Welcome back to Term 3. After an enjoyable three-week break, it has been wonderful to welcome back teachers, support staff and students this week. On Tuesday we also welcomed our French exchange students: Victoire, Marine, Julien, Diane, Claire, Roman and Matheo from Lycee Jeanne D’Arc in Caen who will be with us for six weeks, along with Carol, Eric, Harry, Jeffrey, Wendy and Steven from Shanghai in China who will study VCE and graduate at the end of 2019. Next Tuesday we will also welcome fifteen Japanese students who will join our School community for four weeks. As Mr Baker has said, these students add great richness to our International program. This week the Year 12s visiting Rwanda in November met for their first training briefing to discuss Rwandan history and its current political, social and economic situation. The students, along with Mr Ries who will accompany them, are starting to feel great excitement about their international adventure later this year. I really encourage all of our students to embrace the international flavour that is so evident on campus at the moment as there is much to be gained from doing so.
Following our successful Mindfulness seminar last term, next week we will introduce a short mindful breathing session each day, except Thursday, at the Garnsey campus. Using the PA system, a guided breathing audio will allow us all to take a few minutes and use this time and technique to refocus after lunch. We have explored mindfulness for several years now and believe it is this approach offers many benefits. Research demonstrates significant body-mind changes in the simple process of diaphragmatic breathing. With each breath, millions of sensory receptors in the respiratory system send signals to the brainstem. Slowing your breathing induces the parasympathetic response activating relaxation and mental clarity. Throughout this initiative, we will be looking for evidence of:
- Reduction in stress & anxiety
- Enhanced state of mind – concentration and capability to make clear decisions
- Calming of the nervous system
- An optimal learning environment for students
- A school full of happy, healthy and more connected people
SEISA Cross Country
Congratulations to the SEISA Cross Country team, which consisted of more than 110 students from Years 4 – 12 who participated in the SEISA Cross Country event run at Newhaven College on Thursday. There were many fine individual performances, but in a real team effort, they were able to place first in this event. Congratulations to the team, Miss Dyke and all the staff who supported the students in this event.
Ella O’Doherty (Year 7)
Riding for Gippsland Grammar at the Interschool Qualifier held at Elmore over the school holidays, Ella came second (reserve champion) overall for the secondary school section. A fine effort.
Waverley International Netball Team
Gippsland Grammar’s talented senior netballers have been ranked 11th after the International Schools Netball Championships held at Waverley Netball Centre, Melbourne, during the holidays. The annual four-day tournament, which began in the early 1990s known as the Australasian Schools Netball Championships, provided great experience and games for the team. The girls played 12 tough and grueling games. They came up against overseas teams including Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka and Singapore as well as Australia’s best. The Gippsland Grammar team consisted of Ella Baker-Horan, Mia Simmons, Megan Harrison, Paige Barr, Claire Harrison, Teisha Koo-Aga, Tailyn Dawson, Ellen O'Brien, Meg Jones and Tilley Gordyn. They were coached by Mrs Julie Cannon and Ms Michaela O’Connor.
On the last day of Term 2, Darcy who competes in Modern Pentathlon, Tetrathlon and Pony Club received the prestigious Pierre De Coubertin award. He was presented with the award by the Victorian Olympic Council at a ceremony held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, the Pierre de Coubertin Award recognises outstanding sporting excellence both in a chosen sport and school, community contribution, sportsmanship and demonstrated leadership qualities.
Darcy was also recognised as the Victorian sportsperson chosen as a role model to participate in the Red Dust Healthy Living Program. This program assists underprivileged youth in remote communities in the Northern Territory learn about healthy living through sports programs. We are very proud of Darcy’s amazing achievements.