Garnsey Campus newsletter: Feb 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020 | Garnsey News

Anticipation is building about our Twilight Fair, which will be held on Saturday March 21 from 4-9pm and will feature an afternoon and evening of country fair-style feasting and frivolity. The Twilight Fair is an amazing community event for our School and is also an amazing opportunity for your friends and family to support a major parent fundraiser. Preparations are well underway and it promises to be an evening of food, fun and entertainment which will culminate in our Twilight Fair fireworks display. There will be many food stalls, food trucks, carnival rides, entertainment, market stalls, face painting, an animal nursery, a silent disco and a few surprises. The Anytime Fitness Music Stage will feature a jam-packed featuring The Soultanas and a number of staff Gippsland Grammar superstars including CKH, Jarvis is Taken, Old Scholars Henry Davis and Madeleine Crombie and teacher duo Todd Cook and Geoff Stagg.

At the moment, our Twilight Fair organising committee is finalising logistics and over the coming weeks all families will be approached to support the Fair. At the Garnsey campus, students will be asked to contribute an item to a Spinning Wheel basket. Mentor group basket themes will be published next week with items due by Thursday March 19.

In addition to this, each year level has been assigned stalls at which families can assist by means of donations, preparation, set up, cleaning up and being present at the stall during the day. Each year level’s stall/s are outlined below: 




Year 7

Grammar Mess (inspired by the Eton Mess)

Donations: strawberries, cream, meringues, yoghurt, non-plastic containers and spoons.

Assistance: preparing and selling on stall at Fair.

Co-ordinator: tbc

Year 8

Gippsland Grammar Gourmet Grazing box

Donations: cheeses, savoury items, non-plastic containers.

Assistance: prior preparation and selling on stall at Fair.

Co-ordinator: Amanda Bain and Christine Callaghan

Year 9



Halos and Posies

Donations: corn chips, salsa, sour cream, avocados, vines, ivy, flowers.

Assistance: preparing and selling on stall at Fair.

Co-ordinator: tbc

Year 10


Donations: Uncle Ron’s Dumplings.

Assistance: preparing and selling on stall at Fair.

Co-ordinator: tbc

Year 11

Haloumi barbecue



Assistance: cooking and selling haloumi on stall at fair, selling pizza slices.

Co-ordinator: Fiona Mills (Haloumi)

Year 12

Dutch Pancakes

Spinning Wheel

Donations: goods required.

Assistance: preparing and selling on stall at Fair. Supervision roster at spinning wheel.

Co-ordinator: Sybille Dobber (Dutch Pancakes)

As you can see, we are still seeking parents to assist with co-ordination of the above stalls. These co-ordinators will be provided with support, will be the key contact for other parents and will manage the roster for support at the Twilight Fair.  Please email if you have any questions or wish to contribute.
We are hoping that the reimagining of this much-loved event – which was first celebrated in 1974! – will ensure Gippsland Grammar’s 2020 event will appeal to not only our School Community but to also the broader Sale and Bairnsdale communities who may not previously have had an association with our School but who may be tempted to come along and join in the family-friendly fun.
To helps us spread the word, please ‘like’ the Twilight Fair event page on Facebook ( and if you respond as ‘going’ on the Facebook event page and also ‘invite’ all those in your own social media networks to come along too, it will helps us spread the word even more.

SEISA Leadership Camp
Eleven of our Prefects participated in the SEISA Leadership weekend held at Newhaven College Phillip Island last weekend. Following a Group Challenge event, which involved team activities such as mini golf and crate stacking, 78 student leaders from five SEISA schools gathered for an ecumenical service of thanks in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre. After dinner the group was privileged to hear from Phillip Island local Mat Bowtel, who had an inspirational story to share. After losing his job as an engineer at Toyota, Mat struggled but eventually used his skills to expand his hobby … using a 3D printer to make hands and fingers for people who didn’t have them. Usually these new limbs would cost many thousands of dollars, but Mat found a way to print a 3D kinetic finger for about $8! He also makes all his designs available online and the details of the kinetic finger have been downloaded more than 3000 times. Mat was the epitome of a mindful, selfless and compassionate leader.
A series of workshops on Saturday provided an opportunity for the students to consider their leadership through a variety of lenses. The workshops included public speaking, mindfulness, managing difficult people, event management and what we stand for as individuals, as well as some interesting conversation around DISC profiling. In addition to some new learnings, the great outcome from this weekend was networking as students leaders shared ideas and made new friends.

A reminder that last week all families received an email from our Principal, Mr David Baker, about the importance of embracing VOS as a way to stay connected with your child and with the School. Mr Baker’s email included a VOS user guide and I ask that all families familiarise themselves with these user guides and, if you are experiencing any issues logging on, our IT Department is more than happy to help you during business hours on 5143 6364. For those families after some extra support, we are holding two VOS information sessions at our Garnsey campus on Tuesday February 18 at 5.15pm and Thursday February 20 at 4pm. Please RSVP to either session from Mr Baker’s VOS email in your inbox. As well as becoming familiar with VOS, it is also important that you follow the steps in the user guide to turn on your notifications, which allows you to select that you receive a notification on your phone for important updates relevant to your child, including for our new Continuous Reporting as well as when we post this newsletter on the VOS newsfeed each Friday afternoon.

The Rosedale Football Club is holding try-outs for any under-18 players who may be interested in playing football at the club. Please contact Heath Fox on 0409 646 816.

Parents who would like to learn practical skills to support an adolescent (aged 12-18) with a mental health problem may be interested in a two-day Mental Health First Aid course, which is being run in Sale on Monday March 16 and Monday March 23. The educational course is designed to help parents and guardians recognise common mental health problems, how to best provide help and how to respond to a crisis situation. The two-day course runs from 9am-4.30pm at Gippsland Consulting Suites, 1 Inglis St, Sale and is $150 plus GST. For more information, call Leanne at Gippsland Consulting Suites on 5144 5154 or visit:

Kind regards,
Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus

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