Deputy Principal - Head of Garnsey Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Deputy Principal - Head of Garnsey Campus

Respectful Relationships - Walk for Gender Equality

Respectful Relationships is an initiative to help young Victorians deal with a range of challenges. It promotes equality and helps boys and girls learn how to build healthy relationships. The initiative prepares students to face challenges by developing problem-solving skills and building resilience and confidence. 


Family violence has a devastating impact on our community and affects people from all walks of life. The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended Respectful Relationships be introduced to all schools to change attitudes and prevent the prevalence of family violence in future generations. 


Respectful Relationships is underpinned by evidence that shows schools can play a key role in preventing family violence by helping students develop an understanding of healthy relationships and respect. As a partner school, Gippsland Grammar is committed to treating all members of the School community with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender. We are committed to building a school culture that challenges the stereotypes, power differences and social norms that foster gender inequality, recognising that gender inequality is one of the key factors driving the prevalence of violence against women in Australia.


Today, many of our Year 9 students and staff from across the School took place in a Walk for Gender Equality. Joining with other local schools - Sale College, Maffra Secondary College, Yarram Secondary College, Airly Primary School and Bundalaguah Primary School - students and staff braved the heat to walk to the Clocktower in Sale and hear from a number of speakers.

I was pleased that Gippsland Grammar could be part of this community event and stand with other schools and local organisations to show our commitment to Respectful Relationships.


Year 7 Orientation

We have been excited to welcome the 2018 Year 7 students for their four day Garnsey campus orientation program this week; our campus feels complete again, as we have all six year levels present and going about their learning with great enthusiasm. The program commenced on Tuesday with a parents and students information session in the Chapel of St. Anne. After this, the day was divided into two parts – one for parents and one for students. The students met their Mentors and classes and were able to get to know each other, before going to classes and meeting their Peer Support leaders. Parents had an opportunity to hear from a number of staff and meet the Mentors, before more information was delivered on ‘Finding their Digital Spine’. From Wednesday, the Year 7s completed classes and went to Chapel and Sport just like any Garnsey student would. We are thrilled with the confidence, curiosity and responsibility evident this week and we look forward to welcoming the Year 7s back in 2019.


House Leaders

On Friday, we inducted the House Officials for 2019 and it was great to have the Year 7 students present. A ceremony was held in Garnsey Hall where Mrs Kate Arnup spoke about leadership. It was lovely to welcome many parents and guests of the House Officials to the induction Service, which was followed by morning tea. A number of students are on exchange and could not be with us for the induction; these students will be presented at the start of next year.


Congratulations to the following students:

Blundell Bogong


House Captains

Dakoda Smith and Charlie Sargant

Sports Captains

Erika Allen and William Mwagiru

Cultural Captains

Laura Truscott (Art), Orlando Davidson (Drama), Emma Murphy (Music), Amber MacManus (Dance), Jack White (Debating)

Cranswick Dargo


House Captains

Claudia Todd and Ben Harms

Sports Captains

Simone Clamp and Sam Dunnett

Cultural Captains

Jacinta Wyld (Art), Tilly Gunther (Drama), Liam Priestly (Music), Lily Capraro (Dance), Hannah Husodo (Debating)

Tisdall Hotham


House Captains

Keely Robertson and Cameron Mekken

Sports Captains

Tilley Gordon and Maya Osborne

Cultural Captains

Jessica Stewart (Art), Stephanie Rossetti (Drama), Dempsey Doyle (Music), Sophie Sewell (Dance), Faith O’Connor (Debating)

Wellington Binks


House Captains

Rebecca Hodges and Tom Finlay

Sports Captains

Alannah Schenk and Reuben Battel

Cultural Captains

Alice Beyer (Art), Shauna Anderson (Drama), Jade Halket (Music), Lauren Richards (Dance), Ella Johnson (Debating)


French exchange program

We farewelled our students travelling to France as part of the seven week exchange program at our sister school in Caen, France, on the weekend. The students arrived safely and are enjoying French hospitality and culture as they settle into host families and school life in France. Two of our 2018 Year 12 students will also travel to France to work as Language Assistants at our sister school, Lycee Jeanne D’Arc in Caen. We wish them all well as they enjoy this amazing experience.


Schoolies in Rwanda

Our adventurous schoolies and Mr Ries have now been in Rwanda for several weeks and have just left the village of Gahini today to travel to Akagera National Park, where they will begin their safari experience before travelling home next week. They have had quite an African adventure, having experienced some lost luggage and power outages during their stay in the village. Nonetheless, they are all well and their time in Rwanda has flown by. We will welcome them home next Tuesday.


Final Day arrangements 2018

Next Thursday, 13 December, students will complete Periods 1-3 followed by Mentor group and assembly at 11.45pm. A normal lunchtime will be followed by Sport as usual. Many intermediate and senior SEISA team selections will be finalised at this time, as SEISA Summer Sport commences on the second Thursday of Term 1 2018.  Dismissal will occur as normal at 3.25pm and students will bring home their end of Semester 2 report and a copy of Claresco, the School magazine. A reminder that Celebration Night will commence at 7.00pm in Garnsey Hall.


Blackwood House Christmas Lunch

Members of our Gippsland Grammar community will, once again this year, provide a traditional Christmas lunch to any members of the community who wish to join us at Blackwood House (Boarding House) on Christmas Day. I encourage you to share news of this event with anyone who may like to come along from 12.15pm, entering through the Raglan Street entrance. We would love to hear from a couple of School families who may be able to assist with table setting the day prior to Christmas, or to help serve lunch on Christmas Day.  If you are able to help or have any questions about this event, please contact