Year 9 Book Trailers
Once again the ISC and Year 9 have collaborated in delivering the popular Book Trailer unit. The project was started last term and it was a great opportunity to showcase “the best of” this week when we held our 4th Gippsland Grammar Book Trailer Award presentation in the Lecture Theatre. The event was hosted by Tyler Smith, our Year 9 cohort's English teacher and all present thoroughly enjoyed watching the sixteen shortlisted book trailers. Deputy Head of Garnsey, Kate Arnup, had the daunting task of judging. Kate is currently on Long Service Leave and we are grateful that she generously gave up her time to do this. Penny Monger (Acting Head of Garnsey Campus and Head of English) announced that the winner of the competition was Alice Jones with "Attachment”. Alice goes into the "hall of fame" and received a $50 book voucher. Receiving the $25 book vouchers for being highly commended were Alex Chan with "We"and Zyn Ang with "Sold". The crowd favourite was Tom Jackson’s scary “Troll Hunters.” To access the 2015 finalists’ book trailers click on this link
The ISC team is currently collaborating with the Languages Department in an exciting global project. We are currently setting up a class blog that will involve our Year 9 and 10 French students and students from Notre Dame de Toutes-Aides- Nantes.
Within our class blog our students and the French students are being paired up and each pair will create and manage their own blog. Through this platform students will complete various tasks and get to know one another. We are all looking forward to this collaborative project. It is a great opportunity for our students to connect with students from the other side of the world and practice their French in a real world situation.
Author in Residence
We were pleased to be able to secure well known Brisbane author, Michael Gerard Bauer as our 2015 “Author in Residence”. Michael will be here for two days during Book Week ( 22nd – 28th August).He will be running writing workshops for our Year 7’s and presenting to our Year 8 and 9 cohorts. Our Book Club members will also be joining Michael for a luncheon.We look forward to Michael’s visit as he had such a big impact on our students in 2013.He is such an engaging presenter and story teller and I’m sure that his residence will go a long way in promoting a reading culture on our senior campus.
Lunchtime Book Club
On the first Friday lunch time of this Term, our newly formed Book Club met in the ISC. Our twelve enthusiastic members enjoyed having the chance to choose fiction for the ISC collection. What was even better was their delight to know that they would be the first to read these books. Book Club members also heard about various Australian Children Book Award competitions and chose shortlisted books that they will vote on and write reviews for.
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I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of “Oliver!” on Thursday night and was thrilled by the performance. There are so many students with great talent and stage presence at our School and they combined as an ensemble to perform an entertaining but thought provoking classic musical. With students from Years 7-12 in this show, I particularly enjoyed watching the way they worked together and supported each other both on and off stage. The technical crew and musicians included students, past students and staff and they contributed so much to this terrific night. I was impressed by the efforts of the Friends of Performing Arts (FOPA) too, who joined in the spirit of the evening and dressed for their parts serving a lovely supper at interval. I commend all those involved and thank the staff who have again provided a wonderful opportunity and great support to our students. I really recommend that if you haven’t got your tickets yet, you try to snatch up the last few for Friday or Saturday night’s performance.
I would also like to wish Sam Shelton (Year 7) well as he begins his treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital next week. Sam and his family have inspired us all over the last week as they have managed a serious diagnosis that sees Sam facing a big battle in the months ahead. Sam’s friends and friends of his siblings, Elijah (Year 11) and Bella (Year 9) at Garnsey campus, will be provided with some support materials from CanTeen next week and we will continue to pray for, support and walk this journey with the Shelton family.
We are currently sourcing a new item of uniform, a School scarf, which will replace the assortment of scarves being worn with our winter uniform. In the meantime, students are permitted to wear an appropriate plain coloured scarf of green, black or red with their winter uniform and I ask for parent’s support in this uniform matter.
By the time you read this newsletter, ‘Oliver!’ will have had two performances in Garnsey Hall: a full dress rehearsal performed to an audience of students from our Junior campuses, along with guests from the George Grey Centre and the Lorinda Lodge in Heyfield; and opening night last night. The Tuesday dress rehearsal showcased our very talented cast, wonderful band and marvellous technical crews.
This production is the culmination of months of preparation by students who have attended weekly after-school rehearsals, seven Sunday rehearsals and the three-day production camp at the end of the recent holidays. Our wonderfully dedicated staff who have guided the students through to this most satisfying conclusion include Cindy Petersen, director; Jenny Candy, vocal coach; Julie Lockhart, accompanist; Justeen Hahn, choreographer; Mike Riley and his team organising lighting; and Paul van Eekelen and the VET Technical Production class co-ordinating sound. Additionally, a marvellous team of FoPA parents, led by the tireless Liz Harrison, provided food to keep the cast going over the production weekend and are also responsible for the foyer decorations in Garnsey Hall. Of course there is also the nine-member band, six of whom are students, who have done a terrific job in making the musical score come alive for both cast and audience. A production such as this is the result of the efforts of a very large team who have smoothly and effectively worked together to ensure the best possible experience for all. Behind the scenes, Sue Bryant has been a tower of strength, responding to innumerable requests and co-ordinating so many different aspects of the production. They all deserve your thanks and praise.
If you haven’t already booked your tickets, go online – the link is on the School’s website – or turn up at the door and make sure you see one of the three remaining performances, tonight and Saturday night, both at 7:30pm; or tomorrow’s matinee at 2:00pm. I can guarantee that you will have a terrific time seeing this superb cast and band bringing to life ‘Oliver!’ with its rousing tunes such as Consider Yourself and Oom Pah Pah, and heart stopping ballads such as As Long As He Needs Me and Where Is Love? to name just a few songs from Lionel Bart’s evergreen musical score. You will undoubtedly marvel at the students’ fine acting skills, ranging from pathos to comedy.
We are pleased to use these performances as an opportunity to raise people’s awareness of domestic violence, by asking patrons to generously donate to the Luke Batty Foundation. We hope that a useful sum will be raised to help support the Foundation in its quest to change our society for the better.
As a School we can indeed be proud of our achievements in the realm of the performing arts. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to and thank all who have made this production such a fine one. It has been a privilege to work with such a wonderful team and be part of this, our fourth musical.
GGS vs Beaconshills Berwick
Team: Inter Girls Netball, A - Score: 35 – 25 Winners: Gippsland Grammar
Game Summary: It was a close game from the beginning of the match, with both teams neck to neck until third quarter time. Four quarter time, the Gippsland grammar girls pulled it together. Working cohesively, the girls took the lead by ten, subsequently winning the game by 10 goals. Meg Gordyn and Ali Taylor shot extremely well, assisted by the mid court girls who were consistent in playing at a high standard the entire game, mimicked by Caitlin Baker and Annabelle Lamb’s strength in defence . Good game girls!
Team: Inter Girls Netball, B - Score: 42– 22 Winners: Gippsland Grammar
Game Summary: In the First quarter the girls started off slow, however the strength in defence lifted the team going into the second quarter. Neeve Caldwell and Jane Martin shooting for the first half with accuracy put the girls in front. The mid court players moved the ball with fluidity feeding it to the attack. Everyone played extremely well. Congratulations on the win girls!
Team: Senior Girls Netball, A - Score: 30 – 41 Winners: Beaconshills Berwick
Game Summary: The girls fought hard in a tight contest all game. Beaconhills, tall, accurate goal shooter proved the difference pulling their team ahead. The team proved great sportsmanship and flexibility covering Ashlee Robertson early injury. Congratulation to Sally Deller, Coco Henry, Elani Hughes and Claudia Martin who were stand out players of the game.
Team: Senior Girls Netball, B - Score: 42 – 26 Winners: Gippsland Grammar
Game Summary: An excellent team effort. Stella Bodman and Sarah O’Brien were strong in goals, complimented by Liz Richardson and Sarah Hamilton in defence. Throughout the mid court, the Gippsland Grammar girls proved too strong for the opposition. Congratulations to Gabby Heathcote, Stella Bodman, Sarah O’Brien and Sarah Hamilton for their superb effort throughout the game.
Team: Senior Boys Football - Score: 48– 92 Winners: Beaconshills Berwick
Game Summary: The game started promisingly with the two new additions of Matt George and Louis Howard to the side. A tight first quarter sore the boys trail by 1. In the second, undisciplined play by grammar allowed Beaconshills to open up to a 25 point lead which further blew out to 44 points at the final siren. Sam May battled hard all game, as did Josh Buck. Captain Justin Morgan finished the game with 3 goals and single points went to Matt George, Will Bodman, Louis Howard and Charlie Walsh
Team: Inter Boys Football - Score: 16– 140 Winners: Beaconshills Berwick
Game Summary: A battle was upon the boys with only 14 GGS players going head to head with the 30 strong Beaconshills side. Strolling onto the ground with complete confidence the boys soon found themselves batted and overwhelmed within the first quarter. Beaconshills with good sportmanship decided to lend 4 of their players to GGS. As the game progressed GGS gained confidence, kicking the first two goals, startling the opposition. Better Luck next time boys!
Team: Inter Boys Soccer - Score: 2-2 Winners: Draw
Game Summary: In a high intensity match Beaconshills scored the first goal at the 5 min mark shortly followed by Captain Gill Aitken scoring a running goal to level the score. The mid field consisting of Adam Dunkley, Ace Mitrevski and Pierce Kidson Purry worked hard to defend the opposition from scoring but were unlucky at certain moments in the match. An important running goal by Adam Dunkley in the second half made the score level. This became the finale result, with both teams being unable to score again. Well done boys!
Team: Inter girls Soccer - Score: 3– 1 Winners: Beaconshills Berwick
Game Summary: The first half was a great effort from the girls, Nikki Polintan kicking the first goal, assisted by Grace De Steiger. The games intensity lifted in the second half, forcing Jess Thompson to dive for constant shots at goal from the opposition. Jess De Voogd impressive slide tackle and Hannah McCanns large kicks kept the ball out of Beaconshills attacking half. Terrific game played by all, despite a few injuries and the loss.
Team: Senior Boys Hockey - Score: 18– 0 Winners: Gippsland Grammar
Game Summary: Gippsland Grammar played an exceptional game at Bellbird Park. Proving too strong for Beaconshills the finale score 18 Gippsland Grammar- 0 Beaconshills. Goal Scorers consisted of Scot Smith (4) Harry Broad (3) James Woodward (1) Liam Emms (4) Tom Edgar (4) and Lachy Knowles (2). A fair game was played by all. Well done boys.
Senior Boys Soccer - Score BH 3 defeated GG 2
A very good game of soccer saw both teams have opportunities on goal in both halves of the game. Daniel Broadbridge score both of GG’s goals which occurred in the first half of the game. Entering the break 2-1 up BH over ran the team scoring 2 of their three goals in the closing half playing with the wind at their backs. Best players Alex Clemens, Daniel Broadbridge, Ben McAnulty, Orin Giebers and Lachlan Shepperd.
Tickets for the Gala Ball are now selling! All parents, friends and Old Scholars are invited to attend this major social event for 2015. We are celebrating two special milestones in our School’s history - the 10th anniversary of our Bairnsdale Campus and the 30th anniversary of the School Foundation. This event, jointly hosted by the Foundation, Old Scholars Association and Parents and Friends, will be our social event of the year and will not be focused on fundraising. The evening will include a 3 course, sit-down dinner, with entertainment provided by ‘The Soultanas’. Tickets are $100 each and includes the dinner, entertainment and all beverages. Tables may be booked in advance and tickets are available from the office at Bairnsdale and Garnsey Campus. If you have any queries regarding the Gala Ball, please call me at the Development Office on 5143 6315. Meredith Lynch