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Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod Results

Congratulations to the following music students who participated in the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod.

Section 541 Instrumental Ensemble Secondary Schools
1st Saxophone Ensemble
2nd Flute Choir
Section 545 Secondary Students Concert Band
1st Percy Code Concert Band
equal 3rd  Dulcie Holland Concert Band
Section 548 Secondary Students Junior Stage Band
2nd Intermediate Jazz Band
Section 546 Open Jazz/Improvisation Stage Band
1st Senior Jazz Band
Section 543 Open Orchestral Ensemble Orchestra
equal 2nd Sinfonietta

Head of Garnsey Campus

I have spent several days this week in Melbourne on some professional development activities. It was most interesting to listen to Professor John Hattie at the Australian College of Educators dinner at University House, University of Melbourne in the presentation of the Sylvia Walton oration and to visit Kingswood College Box Hill and Monash University School of Education. As we begin considering the development of a strategic plan, these visits have enabled us to gain a wider view of innovation in education.

As Mr Baker has said in his newsletter it was a privilege to welcome Rev Tim Costello to Gippsland Grammar this week. It is important that our students are able to interact with notable members of our community, and to use these opportunities to further develop and clarify their own opinions on important issues in our community. I would like to thank the students of 10 Caithness for the lunch that they provided for all staff on Wednesday in order to raise funds to contribute to their World vision sponsored child from Sri Lanka. Year 9 students have sponsored a child through this program for more than 15 years and 10 Caithness for 4 years; they make a fine contribution to a global issue in their Helping Hands projects.

SEISA Cross Country
Congratulations to the SEISA Cross Country team on their fine win in this event held in dreadful weather conditions at Newhaven College Phillip Island on Thursday. A more detailed report will be completed


Why do Sikhs wear Turbans?” “How come Sikhs carry knives?” “Is that legal?” And when we visited the Vietnamese Buddhist Temple “What are all the different statues about?

These were some of the questions the Year 7’s were asking their hosts during their Multi Faith Excursion on Monday August 17. The trip to Dandenong is proving to be a popular one with the Year 7’s and Staff. The students were very respectful and appreciative of the experience.

The Year 8’s have been watching the film “I am Sam”. Sean Penn plays the part of a father with an intellectual disability who goes through a court battle for the custody of his young daughter. The question over who is suitable to be a parent is tackled in an engaging way in this film. The film highlights what it is that makes us a loving human being. The Year 8’s will soon be completing their Semester project on disability.

Year 10’s are currently working on Ethics. We were very fortunate at Gippsland Grammar on Wednesday August 26 to have a visit from the CEO of World Vision, the Rev. Tim Costello. Tim took a special session in the Chapel with the Year 10’s and provoked much thought about the complexity and challenge of Ethical decisions especially in the area of relief and development work. Did you see us on the ‘Win News’ that night?

Head of Garnsey Campus

This week we have said farewell to our Japanese exchange students. After a five week homestay exchange, the girls thanked the School and their host families at a farewell concert on Thursday night at which they entertained the audience with singing, games and plenty of Japanese candy. We were honoured this week with a visit from the Principal of Hikarigaoka Girls High School, Sister Maria Kobayashi. This is the first time that any Principal has visited us and it was a pleasure to welcome Sister Kobayashi and show her our School. She offered a prayer at our Chapel service and observed a number of classes including Media, Dance, RAVE and Japanese classes. We very much enjoyed her company and used the opportunity of her visit to express our ongoing commitment to the sister school relationship we have enjoyed for more than 20 years. I would like to express my gratitude to the host families who supported this exchange visit and took such great care of our Japanese students.

As part of the Year 7 RAVE program at Gippsland Grammar, Year 7 students participated in the Tour of Places of Worship Excursion, held on Monday. This excursion, conducted by the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong, involved visiting three places of worship: a Sikh Temple, an Islamic Mosque and a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple (all situated in the City of Greater Dandenong). The students were attentive and considerate in their visits and I hope that this excursion enabled them to explore other faiths and expand their world view.

Congratulations to the students who participated in the Legacy Public Speaking final. I particularly commend Susannah Keily (Year 8) on achieving first place and George Lancaster (Year 8) who was awarded second place. This is a fine effort in this well-respected competition.

This week, Garnsey campus students have begun the completion of the LEAD survey. The acronym LEAD stands for Listen, Evaluate, Act and Deliver. As such, their feedback is critical for the development of our School and an opportunity for them to have a voice in the future of our School. Conducted in a 15 minute session throughout their assigned classes this week, the final classes will complete the survey next week, and we look forward to their feedback.

I am sure students have enjoyed the student free day today. Throughout the day staff have undertaken first aid training including training in a First Aid qualification, a CPR update, Anaphylaxis training and Asthma training. Organised by a registered training organisation and delivered by paramedics, this important day has enabled us to ensure that staff are suitably trained and prepared for emergencies.

Rev Tim Costello at Gippsland Grammar Tuesday 25 August
I would like to give another reminder that the Reverend Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia, will be with us on Tuesday 25 August. He will speak to all Garnsey students at a special Chapel service on Wednesday but there is an opportunity for all members of the School and wider community to hear him speak on Tuesday evening. Entitled “Hope – where is it found in our world today?”, this promises to be a wonderful evening. I encourage all School families to come along and to bring your friends. Please pass this invitation on to members of the community whom you think may be interested. This evening will be held on Tuesday 25 August from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in the Chapel of St Anne, McGhee Street Sale. Light refreshments will be provided.

News from the Pathways Department

At the commencement of Term 3 the Pathways department welcomed Learning Assistants Alanna Stephenson and Bec Scriven to the Garnsey campus team each working two days per week.

During Kate Arnup’s long service leave the 7 LinCA class have been working diligently on their passion projects. This has involved student-led research work and report writing on a topic of their choice. So far there have been three fabulous presentations on weather, basketball and the impact of rock music through the ages. The projects have highlighted both the students' knowledge and ability to research and collate information, and edit their work for clarity.

The 7 LinCB class have enjoyed their recent visits to Sale supermarkets as part of the Cereal unit. Over three separate lessons the students visited Safeway, IGA and Coles supermarkets to investigate everyday texts. On their return to classes the students will be compiling a report on their findings and in the coming weeks will be applying their knowledge by creating their own individual cereal boxes.

8 LinC begun their unit study of Magazine’s during week 4. As a part of this unit students will visit a local newsagent to purchase their own magazine for study. As they learn about audience and purpose students will read an array of magazine articles for a variety of audiences. Their analysis will help them to gain a better understanding of marketing techniques used by media. In addition to this the class will soon begin making their preparations for Medieval Day by cooking soup for the entire year level, staff and visitors. They will have the responsibility of selecting a recipe, shopping and preparing the soup.

The future problem solvers team of Tom Finlay, Melody Jefferis, Will Johnson, Maya Pigot, Ben Harms, George Lancaster, Jack White, Lucy Deller, Lachie Anderson, Grace Mackie, Georgia Cheney  and Kieran Hennig have already completed three successful rounds this year. Earlier in the year the group completed two practice rounds covering the topics of social media and processed foods. Of late, the team completed their qualifying round examining 'Propaganda’ and are eagerly awaiting their results.

Melissa Peters
Acting Head of Pathyways Department