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Beanies for Billy 2022

Gippsland Grammar students across its three campuses will wear a beanie to school next Tuesday, 30 August, to support and raise awareness of brain cancer. The day will honour past student Billy Adams, who died from brain cancer in 2019, aged 20.

Billy lived in Lakes Entrance and was a student at the independent school from 2007-2017, beginning in Year 3 at Bairnsdale Campus before moving to its senior Garnsey Campus and boarding during his final years.

He was a dedicated student who dreamed of being a lawyer according to classmate Ella Baker-Horan who returned the School on Monday (22 August) to talk to senior students about her friend.

Prefects Lara Hall and Rory McLeod together with Old Scholar Ella Baker-Horan getting ready for Beanies for Billy Day.
Prefects Lara Hall and Rory McLeod together with Old Scholar Ella Baker-Horan getting ready for Beanies for Billy Day.

“Billy sat in the seats you are sitting in. He sang the same school song that you sing. He made the same memories you are making … he was the person who you wanted to be friends with,” Ms Baker-Horan said as she encouraged everyone to don a beanie next week.

“This is why Beanies for Billy is happening … to celebrate the person he was and acknowledge all the children and people out there who aren’t as lucky as us. I want to encourage you to live your best life, the way Billy would’ve but didn’t get the opportunity.”

“Please donate if you can, support if you can, wear a beanie if you can. And continue to be the best version of yourself and if you don’t do it for Billy, do it for someone like Billy. Do it for your Billy.”

Ms Baker-Horan will join Billy’s family and many other friends to participate in Connor’s Run next month helping change the odds for children with brain cancer. Brain cancer is the number one cancer killer of young people.

Billy’s mum Tanya Adams said the family was grateful to the School community for organising such a fantastic event in her son’s memory.

“Billy would be very happy with it,” she said.

Gippsland Grammar’s student Prefects are driving this fundraising and awareness event.


Gippsland Grammar background:

Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

Gippsland Grammar’s 2021 VCE results:

Gippsland Grammar’s class of 2021 was among some of Victoria’s highest achieving Year 12 students. An amazing 21 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 90 and 38 per cent above 80, which places them in the top 10 percent, and 20 per cent, in the state respectively. Gippsland Grammar’s Dux for 2021 was Demi Edward with an ATAR of 99.2, two students achieved a perfect study score of 50 while 28 per cent of students achieved a study score above 40. Gippsland Grammar is also proud to acknowledge the 21 students from the 2021 cohort who made a successful transition into the workforce through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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