind in winter. Recent studies have also shown that trees can calm people. Just think how would you feel in the middle of the city to compared to being in the middle of forest! Thanks Trees! We can help the environment but the environment can help us as well.”

Friday’s Fellowship was held under the shade of an oak tree near the banks of the Mitchell River.

Following Fellowship, the students assisted the Year 6 class with their Legacy Project. The group decided they wanted to leave a long-lasting gift; a legacy for the school and the world. The students pre-dug all the holes and organised an Indigenous tree for every student to plant along the riverbank near the backwater just below our campus. The students planted red gums, blackwoods, wattle, dogwood, maleleuca, banksias and slender tea-trees. All these plants will not only help reduce the carbon dioxide in the air but will also help clean the water running down to the river. They will provide habitats for animals and birds and will increase the biodiversity in the area. It will also make this bank more secure. The students have been researching and planning this event for a while and hope to look upon their work for many years to come. Congratulations to the Year 6 class for their planning and long-term thinking with this project.

James Snow planting a tree by the river bank.

Head of Campus Virginia Evans planting a tree with Benjamin Reynolds.

Our outdoors theme continued throughout week with our Year 5 students jointing with their St Anne’s friends for a school camp at Coonawarra. The students have enjoyed exploring the wonderful environment there as well as the many activities which help build resilience and connections.

Yesterday, two of our students – Aiden Rodriguez and Kael Frith – braved the 35C heat to compete in the State Track and Field event at Albert Park. I’m thrilled to report that Aiden Rodriguez placed 13th in Victoria in the long jump with a jump of 4.20m while Kael Frith also placed 13th in the 1500m with a time of 5:23.40. We congratulate these students and acknowledge the support of their parents when competing at this level.

Aiden and Kael at the State track and field event.

Earlier this week our Years 3 and 5 students were treated to a ‘mini showcase’ by the Year 4 Training Band. There was great interest among the audience in learning an instrument and Mrs Caddie and Mrs Caithness have agreed to offer a ‘Come and Try’ session on Monday November 11 at lunchtime. Which is also a good opportunity to remind parents that private instrumental music lessons are available to all Bairnsdale students on the following instruments:

Years 1, 2 and 3: piano, cello, violin
Years 4, 5 and 6: piano, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone
Years 5 and 6 students may also be able to learn: French horn and euphonium, by arrangement with Mr Glover 
To apply for music lessons, please follow the link to:

Wishing you a happy weekend,
Virginia Evans
Head of Bairnsdale Campus


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