Commemoration Day Service
Held on Monday, 6 August, our annual Commemoration Day service celebrated the decision in 1970 to join together St Anne’s Church of England Girls Grammar School with the boys Gippsland Grammar School. With over 800 students and guests in Garnsey Hall, we were treated to some wonderful musical performances from each campus. School and campus captains shared prayers for our School community throughout the service. Community spirit was highlighted at the Commemoration Service, when five members of a group known as the JJAJJGANs joined us.
They were parents and friends of the School who lived too far away to attend regular Parents and Friends meetings. They formed their own group in 1968, the name of which was an acronym of their Christian names. Since joined by new members, they have raised funds for the School for a period of fifty years. Our beautiful theatre – the JJAGGAN Theatre – is named in the group’s honour. We also paid tribute to the “Emu” committees at the service for their generosity, energy and commitment to Gippsland Grammar over many years and it was terrific to welcome representatives from both these committees as our guests. Students enjoyed a birthday cupcake after the service and should have brought home the family’s Commemoration Day gift – a copy of “Is Emu off the Menu?”
It is always important to reflect on the history of our School and to understand who has come before us to make our School such a wonderful educational institution in Gippsland.
Recognising our volunteers. L-R: Val MacLachlan, Sally Baird, Elizabeth Davis, Ann Andrew, Nan Sargood, Jo Cockwill, Jo Kent, Elizabeth Balderstone, Jean Ashton
Year 9 Alpine Program
The Year 9 Alpine Program, with the final camp completed this week, saw the students not far from Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain which is one of the better cross-country ski areas in Victoria. Students were base camping but had the chance to snow shoe into Dinner Plain for one night. They spent time snow shoeing and cross country skiing along the trails in the area. Other activities included snow play, shelter building, basic skills instruction and a snow shoe tour. The Year 9s have enjoyed their alpine program this year experiencing plenty of snow to enhance with their cross country skiing experience at Dinner Plain.
Chance Doultree (Year 10)
Congratulations to Chance who represented Vic Country in the AFL Under 16 Championships recently. The team travelled to Brisbane to compete in the final round and Chance performed well in this competition enjoying the opportunity to play at the GABBA and travel with the team. A regular in the Gippsland Power Under 16 team, we congratulate Chance on his performance and achievements in football this year.