Garnsey Campus newsletter: March 13, 2020

Mar 13, 2020 | Garnsey News

Twilight Fair update (from Principal David Baker)
As you have by no doubt seen, it was with a heavy heart that earlier today we made the tough decision to postpone our Twilight Fair until October 9 this year due to the current global COVID-19 outbreak.
I know this will be disappointing for many of you, as it is for us. However this isn’t a decision we have made lightly and it’s certainly not a decision we have enjoyed making. But in light of global events I am certain it is the right one. We are currently living in unprecedented times 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 like to take this opportunity 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, the Bairnsdale community who rallied to make lemon cordial to serve on the day and the many local businesses who have supported us with some significant investments, among others.
But by postponing the event to the first week of Term 4, we hope we will be living in more certain times and it means daylight savings will have rolled around again so we see this as an opportunity to welcome in the balmy evenings while also allowing our Year 12 students to celebrate with us as planned before they launch into exams.
Of course, today’s decision raises many questions and I ask that you bear with us while we work hard to answer and resolve these as quickly and efficiently as possible. One thing I can reassure you today is that anyone who pre-purchased a wristband for access to the carnival rides will receive a full refund. I’ll be in touch with you via email next week with more specific details about how this will occur.
But, for now, our School is open, our teachers are teaching and our students are learning. We continue to monitor the situation and I can assure you that the wellbeing of our staff, students and wider community is our highest priority. I appreciate your support and understanding during this time.

With more than 80 Year 6 students in attendance, Tuesday ‘Come and Try Year 7’ evening was a great taste of what secondary school will be like for those entering Year 7 next year. Students were divided into groups and then rotated through a series of four activities including gymnasium games, Music, Science and Digitech. While the activities themselves were engaging, the chance to interact and engage with other students was an essential element of the evening. For many students the social changes that they face in moving to secondary school can cause some anxiety; given the importance of connection and belonging to our wellbeing this shouldn’t be a surprise. Opportunities to be in our School, to experience it in a safe and engaging way and to meet new and interesting peers are critical elements in our transition program. We will begin welcome Interviews with our 2021 Year 7 students next term and I am excited to meet them and welcome them to the Garnsey campus.

It’s great to see our new barbecue trailer being used at the Head of schoolgirls’ Rowing regatta this weekend. The McColl Club parents supporting the girls in Geelong have already put it to good use and have enjoyed the features including the sink, gas hotplate, water tank and ample storage.

Congratulations to Year 7 student Debbie Husodo who ran first in a 3km Victorian State race last weekend. Debbie will now head to Nationals in a week and we wish her well as she competes at this elite level.
I’d also like to congratulate Year 7 student Scarlett Tavasci who performed extremely well in her age group at our recent Independent Country Co-Educational Schools (ICCES) swim meet. She won age group champion as best swimmer in her age group. Congratulations to Scarlett.

Kind regards,

Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus

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