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From the English Department

Spelling-bees have been in the air, and classrooms, of Years 7 and 8 students in the past fortnight. The annual VicSpell competition is being held in August, where the best boy and girl spellers from Grades 5-8 in various schools around Gippsland will participate. We wish our competitors from Years 7 and 8 good luck.

During the first week of the school holidays Year 12 student, Kate Crombie, competed in VCAA's Plain English Speaking Competition semi-finals after successfully competing in the regional finals, speaking about the benefits of banning live animal export. There were students from all over Victoria with a range of different topics, varying from the debate about asylum seekers to striving for one's dreams. While Kate did not make it any further in the competition, her performance was testament to the strong public speaking culture we are developing at Gippsland Grammar. Kate said the experience was invaluable and I would encourage all younger students to grasp the opportunity to speak publicly and to listen to speeches whenever possible.

Finally, the hotly contested House Debating Competition is underway. This year, the topics have shifted away from what one might expect at a debate; that is, serious debates about serious current issues. Instead, students are having a bit of fun with more unusual – but no less important – topics, such as whether stairs are better than doors; whether batman would always beat superman; and whether vampires would beat werewolves in a world war.

VCAL Information Evening

The VCAL Information Evening will be held on Thursday 31 July in Room 31 at Garnsey Campus from 7pm. This information evening is for Year 10 students and their parents who are interested in gaining more information about the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates, Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA) and traineeships. RSVPs should be given to Julie Ripon, VET/VCAL Co-ordinator by Friday 25 July.

2015 Hospitality Tuscany Trip

The Tuscany trip is offered to hospitality students and future hospitality students. It is a food/cooking tour of Tuscany and there are many outcomes hospitality students will gain from this trip. We have a maximum of 20 places available. VET Hospitality students will be given first preference but other interested students above Year 10 will be considered if places are available.
 
The trip has been costed at $5000 and as you will see by the inclusions list, there is only personal expense as an additional cost. This trip is for March 2015 school holidays. If you are interested, please fill out the Tuscany trip 'Expression of Interest' document and return this form to Mrs Maria Clemens or email Mrs Ryan as soon as possible.
 
 
 

Head of Campus Report

I welcome all students and families back to School for Term 3 and with the School Play commencing next Thursday, the busy schedule of events for the term are already well underway.

During the recent holidays, I was fortunate to spend my time in Rwanda, Africa, with a delegation of teachers providing professional learning support to teachers in the secondary and primary schools of Gahini. With a long relationship between the Anglican dioceses of Gippsland and Gahini, this visit was the first in our commitment to support the teachers and schools in their aspiration to improve student outcomes and be the best in Rwanda. The delegation consisted of Rev John Batt (Neerim South), Nick Carter (St Paul’s Anglican Grammar), Annie Crowe (Bairnsdale campus), Tracey Grubb (St Anne’s campus), Julie Jago (St Anne’s campus), Penelope Monger (Garnsey campus), Leah Stoffels (Garnsey campus) and myself.  Following a few days of rest and relaxation in Pilansberg National Park, South Africa, the team travelled to Rwanda and our official welcome was at an alumni service held at the Gahini Secondary School on Sunday morning.

The first week of our visit enabled our teachers to observe classes, meet teachers and develop training materials. Rwandan teachers have large classes of up to 45 students, rows of wooden desks with 2 to 4 students in each, limited classroom resources, no computing or internet facilities or student owned textbooks and a traditional assessment regime of examinations. All classes from Years 4 – 12 are taught in English, and this in itself presents many challenges for teachers. As the weeks progressed, our Gippsland delegation made a number of presentations to the staff, with 2 very full days of conference presented for secondary teachers and many demonstration classes presented in the primary schools. I commend our teachers on their hard work and commitment to this project. Using the Rwandan syllabus documents, our focus on introducing methodologies to enhance learner centred classrooms was delivered with passion and enthusiasm. Our staff have set a fine example for students in undertaking this service during their holidays and I thank them for both their company and commitment to this project. We are looking forward to a developing an ongoing professional learning relationships with these Rwandan schools.

Don’t miss the M.A.D Night! (Music.Auction.Dance)

The Gippsland Grammar Foundation’s M.A.D August Night will be held from 7:00pm on Friday 22 August at Lorna Sparrow Hall, Sale.  All parents and friends are welcome to attend this fabulous evening, which kicks off with the famous ‘Bling Ring’ raffle, where one lucky person will win a $1000 diamond ring. 

The auction commences at 7:30pm and the catalogue is shaping up to be very exciting.  We will have approx. 50 auction items, including:  a weekend at Lakes Entrance, wine, gym & fitness packages, luggage, camping equipment, works of art, hair care offers, office equipment, sporting memorabilia, B&B accommodation, dinner vouchers, AFL tickets, dinner at Parliament House, a Harley Tour, firewood, family portrait offers, yoga classes, a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, and a ‘special treat’ for our flying enthusiasts! 

Guests will also enjoy fabulous dance music by The Soultanas, a local 7-piece band, featuring members of our own music department and other local musicians. A bus from Bairnsdale will be available and we encourage everyone to come along for a fabulous night out.  There’s something for everyone at the M.A.D August Night!

Tickets are $35 each (adults only).  Bairnsdale and East Gippsland families may purchase tickets from reception at Bairnsdale Campus.  Please contact Meredith Lynch at Garnsey Campus, Sale on 5143 6315 for further information, ticket sales and booking enquiries.


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