Term 2 2021 has been a term like no other. On again, off again live performances with audiences for House Music and the Middle School Production. Face-to-face learning, remote learning and thankfully back to face-to-face learning. Co-curricular activities led by students in person and then on zoom and also thankfully back to in person. Whilst flexibility, agility and pivoting may have been overused words in 2020, they truly did have significance in Term 2. I take this opportunity to thank all our students, their parents and guardians as well as our teaching and professional services staff for the combined efforts and dedication that ensured Term 2 was highly successful for all.
Please enjoy all the articles in this edition of CamNews where the Senior School highlights and happenings of the past fortnight are summarised in detail. Please keep up to date with our Social Media accounts that provide live updates of what is occurring day-to-day. Hopefully our entire Senior School community is able to connect with and enjoy both means of communication.
Have a lovely break.
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School
House Readers Cup
Over the course of Term 2, students from Years 7 to 12 participated in the House Readers Cup, a competition where students were able to earn points for their house through reading books. To do so, students had to borrow a book from our school library, read it over the term and then review it on our new library website. This was our second year running the competition, and it was a huge success as we had almost 700 books read in one term! We had some amazing 5-star reviews, and some equally amazing 2-star reviews. It was great to read through them all and hear our students voices and opinions on what they were reading. We are very lucky to already have such a thriving reading culture here at CGGS, and the House Readers Cup was a direct reflection of this. Many students came into the library looking for specific books after reading others’ reviews, and were keen to recommend some of their own favourites to their peers as well. Congratulations to Taylor, who was the overall winner of the House Readers Cup and was awarded with the esteemed House Readers Duck.
There were a few students who went above and beyond for their house. For their prize, our Top 3 Readers this year will receive a new book of their choice.
1st Amanda Lee (63 books)
2nd Isabelle Bertus (19 books)
3rd Sabrina Bignold (16 books)
Thank you to everyone for participating in the House Readers Cup, and we hope to see all of you in the library soon!
House Awards 2021
When asked, many an old grammarian will highlight that one of their favourite memories of life at Camberwell will involve an aspect of a House Activity or Event. Camberwell students have shown their dedication to the House program over the last 18 months, standing up in the face of COVID, and ensuring that traditions continue, connectedness remains and the culture of what the House program means to students continue to be passed on.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge 2021 Heads of House: Mr Daniel Loff (Lawrence), Ms Asia Kosowski (Schofield), Mr Tom Clark (Singleton) and Ms Christa Cook (Taylor) along with School House Captain Chloe Langley and House Captains: Ella Barmby and Karen Ng (Lawrence), Rachel Wong and Claire Robertson (Schofield), Jess Brake and Seanna Henricus (Singleton) and Chantelle Chuang and Aalisha Wong (Taylor) along with ALL student leaders for their huge efforts working with all students, being adaptable and ensuring the core values of the House program continue in all activities.
The House program continues to evolve and ensure that student interests, connectedness and culture are at the fore of all activities (see House Readers Cup below). With COVID disrupting our diarised events, we continue to plan House Music performances with the view that early Term 3 and an easing of restrictions, we will be able to perform some of these events LIVE!
The following Senior Students are to be congratulated on their continued contribution to House Activities and receiving the following Awards:
House Badge – 30 House Points
House Colours – 60 House Points
House Double Colours – 90 House Points
Congratulations to all the students on their achievements!
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-Curricular Programs
House Public Speaking
Whilst the pandemic complicated school events, one which we were fortunate enough to continue with, was the House Public Speaking competition. Participants from every grade showed their resilience and passion for public speaking, presenting their speeches via our favourite internet conferencing tool: Zoom.
The Junior division (years 7 to 8) offered exciting and thoughtful responses to the topic ‘tradition brings us together to celebrate our culture and history’. The Intermediate division (years 9 to 10) delivered thought-provoking and inspirational interpretations on the topic ‘nothing worthwhile is ever easy’. The Senior division (year 11 to 12) concluded the competition with complex and sophisticated responses to the prompt ‘war is peace’- a quote from Orwell’s classic 1984. Each and every participant prepared brilliant speeches with flair, displaying their resilience in spite of remote learning.
Speeches for each division were presented on different lunchtimes and adjudicated by lovely members of the CGGS staff including Reverend Creed, Mr Maycock, Ms Oliver, Ms Gordon and Ms Watkins. With much appreciated guidance from Ms Watkins, who oversaw the competition, I had the privilege of hosting and introducing speakers between each round, aided by Zoom’s highly expressive communication tools – emojis. House Public Speaking 2021 was certainly one to remember!
Emma Zhi – 12D
Emily Zhang awarded AMusA Diploma & places in Ringwood Eisteddfod!
Emily Zhang (7B) has recently been awarded her A.Mus.A Diploma in violin, from the Australian Music Examination Board. This Diploma is in recognition of students achieving an outstanding level of playing and requires many years of study and long hours of practice – it is an exceptional achievement!
Also, in the recent Ringwood Eisteddfod, Emily won equal 2nd in the 12 years and under on Friday 11 June, and equal 3rd in the 14 years and under on Saturday 12 June.
The Ringwood Eisteddfod is an annual event, now in its 67th year, and is an extensive competition for instrumentalists and vocalists run over several weeks. The level of performance is always very high, with many aspiring young musicians entering this popular event. This year, it was fortunate that the competition was a live event.
Congratulations, Emily, on your wonderful triumphs!
Year 10 2021 VCE Subject Selection
As a Year 10 student, choosing a VCE study program can seem a bit overwhelming. At CGGS there is an extensive schedule of events designed to build the students’ career knowledge and develop their career decision making skills so students make a seamless transition to the VCE.
Such events have included career education classes, virtual work experience, ‘MyCareerMatch’ interest assessment, mentoring events, the VCE Information Day and individual career interviews with Mrs Dolan, Careers Counsellor. These experiences culminated in the all-important VCE Information evening when students and parents had the opportunity to talk to teachers about subject selection. They were also provided with a VCE information pack with material from tertiary institutions, VTAC and the CGGS 2022 VCE Curriculum Guide. There was a great buzz in Robinson Hall as students chatted, discussed and reviewed possible subject combinations and where they might lead to in 2024.
Over the next few week students will consult with teachers, parents and current VCE students to select their subjects for their VCE program, giving themselves the best opportunity to be happy with their choices. Subject selection applications are due in by Friday 23rd July 2021.