Yearly archive - 2014

Senior School Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

A “FAIR” DAY OUT

It’s that time of year again for fairy floss, snow cones and rides!  The Girton Grammar School Fairbrother Fair is coming on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 12pm – 4pm.

Girton Grammar School Headmaster, Matthew Maruff, said that this annual Fair has been running for over 20 years and is the School’s largest fundraising event for the year.

“This event is the product of countless hours of volunteer work from the Girton Parents’ and Friends’ Association,” said Mr Maruff.

“It is a wonderful day out not just for the Girton community but for all of Greater Bendigo families to enjoy.  Everyone is welcome.”

Margaret Keech, President of the Girton Parents’ and Friends’ Association said that there is still a lot to do before the event but it will be a great day of fun for both children and adults.

“There are plenty of attractions to please all ages.  For the young ones, there is the street of rides, cupcake decorating, Can in a Pond, a tin can bowling alley, Zorb balls, climbing wall, a chance to play with reptiles, even a disco limo and much more to see and do, Mrs Keech said.

“Parents can enjoy Devonshire Tea or browse through the market stalls that include pot plants and a selection of fresh produce.  Other tasty treats are available in the food hall.   The wine auction begins at 2pm with a live auction to follow.  A silent auction will run throughout the day with several unique items on offer so people are encouraged to get there early and put in a bid.”

The Girton Grammar School Fairbrother Fair will be held at Girton Grammar’s Junior School site located at the corner of Vine and MacKenzie Streets, Bendigo.  Free entry via both Vine and MacKenzie Street entrances.

Senior School Formal

Midnight in Paris

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

Forever Young Concert 2014 Poster

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.