Head of Bairnsdale Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of Bairnsdale Campus

This week has provided many opportunities for us all to feel a great sense of pride in our school. It began Monday night with our Soirée at St. John’s. Each performance was evidence of the commitment to practice and I commend all of our students for their fine achievements. The music was exciting, calming and reflective simultaneously. While all students played beautifully, Matilda McInnes’ rendition of Canon in D (Pachelbel) on the piano and Eva Harasymiw’s performance of Papageno’s Aria (Mozart) were particular highlights of the evening. I take this opportunity to thank Serena Jefferis and our instrumental teachers Carryn Caithness, Lynette Biggs, Sarah Caddie, Rosemary Iversen and Laura Evans for sharing their talents and expertise with our students. Many of our students are undertaking musical exams, both this week and next, and we wish them much success.   


Looking very smart, twelve of our Year 6 students continued to make us proud on Tuesday night at the Junior Rotary awards. They all received their certificates for completing the Community Program, a challenging commitment for both students and parents. Congratulations to Ashur Brownlie, Chè Buckley, Abigail Carr, Edward Courtier, Claire Jones, Matilda McInnes, David Ng, Chinela Otuonye, Monty Richardson, Georgia Shell, Thomas Swinn and Tess Venables.  We are grateful for Mrs Penny Rankin’s guiding hand through this process. Her pride in the group was obvious on the night.   


In distributing application forms for the 2018 Campus Captains to our current Year 5 students, I encouraged them all to reflect on their pride in our school and how their actions influence the culture of our campus. I told them that we, as a staff, are looking forward to their leadership next year and asked them all to consider the application process. The process is outlined on the application form and I urge our parents to support and assist their child with this as required.     


Transition is on everyone’s mind as the end of the school year fast approaches. We welcomed our Prep children for 2018, along with their teacher Mrs Libby Crowe, on Tuesday. All of the children came in smiling and left smiling, which was lovely to see; we are proud of you and your big step! The morning progressed beautifully with the children’s parents thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to meet each other and share morning tea in the sunshine. Thank you to those existing Prep parents who so warmly welcomed our new families.   


Our dedicated SRC have once again supported a special need in our school community by acknowledging and fundraising for the Make a Wish Foundation. The Foundation grants wishes according to the individual child’s passions and interests, with the intention of bringing Hope, Joy and Strength to both the child and their family. During Fellowship today we heard of Dylan Morton’s Make a Wish story through the words of her mum, Kellie Pownall. Kellie had prepared a video to share with us the story of Dylan’s journey, from when she began to display symptoms, through her diagnosis of Rasmussen's Encephalitis; the operation that followed to remove the right side of her brain, and Dylan’s ongoing therapy and rehabilitation.  I would like to thank Kellie for sharing Dylan’s story and hope the Morton Family, Kellie, Callum, Angus and Dylan, enjoy Dylan’s wish of a helicopter ride to visit a lighthouse, and a trip on the Melbourne Star Ferris wheel.  Demonstrating strong leadership, the senior SRC students confidently ran a Tabloid Sports afternoon. We thank Mrs Hay-Smith and the SRC for a most successful day. We have observed the growth in each SRC student throughout the year and I know Mrs Hay-Smith is proud of her team.   


The ELC Pre-Prep students entertained us this morning with their book reading and performance of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.  It was lovely to see the growth in confidence (and size!) of these students.  I can see that they are very nearly ready to start school. They, along with the Prep to Year 6 students, participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge and our Teacher Librarian, Mrs Fiona Sutherland, presented medallions to our Year Level Champions, Chidi Otuonye, Malachi Courtier, Georgia Steel and Edward Courtier and the trophy to the winners of the House Reading Trophy…..Blundell Bogong.  Congratulations to all those who read books to contribute to the tally of House points.   



House points have been calculated and are very close.  With only the House Singing remaining, I encourage all students to put in their very best effort for this event, which will be held next Wednesday 22 November at 10.00am.  Students are asked to wear their House coloured polo tops on this day. Families are very welcome to join us to watch this final House event for the year.  

I would like to invite you to contribute to the East Gippsland Christmas Charity.  A basket will be left in the office so that those families who wish to contribute may donate gifts of non-perishable food, children’s gifts or money to support the appeal.  It is a great opportunity for our students to think of others less fortunate than we are, and to be generous in spirit as we approach the season of giving and receiving.    


The children and teachers have endured the warm weather this week.  We were fortunate that our Thursday lunchtime walking club enjoyed a pleasant 24 degrees, which was just perfect for Sarah and I as we walked with the children this week.  


Have a great weekend.  

Virginia Evans