Gippsland Grammar news: Nov 19, 2021

Nov 19, 2021 | Bairnsdale News, Community News, Garnsey News, Principal's News, St Anne's News

I acknowledge that this School is on the land of the Gunai Kurnai people and pay my respects to the original inhabitants of the land on which we learn and give honour to the elder’s past, present and emerging.

Last week the theme of my newsletter was “Joy” and as I read the other sections of our newsletter, one could have assumed that we had planned to all write about joy, when in fact we didn’t. Clearly, we had all experienced joy through a variety of moments and opportunities last week.

Last weekend, I was listening to a family discuss when they were going to put up their Christmas tree. One family member was quick to say it was too early and that it is tradition to put up decorations on the first of December. Another family member said that they didn’t want to wait! They were sick of waiting and how putting up the decorations would bring them joy. My ears pricked up as I know in my family, I am always the one who wants the decorations to go up early.

This family’s conversation ended with the decision that they as a family would put up the decorations that day. Tradition wasn’t going to win this debate and the conclusion was that putting up the decorations was something that they could all do together and considering all that has happened in 2021, “let’s get the tree up!”. I couldn’t help but smile, this family were looking for something that would bring them all joy. As Confucius said – “One joy dispels a hundred cares.” I haven’t put my decorations up yet, but must confess, it won’t be long.

Project Briefs
The School embarked on six Project Briefs this year as a way to advance our Strategic Plan. Gippsland Grammar is very fortunate to have a knowledgeable and talented staff and, in many schools, decisions about the future of the school and such topics are only discussed by Leadership Teams. The Project Briefs were created to provide staff involvement, leadership and through action research, recommendations for each area of investigation. Our staff were prepared to share their time and talents to be involved in growing and driving the ideas that will shape our School over the coming years. The Project Briefs for 2021 included Online Presence, Student Leadership, Servant Leadership, Curriculum review, Year 9 and Wellbeing. The Project Briefs had teams of six to seven staff members with a leader of each team. They have been engaged in their research for a significant part of 2021. I would like to acknowledge the large number of staff who contributed to the outcomes of these Project Brief teams and pay special mention to the leaders: Nick Bartlett, Prue McNaughton, Liz Bullers, Sally Sharp, Justeen Hahn and Justin Henderson. My sincere thanks to these staff for the commitment and leadership of their respective Project Briefs.

Each team has recently presented to the whole staff where their presentations included their processes, their findings and recommendations.  The Leadership Team are committed to the Project Briefs and have already enacted some of the recommendations. As an example, our Year 9 program has been a successful component of the School’s offerings for over two decades and the review provided clear information on how much the Community (students, staff and parents) valued it. There were suggestions around the curriculum and program elements and these have been planned for in 2022 as a trial. Another example will be the adoption of some recommendations from the Online Presence team with planning underway for a new School website. I am very grateful for the commitment and contribution that our staff have provided our School community.

Year 12 Valedictory Evening
As you read this newsletter, our Year 12 Graduates are preparing to attend their final School function tonight – Year 12 Senior Valedictory 2021. I would like to extend my best wishes to all our students for a wonderful night and my sincere thanks to our parents and staff for all that you have done for our Seniors.

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to look for what brings you a little bit of joy in your life and then go and do it! 

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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