The weather was kind to us on Wednesday at our annual Inter-House Athletics Carnival. Year 3 to Year 6 students competed in a range of key athletic events, while our Prep to Year 2 students participated in modified events. It was amazing to watch the students challenge themselves—demonstrating sportsmanship and just having fun. A huge thank you to Miss Sam Cooke for her organisation and leadership, and to our teachers and parents for all of your help on the day. The winning house was Cranswick Dargo (1626 points), closely followed Wellington Binks (1407 points), Blundell Bogong (1406 points) and Tisdall Hotham (1325 points).
Our age champions were:
8/9 Boys – Cruz Coggan
8/9 Girls – Olivia Covino
10 Boys – Jack Crowe
10 Girls – Charlie Price
11 Boys – Jude Scriven
11 Girls – Rohanna Mills
12 Boys – Anthony Smith
12 Girls – Natalia Covino
100 Days in Prep
Thursday this week marked an important milestone for our Prep Students…100 days at school! I spent part of Thursday with each Prep class, joining in their celebrations and activities to mark this special occasion. Congratulations to each Prep student for making an incredible start to their schooling life. There have been plenty of key moments for our Preps. These include further developing their emotional resilience and conflict resolution skills, participating in our sports carnivals, learning how to read and write, playing in the ‘big kids’ playground and much more. It has been a steep learning curve for many of our Prep parents too! I would like to acknowledge the expertise and extra effort Mrs Tracey Grubb and Mrs Rebekah Tayler bring to their role as our Prep teachers.
Inter-House Public Speaking Fellowship
Today we held our inaugural Inter-House Public Speaking Fellowship. Students were judged on pronunciation, volume, posture, eye contact and whether the audience was informed, engaged and entertained. Years 5 and 6 students presented a prepared, passionate speech; while our Prep to Year 4 students recited a poem. We were thrilled to welcome our three judges; Ms Penny Monger, Head of Debating at our Garnsey Campus; and our Year 12 Debating Captains, Annabelle Lamb and Claudia Klose.
Our successful Public Speakers were:
1st Amity Grumley 2nd Brooke Marshall 3rd Ella O’Doherty 4th Amelia Steele-Brown
1st Debbie Husodo 2nd Sophie McLeod 3rd Nicholas Missen 4th Finn Carpenter
1st Logan Mills 2nd Jessica Martin 3rd Riley Alexander 4th Conor McDougall
1st Mia Del Busso 2nd Gracie Millington 3rd Josh Richards 4th Olivia Covino
1st Kody Said 2nd Olivia Clyne 3rd William Braden 4th Daniel Neilan
1st Nahian Uddin 2nd Ella Lamb 3rd Cooper Beckman 4th Alyssa Alcock
1st Adelaide Ripper 2nd Stella Arnup 3rd Mikio Mannix 4th Dominic Fletcher
Catching on Early
During Term 3 our students will complete the age appropriate modules of our sexuality education program titled ‘Catching on Early’. The purpose of school-based sexuality education is to address the sexual aspects of growth and development. Sexuality education promotes students’ social skills, health and wellbeing. This is an evidence-based program founded on the latest research into sexuality education and child sexual development. I have listed some titles below that have been suggested by ‘Catching on Early’, which you may wish to incorporate in discussions with your children at home.
It’s Not the Stork: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends (2006) by Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley.
This text is straightforward, informative and personable. Facts are presented in a step-by step manner and with humour.
Everyone’s Got A Bottom – A Storybook for Children Aged 3-8 Years (2007) by Family Planning Queensland.
This book is a useful tool for parents and carers to gently start a conversation with their children about self-protection.
Year 3 - 6
Secret Boys’ Business (2006) by Fay Angelo, Heather Pritchard and Rose Stewart, illustrated by Julie Davey.
This is a book to help boys understand the changes they go through when reaching puberty. Secret Boys’ Business has large clear text that is easy to understand and every page is full of amusing and colourful illustrations.
Secret Girls’ Business (2003) by Fay Angelo, Heather Pritchard and Rose Stewart, illustrated by Julie Davey.
Secret Girls’ Business is fun and easy to understand with plenty of brightly coloured illustrations. Girls learn about changes that happen at puberty and are encouraged to make the transition with dignity and joy.
Hair in Funny Places (2000) by Babette Cole.
This is a picture storybook about puberty for middle to late primary school boys and girls. In the book, Mr and Mrs Hormone - two hairy monsters - mix potions that turn children into adults. We see some of the changes that result from these potions. Hair in Funny Places can be a good conversation starter, easing the way for more detailed discussions about puberty.
We have been locking our back and side gates at 9:15am and unlocking them before the end of the school day to enhance our students’ safety. Access throughout the day remains through our main school entrance on Raymond Street. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we keep your child’s safety at the forefront.
Enjoy your weekend
Jie Van Berkel
100 Days of School
This week marked the 100th day of School for our Preps! Since the beginning of the year, we have been counting every day. We count by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s and are starting to understand how two digit numbers are made up of tens and ones.
On our 100th day, students brought collections of 100 items to school. Of course we had to count them to check there were 100 items. We counted our items by making groups of 5s or 10s. We worked out addition sums that equal 100, completed 100 exercises and wrote about what we would do with $100!
Mrs Tayler and Mrs Grubb are extremely proud of how much growth and effort all of our Preps have all put into their learning during their first 100 days of school!
Here is a little poem….
One hundred takes a while to count
It is such a large amount!
But I know you’ll take the time
To count the letters in this rhyme!
CBCA Children’s Book Week theme this year is 'Escape to Everywhere'. Students will be involved in celebrating Australian children's literature in class and the Library with stories and activities. Fellowship will be conducted by Bradman and the Library monitors on Friday 18 August. To mark the occasion students are able to dress as their favourite book character for the day.
I wish to thank the School community for its congratulations regarding my recent appointment as the permanent Head of St Anne’s Campus. It is a great honour and I look forward to leading our community into the future. Our dedicated team of staff and students has been most supportive as we strive to improve and embrace what the future holds.
Many thanks to Kingsford-Smith for leading this morning’s Fellowship. The students enlightened us about what they had learnt about Explorers. We heard about what they did when faced with a challenge or adversity and how they needed to persevere when the ‘going got tough’. We can all learn from the experiences of the past. Our CLERR values can help us to face these challenges.
I am always impressed when the students take the lead when it come to new ideas. Over recent times our SRC and Community Captains have worked with staff to introduce two grass roots initiatives.
Health and Nutrition Policy
Healthy Eating: Healthy eating and good nutrition have a major influence on the health and wellbeing of children and this has a direct impact on their growth and development. Eating a wide variety of foods from the five food groups is important every day. Healthy eating also means eating in a way that is socially and culturally appropriate, having regular meals and snacks and eating food to satisfy hunger.
Example of a healthy lunch box: fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables, a meat or protein food such as slices of lean meat, hardboiled egg, dairy foods such as cheese sticks or slices, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt, starchy food such as bread, a roll, pita or flat bread, fruit bread or crackers and water.
Nutrition:Everyone needs food to provide the right vitamins, minerals and nutrition to feel energised and to help them grow and stay healthy. The meals we eat help fuel the body.
Occasional foods and drinks:Junk food are foods like potato chips, chocolate, cakes, lollies, soft drinks and takeaway foods such as hamburgers and hotdogs. These foods are usually low in nutrients and high in salt, sugar or fat.
Everyday foods and drinks:Include whole foods such as fresh fruit, wholegrain bread and cereals, lean cuts of meat, legumes, soups, reduced fat dairy products and water.
Related school policies:Canteen Policy, Physical Activity Policy, Food Safety Policy and Staff Health and Wellbeing Policy.
Tips: Children are encouraged to drink water after consuming ‘Sometimes Food'. Nuts and nut products are not recommended due to the number of children suffering from nut related allergies.
Our second initiative has been introduced by our Community Captains. It focuses on providing opportunities for friendship and fostering connectedness within our school community. Below I have included a message from our Community Captains, explaining their plans in greater detail.
Being Community Captains means we have to bring the community together. That is why we have decided to start a Friendship Team. This will consist of some Year Six leaders who are willing to do their part in the school. They will be wearing bright pink vests to stand out to the students. They will be just roaming around the school to make sure everyone is alright. Any student who needs a friend or someone to talk to are able to approach them. Alternatively, if they see anyone left out or lonely they can just have a chat with them. We fully understand that some students prefer to play by themselves and we totally respect their decision. As well as starting the Friendship Team, we will also be having a Friendship Seat. The seat is a place to go if you’re lonely or just want to talk. We feel that this could really benefit our school and help us to grow as a stronger community. The Community Captains have chosen a responsible team. This consists of: Brooke Marshall, Amelia Steele-Brown, Mehar Kishan and Regan Farley as well as our School Captains, Rose Dallimore and Austin Bauer. They will be ably assisted by: Anthony Smith, Tim McMillan, Asha McMillan, Heath Fletcher, Amalie Pullman, Tom Dunnett, Zane Waixel and Bella Di Corleto.
The winter months bring with them coughs, colds and many other dreaded ailments. In order not to spread these to the wider community, could I please ask parents to keep their children home if they are symptomatic?
Prep and Year 1 Swimming
Our Prep and Year 1 students are enjoying their Swimming Program and are acquiring new skills and confidence. Could we ask parents to assist us by not approaching the students or instructors during lessons as this can impact the effectiveness of the experience?
We are also pleased to announce that we are now an official partner of the Royal Lifesaving Victoria Swim and Survive Program. This water safety initiative seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.
Have a great weekend
Jie Van Berkel
The Addams Family Rehearsal
On Tuesday 1 August the Year 5 and 6 students were lucky enough to be invited to watch the dress rehearsal for the Garnsey Production, The Addam's Family. It was an incredible performance. All students were thoroughly engaged and impressed by the professionalism and talent of the students and production team. We wish them all the best of luck, or should we say, break a leg, for the remainder of their shows.
On Monday, students from our Japanese Sister School, Hikarigaoka, visited St. Anne's. They joined ELC students and helped them make an origami dog. It was heart-warming to see the happy interaction as one Japanese girl worked with two ELC children. After recess, the girls joined Year 3/4 Tasman where they all participated in several games, including a chopstick relay! These experiences, although brief, help provide a context for our students learning Japanese.
The Japanese Language Teachers Association of Victoria is holding a Calligraphy Competition for all age groups. Any students interested in entering, may speak with Mrs Chalmer for details. Entries must be received before 19 September.
Year 2 History Buffs
Year 2 have begun our study of the History of St Anne's. We are so lucky to have Alex Andrew’s grandmother as an expert resource for this project. Last week's St Anne’s Day Fellowship was a perfect springboard for this topic. We have examined the plaques and foundation stones on this Campus and identified these as evidence from the past. We are looking forward to meeting with Mr Tim Gibson from School Archives to further our knowledge. We also keenly await a date to visit the Sale Museum. The children have also been bringing in objects "from the past”. Some give rise to some curious comments from Mrs Ingrouille and Ms Goode, such as a Leo Sayer record and a "not so old" Nokia phone!
St Anne’s Day
Today we celebrated St Anne’s Day with a focus on our past and present. Our guest speakers reflected this. Darcy Langshaw from the ELC shared his thoughts about what he loves about school. Jake Holland, who began at our ELC and is now one of our Year 12 Prefects, shared humorous stories and the opportunities that Gippsland Grammar has given him. Mrs Ann Andrew, who is a past student and Gippsland Grammar history expert, was interviewed by her grandson, Alex Andrew, who is a current student at St Anne’s.
I would like to thank our past students, who are affectionately known as the ‘Green Grubs’ for coming today. After our Fellowship, our special guests, School captains and myself enjoyed a lunch in the library. This was a fantastic chance to hear many stories from people who have helped shape Gippsland Grammar.
Our Campus is surrounded by history. The Lorna Sparrow Hall is named after St Anne’s most well-known Headmistress. The Year 1 and Year 2 buildings are named after Dora Beadle and Wilbur and Janie Saxton respectively, who made a significant impact working at St Anne’s. We have an established Turkish Pine Tree that is a descendent of the original ‘Lone Pine’ at Gallipoli. Many of our buildings have historical plaques signifying their opening, with some dating back to 1913! Our St Anne’s Day Fellowship is an annual tradition that allows our School community to celebrate our past and present. Thank you to our guest speakers, musicians and those who helped organise today’s Fellowship.
Prep and Year 1 Swimming
Our Preps and Year 1 students have commenced swimming this term. It is important that parents understand the information below;
- If you are helping with changing students in the change rooms, parents must have a current Working with Children’s Check and have completed our Child Safety Training Modules. As we would all agree, our children’s safety is our number one priority.
- Photos of children at swimming is not permitted
- Have swimming items ready such as goggles and swimming caps, and bathers underneath school clothes for ease in changing.
- If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher after the swimming lesson
Kidz Rock – Friday 4 August
On Friday 4 August from 7.00pm to 9.00pm we will be holding our second Kids Rock Talent Show in the Lorna Sparrow Hall. The event will allow our students to showcase their singing, dancing or musical talent. The entry cost is $10.00 for students and adults are free. Some food and water will be available for purchase. We have a group of parent volunteers providing supervision on the night, however parents are encouraged to stay. There will be no pass outs given to students.
In Week 9 of this term, our Year 3 and 4 students will be heading off on School camp. More information is to come regarding the venue, what to bring and what will happen. However, I would like to ask parents and guardians to start preparing their children, if you think they may become homesick, by having sleepovers with a trusted person. Our camps are a definite highlight of each year and I am looking forward to spending time with our students in the great outdoors.
Volunteering at St Anne’s
Just a reminder that Gippsland Grammar volunteers need to have a Working with Children’s Check and complete our Child Protection Modules. Both of these can be accessed via our Gippsland Grammar website, under the ‘About Us’ tab. Please contact Ann Young at reception if you have any difficulties.
Jie Van Berkel