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Head of Garnsey Campus

National Boarding Week

National Boarding Week aims to generate positive awareness about boarding across Australia. Gippsland Grammar is celebrating the week with a range of events and activities promoted through Facebook, local media, within the School, Blackwood House and the community. Mr Stuart Llewellyn, Head of Boarding, has now settled into his new role and has led this initiative across the School. As the only boarding school between Melbourne and east to the NSW border and beyond, we are fortunate to have a facility that offers a home away from home, as well as pastoral and academic support for many students. Celebrations this week enabled some of our day students to visit Blackwood House for lunch and many staff enjoyed an afternoon tea visit on Thursday afternoon. Along with boarders across the nations, our Gippsland Grammar boarders have participated in community service initiatives and fitness sessions. We have shared some insight into the lives of boarders through Facebook this week, which I hope our community has enjoyed.

SEISA Cultural Day

Following on from the successful SEISA Chess, Debating and Public Speaking event, this week saw students participate in the second SEISA cultural event. Students took part in an Art, Music and Theatre Sports program at Beaconhills College in Pakenham. A variety of workshops were held in Art that allowed students to learn new skills and art making processes. In Music, there were workshops followed by a combined schools concert and in Theatre Sports, students participated in workshops co-ordinated by the theatre company ‘Impro Melbourne’ before an exciting competition event, which our Gippsland Grammar team won. Well done to all students on the excellent way they represented the School and to the staff who supported them.

Success for Shooting team in Bairnsdale

On Monday 15 May the Gippsland Grammar Shooting team of 24 students competed at the Bairnsdale Field and Game Schools Competition. The competition was fierce, with 125 students participating: schools included Yarram, Wonthaggi, Nagle College and metropolitan rivals, Lilydale Secondary College. Students were tested with 20 targets over 2 rounds of 10 and by challenging targets and intermittent rain. 

As the competition drew to a close, Gippsland Grammar ‘A’ Squad was tied for first place with Yarram. Our ‘A’ squad, comprised of Aaron Barling, Hayden Johnston, Quinn Wade, Sam Davis and Rob McNeilly, won by one target to reclaim the coveted Field and Game Shield. Success wasn’t limited to the team format, as three individual shooters were also successful. Rob McNeilly came second in the senior boys, with a score of 16/20, Tom Finlay claimed third in senior boys after the shoot off. Congratulations are also to be extended to Suzannah Keily who came third in the senior girls. All shooters are to be commended, as all members produced strong scores, especially our junior students: Tim Morgan, Fergus Grubb, Callan Kerby and Jack Prestney.   

The day was a great success and was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Mr Nick Kuch and staff for their support of the Shooting team.  

Student Achievements

Harry Singer (Year 9) undertook the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award during 2016. He was very active throughout his experiences and was always looking for opportunities to find new challenges. To complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, Harry needed to complete four sections as outlined below.

Skill: Harry completed six months of vocal lessons.

Service: He volunteered for three months with ‘Awesome Boys’, a local group that play sports with children after school to encourage fitness and social interaction.

Physical Recreation: He undertook rowing and swimming training for a period of three months.

Adventurous Journey: Harry’s practice journey was a two day Melbourne Experience where he investigated the waterways of Melbourne. His qualifying journey was a two-day kayaking course on Port Phillip Bay.

Congratulations Harry on this achievement.

Head of Garnsey Campus

Thank you to parents for their support

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Parent teacher interviews this week. The involvement of our parents in the education of their children is certainly valued by the School as we partner together to ensure students achieve to the best of their ability. It was also great to welcome parents to the Elevate Education parent information night which followed the Year 8 Study Skills sessions; the evening was full of great tips for parents in supporting their children in the development of study and time management skills. I’m sure that the Friends of Performing Arts will also be on hand tonight to provide supper at the Autumn Concert and to support their children. I look forward to catching up with our School families at this exceptional event.

A great opportunity for some hands on learning in the field

On Tuesday 9 May, the students in the Unit 1 Biology classes participated in a fieldtrip to the wetlands area of the Heart Morass, on the outskirts of Sale. Students participated in a range of activities pertaining to the Unit 1 Biology course and were assisted by the co-ordinators of Bug Blitz. Students took samples of soil, water and insect life, and then analysed the samples, with an emphasis on the impact conservation practises have on this ecosystem.

On Wednesday 10 May students undertaking Unit 3 Theatre Studies attended a production of ‘The Seven Stages of Grieving’ at The Memo Theatre in Healesville. Following the play, students attended a VCE post-performance seminar. The play is from the set list of plays for Unit 3 and students will complete an assessment task relating to the performance and will be required to write on this play in the end of year Written Examination.

As part of the Year 11 Outdoor and Environmental Studies course, students participated in a two day bushwalk to the Mitchell River. Students were required to consider field trip organisation details and more specifically, food and equipment requirements. They bought their own food according to the specifications of this program.

All of these activities enable our VCE students to experience some hands on learning and are important elements in the VCE program.

 

Student Achievements

Linus Rodda (Year 11)

Linus recently competed in the National Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in Perth. He played in the Under 19 age division with another bottom age player and they won 3 of their 7 games, which was a very good result in high quality competition. Linus was subsequently recognised at the Victorian State Team awards with the Coaches award for “Best Teammate”, awarded for sustained excellence on court and support for his team mates.  Congratulations, Linus on this achievement.

Joey Rodda (Year 9)

Joey also competed in the National Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in Perth. He was captain of the No 1 Victorian Under 15 side.  Joey and the team performed at a high standard and lost the gold medal match to Queensland 19-17 in the deciding set. He showed excellent leadership of the team over the 4 days. Joey was subsequently recognised as Victoria’s Under 15 Most Valuable Player in the squad.  Joey is currently trialling for the Victorian Indoor U15 team and has also been selected as an emergency in the Victorian Indoor State Schools Victoria Under 16 team which will compete in the National Championships in Western Australia in August 2017. I congratulate Joey on this wonderful achievement and his leadership of the Under 15 Beach Volleyball team; an excellent achievement.

Darcy Wade (Year 11)

Darcy achieved a gold medal in the Western Australia State Pentathlon Championships, making him the WA State Champion. He is also the current Victorian and Queensland State Champion and Runner Up Australian title holder. Darcy competed in the Youth A division completing swimming, fencing, shooting and running, with great times; this is a great lead up to the World Championships in Hungary in June and July where Darcy will represent Australia. Following this he will compete in the Oceania Championships in Japan where the Australian Youth Olympics representative will be decided. Darcy’s achievements and commitment are inspiring and I congratulate him on his achievement of such excellence.

SEISA JUNIOR Winter Sport

Junior Mixed Hockey
Thursday 10 May 2017
Gippsland Grammar v St Paul’s Traralgon
Result 1-1
Full Time: DRAW

Player's Player:

Coaches Award:

Best on Ground:

Holly Alexander

Molly Howard

Poppy   Fenning-Chester

Junior Girls Soccer
Thursday 10 May 2017
Gippsland Grammar v St Paul’s Traralgon
Result 1-1
Full Time: DRAW

Player's Player:

Coaches Award:

Best on Ground:

Camille Japhary

Milla Bennett

Alyssa Currie

Junior Boys Soccer
Thursday 10 may 2017
Gippsland Grammar St Paul’s Traralgon
Result 0-8
Full Time: Lost

Player's Player:

Coaches Award:

Best on Ground:

Levi Wilson

Cameron Rule

Luka Blackmore

Junior Girls A Team Netball
Thursday 10 May 2017
Gippsland Grammar St Paul’s Traralgon
Result 46-22
Full Time: Won

Player's Player:

Coaches Award:

Best on Ground:

Ruby Luckie

Hannah Shepherd

Teagan Harrison

Junior Girls B Team Netball
Thursday 10 May 2017
Gippsland Grammar St Paul’s Traralgon
Result 46-2
Full Time: Won

Player's Player:

Coaches Award:

Best on Ground:

Grace MacLachlan

Sienna Privetera

Piper Conway

Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company

Beauty and the Beast - Flyer
The Bairnsdale Production Line Theatre Company production of Beauty and the Beast opening night Friday 5 May. 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 t www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forgetheatre or at the Bairnsdale or Lakes Entrance Visitor Information Centres or Shire Service Centres

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

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