Garnsey Campus newsletter: Oct 18, 2019

Oct 18, 2019 | Garnsey News

This week a group of 13 junior students had the opportunity to compete in the Debating Association Victoria (DAV) competition, which was held at Trafalgar on Wednesday evening. The training session covered basic debating skills and in two weeks’ time the students will compete in a three-round competition with each debate followed by an extensive feedback session and adjudication. I commend these students on taking their first guided steps to involvement in our Debating program. 

Year 7 Outdoor Education Program
Gippsland Grammar’s Outdoor Education Program is an integral part of each student’s educational experience. It establishes foundation skills and experiences, which are built on over three years and it has specific curriculum outcomes defined by the year level with strong cross-curricular links to several other subject areas. This week our Year 7 students began their Outdoor Education journey at the Buchan camp where activities included minimal-impact camping, a canoe expedition, rock climbing, wild caving, Aboriginal studies, bushwalking and some environmental studies. Students had the opportunity to learn to cook on different equipment, sleep under different shelters and spend worthwhile time with their peers. Students managed the skill development very well and while weather conditions were changeable, they embraced the challenges and opportunities with energy. A second program will be held for the remainder of the students in a few weeks’ time.


Year 7 students had the opportunity to learn rock climbing at their camp near Buchan.

Old Scholars’ Lunch
For our Year 12 students and teachers the days are flying by until they finish official classes next week. Today they celebrated their transition from current students to Old Scholars with a barbecue held at Principal and Mrs Baker’s residence, which was hosted by members of the Old Scholars Association. Students and staff walked to the Baker residence at the end of period four where they were greeted by Old Scholars Association President Fiona Mills and other Old Scholars members, who had prepared a lovely lunch. Students enjoyed the lunch and many commented on the looming reality of finishing School which continues to become even clearer as exams get closer. We hope that all students from the Class of 2019 will keep the School informed of current contact details in the future and will be able to participate in reunions and future School events. Students wishing to update their post-school contact details can do so via our Development Officer Sarah Guinness on

The annual Old Scholars lunch at our Principal’s house is always highlight for Year 12 students as they get closer to the final stages of their time at Gippsland Grammar.

Job Camp
Year 12 student leavers were notified this week about Job Camp, which is a new initiative designed to assist young people to transition from secondary school into paid hospitality jobs. Hosted by Gippsland Grammar and presented by Short Courses Australia, this program is open to any Year 12 School leaver from throughout Gippsland. From Monday December 16 to Wednesday December 18 students will have the chance, at much reduced rates, to receive some pre-employment compliance certificates in Responsible Service of Alcohol, Safe Food Handling, First Aid and Preparing and Serving Expresso Coffee. Additionally, there is training in resume writing, letters of application and interview techniques.
Students can find out more on VOS or by visiting Details can also be found on VOS.

Visible Learning
On Wednesday October 23, there will be an information night at the Chapel of St Anne at the Garnsey Campus to discuss the School’s Visible Learning teaching framework. It will include information about the School-wide focus on the shared language of learning and other visible learning techniques being used in the School. The aim of the evening is to help parents understand the precepts of Visible Learning at Gippsland Grammar. 
Sophie Murphy and Luke Mandouit are Melbourne University Graduate School of Education researchers and consultants to Gippsland Grammar. They have been supporting our School’s Visible Learning initiative. Their availability next week provides a great opportunity to learn about the innovative work being done in the School as it seeks to enhance student learning.
The session will begin at 7pm and the expected finish time is 8pm.

Finally, our campus is always a busy place and while it’s impossible to include everything in our newsletter, I’d also like to share with you these snippets from the week: on Monday some of our music students visited Wilson Lodge to perform for some of the residents; on Tuesday the second image was taken by our Principal on Tuesday when he happened to be walking through our Laurie Payne Sports Centre and saw our Year 9 students practicing their fencing techniques during a PE class.

A musical performance at Wilson Lodge (top) and a fencing class were just two events at Garnsey this week.


Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus

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