Garnsey Campus newsletter: Nov 29, 2019

Nov 29, 2019 | Garnsey News

Last Friday evening we held another wonderful Valedictory service and dinner to honour and farewell our Year 12 students and 44 of our school families. Reverend Rich Lanham returned to speak in the Chapel service and, as always, one of the highlights for me was the choir which sang an Irish blessing for the Year 12 students. The dinner was then held in Garnsey Hall and included speeches, performances and the recognition of each Year 12 student. Each year we invite an Old Scholar to address the dinner and this year Ms Fleur Ward (class of 1999) spoke. Fleur was our School Captain in 1999 and then went on to study at Monash University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Masters in Mental Health Science (Child Psychotherapy). Fleur is now the Principal at law firm Fleur Ward and Partners and for more than 10 years she has dedicated herself to assisting children, parents, carers and extended family in achieving justice in the Children’s Court. Fleur has also been heavily involved in policy matters surrounding Victoria’s child protection system, has chaired the Law Institute’s Children and Youth Issues Committee and is a member of the Family Law Executive and Children’s Law Specialisation Advisory Committee. In 2016 she was awarded the Paul Baker Award recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual in the field of administrative or human rights law. It was such a pleasure to welcome Fleur back to the School and to hear her inspire this year’s group of graduating students. And, of course, we wish the Year 12 students well as they begin a new adventure beyond our School gates.

Friday’s Valedictory was a fitting farewell for this year’s Year 12 students with a chapel service at the Chapel of St Anne before a dinner in Garnsey Hall. The dinner featured an array of musical performances and guest speaker Fleur Ward (bottom right), who was the School Captain in 1999 and is now the Principal at law firm Fleur Ward and Partners.

I must commend the students and staff on the successful first week of Rollover. It saw us welcome new students in classes as well as at our Boarding House and, with lots of enthusiastic learning, it has been a relatively smooth transition to the 2020 School year. All students are expected to attend School until Thursday December 12.

Exchange programs begin
This week will see us farewell eight students who are travelling to France as part of the seven week exchange program at our sister school Lycee Jeanne D’Arc, as well as one student who is travelling to the Hikarigaoka Girls High School in Japan. The exchange students will enjoy the hospitality of host families and life at our sister schools with a particular emphasis on practising and improving their language skills. We wish them all well as they enjoy this amazing experience.

A Youth Olympian in our midst
This week we were thrilled to hear that Year 11 student Jonte Treasure (below) has made the Australian biathlon (cross country skate skiing and target shooting) team, which is currently preparing for the 2020 Youth Olympics to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from January 10-19 next year. Jonte won Australian titles to secure his spot in the Australian team and will fly to Italy on December 1 for further training. Jonte has been working hard in preparation for team selection, spending most weekends during winter at Mount Hotham with the Australian Biathlon team and during the off season Jonte has been working on his endurance at home with gym sessions, running, swimming and, of course, shooting, which he says is his strength despite first putting on skis as a three year old and cross country skiing becoming a passion four years ago. In addition to this intensive training, this year Jonte has also completed his Intermediate Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, a Certificate II in Construction Pathways and has also recently accepted a cabinet making apprenticeship for next year at Bairnsdale Cabinets.

Australian Open Ballkids program
Year 10 student Aden Best and Year 9 student Baxter Pearce have been chosen in next year’s Australian Open Ballkids Program, which will see them volunteering as ballkids during January’s Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Aden and Baxter will be in Melbourne on Sunday for the official uniform presentation. Well done and good luck boys.

Baxter Pearce and Aden Best will rub shoulders with the world’s best tennis players as ballkids at next year’s Australian Open.


Kind regards,
Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus

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