Gippsland Grammar news: Dec 9, 2021

Dec 9, 2021 | Bairnsdale News, Community News, Garnsey News, Principal's News, St Anne's News

School Captains and Vice Captains for 2022
It is with much pride I announce that the School Captains for 2022 are

Captains:  Mia Mackintosh and Rory McLeod

Vice-Captains: Charlotte Runciman and Aden Best

I wish them and all our Student Leaders well as they prepare to lead the School in 2022. I know that they are keen to continue and strengthen the School’s culture . I have shared with the Garnsey students that everyone who comes to this school must feel respected, valued and most importantly feel safe. Every student has the responsibility to respect and value others and ensure that everyone feels safe to be who they are. 

Strategic Plan
The School’s current Strategic Plan will conclude at the end of 2022. Although there have been numerous interruptions with COVID-19, the School has maintained a dedicated focus on continuous improvement across a number of areas.
During 2022, we will commence the planning for the next Strategic Plan and look forward to our community collaborating with us, as we map out our specific actions that will align with the strategic priorities for the next three years.

ISV Fellowship
Congratulations to Miss Justeen Hahn who has been chosen as one of Victoria’s Teacher Fellows for 2022. This exciting opportunity is a highly sought-after action research project opportunity. ISV are keen to support teachers who are researching areas of education that will not only assist their own schools but also, to be shared across the state as best practice.

Justeen’s research will focus on the development and application of whole school based educational philosophies and the Teaching and Learning techniques that underpin them in a classroom environment. Ms Kate Ray has been an ISV Fellow in 2021 and researched the area of Gifted Education. Her research will assist Gippsland Grammar’s implementation in this area. I look forward to sharing the research outcomes with you all. Gippsland Grammar is very proud of our teachers and their research will have a lasting impact on both our School and others. Please join with me in congratulating Justeen and Kate.

Appointment of Head of Garnsey in the coming weeks
I would like to acknowledge Ms Ray who has been in the Acting Head of Garnsey role throughout the 2021. Ms Ray has a passion for Gippsland Grammar and has been with the School for 21 years and worked across the three campuses during that time. Her expertise and assistance will be welcomed in her new role – Director of Strategic Operations and Innovation where the School is seeking to support and advance our strategic objectives.  The School is in the final stages of recruiting for the next Head of Garnsey and I look forward to sharing who the successful person will be. Ms Ray is excited about her new role but has also agreed to remain as Acting Head of Garnsey until that person is able to join us. I would like to thank Ms Ray on your behalf for all that she has done for Garnsey students and families over the past twelve months.

I would like to acknowledge the following staff who will be leaving Gippsland Grammar (either due to resignation, retirement or end of contract) at the end of this year. Their collective wisdom and care of our students has been outstanding.

Dave Arnup, Ella Baker-Horan, Mollie Barnes, Nikolai Blaskow, Caroline Crawford, Alison Fraser, Brett Glover, Liz Hadden, Bree Henderson, Sally Howe, Lemoni Japhary, Amanda Jenman, Faye Kennedy, Bianca Klopper, Jess Markum, Frank Mesaric, Raquel Norris, Anne Smith and Judy Taylor.

Holiday Reading
I have been enjoying the ABC series – Books that made us with Claudia Karven. If you haven’t had a chance to see the series, it is available on iView. Carl Reinecke wrote the companion book to the series and it is a reflection of Australian culture through the bush myths, world wars, mass migration and the emergence of a multicultural nation. If you are looking for a good read, the series may provide you with some ideas. The three books I have chosen are: 

Cloud Street – Tim Winton

Carpentaria – Alexis Wright

The History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey.

In Conclusion
With regards to the challenges we have all experiences this past year, I feel that it is very important to acknowledge that the challenge is real. There have been no simple solutions. The commitment and work done by so many is what has enabled us to traverse through each month. The strength of our community during  the pandemic illustrated how resilient we can be, and will continue to be, in these uncertain times.

Looking back over the year,  as a community we should feel a great sense of reassurance and pride in how we have managed the past two years. My hope is that we have provided our students with positive role models that they can draw on.

As the curtain closes on 2021, I extend my grateful thanks to our entire community for their support and I am grateful that our School has remained safe and a relatively COVID- free environment. Thank you everyone for the role you played in that outcome. Our values of compassion and respect have enabled us to journey through the challenging days of this pandemic.

May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of his love at Christmas and always. All the best for a relaxing and safe holiday for you and your family. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Warm regards

Leisa Harper


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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