Kukun Kalak - Official Opening
To describe this week as busy would be an understatement! Our school community officially opened our new 3&4 building, named Kukun Kalak. Our MC’s, Regan and Indiana did a wonderful job running the proceedings. Kukun Kalak is a Gunaikurnai word meaning grandmother tree. The meaning came from thinking about the significant elm tree in the St Anne’s grounds; we wanted to honour its presence. This tree represents a place of gathering and coming together as a community to learn. Its roots are firmly connected to this place. Its branches represent the families of the school and the leaves are its children; full of life, and reaching out for knowledge.
Our new building is a contemporary learning space that our students will thrive in. Thinking and learning will be visible, along with a strong environmental focus. When you enter our new building, you will see and feel this.
Our special guests included the Member for Eastern Victoria, The Honorable Jane Garrett MLC; Nationals member for Victorian Nationals, Danny O'Brien; past Heads of Campus, Mrs Liz Board, and Mr Garry Gray; Grattan Mullett and Robert, representing GLAWAC; the Bishop of Gippsland, Dr Richard Treloar.
We had the opportunity to thank the many people who have been involved in the construction of Kukun Kalak, those who have helped with funding, those who help with the design and those who built this learning space. I would like to acknowledge those individuals who have contributed a great amount of time and effort for this project to succeed.
The School’s Executive, in particularly Principal David Baker and past head of St Anne’s Campus, Mr Mark Yeowell, for the vision to start this journey, Mr Ted Adams, our architect, for his creativity and guidance, Brooker Builders, for their attention to details throughout the project, and our Business Manager, Mr Chris Beckman, for overseeing the project from inception through to completion.
(L-R Member of Gippsland South, Mr Danny O'Brien MP, Principal of Gippsland Grammar, Mr David Baker, President of the Foundation and Gippsland Grammar Board Member, Mr Brendan Shepherd, Chair of the Gippsland Grammar Board, Mrs Vicki McLeod, & Head of St Anne's Campus, Mr Jie Van Berkel)
I would like to thank the Foundation’s individual benefactors in this project – the family of past principal, Mr Jim Beard, Mr Graham Wigg, Mr Tim Gibson, the Farley family, the Davine family, the Levchenko family and the Rose family.
Finally, thank you to Mrs Sheryn Ray and Mrs Ged Caldwell, for organising much of the service, to our guest speakers and guests, to Mr Dave Davidson and all the ground staff for your work on the gardens, to our St Anne’s choir and band, student speakers, and a big thank you to Regan and Indiana, our wonderful MC’s.
The entry into the Kukun Kalak Building
I had the opportunity to spend time with our swim team during Regional Swimming Championships at the Sale Aquatic Centre on Thursday. They were amazing. Our swimmers were led by Mrs Simone Langshaw and supported by family and friends. We have 11 students progressing to the State School Swimming Championships in late April.
Jack Crowe – 12-Year-old boys Freestyle
Teddy Ripper – 12-Year-old boys Breaststroke
Obi Vardy – 10-Year-old Breaststroke
10 Year Old Boys Freestyle Relay
10 Year Old Girls Freestyle Relay
Makaylen Di Sisto
Lola Van Berkel
Grandparents & Special Friends Fellowship
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humour, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~ Rudy Giuliani
This quote eloquently describes the impact grandparents and special friends have on us. Our Grandparents and Special Friends’ Fellowship is the biggest day on our Fellowship calendar. People travelled from interstate, locally and, amazingly, from overseas. Our grandparents and special friends play a significant role in our lives.
Thank you to Deidre Relph, the grandmother of Lucy and Millie Dray, for being our guest speaker and for her insight into being a grandmother and her connection with Gippsland Grammar. I would like to thank everyone who made an effort to come today. Likewise, thank you, to those who worked behind the scene to make today such an enjoyable key event.
Riley Alexander and his Grandparents
Jay Braden enjoying activities with his Grandmother
Jie Van Berkel