Senior School


Senior School

May 6, 2022

Welcome to Term 2, 2022.

Over the past fortnight I have been fortunate enough to once again be able to enjoy the company of our school community at two significant social occasions.  On Thursday 28 April, we were able to gather together at Studley Grounds in Kew to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021.  Unfortunately, at the end of last year COVID restrictions meant that this Year 12 group were unable to celebrate their Valedictory Dinner at the MCG.  It was a great pleasure to host the Class of 2021 and their parents at a more informal gathering to recognise them and their achievements during their time at CGGS.

Yesterday we were again able to gather as a community to celebrate Mother’s Day at the annual breakfast event. What a pleasure it was to so see a sell-out crowd of mothers and daughters.  Thank you to our Foundation Team of Karen Bartram and Kate Daffy for putting together a beautiful event, to PinWheel for the delicious food and to our hosts Teagan Diep, Charlotte Lincke and Isabel D’Souza for conducting the event.

Please enjoy reading the highlights from the end of Term 1 and beginning of Term 2 in this edition of CamNews.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Mungo Living Culture

In 2022 the Mungo Living Culture program will see CGGS conducting three trips to Mungo. The first trip occurred at the end of Term 1, from 4 to 10 April, with fourteen students and six staff in attendance. Further trips are planned in June and September of this year.

Georgia Biggs – Program Leader

Prior to departing for our Mungo Living Culture program  I addressed the students with the following:

When I look around the room this morning and see the eager, excited, and nervous faces of each one of you I am filled to the brim with pride. Because what we are collectively embarking on, starting today, is an adventure that will be like no other.

As we move through the various stages of our journey engaging with the Mungo Living Culture program, I want one word to stay with you. A word to reflect and ponder, and a springboard for conversations both here in the program and beyond. A word that is central to what we are doing today. And that word is connection.

Connection on this program comes in many forms and I want to outline these briefly to you now.

> Firstly, a connection to culture. A culture that has been living on these lands for millenia. A culture that is filled with spirit, and I know that you already know this about the First Nations, Indigenous culture in Australia. I know that because we respect this culture and admire this culture so immensely. It’s why we are all here. I also know this because five brilliant young people joining the program are proudly a part of this culture, passed down from their own ancestors from all across the land.   

> A connection to Country. Unique and rugged, and yet quintessentially Aussie- a red dirt country. This connection you will feel most vividly when you step foot on the sacred red dirt. You’ll feel the spirit of the land when you arrive, and it will likely stay with you long after you return. A Country we respect and will show respect. A Country that houses a biodiversity like no other that we have the privilege of engaging with (in style mind you) we have drones and iPads equipped to survey the land. More importantly, we are working Senior Lore People whose knowledge extends further than any drone or app could ever know.

> We are connecting with the Community of CGGS. You have each had some level of connection with one another, even if this has only been through our Mungo Conversation Series. This connection will only strengthen, and after two years where the human connection was lost in a physical, face to face sense, the relationships you’ll forge couldn’t be more needed and welcomed. I must also add that the teachers attending are so excited to connect with you in a different context too! 

> Finally, you will connect with your Core. Core spirit and core person. MAGIC have the motto “go slow to get there faster”, and what a perfect summation this is, as it is just what we need off the back of a busy term, navigating a return to school life. Connecting with ourselves will happen, because we are slowing down; walking mindfully and meaningfully. We will reflect and write and think in quiet moments across the week. 

Your connection to culture, Country, the CGGS community and your core will carry you throughout our Mungo Living Culture program and with that, I think it’s time we hit the road!

Staff reflection – Christa Cook

When staff and students embarked on their trip to Lake Mungo and Rick Farley Reserve, there was no way of knowing what a revitalizing, insightful, and moving experience we had in store. Traveling deeper, and deeper into Victoria, crossing the border into New South Wales, and finally into Red Dirt Mallee country, you get an understand of the remoteness and rarity of the trip. Uncle Mick and Uncle Ben thoughtfully guided us through the transition onto and out of Country and expertly embedded teaching into the day-to-day tasks, conversations, and activities. Being on Country with these Lore men, time falls away and takes on a different meaning; something that at first, was quite confronting, but we eventually came to understand the importance of ‘slowing down to get there faster’. While I take away the many lessons and experiences from this trip, I also look forward to returning to this very special place.

Student reflection: Kiki Page

Lake Mungo was one of the best experiences of my life. I entered this week with no expectations, not knowing what exactly was ahead of me, which was a little unusual, since I always like to know what I’m getting into before I do things. This time, I just trusted the process, and I’m glad I did. Over the course of the week, we all began to ground ourselves and slow down, which is something I know most of us weren’t really used to. After a little shock, we eventually embraced our surroundings and began to feel as if we were a part of it. I was taught a lot about strength and one’s power, and it has made me stronger as a person. At Mungo, all my negative energy was flushed out, and it allowed me to bring out a stronger, more powerful, version of myself. Back home again, I’m still learning, but this time from an altered perspective.

Student reflection: Charlize Chow

My time at Lake mungo is an experience I will hold close to my heart forever. This spiritual place allowed me to open up to myself in ways I never even imagined, giving me the strength to get through things when times are tough, because whenever I think of the time where I sat next to the giant impression of the Mallee Fowl bird under the night sky, I remember that feeling of feeling like there wasn’t a care in the world and at that moment it was just me, the earth and the starry night sky. The night sky made me feel so small, but yet I wasn’t scared. I felt safe, and as I left Lake Mungo many emotions stirred inside me but once I said goodbye I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, whether that weight may have been my fear, doubt or insecurities, it had all faded away. Furthermore, I cannot forget how Lake mungo allowed me to share this experience of a lifetime with students who weren’t in my immediate friend group. Although we won’t see each other 24/7, this camp gave us something to connect us together. Just like what me and the group would say “whatever happened in Mungo stays in Mungo”.

Student reflection: Sara Rowland

Mungo was an experience that I will never forget. It gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a new perspective and allowed me to understand the history and connection that can be found within the landscapes around us. The friendships and memories that I made will stick with me for a lifetime. One of the best moments from the whole camp was the ceremony that took place on the last day in Rick Farley. We were given the opportunity to slow down, feel connected and reflect. During our camp we were accompanied by Uncle Mick, Uncle Ben, Uncle Snooks and Murrundindi, whose knowledge and expertise made the camp a hundred times better. Mungo was a great opportunity that I would urge everyone to go on if they have the chance.

Student reflection: Sarah May

Lake Mungo is a special place, where you create long lasting memories and connections.  The program taught me about myself, the land, the sky, our past and moving forward. 

I learnt that it is important to self-reflect, to listen and engage fully to yourself and others. The connections I made with friends from school, and with the MAGIC team will always be shared and has become a conscience step forward on my path/journey. 

Student reflection: Bella Fary

The Lake Mungo tour was an eye opening and engaging experience. Being off our phones for a week and being on country made me forget about my stresses and live in the moment. Uncle Mick emphasised the importance of taking a step back from our busy lives and taking time to be by ourselves and reflect, which we spent lots of time doing during the camp and I would like to implement it into my daily life. I felt very privileged to get the opportunity to attend multiple smoking ceremonies, one of which was during the Mungo man and woman reburial which was a very special moment. 

Student reflection: Genna Sim

My week at Lake Mungo was incredible. There was great trepidation in the weeks leading up to it, knowing that I would be spending a week out in the bush whilst sleeping in swags around all the bugs! Once we arrived, I realised how amazing the week was going to be. Going to Lake Mungo has enabled me to feel a greater connection to the land and appreciate the stunning desert landscape. I am so grateful that I was able to go to sacred land where Uncle Mick and Uncle Ben could share their wisdom and knowledge, teaching us about their culture. Mungo was an eye-opening experience that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. 

Student reflection: Eva Papadopoulos

Last term I was lucky enough to be selected to attend the Lake Mungo Living Culture program. Once I arrived on country I was overwhelmed with the sense of calmness and restfulness. Any concerns I had about camping out and all my everyday worries were left behind. For me personally I feel like this trip opened me up and allowed me to focus on what is important to me and helped me not to stress over all the little insignificant tasks demanded by my day-to-day life. Being in the moment, and not required to follow a schedule, empowered me to focus on myself and my thoughts. Having the space and permission to sit and think gave me time to slow down and genuinely be in the moment. As I breathed in the Mungo air and spent time on sacred land that is full of history and spirituality, I was drawn into a stronger connection to the land and its natural gifts. I became acutely aware of and developed an appreciation of how the land is always adapting to protect its people and the obstacles that challenge it. Connecting with the other students was equally a highlight of my trip. I believe that experiencing the sacred land together encouraged me to feel comfortable to open up and share my thoughts with each and every other girl on the trip, no matter how much time I had spent with them prior to camp. I feel as though the land itself was the main reason I was able to bond with the others because I felt I was in a safe space, that I was able to express concerns and voice my opinions, and that I was heard. Leaving Lake Mungo was quite challenging because my journey to discovering more of myself and being able to grow was ending, but I was reminded and reassured by Uncle Mick and Uncle Ben that my journey had just begun, that I was always welcome to return and that I could look forward to coming back soon. Lake Mungo is a very special place, and this trip holds some of the best and most memorable experiences of my life so far. I would encourage any student to consider attending this camp, whether they enjoy camping or not. 

Georgia Biggs
Mungo Program Leader

National Swimming Championships

Over the holidays a number of our swimmers from the CGGS Aquatics Club qualified to swim in the National Championships.  It is the highest number of our swimmers ever from our club that qualified and this is particularly significant considering the number of lockdowns and lack of accessibility to the pool that these swimmers have had during this time.

Our Head Coach, Amon Soerink, has prepared this summary for us:

The National Age Championships is one of Australia’s most prestigious swimming events. This year CGGS Aquatic travelled to Adelaide to compete in the championships and had some great results.

We should not only celebrate the wins, the personal best times or the finals but also the achievement of participation in an event that is so difficult to qualify for. Over the five days, we had five swimmers represent CGGS Aquatic. This consisted of three swimmers who qualified in individual events and a medley relay of four swimmers.  With eight individual events, all three individual event swimmers qualified for a final. While the relay team did not qualify for the final they finished in the  top 20 and our club finished in the top 20 Victorian clubs at a national level.

Congratulations to Emily Price, Year 10, who is a student at CGGS. Emily qualified for the finals with a personal best time in the 50-meter breaststroke.  An outstanding achievement.

2022 Music Camp

Musical and creative minds united throughout the Music Camp weekend to learn new repertoire and consolidate works in progress. The Year 7-12 student musicians worked alongside our expert Music staff, enjoying rehearsals and other organised activities. The traditional quiz night hosted by our School Music Captains Chloe Law and Charlotte Lindsay was a highpoint of the camp, with enthusiastic participation throughout the evening.

Collaborating with others, through involvement, music creates a sense of belonging and reinforces a connected community. Our Music Camp weekend provides many opportunities for students to actively participate, learn new skills and have fun. Many thanks to the teaching staff who attended and supported us with their kindness, generous spirit and care. Particular thanks also to the supportive group of students and parents who assisted us with unpacking the music equipment from the truck when we returned to CGGS. It was completed in record time!

We look forward to sharing the repertoire we worked on at Music Camp with the CGGS community throughout the year.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

What a great way to start the term with our annual school music camp! From band, strings to musicals and the beach, Music Camp 2022 saw a variety of students across all year levels come together at Camp Manyung to embrace the true artistic abilities of the CGGS Music Department.

Arriving on Friday afternoon, rehearsals began almost immediately sending all of us into an energy frenzy; nothing could keep the smiles off our faces, not even the torrential rain! The dinner was a delicious pasta Bolognese and after the camp staple dessert, apple crumble, a movie night was afoot with ‘Mamma Mia’.

Saturday was a day full of rehearsals with some awesome repertoire including the Harry Potter suite, Chicago, You’re the Voice and some Tchaikovsky. A special thanks to all the music staff –  Mr Duniam, Mr Toohey, Ms Lo, Mr Yu, Ms Jenkinson and Ms Byrne for making the trip to Mount Eliza to help with rehearsals. Of course, the highlight of the day (after the sticky date pudding) was our Music Captains’ dress-up and trivia night. 

Not only did we have fun finishing the lyrics, guessing the movie and musical soundtracks and songs, but seeing everyone dressed up in costumes for our theme of ‘Musicals’ was amazing. There was a wide range of musicals represented both from stage and movies, including Mamma Mia, Winnie the Pooh, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Singing in the Rain and The Lion King.

Overall, Music Camp 2022 was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of music-making and memories we will cherish forever! We are so grateful to Mr Mack, Ms Savige, Mrs Scott and all of the Music Department; without their dedication and organisation, this annual highlight would not have been possible.

Charlotte Lindsay & Chloe Law
School Music Captains

 Unstoppable Flying Flanagan and AFLW Football Clinic

Yesterday, Thursday 5 May, Year 7 students were treated to a spectacular event with a visit in the CGGS Library by celebrated children’s author Felice Arena.  Felice is the author of the popular Specky Magee books and is celebrating 20 years of this AFL themed great series. Felice has visited CGGS previously as a visiting author, and most recently for the YABBA Awards Ceremony in 2019.

Upon becoming aware of Felice’s brand new book, The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan, about AFLW during WWII I had the idea to launch the book with our CGGS students in the Library and immediately sought to work alongside Emma Race, AFLW podcaster and presenter, current Year 7 parent and former Grammarian in planning this event.  Emma and I collaborated about the launch to include fellow podcaster and previous visiting author to CGGS Nicole Hayes, author of the Little Legends book series, also on AFL.

Emma and Nicole hosted the launch where Felice spoke about his extensive research into World War II in Melbourne and the development of a women’s football team to raise money for the troops fighting overseas. Students heard about the amazing story of Maggie Flanagan and her determination and passion for girls to play footy in an era of male dominated sport.  Whilst Maggie is a fictional character, the setting and events in the book are based on true events and give the students an insight into the experiences of girls in Melbourne during WWII.

After the event, during Period 4, Year 7 students also participated in a footy clinic on the oval.  Emma generously invited AFLW players Darcy Vescio (Carlton), Bonnie Toogood (formerly Western Bulldogs now Essendon), Libby Birch (Melbourne), Abby Favell and Alessia Francete (Hawthorn) to speak with our students fantastic role models for our students. The players spoke about their entry into AFLW and their footy careers and also ran footy kicking and ball handling sessions on the School oval.  It was also wonderful to see both Mrs Dunwoody and Mrs Poyser on the oval, kicking the footy and taking on board advice from the AFLW players.

What a wonderful end to the afternoon, the link between the tenacity of Maggie Flanagan so many years ago, to having on campus young women who are now able to make AFLW their career.

Anne Devenish
Head of Library

House Cross Country

Congratulations to all the years 7-12 girls who participated in the House Cross Country Carnival last Tuesday 3 May. 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. All the encouraging posters that were created by the House Sports Captains were much appreciated by everyone as they ran around the track. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Cross Country Trophy for 2022 and to Schofield for winning the House Spirit Stick. Thank you to all staff, students and the Parents and Friends Association who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly.

1st – Taylor

2nd – Singleton

3rd – Schofield

4th – Lawrence

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

Year 7 

1st – Sienna Mansfield

2nd – Millie Maher

3rd – Sophie Liu

Year 8

1st – Anika Selvaratnam

2nd – Christina Weickhardt

3rd – Ruby Edge

Year 9 

1st – Angela Liu

2nd – Amber Rastogi

3rd – Lucy Ruddle

Year 10

1st – Bella Fary

2nd – Emily Price

3rd – Sofia Sanfilippo

Year 11

1st – Sasha Feldmann

2nd – Tara Rastogi

3rd – Isabella Tremewen

Year 12

1st – Annabel Plummer

2nd – Sacha Chene

3rd – Tina Ma

Support for the Ukraine

In light of the recent war in Ukraine, the Service team, comprised of both teachers and students, in collaboration with keen volunteers, presented a range of opportunities to the CGGS community in efforts to raise monetary support for the consequences that the Ukraine has suffered.

Through the generosity of the CGGS community, a total of $1,526.70 was raised!

All proceeds have been donated to the Ukraine appeal by the Australian Red Cross. This support will take form in humanitarian assistance for consequence suffered by the Ukraine community.

On behalf of the Service team, we would like to thank all staff, students, and members of the community for their support in making this initiative successful and possible. Additionally, this is extended to all students and staff who have shared their hopes for peace and unity through actions demonstrated across the school. We will continue to explore ways in which our school community can continue to show support to Ukraine.

Lauren Bernabe & Elysa Zhou
Service Learning Captains


On Saturday 30 April a very special concert was put on in the Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) celebrating 35 years of the Melbourne Strings Ensemble (MSE). CGGS has had a long association with this outstanding group of chamber orchestras with many students playing in the various ensembles through the years and Margaret Butcher, a violin tutor and ensemble director currently teaching at CGGS being one of the conductors at MSE.

Last Saturday Joyce Zhang (5), Ellie Yuen (7) and Emily Wu (12) played an engaging and vibrant program which involved, among other items, the commissioning of three especially written “seasons” by leading First Nation composers William Barton, Chris Sainsbury and James Henry which were interspersed between some of Vivaldi’s “seasons”.

“…it was an exciting experience to play in such a big hall. As the older members and the alumni were playing Vivaldi’s Winter and Summer, it inspired me to do improve my technique so that I can also play the exact same songs in the future…” (Ellie Yuen)

Rohan Mack and Kate Savige
Directors of Music

AYO National Music Camp

The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is Australia’s premier group of youth orchestras which draws its players from around the country. They run various programs and concerts throughout the year and one of the most significant that has occurred post covid restrictions was held in Melbourne this April. Chloe Law (12) was selected to join this prestigious event after a rigorous audition process:

“Over the Easter holidays, I had the honour of participating in Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp (NMC). I was so grateful to have received this opportunity through the audition process, as there are only limited spots available for young musicians across the country. Having been postponed from January due to COVID-19 restrictions, I was thrilled that NMC was able to go ahead in April. This year, the intensive nine-day camp was held in Melbourne, with rehearsals taking place in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts between 9am to 9:30pm on most days, culminating in public concerts held at the Melbourne Recital Centre. I was in the Bishop Orchestra, playing Dvorak’s New World Symphony, as well as works by Bizet and Australian composer Melody Eotvos. Every participant was also allocated a chamber group to rehearse with throughout the week; I played one of Mendelssohn’s string quartets.

NMC 2022 was such a memorable experience through which I met so many incredible musicians from all over Australia. It was so eye-opening to hear that many of these musicians were not necessarily studying Music at university but were continuing to play and perform to pursue their passion. I hope I can participate in NMC again in years to come!”

Rohan Mack and Kate Savige
Directors of Music

UN Youth Voice National Finals

Last month Year 8 student, Maddie Wood competed in the National Finals of the UN Youth Voice Competition, along with nine other competitors from around Australia. The preliminary rounds of the competition were held in the second half of 2021, with Maddie finishing first in the Junior State Division. The event culminated in the Nationals, which were held online this year. UN Youth’s Voice Competition is more than a public speaking event. It requires participants to propose a solution to a given world problem, then engage with a panel of judges to defend the feasibility of her solution. Maddie is to be congratulated on her performance and for reaching the final round of this innovative event. Maddie showed great tenacity and organisation in this process and we are proud of her efforts. Below is a short reflection of Maddie’s experience. 

Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development & Mrs Maria Litchfield, Year 8 Coordinator

Over the Term 1 break I competed in the UN Youth Voice National Finals. The UN Youth Voice competition is a public speaking competition for Years 7-10. I was provided with a list of current global issues and was required to research and write a speech presenting my proposed solution to address my chosen global problem. The issue I chose to address was ‘How can Australia better assist international efforts to eradicate all forms of modern slavery?’ The competition was split into two parts: the pitch and the question time. The presentation of the speeches takes place in groups, where I listened to other delegates propositions. I was then invited individually to a space with the judges to answer questions about my proposed solution.  UN Youth Voice promotes involvement and activism of the next generation in global issues central to their current lives and future. The competition taught me to research, structure a well organised speech, and think on my feet. I met likeminded delegates with similar interests and interacted and discussed important aspects in governments and entities’ political standing. Through this competition I was made aware of many issues affecting people all over the world, and how government decisions have far reaching impacts. 

Maddie Wood
Year 8 

Da Vinci Decathlon State Finals

This week, six teams from Years 7 – 10 competed in the State Finals of the Da Vinci Decathlon. This national event involves teams of students completing 10 challenges over the course of a day. Challenges include engineering, art, poetry, code breaking and ideation. This pop-up event provides an opportunity for students to develop key transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem solving, creativity, communication, planning and organisation.

As the competition was an online event this year, results have not yet been released, however all of our teams showed high levels of problem solving, teamwork, perseverance initiative and creativity. All the teams are congratulated on their efforts as they were excellent ambassadors for Camberwell Girls Grammar School in this challenging event.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge

On Friday 29 April, four Year 10 students, Grace Barnes, Sophie Chang, Katherine Mason and Emily Price attended Swinburne University as part of their onboarding into the Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge. This 10 week program, supported by The Australian Space Agency and lead by a number of Swinburne University staff, including the Dean of Science, Professor Virginia Kilborn, astronomer, Dr Rebecca Allen and astrophysicist, Dr Sara Webb, involves participation in a micro-unit inspired by Swinburne’s Space Technology co-major. Engagement in this module will enable teams to develop the necessary skills for creating a space experiment with the potential to send to the International Space Station. The first stage of the program culminates in a video pitch to a panel of Swinburne University staff and mentors involved in space-related research. 

The team are looking forward to this unique learning opportunity and considering an aspect of space they would like to explore. Watch this space for further updates!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Upskill by Design and Student Wellbeing

Our third Upskill By Design day for the year took place on 4 May, running parallel to Year 9 and 10 Learning Conversations.

Between 8.30am and 1.00pm students across year levels took part in a variety of bespoke programs, designed to align with their year level spotlight. In the afternoon, a curated collection of Wellbeing 360 activities was available for everyone to participate in.

As the program is an intentional hybrid design, our Year 9s and Year 10s undertook asynchronous online programs that enabled them flexibility to move in and out of their Learning Conversations as required. The time management and organisation that this requires of students, also ensures that they continue to maintain the skills that will enable them to work and learn, regardless of their setting. 

At Year 7, aligning with their learning spotlight of belonging, the students took part in a sustainability and environmental advocacy conference lead by Head of Service Learning, Ms Maggie Wighton and Ms Anna Clarkson.  With environmental stewardship a key focus of the Service Learning program at Year 7, students heard from guest speaker Jo Knight, CEO of Anglican Overseas Aid, on the importance of Advocacy for the Planet to begin their day, before taking part in a variety of activities and challenges under the theme of Rewilding CGGS. This included a deep dive into the power regeneration and a biodiversity audit.

At Year 8, we welcomed Elevate Education who shared tips and strategies for developing great study and time management skills. Students were also tasked with earning their Foundation Study Skills Technical Credential, consolidating the learnings from earlier in the day in completing six challenges called the ‘Twenties’. The Twenties are a collection of 20 minute micro learnings that develop skills and mindsets created by the team at Princes Trust. The Twenties completed today have been adapted specifically for CGGS by design in alignment with our learning architecture. To earn their credential, students completed proof points for:

> How to avoid distractions

> How to make time for study and downtime

> How to tackle your least favourite subject

> How to take better pictures

> How to use the productivity technique

> How to proofread your work

At CGGS, Micro-credentials are used to demonstrate learning success providing the information that future employers need to know about their potential employees. A micro-credential is a small unit of learning represented through a digital badge or certificate. Micro-credentialing provides an opportunity to acknowledge, recognise and validate the different skills and knowledge that is acquired through different learning experiences, both in and outside of the classroom. Micro-credentials will be issued through the online platform Credly which students will be able to access even after they’ve completed their time at CGGS.

At Year 9, students worked remotely for the first time this year, completing an online Road Safety Course, designed by the Australian Road Safety Foundation. Aligned with the Health and PE standards of the Australian Curriculum, the Roadset course contained ten learning modules covering road safety issues relating to pedestrians, passengers, cyclists, skateboard and scooter riders and ultimately becoming a safe driver. As a precursor to these students looking to achieve their L plates next year, this certificate provides an opportunity for students to engage with what it means to be a responsible road user, in preparation for this important milestone.

Year 10s were also working remotely, a bespoke online program designed for Camberwell Girls from the team at Princes Trust Australia. Designed to build upon their existing Achieve program, the seven module program aligned with the Year 10 learning spotlight of Exploring. Throughout the day, students were asked to complete seven modules, designed to support careers education and further their development of transferable skills. Again, a credential could be earned through the completion of the required proof points.

Our VCE students were engaged in a variety of programs throughout the day. At Year 11, we welcomed Batyr, a preventative mental health organisation created by and for young people. In this Batyr session, the Year 11s were apprenticed into Batyr’s top 5 tips for taking care of themselves and others. With an emphasis on the positive outcomes that can come through the seeking of help, it great to see our students engaged with this team. Self-defence with Elite Fitness was also on the program, with students undertaking a session filled with practical advice and lots of physical activity.

Finally, for the Year 12s, it a super packed program, beginning with Elevate Education presenting on the topic Memory Mnemonics, In this workshop simple to use techniques and strategies were shared to help students with their memorisation and recall of information, an important skill, not only for now but into the future. We were also fortunate to welcome Tanya McLaren and Louise Richards from Youth Liaison and Proactive Policing Unit of Victoria Police to share with this cohort, the legal responsibilities and obligations that come with turning 18. To round off the day, Be Challenged, took the Year 12s through a collaborative team challenge, designed to test not just teamwork, but problem solving and creativity too. We were rapt to have the students embrace the opportunity to have fun and move outside their comfort zones.

To round off the day, our Wellbeing 360 program took place in the afternoon. Curated activities designed to enable everyone to participate and actively work to support their wellbeing were available to opt into. This program is always available for our families to take part in too.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

Year 9 Seasonal Learning Day (AI& Wicked Problems)

We were very excited to launch our 2022 Year 9 Seasonal Learning Program on Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of Term 2, with our Festival of Wild Co-design. Designed in collaboration with Summer Howarth and the Eventful Learning Co., students learned to think and act like designers.

Not only did the Year 9s explore the process of design and its potential to deliver positive and powerful impact and change, they also learned the importance of failure in the design process.

The two days provided students the opportunity to work alongside our industry partner HEX, an amazing team led by founder and CEO Jeanette Cheah, who was recently named the top ten of female tech start-up founders by SBE Australia.  HEX are transforming the way that education and technology intersect and provided both mentoring and inspiration for our Year 9s over the two days.

Also joining us were the team from VizionEd, led by CEO Michael Bronfman. This amazing start-up is also transforming the way that people think about education, through digital technology and immersive experiences.

Importantly, both teams drove home the message of continuous learning and the role that making mistakes plays in moving ideas forward.

Students heard pitches and provided feedback on real life design ideas being worked on by the HEX and VizionEd crews and worked collaboratively on a series of mini-design challenges of their own, powered by our own Makerspace. The final products found their way into our Museum of Fab Ideas and Failures.

Our Year 9 Seasonal Learning experiences are an opportunity to deep dive into the skills that will quip students to thrive in the future and it was great to be able to kick off this series such a HEXcellent real life learning experience.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

Senior School


Senior School

April 8, 2022

The past fortnight in Senior School has been filled with wonderful opportunities for our students and I feel sure they will all be looking forward to their holiday break and some time to relax and recharge after the 11 week term.

The House Dance performance on Thursday 31 March made for a truly spectacular night. Congratulations to all the students involved and I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank a number of student leaders and staff who worked closely with these leaders throughout the lead up to the event.


Dance Captains – Belinda Caruso and Kathy Gu

Technical Captains – Susanna Wang and Ishika Sharma


Dance Captains – Natalie Turner and Ella Watson

Technical Captains – Natalie Chung and Su-Ann Lam


Dance Captains – Carys Jewell and Siena Yap

Technical Captains – Noyesha Agarwal and Amy Dingle


Dance Captains – Georgia Papadopoulos and Isabella Wood

Technical Captains – Scarlett Giang and Ranya Ji

Dance Mentor Captain – Anna Sakaida and School Drama Captain – Jane Pekin who were our excellent hosts for the evening and to our 2022 Adjudicators past student Lisa Ellis (Class of 2008) and Tyson Wakely.

Also a huge thank you to the House teachers, Lawrence – Daniel Loff, Schofield – Jessica Friend, Singleton – Lindsay Hill and Taylor – Christa Cook and all the other staff who supervised the many rehearsals. To Keira Lyon, Claire Colthup, Sally Oliver and Shane Maycock for all their hours of organisation and support to the students.

Have a lovely term holidays!

Warms regards,

Cathy Poyser

House Dance 2022

We are ever so grateful to our 2022 House Dance Captains for placing an energised and magnificent full stop to Term 1.

For four weeks, the Dance and Technical Captains poured their heart and soul into the creation of choreography, supporting lighting designs and rehearsals with their performers.

Along the way they learned and refined the skills of working with large groups of people, clear communication, organising time and rehearsal content, aesthetic decisions, how to encourage, how to support, how to alter previous plans.   And then they shared the remarkable results of their labours with the whole community.

We offer a massive thank you to them all for motivating and enabling so many members of our community (264 in total).

Congratulations to all participants and to the 2022 House Dance Cup Winners –

Schofield (taking out the Theme, Group A and Group B categories)

Schofield’s Tech Captains were also awarded equal first place with Singleton in the Best Supporting Tech Category.

For those of you who missed it or who would like to watch again, the event recording and program can be found via the buttons below.

Keira Lyons
Head of Performing Arts

Upskill by Design / Wellbeing Day

It was wonderful to complete our second Upskill By Design day for the year on March 30th, in parallel to our VCE Learning Conversations.

Between 8.30am and 1.00pm students across year levels took part in a variety of bespoke programs, designed to align with their year level spotlight. In the afternoon, a curated collection of Wellbeing, 3600 of Being, activities was available for everyone to participate in.

As the program is an intentional hybrid design, our VCE students undertook online programs that enabled them flexibility to move in and out of their Learning Conversations as required.

As our Year 7s have just made the transition into Senior School this year, providing them the opportunity to hear from Elevate Education with strategies and tips for both effective study habits and time management was very welcome. In addition, the Year 7s also partnered with our Year 10s on a series of collaborative challenges put together by our Health and PE team, under the leadership of Mrs Robinson. Working in mixed year level teams, the students undertook a number of tasks ranging from easy to difficult, with the team accumulating the most points declared the winners. Congratulations to Group 1 and 2, and Group 21 and 22, for winning prizes on the day and special mention must go to Group 7 for their creativity with their Moon Landing and Longest Throw!

In Year 8, the Beyond Design program had students empathising, defining and ideating, the first three stages of the design process, on a problem linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Working in collaborative groups, the students worked through a series of steps, guided virtually by our Head of Science Ms Wood. Now halfway through this process, we’re looking forward to Term Two where the students will get to ideate, prototype and eventually, test their ideas.

At Year 9, aligning with their learning spotlight of co-design, the students took part in a conference lead by Head of Service Learning, MsWighton and in partnership with the Eventful Learning Company. Aiming to amplify student voice and choice, the students worked to build a mindset, skillset and toolset for service learning across five sessions. The outcomes from this Upskill day will help inform the Year 9s Service Learning Conference, later in the year.

Elevate Education were also our guests at Year 10, taking these students through two sessions intended to help support them in continuing to develop great study habits and later prepare for Examinations, a significant step in the Senior School journey at CGGS. The sessions, called ‘Study Sensei’ and ‘Ace Your Exams’ saw Year 10 students hear from young people who themselves recently finished high school and have made the transition to tertiary study. Their meaningful tips and strategies are drawn from their own life experiences and it’s great to have these shared with our own students.

With VCE students working from home, it was great to be able to align them with Achieve Fest 2022, a two-day online immersion event designed to explore identity, build networks, and develop the skills needed to thrive now and into the future. With guest speakers and active workshops there was a plethora of sessions to choose from, if students were so inclined.

Alongside all of these programs, we also had available short courses in First Aid, Food Handling and Barista Skills for students in years 10-VCE. In total, 45 students took advantage of the opportunity to build their skillet, and become qualified in these areas with both Barista Skills and First Aid over-subscribed. We’ll be making all of these courses available later in the year, so anyone who missed out this time around, will get the chance to sign up again.

Finally, rounding off the day, our Wellbeing 360 program took place in the afternoon. Curated activities from Ms Woolcock were designed to enable everyone to participate and actively work to support their wellbeing. An optional program, great care is taken to facilitate a variety of activities catering to diverse interests and needs, all of which are intended to support the development of the whole person.

Kate Manners & Kath Woolcock
Head of Strategic Inicatives & Deputy Head of Senior School – Wellbeing

Year 9 UpSkill… By Design Service Learning

We often talk about ‘walking in another’s shoes’ when discussing the importance of empathy. For our Year 9 students, this idea was at the centre of their recent Year 9 UpSkill… By Design day, focused on Service Learning. Students tuned in to empathy, completing a range of activities to simulate ‘walking in another’s shoes’. From brushing their teeth with only one foot on the ground, building Lego towers while wearing oven mitts, or trying to recite a memorised list while sorting rainbow colours, the students’ experiences imitated those issues facing our aging population. By doing these exercises, our students were then able to think more broadly about the various disadvantages experienced by a range of people in our local community; from those experiencing ongoing isolation or homelessness, those facing food insecurity, or recently arrived refugees.

Students turned their attention to particular organisations which work to alleviate the pressures and challenges for these groups. Each tutor group has identified a particular organisation which they wish to serve, and over the course of Term 2 they will design and act on a service response – from offering up their ‘time’ to complete activities such as packing materials, or a ‘talent’ of theirs such as playing music or letter writing for an isolated individual, or providing ‘treasure’ in the form of creative fundraising. We are looking forward to seeing students projects and planning transforming into action over the coming term.

Maggie Wighton
Head of Service Learning

Term 1 GSV Sport

Indoor Cricket

It was great to get back to a season of indoor cricket after 2 interrupted seasons. The participation, encouragement and team spirt across all year levels and teams was excellent to see. The senior indoor cricket team had an awesome season, placing 3rd in their zone. The team showed great improvement throughout the season, especially through their bowling, and communication skills between teammates. The intermediate team also placed 3rd in their zone, with many exceptional wins. Finally, the two junior teams both placed 4th in their zones, a great effort with many girls playing their first season. Many personal bests were accomplished across the teams, with one senior pair achieving 93 runs. Overall, fantastic results from Camberwell, and we hope to see many more girls participating next year.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport


The junior tennis girls had a stellar season, displaying incredible consistency and commitment throughout both training and matches. Their competitive yet exuberant spirit encouraged great success for a large majority of their games, only dropping two in the entire term by narrow margins. However, very special mentions to Chloe Wong (year 7) and Angelique Quah (year 8), who not only displayed true competitive spirit and determination but also remained undefeated in their junior A’s doubles run. 

For the intermediate and senior girls, the increased growth in skill set and enthusiasm this tennis season was evident. After a couple of interruptions in the past two years, it was very delightful to see everyone adopt a positive and optimistic attitude towards every training or match.

Thanks to the coaches, Ms Beck, Ms Kerr and Mrs Litchfield for getting behind the girls and supporting them all the way through. 

GSV Sport Captains – Catia Cococcia and Ava Hu

The Senior Softball Team ended the season undefeated!

Once again the Senior Softball team have had an outstanding season and enjoyed both the games played and each other’s company! The passion all players display is evident and their desire to improve their skills and understanding of tactics and strategies makes them a pleasure to coach. Their commitment to training helps ensure their success on the field, and their fielding and batting skills on display are keenly watched and admired.

There were 6 rounds in the fixture this season and CGGS won all 6 games in their Zone, which saw them crowned Zone Premiers. Some other impressive statistics included over 100 runs scored for the season and having the lowest amount of runs scored against them.  Sasha Feldman and Emma Peak scored 12 home runs between them throughout the season, with the help of our new “Ghost” bat, kindly donated by the Tremewen family.

This week, the team travelled to Waverley Softball Centre to play in their Semi Final against Star of the Sea. After 4 closely fought innings, some with no runs scored by either team, Star eventually won the match and CGGS did not progress to the GF. On a more positive note, the team did go on to win the runner up final against Sacre Coeur, finishing 3rd overall in the GSV competition.

A special mention must go to the team captains Emma Peak (Yr 12) and Ella Robinson (Yr 12) who have been in the A grade team for their entire school journey and to the remaining Yr 12 students in the team; Lexy Cooke, Olivia Banitsiotis, Annaliese Le, Kelly Ta, and Priyanshi Shah who have also been valued and committed members for many years. You have all been an inspirational example to those younger than you and have helped drive and nurture the strength of the Softball program here at Camberwell. We are so proud of your achievements and we thank you for your service to Sport.

Nareen Robinson
Senior Softball Coach

GSV Swimming and Diving Finals Evening

Well done to Sophie Liu, Angela Liu, Emily Price, Scarlett Giang, Anneka Sinnappu, Claire Fleming, Christina Weickhardt, Maddie Wood, Maddie Huynh, Romy Mead, Sofia Sanfilippo, Sophie Chang, Jasmine Rees, Elysia Wang and Sunny Sun who qualified for the Girls Sport Victoria Swimming Finals Evening last Friday night. With a crowd of students and parents cheering from the stands, the girls showcased 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. Everyone is to be commended on their hard work throughout the season and we look forward to their future success.

CGGS also had a student compete in the Diving Finals evening. Summer Zhu is experienced in competing in this event after also qualifying last year. Summer performed her best 4 dives and was extremely competitive in a very talented pool of divers. We look forward to seeing Summer and our diving squad back in the diving pool in term 4 for our House Diving competition and we are also excited to welcome any new divers to the pool in term 4.

Netball Victoria Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)

Year 11 Student, Xara Anderson, has been playing and umpiring Netball since she commenced at CGGS in Year 7.

Xara recently applied to join Netball Victoria’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) working to grow inclusion in Netball.  Xara was selected to be a part of the Committee and has been in the position of being able to advocate for players in the formulation of policies that support their specific needs.

As part of her role on the YAC Xara was recently interviewed on how community netball could continue to provide an inclusive environment for all.  Xara’s comments in the article are mature and articulate, and are such an important part of the inclusivity and diversity dialogue which is pivotal to ensuring that all participants in Netball feel valued, known and supported.  We congratulate Xara on this very important work.

Senior School Easter Service

It was a joy to celebrate Easter with the Senior School this week.  Bethany Orme (Year 12) and Sahana Adaikalavan (Year 8) presented the sacred stories of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as offering prayers.  Our musicians made rich contributions to our worship.  Emily Wu (Year 12) played one of Bach’s Cello Suites, and an Easter Choir made up of students from Years 8 to 12 sang a moving rendition of “Behold the Lamb of God.”  Reverend Creed spoke about how the tragic story of Good Friday needs to be understood from the perspective of Easter Sunday, a day that announces that, in God’s care, no good thing will ever be lost.  The Service ended with enthusiastic singing of a CGGS favourite, “Shine Jesus Shine”.  A collection was taken for the work of River Nile Learning Centre, specifically to help fund a new scholarship for graduates of River Nile.

Rev Helen Creed
School Chaplain

Year 10 French Film Festival

On Tuesday 29 March, the Year 9 and 10 French classes went to the cinema!

The excursion was truly exciting and refreshing, an out-of-the-ordinary experience. We ventured to see a French movie called “L’Aventure des Marguerite” or “The adventures of Margot and Marguerite”. We watched it in the Balwyn cinema alongside the Year 9 French classes of Carey Grammar School. The movie storyline consisted of two identical girls from two different times of history, one from 1943 (Marguerite), and the other from 2019 (Margot). But the moment when both sit in the magical chests in both houses and wish for their fatherly figure back, they switch places. The story unfolds into a hectic and exciting search to find each other’s father figure to return to their home. With car crashes, flying planes, wars, and more, through hatred, love, and all else, the girls must find a way to quickly accustom themselves to the new world and discover who they are looking for. I found the story exhilarating, encapsulating, and eventful, fully immersing me in the French experience. I really enjoyed Margot (from 2019) recounting the history of WW2 to Aunt Alice. Overall, I am so grateful to have been on this excursion and while it was a relaxing experience, I also got to learn about the movie’s definition of French society from both time eras. I had a wonderful time and would absolutely do it again.

Matilda Jones, Year 10

Ukraine fundraiser

Throughout the latter part of Term 1, a focus group of students have organised multiple initiatives in response to the war involving Ukraine and Russia. The Service Team, including student leaders and other keen volunteers from Years 7-12 organised initiatives to educate the CGGS community about the war and its humanitarian impact, show support and spread messages of peace and hope, and raise funds for those in need. Message writing sessions at lunchtimes were held to spread peace and solidarity in the school community, and infographics were created to serve as an accessible educational tool. These messages and infographics were then displayed around the school for the CGGS community to view. Continued support has been evident in the CGGS community and many students have been getting involved with various events.

Fundraising efforts within the school included a “Guess the number of lollies in the jar” game with students and staff guessing for the delicious yellow and blue lolly jar prize. Elsie McLean from Year 8 was the lucky winner, and took home all 1044 lollies! The afternoon of House Music saw the sale of lolly bags by Service Captains and student volunteers. On the final day of Term 1, students and staff are encouraged to wear a ‘touch of yellow and blue’ in addition to their uniform, and donate a gold coin.  At the time of publication, our combined fundraising efforts have totalled almost $1000, with $330.60 was raised from these stalls, and nearly $900 from the Humanitix link sent to the CGGS community. This link is still active until the evening of 8th April, and if you have not yet donated, please consider doing so. All funds will go to the Australian Red Cross Ukraine Appeal, and will support their response to the conflict in Ukraine. 

A special thanks to all students, staff and parents who have contributed to these efforts and events. 

Link to donate:

Salome Obeyesekere, and Service Captains Lauren Bernabe and Elysa Zhou

Senior School


Senior School

March 25, 2022

This past fortnight the Senior School community of students and staff has once again experienced so many highlights and I hope that our families enjoy reading about the opportunities that have been taking place on campus this past fortnight.

Our Senior School assemblies are always a time of shared celebration and education and this past two weeks have been exceptional examples of how we use dedicated weeks to build understanding and empathy within our community.

In the assembly on Tuesday 15 March our 2022 Reconciliation Captains, Jacqueline de Mamiel and Pelagia Papadopoulos, Year 12, spoke about National Close the Gap Day and we also acknowledged our two Kooyong Prize winners for 2021.

The Kooyong Prize, which is awarded in late November each year, is a prestigious award which recognises the academic, co-curricular and leadership qualities, both within and outside the school setting of two students from Years 10 – 12 each year. It is my pleasure to announce to our community that the CGGS recipients of this award are Scarlett Giang, Year 11 and Amelia Westerman, Year 12. We congratulate both these outstanding students and are also most grateful to them for their contributions to CGGS and the broader community. They are both exemplary citizens who uphold our school values and motto in all they undertake.

This week’s assembly was a celebration of our school’s diversity as we have enjoyed Language and Culture Week. Dr Rittey, our Head of Languages other than English (LOTE), along with a team of students and staff presented at the assembly and in Mrs Dunwoody’s Principal’s section of CamNews, Dr Rittey’s speech has been shared for all. Hopefully all our families have been able to feel part of the celebration and experience the events through the Social Media posts on Instagram and Facebook. Commencing with Harmony Day and a sea of orange or cultural dress, this certainly set the scene for what has been a truly wonderful week. Yesterday I was one of the school community present in the quadrangle who was lucky enough to be able to watch the Melbourne Kuan Yee Dragon and Lion Dance.  In place of Mrs Dunwoody, who was at a meeting in Junior School at the time, I was able to catch the “cabbage” on behalf of the school, meaning “lucky and happy life”. On behalf of the Senior School community, I would like to thank all the staff and students who have led the activities each day. Please read further highlights and view some of the photos later in this section.

Some of the other highlights of the past fortnight include the Year 10 excursion on The Moonraker at Sorrento as part of the STEAM Marine elective and the students were fortunate to see many dolphins on this day. Our Swimming and Diving teams both achieved outstanding results in the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) Carnival event on Tuesday and we all congratulate them on their dedicated training in the lead up to this event. Ms Law noted that as a school we had a competitor in every event. There were personal bests and State records aplenty for CGGS. A special mention must be made of Emily Price, Year 10, who achieved her national qualifying time for 50m breaststroke, swimming the race in 35.09 seconds. This outstanding result qualifies Emily to swim in the Australian Age Championships that will be held Adelaide in April.

It was also a personal pleasure to host a conversation with past student Sophie McLeod from the Class of 2010 as she addressed questions from the Year 9 students who are studying Homelessness as their Year Level topic for Service Learning. The questions posed by our students and the insights Sophie who has continued to work as a volunteer since leaving CGGS provided to us all were eye opening and thought provoking for all. Most poignant of all is for us to remember that we work alongside those experiencing homelessness and Sophie was clear to point out that anyone at any time can find themselves in this position.

We were also fortunate to have three other past students join us for the Year 10 Old Grammarians Association (OGA) Mentor breakfast. Bella Lincke, Class of 2019, and Haylie Chen and Emily Zhang, Class of 2020 who all shared their insights into how to make the most of your opportunities at school to build your experience and portfolio for the future. The transferrable skill most obvious to all in the three presentations was that our students leave CGGS with the most exceptional public speaking capabilities and a warmth and genuineness that fills your heart with pride.

Tonight, I look forward to chatting with parents at our PFA Welcome Drinks.

With best wishes for the weekend.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

2022 VCE Season of Excellence: Music

The Top Class concert series provides current VCE Music students with the opportunity to hear a varied program of works presented by selected student musicians who achieved outstanding results in 2021. The concerts encourage and inspire students with their own performance preparation, providing an insight into the craft of interpretation and the performance of stylistic conventions within selected works.

Our VCE Music students attended the Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday 21st March and enjoyed performances by students of VCE Music Performance and VCE Music Investigation. We were particularly thrilled to be in the audience to hear and support one of our own VCE Music Performance students, Chloe Law. Chloe performed a musically engaging performance of Each Precious Breath, a solo cello work composed by Melbourne based cellist and composer Helen Mountfort.

Chloe Law: Performing in the first concert for Top Class Music 2022 was an incredible honour. The Melbourne Recital Centre is such a prestigious venue for musicians and having the opportunity to perform a solo cello work there was a dream come true. The piece I played was ‘Each Precious Breath’ by Helen Mountfort, a female Australian composer. It was so special to perform this work at Top Class, especially being a female cellist myself. It was also so wonderful to be able to perform in front of a live audience, considering the difficult circumstances the performing arts industry have encountered during the pandemic. Overall, Top Class was such a valuable experience and I am so grateful to have been able to share my love of music and VCE Music Performance with the broader community, beyond an examination context.

After the concert, our VCE Music Performance students reflected on the variety of musical styles presented, the high calibre of performance skills displayed by each student and the artistic intent conveyed within each presentation.

Charlotte Lindsay: Top class was a great experience that allowed me to understand the performance criteria for Music Performance, whilst listening to some incredible solo presentations. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the items in the program and felt that I gained a stronger insight into the nuances of solo performing. Additionally, being able to listen to my co-captain Chloe was a great highlight of the day.

Grace Zhu: It was clear that each student was fully prepared for the concert, and those who performed with an accompanist worked well as a team. It is also important to be aware of the performance area and to use it to your full capacity. Memorising your music can help you to express the stylistic characteristics with more feeling, which means you don’t feel too dependent on the printed notation.

Sarah Park: Through the performances we have seen today, it was apparent that whilst skills such as control and fluency of technique are important, effective communication and cooperation with your accompanist play a vital role in creating a high-quality performance. I have also learnt that focusing on emphasising the relevant stylistic elements is crucial, as it effectively brings out the required expressive outcomes.

Romy Mead: Watching all the students perform at the Top Class Concert on Monday was such a valuable experience for us to recognise all the hard work, effort and character they put into the pieces. I was in awe of how incredible each of the performers were, how they were owning the performance space on stage and projecting character and feeling from their instruments. Something that I’ve learned through the concert excursion is how using different techniques in your piece can have a dramatic effect on how it is conveyed to the audience. It is important to execute the required skills as well as communicate the piece’s expressive outcomes.

Keona Siaw: The top class performance was very professional and enjoyable, and gave a great insight into on how musicians perform and express themselves through their instrument. Hearing a range of different instruments, such as the bagpipes, was very exciting too as I’ve never seen the bagpipes performed live. Whilst all of the performers were excellent, Chloe Law’s performance on cello was one of my favourites!  All of the performers demonstrated a high level of performance poise and successfully communicated the characteristics in the music. This is a very important aspect of VCE music.

Maddy Yong: I felt that each of the performers was able to show great variety in their presentation, and it was very clear that they were incorporating their own interpretations. Performing is a different experience for everyone and the way that a musician chooses to communicate their skills and uniqueness is very personal. It was a fun and interesting experience, and I enjoyed getting to watch them in their element.

Joanna Sun: It was a truly amazing opportunity to be able to watch the former Music Performance students perform at the Top Class Concert on Monday. They put a lot of time and effort into perfecting and executing their pieces, which were all so beautifully presented. Something I took away from watching the performances, is to really own the performance space, being confident and being in charge of your performance. Communicating well with your accompanist can also really enhance your performance. Using different techniques can enhance your repertoire and ensure you deliver the different expressive outcomes to the audience.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Year 10 Careers Breakfast

On Wednesday 16 March the Year 10s attended their first Alumnae/Careers event. The theme for this event was ‘Broadening Your Horizons’.

Bella Lincke (Class of 2019) spoke about her extensive experiences throughout her six years @ CGGS.  Her ‘Life Governor’s Award for Citizenship and Service’, the highest award a Camberwell Girl can achieve, and her Duke of Edinburgh (Gold) contributed significantly to her own personal growth, and certainly grew her skills portfolio across leadership, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. She mentioned how valuable these skills have been as a tertiary student and she emphasised her ongoing commitment to the service area. She advised students that it was never too late to become involved in the vast array of events and activities that CGGS offers; and for those that are involved – not to give them up because of the VCE. Time management and organisational skills are important to develop over the two-year VCE program. Bella highlighted how excellent VCE results could be achieved through a healthy balance of cocurricular activities with hard work and study.

Haylie and Emily spoke eloquently about their journey from Year 10 to now. Both were adamant about choosing subjects you really enjoy. Emily and Haylie chose subjects across Legal Studies, Geography, Business Management and Languages and achieved ATARs in the top four percent of the state. Emily’s perfect study score in Food Studies, a subject she absolutely loved, validated her choices.  With regard to work experience, they encouraged students to challenge themselves to try out different placements and not settle for the ordinary and mundane. They strongly endorsed the idea of teachers as allies. They commented on the difference between secondary and tertiary study and the need to develop independent learning habits with all three alumnae advocating students to be proactive.

Bella, Haylie, and Emily 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. The skills/experiences/habits our Year 10 students develop at school will help them in the transition from school to part time employment, from school to university and from school onwards in their career journey.

Trish Dolan, Careers Counsellor and Karen Bartram, Alumnae Coordinator

STEAM Marine

The Yr 10 marine science elective, STEAM marine, focuses on the marine life and habitats of the Victorian coast. To consolidate what we have been learning in class this term, the STEAM marine students headed out into the field, on the dolphin swim tour vessel, Moonraker. This trip provided the students with an opportunity to be ‘immersed’ our local marine environment and discover for themselves the marine life on our doorstep.

We encountered dolphins shortly after leaving the Sorrento jetty as we travelled along the coast near the old Quarantine station. This section of Port Phillip is a declared marine sanctuary zone, the Ticonderoga Sanctuary, and serves as a respite area for the dolphins.  Dolphin swims cannot take place in the sanctuary and vessel speeds must be much be reduced so we had the pleasure of just observing the dolphins from a distance.

Next, we headed to Chinaman’s Hat, a pile structure that was constructed and is managed purely for the use of Australian fur seals. Here the students donned their snorkel gear and swam with the ‘puppies of the bay’ for quite some time. We then ventured back to Portsea where the students went snorkelling in search of elusive weedy sea dragons.

We encountered more dolphins our way back to Sorrento pier, and even though mermaid lines were dropped in the water and our students were in the water prepared to ‘swim’ with the dolphins, the dolphins, as they sometime do, had other ideas and remained a little too far away from the swimmers to given them the close encounter they had been hoping for. But regardless, the STEAM marine students had a memorable day on the waters of Port Phillip Bay and were able to see for themselves, the amazing marine life that is found our very own doorstep. 

Please enjoy some student reflections below.

Dr Sue Mason
Science Teacher


This excursion was something I had been looking forward to ever since hearing about it from last years’ year 10 students after their excursion. They told us all about the incredible adventures and magical sights, and I couldn’t wait to experience and connect to the marine life on my doorstep in such a unique and special way – just like they had. Our trip on Friday completely lived up to my expectations; it was such a magical experience to interact up close with some of the most beautiful and intelligent creatures in our waters. I felt so proud to see the marine life that we are learning about, fighting for, and helping in our journeys – in this elective and outside of it – and I think most importantly, seeing our marine life living and thriving, gave me hope for the future, and assurance that our work and action has a great impact on marine life. – Helena M


The Sorrento excursion we had went on was full of exhilarating experiences. While the water was freezing to the touch, the amazing bachelor seals lounging on Chinaman’s Hat made up for the salty water splashing around. It felt unreal being so close to real life seals that weren’t in an aquarium, or in a picture, but actually being only a few metres away from them. We had to be mindful about not touching them or swimming under the structure as some of them used their powerful muscles to push up onto the ledge. However, the seals were playful and very cute, and I’m proud to say that I did get to experience real life seals out in Port Phillip Bay! We had also gone to find Weedy Sea Dragons out much closer to the shore. From what I had heard, the water was much more freezing and deeper than expected but being so close gave such a hands-on experience than seeing them just on a screen. This really depicted what it could be like if we chose to research more deeply on our marine animals and the experience of collecting data and being onsite. Throughout our trip, we additionally had taken many detours off the planned route as we followed the fins of many pods of dolphins. We were lucky enough to be out on a very still day, as there were no extra waves to obstruct the stunning dolphin fins. We had spotted them travelling out of the safety area near the start of the trip and had also seen them from our way back from the Weedy Sea Dragons. I learnt that they not only were aware of our boat, but they also knew which boat it was, and were familiar with the people on board. This opened my eyes to a whole community of people collaborating with the animals native to our Victorian coastline and made me realise that there is a much more fascinating array of sea life just on our doorstep. – Olivia S


Getting to be a part of the Moonraker Dolphins Swims is one of the most memorable excursions of all my schooling. Throughout the trip, we were lucky enough to spot lots of marine life including many pods of dolphins, fur seals and even a smooth ray. One of my favourite parts of the trip was swimming at Chinaman’s Hat with the abundance of fur seals. They were so playful and protective of their territory, and it was also interesting to watch how agile they moved through the water as we ducked under the water to swim alongside them. Another highlight was having the smooth ray swim underneath me whilst snorkelling, it was such a thrilling experience! Although we didn’t get to swim really close to any dolphins, jumping up and down from the boat onto the mermaid line was exhilarating and a lot of fun.  Overall, I am so grateful that I was able to travel on the tour, and it was the perfect way to spend my 15th birthday as well, I could never have hoped for a better day. – Sofia P

Harmony Day

CGGS celebrated Harmony Day on Monday 21st March, with students and staff honouring our rich multicultural community by wearing a touch of orange or traditional cultural dress. With this strong connection to multiculturalism, it is fitting that at CGGS Harmony Day marks the start of our Language and Culture Week. Our Service Captains Lauren Bernabe and Elysa Zhou organised orange ribbons for the Senior School community to wear in recognition of the day, and students and staff brought a gold coin donation for their free dress. CGGS raised over $670, with these funds being donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and River Nile. These two organisations focus on the needs of recent refugee arrivals to Australia, and our donations will contribute to their efforts to provide food banks, prepared meals, English lessons, child care, scholarships, and many other services.

Maggie Wighton
Head of Service Learning

Language and Culture Week

Language teachers always say that languages take you places. This week, languages took over the school. In the Languages Department, we thought it was important to celebrate, not only the languages we teach at CGGS, but also the languages and cultures of our community. We love the rich diversity of our community and wanted everyone to embrace that.

On Monday, staff and students had the opportunity to dress in traditional costumes or to wear something orange for Harmony Day. There was a lovely array of beautiful dresses and a lot of colour. German classes enjoyed an incursion with Jelena Herster from the Goethe Society. They tried out virtual headsets and felt as though they were actually in Germany.

On Tuesday, German Brezeln (bready pretzels) sold out literally like hotcakes at recess and at lunchtime, there were was a belly dancing class and a Chinese film screening. We had a special Language assembly with an introduction in German by Jane Pekin and Olivia Jones, Welcome to Country from Murrundindi, a reading and prayers in French, from Tyra Dawson and Siena Yap respectively, a musical item on a traditional Chinese instrument by Silvia Zhang and introduced in Chinese by Gina Yao and a group of indigenous students introduced themselves in language.

Wednesday saw an action-packed crêpe stand with students asking for “une crêpe citron sucre, s’il vous plait”. There was also a Deadly Learning workshop lead by Year 8 , 9 and 10 Indigenous students. The session focussed on sharing the significance of symbols and language for Aboriginal people. Mme Iskander also took a workshop in Auslan, teaching the students to say hello, ask how someone is, give their name and age and how to sign the alphabet.

On Thursday, Cate Mead (Year 9) organised lunchtime language hubs for students to get together and practise the languages they are learning and the courtyard came alive with colour during the Lion Dance.  CGGS invited Melbourne Kuan Yee Dragon and Lion Dance to perform a traditional lion dance at the school courtyard. Sounds of the the loud drums and gong could be heard across the school as two beautiful and feisty lions marched through the crowd. The interaction with students was truly amazing, with some students patting the lions, while others cheered and laughed. It was a happy atmosphere that showcased aspects of Chinese language and culture. During the performance, two items “orange” and “cabbage” were thrown into the crowd representing the significant meaning of “lucky and happy life”. The lion dance team finished with a beautiful message, wishing all students every success in their lives.

On Friday, the International Captains, Shuhan Zeng and Daleney Ing organised the International Concert. We enjoyed singing, dancing, musical instruments and a lot of K-pop.

Congratulations to Sarah Zhou (Year 9) who designed the Festival banner which hung in the courtyard for the week. Thank you to Pinwheel Café for providing a multicultural menu of food and thank you to Nina D’Souza for the beautiful languages display in the library.

We can’t wait for next year’s festival!

Dr Rittey
Head of Languages

Ancient Australia Incursion

The History Department was delighted to welcome Murrundindi to the School Library this week for the Year 7 History Ancient Australia Incursion. This annual event is a highlight of students’ studies of Ancient Australia, and focuses on the two sources through which we learn about Indigenous Australian history: the traditional knowledge of elders, and archaeology. Students handle a variety of artefacts from the Wurrundjeri culture, and through their observations and discussion with Murrundindi use these to answer a variety of questions about the past. These items range from 20-year-old items made by Murrundindi himself, through to 20,000-30,000 year old ground stone axe heads. Whatever their age, the artefacts reveal the complexities of Wurrundjeri life, and the continuity of culture provided by strong community and the passing on of knowledge through generations. The History Department would like to thank Murrundindi for his time and expertise, and his indefatigable passion for passing his knowledge on to our students. We would also like to thank Ms Devenish for her generosity in providing the Library and its resources for this event.

“The Ancient Australia Incursion with Murrundindi was such an extraordinary experience that I will never forget. A highlight of the session was being able to handle an ancient boomerang within my partnership and predict roughly how long ago it was made, what it was shaped from, the reason behind the creation, and the skills possessed by the Aboriginals to craft such an effective artefact. It was also later revealed that one particular rock had dated back to around 25,000 years ago! Additionally, we delved deep into discussing Murrundindi’s important culture and the history behind the people and country he respected greatly.  I not only learned a lot about the ancient Aboriginal artefacts, but Murrundindi also taught me the prime value of respecting our elders and each other. Overall, I tremendously enjoyed the Incursion and accumulated so much knowledge on the Aboriginal artefacts as well as the history that Murrundindi shared with us. Artefacts are so important for helping communicate knowledge of the land, culture and beliefs in Ancient Australia and I am just so grateful that I got the opportunity to learn all this.” -Kelly Ding 7P

“On Tuesday the 22nd of March, the year 7s had an incursion with Murrundindi, and it was quite a fun and interesting experience. One of the most important things I learnt was probably that the aboriginals have a very intriguing past and history. It is also very fascinating to listen and hear what our aboriginal elders have to say, as their history and past is very important. One of the things I really enjoyed, was holding and analysing a artefact shaped as a snake. I was curious, so Murrundindi explained about the artefact’s past. This artefact is used in prayer. The snake is called Mindi, which the indigenous people believed was the lore and the protector of the land. There were many interesting artefacts that we got to handle and learn about, which was a very amazing experience.” – Sienna Mansfield 7W

Maggie Wighton
History Teacher

GSV Championship Swimming and Diving Carnival

We are very excited to congratulate the CGGS Swimming and Diving Teams for their amazing performance at the GSV Division 2 Championship Carnivals. Under the guidance of our Head Coaches Amon Soerink and Jenny Donnet, there were some excellent results and many personal best performances.

We were thrilled to have such a large swimming squad this year and the dedication from all our students whether it was through swimming, helping with official roles or cheering on the team really contributed to the success throughout the day. Everyone tackled the competition with a positive attitude and a great sense of team spirit. There were many students who volunteered to fill events when others were unable to swim and their selfless commitment to the team really contributed to the overall success.

After weeks of early morning training sessions, there is no questioning the team’s dedication and this effort did not go unrewarded as we were very excited to place 4th overall in Division 2, which is the school’s best ever result at GSV Swimming! Adding to this excitement, we were so proud to see our Junior Squad finish 1st and bring home an impressive trophy.

There was also great excitement at the diving pool where our students had the opportunity to showcase their skills and they have developed into a strong competitive force within the GSV diving competition. Everyone has put in so much hard work at training, learning and mastering their three dives for the competition. Students performed extremely well against a very tough competition. It was great to see everyone’s hard work pay off as we finished 3rd overall in the Division 2 competition. 

We were particularly proud of our junior girls who have developed their skills over the past 2 years and all the year 7 students who were competing the first time this year. The Junior team finished the day in 1st position, an outstanding result for our new divers. With a team full of talented athletes and amazing support from our highly trained coaches, there is no doubt that sport at Camberwell has a great future ahead.

Well done to the students who qualified for the GSV Swimming and Diving Finals Evening on Friday 1 April at MSAC. These girls performed exceptionally well at the Championship Carnival and recorded the fastest 10 times or best dives in the pool across all 24 GSV schools to qualify for this prestigious event. CGGS has 13 swimmers and 1 diver qualify for the event, which is a fantastic achievement. We also have a number of events in which our swimmers and divers are emergencies. We wish these students all the best for their events next Friday.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport

Dancing to Victory – FUSE Cup

The date: March 17. The place: Wesley College, St Kilda. 40 year 7&8 students from across Victoria gathered together for the inaugural ‘FUSE Cup’ esports competition. Across 13 Heats and over three rounds, students competed against each other in the game of Just Dance. Played using a Nintendo Switch, Just Dance involves players copying the dance moves shown on a screen with the most accurate player (the one that scores the highest points) going through to the next round.

CGGS entered a team of four Year 7 students: Blade Thien, Natalie Knowles, Melody Hu and Lexi Bartnicki. Not only did they dance their hearts out, but they also upheld the four pillars of the FUSE Cup: integrity, strength, inclusion and teamwork. Every CGGS student made it through their heats (placing first or second), with two students (Blade and Natalie) progressing through to the Grand Final.

Across the day of competition, the total scores for every student in each school were added together to crown the Victorian High School Champions. We are so incredibly proud to announce CGGS as the 2022 State Champions!!

Congratulations to Blade, Natalie, Melody and Lexi for their amazing achievement.

The FUSE Cup is played locally in each state and brings together students from Years 7&8 to compete in a safe, structured and supervised esports competition where they will also learn about ways to improve their digital wellbeing and online safety.

In between dancing heats, students learned from experts in cybersafety and digital wellbeing about how to stay safe while playing online games, how gaming can turn into cyberbullying and what to do if they find themselves being bullied or being an observer of bullying while playing games. For example, students can block or mute other players, report the bullying or leave the game. Recently, the World Health Organisation included “Gaming Addiction” as an International Classified Disease.

Micah Wilkins
Proud ‘co-coach’ of the CGGS esports team

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDAVB)

On Friday 18 March, Australian schools stand united in their communities to join the national conversation to promote kindness, respectful relationships and help address bullying. The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDAVB) is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence, and where schools are prompted to imagine a world free from bullying.  In 2022, NDAVB celebrated 12 years of the initiative with the theme “Kindness Culture – it starts with you”. This theme explored the importance of building a kindness culture together to promote inclusion, respect and community for all students in all schools across Australia.

In Year 7 – 12 as part of the House Mentoring program, students explored four core concepts and strategies to prevent bullying: Exploring friendships, finding examples of kindness in our community, calling negative behaviour out and supporting others. Students also discussed the CGGS bullying policies and processes and brainstormed ways in which they would like to see bullying taught in heatlh and wellbeing curriculum going forward. Year 11 and 12 leaders facilitated conversations that aimed to raise awareness, create solutions and look at support networks.

In having these discussions across Year 7 to 12, CGGS students were able to demonstrate their collective approach, recognising that creating a culture of kindness, bullying prevention and taking action together is everyone’s responsibility.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Senior School


Senior School

March 11, 2022

On Thursday 3 March, during the Year 7 and 8 Learning Conversations, I had the pleasure of joining the Year 9 students in their Upskill by Design session at the time when students from Year 10 were facilitating a workshop on Leadership. Please read further in this edition of CamNews all the highlights of the day at each year level and make sure you ask your child about the sessions they were involved in. This includes Credentialing at Year 7, Identity Journeys and Insta Poetry at Year 8, Leadership (which was student led and designed) at Year 9, Careers at Year 10, Fit to Drive at Year 11 run by A/Sergeant Greg Garrisson who leads our Boroondara Schools Police Network and Buying a Car at Year 12.

Our House Athletics day is always a highlight in the calendar and over the past two years of the pandemic we have been fortunate that this has been one of the events that it has been possible to conduct given its timing and being outside. As always it was a particularly colourful event with all Senior School students proudly sporting their house t-shirts and other adornments. Congratulations to our Year 11 House Sports Captains, Madeleine Giagoudakis and Frida Andreasen – Lawrence, Sasha Feldman and Isabella Tremewen – Schofield, Clara Kim and Tara Rastogi – Singleton and Paula Jimenez-Perez and Serena Segal – Taylor. Along with the support of their Year 12 House Captains, Teresa Guo and Felicity Vanin – Lawrence, Sacha Chene and Katrina Xu – Schofield, Annabel Plummer and Alyssa Wong – Singleton and Kelly Liang and Amelia Westerman -Taylor. A huge thank you is also extended to Year 12 Ella Robinson, School Sports Captain and Kelly Ta, School House Captain, both of whom ably assisted all the staff from the Sports Department in ensuring the day was such a success. I also thank all our teaching and professional services staff who ensured all track and field events were supervised with enthusiasm throughout the day. Please read below the summary of results from the day. Hopefully you have already been able to like the posts shared on Instagram and Facebook, and some photos are shared again today.

Today we welcomed small groups of prospective families to the Senior School for our first onsite School Tours in over two years. And while our own appreciation and gratitude for our magnificent gardens is something we acknowledge daily, it was special to hear so many of the families shown around the school appreciating how beautifully maintained and designed our environment is.

I hope all our Senior School families enjoy reading the highlights of the past fortnight in this edition of CamNews.

Best wishes for a restful long weekend.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Days for Girls

Earlier this week, CGGS welcomed our longstanding partners Days For Girls back on site for our annual International Women’s Day incursion. As part of our Year 10 Service Learning programme, Days For Girls volunteers join us to educate students about the inequality experienced by menstruating women throughout the world. Due to the stigma that surrounds menstruation in some communities, young people are still excluded from education due to their menstrual cycle. Days For Girls seeks to redress those inequalities by providing sustainable menstrual kits to young people who might not otherwise have access to these resources. The kits are beautifully made, with the intent to change these from objects of shame to objects of empowerment. Through providing underwear and cloth sanitary items in cotton bags, Days for Girls literally give young people the means and opportunity to stay in school.  

Over time, the Days For Girls organisation has also become more engaged in social entrepreneurship, helping local leaders in these communities establish sustainable business that produce and sell kits, and provide health education. This is an important aspect of Service Learning, the understanding that service is not static and unchanging, but should involve responding to the changing needs of the community, and empowering them to make change. Days For Girls continue to make kits, but also engage with a range of partner to advance global menstrual equity.

Days For Girls volunteers provide our Year 10 students with not only this education, but also a practical means to make change. Students and staff are involved in a range of activities including ironing, sewing, sorting, cutting, and tracing to make sure that these products are crafted with care and intent. This event is a highlight of the Year 10 Service Learning program, and a reminder of the need to continue in our work to #BreakTheBias.

If you would like to learn more about Days For Girls and the local chapter of this volunteer organisation, you may wish to read more hereor watch this video (5 mins).  Two of our Year 10 students also offered their own reflections on the day.

Maggie Wighton
Head of Service Learning


On International Women’s Day we participated in a workshop for Days For Girls. Days For Girls is an organisation which creates reusable sanitary kits for girls and women in developing countries, so they don’t have to miss out on school or work. The DfG kits include a variety of helpful products such as liners, underpants, soap, menstruation guides, and the DfG pad.

In the workshop, we learned about how our efforts can make an enormous difference for girls and women all over the world. We put our service skills into action and began creating DfG kits! We were put into small groups and each group had a different task. These tasks consisted of folding underpants, sewing the reusable pads, stamping buttons onto the pads, and tracing the outlines for the pads and liners. We all worked cooperatively to make these kits and it felt great to work together as a team. At the end of the session, we were all incredibly pleased to be able to help and make a difference.

From this experience, I’ve learned that working together, we can help girls and women all over the world and give every woman the same opportunities. Days For Girls is truly an outstanding organization from which I, and every year ten student has learned from.

Hayley Price, 10B


The Days For Girls Service Learning incursion was a great opportunity for the Year 10 students to celebrate International Women’s Day whilst helping the lives of others around the world. We were given the chance to create reusable sanitary products such as pads. Some of the tasks that we helped in included sewing, pinning and tracing the lining of the pad. I was able to help out with placing snap buttons on the pad so that they could be wrapped around the underwear. The pads we made are going to be distributed around Burundi which is a country in East Africa where women often face the struggle of being able to afford menstrual products. It was enjoyable to be engaged in making this product knowing that we are making a positive difference to the women who don’t have the same privileges that we’re lucky to have. Overall, it was a valuable experience that allowed me to learn a new skill whilst being physically involved in helping women who do not have access to proper sanitary needs.

Cadence Chun, 10B

House Athletics

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the House Athletics Carnival last Friday 25th February. It was a sea of colour at Bill Sewart Athletics track with all girls from years 7 to 12 excited to showcase their skills in a range of track and field events and novelty events. The year 12 students did a fantastic job at co-ordinating their house costumes and lead the school in creating  vibrant atmosphere throughout the day!

We would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the day whether it was by competing, cheering or organizing the teams. It was a great day and it was wonderful to see trying new events and filling in for others throughout the day, everyone should all be very proud of their efforts.

Well done to Taylor who finished the day as champions of House Athletics and to Schofield who won the House Spirit Stick for their support and cheering throughout the day.  The overall results were as follows.

House Athletics Results

1st – Taylor

2nd – Lawrence

3rd  – Schofield

4th – Singleton

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 and to the School Sport Captain, Ella Robinson and School House Captain, Kelly Ta for their assistance throughout the event. 

There were some outstanding performances in the pool and the following students should be very proud as they were awarded the Year Level Champion Awards. The year level champion award recognises the best individual performance across both track and field in all year levels from 7-12.

Year 7
1st – Harper Drane
2nd – Anthea Vais
3rd – Selena Chen

Year 8
1st – Ruby Edge
2nd – Anneka Sinnappu
3rd – Erika Tjangdjaja & Maddie Wood

Year 9
1st – Angela Liu
2nd – Ency Chen
3rd – Amber Rastogi

Year 10
1st – Emily Price & Ashleigh Western
2nd – Amina Keegan
3rd – Alyssa Chin & Sofia Pandeli

Year 11
1st – Sasha Feldmann & Madeleine Giagoudakis
2nd – Isabella Remewen
3rd – Clara Kim

Year 12
1st – Emma Peak
2nd – Emmelyn Choo-Lambropoulos & Jess Nguyen
3rd – Ella Robinson


Lauren Law
Head of Sport 

GSV Preliminary Swimming and Diving Carnival

Last Friday, 4 March, our school attended the GSV Swimming and Diving Preliminary Carnivals at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. A group of eager swimmers and divers spent the afternoon at MSAC, competing against seven other schools in a range of individual and team events.

Overall, both the diving and swimming teams placed 5th which was a great achievement and a testament to their hard work in training for this event.  We are all very excited to be competing in Division 2 for Championship Carnival on Tuesday 22 March.

Everyone did an amazing job on Friday, whether they were swimming, diving or helping with official jobs such as timing. It was great to see the team spirit as everyone cheered for each other. Good work to the whole team, you should all be very proud of your efforts!

Swimming training will continue on Monday and Thursday mornings and Diving on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning in preparation for the Championship Carnival.

Thank you to our Head Diving coach Jenny Donnet and our Head Swimming Coach Amon Soerink for preparing our girls so well for this competition. The results from the carnivals are below.

Emily Price and Anneka Sinnappu
Swimming Captains


On Sunday 27 February, CGGS students across all year levels competed in the 2022 GSV Triathlon. Waking up well before dawn, we all met at the CGGS flag at bright and early at 6am on the Altona Esplanade ready to race with our bathers, bikes, and runners. The first leg in the race was the 300m swim, then the 10km bike ride and lastly to bring it home the 2km run.

This enjoyable annual event has become increasingly popular with the number of participants growing every year. A total of 66 students took part in the event this year, which was the largest team entered in the competition. Our spirit, attitude and morale was unrivalled, with every students cheering on their fellow peers. 

We would like to give a special mention to Claire Fleming, Anika Selvaratnam and Angelique Quah who placed 3rd in the Junior team and Emily Price, Tyra Dawson and Bella Fary who placed 4th in the Intermediate division.

We would also like to acknowledge the year 12 team, Ava Hu, Emmelyn Choo-Lambropoulos and Ruvina Suriyapperuma, who have been very privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in the GSV Triathlon every year since the event was first introduced to the school in 2018. It has truly been a rewarding and unforgettable experience. 

Lastly, many thanks to Ms Law and Mr Clark for getting up extra early to set up and assisting on the day. Extending this gratitude, we’d also like to thank the parents for waking up early to drive us to the beach. Everyone should be very proud of their performance and for making the triathlon a fun and exciting event.

Ava Hu and Ruby Killington
GSV Sport Captains

Learning Conversations – Years 7 & 8

The first Year 7 and 8 Learning Conversation day for 2022 took place on Thursday March 3rd and was held as an online event. As a positive learning from the COVID-19 restrictions of the last two years, these important teacher, student, and parent conversations, were conducted via ZOOM, a cloud-based video conferencing software program. Prior to the 3rd, families were invited to make appointments via Parent Lounge and then on the scheduled Learning Conversation day, join via a digital device for a discussion related to their child’s academic, social, and emotional  progress.

Conducting these meetings online over the course of the whole day, from 9.00am through to 8.00pm, not only provided greater accessibility for families to a wider range of their child’s subject teachers but also minimised the logistical challenges experienced when these evenings were hosted onsite – work commitments preventing attendance, negotiating traffic, finding a carpark on the night, and trying to conduct private conversations in rooms shared with others just to name a few. By hosting such important conversations in the privacy of a single chatroom allowed for more meaningful exchanges in the time available and ensured parents, teachers and students were clear on the shared objectives to enable continued academic growth.

Running our Learning Conversation days in tandem with our UpSkill ByDesign programs is also intentionally done. Throughout the course of last Thursday, Year 7 and 8 students engaged asynchronously in a series of tasks which targeted self-management, organisation, and communication skills. This mode of delivery of their UpSkill program enabled these students to join their parents for scheduled Learning Conversation when required so they too could be active participants in the discussions focussing on their learning and progress in the various subjects.

At CGGS we pride ourselves as being a relational teaching and learning community. Conducting our Learning Conversations in an online space provides yet another opportunity to encourage and nurture connections between students, teachers, and parents which in the long run, is a huge benefit to all.

Kim Hepworth
Head of Teaching & Learning


We were excited to have our first Upskill By Design day for the year on March 3rd, running parallel to our Year 7 and 8 Learning Conversations.

Between 8.30am and 1.00 students across year levels took part in a variety of bespoke programs, designed to align with their year level spotlight. In the afternoon, a curated collection of Wellbeing 360 activities was available for everyone to participate in.

As the program is an intentional hybrid design, our Year 7s and Year 8s undertook online programs that enabled them to flexibility move in and out of their Learning Conversations as required. With our Year 7s new to Senior School this year, as part of this transition, they were tasked with earning their first micro credential recognising the skills of Working and Learning from Home. In doing this, students were challenged to complete a series of briefs deemed essential for hybrid working and learning situations. These included self-management, digital and communication skills, critical thinking, time management, making connections between information, ideas and community, and demonstrating creative ways of contributing.

The Year 8 students were similarly tasked to refine their skillset in working from home. Exploring their learning spotlight of identity, these students welcomed writer and poet Emilie Zoey Baker to share her knowledge and experience of the writing process and the power of words in advocating for self and for others. Students were challenged to share their own Poetry in the Wild creations and also completed a piece of poetry that reflected who they are. These creations will form a special display for the Year 8 area, led by Mrs Litchfield.

Excitingly, the Year 9s undertook the first of a two-day leadership program called ‘LeadHERship’, initiated, designed and delivered by a group of our own student leaders. Year 12 student Jacq and Year 10 students, Sara, Jess, Romy, Helena, Cindy, Izzie, Charlize, Mia and Grace, led the Year 9s through a program exploring what leadership is, why it matters, leadership strengths and styles. Run as a conference, day two of this program will take place later this year. This is amazing student initiative and the team are really excited to also work with our Year 8s in sharing their leadership tips, strategies and experiences.

At Year 10, Mrs Dolan welcomed students into the #myfuture program. In this session, the students explored their strengths and talents, the world of work and their place in it, focused on their values and interests. They also unpacked university jargon and discussed the importance of the Open Day experience as part of exploring their post school options and opportunities. The session is an important step in providing students with the necessary skills and knowledge for lifelong career self-management.

Our VCE students also had a focus on future life skills on this Upskill day. The Year 11s undertook the Fit2Drive Program where workshops aimed to provide essential road safety knowledge and skills, as a means of preventing serious injuries and lives lost amongst young Victorian road users. Students heard keynote presentations from the Boroondara Police and the Fire Department and were provided with a unique opportunity to explore the complexities of decision-making and assessing risk as a road user, something that as probationary licence holders, is enormously important.

A car theme was also the focus at Year 12 with these students welcoming Barbara van der Merwe from ‘Money and You’ to hear all about Buying a Car. From one off, monthly and annual costs, students were given a real-life insight into what the costs and responsibilities of buying, maintaining and running a car. To complement to this, students undertook the Galmatic Car Maintenance Online program, where tips on basic car maintenance from what’s under the bonnet to tyre care were all included. Again, a life skill that we know will be of benefit to our students moving forward.

To round off the day, our Wellbeing 360 program took place in the afternoon. Curated activities designed to enable everyone to participate and actively work to support their wellbeing were available to opt into. In practising self-regulation, students were able to choose from the included newly available activities focusing on gratitude, mind logic puzzles and movement or to revisit the suite of activities made available in the past.

Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing and Kate Manners, Head of Strategic Initiatives

International Women’s Day Breakfast 

On Friday 4 March, we were fortunate enough to be able to attend the International Women’s Day breakfast at the Parliament House alongside various other girls’ schools across Melbourne. During the breakfast we had the pleasure of hearing from Australian politician Georgie Crozier who has hosted the event for the past seven years to encourage girls around the world to #breakthebias. The guest speaker this year was the third female Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp. Her speech inspired us all as she shared not only her own experiences within a male dominated industry, as a lawyer, but also stories about other empowering women who had inspired her to strive for success. One of these being the story of Zelda D’aprano who had chained herself to the Commonwealth building, advocating for equal pay. Despite being arrested for her actions, her perseverance and determination was a push in the right direction for breaking the barrier of gender inequality. It was an honour to represent Camberwell Girls at this event, and we hope to inspire the greater community to #breakthebias!

Jessica Lee, Jasmine Muniratna, Kate Ryan and Julie Yap

International Women’s Day – House Mentoring

With International Women’s Day being recognised on Tuesday March 8, our School Mentor Leaders led an activity with all year 7 – 10 students during House Mentoring on Friday 4 March to challenge and call gender stereotypes and biases, and to celebrate women’s achievements globally. In their mentor groups, students spent time exploring and discussing how our collective strength and commitment to challenging these behaviours can help create a future of equality for women and one where we are able to live free from stereotypes, stigma and violence, moving towards a future that is more sustainable, peaceful and provides opportunities for all.  

This year, through the call to action #Breakthebias, women are being asked to explore and reflect on the daily challenges still faced by women in the workplace and society and discuss how we can change perceptions and move the conversation forward to create positive change.

As part of this, each student was given the opportunity to commit to a call to action by recognising and celebrating those women in their lives who inspire, advocate and represent the future. They also took photos standing in the #breakthebias pose, representing a very visible commitment to the cause.

Year 9 Wellbeing Day – Flourish Girl

Year 9 students participated in a Flourish Girl workshop on Thursday 10 March, an event that was postponed multiple times in 2021 for these students, due to COVID-19. Founded by Mandy Dante, Flourish Girl are a leading provider of personal development workshops run specifically for teenage girls. Flourish Girl is a not-for-profit charity that works with students age 13 – 18, to build self-awareness, self-confidence and social connectedness within their school community and other trusted relationships.

The students participated in a series of workshops led by the effervescent and energetic Flourish Girl 6-person team. The program, titled “flourish with self” was purposefully chosen as the sessions provide students with an opportunity to build social and emotional tools to connect with themselves and others.

The program included different workshops that developed essential skills and knowledge to unpack societal norms, embrace the power of their own stories, recognise the value in being vulnerable at times and most importantly, left them empowered with a toolkit of strategies to be agile and resilient moving forward.

We look forward to building on this new knowledge through our Period 5 Wellbeing program, as well as our second Year 9 Wellbeing Day scheduled in June.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Melbourne Youth Leadership Conference

On Tuesday 1 March, 20 of our Year 12 School and House Leaders attend the virtual Melbourne Youth Leadership Conference. Through a series of keynote presentation by conference founder, Will Massra, Leadership influencer, Holly Ransom, and the Man Cave Founder, Hunter Johnson, the students explored and unpacked leadership in its entirety.

There were a number of very impactful concepts explored, including the importance of sharing the ‘why’, of understanding the personal and individual perspective, of embracing your fears and owning your story.

Our senior leaders then used this knowledge to generate discussion about how to create a movement by looking at examples of this leadership within our own school community and in the wider global world.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Year 8 Philanthropic Initiatives

We are very proud of the Year 8 students who have shown great selflessness and leadership by organising, delivering and encouraging their own charitable programs to begin the year.

Usha Nadarajah has been steadfast in setting up her ‘Towels for tiny creatures’ initiative, asking the Year 8s to bring in towels that will be donated to aid native wildlife as they recover from injury or orphanage. It has been pleasing to see Usha’s donation box filled by her peers and we congratulate Usha on this generous initiative. Well done!

Alyce Law has recently presented an informative talk to our Year 8 cohort about Coeliac Awareness Week (13th – 20th March) with the aim to raise awareness about this autoimmune disease. As part of this initiative, the Year 8 students have been asked to bring a gluten-free lunch on Wednesday 16th March and join the year level for a lunch get together at the Labyrinth. Alyce, thank you for your considerate and engaging presentation.

We welcome future initiatives driven by the Year 8 students and look forward to your ongoing altruistic spirit.

Maria Litchfield
Year 8 Coordinator

National Dance Sport Competition

On the weekend of 5 and 6 March, Ella Ding, Year 12, competed in the National Dancesport Competition in Bendigo. Participating in the Under 21 division with her dance partner they placed 1st in the B Grade Latin event and ranked 2nd in Australia for the Under 21 Open Latin event.

An extensive amount of training and rehearsal is required to compete at this level and Ella her partner are extremely proud of the results as it was their first nationals together, and they look forward to training harder and competing at further events throughout the year.

Congratulations Ella, we look forward to hearing of your further success throughout 2022.

Organic Gardening: Grow @ Home

Fourteen students from the Years 8&9 elective group Organic Gardening: Grow @  Home visited a local urban backyard business called Melbourne Food Forest The vision for this business is to tread lightly on the earth and help people create edible jungles of beauty.

Students explored the sustainable home with a special interest in the edible garden. They took photos of awe inspiring produce for their Nature Observation Photo Journals and took notice of the different varieties of food grown. The purpose of the visit was to marvel at the incredible Food Forest, collect inspiration to create their own veggie plots and potentially make changes to their outdoor living spaces at home. At school, students in this elective germinate their own seeds, learn about fruit trees and seasonal produce, grow fungi, cook with seasonal produce, make compost, explore soils and design their own Urban Edible Backyards.

CGGS students interested in Sustainability have opportunities to join Environmental Groups such as Froggies and take part in designing the new Sustainability Vision for the school. Students can explore Indigenous Perspectives through Service Learning days, attending the new CGGS Mungo camp, and selecting the Lake Mungo Year 8&9 elective. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have rich environmental knowledge, and a connectedness with and respect for nature that is vital for present and future generations.

Anna Clarkson
Head of Sustainability

Senior School


Senior School

February 25, 2022

On Tuesday 22 February we were thrilled to welcome back a number of our grammarians from our Class of 2021 for our annual Celebration Assembly. This event marks a significant time in our calendar, providing us with an opportunity to not only celebrate the academic achievements of our past Year 12 students, but also to reflect on their years at CGGS and contributions to the wider CGGS community.

The Class of 2021, like all the year levels before them, achieved outstanding VCE results and they did so while contributing to the culture of the school through leadership, initiative, participation and collaboration, a legacy that will continue for years to come.

As part of this, the School presented our top four students with prizes for their the outstanding academic achievements, and we wish each of them well as they move into the next phase of their life-long learning journey.

Dux – Louisa Taylor Memorial Award – Amy Du

DG Lawrence Award2nd highest ATAR – Emma Zhi

RH Westcott Award – Carol Wei

Otto Yuncken Award – Suzy Zhu 

The assembly also enabled our school community to acknowledge that academic results are just one measure of success. For the class of 2021, students will be remembered for the person they have become, we remember and their strengths, values, capabilities and character that go with them as they start their next journey. As a school, we know that it is the teachers, peers, families and the experiences they had while at CGGS that have helped to shape these qualities. As part of this, we thank the incredibly dedicated and passionate teachers at both the VCE and junior levels who have laid the foundations for a love of learning. We also thank Mrs Robinson, the Year Level Coordinator, Miss Georgiou, Mrs Dolan and the Heads of Departments and for their expertise and steadfast support of our students in their VCE.

As part of the assembly, we also heard from Claire Robertson, Charlotte Kutey and Amy Du, as they took the time to share their reflections and learnings from the VCE journey. Each gave their own advice, with the common thread of pursing your passion, embracing opportunities, showing initiative and finding balance between study and the practice of self-care. We thank these students for their insights, and know that these lessons and experiences were very much appreciated by the younger students.

The contributions of the Class of 2021 have enabled them to learn about leadership, collaboration, problem solving, communication, planning and organization, initiative, creativity and critical thinking. All attributes that will be called upon time and time again in all their future endeavours. We wish all students from the graduating class of 2021, the best in as they move into the next stage, knowing that as CGGS alumni, they have the support of the entire CGGS community.

I would invite you to view the assembly via the link below:

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Valentine’s Day Fiesta

On Monday 14 February, we hosted a Valentine’s themed ‘love carnival’ right in the CGGS quadrangle to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. Colourful banners were designed and strung around the space, Year 12s could be seen decked out in hues of pink, white and red, and an atmosphere of love and excitement permeated through the school! And with that, our small carnival really came to life with the help of our Year 12 leaders, and the support and enthusiasm of the CGGS community. 

The Valentine’s love carnival was packed with fun and excitement with all the lovely students and staff participating in the day’s activities whilst under the swelteringly hot sun. The Chocolate Toss was by far the crowd favourite, as many girls tried perfecting their throwing arch in landing a token on a melting bar of chocolate, which was still very tasty! The Bean Bag Toss generated lots of cheer from students and staff as they would try score as many points on the heart targets for a chance in winning a delicious goodie bag. Pin the Heart on the Heart Cavity, TIC’s personal favourite, a spin on Pin the Tail on the Donkey and an homage to our spectacular charity, the Heart Foundation Australia. The last and most beautiful event of the day, the hand painting and love/gratitude note station, run by our incredibly talented art students in adding to the carnival atmosphere.  

Although it was nerve-wracking fundraising in a very different format because of COVID, with all the amazing student and teacher involvement, we raised $573 for the Heart Foundation Australia. This will aid in their education, prevention, research and treatment of cardiac diseases, and more specifically, our fundraising total is enough to fund the research of new therapies that improve recovery and survival following a cardiac emergency. 

Teagan, Charli and Isabel (TIC)

Melbourne Youth Orchestra: Ensemble Programs

Chloe Wong (7B) has been accepted as a French Horn player into the Melbourne Youth Wind Symphony. This award winning ensemble is considered one of the finest Concert Bands in the Victoria. The program supports enrichment in music performance and showcases the brightest young woodwind, brass and percussion musicians from across the state. Students engage with challenging repertoire in their weekly rehearsals, focusing on specific techniques with special instrumental tutors and guidance from professional conductors.

In addition to Chloe’s outstanding achievement, she has been awarded Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Anna Chmiel Memorial Fund Scholarship in recognition of her abilities and to support her development as a French Horn player.

Congratulations Chloe, we look forward to the high level of musicianship that you will bring to our Music programs at CGGS.


I thoroughly enjoyed attending my first rehearsal with the Melbourne Youth Wind Symphony. We started off with a brief tuning session then went straight into the pieces. The new music was slightly more difficult to previous pieces I had played in the John Antil Youth Band and really challenged my sight reading skills. We played pieces like Second Suite for Military Band in F major by Gustav Holst as well as music by many other composers. My conductor, Mr Rick Keenan, was also able to provide a lot of information on the different composers like how Percy Grainger is one of Australia’s best composers of all time. I got to work with three other French Horn players in my section and many other unique instruments like the Bassoon. In the Symphony, most of the musicians are a little older than me at around 15 years old, but there are also a few who are the same age as me. Since it was only my first session, I am still taking time to meet new friends, which I am sure I will during the next few rehearsals.

Overall, I loved playing in the Melbourne Youth Wind Symphony with the other 50 young, like-minded musicians. I believe that this is a great experience for my personal development and progression as a French Horn player.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Heads of Music

Mungo Living Culture Project

On Wednesday evening, families in Years 9 to 11 were invited to a virtual Mungo Living Culture Project information evening to discover more about this exciting program and opportunity.

Click here for a recording of the information evening.

The Mungo Living Culture Project is a seven-day program aimed at exploring the living Indigenous culture within the Willandra Lakes World Heritage region of Lake Mungo. Students and teachers will work closely with Indigenous mentors and elders; scientists and pastoralists to directly engage with history and culture, have fun and develop self-esteem through the gaining and sharing of knowledge in a unique landscape.

Some activities you can expect to partake in during our tour of the region include a guided tour of the Lake Mungo World Heritage Site, cultural activities such as smoking ceremony, rope and tool making and stargazing/astronomy. We will also be learning about the biodiversity of the land using spatial technologies such as drones and apps, Indigenous land management techniques such as cultural burning and caring for Country. A cross the week we will also complete a mindfulness project to connect with ourselves in a deep and meaningful way.

This year, we are very excited to be running three programs across Terms 1-3. Click below to see the application form.

 If you have any questions about the program and/or would like to be involved, please contact either: Mr. Tom Clark ( or Ms. Georgia Biggs (  Further information with regard to applying for the program will be shared in the Senior School Weekly.

Tom Clark and Georgia Biggs

Year 9 English Guest Speaker

On Monday 21 February the Year 9s spent time with old-Grammarian (2006) Britt Aylen, radio announcer, television presenter, podcaster and writer, as part of their media investigation unit titled ‘Fake News, Filters, Feeds and Followers’. 

Britt spoke about her perspective on the media industry and the challenges of representation and bias. Moreover, her candour about the false perceptions of the “glamour” of entertainment was particularly eye-opening for all. She shared the gruelling aspects of everyday life as a presenter but balanced this discussion with exciting anecdotes about her time presenting weather for Channel 7 News (Tasmania) and being a key presenter on Triple M (Hobart). A significant point that resonated with the Year 9s was her discussion about taking time to discover your passions and finding your voice, particularly as a young woman in a fast-paced media landscape.

Maria Litchfield
English Teacher

Uncovering Year 8 Character Strengths

Supporting the Year 8 Wellbeing theme of ‘Self-discovery’, the Year 8s spent time completing the VIA Youth Survey to uncover their key Character Strengths. Character Strengths are the positive parts of your personality that impacts how you think, feel and behave. Understanding one’s strengths can enhance health and wellbeing and help with problem-solving.  By taking this survey, the Year 8 cohort can now identify and apply their highest character strengths to help them thrive in Senior School. We will continue to discuss, reflect and act upon the Character Strengths across our Period 5 program and Year 8 Wellbeing Days. We encourage all Year 8 parents and guardians to ask their child to share and celebrate their key Character Strengths.

Maria Litchfield
Year 8 Coordinator

Waratah Beach SLSC – Club Championships

We would like to congratulate Isabella Tremewen for her commitment to the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Issy spends many hours each week participating in a wide variety of sports at CGGS but during the summer holidays she has continued her love of physical activity down at the beach. Waratah Beach SLSC had their Club Championships in January where Issy competed in a number of events including the swim, 2km run, 100m sprint, beach flags, wade and board race. We were so proud to hear that Issy finished 1st and is the U17 Club Champion for the 2021/2022 season. What an amazing achievement.

Issy has also spent her summer holidays volunteering as a lifesaver at Waratah Beach SLSC as well as helping with water safety for the Nippers Program. As a result of her passion and dedication to this program Issy is the first member of the club this season to reach 100 patrol hours. She will attend an awards night later in the year held by Life Saving Victoria where she will be acknowledged for her service of 100+ hours and we look forward to hearing more about this event later in the year.

If your daughter is involved in any sporting achievements outside school, we would love to hear about them so please email our Head of Sport, Lauren Law so we can celebrate these achievements.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport

GSV Golf

It was a historic moment last week when for the first time, CGGS entered a team into the GSV Golf competition. Sabrina Bignold, Jessie Chen Megan Kwong, Abbey Marcou, Nysa Ramavat and Mut Yi headed to the prestigious Metropolitan Golf Club in Oakleigh for what was an exciting afternoon on the golf course. Against a strong competition the team should be so proud as they continually improved, developing their driving and putting skills throughout the day. The students had a great afternoon and were very supportive of one another as they moved around the nine hole course.

Megn Kwong is to be congratulated on her performance as she finished as the top player for CGGS and 5th overall in the GSV competition. Well done Megan!

Thank you to Ms Semple and Lucy Bartram for supporting these students with their expertise and coaching on the day. If you have some spare time on the weekend or the holidays, why not go to a golf course for some practice with your families and we will look forward to welcoming many more CGGS students to our golf team in 2023!

Lauren Law
Head of Sport

2022 Years 8-10 Information Evening

The 2022 Years 8-10 Information evening was held last Tuesday. This Information Evening serves as an opportunity for both parents and students of these year levels to receive important information about the year ahead relating to subjects being studied, co-curricular programs on offer, wellbeing initiatives in place and key dates to be aware of.

Over 140 families joined their child’s respective Year Level Coordinator via ZOOM on this night and following the formal presentations of the night, had the opportunity to ask questions relating to other aspects of their child’s school year ahead. Families then moved to their pre-scheduled one-one ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions with their child’s tutor teacher to become formally acquainted with the teacher who will play an active role in the pastoral education of their child in 2022.

The importance of making such connections at the beginning of a new academic year should never be underestimated and make evenings such as these so worthwhile for all involved.

Kim Hepworth
Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning

2022 VCE Student Information evening – Teaching and Learning

The ‘VCE Student Information evening’ is an annual school community gathering held to assist parents and students in their understanding of the requirements of the VCE. This year this Information Evening was held on February 10 and was conducted as an online event.

On the night and in the realms of ZOOM, all attending families were treated to live addresses from their child’s Year Level Coordinator, each of whom outlined the various supports and resources in place to help guide each student in their individual VCE journey. The Wellbeing programs at Years 10, 11 and 12, are purposefully designed to focus on learning skills and strategies that both help and guide students to become effective and independent learners. Some aspects of these offerings were touched upon in the YLC’s presentations as well. For families new to the VCE experience, a small snapshot of what the next few years would entail was also shared – the highs, the lows, the challenges, and the euphoric moments unique to these latter years of a secondary school education.

Families then moved into pre-booked ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions with VCE subject teachers to ask any specific questions they may have had related to the various subjects in their child’s VCE program. Links to both a ‘VCE subject padlet’ and the ‘CGGS 2022 VCE Handbook’, supplied prior to the evening, also served as useful resources parents and students could refer to in relation to the guidelines, requirements and protocols associated with completing the VCE.

All in all, the ‘VCE Student Information evening’ was a well-attended event and parents and students alike are encouraged to reach out to the VCE Coordinator, Dot Georgiou, in the first instance, if they still have any VCE related questions they need answering.

Kim Hepworth
Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning

Senior School


Senior School

February 11, 2022

The commencement of a new school year is always very exciting for the students, but equally for the staff. And while we all experience some butterflies in the stomach the night before and as we walk through the gates, these are positive signs that we are looking forward to all the year ahead has to offer.

Highlights of the special programs undertaken by the Year 7, 11 and 12 students when they started back at school are outlined later in this edition of CamNews and I am also pleased to say that all our Year 7 students and those new to the senior School in Years 8 – 12 have also made a wonderful transition.

Our 2022 School Captains, Teagan Diep, Isabel D’Souza and Charli Lincke have christened themselves TIC and in the first Senior School Assembly for 2022 ensured they made as many references to this as possible – for example they were excited about the fantastic year ahead. They also outlined their term focuses for this year with the acronym CARE standing for Connectedness, Ambition, Recognition and Enthusiasm. Teagan, Isabel and Charli plan to have a Care Bear for each term and this term being Connection the bear is called Togetherness Bear. On behalf of the Senior School community, I wish the School Captains well with all their plans.

It has also been wonderful to see our other School and House leaders commencing their own portfolios so enthusiastically. Our International Captains, Shuhan Zeng and Daleney Ing coordinated activities and special food offerings through our school café, as we celebrated Lunar New Year. We are all hoping that the Year of the Tiger is a lucky one globally.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Top Acts, Top Arts, Top Everything

‘Isolation’, ‘Remote’, ‘Distance Learning’… the language surrounding our experience of the past 18 months could not be further from some of the fundamental skills required by our performing artists. The ability to respond physically to their environment, to cultivate a relationship between audience and performer, to speak… to speak with resonance, clarity and diction and to fully utilise facial expression (these last two points predominantly hindered by face masks and microphone sensitivity on Zoom).

Beyond the universal experience of Lockdowns, our Performing Artists have truly had to dig deep and find a kind of ‘Show Fitness’ of the imagination, rehearsing autonomously and without the usual feedback loop and spatial familiarity to assist with detailed refinement. Remarkably, our Theatre and Music Performance students demonstrated inspiring resolve in their preparations for their final performance exam. Whilst they worked with astute guidance from Keira Lyons [VCE Theatre] and Mat Duniam [VCE Music Performance] they ultimately found the tenacity to cultivate and upkeep a personal rehearsal routine which propelled seven of them to receive a prestigious invitation to audition for the VCAA Top Class performance season (a carefully curated showcase of exemplar performances from the exams for current students).

Amelia Lemanis [perfect study score], Simar Kaur and Shannon Yeung (Theatre Studies), along with  Emily Wu [perfect study score], Chloe Law and Angie D’Leong (Music Performance), and Natalie Hudono (Dance) all produced final responses in their practical work that the State deemed ‘exceptional’. The school is thrilled to congratulate Shannon Yeung, Chloe Law and Natalie Hudono on their successful auditions which now leads to performances later in March. 

Natalie Hudono is performing her VCE VET Ballet Solo on Wednesday 16 March at 10:00am at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in the Melbourne Recital Centre. Tickets can be purchased

Chloe Law is performing the Australian cello work ‘Each Precious Breath’ by Helen Mountfort on Monday 21st March at 10:00am at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in the Melbourne Recital Centre. Tickets can be purchased

Shannon Yeung will be performing her monologue ‘The Threepenny Opera – A BALLAD SINGER’ at 10:00am on Tuesday 29 March. Tickets are available via Arts Centre Melbourne:

These performances are always extremely popular and we recommend booking soon, as the initial allocation of tickets is close to exhausted.

A full list of performers appearing across the Dance programs will be available next week via the Season of Excellence website –

Heartfelt admiration goes out to all of our performing artists producing work under such difficult circumstances.

Keira Lyons
Head of Drama & Performing Arts

Year 7 Transition Week

2022 is well and truly off to a wonderful start with our Year 7 students officially joining the CGGS community. To help ensure a smooth shift into secondary school, the Year 7s eagerly participated in Transition Week, a program designed to encourage the development of relationships and familiarity with a new environment.

While our students took part in a wide range of activities and sessions, I wanted to share some of the highlights of the week, including an “Amazing Race” style tour of the campus, coming up with their own form themes, decorating their year level and form spaces, learning House chants with the Year 12 House Captains and undertaking Service Learning sessions. Importantly, the Year 7 students also listened to sessions delivered by school counsellors regarding Respectful Relationships and What to Expect in Year 7.

Transition week also offered students an opportunity to meet many of their subject teachers while getting a taste of the subject through participation in many engaging and inspiring lessons from History, English, Drama, Science, Religious Education, Mathematics, Art, Digital Organisation and Library. It was so great to see all of the new Year 7 students buzzing with enthusiasm and joy as they learnt new skills and developed connections with their peers and teachers. Finally, Transition week came to an end with students having some time in the library and attending a beautiful Church service with Reverend Creed and a number of Year 7 students.

I am incredibly impressed with how our new CGGS cohort navigated their new environment, and how willing they were to learn in this week, and I am confident this will continue. They approached all aspects of transition week with such poise, interest, and confidence and they should be very proud of themselves. On behalf of the Tutor Team and Subject Teachers, we look forward to being a part of the 2022 cohort’s senior school journey and wish them the very best for their first year at Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

Tuba Ozak
Year 7 Coordinator

Year 11 Start of Year Program Highlights

We started the year with our Year 11 Commencement program and although it was a shortened format, the Form Teachers and I enjoyed spending time with the students hearing about their recent break and talking to them about the year ahead. Elevate Education presented tips and strategies for more effective study and work habits and presentations from our VCE coordinator, and our Head of Digital Learning and Innovation provided the important nuts and bolts of the VCE and our new learning management system. We finished the day with ‘Robbo’s Race’ which involved a series of problem solving and creative thinking challenges. The results were outstanding, and I congratulate the students on their engagement and commitment to the day.

During our Year Level assembly, we set our common goal and driving purpose as “Bounce Back better” which is all about resilience and returning to activities, successes, enthusiasm, and energy. Collectively, the Form teachers and I will endeavor to provide an environment which nurtures and encourages collaboration, inclusiveness and a strong belief that working together and sharing the journey will benefit all and will serve to ensure our Year 11 students are happy, productive, and successful in all aspects of their schooling. We have adopted the lovable and loyal Hobbes as our mascot (from Kalvin and Hobbes comic fame), which both supports the Year of the Tiger and the traits we wish our students to display this year – kind, playful, philosophical and funny!

I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead filled with laughter and determination to make the most out of every day we spend together.

Nareen Robinson
Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12, 2022

Last Thursday week, the Year 12s returned to school and undertook a special program designed primarily to further inform them about the VCE and also to spend some time re-connecting with their Form Groups and their 2022 Form Teacher.

In the morning, the Year 12s initially undertook a VCE Information Session with presentations by Ms Dot Georgiou (VCE Coordinator), Mrs Paula Kolivas (School Counsellor) and Mr Micah Wilkins (Head of Digital Learning and Innovation) on the school’s new LMS, Firefly. These sessions were designed to give all students an introduction to the VCE and tips on how they can best navigate through the year ahead. Following this, they undertook two sessions with Elevate Education, “Ace Your Exams” and “Student Elevation”. Both of these sessions were very informative and it was fantastic to see the high levels of engagement by the Year 12s throughout the sessions.  After lunch on Thursday, the Year 12s met in their Form Groups. Each Year 12 student was asked to bring something of significance to them and to briefly present to other members of the Form Group, the significance of the object they had brought to School. The feedback from both the Year 12s and their Form Teachers was very positive about the activity.

After this, the Year 12 Commencement Service took place. Unfortunately, due to Covid Restrictions, the Year 12s were unable to all meet together in Barbara Sutton Hall for the Service and so it was livestreamed into Upper Woodstock for two of the four Form Groups. Despite this, it was a beautiful Service and a very appropriate way to commence the School Year. Wonderful reflections on the year ahead were presented by Year 12 students, Emily Wu and Sarah Sun.

Since then, the Year 12s have made an outstanding start to the School Year. As the picture below shows, they are using their Study Periods diligently and the initial feedback from the Year 12 teachers has been very positive.

All in all, the early signs are very positive that the Year 12s are going to have a very happy and productive final year at Camberwell Girls’ Grammar School.

Andrew Burnell
Year 12 Coordinator

CGGS Students Perform at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Charlotte Lindsay (French Horn) and Sasha Wee (Percussion) are members of one of Australia’s flagship youth orchestras, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra. This orchestra showcases our brightest musicians and supports them to gain performance experience through working with highly regarded conductors in professional contexts.

Last month, the MYO commenced their year of special projects, with a concert on Friday 28th January at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Even an epic thunderstorm did not prevent the concert from proceeding and certainly made for a more dramatic performance!

Charlotte: The first concert at the bowl may have been quite wet, but it was incredible. I have attended the MSO free concerts with my family since I was 4 or 5. Being able to perform at such an iconic venue was a dream and an experience that I’ll never forget. The concerts are such a highlight, as I get to play music I love with friends. I cannot wait to do it all over again at our next concert.

This month, the MYO has been invited to perform a ‘curtain raiser’ concert (6.00pm-6.45pm) before the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concert at the Bowl on Saturday 12th February. These much-loved free concerts have been a Summer tradition in Melbourne, where family and friends are welcome to bring a picnic, sit under the stars and enjoy listening to world-class musicians perform celebrated repertoire.                         

Charlotte and Sasha have been involved in a number of intensive rehearsal sessions at the MSO rehearsal headquarters (Iwaki Auditorium), where they have been working with conductor and MYO Music Director Brett Kelly, in preparation for the Myer Music Bowl performances. The program of works for the Concert on 12th February includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Aram Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite, Vortex by Harry Sdrauligand selections from the Pirates of the Caribbean film score.

Sasha: Participating in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra has been an absolute amazing experience, and I am incredibly lucky to play alongside some incredibly skilled musicians with a well-respected conductor. Although the weather conditions were not the finest at our first concert, I had the chance to perform in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for the first time ever and will forever be grateful for this amazing opportunity. As a percussionist, playing alongside some extraordinarily experienced players has taught me so much more about percussion, and the fine details and techniques that are required to add to the magic of orchestral music. I am really looking forward to performing in the next Music Bowl concert.

If you would like to attend the next free MSO Concert at the Bowl on Saturday 12th February (and support our student musicians) information is available here: 2022 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Kate Savige
Director of Music Curriculum

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 8 February, it was “Safer Internet Day”, a global initiative to raise awareness about online safety.  In a world where many teenagers are spending around 2 hours online a day and have more than four different social media platforms, online safety is one of the biggest challenges parents and school face at the moment.   While we are aware that the internet and online technology has many benefits and we would be lost without it the 2021 national research indicates that 44% of teens have reported a negative online experience, 30% had been contacted by someone they did not know, 20% have received inappropriate content and 16% were being deliberately excluded from events and social groups (eSafety Commissioner research 2021)

In light of this the following link and article may prompt some conversations around safer internet use with your children

Beth Sarlos
School Counsellor

Paul Dillon Workshops 

CGGS has a long-standing relationship with Paul Dillon from the Drug and Alcohol Research and Training centre, where he has been working for over 25 years. Each year, we invite Paul to speak to our students in Years 10, 11 and 12, where he shares contemporary research and perspectives on supporting our young people to make healthy, safe and informed decisions regarding Drugs and Alcohol.

Paul’s strength is in his ability to carefully craft his message using humour, story-telling and real statistics to engage his audience. Throughout the three years, our students learn many life changing and life saving strategies including how to ensure personal safety, the safety of peers and most importantly, being aware of the dangers and risks. 

This year, Paul will also present to parents on March 7, as part of our Parent Education seminar series. Paul will speak on the topic of “Teens, alcohol and other drugs: What do parents in a post-COVID-19 world need to know??, and during this talk he will explore the changing nature of socialisation as a result of COVID-19, including the growing popularity of local park parties. Paul will also discuss the concerning rise in ‘vaping’, particularly as the law has struggled to keep up with its recent popularity with teenagers.

As parents and as teachers, it is important that we regularly engage in conversations with young people about the latest ‘fads’ and ‘trends’ in drug and alcohol use, including vaping and we encourage all parents of students in Year 10 – 12 to attend Paul’s talk on March 7. By having these conversations, discussing the risks and the data, and by keeping communication lines open, we are more likely to have a positive impact on their decision making.

If you would like more information on Paul’s presentations, you can access a range of resources at his website:  and we look forward to sharing more information regarding Paul Dillon’s Parent Education seminar shortly.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

CGGS Student Sporting Achievements

Over the holidays there were many students who were active with different sporting activities and we are excited to share some of their achievements with the CGGS community. If your daughter is involved in any sporting achievements outside school, we would love to hear about them so please email our Head of Sport, Lauren Law so we can celebrate these accomplishments.

Australian Open Ball Kids
Chloe Wong, Nathinee Evans, Angelique Quah, Bella Fary, Kiki Page and Sara Rowland were all selected as ball kids at the Australian Open this year. It takes several months of trials and training to become a ball kid and these students should be very proud of their commitment to the program. It was exciting to see some students on the TV and they were very excited to be up close with some of the top tennis players in the world. Students had to adapt to different working hours and some very late nights but they all loved the experience and made some strong friendships through the program. They were also fortunate to be ball kids or flag bearers at some of the finals and we were thrilled to see Kiki Page helping with the gripping Men’s final which turned out to be a very long but exciting match. We look forward to seeing these girls and other students on court as ball kids in the future.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport

Rep Cricket
Over the summer, I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent the Eastern Cricket Association in the Under 14 girls’ Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union (VMCU) carnival. We played 6 matches in 7 days, competing against some of the best players from across Victoria. After losing the first two games, we went on to win the next four and into the semi-final; as our team learnt to work together and play to our strengths. We came into the grand final as the underdogs playing a team that had only lost once. However, we didn’t let the pressure get to us and played our best on the day, securing a win and becoming the Victorian Metropolitan champions for Under 14 girls. It was a rewarding experience, and I made some great friends along the way.

Lauren Soo
Year 9

Year 7 Biodiversity

The Year 7 Service Learning Transition Program involved 2 hours of learning activities focused on Biodiversity. Students took action to attract and increase the range of living organisms in our school environment by creating seeds bombs, striking lavender from cuttings, constructing water bowls, drilling holes in wood for solitary bees, and sowing sunflower seeds.

The second project undertaken was a Biodiversity Audit. This was the first time CGGS initiated stocktaking our natural and built features. The purpose was to investigate what already existed so we can take action to restore and conserve nature, create habitats, and encourage insects to our garden. This audit involved using digital technology (Padlet & Excel) to photograph different vegetation and tabulate data, drawing on hardcopy maps to locate the natural and built features, and tally and record these features in a hardcopy table.

Anna Clarkson
Head of Sustainability

Senior School


Senior School

December 7, 2021

On Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming our newest students to Senior School, the current Year 6 students from both our own Junior School, Ormiston and the local primary schools. These students are our new Year 7’s in 2022, the Class of 2027. It was such a highlight to be able to have these 100 students on site in the Barbara Sutton Hall and the Year 7 area for some, Welcome to Senior School Orientation sessions. Thank you to all the School and House Captains who assisted Ms Ozak, Ms Woolcock and the Year 7 2022 Tutor teachers in making sure our Class of 2027 felt a warm welcome to Senior School at CGGS.

Today we held our final Senior School assembly for 2021 and it was special to have all the Years 7 – 9 students in Barbara Sutton Hall for this assembly as highlights of many student activities from the past few weeks of Term 4 were shared.

Our Years 7 – 9 Presentation Evening, which has been pre-recorded and shared with families for this evening is the perfect way to celebrate and acknowledge all the student achievements in these year levels this past year. Congratulations to all the recipients of Citizenship, Academic and Co-curricular awards for 2021.

Finally, I wish to extend my thanks to all our students, their families and all our teaching and professional services staff for their outstanding commitment to the Senior School this year. Everyone can be proud of their efforts during this second year of challenges.

Enjoy the holiday period with family and friends, stay safe and well and take good care.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Digital Platforms – 2022

In 2022 CGGS is excited to begin the process of transitioning to a new Learning Management System (MyCGGS – Firefly) which will be used as a central hub through which staff and students can quickly and easily access the information they need. It will be used by teachers and students for lesson delivery, resource sharing, collaborating, task and assessment submission, continuous feedback and content creation among other things. It will also incorporate other CGGS events, programs and activities, including House, Clubs, productions, Service Learning, sport and camps.

As we transition to this new digital system at the start of 2022, it is important to provide staff and students with an opportunity to test and build it with each other before we launch to parents and guardians. We anticipate launching to parents and guardians at the end of Term 1. During this transition time, we encourage parents to engage in conversations with their daughters about what they are learning and how their learning is progressing.

Parent Lounge (powered by TASS – a student and finance management system) will continue to be used to enable parents to: 

> Update Family Contact Details

> Update Student Medical Details

> Pay School Fees

> Book Student Learning Conversations (Parent Teacher Interviews)

> Approve/Pay for excursions and camps

> View and access Interim and Semester Reports

> View important school documents

> View your child’s timetable

> Contact with school staff

> View Attendance Record

Please refer to the ‘Digital Platforms: Information for Parents’ infographic to see how we will use our digital systems in 2022.

Parent Login

Camberwell Girls Grammar School is excited to launch a new way to access key CGGS services relevant to your daughter’s education.

On 14 January 2022 you will be emailed (to your personal email address registered with the school) information on how to login and activate your new CGGS account. Parent IDs as used previously will not be used any longer. 

Please note that SEQTA will no longer be in use for students and parents from 14 January 2022.

If you have any queries please contact Nathan Campbell, Head of ICT or Micah Wilkins, Head of Digital Learning & Innovation 

2021 Year 7 Service Learning Conference – Hope, Reconnection, Action

At Year 7, Service Learning focuses on Environmental Stewardship – the hopeful care and preservation of the environment. While our Year 7 students are born into a time of climate crisis, the Environmental Stewardship program is rooted on the premise that hope is necessary, and action is imperative. This approach is informed by research into climate action and eco anxiety, and inspired by 65,000 years of environmental custodianship by Indigenous Australians. As such, it was fitting that our 2021 Service Learning Conference was opened and closed by Murrundindi, Wurundjeri elder. We began our day in the Labyrinth, as Year 9 student Amina Keegan delivered the Acknowledgement of Country and introduced Murrundindi and his warm, calming Welcome to Country. With the lifting of many restrictions, it was wonderful to have Murrundindi on site, providing the traditional welcome to this special place on which we learn.

This year’s conference was designed with reconnection in mind. With a disrupted year spent largely in our homes, we wanted to provide students with the opportunity to reconnect with themselves, with each other, and of course, the environment. Our morning was filled with various ‘reconnection’ opportunities provided by our inventive staff. Self-care opportunities included meditation, sensory walks, and painting. Students spent time in nature virtually with the Virtual Reality sessions run by MindFlight 7, or enjoyed reality by planting out indigenous plants in the grounds, making funny anthropomorphised nature videos, and pressing flowers. After our prolonged periods of remote learning, it was wonderful to be together in our beautiful grounds, and to reconnect with this space. Research tells us that young people should, and want to, spend more time in nature. Not only does doing so have a range of cognitive and emotional advantages, but it is also vital for the cause of environmental sustainability. By spending more time in nature, we better appreciate its wonder and diversity, and are more inclined to act to protect it.

Once recharged, students then dove into a ‘Game Changer Challenge’ using the power of their voice to advocate for change, and their creativity to create useful, beautiful items from waste. ‘Advocate’ student groups focused on communicating a particular environment concern and how to take action, generating an ‘advocacy suite’ of posters and social media tiles. In the Maker Space, ‘Create’ groups worked on repurposing waste materials into purposeful, beautiful items. Students identified a range of issues on which we can act, from preserving our precious water sources, fast fashion, and food waste.

Our guest speaker Ella, from School Strike 4 Climate, encouraged us all to act locally and globally, and in the afternoon, we participated in an act of service with global reach. Solar Buddy is an organisation which aims to reduce energy poverty, providing solar lamps to those who do not have clean, safe lighting and rely on open fires or kerosene lamps. Our students worked in pairs to not only assemble their lights, but also write a personal letter to the recipient. Solar Buddy lamps improve health, educational, and environmental outcomes, demonstrating the power of simple, creative responses to environmental and human challenges. We have been impressed by Solar Buddy’s commitment to the environment, with a careful battery recycling program, and the ingenious reuse of shipping packaging into water storage.  Ella explained intersectional nature of climate justice – that action for the environment was also action for first nations peoples and women, who are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. Through making solar lamps, students can participate in practical action for the planet; helping those who are often suffering the most.

Students and staff gathered one last time to learn from Murrundindi. It was inspiring to hear about his personal connection and experiences both on Wurundjeri country, but also when being welcomed to other places such as Lake Mungo. He spoke of an energy and connection to land to which many of us can relate.

We encourage all our students and families to continue reconnecting and acting for the environment this summer and into the new year. As many of us will be holidaying in Australia this summer, it is the perfect opportunity to explore and enjoy the unique beauty and wilderness of Australia. Action for the environment is also a strategy which can help us navigate feelings of eco anxiety, and you may wish to be inspired by some of the suggestions from our students in the Padlet linked below.

Maggie Wighton
Sustainability Coordinator

French Poetry Competition Prize Winners!

Félicitations (or congratulations!) to Tyra Dawson (Year 9) and Monique Thorpe (Year 10) for their incredible achievement in firstly getting through to the finals of the Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition and then being selected as respective winners for their year groups of the Prix Hors Catégorie. To go through to the finals of the Berthe Mouchette poetry competition, students must get full marks for their recital of a French poem. This year, students submitted a video of their poetry recital and Tyra and Monique both received 20 out of 20. They then had to do a Zoom recital several weeks later on a Sunday to French judges and again, they received full marks.

The fact that they each learned their poems over Remote Learning and recited them online adds to the impressiveness of the award. Well done Tyra and Monique, we are lucky to have you continuing with us in the French Department. 

Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE

Year 7 History

In Term 2, Year 7 History students continued their study of the ancient world, focusing on the ancient Egyptian civilisation. As part of this study, students in 7W took to the science lab to try and emulate ancient Egyptian embalming process. In ancient Egypt, this was an important step in the funerary process, to prepare the body of the deceased for their journey into the afterlife. This process took 70 days, drying the body in natron, a naturally occurring salt.

With no Pharaohs available, students ‘embalmed’ apple slices in a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda, to emulate the natron traditionally used for this process. They then created hieroglyphic seals for their experiments, reminiscent of the many spiritual aspects of the ancient embalming and mummification process. Students made predictions about what would occur over the coming weeks, using their historical knowledge and scientific understandings.

In ancient times, the desiccation (drying) process would have taken 70 days, however, due to our unexpected lockdowns, our experiment was conducted over several months! With the seals finally broken and experiments revealed in Term 4, our hypotheses were tested under slightly different conditions. While the apples were preserved, students doubted that they would have successfully travelled to the afterlife in their condition! 7W students Summer and Maya reported on the reopening:

“So, when the day finally arrived to unpack the mummified apples, we were excited but at the same time we were nervous to find out what happened to them. When we first opened the apples, we thought that the smell was going to be strong but there was barely any smell, it actually just smelled like salt and baking powder (basically the natron itself). The apples were not as mouldy as expected; they were really brown, almost black. There was also some ‘apple moisture’ on the bottom and the apples were also quite squishy which we did not expect to happen. We loved doing the apple mummification project and found it a great learning experience.” – Summer Zhu & Maya Conn, 7W Students 

Ian Lyell
Head of History

UN Youth Voice Competition – State Finals

The UN Youth Voice Competition is more than your average public speaking competition. It consists of two parts – the Pitch and Question Time. In the Pitch, students propose solutions to a given world problem. During Question Time, students answer two questions from the judging panel to defend the feasibility of their solution. This year’s competition was run online. Congratulations to Maddie Wood (Year 7) and Aliyana Rajakulendran (Year 8) who competed in the State Finals, finishing in the top ten overall.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

First Lego League – National Championships

At the end of November, three teams of Year 6 – 9 students competed in the First Lego League Challenge Regional Finals.

There were a number of components in the First Lego League challenge. Students designed a robot and programmed it to complete missions on a customised game table. They also engaged in the design thinking process, creating an innovation project linked to a global theme. This year’s challenge theme was ‘Cargo Connect’ – finding solutions to problems relating to transportation. Throughout the competition, students demonstrated the six core values of First Lego League: Discovery, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Innovation and Fun.

At the Bangholme Regional Final which took place online, each team performed exceptionally well. The judges were particularly impressed with the students’ ability to articulate the learning process and their excellent teamwork skills. Robo6, our Year 8/9 team won the Breakthrough Award for the high quality of both their robot design and innovation project. Our Year 7 team, Kool Kidz, won the Innovation Project Award. These two teams have been selected to compete in the National Championships (South) on Sunday 12 December.

Congratulations and best wishes to both teams!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

House Sport

It was exciting to see sport back CGGS as we were lucky to hold another House Netball and Soccer competition. The fields and courts were alive with colour and enthusiastic cheer as everyone’s house spirit was through the roof. Participation levels were high and everyone displayed great teamwork and ability throughout the day. The weather held up perfectly and the girls were able to earn house points that contributed to the overall winners. The results were close, particularly Netball which had a three-way tie to first place.

The results are as follows:


Equal 1st – Lawrence, Schofield, Taylor

4th – Singleton 


1st – Taylor

2nd – Schofield

3rd – Singleton 

4th – Lawrence

A huge thank you to all the students and staff who were involved and assisted throughout the day, ensuring a smooth program, particularly Ms Law. A special mention to the House Captains who organised teams and cheered on their houses, an amazing effort for their first House Carnival. Another thanks to School House Captain, Kelly Ta, and previous House Sport Captains for their assistance.

The amazing effort put into the day payed off as we went on to have another successful House Netball and Soccer Carnival. We look forward to our next event which will be House Athletics next year!

Ella Robinson
School Sport Captain

Senior School


Senior School

November 26, 2021

Last week we celebrated and farewelled the Class of 2021 in our Leavers Service. It was wonderful to be able to be together and congratulate the Year 12 students on their hard work throughout this year and all their years in the Senior School. There are always so many highlights of this service including hearing the students make their own speech of gratitude to their parents and teachers with very genuine thanks, the Year 7 and staff guard of honour as the Year 12 students make their way down the main driveway and out of the Torrington Street gates, this tradition actually forms part of our school hymn, “so when the gates swing wide and through the larger world our way we choose” and also of course the 3:25pm final bell.

This too has become more significant now that we only have two bells each year. One at the commencement of the Year 12 school year and one at the end. At this time, the Year 12 students gather in the Quadrangle, sing hymns and countdown to 3:25pm. I want to again congratulate every Year 12 student on their amazing efforts and resilience this year. We are so proud of each of them and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

Recently some of our staff and students had the opportunity to spend the day with Murrundindi at Healesville Sanctuary and Coranderrk. This was a very special occasion for those who attended, as Murrundindi shared some history, indigenous culture and sites that are very significant to him, his family and his culture. It was great to spend time in nature and appreciate our Australian history and land. We are so thankful for Murrundindi continuing to be a part of our CGGS community and appreciate him teaching and sharing with us.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Year 9 Service Learning Conference

Seeking to be useful in service is an important part of our DNA at CGGS. Last week, the Year 9s took part in their Service Learning Conference where the focus was ‘community.’ Over the two days we sought to amplify our ability to serve others by hearing the experiences and journeys of Old Grammarians: Amanda Mandy (OAM), Helen Parker (OAM), Dianne Dick, Andrea Brown, Lis Sandbach and Georgie Herbert. Hearing from these members of our CGGS community led the students to think about their own skills and passions as a springboard for how they might contribute to communities they are part of. A focus was how we might connect with people around us, reacting to their needs, seeking to be proactive in using our skills to serve others. Please see below some of our student reflections from the conference.

Jennifer Gordon
Head of Service Learning

I really enjoyed lots about the Service Learning conference. A lot of students and I loved the self-care session, especially the Pilates class run by Alicia. I loved making the Christmas cards, it was great making something with our hands for others. Learning about different social issues was very informative, and fun and engaging. Overall, this was a great learning experience for us all! 

Sofia Pandeli, 9C

I really enjoyed the Year 9 Service Learning conference! I loved that we got the chance to give back to our community and help those in need. I particularly enjoyed writing festive cards to others in our society, it was awesome that we got to actually be a part of an act of service. The conference has inspired me to look for more volunteer opportunities in the future and our whole year level appreciated this amazing initiative!

Emily Price, 9B

During the Service Learning conference my classmates and I were exposed to many activities to strengthen our connections with the local community, stories from the experiences of Old Grammarians, and small acts of service to others in order to improve our understanding of the communities around us and the support that we can provide within them.

One of my favourite experiences was the making of the Christmas cards that my friends and I created to be sent to Prague House and Crossroads, two groups within the local community, to service those around us through a small gesture of kindness this Christmas. Many of my peers furthered this experience by creating festive biscuits to be gifted alongside the cards, and through this experience, I felt as though the community of my schoolmates had been brought together through the service of the Prague House and Crossroads communities. It has strengthened my understanding of the importance and appreciation for service within my local environment.

Overall, the two days of the service conference opened my eyes to the small steps, gestures, offering of time and skills that we can provide in order to service the communities around us while strengthening our own.

Grace Barnes, 9D

Music Achievements – Emily Wu

The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) has awarded their high achievers for 2020. We are thrilled to announce that Emily Wu (11B) is one of only four students who successfully completed a Diploma examination on two instruments:

> LMusA (Piano)

> LMusA with Distinction (Cello)

The Licentiate in Music, Australia (LMusA) is a diploma awarded by examination to outstanding musicians. Candidates must perform repertoire from the prescribed lists of works and are tested on their general knowledge of the selected pieces. The “award with distinction” is very rarely given and reflects Emily’s many years of conscientious commitment to practice and exceptionally high level of performance.

Emily was presented with her certificates for the multiple diplomas at the AMEB studios this year, in recognition of her outstanding achievements. The CGGS Music Department, along with Emily’s family, are very proud of her accomplishments. Emily persevered during Melbourne’s series of lockdowns to memorise a significant collection of musical works in preparation for the two highly demanding performance examinations.

This year, Emily has continued to immerse herself in her music passions at CGGS, completing VCE Unit 3 and 4 Music Performance and involvement in many co-curricular Music groups. Emily is to be congratulated on her dedication to learning, ability to respond positively to the many challenges faced and for maintaining her motivation to achieve specific music goals. What an inspiration for all of our student musicians!

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Zoo Youth Leadership

One of the great things about being back together at CGGS has been the continuation of our partnership with Zoos Victoria and our Zoo Youth Leadership Program. The opportunity to partner with Zoos Victoria, who are considered to be global leaders in STEM based learning experiences, wildlife conservation and research, is both a unique and exciting one.

As participants, students have been actively contributing to wildlife conservation research and action, and Zoos Victoria have been benefitting from the insights of our CGGS students who are being shaped into the next generation of conservation leaders.

This week saw students undertake three amazing immersive experiences that have seen them visiting seals at Philip Island, going backstage at the Zoo with giraffes and zebras and visiting Port Phillip EcoCentre at St Kilda Beach. Working alongside experts in wildlife conservation, our student participants have been learning about animal enrichment and marine conservation, as they look to complete their final projects and leadership journeys.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

Videos for Change

We were delighted to have two teams as finalists in the Senior High School National Videos for Change competition. Videos for Change is a way for young people to develop confidence, practice social advocacy, and build valuable 21st Century skills they need for a better future.

Following on from this, we are excited to announce that ‘Disconnected’ by Scarlett Giang and Natalie Chung has been named a joint winner of the competition and has also received the competition’s inaugural Mental Health Awareness Award. This second award was chosen by mental health for youth organisation Headspace and recognised the important amplification of this issue that has taken place over the past 18 months. Over 70% of submissions to this year’s Videos for Change competition, addressed this theme.

Scarlett and Natalie’s video was selected from hundreds of videos submitted from across the country, which went through two rounds of initial judging before a final round of external judges with expertise in social media, mainstream media and film, and documentary making.

To watch the winning announcements and hear from the students themselves, including Salwa, Nektaria, Salome, Jaya and May, our second group of finalists with their video #strideinyourstyle, click the link below.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

Global Youth Forum

During Term 4, 10 Year 9 students participated in a Global Youth Forum run by the Asia Education Foundation at The University of Melbourne, High Resolves and The Department of Education and Training. This leadership program, run over 3 days, provided Year 9 students in Victoria with the opportunity to explore global citizenship in the context of their communities through engagement with students from Asia, including China, Japan and Indonesia. Students heard from experts, explored stories across the Asia-Pacific, examined global citizenship and debated with peers issues facing education and schooling in the current global context.

Dr. Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

CGGS 2021 Election

Yesterday was a big day for our Year 9 students, as the eight political parties forged in a semester of learning in Commerce battled it out for glory in our annual CGGS Election.

The Equal Opportunity Party, Vitality Party, SUS Party, Amogus Party, The Justice League Party, The Bake Boss Party, The Australian Wellness Party and The Brainy Bunch Party all did a sensational job. Not only did they present their Parties in effective visual form, but they lobbied hard on Election Day, ‘working the queues’ to inform voters about the policy choices they could make at the Ballot Box and making sure that formal voting protocols were followed.

Only one vote distinguished the SUS Party from the Bake Boss Party in the Primary Vote count and, while congratulations go to all parties for their valiant efforts for election, after the distribution of preferences, a clear winner emerged. This year our collective congratulations go to The Bake Boss Party who took line honours with an absolute majority of 143 out of a possible 260 votes.

The Election is always an energy-charged and truly hands-on way for students to experience the pressures, dramas, highs and lows, and the logistics of ‘running for office’ on a small scale. There is no doubt these young women will approach the Ballot Box as adults in a more informed way as a result of their participation in this task.

Our thanks go to the staff who assisted and supported this activity on the day. We have loved working with this year’s Year 9 students and look forward to doing in it all again in 2022!

Alexandra Larkey and the Year 9 Commerce Teaching team
Head of Commerce

2021 Empower Agents of Change Leadership Global Conference

The 2021 Empower Agents of Change Leadership Global Conference, November 15 – 17, was hosted by Nanyang Girls’ High School in Singapore, a partner school in the SAGE (Strategic Alliance of Global Educators) network of which CGGS is a proud member. The conference was designed to bring students from across the globe together to empower them to be positive leaders within their school and wider community. The theme for 2021, ‘Rising by Lifting Others,’ provided a platform for students from various international schools to nurture, encourage and strengthen their connections and leadership skills.

All Year 9 students were given the opportunity to nominate to attend the conference with 10 students selected based on their written application. With over 150 student participants internationally, the conference had several keynote presentations, including an inspirational discussion held by Professor Paulin Tay Straughan, a sociologist from the National University of Singapore who served as a Nomination Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2012.

For the majority of the conference, participants worked collaboratively with a team of 10 other students from different schools to explore ‘exemplary leadership,’ investigating what it looks like and how it can be defined using five key practices: Model the way, Inspire a shared vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.

The teams also explored important female role models as case studies, each of which were important leaders in the areas of the Arts, Social Work, the Environment, Business, Science and Politics. These case studies were used as a catalyst to challenge gender inequality and gender stereotypes that exist, prompt discussion, and encourage problem solving, with each group presenting a pitch or set of strategies to challenge discrimination and promote female empowerment and representation in leadership globally.

Please see below a reflection written by students who attended the conference.

 Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

From 15 to 17 November, 10 students participated in the Empowering Agents of Change: Women’s Leadership Conference. This conference was held by our sister school Nanyang Girls High School in Singapore. Schools from all over the world attended the conference and learnt about women in leadership. The conference focused on empowering women and learning about gender differences in leadership roles. Through collaborating with students from across the globe, and hearing from key speakers and prominent women leaders, our girls applied leadership skills and connected with new students.

Over the course of the three days the students were split into groups with other girls and boys from across the world including Singapore, China, The Philippines, and Australia. While in these groups the students completed many ice breaker activities where they got to learn more about each other. The students also participated in many discussions about how as a community we can encourage women to step into leadership positions and be able to thrive while being leaders. We learnt about the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership, which are; model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart.

On the second day we collaborated with our group members to create a presentation reflecting on everything that we had learnt over the conference. The groups also discussed how we can support our current and coming women leaders and how we can enable them to feel empowered and influential. Overall, this experience was insightful and informative. We all learnt new leadership skills, heard from enlightening presenters, and made connections with other international students.

‘My highlight of the conference was meeting new people who share the same values as me. I have learnt more about women in leadership and how to be an effective leader. With my group, we discussed the five practices of exemplary leadership. Learning about these enabled me to better my collaboration with my peers and empower myself as a woman leader’. – Mia Paulse

Eva Papadopoulos, Grace Barnes, Helena Maunder, Isabella Wood, Mia Paulse and Tyra Dawson, Year 9

Die Modeschau – the German Fashion Show

This term, our two Year 7 German classes held a Fashion Show! We put together stylish and unique outfits to present to the class. On top of this, we created our own fashion label and collections. From pyjamas to casual clothing, each group put together something new. In groups of three to five, we walked down the red carpet modelling our outfits to the class.

Other members of our group introduced and described the models in German.

The collections were:

> Schwartz und Weiß [Black and White] by Modern [Modern]

> Warme Katze [Warm Cat] by Kleine Katze [Small Cat]

> Pyjama Kollektion [Pyjama Collection] by Vasp

> Typisch Frühling Kollektion [Typical Spring Collection] by Melbourne Wetter [Melbourne Weather]

> Die Neue Sommerkollektion [The new summer collection] by ANEC

> Cool und Bequem [Cool and Comfortable] by AMCA

> Frühlingskollektion [Spring Collection] by Four Seasons

This was an innovative and engaging activity that was worth all the time and effort we put into it.

Anais Portbury, Selina Guan and Audrey Kerr
Year 7 German Students

First Lego League

‘Coopetition’ – a word that most people are unfamiliar with, but a word 20 of our Year 6 – 9 students know as it plays an important part in the First Lego League Challenge. The First Lego League Challenge is a global competition which last year attracted more than 600,00 students from around the world! While the First Lego League is a competition, it is also an event that values cooperation over being the best and rewards ‘gracious professionalism’ – positive interactions between teams and team members.

This weekend, three teams are competing in the Regional Finals. The theme for this year is Cargo Connect – all about transportation. Each team has four tasks:

> Complete an innovation project which uses design thinking to develop a solution to a problem related to the theme

> Design and build a robot

> Program a robot to complete as many missions as possible on a robot game board

> Demonstrate the core values of First Lego League: Teamwork, Impact, Inclusion, Innovation, Discovery and Fun

Our teams have created solutions to problems such as reducing packaging waste and isolated communities accessing medication during floods. They have tapped into large reserves of perseverance as robots have misbehaved. They have taken on board feedback about their innovation project designs from external professionals and created multiple iterations of ideas. The students have enjoyed working together, learning new skills and most importantly, enjoying each other’s company!  

Dr. Charlotte Forwood
First Lego League Coach

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Music Work Experience: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Chloe Law and Megan Kuo recently enjoyed an action-packed three day online work experience placement with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. They engaged with meaningful real-world performing arts projects during the placement and gained a deeper understanding of the many and varied career options within one of Australia’s largest arts organisations. Please see their reflections from the three day work experience below.

MSO Work Experience Reflections

The Organisation
The performing arts industry is very fast-paced, with many people working together to achieve a collective goal. There are nearly 200 permanent career options within the MSO company, many of which are logistical and administration roles. Many of those involved with the management side of things still have a background in music studies, and they can maintain this connection with their passion through their role in the MSO. There is a lot involved in the planning and execution of a live concert; venue logistics, budgeting, repertoire selection, artistic planning, marketing, booking of artists, transport of equipment and personnel, broadcasts, recordings, copyright permissions and much more.

The Musicians
The professional musicians who perform in the MSO undergo a vigorous and thorough audition process to become a permanent member of the orchestra. Multiple stages of the audition process are required, through ‘blind’ auditions, where the audition panel know which instrument they will hear but do not know who the candidate is. Successful candidates move through the audition process based on their abilities and sound. Permanent and casual performance positions are regularly on offer, alongside pathways for leading teaching artist opportunities within their community music programs.

The Music
As an audience member, it can be difficult to fathom how much work goes on behind the scenes. All we see is the final performance and the musicians delivering amazing music presentations on stage. We learnt that if you do not notice the supporting staff members on the night, they’re doing their job to the highest level! This aspect was hard to imagine without experiencing it first-hand. We now have a broad understanding of the many diverse roles that exist within this industry, alongside a deep appreciation for the cultural significance this iconic orchestra plays within the city of Melbourne and around the world.

The Experience
Overall this was a very valuable experience, and we learnt a lot about this very creative industry. We highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who has any interest in the performing arts world. You don’t have to be an exceptional musician or want to make music your career to learn a lot and be involved.

Chloe Law and Megan Kuo, Year 11

Year 8 Service Learning Afternoon – Making Christmas hampers for Djirra

As part of a Christmas Service Learning project, the Year 8s were asked to bring in a specific, long-lasting food item to contribute to a number of hampers we were making. The hampers have been sent to Djirra, an organisation that helps Indigenous Australian women who seek support. The whole year level had lots of fun designing and decorating boxes to put our food items in. Not only were we lending our service to the community, we had lots of fun with friends and learning to work together. It was a fun and enjoyable experience, and I’m sure I speak for the whole year level when I say we would love to do this again.

Sarah Chan, Year 8

During Period 5 & 6 on Wednesday 24 November, we made hampers for Djirra which is an organisation that supports women who are survivors of family abuse. We thoroughly enjoyed filling the hampers with non-perishable items like pasta, rice, cereal and more, to make these women’s Christmas more enjoyable. We also had lots of fun decorating the boxes with bright colours and origami, to deliver festive spirit as well as food to those women. Overall, it was a really engaging experience and we are glad to have a positive impact this Christmas!

Aliyana Rajakulendran, Lucy Ruddle, Nonie McLean, Lily Grant and Hannah Lin, Year 8

Djirra is a place where culture is shared and celebrated, and where practical support is available to all Aboriginal women and particularly to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past. It was wonderful to be able to support Djirra as the Year 8 Service Learning focus is Indigenous Australian living culture.

Jennifer Gordon
Head of Service Learning

Senior School


Senior School

November 12, 2021

In our Remembrance Day Assembly on Tuesday, I had the honour of speaking to the Senior School students about the significance of the minute’s silence we observe on the 11th of November, as we remember all the service people who have lost their lives in various wars.

At the time of the First World War (1914 – 1918) Australia was a newly federated country. Three of every five Australians who signed up to serve in the military were either killed or wounded and the social effects of these losses on our country and its people lasted for many decades afterwards.

The Australian soldiers had a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers. In the four years of the First World War more than 330,000 Australians served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them died.

On November 11, 1918, the guns at the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous fighting. The Allied armies which included the brave Australian soldiers, had successfully driven the German army back from France and Belgium, causing the German government to call for an armistice or suspension of fighting to enable peace negotiations.

And so, each year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at 11am the time when fighting ceased in the First World War, we observe a minute’s silence to remember, honour and mourn those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In doing so, we ensure that we will never forget the more than 100,000 Australians who have lost their lives in various wars, then and since, for the sake of our country, our people and our freedoms.

On Remembrance Day we traditionally wear a poppy. Red poppies were among the first plants and signs of life on the battlefields of Belgium and France. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their fallen comrades. It has become a symbol of remembering everyone who has given their life in war.

Last week, Mrs Daffy recorded an interview with Melbourne author Mike Rosel, who researched the life of a local Hawthorn boy who volunteered to fight in WW1. Mike, who has written several books about Australian military history was inspired by his father’s gentle refusal to explain exactly how he won a Military Cross at Tobruk in 1941. When Mike stumbled on the astonishing yet virtually unknown story of Captain Alexander (Alec) Little, a young Hawthorn man credited with shooting down 47 aircraft in World War I, he researched his brief life as a tribute to all Australians who volunteered to serve their country.

In ‘The Unknown Warrior’, Mike explores the life of a Captain Alec Little, who at the age of 19 paid his own way to the United Kingdom to join the Royal Flying Corps. Over his career, Captain Robert Alexander Little was credited with downing 47 aircraft over three years, before his death in combat in May 1918. He was just 22 years old and left behind his new wife Vera and an infant son. He is ranked eighth of all British Commonwealth flying aces in World War I. Mike felt that Captain Little and his colleagues who served in foreign units deserved more recognition.

Lest we forget.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

History Competitions

This year, young historians from CGGS have entered a range of competitions where they have investigated, interpreted and evaluated people, societies and events from the past. We would like to celebrate and share some of the outstanding work by our young historians in 2021.

The HTAV Historical Fiction Competition encourages students to show historical empathy, by exploring history from the perspective of a person with different beliefs and values, and to show off their creative writing skills. Madeleine Giagoudakis (10B) won the Year 9/10 prize in this year’s competition. Building on what she learned at CGGS back in Year 8 History, she wrote a journal of medieval doctor attempting to understand and treat the Black Death in 1349.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition open to students across Australia. This year, students were challenged to explore a topic of their choice and link it to the theme of ‘Significance: History Matters’. Amy Aw (8B) won the Year 8 Young Historian Gold Award (Victorian state winner) in the National History Challenge. She used archival sources from the National Archives of Australia to help her creatively explore how Australians experienced the Great Depression. Katherine Mason (9B) won the Year 9 Young Historian Silver Award (Victorian runner up) in the National History Challenge. She wrote an outstanding essay that argued Australians should shift their focus on our past from well-studied conflicts like Gallipoli to forgotten conflicts like the Frontier Wars between indigenous Australians and European pastoralists encroaching on their land throughout the 19th century.

An astounding nine students received the Young Historian Bronze Award (Victorian finalist):

> Amber Rastogi (8A) explored the experiences of an English woman and a Chinese man during the Victorian gold rush

> Annabel Plummer (11C) evaluated women’s rights in the USSR under Joseph Stalin

> Bella Fary (8B) analysed the significance of the ‘Black Power’ salute at the 1968 Olympics

> Cate Mead (8A) wrote an essay exploring the significance of the White Rose student resistance movement in Nazi Germany

> Jasmine Rees (8B) prepared a webpage exploring the significance of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut

> Maya Jones (11A) documented how the media uses gendered tropes to attack female politicians in Australia, with a focus on Prime Minister Julia Gillard

> Nonie McLean (8D) investigated the significance of the 1969 Moon Landing

> Olive Clohesy (8A) prepared a video on the significance of pioneering female Australian activist and politician, Edith Cowan

> Ruby Tu (8C) explored how the ancient Olympics influenced the development of the modern Olympics

We congratulate these students on their awards and commend all young historians at Camberwell who have entered History competitions in 2021. Below are three student entries.

Ian Lyell
Head of History

2021 CGGS Election Campaign Launch

On Wednesday this week, the eight parties contesting the 2021 CGGS Election launched their campaigns in a bid to secure the votes of the CGGS ‘electorate’ on this year’s Election Day, Thursday 25 November.

Each Year 9 Commerce class is represented by two parties and each has developed their own ‘party platform’ and set of policies, a suite of advertising to support getting their message out to the electorate and a website to promote, inform and persuade voters. Links to the websites created by each party can be found below. They are well worth a look as the creativity and passion demonstrated by our students for the issues that they believe will make positive changes for us in the future are front and center in their work.

All students were involved in the campaign process in a way that suited their interests and skills, and each will be involved on Election Day as part of the official process of voting preferentially using a secret ballot. The two weeks leading up to the Election will be spent by the students lining up preference deals and informing voters about the differences between the parties so that on Election Day voters have a clear idea of who and what they’re voting for. The Year 9 Commerce teaching team will be on the lookout for branch stacking! Good luck to all Parties!

Alexandra Larkey
Head of Commerce

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised award with participants from over 130 countries. Over 8 million young people have participated worldwide. The award is open to anyone ages 14-24 in 3 different levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The program creates opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure. The aim is to build valuable skills that will equip young people for life and work by committing to achieve goals over an extended period of time and reflecting upon the tasks used to achieve these goals. In coming CamNews releases, we would like to share with the CGGS community the achievements of past participants and how they have reflected upon their completion of the GOLD AWARD.

For further information regarding the Duke of Edinburgh Award, please contact Mr. Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School at

Phoebe Hwong

Was there anyone important to you in your DOE journey?
The most important and influential people that I encountered during my DOE journey are the people that I met during my time in Cambodia. All the people at the Green Gecko project had such an optimistic outlook on life and carried an infectious smile every day. The time I got to spend with the Green Gecko project has and will continue to shape the way I interact with others and my community.

How would you improve your experience if you did it again?
My journey with DOE was definitely a highly memorable one. However, if I were to improve my experience, I would widen the range of places and activities which I participated in. Doing this would have allowed me to meet more people and explore new things and places.

What would you tell someone just starting or thinking about starting DOE?
Don’t be scared to push yourself and try something new. Starting DOE can be daunting and at times overwhelming as it seems like a massive task but if you take it slow and one step at a time it turns into an amazing journey. DOE is about pushing yourself, widening your experiences and refining your perspectives. The more you venture out of your comfort zone the more you will grow and learn.

Interview by Isabella Wood and Bella Fary

Zonta Birthing Kit Program

On Monday 8 November, the Year 10’s were given the opportunity to support a life-saving initiative. We used Periods 5 and 6 to make Zonta Birthing Kits. The Zonta Birthing Kits program is one of the school’s longest-running service learning initiatives, having first started at CGGS around 20 years ago. Through the program, students and teachers made over 100 birthing kits in an afternoon. Each kit includes a soap bar, gloves, a plastic sheet, string, gauze, and a sterile scalpel. Despite being an absolute necessity for childbirth, many women in developing countries struggle to afford these kits which results in dangerous and life-threatening childbirths. Through Zonta, however, the kits that were made by CGGS are given to women for free, allowing more women to experience a safer birth. The afternoon was very eye opening and highlighted to all of us how incredibly challenging it is for women around the world to access the mere essentials of healthcare. It also gave us a greater appreciation for the incredible efforts that Zonta are putting towards women’s health.

To think that by putting some gloves on and folding some gauze and scalpels in some plastic and packing them (and then unpacking and repacking them all when we accidentally left out a scalpel in one of the kits) has saved 100 mothers and their newborns is truly astounding. All Year 10’s are definitely feeling grateful for having had such a privilege to be involved in the initiative.

Nektaria Toscas, 10A

One Girl Fundraiser

Did you know that 130 million girls around the world are out of school? And in Sierra Leone, a girl is more likely to be married before the age of 18, than she is to finish high school. For the past month we have been raising money for an organisation called One Girl. One Girl supports the education of girls around the world, specifically in Sierra Leone. As an organisation they also promote health and menstrual hygiene.

To raise money for this cause, we held a raffle with prizes from local cafes such as The Good Food Collective and Xocolatl. As of Tuesday 9 November 2021, we have raised over $2000. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated. Every little bit counts, and we really are making a difference to someone’s life.

Donating $25 can pay for a year’s worth of menstrual hygiene products. $50 can pay for 5 pairs of school shoes for a student in the One Girl program, and $100 can pay for a year of business training for a young woman. We have raised enough money to pay for 20 people to complete a year of training in business, or enough to purchase a year’s supply of sanitary products for 80 women. When you educate a girl, her income will increase by 10-25% for every year that she stays in school, and this will contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty.

We are making a difference in the lives of so many, so thank you so much for your generous donations.

Isabella Wood and Bella Fary, 9B

Netball is back!

We are so pleased to be back and playing Netball! CGGS Netball players were back on the court for their first training session this term. It was wonderful to see all of the students having fun, showing off their Netball skills and working hard.

Thank you to all of the students and coaches for attending training, we look forward to seeing you all every Monday for more Netball skills and fun.

Alexia McConnell
Netball Coordinator

Senior School


Senior School

October 29, 2021

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming back the Year 8 and 9 students for their two days onsite and we are all very keen to see all our Senior School students back fulltime as of Wednesday 3 November. With the staggered return of our Year 7s, 10s and 11s from Friday 22 October and then the 8s and 9s on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 October, Pinwheel & Co provided students with a rainbow of cupcakes for recess, welcoming them back to campus. Year Level Coordinators, Form Tutors and indeed most of the teachers on campus were part of the welcome at the gates, in the central courtyard and on the oval. All the students and staff at school each day have until today spent their recess and lunchtimes outside enjoying the social time. It has been an absolute pleasure to hear the animated chatter of both the students and staff. Schools really do need students!

For those who have not yet had the opportunity to watch the House Drama Short Film Festival, I included the link below and encourage you to take the time to view these spectacular achievements created, directed and produced entirely in the remote setting. Many congratulations to all student leaders, both Drama and Technical Captains and staff involved in ensuring this event came to life.

Lawrence House
Drama Captains – Nancy Huang and Maya Jones
Technical Captains – Anastasia Konstantinou and Jessica Leung

Schofield House
Drama Captains – Isabel D’Souza and Katrina Xu
Technical Captains – Jane Pekin and Kelly Ta

Singleton House
Drama Captains – Daleney Ing and Priyanshi Shah
Technical Captains – Chloe Chan & Chloe Lindsay

Taylor House
Drama Captains – Mia Fary and Tina Ma
Technical Captains – Natasha May and Lucy Van der Arend

Also, this week our VCE students have commenced their end of year VCAA examinations and it has been a privilege to speak to them both on their way into, and after the examinations.

On Wednesday evening, Murrundindi conducted an ‘Evening under the Stars’ including a Welcome to Country, followed by Dreamtime Stories, and a Question and Answer session. A few staff also lit fires in pits in their backyards and students joined Murrundindi for this wonderful evening.

The Year 10 and 11 recipients of awards and prizes from the Years 10 – 12 Presentation Evening and the new student School and House leaders for 2022 received their awards via a CGGS equivalent of ‘Click and Collect’ on Thursday.

We are so proud of the achievements of all our students, particularly when viewed through the lens of the past two years. With the progressive easing of restrictions across the state, I look forward to enjoying the remainder of this term with our students on campus, re-connecting with their friendship groups, returning to sport and music, and the buzz of activity returning to Senior School.

Have a fabulous long weekend.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised award with participants from over 130 countries. Over 8 million young people have participated worldwide. The award is open to anyone ages 14-24 in 3 different levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The program creates opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure. The aim is to build valuable skills that will equip young people for life and work by committing to achieve goals over an extended period of time and reflecting upon the tasks used to achieve these goals. In coming CamNews releases, we would like to share with the CGGS community the achievements of past participants and how they have reflected upon their completion of the GOLD AWARD.

For further information regarding the Duke of Edinburgh Award, please contact Mr. Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School at

Emily Zhang

Was there anyone important to you in your DOE journey?
My mum supported me so much throughout my DOE journey and she really encouraged me to continue completing all three levels of the award. I’m so glad I had her by my side, motivating me to take on any leadership or volunteer opportunities that came my way.

How would you improve your experience if you did it again?
If I had more flexibility and time to improve my experience, I would have loved to complete my service learning hours by volunteering at a broader range of organisations and charities.

What would you tell someone just starting or thinking about starting DOE?
I would definitely recommend anyone to start the DOE award and aim to complete it up to the gold level. It has been such a rewarding experience for me, with countless learning opportunities through community activities, sports, and projects.

Interview by Isabella Wood and Bella Fary

Chinese Reading Awards

Rithanyaa Prakash (Year 7) participated in the CLTAV 2021 Reading Awards for non-background students of Chinese in Years 7, 8 and 9 among 80 enthusiastic participants. In this competition, finalists were required to read a short, unseen passage written both in Pinyin and in characters. The related topic for Year 7 students was “My Family.” Rithanyaa showcased her accurate pronunciation and excellent fluency in reading the passage. She has been awarded a certificate for her outstanding performance in Chinese Reading. Rithanyaa found the experience meaningful and rewarding. Congratulations Rithanyaa!

Lin Zhang
Chinese Coordinator

Virtual Education Outdoors Activities Week

In light of government restrictions, once again the scheduled Year Level Education Outdoors Camps could not run in 2021. With the ever-changing landscape the decision was made to move a week of Virtual Live and Asynchronous activities to the week of 18 to 24 October, enabling students to connect with some of the learning outcomes normally delivered on camps to the Virtual realm. Activities ranged from meal planning to cooking cultural foods, physical challenges to mindfulness, knot tying to shelter building, Virtual Escape rooms for problem solving to building your own Virtual Island Camp using ‘’ online. Students engaged in these many different activities accessing ideas through the Virtual Education Outdoors Activities Website and then submitting evidence once tasks were completed. Over 900 submissions were received, with many more participating in daily live sessions. One highlight was the ability to reconnect with students on Friday 24 October, with Year 7 & 10 students on site and able to participate in Team Building, problem solving and critical thinking challenges.

We hope everyone enjoyed the variety of activities and engaged with them with their families. As we look to the future with restrictions easing, details for our 2022 domestic based camps, such as the Mungo World Heritage Park tours and Marine Research Tours that have been consolidated over the past few months, will be published prior to the end of the year.

Shane Maycock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs

Virtual Camp Islands

If you were stranded on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean, how would you create an ‘ultimate camping experience’ so you not only survive but thrive? This was the question that students tried to answer as part of the CGGS ‘Virtual Camp’ week.

Using an interactive platform called ‘,’ individuals or groups of students, were given access to an empty island upon which they needed to design and create their virtual camp.

At first, the students explored the expanse of the space (by using an avatar of themselves), imagining what it could look like with a little creativity and ingenuity. Then, using objects found strewn about, students turned their dreams into reality (well, virtual reality!)

From tents to firepits, vegetable gardens to activities, students displayed a range of important transferrable skills (problem solving, organisation, creativity, and leadership among others). Importantly, students also had a lot of fun!

Micah Wilkins
Head of Digital Learning and Innovation

A night under the stars with Murrundindi

On Wednesday 27 October, a number of students and staff joined Murrundindi around the Virtual Campfire for a night of questions and stories. Our 2022 Reconciliation Captains, Jacqueline de Mamiel and Pelagia Papadopolous, joined Ms Georgia Biggs in relaying CGGS Student questions after a traditional Welcome to Country and some digeridoo playing. Students found out why Murrundindi is known as the Ngurungaeta (Head Man) of the Wurundjeri people, the significance of stories, and about the special connection he and CGGS is developing with the communities of the Willandra Lakes Region and Lake Mungo, where Australia’s oldest dated human remains have been found. We were so pleased that Murrundindi could help us reconnect through the creation story of the platypus and look forward to once again seeing each other in person soon.

Shane Maycock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs

Creating opportunities for reconnection

As we welcomed our community back to on site learning over the last two weeks, we have been very purposeful in designing and providing opportunities for our students to readjust, recalibrate and reconnect. Within form and tutor time, students have focused very intentionally on strengthening relationships, teambuilding and collaboration through structured games and challenges, as well as allowing time for conversation and genuine connection between peers. Additionally, working with the school counsellors, each year level explored the range of emotions experienced in returning to school and discussed strategies to manage the fatigue and cognitive load that can come with such a significant change in routine.

In addition to the Period 5 program, there have been a range of activities available for students to participate in each lunchtime that have encouraged physical activity and play including staff v. student volleyball matches, badminton, ultimate frisbee and Finska. These opportunities will continue to be provided for students throughout Term 4 and will be complimented by House Round Robins and Year Level Challenge afternoons towards the end of the year.

After much success last year, we are excited to offer House Netball and Soccer tournaments to our Year 7-9 students. These friendly competitions will run during class time on Monday 15 November and students will be able to choose which sport they would like to compete in. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to show teamwork and spirit while staying physically active. As for all House events, the Spirit Stick will be awarded to the team that displays the most support, enthusiasm and teamwork throughout the day and we will also award an overall champion to the House who wins the most games across all three year levels!

Kath Woolcock, Lauren Law and Shane Maycock
Wellbeing Team and Sport Department

Yale University – Science of Well-Being

Over Terms 2 and 3, a group of Year 12 students have met fortnightly and undertaken a Yale University course titled The Science of Well-Being. Many topics of what we believe will make us happy were investigated, and cognitive scientist and Professor of Psychology, Dr. Santos showed research about our misconceptions in these areas. The course then delved into strategies and easy life choices we can make, all supported by scientific research, which have shown to be effective in increasing overall happiness and wellbeing. Lastly, the students learnt techniques about how to implement these strategies into their day to day lives.

If you are interested in exploring this yourself, and would like to view the course material, please go to

Kirsten Shipsides
Science Teacher

House Drama Short Film Festival 2021

In a remarkable demonstration of leadership, this year’s House Drama Captains switched vision and approach with only days before their event began, turning remarkably detailed theatrical scripts into short films. Not only did this require the script to be adjusted for the performance medium, but that they run all of their rehearsals via Zoom alongside problem solving things such as costumes, props, cohesive sets, lighting, green screens, musical montages and eclectic technology! Every, single participant is to be commended on their contributions to the festival – after such a draining and uncertain term, to find the energy and drive to complete such a detailed task was truly awe inspiring.

A massive thank you goes out to Sally Oliver for working so closely with the Captains on the development of their concepts and scripts and also to industry professional, Emily Tomlins for such intricate feedback and adjudication.

And the awards go to….

Best Script (new category): Lawrence House (Maya Jones and Nancy Huang)

Most Cohesive Ensemble: Singleton (Daleney Ing and Priyanshi Shah)

Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Teresa Guo (Lawrence)

Best Performance in a Leading Role: Tyra Dawson (Schofield)

Best Technical Assistance: Schofield (Jane Pekin and Kelly Ta)

Best Production and winners of House Drama 2021: Schofield (Isabel D’Souza and Katrina Xu)

Keira Lyons
Head of Drama & Performing Arts