St Anne’s Campus newsletter: May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020 | St Anne's News

Today’s Fellowship provided another fantastic opportunity for our campus community to come together to connect, build resilience and celebrate. Beginning with a live video of most of our families provided everyone with the chance to ‘see’ one another. I spoke about celebrating Mother’s Day (this Sunday – don’t forget!) in style and also on how our students have developed their resilience during Learn@Home. Our pre-recorded Fellowship included some inspirational, and sometimes humours messages from our teachers to our students. Evie Humphris played a beautiful piece on the flute, and Chaplain Jackie provided spiritual focus. A real highlight was our St Anne’s Singers performing an emotional song in honour of our mothers and special friends. It was accompanied by a beautiful array of photos of mothers in our school community.

Providing practical advice for parenting through COVID-19, by interviewing both parents and ‘experts’ in our school community has been an initiative lead by Mrs Lou Sullivan. Lou is our Year 1 teacher and parent and, along with Mrs Tegan McKay who is a parent and wellbeing expert, they have completed their third instalment. This week’s Keeping Connected chat is with another teacher and parent Simone Langshaw and the topic centres around the current ‘Zoom Exhaustion’ that some students (and teachers) are experiencing. Simone is teacher specialising in Physical Education and Swimming and is asked whether movement can be an antidote to this type of exhaustion. She offers practical and creative ideas that parents can execute at home to keep their children moving through the day. Families can listen to this week’s podcast via VOS.

(Clockwise from top right) Lou Sulivan, Tegan McKay and Simone Langshaw on this week’s ‘Keeping Connected’ chat.

This morning I invited all parents and carers to an informal morning tea. The aim of the morning tea was to provide an opportunity for our parents to connect with one another, share some strategies for thriving in isolation and to just have a chat. I am proposing to run similar sessions in the coming weeks. Thank you to those who were able to Zoom in.

In normal circumstances, we would have had our Cross Country this term. Behind the scenes, a team of people have been planning a virtual Cross Country for all students of Gippsland Grammar. It will look different and that’s okay. Shortly, families will be receiving an email with a link to Survey Monkey. This link will include all the relevant information for those willing to take on the Virtual Cross Country Challenge, and I encourage all students to do so. Stay tuned!

Current Gippsland Grammar student Hannah Sheppard has decided to cut 30cm off her hair and donate it to have a wig made hoping to bring a smile to someone who has lost their hair going through chemotherapy treatment. Hannah is aiming to raise funds for cancer research and support through the Cancer Council Australia. She is doing this for two special people in her life who have battled cancer, her mum and Nan. If you are able to donate, please go to

We are pleased to let our Community know that our Uniform Shop will reopen at its McGee St location on Tuesday and Wednesday next week (May 12 and 13). The Shop will be open by appointment only (book via Garnsey reception on 5143 6388 or email with 30-minute timeslots available. Social distancing guidelines will apply and additional days will be considered, depending on demand.

A pop-up second-hand Uniform Shop will also operate from the Laurie Payne Sports Centre at our Garnsey Campus from early next week (day to be confirmed via this Facebook page on Monday). This pop up shop will sell second-hand uniforms on consignment and the uniforms can be dropped off at Garnsey Campus gym foyer (access via McGee Street) from between 11am-2pm daily or at other times by prior arrangement from Monday May 11. All items must be left with a consignment form, which can be found here:

In 2 Learning Gippsland are committed to ensuring the health and safety for all children, families and educators at. While the school remains open with Learn@home, we will continue to provide care for students in OSHC. During these uncertain times, we continue to be vigilant with our hygiene practices and social distancing for the children. If you require care, please contact Kerry to register via email at or call 0438 366 929. Once registered, you will receive information about operational requirements and there will be no charge for care during this time.  Thank you.

Kind regards,

Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus

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