Our biennial STAGGFAIR last weekend was a wonderful example of community engagement. Teams of Gippsland Grammar parents, friends, students and teachers worked together to organise and run a range of stalls, rides and entertainment. The Dye Hard Fun Run to begin the fair was definitely a highlight and a great way to begin the day. When the weather turned sour and we had to close the amusement rides due to safety concerns and pack up stalls, our community spirit rose to the fore. Many people helped move and pack up equipment. Thank you to our Classroom Parents who organised our stalls and to all the families who supported STAGGFAIR this year.
This morning we came together at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate our Easter Service. It is important for our School community to acknowledge one of the most significant events on our Christian calendar. Reverend Susanna Pain and Rev Rich led our service. Thank you to Charlie Price and Olivia Covino for playing the processional and recessional.
Crazy Hair Day - Monday
This coming Monday is Crazy Hair and Casual Clothes Day. Each year, students go above and beyond with amazing hair designs. Everyone who wishes to participate needs to bring a gold coin donation, along with a crazy hairstyle. All funds raised are going to the Footprints Foundation. The Covino children will be bravely shaving/cutting their hair at lunchtime in the outdoor classroom to donate it.
Year 3/4 Learning Centre
I am excited to announce that work has begun on our Year 3/4 Learning Centre. Over the upcoming holidays, the building site will be safely and securely fenced. The two houses near our Year 5/66 building will be demolished and the site prepared for construction. Throughout the year, our students will be able to see our dynamic and contemporary building take shape. We acknowledge the generosity of the Gippsland Grammar Foundation in providing $500,000 towards this project.
Aladdin Jr Musical
Preparation for our Musical, Aladdin Jr, is in full swing for students in Years 4-6. The cast has been selected and is memorising the script. Students are learning dance moves and musical items. Rehearsals will begin in earnest in Term 2. We expect to produce another amazing show.
To conclude this week, I wanted to share my thoughts on the sad death of Sudan, the last male white rhino in the world. It is a stark reminder of the negative impact that humans can have – like environmental issues and war. I also know that major world issues can be solved through education. I am buoyed by the fact that our current generation of students are focussing less on ‘learning’ facts, and more on how to problem solve, collaborate and develop important life skills. I believe this generation of students are going to be the ones who solve many of our world issues.
Jie Van Berkel
Winter Sports Uniform
The new style Winter Sports Uniform is now available from the Uniform Shop. Polo shirts and shorts are re-stocked with all other items available in all sizes.
The Uniform Shop will be closed during the first week of holidays, and will resume normal trading hours on Monday 9, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April.
2019 Junior School Japan Trip
The 2019 Junior Japan Trip is proposed to take place during the Term 1 holidays, Saturday 6 April to Monday 14 April 2019. This excursion is offered to those students at each of Sale and Bairnsdale campuses who will be in Years 5 and 6 in 2019. The trip is being organised by tour leader, Mrs Tomomi Wynne, in conjunction with SAIZEN Tours. Students will be accompanied by three members of staff from across both campuses.
The trip aims to enrich students’ understanding of Japanese language and culture and is timed to coincide with the blooming of the cherry blossoms and associated festivals. The cost per person has been quoted at around $3, 900 for students aged 12 years and over (slightly less for children travelling aged 11).
Expressions of interest are due by Thursday 29 March 2018. At this time, if there are more students interested than places available, names will be randomly selected. Successful participants will be confirmed by commencement of Term 2, when a non-refundable deposit of $600 will need to be paid to confirm your place on this tour. The School reserves the right to disallow a student from participating based on behaviour, medical concerns or where a School account has more than two terms fees outstanding.
Participants will be notified of the exact price once numbers are confirmed and airfares have been released. The balance will then be payable, in instalments, by January 2019.
Mrs Tomomi Wynne
Camp Australia – After School Care Program
This week we have been celebrating Easter with all things bunnies, eggs and chickens. The children are very excited about Easter and the upcoming holiday. We painted eggs with drops of paint and a squeegee; the Easter theme has taken over our inside craft, with the children creating rabbits with ears that move, egg baskets and bunny-eared head wear. We have used stickers and stamps to create Easter cards and pictures.
Please feel free to come and check out our service, we are in the library daily from 3:15 to 6:00pm.
Mary and I wish you all a happy and safe Easter holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all in Term 2.
Kelly and Mary