St Anne’s Campus newsletter: Oct 25, 2019
This morning we celebrated Bradman’s Fellowship and what a celebration it was! Miss Sullivan and her Bradman students focussed on our CLERR value of personal excellence. We all have unique gifts and talents that make us special and this morning all students from Bradman were able to share these talents with our campus community. We had singing, dancing, a Japanese play, solving of maths problems, spelling of challenging words, poetry and much more. My highlight was the whole class song that included drums, guitar and piano. The feedback from parents, students and teachers was very positive and that celebrating our strengths is essential.
Raising Resilient Children
As part of Gippsland Grammar’s Parent Engagement Model, we regularly bring in parenting experts to engage with our school community. On Monday evening, we welcomed child psychologist Sean to present a ‘Raising Resilient Children’ workshop. More than 30 parents attended the workshop in Kukun Kalak, with a lot of positive feedback from those who attended. Sean spoke about what emotional resilience is and the building blocks to build this in our children. Emotional resilience refers to the ability to manage our feelings and deal with day-to-day stress, as well as significant life events. The building blocks for becoming emotionally resilient are;
- Recognise, understand and accept feelings
- Express feelings appropriately
- Develop a positive outlook, including being optimistic and have interests and passions
- Develop effective 2ways of coping
- Deal with negative feelings and challenging situations, and
- Manage particularly stressful life events
Gippsland Grammar’s Parent Engagement Model.
This week our Year 5 students headed off with their fellow Bairnsdale students to our Year 5 camp at Coonawarra. In previous newsletters, I have commented about the progression of our camps and the fantastic opportunities they provide. We are particularly proud that our camps are all based in Gippsland, are outdoor education-focused, and allow our students to further develop their resilience, social skills and independence. At Coonawarra, students are involved in hut building, giant swing, horse riding, night hikes and the camp finishes with a hike into the Den of Nargun. I spent some time at Coonawarra this week and my highlight was seeing students tackle their fear of heights on the giant rock climbing wall. Thank you to Mrs Roberts and Mrs Dawson for not only organising the camp but for your extra care towards our students during the challenging times on camp.
The Year 5 raft building team at Coonawarra camp.
ELC and Foundation 2020 Information Night
A reminder to all of our new ELC and Foundation parents for 2020 that we will be having our information night this coming Thursday October 31 in our St Anne’s Hall from 5:30pm. All parents would have received an invitation with specific details. This is when parents will find out who their child’s teacher is for 2020 and other relevant information. If you have any questions, please contact our ELC or Ann Young in our St Anne’s office.
Because of our recent warm weather and scattered rain, mosquitoes are out in force again this year, made worse by the fact our campus is located between the Port of Sale, Lake Guthridge and the Wetlands. I’d like to suggest that students keep a roll-on insect repellent in their bag to apply when required to protect themselves from bites.
‘Love Where You Live’ student art competition
St Anne’s students are invited to submit artwork into the Raymond Street Traders’ Love Where You Live art competition. This competition is open exclusively to local school students and will involve the selected art pieces being displayed in shop windows along Raymond St during November with the opportunity for Gippsland Grammar to win a Christmas hamper.
Interested students can submit a piece of art that reflects how or why they “love where they live”. The art must be A2 size (594 x 420mm), have their name and school written on the back of the artwork and submitted to our Marketing Manager Zoe Curtis at the Garnsey front office by lunchtime on Friday November 1. Three entries from Gippsland Grammar will be framed and displayed in shop windows along Raymond St. The community will have the opportunity to vote on their favourite artwork with the winning piece receiving a hamper for the student’s school to use as a raffle/fundraising item. The art exhibition will culminate in the Raymond St Traders’ shopping night on November 14 and following this event, the works will be on display at the Sale Library as part of the Love Where You Live art exhibition until December 24, 2019. This is a great opportunity for artistic students to get their creativity on and to gain some public exposure for their work.
Sherpa Kids Weekly Reflections (by Kelly)
Our theme for the past few weeks has been birds, which has culminated in celebrating National Bird Week this week. We have investigated the most endangered bird in Australia, the bush stone-curlew, which lives in northern Victoria and the children have watched YouTube videos on conservation methods and how they can help the bush stone–curlew and have completed associated activities including colouring, crosswords and a classification exercise. In their outside playtime, the children have continued to show an interest in down ball, cricket and tennis.
Lastly the children have continued their interest in cooking making and decorating cupcakes this week. Next week we will celebrate Halloween with spooky cupcake making, Halloween-themed crafts and an excursion to Wellington Shire library for Crafternoons, which has a Halloween theme on Thursday October 31.
Finally, Sherpa-kids Grammar will be open for the pupil-free days on Monday November 18 and Friday November 22. Vacation Care will run again from December 13-20. Book for these days via the Xplor app, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0438 366 929.
Have a great weekend,
Jie Van Berkel
Head of St Anne’s Campus
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