At our Year 6 Captains’ and Monitors’ Fellowship this morning, Millie Dunnett and Joshua Strauss, 2018 School Captains, spoke to our students about the significance of being a leader. It was a fantastic opportunity for our emerging student leaders and student body to hear our School Captains talk about their experiences and advice on being a leader. Our teachers, who will provide guidance for our new Captains and Monitors, spoke about the expectations for each position. We pride ourselves on providing opportunities for our students to develop their leadership skills. I look forward to seeing our Year 6 Leaders being challenged and growing in their new roles.
Also this morning, Amanda Canfield, who is our Defense School Transition Aide (DSTA), held a Morning Tea for those students connected to the Australian Defense Force. Gippsland Grammar has a strong and long-standing connection with the local RAAF base. Amanda provides fantastic support for Defense students and parents at both St Anne’s and the Garnsey Campus.
As many of you will be aware, we had to close our Tuckshop for a few days over the past weeks. Janet Robertson, who runs the Tuckshop, will be undergoing surgery in the near future. Michelle Thompson, who works as a Learning Assistant and has all the relevant Food Handling Certificates, has kindly offered to run our Tuckshop when Janet is unavailable. I would like to wish Janet a speedy recovery and say thank you to Michelle for helping out.
STAGGFAIR - Sunday 18 March
Our biennial STAGGFAIR is nearly upon us. Many people have been busy behind the scenes organising stalls, amusement rides and much more. STAGGFAIR provides Gippsland Grammar with an opportunity to fundraise for a range of school initiatives. However, the key focus is to bring our community together, to have fun and to enjoy each other’s company. Below is the list of St Anne’s stalls by Year level, and the names of coordinators. Please contact the relevant parent of you can assist with time and/or donations towards your child’s stall.
ELC – Produce – Melissa Tatterson
Prep – Cold Drinks – Jocelyn Aurisch and Simone Langshaw
Year 1 – Amusements – Chris Booth and Lara Levchenko
Year 2 – Lucky Cups – Gaby Running and Lauren Meredith
Year 3 – Bliss Balls – Kelly Braden and Kelly Anderson
Year 4 – Children’s Books/Books – Kristy How and Lisa Singer (Garnsey Campus)
Year 5 – Haloumi Cheese – Fiona Mills and Kerry Henry
Year 6 – Gourmet Salads – Rachel Storer
The ELC is seeking donations of fruit, vegetables and other homemade goods (i.e. sauces, jams, eggs, etc.) for the ELC Green Produce Stall at STAGGFAIR. People able to donate, please contact email@example.com.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parents and teachers will have the opportunity on Monday 26 (Year 4 Freeman only), Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February to meet in a more formal setting to discuss your child’s social, emotion and academic progress. Letters have been sent home informing parents of times and how to book an interview. Open and honest communication between our students, parents and teachers is important to us.
Clean Up Australia Day
Since 1992, schools across Australia made a real difference to their environment and local communities through participating in Schools Clean Up Day. Last year alone, over 2000 schools participated in Clean Up Australia Day events, making an immense contribution to the 14,139 tonnes of rubbish removed in 2017.
Schools Clean Up Day is a fun and engaging way to teach young Australians about the responsible disposal of rubbish, resource recovery and the repercussions of rubbish dumped irresponsibly in the local environment. Next Friday 2 March, all students at St Anne’s will be involved in Clean Up Australia Day. Students should wear their sports uniform to school on this day.
Mrs Ingrouille’s Farewell
Next Friday 2 March we will formally farewell Mrs Merridy Ingrouille. Mrs Ingrouille has been a teacher at St Anne’s since 2003. We invite all parents to come along to Fellowship at 9.00am in Lorna Sparrow Hall.
Art Gallery Visit
On Wednesday 21 February Barton went to visit the new Gippsland Art Gallery.
There was a person holding a balloon. There was a flower girl that was made from a skeleton. We saw a projector that had white bumps on it. It was awesome! It even had a box which had a microphone in it which made big loud noises and vibrations.
Here are the words we used to describe our excursion: super awesome, incredible, delicate, amazingly interesting and excellently magnificent. We loved it so much, Thank you Mrs Hulls.
Looking for host families in Term 3 (4 weeks)
Each year we are delighted to welcome a group of female Year 11 students from our Sister School in Japan, Hikarigaoka Girls High School, to Gippsland Grammar. The exchange program is an important program in the School and a valuable aspect of the School experience for our students. Consequently, we need families to help in welcoming the Japanese students for four or two weeks into their homes.
They should be arriving on the second week of Term 3 and staying for about four weeks. If you are interested in hosting a student for the entire period of their stay or for half of their stay, please contact Ms Shinagawa via email, firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 28 February, 2018. The students will go to Garnsey Campus to enjoy schooling, but they will also visit both Bairnsdale Campus and St Anne’s.
There are two requirements to host a student.
- School requires every host family to provide a WWCC (Working with Children Check) for every member of the family above 18 years old who lives at home. You can apply online on the following website and follow the instructions http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au
You will not be able to host until we receive either a card or an application number. There is no cost as you are volunteering to host.
2. In accordance with new legislation, the School also requires every host family and those in the household who are over the age of 18 to be familiar with the content of our Child Protection and Safety Policy and our Child Safety Code of Conduct and their legal obligations with respect to the reporting of child abuse. This is achieved through completion of the eight Child safety training modules, completed online via a link provided to you by the School. Please have a look at the two attachments and complete the Volunteer registration form on https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/volunteer-registration
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information.
State Team Individual Nomination Information
Registration to trial for most SSV 12 Years and under State Team Vic teams to compete in School Sport Australia Championships is done through an online process managed by the School Sport Unit. Information can be found on the SSV website www.ssv.vic.edu.au under the ‘TeamVic State Teams’ tab. Dates and venues of individual State Team Sports Championships are also included online.
To register for Australian Football, Netball, Soccer or Basketball is an online registration process across the State. If you are considering nominating your child for State Team Trials in AFL, Netball, Soccer or Basketball, please read the information below. Students in Wellington Division will go straight to a Region Trial in Traralgon on Thursday 3 May.
• The cost to register a student for the Team Vic trials is $25 and is set by SSV. There is NO refund available. A MAXIMUM THREE STUDENTS PER SPORT FROM ONE SCHOOL MAY BE NOMINATED.
• The online registration system opened last year and will close on Thursday 1 March 2018.
• Registration does NOT ensure selection to trial; places at trials are limited so written information about experience and ability is imperative. This is not a come and try day.
How to Nominate Online
PRIOR to registration:
- Your child's Sport Coordinator / Principal will have to give confirmation / endorsement of your child's sport specific ability. The decision for your child to trial must be approved by your sport coordinator or Principal prior to registering, as they will decide on your child’s capability of representing their school at a state level trial. If more than three students wish to trial for the one sport from one school, a school-based trial may be needed. Please ensure you have this conversation with your school prior to registering.
- If the Principal endorses the student then they can register online. Payment must be made online for the nomination to be considered.
- You will receive a confirmation email to your nominated email address.
- After registration an email will be sent to you from either the Division Coordinator Steve Cunningham or the Region Coordinator with the day, date, time and location of the trial for your nominated sport/s after nominations close on Thursday 1 March 2018.
If you have any further questions, please refer to the SSV website, www.ssv.vic.edu.au under the ‘TeamVic State Teams’ tab, contact your school’s Sport Coordinator or Steve Cunningham.
Jie Van Berkel