When: Thursday 1 June 2017
Where: 7.00pm Chapel of St Anne
This concert will showcase our Year 10 to Year 12 music students.
Gippsland Grammar student Jessica Thompson will represent Australia at the Junior World Championships in Lithuania in August, Rowing Australia announced today.
Jessica, Gippsland Grammar’s Senior Rowing Captain, will be rowing in the Junior Women's 8 as part of the Australian Junior Rowing Team.
Rowing Australia established a ‘Pathway Program’ to find the top crews in country. Jessica was selected to take part in the program after top performances competing for her School in single scull events at state trials and at the national titles in Sydney earlier this year.
What was most remarkable about this particular achievement, according to Gippsland Grammar Rowing Director Peter Campbell, was Jessica’s dedication and determination to adapt her rowing to fit the Pathway 8 Program.
“Jess has always trained and rowed as a single scull, that’s with two oars, but selection into the 8s meant she had to learn to row with one oar in a crew of seven others and a coxswain.
“Not only did she master the technique in just three weeks, she helped her Victorian crew win its heat as well as the final against all of the other state pathways teams at the trials held in Penrith, Sydney, last week. The crew’s time was fast enough to receive an invitation to the world-class event,” Campbell explained.
The Junior World Championships will be held on one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe, Galve Lake, Trakai, 2-6 August.
Jessica, who took up rowing in Year 7, described this experience in her last year at Gippsland Grammar as a great learning experience.
“This year my goal was to compete at Nationals in Sydney in the single scull. It was a tough journey getting there, knowing I had to knock almost two minutes off my best time, but after Bronze at States and Silver at Head of School Girls, I was ready. I placed 5th.
Jessica was highest performing Victorian at the nationals and hence invited to trial as part of the Pathway 8 Program.
“Rowing is not an easy sport. It challenges you both physically and mentally. This is one of my favourite things about this sport. In the process of becoming the best you can be, you learn so much about yourself as an athlete and as a person and what you are capable of achieving.
“I attribute my success to my parents for always encouraging me to dream big and follow my dreams. But without the coaching and advice from Gippsland Grammar’s Peter Campbell, I wouldn’t be the athlete that I am. He has taken me from a relatively novice sculler to one of the best in the country in a reasonably short amount of time. Having him coaching me in the gym and on the water nine times a week has helped immensely.
“I am also grateful to Gippsland Grammar for providing me with the opportunities and to my teachers who have given me the support and guidance I have needed to fit school work in around rowing commitments.”
To prepare for her journey overseas, Jessica will train in Sale during the week and travel to Melbourne weekends to work with her crew. She will also strive to raise the $8,500 to fund her trip.
The last time Australia sent a Junior Women's 8 to the World Championships was in 2015. It was held in Rio De Janeiro. The Australian crew finished sixth and that crew was also the Victorian Pathway crew.
An Afternoon Concert - Affinity String Trio & guest pianist Alex Waite.
When; Sunday 28 May 2017
Where: St. Paul's Cathedral Sale
Contact: Susanna - 0418 637 469
Places are filling fast for one of Gippsland’s premier social events – the Gippsland Grammar Soiree at Kilmany Park, Friday 3 March from 7:30pm.
Follow this link to secure your tickets; places are strictly limited.
The $100 ticket price includes all drinks, supper and musical entertainment. A range of auction items will be available on the night, as part of the event’s famous silent auction. The keenly sought ‘Bling Ring’ raffle is also confirmed for 2017. Don’t miss out on this fabulous night; all proceeds to the Foundation Building Fund.
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE‼‼ You have done a wonderful job with all your volunteering and donating to the STAGGFAIR. We will donate approximately $34,000 to Gippsland Grammar after all costs are accounted for. Final accounts will be available after the term holidays.
Our congratulations to the Gippsland Grammar Old Scholars Association on launching the Be Your Potential Scholarship Fund at STAGGFAIR, please remember them when you are considering your donating plan. This fund will support students who might not ordinarily have the opportunity to attend our School.
Our thanks again to all our sponsors and donors; and especially to the students, parents and School staff who volunteered many, many hours of labour to create such a relaxing, happy day together in our beautiful grounds at Garnsey.
Once again we would like to thank our sponsors listed below:
- AQUA ENERGY SALE
- ARBONNE, MELISSA WALSH
- AUSTRALIAN WILDFLOWER COMPANY, LONGFORD
- BETTA ELECTRICAL, SALE
- BUNNINGS, WARRAGUL
- CENTRE BAKERY, SALE
- COLLIN’S BOOKSELLERS, SALE
- CRITERION HOTEL, SALE
- DAVID LUCKE’S, SALE
- DYSON GROUP OF COMPANIES
- BILL GORDIJN
- BLUE GABLES VINEYARD
- THE GALLOPING BEAN
- GLENMAGGIE WINES
- HOMEGIRL COFFEE
- JOHN ANSELL PHOTOGRAPHY TRARALGON
- JOHN FARRUGIA FENCING
- JUST COPIERS, MORWELL
- KALINDA WADE AND FRIENDS
- KRISTY LEE’S CAKES
- KWIK TIP
- LAZZAROS BROS. FRUITERER
- L J HOOKER REAL ESTATE, SALE
- MELISSA and DAMIEN KNIBBS
- MICHELLE CARROLL, POFFERTJES
- NEILSON’S RESTAURANT, TRARALGON
- NICOLE BEUER
- RIVIERA CYCLES, BAIRNSDALE
- ROBIN LOWE
- Ruth truscott, JUMPING CASTLE
- SALE CURRY HOUSE
- SALE DENTAL GROUP
- SALE FRESH POULTRY
- SALE FOOTBALL CLUB
- SALE TENNIS CLUB
- T &T CATERING
- WELLINGTON SHIRE COUNCIL
- 545 PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION