Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

With a touch of Spring supposedly in the air, our campers from Melaleuca set off to their camps to commence the school week. Our Year 3’s discovered the beauty of nearby Banksia Peninsula and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of Camp Coolamatong. As first time school campers, the boys and girls demonstrated both resilience and collaboration in all they did. Mr Loft and I were very proud of the manner in which they participated in all of the activities and the way they supported each other to achieve success.  


Mrs Crowe accompanied the Year 4’s to Camp Rumbug in Yarram and I understand they had a terrific time despite, or perhaps because of, the mud. Gippsland Grammar is renowned for its Outdoor Education program, with its goal of allowing our students to experience our unique environment in its many forms. Chidi and Cooper have shared their experiences with us in their reflections. 


Camp Coolamatong  

I thought the camp was really fun because it was exciting and the activities were fun too. My favourite was the Tribal Challenge because we had to build our own forts with sticks. That was my favourite. And when we finished building we all got water balloons. I got so wet, but you couldn’t notice because I was wearing black. We also did Bush Cooking, where we cooked damper, pancakes and popcorn. We did a Low Rope Course, which was a challenge. We also went on a boat trip and saw dolphins. The camp was really good and really fun I wish we could have stayed longer.  
By Chidi Otuonye 


Camp Rumbug  

Camp Rumbug had a lot to offer. The activities were canoeing, mud run, raft building, low ropes, flying fox, giant swing, initiatives and team challenges. All the activities certainly tested our mental and physical abilities. We were wet and muddy most of the time during the challenges, which made them even harder. The hills are very steep and hard to get up when your pants are soaking wet. Phil, our leader, made the camp lots of fun for us. 

The food was really good and my favourite was the homemade chicken Parma’s, because you get to pick your toppings. We had a great time on camp and made lots of new friends. 
By Cooper Cameron 


Not to be outdone, Correa took to the outdoors as part of the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ activity. They prepared for their Big Write while taking in the river view we are so fortunate to enjoy and listening to the song, ‘It’s a Wonderful World’. Their enthusiasm was obvious; I believe their writing was impacted positively from this experience.  


Our combined service with St. Anne’s today focused on the importance of connection and being united as one school. It was terrific to see the boys and girls that I had met at camp earlier in the week and welcome them to our campus. Each year level sat together as one class, with a representative from each lighting a candle to celebrate their friendship. A highlight was the PowerPoint that demonstrated the many interactions between campuses across the primary years. These interactions are to be valued and nurtured as they are the strength of a school such as Gippsland Grammar.  


The final week of Term 3 is upon us. We look forward to finishing the term with our SRC Fellowship and fundraising day for Chè’s ride. Fellowship will be held at 9.00am and families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students are asked to please bring a bike to school, if possible.  We will count the kilometres walked by students who don’t bring a bike. Our aim is to ride/walk 310km as a collective, to reflect Chè’s individual distance of 310km that he is riding to raise money for cancer. Students should wear their Sport Uniform on this day please, and bring a gold coin donation to assist Chè in his fundraising goals. Chè’s fundraising page is:   https://my-own-way-2016.everydayhero.com/au/che-s-great-alpine-ride-for-cancer   


In addition to this, our GAP Assistant Ashlee Robertson will be having a 30cm length of her beautiful hair cut off at Fellowship, which will be donated to a wigmaker. Ashlee is also raising money for the Cancer Council in the process, so if you wish to donate to help Ashlee fight against this cruel disease please visit her fundraising page or bring any donations to school for her in a marked envelope or visit her page: 


You will find further information about these fundraising initiatives further into this newsletter. 


Have a lovely weekend.

Virginia Evans