Celebrating St Anne’s Day each year is an important tradition, not only for our current students, but also for an amazing group of past students known affectionately as Green Grubs.
Today’s Fellowship, and the lunch that followed, provided another fantastic trip down memory lane. Being able to chat with the Green Grubs about life at St Anne’s is priceless. Our guest speaker, Mrs Barbara Fulton (Head Girl, 1966), was unfortunately unable to attend at the last minute. Luckily, she was able to pass on her speech, read by Andrew Crawford (Year 6) on Barbara’s behalf. Barbara’s recollections focused on the official opening of Lorna Sparrow Hall in 1966, attended by eight hundred guests. Of particular resonance in Barbara’s mind was the instruction by Headmistress, Miss Lorna Sparrow, to the students to look after the floor of the hall for future generations. The students obviously obeyed that instruction as, today, the Hall continues to be used as intended in 1966, for sport, choir, performances and special gatherings.
A big thank you to those who worked behind the scenes to make our St Anne’s Day Fellowship and lunch such a special occasion: Sheryn Ray, Mr Mark, Cassidy Capraro, Ged Caldwell, Brett Glover, Nicholas Missen, Zara Tacey, Andrew Crawford and many more played their part in piecing today together. To the Green Grubs, many of whom traveled from afar, thank you for coming today and for creating such an amazing culture and tradition that we still enjoy today.
National Quality Assessment at the Early Learning Centre – Lisa Burgess
Last term, the Early Learning Centre St Anne’s campus began preparing for the National Ratings and Assessment process. The Centre is observed, assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard for Education and Care in Australia every three years.
Our preparation involved many hours of work and preparation by all of the teachers and co-educators at the ELC who were determined to use this opportunity to showcase the strengths of our wonderful centre. All aspects of the Centre’s everyday operations was examined and reviewed by the staff to ensure that our policies, practices, environments, equipment and teaching reflects our philosophy and best practice. The assessor spent some time looking at our written documents and Quality Improvement Plan in the lead up to the visit to the Centre in June, when she spent the day observing staff members working with the children and inspected our physical environment.
The areas for assessment were –
Educational program and practice
Children’s health and safety
Relationships with children
Collaborative partnerships with families and children
Governance and leadership
We were thrilled to recently receive our assessment report, which again rated the Early Learning Centre at ‘Exceeding’ the National Standard in every area. Some of the comments from the report included:
‘Educators hold high expectations for children and provide them with opportunities that empower choice and decision making across the day.’
‘Quality practice was consistent across the service to ensure that all educators respond to and extend children’s learning.’
‘Educators consistently welcomed, reflected and drew on the voices, priorities and strengths of the children, families and the school community.’
Our beautiful learning environments, recently expanded play space, commitment to furthering children’s knowledge about indigenous culture and our established nutrition and sustainability programs received particular commendation.
I am delighted that, having undergone the assessment process at both the St Anne’s and Bairnsdale ELC’s in the past year, both centres are continuing to work at the highest level. This is due to the ongoing commitment, professionalism and passion of our educators. I would like to thank all of our wonderful team members for their support during this process, which along with wonderful family and school support, allows us to deliver such quality education for the youngest members of the Gippsland Grammar School family.
Director, Early Learning Centres
St Anne’s Netball Team Success
On Wednesday 25 July, eight wonderful netballers competed in the SSV Gippsland Region - Primary Schools, Winter Sports Finals, in Mixed Netball. The team of Archer Robinson, Jayde Hall, Georgia Anderson, Leah Roberts, Scarlett Tavasci, Riley Alexander, Sophie Mcleod and Olivia Harris competed against teams from Warragul, Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Inverloch/Kongwak, coming 4th overall. All players competed in great spirit, with fabulous sportsmanship and fair play skills on display. Many thanks to Renee Robinson, who gave up her time to coach the students both in the initial competition and in the finals. The students were very proud of their efforts, being the first Grammar team to make the finals in this event for some years. Congratulations and well done to all!
St Anne’s Soccer Team Success
This Year the 5/6 Gippsland Grammar Soccer Team made history by winning their way through to the Gippsland Regional Finals. Going into the day, we knew we would be up against some incredibly talented teams, with the majority of teams full of students who play soccer on a regular basis. The competition was organised as a round robin, with five teams in our pool. We came up against, Newhaven, St Pauls, Bairnsdale 754 and St Vincent’s. Each game was played at a frantic pace and the team made some wonderful saves and counter attack plays. At the end of the day, we came away with one win and four tight loses. St Vincent’s was too strong for everyone and will be a very competitive team at the State Finals, where we wish the team the best of luck.
Enjoy your weekend,
Jie Van Berkel