Notification of important bus and traffic management changes from Monday 21 May
The School has been working with Wellington Shire, Public Transport Victoria and the Wellington Bus Network to determine a safer solution for all students, including pedestrians and bike riders who use the highway school crossing, to alleviate concerns surrounding congestion and supervision during the collection of students from Garnsey campus. As a result, we have agreed to trial a new pick up point, in the afternoon only, for all bus travellers on McGhee Street (behind the Garnsey campus) beginning Monday 21 May. Parents of those students who usually catch buses in York Street have been notified of the change.
There are a number of issues that are important for all School families to note:
1. No pedestrian traffic is to cross Dawson or McGhee Streets 3.20pm – 3.40pm
As of Monday, no student pedestrians may cross Dawson Street or McGhee Street during the busy bus period of 3.20pm-3.40pm. With an additional 13 buses using these shared roads, the safety of students is the priority. All parents who collect students in the afternoon must pick up in Dawson Street and park adjacent to our School boundary fence. Please do not park in the ‘No Standing’ areas or ask your child to walk across the road to meet you.
2. Direction of traffic flow must be in an anti-clockwise direction
In agreeing to trial a new and safer pick up point, it remains very clear that bus drivers will not be able to manage this change unless all School traffic is travelling in an anti-clockwise direction. As buses turn from the highway service road into Dawson Street, they face a blind spot that prevents them from seeing cars travelling west along Dawson Street, prior to turning. I ask for your co-operation to prevent an accident.
Please enter the service road directly opposite the School gates, follow the service road as it turns left to become Dawson Street, pick up your child at the “drop and go” area near the Dawson Street gate and then turn left into McGhee Street.
All traffic is required to use McGhee Street and exit onto Raglan Street. We appreciate your patience in this matter and remind everyone that, although this peak traffic period is short, the need for vigilance and order is critical.
3. Year 12 parking
Year 12 students, with permission to drive to School from the Head of Year 12, will be required to park on School grounds, entering via the front gates and then turning left on the service track to the car parking area.
I thank all families in anticipation of your co-operation with these changed traffic conditions.
House Cross Country
A successful Cross Country carnival was held on Wednesday at Stephenson’s Park in Sale. Students participated in good spirit, demonstrating great effort in some fine performances. In the House Spirt Shield competition, Tisdall Hotham came first and Cranswick Dargo was second; there were some absences on the day, which affected House Spirit Shield results. It was a pleasure to welcome Mrs Narelle Ingle to assist with the presentations and to present the Heather and Jacqui Ingle memorial Shields for the most outstanding runs in junior, intermediate and senior sections. The overall results are shown below.
- Tisdall Hotham 1,128 points
- Cranswick Dargo 1,080 points
- Wellington Binks 836 points
- Blundell Bogong 829 points
Come and Try Year 7 Night
Just a reminder regarding our upcoming ‘Come and Try Year 7’ evening, which is to be held on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 5:30pm, commencing in the Chapel of St Anne at Garnsey campus.
The evening is an introduction for both current, future and prospective Year 7 students, providing an opportunity to experience some hands on activities, meet the teachers and make new friends. It is also the first step in our innovative Year 7 Orientation Program. The night is open to all interested students and parents, so if you know someone that may be undecided about “which school”, please extend this invitation to them. There will be musical instruments to try, science experiments to enrich and sports challenges to inspire. Please RSVP by Friday 18 May to Registrar, Coran Johnson, on 5143 6388, by email to email@example.com or follow this link to register online https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/come-and-try
Malia Wheal (Year 9)
Congratulations to Malia who will compete in the Royal Melbourne Agricultural Show Junior Photography competition in September. Malia won the VAS Junior Photography Competition at Sale Show last year, which allowed her to enter the Regional competition. The awards luncheon and final judging for this was held at Duart Receptions on Sunday 11 May. Malia won the Regional Junior Photography Section, which enables her to move onto state judging at the Royal Melbourne Show in September. Malia has a passion for photography and we wish her well in this competition.