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Head of St Anne's Campus

Today we enjoyed a wonderful Fellowship, hosted by Miss Wheeler and our students from Year 3 Flynn. The focus, ‘Being grateful for what we have’, was an important message throughout. Mozart Strings performed the processional, titled ‘African Drumming Piece,’, while the recessional was performed by Makaylen Di Sisto.


Year 6 Camp

Early this week, I had the opportunity to be a part of our Year 6 Camp at Gelantipy. It was obvious our students were having a ball. Spending time on the Snowy River in East Gippsland made me appreciate the range of camps our students are fortunate enough to experience. They rafted down the Snowy River, abseiled, rode horses and experienced night walks. Next week, our Year 5 students will head to Coonawarra for a four-day camp. As a big fan of the outdoors, I know how important school camps – and nature generally - are for taking students out of their comfort zone.


Gippsland Regional Athletics Carnival

After success at the Wellington Division Athletics, fourteen St Anne’s students were selected to compete at the Gippsland Regional Athletics in Newborough on Tuesday. In rainy, humid conditions, the students represented Gippsland in an excellent manner, alongside nine fellow Gippsland Grammar students from Bairnsdale Campus. Students who finished in the top two places progress to the State Championships. Congratulations to Debbie Husodo (1500m and 800m), Cruz Coggan (Long Jump) and Himesh Rajapakse (Triple jump) who advance to compete in Melbourne on Monday, 29 October.


Pre-loved Book Sale – 22 and 23 October

Mrs Noble, our Librarian, is hosting a two-day Pre-loved Book Sale next week. Students can purchase pre-loved books for fifty cents each on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October during their lunchtime.


Baker’s Delight – Fundraising for our new Years 3-6 playground

We are continuing our fundraising efforts through Baker’s Delight stores in Sale and Traralgon. All money raised will go towards expanding our current playground once we have completed our new Years 3/4 Learning Centre. All you need to do is mention that you are a part of the Gippsland Grammar community when you purchase any items from Baker’s Delight and 5% of your purchase will go towards our fundraising efforts.


Beeswax Wrap Workshop

The Green Team invite you to attend a Beeswax Wrap Making Workshop in the St Anne's Campus Art Room on Wednesday, 31 October from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. The cost of the workshop is $15.00 per person.

Open to all St Anne’s students and their families, please come along and join Laura from Little Bubble Beeswax Wraps to make your own!

Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to glad wrap for lunch boxes and around the house. Made from cotton, beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil and natural tree resin, beeswax wraps help to reduce the amount of plastic used and also help to save your left overs. They are simple to use, easy to wash and can be re-waxed or composted.

Workshop numbers are limited, so book early to secure your place! Each paid workshop participant will make one medium sized wrap.

Please contact the Office if you wish to participate in the workshop. Payment for the workshop should be sent to the School office, clearly labelled, no later than Monday, 29 October.


Parenting Articles

Over the next few weeks, we will be running an informative series in the School newsletter, written by Australian Child Psychologist, Michael Hawton.

Michael (a former teacher himself) has spoken with hundreds of school leaders nationwide through a range of ‘Tough Conversations’ workshops. Based on his work in the education sector for many decades, Michael believes that many more parents are prematurely jumping in to fix a problem on their child’s behalf than was the case a generation ago.

Over the next six weeks, we will be exploring how ’jumping in’ to fix a perceived wrongdoing to a child may be:

  • Reducing a child’s ability to resolve problems independently.
  • Unintentionally causing parents more worry than is reasonable.
  • Exacerbating a negative societal misperception about how much trust we can place in education professionals, charged with the care of our children.

We hope you enjoy the upcoming series and welcome any feedback you may have.


St Anne’s Campus Parents and Friends Christmas Celebration

Invitations to the P&F Christmas Celebration went home last week. The function will be held at Portside Food and Wine on Friday, 9 November from 6:30pm. The cost is $30.00 per person for Tapas style finger food, with drinks at bar prices. This is a child-free event due to the service of alcohol.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by the return slip on the original invitation to St Anne’s Reception by Monday, 29 October 2018.

RSVPs returned before closing date will go into the Lucky Door Prize Draw.  Pre-payment is essential and non-refundable.


Have a great weekend,
Jie Van Berkel