June 17, 2022

One of the delights in my role as Principal is to visit our Early Learning Centre and see the children at work and play. Universally it is accepted that children love to play and the known benefits are life long. Children’s natural propensity to play may at first glance be seen as play just for the sake of enjoyment. However, educators worldwide have a broader view and consciously tap into children’s love of play to develop all of which is nascent and emergent within each child; abilities and personal characteristics waiting to flourish. Early education teachers committed to high quality outcomes embed play into their curricula to engage children and promote deep learning opportunities, being acutely aware of how capable and competent young children are as learners.

When I walk through our ELC I see children pursuing their interests using open-ended resources to imagine, investigate and inquire within indoor and outdoor play spaces which are inviting and aesthetically pleasing. Their play and work experiences have been carefully designed by the staff to achieve specific outcomes in the children’s learning. The materials offered for ‘play’ change regularly to provoke thinking, challenge problem solving, evoke creativity and provide extended time for shared conversations to develop friendships.

But equally noticeable is that the children are not working or playing alone.

Alongside individuals or small groups are the teachers, engaging children in insightful conversation, asking open-ended questions to encourage thinking in more abstract or sophisticated ways. They combine explicit teaching skills with questioning to scaffold individual or group understandings, with time and opportunity given for the children to reflect upon and evaluate their efforts. These rich interactions between children and staff take place within the environment which has been created to ensure the children feel supported, safe and secure.

All of our Senior and Junior school programs undergo regular review to ensure they reflect current pedagogies and the rigour to support and produce high quality education. This is true for our ELC as well. However in addition, as our ELC is an approved early education service, it undergoes assessment against seven standards every five years, as regulated by state and territory authorities.

For your interest the seven standards are:

> Educational program and practice

> Children’s health and safety

> Physical environment

> Staffing arrangements

> Relationships with children

> Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

> Governance and leadership

Each standard is rated individually and scaled according to whether services are meeting national standards, or are in fact exceeding expectations.

Recently our Early Learning Centre underwent their five year external assessment which involved the evaluation of extensive documentation of the Centre’s operations and policies. The review then culminated in a full day on-site appraisal by representatives of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

On receipt of our report from ACECQA we pleasingly and happily learned that our ELC received ‘Exceeding National Quality Standards’ in all seven areas.

In reading the report, the strengths of our Centre became obvious with superlatives used to describe the leadership of the Centre, the integration of the School’s mission, vision and values, the holistic education, health, safety and wellbeing programs, the commitment to and respect for each child’s identity and sense of belonging, together with provision for individual learning needs. The Centre was praised for their collaboration and engagement with families and the wider community, in powerful recognition that when home and school work together the best educational and personal development outcomes can be achieved. The staff received noteworthy recognition for their commitment to their own continuous learning, their vigorous interactions to discuss current educational philosophy and programs and their participation in external university research projects.

We are very proud that our Early Learning Centre ranks amongst the highest achieving educational and care services in Australia. Deservedly, we congratulate the ELC teachers, Neroli Bowyer-Smyth, Angela Follacchio, Effie Kitsiris, Jacqui Laird, Joanna Lee, Melinda Murphy and Ramila Sadikeen and CGGS specialist staff for their professionalism and dedication under the leadership of Head of Junior School, Paul Donohue and Early Learning Coordinator, Esther Wong.

So when all who see our ELC children ‘seemingly’ at play we should confidently know that the children are being catered for with staff who are excellent communicators, are creative and energetic, are authentically respectful of the children and their families and love learning just as much as the children in their care.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody

Senior School


Senior School

June 17, 2022

This past fortnight we have again witnessed all our Senior School students and staff thoroughly involved in the academic, wellbeing and co-curricular activities of the school.

Whilst the VCE continues to have end of Year 12 examinations, our Year 10 and 11 Examinations are an essential experience for our students, and I congratulate our students on their diligence during this time. The rehearsal of examination techniques, practicing revision skills and discovering what areas of a subject require more focus in the future are all important skills for our students.

This week since completing their Semester One Examinations our Year 10 students have undertaken “Work Experience” at a myriad of workplaces and by all accounts they have thoroughly enjoyed their time exploring possible future careers. I take this opportunity to again congratulate the Year 10 students and thank Ms Dot Georgiou, Acting Careers Counsellor for their combined efforts this past term to ensure our students have been able to find excellent Work Experience placements. For those students who have placements at another time during the year an on-line and highly valuable virtual Work Experience offering was also provided which has assisted these students to explore many future skills and pathways. Thank you also to our Year 10 teachers who have made a visit to our students at their workplaces.

This week our Mustard members, led by Bella Bruce (Mustard Mentor) led “Make a Ripple Week”, where the challenge is to create a lasting ripple of kindness within the school community. Although kindness is not one of our school values, it is certainly a quality we witness each and every day in our students and staff and their interactions with each other. Visiting speakers to our school often speak of the invisible thread of kindness they feel when they enter our community, and we can all be very proud of this. Thank you to all in our Senior School for making a ripple at CGGS each week.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 camp was such a memorable experience! Everyone was buzzing with excitement and energy! When we got off the bus the cool air flowed around us. We grabbed our luggage and placed it outside the hall and everyone was very nervous about our cabin groups. After that everyone was very happy that they had all been paired with their friends. Each day we had fun activities like abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking and so much more! All these activities made us develop key skills that we would not be able to gain in school.

On the first day, everyone could not control their excitement. We couldn’t sit still as Mr Maycock and Rev Creed explained all the “boring” things. On the bus, the buzzing sensation continued and all the way throughout our first day of camp. The highlight of day one was definitely visiting our cabins and making it more like home!

We had a brilliant dinner and toasted marshmallows on the campfire to end our day.

The second day started off with a chilly bang. We all enjoyed a warm breakfast and our first actual day of activities. Abseiling, rock climbing, and canoeing were just a few of the many wonderful activities students participated in. Our lunch was also scrumptious too! Everyone ended their day with some hot pot and apple crumble with custard. Shoutouts to 7B and 7P for camping overnight in the snow and surviving the cold conditions!

On Wednesday, all of year seven witnessed a magical scene of beautiful snow. For some people, it was a first. Although we were fascinated by this, we couldn’t resist the cold, freezing weather bestowed upon us, but that did not stop everyone from having a good time and completing the activities provided for us. We were all extra grateful when we all received some delicious hot chocolate. 7B and 7P all did a hike in the mountains and came back exhausted, but proud of themselves. That definitely was a source of motivation for 7T and 7W, who were camping overnight.

Thursday quickly arrived and it was almost impossible to believe that we had only one more sleep until the end of camp. 7T and 7W all came back from camping out shivering, but happy. They then completed a hike and played some fun games with the OEG Leaders midway. They came back to the camp with lots of moments to share with the other classes.

Everyone had a mouth-watering dinner (Chicken schnitzel with veggies and mash potato) and ended our last dinner of camp with some sticky date pudding. Everyone then watched a movie in their pj’s and sleeping bags. We watched ‘Princess Diaries’ and we certainly didn’t act like princesses slogging back to our cabins!

Friday was definitely the saddest day as we had to leave Camp Marysville. We all thanked the wonderful OEG Leaders for leading our activities as well as the chefs for cooking our delicious meals.

Everyone headed back to school, carrying and treasuring lots of memories, experiences, and achievements. Overall, camp was an incredibly fun and exciting experience filled with delicious meals, new friends, fun, excitement and so many skills that we can use for many other things we do in our life. Of course, none of this would go ahead without the lovely contributions by Mr. Maycock! It was very exciting to have a camp after two years and we were very grateful to have one. In conclusion, camp was an amazing experience filled with so many fun and exciting things that made us appreciate how lucky we are to participate and take part in these school events. We can’t wait for next year’s camp!

Preesha Navaneetharaja & Aathana Sivapalan

Zoos Victoria Youth Leadership Program

This year, Nysa and Jessie of Year 9, applied for and have been selected to be part of the Zoo’s Victoria Youth Leadership program. This program involves 10 workshop days which commenced during the April School holidays and will conclude during the September School holidays with a graduation ceremony.

“This program grants us the opportunity to meet different people from various schools to gather and discuss about topics on science, environment, wildlife, conservation and learn to use and advance our leadership skills in these matters. We spend a considerable amount of time at Melbourne Zoo and have special excursions which allow us to go to Phillip Island, St Kilda Beach, Werribee Zoo, and Healesville Sanctuary. In this process, we will build on our leadership and communication skills, real-world problem-solving abilities, and project management skills as well as science knowledge and wildlife conservation experiences. In addition to that, we are also part of a research project, and this is where we need your help!

Our research project is surrounding the usage of soft plastics, how it affects wildlife (particularly marine wildlife) and how we must reduce our utilization of soft plastics. Soft plastic littering is seen everywhere, even including zoos. Everyday items we use end up in oceans, streets, and the stomachs of wildlife. In our workshops we had the opportunity to see this first hand and get up close to the Australian Fur Seals at Melbourne Zoo and the Zookeepers showed us a number of items which they have recovered from around the Seal’s bodies or which they had ingested. Our objective is to reduce (soon stop) the uses of soft plastics at school. For us to execute our goal, we need parents, teachers and students to fill out this quick survey for us to collect the data on their thoughts and knowledge of soft plastics pollution, how we can reduce usage of soft plastic at school and why we must do so.

We hope you enjoyed reading this snapshot of what we have been up to and learnt something valuable about soft plastics.

We would really appreciate if our school community could assist in completing this short survey for our data collection.   If you can spare 5 minutes of your time, this will provide the team with additional valuable data that will help us work with the Zoo’s Sustainability team to develop the next social media campaign, just like you would have seen in recent years which included the ‘Wipe for Wildlife’ and ‘Blow Bubbles not Balloons’campaigns.”

You can access our Zoo’s Victoria Survey HERE or via the QR code:

Thank you for your support.

Nysa Ramavat and Jessie Chen
Year 9 Students

Winter Sleep Out

On the evening of Friday the 3rd of June, students from Years 8-12 participated in the annual Winter Sleep Out. This event seeks raise awareness of those experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness. Guest Speaker Major Warren Elliot, Public Relations Secretary for Salvation Army Victoria, engaged students and staff with a history of the Salvation Army, the broad and varied experiences of those at risk of homelessness, and how the Salvation Army works to alleviate the conditions of those experiencing homelessness.

The evening also raises material support for the Salvation Army, to particularly aid individuals experiencing homeless in the Camberwell area. Students and teachers worked harmoniously in the cold conditions to purchase essential goods required by those in the local region. Students partially emulated the experience of those who are sleeping rough, with a simple evening meal of cup noodles or soup, and they slept outside in 6°C. While students went without core comforts of home, they did enjoy trivia games and a movie night before snuggling up in their sleeping bags for the night.

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal is currently underway, and those wishing to take action or donate to this cause can do so here.

On behalf of the Service team, we would like to extend a special thanks to Major Elliot from the Salvation Army who took time out of his night to educate everyone on the issue of homelessness. Further we would also like to extend gratitude to all staff who assisted in the event: Mr Clark, Dr Forwood, Ms Lyristis, and Ms Wighton.

Elysa Zhou and Lauren Bernabe
Service Captains

Junior Victorian College Basketball

It has been a busy term for the CGGS Basketball Squad as they have been trialling and training for the prestigious Victorian College Basketball Tournament. Congratulations to the following girls who were selected to compete in the tournament last Tuesday, 14th of June at the State Basketball Centre.

Junior Squad

Maddie Wood

Emily Lewis

Olivia Liu

Lexi Stuart-Adams

Christina Xia

Harper Drane

Ruby Edge

Sofia Sarayana

Phoebe Plummer

Chloe Wong

This tournament was an exceptionally high level and the girls performed admirably on the day against very tough competition. Everyone had a go and participated with much enthusiasm and effort. As the day progressed you could see everyone improving and working together as a team, displaying good skills and tactics.  It was great to attend a day full of fun and competitive basketball. Everyone should be very proud of their commitment to the squad and all they have achieved this season. 

Thank you to Emma Pearce for coaching these squads and Ms Stevens for accompanying the students on the day. We look forward to seeing many more students join the CGGS Basketball Squad for GSV Basketball in Term 4.

Year 10 Work Experience

After two years of disruptions to the Work Experience program, it has been wonderful to see our Year 10 students embark on the world of work. From Tuesday 14 June to Friday 17 June, our students swapped their school uniform for work attire as they utilised this opportunity to gain insight into a career path of interest. There was such diversity in the placements student undertook from traditional areas such as dentistry and law, to more novel areas such as equine sports therapy and Chinese medicine. Organisations are so welcoming of our students, providing them with a true sense of all that is involved such as law firms allowing our students to attend court. Whether the work experience placement has confirmed a passion for our students, or they have decided that career path is not for them, the knowledge they have gained about the occupation and about themselves is invaluable. This is particularly the case as our Year 10 students commence their VCE subject selection journey. I congratulate all students for their efforts throughout the whole process from sourcing a placement to stepping out of their comfort zone and delving into the workforce for the week.

Dot Georgiou
Acting Careers Counsellor

Term 2 GSV Sport

With Term 2 coming to an end its time for a review of weekly GSV sport! The sports on offer this term were hockey, netball and AFL, and we had great success spread across the field. A huge thanks to all the girls and coaches for their efforts and commitment this term, keep it up!


It was great to see the number of students who braved the early morning trainings and participated in GSV Hockey this term. The cold 7am trainings consisted of various drills and exercises, whether it was focusing on game strategies or more specialised skills, and the everyone was rewarded with gorgeous sunrises!

A shout out to all the teams for their amazing efforts and giving each game their best, displaying the Camberwell spirit and making for great games to both play and watch. Everyone who played should be proud of their progression and growth in both their own skills as well as their teamwork.

There was fierce competition across all year levels and each team played their hardest with a number of successful wins. A huge congratulations to the senior team’s extraordinary results, finishing 2nd in their zone and qualifying for finals, achieving 4th place overall!


With the GSV netball season coming to an end, all of the girls played spectacularly, showing admirable persistence and sportsmanship throughout the season.

The junior teams displayed amazing participation with five teams giving netball a go. All teams put up their best efforts and the majority had successful games throughout the season. A special congratulations to the Junior E team who placed 1st in their grade winning every game and qualifying for finals on Thursday 16thJune.

The intermediate grade also had five teams participating, showing tremendous contribution and commitment. All teams in this division had successful games displaying a multitude of skill and perseverance. Special mention to the Intermediate B team who came 3rd overall!

The senior teams gave their best efforts with a great attitude at training and games every week. After the last two years of disruptions to the GSV schedule, the girls showed inspiring optimism which led to remarkable teamwork. Specifically, the Senior B team who achieved two wins this season which is an incredible result in the tough competition. 

A big thank you to all the coaches who showed amazing support and feedback for everyone!



Well done to the Junior and Senior AFL teams for their performance in the GSV weekly sport competition this term. Over the season each player showed a huge improvement in their skills and confidence for the game it was a great opportunity for students from different year levels to come together and share some positive experiences, building a fun and successful team culture. The older and more experienced students provided great leadership and mentorship to our rising stars of the CGGS future. The support, encouragement and comradery shown from each player allowed us to grow as a team and provide positive support during tough moments in games.

The Junior team had many students who were new to the game and they should be so proud of their development throughout the term. The team was entered in the A grade competition so they came up against tough opposition each week. There were some convincing wins as well as 1 game where CGGS won with a goal in the last 10 seconds of the game. Everyone should be so proud of their performance and commitment to the team.

The Year 10-12 AFL senior GSV team had an amazing season with the team remaining undefeated and winning their division. There were many team highlights, terrific goals and plays throughout the season. For example, Issy stepped up and became ruck for the first time, winning lots of contests. Jas’s selfless effort to lay one of her awesome shepherds allowed Amina to run free and score a goal. Lastly, Flicks great leadership in the midfield kept the team strong and focused. The intensity, pressure and hard work ethic to get to the ball first and give every contest our best shot was a major factor to us to winning all our games.

We can’t for next year’s season to begin and hope to have even more girls participating!

Ella Robinson, Catia Cococcia, Ruby Killington and Bianca Coles

Enlighten Education

Year 9 students participated in an Enlighten Education incursion on Wednesday 8 June, hosted by the energetic and inspiring Dannielle Miller. Enlighten Education is a leading provider of personal development workshops run specifically for teenage girls and the program provides students with a series of workshop that respond directly to the trends, challenges and opportunities facing adolescents in today’s world.

As a Year 9 wellbeing team, we selected workshops that focus on promoting positive body image, gratitude and provide strategies for managing stress. Discussions were also held around personal safety and role of personal voice in consent, including setting boundaries, managing conflict and feeling empowered.

Program workshops included:

> Forever Friends

> Stop I don’t like it

> Gratitude

> Chill Out

> Love the skin you’re in

CGGS is immensely proud of its long-standing relationship with Dannielle Miller and Enlighten Education, whom we have been working with for almost 15 years. Our students always reflect positively on the day and most importantly, can draw upon their learnings for many years after. We look forward to more programs and collaborations in the future.

Year 9 Testimonials

I learnt the love languages, that gratitude makes me feel happy, that being calm is good, that I am beautiful no matter what and to not let anyone challenge my boundaries.”

I learnt to try and use positive self-talk, how to recognize abuse, that gratitude is very important and makes me happier and ways to cope with stress. Thank you for your talk today!”

“I really enjoyed the session where we go to write those notes to people and I loved the first session when we talked about gender stereotypes and how to break them.”

I really enjoyed the whole day, your energy made me so happy!”

Debating Competition Update

2022 has been the most exciting year yet for debating at CGGS. A record 13 teams comprising 76 students have competed in the Debaters Association of Victoria Schools competition. We have been lucky enough to have the assistance of CGGS’s alumni, Rebecca Waldron (Class of 2016), the former president of the Melbourne University Debating Society and DAV adjudicator, in running lunchtime sessions to help debaters further develop their skills in constructing and presenting their arguments. We have also been able to take advantage of the new myCGGS (Firefly) platform to create a DAV Debating site to share advice, video tutorials, and topic guides to help debaters prepare. This extra support has helped CGGS debaters develop their skills and achieve a record win rate – in our best round this year, 11 of our 13 teams won their debate.

As we reach the halfway point in the competition season, we asked some of our debaters to reflect on what they have enjoyed about debating:

Emily Lin, Debating Captain, Year 12: “DAV has been an absolutely enchanting experience that has empowered me with a greater understanding and knowledge of the world through other people’s speeches whilst fostering new connections with other like-minded people and given me new means to improve my public speaking and debating skills!”

Priyanshi Shah, Year 12: “I love being able to practice public speaking and build more confidence whilst also meeting new people.”

Teresa Guo, Year 12: “I love DAV because not only do I get to build my confidence when speaking in front of strangers, but I also get to meet new people from different schools and expand my knowledge when listening to other people’s speeches.”

Lexy Cooke, Year 12: “DAV has been such a rewarding experience. It has allowed for me to develop my public speaking skills and connect with other students through collaboration and problem solving!”

Disha Moloney, Megan Chung, Jessie Chen, Shelly Tao, and Nina Zhu, Year 9: “This year was the first time that we had debated, and so it was extremely rewarding to try something new and outside of our comfort zones. Before we signed up, we were really nervous about public speaking and how we would spontaneously rebut the other teams’ arguments. After three debates, our team is undefeated so far! We have found debating very valuable in improving public speaking skills, our research skills, and being able to work as a team to collaborate on ideas. It’s allowed us to listen and understand other people’s perspectives on issues, while also drawing attention to important issues. We have had a great experience overall, and encourage everyone to give it a go!”

Junior School


Junior School

June 17, 2022

Foundation – Year 6 Mountfield Maestros

Last Thursday, our Ormiston and Senior School Speech and Drama students were eagerly awaiting their performance in front of an audience in the Junior School Hall. For many Ormiston students, this Mountfield Maestros was the first live (face-to-face) performance in over two and a half years. Each student got the opportunity to perform in front of their family and a small audience of approximately 50 people. This important school event was once again very successful for students to practice their public speaking skills and build their confidence in projecting their voices. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 1
Evie Chen

Year 2
Alice Lin
Isabelle Gilliland
Kayla Chen
Akira Rajakulendran
Lily Kwong

Year 3
Audrey Cheung
Aurelia Poon
Claire Zhang

Year 4
Lucinda Reedman
Madeleine Law
Chloe Zhang
Cynthia Li
Angela Wu
Estella Ouyang
Cecelia Yang
Dora Zhu
Likka Jiang
Zoe Raspin
Angela Lin

Year 5
Hanna Lindsay
Ailey Poon
Amiya Rajakulendran
Isla Kang
Jennifer Wu

Year 6
Stephanie Chiodo
Rita Wong
Nellie Ruddle
Tiffany Lau

Year 5 & 6 Grandparent’s Day

Our second Ormiston grandparents’ day for this year was very well attended by many grandparents from Year 5 and 6. Once again, both year level sessions were separated, and morning tea was organised for all visitors on the day. Each of the group of grandparents had the opportunity to work on an activity with their granddaughter and these experiences were well received by everyone who attended. I would like to thank the Year 5 and 6 class teachers and our Deputy Head of Junior School, Emma Hinchliffe for organising each activity throughout the morning.

Wishing all our Ormiston families a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Early Learning 3 – Shapes, Buildings and Architecture of Ormiston

The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment.” – Maria Montessori

‘Community’ has been an overarching theme that has guided the Early Learning 3 children’s learning for Term 2. The children embarked on a learning journey about self, family and school, and now the environment, in this instance the physical structures found within Ormiston. As an introduction to shapes, buildings, and architecture the children have been exploring landmarks significant to them, this includes the Early Learning Centre, Mountfield, the Junior School and Ormy the Ormiston dog sculpture. 

The children have engaged a multimodal approach to create maps and construct buildings, using stencils and paint; drawings and drafting; and constructing using blocks and cardboard. As observers and collaborators, the children engaged in discussions, sharing narratives of their experiences in these places.

Junior School:

Estelle’s classroom is there. Estelle is my older sister; she plays art and plays with her friends there. I pick up Estelle there, she makes me happy when I see her in the playground. We do sport, like kick the ball, jumping, hopping, bunny hopping and skipping. – Odette

The big girls do work there and the big adults, like Mr D. and Mrs Spencer and Mrs James and Mrs Adams and Ms Vicki and Ms Cat and the teacher that dressed like a banana (Mr Goodwin). Charlotte


Our classroom in there. We play and do learning and we work. – Eric


It looks like a house but with classrooms. I saw Ms Esther and Ms Jacqui. We talked about something… we talked about me! Like what I like to play and learn. Then we said goodbye. – Abigail

The children continue to develop their ‘sense of place and belonging’ within the CGGS community. Through their drawing and constructions, children are encouraged to extend their knowledge of directionality, mapping, and use of mathematical language.

Esther Wong
Early Learning 3 Teacher & Early Learning Coordinator

Early Learning 4 Full Time – Citizens of Change

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

In our learning community, we value and model respect, care, and appreciation for our natural environment. During the past few weeks, as curious learners and researchers, the children used non-fiction materials to discover what compost means, and what we need to do to create compost for our community garden. As researchers and collaborators, the children used photographs, and engaged in dialogue in small groups, to discover what scraps can be placed in the classroom’s compost bin. As collaborative problem solvers, the children engaged in a sorting game, in which they decided what items could be recycled, placed in landfill, or composted.

The children are aware of how their behaviour impacts our community and environment. As self-managers and environmentalists, they are now mindful about sorting their food packaging and scraps, after morning tea and lunch, into compost, paper, plastic, and landfill.

As curious learners, the children discovered what they could put into a compost bin.

Vegetables and carrots, leaves and banana peel can go into the compost bin. – Jane

The peels of vegetables. – Nora

orange and apple – Michelle

grass – Victoria

I can see some egg shell. – Cecilia

orange – Avery

A worm so that a worm can eat all the scraps. – Darcy

leaves – Sophia

carrot peel – Lyra

banana peel and leaves – Harriet

leaves – Travis            

apples – Marvella

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 4 Full Time Teacher

Early Learning 4 Part-Time – The Wonders of Trees 

The Early Learning 4 Part Time children continued to enjoy delving deeper into their inquiry of the ‘wonders of trees’ as they uncover all the complexities behind the impacting elements of nature, especially those found within the Ormiston environment. Throughout the term, positive interactions with nature have supported children’s ongoing learning, increasing their sense of wonder and imagination. In addition, their ability to focus, concentrate, observe, reason and problem solve – as they immerse themselves in nature play.

To deepen their inquiry, our Head Gardener, Martin Conlon shared his knowledge about the different characteristics of trees within the yard, this supported children to develop their appreciation and fascination for all living things. There many benefits associated with learning about nature, including children’s sense of curiosity to seek answers and show care and empathy for our environment.

Ramila Sadikeen
Early Learning 4 Part-Time Teacher

Library – What has been happening?

Term 2 has been a wonderfully busy time in our Ormiston Library, and we have been delighted to have so many of our students visiting us and utilising our beautiful library space.

We are fortunate to have so many avid and passionate readers from ELC through to Year 6 and this love of reading is reflected in our incredible borrowing statistics. Across both Terms 1 and 2 our students have loaned over 7200 books from our physical library collection, and on top of this, our Year 3 – 6 students have also accessed 2473 eBooks and Audio books which are available through our online library management systems – Orbit and Sora.

Behind the scenes, the library team have been organising and re-cataloguing our nonfiction collection to make the texts more accessible and user friendly for both students and staff. Our non-fiction collection reflects and complements the key curriculum learning areas for Foundation to Year 6 students as well as general interest areas including animals, hobbies, facts and information. New books continue to be regularly added to our collections including new releases, the Children’s Book Council Award (CBCA) shortlisted titles, student and staff requests and book recommendations. 

Term 2 has also seen a rise in participants to our co-curricular Book Clubs, lunch time library activities and competitions such as Design a Book Cover.  This competition was organised by our wonderful Semester One Library Leader, Kealey Liew and many students submitted incredible designs and drawings.

As we head into the school holidays, our students can borrow extra books to keep them reading during the break. Term 3 will be another exciting term as we dive into our House Readers Cup competition which encourages students to read and review their loans and earn house and individual points. We will also celebrate Book Week with an array of fabulous events including dress up as your favourite book character parades and author and illustrator visits. 

Sally Spencer
Library Teacher

Student Council

The Semester One Student Council representatives have been a dynamic and motivated group of young leaders who have shown their commitment to Ormiston by volunteering to take action. One of their main goals, after the COVID years, was to create a caring, connected community.

There are twelve Junior School representatives from Year 1-6 who attended meetings once a month. Ormiston’s School Captain’s, Asha Bhattacharjee and Rita Wong attend and work closely with our Social Service Leaders, Zara Teh and Amy Qi. These four young leaders have lead our meetings, developing their leadership skills by supporting others to be their best and share their ideas for a range of projects.

Another aspect of leadership is social intelligence. The Year 6 students have been developing their understanding and building of strong relationships in our meetings. Although the students have different ages and experiences, nurturing their ideas and valuing their contributions has allowed Student Council to make strong progress on a range of projects.

As such, Term 1 saw the ‘Shout Out’ project. Students were encouraged to write a positive message about someone in Ormiston and have this message displayed in our Junior School Hall.

Another project this semester was the ‘Scavenger Hunt’. The purpose was to learn different things about people in our community. Students had to find images around the school grounds and earn points to have a chance of winning a prize.

Next week, Student Council will lead an ‘Animal Carnival’ to raise funds for World Vision. As part of our commitment to the global community, we are supporting Keatlaresti Ayanda, our sponsor child, and her community in Zimbabwe to develop educational outcomes.

Participants in Student Council recognise the power of collaboration and teamwork, offering to communicate with other students and staff members as well as supporting the younger students with getting involved.

Craig Goodwin
Year 5 Class Teacher & Student Council Coordinator

Foundation Art – Clay Slab Faces

The Foundation students first explored air-dry clay, developing an understanding of how the clay can be manipulated. The students also used a range of tools with the clay. Then the question was put to the class – how could you use the clay to make a face? Students responded and it was decided that a slab of clay would be best. A revision demonstration followed on how to roll a slab of clay. Students then created their own clay slab face and painted the dried clay with acrylic paints.

Year 4 Art – Wet Felted Bowls

The Year 4 students learnt a new art process – wet felting. They followed the many steps of wet felting (the process of pressing and squeezing wool tops, water, detergent, pva glue, rolling pins and bubble wrap) to create a soft sculptural bowl, in the colours of their choice.

Fiona Gibson
Art Teacher




June 17, 2022

Don’t miss the event of the Century!

Join us at this magical evening of celebration, entertainment and commemorating 100 (+2) years of our fine school!

The evening will bring the school community together to celebrate the 100 year strong history of educating girls.

Be entertained by our emcee Emma Race, former grammarian (1993), current parent & broadcaster. Sing and dance the night away to Melbourne’s best band – The Dan Hamill band.

You will enjoy delicious food, beverages and other surprises.

Tables are limited, don’t miss out. Get together with a group or book individual tickets and we will seat you with people from your year level.

Don’t miss out – Early Bird Price ticket by Saturday 25 June and you are in with a chance to win one of two great prizes!

Book your tickets by 25 June and you could win:

Limousine Service to the Gala: Enjoy a 1 hour Chrylster limousine service to drive you and nine guests to the Centenary Gala with a bottle of bubbles. Valued at $400.

Peninsula Hot Springs – Dine & Bathe Package: Enjoy a day for two at the Peninsula Hot Springs with a meal in the Spa Dreaming Centre Dining Room. Valued at $300.

Centenary Gala Ball
Saturday 30 July 2022
6.30pm – 11.00pm 
Leonda By The Yarra
2 Wallen Road, Hawthorn 

Early Bird Individual / $195
Table / $ 1850

Ticket price includes canapés on arrival, 3 course meal and beverages all evening

Dress Code:
Formal Attire (Suits for men, Dress or Pants suit for women)

Book Tickets:

PFA Meeting

The PFA monthly meeting was held on Thursday 16th June, with Head of Junior School Paul Donahue welcoming the new PFA Committee to the Junior School campus.  With things are back in full swing, we look forward to engaging with the Junior School community and have some exciting events lined up for the upcoming Term 3.

The PFA welcomes all members of the CGGS community to be involved. The PFA provides the opportunity for parents to meet, connect, share and be part of a community that supports our students and the school.  Whether by attending events as a guest, volunteering, or joining PFA meetings, we encourage everyone to take part and meet others in our wonderful school community.  It’s a great forum for parents to give back, provide feedback and ideas on how we can better connect, communicate, and engage as a cohesive community.

For more information about the PFA:

Visit the PFA pages on the CGGS Website.

Make sure you follow the PFA on Facebook.

Contact Thanh Ton (T.T) for more information about the Parents and Friends Association via 

Second Hand School Uniform Shop

The PFA Second Hand School Uniform Shop (SHUS) will open again this Saturday, 18th June from 9am to 12pm and Monday 20th June from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Great news, appointments are no longer needed, so please drop in with your daughter/s for a fitting and meet our lovely parent volunteers. 

We are so grateful for the parent volunteers who keep the SHUS open and running so that our students can find a cost saving option to buy school uniform.  It also gives parents the opportunity to resell their daughters uniform that no longer fit or needed.

We are always looking for parent volunteers to help out at the SHUS. It’s a wonderful way to make friends with the CGGS community and to help the students with their uniform needs.  Please contact Thanh Ton (TT) at if you are interested.




June 3, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The wellbeing and safety of all students in our care is our first priority.

Following on from the establishment of Child Safe Standards in 2016 and a further review in 2020, some changes will take effect from 1 July 2022.

Paula Kolivas, one of our student counsellors, outlines these changes below.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody

In 2016, the Victorian Government introduced Ministerial Order 870 – Child Safe Standards – Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools. The Child Safe Standards (Standards) were part of the state government’s response to the 2013 Betrayal of Trust Inquiry which investigated the handling of child abuse in religious and other non-government institutions. The Order required all Victorian schools to embed a culture of no tolerance for child abuse and prescribed seven standards related to reducing the risk of abuse and ensuring the appropriate response and reporting of child abuse to authorities. Although it recognised that all children are vulnerable, the Order mandated a particular focus on students who are more vulnerable to risk due to their abilities, indigenous, cultural or linguistic background.

In 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services, now known as the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) completed a review of these Standards. It recommeneded a number of changes to align and support greater consistency with the National Princples for Child Safe Organisations, which were developed following the 2017 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Assault. The DFFH recommendations were accepted by the Victorian government and eleven new Standards were developed. In January 2022, the Victorian Education Minister mandated Ministerial Order 1359 – Child Safe Standards – Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools and School Boarding Premises. These new Standards will commence on 1 July 2022, and will replace the Ministerial Order 870 Standards.

The eleven new Standards require:

1. Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.

2. Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.

3. Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

4. Families and communities are informed, and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

5. Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.

6. People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.

7. Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused.

8. Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.

9. Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.

10. Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.

11. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.

These Standards, and their associated compliance documents, provide greater clarity regarding the requirements on the governance, systems and processes of a school to reduce the risk of abuse and enhance student wellbeing. Key changes include a focus on managing the risk of child abuse in the online environment, empowering students and respecting their diverse needs, involving families and the community in keeping students safe and a greater focus on the safety of Aboriginal students.

Implementing the new Standards and complying with Minsterial Order 1359 is a complex process, requiring the review of all school policies and procedures. However, CGGS is well prepared to complete this process, as we already have established clear procedures for responding to allegations or suspected abuse, regularly update our school policies and HR procedures, review and adjust curriculum material and audit the school’s physical and social environment to ensure that our organisational culture reflects the CGGS commitment to zero tolerance of abuse. And where required, staff  report concerns to the relevant authorities – DFFH Child Protection Services, the Police and/or the Commission for Children and Young People. 

Relevant policies that parents/guardians may access via our school website include the:

> Child Safety Policy
> Child Safety Reporting Policy
> Code of Conduct Policies – staff and students
> Working With Children Check Policy

One of the most effective strategies in reducing the risk of child abuse, is educating all members of the community. At CGGS biannual training is mandatory for all teaching staff, professional service staff and maintenance staff to ensure that they develop their understanding and confidence to identify and appropriately respond to any suspicions or allegations of abuse, grooming or other misconduct. Also, all Senior School and Junior School students receive age-appropriate presentations by the School Counsellors regarding how to identify inappropriate behaviour and most importantly where to seek help and support.

All our students have a right to feel safe on and off campus. We want our students, families and community to feel confident that CGGS is an organisation committed to the physical, emotional and sexual safety of all students. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s safety or the safety of any other student in our community, we strongly encourage you to contact the Principal, Heads of School, or the Counsellors to discuss the matter. We will respond to any concerns in a sensitive, confidential and respectful manner.

Paula Kolivas
School Counsellor




Senior School


Senior School

June 3, 2022

Nothing could dampen the spirits of this year’s Year 7 cohort on their first CGGS Senior School camp to the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) Camp in Marysville. It was such a pleasure to join the students from Monday to Wednesday of this week and a full article will be shared in our next edition of CamNews, as the buses do not return to campus until later this afternoon.  All the students were engaged in their activities, stepping outside of their comfort zones whether socially or by participating in new physical pursuits, and all the camp staff were very impressed by their commitment to “having a go”.  Bush walking, camping, cooking, abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing and more made for a fabulous week together. The timing for our student free day on Monday will allow our Year 7 students to rest and fully recharge ahead of returning for week 7 of term next Tuesday.

A number of individual successes for students are celebrated in this fortnight’s CamNews, in both Sport and Music, as well as number of public speaking and problem-solving events.  This year’s Reconciliation Week has been celebrated through a number of wonderful events which are outlined in an article below.  Thank you to our 2022 Reconciliation Captains Jacqueline de Mamiel and Pelagia Papadopoulos who, together with Ms Biggs, put together a program of activities acknowledging both our commitment to, and recognition of, the importance of indigenous cultures at CGGS.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


On Friday May 20, I was fortunate enough to represent CGGS at the Plain English-Speaking Awards. At the event, I presented a 6-minute pre-written speech about Australia’s refugee system, specifically exploring temporary protection visas, and I also gave a 3-minute impromptu speech with only 4 minutes of preparation time about the prompt “Off to a Flying Start”.

The experience was incredibly enlightening, as I had the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers and discuss the social issues that matter most to us. With passionate talks about consent education, the negative implications of fast fashion, what it means to be an Australian and much more, I learned so much about a wide range of topical issues and became inspired to be a part of wave of positive change in society. Through hearing everyone else’s speeches, the event not only became an avenue to exchange ideas but also to learn more about debating and public speaking skills which have helped me immensely.

Nektaria Toscas
Year 11

Constitutional Convention

From 10 – 11 May 2022, I had the pleasure of being selected as one of the Victorian delegates at the 27th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC), held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra. The Convention was initially scheduled to be in March, when all delegates would travel to Canberra to attend in person. However, due COVID-19 uncertainties at the time, the Convention was rescheduled and each state/territory’s students and supervisors gathered at separate hubs, participating together via Zoom. The Melbourne hub was at Hotel Windsor, in which the original Australian Constitution was actually created over 100 years ago.

This year, the Convention’s topic was regarding the question ‘Does Australia need a Bill of Rights?’ Following the opening remarks given by Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO from the Australian National University, as well as His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the program consisted of pre-reading, working groups and hearing from keynote speakers. These speakers included Ms Lorraine Finlay, Dr Helen Watchirs, Dr Andrew Banfield and Fr Frank Brennan. Each of the keynote speakers had different opinions on whether Australia needs a Bill of Rights, and their insights influenced by their own backgrounds and experiences helped me consider a wide range of issues around the topic.

At the end of the Convention, a plebiscite was held and facilitated by Megan McCrone from the Australian Electoral Commission. Amongst the 85 delegates from across Australia, 60% voted a formal YES and 40% voted a formal NO to the question of whether an Australian Bill of Rights should be established. This result indicated that this is a very complex topic that requires great consideration. The Convention concluded with finalising a Communique, to be posted to the incoming President of the Senate, due to the Government being in caretaker mode for the election.

The NSCC was an incredible opportunity which I am extremely grateful for, and it helped me build a broader understanding of the Australian Constitution, processes of creating legislation, as well as the role of parliament and courts in enforcing human rights. I also appreciated the opportunity to meet with a wide range of students from all across Victoria, all of whom brought different but equally informative insights regarding the issues discussed. I would certainly recommend applying for the NSCC if you are passionate about any of these concepts or interested in debating various constitutional issues; it was an invaluable experience.

If you are interested, the 2022 NSCC Communique can be found at the link below:   

Chloe Law
Year 12

AMEB Success

The Music Department is thrilled to share the news that School Music Captain, Charlotte Lindsay, was awarded an A+ from the Australian Music Examinations Board for her recent  8th Grade French Horn examination. Charlotte presented a variety of French Horn repertoire for the assessment, successfully completed the aural requirements and responded to specific questions about the stylistic conventions within her pieces. Charlotte is continuing to prepare a wide range of selected repertoire for her VCE Music Performance studies.

Congratulations, Charlotte, on achieving such an outstanding result. You are such an inspiration for our CGGS brass students!

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Side by Side Program

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) works in partnership with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (MYO) offering mutual support for the development of young talent. The MSO performs annual side by side concerts with the next generation of orchestral musicians. The program is open to current members of the MYO, inspiring young musicians of secondary school age and providing an enriching experience in a world class live performance. This fulfilling experience culminates in a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performance at Hamer Hall. The opportunity to participate is available to students who have aspirations for a professional career in music or who have a curiosity for extending their skills, whilst being immersed in one of the world’s best orchestras.

Charlotte Lindsay and Sasha Wee participated in this year’s Side by Side Program and performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Hamer Hall on Saturday 21st May. The experience provided an insight into life in the MSO through an intensive rehearsal period, including tutorials with MSO musicians sharing their best tips and extensive wealth of experience and knowledge. The wide-ranging repertoire they performed included a great variety of styles within significant orchestral works. Charlotte and Sasha have expressed what a wonderful and enriching real-world experience participating in the program has been.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music


Charlotte Lindsay

I thoroughly enjoyed the MSO and MYO side by side concert. It was a great experience, and I was able to see how professional musicians approach orchestral works for performance. My favourite moment was playing Respighi’s ‘Pines of Rome’ (which has an amazing horn part) in the Hamer Hall, which is a moment I have envisaged and imagined since I was a child. For the concert I was playing with the MSO Principal Third Horn, Saul Lewis, which was a dream come true. He taught me new ways to approach certain French Horn techniques and also helped me build more confidence in my playing. Overall, as someone who is looking at potentially studying music, I found this nurturing learning experience incredibly valuable. It has definitely enabled me to envision a future career in music.

Sasha Wee

Performing with percussionists from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the Side by Side Program has helped me understand percussion techniques in so much more detail. It has been an amazing experience and I have so much respect for the MSO percussionists. This was my first time performing at the Hamer Hall and it was an experience like no other. We had three days to get ready for a performance and during these few days I learnt how important listening to music beforehand and noting down every detail on my sheet music can be. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be included in this amazing concert.

National Reconciliation Week

This week our CGGS community celebrated National Reconciliation Week (NRW). NRW ran from 27 May – 3 June. This was a time for our school to focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and history. This year’s theme was “Be Brave. Make Change.” which encouraged everyone to take courageous actions to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and champion First Nations voices in all areas.   

Our reconciliation team launched two exciting new initiatives this week. First is the MyCGGS Reconciliation Hub, which is a new platform that allows the CGGS community to learn about reconciliation. It includes a blog, resources, an upcoming events page, featured organisations and a library guide. Secondly, the formation of Reconciliation Advisory Committee. This is a group that encourages First Nations students and allies from all year levels to share their ideas and feedback on reconciliation-related matters.

Our Reconciliation Captains ran events throughout the week to highlight different aspects of First Nations culture. The week (literally) kicked off last Friday with our ‘Indigenous Sports’ theme. During the AFL Jumper Presentation Ceremony, CGGS AFL players were presented with their Indigenous round jerseys by Murrundindi and former AFL player and current parent, Chris Johnson. Chris’ daughter and Year 10 student, Charlee Johnson, interviewed Chris about his career and Indigenous heritage. The presentation was followed by an intraschool Marngrook game umpired by Murrundindi.

Tuesday’s theme was ‘Indigenous Foods’ and we were delighted to host a ‘Celebrity Cook-Off’ event between Murrundindi and renowned chef and owner of award-winning ‘Attica’ restaurant, Ben Shewry. Using Indigenous ingredients, Ben made a kangaroo tartare and Murrundindi made his famous lemon myrtle vanilla slice. Our CGGS staff and 2021 MITS Alumni students, Casey Johnson Smith and Katelyn Austin, judged alongside Melbourne Indigenous Transition School staff, Annie Carruthers and Reihana Haggie. After much serious deliberation, our judges declared Murrundindi our cook-off winner!

On Wednesday, we focused on ‘A Celebration of MITS’ with our ‘MITS In-Conversation’ event. Melbourne Indigenous Transition School alumni students shared their stories and experiences with their peers in Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10. The event was facilitated by Murrundindi and Year 10 students, Charlee Johnson and Amina Keegan.  

On Thursday, as one of the 2022 Reconciliation Captains, I was fortunate enough to attend the launch of Boroondara’s Reconciliation Strategy 2022-2026. This was amazing opportunity to hear from Deputy Mayor Wes Gault, Councillors and local Elders about their vision for creating a culturally-safe community that acknowledges and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The event included a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Colin Hunter Jr, a performance by the Yeng Gali Mullum choir and moving dances from the Wurundjeri women’s dance group, Djirri Djirri. It was an incredible opportunity to learn about local Aboriginal organisations and their goals for the future.

To finish NRW, we celebrated ‘Aboriginal Art and Design’ with a ‘Wear Your Values’ day. The CGGS community showed their support for First Nations people, businesses and cultures with First Nations fashion accessories. Our resident Indigenous artists shared their artwork and painted symbols. We also held a Service Learning BBQ to raise funds to support the Indigenous Literacy foundation.

This was an incredible, action-packed week however our commitment doesn’t stop here! We’re looking forward to continuing to recognise First Nations people, culture and history throughout 2022.

Jacqueline de Mamiel
Reconciliation Captain

Worawa Reconciliation Sports Carnival

On Tuesday May 31, 25 CGGS students and four staff boarded a bus headed for Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville. We were joined there by students from schools scattered across Greater Melbourne – from Albert Park to Lilydale. The Worawa Reconciliation Sports Carnival is designed to be a ‘fun day that encourages sport, cultural and social exchange between all participants’. The day started with a traditional smoking ceremony followed by a walk along the Worawa Dreaming Trail (developed by Aboriginal Elders as an educational tool to record and celebrate aspects of traditional culture and lifestyle of Victorian Aboriginal tribes and clans) before the sporting competition started.

CGSS entered teams in the AFL and Netball competitions. CGGS students were brilliant ambassadors for our school, and they participated with integrity, spirit and a keen sense of togetherness. Even when having to play in freezing winds and driving rain, they still managed to smile (the free sausage sizzle and open fire pits probably helped!).

In the AFL competition, CGGS narrowly defeated MLC in their opening game before comprehensively defeating the host school in the grand final. As winners CGGS took home the Louisa Briggs Memorial Trophy. A huge congratulations to the entire AFL team and a special shout out to Jasmine Muniratna for taking home the MVP award for best on ground in the grand final.

Although there was much confusion at the start of the Netball competition (CGGS was left off the list!), followed by a few rain delays and game cancellations, our CGGS netballers played incredibly well and came away with a 4-1 win loss record. Unfortunately it was not enough to make it through to the finals which was won by Genazzano (who CGGS had beaten earlier in the day…). Congratulations to all involved and in particular Tyra Dawson who was awarded the Team Spirit award as being the person who most exemplified the spirit of the games.

Through sport, food, music and more, people were brought together to learn, to be present and to connect with place and people. Through working with, and listening to, others we can all learn to Be Brave and Make Change.

The day was a huge success, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the following staff for making this experience possible: Georgie Kerr and Alex Jenkin (Deakin Associates), Mrs Wighton and Ms Biggs.

House Music

We all experienced a wonderful night of musical happiness in the Barbara Sutton Hall on Friday evening, last week. It was great to be back together as a CGGS community to see and hear the students deliver a live House Music competition for the first time since 2019. Every item performed demonstrated a high level of creativity, enthusiasm, House spirit and a shared love of Music. All of the House Music Captains were able to achieve their creative music goals through their musical expertise, teamwork, determination, encouragement, support and a lot of fun! The leadership qualities displayed by the House Music Captains and their supportive teams enabled all students to do their very best throughout the rehearsal sessions and on the performance night. We are immensely proud of what could be achieved in such a short space of time and encourage all students to continue to make high quality live music to share with the CGGS community.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music


House music has been an absolute blast and we are so grateful that we were able to have this role as a Lawrence House Music Captains. We have not only learnt a lot about leadership, but also formed some new friendships with amazing people from varying year levels. This is an experience we will never forget and we are looking forward to seeing what next year’s House Music Captains come up with! This event is definitely something we will miss!

Sasha Wee and Lucy Ying – Lawrence House Music Captains


House Music has been such an amazing experience for me. From meeting new people and getting to know them, to finally seeing everything come together on the performance night. House Music was an incredible and valuable experience that taught me leadership skills, teamwork and much more. It’s truly an experience I will never forget.

Stephanie Kaan – Schofield House Music Captain


House Music helped me further explore the special meanings behind the creative connections we can all make with music. I learnt its ability to bring people together and all the possibilities it opens up to us through this valuable and rewarding experience.

Grace Zhu – Schofield House Music Captain


House Music was a definite highlight this year. It was a delight to work and bond with new people in different year levels and create many good memories through something we have in common – music. Although there were some challenges along the way, no words can describe how fortunate we were to have this experience. Through this House Music journey, we were not only able to gain leadership skills but we were also able to perform as a group in front of a live audience (which we haven’t had for a long while) and share great music!

Eun Bee McAleenan and Sarah Park


House Music was such an unforgettable and eye-opening experience. We were so fortunate to get this opportunity together as Taylor House Music Captains, where we could share our love and interest for music with everyone. Connecting with all the talented girls involved was the real highlight- especially watching everyone improve immensely and perform at their best. 

Helen Zhu and Chloie Wong – Taylor House Music Captains

GSV Cross Country Championship

Last Friday, the CGGS Cross Country team had an early start, with a 7:15am departure from school heading to Cruden Farm in Narre Warren. This was a brand new venue trialled for 2022 and it was truly a stunning setting. With the course winding through the open paddocks, it was one large 3km or 4km loop, depending on the age groups and all runners were walked through the course prior to their race.

Juniors were up first and with good numbers in both the A and B races, Camberwell was looking for some solid results. We are excited to share that Anika Selvaratnam  (Yr 8) finished 3rd in our division and we congratulate her on this wonderful result.  A shout out to Sienna Mansfield, Maya Waide-Hee, Sophie Liu, Poppy Tymmons and Ruby Edge who all finished in the top 50.

We recognise all of our junior competitors and thank them for their commitment to training and to the Cross Country season. Laura M, Charlotte, Anneka, Erica, Angelique, Harper, Pardis and Emily.

Next up were the Intermediate runners, whose experience was evident as they worked hard together to benefit the overall team performance. All runners finished in the top 50 and 3 in the top 30 places with an outstanding result of 1st Place awarded to Bella Fary. Bella also placed 4th place out of 203 runners; an outstanding achievement.

Well done to all of our intermediate runners; Amber, Emily P, Nysa, Ashleigh and Sophia.

The final race saw our most senior runners take to the course and for our Yr 12 students this was their last opportunity to represent CGGS in this arena. We thank Annabel Plummer and Sacha Chene for their longstanding commitment to this team and celebrate the senior team’s phenomenal results.

Sasha Feldman and Tara Rastogi finished 5th and 8th respectively, with Catia, Sacha, Annabel and Issy all finishing close behind, producing a team place of 4th overall.

A huge thanks to our Head coach Jo, and Mr Clarke who did an outstanding job in training our runners and we couldn’t be prouder of our results in 2022.

Ella Robinson
Sports Captain

All Schools Cross Country Relays

On Saturday 21st May Sasha Feldmann, Tara Rastogi, Amber Rastogi, Madeleine Giagoudakis and Bella Fary participated at the All Schools Cross Country relays. The course was a 4km around Jells Park which consisted of two 2km laps for each runner. Students were competing against all different schools from around the state, as it was an All Schools events, rather than the GSV schools. Our team was entered in in the Under 18’s race and despite there being some tough competition, they finished in 6th place overall. Almost everyone ran a personal best time and should be very proud of their race. Thank you to our Head Coach, Jo Bowden for spending her Saturday coaching the CGGS team and ensuring they were well prepared for the competition. It was a really fun day and great practice for GSV Cross Country Championships on Friday!

Sasha Feldmann
Year 11

Years 9 & 10 Victorian College Basketball Championships

On Thursday 26th of May, 9 students from years 9 and 10 competed in the Victorian College Basketball tournament at the State Basketball Centre. We were very excited to hear they finished runners up for the day. We played a total of three games throughout our time there and were against some amazing teams. However, the one factor that the other teams were missing, which we had, was some fun. It’s safe to say that we enjoyed our time there as we all share the love of basketball and the enthusiasm for doing out best. Playing a sport you love with new friends is always a fun time but for this group, it was truly amazing to work together as a collective team who helped one another and always encouraged each other. We have a lot of thanks to give, especially to our coach, Emma Pearce, who continuously inspired us to play our best and cheered us on while also helping us improve our skills. Overall, the experience was amazing, and I know that we cannot wait until next year when hopefully we will come back with first place!

Jessica Terlikar
Year 10

Titans Basketball Club

It has been fantastic to follow along the results of the 6 Senior School Students who have been undefeated in their basketball competition where they play for the Junior Titans Basketball Club. The team is made up of year 7 students; Josephine Coles, Preesha Navaneetharaja, Natasha Oakley, Poppy Tymmons, Scarlett Sim and Emily Wong. It was a nail biting affair this week against the Kew East Superstars but our team, the Titan Vipers worked well together and stayed in the lead the whole game finishing up 28 v 22, securing their record of straight wins, winning four from four games. The Vipers have wonderful team spirit and are enhancing their skills each week with the help from their coach Madeleine McDonald, who is another CGGS student. The team work so well together and are always very committed and supportive to each other. We look forward to continuing to follow their success throughout the year. 

Putting Theory into Practice – Collaboration between Junior and Senior Schools

Last Tuesday 24 May, our Year 11 Psychology students had a play date with the lovely and vibrant Grade 1 students at Ormiston. The Year 11 students were required to design and make an appropriate aged toy, applying their knowledge of Piaget’s cognitive developmental stages.  As can be seen, the Grade 1 students were highly engaged with the toys that were specially designed for them and we are glad to say that the toys gained their tick of approval!

It was truly special seeing students with such a large age gap interacting and learning through play.

We look forward to developing more authentic learning experiences with the Ormiston students.

A huge thank you to Mrs Angela Columbine and Mrs Annabelle Vivarini who happily volunteered their class to spend the afternoon with our Year 11 students.

Ms Tuba Ozak and Mrs Karin Lemanis
Psychology Teachers

Da Vinci Decathlon – State Finals Results

As highlighted in a previous CamNews, six teams from Years 7 – 10 competed in the State Finals of the Da Vinci Decathlon last month. This national event involves teams of students completing 10 challenges over a six hour period. As the competition was online this year, the results were not released on the day. While none of the CGGS teams made it through to the National Finals, they did experience success in individual challenges. Each of the students is to be congratulated for their teamwork, problem solving and organisational skills. Most importantly, the students had the experience of working with like-minded peers beyond their usual learning groups.

Year 7 (53 teams competing)

1st – Art and Poetry, 3rd – Ideation, 5th – English, 5th – Cartography

Year 8 (42 teams competing)

1st – Creative Producers, 5th – Mathematics

Year 9 (24 teams competing)

1st – Science, 3rd – Creative Producers, 5th – Mathematics

Year 10 (18 teams competing)

3rd – Engineering, 5th – English, 5th – Art and Poetry, 5th – Legacy (General Knowledge about Da Vinci)

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Junior School


Junior School

June 3, 2022

Year 5 & 6 Camp – Camp Jungai

In the lead up to the Year 5 and 6 camp, the weather forecast did not look very encouraging, however all teachers and students were determined to keep an open-mind, use a growth mindset and embrace the full camp experience. Despite the extremely cold and wet weather conditions students from both year levels participated in a range of education outdoor activities which included a bush walk, canoeing, an indigenous cultural session, orienteering, low ropes course, initiatives, tent set up and outdoor / indoor cooking sessions. Many of these activities will prepare our students for future CGGS camps.

I would like to thank Shane Maycock for all his work in organising and preparing the Year 5 & 6 camp and to our class teachers, Craig Goodwin, Fiorella Soci, Katrina Cheong and Jasvindar Gill for looking after their students so well during the camp.

Foundation – Year 2 Grandparent’s Day

It was wonderful to welcome a number of grandparents into Ormiston last Friday to begin and celebrate Reconciliation Week at Junior School. Our close friend and Wurundjeri elder, Murrundindi was our workshop presenter throughout the morning, which gave our students and grandparents the opportunity to learn more about Wurundjeri culture, particularly in the area of the types of symbols Wurundjeri people used to communicate with each other thousands of years ago. The grandparents got involved in each of the activities and finished with a delicious morning tea. Thank you to the grandparents who joined us at this special event.

Sport Dress-Up Day

Last Wednesday, our Year 6 House Leaders: Grace Chan, Allison Stocker, Nicole Zhang and Olivia Yang organised a special Sports Day at Ormiston. Foundation – Year 6 students dressed up in their favourite sport outfits and collected $214.40 to donate to the Australian Sport Foundation. This Foundation specialises in Women Sport Australia and the donation will and help this organisation create a level playing field for women and girls in sport.

CGGS Staff Training Day – Student Free Day

A reminder to all Early Learning 3 – Year 6 families that there is no school next Monday 6 June. Junior School Staff will be involved in a training day and students are not required to be at school.

Wishing all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

FUSE Cup – Year 4 Dance Competition Results

On Monday our first ever, Year 4 eSports team competed in the Fuse Cup National Online Just Dance Competition. Alice Xu, Sabrina Zhao, Amellia Gu and Annabelle Teh did an amazing job representing CGGS. They displayed the FUSE Cup values of Integrity, strength, inclusion and teamwork as well as amazing dance skills! To compete on the day, the team had to dance two sets of 5 songs in the heats and then three songs in the final and they performed strongly all day. The team, Mr Wilkins and myself were overjoyed at the end of the competition when their hard work was recognised by being awarded 2nd best Just Dancers in Australia out of 18 schools. Congratulations team, we look forward to students participating in the next eSports competitions later in the year. 

Foundation – Year 6 Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation week is an important event in our School calendar and this year our Early Learning to Year 6 children and staff were fortunate to spend three days working with Wurundjeri Elder, Murrundindi. This year’s reconciliation week theme was “Be brave. Make change” and encouraged us all to think about actions we could take to support reconciliation. During his visits this week, Murrundindi reminded us that our attitude should be to act as if every week is reconciliation week because the more we learn about each other together, the higher the likelihood that our paths with converge.

To begin the week, Murrundindi worked closely with our Foundation to Year 2 students and their grandparents to explore how Wurundjeri art is created through using symbols and families worked together to create handprint artworks.

On Tuesday, the Early Learning students and families were involved in a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony by watching Murrundindi sing his welcome song and burn a special fungus to welcome the students on the school grounds. The children also enjoyed the opportunity to spend time dancing and singing songs together as a community with Murrundindi as part of the ceremony.

At our Junior School Assembly, as a Foundation to Year 4 community, we unpacked the meaning and purpose behind the Acknowledgement of Country and recited this together, before exploring the importance of Bunjil the Eagle to the Wurundjeri people, and Murrundindi sharing what reconciliation means to him and how he believes that children can be brave and take action in their lives.

Murrundindi finished the week by visiting our Early Learning and Year 2, 3 and 4 classrooms to work with the children on developing their understandings of Wurundjeri creation stories, language, water use, special landmarks and how European settlement impacted the Wurundjeri culture.

We encourage you to speak with your children about what they have learnt throughout the week as it is through the sharing of stories and knowledge that we can enhance our cultural appreciation and understanding.

Emma Hinchliffe
Deputy Head of Junior School

Early Learning 3 & 4 – National Reconciliation Week

This week the Early Learning children, teachers and families celebrated National Reconciliation Week with Wurundjeri Elder, Murrundindi. ‘Be Brave and Make Change’ was an overarching theme within each classroom that supported children to embrace and share their culture, experiences, and achievements of everyday to build connection towards a collective future.

Reconciliation is an everyday action that lives within our hearts and minds as we build respectful relationships, learn, and play on Country. When children were asked to share their understanding of reconciliation, one child responded:

You need to share the land and plants and everything on it. (Abigail, 3 Years)

Murrundindi shared a Smoking Ceremony with the ELC community, a tradition that is used to welcome or cleanse an area as a sign of respect towards people, land, water, and Country. A special dried fungus found up in Healesville is used to produce the smoke, before being buried on the land where children learn and play – creating a space for parents, teachers, and children to reflect.

Thank you Murrundindi for sharing this experience with the ELC.

Esther Wong
Early Learning Coordinator

Division Cross Country

On Monday 30 May some of our Year 5 and 6 students braved the weather to compete in the Division Cross Country. This event is for the students who finished in the top 15 in the North Balwyn District Cross Country competition. We had five students who qualified in the top 15 at our District event: Cecelia Yang, Aneira Paul, Georgia Papadopoulos, Kathleen Lin and Olivia Yang.

Unfortunately, on the day of the Division event Kathleen and Cecelia were unable to compete. The first event was the 11-year old girls race and Aneira and Georgia ran brilliantly. Georgia finished in 27th place with a time of 13 minutes 5 seconds. Aneira had a strong start but unfortunately hurt her back mid race and was unable to finish. Next to race was Olivia and just as she approached the start line the rain poured down. Despite the awful weather conditions she ran incredibly well finishing 15th with a time of 11 minutes 4 seconds. Congratulations to all our students for their outstanding effort in both the District and Division Cross Country events.

Kim James
Junior School PE Teacher & Sport Coordinator

Ormiston Art

EL4 Giant Drawings

Our Early Learning 4 artists listened to a description of a giant who lives in a dark forest.

Then using graphite pencil, charcoal, and green smooth moves (oil pastels), they drew what they imagined the giant would look like. The students also explored using new drawing materials and the different effects they could create.

Year 2 Matisse Inspired Paper Eggs

Year 2 artists have been studying the artwork of Henri Matisse. In his later days he often used paper and scissors to create artworks. The Year 2s cut out organic shapes, shapes with rounded edges and no sharp corners. They then pasted them on a blown-up balloon. When the artwork was dry, they popped the balloon, leaving behind a beautiful egg-shaped artwork.

Year 4 Corrugated Cardboard Australian Birds

The Year 4 artists looked at the unique and wonderful birds of Australia. They each chose a bird and used different corrugated cardboard, cutting it up to create texture. How many birds can you recognise?

Fiona Gibson
Junior School Art Teacher

Connected Community


Connected Community

June 3, 2022

Inspiring Women Ceremony 

The Inspiring Women program established in our Centenary year was designed to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women affiliated with Camberwell Girls Grammar School since its inception.

We were very pleased to be able to honour the 2021 Inspiring Women at a ceremony held at the school on Wednesday 25th May. The women honoured are: We acknowledged the inspiring contributions these women have made within their field and community, and it was wonderful to share this evening with students and staff. 

Our Inspiring Women honourees will serve as a reminder of the inspiring women connected to the school and their profiles will inspire our current students. Their biographies now hang on a prominent wall at the school for all to see.

A busy fortnight for the PFA

The Parents and Friends Association (PFA) is grateful that our caring community has been able to reconnect and mingle again. After two years of limited social activity, we were excited to see parents from every year level across the school joined in the recent events.

The PFA held and supported number of engaging events for the CGGS community in the busy month of May.

House Cross Country
Our Friends of Sports love to take part in House Sport competitions and activities to support our young athletes.  At the House Cross Country on Tuesday 3rd May, our volunteers gave out frosty fruit and icy poles to the runners to cheer them on! Who would say no to sweat treats?

CGGS Mother’s Day Breakfast

The PFA were delighted to welcome mother’s, grandmothers, godmothers, mother-figures, and daughters to the 2022 Mother’s Day breakfast on Thursday 5th May. It was wonderful to see 250 Mothers and daughters fill Barbara Sutton Hall for our annual PFA Mother’s Day breakfast. This was the largest Mother’s Day Breakfast on record filled with beautiful memories captured at the Photo Booth!

PFA Meeting

On Thursday 19th May, the PFA and our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody welcomed the new PFA Committee. Debbie shared the CGGS Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and discussed the important role of the PFA in realising the ‘Our Community’ ambitions of the plan. It was a packed PFA meeting agenda which was focused on hitting the ground running.  The Committee signed off on $40,000 of PFA funding priorities for the 2022 school year to support programs for sport, creative arts, outdoor education, and a contribution towards the new school bus.

The PFA’s vision and plan for this year is to reconnect the CGGS community and to provide many and varied ways for parents to engage and contribute. 

We invite all parents to prioritise and support PFA initiatives at every opportunity and we encourage getting involved in the PFA.  We all want the best for our daughters, and when they see us engage in this way, it reinforces with them how important and special they are.

House Music Pre-Show Refreshment

The PFA was thrilled to host the House Music Pre-Show Refreshments for invited parents on Friday 27th May. It was a great opportunity for the parents to meet the PFA new Committee, to celebrate the students’ talent and support their artistic pursuits.  It was fantastic to see so many parents back onsite enjoying each other’s company and supporting their daughters on this most special occasion.

Second Hand School Uniform Shop

The PFA Second Hand School Uniform Shop (SHUS) opened its doors again without the need for appointments on Saturday, May 28 from 9am to 12pm and Monday, May 30 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

We want to sincerely thank the parent volunteers for keeping the SHUS open and running so that our students can find a cost saving option to buy school uniform.  It also gives parents the opportunity to resell their daughters uniform that no longer fit or needed.

We are always looking for parent volunteers to help out at the SHUS.  Please contact Thanh Ton (TT) at if you are interested to lend a hand.

Get involved in the PFA

The PFA welcomes all members of the CGGS community to be involved. Whether by attending events as a guest, volunteering, or joining PFA meetings, we encourage everyone to take part and meet others in our wonderful school community.  It’s a great forum for parents to give back, provide feedback and ideas on how we can better connect, communicate, and engage as a cohesive community.

For more information about the PFA:

Visit the PFA pages on the CGGS Website.

Make sure you follow the PFA on Facebook

Contact Thanh Ton (T.T) for more information about the Parents and Friends Association via  

Community Events

Year 10 Parents Catch Up Drinks

Thanks to our dedicated year level reps, the year 10 parents were able to reconnect and engaged with one another again over some wine, cocktails, and light bites at the chic and modern Young’s Wine Room in Hawthorn on Sunday, May 22nd.  What a great idea for parents to meet on a Sunday afternoon to wind down for an overdue catch up.

Senior School Dad’s Trivia Night

On Wednesday 24th May the CGGS Dads Group entered a team of 8 in the Trivia Night at Ramblers Ale Works in Hawthorn.  The team was named ‘The Teals’ and the theme was the ‘90’s.   The team came joint 2nd, winning a $25 voucher.  Woohoo!  There were bonus points for the best Macarena dance, with Stuart putting on a stellar performance!!  All in all, it was another super Dads night out with lots of laughs and good chat.  It’s a great way to connect and to feel part of our wonderful CGGS community.  Next time around we’d like to enter multiple teams, so please join the CGGS Dads Group at this link so you don’t miss out!

Junior School Dads and Daughters Bowling

Organised by the JS Dad’s Group, the event attracted over 10 families where dads and daughters got into a competitive mood and bonded over a few games of bowling with their cohorts and family.

If you are organising any events for the year levels or the CGGS community, please do share the details and photos with us by emailing  We love to hear from you.




May 20, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In planning for our Centenary celebrations, the opportunity to name our library and recognize the contribution of a significant person associated with our school was very exciting. Our library is a place of learning and of community; a place where the intellect and heart meet.

It quickly became evident to us that we had the ideal person to consider. In 1912 the Reverend Hubert Brooksbank was charged by his Archbishop, the Most Reverend Henry Lowther Clarke, to establish a new Parish in Camberwell. A clear directive was issued to Reverend Brooksbank about the project: he was to build a school hall before a church building. Land was purchased on the corner of Burke and Canterbury Roads, building commenced and the foundation stone of the St Mark’s Parish Hall was laid in 1914. It was to this emergent congregation that Reverend Brooksbank was inducted as their first Vicar and he oversaw the establishment of St Mark’s Church School, which opened in 1920 and today is known as Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

Reverend Brooksbank was committed to education, especially of girls at this time. He was visionary, wise and treated others with respect and affection. He also founded a school courageous to evolve and change, and to seek the future with creativity and hope. Our library, in being named Brooksbank Library, will live into its own power to spark each student’s commitment to a lifelong ‘becoming’ of their best selves.

On Wednesday 11 May 2022, after two years of waiting, the Chair of Council, Dr Nikita Weickhardt declared the naming of the Brooksbank Library followed by a Blessing of the library by our Chaplain, Reverend Helen Creed. 

Eleven members of the Brooksbank family attended this special occasion with Kate King, Reverend Brooksbank’s great grand-daughter unveiling his portrait. Dr Mary Brooksbank AM, grand-daughter of Reverend Brooksbank responded on behalf of the family and guests included Council Member, students, staff, parents and members of St Mark’s Church. Senior Music students sung the School Anthem written for the Centenary and a bound copy was presented to Anne Devenish to be kept in the Archives.

I have included a copy of part of my speech below, focused on Reverend Brooksbank and his contribution to our school.

Significant events such as this remind us of the important legacy left by those before us. It was their commitment to building a school that throughout the decades would continue to provide such a high quality and progressive education that enables us to continue their legacy for current and future generations.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody

Senior School


Senior School

May 20, 2022

This past fortnight we have enjoyed many celebrations in person for the first time since 2019 and although each is reported on in other sections of this edition of CamNews, I too wish to highlight the importance of these events in connecting our community.

Being back at St Mark’s Church last week for the Founders’ Service was a very moving experience for all with the singing of the School Anthem written for the Centenary by the choir showing how much we have all missed the opportunity to sing. House Music next Friday will no doubt also be another example of the passion our students and staff have for singing.

On Friday 13 May the 2000, 2001, 2002 – 20 Year Reunions and 2010, 2011 and 2012 – 10 Year Reunions, again reported on in the Community section of this CamNews were a joy for me and other staff who have been at CGGS throughout that timeframe. Chatting with the young women about their memories of times at school, and their journey since leaving CGGS was invigorating, and we have so much to be proud of as they continue to live the school’s values and motto in all their endeavours.

The most recent School Captains Assembly was the perfect lead in to our highly successful Diversity Week we have just celebrated, and which is summarised below. Teagan Diep, Isabel D’Souza and Charli Lincke spoke magnificently about the their Term 2 Theme “Ambition”. At the beginning of the 2022 school year our School Captains introduced their theme of CARE for the year ahead and they have been leading the Senior School wonderfully with the “C” from the acronym being their Term 1 goal and standing for “Connection”. In the assembly they introduced the Term 2 Care Bear – Superstar Bear, who is described as being a ball of energy always aiming to do their best with a positive attitude. They went on to speak about accessibility and advocating for those impacted by a lack of accessibility in our world. As you will read below our Captains of the various areas responsible for organising activities in this week have all worked closely together to ensure our understanding of the many spheres of diversity have been brought front of mind. Congratulations and thank you to all for a “Superstar” week.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Celebrating Diversity Week 

CGGS’s Celebrating Diversity Week is a highlight for students and staff, as we come together to acknowledge, learn, support and embrace the vast and wonderfully diverse community not only present within our school but also within the wider world. A student led and driven event, the inspiration for this week stems from an understanding that in acknowledging and learning about our differences we can create a safe and inclusive environment for all.

To begin the week, all students and staff were presented with a 2022 CGGS Diversity Badge designed by Daleney Ing (Year 12), one of our International Captains. We also celebrated Religious Diversity with an interactive quiz that explored various world religions such as Taoism, Buddhism Judaism and the Dreaming, and information posters were displayed around the school. Our Mustard Group also held a special forum to explore Faith and Creation Stories and learn about the Make a Ripple Challenge.

On Tuesday, in recognition of IDAHOBIT Day (The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia) students were able to wear a touch of rainbow to celebrate and show support for the LGBTQIA+ community. At lunchtime, students and staff were invited to create pride flag bracelets in the MakerSpace, and were educated on the various pride flags via infographics on our interactive screens.

Wednesday’s activities centred around International and Indigenous Cultures, where students were invited to participate in an International Club quiz that tested knowledge on floral emblems around the world, and their cultural meaning. Additionally, Mrs Clarkson hosted a workshop on Indigenous seeds, and students were able to create their own take home newspaper planter box.

On Thursday and Friday, our School Captains explored Neurodiversity and accessibility, to create better awareness, empathy, understanding and amplify the experience and voices of those most impacted. At lunchtime on both days, students were invited to the MakerSpace to a specially designed Sensory Lab, to build fidget toys such as sensory blocks, stress balls and sensory gel pads. Further to this, Friday also saw Mrs Iskander host an Auslan workshop, which is the sign language of the Australian Deaf Community.

The School Captains also hosted a Neurodiversity discussion for the entire school community during Period 5 on Thursday, which included guest panellists Associate Professor Lisa McKay-Brown (Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University), Dr Charlotte Forwood (Director of Learning Design and Development at CGGS) and Dora Sarzektakis (Year 9 student). The panel spent time reflecting and sharing their experiences and perspectives on how we can change ourselves, and our environments to be more accessible to all people.

There are many wonderful students and staff that contributed to our Celebrating Diversity Week and we are so grateful to the entire school community for supporting the initiative.

In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the following students and staff: Rev Creed, Mrs Wood, Mrs Clackson, Mrs Iskander, Mr Perkins, Georgia Bennett, the Library, Charity Tu, Teagan Diep, Charli Lincke, Isabel D’Souza, Emily Wu, May Du, Siena Yap, Daleney Ing, Shuhan Zeng, Bella Bruce, Sarah Sun, Salwa Saiba, Annie Liu, Anya Trikha and Jaya Akritidis.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Founders’ Service

On Wednesday, 11 May, we celebrated the foundation of our School 102 years ago, with a beautiful service of worship at St Mark’s Church, the place where the first students gathered all those years ago. Students from years 6, 7 and 12 were present at St Mark’s (the first time we have gathered at St Mark’s since Christmas 2019!), while students in years 8 to 11 tuned in via a live-stream.

The theme of the service was “United in Service”, an opportunity for us to reflect on the way that our school motto, “Utilis in Ministerium” (Useful in Service) not only acts as a challenge, but binds us together.  We were pleased to welcome the Reverend Michelle Trebilcock, Chaplain at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, to offer a reflection on the meaning of service, along with Year 12 student Emily Wu and Year 6 student Asha Bhattacharjee.  Mrs Cathy Georgiev directed a choir of Senior School students who sang the (new) School Anthem with great strength and beauty. 

Year 8 Wellbeing Day

On Wednesday 18 May our Year 8 Students took part in a purposefully designed Wellbeing Day which centred around the exploration of Character Strengths as part of their Term One wellbeing curriculum. Across the day, students participated in a series of workshops which were carefully curated by the wellbeing team to respond to emergent trends in issues facing students of this age group, drawing upon the Year 8 Wellbeing theme of ‘Self-Discovery.

Take a Seat Initiative & Challenge Games

The morning was spent engaging in a range of challenging competitive games and thought-provoking questions to provide students with an opportunity to be curios, engage and connect with their peers in a new way. The activities were designed to encourage students to seek information, understanding, collaborate and learn more about themselves and those around them.

Body Image in the Digital World

The second session was delivered by experts from the Butterfly Foundation, an organisation that supports the promotion of healthy body image in young people. The presentation provided practical strategies to support body confidence, empowering our students to reach out for help and prompted discussion and critical thinking about the role social media plays in body image of young people. The session also enabled the students to create personal boundaries and challenge the cultural norms that are portrayed on social media and explored the collective power that young people have in changing the narrative.

Radiant Readers and Zine Creation

Led by the Year Level Coordinator, Maria Litchfield, this ‘Radiant Readers’ program spanned across the Year 8 wellbeing program in Term One and culminated in the Wellbeing Day activity. Students focused on their individual character strength by exploring and unpacking inspiring and hopeful texts. The students created their own final product, a zine, that showcased a key strength in a creative and meaningful design. These zines are now on display in the Year 8 Level area and represent the goal of collective strength and celebrating personal values.

Ribbon of Strength

The final session of the day further reinforced the collective strength of the Year 8 cohort, exploring the power that each student has in making informed decisions about where they focus their attention and how they support themselves and their peers. In recognising the diversity that exists and committing to embracing this, each student made a ‘Friendship’ bracelet for one of their peers as symbol of their support and solidarity.

As part of the Year 8 Wellbeing curriculum for Term Two, students and their teachers will continue to explore these themes, looking closely at the problems with perfectionism, the power of failure and the skills that we develop in the process. In August, the second Year 8 Wellbeing Day will take place, in which students will work closely with the organisation ‘Flourish Girl’.

Year 8 Testimonials

Today was really fun day and i definitely talked to a lot of people that i have never talked before!!”

“I really enjoyed today and loved how interactive everything was and how I got to hang out with everyone – even my peers in different classes. All of the activities I participated in I found really enjoyable and fun to complete. Overall, today was a really fun day and I definitely had a great time”

“I enjoyed the well-being day heaps. And can’t wait for the next day of fun.”

Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing & Maria Litchfield, Year 8 Coordinator


This year for the first time, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat NAPLAN (National Assessment Program of Literacy and Numeracy) online. They joined all schools across Australia to access their four tests electronically over a nine-day testing period.

The move to a digital format has enabled the semi-adaptive assessment of skills. This means that the types of questions being asked over the course of the assessment were able to be adjusted up or down, depending on a student’s response. This type of testing provides a more detailed picture of a student’s skills in the areas being assessed: Reading Comprehension, Conventions of Language (including grammar and punctuation), Writing and Numeracy, compared with the previous paper format.

Each assessment was completed in one of the school’s computer labs, and students were supervised by experienced CGGS staff and VCAA examination invigilators. Students embraced the new format and seamlessly adapted to the transition from paper to electronic assessments. Those who were unable to sit a test had the opportunity to complete it later within the testing period, if practical.

Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development and James Henderson, Director of School Operations

Melbourne Wind Symphony

Earlier this year Chloe Wong (7) successfully auditioned for Melbourne Wind Symphony (MYWS), which is an ensemble being part of the Melbourne Youth Orchestras. The orchestras rehearse weekly and for the first time in a very long time the MYWS performed a concert on Sunday 15 May at the Iwaki Auditorium.

Chloe has reflected on her performance:

My concert experience was very positive. I played some wonderful pieces and thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Iwaki Auditorium, where it was a completely different experience to what I am used to. The auditorium had much more echo than a normal rehearsal room as the space was much vaster.

I enjoyed playing all the repertoire and playing in front of a live audience once again after so long of not being able to.

One of my favourite pieces was ‘I Am’ by Andrew Boysen Jr, because it was a unique composition with a very special story behind it as the music was written in response to a young high school musician who tragically died in a car accident.

A few days prior to the accident, the student had written a poem, which was where the name, ‘I Am’ came from. ‘I Am’ is a dedication to and a celebration of the life of this student.

A link to all the pieces MYWS played in the concert.

It is wonderful that a member of the CGGS community was able to engage with music making in such a special and meaningful way and in a well-regarded musical institution such as the MYWS.

GSV Sports Leaders Breakfast

Each year GSV invites the Sports Captains along with other school sport leaders to attend a networking breakfast that aims to celebrate and empower students from each of its member schools. This year it was held at St Kilda Football Club – RSEA park.

The CGGS leaders that attended on the day were School Sport Captain Ella Robinson, and Year 12 GSV Captains Bianca Coles, Ava Hu and Emma Peak.

Upon arrival, we were allocated to tables of ten students from a range of different schools. First we had a presentation from the St Kilda Football Club CEO, Matt Finnis, who broke down the journey of AFLW at St Kilda from its start to successful growth, ending on high hopes and aspirations for where the future leads for both the club and broader possibilities for women’s sport, reminding us that we are the future.

Next we heard from the Captain of the AFLW St Kilda Football Club, Hannah Priest. Hannah is known for being the glue that held the team together both on and off the field this year, exceeding all expectations in her maiden season as a leader of the club. She is known for her defensive skills and being calm under pressure which provides great leadership for her team. The AFLW Team of the Year inductee was at her best when the Saints were under pressure, with her displays against accomplished opposition holding her in high regard across the competition. Along with a top-10 finish at St Kilda’s Best & Fairest, Hannah Priest was awarded the AFLW Crest Award for upholding the values of the club.

Whilst casually interviewing her midfielder teammate Olivia Vesely, we learnt that Olivia had been unable to play for majority of the last season due to injury; and how she overcame that hurdle. She believed that maintaining presence and spirt in the team was essential, and to always be at trainings even if she was doing separate rehabilitation exercises, emphasising that you can always be valuable to your team.

After the speaker presentations, each table group was given a school sport related scenario we had to solve, such as how to get more students to sign up for GSV or how to handle a coaching a team when their original coach is away. This allowed us to share our experiences and ideas whilst workshopping different solutions, ultimately adding to our resource bank for the future.

To close, students and staff were taken on a brief tour of the Danny Frawley Centre, featuring multiple exercise rooms and a newly added pool. The Centre’s vision is to continue Danny Frawley’s legacy where everyone is welcome, where everyone looks after their health & wellbeing.

We’re so thankful for this opportunity and look forward to implementing what we’ve learnt into our leadership positions throughout the year.

Ella Robinson
School Sport Captain

Taekwando Black Belt

On Friday of last week Year 9 student, Sarah Chan, after practicing the art of Taekwando since the age of 6, finally achieved her Kukkiwon 1st Poom Taekwando Promotion Test certificate from the World Taekwando Headquarters based in Korea, earning her the black belt she has been working so hard towards.

In Grade 1 Sarah commenced taekwando as an outlet for her high levels of energy.  Taedwondo is a form of Korean martial arts, directly translating to “the way of the hand and foot”. It focuses mainly on self-defensive hand and foot techniques, as opposed to attack and offense.All students commence as a white belt and complete a standard grading assessment before moving to the next level.  The levels progress through yellow, blue and red before black, with each belt colour consisting of three “dans” (stripes), each one of which is earned after a single grading process. This process therefore requires a huge commitment between each layer of progress.  The content becomes more difficult to learn and memorise and the gradings take longer to prepare for.

Sarah prepared for her blackbelt grading for over a year, as it requires a lot of dedication and practice.  Her preparation was a little different to standard, as the majority of her training was conducted via Zoom classes twice a week in her bedroom!  On occasion her coach would meet Sarah and her training partner at the local park to practice.  It was definitely an experience she will never forget.

Sarah has had the same coach ever since she commenced, learning a lot from both him and the other blackbelt holders that have supported the younger students throughout their taekwando journey.

Congratulations Sarah, on this significant achievement.

Preliminary Cross Country Carnival

Last Tuesday, 32 students participated in the GSV Preliminary Cross Country Carnival held at Yarra Bend Park. It was a cool but sunny afternoon for everyone to complete the course which consisted of 3km for the juniors and 4km for the intermediate and senior students. 

Ribbons were awarded to the top 10 places and we had some outstanding results from Bella Fary who finished 2nd in her race as well as Sasha Feldmann and Anika Selvaratnam who both finished 10th. Tara Rastogi was also close behind in 11th position.

Thank you to our Head Coach, Jo Bowden for preparing the girls so well for this competition. 

We look forward to seeing the team compete again next Friday at the Championship Carnival which will be held at Cruden Farm.