Garnsey Campus newsletter: Nov 15, 2019

Nov 15, 2019 | Garnsey News

As our senior students have completed their exams this week, the culmination of the Year 9 Outdoor Education program has seen Year 9 students and staff undertake camps at a variety of locations including fishing at Porepunkah, mountain biking at Mt Beauty, horseriding at Coonawarra, surfing at Wilsons Promontory, surfing/Bronze Camp at Woodside or rock climbing at Mt Arapiles. The feedback we have received throughout the week has been very complementary of the students, in particular their well-developed skills, resilience and positive approach to challenges. Well done to all students and staff on the completion of these exciting and challenging programs. A special thanks to our dedicated team of Outdoor Education staff and teachers who have skilfully managed the programs to ensure students have such a positive experience.

Year 9 students have enjoyed a variety of camps this week including (clockwise from top left) a fishing camp at Porepunkah, completing their Bronze Medallion at Woodside, rockclimbing camp at Mt Arapiles and mountain bike riding at Mt Beauty.

Next Monday (November 18) will be a student-free day at Gippsland Grammar and at the Garnsey campus, teachers will engage in report writing. We have now completed most of our assessments, examinations and curriculum for the year and our planning for Rollover at the Garnsey campus is well underway with a new timetable and classes being finalised.
For some students Rollover means new Mentors and Mentor Groups and I know students will be excited to know what these groups will look like in 2020. Students going into Years 8-12 will be notified of these groups next week. As students move through the School, the allocation of classes becomes more and more about the subjects which are selected rather than the friends in the group, which is often not an issue for a resilient child.  However, for children who may need some support through these changes it maybe relevant for families to refer back to an article I also reference last year on the issue of class allocations. Written by Dr Judith Locke, it was published on the Independent Schools Victoria parents’ website, which is a great resource for parents. Dr Locke acknowledges that class lists can be a hot topic and that parents can find it stressful if their child is not happy with their class or with a specific teacher. It is my view that a desire to be with a friend or a particular teacher is not a good reason to support a change of class and that resilience and coping strategies are built when students make the most of the well-considered decisions of teachers.  I include the link below, if there are any families looking for advice about how to handle this situation should it arise, as sometimes happens as a new academic year begins with Rollover.

On Tuesday and Wednesday next week, Year 10 and 11 students will receive their examination results and be provided with valuable feedback on these assessments. With student-free days on Monday and Friday of next week, I remind parents that all students are required at School for the remainder of the week, including Activities Day and the Tertiary Taster tours for Years 10-11 students on Thursday, unless prior arrangements have been made with teachers. This next week will see the return and presentation of final assessments and this is an important part of the feedback that students receive which can inform their learning going into the “new” academic year.
Students in Years 8-11 are also required to empty their lockers in a responsible way by the end of Wednesday, November 20. They should reuse any materials that can be used again and take home all items and property so that cleaners can clean lockers prior to Rollover. 

On Monday December 2, adventurer and proud Gippslander Tim Cope will visit Garnsey campus to talk to Years 8, 9 and 10 students about his wild worldwide adventures.
Tim grew up in Gippsland with a childhood dream to travel. That dream has certainly turned into reality with Tim having ridden a bicycle across Russia to China and rowed a boat along the Yenisey River through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean. But his most renowned journey was in 2004 when he undertook a three year, 10,000km from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback, inspired by the journey taken centuries earlier by the legendary leaders of the Mongols, Genghis Khan. It was on this journey when Tim met a dog called Tigon and for more than three years the pair endured searing heat and bitter cold; dark lonely nights when wolves circled their camp; hunger; despair; joy; and the wild beauty of the landscape that changed constantly around them. They met the people of the steppe, who welcomed Tim and Tigon into their homes, and shared their traditions and histories. This remarkable journey saw National Geographic name Tim as the Adventurer of the Year in 2007 and the Australian Geographic Society also name him the Young Adventurer of the Year and the Adventurer of the Year. Now based back in both Melbourne and Mongolia, Tim has just released a new book Tim and Tigon, which is a young adults version of his remarkable Mongolian adventure.
In preparation for Tim’s visit to our School, students have the option of buying Tim and Tigon from Collins Booksellers for the discounted price of $16 (rrp $19) with all orders made by November 30 ensuring delivery of the book on the day of Tim’s presentation, which means it will be available for signing. To order a copy of the book, please refer to the email which has been sent home to families today.
In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Tim, please refer to these links:

Kind regards,
Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus

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