R U OK?
Last week I was listening to Triple J on the radio as I came to work and the announcers were talking about the R U OK initiative. Liam, one part of the Breakfast team, opened up about his battle with mental health issues.
He commented this had stemmed from online trolls and harassment, whilst urging listeners to seek help if they are not okay. This has made me reflect on mental health within our own school community. Often our focus is on our children and students, with little on our parents or teachers. According to the Black Dog Institute, one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. I would like to urge our parents and teachers to be mindful of this. Ask your family and friends ‘R U OK?’ and seek help if you are not.
New School Website
Our new School website has recently been launched with the key statement ‘Plant the right seed and great things will grow.’ David Baker wrote about this extensively in last week’s Principal’s News and I would like to direct you towards this, to gain a deeper understanding behind our branding and website.
Citizen of the Term
We acknowledged our Citizens of the Term this morning. It is always a difficult decision for our classroom teachers on who they will select. These awards celebrate the students who consistently follow and demonstrate our school values; Compassion, Leadership, Excellence, Responsibility and Respect.
The following students received Citizen of the Term this morning at Fellowship: Bass: Milla Said, Mawson: Adelaide Ripper, Bradman: Millie Roach, McCubbin: Marlow Warren, Barton: Dylan Board, Chisholm: Max Knibbs, Flynn: Joel Lamb, Kingsford-Smith: Mia Del Busso, Tasman: Hayden Smolenaars, Cuthbert: Ben Canfield, Hollows: Thomas Everett, Goologong: Mehar Kishan, Mackellar: Anthony Smith.
Congratulations to our students who received Excellence and Merit awards that were handed out this week at year level meetings. Students were identified by class and specialist teachers for challenging themselves, putting in extra effort and demonstrating respect.
Mrs Merridy Ingrouille
We informally said goodbye to Mrs Merridy Ingrouille at our Fellowship this morning. Merridy heads off on Long Service Leave for all of Term 4 and will then retire from teaching. Merridy completed her teaching degree at Toorak Teachers College and during the '80's taught at Primary schools in Leongatha and Melbourne. During the '90's she moved to Sale and began teaching at 545 Sale Primary School. It was through a 545 teaching colleague that she met and then married Michael Ingrouille and had two sons, William and Richard. She taught for a short time at Eagle Point Primary school and was appointed to Gippsland Grammar in 2003, where she has taught her much loved Prep Bass for many years.
For the last few years she has also enjoyed teaching students in Year 2. Merridy contributed much to developing a strong relationship with the ELC to help ensure a smooth transition for the children moving on to school. Her love of sewing has been evident in the amazing costumes she has made over the years, particularly for the Prep Christmas plays. She has been a most highly-respected and caring teacher.
We will be holding a more formal celebration and thank you for Merridy in early 2018.