Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

As we gathered on Tuesday morning for our weekly assembly, it was obvious that many of our students had experienced a big weekend. The Labour Day weekend is traditionally a weekend of sporting events. Swimming, tennis, gymkhanas, sailing, nippers and camping, to name a few, kept our families busy over the three days.


I was pleased to accompany fifteen of our students as they travelled to the Sale pool on Thursday to represent our school at the Regional Swimming. They swam confidently and happily cheered each other on. It was great to join our friends from St. Anne’s and combine together in school spirit. Kael Frith has qualified to compete at State level in backstroke; an excited relay team of Kael, Joel Rawlings, Xander Borisenko and Paul Ng will also represent our school at the State level competition, to be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre early next term. Congratulations to all of our team on the day.

Proudly wearing their medals after winning the 4x50m Freestyle Relay race are

L-R: Xander, Joel, Paul and Kael.


Although striving to ensure our students feel safe at school is a constant, this week our School has joined schools across Australia to focus on anti-bullying through a National Day of Action. There has been much discussion and learning around what ‘Bullying’ is, how to respond and what positive relationships look like. Fiona Sutherland provided appropriate story books to be shared that encouraged and demonstrated further understanding of anti-bullying strategies. Our front wall has been adorned with student thinking around bullying, and statements developed by each class. The statements are strong, however, the action is greater in impact.


Our SRC have been busy selling icy poles this week and will continue on Tuesday and Thursday next week, with the funds used to support a school in Rwanda. The students asked me to share these details about their fellowship next Friday, which will be a casual clothes day.


This term the SRC are raising money for Rwanda. Rwanda is an African nation that has been ravaged by civil war. It is an extremely poor country where schools have mud floors and one book has to be shared between two students. To raise money we are selling lemonade icy poles on Tuesday and Thursday for the week leading up to our SRC Fellowship. On Friday 23 March we invite everyone to wear casual clothes with a touch of yellow, blue and green (the colours of the Rwandan flag). In return we request a gold coin donation. We hope that many family members will consider coming to our Fellowship as Ashlee Robertson, who travelled to Rwanda when she finished her Year 12, will be our guest speaker and Bairnsdale Singers will also perform.


It was with pleasure that I attended the induction of The Reverend Brenda Burney at St. Johns on Thursday evening. Brenda and her husband Rob are looking forward to being part of our community and we will welcome her warmly to our Fellowships in the near future.


There is only one thing on this weekend - STAGGFAIR! Thank you for the incredible contribution in preparation. I urge you all to appreciate the hard work by attending and enjoying the results. Particular thanks to our Parents and Friends for their work and to Sarah Guinness who has done an incredible amount of organisation in initiating the Dye Hard Fun Run, along with the myriad of other details she has addressed to ensure the fair is a success. We are most grateful for her expertise in this event.


Finally, it is worth driving past our school at night to see our Gippsland Grammar sign lit up proudly. It looks terrific!


With thanks for a great week,

Virginia Evans