St Anne’s Campus newsletter: Feb 28, 2020

Feb 28, 2020 | St Anne's News

Thank you to all our parents and teachers for making this week’s interviews a valuable initiative. The feedback I have received from those involved is having a 1:1 time to discuss your child’s development remains essential. Our interviews in Term 1 often provide an opportunity to discuss learning expectations, parent concerns and a genuine chance for teachers and parents to develop their relationship.

As we pass the halfway mark of Term 1, many parents and students may be noticing the following;

  1. Students could be fatigued and emotional as they are getting used to the daily routines of school. This is natural and expected. Students can be supported through getting enough sleep, using a visual timetable at home that includes school, homework and other expectations. This helps students prepare themselves for each day.
  2. Students may not be achieving at the same level they were at the end of last year. After a significant break from school, it takes students some time to get back to where they were. Think of it like going to the gym. It takes a while to get to a certain level of fitness and can take weeks to get back to your desired fitness level after a break. Students can be supported through parents and teachers understanding this ‘dip’ in learning. Students need to be encouraged to keep challenging themselves during the learning process.

Each year St Anne’s supports Clean up Australia Day. Today we have had our students clearing rubbish from Raymond Street, Lake Guthridge, the highway near McDonald’s and the Port of Sale., Wellington Shire Sustainability Officer Ms Raquel Harris supported our students by providing gloves, rubbish bags and utensils to safely pick up rubbish.

This morning our Goolagong students presented a timely reminder about the three R’s: Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. Wellington Shire Sustainability Officer Ms Raquel Harris was our guest speaker. Raquel spoke about what we can recycle and other initiatives that we can all use to reduce our landfill waste.

On Monday a team of swimmers went to the Sale and District swimming carnival. It was fabulous weather, and everyone had fun. It was an exciting day to watch and the participants did a great job, especially in supporting and cheering for their teammates. Parents and teachers were great in helping the day run smoothly. In the end, we ended up winning. Thank you to everyone for contributing and having fun. All of our District Swimming team has made it through to the Wellington Division Competition this coming Wednesday.

Our District/Division Swimming Team are:
Jonah Brown
Molly Dettbarn
Zayden Burton
Lilian Canfield
Cooper Beckman
Ellie Brown
Matthew Canfield
Obi Vardy
Lola Van Berkel
Adelaide Ripper
Himesh Rajapakse
Billy Stables
William Doube
Oak Croznek
Sam Crowe
Sam Dettbarn
Zara Stazanoski
Gracie Millington
Aliesha Turnbull
Xanthe Wade
Aurora Talbot
Ava Schuback
Kody Said
Lucy Dray
Evie Humphries

Yesterday  I started up ‘Morning Tea with Mr V.B’ for 2020. It is a tradition we started towards the end of 2018. Over a cuppa and delicious slice, Ben, Alvin, Hamish, Spencer and I discussed what was going well and any challenges we have. Ben, Alvin and Spencer are all new to St Anne’s in 2020. It is a wonderful reflection on our students and teachers when all three stated they have had “an awesome” start at their new school.

Our Tuck Shop has received valuable feedback from our school families who filled in our recent survey. Families are asking for the Tuck Shop to be on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They are also appreciative of the recent changes that have been made to include more nutritious meals and snacks. We will be looking to make some changes to our Tuck Shop days and options at the beginning of Term 2.

With now only three weeks to go until our Twilight Fair, our organising committee and our Year Level stall co-ordinators are in full swing: food is being ordered, wristbands are being sold, our music schedule is being finalised and we have our fingers crossed that the RAAF Roulettes may make an appearance as well as the famous Bushies Bakery may host a hot cross bun pop-up!
Also, congratulations to Bairnsdale student Jemima whose artwork features on the Twilight Fair event poster. All the students who submitted drawings for the poster, including many from St Anne’s should be proud of their creations – it was certainly a tough call for us to pick just one!
Silent disco: all those attending this year’s Twilight Fair will have the opportunity to be part of a silent disco. ‘What is a silent disco?’ I hear you ask. Well, a silent disco is an event where people dance to music on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a group of people dancing to nothing. These events have grown in popularity across the country and will appeal to all those who love hanging out with friends, dancing and laughing! There will be several discos scheduled throughout the duration of the Fair and with no age limit, everyone’s welcome to give this new and fun experience a go. For more information, visit
Food stalls: We have plenty of gourmet food planned and here’s a tastebud tempter of just a few: barbecued haloumi, dumplings, Forge Creek roast lamb rolls with Bruthen Bakery buns, pizza, Gippy Milkshakes, Gippsland Grammar Grazing Box, Grammar Mess (think Eton Mess on steroids!), Grab & Go Kebabs, gourmet salads, proffertjes, a barbecue, curries and nachos.
Market stalls:
our call out for market stall applicants was very successful and we have some fabulous and varied options for those attending the Fair. Stalls include: hair accessories, henna tattoos, flowers (grown by Garnsey music teacher Laura Evans), an osteopath stall, ping pong clowns, bath accessories and much more. These stalls will be a great addition to our School-based stalls and will ensure there really will be something for everyone.
Sponsors: an event of this scale could never be the success that we hope the Twilight Fair will be without the generous support of our sponsors. We would like to give a particular shout out to our major sponsors, which are: Anytime Fitness (who have sponsored our music stage), Accounting Solutions in Bairnsdale, Sale Sign Torque, are supporting our marketing including the event posters which you should now start noticing in shopfronts of businesses around town, Venables Precast (which is sponsoring our animal nursery) and Sale Dental Group, who have been a long-time sponsor of this event. In addition to these key sponsors, many other businesses have supported us with donations of goods and/or services including the Bairnsdale Advertiser (keep an eye out for Kenny the Koala helping the Bairnsdale students make cordial for our refreshment station), Gippsland Music and Sound and Lactalis, which is providing many dairy products for our various stallholders.
And, finally, we need your support in helping us let as many people from the community know about this fun, family-friendly event. Don’t forget to confirm your attendance on our Facebook event page ( and to also invite others in your social media network to attend. The more likes and interactions we get on this page, the more we can spread the word. #twilightfair2020

Enjoy your weekend,
Jie Van Berkel
Head of Bairnsdale Campus

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