St Anne’s Campus newsletter: July 31, 2020

Jul 31, 2020 | St Anne's News

As communicated to our School Community yesterday, as per the State Government directive, all Gippsland Grammar students from Years 7-12 must wear a face mask or covering from Monday.

As our students at St Anne’s (and Bairnsdale) are aged 12 and under they do not have to wear face masks however, if primary students wish to wear face masks, they are welcome to. If your child would like to wear a mask, please read the email Principal Mrs Leisa Harper sent yesterday. It outlines the important guidelines with wearing a mask at School.

Students will notice our teachers and staff wearing masks from Monday. Today, teachers took the opportunity to explain and desensitise students the reasons why we will be wearing them from next week. 

As if they knew what was coming, our Blackwood House Community launched a sewing-frenzy last weekend as Miffy Llewellyn and some of the weekend boarders started making masks for boarders and the Blackwood House kitchen and supervising staff. They initially made 110 masks and following this week’s announcement that we will all be wearing masks from Monday, Miffy and her tribe of sewers have amped up production and – assuming they can get a restock of elastic! – will continue to make masks for others who may need them (see below). I am most grateful to Mrs Llewellyn for all her efforts, which have ensured our Boarding House Community is well and truly prepared for the coming week. Miffy will also manage the washing of the masks for the boarding students.

But Miffy (pictured below with Head of Boarding Stuart Llewellyn) is not the only one sitting behind a sewing machine and we have been made aware of the following members of our School Community who are making fabric reusable face masks:
– Boarding House supervisor Miffy Llewellyn is making two-layer masks for $10/each. To order, text 0405205849 or email
– Year 10 student Elouise Godfrey’s mum Annnika is making adult-size wire-free masks for $10/each. To order, text message 0417565504 or email
– Year 11 student Hannah Fairweather is making masks for $8/each or three for $20. Order via Instagram at @handmadebyhannah_hbyh
If others in our Community are also making masks for sale, please email Marketing Manager Zoe Curtis at for inclusion in next week’s newsletter.

Each year, St Anne’s students wait in anticipation for the always entertaining Prefect Fellowship, which was held this morning. Our Prefects introduced themselves in a wonderful way with each Prefect saying why another Prefect is special and unique. Their key message throughout was about how we can ‘Stay Strong’ during the current pandemic. A big thank you to Sam, Tilly, Emma, Lachie, Hannah, Jarrod, Ella, James, Ebony, Aiden, Ellen, Gen and Lachy for today’s Fellowship. School families can watch the Fellowship via VOS.

This week we have made the difficult decision to officially cancel this Twilight Fair, which as you know had already been postponed from the original date of March 21 to October 9, 2020.
In some ways this was a difficult decision but it was also the only responsible decision. After initially postponing the Fair in what were the very early days of the Australian outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has since become clear that large-scale community events such as our Fair will not be viable for a very long time. And in a time when there is so much uncertainty, we remain certain that the safety of our students, staff and School community must always come first in our decision making and, right now, we don’t feel like we can ensure everyone’s safety at an event that is now less than three months away. We are hopeful this event will be rescheduled at some time in the future, however this isn’t a decision we can make at this time and, in the interests of giving our Community certainty, we feel that cancellation is the most responsible option for us all.
For now, we’d like to once again thank all of our major event sponsors – Anytime Fitness, Accounting Solutions, Sale SignTorque, Venables Precast and Sale Dental Group – and all those in our School Community who had spent many hours preparing for the event. Of course, there are many to whom this applies but today we’d like to make specific mention of the ELC families who had planted fruit and vegetables for the Green Produce stall, the Bairnsdale community which had spent an entire day making cordial to serve at our refreshment stall, the St Anne’s families for donating goodies for the Lucky Cups and the Garnsey music students who had been preparing for their performances on the day.
Thank you once again for firstly your support and now for your understanding in what has been a rollercoaster of a time for us all.

Developing our students’ handwriting is not only a part of the Australian Curriculum but also an essential skill. This morning we acknowledged and celebrated the efforts of our students who have demonstrated excellence with their handwriting.

Foundation: 1st Aiden Young, 2nd Jake Smith, 3rd Azkhuu Ereegen, 4th Aspen Marshall
Year 1: 1st Tayah McGrath, 2nd Elena Lazzaro, 3rd Lexie Elliman, 4th Edison Talbot
Year 2: 1st Charlotte Greenwell, 2nd Nicholas Treloar, 3rd Max Del Busso, 4th Jessica Brewer
Year 3: 1st Aurora Talbot, 2nd Lily-Joy Moalthodi, 3rd Rory Macmillan, 4th Chloe Kitchin
Year 4: 1st Alyssa Alcock, 2nd Ella Lamb, 3rd Ashley Tayler, 4th Sophie Moy
Year 5: 1st Olivia Clyne, 2nd Oscar Wilkins, 3rd Vida Yanez, 4th Harry Stephenson
Year 6: 1st Elsa Wynne, 2nd Jessica Carroll, 3rd Isabelle Carroll, 4th Hayley Lamb

1st: Blundell Bogong
2nd: Wellington Binks
3rd: Tisdall Hotham
4th: Cranswick Dargo

During Learn@Home, we created a page on VOS to store a range of great resources and pre-ecorded Fellowships. The collection of podcasts titled ‘Keeping Connected’ are well worth listening to. It includes many of our parents who are experts in other fields sharing their thoughts on thriving during this current pandemic. School families can access these resources via VOS.

Many people in our School Community would have heard of the very young Jerry Ong who was born with a very rare genetic disease. This coming Friday (August 7) our campus will be supporting ‘Jeans for Jerry’ by wearing jeans and bringing a gold coin donation to donate to Jeans for Genes Day. Students may wear jeans, along with their normal School uniform next Friday. For more information about Jerry, visit the Jeans for Genes website:

You may see students from our Garnsey Campus on the local news tonight (on both Channel 9 and WIN News) as a result of their efforts to raise money and awareness for brain cancer in honour of Billy Adams (Class of 2017) who taught our School Community the true meaning of resilience and courage.
Billy began at Gippsland Grammar in 2007 as a student in Year 3 at our Bairnsdale Campus and continued through our School as a dedicated and determined student who loved representing Gippsland Grammar in swimming and he was also a much-loved member of the Blackwood House Community.
Billy was first diagnosed with brain cancer in January 2016, just as he was due to begin Year 12. Experts expected he may only have 12 months to live however Billy defied these odds and in 2017, while still undergoing chemotherapy treatment, he insisted on returning to School to complete Year 12 and graduate from Gippsland Grammar with his peers. After going into remission, Billy accepted a university place in Arts and by the second semester was offered a place to study Law.
During the 2018 mid-term university break Billy enjoyed a trip to Italy but returned from overseas with headaches which unfortunately meant his cancer was on the move again. Dr Charlie Teo removed a large section of cancer from Billy’s brain but could not remove it 100 per cent. In January last year Billy went to China for immunotherapy and photo-sono dynamic treatment. Brave Billy gave his best effort in every treatment option made available to him but, tragically, he could not beat this hideous disease and he died in June last year, aged 20.
Today in Billy’s memory students at our Garnsey Campus hosted a beanie day in Billy’s memory and raised awareness and much-needed funds for Carrie Bickmore’s Beanies for Brain Cancer charity.
If you would like to donate money to Beanies for Brain Cancer in Billy’s memory, it can be done so here:

Deputy Principal and Head of Garnsey Ms Jan Henry talks to the media this morning
about why Garnsey staff and students were wearing beanies in honor of Old Scholar Billy Adams.

Gippsland Grammar’s GAP Rowing coach Eleanor Brinkhoff has written the following article about her experience at Gippsland Grammar, which is a lovely reflection on her time with us.
In the article Eleanor, who has since returned to the UK, says: “It was fantastic to be immersed in the sport I love whilst learning and developing more than I ever could have imagined as a coach and a person. I have met so many incredible people from Australia and developed life-long friendships in the process. To live in a foreign country and discover new places has been an amazing experience, despite the deadly snakes, and something I would recommend to everyone.”
Read the full article here:

Have a lovely weekend,

Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus

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