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October 15, 2021

The 2021 Father’s Day Challenge a HUGE success!

The PFA and CGGS Dads Group were delighted to see so many entries from junior and senior school families in the Father’s Day Challenge, held at the end of last term.

It was lovely to see dads and their children having fun with the Challenge, laughing and being active together.

Participants from junior and senior school were very creative with their activities. Some of these included: skipping competitions, bike races, netball and basketball goal shooting games, cook-offs, dance-offs, Lego building, Chess and Boggle games, backyard hockey, Mario Kart and board games, longest handstand, frisbee throwing and a speed milk drinking competition.

Results were very close for both groups this year.

The winners of both the 2021 Junior School and the 2021 Senior School Dad and Daughter Challenge Cup were….



We look forward to awarding the both the 2021 Junior and 2021 Senior School Cups to the girls when the community can once again come together.

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September 3, 2021

The Father’s Day Challenge is this Weekend!!

The PFA and CGGS Dads Group are excited to bring the Father’s Challenge to the CGGS Community this weekend. All fathers and father-figures should be recognised for the champions they are, so we will be holding the Father’s Day Challenge again this year.

In the Challenge, Fathers/father-figures and daughters can challenge each other in a friendly activity, game or sport this Father’s Day.

You may like to try a basketball or soccer goal shooting competition, a cooking challenge, a dance off or hula hoop challenge…anything is possible.

Participants will be asked to upload results and photos of their challenge with their  daughter/children to either the Junior School Padlet or Senior School Yammer Page.

Results will be tallied, and a Junior and Senior Challenge Cup winner will be awarded to either The Fathers or The Daughters.

This is a wonderful way to interact and spend time with your children this Father’s Day.

Good luck!!

View these images from last year’s Father’s Day Challenge for inspiration and ideas for your challenge.

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August 20, 2021

Old Grammarians join Science Week

This week was National Science Week, and the students were very fortunate to have two old grammarians, both Engineers, join the Senior School Assembly to answer their questions.

Margaret Alousis (1994) and Caroline Rowland (2001), zoomed in to speak all things Engineering.

One of the first questions asked of Margaret and Caroline was the subjects studied at school to advance to Engineering. Both Margaret and Caroline said that subjects in the sciences and maths fields are important, but Caroline also said that her CGGS music teacher’s advice was to do subjects that you are interested in so that you enjoy studying.

Margaret went on to say that an Engineering degree is versatile, and the skills learned can be applied to a wide variety of jobs, careers and positions and the scope is limitless.

Engineering is a combination between science and maths and being creative. Problem solving is at the core of Engineering and Engineers look to designing, building, creating and inventing to reach these solutions.

Caroline started her career as a technical engineer and now Engineering has taken her to a field in business development, marketing and strategy.

We thank both Margaret and Caroline, (with newborn baby in arms) for their time and sharing their knowledge with the science class.

Cure Lockdown Fatigue

Just as we were dusting ourselves off and tentatively venturing out into the world again, we were thrust back into the uncertainty of lockdown. While we try to remain optimistic, it is equally understandable to feel despondent and bored.

While the Parents and Friends Association is currently limited in ways to engage the school community, we hope the following suggested unique lockdown activities engage your curiosity and alleviate lockdown fatigue and boredom.

Camp Out
You may not be able to travel further than your backyard, so why not recreate the camping experience in your backyard or balcony? Pitch a tent, tell ghost stories, toast marshmallows. The good news is pets are welcome and you can go inside if it starts raining.

Melbourne International Film Festival from your couch
The Melbourne International Film Festival brings you a selection of global cinema’s most scintillating films – available to view right from your couch.

Join Museum Victoria for their Virtual National Science Week Program
This year, Museums Victoria is bringing you a program packed with STEM and science research through online events, social media takeovers and challenges, in-depth stories and the chance to vote for Victoria’s State Fossil Emblem.

From now until August 22, you can tune in to one of the online events and learn from museum scientists and experts.

Take a Virtual Trip to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
At sunset every night, the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins waddle up Phillip Island’s floodlit beaches to their homes. As visitors are unable to enjoy this natural phenomenon in person at the moment, the penguins will be brought to you right in your home.

Set up a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are pretty easy, and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours. To make it more fun, draw a treasure map, and place messages with clues around each item to help find the next item.

Bring Melbourne Zoo’s animals into your home
Bring the zoo to life from the three Melbourne Zoo locations with live cams, keeper talks and other virtual updates.

Order at home meal kits from top Melbourne restaurants
Bring the experience of a restaurant home and cook with the family with these heat-and-eat meals that make dinner easy and fun.

Listen to amazing Podcasts
Lockdown can get a little tiring, so keep your mind sharp with this list of must-listen podcasts.

Paint and Sip – relaxing at home online activity
Find a well-lit space in your home to set up your painting station, gather some painting materials, enjoy your favourite beverage and discover your creative side.

Make your own Bubble Tea with DIY Kits
Grabbing a bubble tea might not feel like an essential reason to leave your house, but fear not, the team at Naröcha have got you covered. The CBD-based tea room is now selling DIY bubble tea packages fo you to concoct and sip at home.

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August 6, 2021

Old Grammarian turns 100!

Grace Lovell (Vale, 1934)

Grace Vale commenced her schooling at Ormiston in the 1920’s and left in 1934.

She recently celebrated a wonderful milestone, her 100th birthday. Grace has very fond memories of her time at school and to this day holds the school very dear to her heart. She can recall clearly her time spent with friends, her teachers and her time spent at Camberwell has held her in good stead for life.

Grace married and had four children, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren who were with her to celebrate this special day. She moved to Western Australia in 1953 where she still lives with her family today.

We send big congratulations to Grace on this wonderful achievement.

PFA supporting the CGGS community during restrictions

The Parents & Friends Association is proud to support the school community in a variety of ways. Although our contributions have been modified this year, due to the many restrictions we have all faced, the PFA continues to hold monthly meetings where parent volunteers plan and discuss ways in which they can connect and support the school community.

The PFA’s annual Father’s Day Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday 2 September.

All CGGS fathers/father-figures and students are invited to enjoy a fun filled Olympic themed Father’s Day Breakfast and participate in the Father/Daughter Cup.

Senior Students vs Dads Basketball Match

Junior Students vs Dads Soccer Match

The PFA loves supporting the Junior School Disco each year, where Foundation to Year 6 students learn funky dances and sing along to popular songs.

The date of this event has been changed to Friday 27 August, when we hope restrictions have further eased.

This year’s theme is Rainbow Glow, and each guest receives a Rainbow Glow Gift Bag, a bottle of water and an icy pole.

Our wonderful Year Level Reps recently attended the Term 2 Rep meeting to discuss the events they have planned and how they will support their families for the rest of the year.

Unfortunately, the recent restrictions have led to many year level events and activities being postponed, however your Reps look forward to socialising with you all again very soon.

The Friends of Sport enjoyed attending the House Cross Country last term, providing icy poles for the students and home-made treats for staff. They look forward to contributing at the Celebration of Sport Dinner later this month.

The PFA The Friends of the Arts is delighted to support the school’s Art program by funding a new kiln for the Art room. Art and Design Teacher Asia Kosowski loves teaching ceramics, and we hope many students are inspired to explore their creative talents and utilise the new kiln.

They also love supporting the dance, music and drama productions throughout the year, however, have been unable to offer their very popular pre-show refreshments. They look forward to being present at many more of these events in the future.

The CGGS Dads Group had scheduled Dad & Daughter events in Term 2. They were unfortunately postponed and have been rescheduled for Term 3 or Term 4.

The Senior School Dad & Daughter Bowling and Pizza Night will now be held on Sunday 22 August.

A new date for the Junior School Paper Planes and Pizza Day is yet to be confirmed.

The Second Hand Uniform Shop was  not able to open this month.

The volunteers look forward to assisting you with your clothing needs when we hopefully open again on Saturday 28 and Monday 30 August.

For further details about the Parents & Friends Association or how you can volunteer, contact:

Susannah Jepson
Community Relationships Coordinator

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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.

Kate Daffy
Community Programs & Events Coordinator

Junior School


Junior School

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


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

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


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!


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


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.

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



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.

Kate Daffy
Community Programs & Events Coordinator

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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.



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

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.