Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

This morning at Fellowship members of the Green Team shared their knowledge with us and reminded us of our role in keeping our environment healthy and clean. Through the Paul Kelly song, ‘Dumb Things’, the team cleverly educated us on what we should and shouldn’t do in regards to looking after our environment. Mr Todd Cook spoke of the opportunities that we have to make a difference in our environment for the better. As a campus, we have worked hard to clean up the surrounding areas and felt a sense of satisfaction that we had contributed to beautifying Bairnsdale, even if we were disappointed at the amount of rubbish that needed to be collected. Our students are strong in their commitment to make a change. This week is a fine example of the advantages of belonging to a larger school.


I travelled to Melbourne on Monday, joined by colleagues from Garnsey Campus, to commence our participation in the Science of Learning Community at Melbourne University. We were privileged to hear Professor John Hattie and members of his research team as they spoke of the importance of ‘student voice’ in the learning process. Throughout the year we will be gathering data and implementing practice that encourages and inspires our students to be actively engaged in their learning. Our goal is to promote student agency and empowerment in learning. 


Five of our students joined St. Anne’s and Garnsey students to travel to Melbourne to compete in the SEISA swimming competition at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. A successful day was had by all with Jadah, Lagan, Josh, Kael and Paul all coming home with ribbons. Josh’s team spirit was evident as he cheered our School with pride and enthusiasm. 


Likewise, Charlee Latham joined students from St. Anne’s to compete in the Interschool Equestrian event on Wednesday. Charlee is most committed to her riding and as result won best rider and placed second in the handler event. Our Gippsland Grammar team placed fifth in a field of more than thirty teams.


Xander is competing in the Interschool Golf competition in Lakes Entrance today in very warm conditions. We are glad he is able to represent our School look forward to hearing about his day.


As this newsletter is posted to VOS, many of our families will be getting their hands dirty planting a pot in the Early Learning Centre. This special event is another stage in the development of the Caitlyn Fischer memorial garden. We have had a wonderful response to this event and I am thankful to be in a community that supports one another and shows genuine compassion in times of need. Mark and Ailsa, Caitlyn’s parents, also joined in the planting of pots, painting rocks with special messages and enjoying the sausage sizzle. We look forward to this garden flourishing and providing great enjoyment for our little people.


With the weekend once again an extremely warm one, please take care and be safe.

Virginia Evans