Garnsey Campus newsletter: Oct 11, 2019
I would like to welcome all students and families back to School for our busy final Term of 2019. Over the holidays many of our students embarked on adventures to enhance their learning – such as the students who embarked on a French Study Tour – and this has continued in the first week of Term with our Year 11 and 12 VCAL students visiting the Longford Gas Plant.
On Tuesday, our students enjoyed a rare opportunity to tour the Gas Plant which was organised by Year 12 VCAL student Adam Gray as one of his assessment tasks. The group was extremely fortunate to tour Gas Plant One and see firsthand the Plant at work, learning not only about the science of Gas separation and conditioning but also about the variety of trades and occupations in the Esso work force. VCAL co-ordinator Justin Henderson said the groups was able to speak with current apprentices in the Electrical, Instrumental and Mechanical Fitting fields and hear about the roles they have and the work they undertake, as well as seeing the workplaces.
Mr Henderson said: “This was an excellent opportunity for our students and we would like to extend our gratitude to Esso Longford Management and, in particular, Dave Gray for sharing his expertise and time with our group.”
France Study Tour
While I’m sure the holidays were restful for many, it was a busy and exciting time for those on the French Study Tour. Mr de Keersmaeker and Ms Neal accompanied 15 students to France where they were able to visit many important cultural and historic sites in Paris and surrounding areas including: Ile de la Cité, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation from Vichy France to the Nazi concentration camps during World War II, Ile Saint Louis markets, bakeries, fromageries and cafés, Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Montmartre’s Artist Quartier, Sacré Cœur Basilica, Place du Tertre, Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower; Champ de Mars, the Seine docks for a cruise on the Seine, Sorbonne University, the Panthéon, Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Opéra Garnier, shopping in Galeries Lafayette Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. After a busy time in Paris, students then travelled to Verailles and Chambord before enjoying a homestay with a French family and finishing their tour in Orleans. Many thanks to the staff for their care of the students on this study tour.
Year 12 walk down memory lane
The holidays were also a busy time for our Year 12s who were also busy preparing for, and then sitting, the annual Practice Exams in preparation for their final exams. There is much to celebrate for these students and today those students who have attended Gippsland Grammar since Foundation (including some who have even attended our school since ELC) had the opportunity to return to either our St Anne’s or Bairnsdale campuses to participate in a Fellowship back at the campus where it began for them all. This was followed by morning tea and a final look around the campus where they once played chasey and learnt to read. As an ELC-Year 12 School, it is important to recognise that our students’ education has been a long one and to acknowledge the many people who have contributed to their education across all campuses. This junior campus visit is an important rite of passage for those Year 12s involved.
Finally, this week, we have begun the countdown to the final days of classes for Year 12 students. We have a number of events planned over the next weeks to further mark these final days but, of course, our main focus continues to be ensuring that students are well prepared for their Unit ¾ examinations which commence in the following weeks. To this end, the students have been attending revision lectures, meeting with teachers, completing practice examinations and using classes to clarify and revise content and techniques which we believe will see them well placed to achieve their best and have choices about their options beyond School. It is an exciting time but also one when, for some, both the pressure of what is to come and the realisation of the changes to come, can mean mixed emotions are evident. Nonetheless, we have been very purposeful in our approach with Year 12 celebrations and will ensure that this important milestone, finishing secondary school, is marked with meaningful events next two weeks.
The current Year 12 students who have attended Gippsland Grammar since Foundation, returned to their original junior campuses today for a special Fellowship at each that celebrated their time at our School.
Head of Garnsey Campus
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