Ormiston Creates

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Ormiston Creates: The Greatest Show

Ormiston Students Dazzle On Stage

Our Foundation – Year 6 students took to the stage in week 5 of Term 3 to perform, Ormiston Creates: The Greatest Show. Written, produced and directed by our very own Kath Buckingham, this charming performance saw each year level perform to an enthusiastic audience over two evenings.

The production followed Bernie and her friends as they travelled around the world on a trip of a lifetime. Unfortunately, not everything went to plan as Bernie and her buddies did find themselves pushed out of their comfort zones as they travelled through weird and wonderful lands.

Choreographed by old grammarian, Millie Leaver and current Year 10 student, Lauren Bignold, Ormiston Creates had students showing off their dance moves and singing voices to a very supportive and excited audience.

Many crowd favourites were heard, with the Year 2’s performing ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’, the Year 5’s – ‘Surfin’ USA’ and the Year 3’s – ‘The Purple People Eater’ to name just a few. Staff stepped out of the classroom and onto the stage with an electrifying performance of the timeless classic, ‘I Won’t Grow Up’. Our Foundation students performed an indigenous song called, ‘Bunjil the Eagle’ and were lucky enough to be joined on stage by Murrundindi. The finale, which involved the entire cast bought the house down with  ‘This Is Me’ sending shivers through the audience with their deafening voices and beautiful uniformity.

Students, staff and parents all contributed in one way or another to this fabulous production. Students worked tirelessly rehearsing their lines, choreography and song lyrics. They also created the contents of the program, designed a logo for the show, contributed to the lighting, sound, props and costumes. Parents scoured the cupboards for black leggings, red t-shirts, Hawaiian shirts and dance leotards and our staff coordinated rehearsals, organised props and executed sound and lighting for both performances.

Congratulations to all involved!

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House Music Competition

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House Music

Bar Is Raised Again At Annual House Music Competition

The Barbara Sutton Hall was packed to capacity on the evening of Friday 25 May as our Senior School Houses competed against each other on stage at our annual House Music Competition.

Every student in the Senior School was required to represent her House, forming part of the full House Choir. Other items on the evening included A Capella, Instrumental Ensemble, Instrumental Solo or Duo and everybody’s favourite item, Stage Song from a Musical.

Since the beginning of Term Two, the school has literally been buzzing as each House has auditioned, rehearsed and choreographed its musical items. Before, at lunch and at the end of the day, the corridors, oval and open spaces have been a hive of music.

From John Deacon, Lana Del Ray and Elton to Freddie Mercury, Daft Funk and Pharrell Williams – the audience was certainly taken a musical journey through the decades. After intermission, those in attendance were treated to musical acts from Grease, LaLa Land, The Greatest Showman and Peter Pan.

We congratulate all performers who represented their Houses on the evening. In particular, we acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Year 11 House Music Captains who worked tirelessly for 6 weeks to stage the night – Tracy Chen and Alysha Lam (Lawrence), Bonnie Thorn and Louise Zhang (Schofield), Madeline Li and Ashley Chan (Singleton) and Maryanne Li and Yesenia Chang-Gonzalez (Taylor).

There can only be one winner and the overall winner of the 2018 House Music Competition was Schofield. Congratulations to Bonnie, Louise and all Schofield girls for taking out the evening.

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Senior AFL Team Undefeated

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Senior AFL Team Undefeated

Senior AFL Team Remain Undefeated

We congratulate our Senior AFL Team who, for three years in a row remain undefeated in the GSV competition.

The 2018 final was played last Friday at Macleay Park in Balwyn and our CGGS girls defeated Melbourne Girls Grammar School.

As a sign of respect for indigenous Australians, leading into Reconciliation Week – the team played in indigenous guernseys. Murrundindi, ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri people and longtime CGGS friend, presented the girls with their guernseys during the day and also attended the match – opening it with a traditional didgeridoo piece.

The team have a special bond with Murrundindi and were honoured to have him in attendance and to wear the special guernseys.

“We are proud to wear the indigenous guernsey and play for Murrundindi anthem Wurundjeri people,” says player Kate Sturzaker.

“The guernsey is symbolic of the school’s commitment to Reconciliation Week and we play with an increased energy and determination each time we wear them,” says Natasha Tucker.

Coach, Andrew Burnell has been instrumental in the development of AFL at the school and has been coaching the girls’ for four years. He says their commitment and dedication to the sport has seen them come a long way.

“In 2015, we were thrashed every single week but from that came a steely resolve to train a little harder, be more mentally and physical prepared for the demands of football, be more organised in terms of administration and communication, be more encouraging and use more positive affirmations – in many respects, develop a high performance culture in the sport,” he says.

Clearly their determination has paid off and under Andrew’s guidance they have developed a culture of a genuine self-belief in themselves and their team mates.

“They go into each match expecting to win – not in an arrogant way but just really self-assurred. Last week was a great example, they were really challenged by an equally skilled and determined opponent. The game was still in the balance at three quarter time but I knew in my heart that the girls would lift and that we would win given our positive mindset and will to win. We ran over them in the last quarter, says Andrew with a big smile.

Congratulations to all in the team and to Andrew!

 

 

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World Intellectual Property Day

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World Intellectual Property Day

Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day

On the 26th of April every year, we acknowledge and celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. In particular, the day is an opportunity to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future. As part of the celebrations WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organisation honoured three of our students, for an invention that they developed as part of the Girls Invent program offered here at Camberwell Girls.

Susannah, Alice and Mikayla who are currently in Year 8, spent last year developing a product that has the potential to solve a problem on the world’s tennis courts: keeping track of the score in social games.

The students, with the guidance of their teachers, the Girls Invent Program and pro bono work from intellectual property (IP) specialists at Shelston IP, are well advanced in securing IP protection for their invention, the Score Buddy, which has a potential global market.

We look forward to supporting the students and their families to see Score Buddy become a reality.

To read the full story on the WIPO website, CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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House Dance

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House Dance taken to new heights in 2018

The Barbara Sutton Hall was packed to capacity on Friday 23 March as the School community came together to witness an evening of spectacular dance by our talented Senior School girls.

For many years, the annual House Dance Competition has been a firm favourite among parents and students past and present, with the event always drawing a large crowd.

With a record number of performers this year, the audience witnessed a diverse array of dance from the four Houses including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap and jazz.

Led by the Year 11 Dance Captains, students from Years 7-12 graced the stage to represent their House across 3 categories: theme, solo duo or trio and group. As always, the standard was exceptionally high, which made adjudicating a tough task.

We congratulate all performers and must give special mention to the Dance Captains Alexia, Stephanie, Emma, Angelica, Eloise, Holly and Katie who worked tirelessly all Term to audition, choreograph, rehearse, costume and stage each of their 3 acts.

It is with delight that we announce the following winners:

Theme: Singleton

Solo/Duo/Trio: Singleton

Group: Taylor

The Overall Winner was Lawrence, led by Alexia and Stephanie.

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Days For Girls

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Days for Girls

Enriching through stitching!

Last Thursday, the MakerSpace was buzzing all day as CGGS students and staff joined volunteers from the Camberwell branch of Days for Girls to make the individual components of feminine hygiene kits – a fitting project given that it was International Women’s Day.

When our Service Learning Coordinator, Liss Campbell discovered the organisation Days for Girls, she was instantly moved to learn how many girls and women were living without a hygienic and convenient way to deal with their periods. The impact that this was having on their lives also got to Liss.

Days for Girls is an international charity that makes feminine hygiene kits and distributes them across the world. Its vision is for every girl and woman to have ready access to feminine hygiene by 2024.

“It never entered my mind that this could even be an issue,” says Liss.

The School partnered with the organisation in 2017 and ever since has been working collaboratively, to not only make the individual components of the kits but to also distribute them to women in need whilst on our annual Service Learning trip to Cambodia.

Team Leader of Day for Girls, Carolyn Walker described the day as hugely successful, saying “We always feel warmly welcomed into the School and once again, were overwhelmed by the support we received.”

Together the students, staff and volunteers cut over 350 pieces of PUL, over 400 shields were cut, 200 pockets cut and stitched, 60 hot spots sewn and then traced ready to overlock, 404 liners threaded, folded and sorted, and about 300 shields snapped ready for use.

The group will come together again for another workshop at the School where the kits will be assembled, ready for distribution.

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International Women’s Day 2018

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International Women's Day 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace is acknowledged in 8 March each year. It is the celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.

At Camberwell Girls, we introduced International Women’s Day at a recent Senior School Assembly and a number of our students attended an IWD Breakfast at Parliament House last week with keynote speaker Sally Capp, the first woman to hold the post of the Victorian Government’s Agent-General in London. She was also the first female director of the Collingwood Football Club. Through our mentoring program, students had the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on women who inspire them.

As a School, we value supporting organisations that assist girls and young women to be educated.  On IWD we are proudly hosting our second Days for Girls Service Learning activity where students and staff will be making kits to meet the hygiene needs for girls in countries where they don’t have access to hygiene products during menstruation.  These kits enable girls to attend school each month, hence not impacting their access to education and we will be taking the kits that we make to Cambodia this year.  We are very proud to be making these kits in conjunction with Dream Stitches again this year.

Our sincere congratulations are extended to Old Grammarian Sarah Boyd (Class of 1998), founder of The Gender Agency as a recipient of the Fullbright Postgraduate Scholarship for Victoria. Sarah is a specialist in human rights, gender equality and women’s rights in International Development, peacebuilding and humanitarian affairs and is passionate about the potential of feminist foreign policies to advance women’s rights and their representation in foreign policy and national security decision-making.

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Announcement from the Chair of Council

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Announcement from the Chair of Council

On behalf of the Council of Camberwell Girls Grammar School, it gives me great pleasure in announcing the unanimous decision to extend the contract period of our Principal, Mrs Debbie Dunwoody.

This new contract extension will see Mrs Dunwoody continue in her role as Principal until the end of the 2024 academic year. This decision is important as it will ensure that Camberwell Girls Grammar School continues its history of strong leadership. In addition, this extension incorporates the celebratory period when the School will mark its Centenary year in 2020.

As a passionate educator with almost four decades in the industry, Mrs Dunwoody has embraced and enhanced the School’s deep commitment of empowering girls. Her wealth of experience and guidance continues to ensure that Camberwell girls are not only enthusiastic participants in the boundless opportunities available to young women in the 21st Century, but they may also be the creators of their futures.

Mrs Dunwoody is just the sixth Principal of Camberwell Girls Grammar School and is highly regarded as a visionary educative leader, not only domestically here in Melbourne and Victoria, but also nationally and internationally. This recognition is demonstrated by her involvement in key national and international educational engagements. Mrs Dunwoody is the Victorian Representative on the Anglican Schools Australia Management Committee and is an Independent Schools Victoria participant in the distinguished Leading Learning that Matters project with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in the USA. Mrs Dunwoody’s membership of these and other groups is not only beneficial to our students, but also to the broader education of girls in Australia.

Our Vision at Camberwell Girls Grammar School is to be a leader and innovator in the education of girls, dedicated to fostering a passion for learning and building a more just and sustainable world. Through our Principal, Mrs Dunwoody and her exemplary teaching cohort, this Vision is immersed in the curriculum and daily operations of the School.  Mrs Dunwoody, enriches this Vision through the building of a warm, caring and inclusive environment in which our educators may innovate and our students flourish.

I join with the entire community of Camberwell Girls Grammar School in thanking Mrs Dunwoody for her unwavering commitment to the School over the last four years and we look forward to her continued commitment in the years to come.  We congratulate Mrs Dunwoody on this announcement and offer her support as our Principal.

David Kollmorgen
Chair of Council

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2018 School Leaders Inducted

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2018 School Leaders Inducted

2018 School Leaders Inducted

The annual Induction of School Leaders Service is a significant event in the Camberwell Girls Grammar School calendar.

Each year we hold Senior and Junior School ceremonies to formally induct and honour Camberwell girls into both School and House Leadership roles.

In February, it was a delight to welcome families to the School to witness these students make their pledge to uphold our School Values and to work enthusiastically towards ensuring each area is suitably guided throughout the year.

We congratulate the following students who hold significant School Leadership Roles in 2018.

School Captains

Senior School Captain Lydia Baird

Senior School Vice Captain Molly Ewens

Senior School Vice Captain Sarah MacKinnon


Junior School Captain Ava Lillehagen

Junior School Captain Anneke Bray

 

Senior School

Debating Captains Alanna Chew Lee, Kiana Fotoohabadi

Drama Captains Nina D’Souza, Sian Stuckey

Education Outdoors Captains Isabella Lincke, Tilly Kutey

Environment Captain Meg Billson

Faith and Worship Captain Natasha Parsons

International Captains Jessica Lu, Crystal Wu

Lawrence House Captains Amy Peng, Minami Sakaida

Literature Captains Claire Bernabe, Katia Testarotta

Marcian Editors Charlotte Abbott, Isobel Arnot

Mentor Captains Maggie Robinson, Alexandra Sevo

Music Captains Carina Chen, Samantha Wong

Reconciliation Captains Hannah Moran, Isabelle Rawson

School Tours Captains Krystal Shang, Alexandra Sherrin, Natasha Tucker

School Wellbeing Captains Paula Diamand, Ellie Zhou

Service Learning Captains Ashika Mapa, Isabella Nielsen

Schofield House Captains Cindy Huynh, Leah Atalis

Singleton House Captains Olivia Benetton, Selina Duan

Sports Captains Kate Sturzaker, Yasmin Tawfik

Student Council Chair Veda Surapaneni

Taylor House Captains Brielle Schumann, Jordyn Beggs

Junior School

Art Leaders Dora Hu, Heidi Lim

Assembly & Events Leaders Nancy Ma, Katherine Mason

Lawrence House Leader Sienna Lonetti

Library Leaders Alisha Catena, Jessica Zhang

Music Leaders Katrina Tong, Sofia Sanfilippo

Schofield House Leader Madeleine Yim

Singleton House Leader Zoe Brisk

Social Service Leaders Yilia Qian, Emily Growse

Sustainability Leaders Madeleine Goodman, Chloe Chan

Taylor House Leader Isabella Wood

Wellbeing Leaders Ella Xue, Xixi Yang

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Summer Spectacular

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Summer Spectacular

Inaugural Summer Spectacular a huge success!

On Saturday 10 February the Senior School was buzzing as current and prospective families joined us for our inaugural Summer Spectacular.

A fiesta of food, rides, amusements, professional market stalls and music there was something for everybody and the day was certainly enjoyed by all in attendance.

A highlight was the student stalls. An entrepreneurial project, students from Years 8 – 12 were set the task of developing their own business for the event. The result was a fabulous range of products and services, all created by our talented Camberwell girls.

From custom pet tags, tie-dyed socks, handcrafted jewellery and face painting to laser-cut garden mobiles, succulent pots, up-cycled stools and virtual reality experiences – over 35 student stalls were scattered throughout the Senior School grounds with many selling out of their products.

Our wonderful parent groups and alumni supported the event by managing the food and drink stalls, as well as volunteering where needed in the lead up to and throughout the day of event.

As a School, we thank everybody who worked to create this event and also those who supported the event by attending on the day. We look forward to reviewing the event and announcing a future date for our second Summer Spectacular.

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