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Head of St Anne's Campus

This morning we celebrated ‘Book Week’ during our annual Fellowship organised by Mrs Eliz Noble and our Library Monitors. Book Week gives schools the opportunity to read and celebrate great literature. Each class chose one of the 2018 shortlisted books to create a display at the back of the Lorna Sparrow Hall. They look great. We have clay dragons, 3D displays, watercolor pictures and much more. If you get the chance, please come in and have a look at the wonderful Book Week displays. Thank you to Mrs. Eliz Noble and Our Library Monitors for 2018 Eden Levchenko, Thomas Everett, Madi Nicholas, Luca Covino and Alex Charlie for today’s Fellowship.


New Year 3-4 Learning Centre

Earlier this week I walked through the shell of our new Year 3 & 4 building. A lot of thought and expertise has gone into the design and construction of this building. I was impressed with the classroom size and innovative shared spaces. Next week the roof will be attached, which will be an impressive aesthetic feature of the building.


Compliance Day – Friday 24 August

Next Friday is a Student Free day as all teachers at Gippsland Grammar undertake a range of courses to improve safety for our students. This includes First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training. Sherpa Kids (our After School Care provider) will be offering childcare on Compliance Day from 8.00am until 6.00pm.


If you would like to use this program, please email Sherpa Kids Director, Kerry Henry, via gippsland@sherpa-kids.com.au your expression of interest informing the number of children attending the program, as well as times for drop off and pick up, no later than Tuesday 21 August.


If you are new to the service you will need to complete an enrolment form and forward it along with copies of immunisation paperwork and any medical plans to St Anne’s Reception prior to Compliance Day.


Morning and afternoon tea is provided but you will need to pack lunch for your children. Children should also wear appropriate footwear. The cost is $65.00 per child for the day, which includes all supplies. The focus for the day will be Science and Gardening.


If you have any questions or for more information, please email Kerry Henry at the above email address.


Bike Ed

This coming week all students in Years 3 to 6 will take part in our Bike Education Program. We have experts working with Mrs. Kate O’Toole, our PE teacher, to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be safe riders. Students will build their skills over the next few weeks, culminating in a ride at the end of term from School to the Swing Bridge.


Father’s Day

We are excited to host a Father’s and Special Friend’s Day / SRC Sporting Colours Fellowship on Friday 31 August 2018 at 11.30am in the Lorna Sparrow Hall, St Anne’s Campus. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle and some sporting games and activities.


House Public Speaking Competition

After our House Public Speaking competition, I thought it would be great to publish the winning individual speeches from Year 4 and 5 in this week’s newsletter. The Year 6 winning entry will be published next week. Students were judged on audience engagement, expression, eye contact, volume and entertaining the audience.


Year 4: Surf's up dudes.
I want to tell you, you, you.....well all of you about a superdooper waterslide. It's called the Boomerango. Do you know where you can find this superdooper ride? It's at Gumbuya World of course! 50 minutes south east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway.


Appearance. Close your eyes and imagine this ride. Tall and MASSIVE yellow waterslide. Huge yellow and blue blow-up donuts. It turns just like a snake. Safety. If you have one of these conditions do not, I repeat DO NOT go on this ride, heart condition, neck or back injury, high blood pressure, pregnancy, drugs or alcohol.

Costs. Tots ... Wow a whopping zero dollars. Child 3-15 $22, adults $25, seniors 60 and above $22... And this allows you to go on any ride you want and as many times as you would like.


How does it work? You hop onto your donut at the top of the MASSIVE waterslide. The donut will snake around the tunnels, slow at first before picking up speed. You will experience weightlessness, HUGE splashes, bumps and jumps before PLUNGING down into the exit pool.


If you liked my speech and would like to know more about this ride visit www.gumbuyaworld.com.au. Thank you.


by Mia Del Busso


Year 5: Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci was born on the 15 of April 1452 in Anchiano a small town in Italy with his family. His dad his mum who was the town peasant his 9 brothers his grandfather his uncle his auntie and his 4 sisters all lived in a small cottage and he was the oldest child. That’s 18 people in one small house, imagine that!


He never was very interested in girls so he never had a wife and he didn’t have the time for kids.


His biggest rivals were Michelangelo and Raphael who were about 30 years younger but the few times they met they still got along well. All three of them helped paint the Vatican City. His most amazing inventions were a drawing of a helicopter a car a crossbow a parachute a clock a revolving bridge and scuba diving gear. A lot of inventions don’t you agree? Although he made these incredible inventions he was more famous for his paintings. His two most famous paintings were the Mona Lisa and the last supper.


Sadly he died on the 2 of May 1519.


Thank you for listening and I hope you learnt a lot about Leonardo Da Vinci.


By Lachlan Davine


Tournament of Minds

Our teams will compete in the Tournament of Minds Competition Day at Federation University, Churchill on Saturday 25 August. Tournament of Minds provides teams of students the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork. Thank you to Ms Lisa Goode for leading our TOM’s team.


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

A reminder to our School community that our 2018 Spring Concert is on Thursday 6 September at Lorna Sparrow Hall from 6.00pm. Mr Brett Glover 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. Our Instrumental Soirees provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform and demonstrate their talents to a large audience.


Bus Safety

This week, Professor Michael Kennedy spoke to students about bus safety. He had a lot of useful information for our students who are both regular and infrequent bus travellers.His advice for parents is:


  • Meeting your children at the bus is terrific but please wait for them on the same side of the road as the bus stop and do not park in the bus parking bay. The bus needs plenty of room to get in and out of these areas.
  • Parking opposite the bus stop is dangerous and one of the most frequent causes of accidents at bus stops. All children, especially little ones, are anxious to see you after a hard day at school and are likely to run across the road to meet you. If you have to park on the other side of the road, get out of your vehicle, cross the road and wait on the same side as the bus stop.
  • It may also be wise to establish a designated waiting place with your child close to the bus stop. As well as preventing them from running across the road to meet you, this also gives them somewhere to wait in the event that you are late to meet them.
  • Older children should also be reminded that their behaviour will dictate the actions of smaller children ,who see the ‘big kids’ as role models.


Please help keep your child safe by reminding them of these few simple rules:

  • On board the bus, always treat the driver with respect. They have the important job of getting you and others to school safely.
  • Always show care, courtesy and common sense while on the bus.
  • If the bus has seatbelts you must wear them at all times.


Have a great weekend.


Jie Van Berkel