Gippsland Grammar news: Week 9, Term 4

Dec 9, 2022 | Bairnsdale News, Community News, Garnsey News, Principal's News, St Anne's News

What are the major challenges facing schools? How might we best prepare the youth of our society for the world?

These are incredibly relevant questions that are no doubt shared by Principals across the world. These, too, were the exact words of our School’s former Principal Campbell Bairstow from the 1990 edition of Claresco, which was the year Campbell was appointed Principal of what was then known as ‘St Anne’s and Gippsland Grammar School’.

Campbell returned to our Garnsey Campus last week to look through our new Art & Design Centre – which he was very impressed with! – and his visit prompted one of our Garnsey teachers Marc Bain to bring this article to my attention. In an amazing coincidence, Marc had been reading the 1990 edition of Claresco recently as it was his wife’s graduating year at our School and it had piqued his interest. Clearly the universe wanted this new Gippsland Grammar Principal to read and reflect on the wise words of one of her predecessors. What struck me about Campbell’s words was that even though they are now more than 30 years old, they feel as relevant today as they did then.

Campbell spoke about the challenges facing students with the changes to technology and that these changes must be approached “in a critical fashion”. Campbell wrote: “It would be irresponsible of educators if this new technology were to be explained without pointing out to students the wider moral questions for society raised by it.”

Obviously Campbell was referring to the imminent introduction of computers into mainstream society but of course with a more modern lens on his words, they are just as applicable to the more recent advances in technology with regards to social media. How right he was, both then and now!

Campbell also wrote: “In a School such as ours we have an important opportunity, indeed a responsibility, to make a clear statement on values and appropriate behaviours.”

He continued: “If Schools are to succeed in promoting good behaviour and an appreciation of responsibility to others, they will need to create a school climate in which students trust the advice and acknowledge the purpose of the discipline given to them, and in which students are surrounded by appropriate role models.”

“(Schools) must continue to be centres for communicating civilization, teaching students about their cultural heritage and history, encouraging them to participate in arts and music.”

It was that final paragraph of Campbell’s column that has really stayed with me in the days since reading it. Firstly, because it is so clearly reflective of Campbell’s time at our School when he shifted the focus of our School from that of solely academic excellence to also include art, music, sport and leisure programs. But it mostly struck a chord because I feel it could be me saying those words to our School Community today; they are as relevant and insightful now as they were then.

Of course, it is the role of a school and its teachers to guide our students as they learn to read, to write, to conduct science experiments, to learn how to play sport, and music and, as they develop, to apply critical thinking to everything they are presented with. But it is also an incredibly important role of a School to provide a holistic education to its students and to guide them as they grow into young adults of good character.

Coincidentally (yes, another coincidence!), Bishop Richard also spoke to this at yesterday’s St Anne’s Year 6 Valedictory when he said, “the test of any Anglican school is the character of its valedictorians”.

Indeed our current Strategic Plan also pledges to offer a ‘holistic education’ to our students and our current Mission and Vision is as follows:
Our School Culture is centred around our core values of Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility and Respect and develops people of character who act with integrity and wisdom.

Clearly our School has a strong and passionate history when it comes to guiding our students and I would like to take this opportunity to make a commitment to our School Community that this will indeed remain our focus in 2023 when our Leadership team develops our School’s new Strategic Plan which will guide Gippsland Grammar from our Centenary year of 2024 and beyond.

I can only hope this new Strategic Plan will be reflected on in 30 years’ time to have as strong of a legacy as what today we realise the words of our School’s former leaders have had in the past.

Wishing everyone in our School Community a restful break with plenty of family time and happiness.

Warm regards,
Michele Wakeham
Principal

Early Learning Centre news by ELC Director Lisa Burgess
How quickly the year flies by! It’s hard to believe we are on the brink of another year being over. I know that many of us are feeling weary as we negotiate our way out of Covid and living in a world that seems to be in flux. When I feel overwhelmed by the non-stop (bad) news cycle or other challenges the past few years have burdened us with, I feel very fortunate to be in the career to which I have devoted most of my adult life. Who couldn’t feel optimistic when your children’s happy and joyous faces surround me every day? Childhood is such a special time of life; through their eyes, we can see the world anew and Christmas time at the ELC is particularly magical; full of fun, glitter, music, concerts … and a tricky elf who keeps doing funny things!

St Anne’s Reception (Mon/Wed) with teachers Tammy Lopardi and Jenny Banwell
It has been a lovely fun-filled year in the Cygnets room. The children have grown, developed their independence and resilience, and have been eager to participate in the learning environment. This week we enjoyed looking at the children’s learning portfolios and reminiscing about our year. We enjoyed sharing our favourite things that we have done at the ELC. Here are some favourite memories from the children:
River: “Playing with Dad for Father’s Day.”
Eloise: “Decorating the Christmas tree.”
Will: “Bringing my teddy bear for the picnic.”
Otis: “Playing in the sandpit with Arlo, Silas and Clay.”
Hannah: “My favourite day was the sports day.”

St Anne’s Reception (Tue/Thu) with teachers Elise Edgar and Katie Whitfield
The Cygnets have had a hectic few weeks preparing for the ‘Christmas Afternoon’ celebration with our families. The children enjoyed learning ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, which they performed for an excited audience of parents on Tuesday. In addition, they have crafted some lovely Christmas decorations to add to the tree. It was a lovely end to the year in Reception. Unfortunately, Mrs Whitfield was absent in the last week as she was ill however, she sent her best wishes to the children over Zoom on the final day.

Bairnsdale Reception  with teachers Sommer-Lea Collins and Jan Vercoe
Merry Christmas from Reception. It has been a fantastic year and we asked the children to share their favourite memories from the past 12 months:
Elijah: “My favourite time was when the fire engine came. The truck made a loud noise and had headlights.”
Hannah: “I really liked doing all the science experiments with Mrs Collins. My favourite was making the purple slime together.”
Henry: “My favourite thing was the day Mummy came for Easter, and we ate hot cross buns outside.”
Bonny: “My favourite thing is playing outside. I love it. I like to climb on the climbing frame. I can climb up and over. It is so fun.”
Lara: “Bringing my teddy bear to kinder. It was so fun to play and sing the teddy bear song with him.”

Bairnsdale Transition with teachers Sharon Smith and Maddison Cuttriss
This has been a very busy time in the Transition Group as the children prepared for the end of year festivities and enjoyed their transition visits to the Foundation room. For the past few weeks the children have been busy creating gifts for their families, decorating the room, and practising our musical number. On Friday, we gathered in the hall for the Christmas Fellowship and an opportunity to perform a Christmas song with our Year 5 Buddies. It was very exciting, and we were all a little bit nervous. Jack summed it up best when he said: “At first I was worried, but then I just had fun.” With only a few days to go before we all enjoy the summer holidays, I would like to thank all the families for their continued support and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.  

St Anne’s Transition with Kristy How, Lisa Burgess and Karen Glenn
It is a bittersweet time in the White Swans room as we prepare to send the children ‘out of the nest’ and off to ‘big school’. For many children, this is the second year I have taught them, which has led to close bonds and two years of seeing them progress. What stands out the most is how the children have grown personally. They have become more confident, developed specific interests and created social connections. The children are also more aware of their well-being, now increasingly independent and able to use regulation skills like rest, breathing and music to create calm in their lives. The recent Christmas concert showed just how far they had come. When I asked them to reflect on what they liked most about the concert, they all mentioned things that some of the other children had contributed.

While Mrs Burgess, Mrs Glenn and I are sad to see them go, it will be lovely to see most of them just next door in our Foundation classrooms in 2023, ready to use their skills to continue their learning. I wish them all the very best on their next big adventure.

St Anne’s Transition with Danielle Carpenter and Jen Jeffrey
As always, the end of the year brings mixed emotions as a teacher … joy at how far our little people have come this year and a little sadness as we say goodbye to them all. There were many highlights from throughout the year with our Black Swans: from our first excursion on a bus to the Knob Reserve with our Year 5 Buddies, watching their faces light up as they saw replica, life-sized dinosaur bones during our Museums Victoria visit, to the hugely successful Christmas Concert presented to our families, Year 5 Buddies and the junior classes of St Anne’s. But it is also the little, everyday discoveries, learning and laughs that stay with me forever. To all our Black Swan families, we hope you have a happy Christmas spent with family and friends and all the best for the New Year!

I want to finish the year by acknowledging the amazing, dedicated and passionate early childhood educators that support the children and families at both ELCs. Thank you for the hard work, professionalism and care you put into ensuring that our children are happy, supported and encouraged to thrive.   A special thank you to Jan Vercoe and Elise Edgar, who are leaving us this year. We wish you all the best.

To our families; I wish you all a very happy holiday and safe travels. And may you enjoy the magic of Christmas through your child’s eyes.

Clockwise from top left: Elijah, Hannah, Henry, Bonny and Lara enjoy being ‘Five Cheeky Santas’ in the yard; Huxley, Hailey and Angus are ready to perform in the end of year Christmas Fellowship; Hunter and Cleo as joeys in the ELC Christmas Concert; and Isla tucks a child into bed in the ELC Christmas Concert.

Bairnsdale Campus news by Head of Campus Virginia Evans
Unfortunately, I am writing this newsletter from home where I am resting as a result of a Covid infection. As you can imagine, I am incredibly disappointed to be missing the lovely events of our final week of School however, I have no doubt our Bairnsdale team will bring it together, as they always do. What I can do is share all of the important acknowledgements, changes, and announcements as we finish our final day of the year …

Digital Technology
We are very proud of our students; Stephanie, Rustan, Patrick, Theodore, Reuben, Omar, Blake and Evan, who competed in the Digital Technology Lego League Challenge in Melbourne earlier this term. It was a wonderful experience for them and their success in placing ninth out of 15 teams was a credit to them. We thank Sharen Cameron for her work with these students and to Kim Maxwell and Amber Smith who accompanied them on their trip.

Junior Rotary Awards
Todd Cook and I listened with pride to five of our Year 6 students – Stephanie, Angus, Frankie, Benjamin and Taylor – as they shared their experiences at the Junior Rotary Awards evening. Completing the award takes time and effort and I commend their commitment in achieving this, along with their parents who supported them in the process. Benjamin Reynolds impressed all who were there with his performance on the trumpet playing, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.

Christmas Appeal
The generosity of our Community is evident once again as our office fills with gifts for the Christmas appeal. Understanding the gift of giving is an important element to the Christmas season. Thank you kindly for your support in providing children in our community a gift to wake up to.

After School Care
We have secured the external provider ‘In2Learning’ to deliver our After School Care program from next year. In2Learning came highly recommended by our friends at St. Anne’s as it is the provider that campus has been working with for the past few years. We are thankful for the many staff that have worked in our After School Care program and look forward to In2Learning providing a safe and happy program for our after-school students. For more information contact In2Learning Director Juliana Arenas on grammar.bairnsdale@in2learning.com.au or visit https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/after-school-care

2023 Campus Captains
This week I announced Rustan Bazley and Piper Jankowiak as our Campus Captains for 2023. During the process of interviewing the Year 5s I was very impressed with their genuine regard for each other and their thinking around leadership projects for next year. I look forward to working with them to achieve their goals in leadership. Here are some words from Piper and Rustan: “We look forward to working together next year and want to acknowledge the support of our classmates. We are grateful to have been given this opportunity by the school. We are looking forward to working with our peers to make the school a better place, with compassion and collaboration.”

2022 Caitlyn Fischer Award
Each year at our Year 6 Valedictory we announce and present two significant awards. Caitlyn’s parents Mark Fischer and Ailsa Carr joined us to present this year’s Caitlyn Fischer Award to Frankie Prior for her commitment to ‘being the very best you can’. The criteria include being inclusive, genuine, diligent and a great friend with a great heart. Congratulations to Frankie in receiving this award.

School Sport Victoria
School Sport Victoria provides an award for an individual student who has excelled in the sporting arena. Chelsea Rawlings was the recipient of this award for 2022 due to her outstanding sporting achievements at school. She has represented the school at multiple sporting events, demonstrated leadership and encouraged her fellow peers. Congratulations Chelsea on receiving this award.

Staff movements for 2023
Next year Joy Hay-Smith will be working for four days and Fiona Sutherland will take Grevillea on a Thursday each week. Mrs Sutherland is also looking forward to sharing her literature skills with a Literacy Enrichment group each week. I will share more details at the commencement of 2023 as to our timetable, our curriculum focuses and further staffing.

Farewells
It is the time of the year for farewells to staff who have chosen a different direction for 2023. I sincerely thank Libby Crowe for her commitment to our students, parents, and staff. Libby has made a huge impact on our community as our Foundation teacher, as our colleague and as our friend. We wish her and her husband Dan wonderful times ahead as they travel around Australia.

We also farewell Jan Vercoe from the ELC where she has worked diligently to support and care for our three-year-old students. Jan has been highly professional in her approach and our students have benefitted greatly. We wish Jan and her partner Dean terrific times ahead as they too intend to travel.

We have enjoyed the talents of April O’Connor’s cooking in our tuckshop this year. It has certainly been a busy place as a result of her delicious menu. Unfortunately, April has chosen to step back a little and will be leaving us at the conclusion of the year.

We always knew we’d only have Amber Smith as our Gap Assistant for one year before we farewelled her to the next stage of her life. We thank Amber for her attention to detail, her versatility, and her warm and kind nature. We wish her well as she begins her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Teaching (Secondary).

Thank you once again for your commitment to our campus and to Gippsland Grammar. We have had a successful year in so many ways and I look forward to working with you all in 2023 to the benefit of our students – your children.

My best wishes to you all for a happy and heartfelt Christmas.

Clockwise from top left: Students Stephanie, Rustan, Patrick, Theodore, Reuben, Omar, Blake and Evan competed in the Digital Technology Lego League Challenge in Melbourne earlier this term; Stephanie, Angus, Frankie, Benjamin and Taylor at the Junior Rotary Awards; the generosity of our Community is evident with all the gifts donated for the Christmas Appeal; and Caitlyn Fischer’s parents Mark Fischer and Ailsa Carr present this year’s Caitlyn Fischer Award to Frankie Prior.

St Anne’s Campus news by Head of Campus Jie Van Berkel
Firstly, a huge thank you to our St Anne’s Community for an amazing year. It has been full of excitement and challenges. I know our School Community understands and appreciates the extra effort that our staff put in to make our School great. To our parents and carers, thank you for being a part of the team and supporting your child. It is so important that parents, teachers and students create a positive team, with everyone moving in the same direction. To our students, thank you for making St Anne’s a place where learning and challenging yourself is supported; our CLERR values are demonstrated daily, and having fun is encouraged!

Valedictory
Our annual Valedictory Fellowship is a significant milestone for our Year 6 students. It provides an opportunity for these students and their families to reflect on their primary years. I am confident when our Year 6 students are older; they will remember their Valedictory and will look back with great memories of their time at St Anne’s. We had wonderful performances from our Chamber strings, St Anne’s Singers, Rock Band, and a reflection from our Campus Captains.

The Rash Shield is a traditional awarded to the winning House across all House competitions throughout the year. It is a tradition that has been happening for many years. Thank you to Mrs Hilary Rash – a past student and teacher of St Anne’s – who announced and presented the 2022 Rash Shield at our Valedictory. The Rash shield was awarded to … Cranswick Dargo!

Farewell Assembly
At our 2023 Farewell Assembly, we are able to acknowledge and thank the students and staff who are leaving St Anne’s. It is important to remember that they will always remain a part of our St Anne’s and Gippsland Grammar community. Each student who is leaving us received a copy of the Dr Seuss book ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ as a memory of their time at our School. 

We also said farewell to some of our staff members:
– Liz Foat has taught at St Anne’s over the past three years. She has built strong relationships with all students, parents and staff. We wish her all the best as she starts semi-retirement.
– Ellen Condron has taught at St Anne’s over the past six years. Throughout this time, she has demonstrated a passion for excellence. She has led our sustainability efforts across St Anne’s, with the enhancement of our vegetable, herb and indigenous gardens, recycling, introduced chickens and much more. Ellen is also an expert teacher who positively impacts many of our students.
– Amy Laverty started at Gippsland Grammar in 2010 as a graduate, and she is a natural PE Teacher. She is known for her caring nature, community-minded, and she further enhanced our PE/Sports program throughout her time here. This included starting our ‘Walk to School’ mornings and other community-building initiatives.
– Linda Vale, who has taught at St Anne’s for the past 20 years retires at the end of this year. Linda started teaching in 1980 and has taught in Mildura, Hamilton, and Melbourne before moving to Sale. She worked at Guthridge Primary School with Mrs Sheryn Ray (our Deputy of St Anne’s) at Guthridge Primary School before coming to Gippsland Grammar. She has taught every year level, except Foundation, and has taught Music as a specialist teacher. I have done some maths, and in the forty-two years of teaching, Linda will have taught close to 1000 students! She has had such a positive impact throughout her career. If you walk into any of her lessons, Linda is still teaching at the top of her game. Her calm approach, variety of skills and understanding of how students learn, make her an amazing teacher. We continued our tradition, and Linda planted a special tree near the bottom oval after our Farewell assembly.

On behalf of Gippsland Grammar, I would like to thank all of our departing students and staff, and wish them the best.

2023 House Captains
On Wednesday, we announced our 2023 House Captains. We are looking forward to providing a range of opportunities for our student leaders in 2023. Some of the responsibilities of our House Captains include; organising lunchtime activities for our students, assisting staff and students at key House events. This may include helping marshal students for their events during House Athletics and Swimming, preparing and presenting at Fellowships and providing positive encouragement of House spirit throughout the year. Each applicant needed to make a speech to their House peers from Years 3 to 6. Then students from Years 3-6 as well as our staff, voted on who they thought would best represent each House. As communicated earlier, we will be inducting our Campus and House Captains in early 2023. We will also begin the process for our other Year 6 leadership roles at the beginning of next year. The following students have been voted in:
Cranswick Dargo: Otto Humphris and Adelaide Ripper
Wellington Binks: Toby Turnbull and Milly Dray
Tisdall Hotham: Airlie Ferris and Max Williamson
Blundell Bogong: Jesse Nickson and Rory McMillan

Citizen of the Term
On Monday this week, our campus came together to acknowledge our Citizens of the Term, Class of the Term, and to say goodbye to some students and teachers. Based on our school CLERR values, our Citizen of the Term is awarded to students who have consistently demonstrated these values or have demonstrated real growth in one or more of the values. It is always a challenging decision for teachers to make. Congratulations to our students who received Citizen of the Term:
Mawson: Jonty Aurisch
Bass: Mitchell Black
Bradman: Charlie McMillan
McCubbin: Ayla Braden
Barton: Evie Larsen
Chisholm: Aspen Marshall
Flynn: Luca Lazzaro
Tasman: Elena Lazzaro
Freeman: Charlie Strachan
Kingsford-Smith: Max Del Busso
Cuthbert: Amani Angelopoulos
Hollows: Milly Dray
Goolagong: Pippy Johnson
Mackellar: Noah Kewish

School Reports
Your child’s 2022 end-of-year written report will be available on VOS this afternoon. The report includes a personal development comment, indicates current learning habits and has a scaled score for each curriculum area. Please refer to your child’s relevant continuous reporting comments on VOS for further evidence supporting the score. A continuous reporting approach through VOS will ensure that you are informed about your child’s progress more regularly. Through this process, students and parents receive feedback and suggestions for improvement on a more regular basis each term. If you are not able to log into VOS for any reason, it is essential that you contact our I.T Support team. You can do this by emailing ITservices@gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au or phoning them on 5143 6364.

Finally, I would like to wish all families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Some of the Term 4 Citizens of the Term and farewelling students at St Anne’s. 

Garnsey Campus news by Acting Head of Campus Rohan Jayatilake
‘Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.’
This quote from Helen Steiner Rice truly encapsulates the Christmas spirit that has been abundant at the Garnsey Campus. Even though this is often the busiest time of year, students have still taken time to reflect on their growth, appreciate the opportunities given, and show gratitude to their families, friends, loved ones and teachers. When speaking with students across our campus, the most common themes spoken were the ‘gift of giving’ and ‘family’. In a modern age full of distractions and influences it can be easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas, so it is comforting to know that our students still hold these values close to their hearts. It is even more comforting knowing that these values are not just demonstrated at Christmas, they are embedded in all that we do at Garnsey by our students, staff and families. It is this Gippsland Grammar spirit, as it is in Christmas, that is with us every day at Garnsey.

Valedictory
One of the most recognised events of the year is the Year 12 Valedictory which was hosted only a few weeks ago. We were fortunate enough to hold this event on campus, in the ‘transformed’ Laurie Payne Sports Centre and surrounding gardens. It was a beautiful ceremony, followed by a very social and interactive dinner and drinks. Students, staff, parents and carers came together as a community to celebrate the achievements of this special group of young people. There were many smiles, some tears, and a lot of joy shared by all. We wish all the best to our Year 12s. Though they are now embarking on new adventures, they will always remain part of the Gippsland Grammar family.

Movember and WNBL Boomers
We have been fortunate enough to have many other wonderful experiences at Garnsey this term. Our Year 11 students, led by Mrs Bullers and Austin Bauer, did a fantastic job in organising Movember. This saw a number of our Year 11 students grow moustaches to raise awareness of men’s’ health issues. Despite the range of ‘successful’ moustaches, we were truly impressed by the willingness of our students to go above and beyond to support an important cause. In Week 8, we were fortunate enough to have members of the WNBL Boomers team speak to our Year 10 and Year 11 students. In addition to viewing an episode of the feature documentary ‘Sidelined – Women in Basketball’, students were able to learn about the very real issues around gender inequality that still exist within professional sport and other industries. This was an eye-opening experience and we hope that this inspires the young people of our school to become future leaders who fight for equality for all.

Year 7 orientation
Year 7 Orientation was a huge success, and it was so pleasing to hear the positive feedback from our students and parents. It has been several years since we have been able to host a thorough program, where students and families interact on our campus as part of the transition process. Head of Year 7 Sharyn Henderson, along with a team of supporters including our Year 7 mentor team, Prefects and other staff, supported our incoming Year 7s through four days of activities and learning. Though the week was full of targeted and purposeful challenge, the students responded positively and we were so impressed with the effort and progress displayed by each individual child. We are so excited to be officially welcoming these students to our campus in Term 1.

International exchanges to France and Japan
Last week, we said ‘Bon Voyage’ to our exchange students who departed for France and Japan. Despite a few tears when saying goodbye, our students were all very excited and eager to start their journeys. They have all arrived safely at their destinations, and we hope they have a fantastic experience.

Of the students in France, Sonia Duggan reports: The flight to Hong Kong took nine hours. We had just enough time to walk to the right terminal and got onto our next flight, which was a 14 hour flight. Once we landed in Paris, we were picked up by two vans and we arrived at our sister school, Lycée Jeanne d’Arc, at 10:30am on Saturday. 

The weather has been cold so far with a minimum of three degrees overnight and eight degrees during the day. It is overcast and snow has started to fall in different parts of France. While it was forecast in Caen, we haven’t experienced snow yet.

The students are adapting to a 10-hour time difference, waking up in the middle of the night and struggling to go back to sleep. The constant French around them is another reason for them feeling tired. 

The students made it to their
first day at school and as I’m writing, our students have received their new timetable and are sitting through their first lessons. 

Edward has already had the opportunity to visit Obama Beach and the American cemetery. He reflected on how moving this experience was.  Our students will see for themselves the places where the D-Day landing took place. As the Deputy Principal and History teacher at Jeanne d’Arc said, going to these beaches highlight what a suicidal plan this was but it worked. 

Choralfest
We thank all students and families who supported the ChoralFest at St. Paul’s Cathedral last week. It was a beautiful event and as always, it was so pleasing to have our students participating and performing throughout the evening. These performances take a great deal of preparation, and our Music Department are to be sincerely thanked for their efforts in supporting our students and community.

We wish the Garnsey community a safe and Merry Christmas and, of course, a very happy New Year!

Clockwise from top left: This week two groups of students began their international exchanges to France and Japan. Pictured top left are the students in France and the remaining pictures are of some of our students exploring Japan.

Catch up on last week’s newsletter here:
https://news.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/principals-news/gippsland-grammar-news-week-6-term-4/

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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.

2022 VCE results:
Gippsland Grammar’s Class of 2022 achieved excellent VCE results with 20 per cent of the cohort achieving an ATAR above 90, placing them in the top 10 per cent of students in the state. The School’s median ATAR was 76.55, which is significantly higher than Victoria’s median ATAR of 70.33. A total of 65 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an ATAR above 70, placing them above the state’s average. DUX was Sarah Husodo with an ATAR of 98.55. Click here for more information on the 2022 VCE results. 

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