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IT/Visual Arts Department

Congratulations to Benjamin Commins for receiving a Premier’s VCE Award for his outstanding results for Vet Furnishing in 2014. Ben, his family, Mr Baker, Ms Bullers and Mr Kuch his woodwork teacher attended the award ceremony on the 3rd of June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 Refurbishment of the VCD room
As the term rapidly draws to a close we are preparing for the first stage of the refurbishment of the Visual Communication Design room in the Art and Technology building. The room will be stripped, painted, new cabinets and computer benches installed, along with a display board for student work as well as a data projector. It is anticipated that the work will be completed by the beginning of semester two. The refurbishment will bring the room up to date with a more contemporary colour scheme, use space more efficiently and accommodate students better as a learning area.

Hikarigaoka Visitors
As part of our cultural exchange program students doing Studio Arts in Years 11 and 12 will undertake an art project with the girls from our sister school in Hikarigaoka Japan. Our students and the Japanese girls will work together on a large chalk drawing mural. The mural will be in colour and depict a female figure holding a parasol wearing traditional dress. The mural will be located just outside the Quad Café and stay until rain washes it away (hopefully not for a week or so).

House Art Competition
The four House Art Captains are currently busy rallying their respective house groups for the House Art Competition. For this year the Captains decided to hold a Photographic Competition. The themes for the competition are:

Environmental decay
Optical illusions

We look forward to seeing how creative students will be in interpreting the three themes and wish all entrants good luck. 

Science Department

Forensics Incursion
A case of Identity is an incursion whereby a mock crime scene is set up and students are set the challenge of forensically solving a crime. Some students from Year 7, 9 and 10 took part in the program in late May.

The students interpreted forensic evidence such as DNA data, Chromotography of blood samples, technology tracking and crime scene images to try and determine who committed the crime. Working in teams of 3 to 4 students the self-paced experience was a great introduction to the way science can be used at a crime scene to include or alternatively exclude a suspect. 

VCE Science staff have recently attended training at Federation University in preparation to the changes in the VCE Science Study Designs. The changes represent the biggest reshuffle, inclusion and exclusion of topics in several decades. The changes look exciting and come into effect in 2016 for Year 11 courses and 2017 for Year 12 courses.

The annual Big Science competition was conducted on May 22. All students in Year 7 to 10 and many VCE science students took part in the competition. We always eagerly await the results and have had great success in recent years. Daniel Lee, having achieved a High Distinction in 2014 was awarded a place at Asian Science Camp in Singapore where he spent time with a number of Nobel laureates.

The 2015 Spaghetti Machine team have made a good start in planning their entry in the Melbourne University run competition. The team this year need to ‘serve my breakfast cereal’. The competition is scheduled for mid-August and after second place in the last two years, the team have been set the challenge of building the winning machine in 2016!

SEISA Round 3 - 28 May 2015

Gippsland Grammar V Newhaven

Junior Boys Football - N: 44 defeated GG: 87
Gippsland Grammar Junior boys absorbed the early pressure from Newhaven, finishing only 4 points down. A goal less 2nd quarter didn’t help win back those points, but they came back in the third with only leaving those couple of points between the two teams. The team stood up against the opposition well but unfortunately they were just too tall and good for our team. Irving Mosquito had a fantastic game scoring 4 goals, Sam Dunnett and Hunter Pearce contributed with a few goals. Best players of the game were Irving Mosquito, Campbell Czempinski, Henry Anderson, Junior Bradshaw, Max Luckie and Chance Doultree. Well done boys.

Junior Mixed Hockey - GG: 8 defeated N: 0
The Gippsland Grammar Hockey team had another great win this week. Everyone had a great game and many team goals were scored. The main goal scorers were Ben Burrowes, Jack Edgar and Cameron Wrigglesworth, while many of the players played well. A great team performance, everyone is looking forward to another game next week.

Junior Girls A Netball - N: 40 defeated GG: 21
Gippsland Grammar Junior girls A netball team played an amazing game against Newhaven, even though they didn’t come away with a win. The team worked extremely well together, and continued to put up a fight. Better luck next time girls. 

Junior Girls B Netball - N: 46 defeated GG: 33
Gippsland Grammar Junior girls B netball team fought hard against Newhaven but unfortunately they were just too strong for the girls. The team played well and will hopefully have a better game next week, good luck girls.

Junior Boys Soccer - N: 10 defeated GG: 0
Newhaven came out extremely strong with some giant players. They scored very effectively with some great corner corners. Gippsland Grammar set up some goals but unfortunately turned out unsuccessful. After half time the boys came and made some great runs, they performed a lot better, but Newhaven still came out on top. Good luck next week.

Junior Girls Soccer - GG: 11 defeated N: 0
The girls had a great win this week against Newhaven. The team worked very well together for some great passes and goals. Both the defence and the attack played an outstanding game; keep it up girls, good job.

Head of Garnsey Campus

Our students have been working hard this week to prepare for and complete end of semester tests and examinations. Only students in Years 10 and 11 will complete examinations, but many other students will have tests on topics or the semester’s course material. Starting on Monday, the students will complete their exams within the week. These summative assessments provide valuable feedback to students on how they are able to perform in this sort of assessment; however, there are many other forms of assessment that are also valuable feedback. As teachers write reports on Friday, our student free report writing day, they will be looking at providing both summative results but important feedback in the comments, which will provide useful strategies for further improvement in Semester 2. I hope all students will use the student free day as an opportunity to gain some valuable study time.

I have included some student reports in this week’s newsletter which I always enjoy reading, as they provide an insight into their experiences in representative events.

Debating Association of Victoria Debating
On the Thursday 21 May, Gippsland Grammar's debating teams travelled to Berwick for Round 3 of the DAV competition. Our debaters performed extremely well as we had 10 out of 11 teams winning their debate and one team losing by just one point. Our D graders did especially well considering the complex topic, "That we should eradicate State governments", and they were able to present innovative and thoughtful ideas that were appreciated by the adjudicators. For some D graders it was their first ever debate and despite the initial nervousness, they confidently debated and tasted their first debating victory. Additionally, this was the first round in the season where the A, B and C graders had secret topics; that is, they were told the topic on the day and were only given an hour to prepare. This was the first secret topic that the C graders had experienced and they did a great job. Congratulations to all the debaters for their constant hard work and preparation that was completed for this round. A big thank you to Ms Monger for her endless support and guidance. By Kelsey Weir and Shreya Maheshawari (Debating Captains)

SEISA and ICCES Athletics
On Thursday 28 April, 105 of our athletes boarded the buses and headed to the South Eastern Independent Schools Association (SEISA) carnival at Casey Fields, Berwick. In what was a fairly cold and blustery day, our athletes responded to Miss Dyke’s motivational speech and the knowledge that she considered us one of the best Athletics Teams she has ever had, and raced, jumped and threw their very best. At the end of the day, Ben Lang (U12s), Ella Clydesdale (U13s), William Mwagiru (U13s), Tom Finlay (U14s), Lucy Deller (U15s), Jessica Thompson (U16s) and Jake Holland (U16s) had won enough of their events to be awarded the honour of Age Group Champion. Congratulations to George Lancaster and Ben Lang who both broke two records; George broke the U15 boys 1500m and 800m records whilst Ben broke the U12 boy’s 200m and triple jump records. Overall, Gippsland Grammar won the competition with 1,515 points, beating St Pauls by over 300 points.

The Independent Country Co-educational Schools (ICCES) Carnival was held on Thursday 7 May at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park in Melbourne. As the ICCES carnival is competed on a year level basis we took a smaller team of 75 athletes. Despite rather adverse conditions, the athletes took to the track and field with a flourish, with Ballarat Grammar giving us a good run for our money, and in the end, just pipping us at the post. However, we did have a few students who did an excellent job on the day and were named Age Group Champions; Jake Holland Year 10 boys, Jess Thompson Year 10 girls, Ella Clydesdale Year 7 girls and William Mwagiru Year 7 boys. Congratulations to these athletes.

Special thanks go to the coaches – Miss Dyke, Mr Ray and Mrs Baker, and the staff who ran events: Mr Nash, Miss Cook, Mr Ripon, Mr Arnup and Indi Gladman. We thank the Year 6s from the Bairnsdale and St Anne’s campuses for joining the team for the SEISA carnival and doing a fantastic job. Our athletes competed with vigour and pride and represented themselves very well. By Sarah O’Brien and Hayden Stead (Athletics Captains)

SEISA Surfing
On Thursday 23 of April, 9 dedicated surfers got up at the crack of dawn to make the long journey down to Phillip Island to compete in the SEISA surfing carnival. When we arrived the swell was looking less than promising, with very few waves to be seen. Nonetheless, the competition proceeded and improved with a rising tide throughout the day. We kicked off with Jonte Treasure, Chance Doultree, Ebony Lee and Alicia Gault competing in the junior section. Jonte and Alicia had a great heat and both managed to place 4th in their final. Ebony also secured herself a spot in the finals, performing impressively to come third. Our intermediate surfers, consisting of Kyle Dunkley, Charlie Avage and Lucy Hobson all surfed well in their heat; however, unfortunately they did not make it through to the finals. Finally in the senior section, James Shephard had a tough heat, and narrowly missed out on a spot in the finals.

Sacha Sjerp also surfed in the senior section and had a close heat but was lucky to move through to the final where she came second. Throughout the day, Newhaven College continued to dominate the competition and ended up winning by a considerable margin. Overall, Gippsland Grammar placed 3rd. We were all very proud of our efforts and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Good job to everyone who competed and we’d like to say a massive thankyou to Mr Taylor for driving us all the way down to Phillip Island and making the whole day possible. To any of those considering participating next year, we strongly encourage you to do so, as it was a great experience for everyone. By Sacha Sjerp and James Shephard

Helping Hands Project Casual Clothes Day 
On Friday the 8th of May, 12 Salveson hosted a causal clothes day to raise funds for Utta Char Kalmi, Gippsland Grammar’s sponsor school, in Bangladesh. This was a very successful day with a total of $878.95 raised. 12 Salveson would like to thank everyone who participated in this event and donated generously to this cause.

No Public Buses Running - Friday 05 June

There will be no public buses running this Friday June 5. Please see attached for alternative arrangements.

Please read the following letter from Leonie Allen [Bus Co-ordinator]

Public Bus Travellers Letter

Thank you, any queries please ring Leonie Allen.