Today at Fellowship we celebrated the beginning of a new school year! We reflected on the strength of a school community and the support it provides for its students, families and staff. I spoke of the 10th anniversary of the fires at Strathewen that destroyed their primary school and the challenge that confronted them as a community. Ten years on it was the emotional words of the principal that resonated with me. She spoke of the need to feel that sense of ‘being and belonging’ to a community and it was that feeling that enabled them to rebuild their school and to be back where they are today.
There has been a wonderful sense of ‘being and belonging’ at our campus this week. Our new students received their school badges, our Year 6 students received their leadership badges and our SRC and Green Team representatives from each class accepted their badges. I asked them to wear them with pride, knowing that they signify the importance of belonging to their various teams. Most importantly, they signify they belong to the Gippsland Grammar community.
We were most fortunate to have an Old Scholar with us today; Mayor of East Gippsland Shire, Councillor Natalie O’Connell. She has been part of our community for a long time, as a student and as a relief teacher and it was wonderful to witness her obvious sense of being and belonging today. We are thankful for Reverend Brenda Burney who, at the conclusion of our Fellowship, shared a blessing over our community for the year ahead.
Mrs Froud was thrilled with the participation and skill of our swimmers at the Swimming Trials on Tuesday this week. She asked me to pass on her message:
On Tuesday, 5 February students from Years 3 to 6 went to the Bairnsdale Outdoor Pool to participate in the swimming trials. It was great to see all the students having a go and cheering each other on. From the times that were collected on this day, the fastest two times for each stroke in each age group will be selected to represent the School at the District Swimming Carnival on Thursday, 21 February. Age groups for District are 12/13 years, 11 years and combined 9/10 year. A letter will be sent out next week to those students that will be competing at the District Carnival.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at the House Swimming Carnival on Tuesday, 12 February. Don’t forget that there will be a Year 6, Staff and Parents relay. Any parent that would like to join in the fun to bring your swimmers.
Without a doubt our students have both talent and confidence! The auditions for our production, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, have been terrific with our students both relaxed and yet enthusiastic in role. Regardless of the outcome, we know we are in for a wonderful production, as all of our students will participate in some capacity.
I look forward to our welcome picnic this evening and hope to see you all there.
Enjoy your weekend.