Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

When walking into Bairnsdale Campus Reception it is obvious that an exciting event is drawing near. Lolly cups, posters, Easter baskets, chocolates, prizes etc. Of course, that event is STAGGFAIR! 


STAGGFAIR is another great opportunity for us to come together as a school. For families, it is a day that will include food, fun and festivity. Fun is the key word with our Colour Fun Run beginning the day’s proceedings. It would be terrific to walk or run together to start our day so I hope to see you there!


On my routine travels through the classrooms I have been pleased to see all classes working effectively and yet differently, depending on the unit of work. The BIG Write promotes quiet thinking time; mathematics can require the collaboration of ideas for problem solving; our coding and programming leans to peer-to-peer learning; and art requires creativity. Student engagement underpins all areas of the curriculum and can be encouraged through many different teaching strategies.


Our students in Grevillea are working on their drama skills with Mrs Leeming, which involves drawing on human experiences as a source of ideas. It is about reflecting, analysing and responding to engage an audience and communicate meaning. Mrs Carr and Grevillea demonstrated some of these skills within their Fellowship today. It was a very entertaining Fellowship which was enjoyed by all. Mr David Baker particularly enjoyed it as we commenced his birthday celebrations with a spirited rendition of Happy Birthday.


In the sporting arena, Lochlan Borisenko, Blair Bain, Xander Borisenko and Samuel Reynolds participated in Division tennis this week, with Lochlan progressing through to the next level. We thank all the boys for representing our School so well on the day.


Mrs Hay-Smith and I travelled to Raymond Island on Wednesday in preparation for our Easter Service, which we will celebrate at The Abbey on Wednesday 28 March with Rev Rich and Edie Ashley. This year, as an entire school, we will enjoy the beautiful environment of the island in an outdoor Easter service, weather permitting. More information will be provided closer to the date.


A small group of us were privileged to hear Chelsea Trewin’s rehearsal of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, which she will perform this weekend at the Brighter Days Festival. This event raises money for a number of charities, including The Cooper Trewin Memorial SUDC Research Fund, established after the tragic passing of Chelsea and Jesse’s brother, Cooper Trewin, on 6 February 2010, aged 16 months. The fund supports SIDS and Kids to fund advocacy and Australian research into the cause for sudden and unexplained death in children. 


I wish Chelsea all the best for her performance, along with wishing you all a lovely long weekend.


Kind Regards

Virginia Evans