Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

Continuing on from last week’s thoughts on School camps …


Our Year 5 students have enjoyed their outdoor educational experience at Coonawarra, with ideal weather and terrific resilience building activities. Accompanied by Mrs Fiona Carr and Cam Johns, our students tackled the ‘big swing’, a high ropes course, horse riding, raft building and canoeing. Once again there was evidence of support and encouragement for each other to overcome the challenge of these activities. I thank and acknowledge the willingness of our parent body to participate in these events as it truly demonstrates parent engagement at its best.



Prior to the Year 5s setting off on camp, all of our students were fortunate to hear the wise words of advice in regards to cyber safety from Constable Toni Redshaw. Each age-appropriate session was designed to empower our students to apply smart decision making around the use of technology and social media. Toni not only brings with her a wealth of knowledge, but also a passion to protect the children of East Gippsland. While only a few parents were able to make the session this year for various reasons, I urge you all to question your children as to their learnings from their session with Toni and to consolidate those understandings further. Our students were most responsive and took away with them some great advice and an awareness of how to keep safe in the cyber world.


Here are three things Jessica Lord learned during the Cyber Safety session:

  1. Toni said that we are like a brand and everything we post on the internet can affect us and our future.
  2. Trust no one on the internet, as convincing as they may sound, you don’t know who might be on the other end.
  3. Be careful about what you search on the internet.  Although it may be an innocent search, the results may not be as innocent as you think.


Our Green Team presented a lively and informative Fellowship today, as always. You can only admire their strong sense of advocacy for our environment and for sustainability. 

“Our message today is very simple, but it could do heaps to ensure that we continue to enjoy the clean water in our lakes, rivers and waterways.


  • Say NO to Plastic bags and packaging
  • Say NO to plastic bottles
  • Say No to plastic drinking straws
  • And always dispose of you rubbish in a rubbish bin.”


Representatives of East Gippsland Water came to present prizes to the winners of the East Gippsland Water Wise Poster Competition. Cindy, Paul, Archie, Isla and Zara were all thrilled to be recipients of prizes as winners or runners up in their age groups across East Gippsland.


The Green Team gave us all sunflower seeds to grow over summer.  I will look forward to entering my flower in the sunflower growing competition in Term 1 next year!

We have 3 students progressing to the State Athletics Competition in Melbourne next Monday after the regional competition last week. Kael Frith will be running 1500m, Zara Rozite will run 100m and Ashleigh Corpe will compete in Long Jump. We are very proud of you and wish you all the very best.



Next Thursday, 1 November, students from ELC to Year 6 will participate in the ‘Jump Off’ for Jump Rope for Heart. This will involve students rotating around a variety of skipping and jumping stations. A big thank you to Mrs Froud for her organisation of this event and all the students that have raised money for The Heart Foundation.


This time of the year involves much discussion and decision making as we look towards 2019. As a staff, we will work together to review our current year and make changes accordingly. Our student free day on 23 November will continue this process and be a great opportunity to renew and direct our actions for the following year.  


Please remember that there will be no school on Tuesday, 6 November for the Melbourne Cup Day Holiday, or Monday, 19 November for our Report Writing Day. 


Our ELC children were thrilled to be visited by four kid goats today.  They are four of five kids born to a nanny goat belonging to our Coding teacher Sharen Cameron and her son Sam. It is apparently very unusual for so many kids to be born to one mother, and the children thoroughly enjoyed interacting with them.



With much thanks for your continued support.
Virginia Evans