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Our World Our Voice

Gippsland Grammar school children concerned about the health of our environment have produced a book of heartfelt messages and illustrations which is about to hit bookshelves.  Two years in the making and involving more than 150 students.

It’s been an empowering process, according to Christine Watts, a driving force behind the project.  “It’s a beautiful book.  The children truly understand the environmental issues of today and how they would like their future world to be.  We should listen to them, their voice is loud, clear and insightful”.  Australian author Jackie French visited the school inspiring students during their writing, illustrating and publishing journey.  As the current Australian Children’s Laureate she also wrote the foreword for the 48-page book.  Jackie French described the message in the book as deeply, wonderfully profound and simply beautiful.  “Our children need this planet. It is where we live, the only home we have,” she explained. “Our planet needs our children, as they create our future. To a child, the next step is clear: stop doing what is wrong. Do what is right. We must clean up the mess we have made,” Jackie French said.  Our World, Our Voice has been entirely funded through sponsorship.  Sale proceeds will be donated to Gaia Guardians Environment Trust, an organisation which will involve the students in distributing the funds to environmental projects.  Certified carbon neutral paper has been used and students have agreed to plant six trees for each tonne of carbon created from the printing of the book.  Our World, Our Voice will retail at $12.95 and be available from Collins Booksellers.

Head of Garnsey Campus

Congratulations to the teams that made the SEISA Winter Sports finals this season. The Intermediate Girls Netball A and B teams and Senior Hockey were victors, with close games in the Senior Girls Netball, Senior Girls Soccer, Intermediate Boys football and Intermediate Hockey. The match reports are in this newsletter and highlight their achievement and also the great spirit and sportsmanship evident in the SEISA competition. Well done to all involved, with special thanks to the coaches Miss Cooke, Mr Clemens, Mr Dihood, Mrs Davis, Miss Stoffels and Mr Ray for their commitment and involvement.
This week, all Year 11 students completed the F2D (Fit to Drive) Workshop. This program supports 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, and helps young people to develop a respect and pride for safe road use. This is fostered through the small group facilitation undertaken by trained tertiary undergraduates with the overall purpose of the F2D to reduce youth road trauma. The program included opportunities to rehearse behaviours and problem solving strategies, discussion to reinforce and check beliefs, and scenarios to stimulate discussion, to consider the costs and benefits of safe and risky behaviour. 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. This was an important and valuable workshop for our students.
Next week, the Garnsey campus will celebrate Book Week with a Book Swap event on the Wednesday 20 August. This is a fund raising event and all money raised will go to the Indigneous Literacy Foundation. This is a national event and it is hoped that the money raised across Australia will allow the Foundation to purchase books for remote indigenous communities. To participate, students will need to have a book or books that they would like to swap and a gold coin donation for each book. I hope our students will support this event and enjoy the week of activities. Book Week also coincides with Science Week celebrations and I especially commend the Science Week Activities Night on Wednesday to all students and families. 

Student Success - Jordan Flanagan-Cardillo(Year 12) gained a fourth place in the Australian National Karate championships in Perth. A great achievement.

Student Free Day: Friday 22 August
A reminder that Friday 22 August is a Student Free Day. On this day, staff will be undertaking training and completion of matters of compliance which have become an increasingly important part of our profession. Staff will be engaged in a range of workshops such as Anaphylaxis Management training, Applied First Aid, Mandatory Reporting training, Curriculum documentation required by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and Risk Management procedures.

RAVE Department

It has been a pleasure to welcome the Head of St Anne’s Campus Mr Mark Yeowell to the RAVE Department at the Senior Campus. Mark has joined the RAVE Department to teach Year 10 students during Semester 2. Semester 2 in RAVE… Year 10 is taken up with the challenge of how we make ethical choices about complex situations. What framework will guide our decisions as we discern what we believe to be right or wrong?

Term 4 will have a different focus as we look at Grief and Loss. Year 8 are currently watching the film I am Sam which looks at disability and what is central to us as human beings. Along with disability comes other challenging topics like suffering and evil and the question of belief in a loving God when life seems to point to the opposite. Year 7 are about to make a trip to Melbourne to visit three different Faith Centres: a Hindu Temple, a Turkish Mosque and a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple. This experience combined with research in their classroom sessions will help provide an understanding and an overview of our multi- faith world. I have just come from a Year 10 class where we were engaging in how to respond to Asylum Seekers. Values, beliefs and wholehearted discussion were all present. This is what RAVE is hoping to facilitate. We want our students to grow and develop in their understanding of who they are and how they respond to the big questions that we all face.

Rev Jon Taylor on behalf of the RAVE Department (Ms Sam Cooke, Mr David Baker, Mr Mark Yeowell)

Our World, Our Voice

Wednesday 20 August 2014 is a very special day for the students from years 2 – 6 at the Bairnsdale campus, as well as some year 7 – 8 students from Garnsey. At 6:00 pm, Collins Bookshop in Bairnsdale will help them launch their book ‘OUR WORLD ,OUR VOICE’ at the Bairnsdale RSL and the launch is expected to go for approximately 1hour.

Please come with your child and help support this important initiative. We would love to see as many students and parents as possible attend this free event to make it a truly memorable experience for the children. All students attending will need to be in school uniform. Our Bairnsdale Singers will also be performing at the launch and they will need to be at the RSL by 5:45pm please.

The launch was planned to coincide with Book Week. It is very rare to have the opportunity to acknowledge Book Week with the student’s own published literature. The first sales of the book will occur at the launch, selling for $12.95. The book highlights issues and solutions to the problem of pollution and challenges readers to think about their responsibilities in reducing plastic waste in our environment. Every child attending the Bairnsdale campus of Gippsland Grammar during 2012, will have their picture reproduced in the book and their name mentioned as a contributor. Looking forward to your support.


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