The ‘Outdoor Classroom’ day on Thursday set the theme for the week! Through varied activities, our students experienced learning in our environment, caring for our environment and staying safe in our environment. Melaleuca and Kurrajong travelled to Fairy Dell on Monday, exploring the beauty of the rainforest and consolidating their understanding of their Environmental Science unit.
Thursday began with Lifesaving Victoria sharing their knowledge of how to keep safe when we are enjoying our beaches, rivers and swimming throughout the warmer months. A number of classes shifted their learning space to under the beautiful oak tree overlooking the river, a most peaceful place to just ‘be’. Other class activities included a mindful walk, programming our Lego robots to manoeuvre their way around our gardens, enhancing our outdoor areas through design and quiet reading in the shade of a tree.
To conclude our day, Mrs Elisha Froud organised a series of activities for our “Jump Rope for Heart’ program. Skipping has always been a wonderful way to be active with friends and the afternoon proved that once again, with many red cheeks and sounds of laughter. Thank you to the families who supported this program by sponsoring their child.
Lifecycles are a significant component of our integrated units and studying the lifecycle of frogs is certainly a popular one with students, particularly our Prep students. Acacia enthusiastically shared their learnings with us today at Fellowship. A lively rendition of, ‘Der Glumph’ by Acacia and our ELC students was well received with many students joining in.
The State Athletics Carnival was held in Melbourne on Monday, with three Bairnsdale students qualifying to compete. Unfortunately, Ashleigh was unwell and therefore unable to go, however, we were ably represented by Kael, who ran in the 1500m and Zara, who ran 100m. To compete at this level is an achievement in itself, and I congratulate these students and thank their families for their commitment.
This time of the year involves much discussion, reviewing our year and making important decisions. I can confirm that our current classroom structure will remain the same in 2019. There will be some goodbyes and hellos, as is often the case at the end of the year.
We will be farewelling Ms Annie Crowe, who has announced her retirement. Families will have an opportunity to farewell Annie at a special Fellowship on Friday, 30 November. After much consideration, Mrs Serena Jefferis has made a decision to leave Gippsland Grammar at the conclusion of 2018. We wish her well with her future endeavours and will farewell her formally at the end of year celebrations.
In 2019 we will welcome Mr Todd Cook to our campus as a classroom teacher. Todd is currently Head of Campus at Glenvale and has previously worked at Tambo Upper, as well as a number of Melbourne schools and in London. Todd has a great interest and talent in music and his CV boasts of developing the best vegie garden in East Gippsland, which will be of great benefit to our Green Team. Todd, along with his family, relocated to East Gippsland three years ago to enjoy the country life, having grown up in Drouin. Todd’s wife, Ms Lucy Leeming, has been in Grevillea this year on Wednesdays. We look forward, with excitement, to welcoming Todd and his family into our community.
We also welcome back both Mrs Sally Stevens and Mrs Lisa Hudson, who will return from Maternity Leave to backfill the roles of Lead Teacher and Pathways each Wednesday. More details will follow in next week’s newsletter.
A gentle reminder that our campus handbook states:
‘The school will accommodate the early arrival of students at 8:15am for families with legitimate circumstances. The request to be expressed to the Head of Campus who will then confirm the legitimacy. The students will sit quietly in the front of the school from 8:15am to 8:30am.’
I do understand the difficulties of working parents and school times; however, it is important that our students are safe in our care. Please remind your children to sit quietly at the front of the campus if they are early arrivals.
Next week’s Fellowship service will be presented by Banksia, focussing on Remembrance Day. It will feature a guest speaker with a personal story to tell and a special performance by our Junior Choir. I encourage families to join us at 9:00am to support our students who are working hard to present this meaningful service. The SRC will be selling Poppies, wristbands and bag tags prior to this day, ranging in price from $2.00 to $20.
Enjoy your weekend.