Garnsey Campus newsletter: Oct 25, 2019

Oct 25, 2019 | Garnsey News

On Tuesday this week our Year 12 students enjoyed their final classes before Wednesday’s Celebration Day and the beginning of their study leave. All schools have their own rituals and celebrations at this time of year and there is no single way that best recognises and celebrates the formal end of schooling for students balanced with the demands of study and examination preparation, but it is very important to recognise the milestone of completion of Year 12.

The Year 12s final day celebrations were wonderful – filled with lots of music, fun and emotion.

Our Year 12 Celebration Day commenced with the Head of Year 12, Year level Mentors and other enthusiastic staff cooking a delicious breakfast from 7am then by 9am all students from Years 7-12 were in Garnsey Hall for the Year 12’s final Chapel service, led by Chaplain Jackie Belot. The service, ably managed by Year 10 students Ruby Luckie and Tom Condron as well as the younger siblings of our Year 12s, was our opportunity to farewell the young men and women of the 2019 graduating year with reflections from Year 9 students about Peer Support, Rowing, Performing Arts, Debating, other co-curricular activities and big brothers and sisters. After a morning tea in the staff common room, the Year 12 celebrations continued with dress ups, a water slide and plenty of music and fun accompanied the lunchtime barbecue before the Year 12s farewelled the students and staff in their final assembly with dance, music, images and their final video. This was followed by the “final run” as Years 7-11 students formed a guard of honour and Year 12s ran towards and through the farewell banner, made by Year 7 students. It was a wonderful day and a suitable celebration of this milestone. Now, of course, the hard work really begins as students study for the final examinations which commence next Wednesday.

The final Year 12 celebrations, including the final assembly, was a fitting way to farewell a great group of young men and women. We wish them well as they prepare for exams.

Blackwood House Boarders’ Valedictory Dinner
It was lovely to join the Blackwood House staff, boarders and their families for the Year 12 Boarders’ Valedictory Dinner on Thursday night. Throughout the evening everyone enjoyed a two-course meal and many fond farewells. It was particularly touching to hear the junior boarders farewell the Year 12s and to celebrate the contribution that our pioneering Chinese students have played in paving the way for the ongoing  connection we have with Ivanhoe Grammar, Shanghai.

Visible Learning Information Night
A very interested and engaged group of parents attended the Visible Learning Information Night held in the Chapel of St Anne on Wednesday evening. Presented by the School’s Visible Learning consultant from the Melbourne School of Graduate Education at the University of Melbourne, Ms Sophie Murphy, the evening was full of information about our model and language of learning and this will allow parents to develop and use the same language of learning which is used in the classrooms across our entire school.

Wellington Clay Target Shoot (by shooting captain, Fergus Grubb)
The last shoot of the year went off with a big bang at Sale Field and Game shooting range on Monday for the Wellington Schools Shoot. Our team performed exceptionally well, once again proving that our sharp-shooting skills are second-to-none. The A-squad, consisting of Callan Kerby, Jack Prestney, Oscar Smith, Xavier Mills and myself came equal first with Yarram Secondary College in the team’s event, with a total score of 94 out of 125 targets. Our C-Squad wasn’t far behind with a total score of 90 out of 125 targets, taking out second place. A big congratulations must also be extended to our individual shooters. The senior girls cleaned up the competition, with Alice Murray placing 1st with 21/25 targets, Susannah Keily placing 2nd with 20/25 targets, and Pippa Treasure coming 3rd with a score of 19/25 targets. The junior girls also showed great talent. Brooke Marshall placed first shooting a score of 18 out of 25, followed by Katie Kerby in second and Tess O’Toole in third. In the boys division, Aden Mills and I both performed well, with Aden scoring 21 out of 25 and placing first in junior boys, and myself hitting 21 out of 25 to place third in senior boys.
Well done to everybody involved for biting the bullet and having a crack at our wonderful sport this year, and for helping the team continue to grow. Above all, on behalf of the whole team, thank you to Mr Kuch, coaches and staff for all of their help throughout the year – our success wouldn’t have been possible without you. We look forward to yet another fantastic shooting season in 2020.

‘Love Where You Live’ student art competition
Garnsey students are invited to submit artwork into the Raymond Street Traders’ Love Where You Live art competition. This competition is open exclusively to local school students and will involve the selected art pieces being displayed in shop windows along Raymond St during November with the opportunity for Gippsland Grammar to win a Christmas hamper.
Interested students can submit a piece of art that reflects how or why they “love where they live”. The art must be A2 size (594 x 420mm), have their name and school written on the back of the artwork and submitted to our Marketing Manager Zoe Curtis at the Garnsey front office by lunchtime on Friday November 1. Three entries from Gippsland Grammar will be framed and displayed in shop windows along Raymond St. The community will have the opportunity to vote on their favourite artwork with the winning piece receiving a hamper for the student’s school to use as a raffle/fundraising item. The art exhibition will culminate in the Raymond St Traders’ shopping night on November 14 and following this event, the works will be on display at the Sale Library as part of the Love Where You Live art exhibition until December 24, 2019. This is a great opportunity for artistic students to get their creativity on and to gain some public exposure for their work.

Kind regards,
Jan Henry
Head of Garnsey Campus



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