Senior School


Senior School

December 7, 2021

On Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming our newest students to Senior School, the current Year 6 students from both our own Junior School, Ormiston and the local primary schools. These students are our new Year 7’s in 2022, the Class of 2027. It was such a highlight to be able to have these 100 students on site in the Barbara Sutton Hall and the Year 7 area for some, Welcome to Senior School Orientation sessions. Thank you to all the School and House Captains who assisted Ms Ozak, Ms Woolcock and the Year 7 2022 Tutor teachers in making sure our Class of 2027 felt a warm welcome to Senior School at CGGS.

Today we held our final Senior School assembly for 2021 and it was special to have all the Years 7 – 9 students in Barbara Sutton Hall for this assembly as highlights of many student activities from the past few weeks of Term 4 were shared.

Our Years 7 – 9 Presentation Evening, which has been pre-recorded and shared with families for this evening is the perfect way to celebrate and acknowledge all the student achievements in these year levels this past year. Congratulations to all the recipients of Citizenship, Academic and Co-curricular awards for 2021.

Finally, I wish to extend my thanks to all our students, their families and all our teaching and professional services staff for their outstanding commitment to the Senior School this year. Everyone can be proud of their efforts during this second year of challenges.

Enjoy the holiday period with family and friends, stay safe and well and take good care.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Digital Platforms – 2022

In 2022 CGGS is excited to begin the process of transitioning to a new Learning Management System (MyCGGS – Firefly) which will be used as a central hub through which staff and students can quickly and easily access the information they need. It will be used by teachers and students for lesson delivery, resource sharing, collaborating, task and assessment submission, continuous feedback and content creation among other things. It will also incorporate other CGGS events, programs and activities, including House, Clubs, productions, Service Learning, sport and camps.

As we transition to this new digital system at the start of 2022, it is important to provide staff and students with an opportunity to test and build it with each other before we launch to parents and guardians. We anticipate launching to parents and guardians at the end of Term 1. During this transition time, we encourage parents to engage in conversations with their daughters about what they are learning and how their learning is progressing.

Parent Lounge (powered by TASS – a student and finance management system) will continue to be used to enable parents to: 

> Update Family Contact Details

> Update Student Medical Details

> Pay School Fees

> Book Student Learning Conversations (Parent Teacher Interviews)

> Approve/Pay for excursions and camps

> View and access Interim and Semester Reports

> View important school documents

> View your child’s timetable

> Contact with school staff

> View Attendance Record

Please refer to the ‘Digital Platforms: Information for Parents’ infographic to see how we will use our digital systems in 2022.

Parent Login

Camberwell Girls Grammar School is excited to launch a new way to access key CGGS services relevant to your daughter’s education.

On 14 January 2022 you will be emailed (to your personal email address registered with the school) information on how to login and activate your new CGGS account. Parent IDs as used previously will not be used any longer. 

Please note that SEQTA will no longer be in use for students and parents from 14 January 2022.

If you have any queries please contact Nathan Campbell, Head of ICT or Micah Wilkins, Head of Digital Learning & Innovation 

2021 Year 7 Service Learning Conference – Hope, Reconnection, Action

At Year 7, Service Learning focuses on Environmental Stewardship – the hopeful care and preservation of the environment. While our Year 7 students are born into a time of climate crisis, the Environmental Stewardship program is rooted on the premise that hope is necessary, and action is imperative. This approach is informed by research into climate action and eco anxiety, and inspired by 65,000 years of environmental custodianship by Indigenous Australians. As such, it was fitting that our 2021 Service Learning Conference was opened and closed by Murrundindi, Wurundjeri elder. We began our day in the Labyrinth, as Year 9 student Amina Keegan delivered the Acknowledgement of Country and introduced Murrundindi and his warm, calming Welcome to Country. With the lifting of many restrictions, it was wonderful to have Murrundindi on site, providing the traditional welcome to this special place on which we learn.

This year’s conference was designed with reconnection in mind. With a disrupted year spent largely in our homes, we wanted to provide students with the opportunity to reconnect with themselves, with each other, and of course, the environment. Our morning was filled with various ‘reconnection’ opportunities provided by our inventive staff. Self-care opportunities included meditation, sensory walks, and painting. Students spent time in nature virtually with the Virtual Reality sessions run by MindFlight 7, or enjoyed reality by planting out indigenous plants in the grounds, making funny anthropomorphised nature videos, and pressing flowers. After our prolonged periods of remote learning, it was wonderful to be together in our beautiful grounds, and to reconnect with this space. Research tells us that young people should, and want to, spend more time in nature. Not only does doing so have a range of cognitive and emotional advantages, but it is also vital for the cause of environmental sustainability. By spending more time in nature, we better appreciate its wonder and diversity, and are more inclined to act to protect it.

Once recharged, students then dove into a ‘Game Changer Challenge’ using the power of their voice to advocate for change, and their creativity to create useful, beautiful items from waste. ‘Advocate’ student groups focused on communicating a particular environment concern and how to take action, generating an ‘advocacy suite’ of posters and social media tiles. In the Maker Space, ‘Create’ groups worked on repurposing waste materials into purposeful, beautiful items. Students identified a range of issues on which we can act, from preserving our precious water sources, fast fashion, and food waste.

Our guest speaker Ella, from School Strike 4 Climate, encouraged us all to act locally and globally, and in the afternoon, we participated in an act of service with global reach. Solar Buddy is an organisation which aims to reduce energy poverty, providing solar lamps to those who do not have clean, safe lighting and rely on open fires or kerosene lamps. Our students worked in pairs to not only assemble their lights, but also write a personal letter to the recipient. Solar Buddy lamps improve health, educational, and environmental outcomes, demonstrating the power of simple, creative responses to environmental and human challenges. We have been impressed by Solar Buddy’s commitment to the environment, with a careful battery recycling program, and the ingenious reuse of shipping packaging into water storage.  Ella explained intersectional nature of climate justice – that action for the environment was also action for first nations peoples and women, who are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. Through making solar lamps, students can participate in practical action for the planet; helping those who are often suffering the most.

Students and staff gathered one last time to learn from Murrundindi. It was inspiring to hear about his personal connection and experiences both on Wurundjeri country, but also when being welcomed to other places such as Lake Mungo. He spoke of an energy and connection to land to which many of us can relate.

We encourage all our students and families to continue reconnecting and acting for the environment this summer and into the new year. As many of us will be holidaying in Australia this summer, it is the perfect opportunity to explore and enjoy the unique beauty and wilderness of Australia. Action for the environment is also a strategy which can help us navigate feelings of eco anxiety, and you may wish to be inspired by some of the suggestions from our students in the Padlet linked below.

Maggie Wighton
Sustainability Coordinator

French Poetry Competition Prize Winners!

Félicitations (or congratulations!) to Tyra Dawson (Year 9) and Monique Thorpe (Year 10) for their incredible achievement in firstly getting through to the finals of the Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition and then being selected as respective winners for their year groups of the Prix Hors Catégorie. To go through to the finals of the Berthe Mouchette poetry competition, students must get full marks for their recital of a French poem. This year, students submitted a video of their poetry recital and Tyra and Monique both received 20 out of 20. They then had to do a Zoom recital several weeks later on a Sunday to French judges and again, they received full marks.

The fact that they each learned their poems over Remote Learning and recited them online adds to the impressiveness of the award. Well done Tyra and Monique, we are lucky to have you continuing with us in the French Department. 

Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE

Year 7 History

In Term 2, Year 7 History students continued their study of the ancient world, focusing on the ancient Egyptian civilisation. As part of this study, students in 7W took to the science lab to try and emulate ancient Egyptian embalming process. In ancient Egypt, this was an important step in the funerary process, to prepare the body of the deceased for their journey into the afterlife. This process took 70 days, drying the body in natron, a naturally occurring salt.

With no Pharaohs available, students ‘embalmed’ apple slices in a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda, to emulate the natron traditionally used for this process. They then created hieroglyphic seals for their experiments, reminiscent of the many spiritual aspects of the ancient embalming and mummification process. Students made predictions about what would occur over the coming weeks, using their historical knowledge and scientific understandings.

In ancient times, the desiccation (drying) process would have taken 70 days, however, due to our unexpected lockdowns, our experiment was conducted over several months! With the seals finally broken and experiments revealed in Term 4, our hypotheses were tested under slightly different conditions. While the apples were preserved, students doubted that they would have successfully travelled to the afterlife in their condition! 7W students Summer and Maya reported on the reopening:

“So, when the day finally arrived to unpack the mummified apples, we were excited but at the same time we were nervous to find out what happened to them. When we first opened the apples, we thought that the smell was going to be strong but there was barely any smell, it actually just smelled like salt and baking powder (basically the natron itself). The apples were not as mouldy as expected; they were really brown, almost black. There was also some ‘apple moisture’ on the bottom and the apples were also quite squishy which we did not expect to happen. We loved doing the apple mummification project and found it a great learning experience.” – Summer Zhu & Maya Conn, 7W Students 

Ian Lyell
Head of History

UN Youth Voice Competition – State Finals

The UN Youth Voice Competition is more than your average public speaking competition. It consists of two parts – the Pitch and Question Time. In the Pitch, students propose solutions to a given world problem. During Question Time, students answer two questions from the judging panel to defend the feasibility of their solution. This year’s competition was run online. Congratulations to Maddie Wood (Year 7) and Aliyana Rajakulendran (Year 8) who competed in the State Finals, finishing in the top ten overall.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

First Lego League – National Championships

At the end of November, three teams of Year 6 – 9 students competed in the First Lego League Challenge Regional Finals.

There were a number of components in the First Lego League challenge. Students designed a robot and programmed it to complete missions on a customised game table. They also engaged in the design thinking process, creating an innovation project linked to a global theme. This year’s challenge theme was ‘Cargo Connect’ – finding solutions to problems relating to transportation. Throughout the competition, students demonstrated the six core values of First Lego League: Discovery, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Innovation and Fun.

At the Bangholme Regional Final which took place online, each team performed exceptionally well. The judges were particularly impressed with the students’ ability to articulate the learning process and their excellent teamwork skills. Robo6, our Year 8/9 team won the Breakthrough Award for the high quality of both their robot design and innovation project. Our Year 7 team, Kool Kidz, won the Innovation Project Award. These two teams have been selected to compete in the National Championships (South) on Sunday 12 December.

Congratulations and best wishes to both teams!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

House Sport

It was exciting to see sport back CGGS as we were lucky to hold another House Netball and Soccer competition. The fields and courts were alive with colour and enthusiastic cheer as everyone’s house spirit was through the roof. Participation levels were high and everyone displayed great teamwork and ability throughout the day. The weather held up perfectly and the girls were able to earn house points that contributed to the overall winners. The results were close, particularly Netball which had a three-way tie to first place.

The results are as follows:


Equal 1st – Lawrence, Schofield, Taylor

4th – Singleton 


1st – Taylor

2nd – Schofield

3rd – Singleton 

4th – Lawrence

A huge thank you to all the students and staff who were involved and assisted throughout the day, ensuring a smooth program, particularly Ms Law. A special mention to the House Captains who organised teams and cheered on their houses, an amazing effort for their first House Carnival. Another thanks to School House Captain, Kelly Ta, and previous House Sport Captains for their assistance.

The amazing effort put into the day payed off as we went on to have another successful House Netball and Soccer Carnival. We look forward to our next event which will be House Athletics next year!

Ella Robinson
School Sport Captain