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Head of Bairnsdale Campus

Being part of our giving School community is most rewarding, as is connecting to the broader community. This week I have witnessed generosity in many forms; volunteering brings people together, while encouraging us to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.

Throughout the week Year 6 students have participated in ‘Meals on Wheels’. The students and our parent and grandparent volunteers brightened the days of the meal recipients as they made their deliveries with a cheery hello. It was an opportunity for our students to experience the satisfaction that comes with assisting those in need in our Bairnsdale community.

We recently welcomed the facilitators of the DRUMBEAT program from Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) to work with our Year 6 students as part of the ‘Resilience through Rhythm’ program. Working in partnership with GLCH to prepare our students for transition into secondary school is a fine example of communities collaborating to improve the outcomes of our youth. 

We continue to reap the rewards from our Bridge Club volunteers, who share their skills and knowledge each Monday. Carey Lang and Sharron Cameron continue to challenge our students to think deeper through programming, coding and mathematics. Ryan Buckley once again shared his expertise in the shooting component of a Biathlon event along with Luca Bormolini, the Australian Olympic Biathlon Coach from Italy. Adrian Bromage, representing the AFL, conducted coaching clinics with the senior students during their Physical Education lessons as well.

Our parent community has responded enthusiastically to our request for assistance in preparation for our production. A busy and happy team of parents were sewing today, enjoying themselves as they worked together in a flurry of fur, sequins and fabric. Damien Shell, Pip Smith, Hayley Dean, Margo Cuthbertson and Liz Heath have sewed up a storm of costumes ready for our production of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. Tickets are on sale now, so please visit the School website and follow the link to make your purchase. The sewers enjoyed their tuckshop lunches; I would like to acknowledge our tuckshop volunteers, including Mary Dahlsen, who was assisting today.

Our Campus hosted ten Japanese exchange students from Garnsey Campus on Wednesday; it was the Prep to Year 2 students who interacted and benefitted from the craft activities involved. Banksia celebrated 100 days of School by sharing their learnings at Fellowship. On Tuesday, in great excitement, the Banksia students headed for the All Abilities Playground to celebrate their achievement. Our parents were there again, helping to make the day a special one.

Compassion is at the forefront of our CLERR values (Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility and Respect); it has been more than evident this week in the efforts of all those who volunteer their time, expertise and passion to help our children. We are most grateful for these volunteers in our community.  

Kind Regards
Mrs Virginia Evans

News

Book Week at Bairnsdale Library

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, the East Gippsland Shire Library will once again be running an activity session and dress up competition. Children aged 5–12 are encouraged to come dressed up as their favourite book character, listen to stories, and then make a selection of crafts. A costume parade will be held, with prizes awarded for the best dressed.

Date:               Saturday 26 August
Time:              10.00am – 11.15am
Venue:           Bairnsdale Library
Bookings are essential and can be made in person at the library or by phoning 5152 4225.

National eSmart Week

In celebration of National eSmart Week (4-8 September 2017), the East Gippsland Shire Library is running a competition relating to the topic of building cyber safe communities. Now is your chance to enter the ‘Design Your Cyber Buddy Competition’. Draw what it looks like for someone to spend too much time online (yawning, red eyes etc.), and what it looks like for someone who spends a balanced time online (doing homework, playing outside etc.).

Entry forms are available from the East Gippsland Shire Libraries or from the office at School.  Entry is open to children aged 5-12, with a $20 Coles Myer group gift card awarded to the winner. Entries close Friday, 1 September.

Lego Club at the Bairnsdale Library

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 on Tuesday 12 September 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. 

Earn and Learn Stickers

The Woolworths Earn and Learn program is on again and we ask you to please put the word out amongst your family and friends to collect the stickers for us. At the conclusion of the program we are able to trade these stickers for school resources.  Stickers can be left in the collection box at Woolworths or can be brought to School or the ELC.

Head of Bairnsdale Campus

What a wonderful way to finish the week sharing the day with Correa and Acacia at the Abbey on Raymond Island. Reverend Rich, along with our school psychologist Steve McAnulty, connected beautifully with the children, promoting resilience and self-esteem throughout the day and focusing on wellbeing; spiritually, emotionally and physically. We celebrated time for ourselves and our friends, observed our surroundings, and enjoyed eating camp oven food.   I was pleased to be able to share this experience with them and thank all the staff involved for their commitment to this opportunity.

The lunchtime clubs have been well received with many of our students participating in an enthusiastic manner. I acknowledge and thank the students and staff that willingly step up and assist in leading these clubs.

Melaleuca presented a very interesting Fellowship centred on 'Coding and Programming'. This is certainly a skill of the future and it was terrific that they could share their understanding in such a unique manner. We are all continuing to learn as was evident this week with the parent information night on 'Visible Learning and Solo Taxonomy' at Garnsey Campus. Thank you to those who attended, I am sure you would be most satisfied in the direction the School is moving. The 'learning' continued on Thursday with the presenters spending the day here working with the teachers. Discussion focussed on effective practice and how we as teachers can work collectively to improve student outcomes.

Our Parents and Friends also work hard for our school to provide items that will improve the learning for our children. It was a pleasure to meet with them today and discuss how the funds can enhance the children's learning. Following on from Melaleuca’s theme of coding we have decided to direct our purchase towards technology in the form of WeDo Lego which involves coding, programming, creating, collaborating and inquiry practice. It will be implemented throughout the School as a component of ICT however, it also has the capacity to impact across the curriculum. We thank the Parents and Friends for this opportunity to support our students and teachers.

Our Year 5 and 6 students enjoyed being part of the audience at Garnsey to watch the dress rehearsal of the 'The Addams Family' and appreciated the opportunity to observe such talent. There are a limited number of tickets still available for the remaining performances this weekend and I do encourage you to show your support for the students by going along to watch.

I would like to share some of the student reflections of the performances:

“I thought ‘The Addams Family’ was great and very entertaining. My favourite character was Gomez, I loved the way he used a really suitable accent for how he was dressed. My favourite part was when the bald guy fell in love with the moon.”
Cohen Frith
Year 6 Blackwood

“‘The Addams Family’ was good to watch and interesting to see my favourite character was Wednesday because she was very dramatic. I liked the music it was really good.”
Siennah Mair
Year 6 Blackwood

“At Sale, Blackwood and Grevillea (Year 6 and 5) attended ‘The Addams Family’. A fun filled play with very good characters. My favourite person was Fester, he was very funny and he was a great singer with a very funny tone. The play turned out to be the biggest success and I had lots of fun.” 
James Ritchie
Year 6 Blackwood

With School productions in mind, the next month will require a community effort in presenting our Bairnsdale Campus production ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.  We will be seeking assistance with sewing of simple costume items, sourcing props, painting sets and helping with supper during the interval.  To facilitate the making of costume items such as sashes, braces, headbands etc, we will hold ‘sewing bees’ after Fellowship on Friday 11 August, Friday 18 August and Friday 1 September.   Please consider coming along and helping to cut out fabric, sew or embellish.  If you have a sewing machine or overlocker, please bring it along as well. You do not need to be an expert sewer! Work will take place in the Thinking Dome, and as an incentive, Tony will provide tuckshop lunches to the parent helpers.  If you, or a crafty relative, are available to assist, please let Sarah Guinness or Bridgett van Rooij know.  Tickets for the production will go on sale next Friday. To purchase tickets, please follow the link on the Gippsland Grammar website which will take you to the Trybooking page. 

With thanks to all for a great week
Virginia

News

Earn and Learn Stickers

The Woolworths Earn and Learn program has begun once again and we ask you to please put the word out amongst your family and friends to collect the stickers for us. At the conclusion of the program we are able to trade these stickers for school resources.  Stickers can be left in the collection box at Woolworths or can be brought to School or the ELC.

The Sisterhood of East Gippsland

What:  The Sisterhood of East Gippsland is a place for women to enjoy themselves, discover the beautiful truth of who they are and band together with their sisters to make a difference in our world.
Where:  St John’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Francis & Service Streets, Bairnsdale.
When: Fortnightly Monday evenings, 6pm-7:30pm. Includes a light supper.
Theme:  Princess’ Heart: Journal Decoration will be 7 August, take some time out for heart-tending and journal decoration.
Cost:  $2.00 donation.
Enquiries:  Find the Sisterhood of East Gippsland on Facebook or call Von on 0400 321 670.

Messy Church at St John’s
What:   Messy Church is a monthly fun activity for all ages to get together for fun, games, messy experiences, stories, a celebration and a meal. Don’t miss out!
Where:  St John’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Francis & Service Streets, Bairnsdale.
When:  First Sunday of the month, 4-6:30pm. Including dinner.
Theme: On 6 August we will feature ‘The Tiny Mustard Seed’, a story Jesus told to explain to us how much potential there is for His Kingdom to grow in our lives.
Who:  Come and join us. All ages and abilities are welcome!  Children please come with an adult.
Enquiries:      Ring St John’s 5152 3133, Mon-Fri 9am-12noon.

National eSmart Week

In celebration of National eSmart Week (4 – 8 September 2017) the East Gippsland Shire Library is running a competition relating to the topic of building cyber safe communities.  Now is your chance to enter the ‘Design Your Cyber Buddy Competition’.  Draw what it looks like for someone to spend too much time online (yawning, red eyes etc.) and what it looks like for someone who spends a balanced time online (doing homework, playing outside etc.) 

Entry forms are available from the East Gippsland Shire Libraries or from the office at school.  Entry is open to children aged 5 – 12 with a $20 Coles Myer group gift card awarded to the winner. Entries close Friday, 1 September 2017.

Head of Bairnsdale Campus

Term 3 traditionally includes cold winter days and often the restriction of indoor play for the students. Taking this into consideration and following on with the theme of ‘Wellbeing’ from last week, we will introduce a number of lunchtime clubs to cater for the outdoor challenges at this time of the year. The lunchtime clubs are only an invitation to those interested and will provide an alternative if so desired. A number of the teachers are willingly volunteering to supervise these clubs with the view of encouraging student engagement, student interaction and exposing the children to another form of leisure.

The program for the week will be:

Day Activity Where When With
Monday   After the weekend a play outside with friends is necessary
Tuesday Book Club Library Recess Mrs Sutherland
Wednesday Meditation and Yoga Library Lunchtime Mrs Alexander
Thursday Walking Club within a close proximity of school Lunchtime Mrs Evans and Mrs Guinness
Friday Craft Club Blackwood Recess Mrs Rankin
  Dance Club Thinking Dome Lunchtime Year 6 leaders and Ashlee Robertson 

Whilst we are providing daily activities it would be wise that you discussed which particular activity interests your child and commit to one or two of these. Further to this, outdoor play is essential and I love nothing more than seeing the children running around with cheeks flushed from playing with their friends, however, this is to be seen as an opportunity to explore something new.

On Wednesday, eight of our students competed at the Regional Winter Sports in the mixed netball section. It had been a combined effort to get through to this level and I acknowledge the students that were part of this series and filled in when necessary. Mrs Froud returned for the day and accompanied the students to Sale, coaching them with the assistance of Ashlee Robertson. They all alighted the bus on their return with a smile on their face, very happy with their results of 2 wins out of 4, commenting that we played really well and put up a great fight.

Our ‘Around the World’ musical production lead characters listened attentively to Tony Porter, who is a most experienced actor and a well renowned member of the Bairnsdale Production Company. He was asked to talk to the children in respect to preparing for their role in our production. I am hoping they were not only inspired but also, that they understand it is ok to be a little nervous. 

A number of students have sat for the Australian Mathematics Competition this week and as I pass through the Pathways room I see our TOM students collaborating in anticipation of the upcoming Tournament of the Minds. Decisions have now been made as to the challenge they have ahead of them. Ms Hunter and Mrs Sutherland continue to guide and encourage their creativity and higher order thinking to present their challenge.

Today we celebrated Father Tony Wicking’s retirement and recognised his terrific contribution to our School community. Blackwood conducted the proceedings, with the highlight being the presentation of his own ‘bag of goodies’ that represented the thoughts and feelings of our students. Tony planted a mandarin tree in our School orchard and we do hope he will visit to watch his tree grow over the years. We wish him safe travels, happy times ahead and we ask Jesus to be a guiding light to our friend, Father Tony.

Our Prep children also planted trees today as it is Planet Arc’s National School Trees Day. Assisted by our groundsman Warrick Brown, 12 new native trees were planted in the area near the Bullumwaal Road boundary.  The children will nurture these trees in the coming months until they are well established and we will all benefit from their shade and beauty in the years to come.

Also during Fellowship the Green Team welcomed Michelle Kearns from the East Gippsland Shire. Michelle spoke to us about the Mayor’s Poster Challenge which many of our students entered earlier in the year with a focus on caring for our environment.  She announced that Darcee Young was the runner up and Indigo McKay was the winner of the 5-7 year old category, and Pippa Young won the 8-10 year old category.  Well done to these students and thank you to Michelle and the East Gippsland Shire for this initiative.

Next week, ‘The Addams Family’ offers great entertainment for all of our school families. Students and staff at Garnsey campus have worked tirelessly to produce a production that will both entertain and impress. Our Year 5 and 6 students are fortunate to be watching the dress rehearsal performance on Tuesday next week. I encourage you to support our School community by attending the production and at the same time recognise the talent and enthusiasm of our senior students. Tickets are available online and these can be purchased by following the link on the home page of the Gippsland Grammar website.

We shall hope for some rain, however for our snow loving families, Saturday looks like a perfect skiing day; 21 and sunny. Enjoy!

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