This year to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in early February, ABC Online featured our Girls Invent program. Apart from great coverage, this also led to the Executive Producers of the Jimmy Fallon show in the USA inviting two of our inventions, one from 2015 and 2016 to submit audition demos for the Fallon Inventions segment of the show – with the possibility of appearing live on the show. Whilst our girls didn’t make it to the next stage, they had the opportunity to experience how readily you can be identified on an international platform. However, our story doesn’t finish there.
Last week our girls took out 1st and 2nd Prize at the Girls Invent and Scale Angels annual Victorian Pitch Evening (like a mini ‘Shark Tank’).
First Prize went to a team of CGGS Year 7 students, Mikalya Lee, Susannah Lutze and Alice Wilson, who are developing a device you attach to a tennis racquet to record the score called a ‘Score Buddy’. Tennis Australia has already contacted the School wanting to promote the invention and are interested to help in the next stage of development. Our team of students is already in a great position because they have engineering drawings thanks to their work with engineers based in the Netherlands and have obtained a provisional patent.
The second prize winners – the ‘We Don’t Mind App’ also has great potential and I understand that representatives from PWC are interested in talking to the girls. I look forward to sharing with you the progress of both of these inventions.
Camberwell Girls is dedicated to supporting high quality education throughout Victoria. We recently held the first Victoria PESA (Positive Education Schools Association) conference at Camberwell Girls with over 100 participants attending. Staff members Hayden Gyles, Kath Woolcock, Cathy Poyser and Kate Giles organised this highly successful event. In addition, last week CGGS also hosted a seminar for teachers new to VCE History in conjunction with the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV). More than 100 teachers attended the seminar, which included sessions on teaching the six VCE History subjects offered in Victoria, as well as a discussion led by Gerry Martin, Curriculum Manager for History at VCAA. Our own Head of History, Ian Lyell, hosted the seminar and also gave a keynote presentation to the participants. HTAV praised the school for Ian’s leadership in this area across the state of Victoria and CGGS for its ongoing support of teacher education.
Last Friday we held our Year 6 Graduation and tomorrow, the Graduation Lunch. It is important to celebrate significant milestones in our girls’ educational journey. We are also looking forward to our Years 7-9 Presentation Evening on Tuesday evening.
This year we farewell five teachers to positions in other independent schools. Jenny Meachem and Giselle Lobo will be moving to Strathcona as head of Performing Arts and Head of Mathematics respectively and Mark Barnett to Ivanhoe Grammar School as Head of the Arts Learning Area – all in career promotions. We are proud to be a part of their leadership journeys and wish them well. Toni Vernon will have the opportunity to teach IB at her new school and Fil CriCri is moving to her daughter’s school.
We wish our retirees Alice Broadbridge and Lou Villani all the very best and Kim Waters as she embarks on her long awaited dream to study Art Therapy. In addition to some small part time work, Pamela Badoer is looking forward to tutoring refugee children.
We wish Adam Levitt all the very best as he moves to Queensland, Cara Whitehouse as she moves to Canada, Jorja Kelly as she moves to Sydney and Laura Washington who is currently on parental leave as she moves to a school closer to her home.
Eleanor Macaro and Hayden Gyles have decided to move to positions outside of teaching and we thank them for their service, Sarah Hillier is increasing her administrative hours at the Australian Music Examinations Board, and we wish Lara Banerji and Melissa Field all the very best during their parental leave.
I would like to thank the staff who are concluding their contracts – Zac Mowat, Hannah Simon, Megan Supple (our Deakin Graduates), Catherine Braysher, Trudy Maxwell, Xin Yang, Joan Vida, Pat Ritter and Kate Sleath.
During the last few weeks, students and staff have been collecting gifts and non-perishable food gifts for Anglicare, at both Ormiston and the Senior School for a range of student ages. It has been important for our students to think about the importance of generosity, giving and service in their lives, not only through this action, but through many in our Service Learning programs.
On behalf of the Staff at Camberwell Girls Grammar School we hope that the spirit of Christmas will bring peace and happiness to you and your families during this festive season and throughout the year ahead.
Have a very happy and safe holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2018.
With best wishes,