Gippsland Grammar news: April 8, 2022

Apr 8, 2022 | Bairnsdale News, Community News, Garnsey News, Principal's News, St Anne's News

Well, here we are on the last day of Term 1.  I can’t help but want to shout out loud – we made it!! 

We entered into this term, not indifferent to a person wanting to jump into an inviting swimming pool but knowing that there was every chance the water would be cold. We dipped our toe into the water during the first few weeks and then we jumped in and swam and swam. I think it is fair to say that many of us have felt like we have been bobbing around in the water, sometimes feeling like the water could wash over us, but managing to keep our head above water. I feel like we swam hard because we were worried someone would tell us to get out of the water and I also felt like we kept swimming because we haven’t been able to swim for so long. It felt good to be back in the pool, didn’t it?

What a wonderful term we have all experienced. I am so grateful to our fantastic students who have taken advantage of all the opportunities that have been presented to them. My sincere thanks to our staff who have been tireless in their efforts and care of our students from ELC to Year 12. A top effort everyone!

This Easter may God bring you the revelation of what this holiday truly means, and with that knowledge stand and face the world with courage and hope. Happy Easter to you and your family.

End of Term Timings
In order for our students who travel on government buses, the School has had to finish the school day earlier to work in with their schedule.

A message from our Wellbeing Committee
As we head into the Easter break, the Wellbeing Committee would like to remind our community of the resources available to assist in navigating online spaces.

As a community, we have also participated in numerous cybersafety educational opportunities over the past 2 years. These have included presentations by cybersafety expert Susan McLean in September 2020, our Year 7and 8 students engaged in Project Rockit in March 2021 and Cybersafety Information Session with Senior Sergeant Brooke Johnson at our Bairnsdale Campus this term.

The following sites also offer a variety of information for staff, parents and students regarding the responsibilities that come with the use of social media and other online services.

Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist, has a range of resources available covering areas such as cyber relationships

The eSafety Commissioner has also released the Online Safety Act 2021 which commenced in January this year. These new Australian laws protect us from online abuse.

Warm regards,
Leisa Harper


On this last day of Term 1, I am pleased to share with you our first edition of Veritas for 2022. This term has largely been about connection, which is a theme you will read about throughout the magazine. We were particularly excited to see the return of many camps and excursions which hadn’t been able to take place over the past two years (pages 4-5). Likewise, we very much enjoyed welcoming a large group of Old Scholars to our two Sale campuses for the ‘Green Grubs on Tour’ event (page 11). You will also meet the student leaders across our three campuses (pages 8-9) and we have also shared the VCE success of our 2021 graduating year (page 10). Of course, we are also thrilled to celebrate this season’s success of our Rowers (page 16). Click here to read more:

Early Learning Centre news by ELC Director Lisa Burgess
This week it was the turn of the Bairnsdale campus to welcome families for an Easter celebration.

Bairnsdale Reception/Transition teacher Sommer Lea Collins
‘Today, we welcomed Reception families into the ELC for an Easter afternoon tea, including delicious hot cross buns. The children were very excited when their homemade baskets were filled with an easter egg from a mysterious visitor that we could only guess was the Easter Bunny! We were pleased the weather was lovely, and we could all be together to celebrate the end of a wonderful first term. The Transition children also enjoyed their picnic on Friday before beginning a well-earned holiday after a very busy term. Thank you to our families for all their support. ‘ 

On the final day of term one, all the children in Reception at St Anne’s and Bairnsdale campuses were excited to receive their ‘three-year-old kinder kit’ containing picture books, activities, and parent tip sheets to enable you to support your child’s learning. This kit is an initiative of the Victorian Government as a part of the roll-out of funded three-year-old kindergarten. I am sure that they will be put to good use over the school holidays. 

I want to thank everyone for helping to make this such a lovely start to the year for the children. As I move between the groups, I can see the positive progress that the children are making with the support of their wonderful educators who always amaze me with their patience, wisdom, and passion for their work. I hope you all get to enjoy some precious family time over the Easter break, and we look forward to seeing you when we return on Tuesday, April 26.

Henry enjoys having his mum visit the ELC this week for the Easter afternoon tea &  Xavier enjoys a hot cross bun with his mum.
Mrs Burgess looks at the three-year-old Kinder Kits with children in Reception.


Bairnsdale Campus news by Head of Campus Virginia Evans
We concluded our term, ‘being together’ in the beautiful surroundings of The Abbey at Raymond Island. It was a lovely calm and peaceful way to not only finish our term, but to also hear the story of Easter shared by Reverend Edie, myself and our SRC representatives. The day began by travelling across the ferry together and meandering our way along the board walk to The Abbey. Our Year 6 leaders confidently organised four fun games for the students to enjoy, and as tradition has it we feasted on fish and chips in picnic style.

Table Tennis
Eighteen enthusiastic students participated in the ‘Sports in Schools’ program where they learned and practised the skills of table tennis. During the last session Reuben McInnes thanked Mr Brian Blythman from Table Tennis Australia, for his time and effort in teaching them and stated they had all enjoyed it immensely.
Anzac Commemorative Service
With Anzac Day being at the conclusion of the holidays, we shared a respectful service together on Thursday to ensure our students continue their learning about such a significant day. It was time to stop and acknowledge our history, understand the story further and listen to the words of the song, ‘The Spirit of the Anzacs’ proudly presented by our campus choir.

Mojo Crowe
Next term as you know, we have Ben Crowe from Mojo Crowe coming to our campus to present ‘The Perspective Talk’ on Thursday May 5 from 6.30pm. Tickets are $100 and include refreshments. A bar featuring local wine will also be available. All proceeds will be donated to wellbeing initiatives at the Bairnsdale Campus, which includes the upkeep and training of therapy dog, Wilson.

The night will provide a great opportunity for us to come together as a community and benefit both from Ben’s wise words as well as raise funds for our therapy dog Wilson, and our wellbeing program. I encourage you to secure your tickets now and to share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues.

To book, simply visit

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and Easter break, time to slow down a little!

‘Being together’ at the Abbey and Table Tennis fun. 

St Anne’s Campus news by Head of Campus Jie Van Berkel
At the beginning of this year, we wanted to create opportunities to build strong connections within our School community. We have endeavored to have parents back on our campus grounds. Our ELC Transition and Foundation Easter Hat Parade, Swimming Carnival, Fellowships with parents and friends attending, excursions and incursions all provided an opportunity for our community to come together and reconnect. Our teachers and staff have been amazing throughout this term. Teachers have strived to make learning engaging, relevant and fun. They have spent many hours before and after school planning, making resources and assessing our students’ learning. On behalf of our school community, thank you to our teachers and staff for their efforts this term.

Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our Family Easter Picnic to next term. However, we do not want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to gather as a community. Therefore, we have rescheduled the picnic to a Welcome Back to Term 2 Picnic on Thursday, 5 May, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. I promise that we will still enjoy an Easter egg hunt! Our active P&F did draw our winners this morning and we have announced the winners on our VOS page. Congratulations to all our lucky winners and big thank you to Queylyn and Bree from our wonderful P&F team for organising the Easter Raffle. We raised $1800!

Mr Van Berkel, Charlotte, Sophie, Tara, Dillon, Oscar and Milla showcaing one of the many prizes from our Easter Raffle. 

Student Leadership
We are committed to developing the leadership skills of our students. For some, it is enhancing their public speaking skills or demonstrating our key values. On Tuesday this week, our Campus Captains, William and Lucy, took part in the 5th annual IPSHA leadership program. The day was hosted by The Knox School in Melbourne and facilitated by lead educator Ben Righetti. The day focused on the leadership of self, leadership with others in teams, and leadership as service. The day was outstanding, and I am excited about the impact that Lucy and William will have on our community throughout this year.

A great day of building the leadership skills of our St Anne’s Campus Captains, Lucy and Will. Thank you to The Knox School, IPHSA and Ben  Righetti for making this happen.

Student Representative Council
Our St Anne’s Campus Student Representative Council is rallying to help flood-stricken students in northern NSW.

Students have been working closely with Kelly Warren, a former staff member and mum at our School who now lives in Byron Bay, to gather much-need school supplies to give to students in Lismore and other communities impacted by the recent devastating floods.
The School will donate books along with supplies of pencils, pens, lunch boxes, sports equipment and art materials from generous Gippsland Grammar families. Thank you to everyone who have donated.

ANZAC Service
St Anne’s will be holding a short service at 9:30 am on Wednesday, 27 April. Parents are welcome to join us for the service at the front of the school (Raymond Street entrance) if weather permits. Defence students will be selling Anzac biscuits for $1 each during recess to help support the vital work of Soldier On. Soldier On is a not-for-profit organisation delivering services to enable serving and ex-serving veterans and their families to Thrive.

Japan Fun Facts # 6
To round off the term, our Japanese teacher, Mrs Jan Chalmer has based her fun fact this week on Japan’s geography. Japan comprises four main islands, but there are nearly 4000 smaller ones! Many of these very small islands have nobody living on them. Japan’s nearest neighbours are Russia, China and Korea. Mountains cover about 80% of Japan, and many are too steep to build on. This means most people live close to the coast or in mountain valleys. To the east of Japan lies the Pacific Ocean, and to the west is the Sea of Japan.  

House Cross Country Carnival
The House Cross Country Carnival will be held at the College Ovals in Sale on Monday, 2 May 2022, starting at 9:00 am. All students will attend the day and participate in some way. This Carnival is for all students from Foundation to Year 6. Please see VOS for more details.

A reminder that Term 2 at school commences on Tuesday, 26 April 2022. I would like to finish by wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter holiday with family and friends.

Garnsey Campus news by Acting Head of Campus Justin Henderson
Many would think that the last week of Term would be somewhat of a wind down; however, this week has been quite the opposite. 

Over the last five weeks, I have been continually talking about the importance of community and the need to continue to work at building community. Last night I attended the Annual Rowing Dinner hosted by the McColl Club for the Gippsland Grammar Rowing program. Talking to several rowing parents, it was very evident that the Gippsland Grammar Rowing is the pinnacle of community. Not only the parents but also hearing the students talk about each other as role models, mates, and siblings. Gippsland Grammar Rowing has had one of its best seasons ever, with 2 Gold and 2 Silver Medals at the Rowing National Championships last week. My sincere thanks to our Director of Rowing, Mr Nick Bartlett and to his entire team for your dedication to the program. Listening to the admiration the students have for you was heart-warming, and you should be very proud.

To all the award winners at the dinner, congratulations and to our Senior Rowers who have completed their last season with the Gippsland grammar Rowing program Lindsay Hamilton, Freya Hamilton, Matthew Thompson, Cameron Rule and Rowing Captains Billy Osborne and Amy Hoernlein – thank you for your contribution to the Rowing program and well done on your Rowing efforts.


Gold medalists Kaylah Young, Billy Osborne, Anthony Smith, Lindsay Hamilton and Cameron Rule on the podium after winning the Australian Rowing School Boys Coxed Quad Scull Championship at Nagambie on Sunday.

The week started bright and early with a 7.15 departure from Garnsey Campus for 120 students and ten staff who set off for the SEISA Athletics Carnival at Casey Fields. As always, the team represented the school with great sportsmanship and endeavour. Congratulations to all team members, especially age champions Tess O’Toole, Himesh Rajapakse, Sarah Husodo and Chris Kelsey.

Wednesday, we had nine students from years 7 -12 participate in the ‘Gear Up for Ag’ program, which provided an introduction to safety in the agriculture industry. With a mix of theory and practical activities, there was learning for all students who self-nominated due to their interest in farming and the wider agriculture industry.

Our prefect group have, for some time, been planning for a lunchtime activity at Garnsey Campus, with the focus on encouraging students to come together, build house spirit and have fun. Taking the form of a House Tug of War competition, BBQ, chalk drawing, skipping and live Music event, there was certainly a positive and upbeat vibe around the South Ed of the Laurie Payne Sports complex. Students and teachers alike gathered and enjoyed themselves at the event. Whilst the event achieved its purpose; there was also great learning for the prefect group. Well done to all involved.

Lunchtime fun with a touch of House Spirit. 

Today we have held our 2022 Student Leadership Induction in the Chapel. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use the hall and include the whole Campus in the celebration, though we were able to record the event and will be using some highlights at our first assembly of Term 2. Congratulations to all the School Captains, Vice Captains, Prefects and House Leaders on their positions. It was fantastic to have Mr Brendan Shepperd, Chair of the Gippsland Grammar Board at the event with us.

We are wishing all our students and families a safe and happy Easter holiday.

School Captains Rory and Mia, with Year 1 Student Baylin, who was invited to witness the signing in of our campus leaders.

Catch up on last week’s newsletter here:


Gippsland Grammar background:
Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

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