St Anne’s Campus newsletter: Nov 29, 2019

Nov 29, 2019 | St Anne's News

This morning our whole campus gathered for one of my favourite events of the year: our Early Learning Centre’s Christmas Concert. Each year, the ELC students perform a Christmas Concert that includes fantastic costumes, songs and a great message. This year’s extravaganza had a fantastic twist with Mrs Claus and her female crew saving Christmas. Another highlight is when Santa pays a visit to our ELC students at the end of their performance and this is also the occasion when each family receives their child’s detailed portfolio, which outlines the learning that has occurred throughout the year. Behind the scenes ELC Director Lisa Burgess, ELC teacher Danielle Carpenter and the rest of the ELC team once again wove their magic to organise the concert and Lisa Burgess went as far as writing this play by herself, which is a considerable feat! I know our students and ELC parents appreciate her efforts and I’d like to pass on a big congratulations to all our ELC students who were involved.

Students on stage during today’s Early Learning Centre Christmas Concert.

Orientation Day
Our Orientation day – also known as ‘New Students Day’ – will be held on Friday December 6 when our new students for next year will gather in the library at the start of their day for their first official taste of St Anne’s. On that day, all students are asked to come to school in casual clothes to assist with the transition of our new students to Gippsland Grammar. We will begin the day with Traditional Fellowship and also announce our new House Captains for 2020. Following Fellowship, current and new students will find out which class they are in for next year and will spend the majority of the day with their 2020 peers and teacher. A letter will be sent home with each child indicating their class and teacher for 2020 at the end of Orientation Day.

Wheelchair Basketball
This week students from Years 2-6 have been trying their skills at Wheelchair basketball with students from Foundation and Year 1 also participating in this activity next week. Gippsport’s Brenton Dinsdale aims to make sport available for people of all abilities and he shared with students the safety and manoeuvrability of the chairs before giving them all the opportunity to participate in games including ‘octopus’ and basketball. Students welcomed the chance to try something new and thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.

Both students and St Anne’s Head of Campus Jie Van Berkel enjoyed trying their skills at Wheelchair Basketball this week.

Junior Times
Year 6 student Ava Taylor won $1000 from Intersport for her advertisement in the Junior Gippsland Times, which was published earlier this year. The Junior Gippsalnd Times provides an authentic opportunity for our students to write and create content for a real-life newspaper.


The St Anne’s students which featured work in the Junior Gippsland Times.

It has been a musical week with an excellent instrumental soiree held at the Chapel of St Anne at our Garnsey Campus on Thursday night. With a focus on our Year 6 students (who have been a part of our soirees for many years) the evening featured ensembles, duets and individual performances, which highlighted the diversity of our music program. A feature of the night was the St Anne’s Jazz Band (below) playing The Final Countdown. Congratulations and thank you to all the musicians who performed, the Music teachers for preparing them, the families for supporting our Music Program and to teacher Katie Germaine for organising the evening.

Book Club
A big thank to our School community for supporting our Book Club and Book Fair this year, which enabled the library to purchase more than $3000 worth of new books. Visitors to our library will not only notice our new books but also the new shelving which has created a new ‘open’ feeling to our library space.

Foundation Christmas Concert
A reminder that our Foundation Christmas Concert will be held on this coming Monday (December 2) in the Lorna Sparrow Hall from 9am. Our Foundation teachers Miss Bree Alexander, Mrs Rebekah Tayler and Mrs Katie Howard have been busy preparing the students and practising for this year’s Christmas Concert, which promises to be a great show.

Final Assembly
A reminder that our final assembly for the year will be held on Tuesday December 10 at 9am in the Lorna Sparrow Hall.  At this assembly we award our final Citizen of the Term awards for the year along with the much-anticipated Class of the Term. We will also take the opportunity to acknowledge recent sporting and academic success amongst some of our students.

Year 6 Valedictory
We will farewell our Year 6 students on the morning of Thursday, December 12 at a very special Valedictory Service. This is always a very memorable occasion for all involved.

End of 2019 School Year
A reminder that school finishes for 2019 on Thursday, December 12 at the regular time of 3.15pm.  The School Office will close for the Christmas break on December 19 and reopen again on January 8.

Seed Community Garden
Sale’s Community Garden will hold a community open day on Sunday, December 8 from 11am-1pm. Located between Lake Gutheridge and Lake Guyatt, the Seed Community Garden invites interested families to come and see how the garden is growing and also how you can be involved. There is a free sausage sizzle and seedlings to give away. For more information, visit

Sherpa Kids (via Kelly)
This week’s theme has combined Thanksgiving and Christmas. The children have been encouraged to take a reflective pause to consider the question ‘What I am I thankful for?’ and they have also celebrated Thanksgiving by creating Thanksgiving-themed craft. Our Christmas celebrations have also begun with the printing and decorating of a giant Christmas tree colouring sheet, which will be displayed in our service. Furthermore the children have been making wooden and salt dough decorations for their Christmas trees. During our cooking session, the children decorated Christmas biscuits and made Christmas chocolates. Next week we continue our Christmas celebrations, with the making of Christmas cooking (cookies and chocolates), games (Jiggle Bell toss) and crafts. Finally Sherpa-kids Grammar will be attending the Christmas Crafternoons on Thursday December 12, which is the last day of term. Book via the Xplor app, email: or phone 0438 366 929.

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

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