Yearly archive - 2014

Giant Giraffe Making Kids Safer and Smarter

This week the Life Education Australia mobile classroom has been parked at the gates of Girton Grammar Junior School and each day, students have been learning how to live safer and smarter.

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Head of Girton Grammar Junior School, Don Thompson, said that it is never too early to start to teach children the basics about how to have a healthy body and a healthy mind.

“If we start teaching Primary aged children how to make strong decisions about small things, as they get older they will be in the best possible position to make good decisions when the stakes are higher,” he said.

Life Education Australia (www.lifeeducation.org.au) is Australia’s largest non-government provider of drug and health education to children and young people and their families and communities. Over 5 million school children and young people have benefited from the Life Education program since 1979.

Out of the Classroom into the Lab

In a bid to get students to study science through to Year 12, especially Physics, a program called Growing (Junior) Tall Poppies in Science (www.coecxs.org), has been developed to allow students and teachers to work alongside scientists using cutting edge research facilities.

Sacha Mann is in Year 11 at Girton Grammar School and is one of only 10 students in Victoria to be accepted into the program and granted access to an eminent Scientist/Mathematician who will be connected to the school throughout 2015.

Headmaster at Girton Grammar School, Matthew Maruff, said that teachers need ways of exciting young science students.

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“This means having the techniques, training and facilities in place to support an engaging and modern curriculum.

“The science lab is where the real learning happens – it’s where the theory is put into practice and where the magic of science imprints on a young person’s mind forever.

“We are so proud that Sacha will collaborate with scientists on their current research to develop activities that will promote science,” he said.

Sacha was selected for the Growing (Junior) Tall Poppies program for her academic excellence and passion for science and maths along with her capacity to communicate science to her immediate and broader community. She will be accompanied by 5 other Girton students next year in a week-long immersion program where students will work with scientists to formulate inquiry-based questions and experiments and then publish the results.

“This is a great opportunity for Sacha and her peers to have a really authentic science experience and to appreciate science beyond the classroom.

“The program will allow the school to develop contacts with industry scientists and for students to get a good idea of what a career in science looks like,” Mr Maruff said.
Media contact:  Alex Fisher (03) 4408 5985 / alexfisher@girton.vic.edu.au

NEW $13M BUILDING SUPPORTS CURRENT SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Following two years of planning and a year of construction, a new state of the art multi-purpose building was officially opened today at Girton Grammar School and named The Naunton Family Building. Mr Matthew Maruff, Headmaster at Girton Grammar School said that the $13 million building is an asset not only to the school, but to the city of Bendigo. “By having the very best facilities we support the excellence in academic and co-academic areas of education that the school consistently strives to achieve. “This level of investment is also significant for future staff and students and signifies our commitment to the growth and progress of the school. “Bendigo is a great place in which to live and work and quality schools play a huge part in strong communities and in helping to bring talent to this city. “Most of the work done on the building was by local Bendigo businesses with e+ Architecture doing design work and Fairbrother Pty Ltd carrying out construction. “We sought the views of staff and students with regard to what makes great teaching and learning spaces so the building tells a personal story for many. “When it came to naming the building, it was an easy choice.  Donald Naunton and his wife Carolyn have contributed countless hours in volunteer work for the betterment of the school and the wider Girton community. “Their eight children all attended Girton Grammar as well as two of their grandchildren who are currently enrolled in the school. “In different roles as Board Member, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee over the past 21 years, Donald has guided the school through large expansion projects with his wisdom and careful governance ensuring that these projects were delivered prudently and successfully. “He will leave a powerful legacy for which future students will always feel grateful,” said Mr Maruff.

The new four storey building features a 176 seat lecture theatre, art room, careers guidance centre, eight science laboratories, Year 12 study rooms and a library. A three storey atrium acts as a centre piece for the building which has extensive natural light and flexible open spaces. The building meets the highest possible environmental standards with energy consumption about half that of the previous buildings, carpet made from 70% recycled materials, double glazing and environmental film on windows to improve temperature control and a state of the art heating and cooling system. “This new building supports Girton’s model of learning which has three simple but powerful aspects: emotion, motivation and cognition. “We have an incredible community of support for the school through our Board, our staff, and our student and parent networks which have made the investment in this superb new building possible,” Mr Maruff said.

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Open Day Friday 5th September

Girton Grammar School is renowned for outstanding academic results, but that is only half the story.  Girton’s Year 12 cohorts consistently achieve the strongest VCE scores in the region, year in, year out. But at Girton we believe that academic studies are just a part of a rounded education.  Strong pastoral care and the development of skills and interests beyond the classroom are crucial to a child’s wellbeing and development, and Girton’s unique co-curricular programme can provide an amazing array of opportunities for your child. Girton has become a world leader in the implementation of Emotional Intelligence education in a School environment.  This Spring we provide two opportunities for you to gain a real insight into life at Girton. Come and see what that looks like.

 

 

 

 

BENDIGO’S HIPPEST SENIORS ARE BACK

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Tickets are now on sale for the “Forever Young” concert to be held on Wednesday, September 17 at The Capital Theatre.  The “Forever Young” choir is back for another year of rock ‘n’ roll.  Made up of 70 local community members aged 65 to 93 years, they will perform live on stage, accompanied by the Girton Grammar School string orchestra and the rock band “Plot Twist”.

Founder, Laura Dusseljee, said this choir likes to shake things up every year and this year, they are performing songs from a medley of iconic rock idols.  “This year’s repertoire includes songs from the Sex Pistols, Carlos Santana, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and classic tunes from Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen,” said Mrs Dusseljee.  “This choir is a unique group in that no one younger than 65 can join and they sing songs of love, lust and longing.  We embrace the philosophies of live, love, laugh, play and shine and this year we are living!”

Tickets are $25 adults, $17 students/concession or $60 families (2 adults, 2 children) and can be purchased through The Capital’s box office on 5434 6100 or online at www.thecapital.com.au

Performing Arts Showcase

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We would like to invite you to Girton Grammar School’s first Performing Arts Showcase of some of this year’s finest performances to date. Seven stunning performances from Theatre Studies, Drama, Media and Dance will be presented in The Black Box Theatre. Drinks and finger food will be provided by the ‘Friends of Drama’. Entrance cost is only $5 at the door.

NEW $13M BUILDING SUPPORTS CURRENT SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Monday, August 11, 2014

NEW $13M BUILDING SUPPORTS CURRENT SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

Following two years of planning and a year of construction, a new state of the art multi-purpose building was officially opened today at Girton Grammar School and named The Naunton Family Building.

Mr Matthew Maruff, Headmaster at Girton Grammar School said that the $13 million building is an asset not only to the school, but to the city of Bendigo.  “By having the very best facilities we support the excellence in academic and co-academic areas of education that the school consistently strives to achieve.  “This level of investment is also significant for future staff and students and signifies our commitment to the growth and progress of the school.  “Bendigo is a great place in which to live and work and quality schools play a huge part in strong communities and in helping to bring talent to this city.  “Most of the work done on the building was by local Bendigo businesses with e+ Architecture doing design work and Fairbrother Pty Ltd carrying out construction.  “We sought the views of staff and students with regard to what makes great teaching and learning spaces so the building tells a personal story for many.  “When it came to naming the building, it was an easy choice.  Donald Naunton and his wife Carolyn have contributed countless hours in volunteer work for the betterment of the school and the wider Girton community. “Their eight children all attended Girton Grammar as well as two of their grandchildren who are currently enrolled in the school.  “In different roles as Board Member, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee over the past 21 years, Donald has guided the school through large expansion projects with his wisdom and careful governance ensuring that these projects were delivered prudently and successfully.  “He will leave a powerful legacy for which future students will always feel grateful,” said Mr Maruff.

The new four storey building features a 176 seat lecture theatre, art room, careers guidance centre, eight science laboratories, Year 12 study rooms and a library. A three storey atrium acts as a centre piece for the building which has extensive natural light and flexible open spaces.  The building meets the highest possible environmental standards with energy consumption about half that of the previous buildings, carpet made from 70% recycled materials, double glazing and environmental film on windows to improve temperature control and a state of the art heating and cooling system. “This new building supports Girton’s model of learning which has three simple but powerful aspects: emotion, motivation and cognition. “We have an incredible community of support for the school through our Board, our staff, and our student and parent networks which have made the investment in this superb new building possible,” Mr Maruff said.

BENDIGO WRITER’S FESTIVAL

Year 9 and Junior School students attending the Writer’s Festival this weekend

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The Senior School Spectacular is on Tuesday 12 August at 6.30pm, followed by the Junior School Showcase on Wednesday 13 August.

 

Please contact the Capital to secure your tickets.

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FATHER RAY FUNDRAISER

A Sunday session filled with fun and live music for families and friends to enjoy!  Listen to your favourite sounds of rock, R&B, pop and country from Lou & The Pick Ups and special guests whilst the children boogie to their own music in the Kids Disco. (ticket includes free entry to the disco)

Once you’ve booked your ticket, reserve a table for lunch by calling The Foundry directly at 5443 6144.  Please mention you are attending the Tunes for Change event. All proceeds will go to the Father Ray Foundation and Pattaya Orphanage in Thailand (www.fr-ray.org).

Come out for a good cause and stay for the music!!

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