This week’s events are a sure sign that the end of the school year is fast approaching. Our thank you morning tea for our wonderful volunteers was well attended on Monday morning. I once again acknowledge how fortunate we are as a community to have the widespread support that we do. Our students benefit greatly from the generous nature of volunteers; from helping in the classrooms to organising events, creating costumes, cooking, teaching Bridge and Enrichment programs, Coding and Programming, to ensuring our children are happy and safe at school and on excursions. For all of this and more, on behalf of the staff, a very big thank you to you all.
This week’s excursions have focused on friendship, buddies and the joy of celebrating being together. Our ELC children and their families commenced the week with a family picnic at the miniature train park at Wattle Point. Our Year 6 students, along with their buddies and the Year 3/4 class, travelled to Paynesville for a fun day out. Our Year 1 and 2 students. joined by Rev Rich, Steve McAnulty and Reverend Edie Ashley, travelled back to Raymond Island and once again took advantage of the beautiful surroundings. Coming together to pray in The Abbey chapel was both moving and rewarding for all. Our Year 5’s and their ELC Pre-Prep buddies excursion to the All Abilities playground was unfortunately impacted by the recent rains. However, being together was the aim of the day and the Thinking Dome provided the perfect place for some exciting interaction.
Our Year 6 students have experienced both excitement and nervousness this week as they embarked on their transition to Garnsey Campus and secondary school. A new stage has begun for our twenty students and we wish them well in their future education, having experienced a wonderful foundation here at the Bairnsdale Campus to stand them in good stead. Today all students transitioned to their new classroom smoothly, welcoming our new students and teachers with the cheery spirit of Gippsland Grammar.
Joining in what has become a hit across the world, all of our students came together in the hall for an 'Hour of Code’ to participate in the worldwide Computer Science Education Week (4-10 December). The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. It brings together projects from many different companies around the world, allowing students to choose coding projects appropriate to their age and skill level. Facilitated by Sharen Cameron, the children explored the world of coding. It was terrific to see the children and teachers collaborating in such an engaged manner. A big thank you to Sharen and her team of student helpers: Samuel Reynolds, Spencer Clarke, Sam Ditchburn, Jadah Frith, Victoria Collins, Hudson Ray-Daminato, Siennah Mair, Layla Kenny and Jess Robinson. For the many students who asked ‘How do I keep learning after the Hour of Code?’; there are 240 activities to try at https://hourofcode.com/au/learn
A unique farewell gift to Mr. Loft from Chelsea Rawlings and her family saw the Year 1 and 2 students participate enthusiastically in a 'Zuu' class, a fun way to keep fit! Working together and encouraging each other throughout the class, the children exercised with Mr Loft, who was in his element, as they went through the animal moves, walking like a bear, squatting like a frog and swinging arms like a hyperactive monkey! At the conclusion of the class, we talked about how - by keeping himself fit and strong - Mr Loft can be such a terrific teacher to his class. Lots of laughter was evidence of the success of the morning. We thank Brett, Michelle and Beth for their time in organising and conducting this event.
Thank you to Acacia for promoting the Christmas spirit in such a lovely way at Fellowship this morning.
I hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend.