It was wonderful to welcome the Breathe Project’s Kat and Bodhi to Garnsey campus on Monday and Tuesday. All Year 7 – 12 students had the opportunity to engage in a one hour session introducing a breathing routine and talking about when it might be useful and why. It is my hope that their simple and easy to follow breathing routine might assist some students to focus in class, to manage anxiety and to regulate emotions in some of the many circumstances when we all need to do this. As teachers, we have increasingly experienced times when assisting students to manage emotions is necessary before we can focus on learning in the classroom. While mindful breathing will not be the technique that all students choose to use, it is great that they have a strategy that might help and that research indicates can have incredible benefits on an individual’s wellbeing. We will be considering ways to assist students to more often engage in mindfulness and I look forward to reflecting on its impact in the long term.
Gippsland Grammar students represented the School at many ANZAC Day services throughout Gippsland. Students in Bairnsdale marched and two Prefects laid a wreath at their service. Prefects were also present at Sale’s dawn service and again at the morning service where the School Captains laid a wreath. Wreaths were also laid in Maffra, Stratford, Briagolong, Glengarry and Traralgon. Many students also contributed in marches and services in their role as Cadets or Scouts. Well done to all those who participated in ANZAC services. Lest We Forget.
Our Rwandan friends, Bishops Manasseh Gahima and Principal Luke Karemangingo will end their visit to Gippsland this weekend, returning to Melbourne and then flying home on Tuesday. It has been an amazing experience to have them with us, and I know it has been an amazing experience for them. We have spent some time discussing our ongoing partnership with Gahini High School, Rwanda, while they have been with us and we have all made a commitment to making it a sustainable and ongoing partnership. I thank all those who have made Bishop Manasseh and Principal Luke’s visit possible and all those who have hosted and welcomed them.