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Chè’s Ride for Cancer

Cancer is heart-breaking! It takes so many lives and the saddest part is almost everyone has been affected by cancer. SRC has decided to respond by supporting Chè on his personal venture to raise money for cancer research.


Chè Buckley is a student in Year 6 at our Bairnsdale Campus. As a response to seeing his grandmother have treatment for cancer, Chè decided the one way he could support her was to raise money. So with this in mind, Chè is going to ride from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale in October. His intention is to depart from Wangaratta on Friday 20 October and then ride over Mount Hotham and return to Bairnsdale on the Monday 23 October. If you would like to make a donation please have a look at Chè’s web page.


Pippa Young shared her personal story.


“Cancer is tragic! It takes so many lives and the saddest part is almost everyone has been affected by cancer. I know how horrible it is as I recently lost my Grandma to cancer. Every week I visited her and she grew sicker and sicker and I never knew when I would be saying my last goodbye.


When I saw Grandma she wasn’t herself. She only drove her new car once before she had to carry an oxygen tank with her. Near the end she couldn’t sit up and she couldn’t walk. She is much more peaceful now”.


To support Chè and raise awareness of how cancer has affected many of our school families, Pippa Young is co-ordinating a photo wall. If you would like to add a photo of someone who has, or had, cancer or has been affected by cancer, we would love you to leave a photo with Reception. To raise money for research we ask for a donation too. All photos will be displayed outside Reception during the last 2 weeks of Term 3.


Other members of SRC are creating a guess the number of mixed lollies in the jar. Students can have three guesses for fifty cents. This competition will happen during the last two weeks of term.


After Fellowship on Friday 22 September, all students will participate in ‘Ride /Walk for Chè’s Ride for Cancer’. Our collective aim is to ride/walk as many kilometres as Chè will individually ride. Students will wear their school sports uniform for this event. As this a Cancer Research Fund Raiser, we would appreciate a gold coin donation (or more) to wear a ‘Ride for Chè’ label when you walk or ride with the members of SRC.


Ashlee’s Hair-Raiser

Our GAP assistant Ashlee Robertson has decided to donate a 30cm length of her beautiful hair to a wigmaker and raise money for the Cancer Council in the process!At our SRC Fellowship on Friday 22 September, Ashlee will have her hair cut on stage. If you wish to donate to help Ashlee fight against this cruel disease, please visit her fundraising page:


Seeking bottles for Worm Juice

The Green Team would like you to please save any plastic bottles which they can re-use to bottle their much sought after ‘worm juice’. Any bottles with a capacity of approximately 250-450ml capacity would be ideal. Please bring them to school and leave at the office or give them to your class Green Team representative.


Library News - Book Week 2017

What a great few weeks we’ve had celebrating ‘Book Week’ and the love of reading!


During library sessions, students have been discussing and reflecting on books nominated in the various section of the CBCA book of the year awards. Our Character Book Parade on the Wednesday was made fun and engaging once again, thanks to the creative efforts put in by parents, grandparents, extended family members, teachers and the students. Everyone looked fantastic as their chosen character. What a great way to advertise literature and to initiate discussions around favourite or unknown characters! I’m sure every child’s understanding of literature was deepened. I would like to extend a special thankyou to the Shell family for letting “Herbie”, the adventurous racing car, make a star appearance, showing us that great characters come in all shapes and forms.


Later in the day, the students divided into multi-aged groups where they combined to participate in book activities. The books chosen were a selection from the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Nominated Award list for 2017 or texts relating to the Book Week theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’. Examples of their work created during these sessions are on display in the Thinking Dome if you would like to view and enjoy them. Most students also participated in the East Gippsland Library’s Book Week competition by creating a short story or illustration portraying their response to the Book Week theme. Well done to four of our students who were awarded prizes for their efforts: Edward Courtier 1st in the Year 4-6 section (story), Hudson Ray-Daminato 1st in the Year 2-3 section (story), and Indigo McKay 2nd and Hitha Paruchuri 3rd in the Prep-Year 1 section (illustration). All entries are being displayed at one of the East Gippsland Shire Council Libraries if you would like to view them. Our winning entries are also on display in the outside notice board by our front office.


Book Week continues to be an important part of our curriculum program, which would not be as successful without the continued support of parents. Once again thank you for your support.


Fiona Sutherland