Garnsey Campus newsletter: July 17, 2020

Jul 17, 2020 | Garnsey News

Welcome back to the Garnsey campus for Term 3. After a time of rest during the holidays, we welcomed four new students and their families to the campus this week and it was lovely to see that, as usual, students were scrambling to be a buddy to welcome the new students and to support them in the early weeks of their transition. I thank those who took on this role.

As you would expect, our School’s Executive team is meeting regularly to monitor Victoria’s COVID-19 situation and what it means for our School. We continue to take a cautious approach as we consider the events and activities of the Term and always have student and staff safety at the forefront of our decision making. For now, we will wait a further two weeks before we commence activities such as sport and music. Our plans and risk assessments are in place and I hope that we can recommence these in coming weeks but of course, this will depend on a number of factors. In the meantime, Garnsey’s Quad Caf remains closed and we ask that School uniforms be purchased online or by parents at the Uniform Shop, as students are not permitted to attend the Uniform Shop.

I would like to thank our School community for such generous support for the Rankcom family. Tom continues his recovery and was even able to Zoom into his Mentor Group this week; needless to say they were all thrilled to be able to see him. We would like to invite Year 12 families who may be able to prepare a readily frozen meal for the Rankcom family, to contact Miffy Llewellyn to arrange a delivery to the Rankcom’s freezer. Please contact Miffy via email at miffy.llewellyn@gippslandgs.vic.edu.au if you are able to assist in this very tangible way.

HOUSE ART COMPETITION
The House artworks hanging in some of our public spaces have been a welcome addition to the campus and certainly make a difference to the nature of our spaces. The artwork the students created as part of the House Art Competition is of a very high standard and it shows a wonderful range of different approaches to the theme ‘Graphic Illusion’.  Each of the House groups have worked tirelessly every lunchtime and have achieved the objectives very well. Congratulations to all the students involved and I also thank Ms Lineham for her support of the students in this endeavour. Some of the pieces can be seen below.

DEBATING
Like many things the Debating Association Victoria (DAV) competition has adapted to our current circumstances and continued via Zoom last night. Most participants were Zooming from their homes, though travel times meant that our Gippsland Grammar teams actually Zoomed from classrooms at School. This was the second round of online debates and students are still adapting to a different delivery mode. Nonetheless, the debates were of a high quality and I was pleased to be able to watch the A-Grade debaters of Dempsey Doyle, Hannah Husodo and Amy Baker argue that violent protests are not a legitimate means to achieve their aims. In a very close debate, the opposition were a little stronger in their rebuttal and were victors. Congratulations to the team (pictured below) and the research helpers who were able to assist in preparation of this secret topic.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Our School supports the Sale Business and Tourism Association’s Christmas in July shopping event. To be in the draw to win $1000 in local vouchers, goods and services, simply shop locally at stores displaying a Christmas tree in the window between Monday and next Friday (July 20-24) and fill in a ticket at the counter to enter the draw.

Kind regards,

Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus

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