St Anne’s and Garnsey combined Open Day 2022
Gippsland Grammar’s two Sale campuses will host a combined Open Day on Saturday April 2 offering families the opportunity to discover the advantages of a complete ELC to VCE education at the leading independent school.
The School’s historic junior St Anne’s Campus – which includes an Early Learning Centre offering three and four-year-old kindergarten programs – will be on show from 9-11am while the School’s senior Garnsey Campus on the Princes Highway will open from 11am-1pm.
Principal Leisa Harper said Gippsland Grammar prided itself on offering the full education journey from kindergarten to Year 12 so it made sense to showcase this complete educational offering on a single day.
“It’s not unusual for families looking at kindergarten options to have secondary schools in mind at that same time,” Mrs Harper said. “So it makes perfect sense for us to showcase the benefits of enrolling in a single school from ELC to VCE and we welcome families with children of all ages to explore both of our Sale campuses on the same day.”
Mrs Harper will be joined by the School’s Leadership Team at the Open Day, which includes St Anne’s Head of Campus Jie Van Berkel, Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning Michele Wakeham and Acting Head of Garnsey Justin Henderson. Student leaders and teachers will also be on hand to welcome families to the state-of-the-art facilities, including the Year 3 and 4 Kukun Kalak centre at St Anne’s and the yet-to-be-opened Visual Arts & Technology Centre at Garnsey.
St Anne’s Head of Campus Jie Van Berkel said the seamless transition from the Early Learning Centre through to the primary school and then secondary school was an invaluable part of the Gippsland Grammar experience.
“That is one of the biggest elements of our School’s education valued by our families,” Mr Van Berkel said. “Transitions can naturally be a stressful time for some students but being able to wear the same uniform and to graduate to senior school with largely the same cohort of classmates makes a huge difference.”
Gippsland Grammar School Captain and Year 12 student Mia Mackintosh, who has been a student at Gippsland Grammar since ELC, said the two main advantages of such an environment had been maintaining the same friendships throughout as well as the ease in moving from junior to senior school.
“I’ve developed many connections across all campuses at Grammar,” Mia said. “With friends I met in prep being some of my closest friendships now in Year 12 and teachers from primary school still keeping in contact as well. And moving from the junior campus to senior was such a smooth transition, which is a credit to the Year 7 orientation week making the daunting change a lot less intimidating.”
Mia also reflects that being at a single school for her entire education has made her passionate about Gippsland Grammar’s traditions.
“These include the annual Cultural Festival, which is a day when I feel so inspired by the creativity and talent of my fellow peers,” Mia said. “As well as sporting events such as the athletics carnival where there is always an unspoken attitude of giving everything your best.”
A highlight of the St Anne’s Open Day will be the opportunity for families to explore the Early Learning Centre, which offers a three-year-old ‘Reception’ program and a four-year-old ‘Transition’ program and is notable for being rated as ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard.
At Garnsey, the School’s Boarding House will also be open for families to see what life is like when students both study and live on-campus, while the Rowing Program, Performing Arts Department and the exceptional Year 9 program will also be on show.
Gippsland Grammar has more than 1100 students enrolled across its three campuses in Sale and Bairnsdale and includes a Boarding House and private daily bus options for students from East Gippsland to the Latrobe Valley. The Bairnsdale Campus Open Day will be held on May 7 from 9-11am.
Complimentary coffees and a barbecue lunch will be available on the day.
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.
Gippsland Grammar’s 2021 VCE results:
Gippsland Grammar’s class of 2021 was among some of Victoria’s highest achieving Year 12 students. An amazing 21 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 90 and 38 per cent above 80, which places them in the top 10 percent, and 20 per cent, in the state respectively. Gippsland Grammar’s Dux for 2021 was Demi Edward with an ATAR of 99.2, two students achieved a perfect study score of 50 while 28 per cent of students achieved a study score above 40. Gippsland Grammar is also proud to acknowledge the 21 students from the 2021 cohort who made a successful transition into the workforce through an apprenticeship or traineeship.
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