Gippsland Grammar celebrated Commemoration Day on August 5, which marked the 48th anniversary of when St Anne’s Church of England Girl’s Grammar School merged with the boy’s Gippsland Grammar School to become Gippsland Grammar.
The event was marked by a celebration service at the Gippsland Grammar’s Garnsey Campus, where the School’s senior students were joined by Year 5 and Year 6 students from the St Anne’s and Bairnsdale junior campuses.
Highlights of the service included a performance by the St Anne’s Singers, which sang Bless our School and the Bairnsdale Singers, which performed Yellow Submarine by The Beatles.
Principal David Baker with Bishop of Gippsland Richard Treloar, Mayor of East Gippsland Natalie O’Connell, Chairman of the Gippsland Grammar Board Vicki McLeod and Gippsland Grammar Campus Captains.
The guest speaker at the event was Gippsland Grammar Old Scholar and Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council Natalie O’Connell. Ms O’Connell graduated from Gippsland Grammar in 2003 and enjoyed a career as a teacher before being elected to the East Gippsland Shire Council in 2016 and appointed mayor in 2018.
Ms O’Connell spoke of her fond memories of being a boarder at Gippsland Grammar and how she had fond memories of the culture of the school.
“I remember how it was a place where it was cool to do well,” Ms O’Connell said. “The transition into being a boarder was hard and I was homesick initially but I’m glad I didn’t leave. I loved the opportunities I had during my time at school, I was sports caption, house caption and a prefect and made lifelong connections.”
More than 800 students from our three campuses attended our Commemoration Day service at Garnsey
Mayor of East Gippsland Natalie O’Connell was guest speaker at the ceremony
The Bairnsdale Campus singers performed Yellow Submarine by The Beatles