Principal's News - 9 August 2022


Year 3-6 House Athletics

Last week’s Year 3-6 House Athletics Carnival, held at the Box Hill Athletics Track, was a very successful event. The cool but sunny day ensured that the students thoroughly enjoyed competing in the large number of track and field events on offer in the program. Their competitive spirit was on show as they all strove to earn points for their respective Houses. Congratulations to every student for the positive manner in which they competed and the support that they gave each other throughout the carnival. Congratulations to Wright House for coming first on the day. The final placings were as follows.

  • 1st – Wright
  • 2nd – Allen
  • 3rd – Gardiner
  • 4th – Woods

A huge thank you to Mrs Deckert for her work to organise and coordinate all aspects of the carnival. This was Casey’s first GPS House athletics carnival, and she is to be congratulated on organising a great day with everything running like clockwork. Thank you also to the many staff who attended on the day to ensure the students had a great time. It was also great to see a large number of parents on the day supporting everyone and enjoying the carnival. Thank you too to Nikki Wheeler for organising the onsite coffee van. 

Girls’ Football Gala Day

On Wednesday, July 27, our Girls’ football team competed in the Boroondara AFL Girls’ Gala Day that was held at Bulleen Park. The team played four matches against local school teams with matches consisting of two 12-minute halves with 18 players per team on the field. This was a fantastic opportunity for many in our team to play in their first competitive football matches. The students all had a wonderful time, winning one of their four matches. Thank you to Mrs Deckert for training and coordinating the team and also to Ms Knell who attended on the day to assist with the coaching.

Hooptime Basketball

Twelve teams from GPS competed in last Friday’s Hooptime basketball competition. The teams cater for all levels of skill and experience from beginners to experienced players. We fielded 4 Rookie teams, 6 Future Stars teams and a Boys and Girls All Stars team. Each team played games in a round-robin format, progressing to their respective finals if they won enough games. The students all had a great time, and they achieved some excellent results. The Boys’ All Stars team won the grand final, the Girls’ All Stars team were runners-up in the grand final and one of the Future Stars teams were also runners-up in their grand final. Congratulations to the students who participated for the positive manner in which they participated and for being wonderful ambassadors for GPS on the day. Thank you to Mrs Deckert for coordinating our participation in this event and for coaching on the day. Thank you also to Ms Knell, Mrs Danko, Mr Mays, Mrs Howell, Mrs Woods and Mrs Birch for also attending on the day to coach their respective teams. 

JSC Animal Day

Thank you to Mrs Kenos and the JSC for organising our Animal dress-up day on Friday, July 29. Everyone looked fantastic in their outfits with some very creative costumes on show. $534 was raised from the gold coin donations, which was donated to the RSPCA.

Year 3-6 Working Bee

The next scheduled working bee for families of Year 3- 6 students is Friday, September 2. This is a twilight working bee that will commence straight after school and conclude at approximately 6pm. Any assistance on the day will be greatly appreciated, even if only for a short time. Tasks to be completed include painting, mulching gardens and general maintenance and clean-up. 1000 House points will be awarded to respective Houses for every student and parent who assists. 

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday Aug 23 – Science Day
  • Wednesday Aug 24 – Book Swap Day
  • Thursday Aug 25 – JSC Jeans for Genes Day
  • Monday Aug 29 – Student Free Day
  • Wednesday Aug 31 – Book Week Parade
  • Friday Sept 2 – PFA Fathers’ Day Stall & Twilight Working Bee
  • Wednesday Sept 14 – School Concert
  • October 7-9 – Father/Son Camp

Andrew Searle