Year 5 Cuthbert presented at our weekly Fellowship this morning, demonstrating much resilience during their preparations. Mrs Liz Dawson broke her arm during the school holidays and has been unable to teach Cuthbert this term. The focus of today’s Fellowship was animal adaptations. Cuthbert students also spoke about how we can make positive changes in the way that we treat people and our environment. Thank you to Louise Hulls, Wendy Johnson and Simone Langshaw for teaching Cuthbert while Liz has been recovering. Liz will be returning to St Anne’s next week.
Approximately 120 parents and grandparents filled our Lorna Sparrow Hall on Monday night to hear behavioural specialist, Jo Lange. With over twenty years’ experience in teacher and parent training, Jo had the audience thinking deeply about how we respond to our children’s behaviour. Using humour and anecdotes, Jo shared her top seven tips to bring out the best in our children. These are:
- Be a ‘complimenter’ rather than a ‘critic’
- Put the ‘you’ in encouragement
- Invite children to cooperate and contribute
- Focus on the purpose of the behaviour
- Use positive power words such as ‘smart choice’ and ‘you took charge’
- Let children have a chance to take charge and have input
- Give children choices within acceptable limits
Thank you to ELC Director, Lisa Burgess, for organising the presentation and making it accessible to our wider community, with the support of the Gippsland Grammar Foundation through their Lorna Sparrow Fellow-in-Residence program. We are investigating organising similar parenting information sessions in the future.
ANZAC Day Service
It was fantastic to see and hear about so many Gippsland Grammar students at ANZAC Day services around Wellington Shire. We had many students marching, representing family members, Scout groups and a range of others. Nicholas Missen and Zara Tacey, our Campus Captains, laid a wreath in Sale on behalf of our campus.
St Anne’s Open Morning
St Anne’s Open Morning and Prep Information Sessions held on Thursday were a great success. We had numerous families take part in ELC and Junior School tours, finding out more about our school values, the transition between the ELC and Prep, learning opportunities for students, and much more. If you know of any families who are thinking about joining our school community, please ask them to contact Ann Young at the office to book a school tour. Enrolments for 2019 are being accepted now.
Cross Country Results
We held our 2018 House Cross Country competition on Tuesday. The weather was very kind to us which, along with the excellent organisation of both Kate O’Toole and Amy Laverty, made for a fantastic carnival. The highlight of the day was the positive sportsmanship demonstrated by so many. We cheered on and supported students who were struggling and our Year 6 students ran with their Prep buddies. The overall winning house was Cranswick Dargo. Our age champions were: U/12 Boys Harry Lancaster, U/12 Girls Debbie Husodo, U/11 Boys Jack Crowe, U/11 Girls Charlie Price, U/10 Boys Finley Robinson, U/10 Girls Arabel Williams, U/9 Boys Louis Lazzaro, U/9 Girls Lily Canfield. Thank you to our parent helpers, Kate O’Toole, Amy Laverty and our teachers for working together to make our Cross Country competition such a success. Good luck to those students who are representing our school at the Sale and District Cross Country.
New Year 3/4 Learning Centre - Update
Each week I am aiming to give an update on our new Year 3/4 Learning Centre. After some delays, the two existing houses have been demolished and a worksite cabin has been installed. Although it is tough to imagine at the moment, our building is beginning to take shape.
Have a great weekend!
Jie Van Berkel