Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

Throughout the week, we have engaged in a number of significant community and campus events. Supporting each other and sharing our knowledge, our experience and our expertise is what enables a community to grow.


On Tuesday morning I met with Ross Heath (Eadie, Georgie and Heidi’s dad) to discuss a very important project in the ELC; The Caitlyn Fischer Memorial Garden. Caitlyn’s parents have donated money to the School in memory of their beautiful daughter, who died tragically at the age of nineteen. Caitlyn thrived in her education at Gippsland Grammar and loved to learn. She also had a great love of her environment and spent many hours playing outdoors. This great love of the outdoors will highly influence the design of a new natural play space and garden in the ELC. Ross has kindly volunteered his time and expertise to oversee this project. He has called on parents of our community to contribute their time, resources and skills and to work collaboratively to produce a beautiful space for our little people to explore through play, honouring Caitlyn’s memory. If you would like to be involved or to offer any donations in regards to this, please come to see me.


On Tuesday night, our 2019 Foundation (formerly Prep) parents gathered to meet Mrs Libby Crowe as she shared her thoughts on the year ahead. A first of many get-togethers I’m sure! Following this meeting, over fifty interested parents listened intently to parent educator Jo Lange. Jo shared her stories, her advice and her understanding of the various stages and personalities of children. I personally thank the many parents that attended and hope you took something away to assist you in the wonderful world of parenting.


Our Campus Captains, Gus and Georgia, joined me in representing our school at the inaugural ‘Walk to Change the Story’ event. It was a significant moment where the greater East Gippsland community united in voice against family violence.


Mrs Fiona Carr and I have enjoyed the time with our 2019 Year 6 leaders as they interviewed for Campus Captain. Each student understood the importance of this process and responded with both nervousness and pride in the opportunity to express their thoughts. As a staff, we are extremely proud of our Year 5 students applying for Campus Captain and thank their parents for the support. The hard decision is now ahead of us.


Our Year 4 students returned happy and healthy after an adventurous camp at Rumbug. Thank you to Ms Crowe who survived her last school camp and to Maddie who has assisted at all camps this year. A great job!


Today, our clever Correa students presented and performed beautifully at Fellowship under the guidance of Ms Cheadle. A fabulous version of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ was a great hit, as each of our teachers were recognised for their unique talents.


We announced the winning House for 2018, congratulating Cranswick Dargo for its convincing win (please see below), and we continued the tradition of farewelling a retiring teacher by presenting a fruit tree to Ms Annie Crowe that has now been planted in our orchard to flourish. Our many volunteers and helpers at our campus were acknowledged and thanked for their commitment to both their children and the School. Without a doubt, our campus would not thrive as it does without our community volunteers. On behalf of the staff I sincerely thank you all.


With kind regards,