Gippsland Grammar news: Week 1, Term 4

Oct 7, 2022 | Bairnsdale News, Community News, Garnsey News, Principal's News, St Anne's News

Positive endings
During the holidays we witnessed a positive end of the year for the Geelong Football Club in convincingly taking out the AFL grand final. I was grateful for a win by my own club – Carlton – with Patrick Cripps being awarded this year’s Brownlow Medal, which certainly brought a smile back after missing the finals by less than a percent!

We were also privy to the final days of mourning of Queen Elizabeth II, with wonderful tributes of her life throughout the media and her telecast funeral. She certainly had a life well lived.

I sincerely hope that during the holiday period our students were able to spend quality time with friends and family and I have enjoyed witnessing the enthusiasm and smiles as they have returned this week.

As the countdown begins for our Year 12 students in preparation for examinations, end of year celebrations and future endeavours, I am reminded of a quote from a movie that I have often disagreed with: ‘Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t end.’ I prefer: ‘All endings are also beginnings.’

This year we have been able to celebrate a significant time back in the classroom after two years of interrupted onsite schooling. Our students have been given the opportunity to reconnect, rebuild and the excited anticipation of ‘in person’ end-of-year events is palpable. I encourage our Year 12 students to take it all in, to enjoy these precious final weeks and to end their schooling positively.

My well wishes to all our students, families and wider Gippsland Grammar Community as we all enter the final term. May we work well, grow well and finish well in preparation for a new year.

Warm regards,
Michele Wakeham
Acting Principal

Early Learning Centre news by Acting ELC Director Danielle Carpenter
It is lovely to be back with all the Early Learning Centre staff, children and families after my extended break. I want to thank Danielle Carpenter for taking my place as the Acting Director last term. She did a marvellous job, and everything ran very smoothly during my absence. I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the Bairnsdale ELC team, which had the enormous job of preparing for the triennial National Ratings and Assessment. The visit is an external process when the centre is assessed against the seven key areas of the Australian National Quality Standard.

They are:

  • Education program and practice.
  • Children’s health and safety.
  • Physical environment.
  • Staffing arrangements.
  • Relationships with children.
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities.
  • Governance and leadership.

Though we have yet to receive our report, the assessor commented on what a delightful, nurturing and educationally stimulating program we offer.

I love Term 4 as there is always a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air at the ELCs. A lot is happening as we prepare the children to move from Reception into the Transition class and the older children get ready to move into ‘big school’ and Foundation. We are also well into planning events to integrate our 2023 new ELC children and families into our Gippsland Grammar Community. Our preparation for all of these changes is comprehensive and planned to assist the children in developing skills to manage change and uncertainty, build relationships, and become confident in their new environments. Families can help by participating in any information evenings, orientation days and by reading the information that will be sent to you. It is important to do this even if your child has attended the ELC before as – even though this process is familiar to you – it is a whole new experience for your child. Dates for these events will be emailed to you shortly.

Over the next few weeks, our teachers have many special activities and events to enrich the children’s learning. This week at St Anne’s campus, the Transition groups have focused on learning about road safety in preparation for an excursion to Latrobe Traffic School next week. Learning to be safe near traffic is an important life skill that needs to be reinforced regularly, and I am sure that the children and families attending will have a marvellous day.

Aryan enjoys role play in the ELC ‘Police Station’ and Transition student Clemence  enjoys creating a ‘hold my hand when crossing the road’ poster.

Bairnsdale Campus news by Head of Campus Virginia Evans
At the beginning of each term this year I have set our students and staff a challenge or focus and on each occasion I have been pleased with the way they have responded. This term I have asked everyone to ‘bring their best self to school’ as we have many things to be grateful for.

We also have many reasons and events to celebrate this term. We will be celebrating 17 years of the Bairnsdale Campus on Monday October 17 at 9am with a special Fellowship and on this occasion we will welcome back 14 current Year 12 students who attended the Bairnsdale Campus to share in the celebrations.

We are all anticipating our upcoming camps with both excitement and nervousness. As a staff we are supporting each other to ensure these camps are well supervised, so as a result there will be a few changes with our classroom teachers over the next two weeks. A letter to the relevant classes will be sent separately with further details.

Bairnsdale Campus family event
We have our ‘Family Dolphin’ cruise organised on Sunday October 16 which will be a terrific way for our community to come together. Bairnsdale Campus families are invited for a Gippsland Lakes cruise on the Thunderbird, with Marine Mammal Foundation (MMF) staff educating us along the way about the Burrunan dolphins. The boat will depart from the Metung main jetty at 10am and return at noon. Weather permitting, there will then be a sausage sizzle lunch at Patterson Park. Morning tea, the boat trip and lunch are included in the ticket price and any funds raised will be donated to the MMF.

Please note that children must be under parent or guardian supervision on this day.
DATE: Sunday 16 October 2022
TIME: 10am – 12pm
CRUISE: the Thunderbird will depart from and return to the Metung Main Jetty in front of the Hotel.
BBQ: Patterson Park, Metung 12pm
TICKETS: Available on Trybooking
COST: $85/family, $35/adult, $20/child

Please note that tickets are limited as there are strict capacity limits on the Thunderbird.

Art Show
Save the date and book a babysitter! The Bairnsdale Campus art show is this month, with an adults-only social event to open the show on Thursday October 27 from 6.30-9pm. Come to view the show, hear some fabulous live music, enjoy some woodfired oven pizzas from ‘The Local’, and drinks from Lightfoots and Sailors Grave. Friends and extended family are most welcome, but please remember this is an adults-only event. This show will feature work of every student from ELC Transition to Year 6. Further details will be sent in an invitation in the coming days.

This term we have welcomed five new students to our campus. Aiden and Remy in Foundation, Dylan and Jaiden in Year 1 and Kaleb in Year 4. They have settled in well with their peers looking after them both in the classroom and on the playground.

Enjoy the weekend ahead.

St Anne’s Campus news by Head of Campus Jie Van Berkel
On Monday at our morning assembly we welcomed all students and staff back to school for the start of Term 4. I spoke to our students about the exciting term ahead where being responsible and respectful in the playground will remain a focus for all students. This includes putting our rubbish in the correct bin for recycling, composting or landfill. I spoke about wearing our uniform with pride and wearing blazers to and from school daily. I formally welcomed our new student, Samaira Tewari, into Year 5 Cuthbert. As per our tradition, Samaira received our St Anne’s badge and her House badge. These badges are a symbol of connection with Gippsland Grammar and I know our students wear their badges with pride. If you have not had the opportunity to read my Welcome to Term 4 letter, please refer to VOS.

Adventure Playground
As the saying goes: ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and the same can be said about our Years 3-6 adventure playground! Due to the recent pandemic, rising building costs and other factors we have had a lengthy delay. However, I am super excited to announce that we were able to move the first significant piece of equipment into place over the holidays. Our slide is now positioned near Kukun Kalak and will become an essential part of our adventure playground. I believe in creating engaging outdoor spaces where students can play and learn and natural materials, such as rocks and plants, and engaging playground equipment will be key features of this new play zone. We have collaborated with our students and experts from the Wellington Shire in creating the playground design.

Parents & Friends Trivia Night: Friday October 14
There is growing excitement around our upcoming Trivia Night on Friday October 14. The night’s primary purpose is to bring our Community together for a fun and enjoyable night and we would like to invite all parents and friends from our ELC and St Anne’s to attend. Our P&F committee has been busily preparing for the evening, including a silent auction, raffles and lots of fun games to play and our Trivia Master Kevin Broughton has promised the night will include a broad range of trivia questions. This is an adult-only event. School families can refer to our VOS post about the evening.
WHEN: Friday October 14, 7 pm for a 7:30 pm start
WHERE: Lorna Sparrow Hall (St Anne’s Campus)
COST: $15 per person. Tables of 10-12. Book through Queylyn Turnbull on 0402 940 039.
BRING: BYO drinks and nibbles, and gold coins.
OTHER: Silent auctions, raffles and games to take part in (EFPTOS available)

Division Athletics
On Monday, 22 students represented Gippsland Grammar at the Division Athletics Carnival. All had a very successful day with plenty of place getters listed below and 14 students progressing to the next round at Regional Athletics Carnival, which will be held next week. Thank you to Simone Langshaw for organising the event and the many parents and staff for supporting the carnival successfully.

1500m Run
9/10 Boys: Henri Duggan 1st, Charlie Strachan 2nd
9/10 Girls: Charlotte 3rd
12 Boys: Cruz Duck 1st
800m Run
10 Boys: Charlie Strachan 1st Jack Alcock 3rd
12 Boys: Cruz Duck 1st
High Jump
9/10 Boys: Jack McLay 1st
11 Boys: Max Williamson 3rd
12 Boys: Ryan Berton 1st
12 Girls: Melina Beanland 1st
Long Jump
12 Boys: Cruz Duck 1st
12 Girls: Tallulah Wynne 1st
9/10 Boys: Henri Duggan 1st
12/13 Girls: Melina Beanland 1st
9/10 Boys: 1st Henri Duggan
12/13 Girls: 1st Melina Beanland
Triple Jump
9/10 Boys: Jack McLay 1st
9/10 Girls: Charlotte Greenwell 1st
11 Girls: Olivia Gentle 1st
9/10 Girls: Cleo Angelopoulous 3rd
9/10 Boys: Archie Bertrand 3rd
9/10 Boys: 1st Place Fletcher Wynne Jack McLay Charlie Strachan Henri Duggan
12/13 Girls: 3rd Place Adelaide Ripper, Melina Beanland, Tallulah Wynne, Vanessa Buhagiar

P&F Trivia Night: Friday October 14 (7.30pm start)
Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day: Friday October 28 (10.30am start)
Melbourne Cup long weekend: Monday October 31 and Tuesday November 1

The St Anne’s Years 9 and 10 boys relay came first at the Division Athletics. Pictured are Fletcher Wynne, Jack McLay, Charlie Strachan and Henri Duggan. And Year 3 students Quinn, Georgia, Stella, Billy, Archer, Indy, Audrey and Jay give the thumbs up to the new St Anne’s slide.

Garnsey Campus news by Acting Head of Campus Rohan Jayatilake
Welcome back to Term 4 and we hope that everyone has had a safe and enjoyable break with family and friends. Following on from a highly-enjoyable Term 3, we are looking forward to an exciting Term 4 full of events and achievements.

Term 4 brings us closer to the end of another academic year and this is of particular importance to our current Year 12 students who are reaching the end of their time at Gippsland Grammar. This time is often associated with examinations and results, however there are so many more valuable experiences for our students. As a campus, we will be celebrating the journey and achievements of this cohort through a range of activities and events. This begins with our St. Anne’s and Bairnsdale Fellowships services where we recognise our students who have completed learning at both our junior and senior campuses. Our Old Scholars will also host a BBQ to acknowledge this rite-of-passage and to welcome our students into our Old Scholars community. In Week 3 our Year 12’s will complete their final day of classes, followed by a full day of activities that include a Chapel Service, BBQ and the much-awaited student-led final assembly. Following VCAA exams, our students will complete their celebrations with our annual Year 12 Valedictory dinner, where our students, staff and parents come together to celebrate the individual and collective achievements of the year group.

It is the season of examinations and, as such, many of our students at Garnsey are busily preparing for upcoming assessments. Examinations are a crucial educational experience for our students and allow both students and staff to evaluate learning and plan future goals for further progress. Exams are a process that deepen learning experiences, facilitate the development of positive study habits, promote retention and recall and encourage critical thinking and analysis. Importantly, regular examination experiences can help our students develop strategies that allow them to effectively manage their time, prioritise tasks and cope with anxiety and stress. Parents and carers play an important role in supporting students throughout examinations.

Some ways our parents and carers can help their child through examinations include:

  • Discussing upcoming assessments and examinations
  • Ask your child what their goals are in each of their subjects
  • Ask your child to talk about their areas of strength and areas they would like to do develop
  • Ask your child to show you their curriculum documents and explain what they have been learning in their subjects
  • Review a past paper together and have your child tell you how they might answer some of the questions
  • Encourage your child to speak to their teachers regarding topics they find more challenging

For all of our students completing exams and assessments over the coming weeks, we wish you all the best.

Our annual Debating Dinner kicked off our jam-packed term of events last night before a full range of events and activities for our other year groups scheduled for the coming weeks. Our Year 7 students will be heading off on their Outdoor Education camps in Week 2 and Week 4. Our boarders and parents will be celebrating their end of year with the Blackwood House Valedictory dinner in Week 3. In Week 6, our Year 9 students will be attending their elective camps at various locations across the state. In Week 7 we will have Year 9 Peer Support training and the much-anticipated Activities Day. And across the last three weeks of term, we will commence our Rollover program which includes the very important Year 6 to Year 7 transition week. This will all lead to the final week of term which ends with our Celebration Assembly. In addition, our rowers will be extremely busy with a range of events across the term, including Head of the Mitchell and the Melbourne Head of the River.

As always, we look forward to welcoming parents and carers to our campus. We hope that all of our Community has a fantastic term.

MUSIC: Garnsey House Music Eisteddfod Highlights Concert
On Monday October 10, the Music Centre will present the 2022 House Music Eisteddfod Highlights Concert in the Chapel of St Anne from 5pm.
We are delighted to invite our Gippsland Grammar students, parents and friends to attend this concert which will showcase some wonderful performances from the Eisteddfod held last term. This concert will feature the final performances from some of our Year 12 students as they prepare to leave Gippsland Grammar.
The House Eisteddfod is now in its second year and it provides our musicians the opportunity to perform a variety of repertoire across all levels of experience and ability along with earning some points for their House. This concert promises an entertaining and uplifting concert experience for everyone. Entry is by donation to help support fundraising efforts for our 2023 Music and Languages French Tour in April next year. All enquiries for the concert can be made to

Some of Year 12s who attended St Anne’s Junior Campus gather on the playground before a morning of reminiscing.

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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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