The end of our 2017 academic year has arrived and we are now “rolling over” to a new academic year on Monday. It has always been important to us to mark these milestones and celebrate the connections made throughout the year. To this end, we held our traditional Activities Day on Thursday in beautiful weather, which was a lovely bonus. Events such as these contribute to the students’ strengthening sense of being part of a community.
Year 7 and 8 students travelled to Seaspray for a day of swimming, organised games and socialising, with a barbecue cooked by the staff for the students’ enjoyment; Year 9 went to the cinema in Morwell to see ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and then enjoyed a social game of Ten Pin Bowling for the afternoon.
For the first time, the Year 10 students had the opportunity to visit two university campuses on Wednesday as part of our Tertiary Tour program and then completed a First Aid Course on Thursday. As part of the Year 10 Personal Development Program, students were able to attain a First Aid Certificate (HTAID003: Provide First Aid) under the auspices of IVET and delivered by our qualified staff. Students prepared throughout Term 4 and I have no doubt the training provided was informative and of value beyond the classroom; the qualification will be a valuable feature of the students’ resumes.
On both Wednesday and Thursday, Year 11 students had the opportunity to visit universities and student residences in Melbourne as part of their Tertiary Tour program. Using the train and public transport on the Wednesday helped make access to campuses an important part of their experience. It was also valuable that some students, certain that they will not be undertaking post-secondary study, were able to undertake work experience during this time.
2017 Victorian Garden Awards
Congratulations to the VCAP class and their teacher, Ms Wendy Ryan, along with VCAL Co-ordinator Ms Julie Ripon, who were announced as 2017 Victorian Garden Awards Gippsland Regional winner at the State Awards ceremony yesterday. The Victorian School Garden Awards run annually and this was their 40th year. Kevin Hines was one of the founders of the competition, which aims to get schools more involved with gardening programs. The VCAP students of 2017, Phoebe Pilgrim, Cody Thomas, Jack Richardson, Tom Prestney and Adam Gray worked very hard at designing and setting up the worm farms, wicker beds and the chook pen, with support from the School’s Maintenance team with some of the heavier work, and building our chook pen which our students designed using scrap materials. The aim of our garden is to be totally edible and biodynamic, while incorporating the three R’s in its use - reduce, re-use and recycle. Well done to all involved.
Our new academic year, known as Rollover, commences on Monday at Garnsey Campus. Students will have emptied their lockers this week but will need to bring back their diaries and have all the requisite stationery and their netbook ready to commence their new studies. Students will receive a new timetable on Monday, which will also be available on the portal over the weekend so they can prepare for their classes. Following Mentor Group and a year level assembly, students will commence their new Day 6 timetable and timings will be Day 6 timings.
New students and buddies
We will welcome some 20 new students to Garnsey Campus on Monday and throughout Rollover. New students are required to meet at the Lecture Theatre where an assigned buddy will collect them and assist them in their transition. I have always been impressed by the way in which our students welcome new students and I am sure this will be evident again next week.
Valedictory Service and Dinner
Held this evening, this service and dinner will be a fitting farewell for our Year 12 students and the many parents for whom it will be their final School event. I thank these families for their ongoing support of Gippsland Grammar over many years.