St Anne’s Campus newsletter: Feb 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020 | St Anne's News

Even if you’re little you can do a lot, you
Mustn’t let a little thing like ‘little’ stop you.
– Matilda the Musical

We see all our Year 6 students as both leaders and school ambassadors. This involves setting a good example to all other students in the school and also representing our school within the local community. Some students prefer to demonstrate their leadership skills through service and ‘behind the scenes’ work, while other students shine when giving speeches. Our Year 6 Leadership program aims to cater for this and our student leaders are expected to set the positive culture within our school through displaying the Gippsland Grammar CLERR values of Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility and Respect. This morning we acknowledged our Year 6 leaders at our Fellowship and presented each student with their leadership badge.

Some photos from this morning’s Fellowship including the 2020 Arts Captains Evie Humphris, Riley Nicholas, Isabelle Carroll, Lily (top right).


Year 6 Leadership Positions 2020

Campus Captains: Jonah Brown and Grace Millington

Blundell Bogong Captains: Gus Rich and Jessica Carroll

Cranswick Dargo Captains: Olivia Covino and Hayden Hughes

Tisdall Hotham Captains: Ewan Logan and Anna Tayler

Wellington Binks Captains: Hayley Lamb and Molly Dettbarn       

Sports Committee

Music Captains

Service Captains

Japanese Captains

Library Monitors

Digi Tech Captains

Art Monitors

Zara N

Hugo D

Ollie S

Ben O

Jeremy B

Wil S

Elsa W

Thomas H

Caroline M

Willow J

Lily C



Fynn D

Mia DB

Morgan R

Billy S

Joel L


Teagan R

Emma K

Isla H

Lilia O

Hamish A

Kate E

Rory D


Josiah L

Himesh R


Lily D

Riley N

Evie H

Isabelle C


At St Anne’s we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for all of our students to develop their leadership skills. This includes students being a part of our Student Representative Council, Green Team, our Buddies program, guest speakers and more. We also presented our Green Team members with their badges. Our Green Team are students from Year 2 to Year 6 who make whole campus decisions and take action to make St Anne’s more sustainable.

They are:
Year 2: Jack Alcock and Jessica Brewer
Year 3: Lulu Hodge and Matthew Canfield
Year 4: Lucas Duggan and Sophie Moy
Year 5: Lola Van Berkel and Jadyn Gomez
Year 6: Jacqui Neilan, Zara New, Jessica Carroll and Elsa Wynne

Anticipation is building about our Twilight Fair, which will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 4pm-9pm. The Twilight Fair is an amazing community event for our School and is also an opportunity for your friends and family to support a major parent fundraiser. 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. In order to make the Twilight Fair a huge success, we are calling on our School community to support the five stalls/activities we will be co-ordinating on the day: 

Year Level




Fresh Produce Stall

Donations: Fresh produce


Assistance: Selling on the stall at the Fair.


Co-ordinator: Lisa Burgess.


Luck Cups



Donations: Each family will receive instructions with a small number of cups to fill up and be sold at the fair. 


Assistance: preparing and selling at the Fair.


Co-ordinator: Queylyn Turnbull.

Years 1 & 2


Donations: $5.00 per family to be paid to the classroom teacher, to go toward the cost of ingredients of the curries.


Assistance: preparing and selling on the stall at the Fair.


Co-ordinators: Tegan McKay and Lux Shesan.

Years 3 & 4

Gourmet Salads

Donations: $5.00 per family to be paid to the classroom teacher, to go toward the cost of ingredients of the salads.


Assistance: preparing and selling on the stall at the Fair.


Co-ordinators: Emily Grattan and Prue Cliff.

Year 5 & 6

Sale of wristbands


Coordination’s of rides


Sausage Sizzle


Cold Drinks

Donations: $5 per family to be paid to the classroom teacher. To go towards the cost of the BBQ. Due Friday 6 March.


Assistance: preparing and selling at Fair.


Co-ordinators: Queylyn Turnbull and Bree Burton.

There is also an opportunity for market stallholders to be involved and promote and sell their products, with a small fee of $30 per stall. To express interest, please contact our Marketing Manager Zoe Curtis on
Also, please go to our event on Facebook  and ‘invite’ your family and friends in your own social media networks to come along too. This will help us spread the word even more.

The theme of this year’s House Swimming Carnival was ‘resilience.’ In the past we have dealt with extreme heat and cold and this year students and teachers had to deal with mosquitoes and impending thunderstorms. With strong support from teachers and parents, Mrs Simone Langshaw organised and co-ordinated another fantastic campus sports event. Thank you to parents, grandparents and friends who volunteered in a variety of roles on the day. Students and teachers take the House competition seriously, with Wellington Binks winning this year’s swimming carnival. Tisdall Hotham came 2nd, with Blundel Bogong and Cranswick Dargo coming 3rd and 4th respectively. Our Age Champions was closely contested again this year with the following students winning their age group:

U/12 Boys: Jonah Brown
U/12 Girls: Molly Dettbarn
U/11 Boys: Zayden Burton
U/11 Girls: Lily Canfield
U/10 Boys: Cooper Beckman
U/10 Girls: Ellie Brown
U/9 Boys: Sam Crowe
U/9 Girls: Aurora Talbot

Our parents and teachers will have the opportunity on Tuesday February 25 and Thursday February 27 to meet in a more formal setting to discuss your child’s social, emotion and academic progress. Over the past few weeks, our teachers have been working hard with students to build positive relationships, identify where their learning needs are and to begin the learning process. Having open, honest communication between our students, parents and teachers is important to us.

We are making a change to how we administer medicine to our students. Previously, after parental consent, we would give students over the counter pain medication such as Panadol. This often happened if students had a high fever or a significant headache. However, after seeking advice from the Victorian Education Development we have had to make a change this year. The Education Department states:

‘Schools should not store or administer analgesics such as aspirin and paracetamol as a standard first aid strategy as they can mask signs and symptoms of serious illness or injury.’

Therefore, we will not be administering analgesics (paracetamol, etc). Instead we will contact parents to come and collect and take home, or administer the medication to their child. We do understand that this will be challenging for some families. However, the safety of our students is our priority.

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

This week at In 2 Learn Grammar (previously Sherpa Kids) we have celebrated nature, a theme chosen by the children, by using natural materials in craft and play; painting different shaped leaves to make prints and investigating leaves making rubbings. We also went for an environmental walk to collect materials for our craft. Furthermore the children made 3D trees out of recycled cardboard and made treetop sun catchers to top off their trees. The children experiment with sending secret messages to each other with investable ink, lemon juice and heating with reviling the message. The highlight of the week for many of the children was making cookie dough, moulding into different nature inspired shapes cooking and eating their creations. Bookings via Xpor app, email: or message: 0438 366 929. The service is located in the main administration building below Japanese, feel free to pop in and check out the service from 3.15pm to 6pm.

The Gippsland Grammar Board of Directors would like to welcome back all of our families to another School year. As a Board, we have ‘hit the ground running’ and are working busily behind the scenes on a number of projects. Most importantly, we are looking forward to the arrival of our new Principal Leisa Harper and we are working closely with Mr Baker to ensure there’s a smooth transition when he departs at the conclusion of this term.
Earlier this week you should have received (via email) an invitation to Mr Baker’s farewell, which will be held at Portside on Thursday 26 March from 5-7pm. I encourage as many people as possible to join us to thank Mr Baker and wish him well as he leaves us.
RSVP’s are essential for catering purposes and please be aware that as alcohol will be served at the event it is an adults-only function.

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

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