It was with great pride that I heard of the successful day our swimmers had at the District Swimming competition. While they all returned adorned with ribbons, it was the report of the wonderful Gippsland Grammar spirit and sportsmanship displayed that really made me smile. Our little community cheered the loudest, supported each other and demonstrated what can be achieved together. As teachers and parents, we promote our CLERR values in all that we do; Wednesday they were most evident in the sporting arena. Congratulations to our swimming squad for their fine participation. We wish you further success next week at the Divisional level.
It is satisfying to see how well the students have settled back into School as week four draws to a close. I commend our teachers for their commitment to making each child feel safe and welcome in their learning environment. I further commend the children for looking out for one another and ensuring that their peers feel a sense of friendship and belonging. I have witnessed many acts of kindness that would make parents proud.
Staff gathered on Wednesday afternoon to share their knowledge and understanding of our students, with the focus on student wellbeing. Gippsland Grammar Bairnsdale is uniquely positioned to deliver on our School promise to support and nurture every student on their learning journey. As a staff, we know every student, allowing us to support individual learning needs.
It has been a week of knowledge sharing, with our Parent Information Evening well attended. I sincerely thank all of our parents who were able to participate in the sessions.
We have conducted two safety drills in the last week: a containment drill and an external evacuation drill. Both ran in a smooth and orderly manner with all students responding sensibly and understanding the importance of these drills.
Mrs Jefferis has initiated a Junior Choir this year for Prep to Year 2 students and the response has been terrific. We look forward to hearing the choir sing for us in the future.
In an effort to make the Child Safety Code of Conduct known to our wider community, I continue to share some key elements of the Code here; the document will already be familiar to those members of our school community who have registered to volunteer. Please be aware that you must not:
- Engage in inappropriate or unnecessary physical conduct or behaviours, including doing things of a personal nature that a student can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes.
- Engage in undisclosed private meetings with a student that is not your own child.
- Engage in inappropriate personal communications with a student through any medium, including any online contact or interactions with a student.
I would like to remind you that anyone wishing to help in any capacity at Gippsland Grammar is required to hold a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) and register as a volunteer with Gippsland Grammar. To complete the volunteer registration form, visit the school website https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/volunteer-registration
Banksia presented a beautiful Fellowship today, sharing with us their understanding of our CLERR values. Here are their explanations:
Compassion-I will be caring and kind to others.
Leadership-I will make good choices.
Excellence-I will always try to do my best and never give up.
Responsibility-I will look after my belongings.
Respect-I will speak politely and listen to others.
I will leave you with the following prayer, delivered by Mrs Hay-Smith this morning.
God, keep my family, friends and loved ones safe. Please watch over them always and let good health, happiness and good fortune befall them.
The Paynesville Music Festival provides the entertainment this weekend. I hope your time with your family and friends is enjoyable and relaxing.