Senior School



Senior School

This past fortnight in Senior School we have conducted our Year 7 – 10 Learning Conversations and these have provided a great opportunity for the students, their parents and their teachers to discuss areas of achievement and those for individual growth. House Music rehearsals have continued with the performance on Friday 31 May fast approaching. The mass singing choirs are really starting to sound harmonious and we have a wonderful program of music to look forward to. Please make sure you book your free tickets and purchase dinner via Pinwheel & Co if this would assist your family on the night.

The Mother’s Day Breakfast was a beautiful way to celebrate our Mother’s and those special to us. Past staff member Jill Bales spoke about the organisation she works with, Dream Stitches and the huge assistance our students are each Friday to ensure the children of the ladies learning to sew are attended to with great kindness.

Last Friday evening was a highlight for me in particular as we welcomed back to CGGS our Class of 2009, to their 10 Year Reunion. When they were in Year 10 and year 11 at CGGS, I had the privilege of being their Year Level Coordinator. The young women were also thrilled to have their Year 12 Coordinator, Mrs Louise Carroll join them at this function. The sophistication and poise and the breadth of experiences of these young women really struck both Debbie and myself. They were delighted to come back to CGGS and share the stories of what they have been studying and are currently undertaking in their workplaces.

Debbie and I excused ourselves from the reunion and headed to the Cabaret Night in Barbara Sutton Hall. This was a magnificent night of music making where the Senior School ensembles and choirs perform in an informal setting to their admiring parents and friends. The standard of the repertoire seems to increase with every year. Well done to all the performers and to all the Music staff for their efforts to make this such an enjoyable evening.

On Saturday morning I went to the netball to watch and cheer on our Year 7 and 8 players and was thrilled to be there for one of the most exciting games of the past few years! Our Year 8 Jade team played against a mixed team called The Dynamites. While the first three quarters were closely contested, Coach and past student Laura King, provided great motivation and strategic direction such that in the last quarter the Dynamites were held scoreless. Well done Jade, I look forward to seeing many more of your games in the upcoming years.

That evening the Year 11 students painted their nails and put on their party dresses for the Year 11 Soiree. This year the event was held at Royal South Yarra Tennis Club as our previous and favoured venue The Boulevard no longer hosts functions. The students and their partners had a wonderful evening dancing and chatting. They certainly enjoyed their very formal night of the year. Thank you to Year 11 Coordinator, Mr Andrew Burnell, and his Soiree Committee members for organising their special night.

Hopefully Sunday – Mother’s Day provided a sleep in for some as it had been a busy week of engagements.

This week CGGS has celebrated Diversity Week and we thank School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot for her efforts in putting together the activities for this week. At the end of each day an email to the students and teachers was circulated and we share more about these messages later in Camnews.

Diversity Week began with our Founder’s Day Service at St. Mark’s Church. The Service was conducted by Rev Helen Creed with help from many students, in particular School Faith and Service Captain, Isabella Lincke. A highlight was most definitely Year 12 student Genevieve Alexie’s solo singing the first verses of “Beauty for Brokenness.”

Finally the Year 7 and 9 students have completed the paper version of the NAPLAN this week. Well done to all.


Cabaret Night

On Friday 10 May, the CGGS community came together in the Barbara Sutton Hall to celebrate and enjoy the 2019 Cabaret Night Concert. School Music Captains, Maryanne Li and Elizabeth Gong were very entertaining hosts, sharing their passion for performance with fellow student musicians and the audience. Parents and friends had the opportunity to mingle and chat with others throughout the evening and were delighted by performances from a diverse range of Senior School ensembles.

Many thanks to ensemble directors, Cathy Georgiev, Mat Duniam, Stephanie Leslie, Marianne Rigby-Black, Joseph Yu, Margaret Butcher and Chloe Lewis, who had prepared repertoire throughout Term 1 and at the recent Music Camp for this much loved event. An additional thank you to our Music Administrator, Jane Scott, for her coordination of ticketing, the program and many components in the set-up of the hall.

We would like to acknowledge all of the students who contributed to making the evening such a huge success. Their hard work and dedication to our co-curricular music program is much appreciated. Many thanks also to Michael Lawrence and the Maintenance team, Mark Major, Kim Perkins and Keira Lyons for their technical assistance and The PFA for their donation of chocolates and ongoing support.

We look forward to seeing the students showcase their talents at the upcoming House Music competition on Friday 31May.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Mungo Youth Project Conference

Twelve students with four accompanying staff members arrived in the magic of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Region last week, connecting with students from across Australia to share and learn in what is an immersive environment like no other. CGGS students joined Elders and National Park Rangers, Scientists, Archaeologists, Principals, AIME mentors and others on sacred land to directly engage with history and culture.

Opting to be a presenting school at the conference meant that from February we met regularly to prepare a presentation on the topic of bush foods, medicine and Aboriginal science. Students used Bruce Pascoe’s ‘Dark Emu’ text as a spring board for thought as well as Murrundindi’s vast knowledge of Wurundjeri practices to prepare and deliver a hands-on workshop to the ‘Didge Boys’ of Ulladulla High School. Together they cooked Wattleseed damper over hot coals; drank Lemon Myrtle cordial and medicinal Gingram tea; made soap with black wood leaf and competed to nail the comeback boomerang technique.

Combining with our travel buddies, Glen Waverley Secondary College, our students also had the privilege of interviewing discoverer of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, and Patron of the conference Professor Jim Bowler. Professor Bowler is a Geomorphologist who at age 89 is still so passionate about bringing the truth of Mungo to the rest of the country. Other highlights included star gazing on the sand dunes and the final closing event of the conference, a traditional Lore Ceremony featuring a spontaneous dreaming story told by Aunty Beryl and hosted by Senior Lore man Mick Kelly.

The CGGS girls showed enormous spirit and enthusiasm. It is difficult to describe the spiritual nature of this environment, but they immediately understood the significance of it all. Their maturity and emotional intelligence did not go unnoticed by organisers and other schools. They also kept such a delightful, positive attitude in the face of really challenging conditions- raging dust storms, rain, wind, no access to showers, multiple camp set ups and pack ups as well as arduous travel to just name a few.

A challenging, immersive and ultimately uplifting experience for all involved, the Mungo Youth Project Conference of 2019 will be one that is remembered for years to come!

Shane Maycock and Georgia Biggs

Exploring brass instruments with Shrewd Brass

On Thursday 16 May, ‘Shrewd Brass’ swung into Barbara Sutton Hall to inspire and entertain our Year 5, 6 and 7 students, with an incursion to support their music studies. Our students were treated to a great variety of performance pieces, with exceptional solo and ensemble skills demonstrated on the Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone (complete with a boxing glove on the end of the slide), Euphonium, and Tuba. The players encouraged participation in our brass department through instrumental lessons, and modelled the exceptional potential of each instrument to all of our students.The skills of the performers left the girls in awe and with big smiles on their faces for the rest of the day!

Year 11 Soiree

Last Saturday night, over one hundred of our Year 11s and their partners attended the Year 11 Soiree. The venue this year was the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club and it proved to be a fabulous venue with plenty of space for the Year 11s and their partners to enjoy the evening. The Year 11s and their partners certainly had a wonderful time with many photographs and much dancing occurring throughout the evening.

The reflections of three of our Year 11s were as follows:

At the end of the night the lights filtered down. Feet were tired of dancing, mouths were tired of laughing, and the crowd was tired in general. There was one thing we all agreed on – Soiree was awesome. 

The 2019 soiree was a great night, filled with laughter and fun. All of the girls enjoyed the opportunity to get dressed up and spend the night with friends. The event created memories that we will never forget. 

Year 11 soirée was absolutely phenomenal. The months of planning were reflected in the beautiful dresses, gorgeous hair and perfect nails. Laughter, music and happiness filled the room as we danced the night away. This is a timeless memory I will never forget. 

Many thanks to Tilly Dunn, Cass Quarrell, Simrin Dube, Ashleigh Cheung, Andrea Silvestri, Isabella He and Emily Hoyle for their assistance in helping to organise and decorate the venue. Thanks also to the staff members who attended this very happy and enjoyable Soiree.

Andrew Burnell
Year 11 Coordinator


Chess Tournament Success!

Five excited, but nervous chess players made the trip to the middle school campus of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School on 7 May to compete in a zone open chess tournament. Playing against both boys and girls of a variety of ages, they each competed in seven matches. High levels of concentration were required for extended periods of time and it was wonderful to see Emily Lin, Kelly Ta and Bethany Orme from Year 9 and Sophie Chang and Grace Barnes from Year 7 apply their considerable skills of defence, attack and strategy and rise to the challenges presented.

Some truly outstanding results were achieved. Grace won her first tournament points, a great effort. Bethany achieved Bronze in the School Girl Division and Kelly a first place in the 9 – 10 Division. Sophie placed first in the 7 – 8 Division, with six wins and Emily was awarded the top individual honour of Star of the Tournament with a perfect score of seven wins. The strong competitiveness of the CGGS girls resulted in them winning the overall tournament prize and bringing another trophy home to the cabinet in Student Services.

A Mus A Diploma

We would like to congratulate Year 9 student, Emily Wu who succeeded in accomplishing her A Mus A Diploma for Cello this week. Emily treated her peers to a performance of her cello exam repertoire late last term and the Music Department has been thrilled to host several similar student recitals in recent weeks. Emily’s Cello Diploma will accompany her A Mus A Piano Diploma which we she received at a ceremony this week.

To achieve the Associate in Music Diploma (A Mus A), Emily has studied and achieved Grades 1 through 8 in her AMEB examinations, achieving a very high standard in all her results. For most students this means application to their instrument, hours of practice and musical studies for many years, including passing Grade 5 Music Theory examinations. After achieving the A Mus A diploma, students who are passionate about their musical studies can go on to study for the Licentiate in Music diploma (L Mus A) or further musical theory.

We would like to further acknowledge that Emily is the first CGGS student to achieve this level of accomplishment for two instruments. Congratulations, Emily on your outstanding success in your music studies, we are very excited to follow your musical journey in the years to come.

Australia Champion Juvenile Ballroom Dancer 2019

On Saturday 3 May, Year 7 student Frenanda Wu competed in the Victorian Ballroom Championships.

Throughout the day Frenanda and her partner danced as “couple 232” to complete The Tango, Waltz, Samba and Merilyn, showing their skill to a panel of national judges. Frenanda has been studying ballroom dancing for the past 6 years and loves everything about the sport, particularly competitions which give her a chance to wear beautiful costumes and present the different styles she has been studying.

At the end of each dance category the judges commented on the pair’s excellent timing and beautiful lines which are so evident in the photos Frenanda has shared with us. As a couple they used the space well and captured the different genres with high degree of skill.

After a nerve-wracking day of dancing the results were revealed, crowing Frenanda as the Victorian  Juvenile Ballroom Dancing Champion for 2019. This adds to the title she won last year naming her Australian Ballroom Champion.

Congratulation Frenanda!

Saturday Netball

Highlights from the Round 5 Saturday Netball competition saw the CGGS Year 8 Jade team defeated Dynamites 23-14. The CGGS team were unstoppable, keeping Dynamites scoreless in the last quarter. Year 8 Silver had a very close game but went down by 1 goal to Genazzano Wood.

Year 9 Aquamarines got off to a fantastic start against MLC Mystics, the CGGS team won every quarter and defeated MLC Mystics 14-6.

The Year 10 Gems were down by 4 goals early on, a few changes were made and CGGS Gems came from behind to defeat Ruyton Robins 19-17.

Year 12 Crystals are currently sitting in 2nd place on the ladder, this coming Saturday CGGS will take on Genazzano who are on top. CGGS Crystals had a convincing win against Koonung Blazers last Saturday.

Best of luck goes to all teams competing this coming Saturday.

Diversity Week

This week at CGGS we celebrated Diversity Week, reinforcing our school’s values and our desire to always encourage an environment where everyone feels welcome to participate and is proud to belong. We celebrate our differences and the opportunities that these present for us all to learn new perspectives and ways of living, no one more right than the other. Simply accepting and understanding the many types of diversity across ours and any community.

Our 2019 School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot, organised activities each day to facilitate discussion around a different area of diversity and then at the end of each day, shared information with students and staff to further explain the different types of diversity. We are happy to share two of Isobel’s information sheets below.

Senior School



Senior School

Welcome Back

While the CGGS staff returned to work last Tuesday for two days of Professional Learning, the students were welcomed back to Term 2 on Friday 26 April and the almost three week holiday has assisted all to feel well rested and refreshed. Already there have been so many student achievements and experiences to acknowledge and celebrate. I encourage all CGGS community members to follow us on Twitter and Facebook where you can appreciate many of the articles in this edition of CamNews at the time they were occurring.

Best wishes to all our students and their families for a wonderful Term 2.


UK Literature Tour

The inaugural Literature Tour was an amazing and unique experience for our 24 students from Years 8 – 12.

Three incredible days exploring London and then almost two weeks driving through England lived up to the hype in every way imaginable. It was a dream come true for all of us to walk in the steps of those whose works have lived on long after their creators. Together, we indulged in thousands of years of history, walking tours, picturesque scenery and a particularly tasty traditional pie and mash (and fish and chips of course). We also had the opportunity to experience the life of famous writers by seeing where they lived and worked.

Harry Potter Studios was a definite highlight. The detail, passion and creativity of the thousands of creators on set was unrivalled to anything we had ever seen! Then there was standing in the graveyard at the Bronte Parsonage Museum where the scene of cawing crows and murky grey skies truly took us back into moments of the Bronte sister’s inspiration, particularly for Wuthering Heights. Another favourite was the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and her House Museum in Chawton, where we learnt so much about what life was like for young women in those times. The story of Shakespeare in Stratford was another highlight, as was the day exploring Oxford University and all the town had to offer.

Overall, we came home feeling incredibly satisfied, inspired and blessed for this opportunity. Thank you to Ms Stevens and Ms Penessi for their wonderful work on the tour.  Thank you also to Mr Maycock for his expertise and support, and lastly thank you to the students for helping me realise my dream of a Literature Tour for Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

Overall, we came home feeling incredibly satisfied, inspired and blessed for this opportunity. Thank you to Mrs Stevens and Ms Penessi for their wonderful work on the tour.  Thank you also to Mr Maycock for his expertise and support, and lastly thank you to the students for helping me realise my dream of a Literature Tour for Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

Mrs Anne Devenish
Head of Library

Music Camp

Kelly Pollock, Executive Director of the Centre For Creative Arts, says:

“At a time when innovative thinking, creative problem solving and flexibility are highly valued and needed to succeed in today’s economy, the arts provide the most powerful methods for developing these abilities”.

Our recent Music Camp at Mount Eliza endorsed the importance of these transferable skills on many levels. The ability to connect with others, through the love of music, is a key strength in which our musicians excelled. All students who attended the camp were immersed in a wide range of rehearsal, workshop and performance experiences where effective communication, problem solving and creative risk taking were essential. It was a privilege to collaborate with staff, students and special guest Murrundindi throughout the weekend. We look forward to sharing the high quality work produced with all of the CGGS community in a number of approaching music events. A very special thanks to Jane Scott and the staff who attended, supporting us with their kindness, care, good humour and trivia quiz question expertise!

We are very happy to share some student refection’s below.

Kate Savige & Rohan Mack
Directors of Music


Last weekend, 109 talented CGGS musicians went to Mt Eliza for an exhilarating, dynamic and action-packed Music Camp. This year’s Saturday Night Trivia theme was ‘Musical Icons’; featuring girls dressed up as the Spice Girls, Freddie Mercury and Ed Sheeran, just to name a few. It was great to see the blossoming of new friendships, both within and across the year levels, as well as all the girls having fun whilst rehearsing. The camp concluded with a concert, where parents and friends could hear a sample of the excellent music to be performed at upcoming music events.

Students collaborated in various activities with Murrundindi, the leader of the Wurundjeri people, in an extended project, as well as learning several dances and songs. We are all looking forward to performing this devised work, which will be incorporated into the School’s 100th anniversary celebrations next year.

Many thanks to the spectacular teachers from the Senior and Junior School Music Departments and the additional teachers who ensured that the Music Camp was really enjoyable. Particular thanks must also go to our legendary Directors of Music, Ms Savige and Mr Mack, for your charisma and immense efforts during the weekend!

Elizabeth Gong & Maryanne Li
School Music Captains


On Saturday 27 April, Murrundindi attended our Music Camp to work with us and kick start a collaborative performing arts project. Murrundindi taught all of the girls a Lyrebird Dance, a Kangaroo Dance and an indigenous welcome song called ‘Wandit Kundawah’. We learnt the meaning of the dances, their significance to the indigenous culture and the importance of their oral traditions. Murrundindi had also made a special set of clap sticks for us, cut from a Tea Tree at Healesville Sanctuary. All students came together in the main hall, where Murrundindi led us in the welcome song. It was great to learn some words from the Wurundjeri language and we all enjoyed singing the song together. The massed singing made us feel connected and ignited a celebratory acknowledgement of our community. These sessions were a particular highlight of the Music Camp.

Lexy Cooke, Angeline D’Leong, Nicole Chang & Megan Kuo
Year 9 students

Australasian Quilt Convention – Congratulations Madison! 

During the school holidays the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) held their annual awards evening at a gala dinner at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. As part of their awards there is a Shining Light Award given to promote youth involvement in patchwork and quilting to the upcoming generations of the craft. The award assesses individuals under the age of 18, who are nominated by members of the committee and the different patchwork guides across Australasia. Madison Paruss, Year 12, was short listed in the week prior to the award and the winner was only announced on the evening.

The 2019 Shining Light Award for Australia and New Zealand was presented to Madison Parfuss, Year 12. Madi started quilting at the age of 8 with her grandmother, Megan. Madi has entered a number of quilts into both primary and secondary divisions and has been recognised with prizes for each of her submissions. Primarily a machine piecer Madi has created some beautiful works. On behalf of the CGGS community we congratulate Madi.

Cross Country

Congratulations to all the Year 4 – 12 girls who participated in the House Cross Country Carnival on Tuesday. We were fortunate to have a sunny day as the girls ran around Shenley Reserve, earning points for their House and enthusiastically cheering on their peers. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Cross Country Trophy for 2019. Thank you to all staff, students and the Parents and Friends Association who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly.

Overall Results

1st – Taylor

2nd – Lawrence

3rd – Schofield

4th – Singleton

Well done to the following girls who were awarded Year Level Champions.

Year 7

1st – Bella Fary

2nd – Emily Price

3rd – Sofia Pandeli

Year 8 

1st – Madeleine Giagoudakis

2nd – Jessica Lim

3rd – Frida Andreasen

Year 9 

1st – Annabel Plummer

2nd – Alice Wilson

2nd – Alicia Ooi

Year 10

1st – Belinda Lemanis

2nd – Sophia Giagoudskis

3rd – Olivia Pietralla

Year 11

1st – Polly Plummer

2nd – Haylie Chen

3rd – Emily Zhang

Year 12

1st – Zoe Giagoudakis

2nd – Victoria Pearson

3rd – Eloise Schilling

Prospecting Age Swimming Championships

The Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships were held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from 15 to 22 April. This annual swimming meet incorporated the selection trials for the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest and saw Australia’s future swimming stars competing for the opportunity to be crowned Australian Age Champion. Success in this arena can then lead swimmers into the Commonwealth Games and then to the Olympics.

To become a national swimmer you must have made the national qualifying times. Ella Robertson-Brown, Year 8, made the qualifying time in the 50m freestyle in a time of 28.60 seconds and is now ranked in the top 50 of Australia for that event. Competition at this meet is very strong and in her relay she placed 17th. As the only student from CGGS to participate at Hancock, we congratulate Ella on her success.


Parent Education Seminar

Tuesday night’s Parent Seminar presentation by Robyn Treyvaud was well received with over 70 parents attending from both Camberwell Girls and Camberwell Boys Grammar Schools. The current concerns surrounding Adolescents technology use and the internet was discussed with key research and findings explored. Robyn covered, Monitoring Screen time in the age of distraction, Internet addiction, Sleep deprivation, Cyberbullying, Social Media and Developing media agreements. The presentation slides are attached here your information.

Thanks to Isobel Arnot (Yr 12) our Wellbeing Captain for hosting the evening and providing some insights on behalf of the adolescent community.


Year 9 Dignity Conference

This week, Year 9 students have been involved in a Service Learning Dignity Conference coordinated by Ms Liss Campbell, Head of Service Learning and Mrs Nirvana Watkins, Year 9 Coordinator. As part of this conference students have been presented with fabulous opportunities to learn more about local organisations that tackle disadvantage, including The Big Issue, River Nile, Eat Up, Share the Dignity and more.

Ms Campbell and her team worked hard to put together an engaging, topical, and at times challenging, program. Students were encouraged to participate with an open and curious mind to the two days

of learning about individuals who are less fortunate than themselves. There were amazing stories shared and I would encourage you to discuss this program with your daughters. Articles written by students in response to some of the programs are shared below.

The 2 day conference was covered extensively on our Twitter and Facebook pages. I encourage you to go to these platforms and see all the exciting things the girls got up to.


Eat Up

We had the privilege to be able to support the organisation Eat Up on the 2 May, 2019. This organisation delivers sandwiches to those young Australians who attend school without lunch on a daily basis. Without food, children’s concentration is compromised, finding them at a disadvantage in their daily schooling. Our group made 2,000 sandwiches in under an hour, helping to support children nationwide. We were rapidly buttering bread, adding cheese, wrapping and stacking them in crates ready for delivery. This experience was an empowering eye opener in understanding the daily struggles of some less fortunate young Australians. We were grateful for this opportunity to give back to our society and the disadvantaged.

Teri Perdikaris, Felicity Vanin & Stamatia Stathopoulos
Year 9


River Nile School

Over Thursday and Friday this week the Year 9s were lucky enough to participate in a Dignity Conference where we learnt about the meaning of dignity and how members of the community are enabling everyone the chance to have dignity.

On Thursday afternoon Lisa Wilson, the Principal of The River Nile School, came in to talk about how she and her school assist refugee women to regain their dignity through education and real world support. The River Nile School and Learning Centre is a school for young women from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds where CGGS students and staff volunteer on a regular basis. Lisa was joined by Zahida, an 18 year old refugee from Ethiopia who attends The River Nile School. Lisa and Zahida shared some of Zahida’s inspirational story with us. Zahida is a refugee who fled from her home country of Ethiopia when she was just 16. She travelled from Ethiopia to Egypt (across 3 countries) via walking, catching rides in trains and cars, she then travelled to Australia. She is now at The River Nile School where she has learnt English and grown to be such a phenomenal young woman. She can speak eight languages and dreams of one day creating a world where all the tribes in Ethiopia can be united and the people there will not suffer conflict like she did. It was wonderful to see such a strong, ambitious woman standing before us, so motivated by her past to make a difference. Zahida one day wishes to be a doctor.

Charli Lincke
Year 9


Year 10 Geography – Greenspace fieldwork

In Term 1, the Year 10 Geography students accompanied by Ms Walter, Mr Clark, Mr Pasinati and Mrs Pappas, investigated several parklands and greenspaces in the Yarra City Council region. This tied in with our key focuses on the interconnection between climate change, the Urban Heat Island Effect, greenspaces in urban areas and human wellbeing. We explored a number of sites including Richmond Terrace, Studley Park and the Abbotsford Convent.

Richmond Terrace, the smallest of the three parks, is located between the original intersection of two streets and catered for the local residents of the area. It was a very urban park but an interesting and effective use of this space. Studley Park, near the Boathouse, was a much greater expanse of parkland and a biodiverse haven. It offers a wider range of facilities for activities, attracting Melburnians and visitors alike from a vast range of demographics. We really enjoyed the relaxing open space, nature walk and the shady places where we sat to eat our morning tea.

The historical site of the Abbotsford Convent on the other hand, displays fascinating architecture along with beautiful gardens to explore. The final site visited, a block of apartments in Abbotsford, drew our attention by emphasising the value of greenspaces (parks) in our cities in strengthening human wellbeing and reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect. Highlights of the day were definitely getting to explore some iconic Melbourne public places and, of course, indulging in some food at the Abbotsford Convent Bakery. It was also very positive to learn more about how greenspaces play an important role in responding to climate change and supporting human wellbeing.

Georgia Tsirmiris & Sarah Stephen
Year 10

Chaplain’s Assembly

As part of this week’s Year 10-12 Chaplain’s assembly, Cameron Semmens, a Melbourne based poet and author, was invited to impart some wisdom and share some of his inspiring poetry with the girls. Using powerful metaphors, as well as comedy to question issues and ideas about what society values, he shared some wonderful works about love and stepping out of your shell. His final poem talked about overcoming the barriers that you place on yourself, using the metaphor of growing a tooth on your forehead, much like birds do to break out of their shells, and how this is something we can be doing in our lives. This poem, among the many others he shared, was inspiring and done in an engaging and memorable manner, allowing us to one day use this wisdom, if and when we may need to in the future.

Isabella Lincke
Year 12


Saturday Netball

Round 3 of the Saturday Netball Winter Competition was played last weekend. Some highlights included Year 8 Jade playing a fantastic game, the CGGS team were unstoppable in the defence, keeping Genazzano McMahon scoreless; the final score was 24-0. Year 9 Amber were up against tough competition, but Amber played a more consistent game, defeating CSNC Fusion 20-15. Year 9 Diamonds and Gold played each other, the scores were close all game and all players were very competitive, however Diamonds came away with a 1 goal win. Year 11 Tanzanites are currently 5th on the ladder and played a great game against Genazzano Brandley. Year 12 Crystals were too good for Strathcona Starbursts and are sitting in 2nd place on the ladder. While, the Year 12 Moonstones defeated Ruyton Reptiles by 21 goals.

Good luck goes to all teams playing in Round 4 this coming Saturday.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coordinator



I wish everyone a restful weekend!

With best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Senior School



Senior School

The past fortnight in Senior School has been filled with wonderful opportunities for our students. They will all be looking forward to their Easter break and some time to relax.

The House Dance performances on Friday 22 March made for a truly spectacular night. Some of these girls spent the next day and night at the Hawthorn Relay for Life. House Music Auditions took place in the week of 25 – 29 March and a number of Senior School students then headed off to Phillip Island for Fitness Camp, while parents and staff enjoyed the Autumn Fiesta. Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association for organising this night where our community mingled with friends old and new and enjoyed catering and drinks provided by Pinwheel & Co.

This week we have enjoyed success in the pool with our students representing CGGS at the GSV Swimming and Diving Finals Evening. Both our Intermediate A and Junior A Softball teams have played off in GSV Grand Finals at Jells Park. Rev Creed led a number of students from the Mustard Group in our very special Easter Service at St Mark’s, and we said farewell to our students and staff attending the inaugural Literature Tour of the UK.

Term 1 has flown by and our new Year 7 students now feel very much a part of the CGGS school community.

Thank you to all the students, staff and parents for their involvement in the various aspects of school life throughout this term. I wish all our families a Happy Easter and a safe holiday break.

Warm Regards,


Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


House Dance

A stellar night of dance was had by all on the Friday 22 March. With over 200 students participating in this year’s event, the crowd was at capacity in Barbara Sutton Hall.

Our adjudicator for this year was Sofie Burgoyne – an international dance practitioner whose work utilises performative practices as public acts for personal, social and political encounters. Sofie was most impressed by the energy and engagement shown by our students and awarded the following Houses in each category:

Best Theme: Schofield 

“Really appreciate that your “socially engaged theme” has also had a “socially engaged” process of making. This is representative of very sophisticated “community arts” projects.”

Best Middle School Group: Lawrence

“Energetic expression from all cast members, which made it a piece extremely enjoyable to watch.”

Best Senior School Group: Taylor

“Affective use of “cool” attitude / energy for the robbers characterization. The style of dancing matched the character well.”

Overall winning House for 2019 – Schofield!

Congratulations to all participants – what a magnificent way to kick off our Performing Arts events for the year. Good luck to all of our House Music Captains for their upcoming event next term.

Literature Tour

24 students departed Tullamarine Airport yesterday morning, travelling with Head of Library, Mrs Anne Devenish, PE/Health and Science teacher, Ms Liza Stevens and Library Assistant, Ms Ren Pennessi – on the inaugural UK Literature Tour. The group’s itinerary includes visiting many famous landmarks in London, Chawton, Winchester, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Hawworth and Windermere.  The group will return to Melbourne on the Thursday 18 April.

We wish them safe travels and very much look forward to hearing of their adventures next term.

GSV Junior Softball

On Thursday 28 March, both the Junior Softball A-Grade and B-Grade teams competed in the GSV Junior Softball Finals at Waverley Softball Grounds in Jells Park. Both teams had trained hard and showed great spirit throughout the season to go through the home-and-away season undefeated. As a result, they finished top of their zones and were presented with the Zone 4 Winners Pennants and qualified for their respective Finals competitions.

The A-Grade team (above) played against Sacre Coeur. It was a tightly fought contest with both teams playing at a very high level and after 4 intense innings, CGGS came out on top to win the game 11-10.

The B-Grade team (above) played against MLC. The girls played the match with high levels of energy and gave everything they had, but MLC proved to be too strong, eventually winning the game 17-5.

It has been an exciting week for the GSV Intermediate A and Junior A Softball teams, with their Grand Finals being played at Waverley Softball Centre, Jells Park. With both teams having solid Semi Final victories last week over Ruyton and Sacre Coeur respectively, players and coaches were primed and ready for the task ahead. On Wednesday night, in a highly skilled and tight contest, the Intermediate team were unfortunately defeated by Korowa and were crowned runners up for 2019. In an impressive display of their skills late in the game, the crowd appreciated some big hitting, incredible base stealing and excellent fielding.

Backing up on Thursday night, it was the Junior’s turn to see if they could bring home the coveted title. Having fought and won their semi-final by one run the team was feeling nervous but eager to get the job done against their rivals OLMC. After being sent in to field, our girls put their excellent skills to use immediately and achieved 3 outs without a run being scored. A solid hitting display by CGGS followed in the first innings and set the scene for the rest of the game. Some brilliant catches, 2 double plays and some awesome base stealing ensured the final result went our way, eventually being crowned Premiers with a 12-7 win.

It has been an absolute privilege to train and coach this group of dedicated and highly skilled students. Their passion and knowledge of and for the game is displayed each time they take the field and we are incredibly proud of their efforts throughout a long season and are already looking forward to doing it all again with them in 2020.

Congratulations girls! A phenomenal result – GSV A Grade Junior Premiers and GSV A Grade Intermediate Softball Runners Up for 2019.

A special thanks also to Mrs Debbie Dunwoody, (who in her own playing days was an A Grade Softball Catcher), for being the assistant coach of the Junior team this week and for filling the role with expertise and enthusiasm.

Thank you to Ms Liza Stevens, Miss Sophie Brugliera and Mrs Nareen Robinson for all their help with coaching the teams this term.

Mrs Robinson & Ms Stevens
PE Staff

Simpson Prize

In the last Camnews we shared news of Holly Williams being recognised in the 2019 Simpson Prize Competition. In assembly this week we were pleased to announce that Rachel Wong, Year 9, has been recognised for her essay entered into the competition. Rachel received a Highly Commended Award for her writing and we are extremely proud of this acknowledgement. The essay topic for the Simpson Prize this year was “To what extent could 1918 be considered a year of victory for Australia and its people?”.

Congratulations Rachel.


Relay for Life

Over the weekend of 23 – 24 March, 25 CGGS students were part of the Cancer Council’s annual Hawthorn Relay for Life. The challenge was to have at least one member of the team walking the track at all times from 3.00pm on Saturday to 10.00am Sunday, in turn raising money through sponsorships. This involved a lot of walking, little to no sleeping while camping out, together with a positive attitude, a lot of food, a lot of blankets. There was an overpowering sense of community spirit and drive to make a difference in the lives of those past, present and future who have been or may be affected by Cancer.

Half way through the relay there was a paper bag ceremony where we had a moment of silence for all those who have been, are or may be touched by cancer. Teams placed paper bags lit up with lights along the walking track. Written on each bag and differentiated by the colour of the bag, were the names and messages for those who have passed on or who are currently fighting cancer. The impact of seeing how many paper bags had been placed along the track gave just a tiny insight into the amazing difference cancer support services can make in the lives of someone battling this disease. Needless to say, this ceremony brought many of us to tears and showed us the tangible difference between simply donating to a cause blindly and actually taking action and being part of a larger symbol all across Australia for those who have been touched by Cancer. It sends a message that they are not alone, and they are part of a broader network of community members who will be there to support them when they cannot support themselves.

As CGGS we felt proud to be part of this event, doing what we can to make a difference in the lives of these individuals and families.

A huge shout out to our two Year 7’s, Imogen and Ella, who joined our team not knowing each other or anyone else in the group but who really wanted to join in and do their part to make a difference. They were able to leave this event with the knowledge that they had made an impact. They also gained a whole load of older sisters at the school who will be there to steer them in the right direction. A special mention to Imogen who wore her white and pink Unicorn Onesie the entire time no matter how hot she was and acted as a proud team mascot.

Another important shout out to Mrs Dunwoody and Mrs Paula Kolivas who arguably had the worst shift of supervising us from 12.00am to 3.00am. Thank you to Mrs Dunwoody for being more awake than any of us during that time and to Paula for bringing us brownies when we needed them most.

Walking away from this experience I was reminded of the importance of being involved and putting your hand up for things because you never know where it could lead you. As one of the Service Learning Captains this year I aspire to encourage other girls in younger year levels to share in a passion for Service Learning. I know that even after I leave school this year, I will be leaving behind a school filled with young girls who are passionate to see change and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and take action to achieve it.

Natasha Parsons
Year 12 Service Learning Captain

Year 9 Commerce – Election 2019

For the first time in 2019, students in Year 9 have the opportunity to undertake a core study in the area of Commerce. As part of our Term 1 focus, students have undertaken a dynamic unit of work relating to Power & Democracy. The culmination of this unit was the planning of an election campaign and a simulation of the electoral process. On Monday 1 April Year 9 students took part in a school wide general election. The event was a showcase of their campaigning across a range of current political issues and ability to influence voters via a democratic process.

Earlier in the term, once students had been allocated to one of eight political parties, they were set to work and asked to collaborate to produce a range of outcomes:

> Naming their party including the development of core values and branding that would allow them to stand out during the campaign.

> Policy development, which including preparing a position on issues such as the date of Australia Day, off-shore processing of asylum seekers and potential changes to Australia’s freedom of speech legislation.

> The creation of relevant advertising material including “How to vote” cards, a thirty second commercial, a webpage and an impassioned speech delivered by the leaders of each party.

Once preparations were completed, it was time for the CGGS community to cast their votes. Nervous parties continued to lobby until the final votes were cast whilst key members performed various official roles. These included electoral officers, vote counters and scrutineers.

Election day proved an overwhelming success with close to 300 voters having their say. As polling booths closed and votes were tallied, an incredibly close count highlighted the importance of preferences with the race narrowed to two parties. Eventually the Global Party claimed victory by a narrow margin over its rivals.

All students of Year 9 and, more importantly, all members of each party, are to be commended for their planning, preparation and professionalism both during the campaign and on election day. This entire unit of work highlighted the valuable nature of immersive learning and students of all political persuasions are to be congratulated on their efforts.

James Henderson
Year 10 Coordinator & Commerce Teacher

The NES Show

During our previous assembly on 25 March, we launched the pilot episode of ‘The NES Show’! The show’s name was inspired by the catchy acronym of our names (School Captains – Nikki, Ellie & Stephanie), cleverly thought of by Mrs Poyser. One of our main goals for this year is to strengthen our school community, hence we thought to feature members of CGGS on our talk show.

Our special guests were Miss Tan (Maths teacher), Mr Loff (Maths teacher) and Mr Clark (Geography teacher), or as we have called them, TLC!  We thought TLC would be perfect to feature on our show as they are all new teachers to the school this year. Throughout the show, we discovered some fun facts about them, and discussed how they perceive our theme of this term, ‘zeal’, in the school community. TLC shared their admirable observations about our girls’ positivity and enthusiasm towards participating in recent events such as House Dance and House Athletics.

Thank you to TLC for being fantastic guests on our show. We are so excited to continue ‘The NES Show,’ and to get to know more members of the CGGS community in our future episodes.

Nikki Chen, Ellie Zhou & Stephanie Lysikatos
2019 School Captains


National Schools Convention

From Tuesday 19 March to Thursday 21 March, I was honoured to be among 24 other Victorian delegates, who travelled to Canberra to attend the 24th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC).  A total of 120 students from all parts of Australia were involved in the Convention held at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House.

The topic for this year was – ‘A new constitutional preamble for Australia?’ Along with delegates from other states and territories, I came to Canberra not knowing much about the Constitution, let alone what a preamble was.

We were incredibly fortunate to hear from federal government members Tony Smith MP (Speaker House of Representatives), Dr Andrew Leigh MP (Federal Member for Fenner) and Senator Sue Lines (Deputy President of the Senate), as well as university Professors and High Commissioners of other countries. Through our engagement in Panel Sessions and meetings, we had the chance to extensively discuss our views on the current preamble and how the Constitution could be better improved.

After analysing and considering appropriate alterations, we were divided into 10 working groups to compose our own preamble. By the end of the Convention, a winning preamble was voted and a referendum was held to finalise whether or not our new preamble should be implemented to precede the Constitution. This was concluded with a national and state majority of “yes” votes from the students.

Our time at Canberra truly opened doors for all 120 national delegates. Along with amazing ambience at the Parliament House and an official dinner at The High Court of Australia, the opportunities we had to listen to speakers and voice our own opinions made the experience an incredible highlight.

Emily Zhang
Year 11


Year 7 Ancient Australia Incursion 

This week the Year 7 students were engaged in an Ancient Australia incursion with Murrundindi, tribal leader of the Wurundjeri people. They were privileged to have access to many Indigenous Australian artefacts, including some belonging to William Barak. Students were given the opportunity to engage in the work of historians, investigating artefacts to make sense of the past. This gave students a more complete understanding of the culture of the original inhabitants of this land, and will be a strong basis for their next unit of study.

Saturday Netball

The CGGS Saturday Netball season has begun for 2019 and already all teams have embraced all weather types.

The Year 7 teams welcomed new members, with Year 7 Pearl playing a wonderful first game, defeating MLC Waratahs by 2 goals. Year 7 Quartz had a tough first game against Genazzano Brazil, the girls have trained well since and will put in 100% for their next game.

Year 8 Silver played well in round 1, only going down to Flames by 4 goals. Year 8 Sapphires played a great defensive game against Ruyton Renegades, Sapphires put out a great fight but Ruyton were too strong in the end. Year 8 Jade got off to a great start against Fintona Ferns, the CGGS team jelled nicely together and defeated Ruyton 16-8.

Year 9 Gold were defeated by Genazzano Watts 12-7 in round 1, but the girls played a fantastic team game last Saturday and defeated Strathcona Sunset by 6 goals, all girls have improved tremendously. Year 9 Diamonds started the season on a high, all playing well together and took the victory over Fintona Femmes by 3 goals. Year 9 Aquamarines were up had tough opposition in round 1 and will be looking to beat MGGS Tornados later in the season. Year 9 Amber had to seek for fill ins in round 1 and went down to Genazzano Gooden 26-5.

Year 10 Turquoise had a very close game against Genazzano Molik, only going down to them by 1 goal, the CGGS team will be looking for the win next time they play. Year 10 Gems came up against tough opposition in round 1, MA Moonlight were unstoppable in their attack end.

Year 11 Tanzanites have got off to slow start to the season, the CGGS team are looking forward to playing their best netball in round 3. Year 11 Emeralds got off to a fantastic start last Saturday, they were up by 1 goal at half time, but Ruyton Rubies were unstoppable in the second half and defeated Emeralds.

Year 12 Crystals had a close game against MA Lightning, CGGS were down at the 3rd quarter break, but the team played well in the last quarter and defeated MA Lightning by 1 goal. The Year 12 Moonstones got off to a slow start for their first game back and ended up going down to Genazzano Pitman in round 1.

Congratulations goes to all CGGS Saturday Netball Teams.

Lexie Joyce
Saturday Netball Coach


Fitness Camp

Last weekend, the CGGS fitness camp travelled to Phillip Island for an action packed weekend. Despite the cold weather, the girls were eager to participate in surfing, yoga, boot camp, fitness games and beach activities. These experiences enabled students to develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills and work with girls from other year levels.

The traditional Saturday night festivities saw students and staff dressed up in many creative costumes with the theme, ‘Around the World’. Our Sports Captain, Lucy Bartram, did a fantastic job organising the night’s activities where students had to create mascots and team tshirts, as well as answering some challenging quiz questions and competing in a variety of team challenges. The competitiveness of the night activities were a highlight and certainly displayed the friendships that have formed between different year levels.

Thank you to the staff for their help throughout the weekend to ensure it was a successful and enjoyable camp.

GSV Finals Evening


Well done to Anabel Car, Ella Robertson-Brown, Scarlett Giang, Xara Anderson, Monique Thorp, Emily Price, Sofia Sanfilipo, Sophie Chang and Izzie Wood who qualified for the Girls Sport Victoria Swimming Finals Evening last Tuesday.  With a large crowd of parents and students cheering from the sidelines, the girls show cased their skills at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

They were very competitive against the top swimmers from 24 GSV schools, recording some personal best results. The girls are to be commended on their hard work throughout the season and we look forward to their future success.

Ella Robertson-Brown
100m Freestyle
50m Breaststroke
50m Freestyle
Freestyle Relay

Emily Price
50m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly
50m Freestyle
Medley Relay

Scarlett Giang
50m Backstroke
Freestyle Relay

Anabel Car
50m Butterfly
50m Backstroke

Medley Relay
Izzie Woodf
Sofia Sanfilipo
Sophie Chang
Emily Price

Freestyle Relay
Ella Robertson-Brown
Scarlett Giang
Xara Anderson
Monique Thorp




Tuesday evening saw the top 10 divers compete in each level (Senior, Intermediate, Junior) at the GSV Finals Evening for Diving at MSAC. Ella Robinson (Year 9) competed in the Intermediate division for CGGS after qualifying through her exceptional performance at the Championship Carnival with a score of 95.35. At finals evening, girls have to perform 4 dives from at least 3 different categories, either from the 1m or 3m boards. Ella completed all dives from the 3m and is to be congratulated on a very successful diving season where she has shown both leadership and commitment to both her own development and  to the overall team.

Senior School



Senior School

Term 1 is always a very busy time of year, and a personal favourite of mine is the excitement around House Dance. Seeing students involved in all House activities is a big part of life at CGGS and a highlight that so many students reflect on, even once they leave the school. I think the joy of dancing and the music that has been filtering throughout the school during the many rehearsals, only assists in raising excitement levels for all concerned to be a part of the performance evening. Tonight I look forward to seeing everyone perform and I will join with some toe tapping from my seat!

Last Saturday myself, Mrs Dunwoody, Mrs Robinson and a number of other Year 12 teachers went to the Year 12 Formal held at Kooyong Tennis Club. Every year I look at how beautifully presented our most senior students are on this evening and take a moment to reflect on their journeys, as I recall their Year 7 selves. A special thank you to Mrs Robinson, who described the night as “awesome!” for her wonderful planning. Everyone looked wonderful and both the Year 12 students and their partners carried themselves magnificently throughout the night.

Simpson Prize 2019

We are very happy to share with our community that this year, we again have a student who has achieved recognition in the 2019 Simpson Prize Competition. This is an outstanding personal achievement, as Holly Williams (Year 10) was selected as just one of the two student winners from Victoria in this National competition.

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia. The Simpson Prize asks students to respond to a question in the form of an essay. This years question was, “To what extent could 1918 be considered a year of victory for Australia and its people?” They are encouraged to agree, to debate and to challenge the question. Holly’s response was outstanding and therefore she was the lucky recipient of this prestigious prize.

Holly was honoured to represent CGGS during her recent study tour to Canberra as part of the Simpson Prize. The highlights of the trip were the visits to the Australian War Memorial, the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

During her trip she was fortunate enough to be granted access to the AWM Treloar Centre, where we saw the ongoing preservation efforts of large historical items. The trip brought to life the Anzac Spirit, through the collection of artefacts and the living legacy continuing through ADFA.

Science meets MasterChef

On 13 March, Camberwell Girls Grammar School was very privileged to have two well known Australians visit the Senior School. Mathematics teacher, writer and TV host Eddie Woo and culinary activist, writer and ex-Masterchef contestant, Alice Zasvlasky. Both were onsite to film the first episode of Alice’s new season of ‘Phenomenom’, her online TV show which aims to teach primary school children from grades 3-6 about the food they are eating and the basics of food preparation. Eddie was the guest on the show!

As well as busily working away and filming in the newly refurbished Science lab in the Year 9 area, we also had an opportunity to meet these two ‘phenomenons’. I was honoured to introduce these two amazing teachers, before Eddie showed us a really cool card trick, explaining the mathematics of how to correctly guess a card that someone else has chosen without knowing the number. We then had a chance to ask Eddie and Alice about their careers, as well as some questions related more-so to our school lives. We then had the opportunity to get photos with the two and get absolutely anything we wanted autographed- yes, that included calculators!

The community of Camberwell Girls Grammar School was so fortunate to meet Eddie and Alice and we know that their time at our school was definitely memorable, and I was so honoured to meet my idols.

Nektaria Toscas
Year 8

Creating Healthy Families with Andrew Fuller

On 12 March we held another Parent Education Seminar, this time hosted at Camberwell Grammar School.

Andrew Fuller is an annual speaker at our seminar series and is well known for being approachable and for delivering his subjects in a very relatable and informative manner. At this session he guided parents from both schools through the key active ingredients that build resilience from within a family context.

While there are no handouts from the evening, I would encourage you to visit Andrew’s website as there are free resources there for both parents and students, which you may find valuable.


Climate Change Strike

On 15 March, 150,000 students and supporters, including several Year 8 – Year 12 students from CGGS, walked out of classes around Australia to protest the government’s inaction on climate change. Being too young to vote, we needed to find a way to have our voices heard by politicians, and the school strike definitely got their attention, being covered on every news site and across social media.

While some politicians suggested students strike “on the weekends or after school”, we felt that while it was inconvenient for us to miss our classes, it was important to protest during school hours because, as we saw, this would gain the most attention and begin conversations about climate change. It was so amazing to see so many girls from CGGS, and students from over 100 countries, who are so passionate about the issue of climate change, and who will go on to be future world leaders.

Isobel Arnot
Year 12

UN Walk for Women

Did you know that 1 in 4 Australian women have experienced some form of emotional abuse since the age of 15, by a current or ex-partner?  This is in Australia alone, on a global scale the issues women face are even larger.

This year CGGS was invited to participate in Melbourne Grammar’s UN Walk for Women, where we joined over 10 other schools for a walk around The Tan to raise awareness and funds for UN Women. It was great to see amazing numbers from every school participating. We had just over 30 extremely enthusiastic girls from CGGS come along to this great initiative that is so relevant in today’s world. The event was followed by a sausage sizzle with live music, creating a wonderful atmosphere to catch up with friends from other schools.

The UN Walk for Women was truly a wonderful event to be a part of. Holly in Year 12 said “I loved seeing everyone walking together, a massive trail of girls and boys from all over Melbourne walking together to support women!” This is a wonderful reflection of the impact we can have on the world around us. The opportunities that CGGS provides to all girls opens our eyes to the world outside our school. This not only helps the girls to be the change they want to see, but also gives them opportunities to find issues they are passionate about and the platform to do something about it. Events like this assists us in achieving our school moto, Utilis in Ministerium – Useful in Service.

Isabella Lincke
Year 12


Tasmanian Long Course Swimming Championships

Commencing on 7 March, Emily Price (Year 7), Ella Robertson-Brown (Year 8) and Anabel Car (Year 11) attended a week long swimming competition where they participated in the Tasmanian Long Course Swimming Championships in Hobart. This meet is the culmination of the Long Course Season which runs from October 2018 up to and including this March carnival.

Ella achieved a Top 25 Australian Rankings as a 13yr old for her 1500m freestyle. Ella also made it into the Top 10 for Swimming Victoria in the 800m freestyle and 1500 freestyle for her age group; and also placed in the Top 25 Victorian open age for the 1500 freestyle.

Emily Price was in the 100 breaststroke final (2nd place) and Anabel competed in 3 backstroke finals (50m, 100m, 200m).

Congratulations on your achievements Emily, Ella and Anabel. It is so lovely to see your dedication to your swimming.

Elisabeth Eschwe presents Clara Schumann 200th Anniversary

The Elisabeth Eschwé piano recital on Wednesday 13 March was a delightful way to conclude the school day. Elisabeth, a leading teacher of piano at a range of Viennese Music Schools, took the audience on a creative journey through the life and creative work of Clara Schumann; one of the very few female composers during the Romantic Era. Elisabeth shared her in-depth knowledge of performance skills with the audience and a deep insight into the Romantic works she performed. The piano recital incorporated a recitation of fascinating extracts from letters and diaries, bringing to life the creative world in which Clara Schumann lived and the artists she associated with. We look forward to celebrating the 200th birthday of this significant German musician and composer on September 13 this year. We are delighted to share a student’s reflection from this inspirational performance.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music


2019 marks the 200th birthday of German musician and composer, Clara Schumann. Not only was she one of the most significant pianists of the Romantic Era, she was also one of the very few female composers during that time. To celebrate CGGS was fortunate to welcome Elisabeth Eschwé, Viennese pianist and expert teacher of piano, to our school who brought some of her works to life. Elisabeth did so marvellously, by incorporating expressive recitations of extracts from letters and diary entries of Clara’s. Elisabeth’s ‘scenic recital’ also gave insight into the life and music of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. As an audience member, you could easily capture the thoughts and connect with feelings of these composers through the different pieces and their different tone colours, key signatures and tempos. It was a wonderful afternoon and thank you to Elisabeth Eschwé for her beautiful performance!

Felicia Spiridonos
Year 11

String Quartet Recording Session

On Friday 8 March, we acknowledged and celebrated International Women’s Day in a variety of contexts. Whilst students, staff and parents were attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast, a group of Year 9 musicians were involved in an early morning recording session in the school’s T.V studio. The Music and IT  Departments are currently updating music audio tracks for the school’s ‘on hold’ facility within the phone system. Megan Kuo, Nicole Chang, Sarah Hui, and Chloe Law (led by Quartet Ensemble Director Margaret Butcher) worked with Audio Technician Mark Major to record live performances of their quartet repertoire.  This immersive experience provided the students with the opportunity to think critically, collaborate creatively and contribute to the recording process. Ensemble balance, expressive elements, microphone techniques, multiple recording takes, sound mixing and problem solving strategies were essential components the students actively engaged with throughout this ‘real-world’ recording session.

“Recording our music in the TV studio was such a unique and exciting opportunity. It was unlike anything else we had ever done and taught us to listen carefully to our sound, in order to get the best recording.”  – Sarah Hui (Yr 9)

“Being able to record with our quartet was a really memorable experience, which showed me an aspect of what professional musicians do. The recording process was nerve-wracking at first, as it was my first time doing anything like it. However, once we got going, I had a lot of fun, and doing it with my friends made the experience even better.” – Megan Kuo (Yr 9)

“The recording session was such an incredible opportunity, a contrast to what I have experienced before. Playing in an environment with acoustics very different to our usual rehearsal spaces was very interesting. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and look forward to exploring the recording studio further in the future.” – Chloe Law (Yr 9)

“The recording session was a wonderful experience as there were many things I could take away from it. I learnt to play in a completely different environment to our rehearsal spaces in the music department. Playing music is like exploring different things, the more I play the more I explore. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity.” – Nicole Chang (Yr 9)

Many thanks to all who made this recording session possible. We hope you enjoy listening to our student musicians if at some point you find yourself ‘on hold’ when communicating with the school via phone.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

2019 Drama Camp – Adelaide Fringe Festival

What an emotional rollercoaster for all that attended. From laughing our heads off  one minute to being reduced to tears the next, we witnessed acrobatic performances, sound/visual effects and stunts that left us gasping in awe. We saw shows that moved our souls and provided a much needed reality check, together with scenes that left us deep in thought long after the lights went out at bed time.

This year, on the Labour Day weekend, 21 students from Years 10 to 12 together with Mrs Caruso and Ms Lyons embarked on a journey to the Adelaide Fringe Festival where new concepts and ideas in the world of theatre are explored, exhibited and celebrated. We saw 9 unique shows, all different and some even “shocking” in their own right. Ideas presented to us in each show established the importance of connections – whether it be between the performers in the show, performers and the audience, or the audience members themselves.

Shannon Yeung
Year 10


On Drama Camp, I learnt that theatre is not always a performance done on a stage with a storyline and multiple characters. In fact, barely any of the pieces we saw followed that technique. Each one of the theatre performances tied us into its story and hooked us in till in very end. In some, words weren’t even necessary.  We interpreted each piece differently and made our own meaning to the characters, layout and storyline. We connected with the actors through emotions such as love, loss, pain, thrill and fury. As an individual, I have much more of a knowledge as to the ‘should and should nots’ when it comes to acting and producing a piece of theatre. However, it goes without saying that drama is a very open space. It allows people to become whoever and whatever they desire, in any sort of place and that’s what makes it so amazing. Apart from the visual theatres itself, I’m sure I speak on behalf of the Drama Camp students when I say that every one of us connected with people we didn’t think we would ever talk to. It was great ‘goofing around’ with the Year 11 and 12 girls. As a whole group, we specially connected over the final performance of our trip. With most of our faces drowning in tears, there was however a feeling of hope and gratitude towards life. I would have undoubtedly regretted not experiencing this journey with (as Ms Lyons likes to call us) the ‘Radelaidians’.

Simar Kaur
Year 10

Year 10 Mentoring Breakfast

On Wednesday March 13 the Year 10s attended their first mentoring breakfast. Mentoring has been identified both as an important tool and an effective way to gain skills via knowledge transfer from an experienced student/OGA to a fellow student at key moments in their education or at the start of their career. The theme for this event was ‘Broadening Your Horizons’.

During the breakfast, Lucy Bartram (Year 12) and Michaela Robinson (Year 11) spoke to our Year 10 girls on why getting involved in school co-curricular and other activities is so important. Combined, Lucy and Michaela have considerable experience and expertise which they shared with our Year 10s. They spoke about how their involvement in Duke of Edinburgh, GSV Sport, Tour Guides, volunteering, their service-learning trip to Cambodia and as Sports Captains, has helped them improve skills such as leadership, organisational, time management and interpersonal skills. They believe participation in these activities contributed to their own personal growth and certainly grew their skills portfolio.

With more institutions requesting evidence of these types of activities as part of their selection criteria, it is extremely important that students get involved in out of classroom activities. ANU have scholarship applications seeking corroboration of a student’s commitment to making a difference to others. Monash Community Leaders Scholarship also asks for students to demonstrate similar attributes. With employers asking for students to demonstrate enterprise skills such as communication skills, leadership and problem solving skills – it is clear that Lucy and Michaela are fine examples of what our Year 10 students can aspire to achieve if they take advantage of the wealth of opportunities presented here at CGGS.

These skills/experiences they develop at school will help them in the transition from school to part time employment; from school to university and from school to a career path.

Thanks to the support of the OGA, the students were able to enjoy a wonderful breakfast while listening to this valuable presentation. Both students delivered the same message: make the most of the opportunities available to you here at CGGS.

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

Year 9 Shameless Podcast

The English department were delighted to host Melbourne journalists, Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald of the Shameless Podcast to join our Year 9 students in a Q&A event in the CGGS Library.

Women in Australia cannot get enough of the Shameless Podcast. In fact, what started as a podcast a little over a year ago has morphed into what can only be described as a large, glorious community of individuals that has been cultivated as a result of this dynamic duo. In their one year on air, Shameless has been downloaded 1,000,000 times, has been named in Apple’s ‘Best of 2018’ podcasts, written about in The Age and Marie Claire and awarded an ‘editors pick’ spot by Spotify. Michelle and Zara eloquently, articulately and respectfully navigate through topics that are real, pressing and topical in the world of pop culture and beyond.  They believe that pop culture and the media cycle is important but feel that women’s voices are all too often excluded from it.

CGGS believes that the duo is a wonderful voice for culture and shaping the conversation in Australian media today, and we were thrilled to engage in a discussion about a diverse number of issues surrounding the media landscape such as fake news and feeds, integrity and the power of a woman’s voice.

After a wonderfully engaging session our girls are still buzzing a week on.

Georgia Biggs
Reconciliation Coordinator and English Teacher

GSV Swimming Championships

On Tuesday 19 March, the CGGS swimming team participated in the Division 3 GSV swimming carnival. It was a bright and early start for all the girls who had to meet in the gym at 6.45am, however everyone approached it with a positive attitude. The day was filled with a clear sense of team spirit, right from the warmup to the end of the last freestyle relay. The girls in the stands cheered on their peers throughout the morning and a few girls got right into it and even dressed up in blue. The girls all gave 100% in every one of their races and there were many great results achieved in the pool. The morning ended with excellent results, with the Juniors coming 1st in their age group, the Intermediates placing 5th and the Seniors placing 6th against the other 7 schools competing in division 3. CGGS also came 2nd overall, which is an amazing result. The girls should all be very proud of how well they performed on the day!

GSV Diving Championships

On Tuesday 19 March, 18 CGGS divers competed in the Division 2 GSV carnival. We were extremely proud to have qualified for Division 2 once again as we have progressed so much over the last 5 years in our diving program. We were particular proud of our juniors who have developed their skills over the past 2 years and all the year 7 students who gave it a go for the first time this year. The junior team achieved an outstanding result of 2nd overall.

Our Intermediate and Senior competitors produced a solid performance of coming 6th and 4th overall respectively. We would like to send a big thank you out to our coaches Jenny and Morgan who have been with us for many seasons now and have helped us develop into a strong competitive force within the GSV diving competitions.

We look forward to continuing training in term 4 in preparation for a great 2020 season.

I wish the CGGS community a lovely weekend.



Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Senior School



Senior School

As in previous years, the House Athletics carnival on Tuesday was a wonderful day with an absolute sea of red, blue, green and yellow. All the senior school students participated in the track, field and novelty events with enthusiasm. There were some personal bests set and CGGS records broken on the day as well. Please find the full article and summary of results later in this edition of CamNews. Lawrence House were the victors on the day, breaking an 11 year streak of Taylor House winning the whole event. The now muchly coveted House Spirit stick was won by Singleton House. The Spirit stick has recently been created and is awarded to the House that shows the most energy and passion on the day of an event. This year the Year 12 students dressed up in Cheerleading outfits – Lawrence, Bumble-Bees – Schofield, Army Camouflage – Taylor and complete body paint in blue for the Singleton Avatars. This level of commitment needed to be acknowledged.

There was terrific compliments from many new CGGS staff on how well the carnival was organised, the level of enthusiasm of our students and the real community feel as students across houses cheered for each other.

On behalf of the students, I would like to thank all the staff who assisted on the day, in particular the PE staff for their organisation. A special mention to Head of Sport, Lauren Law for her efforts to ensure the day was such a success.


International Women’s Day

Mrs Dunwoody has talked about International Women’s Day in her CamNews article this week, but I would also like to say that we can all play a part in making a positive difference for women everywhere. We are all responsible for creating a better world, but as a school for young women we are invested in ensuring that at a school level, the message that we deliver reinforces our desire for a gender-balanced world.

Thank you to our School Faith and Service Captain, Isabella Lincke and School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot, for their Funky Socks initiative to acknowledge International Women’s Day. This was very well received by all the students and staff to help raise money for an organisation close to the CGGS community, Days For Girls.


 Year 11 Student travelling to Canberra for National Schools Constitutional Convention

From Tuesday 19 March to Thursday 21 March 2019, Emily Zhang from Year 11 will be among 120 Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia attending the 24th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC), being held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. The Convention is supported by all state and territory Ministers and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

The topic for the 2019 Convention is, ‘A new constitutional preamble for Australia?’ This topic will provide students with the opportunity to explore the present Constitution and if a preamble is required. A range of stimulus speakers will discuss the issues with students for them to debate with all delegates.

As a national delegate Emily will travel in a group of 25 students from Victoria.

Congratulations to Emily on this amazing achievement and we cannot wait to hear all about the convention when she returns.


BrainSTEM Design Thinking Workshop

This week a group of Year 10 students attended the BrainSTEM Design Thinking workshop, facilitated by the BrainSTEM team in Melbourne’s CBD. The team ‘kicked off’ with some icebreaking activities, The Never-Ending Story was a popular choice and the 30 Circles activity is always fun.

It was wonderful to see the difference between the BEFORE and AFTER scores of their assessment of being able to explain to someone – What is Design Thinking?

We then took a problem, learnt about EMPATHY and then worked our way through DEFINITION > IDEATION > PROTOTYPING and finally TESTING. The PERSONA building is sometimes the hardest thing to do.


Nicole Rogers
Head of Strategic Initiatives


Year 11 & 12 School Leaders & Captains Leadership Forum

What are you good at? What is the role of a student leader at CGGS? What do you bring to the team of student leaders? These challenging questions and more were put to our Year 11 and 12 student leaders in a Leadership Forum facilitated by Mr Maycock and Mrs Watkins on Wednesday 27 February.

Just once in the history of CGGS, will the same team of people, with the same talents, passions, skills and attitudes exist as a student leadership team. The students were introduced to their shared purpose through this proposition and challenged to consider what their individual and collective contributions might be.  Students created a ‘heat map’ of their strengths and can use this information as they approach the complexities of their roles.

They were invited to step into their role as leaders with conviction and purpose and also to delve into what “makes them tick”. They also thought about how they can be purposeful in seeking assistance from others in the team whose skills and attitudes are different from their own.

The forum also allowed two student leadership teams to report back on their attendance at leadership conferences that involved other schools. Isobel Arnot, Genevieve Alexie, Isabella Lincke and Bonnie Thorn shared their reflections on the Fitzroy High School FemCo Your Voice Conference, a student-organised event designed to “Unite, Empower and Disrupt”.  The School Captains Nikki Chen, Stephanie Lysikatos and Ellie Zhou spoke about their time at the annual Y-Lead Leadership Conference, in which they were partnered by university-age mentors and encouraged to dream big for their leadership roles this year.

We are confident that as a cohesive team, this group of leaders will continue to make a significant impact on CGGS throughout the year.

Shane Maycock – Deputy Head of Senior School (Co-Curricular)
Nirvana Watkins – Deputy Head of Senior School – Wellbeing Programs and Curriculum


2019 GSV Sports Leaders Breakfast

On Thursday 14 February, five Year 12 students attended the 2019 GSV Sports Leaders Breakfast. This event brought together sports leaders from the 24 GSV schools to participate in a workshop run by Olympic Basketballer, Jennifer Screen.

This was a great opportunity for the students to interact with leaders from other girls schools and discover their leadership styles through a variety of interactive activities. Jennifer Screen was a motivating and engaging speaker as she shared her sporting journey and events that had shaped her career. Overall it was an inspiring breakfast.

2019 GSV Triathlon

Congratulations to the girls who competed in the GSV Triathlon at Altona Beach on Sunday 24 February. This year we had a record number of students racing with 36 girls participating in the team event. For the first time CGGS had 1 student participating in the individual event. Well done to Frida Andreasen in Year 8 who completed the swim, bike and run legs of the race. We were very lucky to have perfect water conditions and weather which resulted in a very enjoyable and successful morning. Thank you to the parents for your support of this event and we look forward to seeing everyone back at Altona beach for the 2020 triathlon.

Days for Girls

I am sure it is almost incomprehensible for the women associated with our school and with whom we interact daily, to understand that in developing countries around the world there are young women who are placed effectively under house arrest for the duration of their menstrual periods each and every month. When Days for Girls was first established it was as a result of Founder and CEO Celeste Mergen’s experiences while working with a family foundation on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya. She was assisting in an orphanage when she discovered that young menstruating girls would sit on cardboard for several days each month, alone in their rooms, until their periods had ended. They would often go without food, unless someone thought to attend to them. Recognising that disposable pads were not a viable option, both in terms of finances to purchase, as well as means to dispose of them, the idea of Days for Girls was born.

CGGS has been supporting the work of Days for Girls for the past 3 years. This year students in Year 10 worked alongside volunteers to make the pads and liners that will be used to fill these packs and be sent to support young women around the world.

Funds raised today through the ‘Funky Socks’ collection will go towards the purchase of more packs. Each pack costs $7 and the school is aiming to take 200 packs on the students’ trip to Cambodia later in the year. If you are interested in further supporting this organisation, through volunteering your time, or donating further, please go to

House Athletics

It was a sea of colour at Doncaster Athletics track on Tuesday with all girls from Years 7 – 12 excited to showcase their skills at House Athletics. It was a fun, but competitive day and the girls participated with enthusiasm in a range of track and field events. The atmosphere was electric as students cheered on their friends. Well done to Lawrence who finished the day as champions of House Athletics Champions and to Singleton who won the House Spirit Stick for their support and cheering throughout the day.

1st – Lawrence
2nd – Taylor
3rd – Schofield 
4th – Singleton

There were some outstanding performances both on the track and in the field and today, during Period 5, we announced to the students the Athletics Year Level Champion Awards for 2019.

Year 7
1st – Livvy McInnes
2nd – Emily Price & Sweta Sundaram

Year 8
1st – Sasha Feldmann
2nd – Madeleine Giagoudakis
3rd – Frida Andreasen

Year 9
1st- Emma Peak
2nd- Ella Robinson
3rd – Emmelyn Choo-Lambropoulos

Year 10
1st- Emily Arvidsson
2nd- Megan Quach
3rd – Olivia Pietralla

Year 11
1st – Loren Palma
2nd – Tilly Dunn & Michaela Robinson

Year 12
1st – Zoe Giagoudakis
2nd – Bianca Phan
3rd – Lucy Bartram

Thank you to all the staff and students who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly, particularly the House Sport Captains who have put in an enormous effort to make sure all races were filled. They are:

Lawrence – Haylie Chen & Ashleigh Cheung

Schofield – Michaela Robinson & Claire Tremewen

Singleton – Laney Kriketos & Polly Plummer

Taylor – Tilly Dunn & Loren Palma

A massive thank you to School Sport Captain, Lucy Bartram and School House Captain, Madison Parfuss for their assistance throughout the event.


2019 GSV Swimming & Diving Carnivals

Congratulations to the CGGS Swimming and Diving Teams for another outstanding performance in the GSV Carnival last Friday. The Swimming team competed with determination in the Preliminary A Carnival, with some outstanding individual and relay performances.

Thanks to our Head Coach Peter Kitney for running all the early morning training sessions throughout the term. Good luck to the squad who has qualified for the Division 3 Championship Carnival that will be held on Tuesday 17 March. The Diving team also performed exceptionally well, skilfully executing their dives and finishing the day in 5th position. It was a fantastic team effort by all competitors and they should be very proud of their efforts which saw the team qualify for the Division 2 Diving Carnival.

I wish you all a lovely long weekend,


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Senior School



Senior School

This past fortnight we have been thrilled to see the number of girls, in particular the Year 7s, our newest members of the Senior School, undertaking auditions for House Dance and playing their first GSV sporting matches in Tennis, Indoor Cricket and Softball. They’ve been signing up for the 2019 School Production, ‘The Secret in the Wings’ auditions to be held tomorrow as part of the Summer Spectacular and also already fully immersed in the school music ensembles and rehearsals. The strong connections of students to these activities is very evident already.

Our Chinese New Year celebrations concluded on Tuesday 12 February with our annual Lion Dance performance, enjoyed by many students and staff, this year in the gym due to the wet weather. Many thanks to both the International Captains, Tracy Chen and Cherry Lin and Head of Chinese, Ms Lin Zhang for their organisation of a wonderful week of events. Our Senior School students enjoyed this week thoroughly and learnt more about The Year of the Pig and Chinese culture in general.

In Senior School we conducted two parent information evenings and in both cases special presenters provided information relevant to the year levels. The first of these was psychologist, Dr Tom Nehmy who spoke to the parents of girls in Year 8 about the Healthy Minds Program he and his colleagues will be running with our girls throughout 2019. Please see a summary of the information Tom shared about his program later in this edition of CamNews. All the parents who attended the evening agreed that Tom’s work will be of particular benefit to their daughters. Tom has worked in many schools across Australia and said that CGGS has an ‘Invisible Thread’ that binds its community and provides a special feeling certainly swelled the staff and parents present on the night with great pride.

On Thursday evening, Paul Dillon, world renowned Drug and Alcohol expert spoke to our Year 10 – 12 parents having addressed the girls of these year levels during the day. This is the fourth year that Paul has spoken to our girls, and he never ceases to amaze them by remembering their names from one year to the next. His messages about staying safe, looking after your friends as well as providing sound and reliable information about drugs and alcohol is really reassuring. Again, it was a highlight for the staff and parents alike to hear that Paul, who speaks at countless schools throughout the year and presents worldwide, stated that there is a genuine warmth and connection in the students and love that radiates in the school. Paul said, as a visitor once per year, he can feel the support and care of all members of the school community.


Class of 2018 Celebration Assembly

On Tuesday we had the privilege of inviting back to a special assembly, 11 students from the Class of 2018. This year we recognised, as in previous years, the four top awards for ATAR ranking. We also had the great honour of asking back three students who shared their own journey of VCE and what the year had meant to them. Kate Sturzaker, Jordyn Beggs and Joy Zhou provided our current Year 12s with words of encouragement and advice for the marathon that is Year 12.

The Louisa Taylor Memorial Award for the Dux of School is named after the first Principal of Camberwell Girls Grammar School. Miss Taylor was Headmistress, as was the title of the position in those days, of the school between 1928 and 1959. The Dux of School is presented to the student who achieves the highest ATAR in their year and it was my pleasure to announce Damie Ing as the 2018 Dux of School. Damie also spoke to the assembled audience about her time at CGGS, having arrived at the start of Year 11 asa student from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The GD Lawrence Award like Lawrence House is named after Mr George Douglas Lawrence, a lawyer who was a member of the founding School Council. He was an active member of the School Council for 20 years. This award recognises the Dux Secondus or second highest ATAR result. Again it was my pleasure to announce Janice Soo as the GD Lawrence recipient for 2018.

The RM Westcott Award is named after Mr Ralph Westcott who was the father of two old grammarians Wendy and Judith. Mr Westcott was a member of the School Council between 1950 and 1959 after which he was elected as a Life Governor of the School by the Council. The RM Westcott Wing was named after him in 1983. The RM Westcott award is presented to the third highest ATAR result and in 2018 there were three students who shared this honour. We congratulate Alanna Chew-Lee, Selina Duan and Jane Lin.

Mr and Mrs Yuncken were very generous benefactors to Camberwell Girls Grammar School in the late 1930s and 1940s. At this time they provided a Kindergarten room with a terrace and a cloak room for senior students, new toilets and a front fence in brick were all built as a consequence of their generous contributions. They also established the first scholarships at CGGS. Mr and Mrs Otto Yuncken were most supportive of the school in its early days. The Otto Yuncken Award for 2018 was presented to three students who all attained the fourth highest ATAR result. Congratulations to Meg Hua, Chloe Wu and Zoe Zhan.

Our special guest speaker and OGA at this year’s Celebration Assembly was Savindhi Perera-Jaindeen (Class of 2009). Savindhi spoke magnificently and so passionately about her time at CGGS. She also spoke about her time since leaving the school – her work as an Economist and her personal commitment to programs and organisations which promote the success of young Sri Lankans living in both Australia and Sri Lanka. So engaging was Savindhi’s speech that I am pleased to share a copy of it here with you and would encourage you to take a moment to read her words. On behalf of the current students, thank you so much for speaking at the Class of 2018 Celebration Assembly.

Summer Spectacular

The Summer Spectacular is finally here and the weather and all other elements required to make tomorrow a successful day are in place. The students, staff and parents have been working hard on the stalls to ensure we have much to offer the community from the very youngest visitors to the eldest. The list of acknowledgements is too extensive to include here and so to all who have been involved in making the day a great showcase of CGGS, we thank you.


Chinese New Year Celebration at CGGS

2019 is the Year of the Pig, which began on February 5 and continued for two weeks until the celebrations draw to a close on 19 February. The pig is the twelfth Chinese Zodiac animal. In Chinese mythology, the Pig represents good fortune, bravery, compassion and generosity. It is often said that people born in the Year of the Pig are fun-loving, happy, trusting and brave.

More than one billion people across the globe celebrate Chinese New Year every year. At CGGS, the Chinese Department and the International Captains have organised a range of activities including Chinese Lantern making, calligraphy, knotting and lion dancing. Throughout the week, there was also a different Chinese dish every day in the Fig Tree Cafe. Among those activities, our favourite has to be the activity called ‘guessing the lantern riddle’, it is a very popular game in China, during New Years. They often contain messages of wisdom and good fortune, and give people, especially children, the opportunity to have fun while practicing language and problem-solving skills.

Riddle: What’s full of holes but still holds water?

Answer: a sponge

Riddle: This lovely maiden eats no meat but eats leaves. She labours each day spinning and weaving for the benefit of others. Who is she?

Answer: Silkworm

So many people showed up to participate and everyone was trying their best to figure out the answers and win the prizes. Even Mrs Poyser and Mrs Dunwoody gave these lantern riddles a go!

Healthy Minds at CGGS

We are proud to be partnering with clinical psychologist Dr Tom Nehmy and his team to deliver the Healthy Minds Program at CGGS in 2019. The Healthy Minds Program was developed by Dr Tom Nehmy and his colleagues and was the first evidence-based program to show a measurable prevention effect for symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Our Year 8 parents were fortunate to hear directly from Tom at the recent Year 8 Parent Information Evening, during which Tom shared the ‘7 Secrets to a Healthy Mind’. Centred on developing a whole school culture of wellbeing, the Healthy Minds Program will see an intensive curriculum delivered to Year 8 students, along with parent modules and extensive teacher training. Furthermore, Year 10, 11 and 12 students will participate in “Resilience Booster” workshops throughout the year, and Junior School Parent Forums are also planned.

We strongly believe that equipping our students with the proactive and personalised healthy thinking skills will benefit them in all aspects of their lives. At CGGS, wellbeing is visible and purposeful and we are committed to, and recognise the value of promoting student wellbeing. We know that this provides a catalyst and sets the preconditions that enable our girls to grow, flourish and achieve their personal best. Ultimately, we are all striving to create an environment where students have resilient and courageous mindsets and are engaged and motivated learners.

Please click below to read the two-page summary of Tom’s recent presentation ‘7 Secrets to a Healthy Mind’. Parents may also read more about the program and subscribe to the parent newsletter ‘Thrive’ at

Have a lovely weekend and I hope to see you all at the Summer Spectacular tomorrow!


Cathy Poyser

Senior School



Senior School


Welcome to 2019 and I take this opportunity to thank you all for supporting your daughters in a smooth transition back into the school year. A warm welcome also to all new families to CGGS. We look forward to sharing the journey with you and your daughter during her time in Senior School.

It was a delight to have all year levels return to school on Monday and it was wonderful to see all students settle so quickly back into school, including both the academic and co-curricular programs.

Year 7 Transition and Badge Ceremony

Last Thursday the Class of 2024, our new Year 7s and their parents joined us for the Senior School Badge Ceremony in Barbara Sutton Hall. This ceremony has become a tradition and holds great significance for us as a school community. This marks the beginning of what we hope will be a happy and enriching journey over the next 6 years at CGGS.

The Year 7s participated in a full week of transitional activities aimed to build confidence and a sense of belonging through forming connections. Throughout the transition week program the students gained much independence ahead of starting their full academic program.

Jenine Caruso, Year Level Coordinator, worked with Nareen Robinson, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing (Activities and Initiatives) and all the Year 7 Form Tutors and Heads of Department in order to conduct a wonderful program of transition activities.

Another highlight was the Welcome Church Service conducted by Rev Helen Creed, our School Chaplain on Monday evening, followed by a dinner with families in the Fig Tree Café, Courtyard and Robinson Hall.  The Tutor teachers enjoyed meeting all the families in this relaxed setting.

Year 11 Fit2Drive

For our Year 11 students, the start of the year was an extension of last year’s Headstart Program, giving them an introduction to their VCE subjects and setting the foundations for expectations during this busy year. On Friday they attended a Fit 2 Drive session through VicRoads and Ambulance Victoria. With most of our Year 11 students beginning their journey towards obtaining licences, it is an important session about remaining safe on our roads now and into the future.


Year 12 Retreat

The Year 12 students also began their 2019 school year last Thursday. After a day of classes where they attended one session per Unit 3/4 class, Friday saw them all head to their retreat at St Hilda’s College, at Melbourne University. Here they participated in sessions including study skills with our Director of Learning Design and Development, Dr Charlotte Forwood; Yoga which was facilitated by the Old Grammarians Association; Team challenges and creativity exercises. In the evening the School Chaplain, Rev Helen Creed, conducted a Commencement Service on the theme ‘Being Community’ with students Emma Dunlop, Hannah Moran, Alexia Vanin and Year 12 Coordinator Nareen Robinson, sharing their thoughts on this theme. Past students from the 2018 Year 12 cohort, Amy Peng, Jordyn Beggs, Cindy Huynh and Yanny Wang came back as part of a Q&A session run by our School Careers Counsellor, Mrs Trish Dolan. This provided the students with tips and advice on how to balance their lives. BATYR Australia spoke to the students on the Promotion of Mental Health for Young Adults on the Saturday morning before the School Captains, Nikki Chen, Ellie Zhou and Stephanie Lysikatos held a session on their theme and ideas of collaboration for the year ahead. We then had the pleasure of greeting the parents at a welcome to Year 12 lunch and brief information session.

Chinese New Year

Throughout this week we have celebrated the Lunar New Year with our Chinese Department and International Captains, Cherry Lin and Tracy Chen providing many lunch time activities for the girls to enjoy. Activities like Chinese paper cutting and folding, calligraphy, painting and Chinese knotting. Next Tuesday 12 February the Jow Ga Kuen Dragon and Lion Dance Association will perform on the Senior School oval at 1.10pm if parents are interested in attending. 2019 is the Year of the Pig the twelfth of the Chinese Zodiac animals.In Chinese mythology, the Pig represents good fortune, bravery, compassion and generosity. It is often said that people born in the Year of the Pig are fun-loving, happy, trusting and brave.

yLead Australian Student Leadership Conference Camp

From Sunday 20 to Tuesday 22 January, our three School Captains Nikki Chen, Ellie Zhou and Stephanie Lysikatos attended the yLead Australian Student Leadership Conference at University College. For those three days our Captains developed not only their leadership skills including public speaking and teamwork, but also made lifelong friendships and connections with like-minded individuals from all around Victoria and Tasmania.

The highlight of the conference were the two inspirational guest speakers – Ben Pettingill and Hunter Johnson.  The girls found Ben’s talk truly inspiring. A young man who lost his vision at 16, but has overcome these challenges and completed amazing achievements including becoming the first person to complete the Spartan Race untethered and completing the Kokoda Trail. Despite his loss of vision, Ben has not let this disempower him and is now spreading his message to others, that everyone is equally capable of achieving their aspirations. The second speaker was Hunter Johnson who runs a nonprofit organisation, ‘The Man Cave’.  Hunter aims to break down gender stereotypes, in particular toxic masculinity. He shared insightful stories from speaking with other schools, where he was able to transform young men’s perspectives and allow them to have an open conversation about letting their true colours shine through. From Hunter’s address the girls took away the idea that they are able to fail fast and learn faster and to think big and start small.

The girls would like to acknowledge their mentors – Kano (Nikki), Leigh (Steph) and Mikaylah (Ellie), Angie, Bel and Amy for being so welcoming, inspiring and understanding.

From their three days spent at ASLC, our Captains feel they have grown as leaders and are feeling very inspired for the year ahead as the 2019 School Captains.

The start of a prosperous future!

On Monday afternoon, our Year 7 students came together as a year level for their first Financial Literacy class. Students set up a ‘Smart Money’ folder that they will keep for the duration of their time at CGGS as they build their understanding of how to manage their money throughout Years 7 – 10. It was great to see students thinking about and discussing what research tells us in relation to how teenagers earn and spend money as well as creating their first “budget”. We look forward to seeing all these students graduate in 6 years’ time as financially empowered young women.

Year 7 Bees Wax Wraps – Towards Zero Waste

This year will see CGGS introduce a Service Learning component, Year 7: Environmental Stewardship, with a focus on reducing waste.

During the Year 7 Transition Week Program the students heard from a guest speaker and made beeswax wraps. This is part of our efforts to reduce waste in lunches and continuing on with the nude food policies of many of their Primary Schools.

Last Friday during the Art session the students decorated a fabric square, inspired by patterns, with special fabric markers which was then ‘fixed’ with heat.

On Monday Zero-waste advocate Erin Rhoads spoke to the students about ways that individuals can reduce waste in their lives. Erin is behind popular eco-living website The Rogue Ginger, and author of ‘Waste Not: Make a big difference by throwing away less. Erin was a consultant to ABC’s War on Waste, and was founder of groups Zero Waste Victoria and Plastic Bag Free Victoria. You may be aware of her work through her appearances on The Project, The Age, BBC World, ABC Radio, amongst others.

On Tuesday students finished their beeswax wraps by visiting the Food Science classroom and using the ovens to melt wax onto their fabric squares. The students had a discussion in their Forms about waste and how we can all reduce it. We look forward to seeing lunches with these beeswax wraps during the year.

A big thank you to all the staff involved and especially to Maggie Wighton, Sustainability Coordinator, for her facilitation of the activity.

CGGS Student wins Australian U16 Junior Chess Competition

Over the summer holidays, I participated in the Australian Junior Chess Championships held at Trinity Grammar School.

This year I was to compete in the U16 Girls Division, however due to the lack of girls competing in my division, we ended up combining with the U18 Girls, meaning that anyone who was under the age of 16 and 18 was eligible for both titles.

Over the course of five days, we all had to play a total of nine games each, with every game lasting two to three hours. At the end of the competition, I came an overall second place in the U18 and U16 Girls division combined, but won the Australian U16 National Girl’s title with a final result of 6.5/9.

The competition was very intense, but nonetheless, an interesting experience.

Emily Lin, Year 9

Once again, a very warm welcome back to everyone in the CGGS community. I hope you have a restful weekend.


Cathy Poyser 

Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Senior School



Senior School

Last Thursday we welcomed the choirs from Surrey Hills Primary School and Auburn Primary School to join our own students from Ormiston and Years 7 – 9 in our annual CGGS Carols Concert. Many parents, grandparents and friends of CGGS filled the Barbara Sutton Hall, as we celebrated together. The program which was devised by Co-Directors of Music, Ms Kate Savige and Mr Rohan Mack was a magnificent way to herald in the Festive Season.

The Year 6 Ormiston Graduation took place on Friday night in Robinson Hall and it is always a highlight for the girls and their families. Kiki Page played a violin solo as the prelude, followed by Clarissa Wong who played a piano solo for the procession. Semester Two School Captain, Sienna Catalogna welcomed us to the evening and read an Acknowledgement of Country, while her Co-School Captain in Semester Two, Emily Price gave a most fitting speech. The tradition of Head of Junior School, Mr Donohue handing the Year 6 students over to me as Head of Senior School, is one that I certainly feel has great significance. I look forward to welcoming the students, our Class of 2024, to Senior School next year.

This evening event was followed by the Grade 6 Graduation lunch on Monday, which offered teachers and staff a more intimate opportunity to farewell our Junior School’s senior year as they move forward to begin their senior school journey.

The Junior and Senior School students joined with staff at our St Mark’s Carols service, where together we recognised Christmas and its significance together with our hopes for a happy and safe festive period and return to school in 2019. Thank you to Tara Hoopmann and Rev Creed for leading this service and also to our special guest Lynton Allan, for the way he brought his art to bare on the meaning of Christmas.

Last night the Years 7 – 9 students and their families enjoyed a wonderful celebration of the achievements and experiences the girls have enjoyed throughout this year. To all the musicians and their conductors, thank you for your marvellous playing, to the staff and students involved in the presentation of “Find out what we’re made of” thank you for your creative way of reflecting the day in the life of a student at CGGS. Thank you to our Year 7 massed singers for your beautiful rendition of “Count on me”. We were thrilled to have past student Genevieve Simmons from the Class of 2006 be our guest speaker. Finally, to all the students, congratulations on your achievements this year.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, that you all stay safe during the festive season, relax and recharge and I look forward to seeing you again in 2019.


2018 Girls Invent Pitch Night Success

The CGGS Girls Invent team representatives arrived at the PWC Offices at Southbank last Tuesday evening, ready to participate in the 2018 Girls Invent Pitch Night, competing against five other teams from Genezanno FCJ College, Mac Robertson Girls High School and Ballarat Grammar School. In the lead up to the event both of our teams had invested many hours of preparation and rehearsal, ensuring that they had prepared well for unexpected questions and had a thorough knowledge of their unique product design and capability.

Both of our teams found themselves pitching toward the beginning of the evening, with Nektaria doing a fabulous job promoting and outlining the functionality of her life saving EpiMate invention. She was soon followed by our second team comprised of Julie and Harini. Both girls provided a highly entertaining insight into the Easy Eraser, a product that would prove to be both useful and environmentally friendly.

The competition was fierce and the learning curve amazing for our teams competing. Teams pitched on a broad range of products including, an indicator glove for cyclists, a ‘high tackle detecting’ football jersey, a drive thru supermarket, an automated glove dispenser and disposal device for the health care industry, as well as a water flow detecting tap.

Feedback given to the girls was extremely positive and all of the judges were thoroughly impressed by the quality of the inventions on offer. Both teams were both proud and pleased with their achievements and look forward to exploring their design journey in the future.

The order of the overall results were:

1st Place
Water Flow Tap Detector (Mac Robertson Girls High School – Y11 team)

2nd Place
Nektaria with EpiMate (CGGS – Nektaria Toscas Y7)

3rd Place
Cycling Indicator Glove (Ballarat Grammar School – Y9/10 team)

We congratulate all of the Year 7 teams who participated in the CGGS Girls Invent initiative this year, so many uniquely creative inventions were produced and all of the teams should be immensely proud of their products and the progress made.

Thank you again for you to all of those who supported the program throughout the year. See below a reflection from Nektaria:

On Tuesday December 4, I had the opportunity to pitch my invention, EpiMate, (an app and case designed to make access to EpiPens easier for those with Anaphylaxis in an emergency) to Scale Investors as part of the Girls Invent pitch night. I had been preparing for the pitch night for two months, and had come up with the initial idea 6 months ago, so a lot had gone into this night. In the end, it was an insightful and exciting evening, with a beautiful speech presented by Ally Watson from Code Like A Girl, along with past competitors of the competition, all telling us about the future of women in STEAM and business, which looks promising. In the end, I came second place, with all of the other inventions presented on the night being exceptional, well thought through with careful consideration about how they can benefit the lives of people. Overall, it was an amazing opportunity that taught me so much about entrepreneurship and I cannot wait to see where I, along with my peers, can go.

Nektaria Toscas
Year 7

Transition to new Forms

This week the students in Years 7 – 9 spent some time in their new Tutor and Form groups getting to know their new Year Level Coordinators and Tutor / Form teachers for 2019. Thank you to the current Year Level Coordinator’s for creating the new Tutor/Form lists and to Ms Kath Woolcock for ensuring the smooth transition to the new groups and for her organisation of the activities for the time spent together on Monday. In most recent years we have introduced the students to their new Tutor/Form teachers prior to the holidays.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish Ms Kath Woolcock well in 2019, as she will be on parental leave.


Melbourne String Ensemble

On Saturday 1 December, Emily Wu (Year 8) was invited to perform as a soloist with the Melbourne String Ensemble. The Melbourne String Ensemble holds an annual Concerto concert, where members of the ensemble all have an opportunity of performing as a soloist during their membership. This year, Emily was lucky enough to perform Haydn’s Cello Concert in C Major the 2nd and 3rd movement.

The Melbourne String Ensemble is dynamic and accomplished youth orchestra for advanced secondary students. Emily has been a member of the Melbourne String Ensemble since 2014 and has been on two of the MSE tours, including Germany and Czech Republic (2015) and Switzerland, Austria and Germany (2018).

Emily shared that playing as a soloist was a truly memorable experience and one that she will never forget.

Emily is pictured below, in the centre playing the Cello.

CGGS Artwork at Independent Education Victoria

Our Head of Art, Barbara Woodward, has been working with Melinda Hargreaves from Independent Education Victoria, who now have 56 artworks from our school.

Currently there are four group artworks on canvas, painted by twenty-four CGGS Year Seven students, on display at 1 Spring Street Melbourne (enter via Flinders Lane) until the end of January. I would encourage families to visit the works during the Christmas lead up – perhaps while visiting the Myer windows – to see our student’s work on display.

Art at CGGS in 2018

2018 has seen an abundance of creative activity in the Visual Arts on the part of CGGS students from Years 7 to 12. Students, across all year levels and in all visual arts areas, including Studio Arts, Visual Communication Design, Elective Art and Fashion Design, have applied outstanding innovative design skills in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, ceramics, silkscreen, lino & etching printing, technical drawings, computer art, stencil spray art, 3D model construction and sewing.

Hard work and dedication, on the part of our students, has resulted in recognition both within the school and the broader community. After visiting the VCE Art Exhibition and the Visual Arts Department, Melinda Hargreaves, from Independent Schools Victoria, showed her delight with the unique and highly skilled artworks, created by students from across all year levels at CGGS, by selecting a broad range of artworks for Independent Schools Art Exhibitions running both now and in May 2019. In total, 56 artworks have been selected for various exhibitions, including work from students in each year level and across a range of mediums including digital photography, film, photography and embroidery, collaged mandalas, spray stencil art and both oil and acrylic painting.

The inaugural VCE Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design Art Exhibition, Emerging Artists, was held at the start of Term 4 and provided a fitting climax to a successful year of activity across our senior Visual Arts program. The VCE exhibition transformed Robinson Hall into an art gallery, with the exhibition demonstrating and celebrating outstanding student achievements and talents in a variety of art and design mediums, and subject and design solutions.

The success of the art exhibition can be attributed to the hard work of many volunteers who assisted with set up, lighting, screen set up, promotion, piano playing, and both the making and serving of refreshments for the opening night – thank you Parents and Friends for the latter. Students from VCE Arts created, mounted and displayed their artwork under the guidance of the extremely supportive Visual Arts staff team.

It has been pleasing to celebrate the further growth of creativity and innovation across the college community.  Recently, Visual Arts Leaders were selected for the first time at CGGS, for the passion they demonstrated across both visual arts and design. The newly established Arts Leaders, for 2019, are a strong and positive group who are looking forward to promoting and encouraging more involvement in the Visual Arts across the school. The potential, for student achievement in the Arts, is reflected in the Camberwell Girls Grammar School People’s Choice Award for 2018, won by Joy Zhou. Joy received a gift voucher from Camden Art Supplies, as her prize. Her award winning piece is pictured below.

The Art staff agree that it is a privilege to teach such enthusiastic students a range of practical creative endeavors, where students frequently ask to stay behind and keep working after the class finishes for lunch, recess and even after school!

Barbara Woodward
Head of Art & Design

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2019!


Warm regards,

Cathy Posyer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Senior School



Senior School


On Tuesday of last week, it was my great privilege to attend the Kooyong Student Prize awards event. The Kooyong Student Prize was created by the Federal Treasurer, The. Hon Josh Frydenberg six years ago as a way of recognising the outstanding academic, citizenship and community based contributions made by students within the Kooyong area. The Kooyong electorate has one of the largest conglomerations of Primary and Secondary schools, from all spheres of education from State, Independent and Catholic; than in any other part of the world.

This year the students nominated from CGGS were Tilly Dunn (Year 10) and  Yesenia Chang-Gonzalez (Year 11). Below is the summary that was read out by the Hon. Josh Frydenberg for both Tilly and Yesenia.

Tilly Dunn displays strong citizenship through the care she demonstrates for her peers and fellow students. She fully embraces the school values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Hope and Courage.

A genuine leader in her year level, she is a confident speaker and advocate for causes she believes in and also for the wellbeing of other students. Her strong sense of community was further solidified this year when she travelled to Cambodia as part of our Service Learning Tour, working with underprivileged children via the Green Gecko program.

Academically Tilly has been awarded with Academic Excellence prizes for achieving results in the top 10% every year since she commence at CGGS in Year 7.

Tilly is a strong sportswoman who has participated widely across all sporting disciplines through the GSV program and has achieved her Blazer Pocket for Sport demonstrating a high level of participation and attendance at all scheduled training sessions and games over a period of four years.

Yesenia Chang Gonzalez is widely respected by staff and students alike, having received School Citizenship awards over the past number of years for her contributions to upholding the school values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Hope and Courage. Yesenia is a student who encourages inclusiveness of all students and, in part because of this, was elected School Reconciliation Captain for 2019.

Academically Yesenia is a very strong student, having been awarded Academic Excellence prizes for achieving results in the top 10% for the past four years. She has also received numerous awards from external competitions and academic challenges.

Yesenia contributes widely across all co-curricular activities at the school and has achieved significant school awards and Blazer Pockets for Sport and Music, demonstrating a high level of participation and attendance in these disciplines over a period of four years. She has also achieved House Colours, for extensive contributions across all areas of House Activities.

At the ceremony I was thrilled to see two of our new Year 7 students for 2019, as they were the recipients of the prize for their own Primary Schools. Tyra Dawson from Camberwell PS and Bella Fary from Canterbury PS, joined with Tilly and Bella for a photo, see below. I was brimming with pride knowing these two girls are CGGS students of the future.

The highlight of last week for the Year 9s was their annual Service Learning Week. In many ways a very confronting week with students attending Aged Care Facilities, assisting the Homeless and working alongside those who care for the Disabled. The care and compassion shown by our girls is to be commended and we, as a school, are very proud of their empathy and kind-heartedness.

The reflections afternoon on Friday was heart-warming, as girls were interviewed about their experiences of the week, and they interviewed the people they had worked with about their own roles in the three service areas of aged care, homelessness and disability.

On behalf of the wider CGGS community we thank all the Year 9 students for enacting our school motto ‘Utilis in Ministerium’ and know that many of you will continue to visit and work with the people you assisted last week. Each of you has developed empathy and compassion and as many of you have stated, the week has changed your outlook and perspective on life. Each of the students are most grateful to the teachers who visited them on placement and accompanied them on their excursions. We are all most appreciative of the months of careful planning that Mrs Liss Campbell, our Head of Service Learning, undertook in order to ensure that the experience for each student was life changing and that the people the girls worked with throughout the week found the interaction with our students something that was personally beneficial to them.

Please read a student reflection of the week, below:

Service Learning Week from Monday 19 – Friday 23 of November was an eye opening experience for the Year 9s to gain a deeper understanding of the less fortunate community in Melbourne. We participated in a range of activities and events focused on creating intimate relationships with disabled, elderly and disadvantaged people. The week began with a city immersion program where we worked with various organisations which illustrated the prominence of homelessness in the city. They highlighted the importance of assisting those in need, through employment opportunities, op shop donations and social enterprise projects. From Tuesday to Thursday, the cohort branched out in small groups to volunteer at aged care facilities, special needs schools and support centres for the disadvantaged. Each individual student was exposed to the lives outside their sheltered environment. The experiences shaped the way we view the world and made us very grateful for how fortunate we are to not have to worry about the next day. Our final day was focused on reflecting on the students’ experience over the week and discussing the impact that our support has on the range of communities we have met over the week. Developing personal connections with less fortunate people allowed us to empathise with communities that were often stereotyped and look beyond the media to understand a person’s situation.

Karen Ng – Year 9



On Saturday, the Spring Fling Netball season came to an end with Winter, rather than Spring, like conditions. CGGS was represented in all age groups in the Finals day and many of our teams had wins. The games were all played fiercely and this reflected the level of commitment and development of the Netball skills of all the girls throughout this year.

On behalf of the school, I would like to thank Lexie Joyce, our CGGS Saturday Netball Coordinator and her team of excellent coaches and assistant coaches for their efforts throughout the entire year to make sure CGGS is well represented in this community based sporting competition. Please see the summary of the Finals day and photos of the teams later in this edition of CamNews.

I would like to acknowledge that Mr Mark Corrie, Director of Operations and VCE Co-ordinator, has presented at the Annual ACHPER (The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) Conference. Mark has delivered sessions on How to Prepare a 3/4 Physical Education SAC and a session on Teaching VCE PE for First Time Teachers. This is a wonderful example of the leadership and recognition in educational practice Mr Corrie’s contributions in this field receive.


Leadership Day

On Thursday, we held the annual Leadership Day for all current Year 10 and 11 students, with the purpose of developing the girls’ leadership skills and equipping them with strategies for collaboration and teamwork.

The day commenced with our guest speakers Ms Keira Lyons and Ms Kate Manners sharing their take on leadership and its presence within our school. Their points on the importance of embracing imperfections and inclusivity of your team really resonated with us and are qualities that can be utilised by all students, regardless of their leadership position. This was followed by an address by our Principal, Mrs Dunwoody, who further elaborated on these values, and used an example of a social study to highlight the significance of setting an example for others to follow.

Throughout the day workshops were run by our School Leaders, who created various activities which involved cooperation, creativity and critical thinking. Maryanne and Elizabeth, our School Music Captains held fast-paced rounds of Song Association. Charlotte, our School Debating and Literacy Captain and Maddy, our School Drama Captain ran the Electric Fences workshop, which saw the development of unique ideas within groups. Bella, our School Faith and Service Captain, tapped into our generous sides with the Samaritan Purse Shoe Boxes, assisted by our Service Learning Captains, Josey and Natasha. Finally, we had Code Breaking with Madi, our School House Captain and Lucy, our School Sport Captain. This really challenged our girls to think outside the box!

Thank you to all the Captains for helping us run the day, it could not have happened without you, we would also like to extend this thanks to our guest speakers Ms Lyons and Ms Manners who shared their very inspirational views on leadership in our school community. We would also like to acknowledge the Year 10 and 11 girls, for their enthusiasm and willingness to participate. Most importantly, we would like to recognise Ms Kath Woolcock for her endless support and assistance in organising this day.

Exciting Music News!

We would like to congratulate Year 12 student and 2018 Music Captain, Samantha Wong, who recently won third prize in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s 2018 National Songwriting Competition for her piece, ‘Rain’. Sam’s entry in the Year 11 and 12 category is one of the numerous pieces she has composed throughout her time at CGGS and for her efforts, Sam has won $700 to go towards musical instruments, equipment or tuition. You can listen to Sam’s award winning song here –

We are looking forward to working together with Sam before the end of the year to record another of Sam’s original compositions with the help of some of current CGGS students.


Saturday Netball

The Saturday Netball Season has come to end with seven CGGS teams winning their final Spring Fling game.

Year 7 Silver have had a terrific year, finishing fourth in the Winter Season and second in Spring Fling. This team has improved and jelled together nicely. Year 7 Sapphires played a fantastic game last Saturday, the CGGS team defeated Ruyton Renegades comfortably.

Year 8 Gold have come up against tough competition in Spring Fling, although this didn’t stop the girls playing each week and giving it their all. Year 8 Diamonds had a successful Spring Fling after a tough Winter Season, Diamonds have worked hard at training and have developed as a team. Year 8 Aquamarines have been consistent throughout the whole year, the Aquamarines defeated Genazzano Taylor last Saturday and ended up in third place in Spring Fling. Year 8 Amber were undefeated in the 8A Spring Fling Division. The Amber team have shown their ability to overcome tough teams and have deserved every win. Despite a last minute match time change on the morning of the Grand Final, they were able to defeat their opponents who are Representative netballers.

Year 9 Turquoise have improved tremendously this year, the girls work hard each week and should be congratulated on their commitment and enthusiasm. The Year 9 Gems have only had one loss for the whole year, Gems have demonstrated their ability to work as a team and shown great skill.

Year 10 Tanzanites have had many close games in both the Winter Season and Spring Fling, Tanzanites came from behind to defeat Genazzano Bradley last Saturday. Year 10 Emeralds were finals contenders in the Winter Season but had some tough competition in Spring Fling, Emeralds were defeated by Genazzano Bulley in their last game.

Year 11 Crystals have had many highs and lows this year, in Spring Fling the girls had more success and defeated Genazzano Weston comfortably last Saturday. Year 11 Moonstones have had a terrific year, finals contenders in the Winter Season and ended up finishing in second place in Spring Fling.

Congratulations to all girls who played in the Saturday Netball Competition in 2018.


Representative Netball

We extend our congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for 2019 Representative Netball Teams:

Felicity Vanin – Boroondara Power

Bianca Coles – Boroondara Power

Gabby Abbott – Waverley District

Bianca, Felicity and Gabby are all members of the CGGS Year 8 Amber Saturday Netball team.

I wish everyone a restful weekend.


Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Senior School



Senior School


The mid-term break and Melbourne Cup Public Holiday long weekend was much appreciated by all. Two VCE Examinations, Further Mathematics and Business Management took place on the Monday and I would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge Year 12 Coordinator, Karen Anderson and VCE Coordinator, Mark Corrie who have both been present at the beginning and end of each of the examinations to ensure our Year 12 students have been fully supported.

Last Friday a number of teaching and professional services staff, School and House leaders, many musicians and the current Year 7 and 8 students, were involved in the 2019 Year 7 (Class of 2024 ) Orientation Day. On this day we welcomed the 91 new students and their parents for an information session, followed by ‘getting to know you’ activities for the girls and a information session and morning tea for the parents. Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association for hosting the morning tea and to all the students and staff members who ensured the newest members of CGGS were embraced and welcomed into our community. We are looking forward to sharing the CGGS journey with these girls and their families. The aim is always that our new students feel optimistic about their futures at CGGS and if that is measured by smiling faces, I feel that the goal was achieved.

On Friday, the Senior School community also recognised the sacrifice of our many Service Men and Women who have served and continue to serve our Country in war and more recent conflicts, in an acknowledgement of Remembrance Day. 2018 being the Centenary of the Armistice, provided an even greater significance to the time spent in silence, remembering and honouring those who so bravely shaped our Nation.

On Wednesday of this week our Year 9 students were involved in a World of Work day as a lead into their Service Learning Week. This provided them with the accreditation of “Safe at Work”. Many thanks to Careers Counsellor, Trish Dolan for organising this highly successful day and lunch. The advice provided to the students was invaluable.

The Year 10 and 11 students commenced their own school based examinations on Thursday. We wish the students well with their preparations as the skills developed this year will be essential to their future VCE examinations.

We also acknowledged and showed our gratitude to the very many wonderful volunteers at CGGS at the annual Volunteer Thank You Breakfast on Thursday morning. Organised by Kate Daffy and the Foundation Office, this was an opportunity to thank everyone who supports our activities throughout the year. Without the generosity shown by our volunteers throughout the year we couldn’t manage so many of our additional opportunities for students, so it was a pleasure to acknowledge their support.

Today we have welcomed a number of students who will commence at CGGS in 2019 in Years 8 – 12. While not on the same scale as the Year 7 morning last week, this Orientation morning is equally important to welcoming new students and beginning connections with their fellow students and staff.

Next week our Year 9 students will be on their Service Learning City Excursion, Community Placements and complete the Service Learning Conference. We wish them all well for what has always been a most tangible and enlightening week. This week has seen many students return to school changed from their experiences and having lived our school motto; Utilis in Ministerium. On behalf of the students and our broader CGGS community, we are most grateful to Liss Campbell for all her organisation of this week. I look forward to being able to share some of the girls experiences in the next edition of CamNews.


Respectful Relationships

On Wednesday 14 November CGGS continued its work as a lead school in the Victorian Government’s Respectful Relationship initiative, by hosting a Community of Practice event for eight of its partner schools.  Attendees included MLC, Strathcona, Ruyton Girls School, Camberwell Grammar School, Scotch College, Balwyn Primary School, Camberwell South Primary School and Blackburn Primary School.

The session focused on CGGS working closely with staff at each of the schools to develop ideas for whole school projects and activities that cultivate an understanding and appreciation for respect, resilience, rights and responsibilities within and across all types of relationships. Together we collaborated on strategies to enhance and embed Respectful Relationships and gender equality across all facets of our school communities, by creating a whole school approach that links culture with programs, initiatives and curriculum innovation.

As a lead school, we were able to share our learnings and successes in the Respectful Relationship space, including the Respectful Relationship badge worn by students and staff at both Junior and Senior School. We also reflected on our involvement in the School Leaders for Gender Equality and Respect Student Voice Workshop which aimed to shift the dialogue to ensure cultural and generational change within the wider community. We also spoke about the momentum we have built in this space across both curriculum and wellbeing programs, including our tailored Year 9 Respectful Relationship Health Unit, that tackles gender stereotypes and challenges the ideas of power and control in relationships. Finally, we invited all of our partner schools to attend a Community of Practice Event at Junior School in May 2019, which will focus on using a design thinking model for students to reflect and learn from each other, as a means of auctioning and leveraging change within their own school communities.

Our role as a lead school over the past two years has seen strong professional relationships established with each of our 13 partner schools across Melbourne’s inner east and we look forward to continuing this work in 2019 and beyond. On behalf of the CGGS school community I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing, for leading and driving our community of practice. I’d also like to thank the following staff members who have assisted her throughout the two year project, Craig Goodwin, Katrina Cheong, Ren Pesenetti, Luke Lobello, Paula Kolivas and Beth Sarlos.


Australian Geography Competition

The awards and certificates for this year’s annual Australian Geography Competition were received and distributed in Term 4. The competition is open to all CGGS students from Year 7-10 and those studying VCE Geography. It is a challenging competition that assesses geographical knowledge and skills with an application to a broad range of topics and global events. Well done to everyone who participated.

We are proud to recognise the exceptional achievements of a number of students this year.  Congratulations to the following:

Year 7 – Top 1% of students in Australia
Natalie Chung

Year 8 – Top 1% of students in Australia
Amelia Westerman

Year 9 – Top 1% of students in Australia
Charlotte Kutey
Zara Mammone
Holly Williams

Year 7 – High Distinctions
Tara Rastogi
Ella Watson

Year 8 – High Distinctions
Chloe Chan
Nicole Chang
Diya Dasgupta
Teagan Diep
Megan Kuo
Emmelyn Lambropoulos
Sienna Dulabic
Genevieve Herbert
Natalie Hudono
Teresa Guo
Olivia Jones
Susannah Lutze
Tina Ma
Alicia Ooi
Pelagia Papadopoulos
Anuska Pokharel
Alex Polatsidis
Thea Proctor
Isabella Viney
Ella Smith
Katrina Xu
Aimee Zhan

Year 9 – High Distinctions
Yuqing Chi
Amy Du
Catherine Ekins Daukes
Rhi-Ann Lam
Aleen Liu
Karen Ng
Harmoni Parsons
Carol Wei
Emma Zhi

Year 10 – High Distinctions
Haylie Chen
Ruby Dawe
Ally Quan
Rochelle Sheid
Shohaag Sengupta
Emma Waldron
Emily Zhang



Year 10 visit the Jewish Holocaust Centre

As part of their study of Nazi Germany, our Year 10 girls have been studying how intolerance and fear can be exploited by extremist movements and how this can lead to persecution, discrimination and even genocide.

To deepen their understanding of this topic, the Year 10s visited the Jewish Holocaust Centre on Thursday 8 November. They spoke with Czech holocaust survivor Mordecai, who spoke frankly and honestly about his experience of suffering and survival in a Nazi work camp during the Holocaust. Mordecai credited his survival – where many family and friends did not – to the good fortune of being considered big enough to work when he was deported. Our students also undertook a guided tour of the centre’s museum and left messages of love, hope and remembrance in the centre’s visitor book. The visit to the centre affirmed for many of our girls how reflecting on the tragedies and injustices of the past can help create empathetic, active citizens who are committed to justice, democracy and human rights.

Year 9 visit the Shrine of Remembrance

On Friday, 11 November our Year 9 students visited the Shrine of Remembrance. The Shrine was originally constructed as a memorial for the 62,000 Australians who were killed in the ‘Great War’ of 1914-18 and whose bodies could not be brought to Australia for interment. It has since become a place for remembrance for all of those lost in conflicts since, a place of reflection on the meaning of service and sacrifice and a centre for education about Australia’s history. As part of the education program at the Shrine, our girls were given a guided tour of the Shrine, its gardens, its memorials and its museum. They handled artefacts used by Australian servicemen and women in past conflicts and they were given the chance to dress in the uniforms and kit used by Australians who served in World War I. The visit helped bring to life what our Year 9 girls have been studying this term in the classroom: the way war transformed Australian society and the debates about the Anzac spirit and its legacy.

Colour your Threads’ Celebration at CGGS

On November 2 we celebrated the National Positive Education Day for the first time at CGGS. In order to celebrate the ideas and initiatives promoted by positive psychology, students from Years 7 to 11 responded to prompts related to the key ideas promoted in Mental Fitness Training this year, gratefulness, growth mindset and goal setting.

All students received a colourful leaf on which they shared their personal insights on these ideas, which we then shared around a tree of gratefulness and optimism for the future, which can be admired in the library and soon in the cafe.

Within Mental Fitness Training, our key objectives are to teach students the skills they need to build resilience and improve their wellbeing. Positive psychologists argue that by using our hope, wisdom, creativity, future mindedness, courage, spirituality, responsibility and perseverance we are able to manage negative impulses more effectively. Especially in western societies with increased exposure to social media, consumerism and high expectations surrounding successes in life, skills like self-regulation and optimism are essential to enable happiness and life-satisfaction. Moreover, students’ ability to use their grit to overcome failures and to be optimistic about their future are proven positive predictors for academic success. As Angela Duckworth uncovered in her research, in order to achieve the challenging goals we would like to realise in our lives, we need ‘to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learnt.

In particular, as our Year 10 and Year 11 students are heading into exams, let us remember that that VCE, like life, is a marathon and not a sprint. Pace yourselves, work hard and learn from your mistakes.

Year 9 Mentoring Lunch

The final Year 9 mentoring event was held on Wednesday in Robinson Hall. The theme ‘Enterprise Skills and Work’ was designed to encourage our Year 9 students to reflect on the skills they have developed throughout the year – both in their curriculum work, and the exciting opportunities available to them through their co-curricular activities. They completed their safe@work program in the morning which is a compulsory requirement for their work experience placements for 2019. Some students are applying for Christmas holiday jobs while others are being really proactive and making applications for work experience 2019. As the Year 9 students embark on their Service Learning experience, they were all reminded of the need to document their enterprise skills in a résumé format. Interview tips were also previewed!

A big thank you to Cara Davey and the OGA, through Karen Bartram, who generously co-sponsor the delicious lunch served to the students. An enjoyable event!

Click below to see an example of an Enterprise skill learnt at school that can be applied to the work place.

Lego League Competition

As part of the Year 9 robotics elective this semester, we were given the opportunity to participate in a team competition called First Lego League. Our team consisted of seven girls from Year 9, Annaliese Cossenas, Eloise Holwill, Zara Price, Caitlin Sutton, Chloe Langley, Himalini Kathirgamanathan and Karen Ng. During the day we had to present a poster reflecting the team’s core values, research a project to do with this year’s theme (Into Orbit) and complete a robot game.

The core values poster talked about how we worked together as a team, especially in relation to discovery, innovation, impact and inclusion. We were required to write a paragraph on how we believed each core value to be important and how we demonstrated each during the lead up to the competition. In addition to this we were required to choose another core value our team thought was important. Our team chose respect as we felt that it was important that everyone was included and valued on the team.

For the competition we were also required to do a project. Our project was investigating an issue that arises from long haul space travel (a year or more). Our group chose to research how the menstruation cycle was managed in space. Upon research we found that the commonly used options were an oral contraceptive pill used to forgo menstruation or another type of hormonal contraceptive, as there would be a lot of non-recyclable rubbish because of period waste. Our group investigated the use of sea sponges or alternatively crocheting or knitting tampons. We also suggested that rubbish that could not be recycled be made into energy, which in turn could be used to run the spaceship.

A large aspect of the competition was the robot game. A mat with several challenges was set out on a table and each team was given two and half minutes to complete as many as they could. Challenges involved programming a robot to lift, move or place an object on the board, each completed challenge scored a certain number of points for your team. Each team was given three opportunities to be judged and the highest score overall would be counted towards the team’s score at the end of the day.

At the competition we won an award for having the most innovative solution for our research project (menstruation in space). Even though we did not make it through to the next round, it was an enjoyable experience for all. During the day we had to deal with different problems, for example our programming not working. We learnt to problem solve on the go while keeping calm and helping others to do the same. This competition was a very enjoyable experience and we look for forward to being able to help next year’s team by giving them tips that we learnt through our journey.

We’d like to thank Ms El Wood and Dr Charlotte Forwood for coordinating this amazing opportunity for us.

Himalini Kathirgamanathan
Year 9

Women of CGGS Oaks Day Lunch

The Women of CGGS joined together to celebrate Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival at a CGGS Oaks Day Lunch, supported by The Ark Clothing Company.

Dressed in frocks and fascinators, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, were entertained by a fabulous fashion parade with The Ark presenting their summer range and received a generous goodie bag filled with wonderful items.

The day also raised funds for the charity, Days for Girls with a Silent Auction offering several items up for bids.

A big thank you to Mrs Susannah Jepson in the Foundation Office for her organisation of what was a successful event.

Saturday Netball

Last Saturday the CGGS netball teams had a fantastic day! Ten out of our fourteen Senior School teams are in the top four. With only one round to go the CGGS teams are looking promising for the Spring Fling Finals.

Year 7 Silver had a close game against Koonung Firebirds. Silver drew to Koonung Firebirds 4-4 and are sitting in 2nd place on the ladder.

Year 7 Sapphires also had a close game last Saturday. Sapphires were more consistent, they played a terrific last quarter and defeated Ruyton Renegades 9-8.

Year 8 Gold went down to Koonung Furies. Gold had their chances but Koonung were too strong.

Year 8 Diamonds played a fantastic first half against MGGS Cyclones. MGGS came back but our CGGS team were too good, defeating MGGS Cyclones 12-11.

Year 8 Aquamarines played a fantastic game against MGGS Blizzards, defeating them 23-11.

Year 8 Amber went up against MA Hawks. The MA Hawks were undefeated but our CGGS girls played a more consistent game, defeating them 19-14. CGGS Amber are now sitting in 1st place on the ladder.

Year 9 Turquoise were unstoppable against MA Shooting Stars. CGGS had possession of the ball for majority of the game and defeated them by 20 goals.

The Year 9 Gems played a fantastic offensive game, defeating Genazzano 25-5 and are currently sitting in 1st place on the ladder.

Year 10 Tanzanites had a close game against MA Panthers, but the opposition were more consistent on the day.

Year 10 Emeralds went down to Genazzano Bully 16-23. Emeralds played well but Genazzano were too strong on the day.

Year 11 Crystals got off to a slow start against Genazzano Weston, but our CGGS team soon warmed up and ended up defeating Genazzano by 4 goals.

Year 11 Moonstones played well against Koonung Lasers. CGGS barely missed a goal, defeating Koonung Lasers 14-8.

Congratulations to all teams on their efforts last weekend.


I wish the CGGS community a restful weekend.

Warm wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School