Head of St Anne's Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of St Anne's Campus

I would like to welcome everyone back for Term 2. This term will be full of Musical preparations, challenges and wonderful learning experiences. We have three new students beginning this term: Olivia (Mackellar), Hanielle (Cuthbert) and Abigail (Chisholm). On behalf of Gippsland Grammar, I would like to welcome these students and their families to our school community.


ANZAC Day Service

This morning our Campus community came together to pay our respects to the men and women who have died, returned or are still serving in our Armed Forces. Our Defence students spoke about the meaning behind our ANZAC Service, such as The Ode, The Last Post and Reveille and the minute silence. Our School has a wonderful connection with the local RAAF base and it was great to see many defence parents in uniform at our service. Thank you to Mrs Amanda Canfield and our defense students for running today’s ANZAC service. Thank you also for supporting the sale of ANZAC biscuits at recess, which has raised over $220.00 for Soldier On. My Grandfather fought during World War 2 in Papua New Guinea as part of the 39th Battalion along the infamous Kokoda Track.


Thank you to Nicholas and Zara, our Campus Captains, who will be attending the Dawn Service on Wednesday to lay a wreath at the 11.00am service on behalf of the St Anne’s School community.


Jo Lange – Parenting Presentation

We are excited to present Jo Lange, ‘Bringing the Best Out in Our Kids’ Promoting Positive Behaviour with our Children next Monday 23 April in Lorna Sparrow Hall, from 6.00pm for drinks and nibbles, with the presentation following at 7.00pm.


The presentation will focus on:

  • why children may be challenging, linking to development and children’s social and emotional needs
  • how to reduce negative attention seeking and those annoying, disruptive and distracting behaviours, through positive attention and encouragement
  • how to reduce power struggles, minimising resistance and refusal from children, by empowering them with acceptable choices and chances to be in charge


Places are limited and seats must be booked. Please call Ann Young on 5143 7155 by Wednesday 18 April to book your seat.

We often spend a lot of time disciplining our children, and wondering why they will not do as they are told. This presentation looks at the strategies that parents can use to promote the best behaviour in children within the 3 to 12 year old age group, and will explore practical strategies that parents can use to reduce conflict, refusal and disruption in our interactions with children.


Prep Information Sessions

Prospective 2019 Prep Families are invited to our Prep Information Sessions on Thursday 26 April. We have two sessions planned, 9:00am – 10:00am and 5:00pm – 6:00pm, to showcase our Prep program at St Anne’s. If you or someone you know would like to find out more, please contact Ann Young at St Anne’s Reception.


St Anne’s Open Morning

St Anne’s Open Morning is on Thursday 26 April from 10:30am to 12:30pm. School tours will feature ‘visible learning in action’. If you know of anyone wishing to learn more about our great school, please encourage them to come along to our Open Day.


New 3/4 Learning Centre

If driving past St Anne’s on McMillan Street, you would have noticed that construction of our new Year 3-4 Learning Centre has commenced. The two original houses are being demolished, although an issue with disconnecting the power has slowed progress slightly.  I aim to keep our school community informed each week via this newsletter on the progress of this building.


Concert Bands and Choir Music Camp

Music continues to be an important part of life at Gippsland Grammar. To enhance our music program, each year our top Year 5 and 6 musicians are invited to attend the Gippsland Grammar Music Camp. This year, the following students will be taking part; Isobella Dowling, Logan Mills, Rohanna Mills, Nicholas Missen, Jessica Norman and Archer Robinson.


Sporting Success

We have had some of our St Anne’s students achieve outstanding sporting results. This week Scarlett Tavasci, Charlie Price, Georgia Anderson, Isabel Goss, Jack Crowe and Arki Vardy competed in the SSV State Swimming Championships as a result of their success at School, District and Zone swimming competitions. Congratulations to these students. The girls finished 5th in the freestyle relay with Jack and Arki both finishing 6th in their respective backstroke heats.


Over the school holidays, Will Murray represented Gippsland Grammar at the Horseware Australia Equestrian Interschool State Championships held at Werribee Park. Will competed in the Greystone Jumping Championship Primary 80cm consisting of three phases. After the three phases first and second place automatically qualify to compete for Victoria at the Nationals held at Werribee Park VIC during the September school holidays. Will had a very successful weekend placing first overall winning Champion Rider on his mount Linbil Southern Cross. Congratulations Will on a fantastic achievement. Good luck at the Nationals!


House Cross Country

Just a reminder that our House Cross Country is happening this coming Tuesday from 9:00am until 1:00pm at the Catholic College Ovals. Like all of our sporting carnivals, the focus is on participation, endeavour and sportsmanship. Parents, Grandparents and friends are invited to come down and support their child.

Have a great weekend.


Jie Van Berkel