This week I had the opportunity to visit both our Year 3 and Year 4 students at their respective camps, Coolamatong and Camp Rumbug. My personal highlight was experiencing the joy and excitement of our Year 3 students, as we watched a pod of dolphins swimming around our boat on the Gippsland Lakes.
School camps at Gippsland Grammar are vastly different to what I experienced when I was at Primary School. Firstly, our camps progress from two days in Year 3, all the way to a full week in Year 6. Each camp builds on the skills, expectations and experiences from the previous camp. In Year 3, students spend two days at Camp Coolamatong, situated near Paynesville. Year 4 travel to Camp Rumbug, which is near Foster, for a three-day adventure camp. In Year 5, students travel to Coonawarra for a four-day camp that involves high ropes and horse riding. Our Year 6 students travel to Gelantipy for five days of outdoor adventure, including rafting on the Snowy River. Our camps also provide the perfect chance for students and teachers from both St Anne’s and our Bairnsdale campus to come together and build relationships. I know both students and teachers came home from our camps exhausted, but better for the experience.
Today, all students from St Anne’s and Bairnsdale campuses came together to celebrate our end of term joint Fellowship. Our focus was on celebrating a great term and further building on our connectedness as a School. Year levels from both campuses sat together as one class, with a representative from each lighting a candle to celebrate their friendship. A fabulous PowerPoint presentation highlighted the many interactions between the Junior campuses across the primary years.
Students will need to wear our Summer uniform from the beginning of next term, including school hats. I would ask parents to label hats to help if misplaced. Mosquitoes are quite prevalent in our school grounds during the Summer months. Parents may wish to include a roll-on insect repellent in their child’s schoolbag.
Footy Colours Day
The SRC are holding a Footy Colours Day on the last day of term, Friday 22 September, for a gold coin donation. Students and parents are invited to come dressed in their favourite team colours. AFL, Soccer, NRL, Rugby Union, netball or another sporting team top will do. We are raising money for children who are being treated for cancer to be able to continue to access an education. We are looking forward to seeing all the passionate supporters out there.
Enjoy your weekend.
Jie Van Berkel