Bairnsdale newsletter: June 21, 2019
Learning this week has been both varied and exciting at our Campus with many lucky students experiencing both the outdoor classroom and the Melbourne classroom.
Our Year 6 students are very fortunate to be involved in a biological study at the Raymond Island Abbey with Reverend Edie Ashley, and so this week Blackwood began their week on the shores of Raymond Island working on this environmental research project. Reverend Edie has noticed a change in the bushland during her time at the Abbey and there has been a reduction of vegetation between the shoreline and the lake. This was the first of three visits the Year 6 students will undertake throughout the year and they will be involved in recording data that can be used to help preserve the ecology of the area. Students recorded some initial data including water PH, soil PH, water temperature, relative water levels and salinity levels and made observations about the water conditions and bushland. Students also observed bird life, animal life, the waves made from boats, completed a biodiversity cross-section and took photos of the shoreline to compare with future images.
Under the guidance of Mrs Smith and Mrs Hadden our Transition group observed the wonders of the night sky this week, which was a chilly but exciting activity for the young students and their families. The group went star gazing and discovered planets with a little help from the ‘Skyview’ app on the iPads. All families were totally engaged in the unique outdoor classroom experience and, as you can only imagine, the children were fascinated.
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.
And, finally, Blackwood and Grevillea completed their week outside the classroom by travelling to Garnsey to be involved in today’s House Cultural Festival. It’s certainly been an interesting and varied week of learning for our students.
But that’s not all! Wellbeing is an area of great importance to both students and staff alike and our Wellbeing statement reads as such:
At Gippsland Grammar, wellbeing refers to the positive feelings we have when we are connected, resilient and able to flourish as individuals and a school community.
This week under the guidance of Mrs Hay-Smith, our SRC organised and conducted our first Wellbeing day with the learning intention to understand wellbeing and to identify connectedness and resilience. School psychologist Mr Steve McAnulty supported us on the day by running a ‘Watch my back program’ for the senior boys and Michelle Johnson ran the program ‘Resilient girls’. Further to this Adam Dean worked with students on movement, Beth from Totally Pumped ran a balancing workshop and Chaplain Jackie also joined us. The staff were well pampered with Hayley Dean offering remedial head and shoulder massage and thanks to Andrea and Josie Linley we all enjoyed a delicious authentic Italian lunch together. Our SRC certainly stepped up as leaders, however, particular acknowledgement should go to Paul Ng who led us in singing with his fine piano playing. We do hope that our students take away from this day a sense of understanding of self and how to be resilient and respond in varying life situations and everyday situations.
Finally, last Thursday Jadah Frith, Henry Knight and Kael Frith competed at the Regional Cross Country. All boys put in a fantastic effort with Jadah finishing in fifth place and Kael finishing 14th. Jadah will now compete at the State Cross Country Championships on Thursday July 18 and we wish him all the best. Our A-grade soccer team has also made it through to the Division Winter Sports, which will be held on Wednesday July 17. Once I have received more details about the day a letter will be sent out.
Wishing you valued time with family and friends over the next three weeks,
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