St Anne’s Campus newsletter: Feb 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020 | St Anne's News

The inclement weather and mosquito swarms were not enough to dampen the spirits of our families last night when we launched the new format for our St Anne’s Welcome Picnic and Information Evening. From 4.30pm in the Lorna Sparrow Hall families enjoyed an early dinner and afterwards, parents took the opportunity to meet our Specialist teachers, and take part in our information sessions. Initial feedback from parents, teachers and students has been positive and it was clear our students also loved the opportunity to ‘play’ at School outside school hours.

What a lovely morning we had at today’s Fellowship when we officially inducted our Campus Captains for 2020. It was enlightening to hear Jonah Brown and Gracie Millington (pictured below) speak about why they applied to be our Campus Captains and what they hope to bring to the role. I am excited about working with both students as they develop their leadership skill throughout the year and I asked our community to support both Gracie and Jonah by supporting their decisions and providing guidance when needed. Our School’s Deputy Principal Ms Jan Henry also attended Fellowship to speak to our students about leadership. Ms Henry spoke about Mat Bowtell, a Gippslander who she met recently, who has created a non-for-profit business creating prosthetic limbs for those in need for a fraction of the usual price. Ms Henry spoke about Mat’s leadership, his strong values, his selflessness towards others, and how he is a wonderful role model.

St Anne’s 2020 Campus Captains Jonah Brown and Gracie Millington.

St Anne’s students and teachers recently took inspiration from American street artist Kelsey Montague to draw and decorate feathers to make a set of St Anne’s wings, which are on display at our Campus. Just like Kelsey’s work, people are encouraged to be a part of the art and pose for photos in front of our wings. Thank you to our resident artist and art teacher Mrs Louise Hulls for leading this artistic endeavour.

Over the past few years, we have created a St Anne’s Family Directory, which includes contact details for each School family. The purpose of the Directory was to allow families to contact each other when required to organise social events. However, due to privacy constraints, this year we are unable to distribute family information to our School community. We hope that families take opportunities like our Welcome Picnic, to connect and exchange contact details with other families.

Anticipation is building about our Twilight Fair, which will be held at our Garnsey Campus on Saturday March 21 from 4-9pm and will feature an afternoon and evening of country fair-style feasting and frivolity. The Twilight Fair is an amazing community event for our School and is also an amazing opportunity for your friends and family to support a major parent fundraiser, which will benefit students at each of our campuses. Preparations are well underway and it promises to be an evening of food, fun and entertainment which will culminate in our Twilight Fair fireworks display. There will be many food stalls, food trucks, carnival rides, entertainment, market stalls, face painting, an animal nursery, a silent disco and a few surprises. The Anytime Fitness Music Stage will feature a jam-packed featuring The Soultanas and a number of staff Gippsland Grammar superstars including CKH, Jarvis is Taken, Old Scholars Henry Davis and Madeleine Crombie and teacher duo Todd Cook and Geoff Stagg.
We are hoping that the reimagining of this much-loved event – which was first celebrated in 1974! – will ensure Gippsland Grammar’s 2020 event will appeal to not only our School Community but to also the broader Sale and Bairnsdale communities who may not previously have had an association with our School but who may be tempted to come along and join in the family-friendly fun.
To helps us spread the word, please ‘like’ the Twilight Fair event page on Facebook ( and if you respond as ‘going’ on the Facebook event page and also ‘invite’ all those in your own social media networks to come along too, it will helps us spread the word even more.

You may have heard your child talk about visiting Harold and the Life Ed Van this week. The Van provides a unique learning environment, and the trained educators use an innovative teaching and learning approach to engage students. Joined by the giraffe mascot Harold, our students took part in lessons that empower children to make safer and healthier choices, now and in the future.

A reminder that our House Swimming Carnival is happening on Tuesday February 18. Please refer to your VOS newsfeed for the day’s program and other key information.

Speaking of VOS, last week all families received an email from our Principal, Mr David Baker, about the importance of embracing VOS as a way to stay connected with your child and with the School. Mr Baker’s email included a VOS user guide and I ask that all families familiarise themselves with these user guides and, if you are experiencing any issues logging on, our IT Department is more than happy to help you during business hours on 5143 6364. For those families after some extra support, we are holding two VOS information sessions at our Garnsey campus on Tuesday February 18 at 5.15pm and Thursday February 20 at 4pm. Please RSVP to either session from Mr Baker’s VOS email in your inbox. As well as becoming familiar with VOS, it is also important that you follow the steps in the user guide to turn on your notifications, which allows you to select that you receive a notification on your phone when your child’s teacher updates their Class Page, or when we post this newsletter on VOS each Friday afternoon.

ST ANNE’S TUCKSHOP (by Janet and Prue)
The Tuckshop has revamped last year’s menu to include a beautiful seasonal salad and some other delicious additions.  The menu is now up on VOS (you can see it as a recent post in your newsfeed) so take a look as we are sure you will find some great healthy lunch and recess options. Also, many families have been exited to hear the coffee machine is up and running with coffees available from 7.30am until 9am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which offers the perfect opportunities for families to get their morning caffeine fix after drop off. Takeaway coffees are $3 each and as we are a rubbish-free Campus, don’t forget your Keep Cup! Also, Avon River Farmhouse (Prue’s other baby) will be cooking up a storm to provide time-poor families with ready-made meals they can pick up from the Tuckshop each Thursday. These freshly cooked meals are the most convenient way to ensure you are still eating a healthy meal without having to do the work so if you would like to receive weekly take-home meal menus, please email Janet and Prue both look forward to seeing you at the Tuckshop.

Parents who would like to learn practical skills to support an adolescent (aged 12-18) with a mental health problem may be interested in a two-day Mental Health First Aid course, which is being run in Sale on Monday March 16 and Monday March 23. The educational course is designed to help parents and guardians recognise common mental health problems, how to best provide help and how to respond to a crisis situation. The two-day course runs from 9am-4.30pm at Gippsland Consulting Suites, 1 Inglis St, Sale and is $150 plus GST. For more information, call Leanne at Gippsland Consulting Suites on 5144 5154 or visit:

Sale Netball Association is running three five-week NetSetGO programs this year. The first program, which runs from Wednesday March 4 to Wednesday April 1 from 4.30-5.30pm, is perfect for brand new players or for young players wanting go get match ready for the upcoming Saturday junior competition. All players must be registered with Netball Victoria and the Sale Netball Association to participate. Once those two registrations are pid, the cost for each five-week program is $5. For more information, email or visit

The Sale Junior Football Club is holding its registration and information night on Wednesday February 19 from 4-6pm at the Sale Footy Oval. Any new players need to register online before the information night at or for more information phone Kim McMaster on 0438 235 375.

Have a great weekend,
Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus


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