Junior School


Junior School

March 5, 2021

Semester One Student Leadership Assembly

The opportunity to recognise our Year 6R school leaders and our new Student Council was very rewarding at our Semester One Leaders Assembly. The school community listened to our Principal Debbie Dunwoody speak about leadership and how she feels leaders should empower people around them by helping and supporting others through being a positive role model and giving everyone the opportunity to have-a-go. Mrs Dunwoody reminded our students that being a leader is not always an easy job, but it can be very rewarding.

Congratulations to the following Year 6R students:

Art: Melody Hu & Jasmine Li

Assembly & Events: Preesha Navaneetharaja & Anthea Vais

Technology/Digital: Natasha Oakley, Audrey Rees & Cosette Tsjin

Lawrence House:  Selena Chen

Schofield House:  Lexi Bartnicki

Singleton House:  Angel Li

Taylor House:  Samantha Lovell

Library:  Charlotte Chong, Aaliyah D’Rozario & Ashley Wang

Music: Emily Foo & Alina Johnson

School Captains:  Natasha Cameron & Chloe Lau

Sustainability:  Yuxin Chen, Chloris Ding & Charlie Russo

Social Service:  Elsa Cao & Natalie Knowles

Additionally, a number of Year 1 to Year 6 students were elected by their peers to represent them at our Semester One Student Council meetings this year. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 1: Akira Rajakulendran

Year 2: Alessandra Ronzani

Year 3L: Matilda Collins

Year 3R: Cynthia Li

Year 4G: Joyce Zhang

Year 4Z: Hanna Lindsay

Year 5G: Minaaz Kaur

Year 5S: Nicole Zhang

We wish these students all the best for Semester One and look forward to their contributions in the many weeks to come.

Swim Carnivals

It has been a very busy time for our swimmers at Ormiston. Over the last two weeks, they have competed in two Swim Carnivals and once again, our results have been outstanding.

North Balwyn District Swim Carnival

On Monday 25th March, 16 CGGS students went to Boroondara Sports Complex to compete at the North Balwyn District Swimming Carnival. Throughout the day, many students performed personal best efforts in different events and as a result, we achieved third place overall against sixteen other schools. We came in third position without boys. We were easily the best performed school. This is the third year in a row that Ormiston has come in third place. Also, for the second year, Camberwell Girls won the trophy for the best performed Girls’ School. This trophy is currently located at Junior School Reception. Twelve swimmers qualified for the next stage at the Booroondara Division Swim Carnival.

Year 3 & 4
Joyce Zhang
Sienna Jack
Cecilia Yang
Ruth Whelan
Ailey Poon
Lauren Tang

Year 5
Olivia Yang
Jasmine Xie
Genevieve Khaw

Year 6
Scarlett Sim
Chanel Ghostine
Charlotte Lim

Jasmine Li
Emily Wong
Chloe Lau
Anthea Vais

Boroondara Divisional Swim Carnival

This week, the Boroondara Divisional Swimming Carnival was conducted at the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Pool Centre with some outstanding results for our 12 swimmers. At this competition, Camberwell Girls had their best-ever results. Congratulations to Cecilia Yang of Year 3, Olivia Yang of Year 5 and Jasmine Li in Year 6. These three students individually qualified for the next stage in their respective events. Also, Anthea Vais, Jasmine Xie, Genevieve Khaw and Olivia Yang qualified for their swimming relay. These 7 students will compete at the Eastern Metropolitan Primary Swimming Championships. Congratulations to these students who competed at the Boroondara Division level.

Year 3 & 4
Joyce Zhang
Cecilia Yang
Ruth Whelan
Ailey Poon

Year 5
Olivia Yang
Jasmine Xie
Genevieve Khaw

Year 6
Charlotte Lim
Jasmine Li
Emily Wong
Chloe Lau
Anthea Vais

I wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Fivedation Program

One of the very special things about CGGS is the nurturing environment that enables all of the girls to feel known by staff and students across the Junior School. ‘Fivedation’ plays a big part in helping our students form relationships with others at school.

The ‘Fivedation’ program, Year Five and Foundation buddies, is a highlight for both the Foundation students and the Year 5s alike. There is definitely an excited buzz in the air on days when they will be getting together. So far, the students have met their new buddy/ies and have been participating in some sessions designed to help them get to know each other. They will continue to meet regularly throughout the year, enabling lovely cross-year level friendships to develop. All of the buddies get such a lot out of this initiative and it is lovely to see the program beginning again with another new year.

Selena Reedman
Foundation Class Teacher

Year 1 – Unit of Inquiry

This term Year 1 students have been exploring the question “How do events, stories and objects from the past help us to understand our present?” The students developed their understanding of milestones and how they are significant events in a person’s life. Students then identified milestones that have occurred in their lives and made timelines, sequencing their events in order.

Murrundindi visited the class and shared his experiences, explaining that knowledge can be passed from generation to generation through the sharing of stories and dance. He explained about traditional cooking techniques and showed the students photos of homes and clothing from the past.

The students also compared objects from the past and present, and considered how they have changed over time. Some of the objects they viewed included: telephones, books, toys, snow skis, torch and candle stick, kettles and sports clothing. Students observed and discussed changes in the use of materials and design, safety features and how the object was powered. They realised that although many objects are still used in our world today, there have been a number of changes and improvements in terms of ease of use and safety.

Angela Columbine
Year 1 Class Teacher

Year 2 – Literacy Learning

This term in Year 2 we have been reading the book ‘Flat Stanley’. The girls loved the adventures that Stanley experienced throughout the story. This led us down the fascinating track of letter writing. We investigated as a class and found the Australia Post Pen Pal Club.

Through this Pen Pal Club, we were paired with another primary school in Australia to send and receive letters. We were lucky enough to be partnered with Chapman Primary School in the ACT.

This week the students began to construct their pen pal letters. Our students were very excited to start writing and learning about their new friends. Pen pal letter writing is a fun, creative and rewarding way for our students to practice literacy and communication. The students will be learning a range of skills including how to structure a letter and address an envelope. By doing so, students will create very special and meaningful letters using interesting language and questions. We are excited to see the Year 2 students build connections with students from a different school, learn about what their life is like and make friendships through the art of letter writing.

“I’m very excited to write a letter to my pen pal” – Annabelle

“I’m looking forward to seeing what my pen pal did on the holidays. I also want to know what her favourite colour is and her favourite subject” – Yui

“I’m excited to meet a new friend and send him letters” – Faye

Mikaela Stanaway
Year 2 Class Teacher

Year 3 – STEAM (Living and Non-Living)

Year 3 students have begun to investigate the key features of living and non-living things through a series of hands-on sessions with Ms Penny Dumsday. We started our exploration in one of the Senior School laboratories by drawing, labelling and classifying a variety of living and non-living specimens. Students have also chosen to plant cuttings and seeds in soil or place them in cups of water. They have made predictions about the changes they think will occur over the coming weeks.

“I predict that when the beans grow, they will grow from the tip of the seed.” – Ivy 3R

“I predict that the seeds will grow into a small eucalyptus tree.” – Maddie 3L

“I predict that the plant will continue to grow more and more roots.” – Rava 3R

“I predict that after watering the seeds they will start to grow.” – Amellia 3L

“I predict that the bean seeds will grow into beans.” – Angela W 3R

“I predict the beans will grow beautiful leaves or a flower.” – Sabrina 3L

“I predict that the Devil’s Ivy will turn brown.” – Khusshnaaz 3R

Rebecca Leondidis & Liz Ruffles
Year 3 Class Teachers

Student Leadership Assembly Prayer

I wanted to finish off today’s Junior School CamNews with sharing Year 6C Class Teacher Katrina Cheong’s prayer that she wrote and read out to the school community at last week’s Semester One Student Leadership Assembly. This prayer clearly reflects our School Values here at Camberwell Girls Grammar School with a strong focus on participation. I hope everyone enjoys reading it.

Dear God,

We thank you today for the many opportunities that we have available at our school to develop our skillset. From Art Club to Sports clubs, Book Club and Chess Club, Music ensembles, Speech & Drama, Coding Club, Sustainability Squad and Student Council – there really is something for everyone. We are very grateful for these opportunities and for all the people who are essential to making these programs run so smoothly throughout the year.

As we commence in these positions of leadership and the responsibilities that accompany them, help us to uphold ourselves with integrity. This means to live out the values we say we stand for. Please give us courage to be strong role models not just in our words, but through our actions – especially when no one is watching and when it might be difficult to do in front of our peers. Encourage us to think creatively and support us when the situation calls for us to be flexible. Help us to know it’s OK to make mistakes along the way and encourage us to learn from these and try again. Please support us to do our personal best and to know that it is when we work together as a team, that we grow in strength and in what we are able to achieve.

In Jesus’ name we pray,


Katrina Cheong
Year 6C Class Teacher