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House Drama Competition Blows Away Audiences

Term Three at Camberwell Girls Grammar truly turned into a Festival of the Arts. We started with our Senior School and Junior School Musicals, followed by the Ormiston Art Show, The Festival of Music and now our House Drama Competition.

This year’s House Drama event saw a large crowd gather in Barbara Sutton Hall to watch a series of plays chosen and directed  by our House Drama Captains. This year’s plays comprised of subject matter that was mature and challenging, which left audiences thinking about social and global issues in today’s society.

Singleton House presented ‘I Was There’ by Sam Guzman, which portrayed the individual experiences of a group of teenagers who were all witnesses to a horrific school shooting. With fantastic direction from Singleton Drama Captain, Madison, the performers presented a very touching and sensitive performance.

Schofield House also explored scary real world experiences, with their performance of ‘The Loss’ by Maryanne Lynch. The story followed the aftermath of the disappearance of 8 year old Alice from the perspective of two women. One woman being her mother and the other, a neighbour who suspects her boyfriend had something to do with the disappearance. Another play with very topical and dark subject matter that was portrayed with such maturity and professionalism by Schofield House and their director, Josey.

Lawrence House performed an original play written by Year 11 CGGS student, Chloe, called ‘The Grey Area’. The story followed Kaliya, who is reflecting on the decisions she has made in her life when it suddenly comes to an end. We commend Chloe on her mature, thoughtful and cleverly written script. We also congratulate Lawrence director, Samreen and her cast and crew on a fabulous performance.

Taylor House brought the night to a close with their extremely entertaining play, ‘The Internet is Distract – OH LOOK A KITTEN’ by Ian McWethy. This hilarious play explored the distracting world of the internet and protagonist, Maya’s struggle to complete her school paper before she gets sucked down the internet rabbit hole. This very engaging performance from Taylor House won them the competition. Congratulations to Natasha and her cast and crew.

The evening was a truly great way to end Term 3 and we congratulate  all our talented actresses and the many students who took on roles behind the scenes to bring these productions to the stage.

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Term 3 saw the long awaited opening of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, our 2018 Senior School Production.

Barbara Sutton Hall was packed to near capacity at all four performances, with audiences witnessing a cast of over 100 girls from Years 7 – 12 on stage presenting this beloved classic.

A true team effort, the dedicated cast, orchestra and crew worked tirelessly since Term 1 to produce this ‘fantasmagorical’ production. Lunch hours, after school and weekends were spent rehearsing to create the magical world of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Lead roles were filled by Year 7s, as well as girls in Years 11 and 12. Every year level at senior school was represented on stage, with students collaborating to produce this wonderful production. The orchestra pit was home to over 20 of our Senior music students and staff who formed the production’s orchestra. These quiet achievers may have been hidden under the stage but they certainly showed us the power of music.

Costumes, props, make-up, animation, projection and lighting were all designed and executed by our own CGGS students. The glorious world of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was brought to life on stage through mobile set pieces and thoughtful props. The transition between the humble world of the Potts family and the boorish Vulgarians were seemless, with all set pieces moved and managed by students.

Whether it was helping to move set pieces on and off stage, dancing as part of the specialist dance troupe, or being one of the by standers in the town square. This production proved that CGGS is a place where everyone belongs and has a role to play.

A special matinee performance saw our Junior School students, as well as primary school students from the Boroondara area come together to see the inventive genius, Caractacus Potts and his crazy inventions.

A massive congratulations to the entire cast, orchestra and crew, and special mention to the Director, Sally Oliver, Music Director, Kate Savage and key staff members Keira Lyons, Jenine Caruso and Rohan Mack who all brought this production to life.

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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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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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October 24, 2017

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Welcome back
Welcome to the 2018 school year! I would like to extend a warm welcome to our families whom we have had a long term association with and to those families who have joined our Ormiston school community this year. A special welcome is extended to the new students in Early Learning and Foundation to Year 6 who have attended school this week. Congratulations to our Foundation students who have this week started their official first year of Primary schooling. I was delighted to see so many families and students with smiles on their faces on their first day of school.

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Eleanor Fritze

Eleanor Fritze

Dux / Class of 2000

 

Eleanore was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship

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Eleanore Fritze (Dux, Class of 2000) was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship and has just embarked on an overseas study tour to New York, Washington DC, England, Vienna and Budapest.

Eleanore, a Senior Mental Health and Disability Rights Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid, is undertaking an international research project that will reach behind closed doors to find better ways of protecting the rights of people with disabilities who are detained for compulsory treatment.

Eleanore, who has worked at Victoria Legal Aid since 2006 has always been interested in mental health and disability issues, in particular their intersection with the justice system. She has also worked as a personal care attendant for people with disabilities, has postgraduate qualifications in disability studies and was the inaugural duty lawyer at the Assessment and Referral Court List, a specialist Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for people with a mental illness or cognitive impairment accused of crime.

After a number of different roles at Victoria Legal Aid, Eleanore settled in the Mental Health and Disability Advocacy program for two main reasons. “I get to work both within the system – helping those whose rights are being restricted simply because they have a disability. And, I get to work on the system – trying to improve the laws and practices to benefit people with disabilities,” she says.

People with cognitive impairments or mental illness can be detained indefinitely and treated without consent, even if they haven’t committed an offence. “This can be in a high secure forensic facility with high walls, razor wire, air locked entries and biometric security. They may be detained alongside prisoners who have committed violent acts. They may also be detained in psychiatric units or group homes in the community,” she says.

“My project will reach behind closed doors to better protect the human rights and dignity of these individuals through the use of innovative legal services.”

Eleanore strongly agrees that legal help is critical in ensuring that these far-reaching decisions around detention and compulsory treatment apply the law correctly, are based on evidence, and are the least restrictive possible in the circumstances. “It’s timely to get an overview of how legal services similar to our own operate, as currently the opportunities presented by Victoria’s new Mental Health Act 2014 are still being explored,” says Eleanore.

She hopes that her research will benefit both the people receiving direct legal assistance and other Australians with a disability who are detained for compulsory treatment. “Not only is rights-based advocacy far more entrenched in Europe and the US but disability legal services have existed for longer and have advanced practice wisdom.’

Eleanore grew up in a family with a very strong social justice drive – a family of thinkers, educators and helpers. Eleanore’s mother attended CGGS, graduating as Co-Dux in 1969 and was confident CGGS was the school of choice for Eleanore.

Eleanore was a Peer Support Leader and the School’s strong social justice values reinforced her family values. These helped develop her own ethical framework, part of which is that if you see something wrong or unfair, you should not only speak up but to do something about it.

Eleanore’s social conscience led her to study law and political science at university because both of those systems have such a powerful impact in either contributing to or redressing the inequalities in our society. Working in these fields carries the potential for dramatically improving the circumstances in which people live.

“I became particularly interested in disability issues after working as a disability carer and seeing firsthand how extremely disadvantaged and invisible people can become when they have or acquire a disability,” she confirms.

Eleanore expects her research to bring fresh insights and new ways of thinking which will be most valuable for Victoria’s own Mental Health and Disability Advocacy program. Congratulations Eleanore!

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Wendy Rainbird

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Wendy Rainbird

Class of 1959

 

Wendy has spent 24 years volunteering to protect the environment.

Wendy (nee Westcott: Class of 1959) spent twenty-five years teaching, initially at Secondary and Tertiary levels, and then for many years at Primary levels. On retirement from teaching, she was invited to join the Boards of a number of organisations about living healthily and sustainably.

Wendy was invited to be the National Council of Women’s Environment Adviser in the Australian Capital Territory, at a time when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was issuing reports. She wrote succinct reports for the NCW, and not long afterwards was nominated to be the NCW Australia Environment Adviser. For two terms over six years, she reported to members around Australia on a range of environmental and global issues, including working with Queensland to protect the Great Barrier Reef. On the basis of her work she was invited to go to Izmir in Turkey to nominate for the position of Environment Advisor to the International Council of Women.

“When I was elected Environment and Habitat Advisor to the International Council of Women, there were representatives from all around the world. It has been very interesting meeting with them and hearing about the work of their National Councils and the United Nations Organisations.” Her role on the National Council saw Wendy produce reports on a range of environmental and global issues such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s evidence on increased global land and sea temperatures and protecting the Great Barrier Reef. “I believe that having a voice, researching to put forward a good case and seeing the results of these efforts are without a doubt the most rewarding aspect of my work.”

Wendy has also spent twenty-four years volunteering for ParkCare, a community program for people interested in protecting the environment in the nature reserves around Canberra. Recently, she was awarded the ACT Individual Landcare Award for her contributions over many years. “Anyone can become a Parkcarer – enthusiasm is all you need. Activities include seed collection, plant propagation, tree planting, erosion control and water quality monitoring,” says Wendy.

A variety of other environmental roles have kept Wendy busy and she is currently part of the Human Ecology Forum at the Australian National University. “Each week we meet to discuss the relationship between humans and their natural, social and built environments, it’s extremely interesting.” It will come as no surprise that Wendy’s favourite subject at Camberwell Girls was geography. She was the first student to receive First Class Honours in the subject, and Wendy also graduated as Dux of School.

“Mrs Alston was a wonderful teacher. I liked the holistic way she taught. In many ways, she inspired me to go on to study geography and to later teach geography – as well as lead professional development sessions in the subject too.” A natural thirst for the outdoors and adventure, Wendy enjoys travel and exploring new destinations. She has a love for beautiful places and recently wrote a book titled, ‘Sense of Beauty’ to share her joy and love of the world.

“I don’t have a favourite place as each place has its own special quality”. Congratulations Wendy – you are a true inspiration and we are very proud to call you a Camberwell Girls grammarian.

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