Junior School


Junior School

November 15, 2019

Mountfield Maestros

I would like to congratulate the students who participated in our Semester Two Speech and Drama performances in the Junior School Hall last week. Once again, we had approximately 50 students participate in different performances, whether in a small or large group and it was a privilege to watch specific students do their personal best and make so much progress from earlier in the year. A feature of each of the performances was the confidence of the students in front of a small audience. I look forward to seeing these types of performances at future assemblies and school events.

Congratulations to the following students:

Early Learning: Victoria Li

Foundation: Aarna Sharma, Claire Zhang

Year 1: Cynthia Li, Irene Li, Laila Beiruti, Elfie Fan, Estella Ouyang, Lucinda Reedman, Chloe Zhang, Audrey Nemtsas, Serena Hu, Madeleine Law, Elaine Li, Angela Lin, Zoe Raspin

Year 2: Yasmin Lintott, Ailey Poon

Year 3: Rita Wong, Erena Zhu, Tiffany Lau, Christelle Chin

Year 4: Elsa Cao, Sophie Peake, Annabelle Nemtsas, Allegra Reedman, Melody Hu, Elise Orme, Charlotte Chong, Ashanti Rajakulendran, Chloe Lau, Sarah Lu

Year 5: Charlotte Hayes, Yasmin Taghdir, Anneka Sinnappu, Sharvi Bansal, Vrinda Dhir, Sharon Tjioe, Grace Wan

Year 6: Anneke Cook, Sarah Zhou, Sarah May, Aliyana Rajakulendran

Year 5 Inquiry Unit

As part of their Inquiry topic this term of ‘How do natural disasters and extreme weather events impact communities and the environment?’ the Year 5s explored the effect of bushfires on native flora such as Acacia plants (wattles). Mrs Dumsday helped us investigate the effect of heat on the germination of Acacia seeds and wheat, an introduced plant to Australia. We used equipment, such as Petri dishes, water baths and beakers, in the Woodstock Lab at Senior School to create a variety of temperature conditions (20 degrees, 50 degrees and 100 degrees) which both types of seeds were exposed to. Year 5 will continue to monitor the seeds and we look forward to observing the changes and differences between the germinations of the two types of seeds.

Liz Ruffles, Anjali de Quadros & Michelle Kalus
Year 5 Teachers


Year 6 Virtual Debating Team

This term the Year 6 Virtual Debating team has continued to compete in this National Competition that provides students from around Australia an opportunity to participate in debates via video conferencing. All debates are expert adjudicators who provide students with feedback to improve their debating skills.

The students prepared debates about the topics: ‘That fast food advertising should be banned’ and ‘That we should require students to participate in charity activity before being able to graduate.’ At this late stage in the competition the quality of arguments is very high and the adjudicator praised the CGGS team on the evidence the team provided to support their viewpoint and the variety of strategies they employed to rebut the oppositions argument. Our Year 6 team achieved a tremendous result of winning six debates in a row, taking them to the quarter finals of the competition. Despite a very hotly contested quarter final, the opposing team from Macarthur Anglican School in NSW, progressed to the semi-final. The Year 6 team were not only the most successful 2019 team from CGGS but were the highest placing Victorian team in the Year 5/6 division.

Throughout the year the students have been fantastic ambassadors for the school. They have not only demonstrated their excellent debating and team work skills, but the competition has required them to develop their persuasive writing, research, organisation, leadership, critical thinking and evaluative skills. It has been a privilege to witness the collaborative effort of the students and their confidence grow in their ability to construct their viewpoint. We are extremely proud of Cate Mead, Sarah Zhou, Suwedha Ranjith and Aliyana Rajakulendran and congratulate them on their outstanding achievement in this competition.

Aliyana – It was a brilliant experience that helped me to further develop my teamwork, persistence and debating skills. We became very superstitious throughout the tournament which really united the team together.

Cate – It was a really fun experience and it was cool that we were able to debate students around the country via a video chat.

Sarah – It was an experience of a lifetime that provided me with an opportunity to expand my knowledge of debating and ability to handle stress.

Suwedha – I was surprised how much I enjoyed this experience. Not only did we improve our debating skills, we learnt much more, such as: teamwork, organising our time and working under pressure.

Nancy Robottom 
Year 6 Teacher

Year 6 FIRST LEGO League Competition

This week, nine enthusiastic students from Year 6 competed in their first regional final of the First LEGO League competition, along with two experienced Year 7 and 8 teams. First LEGO League is a global event founded by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and involves more than 200,000 students worldwide. Teams of up to 10 students complete four challenges in order to compete:

> Innovation Project

> Core Values Poster

> EV3 Robot Design and Build

> Robot Game

Team 2025 Girls (named for the year they complete Year 12) demonstrated the six core values of the competition throughout their preparation and during the competition day: discovery, teamwork, inclusion, innovation, impact and fun. There were times when robots didn’t follow their instructions and last minute changes needed to be made to presentations, however, the students showed great resilience, resourcefulness and teamwork. At the end of the day, Team 2025 Girls didn’t receive any awards but did manage to outperform one of our Senior teams in the robot game. Both Senior teams have progressed to the National Finals next week which are being held at Swinburne University on Sunday, 24 November.

The judges at the competition noted that our teams were a standout in terms of their teamwork and inclusion so the students should be very proud of their efforts. A big thank you goes to Mr Kim Perkins, who assisted the students with learning how to code their EV3 robots.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development & First LEGO League Coach

ELC Grandparents & Special Friends Morning

Recently, the Early Learning children invited their grandparents and special friends to spend time with them in their classroom. This was also an opportunity for the children to express their gratitude for the important role their grandparents and special friends play in their lives. In our school community we value and believe it’s important for children to experience ‘giving’ and to express their gratitude. Each classroom discussed ways they could express their gratitude to their grandparent and special friend and the children decided to do this through drawings, words, singing, cooking and spending time working together. During their time together, the children engaged in learning experiences and it was wonderful to see the grandparents and special friends enthusiastically work alongside the children and be involved. It is through these experiences that children develop an understanding about gratitude and ways they can express this to the people in their lives that care and help them.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning Team Leader

Chamber Concert

On Wednesday 13 November, selected students from Years 5, 7, 9 & 11 performed at the afternoon’s Chamber Concert for a very appreciative audience of parents, friends and teachers. This was a wonderful opportunity for our student-driven chamber ensembles to perform for an audience and display their talents and hard work from their many hours of rehearsals. The incredibly high-standard performances included a varied selection of repertoire, from Disney classics to Classical Haydn and Romantic Borodin. The School’s harpsichord was also featured in the performance, allowing the Year 7 Combined Quartet to perform in the true Baroque style of Vivaldi. We congratulate all performers for participated in this fantastic event and look forward to more concerts of this nature in the future.

Congratulations to the following Year 5 Quartet participants:

Rida Cao

Madeleine Wood

Alyce Law

Emily Lioe

Jane Scott
Music Administrator

Foundation – Y6 Nude Food

In an effort to raise awareness, reduce our waste and nourish our bodies with fresh produce and homemade goods, Foundation to Year 6 students participated in a Nude Food Day on Thursday 7 November. Students brought food from home that did not come in packaging and placed their food in reusable containers. It was wonderful to see so many students getting involved in the initiative. Well done to Year 3L for winning the Nude Food challenge.

Rebecca Leondidis
Year 4 Class Teacher

Digital Wellbeing

We are continuing to involve members of our CGGS community as we examine the data collected from our Digital Wellbeing surveys. This week Mrs Cathy Poyser, Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School; Ms Nirvana Watkins, Deputy Head of Senior School – Wellbeing Curriculum and Program; Ms Emma Hinchliffe, Deputy Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning; and Ms Felicity Carroll, Digital Literacy Co-ordinator JS and SS, met with parents who expressed an interest in participating in our Parent Digital Wellbeing Focus Groups within their survey responses. We thank these parents for joining discussions about our community’s technology usage and the implications for our School and families. We are in the process of devising initiatives for 2020 and these will be communicated in future CamNews articles.

The previous Digital Wellbeing CamNews article focussed on screen time and presented evidence-based strategies for fostering positive online experiences as part of a balanced lifestyle. One strategy that families may wish to consider is establishing agreed family guidelines, or what is often called, a Family Media Agreement. There are many examples available online, with the most effective agreements being those in which children and teenagers establish agreed behaviours with their parents. Common Sense Media includes one such example you may find helpful here. Another is by ThinkUKnow, which also provides a template for families to use when creating their personalised agreement. It is widely agreed that establishing these agreed behaviours is most effective when done with children at an early age, but there is still value in exploring their potential benefit with older children and teenagers.   


Commonsense media. (2019). Family Media Agreement.
Retrieved from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/family-media-agreement

ThinkUKnow. (2019) Parents Portal. Retrieved from https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal

Paul Donohue & Felicity Carroll
Head of Junior School & Digital Literacy Coordinator

Years 2 – 6 Netball

The Year 2, 3 and 4 netballers have been working on ball movement and game play during the training sessions. All Years 5 and 6 teams won their matches last Saturday. Year 5 Opals were unstoppable against CSNC Blitz, the CGGS team had strong defence and transitioned the ball down into the gaolers smoothly. The Year 5 Jets defeated MA Bolts 12-4, the Jets played well together, got many intercepts and are sitting in second place on the ladder. The Year 6 Topaz got off to strong start against MLC Ruby, Topaz played a consistent game and defeated them 5-1. Congratulations to all Ormiston netball teams.

Lexie Joyce
Netball Coach 


Year 2 Extended Day

After school today, I am looking forward to our Year 2 Extended Day and wish Ms Soci and Ms Zarfaty and students all the best for their activities and movie in the Junior School Hall.

I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School