February 5, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I warmly welcome you all to 2021 at Camberwell Girls Grammar School!

I hope that you enjoyed some joyous and relaxing time after the end of a very demanding year and feel ready for the start of a new school year. Please click onto the button below for my welcome message.

New Staff

This year we have welcomed a small number of new staff to Camberwell Girls for ongoing positions as well as leave replacement roles.  I would like to introduce you to:

> Mr Ron Bell (Global Politics, Commerce and English Teacher). Ron is a highly experienced classroom teacher who has an extensive career teaching in both Australian and international schools.  He joins us most recently from Monash College.

> Ms Jessica Friend (English, English Language, Learning Enrichment and Physical Education Teacher)Jessica is an experienced teacher who has also held pastoral care leadership roles in her former school. She comes to us from Ringwood Secondary College.

> Ms Lindsay Hill (Mathematics Teacher)Lindsay is an experienced Mathematics teacher who has previously taught in independent girls schools in Melbourne. However, her most recent position was at Lochside Academy in Scotland.

> Miss Cassie Semple (Physical Education and Learning Enrichment Teacher)Cassie worked as a Deakin Associate teacher at CGGS in 2020 and we are delighted that she has returned as a teacher in 2021.

> Miss Crystal Zhang (Chinese Teacher)Crystal is an experienced Chinese teacher who joins us most recently from Loreto Mandeville Hall. She has taught in a number of independent girls schools.

> Mrs Kim Bailey (Netball Program Coordinator)Kim has been working most recently at AFL Goldfields Netball and has a strong interest in developing coaches in clubs. Ms Talia Hobbs and Mr Tim Snow are our new Deakin Associate Teachers for 2021. Talia has previous experience working in girls schools and Tim in an internationally recognised Hockey coach.

> Ms Madison Kelly (Library Technician)Madison is an experienced Library Technician and has worked most recently at the RMIT and Port Philip Libraries.

> Ms Nina D’Souza (Library Assistant)Whilst Nina is new to this role, she is an old grammarian from the Class of 2018 and is currently completing her Arts Degree.

We are also delighted to welcome back from leave Ms Georgina Bonnington, Mr Liss Campbell, Mrs Melissa Donnely, Mrs Fiona Gibson, Mrs Belinda Kranjcic, Mrs Emily Pandya, and Mrs Jennifer Sui.

I am very excited about the calibre of our teaching team and the extensive programs and opportunities for our girls at CGGS.

New Metrics for Success (Partnership with the University of Melbourne)

I am delighted to let parents know that we have been offered a place in the University of Melbourne’s New Metrics for Success:  Transforming what we value in schools research-practice partnership.  Schools from across Australia and from across all sectors were invited to apply and our inclusion is affirmation of the extensive curriculum and wellbeing work that we have been undertaking in recent years.

The aim of the partnership is to generate new and validated assessment tools that will give a more complete picture of a young person, rather than just relying on a single score as reflected in the ATAR or NAPLAN results.  Throughout the two year project our team will be working with national and international researchers and like-minded leaders with an aim to also influence the development of new policy and generate real change in schools across all sectors.

This year again promises to be a very exciting year at Camberwell Girls, where we are committed to the importance of a high quality and relevant education for our students as we work with global researchers and leaders.  I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.


With very best wishes for the year ahead.

Debbie Dunwoody