Changes to Year Level Names
Last night we had the pleasure of hosting the parents of our 2019 Reception, Transition and Foundation students at our annual Information Evening. We have had a change of Year Level names, so to clarify, Reception is 3-Year-Old Kinder, Transition was previously known as 4-Year-Old Pre-Prep and Foundation was formally known as Prep.
The night was quite social, with parents able to meet each other over nibbles and refreshments in the Lorna Sparrow Hall. The official speeches were short and sharp, with the majority of time spent in the classrooms finding out the exciting news of who will be your child’s teacher for 2019.
So much time, effort and thought are put into creating our class lists. We make sure classes are balanced - in terms of gender, academic levels, social groups and much more. Our aim is to give each individual child the environment to be the best they can be. At times, this means having them in a different class to their best friend.
I am excited to announce our Foundation Teachers for 2019 are Mrs Rebekah Tayler and Miss Bree Alexander. This is a dynamic team, who have already been spending time with their 2019 students in preparation for next year. We have mapped out an extensive transition program for our Foundation students, which continues today with students joining Rebekah and Bree in their classrooms until recess.
New Teachers 2019
We started planning around the 2019 academic year and teacher recruitment in Term 3, which allows us to recruit the best teachers for our school. I am excited to announce Mrs Louise Sullivan will be joining our expert teachers at St Anne’s next year. Louise comes with a wealth of experience in education. Mrs Amy Laverty and Mrs Louise Hulls will be taking Maternity Leave in 2019. It is fantastic news that they will both be welcoming new additions to their growing families next year. Mrs Simone Langshaw, an experienced Physical Educator, will join our PE team. Mrs Tracey Grubb will be moving into the Art Room in 2019. Tracey is well known to all students, is an expert teacher, and looking forward to unleashing her creative side next year. Over the next few weeks I will be announcing where our teachers will be teaching in 2019.
We had a wonderful Fellowship this morning. Students from Bradman, well led by Ms Alison Fraser, focused on the important message of self-acceptance. It is important that we all understand that we are unique and special just the way we are. Bradman shared some top tips such as take risks, forgive people and acceptance. Thank you to Aurora Talbot and Nina Davine who played the processional and recessional respectively.
Sporting Success – Victorian State Athletics Competition
It is not very often you get to hang out with potential Australian Olympic Athletes. This morning, I had the opportunity to acknowledge three young athletes who recently took part in the Victorian State Athletics Competition in Melbourne. Himesh Rajapakse, triple jump, Cruz Coggan, long jump and Debbie Husodo, 1500m, represented not only Gippsland Grammar, but all of Gippsland!
Congratulations to Debbie Husodo who has become State Champion after winning the 12-13 Girls 1500m with a time of 5:04.03, 15 seconds faster than her time in the same event last year.
Goodbye – Robinson Family
Today we said goodbye to the Robinson Family at Fellowship. The Robinsons have been a big part of our School community, regulars at our music events, sports and social occasions.
On behalf of everyone at Gippsland Grammar, I would like to wish Cleo, Finley, Archer and the rest of the Robinson family all the best in your move to Canberra.
P&F Christmas Function
It is not too late to RSVP for the upcoming St Anne’s P&F Christmas Celebration, which will be held at Portside Food + Wine on Friday, 9 November. The cost is $30 per person and includes Tapas. For more information or to reserve your place, please contact the St Anne’s Office.
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.
We hope you enjoy Michael’s article in this week’s newsletter and welcome any feedback you may have.
Have a great weekend.
Jie Van Berkel