2018 Year 11 Ball
The Year 11 Ball, held on Friday 27 April, was a great success again this year. Seventy-five students chose to participate, with others assisting as ushers and announcers. Sue and John Kennedy trained the students in three dances, which they presented to the assembled audience of family, friends and official guests: the Lucille Waltz, the Chicago Swing and the Evening Three Step. The Pride of Erin was danced with a parent/guardian or significant friend. Presented to the Principal Mr Baker and Mrs Baker, Chair of the Board of Directors Mr Jones and Ms Monger, Deputy Principal Academic Mrs Cartledge and Mr Cartledge, School Captains Millie Dunnett and Joshua Strauss and myself, the students were focussed and well prepared, albeit somewhat nervous as the centre of attention in the Memorial Hall. I congratulate them all on their presentation and the exceptional way that they worked together to prepare for this important rite of passage.
School photographer, Lisa Baker, took many beautiful photographs on the night. These are online now and ready for viewing at lbphotos.com.au.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Held on Wednesday this week, the second Parent Teacher interviews was a great opportunity for parents and guardians to receive feedback from teachers about their child’s progress. I know that many parents were thrilled with the quality of the feedback received, with many students also present to engage in this important feedback discussion. I commend these interviews to all families and encourage parents to note that the next interviews will be on Wednesday 25 July.
Year 7 and 8 students attended a cyber-safety presentation on Monday, alerting them to some of the challenges in keeping safe and smart when online. This performance was part of our ongoing efforts to ensure students are aware of the benefits and dangers of online behaviours. ‘Cyberia’, presented by Brainstorm productions, was an entertaining investigation into the pitfalls of technology including cyber bullying at school, stress, lack of privacy and de-sensitisation.
Autumn Concert and School Play
The annual Autumn Concert will be held at the Wedge in Sale on Wednesday next week. Students and staff have worked well to prepare for this performance and I encourage all families to come along and enjoy a great evening of music. In a busy week, the annual School Play will be held at the Courthouse Theatre in Stratford on Friday and Saturday night. ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’ is an ensemble experiment in presenting 30 plays in 60 minutes. Each two-minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience and promises to be terrific entertainment. Bookings can be made through the Gippsland Grammar website.
Joey (Year 10) participated in the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships at Bunbury W.A. recently. With his partner, he won his four pool games and went through to the Round of 16 undefeated. He won his first game but was knocked out in the quarter finals, finishing fifth. Joey has worked very hard to overcome injury and reach the Nationals and this is a fine achievement. Well done Joey.