St Anne’s newsletter: May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019 | St Anne's News

This week I spent some time at a conference for all Heads of Junior Schools at Independent Schools across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. And it was affirming to see that the opportunities we offer students at Gippsland Grammar are equal to any school across these three states. It reiterated to me that St Anne’s continues to punch above our weight in not only our strong focus on learning but also in digital technology, enrichment and student wellbeing. Unfortunately, because of this conference, I missed Chisholm’s Fellowship this morning however I was able to share my thoughts on courage, which was the focus of today’s Fellowship, via a videoclip during the Fellowship. Courage does come in all shapes and sizes. I think the best example of courage is when students stand up for what they believe is right.

The Year 2 strings performing at this morning’s Fellowship. It was the first time they had performed in public.


Braving the cold and wet conditions, six of our students made their way to Yarram on Monday for the Sale and District Cross Country. Thank you to Kate O’Toole for supporting our runners on the day, who included Leah Roberts, Ava Taylor, Alyssa Alcock, Lily Canfield, Louis Lazzaro and Dylan Board. It’s great to see Leah, Ava, Lily and Louis will progress to the next competition at Warragul later on in the year. 


This week, running guru Dennis Huffer, spent time during our PE lessons working with the students to share his expert coaching tips on running technique. After the sessions the students told me that the minor adjustments they made to their running style had lead to a big improvement to their speed. Dennis has been working with our students for some years now, and we are lucky to have access to such a great coach. Thanks to our PE teacher Kate O’Toole for organising these sessions. 

We were all pleased to see so many St Anne’s students perform in last week’s Sale Eisteddfod, with many coming away with prizes and ribbons. I was also pleased to hear some feedback that our students displayed excellent manners and that they were all excited to participate in the event. 

It’s not too late to purchase a ticket to tonight’s much-anticipated trivia night in the Lorna Sparrow Hall. Much effort has been put into creating a night to bring our school community together with live music as well as a range of other games ( bring your gold coins to enter) and an auction, with all proceeds going towards our planned adventure playground. 

Doors open at 7pm and trivia begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are $15 per person with tables of up to 10 available. The trivia is being run by our own ‘Quiz Master’ Mr Evan Lamb and promises to be a fun night.

Below are our auction items and the businesses who have provided them. Thank you to those who have supported the evening. A huge thanks also to our passionate P&F team who have organised the night. 

Winning Table

$20 Portside voucher for each member of the winning table 

Main Auction Items

$1125 Lakes Entrance accommodation (Lakes on View Street)

$1000 Will Package (Avon Legal)

$750 Metung accommodation (McMillan’s at Metung)

$400 Joy flight for up to three people, 45-minute local flight (Edge aviation)

$400 Sale Turf Club dining package for four people (Sale Turf Club)

$390 Family portrait session (Saltwater Photography)

$200 Plant (A&L Van Berkel Wholesale Plants)

$250 Wine barrel (Sale Garden Supplies)

$500 Skateboard (Ben Lancaster)

$230 Double swag (Qualitech) 

Silent Auction Items

Tool kit (GBG)

$150 Skateboard (Ben Lancaster)

$250 Load of wood (Sale Garden Supplies)

$200 Load of red gum (Gault’s)

$150 Teeth whitening kit (Heyfield Family Dental)

$500 Makeup (Finlay’s Pharmacy)

$260 Mindful hub Nutrition and Fitness package

$50 Lazzaro fruit basket + $50 Bakers Delight voucher

Sale turf club – entry vouchers – John Elliman hamper

$100 bottle of wine Dawson street food and liquor + $50 Bakers Delight voucher

$65 bottle of rum Dawson street food and liquor + $40 Gypsy Roma platter voucher

$80 National Geographic robot (How family)

$110 Plant and pot (Ontrac Mortgage)

$85 Ecoya set (Victoria Hall)

$50 Blush voucher + Arrangements with Flair flowers

$50 Dinner for two plus bottle of wine (Hunting Ground)

$54 10 large coffees card (Hunting Ground)

8 x Jump and Climb vouchers

7 x Aqua Energy passes

$100 Target voucher – for 1-100 grid game 


The State Government is providing assistance through the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund to all primary and secondary students attending schools in the Wellington and East Gippsland Local Government Areas which are currently drought affected. To access this funding, families must complete an application form (via the link below) and return it to the school. Gippsland Grammar will then make bulk submissions to the government, which will enable a payment of $375 per student to be made to Gippsland Grammar. This amount will then be credited to each student’s debtor account. 

All Gippsland Grammar students from Foundation to Year 12 are eligible for this payment even if they do not reside in either Wellington or East Gippsland shires. So far we have received applications on behalf of 570 of our students but the school cannot include a student in a submission to the government unless an application has been received. So we encourage all parents and guardians to download the form as soon as possible as the program finishes at the end of Term 2.

The application form can be found at



A reminder that next Friday is a Student Free Day across Gippsland Grammar. Our teachers are busy in report writing mode, and this day is dedicated to report writing. 

Have a great weekend,
Jie Van Berkel

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