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Head of Garnsey Campus

Year 9 Alpine Program

The second and final Alpine Program for Year 9 students was held this week in some rather idyllic, although changeable, conditions at Dinner Plain. We have a fine tradition of Outdoor Education at Gippsland Grammar and this is on full display during this program, which has been a significant part of the Outdoor Education and Year 9 program for more than 30 years. Students and staff are challenged by the environment, as magnificent as it is, and there are many personal challenges to be overcome throughout the program as students develop both their technical skills and their personal and interpersonal skills. Parents have had a chance to gain a glimpse of the program this week, with regular email and Facebook updates.

I want to commend the fine Outdoor Education staff, under the leadership of Mr Shamis Law this term, who have enabled this program and supported our students to meet the challenges evident on the gentle slopes of Dinner Plain. It is a significant responsibility to prepare and run these programs, but the meticulous planning and preparation, skills and strengths evident in all our program staff have certainly supported student growth and their experience in the outdoors.

Year 7 Water Investigation

As part of their ‘Water in the World’ studies, Year 7 Geography students visited Lake Glenmaggie and Sale Wetlands this week to investigate first hand some of the ways in which water is stored and used in our area. The concept of competing uses for the available water, and the sustainability of our water consumption and use, were both investigated at Glenmaggie Weir. At Sale Wetlands, students learnt about the role of this area in the water cycle and how human activity has changed its character. This hands-on type learning enhances the work done in the classroom and enables students to develop key geographic skills in drawing connections between theory and observations, which is then presented in a geographic fieldwork report.

RAAF Clarinet Ensemble

Some of our student musicians were fortunate to participate in a masterclass and see a performance from the RAAF Clarinet Ensemble this week. Held in the Chapel of St Anne on Wednesday lunchtime, this engagement with professional musicians was inspiring for our students and enjoyed by all.

Student Achievements

Claudia Klose (Year 12)

Congratulations to Claudia for her achievement in being awarded the ADFA Education Award. Wing Commander David Houghton, RAAF Base East Sale, presented the award at assembly this week. The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. Claudia was presented with a tablet device and certificate and our School received a plaque of recognition. Claudia was required to undertake a rigorous selection process to be eligible for the award; she had to be studying Year 11 subjects that met both the educational qualifications for admission to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and single Service entry requirements. She was required to sit the ADFA entry aptitude test, medical testing and a series of interviews, including an Officer Selection Board (OSB). Congratulations to Claudia. 

Mr David Baker, Wing Commander David Houghton and Claudia Klose accepting her ADFA Education Award

Claudia Klose

William Mwagiru (Year 9)

Gippsland Grammar student, William Mwagiru, has been selected in the School Sport Victoria Team Vic Cross Country Team competing in the School Sport Australia Championship to be held in Hobart, Tasmania from 11-14 August. It has been a great performance by William to make the final team, based on placings at the Athletics Victoria All Schools. Many past School Sport Victoria team members have gone on to compete at national and international competitions, including Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Here’s hoping that William and his Victorian teammates can achieve their personal goals at a national level to win the Australian title and that William may go on to represent Australia in the years to come.

Equestrian Success

Gippsland Grammar Garnsey Campus has had the following riders qualify for the Australian Interschool Championships: Sarah Hair (Year 12) in the 110cm Showjumping; Sidney Churchman (Year 11) in the Show Hunter; and Darcy Wade (Year 11) in the 120cm Showjumping and 110cm Showjumping.

Three athletes have been announced in the Victorian team for the Pony Club Australia National Championships, to be held in Toowoomba from 18-22 September. Priyanka Joshi (Year 10), Quinn Wade (Year 10) and Darcy Wade (Year 11) will represent Victoria in the Junior Tetrathlon Team, which consists of showjumping, a 2km run, a 200m swim and shooting. Quinn and Priyanka attended selection trials and a training camp and had to finish in the top 6 ranked athletes to make the team. Darcy has also been selected for the Junior Showjumping team as well as the Junior Tetrathlon team.

Congratulations to all on these fine achievements. 

Department News - Science

Term 3 continues to be a busy time for the Science Department at Gippsland Grammar. Our teachers have been working hard to ensure that students at all levels are developing a sound understanding of how the world around them functions.

At VCE level, students are completing final internal assessments before turning their gaze towards end of year examinations. The next few months are an important time for consolidation of knowledge and we wish all our students well as they complete the final sections of their courses and begin exam preparations.

Other year levels have also been working hard. Year 7 students have been investigating forces and how they affect motion. Year 8 has been looking at the concept of ‘energy’ and, during the last few months, has had the opportunity to complete several experiments investigating how it can be transferred from one form to another. In Year 9 the focus has been on chemical reactions, while Year 10 students are completing a unit of Chemistry and developing their ability to write balanced equations to represent the reactions they are conducting.

Emma Perrett Year 8 Reynolds & Emily Dyer Yr 8 Reynolds
participating in a Science Class

Science

The department has also been involved in numerous activities outside the set curriculum. Towards the end of Term 2, teachers and students were involved in a one day ASSEL workshop. This government sponsored project fosters inquiry-based learning; training teachers and using student participation and feedback to improve thinking skills.  

Students from Years 7 to 10 were involved in the ‘Big Science Competition’ toward the end of last term. Results and certificates for the competition have just arrived and, once again, our students have achieved a number of excellent results. Of the 343 participants, 90 students achieved a Credit or better, with 10 students achieving the top grading of a High Distinction. Students who achieved a Distinction or High Distinction will be recognised at a forthcoming school assembly.

 Japanese Exchange Students

 Hikarigaoka Japanese Exchange Students participating in a Science experiment

Michael Howard
Head of Science 

SEISA Winter Sport Rnd 5 - INT/SNR

Senior Girls Soccer
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: St Paul’s 4 defeated Gippsland Grammar 1
Player’s Player: Julie Corbin
Coach’s Award: Grace de Steiger
Best on Ground: Nikki Polintan
Senior Boys Hockey
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Half Time: Gippsland Grammar 5 : St Paul’s Nil
Full Time: Gippsland Grammar 7 defeated St Paul’s 0
Player’s Player:

Nicholas Rothwell

Ben Harms

Coach’s Award: Timothy Valette
Best on Ground: Tom Supplitt
Senior Girls Hockey
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Half Time: Gippsland Grammar 1 : Newhaven Nil
Full Time: Gippsland Grammar 3 defeated St Paul’s 0
Player’s Player: Brianna Marshall
Coach’s Award:

Abby Taylor

Caz Basset

Best on Ground: Megan Supplitt
Senior Boys Soccer
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: St Paul’s 3 defeated Gippsland Grammar 1
Player’s Player: Kyung Stewart
Coach’s Award: Liam Wilson
Best on Ground:

Ace Mitrevski

Gil Aitken

Senior Girls Netball A
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: St Paul’s 50 defeated Gippsland Grammar 35
Player’s Player: Mia Simmons
Coach’s Award: Tess Maxfield
Best on Ground: Annabelle Lamb
Senior Girls Netball B
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: Gippsland Grammar 31 defeated St Paul’s 28
Player’s Player: Zoe Collins
Coach’s Award: Millie Dunnett
Best on Ground: Zoe Collins
Senior Boys Football
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: Gippsland Grammar win by forfeit
Intermediate Boys Football
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: No match played
Intermediate Girls Soccer
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: Gippsland Grammar 9 defeated St Paul’s 1
Player’s Player: Claudia Todd
Coach’s Award: Simone Clamp
Best on Ground: Olivia Morscheck
Intermediate Boys Soccer
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: St Paul’s 3 defeated Gippsland Grammar 2
Player’s Player: Rhodes O’Brien
Coach’s Award: Kiernan Kelly
Best on Ground: James Lancaster
Intermediate Girls Netball A
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: St Paul’s 35 defeated Gippsland Grammar 33
Player’s Player: Claire Harrison
Coach’s Award: Ellen O’Brien
Best on Ground: Amber MacManus
Intermediate Girls Netball B
Thursday 10 August 2017
Gippsland Grammar v. St Paul’s Warragul
Result
Full Time: Gippsland Grammar 39 defeated St Paul’s 21
Player’s Player: Keeley Robertson
Coach’s Award: George Anderson
Best on Ground: Paige Barr

The Player’s Player is awarded to the player(s) who display great team spirit, participation, and respect towards their team mates, opposition, referees and coaches (determined by the players).

The Coach’s Award is awarded to the player(s) who display great enthusiasm, determination, participation and sportsmanship (determined by the coach).

The Best on Ground is awarded to the player(s) who display great leadership and skill throughout the game (determined by the coach).

Head of Garnsey Campus

The ‘Addams Family’

The reviews are in and if you haven’t yet got tickets to ‘The Addams Family – The Musical’ being held in Garnsey Hall this weekend, you will need to get in quickly to see an outstanding show. Presenting a musical is a truly significant event in the School calendar as it brings together students and staff from across the School and requires months of preparation and practice. I commend all those involved in the performance, which opened to a nearly sold out crowd, on Thursday night. Many will be familiar with the television show on which the characters are based and these were brought to life by some wonderful performances by our students. I must also add that the stage in Garnsey Hall was transformed with a creative set, and the costumes and make-up were superb. The audience was truly entertained by the performance. I congratulate the students and staff, both those on stage and backstage for this outstanding show; it would be wrong to highlight any one individual as it was such a great team effort.

Other highlights at this Garnsey Campus this week included the ICCES Cross Country, held at Bundoora Park, in which our students performed exceptionally to convincingly win the trophy for another year; an interesting comedic interpretation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ performed to Year 9 students; the South East Zone DTL Shooting Competition in Frankston; another successful round of SEISA Winter Sport for senior and intermediate students, and; the Legacy Public Speaking event held at the Warragul RSL. More detailed reports will be presented in the newsletter in coming weeks and I congratulate the students involved in all the events on their achievements and the manner in which they represented Gippsland Grammar.

We were also pleased to welcome back two University of Melbourne School of Education researchers and educators, Sophie Murphy and Luke Mandouit, this week as they continued their work with our teachers, from across all three campuses, on the implementation of the SOLO taxonomy, which is a powerful model to help identify surface to deep levels of understanding. The successful inaugural parent evening on Wednesday aimed to help parents understand the precepts of Visible Learning at Gippsland Grammar and was well attended by an engaged parent audience. We look forward to continuing to work with parents on understanding our educational model as we implement a shared language of learning and student progress.

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