The warm weather has not intruded on the enjoyment of the children’s games at recess and the obvious pleasure of being back together again. Cricket has been a popular choice, with our senior students leading the way and involving many of the children across the school. The warm weather has also encouraged the fruit to ripen in the orchard, which many of the students are taking advantage of as an extra treat. A daily collection of the abundant tomatoes has been a source of fun for the juniors.
Last Friday night we were again fortunate to gather for our family picnic on a fine summer’s night. I commend the parents who so openly welcomed our new families, demonstrating our strong community spirit. I was thrilled to see so many of our ELC families with their little ones enjoying the night’s festivities. It is with sincere appreciation that I thank all those who attended our first gathering for 2018.
Other than the excitement of the Swimming Trials and the House Swimming Carnival, our week has been very quiet and settled. This has provided the opportunity for our students and teachers, both returning and new, to focus on the importance of building relationships and a positive class culture. Our many extra-curricular activities will commence next week. I encourage you to discuss with your children their interest in joining the Bairnsdale Singers or Recorder Consort.
We received a lovely gift from Mr Robert Loft of a terrarium, which has pride of place in the reception area along with a message of good wishes to the campus community for the year ahead. Eva Harasymiw and Lateesha Smith are responsible for our inspirational quote of the week this year, also featured in our reception area.
I am happy to report that we have a new member of the Gippsland Grammar community, that being baby Madeline, a new sister for Patrick, Chloe and Gemma and daughter to Stacey and Scott. We send the Ashley family our very best wishes on this joyful occasion.
Sadly, I must report to you that Ms Annie Crowe’s dearly loved mother passed away this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Annie and her family at this time. Mrs Sue Chapman has stepped in to teach the Melaleuca class in Annie’s absence, and I thank Sue for giving the children this continuity in Annie’s absence.
We have supported a number of families with ‘Feed in Need’ meals since school re-commenced this year. This is one way to show compassion and support for families when they are going through a difficult time. These meals are given and received anonymously, so it is not possible for the recipient to thank the person who made the meal directly, however, I have been asked to pass on the sincere thanks of the families who have benefited from these meals. I thank all the families who have offered to cook for this program and Pip Smith, who has co-ordinated it on behalf of the Bairnsdale Parents and Friends for the past few years.
The Parents and Friends have arranged a Kidshotz family photo sitting to be held at school on Saturday 3 March. The cost for a sitting is $30.00, which includes a 30 minute Box and Black and White Family sitting plus a 20 x 25cm group photo. The school will benefit by being donated a percentage of the booking fee and of any photos subsequently ordered. A flyer with further information about this will be sent home with the children today. Please share this with your networks of friends and family.
Mrs Froud has asked me to pass on a message about further sporting opportunities for tennis players and golfers. She has asked that any talented golf players in Year 5 or 6 who would like to enter the District Golf competition to see her for further information and registration. Also, keen tennis players who are interested in entering the Division Tennis Hot Shots on Tuesday 6th March, please see her for more information.
The Swimming Carnival is always preceded by enthusiastic house chants confidently lead by our Year 6 students. As Mrs Froud has stressed to all of the girls and boys, the Swimming Carnival is for participation and enjoyment first and foremost. As always, a much anticipated feature of the day is the teacher, student, parent relay, with a few big guns called in for the teachers.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.