As we conclude a very action packed Term 2, I would like to thank students, staff and parents for all of your contributions in ensuring another very successful term at Camberwell Girls.
From a building perspective, it has been wonderful for our Senior School students to utilise the new Anne Feehan Building with the collaborative classrooms and open communal spaces. As the term has progressed we have gained some access to the courtyard and by the commencement of Term 3 we will have access to the remaining classrooms that are being refurbished, as well as easy access around the courtyard. We are now planning for some Science classroom refurbishments that are scheduled to commence later in November. These are smaller projects but will provide improved Science, Robotics and Makerspaces for student learning.
As we become more aware of the importance of not only the development but the ability for young people to demonstrate enterprise skills, I really relish as I see this coming to life at Camberwell Girls. Last week I enjoyed talking to the Year 6 students at their ‘Grow Your Mind Day’ activities. The girls had spent the term working in groups of 3-4 developing businesses that raised $600 for an orphanage in Nepal. In speaking with the groups, the girls understood the business and creative skills that they were developing and I felt from the moment I arrived, that the girls were very aware of the importance of their marketing and communication skills. It was one of those very special occasions when I knew that our girls were being prepared for their futures. In addition, all businesses were related to developing growth mindsets so I know that I will be practising my juggling these holidays after my lesson and purchase of juggling balls.
On Friday in the Junior School Hall we enjoyed the Foundation Aussie Animal Expo where the girls presented on the animal they had researched during the term. What a great opportunity for the girls to demonstrate their skills in communication and collaboration.
Demonstrating their development and creativity, we have recently enjoyed the individual VCE Music Performances and VCE Theatre Studies Performance of ‘The 39 Steps’. Both events were genuine highlights as they demonstrated great work and commitment. Last weekend I took the opportunity to stop by and view some of a ‘CATS’ rehearsal. It was very inspiring and I am extremely excited about the shows early next term. I am pleased to report that ticket sales are going strong with audiences of over 250 people at both the Friday and Saturday evenings. Thursday’s opening night we have sold 130 tickets. Our goal is to reach 500 guests each night, so if you haven’t already booked your tickets, I encourage you to do so. Pinwheel and Co are also doing a pre-theatre meal to make life that little bit easier.
This term Ms Barbara Pang and Mrs Estelle Xue replaced Mrs Lin Zhang whilst she was on Long Service Leave. They have provided great continuity for the girls and I thank them both for their contribution this term.
It is with great sadness that we farewelled Danni Jackman today. This has been a very difficult decision for Danni, given her long-standing and deep connection to Camberwell Girls. She is a past student, having been here from Prep all the way through to Year 12 in 2000. I would like to thank Danni for her outstanding contribution to the School, and also as a passionate teacher of History and an exceptional Year Level Coordinator. We are proud of the care and inspiration Danni has provided for our girls over the years and we hope that future opportunities may see her remain in contact with our School community.
Our Uniform Shop Coordinators, Mrs Andrea Mitchell and Mrs Samantha Easton have resigned from their positions as of the end of term. Both have given very dedicated service to the School community over many years including the coordination and introduction of a number of new uniform items this year. We thank them and wish them all the best for the future. We are taking some time to look at the future services to be provided from the shop, however the usual operating services will continue in the meantime.
A number of staff will be taking some well-deserved long service leave during Term 3. We wish Science teacher, Lorraine Peterson all the very best during her leave in Terms 3 and 4, Foundation teacher, Heather Scarff for Term 3 and Nima Reddy one of our Laboratory Technicians who will be on leave for part of Term 3.
I wish all of our students, families and staff a very relaxing and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing you return in Term 3.
With best wishes