Today we have concluded our term with thoughts of those who are close to our hearts and of those in need in our community.
Our Student Representative Council, under the guidance of Joy Hay-Smith, presented a Fellowship that was both heartfelt and sincere. We remembered and recognised those in our community of all ages affected by cancer, as represented in our Photo Board. Causes such as this brings out the best in all of us and encourage acts of bravery, generosity and connectedness. We listened respectfully to our students who have experienced sadness and grief as the result of cancer in their lives. Ashlee Robertson, our gap year student, courageously donated her beautiful long hair for those who suffer the effects of cancer treatment, a fine example to all in our community. We are proud of you Ash!
Following Fellowship, we all contributed to a grand total of 311km by walking and riding around the Wy Yung oval in order to equal Chè Buckley’s future ride from Harrietville to Bairnsdale. Chè’s ride, inspired by his grandmother who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is a huge challenge and we wish him well in his endeavours. Thank you to all who have supported this worthy cause.
Over the last eight weeks I have joined ten Year 6 students in the DRUMBEAT program, where we have explored working together and expressing our feelings through African drumming. Yesterday we presented our final performance to a small group. We were pleased to complete the program in such a united manner and are grateful to Gippsland Lakes Community Health in facilitating this program.
This week has included three excursions of varying distances and purposes. From all accounts, Blackwood’s experience in Melbourne was very worthwhile; Grevillea thoroughly enjoyed the fun and antics of the House plays at Garnsey; and Melaleuca enjoyed spending time in our local community, visiting Bulmers Farms and returning with fresh produce for all.
A small contingent of parents joined us for the House Spelling competition to provide support and appreciation for all competitors. It is not an easy feat standing up in front of the whole campus; once again our students performed admirably. Congratulations to all, particularly to our year level winners: Patrick, Owen, Byron, Hudson, Arabel, Elsie and Edward. The winning House will be announced and the age champion medals and trophy presented at Fellowship on the first Friday of Term 4.
This Celebration Day Fellowship will be a special one as we gather to remember the day, 12 years ago, when building began on what was then a cow paddock, to construct our lovely campus buildings. We will also welcome back former Bairnsdale Campus students - current Year 12 students - who are almost at the end of their time at Gippsland Grammar. This will truly be a day of celebration as we will then welcome the Billy Tea Bush Band, who will lead us in a concert and workshops during the day, teaching us the dances so that we can return for the Family Bush Dance and BBQ on Friday evening. I encourage our school families to purchase tickets and join us for this night to celebrate the wonderful community of the Bairnsdale Campus.
We have had a number of unwell students and staff this term, some more serious than others. I do hope the holidays will allow for rest and relaxation for all, to ensure we all come back happy and healthy for Term 4.
Please be reminded that when the students return in Term 4, they will be wearing their summer uniform and will need to bring their hats. If summer uniform items are required, please be sure to visit the uniform shop in Sale, which is open in the second week of the holidays at normal times.