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Head of Bairnsdale Campus

On Monday mornings we gather together for assembly to begin our week in a positive and informed manner. It is a great opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the efforts and achievements of our students. It also provides a forum to communicate our expectations of attitude and behaviour, any changes to the timetable and upcoming events for the week. The intention is to be inclusive of all and to allow us, as a community, to collaborate for the best results. 

An element of this process is to recognise and acknowledge the efforts and achievements of our students in regard to our CLERR values – compassion, leadership, excellence, respect and responsibility. This has recently included recognition of students that are finding confidence in themselves through their community commitments. Connecting to our community through sporting or interest groups provides a valuable opportunity for socialising, communicating and importantly, pursuing individual interests and talents. I look forward to hearing more about our community connections and the achievements of our students.

I experienced my first Musical Soiree at St John’s on Monday night and I was so impressed by the talent displayed by our students. I congratulate the boys and girls who ranged from Year 1 to Year 6 for their performances and for their obvious commitment to learning their instrument of choice. I offer my thanks to our Instrumental teachers for preparing the students, and to Serena Jefferis for organising the program of events. Further thanks must be extended to our parents, who support their children to learn their instruments, encourage the essential practice (not always an easy task from memory) and proudly applaud all of our students on the night. 

Rehearsals for our campus production ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ are progressing well. Performances will be held on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September.  Please mark your calendars with these dates, as all students from Years 3 to 6 will be on the stage as a part of this event.  There will be many ways that families will be able to assist; we will keep you informed as we continue working towards these dates. Tickets will go on sale closer to the time. 

I am currently working with Year 6 students to organise House building activities. As House leaders, they will be responsible for designing and implementing a cross-age interactive activity, with the intention of promoting House spirit and inclusiveness. The challenge will be to collaborate as leaders, to designate responsibility and to plan ahead for a successful event. We have chosen Friday afternoons for these activities.

We all enjoyed a brisk walk this morning as we embraced National Walk to School Day. A keen group of walkers met at the bakery and made their way down the hill, enabling us to start the day in a happy and healthy manner. Thank you to our parents once again for supporting this initiative.

Acacia presented a lovely Fellowship this morning, highlighting the importance of friends in our lives. Friendships are such an integral part of a happy school life. We encourage our students to look out for each other and treat each other as they would like to be treated. Inclusiveness in play is continually promoted both in and out of the classroom through our CLERR values of compassion, leadership and respect for one another. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that our peers, colleagues and parent community feel welcomed and safe.

On this note, I would like to remind families, particularly those with students in Year 6, that the ‘Come and Try Year 7’ evening is on at Garnsey campus next Tuesday, 23 May. The event comes highly recommended by parents who have attended in previous years, so don’t forget to RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Author, Sherryl Clarke, is coming to Bairnsdale next Monday. Our Year 3-4 students are looking forward to hearing her talk about her books during a session at the Bairnsdale Library. Sherryl will also make an appearance at Schoolworks at 4.00pm on the same day; everyone is welcome to come along to meet her. Sherryl’s books will be available to purchase.   

I have observed, with much appreciation, the many contributions being made by our parents to the organisation of the Diocese Synod Meeting, being held at our campus this weekend. Our hard working Parents and Friends have efficiently organised the necessary proceedings, as well as promoting and preparing for our campus Trivia Night on Friday 16 June. The teachers are uniting in force for the evening, as we hope many of our parents are also gathering their friends, to join us for a fun and entertaining night.

Lochlan Borisenko (Year 5) represented the School in golf this week, with excellent results. Lochlan would like to share some of the details of his day. 

On Monday, 15 May I travelled with my dad to the Bairnsdale Golf Course to play in the Regional competition. It was very muggy and it made the ball roll a lot faster on the putting green. On my first hole, my first shot was one of my best for the day; it had ‘draw’ on it and curved around the trees. On a par 4, I got a shot of five and that’s pretty good for a kid! I had a lot of good shots, but my best ones were at putting. Overall, I think I did pretty well because I made it through to States and I beat my score from last year by a lot.

The local production of Beauty and the Beast has its final performances this weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the talents of our very own Sarah Guinness and her son Edward, as well as Martin Richardson, Heidi Heath, Jack Boyd and Christine Turra, whose performances were to be commended. Playing in the orchestra were Gippsland Grammar staff and students Carryn Caithness, Rosemary Iverson and Emma Belfield, who likewise contributed to a great night. Terrific to see such talented locals.

Enjoy your weekend. The fun continues for me; I’m off to see ‘My Fair Lady’.

Kind Regards,

Virginia Evans

Head of Bairnsdale Campus

Following on from last week the professional development has continued. All staff have had the opportunity to work with Sophie Murphy and Luke Mandouit on an individual basis, with the view of deepening our understanding of Solo Taxonomy, Learning Intentions and Success Criteria. The intention is to develop a common language of learning across all campuses, incorporating visible learning strategies to encourage deeper thinking.

Our Year 3 and 5 students participated in NAPLAN this week and I was pleased to see that they approached it sensibly understanding that this assessment is one of many ways in which we assess their learning. One of the Year 5 students stated that she was a little nervous prior, however, once started she just zoomed along.

The term dates for 2018 have now been released and are available for you to view on the portal. When planning holidays, I do ask you to please make these arrangements during school holiday times. Michael Grose reminds us “The correlation between school attendance and children’s achievement levels is well-established. The more time kids spend at school, the more likely they are to experience school success. When kids miss school, not only is their academic progress impeded, forcing them to catch up on missed work (which some never do), they often miss important interactions with their peers which can compound issues of social isolation and low self-esteem. Also, many teachers tell me, it’s often the kids who can least afford to take time off school who are most likely to be serial absentees. Of course, most people know this intuitively, yet school absenteeism is a huge problem in Australian schools—and much of it is parent-condoned. It’s hard to get an accurate picture across the country but it would appear that Australian students miss an average of between 12 and 15 days per school year, with parent-condoned absenteeism highest among young primary-aged children. That adds up to a year’s lost schooling over the school-life of a child. In today’s highly competitive world, this rate of absenteeism is alarming, putting our kids at a distinct disadvantage.”

On Tuesday we were reminded of Gippsland Grammars desire for our students to work towards being the best they can possibly be at the dedication and blessing of the Caitlyn Fischer plaque and honour board. Family and friends gathered together at the foot of the tree that Caitlyn had planted with her Dad when she attended our school. The award will recognise and encourage a Year 6 Bairnsdale campus student who tries their very best and wants to continue to grow, learn and improve as Caitlyn always tried to do. As a school community we acknowledge the importance of an award of such heartfelt significance.

The P and F are busily planning this year’s Trivia Night which will be held on Friday 16 June. This week you will have received a flyer for this event and I ask you to please consider coming along, either making up a table of 10, or letting the P and F connect you with others to make up a table. I understand that this event was a lot of fun and a highly successful fundraiser when it was last held and am looking forward to attending this year.

Thank you to families who have offered their assistance to cater for the Synod meeting next Saturday. Year 5 and 6 students are also welcome to assist with the serving and clearing of morning and afternoon tea on this day. If your child is interested in assisting, please note this on the return slip. Students should be dressed in winter uniform for this day.

At the Bairnsdale Campus we are currently seeking someone to assist in After School Care on a casual basis. Candidates would need to have completed, or be enrolled in, a Certificate of Childcare. Please see me if you are interested in learning more about tis opportunity.

I have been excitedly awaiting our Mother’s Day breakfast and Fellowship as I had been informed as to the wonderful event it is. Wandering through the classrooms I was caught up with the preparation for the morning as those precious gifts are designed and created and sealed with love for our mums. Our Year 6 students spoke from the heart when describing their mothers and I have no doubt a few tears of joy were shed. I sincerely thank all involved who contributed to a beautiful morning both in organisation and attending. What a lovely way to be together as a school community.

For our Mums and special friends, I hope the weekend continues to spoil you and more importantly I hope that you spend quality time together with your families.

Kind Regards
Virginia Evans

Garnsey Campus Autumn Concert Tonight

The Garnsey Campus Autumn Concert, featuring their Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, String Orchestra and Choir. This is a wonderful night of truly impressive music, and everyone is welcome.

Date:                 Friday 12 May 2017
Time:                 7.30pm
Venue:             Garnsey Hall, Sale
Cost:                Adults $5.00, Students & Seniors $2.00,
                        Primary and under free.  Enquiries:  5143 6381

Sisterhood of East Gippsland—Blessed Daughters
Girls, you are invited to ‘Blessed Daughters’, a special evening for mothers and their daughters (girls 5 years and over).   Navigating the road to womanhood is best done in the community, sharing, laughing, and learning with others. Enjoy our beautiful space, you may laugh, you may cry, you will be touched and remember this night. You will be given a free gift of a mother-daughter photo portrait. Entry is $3.00 and a light supper is provided.

When:    5.30-7.00pm, May 15 2017
Venue:   ‘The Sisterhood Haven
St
John’s Church Hall, corner Service Street and Francis Street, Bairndale
RSVP and questions to Kate 0433 846 538

Beauty and the Beast

The Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company production of Beauty and the Beast will perform a further 7 shows over the next two weekends they present a stage show that is a faithful retelling of the story made famous by the Disney movie. There are number of Gippsland Grammar staff and students involved in this production, including the lead roles of Belle, played by Christine Turra (Year 12 Garnsey student) and Gaston, played by Jack Boyd (past Bairnsdale Campus student and currently in Year 12 at the Garnsey Campus). Bookings can be made at the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub (03) 5152 1482, online at www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forgetheatre or at the Bairnsdale or Lakes Entrance Visitor Information Centres or Shire Service Centres.

East Gippsland Shire Libraries Lego Club

Junior Lego enthusiasts are invited to attend after school Lego Club sessions at the Bairnsdale Library. The supervised sessions are held in meeting Room 1 and incorporate freestyle creativity and themed construction activities. Bookings are now open for the Library LEGO Club being held on Tuesday 9 May from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at the Bairnsdale Library.

LEGO Club is for children aged 5–12 and bookings are essential. Children aged 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

East Gippsland Shire Library, Museum Victoria – Dinosaurs and Fossils

With the aid of fossils, dinosaur bones, replicas and photographs, we go back in time to reflect on the existence of these ancient animals. The session that is aimed at children aged 5 to 12, is led by a presenter skilled in early learning and includes specimens, objects, replicas and photographs. Most of the items presented can be handled. Tuesday, 16 May at the Bairnsdale Library from 4.00pm – 5.00pm [Ages 5 – 12]. Bookings are essential for all events and can be made in person at the library or by phoning 5152 4225.

Head of Bairnsdale Campus

As Head of Campus, there are a myriad of responsibilities and duties to attend to on a daily basis that contribute to the successful running of the school. This week has been no different, however it has been satisfying to have learning and wellbeing high on the agenda. At Monday’s Executive meeting we spoke of the power of ‘learning conversations’, even at a social level. A collaborative approach to improve practice was most evident during this week’s staff meeting, as our teachers worked on their professional learning projects. Discussing their progress and sharing their knowledge was done with enthusiasm and a genuine love of learning. I travelled to Melbourne on Thursday to participate in a professional development day to enhance wellbeing throughout the school community. The day was interesting and reinforced the importance that the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and community is the foundation to successful learning.

This week we have welcomed Mrs Carey Lang to Melaleuca. Mrs Lang has commenced her placement with us in her pathway to becoming a teacher. As a mature age pre-service teacher, studying with Swinburne University, Carey is a fine example of life-long learning.

The Division Cross Country was run on Monday at Nagle College. Our team of 34 runners competed under blue skies. Georgia Shell, Kael Frith and Cohen Frith qualified to run at Regional level; we look forward to following their progress. Well done to all our Cross Country runners. Thank you for representing our school.

Ashur Brownlie came 5th and Lochlan Borisenko came 8th out of 15 Gippsland boys when they competed at the Regional Tennis Championships in Traralgon last week. Congratulations boys!

Congratulations are also in order for Eva Harasymiw from Year 5 Grevillea, who placed second in the 'I Love My Library' competition with an acrostic poem. Well done Eva. 

Annie Crowe and the Green Team attended a Sustainability Expo at St Paul’s in Warragul on Thursday. The students participated in a range of wonderful ‘hands on’ activities related to food sustainability and attended an interesting talk about Bush Tucker, where they sampled lemon myrtle muffins and wattle seed biscuits. They were also able to handle many of the products made from seeds and foliage from native plants, and experienced the Energy Trailer, where they produced electricity from vegetables using electrodes and wires and explored elements of solar energy. They were proud to discuss their presentation of our school wicking garden and worm juice projects with students, teachers and sustainability workers. A big thank you to Margo Cuthbertson for accompanying the students on this trip.

Today we came together again as a whole community with students, teachers and families enjoying the fun of an Athletics Carnival. Again we have been blessed with perfect weather to celebrate such an important community event. It is with sincere thanks that I recognise our parent body for supporting us today in both organisation and participation in making the day a happy one for the children.

We are looking forward to seeing mums and special friends next Friday for breakfast at 8.15am and Mother’s Day Fellowship following. After Fellowship our P&F will come together for a short meeting and they encourage and welcome all members of our school community to attend. There will be some discussion around our Trivia Night to be held on Friday 16 June, and they would be grateful for any input and suggestions. 

Year 6 Blackwood have some Library news and would like to ask for your assistance:

“This term in our library session, each of us is researching an interest we are passionate about. We have called this time the GENIUS HOUR. There are four rules we have to follow. First we have to create a driving question about our passion, which must involve deep, up levelled research. Next we have to research to find the answer or answers to our question. Following our research, we have to organise our information in the best way we feel we can share our results with others. Lastly we have must present our finding to others.  For some of us, our research needs materials to help us investigate, or to put our research into practise. We were wondering if anyone could help us with a few recyclable items. At the moment we need:

some old football boots
some old sneakers
small sized springs
any foam
a plain (one coloured) size 5 or higher, netball
any small flexible ice packs
If you can help, we would love you to hand them into the office.
Thank you,
Blackwood”

Wishing you all a restful weekend.
Virginia

Garnsey Campus Autumn Concert

The Garnsey Campus Autumn Concert will feature Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, String Orchestra and Choir. This is a wonderful night of truly impressive music, and everyone is welcome.

Date:     Friday 12 May 2017
Time:     7.30pm
Venue:   Garnsey Hall, Sale
Cost:      Adults $5.00, Students & Seniors $2.00, Primary and under free.
Enquiries:   5143 6381

Sisterhood of East Gippsland—Blessed Daughters

Girls, you are invited to ‘Blessed Daughters’, a special evening for mothers and daughters (girls 5 years and over) and all other women. Navigating the road to womanhood is best done in community, sharing, laughing, and learning with others. Enjoy our beautiful space, you may laugh, you may cry, you will be touched and remember this night. You will be given a free gift of a mother-daughter photo portrait. Entry is $3.00 and a light supper is provided. 

When:    5.30-7.00pm, May 15 2017
Venue:   ‘The Sisterhood Haven’, St John’s Church Hall, corner Service Street and Francis Street, Bairnsdale.  RSVP and questions to Kate 0433 846 538

Beauty and the Beast

The Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company production of Beauty and the Beast is only a week away from opening night. Running for 10 performances over the first 3 weekends in May, they will present a stage show that is a faithful retelling of the story made famous by the Disney movie.  There are  number of Gippsland Grammar staff and students involved in this production, including the lead roles of Belle, played by Christine Turra (Year 12 Garnsey student) and Gaston, played by Jack Boyd (past Bairnsdale Campus student and currently in Year 12 at the Garnsey Campus).  Bookings can be made at the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub (03) 5152 1482, online at www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forgetheatre or at the Bairnsdale or Lakes Entrance Visitor Information Centres or Shire Service Centres.

East Gippsland Shire Libraries Lego Club

Junior Lego enthusiasts are invited to attend after school Lego Club sessions at the Bairnsdale Library.  The supervised sessions are held in Meeting Room 1 and incorporate freestyle creativity and themed construction activities.  Bookings are now open for the Library LEGO Club being held on Tuesday 9 May from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at the Bairnsdale Library.

LEGO Club is for children aged 5 – 12 and bookings are essential.  Children aged 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

East Gippsland Shire Library, Museum Victoria – Dinosaurs and Fossils

With the aid of fossils, dinosaur bones, replicas and photographs, we go back in time to reflect on the existence of these ancient animals. The session that is aimed at children aged 5 to 12, is led by a presenter skilled in early learning and includes specimens, objects, replicas and photographs. Most of the items presented can be handled.

Tuesday, 16 May at the Bairnsdale Library.
4.00pm – 5.00pm
Ages 5 – 12. Bookings are essential for all events and can be made in person at the library or by phoning 5152 4225.

Head of Bairnsdale Campus

Last week I made comment as to the beautiful Autumn weather, however, this week we can see that Winter is on its way. Open Week commenced on Saturday with a terrific 10th Birthday Celebration at our Early Learning Centre. Thank you to all who came to participate in the activities and to Sharon, Annette and Michelle for their preparation. We have had a number of families touring the School this week and for me, it has been a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful School and to reflect on the excellent education it offers to our students. It has also allowed the opportunity for our staff to share and celebrate the students work and has created positive discussions amongst the School community.

Our School Captains Edward and Abigail, laid a wreath at the cenotaph on ANZAC Day and then joined other students and staff in the march. Thank you to our parents who enabled Gippsland Grammar to be represented so well for this most important occasion. Today we further demonstrated our respect and gained further understanding of the significance of ANZAC Day when Correa presented their Fellowship so beautifully. Their Fellowship centred on the story of Simpson and his Donkey and the message of the importance of mateship.

Today I accompanied Melaleuca to the Field Days where we certainly enjoyed the many activities offered and experienced the many products available in East Gippsland. The purpose of the excursion was for the students to extend their maths unit to the real world by exploring the cost of large machinery and further challenging themselves to purchase their lunch and a drink within a set budget. I believe all students managed this well and were nicely content.

Our School is a very busy place with many events on the calendar. Once again we have had senior students representing Gippsland Grammar at the School Sport Victoria State Swimming at MSAC, SEISA Athletics in Berwick and the Regional Tennis Championships in Traralgon.  All athletes participated successfully and were happy with their achievements. Congratulations to the following students:

  • SEISA Athletics - Georgia Shell, Jorja Robertson, David Ng, Cohen Frith, Thomas Swinn
  • Regional Tennis - Ashur Brownlie and Lochlan Borisenko
  • SSV State Swimming - Cohen Frith, David Ng, Quinn Carmichael, James Ritchie

Of particular note was Georgia Shell’s performance at the SEISA Athletics, where she won the Triple Jump, 400m, 100m and the Long Jump in a record distance, helping Gippsland Grammar to win the event for the fifth year in a row. We look forward to our School Athletics carnival next week on Friday.

Next week you will receive a note from the Bairnsdale Campus Parents and Friends asking for your help by providing food items and helping to serve morning tea for the Anglican Church Synod meeting which will be held at our campus on 20 May. This fundraising opportunity for our campus will be easily achieved if we have assistance from as many families as possible. Please consider what you can do to help.

Our Parents and Friends will next meet on Friday 12 May after our Mother’s Day breakfast and Fellowship.  At this meeting there will be some discussion and planning around our Bairnsdale Campus Trivia Night which will be held on Friday 16 June.  Be sure to mark your calendar for this event, and please come along to the P & F meeting to contribute your ideas.

Don’t forget that school photos will be taken next Tuesday.  If you have more than one child at the Bairnsdale Campus and wish to have sibling photos taken, please call into the office for a sibling photo envelope. Sibling photos for families who have children in the ELC will take place from 8.45-9.00am. Please return all envelopes to School by Tuesday morning.

The weekend has come around quickly, enjoy it!

Kind Regards,
Virginia Evans

Beauty and the Beast

The Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company production of Beauty and the Beast is only 1 week away from opening night. Running for 10 performances over the first 3 weekends in May, they present a stage show that is a faithful retelling of the story made famous by the Disney movie. There are number of Gippsland Grammar staff and students involved in this production, including the lead roles of Belle, played by Christine Turra (Year 12 Garnsey student) and Gaston, played by Jack Boyd (past Bairnsdale Campus student and currently in Year 12 at the Garnsey Campus).  Bookings can be made at the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub (03) 5152 1482, online at www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forgetheatre or at the Bairnsdale or Lakes Entrance Visitor Information Centres or Shire Service Centres.

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