SEISA Debating, Public Speaking and Chess
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the SEISA cultural event on Tuesday this week. Students from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar - Traralgon and Warragul campuses, Beaconhills College-Pakenham and Berwick campuses and Newhaven College travelled to Sale for the competition, which commenced at 1.00pm. The Chess competition was hotly contested with students incredibly focussed on their games. It was wonderful that our team was able to win this event. Junior and Senior Debating teams performed well with the juniors being victorious. Presenting both a prepared and an impromptu speech, public speakers were very impressive and there was a high quality evident from all schools. It is wonderful that our SEISA organisation provides opportunities for all student to participate and compete in such a wide range of activities.
Elevate Parent evening
The parent evening regarding Study Skills, held on Monday night, was well attended. Students in Years 8, 10 and 11 attended student seminars throughout the previous week and those parents in attendance on Monday night enjoyed the opportunity to discover more about techniques to assist students to study. With Year 10 and 11 examinations coming up in a few weeks, it was timely advice for parents. One of the key messages was around the need for regular ongoing study techniques rather than making summaries at the end of the semester, just prior to examinations. I encourage parents to assist students with routines that will facilitate this ongoing study.
Da Vinci Decathlon
Garnsey Hall was a hive of activity on Wednesday with the DaVinci Decathlon. The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of students. Students compete in teams of eight across ten disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics and Chess, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers and General Knowledge. Two Gippsland Grammar teams competed in the Gippsland regional competition in Garnsey Hall on Wednesday and I commend them on the enthusiasm, curiosity and deep thinking with which they engaged in this event. Students had trained throughout the term in preparation and I congratulate the Year 7B team who came first and won the opportunity to go through to the Da Vinci Decathlon final in Melbourne.
Held on Wednesday night at The Wedge in Sale, the annual Autumn Concert was an amazing evening of music and entertainment. With all large ensembles performing, there were many highlights including the ‘Matilda Suite’, a jazz orchestra piece composed for Gippsland Grammar titled ‘Braiaklung’ and premiered at the concert, the Senior Jazz bands eclectic range of pieces as well as the effusive Stephen Taberner and the Camp Choir’s performance. Congratulations to all the musicians and Music staff on this performance.