Gippsland Grammar news: August 20, 2021

Aug 20, 2021 | Bairnsdale News, Community News, Garnsey News, Principal's News, St Anne's News

Dear families,

Today is Compliance Day at Gippsland Grammar and this is an example of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement across important areas of compliance throughout the School.

So I would like to take this opportunity to share my thanks to our staff for their engagement across a number of areas of professional development today. Large numbers of staff will be working with external providers to enable First Aid and CPR certification are all up to date. Staff also have a number of online modules to work through to ensure that they have the latest information on topics such as anaphylaxis and asthma.

The School takes its responsibility for Child Safety and all compliance seriously. It is essential for the safety of our students that the staff are up to date with legislative changes and the latest information to assist working with children. Today, all staff will participate in a Child Safety professional development session. We are committed to high standards and our learning in these areas is an ongoing process.

I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all the stars of our Garnsey musical, Matilda. It was a blessing to be able to come together to watch this production this week. I know that our students are amazing but when I watch performances like I did last night, I see first-hand that the bar continues to be raised. Congratulations to our cast and to those who worked behind the scenes. A fantastic effort.

I continue to be amazed at the resilience and determination of the staff who have led this production over the past months. They have not only supported our students but also one another through the emotional, topsy-turvy changes that COVID-19 has presented us. Special mention to Christina Kyriakou, Kevin Cameron, Anthony King, Justeen Hahn and the teachers who have helped behind the scenes over the past two weeks. Thank you very much for all that you have done to support our students.  My sincere thanks also to the parents whose children have been involved. Rehearsals have been on and then off as the government guidelines altered, swiftly. We know that this has been challenging for you all and I want to thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We have had a couple of fundraisers across our School this week; on Tuesday staff at our Garnsey Campus hosted a morning tea which raised more than $200 for ‘Bake for Babies’, a fundraiser to help buy phototherapy blankets for babies at Central Gippsland Health. And on Monday students across our three campuses wore beanies in memory of Old Scholar Billy Adams (Class of 2017), who died of brain cancer in 2019. Billy’s former classmate and one of our current Learning Assistants Ella Baker-Horan organised this second annual fundraising day for our School, which raised more than $1300 for brain cancer research.

In a time when it’s been hard to plan events, we are hopeful we can welcome interested families to our Garnsey Campus on Friday September 10 from 3.30-6pm for a twilight Open Evening. While we still have places available for Year 7 next year, this event may particularly appeal to families with senior students who are looking to join our School Community for their final years of schooling from Year 10 and for VCE. Our two junior campuses will also be represented so we also encourage all potential junior school families to join us as a way to get a sense of our whole-school Community, while restrictions allow. I will share registration details for this event with you in next week’s newsletter.

After a period of lockdown, I know that I have enjoyed some great local bushwalks across Gippsland. If you haven’t downloaded the ‘Middle of Everywhere’ app, I encourage you to do so as it has some great tips on events and places to visit. It’s not just for tourists, there’s some fabulous ideas and information for locals on it too. Download the app via this link:

May the coming weekend be wonderful for you all.

Warm regards,
Leisa Harper

Learning Assistant Ella Baker-Horan counting the donations for the Beanies for Billy Day with St Anne’s students Cleo and Sam. Photo taken on Monday August 16.

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