Gippsland Grammar news: June 2, 2022

Jun 1, 2022 | Bairnsdale News, Community News, Garnsey News, Principal's News, St Anne's News

Dear members of the Gippsland Grammar Community,

While our students enjoy a pupil-free day tomorrow our staff will undertake a professional development day at our St Anne’s Campus in the areas of teaching and learning for our teaching staff while our educational support staff will take part in their second ‘Resilient Educators’ program session.

So while it has been a shorter week for our students it hasn’t been any less busy with the tail-end of our Chicago performances and Reconciliation Week activities across all three campuses keeping all of us busy.

Chicago: High School Edition
‘Outstanding’, ‘inspirational’ and ‘marvellous’ are three of the words that I heard as our Garnsey students finished their Saturday night performance of Chicago. And I think those three words are perfect descriptors. For those of you who were fortunate to see the production you were, like me, truly blessed to see such a wonderful performance. Our music students and staff have been more than challenged by the Covid-19-infused past two years. However I think it’s fair to say they are back, bigger and brighter than ever before.

I would like to thank the following staff and their teams for the opportunity that the musical provided our students:

Director: Christina Kyriakou
Music Director: Kevin Cameron
Choreography: Justeen Hahn
Choreography: Judith Gillen
Properties: Liz Bullers
Vocal coach/rehearsal pianist: Tanika Richards
Lighting: Anthony King

Thank you to all our families for supporting our students and our production.

Reconciliation Week
All three campuses have recognised Reconciliation Week from last Friday at Bairnsdale, Monday at Garnsey and on Wednesday at St Anne’s.

Gunai elder Aunty Sandra joined our Garnsey and St Anne’s campuses for a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. As the students and staff walked through the smoke Aunty Sandra shared its ‘cleansing’ qualities.

On Monday our Prefects again organised a wonderful assembly at Garnsey around this year’s theme of ‘Be Brave, Make Change’.

A key component of Reconciliation Day is for us to explore and learn more about the indigenous culture and we were fortunate to hear from our staff. Teacher Marc Bain shared information about the Uluru Statement and Zoe Hilliar shared some of her experiences from when she taught in a Northern Territory school. Bishop Richard also shared a response to the Bible reading, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Two of our Indigenous students shared their experiences and also provided the assembly with some key examples where Indigenous people have been brave. Our Prefects shared the following information to the students:

National Reconciliation week is a week that occurs during the same time every year from May 27 to June 3. These dates hold significant meaning, as they commemorate two significant milestones in our journey to reconciliation. One being the 1967 Referendum, which saw more than 90 per cent of Australian’s voting to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres strait islander people and recognise them in the Census. The other milestone in this journey includes the High Court Mabo decision in 1992. This involved Eddie Mabo’s challenge of the claim that Australian land was Terra Nullius. This lead to the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land. In 1996, the council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first national Reconciliation Week. Everyone one of us in this room have an important role to play when it comes to reconciliation, as we move forward to create a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year’s theme is: “Be Brave and Make a Change”. This theme is an invitation to understand and educate ourselves on Indigenous Australian culture, to listen, and to call out racism when it occurs in the community.

The leadership of all our students across issues that are important to them, is encouraging for the future. May these assemblies remind our students of the land on which we meet and learn as well as our appreciation of the GunaiKurnai. May we walk together into the future in the spirit of reconciliation

Warm regards,
Leisa Harper

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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