Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

A short week for students it may have been, however, I have a lot to share with you, both news of activities past and planning for the weeks to come.

We welcomed our 2019 Foundation (formerly Prep) students for the first time as a class on Tuesday morning. They arrived with confidence and enthusiasm and had a lovely time getting to know their teacher, Mrs Crowe, and each other. For me, it was a lovely opportunity to meet the parents of this cohort. I was thrilled that so many of them were able to stay for morning tea, establishing and consolidating relationships with each other. 

Our ELC took advantage of Monday’s student-free day to hold their Reception and Transition (formerly Pre-Prep) sessions for their 2019 students. The Transition group enjoyed sampling their specialist program and were able to choose a library bag to use next year. We have many families in both the Reception and Foundation groups who are new to our school community and we look forward to making them feel very welcome. 

The judges for our inaugural House Public Speaking competition on Wednesday were greatly impressed by the talent and confidence shown by all competitors.  Mr David Baker and Mrs Liana Cartledge were generous with their praise and feedback, and declared Cranswick Dargo the winning House. I would like to congratulate the following year level winners who gave outstanding presentations:

Prep:              Blake Maxwell                                 

Year 1:           Reuben McInnes                            

Year 2:           Taylor Dennett                    

Year 3:           Avin Mirabolfarthi                

Year 4:           Josh Newstead

Year 5 :          Ashley Brutovic

Year 6:           Pippa Young

“Yesterday we had the House Speaking Competition. I was really nervous about having to speak… and to make it worse the Year 5’s spoke last, the suspense!  Prep to Year 2 recited a poem and they did it really well, and some were even able to remember the words- amazing! Year 3 and 4 had to speak about a persuasive topic. ‘Should you be allowed to have bare feet wherever you go’, and ‘Should skateboarders be allowed in public spaces’. They were very convincing arguments. Year 5 and 6 had to do a comparative essay and say both sides of the argument. Year 6 spoke about ‘Should mobile phones be allowed in class’. Then it was my turn to tell everyone about why we should or should not have surveillance cameras in schools. I was shaking the whole time I was speaking, but so proud of myself for giving it a go. I was also proud of Aiden, Lagan and Victoria for having a go. I was happy that Cranswick Dargo were the winners.”

Ashley Brutovic


Year 6 has been using their Library lesson for ‘Genius Hour’, where the students are able to choose something they are passionate about. Pippa, Elsie and Georgia have been researching an environmental issue and have discovered that 90,000 plastic straws are used in Australia each day, which they consider “unacceptable!”  Please see their request for help below.

“Please help us to fund our “The Last Straw” project. This consists of us buying metal straws, and presenting them to local cafés. Plastic straws are the main use of plastic in our world, and they are killing it. Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/manage/the-last-straw-by-peg to help us reach our goal, which is to provide metal straws to cafes to reduce single use plastic.”

I would like to personally invite you to join us for Fellowship next Friday, followed by morning tea. This is an important morning, not only for Correa who will be leading the Fellowship and announcing the winner of the House Shield, but for two other important reasons. It is our opportunity to show our appreciation to our School community for the assistance and service that is so generously given throughout the year. It is also the day that Ms Annie Crowe will plant a tree to mark her retirement at the conclusion of the school year. I do hope that you will be able to join us. 

Turning our thinking to 2019, I would like to advise that bookings are now being taken for the After School Care program, again operating from Monday to Thursday during term time. Please click HERE to access the application form.  

Now is also the perfect time to enrol for music lessons in 2019. Years 1-3 students are able to take lessons at School in cello, violin and piano, while Years 4-6 students have the additional options of trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and clarinet.  Details and an application form can be found by following this link to the Gippsland Grammar website.  https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/music-tuition-application-form  Students currently taking instrumental lessons will be assumed to be continuing in 2019, unless notice is given in writing by November 30. 

As a campus and in consultation with the Executive the following has been decided for 2019.






Mrs Libby Crowe

Year 1/2


Mrs Joy Hay-Smith

Year 1/2


Ms Charlotte Cheadle

Year 3/4


Mrs Penny Rankin

Year 3/4


Ms Terese Hunter (Ms Lucy Leeming for Pathways release)

Year 5


Mrs Fiona Carr (Mrs Sally Stevens for Lead Teacher release)

Year 6


Mr Todd Cook


Further details:

  • Mr Brett Glover will join our staff for three days per week as Teacher of Music.
  • Ms Jan Vercoe will join us in the ELC as the Reception Co-Educator. 
  • Ms Terese Hunter will remain our Pathways teacher, with Ms Lucy Leeming covering her Pathways release day. 
  • Mrs Fiona Carr as Lead Teacher will have one day out of the classroom, which will be covered by Mrs Sally Stevens. 
  • Ms Charlotte Cheadle will take over as co-ordinator of Tournament of Minds (TOM).
  • Mr Todd Cook, who will be teaching our Year 6 class, will also lead the Green Team.

I am thrilled to make this final announcement for the week. We have secured the rights to perform the musical of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Young Performers Edition as our 2019 production. This is a one hour adaptation of the well-loved story, written especially for primary aged children. 

“Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.”

To be performed late in Term 2, this will be an integrated focus of our learning across the specialist areas during first semester, with auditions being held early in the year. All students from Prep to Year 6 will be involved, either in a featured role or as a member of the ensemble. We will be seeking parent assistance as well, for a diverse range of tasks. We look forward to sharing in the excitement of bringing this show to the stage.


Virginia Evans