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Interhouse Swimming Carnival

After narrowly losing the crown to Tisdall Hotham last year, Wellington Binks were hungrier than ever to regain the title of the Inter House Swimming Carnival. After leading for most of the day Wellington Binks came out victors.  As per usual, the results were very close, with less than 37 points separating first and fourth positions. The final scores were:-

Wellington Binks     611

Tisdall Hotham        597

Blundell Bogong      593

Cranswick Dargo     574

The Tom Osbourne Trophy for the Medley Relay was again by Tisdall Hotham this being the fourth year running.

Age Group Champions

                               Girls                                             Boys

Under 13     Shauna Anderson   (WB)            Chance Doultree     (WB)
Under 14     Priyanka Joshi         (BB)             Jack Edgar              (TH)
Under 15     Meagan Keil            (WB)             Alexander Seys      (WB)
                & Niamh Van Berkel    (WB)               

Under 16     Jordan Rowand       (BB)             Thomas Edgar         (TH)
Under 17     Stephanie Poland    (WB)             Lachlan Shepard    (TH)
Under 21     Hannah Goodison   (CD)              Brayden Haney       (CD)                               

The House Spirit Shield, which is awarded at all carnivals to the house with the greatest participation and encouragement, was just won by Cranswick Dargo, over Tisdall Hotham with only 4 points separating the two Houses. Both put on an enjoyable cheerleading display.

There were 2 records set on the day:-

Alexander Seys    U15 Boys 50m Butterlfly  (29.9)
Wellington Binks  U16 Girls 4x50m Freestyle relay (2:12.45)

Congratulations to all of the above students.                    

Our next major swimming event is the SEISA carnival on Thursday 26 February at MSAC, closely followed by theICCES carnival at MSAC Melbourne on Thursday the 5 March.

D. Gaskill
(Director of Sport)

Rowing News No.2

At around 1.00pm on Friday 13 February there was no sense of superstition as the rowers prepared to travel to Canberra for the first time this term. Hopes were high: the weather forecast was looking good for the first time this season, and squads were keen to show off their skills they have been honing since returning back from the holidays.

The Australian National Universities Regatta was attended by novice and intermediate squads. This event fielded our rowers against their toughest competition by far this season; with a more senior demographic making up the bulk of entries. Despite this step up in competition standard, out crews still managed a decent haul of medals and displayed some fantastic performances.

The intermediate girls’ squad won a lot of medals on the day. The two quads both placed third in their races, bringing back a bronze each against strong competitors. The morning quad consisted of Alice, Tess, Caitlin & Liz, coxed by Ruby and the afternoon quad was made up by Lauren, Annabelle, Caitlin & Liz coxed by Ailish. Annabelle & Liz doubled up to win a silver medal in the afternoon whilst Tess impressed in the single, placing 3rd in her race and 4th overall in her category. This is a great result to come out of a field of 18 competitors, mostly older and more experienced than Tess so a truly great effort there.

The intermediate boys were also in good form, holding their own against “experienced competitiors. The only win of the day for Gippsland Grammar came in the form of Harry and Jack in the double. They fought tooth and nail right down to the wire to clinch a victory over Kinross with a 0.25 second margin. These two guys are making a reputation for being masters of narrow victories, with this one coming off the back of a 0.92 margin win in the squad last term. They raced their quad again this weekend, joined by Will and Ronan, to finish 2nd in their race. The intermediate A quad of Andrew, Woody, Jake & Tom coxed by Ruby placed third in their race which was very respectable. Andrew & Woody both raced singles and put on a good show against stronger opponents. Jake & Tom teamed up in the double in the last race of the day for Gippsland and placed 4th in a highly competitive field.

The novice squads put on a good show throughout the day and demonstrated how far they’ve come both technically and mentally in such a short amount of time. For a few of the novices, this was their first regatta. However, nobody could have guessed it judging by their efficiency and virtuous attitude displayed on the day. Both girls & boys novice squads managed to medal which is extremely encouraging. The girls quad of; Lily, Millie, Tamara, Alannah coxed by Sophie finished 3rd in their field, winning their first medal this season. Likewise in the boys squad, a quad made up of; James, Harley, Campbell, Tom coxed by Alice rowed hard to be placed third.

A notable mention goes out to Matt Paterson who raced in senior singles finishing third. It was a good race especially given his ongoing back problem. Matt was due to race again but pulled out after feeling a bit of a twinge in his back.

All round it was a great day and enjoyed by all. It was good to see some hard competition test our rowers. It was even better to see the determination and grit showed by our rowers in the face of this tough event.

Meanwhile in Sale…. The senior rowers have been training hard back at Sale, preparing for NSW State Championships this weekend in Sydney. They will be represented by Steph Poland, Emerson Lowe, Lucy Harrison, Sarah O’Brien, Ella Anderson and James Gerrand. This is one of the biggest events they will be entering this season and is an integral part of preparations for the National Championships later this year in March. When you see the seniors around this week, it would be great if you give them some words of support and encouragement! We hope all the best for them and are sure they will give their all.

 

Head of Garnsey Campus

Welcome back for Term 1 to all students and school families. I must commend our 2015 Year 7 students on their fine start to the year. While there are always a few challenges for students in the transition to secondary school, we have found the Year 7s well prepared and very resilient in their approach to school. We have enjoyed assisting these new students in their first week of secondary school, and today, we welcomed the students who have just left the school, the Class of 2014, for morning tea with the staff before they head off for further study and work. A number of students were unable to attend as they are already undertaking Gap year activities; with some working at boarding schools in England. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the VCE results and future plans with these young adults today, and I am very confident that exciting adventures and opportunities await them.

SEISA Ecumenical service and leadership seminar
The South Eastern Independent Schools Association (SEISA) provides opportunities for Gippsland Grammar students to compete and share in activities in Summer and Winter sports, Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country and the Arts and cultural arenas such as Dance, Creative Art, Music, Drama, Debating, Public Speaking and Chess. In November 2014, the first SEISA leadership camp was conducted at The Abbey, Raymond Island. On Thursday, we hosted the SEISA Ecumenical Service, lunch and leadership seminar. Conducted by Rev. Jon Taylor, the service explored issues around how leadership often takes one out of their comfort zone. Following the service, nearly 100 participants shared lunch followed by group discussions. Overall, this was a great way to start our SEISA year and I look forward to the year ahead.

Homework
Regular homework is a valuable aspect of the learning process.  It contributes to the development of effective study habits and the management of self-learning. Homework provides parents with a window into their child’s learning.

The total recommended time for students in Year 7 is 60 minutes per night and generally three subjects per night. The total time for a student in Year 8 is 75 minutes per night and generally three subjects per night. A homework timetable has been distributed to students and is available to parents on the Parent portal.

In Year 9, students will develop their homework timetable in conjunction with their Mentor. In Year 9, the total recommended time students should spend per night is 100 minutes, ideally across four subjects. In Years 10, 11 and 12 should spend 120, 150 minutes and 180 minutes respectively per night on homework. Students will develop their own homework/study timetables with guidance and support from their Mentor.

Over coming weeks Mentors and teachers will work with students on to manage these requirements.

Homework Club will operate in the Information Services each Monday and Wednesday afternoon commencing next week. A teacher will supervise and assist junior students to compete homework. All students are welcome to attend, and just need to go to the ISC after school and commence their homework.

Please check for Head Lice
It has come to my attention that some students in the school may have head lice and I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair this week. 

Head lice do not transmit infectious diseases – they are transmitted by having head to head contact with someone who has head lice. You may be reassured to know that head lice are commonly found in places other than at school and are common in school-aged children.

I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair and in those instances where head lice or eggs are found, treating your child’s hair. If head lice or eggs are found on your child’s hair you need to inform the school, via your child’s Mentor, and advise when the treatment has started. Health regulations require that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. Please note, this refers only to those children who have live head lice and does not refer to head lice eggs.  Gippsland Grammar is aware that head lice can be a sensitive issue and is committed to maintaining your confidentiality in this regard.

Parenting Ideas
Below, I have included an article from Michael Grose, a parenting expert who spoke to parents at Gippsland Grammar several years ago. We will regularly include some of his articles in the newsletter over the course of the year and I encourage parents to share his practical strategies and ideas; I think these four tips are simple and clear.

Making a smooth start to secondary school: Michael Grose: Director Parenting ideas

Getting used to new subjects and new teachers, as well as forming new friendships, are just some of the requirements of this transition.

Starting secondary school is a time of change and uncertainty, which places new demands on young people. Being at the bottom of the pecking order where they are unsure of the playground hierarchies is just one adjustment that they need to make.

Some kids take these new experiences in their stride but it is natural to experience some difficulty, particularly when it’s accompanied by the potentially unsettling transition from childhood to adolescence. It’s no coincidence that many research projects indicate that children’s learning levels out in the transition year, presumably because the social tasks of adjustment take precedence over academic performance.

It helps to remember the Four P’s to help your young person settle in:

1. Promote friendships The quicker kids form new friendships the sooner they’ll feel comfortable in their secondary school surroundings. Encourage your young person to be open to forming friendships with all sorts of kids; to be accepting of others who may be different to them; to take social risks by joining in activities even though they may feel uncomfortable; and to be friendly, approachable and positive!

2. Practice patience Patience and understanding in the early weeks is essential. Brush up on your listening skills as you help your young person adjust. Talk to your young person about change and reassure them that it is normal to feel unsure or nervous in new circumstances. Let them know that many difficulties they face will be temporary.

3. Pursue a positive attitude Confidence is catching so make sure you see this transition time as an exciting challenge that your child can handle rather than an event to be feared. Ask them about the new subjects or interesting activities they are doing, and try to shift their focus to the positive aspects of school. Discuss settling in issues with the appropriate person such as a year level coordinator, but give your young person time to handle them on their own before seeking help.

4. Process their day Some young people may come home with fairly exaggerated accounts of secondary school and may not always paint a fair picture. They may become sensitive to things that they might have shrugged off in primary school. Listen without judgment and show a real interest in their new school, while providing them with the space they need to get away for a while. Expect some behaviour blowouts as many kids let off steam in the relatively safe and stable environment of a loving family.

If your eldest is starting, then secondary school will be a relatively new experience for you too. It will take some time for you to adjust to the school’s culture and communication methods.

Although secondary schools may seem a little foreign for those used to the relative intimacy of primary schools, one aspect is the same – outcomes for students are maximised when schools and parents work together in the best interests of the student.

One way to support your young person’s school is by actively promoting the school’s values. For instance, if respect is a prominent school value then you can discuss this in relation to the way your young person behaves around friends, relatives and family.

Most importantly, talk up your young person’s new school, rather than talk it down, as kids of all ages take their cues from the most significant adults in their lives – their parents!

Year 11 VCE Information Evening

The Year 11 VCE Information Evening is being held on Tuesday 10 February in the Chapel from 7.00pm. All Year 11 students and their parents are encouraged to attend.  This event was originally scheduled for the 4 February, but has been postponed to the 10 February.

Rowing News. Issue No.1

Every year, the rowers of Gippsland Grammar dedicate a week of their holiday towards developing their rowing skill and fitness; with a view to preparing for the non-stop regattas held during Term 1. This year, the rowing camp was held at Johnsonville on the River Tambo: a relatively (compared to the Sale Canal) vast body of water that allows for side by side training with crews and scullers. Unlike the water we row on in Sale, the water on the Tambo is salt water. This meant that all the rowers had to thoroughly clean boats post-camp to prevent salt erosion to boats!

The theme of rowing camp is hard physical work. Everyone who attends rowing camp knows the physical stress their bodies go through, so I won’t dwell on how hard everyone worked. What I will say is that all coaches couldn’t stop talking in the evenings about how much progress crews were making by the day. Videos of scullers and crew boats were being shown around the coaches’ cabins and were excitedly discussed, this goes to show how pleased we all were with the development of every rower during rowing camp.

Aside from the physical and technical labour, there were a good deal of shenanigans around the camp keeping everyone’s spirits high. Each day, a “Wally of the Day” competition was held after dinner. Squads and coaches would recount stories from the day where a person or group of people would have done something silly. The camp would vote on who they thought deserved the prestigious title of “Wally for the day”.

The rowers were not the only people working non-stop during the camp. Parent volunteers co-ordinated by Anglea Lowe of the McColl club, ensured there was food on the table all day every day for rowers to refuel with.  As a department, we cannot express enough gratitude to the work put in by all helpers. The work the rowers were doing would not have been possible without your commitment to them all.

Now that we are back in full time school, we are busy planning regattas and training for the rest of the Term. This weekend we are heading to Canberra for ANU regatta where we hope to put to use all the training on rowing camp. It should be an exciting weekend for all intermediates and novices attending. The seniors will remain in Sale to train.

Ben Sibley

 


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