ICCES Cross Country, Chess and Debating
Congratulations to the Cross Country team on their victory in the annual ICCES (Independent Country Co-Educational Schools) Cross Country held at Bundoora Park, Bundoora on Wednesday. Competing against seven other school: Girton Grammar, Braemar College, Ballarat Grammar, Goulburn Valley Grammar, Hamilton College, Highview College and Bacchus Marsh Grammar, the team were successful in retaining the trophy and I commend them on their performance and thank Miss Jenny Dyke for her ongoing commitment and contribution to the success of the team again this year. Students also competed well in Chess and Debating events and I look forward to reporting on these in more detail in next week’s newsletter.
The F2D (Fit2Drive) Year 11 Workshop was held in Garnsey Hall on Wednesday. The workshop experience aims to support students to make good decisions when faced with risky driving situations, both as passengers and in terms of their future driving safety. F2D is about changing attitudes and behaviours - not driving skills. The workshop helps students by using active learning methods that draw upon their own experiences, to develop a respect and pride for safe road use. This is fostered through the small group facilitation undertaken by specially trained tertiary undergraduates. The overall purpose of the F2D Year 11 Workshop is to reduce youth road trauma. Activities undertaken during the workshop included: providing opportunities to rehearse behaviours and problem solving strategies; guided discussion to reinforce and check beliefs; using scenarios to stimulate discussion, to consider the costs and benefits of safe and risky behaviour, and as a vehicle for rehearsing safe behaviours, and; providing opportunities for interaction and sharing of ideas.
In addition, there were presentations about the issues for young drivers and passengers including a Victoria Police presentation. At the culmination of the F2D workshop our Year 11 students developed a Personal Plan involving strategies and things they would say and do in dangerous situations in order to stay safe on the roads. They also contributed to a School/Community Plan that covered actions to help make those in their school or community safer on the road.
Clay Target Championships
Congratulations to the Shooting team and Mr Nick Kuch on their achievements at the South East Zone School Boys and Girls Annual Clay Target Championships at Frankston Australia Clay Target Club Inc on Thursday. The girls performed particularly well with Rylee Barling finishing 3rd in the Senior Girls and Emily Marshall finishing equal 1st in the Junior Girls event. Overall the team finished 5th. Well done to all involved.
Helping Hands Projects
Today, Year 12 Hahn, organised and ran our traditional Butler Day. There are two purposes of this event; to raise money for schools in Bangladesh and Rwanda, and to have some fun. On this day, Year 12 students offer their services to anyone within the School community who bought one of the lucky tickets pulled out of the hat last week, or those who paid a premium price to select their own butler. Year 12s have dressed up and undertaken tasks throughout the time from recess and lunch. I certainly enjoyed the cup of tea that was brought to my Year 12 Global Politics classroom! It’s been a fun day and will make a real difference to students in Bangladesh and Rwanda. Thanks 12 Hahn.
The Friends of Performing Arts raised $480.40 for the Luke Batty Foundation from donations made throughout the performances of “Oliver!” The play dealt with the serious issue of domestic violence and it was wonderful to raise further awareness about this issue which seems as relevant in 2015 as it was when Charles Dickens published the novel in the 19th century. If anyone would like to make a further donation, we will continue to accept donations for this worthy project throughout this term.
Uniform Matters: Scarves
All scarves worn with the School Winter uniform should be plain black scarves and may be of any appropriate material and style, or the bottle green scarves currently sold at the Uniform Shop. Plain black scarves are also available from the Uniform Shop. Acceptable gloves are to be plain black fingered gloves of any appropriate material. All students at all campuses are permitted to wear uniform scarves and gloves to and from school; however, they will be asked to remove scarves in formal School events such as assemblies, Fellowship and Chapel services. Gloves should always be removed when at School. I thank parents and guardians in advance for your support in this matter.
It is very exciting that we have been able to organise Rev. Tim Costello, (CEO of World Vision) to visit our School for an Open Community Night on Tuesday August 25, 7.30-9.00pm (see flyer in Newsletter). Tim will speak on the topic of Hope. Tim has recently written a book on Hope that recounts, in many personal adventures and stories, wonderful examples of this theme.
Please know that this is an open invitation and we look forward to an inspiring night as Tim shares with us his experiences of the many difficult situations in our world and the Hope that is found in the midst of these circumstances.
I hope you can make it!
Rev Jon Taylor
Chaplain, Gippsland Grammar
Please see the attached flyer below.
Team: Intermediate Netball A - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
Won, Score: 40-34
The girls played an excellent match against a competitive St. Pauls. Both teams were matched goal for goal in the first quarter with Grammar taking advantage of a few forced errors to gain a lead into quarter time. All girls showed excellent patience and teamwork until the final siren, despite only having 7 players. Special mention needs to be made of Jane Martin who stepped up from the B team this week and played a key role in the win.
Team: Intermediate Netball B - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
Lost, 17 to 24
With only 6 original team members and no dedicated shooters, the team should be most pleased with the small margin at the final siren. All players showed great determination and played hard to ensure St Pauls had to earn the win. All team members should be proud of themselves for playing new positions and remaining positive for the duration of the game. Defence had many turn-overs and were key players in stopping St Paul’s strong attack.
Team: Senior Netball A - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
Won, Score: 40-33
A great win against tough opposition. Gippsland Grammar set it up with a fantastic second quarter and then held their lead for the rest of the game. Strong performances were seen all over the court. The best players of the day were Sally Deller, Coco Henry and Lucy Avage.
Team: Senior Netball B - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
After struggling to get a team together, the girls fought the game out well. Many thanks to Emily Vale and Emily Harrison for filling in at the last minute. The best players of the game were Stella Bodman, Emily Vale and Elani Hughes.
Team: Senior Girls Soccer - G.G.S vs St. Paul's Warragul
Won, 3 - 1
It was a great game by both sides. Well done to Sacha Sjerp and Caitlyn Fischer for holding a strong line of defence and getting especially muddy, also to Hannah Bartkowski for keeping control of the ball whilst attacking and kicking 2 of the goals. Congratulations to Bec Anderson for holding a strong midfield and kicking a swell goal from halfway. Kudos to Ben MacNaulty for being our last minute coach. Well done everyone for securing a place in finals!
Team: Senior Boys Soccer - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
Lost, Score: 6 – 0
Several players were unavailable which meant the team were short on numbers. It was a valiant effort but were overcome by a strong St Paul’s team in wet, muddy and rainy conditions. David Ting played his best game yet, and Alex Clemens and Mark Vandersteen were strong in defence.
Team: Senior Girls Hockey - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
Won, 13 – 0
The girls played well in the cold and the rain, putting on a strong defence to come out on top. The girls are looking forward to finals in two weeks!
Team: Senior Boys Hockey - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
Won, 4 - 1
Today GGS triumphed with a good win with Nic Rothwell putting his neck on the line and taking it to the next level. The goals were scored by Tom Edgar, Daniel Thompson and Liam Emms with 2. All in all it was a good day minus some rain here and there.
Team: Inter Boys Soccer - G.G.S vs St Paul’s Warragul
Lost, 1 - 3
It was an excellent game against a very strong St Pauls. Again Gil Aitken and Ace Mitrevski were very dangerous in attack all day, and an excellent combination, with Ace scoring in the first half. Big thankyou to the students that filled in for the match. Lachlan Bull and Alec Truscott were the power of strength in defence.
Team: Inter Girls Soccer - G.G.S vs St Pauls Warragul
Lost, 0 – 3
The final game this season was played in cold and windy conditions, at a hectic pace. Our team was affectedly a number of absences but we managed to find great substitutes in Tori Herdigen and Charlotte Hodge, who managed to fit well into our team.
Team: Senior Boys Football - G.G.S vs St Pauls Warragul
Lost, Score: 31-101
We arrived at Eastern Park in torrential rain with 14 boys. The condition of the ground was abysmal, resembling a swamp. This led to a scrappy, wet game of football. St Pauls had the advantage with 16 on the field. The boys tried their hardest all day but unfortunately went down by 70 points. Tom Hunt was easily best on field, using his skills to our advantage. Justin Morgan was gallant in defence all day.
Inter Boys Football - G.G.S vs St Pauls Warragul
Won, Score: 89 - 37
In a hard-fought match, Gippsland Grammar ground out an impressive 52 point win over St Pauls Warragul. Both teams were restricted to 17 players due to various co-curricular activities. Grammar kept the opposition to a goal-less first half, setting up their victory. Next up is the final showdown with Beaconsfield Berwick. Oakley Henry played well booting 4 goals, as were livewires Linus Rodda and Mitchell Evans. The best players of the day were Jack Allman, Jake Holland, Linus Rodda, Oakley Henry, Mitchell Evans, Taylor Stephenson, Tom Anderson and Brad Carroll.
We are Hikarigaoka students. We arrived in Australia on the 15th July and are here to stay until the 22nd August. Every year, thanks to our great exchange program, We come and stay in this beautiful area in order to improve our English, understand different cultures, and become more independent through this program.
We have been enjoying our school life at Gippsland Grammar. We were surprised with the different layout of the timetable because we don’t have a long recess or lunchtime in Japan, instead we have 10 minute break between each period and only 40 minute lunchtime so we have to eat lunch quickly. We enjoy talking with other students and eating outside as we eat our lunch in the classroom in Japan. We would love to adopt this style at our school!
Another thing we noticed very different is the students have their individual timetable. We have elective subjects too but much fewer choices. Students here don’t have seats assigned in their class. In Japan, teachers move to classrooms, not the students, and we have our seats assigned.
Oh the computer! We were surprised that all students have their own computer here, and were very impressed that they can use it very well.
We have two more weeks left at school. During that time, we would like to make more friends, enjoy the differences and try to speak in English. We are going to join our buddies’ classes from the 10th August and are looking forward to meeting new people. You are welcome to talk to us , and help us with our English. We would love to teach you Japanese as well.
Lastly, we really appreciate the help from our lovely host families and friends. Although our English is still not enough, they talk to us friendly and give us a lot of support. We wouldn’t be here without their help.
Special thank you to Ms Derham, Mr and Mrs Yamaguchi, Mr and Mrs Lee, Mr and Mrs Murphy, Mrs Johnson, Mr and Mrs Roberts, Mr and Mrs Schenk, Ms Ryswyk, Mr and Mrs Singer, Mr and Mrs Supplitt, Mr and Mrs Smith, Mr McCutcheon and Ms Evans, Ms May, Mr Noble and Mrs Koeninger, Mr Rabbetts & Ms Dixon, Mr and Mrs Davies, Mr and Mrs Morscheck, Mr and Mrs Wright, Mr and Mrs Anderson, Mr Gunther and Ms White, as well Mr and Mrs Coy.