Head of St Anne's Campus | Gippsland Grammar


Head of St Anne's Campus

We began this week with our House Cross Country and were blessed with wonderful weather and great support from parents and friends. Cross Country running is challenging and students have to deal with running long distance and the emotions that come with this. Despite these challenges, I was pleased to have multiple people comment on the compassion students demonstrated towards one another throughout the event. Some highlights were watching our Year 6 students running with their Foundation buddies, earlier finishers cheering on their peers, and some students running next to struggling runners to support them. I’d like to share a huge thank you to Mrs Kate O’Toole for her leadership and organisation of the day as well as to all the teachers and parents who also helped out on the day.
The results are:


Winning House: Blundell Bogong


Age Champions:


12/13 years

Girls: Leah Roberts

Boys: Will Murray


11 years

Girls: Arabel Williams

Boys: Fynn Duffell


10 years

Girls: Lily Canfield

Boys: Louis Lazzaro


9 years

Girls: Alyssa Alcock

Boys: Cruz Duck



As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we are working towards being rubbish free at St Anne’s Campus, which includes encouraging students and teachers to bring a rubbish-free lunch. As part of this, at today’s Freeman’s Fellowship we learnt more about how we can become more sustainable and be more healthy. Guided by Mr Evan Lamb and Mrs Katie Howard, the Fellowship also included a performance by the campus rock band and strings ensemble, along with a funny and informative performance.

Today’s Fellowship also linked beautifully with our CLERR value for Term Two, Respect. This includes respect of self, of others and of the environment. Students will be discussing what respect looks and sounds like with their classroom teachers and we will acknowledge outstanding examples of respect at each Fellowship. Please take the opportunity to discuss what respect looks and sounds like for your family with your children.

The theme of respect also links well to our Rubbish Free Challenge results this week which are: Bass (100% rubbish free students), Chisholm (95%) and Flynn (88%). Thank you to all community members who are supporting our efforts. It not only improves our environment, it also encourages our students to eat healthy food.



Last week, as part of their focus on Australian History our Year 5 students ventured to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. The students, supported by Mrs Nicky Roberts, Mrs Liz Dawson and Mrs Kath Penton, travelled to Ballarat on bus and through it was a long journey, visiting Sovereign Hill was a great way for the students to see history come alive. Liz Dawson commented that ‘to return to school on Friday to see the kids palpably excited to see History on the daily timetable was absolutely rewarding.’ There is no doubt Soverign Hill is a world-class resource and the day was a wonderful learning experience for the students.



On Wednesday this week, we started our campus photos with class and family photos taken. On Monday May 13, all Captains, Leaders, Green Team, SRC, Instrumental Ensembles and all Choirs will also have their photos taken. Students are reminded to bring their instruments for their ensemble photos on this day. They are also reminded to be in full winter uniform, with hair neatly presented and shoes polished.



Today Charlotte and Dylan Board, Mia Goold, Josiah Levchenko are participating in the Gippsland Regional Tennis competition in Traralgon. Tennis continues to play a large part of our Sports program at Gippsland Grammar. Good luck to the competing students at today’s competition.



Our Parents & Friends group continues to be very active. All families have been sent raffle tickets to our Mother’s Day raffle that will be drawn at our Mother’s Day Fellowship next Friday. There are a great range of prizes up for grabs, with all funds raised going directly to our proposed adventure playground.

I also hope that everyone has pencilled in Friday May 24 for our P&F Trivia Night, which is raising money to upgrade playground equipment. The night will begin at 6:30pm in the Lorna Sparrow Hall.  Tickets are $15 per person with tables of up to 10 available. If you need a hand with catering, antipasto platters are available through Gypsy Roma and The Hunting Ground and you can pre-order a platters at the same time as booking your tickets. This is a BYO drinks and nibbles evening and is an adult only event.

To book tickets and antipasto platters, visit https://www.trybooking.com/BCBWF.



Below is a message from students in the St Anne’s SRC:

How much do you love your Mum? The SRC are holding a competition to celebrate Mother’s Day with two special ways to show mum how much you care about her. You can choose from one of the following ways to enter:

Write a short poem about your Mum. (Think about what makes her so special? What does she do for you? Why is she the best mum in the world?)


Create a portrait of your mum (show us how beautiful your mum is - be creative!)

The SRC will select four winners. The best poem and portrait for Foundation-Year 2 and the best poem and portrait for Years  3-6. An SRC representative will collect all entries and money no later than Wednesday May 8, before recess. Winners will be announced at the Mother’s Day Fellowship and all entries will be on display in the foyer of the Hall.

Entry is 50c (all money will be donaned to the Cancer Council) and you can enter as many times as you like.



A reminder to all mothers, grandmothers and friends that our Mother’s Day Fellowship will be held next Friday from 9-9.30 am. A special Mother’s Day morning tea for all mothers will follow in the hall foyer straight after Fellowship.

Please tell any family or friends that we are having our St Anne’s Open Morning tomorrow morning from 9-11 am. Families will have the opportunity to visit our classrooms, meet our teachers and our student leaders.


Have a great weekend,