Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

After a very busy first four weeks of term, this week has seemed comparatively quiet. That is, until I look back today at the week’s activities!


Three of our students represented our campus at the Divisional Golf competition on Monday. Lochlan and Xander Borinsenko played well, with Lochlan going through to play at State level later in the year. Oscar Dullard, with his consistent good humour and sportsmanship, declared that the highlight of his day was the burger on the way home - perhaps indicating he didn’t have such a good day after all! I understand that golf can be like that. Well done to our boys!


Our students are exposed to many and varied experiences. Today our Green Team, under the instruction of Jan Donnan, learnt the skills of propagating. We apparently have two little green thumbs in Emily Allouet and Elisabeth Klingner, who were noticeably interested and enthusiastic in the process of propagation.


Integral to the culture of Gippsland Grammar is the notion of continuous learning and the motivation to always seek challenges to be the best we can. Professional development is high on our priority list, understanding that teachers are very much the strength of our school. I have met with all of our teachers this week to discuss their individual goals in pursuit of best practice. Further to this, on Wednesday afternoon, five of our staff commenced the Feurstein Instrumental Engagement (FIE) program with Kate Arnup, Deputy Head of Garnsey Campus, who is an accredited FIE trainer. The intention is to build capacity in our staff to implement FIE across the campus, using common language that nurtures the thinking process and improves cognitive function. I appreciate and thank our teachers for their commitment to their professional development.


Acacia’s Fellowship debut was a huge success, with Mrs Crowe demonstrating how confident and capable our preppies have become in such a short time. The importance of a Growth Mindset was the theme of the day. 


Our Cross Country runners displayed their Growth Mindset when they participated in the Division Cross Country today. They were fortunate to have a sunny day for this year’s event, however a 2 km run for the 9 and 10 year olds and a 3km run for the 11 and 12 year olds, requires grit and a ‘can do’ attitude in any weather. I look forward to reporting on their successes in next week’s newsletter.


Today we farewelled Tony Avron-Cotton (Tuckshop Tony) and wished him well as he embarks on a new career in engineering. While we are sad to see Tony go, we are so pleased for him and acknowledge that he is pursuing a long-time dream. Tony’s infamous chocolate chip cookies will be sorely missed, unless we can manage to retain the recipe somehow. Thank goodness, there is a way! Tony is auctioning his cookie recipe, which allows one lucky person to buy it, and raises money for a cause close to Tony’s heart - Autism. The silent auction will remain open for a week and the lucky recipient will be announced at next week’s Fellowship. If you would like to bid, please come to the reception area.


Amid the routines and activities of the week, our Year 3 and Year 5 students completed the NAPLAN requirements, as did all students across Australia. As with all learning tasks, we ask our students to do the best they can and to remember that we are always there to support them.


On this sunny Friday morning, an enthusiastic group of Bairnsdale staff and students took the opportunity to participate in Walk Safely to School Day, meeting at the Wy Yung Bakery to walk to school together. Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual, national event, when all primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a community event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. What a lovely way to start the day.



Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Virginia Evans