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Head of Bairnsdale Campus

I shall begin my final newsletter for Term 2 by acknowledging our students and their commitment to learning, along with their teachers who have spent considerable time preparing their school reports. A positive attitude drives learning and allows us to be the best we can possibly be. It was pleasing for me to see that so many of our students are striving towards this goal. I believe all of our children deserve a well-earned rest and I wish our entire School community a safe and restful holiday.

Our trivia night was a huge success at so many levels. Kate Young is to be commended for her role in contributing to an enjoyable event as the master of ceremonies. There was much laughter and frivolity as questions were posed and answers revealed. The auctions were fiercely contested; the monies raised, in excess of $8200.00, will certainly benefit our students in the near future. Sincere thanks to our band of helpers who collaborated so well to ensure we all had a wonderful night.

The children in Banksia were entertained on Wednesday as they witnessed the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ come to life on stage at the Forge Theatre. The children loved the performance and were a most enthusiastic audience. On the same day, we welcomed the Year 4 Training Band from St. Anne’s, so our students could collaborate and experience being part of a larger band, which was a great thrill for them.

The Early Learning Centre was full of excitement and wonder as they explored our night skies during the Winter Solstice, utilising technology to identify the planets. Thank you to our ELC staff and families for making this night a successful one for the children.

Today the Year 6 students and I travelled to Garnsey campus to attend the Garnsey Campus Cultural Festival. The day was enjoyed by all and, as part of the transition to Garnsey Campus, had a most positive impact on our students. We are grateful to Miss Lauren Verde for her care of our Year 6 students each Friday over the last few weeks, and for her role in today’s event.

Our Fellowship this week was run by our SRC in support of The Cooper Trewin Memorial Research Fund, established by Robert and Kylie Trewin. This cause is dear to the hearts of our community, supporting a School family who tragically lost a child to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. Cooper’s dad, Rob Trewin, spoke of their loss and how they hope the Foundation, in honour of their son, will help find answers to SUDC and prevent further sadness for families through continued research. The opening procession alluded to the importance of rainbows in Cooper’s life and was a dominant theme throughout the service, with a beautifully choreographed dance by Georgia Steel a highlight. A sincere thank you to Mrs Joy Hay-Smith who, along with our SRC, presented a heartfelt and moving Fellowship.

As tradition has it, our students later participated in a Tabloid sports afternoon, organised by the SRC, to further recognise the importance of coming together as a school community. The students were proud to donate almost $500 to Cooper’s Foundation, a worthy cause, so close to the heart of the Gippsland Grammar community.

I look forward to welcoming the children back for the beginning of Term 3 on Tuesday 18 July.  Please note that the Bairnsdale Campus will be closed on Monday 17 July as our staff will be participating in a Professional Development day in Sale.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday
Virginia Evans


A message from Tuckshop Tony

Thanks again to all those who have supported the tuckshop.  As many of you have seen on the poster in the kitchen window, I have made a rough calculation, and have worked out that I have made in excess of 10,000 cookies in the last six years!

Starting in Term 3 there will be a few changes, made in consultation with parents, staff and the Green Team.  In an effort to reduce waste I have purchased a number of reusable plastic containers.  After students have finished their lunch the containers are to be returned to the Tuckshop where there will be a bowl of soapy water for the students to wash their own containers.  Bottled water and fruit juices will also be removed from the menu.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all those who have helped in the Tuckshop.  Your help is much appreciated.

Tony Avron-Cotton

Messy Church
Where it’s OK to get messy at church!  Creativity, fun, worship, meal and friends.
When: the first Sunday of each month
Time: 4pm-6pm with dinner included
Next date: Sunday 2 July, featuring ’The Wheat and the Weeds’
Venue: St John the Baptist Anglican Church, cnr Service & Francis St, Bairnsdale.  Children please come with an adult.  All ages and abilities welcome

Head of Bairnsdale Campus

The weekend has certainly come around quickly after the short week!   

Last Friday I spoke of the students representing our School at the Divisional Netball competition. While the students were successful on court, it was the camaraderie, sportsmanship and community spirit that was most impressive. Our boys who took to the court were most enthusiastic and, with some coaching from their peers and supporters, managed to curb their instances of ‘contact’ and ‘stepping’, not an easy task. Our opposition was to be commended for their approach to the day, presenting an award to one of our children who they had voted to be the best player. The award was well received, with the gesture forging a lovely link between our schools.  

The Art Gallery is always an interesting place to visit and the latest exhibition ‘Kangaroo Tales” provided a terrific learning opportunity for Banksia, Correa and Acacia this week. The students were able to view the works created through both contemporary and traditional techniques. The children loved the kangaroo skins depicting ‘special’ things in Aboriginal culture, such as the land and animals. I encourage you to visit the gallery, not only to support our local artists, but to enjoy this cultural experience with your family.  

Sharing and celebrating our learning is an important aspect of recognising the children’s efforts and growth. This week I had the pleasure of two students sharing their writing with me: Maddy Davidson from Acacia shared her ‘Big Write’, which was an exposition on the story, ‘Who Sank the Boat?’ Maddy explained that the mouse did not weigh enough to sink the boat. Year 6 student, Edward Courtier, produced a ballad as his ‘Big Write’ titled, ‘Escape’. It was a beautifully descriptive piece of writing about his thoughts on war. Our ‘Big Write’ program is certainly inspiring the children to explore their ideas. I acknowledge and thank our parents for the part they play in this process.

As I have mentioned before, learning is a lifelong process and it is vital for us, as teaching professionals, to continuously develop our skills and knowledge. Our ELC staff travelled to Melbourne today to investigate and explore the pedagogy of other independent schools, in particular, how they implement project work with the children. They will also visit Melbourne University to better understand the teaching philosophy that underpins the Regio Amelia teaching method, as well as a Richmond Exhibition that is based around this philosophy. We look forward to the implementation of their findings to the benefit of our children.

On Thursday Georgia Shell and Cohen and Kael Frith represented our School at the Regional Cross Country. Their performance was impressive and we congratulate them on their achievements. Cohen placed eighth, which sees him through to the state championships. 

The last two days have been a hive of activity, with preparation for the Trivia Night in full flight. The generous donations of auction items by our families and others in our community is much appreciated. Be warned - the auction and raffle items are very appealing! We are grateful to the wonderful team of parents who have set the stage for such a great night tonight.

Fellowship next week will take place on Thursday and be presented by the SRC. I encourage your attendance to support The Cooper Trewin Foundation, established by Robert and Kylie Trewin in memory of their son Cooper, a healthy 16-month old boy who passed away as a result of Sudden Unexplained Death in Children (SUDC). Our SRC students listened quietly and respectfully as Robert Trewin shared Cooper’s story with them.

While the students found it difficult to fully comprehend, they were very keen to raise funds and awareness of SUDC after meeting Robert. They invite you to next Thursday’s fellowship on 22 June at 9am to hear more about The Cooper Trewin Memorial SUDC Research Fund. Rob Trewin will share more with us about SUDC and the work done by their Fund in SIDS and SUDC research. 

Students who make a $2.00 donation or purchase a $3.00 wrist band may wear rainbow coloured casual clothes (Cooper loved rainbows!) next Thursday. The specially designed rainbow coloured wrist bands are available for purchase each morning from Acacia and may be worn at School until the end of term. There will also be a fun session of tabloid sports after lunch on this day.

I would like to make families aware the school has been notified that a Gippsland Grammar Garnsey student was approached by an unknown male in a car while walking from the bus stop at the Bairnsdale Train Station.  The police have been informed and are following up on this.  Please remind your children of the need to be alert and look out for each other.  

With the holidays almost upon us, it’s worth noting the Uniform Shop opening times:  Monday 10 July and Wednesday 12 July, 12:30pm-4:15pm.
Thursday 13 July, 1:00pm- 5:45pm and Monday 17 July, 12:30pm-4:15pm.

I look forward to seeing many of you tonight for some friendly Trivia competition. 

Have a lovely weekend.
Virginia Evans

Head of Bairnsdale Campus

Throughout this busy week I have identified great examples of leadership within the many activities that have occurred.  

We commenced the week with a visit from Mel Yeates, who is travelling around Australia on her fundraising tour, ‘A Girl, a Car and her Guitar’. Mel’s tour is in response to her personal story and the monies raised will support both the ‘BeyondBlue’ and ‘Love your Sister’ organisations. The students were inspired and engaged as Mel shared her story and the motivation behind her fundraising. The children were impressive in their responses, appreciating and acknowledging Mel’s work and how individuals can have a voice in our community.  Mel demonstrated how the values of leadership and compassion combine to support others in need. She was grateful for the opportunity to speak to the children and appreciative of the financial donation made on behalf of the Gippsland Grammar community.

Our Year 6’s, as the leaders of our School, have taken on the responsibility of organising team and spirit building activities for their respective Houses. Working collaboratively, they designed and implemented activities that enabled all year levels to participate safely and enthusiastically. I was very impressed with their efforts and it was obvious that all of our students felt included and encouraged. Great job Blackwood!

The next tier of leadership, Year 5 Grevillea, joined their ELC buddies for an excursion to Raymond Island this week, where they experienced the shared responsibility of keeping their buddy safe and happy. While the purpose was to explore Raymond Island together, the opportunity to build on the relationship, which will continue next year, was equally valuable. Thank you to all those involved in making this day such a successful one.

When we think of leadership, we often refer to those representing their community in some form or another. I would like to thank those dedicated students that will be representing our School community in our production, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’. I acknowledge their commitment in preparing and practising each Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Jefferis: I believe they all enjoyed the special treat of hot chips and milo that was provided as a sign of our appreciation.

The children were engaged and enthused by our recent guest visitor, Emil Borrenti, a National Biathlon coach. Thanks to Ryan Buckley for organising this event. The children were able to experience target shooting and cross-country skiing on rollerblades under the watchful eye of Emil. A leader in his field, Emil guided, encouraged and advised the children as they attempted to master the skills of a biathlete.

To complete our week of leadership in focus, our youngest students—Banksia—conducted a Fellowship today that was both exciting and admirable, considering their level of experience. Their performance of the story, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ was a wonderful example of how books come to life in the world of our children; their sheer enjoyment of sharing it with us was evident. Congratulations Banksia. I was also delighted to watch the presentation prepared by the students who went to Japan over the Easter break. What a wonderful experience it was for them all!

This week we have welcomed and appreciated the support of our wider School network by having Mr Shamis Law, from Garnsey Campus, and Miss Lauren Verde, from St. Anne’s Campus, as part of our School staff. We thank them both for their work, with our Year 6 students and the Bairnsdale Campus in general.

A combined boys and girls team of netballers have represented our School in the Winter Sports today at the Divisional level. We are hoping for sufficient success to advance us further.

With the Trivia Night fast approaching the staff are in study mode, with daily quizzes part of recess conversations. I look forward to a terrific night and acknowledge the donations coming in and the hard work taking place in preparation. Trivia Night auction items will be available in the hall from Thursday afternoon for families to view and bid if they are unable to attend on Friday night. This event has been so well supported by our School community. The P and F would like to thank the McInnes family for their donation of accommodation at Akora Holiday Flats in Metung; Dahlsens Mitre 10 for the Weber Q; and the Dennett family for accommodation at Dinner Plain. Cinch Digital has generously donated a website update and Jane McKay is offering four hours of web design, marketing or branding strategy. There are many more wonderful prizes still arriving at School; the event is shaping up as a night not to be missed.

Another Long Weekend for all and an opportunity for our children to rest up and re-energise for the last two weeks of Term 2. Enjoy it together.

Kind regards
Virginia Evans


Inviting all women to ‘The Bride in Love’

A video keynote session from Colour Conference 2017 featuring Lisa Harper.

Date:        Monday 12 June
Time:        5:30-7.00pm
Venue:     The ‘Sisterhood Haven’, St John’s Church Hall, cnr Service St &                        Francis St, Bairnsdale.

Entry is $2.00, and a light supper is provided.  Brought to you by the Sisterhood of East Gippsland, sisterhoodeg.sitey.me. RSVP/Qs:Von 0400 321 670.

Symphonia and East Gippsland Brass

Symphonia and East Gippsland Brass will hold an open rehearsal on Sunday 25 June from 2.00pm-4.00pm at the Picnic Point Hall band room.  Musicians of all levels are welcome.  Please bring your own instrument.  For further information contact Carryn Caithness on 0428 543 801.