St Anne’s Campus newsletter: June 5, 2020

Jun 5, 2020 | St Anne's News

“It is a great day, for a great day!”

The above quote was shared with me by Year 1 student Mary and I have interpreted this to mean; we need to have a positive mindset and articulate what we are grateful for. Which just happens to also align well with McCubbin’s Fellowship this morning. Mrs Kristen Rich and McCubbin students created a wonderful pre-recorded Fellowship focussing on gratitude. I encourage all families to watch this Fellowship for the positive impact of articulating what you are grateful for can have on our mindset. Current families can refer to VOS to watch McCubbin’s Fellowship.

We are energised, excited and prepared for our Years 3-6 students when they return this coming Tuesday. Please remember the following:

• Our School times are
– 8.30am gates open. Students to enter via House gates
– 8.50am students to be in their classroom, ready for learning
– Normal recess and lunchtime
– 3.15pm students exit School via House gates

• School devices that have been borrowed and taken home during Learn@Home (laptops and iPads) are to be returned to school ASAP. Please have your child bring their device and charger to our front office. We have a list of devices which have been borrowed, and it is important that they are returned, and can be used to enhance learning over the next two weeks.

• Please be aware of the specific House gate entry for our students. This is to spread out and decrease the number of parents and carers gathering around one entrance. This will assist with parking, social distancing and keeping our students safe.

• McMillan Street is going to be busy with cars and people. Please do not park on the opposite side of McMillan Street. This causes traffic jams, and we are worried about our students’ safety when leaving School.

The guest on this week’s episode of Keeping Connected is Prue Cliff. Prue is a parent the owner and creative behind Avon River Farmhouse. Prue talks about her passion for serving home-cooked meals to her family and offers very useful tips to parents in need of some inspiration. We talk about lunchboxes and how to fill them with healthy treats. This is a great episode for not only the foodies in our Community but for any parent who needs some fresh food ideas to get them through these last few weeks of the term. Current families can refer to VOS to listen to this week’s podcast.

Traditionally, Term 2 would host the school’s annual Cross Country Carnival but due to COVID-19 the event has been cancelled this year. Instead, students across Gippsland Grammar’s three campuses participated in a Virtual Cross Country, which gave students the opportunity to undertake their run/walk from home.

The event, which was held over two weeks in May, had more than 350 students participate across the three school campuses, with many family and friends joining in as well. Some students did their run in their backyard while others mapped out courses in their hometowns of Sale, Maffra, Stratford, Traralgon, Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale and Wurruk. Collectively, more than 1000kms were recorded, which is an amazing effort.  Each student should be proud of their efforts. At St Anne’s, Wellington-Binks had the most students participate and uploaded the most pictures overall and scored 132 points. Everyone in Binks should be proud of winning this special one-off event! Tisdall-Hotham scored 104 points and came second, Cranswick-Dargo came third with 98 points and Blundell-Bogong came fourth with 82 points. Unfortunately, no age champions could be awarded this year however, many students ran their course in very impressive times and should be very proud of what they have achieved.

Gippsland Grammar, would like to thank all students, parents and families in helping make this a successful event. A special thanks to parents for organising their child’s run from home and taking the time to be part of this unique school event. Finally, thank you to Mr Ben Kearns who organised this virtual event. Congratulations Wellington-Binks!

The Gippsland Anglican is now an online publication and the most recent edition features a couple of great little Gippsland Grammar stories. Click this link to read more:

Yours sincerely,

Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus

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