St Anne’s Campus newsletter: Nov 15, 2019

Nov 15, 2019 | St Anne's News

We started our week with a touching and memorable Remembrance Day service on Monday. Our school has a long-standing and strong connection with the RAAF and we also have many parents in our school community who have and continue to serve in the Australian Defence Force. Our RAAF students, with the guidance of our DSTA officer Mrs Amanda Canfield, organised and presented our Remembrance Day service with featured Year 5 student Lily Canfield playing the Last Post and Reveille while the St Anne’s Singers also performed beautifully.

St Anne’s Defence students and the St Anne’s singers performed at the Remembrance Day service on Monday.

Congratulations to Jonah Brown and Gracie Millington who were elected as our St Anne’s Campus Captains for 2020 at this morning’s Fellowship. Our Campus Captains have a major role within our school Community and I am very excited to assist with and to see the positive impact both Jonah and Gracie will have at St Anne’s in 2020. Our election process involved our 2019 Campus Captains and myself speaking to all Year 5 students about different leadership roles and inviting interested students to write an application. Then we have interviews and also seek teacher feedback. For me, the most challenging part is informing the students who have missed out. It is with this in mind I’d like to thank our students who did apply and I encourage them to discuss their disappointment with their family and to continue to apply for future leadership roles. At St Anne’s, we see all our Year 6 class as both leaders and school ambassadors. This involves setting a good example to all other students in the school and also representing our school within the local community. Our two Campus Captains will display the Gippsland Grammar CLERR values of Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility and Respect and they will be particular role models for all other students in the School. Our House Captains will be announced on December 7 while the selection of our other key leadership roles such as Library and Art monitors will happen early in the New Year.

St Anne’s 2020 Campus Captains are Grace Millington and Jonah Brown.

Thank you to our Hollows students and Mrs Nicky Roberts for organising this morning’s Fellowship focusing on being grateful and thankful.

Adheen, Matilda, Jack and Ava were my special guests for morning tea this week. When I asked them ‘What do your teachers do to help you learn?’ they had some insightful comments. All four students commented that their teachers provide them with ‘good feedback’ and this helps them as learners to improve. As a school, we have been focusing on providing effective feedback.

Yesterday, our next generation of lawn bowls champions battled it out in the Wellington Lawn Bowls Competition at the Sale Bowls Club. All of our Year 5 students competed in the blustery and challenging conditions, with students commenting on how difficult the sport is. This has followed on from Year 5’s weekly visits to the Lakeside Bowls Club during PE lessons for the first half of this term. The lovely members of the Lakeside Bowls Club volunteered their time and skill to teach the students and run today’s event.

Our P&F group have organised a fantastic event to celebrate our school year. On Thursday November 21 we will be having a family picnic and movie night starting at 5.30pm. Families are asked to BYO their picnic dinner, blankets, chair or beanbag and reusable container for popcorn. The movies will be beginning at 7pm, with two movies on offer. The following day is a student-free day, so students can have a sleep in after a late night.

Our Years 3 and 4 students had an amazing excursion to the Heart Morass on Thursday for Bug Blitz. The students learnt about plant and animal life cycles and even got to hold some pretty cool reptiles!

Students got up close and personal with reptiles during the Bug Blitz excursion on Thursday.

Sherpa Kids Grammar will close for 2019 on Friday December 13. It will not be opening for Vacation Care during the week of December 16-20, due to some demolition work being conducted at the school.  To ensure children’s, educators and parent/guardian safety Sherpa Kids will close during this time. They are aiming to re-open for a vacation Care program on the week of the 20 January 2020 until school starts. If you require some care for this period, please contact Sherpa Kids, so they can start planning.  If they do not receive the required amount of bookings to be viable, the service will remain closed. Sherpa Kids contact details are

Please refer to our VOS calendar to stay up to date with all of our key events not only for the remainder of the school year but also for 2020. However, I’ve listed some of our key events below as an extra reminder:

ELC Christmas Concert: November 29
Having observed some of our Transition students practising for their ELC Christmas Concert, I can already envisage another spectacular concert. The concert begins at 9am and has a great twist this year.
Campus Christmas Service: December 2
We will be holding our annual St Anne’s Christmas Service on Monday December 2 in the Lorna Sparrow Hall from 9am. The school Community is invited to come along to this service.​​​​​​​
Orientation Day: Friday, December 6
Our Orientation Day will be held on Friday December 6. After Fellowship, our current and new students will find out which class they are in and will spend the majority of the day with their 2020 peers and teacher. We will also be announcing our House Captains for 2020.​​​​​​​
Foundation Christmas Concert: December 9
Another key event is our annual Foundation Christmas Concert, which will take place on Monday December 9 at 9am. The Foundation students have been busy preparing for their special performance.
Seaspray Life Saving Club Nippers Program 2020
Seaspray Life Saving Club have asked me to include some important information about their Nippers program. The Nippers program is a surf education program delivered under the guidelines of Life Saving Victoria (LSV), it is based around fun, participation and water and beach safety. This season begins at Aqua Energy indoor pool on Sunday November 17 at 11am, followed by the following Sunday (November 24 at 11am) in the outdoor pool (Lex Glover Pool Complex). These two sessions are required to complete the mandatory preliminary assessments before the first session at the beach on December 1.

Have a good weekend,
Jie Van Berkel
​​​​​​​Head of St Anne’s Campus

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