Senior School


Senior School

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing break and that both you and your families had time to relax together, perhaps you even managed some time in a somewhat sunnier and warmer climate than here in Melbourne.

The School during the holidays is often quiet and lonely however this past holiday the cast and crew of CATS were at school on many occasions putting the final touches together for what promises to be an outstanding musical production. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you book your tickets for one of the evening performances. Should you wish to have dinner cooked for you by Pinwheel & Co then I can highly recommended you book a dinner and show package.  All bookings can be made at trybooking.

On Monday the staff returned to School for a number of information sharing sessions and in particular the session conducted by Debbie Dunwoody, which outlined to all teaching and professional services staff the new Ministerial Order 870 requirements for Child Safe Standards. Over the course of this Semester the girls and you as parents will be informed of the requirements this Ministerial Order has placed on all educational institutions. At the centre of these requirements is the safety of all students.


This week we welcomed nine new girls to the Senior School and four exchange students from France. We look forward to making these new students feel welcome and a part of our wonderful community.


Information Evenings, 2017 Year Levels

The Information Evenings for 2017 year levels are being held on the following dates and we remind families of the value of these for both parents and students. It is an opportunity to talk to the teachers who will be running the various subjects and electives in 2017.

2017 Year 11 & 12 students                 Monday 18th July at 7:00pm                                            Robinson Hall

2017 Year 8 & 9 students                      Tuesday 2nd August at 6:45pm                                       Barbara Sutton Hall


Green Gecko Movie Event

This coming Sunday you have the opportunity to join the School community in support of the Green Gecko Project.

The movie was released yesterday but Camberwell Girls have secured a special screening this Sunday 17th July at the Rivoli Cinema. The session is a 5:30pm arrival for a 6:00pm start. Tickets can be purchased through trybooking for $25.00 each including a small popcorn and a 600ml drink. More information here.

Monies raised go directly to funding the work of the Green Gecko Project.



This week was the start of the Year 7 Science classes’ work on the LittleBigIdeas competition, where students will work on developing an invention to solve a problem they’ve identified. This will be running over the next month, with a showcase of ideas during National Science Week (13-21 August), and entries into the LittleBigIdeas competition. We all look forward to watching the seeds of their ideas develop into great inventions to solve their problem.


Senior School Assembly

On Tuesday a number of girls who have competed in Term 1 and Term 2 GSV sports were acknowledged for their contributions with the naming of Most Valuable Player and Coaches Awards in each sport. Congratulations to all the girls who competed in these sports and best wishes for your Term 3 GSV commitment.

Term 1 Awards

Most Valuable Player Coach’s Award
Senior Indoor Cricket Tiarnie Ellingworth Dorothy Li & Laura King
Senior Tennis Zofia Andrianopoulos Simone Ibrahim
Inter Softball Emily Lau Yesenia Chang-Gonzalez
Inter Indoor Cricket Ariane Webber & Kate Sturzaker Samreen Kaur
Inter Tennis Jordyn Beggs Claire Bernabe
Junior Softball Grace Raszewski Phoebe Lu
Junior Indoor Cricket Anika Pandy & Millie Winkett Ella Barmby & Ashley Cheung
Junior Tennis Lilyan Zhu Phoebe Hwong

Term 2 Awards

Most Valuable Player Coach’s Award
Senior Netball Emily Bennett & Olivia Lawrie
Senior Hockey Megan Kollmorgen Jamila Wynn
Senior AFL Tiarnie Ellingworth & Melissa Poulton Laura King
Senior Water Polo Cara Ellis & Alia Schmidt Samreen Kaur
Inter Netball Emma Campain, Fearn Corney, Charlotte Abbott, Natasha Huang & Meg Billson Lama Halabi, Yasmin Tawfik, Cindy Huynh, Natasha Sevo & Angela Jia
Inter Hockey Ariane Webber Zoe Giagoudakis
Junior Netball Megan Quach, Rubi Brady, Shelby Schmidt & Joie Lu Loren Palma, Tara Hoopmann, Ashley Olsen, Seanna Henricus & Christine Wong
Junior Hockey Carly Reid Eliza Shrimpton
Junior AFL Madison Murphy Ella Barby


GSV Service Awards

At the end of Term 2 the Girls Sport Victoria celebrated its 15th year and a number of staff throughout the GSV were recognised for their contribution as coaches to the various sporting teams. We have the pleasure of announcing that within our own staff the following people were recognised for their years of contribution to promoting girls in sport. We also thank these people and in assembly on Tuesday they received a plaque and badge of recognition.

Coaches Number of Years
Perry Gaylard 13
Kerry O’Callaghan 13
Andrew Hester 10
Kath Woolcock 10
Lauren Law 8
Duncan Reid 8
Jane Cameron 7
Jenny Sui 7
Lin Zhang 5
Tony Marsh 5
John Gowdie 5


White Ribbon Concert

A reminder to all families that the rescheduled date for our concert in support of the White Ribbon Foundation is now Tuesday 16 August. More information here.


Salvation Army & St Marks Winter Appeal

Starting next week we will be collecting blankets and used clothes to be donated to the Salvation Army and St Marks Winter Appeal. Donations can be put in the plastic bags below the Social Justice Board.

Any questions please contact Madison Parfuss and Madison Brake, Year 9.


Alliance Francaise Poetry Competition

It is exciting to hear from our Language Department that we have finalists in the poetry competition at every year level from Years 5 – 10.

Most of our students received excellent results and almost made it to the finals, however the examiners are under strict instructions to only grant a perfect score of 20/20 to la crème de la crème who then proceed to the finals. We are very excited that 20 of our students are la crème de la crème!!

The finals are on Sunday 24 July and we look forward to informing our School community of the results.


Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

Camberwell Girls Grammar School students continue to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Program with great success at all levels.

To achieve an award at the Gold Level demands continued participation and commitment over a number of years, progressing through the Bronze and Silver Awards before attaining a Gold Award. These certificates are awarded at a special Gold Award Ceremony presented at Government House. Shirley Ding (Year 12) has been awarded her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. To fulfil the requirements of this Award the following is a summary of the activities she undertook:

Adventurous Journey:  Practice Camp at Tallarook State Forest

Qualifying Camp at Apollo Bay

Service: St Vincent De Paul Nursing Home – Shirley provided music therapy for the residents through playing violin and assisting the residents with activities.

Skill: Playing the violin

Physical recreation: Strength and conditioning

Residential Project: Lady Somers Camp – the residential project is aimed at having the students work in a new environment with new peers on a project that they haven’t undertaken before. For Shirley her time on the Lady Somers Camp taught her leadership skills and planning goals for the future. She found this a most inspirational camp.


GSV 5-a-Side Soccer Tournament

18 girls from Years 7-11 were selected to represent the School in Junior and Senior teams at the GSV 5 a-side soccer tournament held on Thursday 14 July at Knox Regional Football Centre.

The girls played each game with a positive attitude and are to be commended for their efforts throughout the tournament. Drawn in difficult groups which contained the eventual winners of both competitions, Star of the Sea College, the games were played on even terms and the teams finished the day with four wins, two draws and three losses. Overall Camberwell Girls were placed 4th in the Junior competition and 5th in the Senior competition.

All participants should be proud of their achievements in the tournament. They gained valuable experience and enjoyed individual and team improvements.


Australian Gymnastics Championships

Last month Ashleigh Cheung (Year 8), Yanny Wang (Year 10) and Marlee-Shae Holden (Year 12) represented Victoria in the Australian Gymnastics Championships for Rythmic Gymnastics. The girls were privileged to be selected to compete at Australia’s biggest gymnastic event and afforded the opportunity of watching Australia’s best athletes perform.

The girls learned so much from competing, appreciating the opportunity to make new connections with girls from different regions across Australia. The championships were highly competitive and the girls enjoyed seeing how they performed against others in Australia. All three girls enjoyed competing and hope to see the sport grow.


Under 17 Australian Basketball Team

As shared in CamNews in November of 2015, Rebecca Pizzey left Camberwell Girls to accept a scholarship to the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence. Rebecca has been studying at the Australian Institute of Sport and was most recently selected as a member of Australia’s U17 team in the World Championships.

Rebecca attended the FIBA’s Under 17 World Championships in Spain, which saw the Sapphire’s team undefeated in their pool games against Mexico, China and France. The girls semi final against the Czech Republic saw the Sapphire’s win by 30 points. This set up a preliminary final show down with USA, the final score of 73-60 saw the girls advance to the grand final against Italy. The Sapphires came away with a win 62-38.

As a School community we are so proud of Rebecca’s achievements in this sphere and know that she has a very bright future ahead of her in the “Green and Gold”.


Year 11 Combined Activities with Camberwell Grammar School

On Wednesday afternoon at the end of Term 2, we welcomed boys from Year 11 at Camberwell Boys Grammar School to Camberwell Girls to take part in a range of fun activities. The activities included a number of icebreakers, win in a minute activities, combined dodgeball and then finally an interactive activity.  The afternoon finished with light refreshments served in the Café.

It was a very successful afternoon and provided a wonderful opportunity for the Year 11 students from both schools to have fun together in a range of activities. Special thanks to Anastasia Aravanis, Lauren Chung, Stephanie Harker, Annie Zhang, Eileen Zhang and Sarah Louey for their efforts in helping to plan and run the activities.



Biology Excursion – Melbourne University

On Wednesday 13 July, Years 11 and 12 students studying Unit 3&4 Biology undertook an intensive workshop at the University of Melbourne and quickly became immersed in typical Biology laboratory activities under the guidance of University staff.

The girls had the opportunity to examine Copper resistant recombinant bacteria, run electrophoresis gels of the inserted gene and modified plasmid; advanced techniques that are valuable in the field of Biology.


Parent Education Session

Dr Craig Hassed will be presenting at our next Parent Education Session on Tuesday 2 August. His presentation on Mindful Learning will discuss the educational benefits to students from following the practice of mindfulness. These include learning more effectively, personal growth, enhancing physical and emotional health and dealing with the demands of studies and exams. More information here.


2017 USA Science/History Study Tour

If you missed the First Information Evening, it is not too late!

Please email Mrs Karin Lemanis for an information pack:


With best wishes,


Cathy Poyser

Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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