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July 23, 2021

Inspiring Women of CGGS

Last week we were so thrilled to be able to host the Inaugural Inspiring Women Ceremony at school to officially honour our 18 inspiring women.

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. Our intention is to honour women each year, with 100 honourees in total to acknowledge the 100 year history of the school.

Below is a list of the inspiring women honoured and their graduating year.

 

Ms Sarah Boyd (1998)

Prof Louise Brearley Messer AM (1957)

Ms Linda Bull (1985)

Ms Vika Bull (1983)

Colonel Michelle Campbell (1988)

Dr Evelyn Chan (2003)

Mrs Roma Drummond OAM (1943)

Dr Jackie Graham (1989)

Ms Frankie Layton (2006)

Mrs Bronwyn Lincoln (1981)

Ms Emma Race (1993)

Mrs Wendy Rainbird (1959)

Dr Julia Rhyder (2005)

Miss Margaret Schofield OAM (posthumous) (1931)

Ms Kate Sommerville (1988)

Mrs Jenny Vadiveloo (1982)

Mrs Noel Waite AO (1945)

The Reverend Doctor Raewynne J. Whiteley (1984)

 

Our CGGS 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.

We congratulate our inaugural Inspiring Women.

The 2021 honourees will be announced shortly, to read more about the women honoured for 2020 and to nomination for 2022 click the button below.

Event Postponement

Due to the current lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the CGGS Centenary Gala.

While we know this is disappointing, especially for those who purchased tickets, we hope you understand this is a necessary step to help keep each other safe in these unprecedented times. Ticket holders have received an email today with details regarding refunds.

We will reschedule this event to take place in 2022 and will communicate a new date.

We’d like to thank all our silent auction supporters who came forward to help create what would have been a fantastic evening, they are listed below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kate Daffy in the school’s Foundation Office.

Contact
Kate Daffy
Community Programs & Events Coordinator
daffyk@cggs.vic.edu.au

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June 25, 2021

Year 5 & 6 Chapel – Caring for our Planet

Our fortnightly Chapel sessions with our school Rev Helen Creed form a very important part of our unique CGGS student wellbeing program called BRAVE (Being Resilient and Valuing Everyone). Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining the Year 6C Chapel Service in our beautiful Chapel. Rev Creed spoke about a very inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya, Wangari Maathai. She was the first person from Africa to win this prestigious award for her work in environmental conservation, democracy, peace, and women’s rights.

Over many decades, Wangari Maathai protested against deforestation in Kenya and, in 1977, founded The Green Belt Movement. This movement focused on empowering women in Kenya to plant one billion trees not only across Kenya, but other surrounding countries. Wangari Maathai was a strong and determined women who saw a strong need to create a greener and cleaner planet for the benefit of all people around the world. There is no doubt that Wangari displayed our CGGS school values of respect, Integrity, Commitment, Hope and Courage. I would like to share a famous quote by Wangari;

‘Every person who has ever achieved anything has been knocked down many time… but all of them picked themselves up and kept going… and that is what I have always tried to do.’ – Wangari Maathai

If any families from our school community would like to find out more information about Wangari Maathai, please click on this link. Wangari Maathai Tribute Film – YouTube

Boroondara Division Cross Country Championships

This year, we had three Ormiston students participate in the Boroondara Division Cross Country Championships at Ruffey Lake Park at Doncaster. The Year 5 and 6 students were Olivia Yang, Maya Waide-Hee and Charlotte Lim. The three students participated in their respective 3km races and performed admirably, Maya finished 27th, Olivia finished 29th and Charlotte finished 31st in their category. The course was very challenging with plenty of hills and each of our three students were very competitive on the day. I would like to thank Emma Hinchliffe for accompanying our students to this event yesterday.

Year 4 History Exhibition

History came alive at Ormiston last Friday as the Year 4s presented their research projects to the school. A mini museum was created in the Great Space for students to share their learning about the different perspectives of the settlement of Australia. Their exhibits were very creative and included written information, a digital display and a diorama. We congratulate all the students for their high standards, as part of this project commenced during remote learning. It was wonderful to see how proud and confident the students were when presenting their learning.

Ellie Zarfaty & Jasvindar Gill
Year 4 Class Teachers

Year 3 & 4 Author Visit – Remy Lai

On Wednesday 23 June, the Years 3 and 4 students had a wonderful virtual visit from author and illustrator Remy Lai. Remy is the author of the popular chapter novels Pie in the Sky and Fly on the Wall which are incredibly well-liked and regularly borrowed books from our library collection. In this event, Remy introduced her new graphic novel, Pawcasso to the students which is a story based on her own dog who also made a guest appearance via Zoom much to delight of our students.  Remy shared the processes involved in creating her work – beginning with an initial idea, basic sketches, story planning, editing and then onto final coloured copy. She also drew her wonderful characters live for the students and provided great drawing tips and advice. At the conclusion of the session our students were thrilled to have an opportunity to ask Remy questions about her writing, story ideas and favourite pets.

Sally Spencer
Junior School Library Teacher

Start of Term 3

I would like to remind all Ormiston families of the following important dates:

School Holidays – Monday 28 June to Friday 9 July

Staff Days/Student Free Days – Monday 12 July & Tuesday 13 July

First Day of Term 3 – Wednesday 14 July (EL3-Y6 students return to school)

I would like to thank our Junior School staff for all their tireless work throughout Semester One during both face-to-face and remote learnings. It has been a demanding time for everyone, and we hope that Semester Two will provide many new and exciting opportunities for all our Ormiston students. I wish all our families a safe and relaxing holiday break with their family and friends.

 

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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June 25, 2021

JOIN US AT THE EVENT OF THE CENTURY!

We hope you will join us as it will be a magical evening of celebration, entertainment and commemorating 100 years of our fine school!

DETAILS
Saturday 31 July 2021
6.30pm – 11.00pm
Leonda by the Yarra

TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT AN EARLY BIRD PRICE!

Early Bird Pricing available until Friday 25 June 2021.

Individual tickets $195
Tables of 10 $1850

We encourage you all to make your ticket bookings by close of business Friday to ensure you benefit from the discounted ticket price. Everyone who purchases at the Early Bird price will automatically go into the draw to win some great prizes.

There will be two lucky winners!

GOLDEN TICKET WINNERS

We are thrilled to announce some of the winners of the Golden Ticket promotion!

Ellie Li in Grade 2 received a Golden Ticket for her parents! Hanna Lindsay in Grade 4 also received one for her parents! Charlotte Pang in Year 7 was third lucky winner!

There is still one Golden Ticket out there! Let us know if you are the lucky winner!

Year Level Social Gatherings

The recent lockdown lead to many Year Level Rep activities being postponed. As the restrictions eased, the Year 9 Reps were able to hold Sunday afternoon drinks at a local bar.

In accordance with the Victorian Government regulations, Year 9 parents enjoyed a relaxing afternoon socialising with each other. Many of the postponed year level events will be rescheduled in Term 3.

Look out for emails from your Reps and for event details in the Junior and Senior School Weeklies.

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June 11, 2021

JOIN US AT THE EVENT OF THE CENTURY!

We hope you will join us as at the Centenary Gala, a magical evening of celebration, entertainment and commemorating 100 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), journalist and 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, so don’t miss out!  Get together with a group or book individual tickets and we will seat you with people from your year level.

DETAILS
Saturday 31 July 2021
6.30pm – 11pm
Leonda by the Yarra

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICING

Early Bird Pricing available until Friday 25 June 2021

Individual Tickets / $195

Tables of 10 / $1,850

Everybody who buys tickets before the Early Bird special closes will go into a draw to win some great prizes. There will be two lucky winners drawn, so I encourage you to purchase your tickets now. There will also be an exciting announcement made next week, so stay tuned.

Contact
Kate Daffy
Community Programs & Events Coordinator
daffyk@cggs.vic.edu.au

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May 28, 2021

Celebrating our CGGS Parent Volunteers!

The Parents and Friends Association was proud to celebrate our wonderful CGGS parent volunteers during National Volunteers Week.

The PFA would not operate without volunteers as committee members, year level reps and/or event helpers. We acknowledge the time and commitment they give to cook sausages at a BBQ, decorate a venue for a PFA function, serve food and refreshments to guests, organise year level events, assist in the Second Hand Uniform Shop, provide icy poles and cakes at sporting events, assist with fundraising projects and/or as PFA Committee members.

During the recent PFA Annual General Meeting, we welcomed parents from both junior and senior school to the PFA Committee.

 

2021 PFA COMMITTEE

PFA Executive

President – Rob Webster (SS)

Vice President – Terry McAleenan (SS)

Secretary – Krys Pekin (SS)

Treasurer – Jeremy Khaw (JS)

 

PFA General Committee Members

Jo Ellingworth (SS)

Patricia Stocca (SS)

Jenni Webster (SS)

Jennifer Bignold (SS)

Meredith Spencer-Jones (SS)

Cindy Wong (JS & SS)

Ray Barmby (SS)

Fiona Nicholson-Stocker (JS)

Viv Noffs (SS)

Sakthi Navaneetharaja (JS)

Fiona Robertson (SS)

 

The PFA is extremely grateful for the significant contribution and vital role every volunteer undertakes to help the PFA serve the CGGS Community. We look forward to supporting the school with our new committee by continuing to friendraise at events and fundraise to purchase items for the school.

For more information about the PFA or to register to volunteer, please contact Susannah Jepson, Community Relationships Coordinator on jepsons@cggs.vic.edu.au

Old Grammarians visiting CGGS

Iman Balla (2014)

Last week, in our Senior School Assembly, we were privileged to hear from Iman Balla, 2014 CGGS School Captain. Iman was invited to share her reflections on her time at school and the journey she has taken since graduating.

Iman generously prepared three videos to share with the CGGS community, each on a distinct topic. The first video was shared in our assembly on May 18 and the remaining two will be used as part of our Career Education program later in the term. In assembly, Iman shared her perspectives and experiences as a Muslim woman attending an Anglican school. She highlighted the warm and welcoming nature of the CGGS community and expressed gratitude for the education she received around Christian traditions and the Anglican faith, explaining that these lessons have helped to broaden her understanding and better appreciate the role that spirituality and religion plays in people’s lives. Iman also shared some advice with our students, stressing the importance of being proud of who you are and where you have come from. Iman’s messages were powerful and complimented the themes and activities held across last week’s CGGS Diversity Week, which is a significant event in our school calendar.

Thanking Our Volunteers

Over the years many people have contributed to the development of the historical archives in the school through donations of items, photographs, uniforms and so on. We have volunteers who have a strong association with the school who tirelessly give of their time to assist with keeping the donated items in order and in good condition. Josephine Atkinson (1970), Lois Brunt (1950) and Barbara Richmond (1950) donated many hours of their time over the past years in assisting with cataloguing and identification of historical photographs.

Last week we were delighted to host a morning tea to thank them for their time and dedication to the school and the archives. Mrs Dunwoody, along with past Head of Junior School, Glenda Bushell, six of our senior students, and current archivist Marian Jenkinson, shared stories with Josephine, Lois and Barbara about the similarities and differences of school life. Lois recalled the father’s coming in on weekends to dig air raid trenches across the school grounds during WWII and the girl’s having drills to practice getting to the trenches quickly and having to bite on a rubber disc as part of their training. She also discussed the fact that many of the girls rode bikes to school, with Barbara adding that she and her best friend would go riding along the river and through the parks on the weekend, making sure to get home before dark.

Our current students recounted to our visitors what is was like for them to study during lockdown and how they have enjoyed being back at school this year, as well as their ambitions for the future. It was a wonderful exchange of ideas between generations and our visitors were delighted to meet the girls and spend some time with them. Afterwards our visitors spent time in the archives office looking at some new archival projects. We thank them most sincerely and we look forward to welcoming them back again soon to assist with these.

In Conversation with Caitlin Kuo (2020)

Last week we were delighted to have former student Caitlin Kuo (2020) join her sister Megan and the Year 11 English Language class. Caitlin is currently studying Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. After Megan observed many similarities in the content of Caitlin’s studies and the English Language course that she is currently studying, Caitlin joined the class for an intimate in-conversation event.

Head over to the Senior School section of this edition of CamNews to read about this intimate and insightful event.

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May 14, 2021

Centenary Founders’ Service

It was exciting and heart-warming to be able to hold our Centenary Founders’ Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 5 May. We were honoured to have The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne in attendance to help us give thanks, along with The Venerable Greg Allinson, Vicar of St Mark’s Camberwell & Archdeacon of Kew, old grammarian Reverend Amanda Lyons (2003), who was the guest preacher, Dr Barbara Fary OAM, past principal & Murrundindi. Due to density restrictions, we were not able to take the whole school to the Cathedral, but the service brought together current students and staff from Years 10 – 12; old grammarians; past and current School Council Members, Life Governors and other treasured members of our CGGS community. The theme of the service was based on a line from the school hymn ‘with grateful hearts and unafraid’. Reverend Lyons offered an encouraging sermon on this theme that was warmly received by all and included some of her recollections of being at CGGS. It was lovely to hear Miss Val Dyke (1962) read one of her favourite Psalms, Psalm 100.

At the beginning of the service three candles were lit to represent the past, present and future of the school. These were lit by old grammarian Roma Drummond OAM (Brunt, 1943), with Lois Brunt (Radnell, 1950); Eloise Webster and Ashley Olsen, School Vice-Captains and Dr Nikita Weickhardt, Chair of School Council.

The Service included the premiere of a new version of the School Anthem, commissioned by the Music Department for the centenary year, based on the words of the prophet Micah. The beautiful sounds of the student choir, accompanied by the Centenary Student Orchestra filled the Cathedral and inspired us to “do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.”

We also heard a series of moving reflections, from current and past students, on the topic: “What does CGGS mean to me?” These were presented by Charlotte Kutey (Yr 12) – on behalf of Mrs Roma Drummond; Emily Foo (Yr 6) & her mother and past student Selina Chan (1990); Claire Robertson (Yr 12) and Archdeacon Greg Allinson, who spoke passionately about the Christian identity of the school. It was remarkable to hear similar heart-felt stories about how much students have appreciated and lived out the values of the school across many generations!  As Mrs Drummond said: “How good to be able to admire all the years past. It is a school that I feel has at its heart care and thoughtfulness for others. This has never faded.”

It was a truly beautiful day of celebration.

Reverend Helen Creed
School Chaplain

Mother’s Day Breakfast

The Parents & Friends Association was delighted to welcome many CGGS mums, grandmothers, godmothers, mother-figures and daughters to the 2021 Mother’s Day Breakfast. With this popular event cancelled last year, the morning was a wonderful time for the CGGS community to gather and celebrate the wonderful women in our lives.

A special Mother’s Day gift was given on arrival and all guests had the opportunity to have their photo taken in front of a beautiful flower wall. School Captains Sophia Giagoudakis and Eloise Webster welcomed the guests before a delicious breakfast from Pinwheel & Co was served. Some guests were also the lucky recipients of a spot prize from our event supporters The Ark Clothing Company, Coconut Bowls and Musellie.

The PFA was pleased that so many members of the community were able to attend and celebrate this very special day.

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April 30, 2021

The PFA seeks nominations for 2021 committee members

The Parents & Friends Association will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 13 May at 7.30pm in the Senior School Boardroom.

The PFA is seeking nominations for positions on the PFA Executive and General Committee. The term of each position is one year with a maximum of 3 years.

What is the PFA and what does it do?

The PFA is a parent body that exists to support the CGGS community. Being involved in the PFA is a great way to meet other parents, support the school and show your children that you are proud of their school.

The purpose of the PFA is to two-fold – friendraising and fundraising

Friendraising

The PFA runs social events for the whole school to build relationships and a sense of community.

Fundraising

Funds are raised to purchase items that will help make the girls’ experience at CGGS special and unique.

Roles within the PFA Committee

The following roles are open for 2021 nominations.

President:

The role of the president is to work with the executive and provide leadership and direction to the Association and ensure the committee fulfills its responsibilities to the school. There is an expectation that the president chairs PFA meetings and attends PFA events.

The role includes the management and distribution of PFA funds to the school, in agreement with the PFA treasurer and committee, in accordance with the Principal’s requests.

Vice President:

The Vice President supports the president with his/her duties. The Vice President can preside at general or executive meetings and act as the president, in his/her absence or when the president is unable to act in that role.

Secretary:

The secretary’s role is to be the guardian of the process of meetings and the maintainer of the official business records. He/she manages communication before meetings and keeps formal records of the group’s process and decisions: the minutes of the meeting.

Treasurer:

The PFA Treasurer is responsible for the financial management and oversight of PFA funds. The role includes the management and distribution of PFA funds to the school, in agreement with the PFA president and committee, in accordance with the Principal’s requests.

The treasurer liaises with the school’s bank, manages funds and reconciles bank statements and presents a Treasurer’s Report at PFA meetings.

General Committee Member:

A general committee member provides support to the president and other PFA committee members to ensure the PFA meets its goals and objectives. There is an expectation that committee members attend PFA meetings and events. Social engagement and planning events and activities with all committee members for the school community, is both an exciting and enjoyable part of all of these roles.

To nominate for one of these roles, please complete a Nomination Form via the button below and return to the school by Monday 10 May.

See above a nomination form.

For more information about any of these roles please contact PFA Secretary, Krys Pekin via email pfa@cggs.vic.edu.au.

A Century of Stories – CGGS Centenary Book

We are very pleased to announce the CGGS Centenary Celebration Book – A Century of Stories has been delivered and is available for purchase. To celebrate this wonderful addition to our centenary celebrations, a launch was held in the Senior School Library with the writer Dr Jacqui Ross and publisher Neil Montagnana-Wallace from Hyphen (formally known as Bounce Books) in attendance. Special guests including School Council, Life Governors, Old Grammarians, staff and students enjoyed a wonderful evening hearing about the creation of the book.

So much has happened within the walls of our beloved school to make it the institution it is today. The launch was a wonderful way to acknowledge the Schools 100-year history as it includes 100 stories we wanted to share with our community.  We are so proud to bring you this collection of stories, of moments in time, the highlights of our history and interesting insights.

A Century of Stories is for sale for $50, including GST. You have the option of collecting your book from CGGS Main Reception or having it delivered at a standard shipping fee of $15.

To purchase a copy, please click the button below.

St Marks Marriage Course

A wonderful opportunity to enhance your marriage begins on Monday 26 April at 7.45pm. St Mark’s Camberwell is hosting a free, 7-week online Marriage Course. Learn how to listen better, resolve conflict and build a stronger relationship.

The course is done online at home (over wine if you wish!), hosted by Phil & Yvonne. There is no group sharing – so it’s totally private. All connected to CGGS (& CGS) are welcome to join.

To register: trybooking.com/BQKLF

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April 1, 2021

Time Capsule

In 1995, Camberwell Girls Grammar School celebrated its 75th anniversary. One of the ways the school community commemorated this milestone was with a time capsule – a collection of items showing us what school life was like in 1995. This time capsule was buried in a garden bed in the Senior School. While some of the artefacts in the time capsule were damaged, many gave us a glimpse into how the school has changed over the past quarter of a century.

As the school is celebrating its Centenary, we have decided to collate items to commemorate 2020/2021 life at CGGS. Teachers will work with students to select examples of student work to be included in the Time Capsule. There will be ceremony in Term 3 where all items will be placed within the capsule and sealed for 25 years, to be opened in 2045.

A Century of Stories – CGGS Centenary Book

In Camberwell Girls Grammar Schools 100-year history, so much has happened within the walls of our beloved school to make it the institution it is today. So we decided to go and discover some of those stories and share them with our community in commemorative book to celebrate our centenary year. We are so proud to bring you this collection of stories, of moments in time, the highlights of our history and interesting insights.

A Century of Stories, has been written and published by Hyphen (formally known as Bounce Books), a company which specialises in telling stories, creating anniversary books and helping organisations to celebrate milestones. They have recently published similar story books to CGGS’ for Qantas, Arnott’s, Coles and Akubra.

A Century of Stories will be delivered to the school in late April. We are offering a pre-sale price of $50, including GST. You have the option of picking up the book from CGGS Main Reception or having it delivered at a standard shipping fee of $15.

To purchase a copy, please click the button below.

The PFA celebrates CGGS Community Events

2021 PFA Welcome Evening

The Parents & Friends Association was delighted to welcome over 130 parents and staff from both junior and senior campuses at their Annual Welcome Evening on Friday 19 March. With most social functions cancelled in 2020, this evening provided an opportunity for the CGGS community to gather and reconnect.

It was a warm autumn night and the Fig Tree Café Quadrangle was decorated beautifully with fairy lights, market umbrellas, candles and colourful cushions. Guests were entertained by a very talented roaming magician and enjoyed delicious food from Pinwheel and Co. and refreshing beverages provided by the PFA.

Junior School Welcome Picnic

A lovely night was had by all those who attended the JS Welcome Picnic last Friday evening.

Families from Early Learning to Year 6 were eager to come together on the junior school grounds after many months of restrictions surrounding school gatherings. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces and children enjoying free play on the playgrounds and PFA climbing frame and using basketballs, skipping ropes and hula hoops. An impromptu game of cricket was held between dads and their kids.

The PFA is always delighted to support this event and looks forward to bringing more events to the CGGS Community in the coming months.

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March 19, 2021

CGGS Dads Event – the first of many to come!

It was wonderful to welcome so many fathers at the recent CGGS Dads BBQ. Fathers and father-figures came together in a relaxed social setting and enjoyed an evening of delicious food and refreshments while meeting other dads from the school. This was the first event held by the newly formed CGGS Dads Group.

This group is run by CGGS dads for CGGS dads and they have planned at least one event each term for dads, and dads and their daughters.

To become apart of the CGGS Dads Group and to learn more, click the button below.

Old grammarian shares her journey with Year 9 students

As part of their media unit titled “Fake News, Filters, Feeds and Followers”, the Year 9s were fortunate during the week to have Annabelle Lee (2015) visit the school to give them a perspective on these issues.

Annabelle, who is a podcast producer at Shameless Media, gave the students a professional prospective on the media industry and the challenges that come with representation, ethics and bias. She spoke about sensationalist media, gender bias, how to deal with generational divide and working through disagreements on key issues.

Annabelle shared her journey to becoming a podcast producer and journalist, whilst continuing her law degree and gave the students some advice on how to navigate balancing commitments when they finish school.

A Century of Stories – CGGS Centenary Book

In Camberwell Girls Grammar Schools 100-year history, so much has happened within the walls of our beloved school to make it the institution it is today. So we decided to go and discover some of those stories and share them with our community in commemorative book to celebrate our centenary year. We are so proud to bring you this collection of stories, of moments in time, the highlights of our history and interesting insights.

A Century of Stories, has been written and published by Hyphen (formally known as Bounce Books), a company which specialises in telling stories, creating anniversary books and helping organisations to celebrate milestones. They have recently published similar story books to CGGS’ for Qantas, Arnott’s, Coles and Akubra.

A Century of Stories will be delivered to the school in late April. We are offering a pre-sale price of $50, including GST. You have the option of picking up the book from CGGS Main Reception or having it delivered at a standard shipping fee of $15. 

To purchase a copy, please click the button below.

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March 5, 2021

Your Year Level Reps have been busy!

Your amazing Year Level Reps have been busy organising and hosting events and activities for families in the CGGS Community. In the five weeks since the beginning of the Term, families have finally been able to enjoy face to face events and socialise with other members of the CGGS Community.

Year Level Reps have hosted coffee mornings, parent meet and greet events and catch ups in the park. These events have brought great joy to many and have served as a wonderful welcome to families new to the school. There are plenty of year level events scheduled in the coming weeks. Look for details on all Year Level Rep activities in the Junior and Senior Weeklies.

Parents and Friends Association events finally return to CGGS

In an effort to continue to deliver their friendraising program, The Parents and Friends Association is excited to finally be able to host events for the CGGS Community. After a year of limited socialising and the cancellation of many events, the PFA looks forward to bringing you the following events in the coming weeks

CGGS Dads BBQ

All fathers and father figures are invited to attend this event which will be run by CGGS dads for CGGS dads, on Thursday 11 March. It will be a great opportunity to meet other dads during this casual evening, that includes a gourmet BBQ and beverages, in an informal and relaxed setting.

PFA Welcome Evening – a complimentary event

All Junior and Senior School parents and staff are invited to join together on Friday 19 March to celebrate the vibrant CGGS Community whilst enjoying delicious food and refreshments.

Junior School Welcome Picnic

This much loved Junior school event will be held in the ELC and Junior School grounds on Friday 26 March.

In the interest of providing adequate space for social gathering, the event will be held over two sessions; EL3 – Year 3 from 5.00pm – 6.30pm and Year 4 – Year 6 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm.Bring a picnic rug, dinner and refreshments and enjoy mingling with other families in a relaxed setting.

Enquiries about any of these events, please contact:
Susannah Jepson
Community Relationships Coordinator
jepsons@cggs.vic.edu.au

Class of 2020 Celebration Assembly

Our Celebration Assembly where a number of students from the Class of 2020 joined us to celebrate the achievements, their successes and to share their reflections of their final year of schooling. Debbie Dunwoody was presented with a gift to the school, a Japanese Red Maple tree to be planted in the garden in front of the Art Department with the plaque above to be located with it.

Part of the gift was also a handwritten card which said:

Dear Mrs Dunwoody,

It’s incredible to reflect on how far we, as a cohort have come, thanks to the way the Camberwell community has shaped us into compassionate, driven and resilient young women of tomorrow.

With sincere gratitude, the Class of 2020 acknowledge the ongoing guidance to our learning and wellbeing in our final year through unprecedented times, and hope that the Japanese Red Maple tree, accompanied by the plaque, serves as a reminder to the community to appreciate and grow though what you go through in life.

Class of 2020

A Century of Stories – CGGS Centenary Book

In Camberwell Girls Grammar Schools 100-year history, so much has happened within the walls of our beloved school to make it the institution it is today. So we decided to go and discover some of those stories and share them with our community in commemorative book to celebrate our centenary year. We are so proud to bring you this collection of stories, of moments in time, the highlights of our history and interesting insights.

A Century of Stories, has been written and published by Hyphen (formally known as Bounce Books), a company which specialises in telling stories, creating anniversary books and helping organisations to celebrate milestones. They have recently published similar story books to CGGS’ for Qantas, Arnott’s, Coles and Akubra.

A Century of Stories is available now a pre-sale price of $50, including GST. You have the option of picking up the book from CGGS Main Reception or having it delivered at a standard shipping fee of $15. Please note the book will be delivered to the school in late April 2021.

If you would like to purchase a copy please click below.

Gallery Galaxias – Honour your journey through the school

It was a delight to welcome artist and friend of CGGS, Simon Normand back to the school. Simon spent 2019 and 2020 making mosaic fish, many with students which have now been laid in the water feature that lines the Senior School driveway.

Handmade from Venetian glass, the underwater migration of mosaic Galaxias fish symbolises health, creativity, strength, rebirth, transformation, serenity, intelligence, endurance and happiness. The water feature will now be known as Gallery Galaxias and once complete, will be home to 100 iridescent mosaic fish to acknowledge the 100-year life of our school.

There is still a number of fish available for purchase. Each fish is engraved with your name or family name, along with a year from the Centenary period (1920 – 2020). If you are interested in learning more, please contact Karen Bartram in the Foundation Office for further information – bartramk@cggs.vic.edu.au