Head of St Anne's Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of St Anne's Campus

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with our Year 5 students at their Coonawarra camp this week: spending time in the outdoors, working with students on their leadership, problem solving, building resilience and reconnecting with nature. The camp included a high ropes course, zip-line, hut building, canoeing and much more. More than one student mentioned to me that they had pushed themselves out of their comfort zone. Another great aspect is the opportunity for our St Anne’s students to build relationships with their Bairnsdale Campus peers. Often, teachers on camp are awake and on call from 6:00am and continue all day until 11:00pm. After being on both Year 5 and Year 6 camps recently, I am so proud of the pastoral care our teachers demonstrate towards our students. Teachers are dealing with students being homesick, tired, social issues and much more. I would like to personally thank the teachers who organise and run our Camps Program.


Kingsford-Smith Fellowship

This morning’s Fellowship was very close to my heart, sustainability. Students from Kingsford-Smith, led by Miss Bree Alexander, focused on how we are sustainable at school. Students also shared how we can help our school environment by picking up rubbish at lunch time and recess. It was great to listen to the processional ‘Doodle Dots’ by Willow Johnson & Elsa Wynne and the recessional 'Frolicky Rollicky Wind’ by Himesh Rajapakse.


Foundation and ELC Parent Information Evening

A friendly reminder to our School community that we will be holding our Foundation (previously called Prep) and ELC Parent Information Evening on Thursday, 1 November in Lorna Sparrow Hall. The session is for all parents who have committed to ELC and Foundation for 2019. The evening begins at 5:50pm with nibbles and refreshments, followed by a quick introduction. The main part of the evening will be spent with your child’s new teacher and will conclude at 7:00pm.


Solo Taxonomy Presentation

On Thursday we held an information session at St Anne’s to discuss the School-wide focus on the shared language of learning and other visible learning techniques being used in the School. The aim of the afternoon was to help parents and guardians understand the precepts of Visible Learning at Gippsland Grammar.  Two Melbourne University Graduate School of Education researchers and educators are supporting our School’s again initiative this year. Sophie Murphy and Luke Mandiot presentation provided a great opportunity to learn about the innovative work being done in the School, as it seeks to enhance student learning. Sophie and Luke are PhD students who work extensively with schools and AFL football clubs to help teachers and coaches be the best they can be. Thank you to those that were able to make the presentation on short notice.


Beeswax Workshops

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.


P&F Christmas Function

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.


Parenting Articles – 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 close work in the education sector for many decades, Michael believes that far 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’ll be exploring how ’jumping in’ to fix a perceived wrong-doing to a child (and potentially becoming frustrated with school staff) 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.


Have a great weekend,
Jie Van Berkel