Welcome to Term 3 and CGGS Aquatic Centre
I would like to welcome back all students and families, including nine new students to Camberwell Girls this term. I would also like to acknowledge a number of new staff, Ms Lilian Bishop who will be taking the part time EL4 class, Ms Xin Yang, a part time Ormiston and Senior School Chinese teacher and Ms Trudy Maxwell a part time Ormiston Physical Education teacher. We also welcome back Ms Jess Huggett in her part time role in Ormiston as Music teacher.
Many students and staff were enjoying different tours and programs during the break. Mark Corrie and Pamela Badoer took a group of VCE Physical Education students to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra to participate in a range of theory and practical sessions.
In addition, 63 students from Years 7-12 and 7 staff, participated in the European Music Tour, performing in many key locations. During the tour, the group visited Milan, Verona, Venice, Ljubljana, Salzberg, Vienna, Prague and Munich, participating in master classes and performing in a number of key locations and cathedrals. A highlight was the Summa Cum Laude festival in Vienna. The CGGS music groups had been rehearsing regularly since the beginning of the year and I would like to thank Jenny Meachem, Cathy Poyser, Rohan Mack, Mat Duniam, Penny Byrne, Helen Creed and Nareen Robinson for preparing the performers, organising and supporting the tour. It was certainly a highlight for so many.
We were delighted to launch our Winter Edition of CamLife during the holidays that focuses on our sport programs and being active. In our commitment to developing the whole person at Camberwell Girls, physical exercise, sport and connectedness to the outdoors all play a vital role. In addition to developing physical and motivational skills, nurturing positive attitudes and valuing hard work, research also highlights important links between physical activity and improvement in academic performance.
During the last few years we have expanded our GSV sport offerings to include Diving, AFL Football and Triathlon. We have also increased our sport coaching opportunities at Ormiston and have continued to build upon our very successful and extensive Saturday Netball program. In recent weeks we have also engaged a new athletics coaching team led by Jo and Nick Bowden from Run Ready. We are very excited to have these experienced coaches here at CGGS and working with our students.
As we witnessed our swimming training program expand rapidly in recent years, it became obvious that this was an area of sport and skill development that we could enhance further. During the recent holidays we commenced our Stage 1 refurbishment of the pool and change rooms to open the CGGS Aquatic Centre at the end of this month. The Centre will conduct learn to swim programs through the CGGS Swim School, and we have established a new competitive swimming club, CGGS Aquatic under the leadership of CGGS Aquatics Program Manager and Head Swim Coach, Mr Peter Kitney.
The CGGS Swim School will open this term with a full range of Learn to Swim programs as well as junior through to advanced squad levels. We are also delighted that our competitive club, CGGS Aquatic has already commenced with over 40 members. Peter is very pleased with the progress of the members so far.
Within the next three weeks the Stage 1 Refurbishment will be completed and we look forward to many students enjoying the upgraded facility and more opportunities for physical activity and development at Camberwell Girls.
With best wishes,