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Year 9 Alpine Program

The second and final Alpine Program for Year 9 students was held this week in some rather idyllic, although changeable, conditions at Dinner Plain. We have a fine tradition of Outdoor Education at Gippsland Grammar and this is on full display during this program, which has been a significant part of the Outdoor Education and Year 9 program for more than 30 years. Students and staff are challenged by the environment, as magnificent as it is, and there are many personal challenges to be overcome throughout the program as students develop both their technical skills and their personal and interpersonal skills. Parents have had a chance to gain a glimpse of the program this week, with regular email and Facebook updates.


I want to commend the fine Outdoor Education staff, under the leadership of Mr Shamis Law this term, who have enabled this program and supported our students to meet the challenges evident on the gentle slopes of Dinner Plain. It is a significant responsibility to prepare and run these programs, but the meticulous planning and preparation, skills and strengths evident in all our program staff have certainly supported student growth and their experience in the outdoors.


Year 7 Water Investigation

As part of their ‘Water in the World’ studies, Year 7 Geography students visited Lake Glenmaggie and Sale Wetlands this week to investigate first hand some of the ways in which water is stored and used in our area. The concept of competing uses for the available water, and the sustainability of our water consumption and use, were both investigated at Glenmaggie Weir. At Sale Wetlands, students learnt about the role of this area in the water cycle and how human activity has changed its character. This hands-on type learning enhances the work done in the classroom and enables students to develop key geographic skills in drawing connections between theory and observations, which is then presented in a geographic fieldwork report.


RAAF Clarinet Ensemble

Some of our student musicians were fortunate to participate in a masterclass and see a performance from the RAAF Clarinet Ensemble this week. Held in the Chapel of St Anne on Wednesday lunchtime, this engagement with professional musicians was inspiring for our students and enjoyed by all.


Student Achievements

Claudia Klose (Year 12)

Congratulations to Claudia for her achievement in being awarded the ADFA Education Award. Wing Commander David Houghton, RAAF Base East Sale, presented the award at assembly this week. The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. Claudia was presented with a tablet device and certificate and our School received a plaque of recognition. Claudia was required to undertake a rigorous selection process to be eligible for the award; she had to be studying Year 11 subjects that met both the educational qualifications for admission to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and single Service entry requirements. She was required to sit the ADFA entry aptitude test, medical testing and a series of interviews, including an Officer Selection Board (OSB). Congratulations to Claudia.


Claudia Klose

Mr David Baker, Wing Commander David Houghton and Claudia Klose accepting her ADFA Education Award

William Mwagiru (Year 9)

Gippsland Grammar student, William Mwagiru, has been selected in the School Sport Victoria Team Vic Cross Country Team competing in the School Sport Australia Championship to be held in Hobart, Tasmania from 11-14 August. It has been a great performance by William to make the final team, based on placings at the Athletics Victoria All Schools. Many past School Sport Victoria team members have gone on to compete at national and international competitions, including Olympic Games, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Here’s hoping that William and his Victorian teammates can achieve their personal goals at a national level to win the Australian title and that William may go on to represent Australia in the years to come.


Equestrian Success

Gippsland Grammar Garnsey Campus has had the following riders qualify for the Australian Interschool Championships: Sarah Hair (Year 12) in the 110cm Showjumping; Sidney Churchman (Year 11) in the Show Hunter; and Darcy Wade (Year 11) in the 120cm Showjumping and 110cm Showjumping.

Three athletes have been announced in the Victorian team for the Pony Club Australia National Championships, to be held in Toowoomba from 18-22 September. Priyanka Joshi (Year 10), Quinn Wade (Year 10) and Darcy Wade (Year 11) will represent Victoria in the Junior Tetrathlon Team, which consists of showjumping, a 2km run, a 200m swim and shooting. Quinn and Priyanka attended selection trials and a training camp and had to finish in the top 6 ranked athletes to make the team. Darcy has also been selected for the Junior Showjumping team as well as the Junior Tetrathlon team.

Congratulations to all on these fine achievements.


Jan Henry

Head of Garnsey