St Anne’s Campus newsletter: March 6, 2020

Mar 6, 2020 | St Anne's News

I am writing this newsletter while in Melbourne on our Year 6 City Camp. The camp has multiple purposes as it allows our students to develop their resilience and independence while also deepening their friendships and connections with one another. Finally, living a considerable distance from key Melbourne attractions such as the Planetarium and Parliament House, our City Camp allows the Year 6 students to immerse themselves in the learning process in some of Australia’s best resources.

An early 6.30am start yesterday morning saw us arrive in Melbourne and head straight to ScienceWorks and the Planetarium to learn about the Solar System. Yesterday afternoon we visited Parliament House and we timed the visit well as we had the opportunity to listen to Victoria’s politicians debate and discuss a range of issues including vaccines and the behaviour of local councils. Our tour guide explained how ex-premier John Cain forced many traditional sporting clubs, such as the MCC members, to allow women to become members. Afterwards we then dined and stayed in the Docklands precinct. Today we visited the famous Queen Victoria Market, where students had to budget and buy ingredients for their lunch. This afternoon we visited the Melbourne Museum and the iMax Theatre, where we saw a film on Natural Disasters.

By visiting these attractions, we are able to front load students with key information that they will need throughout the year when they learning about Government, Natural Disasters and Physics. Thank you to our Year 6 teachers Miss Prue McNaughton and Mrs Julie Jago for organising and leading this camp. I would like to also thank Mrs Michelle Thompson, Miss Ella Baker-Horan and Mrs Amanda Canfield, for also assisting on our Year 6 City Camp.

FELLOWSHIP (by Deputy Head of St Anne’s Sheryn Ray)
The audience had goosebumps this morning as the Cuthbert choir led by Max, Alana and Darcee sang The Climb. What a wonderful message of resilience: be positive, get involved in team activities, give things a try, know your strengths, accept mistakes, life is not always fair and some things you can’t fix.  Be calm, respectful and keep things in perspective. Then Fellowship finished with a bang thanks to a performance by the rock band. Everyone really enjoyed the performance and a Year 2 student said to me on their way out, “I could listen to them 1,000 times”. Thank you Mrs Dawson and Cuthbert.

It’s been an exciting week for the Twilight Fair organising committee as the RAAF confirmed the attendance of the famous Roulettes for a flying display at the event. What a coup! Of course, our School has had a long association with the RAAF Base East Sale for many years and we are thrilled they are available to support our event in this way.
In other exciting news, the wristband passes are now available to pre-purchase via Trybooking: and at the Garnsey and Bairnsdale receptions. The wristbands are $25 pre-sale or $30 on the day and include unlimited carnival rides, unlimited jumping castle, access to the animal nursery, a sausage in bread and a Prima fruit drink. The addition this year of the flying chairs carnival ride, the jumping castle and the animal nursery means the wristband pass is suitable for children of all ages and we encourage all families to support the pre-sale of the wristbands as they are a key part of our fundraising.
For families who pre-purchase via Trybooking, please print out your ticket to redeem for a wristband on the day.
Of course, the Twilight Fair is always an amazing community fundraiser for our School, which was drummed home this week when we took delivery of the custom built barbecue trailer, which was purchased with some of the funds raised from our previous Staggfair. This will be used by our Principal Mr Baker on the staff barbecue stall where he will be making his famous ‘Baker Burger’. After having a sneak peek of Mr Baker’s tightly-held recipe, I think these burgers look incredible. Without giving away all his secrets, I can reveal there is both beetroot and pineapple in this special treat and numbers will be limited on the night so I encourage everyone to come over and get one with the lot or just a selection of Mr Baker’s specially selected ingredients.
Importantly, 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 shout out to our major sponsors, which are: Anytime Fitness (who have sponsored our music stage), Accounting Solutions in Bairnsdale, Sale SignTorque, Venables Precast (which is sponsoring our animal nursery) and Sale Dental Group. In addition to these key sponsors, many other businesses have supported us with donations of goods and/or services including the Bairnsdale Advertiser, Gippsland Music and Sound and Lactalis.
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

On Monday evening our Year 3 students were able to immerse themselves in some authentic learning on our campus grounds. The Latrobe Valley Astronomical Society, along with majority of our Year 3 students and their parents, spent an evening exploring the night sky with a particular focus on our moon. Our experts presented to the audience a range of amazing photos and information about earth, the moon and some of the planets in our solar system. Our experts also brought in their powerful telescopes, and as the night sky darkened, students and parents were able to get a closer look. Providing authentic learning experiences enable students to delve deep into the learning process.

This week we investigated our five senses, we have tasted foods that are salty, sweet and sour and played guessing games with different objects in a paper bags. We have played with and made scented playdough and shaving cream. We made funny faces in our craft and completed Mr/ Mrs Potato Heads giving them funny.
Remember that bookings can be made through the Xpor app, by email or by on 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 3.15-6pm (our hours of operation).

Kind regards
Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus

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