SEISA Visual Arts day
As part of our co-curricular program at Gippsland Grammar, students had an opportunity to participate in the SEISA Visual Arts day on Tuesday 22 May at Beaconhills College Berwick. Teams of students from six schools elected an area of art that interested them and participated in a workshop with a working artist to learn new skills and art-making processes. This was a very successful event and a wonderful opportunity for our Art and Visual Communication Design students.
Come and Try Year 7 night
On Wednesday evening, we had a very successful Come and Try Year 7 evening. With over 80 students present, it was an evening of interactive activities in Music, Science and Sport games. Hosted by our Prefects, the evening provided an opportunity for our 2019 Year 7s to meet some other students and get a sense of some of the opportunities that they might enjoy when in Year 7. This event is a key part of our transition program; the Year 6 students will next join us for the four day Orientation Program in December and we look forward to spending this time with them.
A further reminder to current families that our Year 7 classes for 2018 are almost full and we will soon move to waiting lists. Please contact Coran Johnson, our Registrar, if you are yet to make an application for Year 7 in 2019.
New pick up arrangements trial
The trial of new pick up arrangements has been quite successful in its first week, although we continue to make observations and notes about issues as they arise. I would like to clarify that students who live on the Maffra side of the School may cross Dawson Street if walking or riding home. We ask that parents brief students on safety, that they exit out the Dawson Street gate and that they use the verge on the Showgrounds side of Dawson Street when walking; now that cars are travelling in an anti-clockwise direction this is our safest option. In light of this, I would add a further reminder about pick up in Dawson Street, which must be adjacent to the School boundary fence; we do not want students crossing Dawson Street to be collected in the No Standing zone that extends along Dawson Street on the Sale Showgrounds side. I thank all families and students for their co-operation as we seek safer transport arrangements.
Shooting team success
On Monday 14 May, the Gippsland Grammar Shooting team travelled to Bairnsdale to compete in the Bairnsdale Field and Game Riviera School Shoot. More than one hundred students from Lilydale to Orbost were tested with two rounds of 10 sporting clays. Our students once again showed that their hard work is paying off by taking home the overall winning trophy; the Grammar ‘A’ squad consisting of Aaron Barling, Hayden Johnston, Lachie Anderson, Jack Prestney and Sam Davis placed first in the team event, with a score of 78/100. Aaron Barling and Sam Davis had a great shoot, each scoring 17/20, putting them in a shoot off for ‘high gun’ with two other boys. Having just missed out in the shoot off, they had another shoot off for first and second place in senior boys, with Aaron winning by a small margin. Julia Rainey had a great shoot with a score of 15/20, earning her first place is senior girls, while Katie Kerby, having only joined the School team this year, did extremely well in coming third in junior girls. Well done to the Shooting team.
The Grammar Shooting team
Sale Eisteddfod success
Congratulations to the Music ensembles, which competed in and were successful in six events at Sale Eisteddfod on Wednesday.
Farewell to Mr Peter Campbell
Next Wednesday we will farewell our Director of Rowing, Mr Peter Campbell. Peter joined our staff for the 2015 – 2016 rowing season and has overseen the growth and development of the Rowing program. Prior to his commencement at Gippsland Grammar, Peter had extensive experience in rowing, having been involved in the sport since 2000. He was a senior club coxswain in the UK for a number of highly reputable clubs and achieved success at major regattas, including competing regularly at the National Championships and Henley Royal Regatta. As a coach, he was the Assistant Head Coach of Avon Rowing Club (Christchurch, NZ); prior to two seasons as the Head Coach of Power House Rowing Club, and a Senior Coach at Firbank Grammar and St Catherine’s. During his three seasons at Gippsland Grammar, Peter was focussed on students developing a passion and enjoyment of rowing, at all times encouraging them to achieve their best. Peter will return to Melbourne to take up the Director of Rowing role at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School. We wish Peter ongoing success in this role, and send our best wishes with him and his growing family for all their future endeavours.
Helping Hands Project
Year 12 Hahn are preparing for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which will take place next Wednesday 30 May. I encourage all students to bring along a gold coin and support this terrific initiative at recess in the quadrangle.
Friday 1 June: Student Free Day
A reminder that as teachers sit down to write reports next Friday, students will enjoy a Student Free Day. Our Gippsland Grammar buses will not operate on this day.