GIPPSLAND Grammar will host three Open Days in March, offering families the opportunity to discover the advantages of the complete ELC-to-VCE education offered at the leading independent school’s three campuses.
Gippsland Grammar’s Bairnsdale Campus includes an Early Learning Centre (ELC) offering three and four-year-old kindergarten programs and will be on show for interested families on Saturday March 18 from 9-11am.
In Sale, the School’s historic junior St Anne’s Campus – which also includes an ELC offering three and four-year-old kindergarten programs as well as a Foundation-Year 6 campus – will host its Open Day on Saturday March 25 from 9-11am. The senior Garnsey Campus (Years 7-12) on the Princes Highway will also be open on March 25 from 11am-1pm.
That means within eight days families from across Gippsland can explore the School’s complete ELC-to-VCE offering; and, in Sale, this can be done in a single day.
Gippsland Grammar Principal Michele Wakeham said she was looking forward to throwing open the gates for her first Open Day as Principal and to show families who perhaps aren’t familiar with the school what it has to offer.
“Even though we are one school each of our campuses has its own personality and I can’t want to introduce this to some new faces,” Mrs Wakeham said.
“Our Bairnsdale Campus is located on the banks of Clifton Creek (an offshoot of the Mitchell River) and has campus chickens and a therapy dog creating quite a rural feel. Our St Anne’s Campus is the historic heart of our School and is known for its red bring buildings and rich history, while our Garnsey Campus and boarding house are dominated by a huge expanse of green open spaces and state-of-the-art facilities including our new Art & Design Centre.
“But of course overarching those individual campus personalities are our comprehensive teaching and learning programs and our rich cross-campus co-curricular offerings, which is why we have such a seamless transition experience from our ELCs to our junior campuses and then from our junior campuses to our senior campus. I’m really excited by what our School offers and I’m excited to show this off at our Open Day events.”
Mrs Wakeham will be joined by members of the School’s Leadership Team at the Open Days, which includes Acting Deputy Principal Justin Henderson, Head of Bairnsdale Campus Virginia Evans, Head of St Anne’s Jie Van Berkel and Head of Garnsey Campus Rohan Jayatilake. Student leaders and teachers will also be on hand to share their expertise and first-hand experiences.
When asked what first-time visitors to the School may be surprised to discover at the Open Days, Mrs Wakeham said it may well be the same thing that has impressed her; how welcoming and inclusive Gippsland Grammar is.
“Some of the feedback that I’ve taken great heart from over the past few months came from some of the parents of our current Year 7 students,” Mrs Wakeham said. “They said they’d noticed how much our students embraced their own freedom of expression and that they felt our School was inclusive of everyone’s interests. It’s incredibly important to us that every student feels welcome and respected.”
A highlight of the Bairnsdale and St Anne’s campus Open Days will be the opportunity for families to explore the ELCs, which both offer a three-year-old ‘Reception’ program and a four-year-old ‘Transition’ program and are notable for their age-appropriate programs and both rated as ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard.
At Garnsey, Blackwood House (the School’s Boarding House) will also be open for families to see what life is like when students both study and live on-campus, while the Rowing Program, Performing Arts Department and the exceptional Year 9 program will also be on show.
Gippsland Grammar has more than 1100 students enrolled across its three campuses in Sale and Bairnsdale and includes a Boarding House with full-time and casual options and private daily bus options for students from East Gippsland, Latrobe Valley and Yarram district. Gippsland Grammar is also currently offering substantial scholarships. Applications close March 6. For more information click here Scholarships - Gippsland Grammar
Bairnsdale Campus, 86 Bullumwaal Rd, Wy Yung. Open on Sat March 18 from 9-11am.
St Anne’s Campus, 52 Raymond St, Sale. Open on Sat March 25 from 9-11am.
Garnsey Campus, Princes Hwy, Sale. Open on Sat March 25 from 11am-1pm.
Please register your attendance.