Twilight Fair postponed until October

Mar 13, 2020 | Community News

In light of the current situation regarding the global COVID-19 outbreak, Gippsland Grammar has postponed its upcoming Twilight Fair.

The Fair was due to be held on Saturday March 21 but has been rescheduled to Friday October 9, 2020.

Gippsland Grammar would like to reiterate it currently has no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its School community however the Twilight Fair would have involved large crowds in close proximity to one another, which would have increased any potential spread of infection.

Gippsland Grammar Principal David Baker said the decision to proactively postpone the event eight days before it was due to occur was a tough one, but it was in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of the community in what is a rapidly evolving situation.

“We are currently living in unprecedented times,” Mr Baker said. “And though the Twilight Fair was scheduled for only a week away, in the current climate a week feels like a long time. Making this decision proactively eight days before the event allows us a small buffer in which we can minimise the financial and emotional impact before curries are cooked, before haloumi is made and before dumplings are rolled.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge our Deputy Principal Jan Henry who has spent months working tirelessly along with her Twilight Fair committee to bring this event to fruition. Of course, I realise this will also be a blow to the families who have been preparing food and goods for the event, the ELC students who have been growing green produce to sell and the many local businesses who have supported us with some significant investments, among others.”

Gippsland Grammar is currently assessing other events in its immediate School calendar and while many events scheduled for the week beginning Monday March 16 will continue with some modifications, events beyond next week are being reviewed by the School’s internal COVID-19 response team.

“We continue to anticipate that our School will need to close, either as a result of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the School, or as directed by the Victorian Government,” Mr Baker said. “But, for now, our School is open, our teachers are teaching and our students are learning.

“As always, the wellbeing of our staff, students and the wider community is our highest priority and I am incredibly grateful for the community’s support and understanding during this time.”

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