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Remember the ANZACS

The Sale City Band will be performing a commenorative concert.  Sunday April 19th from 2.00pm, at the ESSO BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre.  For bookings phone 5143 3200 or WWW.EBBWEC.COM.AU

Head of Garnsey Campus

Another busy, yet short, term has ended today. There has been so much achieved this term and reported on in this newsletter. I want to commend the students of the Garnsey campus on the way that they approached their learning and co-curricular activities this term. I wish everyone a safe and happy Easter break.

In memory of Griffin Vollemaere
Today, on the last day of Term 1, we planted a tree in the Neil Forest in a short service of remembrance for Griffin Vollemaere who passed away a year ago in that terrible bus accident. Students, predominantly from his Year 8 class, prepared the service with Rev Jon Taylor. The service was held in the Neil Forest, and was also attended by his brother Cordell and his parents, Brendan and Georgia. A plaque will be installed at the base of the tree in Term 2. I ask that you keep the Vollemaere family in your thoughts and prayers.

National Rowing Bronze medal for James
Congratulations to James Gerrand (Year 12) on his third place in the National Rowing Championships Under 19 single scull today. James has worked very hard with his coach Mr Frank Stone and I commend them on this exciting result. Our girls will row in coming days and I look forward to sharing their results next term.

Outdoor Education Department

2015 has started on a high in the Outdoor Education Department.  With the weather being kind and no fire threats we had no interruption to any of our programs.

We started at Cape Conran with our conservation program. As you may have seen with some photos on the school Facebook page the students got heavily involved in some environmental projects while on the program.  As we have for 7 years we continued our work in eradicating the coastal weed, Sea Spurge.  Over the 2 weeks we collected more than 200 garbage bags full of the plant. 

This year the students got to work with Andy Murray from South Ark, Orbost.  Andy came to camp every day to work with everyone in monitoring the animals in the area.  Southend Ark has been working in the area for a number of years now helping to conserve the environment through fox control.  Each day we would go through a number of areas checking traps and camera we had set up.  Over the time we managed to catch a number of possums, bush rats and even bandicoots.  On the camera we also observed different birds, goannas, and wombats.  The animals caught in the traps where micro chipped, weighed and measured before being released back into the Wild. We want to thank Andy and his team for the time he spent with us.  It was a fantastic learning experience for us all.

When we finished the year 8 programs, we excitedly moved back up to the Australian Alps to Lake Tali Kargn for the year 9 Bushwalk.  It was great being back in the area after a 2 year break.  The year 9s walking more than 40km over the 4 days in a remote area getting to see areas that only people can walk to.  Over the 4 days in small groups they had to work together while they faced physical and emotional challenges.

During their final night all the year 9s got to put all their hard work into practice completing an overnight solo.  During this experience they got to see that they had learnt many skills including setting up their own accommodation and cooking their meals for the 12 hours.

I want to take this opportunity to also congratulate the year 11 outdoor leaders we have had so far this term.  It can be a challenging task not only having to participate in the program but also being there to support both the students and the staff on the program.  It makes a huge difference to the experience for everyone having them on the program and I feel they can also get a lot out fo the experience.

SEISA Finals - 26 March 2015

Senior Girls Tennis  -  GG 4 sets (33-games) defeated STP 4 sets (30-games)
Today the girls finished the season as premiers once again and were undefeated all season. The grand final, however, proved to be as close a contest the girls have had ending in 4 sets all, and the results coming down to the game score. Congratulations to Holly Howes, Ady Walker, Laura Jones and Kelsey Weir who produced the 4 set wins. Good job to all the girls and special thanks to Ms Dyke for being the girls coach, especially her words of wisdom and encouragement, which Holly, Ady and Kelsey will surely miss as they played their final SEISA tennis match after 6 years and 5 finals victories. Well done girls!

Senior Boys Cricket  -  GG: 3/125 defeated BHP: 7/111
Justin Morgan batted well early racing to 36 until he fell to an incredible piece of fielding, Deven Costigan kept the ball rolling with an exhilarating 33 off 27 balls. Jack Wrigglesworth saw out the day with a less than exciting 38 off 45 balls. His partner Louis Howard finished off with Wrigglesworth scoring 18 off 16 balls, taking the score to 125. Superb fielding and bowling from the Grammar boys ensured a victory. Louis Howard finished with 3/15 also Alex Lawson finished with 2/14 off 4 overs, Beaconhills Packenham finished their 20 overs 7/111, Sarah O’Brien was instrumental in the field. Ollie Cantwell was vocal in the field, which got the boys up and about. Man of the match as voted by the umpires on the day went to Justin Morgan. Well Done boys, a great win!

Senior Girls Softball  -  GG: 11 defeated by BHP: 23
Although the girls were very disappointed with the loss today, the team are to be congratulated on a great season, making the final for the third year in a row. Well done to both pitchers Lillie Jago and Johannah Tulloch who certainly had the most challenging role in the game. Lillie and Emily Vale each got home twice. In the field Highlights was Jess Cameron’s great catch near third base. The senior girls have been a great team to coach and travel with, they have shown commitment and enthusiasm all season. Well Done Girls! Ms Henry

Intermediate Girls Softball  -  GG: 13 defeated by STP: 19
After giving away an early lead to the St Pauls side our girls fought back valiantly to stay competitive and in touch to the end of the game in the 4th innings. Excellent pitching and good decision making in the field allowed the girls to continue to put a lot of pressure on the opposition. The final score was a fair reflection of the season, where our team was able to improve on a weekly basis. Well done girls!

Inter-house Athletics 2015

Cranswick-Dargo continued their dominance of the Inter-house Athletics Carnival. The carnival, held on Tuesday March 24th ensured another victory for Cranswick, to continue their run of 15 victories in the past 16 years. Competitors and helpers worked together well, to enjoy a wonderful carnival on the final Tuesday of term 1.

The final scores were:-
1st  Cranswick-Dargo   1455 points
2nd Blundell-Bogong     1448 points
3rd  Tisdall-Hotham       1410 points
4th  Wellington-Binks    1383 points

Age Champions     
Under 13 Girls         Ella Clydesdale        (BB)  
Under 13 Boys        William Mwagiru       (BB)            
U
nder 14 Girls        Erika Allen                 (BB)   
                              
Claudia Todd             (CD)

Under 14 Boys       Tom Finlay                (WB)

Under 15 Girls        Millie Dunnett            (CD)  
U
nder 15 Boys       Taylor Stephenson    (BB)  

Under 16 Girls       Annabelle Lamb         (CD)    
Un
der 16 Boys      Jake Holland               (WB)               

Under 17 Girls       Sally Deller                 (BB)              
Un
der 17 Boys      Will Leslie                   (BB)

Under 21 Girls      Claudia Martin             (TH)       
Under 21 Boys      Alex Lawson               (BB)

 Seven athletics records were broken this year:

U/13   Boys     400m             William Mwagiru         1:03.2     Previous (A.Gerrand 1:04.30)

U/14   Boys     Long Jump    Tom Finlay                  5.25m     Previous (X.Sellings 5.17m)

U/14   Boys     Triple Jump   Tom Finlay                11.17m     Previous (J.Holland 11m)

U/14   Girls     High Jump     Simone Clamp              1.4m     Previous (S.Larson 1.3m)

U/16   Girls     Javelin           Jessica Thompson    29.52m     Previous (P.Beard 29.15m)

U/21   Girls     Shot Put        Sarah O’Brien              8.82m     Previous (B.Parry 8.72m)

U/21   Girls     Discus           Sarah O’Brien            26.66m     Previous (A.Ollquist 26.5m)

The House spirit award yet again went to Tisdall Hotham for their enthusiastic, creative chants and dancing during the competition on the day. The Joe Carmody Memorial Medley Relay was won by Wellington Binks. The Chris Fielding Memorial Trophy for the best thrower of the carnival was won by Mathew Woodward of Tisdall Hotham.

Dates for interschool athletics carnivals:
SEISA Athletics Carnival, Friday 28 April (Casey Fields)
ICCES Athletics Carnival, Wednesday May 7 (Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park)


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