State Champions in Clay Target titles
Congratulations to the Gippsland Grammar Shooting team who won the State clay target championships in Echuca on Monday. Claire Merry competed in the senior girls section and as a member of team. After the rounds of the competition, Claire finished equal third and went into a shoot off with a number of other girls. Unfortunately she finished out of the placings. Claire has had an amazing few years in the shooting team where she has continued to develop and consistently compete at a high level. Our team of Aaron Barling, Claire Merry, Lachie Anderson, Robert McNeilly and Hayden Johnston also competed against all the other zones from Victoria for the State title. After our first round of shooting (15 targets each) our squad was a clear 6 points ahead of second. After the second round they built on that lead to eventually win by 15 targets. This was a wonderful performance and reflects their hard work and dedicated effort over many years.
Johanna Striegel heads home to Germany
Johanna Striegel (Year 12) leaves us to return home to Germany this week after her six week exchange at Gippsland Grammar. This is Johanna’s second exchange with us and I must commend her for the positive engagement with which she has approached her exchange. She made many positive connections during her first exchange in 2017 and has continued to build these friendships throughout this year. She has thrown herself into her studies and even completed some School Assessed Coursework tasks in some subjects. We wish Johanna well as she commences her Year 12 studies on Monday when home in Germany.
VESS Leadership seminar
I had the pleasure of taking twelve Year 11 students to a leadership forum run by the Victorian Ecumenical School System on Friday 7 September. This event, held at Huntingtower School in Mount Waverley, provided opportunities for leadership development in a collaborative forum with students from other schools such as Geelong College and Peninsula Grammar. Students participated in a workshops run by the Reach Foundation tailored to build resilience and focussed on team building and authentic leadership which I hope will inspire them to positively influence others and themselves.