Firstly, congratulations to Zara Tacey and Nicholas Missen on being elected St Anne’s Campus Captains for 2018. Our Campus Captains play a major role within our school community. I am very excited to assist with and see the positive impact both Zara and Nicholas will have at St Anne’s in 2018. Our process involved me speaking to all Year 5 students about the role; interested students writing an application; interviews and a selection panel. To our students who were unsuccessful, thank you for putting yourself ‘out there’. I appreciated your honesty and willingness to apply. Please take away the positives from this experience and continue to lead by example.
Next week, some of our Year 5 students will be elected Captain and Vice-Captain of their respective Houses. The process for this is a written application, a speech to peers and student voting. Interested students took home an application form this week; these are due back this coming Monday. Fostering student leadership plays an important part at St Anne’s. Applications for our other leadership positions will be advertised and appointed early next year.
Our Year 12 Valedictory last Friday evening was not only an amazing event, but also gave me a personal snap shot of the ‘end product’ for students who come to Gippsland Grammar. During my first year at St Anne’s, I taught many of the current Year 12 students. All of our graduating students have matured into well-rounded young adults. I wish them well in their future endeavours.
ELC Christmas Concert
This morning our entire campus gathered for one of my favourite events of the year, our ELC Christmas Concert. Each year, our ELC students piece together a Christmas Concert that includes wonderful costumes, songs and a great message. Congratulations to all our ELC students who were involved. Behind the scenes, Mrs Lisa Burgess, Mrs Danielle Carpenter and the rest of their team have again weaved their magic to organise today. I know our students and ELC parents appreciate their efforts.
It has been a musical week with an excellent Instrumental Soiree held at the Chapel of St Anne on Wednesday night. There were pieces played on the cello, piano, flute, clarinet, violin, saxophone, French horn and euphonium, which shows the diversity of our Music Program. Congratulations to all the musicians who performed. The future of Music is strong. Thank you to all the students who played, the Music teachers for preparing them, parents for supporting our Music Program and to Mrs Katie Germaine for organising the evening.
Key Events and Dates
Campus Christmas Service 4 December
We will be holding our annual St Anne’s Christmas Service this coming Monday, 4 December in the Lorna Sparrow Hall, beginning at 10:30am. The school community is invited to come along to this service where we will celebrate the Christmas Story through word and song.
Orientation Day – Friday 8 December
Our Orientation Day will be held on Friday 8 December. Current and new students will find out which class they are in after Fellowship and will spend the majority of the day with their 2018 peers and teacher. All students are invited to wear casual clothes for the day.
Prep Christmas Concert – Monday 11 December
Another key event is our annual Prep Christmas Concert. This will take place on Monday 11 December, starting at 9.00am in Lorna Sparrow Hall. The Prep students have promised to put on another spectacular performance.
Enjoy your weekend.
Jie Van Berkel