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Connected Community

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

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February 19, 2021

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 for purchase. You have the option of picking up the book from CGGS Main Reception or having it delivered at a standard shipping fee of $15.

If you would like to purchase a copy please click here https://events.humanitix.com/cggs-centenary-book

Shout out to our Year Level Reps

There are over 40 parents who have volunteered to be a junior or senior school Year Level Rep this year. They all play an integral part in keeping our CGSG community connected by organising events for your year level and welcoming new parents to the school.

Before the school year had started, some Reps held gatherings in parks and restaurants to welcome their new families to CGGS. This certainly helped new parents and students meet families in their year and begin to feel a part of this wonderful community.

The year also started with some Reps hosting coffee mornings and the Year 3’s held a badminton session for parents. This proved to be very enjoyable as enthusiastic parents are happy for it to continue as a regular event on the Year 3 calendar.

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.

CGGS Fathers connect via a Dads Social Group

The Parents and Friends Association, is excited to support the newly formed CGGS Dads Group. This group is run by CGGS fathers for CGGS fathers and father-figures.

Join fellow dads within the CGGS community to socialise, network and enjoy each other’s company at both dads only, and dad and child events.

Partnering with The Fathering Project, this group aims to promote mateship within the community and encourage dads to engage with their daughters more regularly.

All fathers and father-figures are invited to the first CGGS Dads Group event. Scheduled for Thursday 11 March from 7:00pm, all dads are invited to attend the Term 1 Dads Group BBQ in the Senior School Fig Tee Café and Quadrangle Courtyard.

This will be a great opportunity to meet CGGS dads during this casual evening, including a gourmet BBQ and beverages, in an informal and relaxed setting.

Make sure you put this date in your diary and look out for further details about this event in upcoming JS and SS Weeklies.

To find out more about The Fathering Project, you can visit their website via the button below.

Principal

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Principal

February 5, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I warmly welcome you all to 2021 at Camberwell Girls Grammar School!

I hope that you enjoyed some joyous and relaxing time after the end of a very demanding year and feel ready for the start of a new school year. Please click onto the button below for my welcome message.

New Staff

This year we have welcomed a small number of new staff to Camberwell Girls for ongoing positions as well as leave replacement roles.  I would like to introduce you to:

> Mr Ron Bell (Global Politics, Commerce and English Teacher). Ron is a highly experienced classroom teacher who has an extensive career teaching in both Australian and international schools.  He joins us most recently from Monash College.

> Ms Jessica Friend (English, English Language, Learning Enrichment and Physical Education Teacher)Jessica is an experienced teacher who has also held pastoral care leadership roles in her former school. She comes to us from Ringwood Secondary College.

> Ms Lindsay Hill (Mathematics Teacher)Lindsay is an experienced Mathematics teacher who has previously taught in independent girls schools in Melbourne. However, her most recent position was at Lochside Academy in Scotland.

> Miss Cassie Semple (Physical Education and Learning Enrichment Teacher)Cassie worked as a Deakin Associate teacher at CGGS in 2020 and we are delighted that she has returned as a teacher in 2021.

> Miss Crystal Zhang (Chinese Teacher)Crystal is an experienced Chinese teacher who joins us most recently from Loreto Mandeville Hall. She has taught in a number of independent girls schools.

> Mrs Kim Bailey (Netball Program Coordinator)Kim has been working most recently at AFL Goldfields Netball and has a strong interest in developing coaches in clubs. Ms Talia Hobbs and Mr Tim Snow are our new Deakin Associate Teachers for 2021. Talia has previous experience working in girls schools and Tim in an internationally recognised Hockey coach.

> Ms Madison Kelly (Library Technician)Madison is an experienced Library Technician and has worked most recently at the RMIT and Port Philip Libraries.

> Ms Nina D’Souza (Library Assistant)Whilst Nina is new to this role, she is an old grammarian from the Class of 2018 and is currently completing her Arts Degree.

We are also delighted to welcome back from leave Ms Georgina Bonnington, Mr Liss Campbell, Mrs Melissa Donnely, Mrs Fiona Gibson, Mrs Belinda Kranjcic, Mrs Emily Pandya, and Mrs Jennifer Sui.

I am very excited about the calibre of our teaching team and the extensive programs and opportunities for our girls at CGGS.

New Metrics for Success (Partnership with the University of Melbourne)

I am delighted to let parents know that we have been offered a place in the University of Melbourne’s New Metrics for Success:  Transforming what we value in schools research-practice partnership.  Schools from across Australia and from across all sectors were invited to apply and our inclusion is affirmation of the extensive curriculum and wellbeing work that we have been undertaking in recent years.

The aim of the partnership is to generate new and validated assessment tools that will give a more complete picture of a young person, rather than just relying on a single score as reflected in the ATAR or NAPLAN results.  Throughout the two year project our team will be working with national and international researchers and like-minded leaders with an aim to also influence the development of new policy and generate real change in schools across all sectors.

This year again promises to be a very exciting year at Camberwell Girls, where we are committed to the importance of a high quality and relevant education for our students as we work with global researchers and leaders.  I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.

 

With very best wishes for the year ahead.

Debbie Dunwoody
Principal

Senior School

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Senior School

February 5, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 School Year

This year, I think more than any other in the past, the return to school has been so welcomed by all students and staff alike. Last Thursday we commenced with our Year 7, 11 and 12 students in special programs and some highlights of these are in articles later in this edition of CamNews. Then this Monday our remaining year levels 8, 9 and 10 commenced and the academic year started in earnest.

The sound of laughter and chatter in the corridors and at recess and lunchtime and the smiling faces observed in the classes has been heart-warming for all. And even though yesterday we were again required to wear face masks indoors, this has not dampened the spirits of all. We are a strong, resilient and kind community looking out for each other at all times.

This year, we have welcomed a number of students new to CGGS in Years 7 – 10 and also a few new staff. As always, we are delighted to embrace new students and their families and new staff to our community and we hope all feel a great sense of belonging to our school throughout their journey with us.

I take this opportunity to thank all our Year Level Coordinators: Ms Tuba Ozak – Year 7, Ms Paige Tan – Year 8, Ms Georgia Biggs – Year 9, Mr James Henderson – Year 10, Mr Andrew Burnell – Year 11 and Mrs Nareen Robinson and Mrs Karen Anderson in Nareen’s absence  – Year 12, plus the Deputy Heads of Senior School, Ms Kath Woolcock – Student Wellbeing, Mrs Kim Hepworth – Teaching and Learning and Mr Shane Maycock – Co-curricular Programs for all their efforts to ensure a smooth start to the year for all our students.

Senior School Assembly

Each Tuesday we hold a Senior School Assembly and this week we were most fortunate to have Murrundindi, the ngurungaeta, head man of the Wurundjeri at our assembly for a Welcome to Country. Our entire school community knows and works closely with Murrundindi throughout the year and we always appreciate his commitment to our special events.

This year our School Captains Sophia Giagoudakis, Eloise Webster and Ashley Olsen, who have already become affectionately known as SEA from initials of their first names, have adopted their own motto for 2021, used to both motivate and connect the student body at Senior School, which they introduced at the first Senior School Assembly for 2021. I am pleased to share with you an excerpt of their presentation as this is yet another example of the young people under our care, having so much to teach us.

SAIL

This year as your School Captains – SEA we have chosen to use the word SAIL to represent our termly themes of Support, Authenticity, Inclusion and Love. These all tie in together as a means to connect and heal with one another after the difficult year of 2020. We all know the individual struggles we coped with throughout last year and for each one of us, that struggle looked different. Many had others to turn to when times got tough, and we all had the opportunity to provide an ear to listen or that physically-distanced shoulder to cry on. In such a giving community as this, we all were able to lend a hand and empathise with each other, but may have been reluctant to recognise our own struggles and how they contributed to the strong and better people we are now, for having braved those hard times.

This year we embrace these struggles and pride ourselves on the way we have adapted and changed for the better so that we may smile – through the masks that continue to come and go – at ourselves for the people we have become.

As we SAIL towards a brighter future throughout 2021, we focus on understanding the presence of the strong support network around us, catching us when we fall and praising us in our achievements and individuality. We give ourselves the chance to be authentic, in a safe and encouraging environment with people who support us. Through our unique identities, we form bonds and appreciate what each other has to give, inclusively accepting one another for who we are now and who we wish to further become. Only through these actions are we able to find love in ourselves, our friends, our family, our teachers, our staff – in each and every one of us in our community and together brave the hardships of a stormy SEA through 2021.

We wish our School Captains and all the School and House Leaders smooth seas as they lead the Senior School this year.

Year 7 Welcome Service
On Wednesday afternoon we were able to welcome and acknowledge our Year 7 students and their families, the newest members of the Senior School community when families joined us onsite at the school at 4:30pm.  Two of the Forms started with a Church Service in Barbara Sutton Hall with Rev Helen Creed, the others moved into the Senior School library to be introduced to the By Design Program with Dr Charlotte Forwood.  These students then led their parents on a tour of the school, introducing them to the campus they will come to know intimately over the next 6 years.  At 5:15pm the groups crossed over, before all participating in all activities.

At 6:00pm all families concluded their activities and we made the most of a glorious summer evening and shared a meal from Pinwheel and Co on the Senior School oval.  This provided an opportunity for Tutor Teachers and the leadership team to meet many of our families in what was a very enjoyable evening.

Year 7 Transition Week

2021 is well and truly off to an amazing start, with our Year 7 students officially joining the CGGS community. To help ensure a smooth shift into secondary school, the Year 7s eagerly participated in Transition Week, a program designed to encourage the development of relationships and familiarity with their new environment.

While our students took part in a wide range of activities and sessions, I wanted to share some of the highlights of the week, including an Amazing Race style tour of the campus, challenging Team Building and Get to Know You activities (in which it was not only the students that were totally consumed by this, but the teachers also!) and Stress Management, Support Seeking and What to Expect in Year 7 sessions ran by our wonderful School Counsellors, Paula and Beth, that provided valuable information aimed at normalising help seeking behaviour.

The Year 7 students also listened to a presentation by Kath Woolcock about Wellbeing and the importance of our Year 7 theme Connected Community.  Transition week also offered students an opportunity to meet many of their subject teachers while getting a taste of the subject by participating in many engaging and introductory lessons from Geography, English, Drama, Science, RE, Maths, Art, Digital Organisation and the Library. It was so great to see all of the new Year 7 students buzzing with enthusiasm and joy as they participated in many of their subject activities such as solving a Pitch Perfect crime by completing many Science experiments or using clay to create a pot.  Finally, Transition week came to an end on Wednesday and we were fortunate with a perfect summer afternoon. After a Welcome Church Service, staff, students and families joined on the oval to chat with the students and their families over a wonderful dinner and dessert.

We congratulate and welcome our Year 7’s to CGGS. They completed their transition week with such poise, confidence and interest. On behalf of the Tutor Team and Subject Teachers, we are so grateful to be a part of their secondary school experience and look forward to getting to know each them better wish them all the very best in 2021.

Ms Tuba Ozak
Year 7 Coordinator

Year 7 Transition Activity – Murder in the Science Lab

On Tuesday the 2 February, the new Year 7 students transformed themselves into crime scene investigators and were put to task to help the Science department solve a horrendous crime.

Armed with a team of lovely assistants from Years 9 and 10, Year 7 students set about pulling apart four pieces of evidence. From analysing soil samples to trace the movements of the suspects, placing different mysterious powders into Bunsen Burners to determine their chemical composition, running chromatograms to interpret different pen inks and peering down microscopes to compare different fibres found at the crime scene; the girls got their teeth sunk into some serious Science.

After they had collected the evidence from their various samples, the girls went about drawing their own conclusions about who may have murdered Beca from the famous Barden Bellas (from the Pitch Perfect movies series) singing group. The girls finished the session by sharing their findings with the class as to their number one suspect.

The session highlighted the girls’ problem-solving abilities and allowed them to get a taste for what their Science journey over the next six years may look like. Congratulations to all the participants who managed to put the evidence together to solve the crime!

Year 7 Service Learning – Making Ripples for Change

“No one is too small to make a difference.” These stirring words spoken by Greta Thunberg were the focus for our Year 7 Service Learning Transition Week activity. At Camberwell Girls, we aim to be “useful in service” and at Year 7 we take on the role of stewards for the environment, aiming to serve our planet well. In 2021, our focus is on taking action and sharing our achievements, so as to create ripples of wider change.

Our first action of the year saw us heading outside to propagation stations. Students made pots from newspaper, and planted seeds of plant species indigenous to the Boroondara area. With care, these seeds will germinate and then be transferred to ceramic planters students made in Art earlier in the Transition Week. Once they are mature, these plants will thrive in local gardens and promote local biodiversity, with protective grasses for local fauna, and flowering plants to support our native pollinators. Inspired by the oral traditions of Indigenous Australians, students created poems and songs to help them remember the correct care for their plants. To create their “ripple”, Year 7s were encouraged to discuss this activity with their families.

This activity embodies our school value of hope. Together, we can and will take meaningful action that has a wider impact. It is this action which will see us as a community rise to meet the formidable environmental challenges we currently face. Greta Thunberg, with her solo school strike for climate motivating millions to action since 2018, exemplifies this approach and is a powerful inspiration for our students.”

Year 12 Retreat

The Year 12 girls were unable to attend their retreat offsite this year due to current COVID restrictions. However great fun was had by all over the 2 days that were held at school.  This year the theme being explored by the Year 12 students is “Together We Can………” and this was the thread that wove its way through many of the activities run over the 2 days. The girls participated in sessions of yoga and meditation, a creative activity related to the theme, a session with Dr Forwood called “ Rewired” and some fun taskmaster challenges which involved working together in small groups to complete various tasks. Elevate Education, a group that specialises in study skills, ran sessions that gave the girls strategies and tips to stay motivated and how to approach and prepare for SACs and exams. Our own school counsellor gave the girls advice on stress management which complemented the information given by Elevate. The School Captains ran a fabulous activity that again explored the theme of teamwork. The first day ended with a beautiful Church service where the girls were able to light a candle and place it in “a river of light”. On a very rainy Friday morning 3 students who had just completed Year 12 in 2020, came to join in a Q and A session. The girls were given excellent advice on how to cope with this year and they were able to ask all the things they wanted to find out about completing Year 12. The retreat was a lovely way for the girls to start the final year of their time at CGGS.

Year 11

Last Thursday and Friday, the Year 11s returned to school and undertook a special program designed to introduce them to the VCE and also Driver Education.

On Thursday the focus was very much on the VCE. In the morning, Year 11s undertook two sessions with Elevate Education –  Study Sensei and Time Management, which were both very well received by the Year Group. This was followed by a VCE Information Session with presentations by Ms Dot Georgiou (VCE Coordinator), Ms Beth Sarlos (School Counsellor) and Mrs Kim Hepworth (Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning). These sessions were designed to give all students an introduction to the VCE and how they can best navigate through the next two years. After lunch on Thursday, we welcomed back twenty of last year’s Year 12 cohort who facilitated a number of Q&A Sessions around subjects and the VCE in general.

On Friday, the focus switched to Driver Education with Fit2Drive providing an extended session with our Year 11s outlining many aspects of learning to drive as well as practical advice for the students once they have obtained their license. As always, this was a very informative and interactive session for the Year Group and I hope that all the students will benefit from the practical application of the information they learned. After a fairly demanding day and a half of activities, the Year 11s were able to relax a little in the afternoon by undertaking a series of One Minute Challenges designed to enhance collaboration as well as having a few laughs along the journey.

All in all, it was a really productive and enjoyable two days for the Year 11s and a perfect re-introduction back to School in readiness for the commencement of classes last Monday. I look forward to working closely with our Year 11’s throughout 2021.

Andrew Burnell
Year 11 Coordinator

Co-Curricular Update

What a week it has already been! As we settle back into the routines of daily student and family life, CGGS students have been frantically auditioning, trialling and gaining knowledge of the possible co-curricular activities CGGS has to offer. As Week 1 draws to a close, House Dance Auditions for THEME, as well as signing up for the fun Group Dance. A reminder that sign up for these events close Monday 8 Feb.

GSV trials have begun this week for term 1 sports including Softball, Tennis and Indoor Cricket. Ms Law will continue to update students through team specific emails and live screen cast. Also on the horizon is House Athletics on March 2. Ms Law has sent out sign up details and House Period on February 12 will involve exploring these further.

Continuing on the theme of House activities, Thursday February 4 saw many year 11 and 12 students use period 5 to plan the first House Mentoring session which was held Friday. In small groups, these students will continue to develop activities to deliver to Year 7 – 10 students in year level house group.

Thursday also saw the Co-Curricular Expo being held at lunch time. Students were able to explore the different interest groups run at CGGS, asking student leaders and responsible staff about what each of the clubs involves. Next week, students will receive information detailing how to access a LIVE student calendar detailing when and where each of these activities will occur. If students do seek further information about co-curricular clubs, please contact maycocks@cggs.vic.edu.au whom will direct you to the student representatives.

Library News

Over the last week the library team have set up a Lunar New Year display to celebrate it on 12 February. It is a tradition predominantly observed in Asian countries including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Korea.

Lunar New Year begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later on the first full moon. Dances and fireworks are prevalent throughout the holidays, culminating in the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the last day of the New Year celebrations. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, the second of the Zodiac animals. You can find out more about New Year festivals and the Zodiac via resources in the library and online!

As you can see, it’s certainly been a busy first week!

Wishing you all an enjoyable and restful weekend.

 

With best wishes,

 

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School 

Junior School

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Junior School

February 5, 2021

Welcome Back

Welcome to the 2021 school year! I would like to extend a warm welcome to our families with whom we have had a long-term association with and to those families who have joined our Ormiston school community for the very first time.

A special welcome is extended to our new Early Learning 3 to Year 6 students who have all attended school this week and I would like to congratulate our Foundation students who have this week started their official first year of Primary schooling. I was delighted to see so many families and students with smiles on their faces on their first day of school.

New Foundation to Year 6 Ormiston Students

I would like to congratulate all of our new students who have settled in so quickly. At our Junior School Assembly next week, our Foundation to Year 6 students will receive their Ormiston badge. Our new students from Foundation to Year 6 are:

Foundation             

Caroline Chen, Anne Fu, Lena Li, Joelle Whelan & Jessica Yu

Year 1

Alice Lin

Year 3                                                                       

Matilda Collins, Annicle Li, Yoyo Zeng, Sabrina Zhao, Rava Liu, Angela Wu & Cecilia Yang

Year 4

Ellie Tsigounis, Alysa Zhang, Hanna Lindsay & Claire Nguyen

Year 5

Grace Chan, Hannah Law, Allison Stocker, Ann Brookes, Kealey Liew & Eshani Nagarajan

Year 6

Alina Johnson, Angel Li & Alex Kossaris

 

Ormiston Staffing for 2021

Here is our Ormiston Team for the start of this year:

Early Learning 3
Angela Follacchio & Effie Kitsiris

Early Learning 4 (Full Time)           
Ramila Sadikeen & Joanna Lee

Early Learning 4 (Part Time)          
Lilian Bishop

Relief Early Learning Assistant
Neroli Bowyer-Smyth

Foundation   
Selena Reedman

Year 1
Angela Columbine

Foundation & Year 1 Literacy & Numeracy Support
Annabelle Vivarini

Year 2
Mikaela Stanaway

Year 2 Literacy & Numeracy Teacher

Anjali de Quadros

Year 3
Rebecca Leondidis & Liz Ruffles

Year 4
Jasvindar Gill & Ellie Zarfaty

Year 5
Craig Goodwin & Fiorella Soci

Year 6
Katrina Cheong & Nancy Robottom

Art
Fiona Gibson

Chinese
Scarlett Zhang, Peipei Liu & Lin Zhang

French           
Tafadzwa Gwamba

Library           
Sally Spencer

Music 
Nichole Adams & Penny Byrne

Choir
Jessica Huggett

Sport & Physical Education
Liana Kitsou, Dot Georgiou, Kath Woolcock & Nareen Robinson

Chapel

Reverend Helen Creed

STEAM

Penny Dumsday

Learning Enrichment

Lisa White, Anjali de Quadros, Michelle May (EAL) & Melissa Donelly (EAL)

 

Meet the Teacher Evening

I would like to thank all parents that joined our Foundation – Year 6 class teachers online via Zoom for their start of the year Meet the Teacher evening. It was an excellent opportunity for parents to receive information about their child’s year level program while at the same time, meet other parents. I strongly encourage parents to contact their child’s class teacher if they have any questions about the evening.

 

Weekly Junior School Assemblies

Our Junior School assemblies will begin next week (Week 2) on Wednesday mornings at 8.40am. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, parents are unable to join us at this stage at school. However, we hope to invite parents to our assemblies later this term.

 

Co-Curricular Activities

It is very exciting to start our co-curricular program next week at Ormiston. It has been nearly 12 months since our activities have been organised for our students to elect to participate. I encourage parents to keep a close eye on the Junior School Weekly for regular updates as we would like to expand the types of activities that we offer our students this year.

 

Chapel

Each year level from Early Learning to Year 6 attend a fortnightly Chapel class held in our Chapel from Reverend Helen Creed. These sessions are a feature of our own unique student wellbeing program called BRAVE (Being Resilient and Valuing Everyone). These sessions started last week and take place on a Friday morning.

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

 

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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February 5, 2021

Welcome from the PFA

The Parents and Friends Association welcomes all CGGS families and students back to school after a relaxing summer break. It is wonderful to see the girls on campus again and hear their excitement and laughter in the school grounds.

We welcomed many new families to the school at the Year 7 and Junior School Parent Morning Teas, hosted by the Parents and Friends Association. We were blessed with fine weather for the Year 7 parents and held a lovely morning tea on the senior school oval. The Junior School new parents enjoyed refreshments in the hall, overlooking the beautiful Junior School grounds. Both Welcome Events were a wonderful opportunity for new parents to meet to others from their daughter’s year level and start to form new relationships within the CGGS Community.

The PFA hopes to be able to deliver many events they have scheduled in 2021 and looks forward to seeing all members of the community throughout the year.

All PFA events, activities and meetings will be publicised on the school website and in the Junior and Senior School Weeklies.

 

PFA fund Junior School Playground

The Parents and Friends Association was proud to fund a new climbing frame in the Junior School grounds, to complement the existing playground equipment for the students.

Keeping children active is very important for young bodies and minds, and the PFA is pleased that this new piece of equipment will provide additional fun and challenges for the girls.

We look forward to watching the girls play and shriek with laughter as they navigate their way around the playground.

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 scheduled to be printed in early 2021 and we would like to offer the CGGS community a chance to pre-order the book to be one of the first people to receive it.

If you place your order before Monday 15 February 2021, not only you will get the book as soon as we receive it, but you will also benefit from a special 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.

If you would like to purchase a copy please click here https://events.humanitix.com/cggs-centenary-book

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December 4, 2020

Exciting Announcement!

The school is pleased to announce a partnership with an amazing organisation called The Fathering Project. This project delivers resources, programs and events specific to the engagement style and needs of fathers and father-figures.

One of the in-school programs they offer support for is a Dad’s Group program.

The Parents and Friends Association is excited to introduce a new parent sub-group known as The CGGS Dad’s Group.

This parent group is run by CGGS dads for CGGS dads, with the aim of engaging fathers and father-figures within the school community, with other dads, and also with their daughters.

In 2021, The CGGS Dad’s Group will hold social events where dads can gather, share, learn and network with each other. They also have planned activities and events for the community in which dads and daughters can participate together.

We are excited to announce that the first CGGS Dad’s Group event is scheduled for Thursday 11 March 2021. We encourage all CGGS fathers and father-figures to put this date in your diary with more details to come in the new year.

Learn more about The Fathering Project and dad’s Groups via the button below.

Here you will find research based resources with tips on communicating with daughters, a Fathering Video Channel with an insightful series about parenting and life skill topics and information about the positive impact of a Dad’s Groups in schools has on the dads, the children and the school community.

If you would like to chat about the CGGS Dad’s Group or are interested to join, please contact:

Susannah Jepson
Community Relationships Coordinator
jepsons@cggs.vic.edu.au

 

There are 3 weeks until Christmas – Gifting made easy

Make Christmas shopping easy this year! Select one of our premium merchandise items created to celebrate the school’s Centenary. We have an amazing range of products to suit the entire family and budget.

Items can be purchased at any time via the Centenary website and will be made available for collection from Senior School Reception. Postage can be arranged for a range of items, however some items such as the Golf Umbrella and Wine Glasses are unable to be posted.

To view the full range and to purchase, please click the button below.

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November 20, 2020

Sapphire Circle Lunch

Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Sapphire Circle Lunch was unable to be held this year. This lunch is for old grammarians that have left school 50 plus years ago or more. It is a lovely lunch that celebrates these women who have been a part of the rich fabric of 100 years of Camberwell Girls.

We truly value our old grammarians and as a way of showing them that we do care and are thinking of them, we decided to deliver afternoon tea packages to our longtime supporters of this lunch. Inside this package was a delicious morning/afternoon tea of finger sandwiches and sweet tart and fresh fruit prepared by Pinwheel & Co. A memento of the school with a customized CGGS tea towel, some Twinning’s tea and Lindt chocolates along with a card. These packages were hand delivered by CGGS staff to the doors of the old grammarians and were accepted so gratefully, with invitations to come in for a cup of tea, and “please come in and see my paintings”. Many cards and phone call of thanks have been arriving at the school since.

Volunteer Thank You Event

Each year we take the opportunity to recognise the amazing support of our parent and old grammarian volunteer community. Due to COVID19 restrictions, the Volunteer Thank You held on Friday 13 November was an online event where volunteers were sent a hamper of cheese and wine and invited to attend a virtual tasting with the cheese producer from Melbourne and wine producer from Italy.

The evening was enjoyed by all as it was wonderful to learn about the art of cheese making from Giorgio Linguanti from That’s Amore Cheese and travel virtually to Italy, where wine maker Lorenzo from Il Palazzo, Chianti spoke about the process of producing his Chianti and Rosé. The evening was a huge success and there was a great deal of chatter and questions from the guests about the delicious wine and cheese and their next trip to Italy!

Centenary Merchandise makes Christmas gifting easy!

Make Christmas shopping easy this year! Select one of our premium merchandise items created to celebrate the school’s Centenary.  We have an amazing range of products to suit the entire family and budget. Items can be purchased at any time via the Centenary website and will be made available for collection from Senior School Reception. Postage can be arranged for a range of items, however some items such as the Golf Umbrella and Wine Glasses are unable to be posted.

To view the full range and to purchase, please click the button below.