Gippsland Grammar newsletter: Sep 18, 2020
Congratulations on making it to the end of Term 3!
Thank you for all you have done to ensure the safety and health of us all, of our students and of our broader Community. The past 10 weeks has seen so much creative pivoting to ensure our students could have the best educational opportunities throughout these many weeks of restrictions.
I acknowledge that many staff will be continuing to work through the next two weeks, while others may be involved in practice exams and marking and preparations for Term 4. So I would like to say thank you to all our staff for all you do for our students and the School more broadly.
In this changing environment we are very aware that so much can happen in the space of a week let alone a month or a term. Term Four will see several important events reframed through a COVID lens and I acknowledge our students and their families who understand the need for these to be offered in this manner.
The Executive will be meeting on 1 October to review any changes to our Term 4 plans. I will write to you all to confirm the arrangements on this day.
Please take whatever time you can between Term 3 and Term 4 to refresh and enjoy the company of family and friends.
I look forward to us all bringing 2020 home for our students when School commences on Monday 5 October.
I have been thinking a lot about the power of silence as I am continually bombarded by the beeps, pings, chimes and rings emanating from the devices as I have dotted around my home and office. Oh, for the sound of silence – that rare commodity; adults often long for it and adolescents shy away from it.
As we come to the end of a very busy term and embrace some free time, I would like to reflect on the importance of silence and its benefits. It is so seldom that we can take a while to enjoy a moment in this bustling world, and yet it is so important that we do. All too often we have the TV blaring in the background, our children reach for the radio/iPad/mobile phone the minute they climb into the car and, of course, the incessant variety of sounds of our phones and computers reminding us that we are on call 24/7. Is it any wonder that we, can be frazzled at the end of the day?
There is a lot of research regarding the benefits of silence to one’s health. Noise and especially noise over 30 decibels are associated with high blood pressure, anxiety, and stress. Dr Paul Haider (2012) in his article, The Health Benefits of Silence – Simple Yet Profound, lists some of the benefits of silence:
- Silence lowers blood pressure and allows you to deal with life’s challenges in a better way.
- Silence is like plugging in your phone… your mind needs to recharge too… and it does more recharging in silence than it does during sleep.
- Silence boosts your immune system… making it easier for your body to fight off invading bacteria and other pathogens.
- Silence makes you happy, spending time in silence boosts your brain chemistry… and as a great side effect you’re able to focus better too!
- Silence reduces stress (lowers blood cortisol levels and adrenaline levels) which is the biggest killer in the world… adding 30 minutes of silence a day can change your life.
- Silence allows for good hormone regulation and interaction of all the hormone related systems in your body.
- Silence helps your brain to become more interactive, thus you work with more of your brain… leading to higher cognitive abilities.
How wonderful would it be if during the break, we can take a few minutes (or more) every day to immerse ourselves in silence – no music, no phone, no computer. I know for me it takes a certain amount of willpower to not to constantly check my phone!
Susan Leigh, of Lifestyle Therapy, understands that this can be difficult. She says ‘Silence requires us to become more confident, confident in our ability to be quiet and still, to find an inner peace that can enable us to sit and enjoy the silence… It is enough to just be there, in a relaxed, comfortable state of mind’. For those who cannot bear the thought of doing nothing for a few minutes, they could fill this time with a silent prayer, meditation, by reading a passage that requires some contemplation or by spending time reflecting.
As you can see from Dr Haider’s list, embracing silence and being comfortable with one’s own company can be a wonderful way to reduce stress at the same time as being very therapeutic. In the words of Lao Tzu, ‘“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”
Take care and stay safe.
All students will be required to wear their School uniform when they come onto the Campus in Week 1 and during Term 4. There will be a two-week transition period into the Summer uniform which commences Monday 5 October.
– Garnsey: If you are wearing a white shirt with shorts, it must be tucked in and worn with the tie. However, we would prefer if you wore the green open-neck shirt with the shorts.
– St Anne’s and Bairnsdale: If you are wearing a white shirt with shorts, it must be tucked in. However, we would prefer if you wore the green open-neck shirt with the shorts.
Unit 3/4 Students
Please watch for updates about the Practice Exams in the second week of the holidays, through VOS or emails.
Monday 5 October Term 4 Commences with Learn@Home for Week 1
Wednesday 7 October GAT – Garnsey Campus
Monday 12 October Gippsland Grammar returns to Campus School Learning
Wednesday 14 October Garnsey Campus School Photos
Friday 16 October Year 12 students visit St Anne’s & Bairnsdale Campuses
Garnsey Campus Spring Concert
St Anne’s Campus School Photos
Monday 19 October Bairnsdale Campus School Photos
Tuesday 20 October Bairnsdale Campus Book Week (dress up day)
Friday 23 October Grand Final Public Holiday
Friday 30 October Year 12 Final Day
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