House Athletics Carnival
The Crowded House song ‘Four Seasons in One Day’ crossed my mind after Tuesday’s House Athletics Carnival. Students, teachers, parents and carers battled the elements at Garnsey campus, with Wellington Binks victorious in a tight contest. There were many highlights during the day, including one of our younger students attempting long jump with a sausage in bread in each hand, outstanding sportsmanship and great individual results. Everyone demonstrated great resilience by not letting the weather get the better of them.
A big thank you to Mrs Amy Laverty and Mrs Kate O’Toole for piecing our carnival together. Thank you to those who volunteered to help; Graeme Wigg, Skye Vardy, Natalie Wood, Rachael Morgan, Ross Stothers and Saifulla Syed. We also had the assistance of a group of Senior Students.
House Public Speaking Competition
Public Speaking plays an important role at Gippsland Grammar, with our House Public Speaking Competition held this morning. Students from Prep through to Year 6 read out a range of speeches, from poems to passion speeches. Our judges, Ms Penny Monger, Head of English at Garnsey Campus, and Pierce and Izy – the Garnsey Debating Captains - had the difficult task of assessing each contestant. They spoke highly of the standard of public speaking right across our campus. Students were judged on audience engagement, expression, eye contact, volume and entertaining the audience. In the end, Cranswick Dargo were the overall winner. Thank you to our Year 3-6 team for organising the event.
Tournament of Minds
Ms Lisa Goode has been working hard with our TOM’s teams preparing them for their upcoming tournament. Students have been training through lunchtimes, after school and on the weekends.
Tournament of Minds provides teams of students with the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking while developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork. Our teams will compete in the Tournament of Minds Competition Day at Federation University, Churchill on Saturday, 25 August. I wish them good luck.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent-Teacher Interviews for students in Prep to Year 6 will be held on Tuesday, 28 August from 3:30pm – 6:00pm (for Classroom and Specialist teachers) and on Thursday 30 August from 3:30pm - 5:00pm (for Classroom teachers only). These interviews are to discuss your child’s progress and to examine ways in which we can work together to assist their future learning. Students from Prep to Year 4 are encouraged to attend the interview with their parents to enable them to participate in the reflection and goal setting process. Students in Year 5 and Year 6 are expected to attend their interviews.
If you have a Student Support Meeting booked through the Pathways Department, then this meeting is held in lieu of a class Parent Teacher Interview. Bookings will open from 9:00am on Monday 20 August 2018. Should you require any assistance when using the online booking system, please contact the IT Helpdesk on 5143 6364. All appointments must be made by 3:00pm on the day prior to your interview.
Spring Concert – Thursday 6 September
I would like to invite all members of our school community to our 2018 Spring Concert. This year, due to our Aladdin musical, our Spring Concert will be for students in Prep to Year 3, along with our choirs and instrumental groups. The concert will take place in St Anne’s Lorna Sparrow Hall on Thursday, 6 September from 6pm. Mr Brett Glover, our new Music Coordinator, has been working hard with our students, preparing them for the concert.
Music Soiree – Term 3
The following week, our St Anne's Instrumental Soiree will take place at the Chapel of St Anne’s on Tuesday, 11 September from 6.00pm to 7:30pm. I invite members of our School community to our Music Soiree. Both our Spring Concert and Musical Soiree provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform and demonstrate their talents to a large audience.
On the 3 July 2018, a number of our Year 3 and Year 4 students had the opportunity to participate in the SSV Sale and District Hooptime Basketball Competition. Two teams participated on the day. The mixed Future stars team only played Sale Primary School on the day and made it to the Grand Final. It was a close first half with the score being one all at half time, but in the second half Sale Primary School were too strong and they came away with the win. The mixed All Stars team played Maffra and St Thomas' throughout the rounds and St Marys' in a friendly match where they played extremely well and came away with the win. Unfortunately, they did not make it to the finals but all had an enjoyable day. A special thank you to Matt Cameron for assisting Miss Alexander on the day. All students enjoyed the day and played with great sportsmanship.
Have a great weekend,
Jie Van Berkel