St Anne’s Campus newsletter: March 13, 2020

Mar 13, 2020 | St Anne's News

As you have by no doubt seen, it was with a heavy heart that earlier today we made the tough decision to postpone our Twilight Fair until October 9 this year due to the current global COVID-19 outbreak.
I know this will be disappointing for many of you, as it is for us. However this isn’t a decision we have made lightly and it’s certainly not a decision we have enjoyed making. But in light of global events I am certain it is the right one. We are currently living in unprecedented times and though the Twilight Fair was scheduled for only a week away, in the current climate a week feels like a long time. Making this decision proactively eight days before the event allows us a small buffer in which we can minimise the financial and emotional impact before curries are cooked, before haloumi is made and before dumplings are rolled.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Deputy Principal Jan Henry who has spent months working tirelessly along with her Twilight Fair committee to bring this event to fruition. Of course, I realise this will also be a blow to the families who have been preparing food and goods for the event, the ELC students who have been growing green produce to sell, the Bairnsdale community who rallied to make lemon cordial to serve on the day and the many local businesses who have supported us with some significant investments, among others.
But by postponing the event to the first week of Term 4, we hope we will be living in more certain times and it means daylight savings will have rolled around again so we see this as an opportunity to welcome in the balmy evenings while also allowing our Year 12 students to celebrate with us as planned before they launch into exams.
Of course, today’s decision raises many questions and I ask that you bear with us while we work hard to answer and resolve these as quickly and efficiently as possible. One thing I can reassure you today is that anyone who pre-purchased a wristband for access to the carnival rides will receive a full refund. I’ll be in touch with you via email next week with more specific details about how this will occur.
But, for now, our School is open, our teachers are teaching and our students are learning. We continue to monitor the situation and I can assure you that the wellbeing of our staff, students and wider community is our highest priority. I appreciate your support and understanding during this time.

Our Grandparents and Special Friends’ Fellowship is the biggest day on our Fellowship calendar. We have people travelling from interstate, locally and amazingly from overseas. Our Grandparents and Special Friends play a significant role in our lives. At our unique Fellowship this morning, we had our Concert Band, St Anne’s Singers, and even an item from our upcoming musical Mary Poppins, to entertain the huge audience. Our guest speaker, Mr Gary Leeson, has a special connection with Gippsland Grammar because himself, his children and grandchildren have all gone to School here. Morgan Richards and her Grandmother Mrs Kaye Burns read a special prayer for all Grandparents and Special Friends. After Fellowship, we all enjoyed a delicious morning on the lawn at the entrance to St Anne’s. Thank you to everyone who helped, and to our visitors that travelled near and far.

Growing fresh vegetables and fruit in a natural environment is an integral part of leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. On Tuesday morning, the Green Team were fortunate to have a visit from Raquel Harris from the Wellington Shire. Raquel brings expertise in working towards a sustainable future. Together with the Green Team, she planted a range of seedlings in the vegetable gardens while discussing the importance of healthy food choices and how to care for our plants. All students were actively involved in the process, and we look forward to seeing the plants grow.

On Thursday morning, a strong group of 15 swimmers headed to Warragul to complete in the Gippsland Regional swimming completion. Our Boys Under 11 Freestyle Relay team, comprising of Obi Vardy, Kody Said, Zayden Burton and Oak Czosnek, have made it through to the State competition. Congratulations to all Gippsland Grammar students who completed. The Regional team consisted of;

Cooper Beckman
Ellie Brown
Jonah Brown
Lily Canfield
Matthew Canfield
Sam Crowe
Oak Czosnek
Sam Dettbarn
Molly Dettbarn
Lucy Dray
Evie Humphris
Gracie Millington
Adelaide Ripper
Kody Said
Ava Schuback
Zara Stazinowsky
Aurora Talbot
Aliesha Turnbull
Lola Van Berkel
Obi Vardy
Xanthe Wade

Kind regards,

Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s

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