Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

It was this time last week that we were anticipating an evening of family fun in the form of a bush dance led by the Billy Tea Bush Band.


Post dance we were certainly not disappointed, and once again parent engagement was integral to the night’s success. While the preparation was important, it was the modelling of how to have fun as a community that was most impressive. Dads and Mums dancing with their children, laughing and participating, staff interaction with families  - all a fine example of good old fashioned fun. An additional outcome of such a night is the fostering of connectedness between families and our School, a vital element to a student’s educational success.

This week our Year 6 students have attended camp at Karoonda Park, Gelantipy, accompanied by both staff and parents. Trust was apparent throughout the camp activities as the students attempted challenging tasks that relied heavily on a belief in others and a sense of confidence in the instructors and each other. Of particular note was the abseiling, which required trust in the instructor as each student lowered themselves slowly down the cliff face. Encouragement from their peers was acknowledged and greatly appreciated, and this camaraderie was great to witness. A big thank you to Michael Wilmott and Poh Ng for assisting Penny and Ashlee on camp.

There has been excitement in the air this week as the Correa students prepared for their Fellowship presentation. You could not doubt their commitment or enthusiasm as they continued their practice through recess and lunch. Their endeavours paid off this morning, with a lively and interactive Fellowship. A big thank you to Mr. Loft and the Correa students.

A small group of students competed at the regional level in Athletics on Tuesday with great results. Cohen Frith achieved a primary school goal to make State level by winning the 800 metres, and Georgia Shell will join him, qualifying for both the long jump and triple jump events. We wish Cohen and Georgia well at the next level of competition.

Continuing on the theme of challenges and goals, Chè Buckley has now embarked on his ride from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale as the culmination of his fundraising efforts for cancer research. The entire campus will proudly cheer him in on his arrival to school at 10.00am on Monday morning and you are all invited to join us on this terrific occasion. As a result of Chè’s initiative, I am pleased to announce that he has been awarded as a Fred Hollows Humanity Victorian Junior Ambassador. This achievement will be recognised on Thursday in Melbourne. Chè is an outstanding role model to all of our students in regards to responding to a need in our community.

I shall finish by wishing Chè a safe and rewarding ride.

Virginia Evans