Family is very important to me. Lori, our daughters, my sisters, brother, their children and my parents are a close knit family. So when I forgot to call my Mum on her birthday, I felt terrible. Sorry Mum! It did however, provide me with the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices my parents have made for me. Every day I see our Gippsland Grammar parents putting the best interests of their children at the forefront. Our teachers and support staff do the same. Examples of this include; helping students solve a social problem, providing extra support with their learning and at times, a caring comment. Together, we are helping our students become the best they can be.
It is important that we recognise the individual achievement of our students. This week I would like to recognise the amazing accomplishments of Debbie Husodo and Jarod Lamb.
Earlier this week, Debbie completed at State Level Athletics in the 1500m. Although still eligible to compete in the same age group next year, Debbie ran her heart out, running the 1500m in an official time of 5.20.84 and finishing 8th overall.
Throughout the year, many of our students in Years 3 to 6 compete in the Australasian ICAS Academic Assessments. ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program, testing students in Digital Technology, Spelling, English, Writing and Science knowledge. This year, Jared Lamb received the highest national score in the Year 5 Science competition. To celebrate, ICAS and the University of New South Wales will award Jared with a medal at their annual ceremony at the Melbourne Convention Centre.
I would like to congratulate both of these students on their achievements on behalf of our School community.
Year 5 camp
This week our Year 5 students, along with Mr Lamb and Mrs Condron, headed off on our Year 5 Camp to Coonawarra. In previous newsletters, I have commented about the progression of our camps and the fantastic opportunities they provide. At Coonawarra, students are involved in hut building, the giant swing, horse riding, night hikes and Mr Lamb’s Quiz Nights, to mention just a few activities. Students have a great opportunity to mix with our Bairnsdale students, challenge themselves, build their resilience and enjoy the great outdoors. I spent some time at Coonawarra this week and my highlight was seeing students tackle their fear of heights on the giant swing.
Student Free Days – Camp Australia
During Week 7 of this term, there will be two closure days. Monday 20 November is a student free day as teachers busily prepare Academic Reports, then on Friday 24 November there is a student free day to enable staff at both Junior campuses to participate in Professional Development. Camp Australia will host childcare on both of the above dates from 8.30am until 5.00pm. If you would like your children to attend Camp Australia on either of these dates. please register at www.campaustralia.com.au.
Enjoy your weekend.
Jie Van Berkel