Bairnsdale Campus newsletter: Oct 11, 2019
Term 4 has begun with stories of camping, holidays, successful sporting ventures and relaxation.
Swimming for our junior students began on Tuesday and I understand they were terrific in organising themselves and responding to their instructors. Thank you to our parents who are willing to share their time in assisting our teachers in the process.
Our Foundation students’ word of the week has been ‘teacher’ and as a result many of our teachers have shared a story with them. They have been most excited with their guests and even more thrilled when our Physical Education, Japanese and Music teachers read to them, especially when our Music teacher Mr Cook recast himself as a storyteller dressed as the Man from Snowy River.
We have also enjoyed an exciting finale to our week as this morning we welcomed back five of our past students who are in their final year of their secondary education at our Garnsey campus. The students joined us on what is also our Celebration Day – the annual day when we acknowledge the turning of the first sod at the Bairnsdale Campus. This 14th Celebration Day for Bairnsdale Campus was a joyful occasion as our senior students returned to reflected on their time at the campus, with a highlight being them listening to their Year 6 teacher Ms Crowe share her memories of each student from her time with them. Her words were both meaningful and impacted on all, particularly our Year 12 students and families. Our Fellowship theme was ‘Weaving our way through life’ and how the many strands of a tapestry can represent our successes, our challenges, our emotions and our dreams. We wish all our senior students – particularly those who hail from Bairnsdale – well for their upcoming exams and much happiness as they move onto their next phase in their lives. It’s important to note the Year 12 students also chose this occasion to remember their friend Griffin Vollemaere who tragically died while they were in Year 7. Together the students planted a tree in his memory and Chaplain Jackie provided a prayer and blessing to signify the importance of the moment.
On Thursday Melaleuca and Kurrajong were early risers as they made their way to Melbourne on the early train to consolidate their current integrated unit on Community and Remembrance. A visit to the Shrine is always an excellent educational opportunity to do this and the group also visited Federation Square before heading home to Bairnsdale.
Looking forward, Term 4 includes more school camps for our students and we wish our Year 6 students a wonderful time at Gelantipy next week where they will enjoy the beauty of the surrounding bush environment. Mr Cook and Ciara attend and I am looking forward to spend Wednesday evening with them also.
Finally, I’m sure many of you would have seen Charlee Latham on WIN news during the week to celebrate her success at the National Interschool Equestrian Championships where she was the highest placed Victorian competitor and won bronze in the primary school division. We are very proud of her achievements and of her commitment to a sport she loves, which she competes in with her horse Georgio.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
Head of Bairnsdale Campus
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