Senior School


Senior School

February 19, 2021

The 5 day lockdown in Victoria again highlighted for us all that schools exist for the students. To quote a much-used word of 2020, we were all very proud of the way our Senior School students pivoted back to remote learning. These past two days students have returned to face-to-face learning and their co-curricular activities with the self-assurance and positivity our CGGS community is renowned for.

This past fortnight the Senior School has been thrilled to receive news of some outstanding student achievements. Please read more below and share our excitement for two students from the Class of 2020 who have been named in the prestigious Top Acts, whilst two teams of current Year 10 students have been acknowledged in the Pause Fest.

Since returning to the 2021 school year, I have been thrilled to again see our Senior School students fully involved in Music, Sport and House Dance along with the many lunchtime clubs. Book Club and Mustard are two of the student led groups and they have contributed articles in this edition of CamNews.

This past week we have conducted our Year 10 & VCE Information Evening providing parents with the opportunity to hear from Mrs Kim Hepworth, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning and Miss Dot Georgiou our VCE Coordinator. This information was shared as a pre-recorded session and as a follow up to the general VCE details outlined in the VCE Parent Handbook, VCE teachers are in the process of preparing short videos introducing themselves and their subjects. These will be shared with VCE parents shortly.

On Tuesday night we also held our Years 8 & 9 Information Evening which provided the parents of these students with the opportunity to hear from Mrs Kim Hepworth, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning, Ms Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing and Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs on each of their areas of expertise. Following these pre-recorded presentations, Ms Paige Tan the Year 8 Level Coordinator and Ms Georgia Biggs the Year 9 Level Coordinator, introduced themselves and their themes for the 2021 year in separate zoom meetings. Tutor teachers also held individual “Meet and Greet” sessions at pre booked times with individual families.

Thank you to all our parents who were able to join us at these Information Evenings. As noted in the Senior School Weekly yesterday, our Learning Conversations will also be held remotely this year and events such as the House Dance performance evening on Friday 12 March will be livestreamed and recorded to ensure all parents are able to be a part of the evening.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Top Class

VCAA Top Class puts the spotlight on the creativity and sophistication of VCE Performing Arts students from across Victoria.

As the state went into its second round of Remote Learning, during Term 3, Performing Arts students found themselves compromised as they prepared for their performance exams. In Theatre Studies, students are constantly taught how important their use of space is and they are trained, vocally, to project with great resonance right to the back of an auditorium. Needless to say, bedrooms did not afford this luxury and many students needed to moderate their sound production so as not to disturb other family members also working from home. Despite all of the obstacles, two of our Unit 4 Theatre Studies students managed to produce performances that received outstanding grades and, recently, they successfully auditioned for the VCAA Top Class concert series to be performed at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

This series is designed to provide current students of Theatre Studies an opportunity to observe exemplar performance material in action. We could not be more proud of Angelique Zhou and Chelsey Catena, Class of 2020, for all of their commitment, resilience and motivation, enabling them to carry their passion for performance through to such a strong outcome.

Top Class will be presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne on March 10 at 10:00am. While at this time bookings are not available, closer to the date more details about viewing the performances online, will be available.

Keira Lyons
Head of Drama


The Upskill BY DESIGN program is an intentionally designed learning program that will take place on each of our Learning Conversation Days throughout the year, for all year levels. This program will run parallel to Learning Conversations, which will be held online from this year. Regular classes for Years 7-12 students will not take place on these days, though co-curricular activities including GSV Sport will continue as required.

For students in Year 7 and 8, the Upskill BY DESIGN program will occur onsite, whilst those in Years 9-12 will undertake their programs from home, with the availability of supervision at school if required. The program is scaffolded in this way in recognition of the growing independence, self-efficacy and self-regulation of students as they get older and the need to apprentice younger students into these behaviours and routines.To upskill means to expand your capabilities and the six Upskill BY DESIGN days will present opportunities at each year level for students to do this. When we upskill, we use our existing knowledge and skills and apply these to new situations and contexts. Consequently, we are able to intentionally develop new skills and strengthen the capabilities and characteristics that are integral to the CGGS community, under the strands of Connection, Growth, Grit and Sustainability.

Our BY DESIGN learning architecture has been used to design the programs that will take place on each of the Learning Conversation days, with each year level spotlight providing inspiration and the sequential theme.

Activating Wellbeing, one of our design principles, is a dedicated part of the Upskill BY DESIGN program. Our Wellbeing program, with a focus on body, mind and soul will take place between 2.00pm – 3.30pm and is available for all our community to participate in, that is, students, parents and staff.

The Upskill BY DESIGN is a program developed in service to our students and we’re excited to share this journey with our whole School Community.

For more information about our Learning Architecture BY DESIGN, please click the link here.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives


Pause Fest

Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward. The Festival is Melbourne-based and has an innovation focus, it’s about people, mindset and culture – for a good purpose.

Almost a year ago to date, Debbie Dunwoody was part of a panel hosted by our CGGS Strategic Assistant Summer Howarth discussing the future of schooling to an audience of business leaders, start up founders and government project leaders.

Since 2018, Pause Fest has also recognised the best in creativity and innovation in Australian & NZ industry through Pause Awards. In 2020, new categories were added to the awards including the Fresh Blood award for students with brilliant ideas. This award recognises crazy new commercial ideas that aim to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Our Year 9 students of 2020 (current Year 10) embarked on a design exploration to adopt a Melbourne Mindset as part of our flagship …BY DESIGN seasonal learning offerings. Teams ran through a design sprint and were supported with feedback from the City of Melbourne. Their resulting ideas were submitted to the Pause Awards for consideration by a panel of international judges.

Two of our CGGS teams were awarded Pause Awards, announced this week, alongside brilliant businesses such as Stage Kings, Portable & Afterpay. 65% of this year’s award winners were female, with education as the #1 winning industry. Congratulations to Kate Ryan, Nektaria Toscas, Annie Liu and Lucy Ying (Bio Kitchen and Garden) and Monique Thorp, Sue-Jee Jeong, Chloie Wong and Emily Bai (Green Roof).

Our connection with the most future-focused minds in Australia has accelerated with our involvement with Pause Fest & the Pause Awards with CGGS leading the way in holding the stage alongside some of the most creative minds in the country.

Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design & Development

Valentines/GALentines Day

As our first big initiative as 2021 School Captains, we wished to hold a stall to celebrate Valentines/GALentines Day. Regardless of the barriers put up by COVID, SEA organised a hand painting stall, alongside a game of “guess the amount of heart chocolates in the jar”.

The atmosphere in the quadrangle on the day was outstanding. Ranging from the ‘love’ themed songs, girls guessing for chocolates, and the wonderful House Visual Art Captains painting pink and rainbow hearts (in support of LGBT+), the girls could truly feel the love in the air.

It was incredible to see the amount of support that CGGS showed on the day. From the Year 12’s getting into the spirit and dressing up so beautifully, to everyone who got their hand painted, we are so thankful that we had the opportunity to spread love throughout the school community.

Fingers crossed we have many more LOVE-ly events like this to come!

SEA – Sophia, Eloise and Ashley
2021 School Captains

Mathematics at CGGS

The Mathematics Department at CGGS is committed to developing passionate, curious and confident learners. We value the different skills and experiences of all students. With this in mind, I would like to highlight to our community both an internal and an external opportunity to help our students grow in their understanding of Mathematics.

At CGGS we offer a Maths Study Club at various times each day of the week in the Library. Maths Study Club is a place that provides students with the opportunity to get assistance with Maths, whether that be with their home learning tasks, new concepts they don’t yet understand, or the rigors of VCE Mathematics.

All of the Maths teachers here at CGGS run sessions, but that doesn’t mean students need to only see their own subject teachers, or for that matter, teachers that teach their year level. All sessions are open invitation, and all students are welcome to attend whenever it suits their schedule!

Please see the poster below for session times.

The second opportunity that I would like to highlight is an external (virtual and free) extension program called Micro Mathematicians. This program is run by the University of Melbourne School of Mathematics and Statistics.

There are three programs (Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 8 or Year 9 & 10) aimed at students who love maths and are working 1-2 years ahead in Mathematics. Students will get to explore mathematical problems at a deep level following the inquiry process.

Students must apply for the program and complete an entry assessment by Friday 5 March 2021.

For further information please see the fliers below or contact the University of Melbourne directly.

Anthony Pasinati
Head of Mathematics

Book Club

The return of the on campus Book Club has been long awaited by its members, and this Tuesday saw our first session. Camberwell Girls’ Book Club is a student run initiative led by the School’s Literature Captains, Amelia Lemanis and Olivia Jones, involving students from a range of year levels coming together to unpack both classic and contemporary books.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Book Club community has remained strong, and the discussions and debates are as lively as ever. It was especially lovely to have last year’s Literature Captains participate in the discussion. Our first session saw many engaging perspectives about education, clichés, and romance being shared. The new members brought a wealth of new ideas and books to chat about and it was exciting to see how many of our students had remained involved with literature and writing throughout lockdown. We also look forward to reintroducing the Classics Club this year, where the School’s classic fiction fans can share a love of literature, and students new to classics can be introduced to them. Controversial opinions will be shared, notably one of this year’s Literature Co-Captain’s, love of Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. We look forward to the coming year and are excited see so many new faces in both Book Club and Classics Club.

Amelia Lemanis and Olivia Jones
Literature Captains


This week the Senior School Mustard Group met for the first time in 2021.  Mustard is the CGGS Christian Group, a group of students who meet once a week to encourage each other and explore their faith.  Mustard groups exist in many independent schools throughout Melbourne.  They are supported by the Mustard organisation (, a group that exists to “empower young people to be fully alive, forever”.

Bella Bruce (Year 11) is the Faith and Worship Captain this year.  She and Harmoni Parsons lead the group together.  When asked to describe Mustard, Bella explains with enthusiasm, “We meet each week and talk about a range of topics related to Christian faith and beliefs and how we can implement our faith into our daily lives , usually in the form of a short bible study. We also make sure to devote one meeting a month to playing games and discussing what has been going on in each other’s lives, in  and outside of school.”

Everyone is welcome to come to mustard.  It’s on every Wednesday lunchtime, in the Hub in the Library.  Bring your lunch.

If you’d like to contact Bella or Rev’d Creed to find out more, please do.

GSV Sports Leaders Breakfast

On 11 February, Emily Arvidsson and I were fortunate enough to attend the annual GSV Sport Leader’s breakfast, this year held at Shelford Girls’ Grammar. We had breakfast with girls from 24 different GSV schools across Victoria and attended the workshop run by Meg Durham, a Wellbeing Educator and Coach.

The workshop taught us about the kind of leaders we are and how we can acknowledge stress and overcome difficult situations with calmness. It allowed us to reflect on the way we are portrayed as a leader to those around us, the amount of resilience we all have and inspired us to be not just a good leader, but a great leader. Meg also gave opportunities for us to chat with other girls on our table and collaborate in questions she proposed. Overall it was a very insightful day and we recommend it to anyone who is given the opportunity to attend the breakfast.

Cathy Gu
2021 School Sports Captain

Senior School


Senior School

December 4, 2020

In many respects this year seems to have lasted forever and then on the other hand it seems to have flown past. When I think back to our first day of Term 1 with the students in their Year Level Assemblies, the Year 7 School Badge Assembly, each student receiving their Centenary Badge, the Year 12 Retreat and Formal, they all seem like they occurred a lifetime ago. These events and those throughout the year that you have enjoyed reading about in the previous editions of CamNews and the many more that have occurred either virtually while we were in lockdown or livestreamed since students have returned onsite; have continued to occur as they would in a typical non-pandemic year.

As a school we have so much to be proud of and celebrate. Our students who have been incredibly resilient and adaptable, the staff, both teaching and professional services, who have also shown such flexibility in their care and guidance of the students in their every endeavour. Of course our parent community who have supported all of our efforts and the necessary protocols throughout the year.

CamNews today is no exception to the previous editions this year, with the many events and activities of the past fortnight at Senior School detailed here for you. The students have had things to immerse themselves in, right up to the very end of the school year.

Today our Year 10 and 11 students have completed their HeadStart Program and their planning for their leadership roles as our Senior students of 2021. We wish them a happy and safe holiday and look forward to seeing them return to school on Thursday 28 January.

On Tuesday 8 December our Years 7 – 9 students and their parents will conclude the year with the pre-recorded Presentation Night. This will be a fitting end of year celebration for these year levels. We also wish them well for a relaxing holiday and look forward to welcoming them back to school on Monday 1 February for their first day of 2021.

On behalf of all in the Senior School and the contributors to this edition, please enjoy this final edition of CamNews for 2020.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Year 9 – Wearable Art Parade

Next Monday during Period 4, Years 7-9 students will be attending a Wearable Art Parade. The artefacts on exhibit have been created by the Year 9 students. Working in groups of 4-5, the Year 9 students have learnt how to code a micro:bit and have been challenged to incorporate the micro:bit into their Wearable Art design made from recycled newspaper.

What is a micro:bit? 

A micro:bit is a microcontroller board. You can think of it as a type of small computer or hardware. In order to make use of hardware, we need to write software (otherwise known as “code” or computer programs). The software, in this case MakeCode, “tells” the hardware what to do.

What is Wearable Art? 

Wearable art is always made by hand.  You can wear the pieces; they are unique, and the design comes purely from the creative input of the artist. It is totally different from the mainstream fashion world but still related to it.

The Design Thinking process is used with the following 5 steps:

1.      Empathise – learn more about your target audience

2.      Define – understand and identify your audience’s problems or needs

3.      Ideate – brainstorm several possible creative solutions

4.      Prototype – construct rough drafts or sketches of your ideas

5.      Test – test your prototype solutions, and refine until you come up with the final version

The Year 9 students have collaborated in their groups to produce some exceptional Wearable Art creations as well as a Padlet documenting their progress during the planning and construction of their Wearable Art.

As their teachers, we commend the Year 9 students on their efforts and ability to rise to a challenge at this stage of a demanding year. We hope you enjoy the Wearable Art parade and help us decide who has designed the ultimate creation.

Tuba Ozak, Kim Hepworth and Di Wood
Senior School Science Teachers

Year 7 French

To finish off the year, the Year 7 French students made little children’s books using French language from their studies throughout the year.  The first photo of each book shows the variety of subjects they chose to talk about including topics such as family, eating out and going to the zoo. All the students put in so much work, selecting great phrases and appropriate language and we are very proud of how much they can now say! The next three photos are from Debbie Guan’s book and are an excellent example of the kind of French the students can use at the end of Year 7. Bravo les filles!

Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE

Year 7 Service Learning Conference

Our annual Year 7 Service Learning Conference is an opportunity for our students to engage with acts of service for the environment. This year’s event was particularly profound, as it came at the end of a year which has been notable for its environmental challenges, but also the world-wide response to a global crisis. At the heart of our environmental action at CGGS is the concept of hope, and we can certainly take hope from the events of 2020 that meaningful, collective change for the benefit of the environment is possible.

During this years’ conference, students learned to act individually and collectively to make substantial, meaningful change. To inspire us to action, educators from CERES made the case for action on climate change. Our Year 7s then identified a range of areas for improvement at CGGS, and completed a design cycle, resulting in a range of inspiring prototypes and proposals. Innovative prototypes included lockers that doubled as solar panels to charge the school’s batteries, and bins that turn waste into energy to charge devices.

Students embodied our school motto of ‘Utilis in Ministerium’ (Useful in Service), by assembling solar lamps for the Solar Buddy organisation. These will be sent to communities experiencing energy poverty, with the intent to improve environmental, health, and educational outcomes for the recipients. Our students also write letters to accompany each lamp. As the day warmed up, students focused inward, and finished the day with a range of wellbeing and mindfulness activities designed to meet the need for self-care.

Maggie Wighton

Year 8 Service Learning Conference

Last Wednesday, Year 8 students took part in one of two creative art workshops as a part of a Service Learning incursion.

One half of the cohort worked with Murrundindi. This session was titled Connecting to Place through Mapping with Murrundindi.  The focus of this session was to look at a place from a different perspective, a different view and through a symbolic lens. Students were encouraged to consider how they connect with the land, how they use it and what is sacred to them.  As they created their reimagined map, Murrundindi told stories of Wurundjeri dreaming and of William Barak’s journey. He spoke about symbols that are sacred to Wurundjeri peoples. Students finished the session with a yarn circle- sharing their own artistic depictions of sacred places and spaces with Murrundindi.

The alternative workshop was with fashion designer and artist Lyn-Al Young.  Lyn-Al Young is a proud Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta fashion designer and artist living in Melbourne. She creates stunning pieces of wearable art and has worked with well-known Australians including Celeste Barber, Thelma Plum and Miranda Tapsell. Lyn-Al has been featured in Vogue Magazine and currently has an exhibit with the Bendigo Art Gallery.  She has also just released a limited-edition deodorant for NIVEA inspired by her silk designs. Lyn-Al shared her story of how she paints symbolically through colour and markings to represent her story, and encouraged students to paint their story with watercolour.

Student reflections:

I took part in Lyn-Al Young’s conference and she told us about how she began her career as a fashion designer. She had dreamed of the day she would be designing outfits for celebrities to wear on the red carpet ever since she was a little girl and with much hard work and determination she achieved her goal and has gone on to work on many exciting projects. I myself am very interested in the design aspects of fashion, just like Lyn-AI Young, and loved the opportunity to meet with a real life designer and artist! Her work is different from the rest in a fantastic way. She bases her designs off of her culture and her family which I find very meaningful and inspiring. Her work is absolutely amazing and I hope that one day I can find something that inspires me enough to create something as beautiful as Lyn-AI has with all of her fashion pieces. I am extremely grateful that I have had this opportunity to meet with such a talented and motivated person and highly recommend anyone to take a look at her work. For anyone with a dream and motivation Lyn-AI Young is a great role model for you to become inspired from. – Eva

I really enjoyed our session with Indigenous artist and designer, Lyn-Al Young. Being able to hear her story and experiences in the fashion industry as an Indigenous woman was truly inspiring. Her art opened me to a different style of fashion that was full of stories and emotions. Being able to then draw and reflect on what was special personally, really centred me and left me wanting to learn more about my story and how I could represent it. – Sienna

I learnt that Indigenous culture uses a lot of markings which symbolise certain things and, that you can have your own marking which connects to you. Murrundindi explained how symbols can display and resonate with things which is really interesting. I really enjoyed drawing on the map and finding my own symbols. I found it really funny that we could interact with Murrundindi (even though it was on Zoom!) since we could see how deeply he cared about his culture. Overall, I am extremely grateful for this vigorous experience as I learnt a lot more about the Indigenous culture which I can now tell to my family. – Jessica

The first thing I noticed about Lyn-Al Young was her silk clothing and how they were all so vibrant and reminded me of the beauty of nature. Lyn-Al Young is a Indigenous fashion designer and artist and kindly took the time to show us all her works of art and beautiful paintings. We learned how to use watercolour to represent our connections with our art pieces. We were able to try some of her techniques and create our own artworks that have a connection to us in some way. Before we had started on our own pieces, Lyn-Al Young painted a colourful diamond shaped piece that represented her heritage and country. Lyn-Al Young has inspired us to be proud of our cultures and family and to keep pursing our dreams. – Romy

Georgia Biggs
Reconciliation Coordinator

Year 9 Service Learning Conference

Last week brought the Year 9s the opportunity to stop and think and also jump into some serving.

On Thursday we enjoyed the opportunity to connect and reflect. We connected with Nadia from The River Nile School, a place where Year 9s would usually volunteer, and Jill (a past CGGS staff member) from Dream Stitches, where Year 10s get a chance to volunteer, and we heard about the work they do and the year they have had. Although we have not been able to have the contact we usually would, it was wonderful to touch base and learn more about the impact they have and some of their experiences.

After hearing about and reflecting on some of the work being done by some of our partners the students were able to respond by engaging in some reflection and service projects.

In response to what they heard from Nadia, a group of Year 9 students spent Friday organising a food drive for our CGGS community to get involved in, to help collect needed items for The River Nile foodbank.

Other students put their musical talents to use, some created cards to connect with members of our community, a group assembled some of the portable objects of dignity for the Days for Girls kits and we even had some groups pursue their own projects and engage in acts of kindness.

I would like to acknowledge the preparation and contributions of some of our Year 9 students to the conference. Thank you to the girls who offered their ideas, who helped plan and who facilitated some of the sessions across the two days.

I always love hearing the buzz of our students interacting, and I found it so uplifting to observe our students as they absorbed what they heard, then responded.

“I used to think service learning only involved temporary solutions such as giving food to the homeless, but now I think it can empower others to help themselves. After watching some of the videos, I learnt that service learning can involve planting a seed that later sprouts into a huge tree. I also learnt that education is what ultimately allows people to make the world a better place.”  – Year 9 student reflection

Jennifer Gordon
Head of Service Learning


First Lego League

During the past couple of months, a group of students from Years 7 – 9 have been navigating remote learning and harnessing technology to work collaboratively on a series of tasks in order to compete in this year’s First Lego League. With 320,000 teams (yes, that is the correct number of zeros) from around the world engaging in this activity, there was a huge demand for it to go ahead in 2020, albeit online.

There are a number of components in the First Lego League challenge. Students design a robot and program it to complete missions on a customised game table. They also engage in the design thinking process to create an innovation project linked to a global theme. This year’s challenge theme is ‘Replay’ – how to engage the community to be more active. Throughout the competition, students need to demonstrate the six core values of First Lego League: Discovery, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Innovation and Fun.

At the Melbourne Consolidated Regional Final, which took place online, both our teams performed extremely well. The judges were particularly impressed with their ability to articulate the learning process as well as their creativity in the innovation project. One team won the Motivate Award and the other the ‘Breakthrough’ Award. Each team was selected to compete in the National Championships (South) on Sunday 13 December. Congratulations and best wishes to both teams!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design & Development

Summer Reading

As this year comes to an end, we have welcomed Ivy back as well as seen her bid farewell to her Year 12 fans. All of us in the Library want to congratulate you all on your efforts this year. On showing up, persisting and of course, reading! We encourage you all to come into the Library before the year is out, perhaps with a tote bag, to stock up on holiday reading!

It’s important to remember the benefits of reading that go beyond your vocabulary and problem solving skills. There’s also your empathy development, your awareness of the world around you and of course, it’s fun! It’s incredible the amount of different reading experiences there are now. With audiobooks, ebooks and graphic novels, there is no short supply of opportunity to try something new. In the Library we’re working on getting audio and e-books to you in the New Year, so stay tuned for some really exciting and expansive new developments from us!

We wish you all the best over the Summer, with safe and wholesome memories in the making and we cannot wait to see you in 2021. Read on!

Anne Devenish
Head of Library

Senior School


Senior School

November 20, 2020

This past fortnight has seen many highlights across the year levels in Senior School. The articles in this week’s CamNews are a perfect example of how our students and staff have made the most of all the challenges and also the opportunities. We continue to hold School Assemblies and Chaplains Assemblies virtually, with only the participants in the Barbara Sutton Hall at the time and all other members of our Senior School community joining through live streams to their classrooms. 

Next week our Year 10 and 11 students commence their school-based examinations, with most of our Year 11 cohort having also joined their Year 12 peers in completing a VCE examination. The Year 10 and 11 school-based assessments are important to set the right expectations for future VCE examinations and in order for us to provide vital feedback to our students on their learning. 

Many students, parents and staff will no doubt be relieved to close the book on the 2020 school year in just over two weeks’ timeIn the meantime, though we still have much to accomplish in our classes and to celebrate, including our VCE HeadStart program for those students moving into Years 11 and 12 in 2021, our Years 7 – 9 Presentation Night and our Christmas Service. 

Have a restful weekend. 

Warm regards, 

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School 


VCE Art & Design Show 

The Annual VCE Art and Design exhibition officially opened to much digital fanfare. It was not quite the exhibition we had anticipated opening at the commencement of the academic year; however, the students of Year 11 and 12 Studio Art and Visual Communication Design, have taken adversity head on and created an amazing show of skill and conceptual depth. Throughout their studies this year, the students have engaged in a genuinely personal exploration of ideas and progressively developed their application of skill. At times they needed to reframe, change direction and pivot alongside the rest of the world, with the resulting show an absolute testament to their tenacity and resilience.  

This exhibition marks the culmination of many years of Art education for our Year 12 students. From the very early beginnings at home with their parents, through the primary years and now the end of secondary; they have problem solved, experimented, played, refined, analysed, debated and presented a myriad of artworks. All providing lifelong skills. We congratulate them on their many successes. 

On behalf of the Art Department, we thank all those involved and look forward to another fabulously creative year in 2021.  

Rachael Miller
Head of Art & Design 

CGGS Election 2020 

On Tuesday this week, our Year 9 students battled it out for victory in our annual CGGS mock Election. 

Students participated in one of the eight Political Parties they had formed over the course of the study of ‘Power and Influence’ in Year 9 Commerce. Policies were developed, advertisements created, websites built and campaign speeches made by Party Leaders, all of which can be seen via this link: CGGS Election 2020 

The Righteous Party, The Egalitarian Party, The Power Party, The Pink Party, The O2 Global Party, The Environmentalist Party, The One World Party and The Edison Party are each congratulated on the outcomes of their collaborative efforts – not only did they present their Party’s in effective visual form but they lobbied hard on Election Day as they ‘worked the queues to inform voters about the choices they could make at the Ballot Box. 

While the Pink Party was ‘First Past the Post’ in the Primary Vote count, after the distribution of preferences it was a race to the finish. As with all elections, there can only be one winner (please take note Mr Trump!) and this year our collective congratulations go to The Edison Party who took the honour with an absolute majority of 134 out of a possible 262 votes. 

The Election is always a fabulous hands-on way for students to experience the pressures, the dramas and the logistics of ‘running for office’ on a small scale – we have loved working with this year’s Year 9 students and look forward to doing in it all again in 2021!  

The Commerce Team
Ms Wilson, Ms Anton and Mrs Larkey 

Beyond Design (Girls Invent) 

Pollen monitoring watches, pain-free band aids, an alarming clock and a medical game app – were just a few of the creative ideas to emerge from our Year 7s during this year’s Beyond Design challenge with Girls Invent. 

Curated and designed by Ms El Wood, Head of Science, with the support of Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development, and working alongside Dr Mark Glazebrook from Girls Invent, all Year 7 students have spent the week engaged in a design process which included problem finding, market research, ideation, prototyping and testing. This year’s challenge had a somewhat different look and harnessed the power of technology to ensure the experience would still be a rich one. The Year 7s have kept a record of their learning in an online log, pitched their ideas to Dr Glazebrook via Zoom for some initial feedback and communicated their ideas with confidence and flair.  

Friday was a buzz of energy as students made last minute adjustments to their poster boards, pitch preparations and multimedia presentations in readiness for participation in an online Expo with parents, teachers and students. Aside from generating innovative ideas, the Year 7s also had the opportunity to develop key transferable skills including teamwork, problem solving and communication skills. 

Thank you to all of the teachers who supported the program during its different stages, in particular Ms Alma Tooke in the MakerSpace who organised mini-MakerSpace tubs for all the groups, Mat Duniam and the Year 7 Science teachers. The online components of the program were very well supported by Stefi from the IT Department and Mr Micah Wilkins, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation. 

Who knows, in the future we might be seeing our students’ designs on the market! 

Dr Charlotte Forwood (Director of Learning Design and Development) and Ms Eleanor Wood (Head of Science)

House Music Captain Handover 

The ever-changing landscape of 2020 has provided our House Music Captains with the opportunity to reinvent, reimagine and collaborate in a variety of ways. All Houses successfully achieved their common objectives to deliver cohesive, meaningful and entertaining items for the House Celebration Day at the end of Term 3. We congratulate all participants on their enthusiastic involvement and look forward to what the House Music Competition will deliver in 2021.  

A handover to the 2021 Music Captains took place this week, where valuable advice, creative ideas, tips and suggestions were exchanged. We were pleased to be able to present the traditional House Music Batons and hope that this symbol provides fond memories for all involved. The conductor’s baton serves as a timely reminder that music can enhance your life, provide direction, unite communities and establish clarity in challenging moments. We would particularly like to thank the Parents and Friends Association for their support of the Performing Arts events throughout this year. 

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music 

House Soccer and Netball   

Once more the sports fields were filled with action, colour and cheering and all the students were very excited to have House Sport return for 2020. On what was meant to be our House Swimming Carnival, we were very excited to host our first House Netball and Soccer competition. It was great to see so many students involved and we were so proud of the skill and teamwork on display throughout the day. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather as the girls competed at CGGS, earning points for their house and enthusiastically cheering on their peers. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Soccer and Schofield for winning House Netball. There overall results were as follows: 


House Netball  

1st – Schofield 

2nd – Taylor 

3rd – Lawrence 

4th – Singleton 


House Soccer 

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. A special thank you to the House Sport Captains who have put in an enormous effort to make sure all teams were organised and to the 2021 School Sport Captain, Cathy Gu and 2021 School House Captain, Chloe Langley for their assistance throughout the day.   

For this event the spirit stick was not awarded to a house but instead to a year level. After much deliberation, it was too close to make the call on which house had the most spirit throughout the day, however the year level that displayed the most spirit and were wearing the most House Tshirts were the Year 7s! Well done girls! 

Lauren Law
Head of Sport 

Senior School


Senior School

November 6, 2020

Saying goodbye is never easy and this year was definitely no exception, in fact it was much harder as we celebrated all the final events with our Year 12 Class of 2020, who had been learning remotely for so much of this year.

On Monday 26 October our traditional Leaver’s Service which normally takes place in the Barbara Sutton Hall with the students from Years 6 – 11 watching on, along with all our teaching staff and the parents of Year 12, this year was live streamed to classrooms and parents. Due to COVID restrictions only one Year 12 Form was permitted in the hall at any time, however as we have throughout the year with all other events and activities, we adapted and can proudly say every student was recognised and her time at CGGS celebrated.

Another CGGS tradition is the Year 12 Assembly and final Bell ringing on their last day of lessons. As we have seen with this cohort throughout their journey in the Senior School, the Class of 2020’s bright personalities and graciousness ensured their Celebration Day was uplifting for all. The Senior School was decorated with colourful streamers, fun memes and posters and all students and staff were welcomed to school on the day with glitter sanitiser. In Period 4 the Year 12’s held their assembly outside, and the younger levels watched on through a live stream. Again, this was an upbeat and humorous look at their journey through Senior School and the year that was 2020.

The significance of the final Bell at 3:25pm on the last day for the Year 12’s has taken on new significance since we have become a bell free school. Whilst the Year 12’s have always gathered under the clock tower in the quadrangle, with all staff and students lining the balconies and counting down to 3:25pm with the singing of hymns, this year all the students and staff were in classrooms and we also live streamed this event. Not even the rain that also started right on 3:25pm, could dampen the spirits of our masked Year 12’s.

In the evening we held our Valedictory Dinner virtually. The Year 12 students along with their parents enjoyed a magnificent in-home dining experience with thanks to our Parents and Friends Association and our partnership for this event with Mornington Peninsula winery and restaurant, Ten Minutes by Tractor. The technology on the night ensured all our usual Valedictory Dinner proceedings were able to be shared. Speeches were mostly live, and the zoom break out rooms for each of the courses enabled us to mingle. The red-carpet entry of each student was certainly a highlight and again a meaningful / thoughtful touch on behalf of our IT Department.

On behalf of the Senior School, I wish to thank all the students, parents and staff involved in making each of the Year 12 celebrations so memorable.

In the midst of these events, we welcomed back our remaining students, those in Years 8 – 10. And the timing was perfect so that they could all experience the traditions, even if through live streams to their classes. Having all of our students and teachers back onsite has allowed friendships to rekindle, laughter in the corridors and the chatter those of us who have been working onsite throughout have desperately missed.

As we slowly return to a more normal environment in terms of school activities and we are pleased to share with families that from Monday 9 November we will begin what we hope will herald a safe return to our co-curricular activities.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Return to Sport

We are very excited to reintroduce Athletics and Swimming training for term 4. Athletics training will take place on the oval on Mondays from 3.30pm-4.30pm and Swimming training will be in the pool on Thursdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

For the remainder of this year all Athletics and Swimming training will require students to sign up via a Microsoft form to indicate their interest in training each week. The link for next week is below and will also be emailed to students weekly. Students will then receive an email to confirm their spot at least one day before their training session.

Athletics Training – Monday 9 Nov

Swimming Training – Thursday 12 Nov

Returning to sport training in a safe, hygienic and controlled manner is paramount to CGGS. The School has many COVID safe procedures in place which include additional cleaning and sanitising, no spectators, adherence to specific physical distancing and contract tracing procedures. Sport specific procedures are as follows.

Athletics – Mondays from 3.30-4.30pm

> Students may wear their PE uniform all day.

> Students will meet on the oval and sanitize their hands before and after the training session.

> There will be a maximum of 10 students per coach. These groups will not mix or change during the session.

Swimming – Thursdays from 3.30-4.30pm

> Students will get changed into their bathers in the Senior School bathrooms (not the pool changerooms) at the end of the School day and go home in their bathers after training. The disabled toilet in the pool may be used during training sessions but is not for changing. Students will be able to use the changerooms after year 12 exams.

> Students will enter the pool via the outside doors near the Food Studies kitchen.

There is a maximum of 20 students per session, with 4 students in each lane.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport



Camberwell Girls Grammar School is pleased to invite its school community to explore our virtual VCE Art Exhibition.

Both Year 11 and Year 12 students across Studio Art and Visual Communication Design have contributed works for this annual VCE Art Exhibition. This exhibition realises our students’ incredible resilience and perseverance. Despite many weeks away from school and from the Art room, the students have continued to exceed our expectations.

Click on the image below to view an introduction video to the VCE Art Exhibition by our Head of Art and Design, Rachael Miller.

You can enter the virtual VCE Art Exhibition via the link below, where you’ll be able to explore the exhibition using your mouse or the keyboard arrows.

If you would prefer to just look at a catalog of the pieces in the exhibition, you can do so by clicking the button below.

On behalf of the VCE Studio Art and Visual Communication Design students and teachers, we hope you enjoy the 2020 VCE Art Exhibition.

Rachael Miller
Head of Art & Design

Service Learning

Last week students in Year 10 had the joy of meeting up with our Year 10 and 11 Green Gecko friends from Cambodia. The Green Gecko Project are the group we visit during our Service Learning Tour every year.

We took the opportunity to make contact on Zoom, to check in and see how the Geckos have been faring this year. Our students and the Gecko students prepared some questions to ask each other.

It was wonderful to see the Geckos’ smiling faces and hear their friendly voices. This group, who we have contact with each year, are some of the most friendly and positive people you will meet and speaking with them certainly brightened our day.

After a round of introductions, we dove into our questions and took turns asking and answering the questions covering topics such as: education and school during the pandemic, communication, restrictions, and how we take care of the people around us.

Some things we found we had in common:
“We both really miss school because we can’t socialise as much or see our friends. We both value seeing our community and connecting with others.”

What left an impression:

“They asked lots of questions about the poorer people in our communities and asked about how we help them.”

“We thought their positivity and confidence was so amazing, but it was a bit sad how they said they couldn’t see any positives from this situation because of how many people lost their jobs over there.”

“We all really enjoyed the experience, we thought it provided it with a great insight on the differences between life in lockdown in Cambodia and Australia, and they were all so nice and so enthusiastic!”

“The Geckos are very community-minded and selfless people. It was amazing to hear they are running food banks to support others that can’t afford things during this time.”

We found there were plenty of similarities between our experiences this year but there were also some differences that came through when the Geckos’ asked us questions about supplies and providing for our families. Students from both groups were so thoughtful in the way they discussed their experiences with each other.

We are currently coming up with a challenge for them and they are coming up with one for us! And we are also thinking of ways we can partner with them if we won’t be able to visit in the near future.

Jennifer Gordon
Head of Service Learning

Colour Your Threads 

On Wednesday 4 November our school community celebrated the “Colour your threads” initiative, in recognition of the incredible strength that the CGGS community has shown over the last year, and in recognition of World Positive Education Day.

All student and staff dressed in brightly coloured, happy clothes as way to say thank you for the support, grit, growth mindset and resilience shown, and to recognise the strength of character of each individual and our CGGS community as a whole.

A video titled ‘From Strength to Strength in Tough Times’ was also shared with all student and staff, and was great reminder of all that we have achieved this year.

Parents can access the video here: Video: A celebration of CGGS

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Senior School


Senior School

October 22, 2020

Years 10 –12 Presentation Night

Tonight, we are thrilled to be sharing our 2020 Years 10 – 12 Presentation Night with students and their families. As has been our focus this year, we have adapted, pivoted, re-created and re-imagined so many events and tonight’s Presentation Night is no exception.

Each year we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of all our Year Levels and it is with great pride that we share the many highlights of Years 10 – 12 in 2020. Congratulations to each of the students for their outstanding academic endeavours and citizenship during the pandemic. We also celebrate the co-curricular pursuits of our students in School and House activities this year. The number of students being recognised tonight is testament to their level of commitment and we applaud them all for maintaining such positivity throughout the year.

Many staff have also worked alongside the students throughout the year to ensure our programs continued and while I have thanked these teachers and the leaders of the various events throughout the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Kim Perkins, Head of Media Technology and Mrs Victoria Hargreaves, Senior School Administration Coordinator for their tireless work to ensure this Presentation Night is a fitting tribute to our remarkable students.


2020 School and House Leaders

As mentioned, when referencing Presentation Night above, in our centenary year we had so many plans to celebrate as a school community and an integral part of those events were our student body and also our 2020 School and House Leaders.

To our 2020 School Captains, Felicia Spiridonos, Laurya Dang-Nyugen and Loren Palma, affectionately known as FL2, you have set the tone for the entire student community. They have led all the School and House leaders with respect, graciousness and kindness and this in turn has been felt throughout the year levels. Thank you for your leadership.

As a final acknowledgement and thank you to all our School and House leaders please see the link below. Thank you all.

Have a lovely long weekend.

Kind regards,

Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

CGGS Student Leadership Assembly

It was really fitting that our first live streamed assembly for Term 4, and indeed for quite some time, was one that focused on student leadership. It was fitting, because this year we have seen just how important leadership is and what it means to be a great leader, not just here at CGGS but also in the wider community, including our own politicians and those globally.

One of our greatest assets at CGGS is the collective strength of our student leaders and this year, we have been able to witness some truly courageous acts of leadership from our 2020 Student Leadership team. We have seen powerful and impactful communication, the transformation of events and activities into new virtual platforms, and most importantly, we have seen the loyalty, the teamwork and the collaboration between and within our community. I am incredibly proud of what our 2020 student leaders have been able to achieve and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank them.

Over the past few years we have worked with students and staff to develop and design and well-structured and well supported distributive leadership model, where no captain or leader works alone and where all students have the opportunity to contribute whether that be in a formal leadership position or through involvement at a program or committee level.  

We have also ensured that the appointment of leaders is transparent and rigorous, taking into account a clear set of eligibility and desirability criteria based on past involvement, coupled with individual and collaborative group interviews, written applications and student votes. It is a lengthy and thorough process and one that could not happen without the dedication of the teachers in-charge of leadership positions, and in particular the Heads of House.

It is also important to acknowledge and congratulate all of the Year 10 and 11 students who put themselves forward to be considered for a leadership position in 2021. It is not easy to be vulnerable in this way, it shows determination, it shows courage and it shows leadership. Whether appointed into a formal leadership position or not, we hope that all students know they are valued and I look forward to working with them in a range of capacities going forward.

Congratulations to our 2021 Student Leadership Team.

Ms Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Plan Your Own Enterprise – CGGS are National Winners!

Open to all Australian secondary school students, this national competition, run by Business Educators Australasia, the Plan Your Own Enterprise competition encourages students to look at the connections in business operations.

Each year a number of our students enter the competition by submitting a creative idea for a small business, including preparation of a business plan and working through all aspects of their proposal including business name, services, location, staffing etc.

While we are always impressed by the creative proposals our students put forward, this year Madeleine Giagoudakis, Leonie Trimbos and Frida Andreasen received national recognition for their ‘What’s Poppin’ business proposal.  What’s Poppin’  delivers delicious popcorn in a range of unique and delicious flavours, including the option for customers to customize their flavour via a website and have their orders delivered to their door.

The students were acknowledged as Victorian winners, but also went on to be recognize as joint national winners. The students have received a cash prize and the school will have their award recognised with a plaque.

Congratulations to Maddie, Leonie and Frida, and their thanks to Ms Annie Wilson for her encouragement and support.

Outstanding Science Talent Search Results

This year’s Science Talent Search results are truly remarkable and we are thrilled to share them with you today.

The Science Talent Search is a very prestigious competition open every year to ALL Victorian primary and secondary aged students. If you wish to find more information, please click here.


We are overjoyed to announce that the following students and groups have received MAJOR BURSARIES (The 2020 amount to be advised to be advised soon)

> Bethany Orme (Intermediate – Experimental Research)

> Bethany Orme (Intermediate – Creative Writing)

> Katrina Tong and Laura Tong (Junior – Computer Programs)

> Violet Chong (Junior – Posters)

> Joanna Sun (Junior – Videos)

> Sofia Sanfilippo and Joanne Tu (Junior – Creative Writing)

> Emily Price and Katherine Mason (Junior – Creative Writing)

> Hannah Balkin (Junior – Creative Writing)

The following students also received MINOR BURSARIES (The 2020 amount to be advised soon)

> Baoyi Zhu (Junior – Posters)

> Sofia Pandeli (Junior – Posters)

> Madeline McDonald (Junior – Videos)

> Isabella Wood and Zoe Viney (Junior – Creative Writing)

All our other Senior School entries received either a Distinction or Merit Certificates. This is an outstanding achievement.


As a direct result of these results, we are pleased to be able to share with our CGGS families that  our Senior School was one of only FOUR schools to receive the Hugh McKnight Encouragement Award


Book Club

This week in Book Club, for the first time in a long time we were able to have some of our members back onsite! Whilst the years 8-10 girls joined us remotely, it was so exciting for Renee and I to see the year 7 and year 11 girls face to face again. We discussed all of the books that we had been reading over the past two weeks and shared our ideas and interpretations with each other. We then went on to continue our planning of the short story that we are writing together! The girls have some really amazing ideas and without giving too much away this this story has something for everyone, a little romance, some mystery and some fantasy. Book Club cannot wait to share this with you all.

Ella Barmby and Renee Fong
Literature Captains


Victorian Secondary Girls Chess Grand Final

On Tuesday 13 October Emily Lin, Bethany Orme and Kelly Ta from year 10, Sophie Chang (year 8) and Lucy Ciro (year 7) completed online in the Victorian State Finals of School Girl chess. Qualification had been held previously on the 11thof September and the girls had to negotiate a new online platform and way of competing. The qualification process was highly challenging, with competition against a large and diverse field of Independent and coeducational schools from across the state.

This is the 3rd year that the School has fielded a team in the finals and once again they played competitively, placed third overall in the State, narrowly missing out on second place.

Feedback from the students:

The chess finals yesterday were quite intense and it was definitely a very fun experience considering it was our first time playing finals online. We were all extremely proud the results we achieved as an individual and team, however it was somewhat disappointing as we could have made it to the Grand Finals playoff if not for the difference of 0.5 points. Overall, the competition was quite tough with many good players but we managed to win third overall and hopefully, we can do better next year!


2020 Interschool Snowsports Honour Roll

Snow Australia would like to acknowledge the students who will be finishing their schooling this year and who would have participated in our 2020 Interschool Snowsports events. An Interschools Honour Roll filled with the names of Australian Year 12 students who have missed the opportunity to compete in the Snowsports events this year due to COVID cancellations will be published on the Snow Australia website and communications.

CGGS would like to congratulate Claire Tremewen and Grace Razewski for their contributions to the CGGS Snowsports team throughout their time at our School. These girls have participated in both the Alpine Giant Slalom and Alpine Skier Cross events since they were in year 7 and they have been a great support to our younger Snowsport competitors. Claire and Grace have been excited to see our team grow from 6 students in 2015 to 22 students in 2019 and have also been proud to introduce the CGGS Snowsports long sleeve tops and neck warmers.

Senior School


Senior School

October 9, 2020

Welcome back to Term 4. This week it has been uplifting to have a number of our students back onsite. All the VCE students which included two students from Year 10 studying VCE Dance and Punjabi, arrived on time and ready for the GAT on Wednesday. Having completed and received feedback on their trial GAT’s, all our students felt reassured in completing this task. The school-based assessments for all Year 11 and 12 students have also been very successful and the feedback from the students again has been very positive.

Well done and thank you to all for following our new protocols at the temperature checks, these have also been very smooth.

Next week we are very excited to be welcoming back all our Year 7 students and as noted in the “Return to Face to Face Learning” document in the Senior School Weekly this past Tuesday, the entry point for Year 7 students is the Woodstock Street gate between 8.15am and 8.25am. Any student arriving late to school after 8:25am will be required to enter from the Torrington Street gate and complete their temperature check and sign in at Student Services Reception. It is important to us that we maintain our staggered arrivals and entry points to maximise physical distancing.

This week the Year 9’s have enjoyed two days of remote Seasonal Learning on the topic of, The World of Work. This has been another highly successful event and on behalf of the students I would like to thank Mrs Trish Dolan, Careers Counsellor, Ms Summer Howarth, Strategic Assistant, Ms Kate Manners, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning and Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development for all their preparations.

As we near the time for celebrating the current Year 12 cohort the Class of 2020 and acknowledging their outstanding leadership. I encourage anyone who has not yet listened to the Two Cents podcast, created by our School Captains, Felicia Sprindonos, Laurya Dang-Nyugen and Loren Palma, to do so! These are posted on the Year 12 Instagram page @wearecggs, but can also be found on Spotify, just search “Camberwell Girls Grammar School”.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

House Celebration Day

Term 3 was like no other. Remote learning has taken the skills of our students and staff to a whole new level promoting collaborative learning. Microphones picking up strange background noises like lawn mowers, pets snoring or little siblings screaming, and those same siblings (or in some teacher’s cases their children) doing their best to photo bomb video conferences made all the more scary when using virtual backgrounds.

However, the show must go on.

Beyond the extraordinary way in which students continued their learning, adapting to the ‘new normal’ way of group discussion and interactive documents, the House program continued with Drama, Dance and Music adapting to the virtual preparation, rehearsal, and delivery method. To continue ensuring our connected community through the House system, the House Celebration Day at the conclusion of Term 3 was more than just those three events.

From an insightful webinar with School House Captain, the eight House Captains and their mentor Heads of Houses talking about the challenges and rewards of leadership from a student’s perspective during 2020, to interactive online excel pixel art, creating dabbing unicorns and house themed art and House Captain led activities. Some of the highlights and reflections from some of our students and staff are below.

Throughout Celebration Day, it was such a beautiful feeling seeing all the enthusiastic, smiling faces over ZOOM. Although this year has been faced with many tough challenges, Camberwell Girls has stood our ground and faced these obstacles with a brave face. I thoroughly enjoyed House Celebration Day, learning how to work around varying plans and ‘going with the flow’. The most amazing section of House Celebration Day was the ability for each of the respective Performing Arts Captains to create a vision although faced with difficult circumstances.

Ashley Tang- Chong
Lawrence House Captain

I was surprised at the level of participation and interaction on the day, there were so many positive vibes, comments and compliments floating around, it was a joy to participate in the day and see the CGGS community in action.

Community means coming together. During remote-learning, I feel that the CGGS community has become even stronger. We have all come together, to laugh, share ideas and offer help when required. The difficulties we have faced and overcome during remote learning shows the strength of the CGGS community.

I learnt that a laugh, help and ideas are only a click away. The students showed great resilience, knowledge and problem-solving skills to ensure the day run smoothly and was the best it could be! It was a fantastic event!

Mr Tom Clark
Head of Singleton

It was amazing to see all of the energy and house spirit from the girls on House Celebration day. It was great to showcase all of the hard work that the Performing Arts Captains and girls have put in throughout the term while adapting to online learning. House Celebration day was definitely a highlight of the remote learning period and I had heaps of fun with all of the activities and loved seeing all the girls’ smiling faces!

Tilly Dunn
Taylor House Captain

If you want to relive the fun, the inspiration and creativity of the CGGS students check out the link below and keep an eye out for the special ‘Extended version’ to come soon that includes additional students interviews and outtakes!

Click below to watch the House Creative Arts Festival again and click through some photos.

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

GAT and Trial Exams

As Term 4 commences, so too does the final stages of the Year 12 journey. This week, all students completing a Units 3 and 4 subject completed the General Achievement Test (GAT) which is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Humanities, the Arts and Social Sciences.

As the test is over three hours long, it was not surprising to see that the students were exhausted and relieved as they exited the examination rooms. With all the uncertainty and disruption that COVID-19 has caused this year, the GAT is potentially even more important this year for our Year 12 students and we feel confident that they have given their best.

Our VCE students are certainly in examination mode as they have now turned their attention to trial exams. Students have the opportunity to complete a trial exam for each of their Units 3 & 4 subjects which will be assessed and provide them with valuable feedback on how they are progressing with their revision in preparation for the end-of-year exams. These trial exams will enable students to have a targeted approach to their revision over the coming weeks.

We wish all students well for their end-of-year exams!

Dot Georgiou
VCE Coordinator

World of Work Online Conference

Over two days at the Year 9 World of Work Online Conference, students were introduced to the CGGS #myfuture Careers Program and what the world of work in the 21st Century is and could be. The conference entailed a blend of synchronous and asynchronous activities and opportunities, both individual and collaborative, and had students working across a range of digital platforms. In true conference style, students were received an invitation to this event and received a gift bag of a linen bound journal. A beautiful keepsake, the journal was equally a place for the students to think about their dreams, aspirations, contacts as they started to explore the world of work now and into the coming years.

Students were apprenticed into the Careers program at Camberwell Girls on Day 1 led by Careers Counsellor Ms Trish Dolan, with skill identification and development of a core focus. They also completed the MyCareerMatch Profile, a powerful assessment that matches your personality style to careers you would love. Superfast and precise, it delivers custom reports in under 15 minutes – and is a great first step in self-discovery and career exploration. This was followed by an exploration of the 8 transferrable skills that students will continue to develop throughout their time at Camberwell Girls and beyond. Additionally, resumes and the art of the job interview were on the agenda for the day.

Day 2 began with a Q&A with Anna Clancy, one of the creative forces behind an amazing homegrown small business called Write to Me who were commissioned to design a range of journals to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of The Oprah Magazine, one of 20 businesses worldwide to be asked to do so. Students also learned the art of the collaborative job interview, had a morning tea with ‘colleagues’ and explored some of their own areas of interest and skills through a curated set of learnings and activities, including email etiquette, gig economies & entrepreneurs, empathy and referential communication and many more. We’re thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity for the students online but can’t wait to have them back in person.

Kate Manners
Deputy Head of Senior School ‑ Teaching & Learning


International Day of The Girl – 11 October

In 1995, the World Conference of Woman developed and established The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Actionto address gender inequality and demanding the elimination of all forms of discrimination against girls.

The International Day of the Girl, this Sunday the 11thof October, celebrates the anniversary and achievements of this declaration and tries to increase our awareness of the issues and what still needs to be done.

Its focus is to, eliminate discrimination against girls regarding:

> Education and skills development

> Exploitation of child labour and girls at work

> Negative cultural attitudes and practices

> Health and nutrition

> Eradicate violence against girls and promote girls’ rights and their awareness to participate in social, economic and political life.

We know that 130 million girls worldwide are out of school and that 12 million girls worldwide are married before their 18 birthdays. For example, in Central Africa, 29% of girls are married before the age of 15. Child marriage violates human rights, it interrupts schooling, limits opportunities, creates early pregnancies, increasing the risk of violence against girls and their risk of poor health.

So, what can we do?

> appreciate our opportunities

> use our awareness to promote the rights of others

> voice our concerns

> engage in action to promote girls’ human rights

> share stories of inspiring adolescent girls or girl-led movements

> engage with the 2020 theme “My voice, our equal future”.

For more information and inspiring stories go to:

Paula Kolivas
School Counsellor


PYOE Competition 2020

CGGS is thrilled to announce that three of our Year 9 Students, Madeleine Giagoudakis, Leonie Trimbos and Frida Andreasen, have won the Victorian (group division) of the National Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2020. The competition requires students to present a creative idea for a small business as a business plan. The student’s entry What’s Poppin’, an online business providing customised popcorn, was judged the best group entry in Victoria. The students now complete in the National Final in late October.

Annie Wilson
Commerce Teacher

Virtual Chess

On Friday September 11, 5 students from CGGS represented the school at the Chess Australia Secondary Open Zone competition run remotely. Assisted by Mrs Helen Pappas the students performed outstandingly through the competing in 7 rounds of games and qualifying as a team for the Victorian Secondary Girls Schools 2020 State Final to be held on October 13. Emily Lin, Year 10, performed superbly on the day finishing just outside the top 10 players, and in the Top 3 Girls on the day. We wish Emily, Bethany Orme (Year 10), Kelly Ta (Year 10), Sophie Chang (Year 8) and Lucy Ciro (Year 7) all the best for the remote finals on Tuesday.

Senior School


Senior School

September 11, 2020

Over the course of this term I have had the great privilege, as I do each Term 3, to interview each of the new students coming to CGGS in Year 7 the following year. In non-Covid times, this would include the students coming into the Senior School for a tour with a current Year 7 and Year 8 student before an informal chat with students from different primary schools. This has always enabled us to introduce students to others who will be in their same cohort.

These interviews are a key stage in our transition process and so, this year, I have been conducting them remotely via zoom meetings. I have been incredibly impressed by the way the students have interacted and chatted happily, asking and answering questions. They have already shown great courage – one of our school values.

As we have spoken about the myriad of opportunities on offer at Senior School, the House program has as it always does, been a real area of interest for them. We have chatted about the students in Year 7 – 12 who have, for this past number of weeks, been rehearsing for House Music, Dance and Drama, in readiness for today, our House Celebration Day, where we have enjoyed each of these performances. The Year 7’s of 2021 have all been in awe of the fact that our students, through the outstanding leadership of the House Captains listed below and with the assistance of their House teachers, have been able to create these events for us all to share.

It is fair to say we all share this admiration of our student leaders; we congratulate them and are most proud of their achievements.

Lawrence House

Dance Captains – Karen Ng and Tiffany Tse

Drama Captains – Simar Kaur and Sabrina Renzi

Music Captains – Zara Mammone and Zara Price

Technical Captains – Ellen Kontossis and Chloe Langley

Visual Arts Captains – Hailie Chen and Jacqueline Zhang


Schofield House

Dance Captains – Chelsea Ellingworth and Christine Wang

Drama Captains – Charlotte Kutey and Claire Robertson

Music Captains – Phoebe Lu and Rachel Wong

Technical Captains – Rhi-Ann Lam and Holly Williams

Visual Arts Captains – Amelia Lemanis and Chelim Lee


Singleton House

Dance Captains – Jessica Brake and Eleni Magdanis

Drama Captains – Manisha Wickramasinghe and Shannon Yeung

Music Captains – Seanna Henricus and Grace Jiang

Technical Captains – Isabel Varughese and Wen Wen Xie

Visual Arts Captains – Anna Xiang and Lucy Zhang


Taylor House

Dance Captains – Emily Arvidsson

Drama Captains – Chantelle Chuang and Charlene Xu

Music Captains – Esther Chen and Aalisha Wong

Technical Captains – Maggie Hu and Melinda Zhu

Visual Arts Captains – Lucy Mulvahill and Sophie Mulvahill


All the students in Years 7 – 12 are most grateful to the following staff who have also provided unwavering support throughout the remote House competitions in Term 3. The entire program has been coordinated by Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School Co-curricular Programs, while specialists Ms Keira Lyons, Ms Sally Oliver, Ms Claire Colthup, Ms Kate Savige, Mr Rohan Mack and Mrs Cathy Georgiev have all been on hand every step of the way to provide their assistance.

This morning, Dr Reid and I had the great pleasure of joining a group of students in a Taylor House breakout room as together they took on the challenge of replicating a dabbing unicorn through a program called Excel Picture Art.


As the term draws to a close, today we celebrated our community with some of the activities that define CGGS, House Dance, Drama and Music. Whilst 2020 has meant a pivot from traditions, the outcome has truly been about remaining connected as a community and celebrating together the achievements of the whole school.

Next term we will have a full report on the days activities, but for now, please enjoy the 2020 House Dance, Drama and Music Performances via the button below.

Year 9 Cognizance Project

In Term 3, the Year 9s were grateful to be given the opportunity to work with educational neuroscientist and lecturer Dr Jared Cooney Horvarth. The five thought-provoking sessions provided year 9s with a high level educational experience into how our brains work, and how you can apply this knowledge of the brain to develop better study habits that enhance ones learning experience, something that Dr Horvarth often referred to as ‘hacking the brain’.

These techniques include learning from your mistakes/errors rather than denying them in order to ‘reprogram’ the brain not make the same mistake again. He also reiterated the importance of having a good sleep routine in order to process more of the things that you learn/study, starting your test revision early, using ‘recall’ methods over passive revision (i.e. not reading) when studying for tests, and not multitasking while studying. There is no doubt that the ‘cognizance project’, which quite literally means to be full of knowledge and awareness, provided the year 9’s with engaging information about metacognition and neuroscience in general. It also opened their eyes to the ever-evolving field of neuroscience, and its relevance to our everyday lives.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing


German Enterprise Competition

Earlier this year, we entered the German Enterprise competition run by Goethe Institute. The competition is nationwide and encourages students to choose a German-Australian company to partner with, then come up with a product or service that would improve the business. Our partner company was Grün Eco, which is an architectural firm that focuses on building sustainable homes that are tailored to every client’s needs. We appreciated the ethos of the company as it aligned with our school’s values, and we also feel it is imperative for Australians to be more environmentally friendly with our housing. After speaking to the company, it became clear there was a gap in the market for sustainable homes that were pre-designed, and therefore more affordable. We felt that Grün Eco should design 3-4 house templates that could be easily built in a cost-effective fashion without harming the environment. At the end of August, we were thrilled to find out our idea was one of thirteen that had been shortlisted, and were even more amazed to find out in early September that our project had placed second overall.

We have learnt a lot and are so thankful to have been given this opportunity. You can watch our pitch here

Jane Pekin, Megan Kuo and Olivia Jones

Music: Share and Appreciate

This term, student musicians have embraced the opportunity to perform to each other in a range of Zoom sessions, together with their teachers. The CGGS instrumental and vocal staff have encouraged their students to connect during remote learning, through their creative pursuits. Students look forward to their weekly lessons with their specialist teachers, plus private practice at home allows time away from screens for them to develop and improve their skills.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

After school on Thursday, my violin class held a “Share and Appreciate” session. Everyone really enjoyed hearing each other’s well prepared performances and had lots of supportive things to say about each other’s playing. It was lovely to feel connected together through the music.

Margaret Butcher
Violin and Viola Teacher

AGTV Poetry Competition

On Saturday 5 September, the State Finals of the AGTV (Association of German Teachers Victoria) was held. Unfortunately, due to lockdown, the competition was held remotely. There were people from schools all over Victoria, and they all did amazingly. There were a variety of categories, and at the end, the placegetters of these categories stayed behind for a Zoom screenshot of the event! Despite the odd circumstances and disappointment of not being able to go to a live event, everyone performed well, and the judges and hosts were very kind. Although it was a little nerve-wracking when going in and preparing, it was a very low-stress environment, and quite informal. We entered the meeting in groups of three, and got to hear the others poems, which was cool, although it meant that we heard what we were up against. Later in the day, we came back for the announcements, and they cycled through the categories. The Year 9 DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache- German as a second language), and the Year 9 Open (native speaker) categories were last, so it was a nervous yet excited wait. I competed in the Year 9 Open category, and the poem I selected was called Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling(longing for spring), and it was actually the poem that all the contestants in my category chose. It was a great poem, and I was lucky enough to win my category. It was a great experience, and I would do it next year again if Year 9 wasn’t the last age group in the competition.

Sasha Feldman
Year 9


Library in Lockdown

Borrowing has continued in the form of newly arrived books requested and sent out to our most avid readers. This service continues during the school holidays – if you have particular books you are interested in you should contact Mrs Devenish, Head of Library

Students have been able to contact the library directly to request books and in many instances, the requests that we receive actually influence the new book orders that we place. A library is an amazing resource for new publications and students should always feel that they can approach us with requests for new stories that they have heard about.

The Library staff have been busy searching, reviewing and selecting from many different sources including our local bookstore in Hawthorn, Readings who have an amazing range of Young Adults novels. We also have a Standing Order service delivered by Lamont Books who specialize in Children’s and Teenage new publications.

Recent titles received include:

The Pieces of Ourselves by Maggie Harcourt

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell

The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie

The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

Indigo Owl by Charlie Archbold

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

The Fire Star by A.L. Tait

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds

Over 30 titles have been mailed out to students from a range of genres.

We hope that the students enjoy finding their new book parcels in their letterboxes and wish happy holiday reading to all at CGGS.

Anne Devenish
Head of Library

Writers Workshop

On Tuesday, our CGGS Writers enjoyed their second creative writing session with Australian Young Adult Author, Nicole Hayes. She has published multiple YA novels, including ‘A Shadow’s Breath,’ and ‘The Whole of my World,’ as well as featured in newspapers and essay anthologies. Some of our school community may also recognise her from The Outer Sanctum, the ‘unconventional all-female footy podcast’ who came to visit our Library last year.

Our 14 writers, ranging across senior years, worked with Nicole on character development. Learning from such a successful author how important the creating of humanly complex characters served as a light-bulb moment for so many of our young writers. It was wonderful for the girls to hear from Nicole and to have this opportunity to spark inspiration and to fuel their creative fire.

Nicole has given the girls a challenge and resourceful guide to developing their own fictional characters. The importance of this work unveiled itself to the girls as integral to successful and powerful storytelling – as all stories are about the diverse human experience, after all!

We look forward to meeting Nicole again in Term 4 to continue this incredible mentorship and we thank her and our writers for their enthusiasm.

Vlog your remote learning life in Chinese

During Term 3, Year 9 Chinese mainstream students learned how to express different time expressions from morning to night and to describe daily routine activities by time and order of occurrence.

A combined oral and written task required students to be a Vlogger to present their unique 2020 daily life in the format of a Chinese vlog. The content could be a typical remote learning day, a special day that they want to celebrate something or to simply record their growth during this special period.

Students not only applied their language skills but also enhanced their transferable skills by adapting different communication techniques and media editing skills to present their isolation life in an engaging way.

To view students’ work please visit our class Padlet:

Some excellent examples are:

Isabella Ta:

Isabella Tremewen:

Sarah Park:

Scarlett Giang:

Natalie Chung:


Scarlett Zhang
Chinese Teacher

Senior School


Senior School

September 4, 2020

One of the highlights for me each year is the Winter Sleepout. This year, our Service Learning Captains Emily Hoyle and Annaliese Cossenas along with Head of Service Learning, Ms Jennifer Gordon, took this event to a new level with the students who took part during the Stage 4 lockdown, ensuring we still lived out our School motto “Utilis in Ministerium”. This year, our support of the Salvation Army was made even more tangible with numerous CGGS families taking part and gaining an insight into the importance of the work undertaken by the Salvation Army to assist the homeless people of Melbourne throughout the pandemic. Congratulations and thank you to all participants.

Last week our School Captains, Felicia Spiridonos, Laurya Dang-Nguyen and Loren Palma, affectionately known as FL2 conducted their final assembly for 2020 and this Tuesday School Sports Captain, Michaela Robinson was responsible for our Sports Assembly. Michaela interviewed international soccer player Melina Ayers. By clicking the link below, you can hear this interview, plus watch a video of sports highlights Michaela had created for what would have been our annual Celebration of Sport Dinner which should have been on that night. Michaela, like all our other 2020 School and House leaders, has enthusiastically led Sport in a mostly remote yet successful mode this year. Well done Michaela and to all the House Captains and House Sports Captains. Your efforts have ensured we have all kept exercise a part of our balanced lives.

Yesterday our VCE teachers, students and their parents met for their remote Learning Conversations. This was once again a highly successful afternoon and evening where feedback on the academic progress of our students was discussed in each of their subjects. The timing of these discussions being vital in the lead up to the trial GAT, Enhancement program, trial examinations and the actual GAT and examinations in October and November. Prior to the end of this term all our VCE teachers will have completed their course content with the students. Next week, we are conducting a special VCE Information Session with the students, to assist with their holiday time management and routines and then the planning for the run home to the examinations to make sure they hit their peak at the right time.

I wish you all a restful weekend.


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School


Winter Sleepout

On Friday 28 August, CGGS students across all year levels rugged up and got into their sleeping bags for the annual Winter Sleepout. The night started off with a zoom call and a talk from Grace, who works at the Salvation Army. Grace talked about homelessness in Australia and gave insight on the struggles these people face every day, which really opened our minds and made the sleepout so much more meaningful.

Hearing Grace speak at the sleepout provided us with some great insight on the reasons that cause people to become homeless and she gave the encouragement to not make judgements about how and why people end up where they are. Listening to this talk was really valuable as it cleared up many of the common misconceptions surrounding homelessness and reminded us to always treat homeless people with respect and compassion as we have no idea about their personal circumstances.

After the talk, we were given time to do some activities. Some of us called our friends whilst others played it out in a friendly game of online Pictionary. We ended the night with a movie, Despicable Me, as we curled up and got ready for the night.

While raising our awareness, the Winter Sleepout was also a great way for the girls involved to feel more connected to the Camberwell community and overall was a really successful night!

The money raised from the event will be going towards donating supplies to our local Salvation Army centre which will be given to people in need.

Emily Hoyle and Annaliese Cossenas
Service Learning Captains

House Celebration

In preparation for the House Celebration Day being run on September 11, we take this opportunity to celebrate and look forward to what will occur next week. The House Captains and various student leaders have been instrumental in ensuring each House community remains connected through various activities, group collaborations and exciting challenges. Term 3 has seen bookmark challenges, Zoom background artwork, students leading and mentoring their peers, Heads of House and Departments mentoring House leaders and some laughter release through an entertaining game of House Bingo and Scavenger Hunts of all things House colours!

Students have been engaging in Yammer pages in various ways and for some sneak peeks and clues as to what is being produced behind the scenes for House Dance, Drama and Music, students are encouraged to check their House Yammer pages. You will see just how adaptable, flexible and resilient our leaders and participants have been engaging through Zoom, problem solving technological issues with the House Technical Captains, practising performances and providing feedback as a team, and using technology to enhance the overall product you will see next week.

The entries for the House Zoom background challenge are looking great so far! See below.

Don’t forget, Friday September 11 will see CGGS celebrate House communities, the only way we know how during our 100thyear… virtually! Details will be emailed to students for the day starting with a live Webinar featuring your Heads of House, House Captains, School House Captain and introductions to the day’s activities. Parents and our community will be sent details of how to view performances next week.

Shane Maycock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular


Alliance Française Oral Examinations

Every year, our Year 12 French students participate in the Alliance Française Oral exam. The oral exam is 9 minutes in duration and contains 2 parts: General Conversation: (4 minutes) where the examiner asks general conversation questions related to the student’s personal world and their interactions with the French language and culture as a learner and then the presentation of a subtopic & discussion (5 minutes) where the student chooses one of the subtopics studied during the year and has a discussion with the examiner about that. As you can imagine, this is very challenging for the students but it is also excellent practice for the VCE Oral examination which our students are taking part in on the 13th October.

The Alliance Française are notoriously rigorous examiners and so I am very excited to be able to congratulate all of the Year 12 participants for their excellent results and in particular, to Felicia Spiridonos and Haylie Cheng who achieved full marks and are going through to the finals on 12 and 13 September. We wish them all the best for the ensuing 4-minute conversation in French with two examiners.

Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE


German for your future – German Career’s Day

The VCE German students at CGGS had the opportunity to take part in a virtual German Careers Day, organised by the Goethe Institute Melbourne to inform students about opportunities to study in German after school and pathways to use their German language skills beyond school in their chosen field.

The keynote speaker on the day was Jens Hoch, Head of Culture of the Embassy of Germany in Canberra, and after his opening speech, students could choose what presentations they wanted to attend. Of great interest was the presentation on opportunities to study in the field of the science, the arts or business, including international affairs. Students were given valuable tips and information on the fees, application and related processes. What makes study in Germany even more attractive to students, is that universities in Germany are entirely free and that many overseas students are accepted into programs across Germany.

To end of the day students were invited to watch a current German movie “Cleo – if I could turn back time”.  The movie follows the story of Cleo, who feels a special affinity to her hometown Berlin, but her deepest desire is to turn back time to undo the death of her parents with the aid of a magic clock which was stolen and has been missing since. The story takes viewers on an adventure through the city of Berlin, revisiting many cultural sites that the students have learned about in class.

Finally, the students reflected on the day and this is what Annaliese Cossenas had to say:

The Goethe institute’s virtual careers day was both interesting and informative. As someone who has been learning German for a number of years I have often thought about how after high school, it will be very odd for me to not have to go to German class every day. I attended the first Information session of the day, which was about German exchange opportunities in University and how to approach studying in Germany full time. It was amazing to see that I could spend time in Germany immersing myself in the culture and improving my language skills whilst studying what I’m most passionate about. It’s something I am certainty interested in doing and will be looking more into it in the near future!

Ingrid Beck
German Teacher


Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society School Maths Olympics

At the end of August, 10 CGGS Students from Year 10 and Year 11 participated in the Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society School Maths Olympics. The School Maths Olympics is a fast-paced competition that combines mathematical problem-solving ability and teamwork.

Our students worked through 3 rounds of 8 problems in a one-hour time limit, with each round getting progressively harder. I was very impressed with the leadership skills each student demonstrated. Skills of delegation, collaboration, communication and a whole host of problem-solving, and mathematical thinking skills were constantly on display.

I would like to congratulate the following students for their efforts:

CGGS Team 1: Nicole Chang, Emily Lin, Phoebe Jiang, Scarlett Wei and Shuhan Zeng

CGGS Team 2: Catherine Hu, Breana Li, Aleen Liu, Karen Ng and Suzy Zhu

They represented our school with fantastic enthusiasm and pride.

Anthony Pasinati
Head of Mathematics

Virtual Travel to Paris

With all of us spending days on end at home with little variation to our routine, many of us have engaged in a little virtual travel. Sitting in the comfort of our loungeroom perhaps looking forward to a summer holiday at the beach, or further afield to a time when international travel is again possible.

In these times of limited travel opportunities, Year 9 French students have been enjoying some virtual travel by researching a trip to Paris, to show off their new mastery of the past tense. They described their itinerary in a blog format, with some on a class Padlet, so they could enjoy sharing each other’s travel tales. Click below to expand and view some of the girls work.

Miriam Hoffman
French Teacher

Book Club in Lockdown

Throughout lockdown we have been so lucky to be able to continue with Book Club through zoom. It has been such a great way for the girls to stay in touch and all come together over a common love for reading.  As Literature Captains ,it has been difficult to keep coming up with new ways to make Book Club online just as fun as in real life, however we have managed to come up with a few. Last lockdown, we started the initiative of all reading the same book and then having a discussion afterwards, the girls had three books to choose from, from three different genres; romance, crime thriller and fantasy. It has been really rewarding to hear all of the girls’ enthusiastic discussions about their chosen book. We also introduced a bookmark competition for the girls to compete in, they had to create a bookmark for one of the chosen genres above. The girls’ designs are amazing and it is so cool to see how talented they all are. Overall it has been a great experience to be able to stay all connected in such challenging times.

Ella Barmby and Renee Fong
Literature Captains

The Art of Technical Drawing

Technical drawing is difficult at the best of times, there’s strict rules that must be followed, there’s the marriage between maths and art but it all came together for the Year 9’s creating drawings of bedrooms both fact and fiction. Students were able to produce work on either a manual or digital platform using the methods and considerations of isometric drawing.

The girls have absolutely blown their teachers away with their ability to engage in complex thinking and apply it to new work. What lucky teachers we are to have such fabulous students who excel in every circumstance. Artwork above by Daisy Wang, Min Yang, Ella Watson and Jasmine Muniratna

Rachael Miller
Head of Art


The Evatt Cup

This term, four teams of Year 10 students, comprising Olivia Jones, Emily Lin, Charlotte Lindsay, Ruvi Suriyapperuma, Charity Tu, Nancy Huang, Millie Bishop and Harkee Judge, have been competing in the Evatt Cup. This is a national competition run by UN Youth Australia in which teams of students represent countries and participate in a Model UN Security Council.

Each team is required to research their country, develop and propose amendments to resolutions, and use their negotiation and communication skills to persuade other teams to support their amendments. This year’s competition is online, so students also had to master the art of negotiating with other teams via technology rather than a physical negotiation room.

All the teams performed well, with Olivia Jones and Emily Lin selected to compete in the Victorian Semi-Finals later this month. Charlotte Lindsay and Ruvi Suriyapperuma have been selected as an emergency team.

Congratulations to each of the students involved – their level of engagement, input and positive attitude was noted by the organisers.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Senior School


Senior School

August 28, 2020

At the end of Week 7 Term 3, it is again an absolute pleasure to share with our CGGS Senior School community some of the highlights of this week. It is fair to say all students, staff and parents enjoyed another well-earned Wellbeing Day on Wednesday and tonight we have many Senior School students and their families joining Ms Gordon and the Service Learning Captains Annaliese Cossenas and Emily Hoyle in conducting our first ever remote Winter Sleep Out.

As per our school motto ‘Utilis in Ministerium’ this event has always been well represented by students and staff who truly wish to make a difference and fully understand the plight of the homeless by spending the night hearing from speakers from the Salvation Army, purchasing food for our donation and then sleeping outside in the quadrangle at school.

This year we are so proud to note that the Winter Sleep Out, along with so many other activities and opportunities, has been re-created and re-imagined so our connection with the Salvation Army can be  preserved. It is testament to our entire school community of students, staff and families that events like these continue in a pandemic and during lockdown. In fact, we are being recognised by and commented on in social media by journalists currently highlighting the vital work of the Salvation Army at this time.

Although we are not physically together on campus, the school operations continue to be incredibly busy, with another bumper issue of CamNews to share. Please enjoy reading this edition of the Senior School CamNews and know that your daughter has so many offerings to embrace at this time and we have much to celebrate and be proud of at CGGS.

With my best wishes for a relaxing weekend.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School


Wellbeing Day

On Wednesday, our community celebrated another CGGS Wellbeing Day, as a day to prioritise self-care, fresh air and sunshine for all of our hard-working teachers, professional services staff and students this term.

Using the CGGS Wellbeing Website as a resource, our school community was provided with an extensive array of online and offline activities, with a range of live activities to take part in as well. Highlights across the day included the Pilates Session, Arts and Crafts activities, Random Acts of Kindness and the ever-popular baking!

We also held a very special fundraiser for the Robert Connor Dawes (or RCD) Foundation, where families were encouraged to donate and run or walk to raise money for medical research around paediatric brain cancer, the number on killer of children in Australia. You can hear more about our achievements in the story below.

The Service Learning Captains also shared a number of resources and activities in preparation for the annual CGGS Winter Sleep Out to be held tonight. The event, which partners with the Salvation Army, aims to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in Australia, whilst recognising and generating empathy with some of the many hardships homeless people experience on a daily basis. We wish all of those taking part well tonight, and we thank you for your generous support.

Thank you to Ms Gordon, Mr Burnell, Michaela Robinson, Emily Hoyle and Annaliese Cossenas for their involvement in not only the Wellbeing Day but also for their work in events that led up to and followed. I also extend my gratitude to Lauren Law for her preparation and contributions in creating so much of the Wellbeing Day content.

I hope that everyone in our community continues to embrace the lessons learnt across all of our CGGS Wellbeing Days and please do log onto the website at any time to use the resources available.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing 

Co-Curricular Music Groups in Isolation

The complex challenge of running our co-curricular ensemble and choir rehearsals during remote learning has provided another opportunity for our students to learn and collaborate in different ways. With many students involved in a wide range of Senior School ensembles, establishing what was possible and the best online platforms to facilitate asynchronous rehearsal sessions was the first step. Some groups engaged with the Smart Music App, allowing them to connect with their ensemble music online, the CGGS Yammer pages provided an ongoing connection point for accessing resources, listening tasks and student conversations within each music family. Some students collaborated with their ensemble directors to produce a number of projects to share. Students have shown growth in establishing greater independence to reach their performance goals and are benefitting from taking greater responsibility and personal ownership within collaborative projects. With some additional time for practice at home, we are seeing and hearing some outstanding results.

Kate Savige – Director of Music (Curriculum)


Coordinating an asynchronous recording required students to be independent in their learning of materials as well as being creative and innovative with their use of technology and software that they had available at home. Once the music was learnt with the aid of guide tracks, pdfs of music and the support material of YouTube clips and recordings, students then had to submit audio and video recordings of themselves playing. This was edited and put together as an audio file, then video was edited and put together with the assistance of Ms Keira Lyons. To have such an involved process gave students a fantastic opportunity to gain greater insight, knowledge and understanding in the whole process of a ‘performance’ from inception of the concept, through to the composition and arrangement of material, incentive to learn the music, and then motivation to record. It also showed great perseverance and courage to be able to submit an audio and video recording for everyone in the CGGS community to see and hear.

Rohan Mack – Director of Music (Instrumental)


Collaborating for Irish Band remotely in isolation was not only an entirely unique experience, but also one that was immensely enriching in many ways. It was a great way to continue to collaborate with others to make music, even under the current circumstances. We were able to be a part of an experience that was truly special and be involved in a process that we had never encountered before. This experience has taught us to adapt and be flexible with new technology. We have learnt to be more resilient, especially when some of the recordings might have not worked well or with other technological issues. This experience also taught us some new skills with software programs such as GarageBand. These new transferable skills will be useful in the future as technology continues to grow and evolve.

Olivia Banitsiotis and Teagan Diep – Year 10


Here’s a sample of one of the remote projects that Rohan Mack has arranged and coordinated during lockdown.

Environmental Stewardship

While it certainly looks different in remote learning mode, Service Learning is continuing at Camberwell Girls. As part of their focus on Environmental Stewardship, Year 7 students have this week been taking on the challenge to reduce food waste. Did you know that about $20 billion of food is thrown out each year in Australia? About half of this comes from households. Not only is this a waste of money, it is also a waste of the resources that go into creating that food. In landfill, organic food waste generates methane, a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. This week Year 7s have aimed to keep food waste from landfill by getting creative in the kitchen and cooking up Leftover Lunches in their Week 7 inter-form challenge. See their inspired creations here:

Households in Boroondara are eligible for a substantial discount on composting solutions. Find out more here: other councils run similar programs, and they are worth investigating if you do not yet divert your food organic waste from landfill.

Maggie Wighton
Environmental Co-ordinator


Remote delivery of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh is a positive and rewarding challenge of self-discovery. By undertaking the four core components of the award, participants are equipped and empowered to take ownership of their own goals and life choices and become actively engaged within their local and wider community.

The Award program is one of individual challenge, even more so in the midst of a global pandemic and local Stage 4 restrictions. It presents young people with a program of voluntary activities that encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility and service to the community.

Each person who does the Award learns or continues developing a skill, sets goals to become more physically active, volunteers in their community and undertakes a team adventure. During the time of COVID-19, the global network of Award Leaders has continuously and openly shared ideas between countries and with their participants to ensure the award stays relevant and achievable. The Award organisation has created a Bronze Virtual Expedition to cater for participants who, like current Melbournians, cannot access facilities outside their own home.

Our own CGGS students have, as always, pivoted with agility to enable those participants to continue registering the required hours for the awards. Students have set themselves new physical activity goals using resources from the PE department, Saturday Netball coach Lexie Joyce and our CGGS Athletics coaches. They have continued learning instruments learning new ways to document and continue showing evidence of their learning. Embroidery, cooking family meals, additional languages using apps like Duolingo and woodworking techniques have all featured in our student’s new pursuits of learning skills beyond the classroom and self-driven. Service, at the very heart of the CGGS school motto, proved one of the toughest sections to readjust, but as expected, students did so with careful consideration to ensure its authenticity, many whom I predict will continue in these roles in the future. From connecting virtually to aged care facilities to chat, spend some ‘tea-time’ or play music for the occupants, or producing church newsletter and video posts using their technology skills to enhance the local congregations message, or transcribing bible readings so that younger students can understand the messages, tutoring or coaching students via zoom or producing meals and/or handmade clothing (knitted woollen scarves, blankets or beanies) for those less fortunate show you do not need to be in physical contact or the same location to serve others.

I encourage those interested in the award to go to find out more details or contact me directly at Those completing the award needing some additional encouragement during Stage 4 restriction can email me to organise a zoom meeting to discuss adjusting their goals.

Shane Maycock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular

Senior School


Senior School

August 21, 2020

This week I urge you to please make a cup of tea, get comfortable and take the time to read this bumper edition of the Senior School section of CamNews. Week 6, Term 3 in Stage 4 lockdown restrictions has definitely seen the students and staff take their learning and engagement to a whole new level. It will become very evident to all that our CGGS community has used COVID-19 to re-imagine existing activities and create and design new ones!

Science Week for both campuses, Ormiston and Senior School, together with Melbourne Mindset at Year 9, an extensive array of remote co-curricular activities and the list continues.

Our School Captain Felicia Spiridonos and Vice Captains Loren Palma and Laurya Dang-Nguyen also launched their “2 Cents” podcast on their Instagram page @wearecggs. We are all so proud of the leadership the School Captains and the School and House Leaders have been able to provide to the Senior School students so that they remain connected during lockdown.

Enjoy this edition of CamNews.


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School





Research Question:

How can we bring National Science Week to all the CGGS community?

Background Information:

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. It aims to provide an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of scientists, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, innovators, designers, and entrepreneurs to the world of science.

National Science Week gives us the opportunity to increase our communities’ understanding and engagement with science, and to support young people being active in science-driven research and innovation which can prepare them for the jobs of the future.

This year’s theme was “Deep Blue: Innovation for the future of our oceans”. The science department kept this at the forefront when curating a plethora of experiences for our whole school community.


That this year’s Science Week will be enjoyable to all members of the community from ELC to our families at home.



One padlet (click here to check it out), a lot of Zoom windows, a wide variety of kitchen and laundry ingredients and a whole lot of willingness to give it a go.


1. The CGGS community were invited along our amazing Science Week journey via an introductory video and padlet.

2. On Monday, we jumped onto Kahoot, sent some questions through to our expert panellists ready for our Thursday webinar and started exploring the padlet.

3. Tuesday showed us some of the fabulous adventures happening in Junior School, including Sage in ELC presenting a fabulous tutorial on how to make a volcano at home, some amazing ocean themed origami and snap, crackle, pop slime.

4. By Wednesday, only the bravest students and Ms Lyons DARED to enter the Deep Blue Escape Room run by the Chief Research Scientist, Mrs O’Doherty (in her amazing snorkel)!

5. Thursday saw the amazing Dr Joel Gilmore (energy, climate and food science specialist) and Fiona MacDonald (CEO of the renowned global publication Science Alert) answering the hairiest of our questions, some of the highlights were the use of preprepared experiments about the dilution of spicy sauce is someone’s eyes and the inspirational messages around what we can do to help battle the Climate Emergency.

6. Dressed in our best Science gear and sporting ocean inspired backgrounds, we finished up today by listening to some very cool marine mammal podcasts (thanks to our resident REAL LIFE marine biologist Dr Mason) and making some ocean inspired slime with Ms Ozak at lunchtime. What a week!


MONDAY 17 AUGUST – An amazing at home slime bubble from Ashanti (Grade 5)

TUESDAY 18 AUGUST – Amanda and Rachel exploring the ocean and getting into the Science Week spirit (Year 7)

WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST – Some of the fortunate escapees…

THURSDAY 20 AUGUST – Our fabulously BRAINY special guests, Fiona MacDonald and Joel Gilmore along with Ms Ozak and Ms Wood

FRIDAY 21 AUGUST – Some of the great Science work completed during the week on our celebration wall of glory!


Over the course of the week, we embraced being as far from the ocean as possible by coming together and learning all about the ocean. We created art from leftover plastic, so it wouldn’t end up in the sea, imagined ourselves as turtles and other sea creatures as well as creating fabulous origami masterpieces.

We looked to the future, and how we can make changes in our own backyard to improve our waterways and seas. Our Grade 5s and 6s and Year 8 girls innovated and came up with some fabulous games, posters, videos and creative writing pieces for Science Talent Search that hopefully will be recognised by the judges very soon.

Most importantly, we showed how flexible and resilient we were once again. Just because we couldn’t be physically together, doesn’t mean we can’t learn, explore and have a whale of a time!


So, what did we learn? Perhaps that Science doesn’t just have to be in a lab to work. We can engage our brains in thinking critically about the world around us and most importantly, still continuing to ask why?

Here’s to next year’s Science Week!

El Wood
Head of Science


Melbourne Mindset 2020

Have you ever truly considered what makes Melbourne unique and special?

On Friday 14 and Monday 17 August, Year 9 students did just that as they took part in their second seasonal learning experience, Melbourne Mindset. Over the course of the two days, students explored different perspectives and applied very Geographical knowledge and skills in order to develop their own sense of what it means to live in Melbourne… to be part of a Melbourne community… to love Melbourne and understand why Melbourne is a special place. Whilst students would usually do this by visiting the CBD , it was pretty awe-inspiring to see how much could be achieved ‘Together apart’ online and in the students’ own local areas; new boundaries and ideas are shaping the future of education and possibilities.

Students gained a range of insights and perspectives by engaging with special guests, undertaking sensory explorations of various stimulus and through exploring their local neighbourhood. One of the highlights was chatting with Sammy J, a fellow Melburnian about all things Melbourne and gaining an insight into ‘his Melbourne’. One student stated, “it was such a great intellectual conversation about all things Melbourne, about the history and getting some insight to seeing the world and the city we live in in a variety of different ways”.

Over the weekend, students ventured through their neighbourhoods, looking for secrets and making new discoveries that reflected their developing sense of a ‘Melbourne Mindset’. They captured images that they would use to tell the story of this current time in Melbourne and the story of their local places. It was an enjoyable and active way for students to get outside and not only reconnect, but also an opportunity to newly connect, with their local, 5km radius communities (it took place during the Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions).

Students specifically applied geographical knowledge and skills and were encouraged to ‘think like a Geographer’ who sees and understands the world in a very spatial and interconnected way. They worked through the Design Thinking Process to ideate, prototype and test as they developed an interactive map of their local ‘Melbourne’ community. Finally, they showcased their personal concept of a ‘Melbourne Mindset’ as a walking tour on an interactive GIS map, some even complete with a ‘walking soundtrack’. The ultimate goal of the Geography Department is to piece all of the individual maps together as one giant collective map, that will be added to year after year, not just telling one story but many stories and the stories of places as they change over time.

One final part of this action-packed seasonal learning experience was the opportunity for the Year 9s to step sideways into real-life possibilities and make positive change. Students completed a group “mini-challenge” to develop a business idea that improves social and economic aspects of Melbourne and submitted this to the Melbourne City Council.

A big thank you to Kate Manners, Micah Wilkins, Dr Charlotte Forwood and Summer Howarth for the great deal of work, passion and insight they committed to shaping the Melbourne Mindset in order for it to take place in such spectacular online fashion. Their Melbourne Mindsets helped create an exceptional and unprecedented learning experience for all.

Karoline Walter
Head of Geography

House and Co-Curricular Activities

Ask any CGGS student about some of their fondest memories from their secondary school years at CGGS and many will focus their thoughts on the lasting friendships and community built around House and Co-Curricular Activities. Our CGGS student-coordinated activities with cross year level interaction are diverse and cater for a broad range of interests. Students reflect that these programs strengthen the bonds between students, whether learning House chants from senior students or the development of leadership skills whilst guiding peers through choreography, drama roles, debating or the problem solving of Lego league, there is something for every student.

House Dance, Drama and Music continue their rehearsals remotely under the guidance of Ms Lyons, Mrs Oliver, Ms Savige and Mr Mack, the respective House Captains and student leaders. With the transition to virtual rehearsals, student leaders have again adapted to the challenge and continue to further develop their capabilities in working with new technology. Once more, we commend our student leaders for their good humour their unerring enthusiasm despite the limitations imposed upon them. We are all looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labour at the end of this term. House activities for every student continue to run asynchronously during remote learning with the activities posted each Friday on the respective House Yammer pages.

Bookmark Challenge 2020

Mrs Anne Devenish, Head of Library Information Services, was thrilled with the success of the House Readers Cup Challenge last term. During the challenge, students read and reviewed over 750 books! Understandably, Mrs Devenish was very keen to continue the momentum of engagement with books in our second remote learning period.

After discussions, she suggested a new challenge for each House to design and create bookmarks representing their House including messages around the love of reading and books. Whilst not a House competition between Houses, the aim was to encourage the girls to be creative about their House and compete against each other to be chosen as the Best Bookmark for Taylor, Singleton, Lawrence and Schofield.

House Captains have selected their top bookmarks to be printed in Term 4 and made available to all House members in the Library. Bookmark designers will also receive a book of their choice from the Library!

We are proud to announce the winner from each House:

Singleton – Baoyi Zhu (Year 8)

Schofield – Olive Clohesy (Year 7)

Taylor – Salome Obeyesekere (Year 9)

Lawrence – Angela Liu  (Year 7)

The CGGS Bookclub and the Literature Captains took on this challenge and adapted it for Bookclub members- to create a bookmark in their favourite genres – eg. Fantasy, romance, mystery, suspense. The Literature Captains will judge the entries and select the top bookmark in each genre to be also printed for Term 4 and available to all students. The Book club bookmark creators will also receive a book of their choice from the Library.

Mrs Devenish is so proud of our CGGS Bookmark creators and is looking forward to making these available to our CGGS reading community!

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

House Music

All of the House Music participants have been working hard in remote rehearsals and have enjoyed spending Monday afternoons together. We might not be able to sing in the same room at the moment, but creative collaboration, adaptability and ongoing problem solving have enabled all students to support each other and persevere to reach their weekly goals. It has been wonderful to see the House Music Captains lead with so much determination, kindness and empathy. They have discovered many ways to illuminate the importance of teamwork and foster the power that music has to connect us all – the show must go on!

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

AGTV Poetry Competition Success!

Last week, on August 12, students in Years 7 – 9 who are learning German, participated in a Zoom Poetry Competition with the Association of German Teachers Victoria (AGTV).

Due to the stage 4 restrictions, the competition was run a bit differently compared to other years. Inter-school excursions and traditional German food for snacks were instead replaced with Zoom meetings and pantry snacks. Nevertheless, the energy was high in the Zoom meeting (and breakout rooms) as students from CGGS, Scotch College and Trinity College represented their school whilst reciting their selected poem in German. It was a wonderful cultural and language experience as we engaged with other students and adjudicators about remote learning, Germany, and the German language. A special congratulations to Sasha Feldmann (Year 9), who received first place in the ‘open’ category. Overall, the afternoon was a wonderful experience, and it was clear that all participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


Debating goes online!

Each year, Year 9-12 students compete in the Debaters’ Association of Victoria (DAV) competition. Even though a lockdown order may currently be keeping our students at home, the competition continued. Lunchtime preparation meetings and competition nights have been held on Zoom, with students collaborating through Office 365 to plan and write their arguments. So far, our four debating teams have each competed in four debates, affirming or refuting propositions such as That we should ban climate change denialism or That we should lift the ban on Russian athletes participating in international sporting events.The final round of the competition is approaching later this term.

The Year 11 students competing in the B Grade competition (Emma Zhi, Esther Chen, Amy Du, Catherine Hu, Maggie Hu) offered this short reflection on their season so far:

Due to the pandemic, DAV has been a completely new experience; unusual yet thrilling! All of our debates have been held online, and we’ve had to deliver our speeches virtually through Zoom. As most of our topics have been ‘secret topics’ which are released just one hour before the debate, we’ve had to be especially innovative in our preparation techniques. We’ve been tested on our organisation, communication and versatility. It’s been unique, to say the least, for us to debate topics like introducing commercial robot automation taxes from the recesses of our bedrooms. Debating is such an enriching experience. Not only is it fun to work collaboratively with friends, it is beneficial to a student’s communication skills, critical thinking and confidence. It has definitely helped us deepen our connection with friends. Participating in the DAV competition has given us more confidence to discuss philosophical and practical problems. More concretely, debating expands the way you look at things, giving you a multi-faceted perception of issues. (It also does not hurt to see a clever and sophisticated debater every time you walk past the mirror.)

Ian Lyell
Head of History and Debating Coordinator

Exciting Business Studies Electives at Year 10

Agile, determined, resilient. Three words that aptly describe our students and their ability to adapt to the challenges of remote learning. Teachers have adapted their course content and modes of delivery, whilst students have embraced remote learning and the associated changes to their learning routines.

Has remote learning always been smooth sailing? Unlikely. Both students and teachers alike have, at some stage, experienced the unwanted biproducts of remote learning including Zoom fatigue and struggles with motivation. The first lockdown period promoted arguably the most significant transformation in education for decades. Staff at CGGS designed and implemented a highly practical and supportive model of delivering classes, wholly online, within a matter of days.

The announcement of lockdown 2.0 prompted refinements and improvements to an already highly successful model. For Year 10 students, changes may have appeared subtle. In understanding the challenges faced by our students, the length of each lesson was shorted to allow for ‘Rest & Revive’ breaks. The electives offered at Year 10 were redesigned. Classes now combine the practicality of synchronous learning and the autonomy of asynchronous study.

An example of such flexibility is the Business Communication & Marketing elective. Previously, when on campus, students attended seven lessons across each two-week cycle. The feedback from our first period of remote learning highlighted the impracticalities of conducting seven hours of face-to-face video conferencing across a fortnight.

To accommodate the changing educational landscape, students now engage in a vastly different format. During the first and last timetabled class each week, students attend a ‘check-in’ via Zoom. Instructions are provided, resources delivered, and questions answered. From this point, students engage with the subject online and at their own pace. With the security of being able to contact their teacher whenever support is required.

Weekly instructions are posted to the class Padlet, along with all necessary resources and assessments (pictured). Students then submit their tasks via SEQTA for timely feedback. Those who feel their workload is manageable, then have the opportunity to partake in an optional and practical assessment, applying their knowledge and skills.

Student engagement has been overwhelmingly positive. We, as teachers, will continue to respond to the feedback from our students and develop our resources to meet their learning needs. Whether that be on-campus or virtually.

James Henderson
Business Studies Teacher