With the weather warming up a little, it’s time to start the business of Term 4. I welcome all students and families back to School and hope the holidays were restful for everyone.
Ms Shinagawa and Ms Henderson took a group of students to Japan on a study tour. They visited many important cultural sites, spent some time at Hikarigaoka Girls High School and, of course, enjoyed their time visiting Tokyo Disneyland. They were fortunate to also avoid the typhoon in Japan at this time and while there were a few changes to the program, all students were safe, which is always our priority. Many thanks to the staff for their care of the students on this study tour.
Our Year 12s were also busy during the holidays, preparing for and then sitting the annual Practice Exams. Students have finished their coursework and are now preparing for final exams. There is much to celebrate for these students and, today, those who attended the junior campuses at St Anne’s or Bairnsdale had the opportunity to visit the campus and participate in Fellowship, followed by refreshments and a look around the campus where they once played chase and learnt to read. It is important as an ELC – 12 school that we recognise that their education has been a long one and many people have contributed across all campuses. Combined with their campus birthday and their annual Art Show, those students who went to Bairnsdale campus were busy. This group included the first students to move from Prep to Year 12; they were there on the first day and are the first to graduate at Year 12. Well done to Sam Davis, Daniel Jackson, Filly Lang, Luca Vuat and Bryce Worboys on this achievement.
Athletics Victoria All Schools Relay Championship
Once the cross country season wrapped up, a group of Gippsland Grammar’s best runners turned their attention to Melbourne’s premier athletics track, Lakeside Stadium, where the Athletics Victoria All Schools Relay championships were held. With great success had in the past two years, Miss Dyke and our athletes were hoping for even better results this year. Preparation began in early August, with our teams dedicating two lunch times a week to training, so we would be ready to compete with the strongest metropolitan and country schools in Victoria.
Feeling inspired by some of Australia’s finest athletes who were there on the day, the under 16 girls 4x400m relay team hit the track running, getting Gippsland Grammar off to a good start, by placing 4th overall. The under 18 boys 4x400m team also finished 4th. The team faced strong competition all day, and our under 16 boys and under 18 boys and girls 4x800m teams matched some great performances from other schools. Under 16 girls, Ruby Luckie, Emily Finch, Sarah Husodo and Sienna Privitera took out the bronze medal in a fierce 4x800m battle. In the under 18 girls 4x400m race, Amber MacManus, Ella Clydesdale, Ellen O’Brien and Erika Allen won the silver medal, this being the third consecutive year. The third medal of the day came from the under 18 boys medley team consisting of Max Luckie, Charlie Sargent, Ben Lang and George Lancaster who won the bronze medal in a very close race. Stand out performances came from Amber MacManus who ran a blistering second leg in the under 18 4x400m, running 60 seconds, a personal best.
This was followed by a great run from Georgia Finch in the under 20 4x400m race, posting a personal best time of 62 seconds. And finally, Sam Dunnett ran a seven second PB in his leg of the under 20 men’s 4x800m, crossing the line in 2 minutes and 5 seconds, a fantastic effort. Honourable mentions must go to Fergus Grubb, William Mwagiru and Ben Lang who consistently perform superbly for Gippsland Grammar. Finally, thanks to Miss Dyke for organising the teams and giving them the opportunity to compete at this event. Thanks also to Mr Ray, Mathew Woodward and Harry Broad for their encouragement and help throughout the day.
Year 11 Dyke
Alice (Year 8) won the 2018 Australian Secondary Schools 1.00m secondary class Show Jumping title at the National Interschool Championships in Queensland during the holidays. Alice was also a member of the Victorian secondary school show jumping team. Sidney Churchman also participated and rode well. Congratulations to these riders and their families for the huge effort and dedication required to compete at this level.
Darcy (Year 12) returned in August from the International Tetrathlon Championships held in Tyron, North Carolina, USA with a 6th place individually and the Australian team placing 3rd. He achieved a perfect score for his show jumping phase, he swam a personal best time and ran well despite the heat and humidity being extreme. The shooting was a challenge as they shoot air pellets in USA not lasers as they do here in Australia. Overall he performed very well and was the top placed Australian male.
On the first weekend of the September school holidays Darcy travelled to New Zealand to compete in the Waikato New Zealand Pentathlon competition, where he won the gold medal in the Youth Male section. Darcy was a fantastic role model for Modern Pentathlon Australia and Victoria – opting to also fence as an extra against some athletes with disabilities to give them the chance to participate, on one occasion being blind folded and restricted in movement (to make the competition fair) to fence against a vision impaired athlete.
Priyanka (Year 11) also competed in the Waikato New Zealand Pentathlon competition in the September holidays, where she won the gold medal in the Youth Female section.
How wonderful to have two students competing internationally in pentathlon.