Today we celebrated Father’s Day across the school. The ELC held a morning breakfast for fathers and special friends, while our junior students took part in a wonderful Fellowship, run by our Student Representative Council. This was followed by a sausage sizzle and games around school with our fathers and special friends.
The VIP pass, allowing a student to sit in comfort with their loved one during Fellowship, had been hotly contested during the week. Hayley Lamb from the SRC sold many raffle tickets to hopeful students, with all funds going to the Smith Family Education Program. Our winner was Morgan Richards from Tasman, who enjoyed Fellowship with her father, Shane Richards.
Tournament of Minds
Our ToMs teams had a wonderful day last Saturday, competing at the regional competition. I had the privilege of observing some of the teams in action. It was great to see the excitement and engagement our students had towards their long-term and spontaneous challenges. As stated by Ms Lisa Goode, we are getting a solid reputation with our great performances. For the second year running, we have a team in the State Finals. Team 3 Social Sciences came first, which means they will go to compete in the Victorian Championships. This will be held at Latrobe Uni in Bundoora on Sunday 9 September. Lisa has also been invited to judge at State Championships, which is a fantastic reflection of her hard work and dedication towards Tournament of Minds. Mrs Sheryn Ray will supervise our students while Lisa is judging. Again, thank you to Ms Lisa Goode, parents and teachers who have supported ToMs throughout this year. Congratulations to all teams and good luck to Team 3 at the Victorian Championships!
National Literacy and Numeracy Week
To celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week during Week 8 this term, the entire school will be involved in special activities. All classes, from Prep to Year 6, will join in to write a short story. It will be a traveling book, where it begins in one class, then moves to the next with each class adding their own unique and wonderful section. In addition, two-year levels will join forces to share in a fun numeracy activity.
Parent and Teacher Interviews
Thank you to our parents and guardians who took the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher. I have received great feedback from both parents and teachers on how productive the meetings were. Although it was very cold, I appreciated the time spent walking around talking to parents waiting for the meetings. We have a great School community and I feel proud of the positive relationships we have and continue to build.
Katie Germaine – a new baby!
A huge congratulations to Katie and Tony Germaine on the safe arrival of Alice Willow Germaine on Thursday 23 August. Alice will be a much loved and spoilt baby sister to Seth, Hamish and Genevieve.
Fellowship: Combined Junior School Fellowship at St Anne’s
On Friday 7 September we will be holding our Combined Fellowship with our Bairnsdale peers at St Anne’s. This provides us with a fantastic opportunity to build a closer connection between the two Campuses. The day will run slightly differently, to allow for bus travel. Normal classes will run from 9:00am – 11:00am. Recess will begin at 11:00am until 11:30am. Fellowship, which our School community is invited to, will begin at 11:30 am. We will have a shared lunch at 12:30pm with our Bairnsdale peers leaving at 1:00pm.
Sale and District Track and Field
On Tuesday, 28 athletes took to the track at Garnsey Campus to represent Gippsland Grammar at the Sale and District Athletics. They performed extremely well in windy and cold conditions, with displays of athletic excellence and great sportsmanship.
Congratulations to Himesh Rajapakse and Debbie Husodo for taking out Age Champion after winning two events in their respective age groups. A big pat on the back to Logan Mills and Baylin Grubb, who each stepped up to compete in events after late withdrawals. Extra thanks to Jodie Murray and Graeme Wigg – our parent helpers on the day - who ran the long and triple jump events with assistance from Alannah Schenk, our work experience student from Garnsey Campus. Good luck to the 15 athletes who have progressed to the Wellington Division Athletics after placing 1st or 2nd in their events.
Spring Concert & Music Soiree
Just a reminder to our school community of the following music events;
- 2018 Spring Concert on Thursday 6 September. This will take place in St Anne’s Lorna Sparrow Hall from 6:00pm.
- 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.
Year 5 Melbourne Excursion
It was freezing cold when we got to the Sale Train Station at 6:32am. On Thursday 23 August the Year 5’s went on an excursion to Melbourne. In Art we were focusing on modern art and in Science we were focusing on Space, so the teachers decided to mix these two sessions into one big one in Melbourne.
Firstly, it took us two and a half hours to get to the train station in Melbourne. When we got there we walked around the corner to the National Gallery of Victoria also known as the NGV. Before we went in we sat on some stairs and ate our recess. Then we ran around and looked at the sculptures that were outside. When it was time to go in everyone was very excited. We all got in our groups, then went in. The exhibition that we went to was called MoMA. In my group I had Leah, Will, Hunter and Dru, my leader was Jodie Murray. When we went in we got a little booklet and we had to find a specific art work in every room. We went into all the rooms and saw amazing paintings. Some were a bit weird but most of them were incredible. After that we went to the kids section, which was called the New York room. It was so cool. They had a Photo Booth which was out of order but Graeme still took a photo of Regan and me. They also had a quiz about famous places around the world which Leah, Indi and I did together.
Then we caught another train to Scienceworks. First we went up the stairs and down the stairs to the outside playground, which smelt really bad because there was a pumping station. We went inside and it smelt better inside the pumping station than outside. After that we had to line up to get into the Planetarium because there was other schools waiting to get into the Planetarium. Inside it was really cool in a way, because when you sat on your seat it fall back because you had to lie down to look at the roof. When we were in there we watched a video about Space. Then the man showed us what the night sky in Melbourne looks like. You could see Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars really well in the night sky.
Lastly, we went into Scienceworks. Inside we got to do heaps of fun stuff because it was all for kids mostly. There were tests to see how tall you are, your arm span and how high you can jump. There was also a running track where you could see if you could beat Cathy Freeman’s time. Then we went into another room and it had all kinds of experiments.
Finally we went back to Southern Cross Station and had dinner. Then we hopped on a train to go back to Traralgon. When we got to Traralgon we hopped on a bus back to Sale.
Overall I really liked the trip up and back and spending the day in Melbourne with my class mates. I would highly recommend going to these three places the next time you go to Melbourne with school or just with your family.
By Charlotte Board, Year 5 Hollows
Have a great weekend.
Jie Van Berkel