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Senior School

May 6, 2022

Welcome to Term 2, 2022.

Over the past fortnight I have been fortunate enough to once again be able to enjoy the company of our school community at two significant social occasions.  On Thursday 28 April, we were able to gather together at Studley Grounds in Kew to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021.  Unfortunately, at the end of last year COVID restrictions meant that this Year 12 group were unable to celebrate their Valedictory Dinner at the MCG.  It was a great pleasure to host the Class of 2021 and their parents at a more informal gathering to recognise them and their achievements during their time at CGGS.

Yesterday we were again able to gather as a community to celebrate Mother’s Day at the annual breakfast event. What a pleasure it was to so see a sell-out crowd of mothers and daughters.  Thank you to our Foundation Team of Karen Bartram and Kate Daffy for putting together a beautiful event, to PinWheel for the delicious food and to our hosts Teagan Diep, Charlotte Lincke and Isabel D’Souza for conducting the event.

Please enjoy reading the highlights from the end of Term 1 and beginning of Term 2 in this edition of CamNews.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Mungo Living Culture

In 2022 the Mungo Living Culture program will see CGGS conducting three trips to Mungo. The first trip occurred at the end of Term 1, from 4 to 10 April, with fourteen students and six staff in attendance. Further trips are planned in June and September of this year.

Georgia Biggs – Program Leader

Prior to departing for our Mungo Living Culture program  I addressed the students with the following:

When I look around the room this morning and see the eager, excited, and nervous faces of each one of you I am filled to the brim with pride. Because what we are collectively embarking on, starting today, is an adventure that will be like no other.

As we move through the various stages of our journey engaging with the Mungo Living Culture program, I want one word to stay with you. A word to reflect and ponder, and a springboard for conversations both here in the program and beyond. A word that is central to what we are doing today. And that word is connection.

Connection on this program comes in many forms and I want to outline these briefly to you now.

> Firstly, a connection to culture. A culture that has been living on these lands for millenia. A culture that is filled with spirit, and I know that you already know this about the First Nations, Indigenous culture in Australia. I know that because we respect this culture and admire this culture so immensely. It’s why we are all here. I also know this because five brilliant young people joining the program are proudly a part of this culture, passed down from their own ancestors from all across the land.   

> A connection to Country. Unique and rugged, and yet quintessentially Aussie- a red dirt country. This connection you will feel most vividly when you step foot on the sacred red dirt. You’ll feel the spirit of the land when you arrive, and it will likely stay with you long after you return. A Country we respect and will show respect. A Country that houses a biodiversity like no other that we have the privilege of engaging with (in style mind you) we have drones and iPads equipped to survey the land. More importantly, we are working Senior Lore People whose knowledge extends further than any drone or app could ever know.

> We are connecting with the Community of CGGS. You have each had some level of connection with one another, even if this has only been through our Mungo Conversation Series. This connection will only strengthen, and after two years where the human connection was lost in a physical, face to face sense, the relationships you’ll forge couldn’t be more needed and welcomed. I must also add that the teachers attending are so excited to connect with you in a different context too! 

> Finally, you will connect with your Core. Core spirit and core person. MAGIC have the motto “go slow to get there faster”, and what a perfect summation this is, as it is just what we need off the back of a busy term, navigating a return to school life. Connecting with ourselves will happen, because we are slowing down; walking mindfully and meaningfully. We will reflect and write and think in quiet moments across the week. 

Your connection to culture, Country, the CGGS community and your core will carry you throughout our Mungo Living Culture program and with that, I think it’s time we hit the road!

Staff reflection – Christa Cook

When staff and students embarked on their trip to Lake Mungo and Rick Farley Reserve, there was no way of knowing what a revitalizing, insightful, and moving experience we had in store. Traveling deeper, and deeper into Victoria, crossing the border into New South Wales, and finally into Red Dirt Mallee country, you get an understand of the remoteness and rarity of the trip. Uncle Mick and Uncle Ben thoughtfully guided us through the transition onto and out of Country and expertly embedded teaching into the day-to-day tasks, conversations, and activities. Being on Country with these Lore men, time falls away and takes on a different meaning; something that at first, was quite confronting, but we eventually came to understand the importance of ‘slowing down to get there faster’. While I take away the many lessons and experiences from this trip, I also look forward to returning to this very special place.

Student reflection: Kiki Page

Lake Mungo was one of the best experiences of my life. I entered this week with no expectations, not knowing what exactly was ahead of me, which was a little unusual, since I always like to know what I’m getting into before I do things. This time, I just trusted the process, and I’m glad I did. Over the course of the week, we all began to ground ourselves and slow down, which is something I know most of us weren’t really used to. After a little shock, we eventually embraced our surroundings and began to feel as if we were a part of it. I was taught a lot about strength and one’s power, and it has made me stronger as a person. At Mungo, all my negative energy was flushed out, and it allowed me to bring out a stronger, more powerful, version of myself. Back home again, I’m still learning, but this time from an altered perspective.

Student reflection: Charlize Chow

My time at Lake mungo is an experience I will hold close to my heart forever. This spiritual place allowed me to open up to myself in ways I never even imagined, giving me the strength to get through things when times are tough, because whenever I think of the time where I sat next to the giant impression of the Mallee Fowl bird under the night sky, I remember that feeling of feeling like there wasn’t a care in the world and at that moment it was just me, the earth and the starry night sky. The night sky made me feel so small, but yet I wasn’t scared. I felt safe, and as I left Lake Mungo many emotions stirred inside me but once I said goodbye I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, whether that weight may have been my fear, doubt or insecurities, it had all faded away. Furthermore, I cannot forget how Lake mungo allowed me to share this experience of a lifetime with students who weren’t in my immediate friend group. Although we won’t see each other 24/7, this camp gave us something to connect us together. Just like what me and the group would say “whatever happened in Mungo stays in Mungo”.

Student reflection: Sara Rowland

Mungo was an experience that I will never forget. It gave me a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a new perspective and allowed me to understand the history and connection that can be found within the landscapes around us. The friendships and memories that I made will stick with me for a lifetime. One of the best moments from the whole camp was the ceremony that took place on the last day in Rick Farley. We were given the opportunity to slow down, feel connected and reflect. During our camp we were accompanied by Uncle Mick, Uncle Ben, Uncle Snooks and Murrundindi, whose knowledge and expertise made the camp a hundred times better. Mungo was a great opportunity that I would urge everyone to go on if they have the chance.

Student reflection: Sarah May

Lake Mungo is a special place, where you create long lasting memories and connections.  The program taught me about myself, the land, the sky, our past and moving forward. 

I learnt that it is important to self-reflect, to listen and engage fully to yourself and others. The connections I made with friends from school, and with the MAGIC team will always be shared and has become a conscience step forward on my path/journey. 

Student reflection: Bella Fary

The Lake Mungo tour was an eye opening and engaging experience. Being off our phones for a week and being on country made me forget about my stresses and live in the moment. Uncle Mick emphasised the importance of taking a step back from our busy lives and taking time to be by ourselves and reflect, which we spent lots of time doing during the camp and I would like to implement it into my daily life. I felt very privileged to get the opportunity to attend multiple smoking ceremonies, one of which was during the Mungo man and woman reburial which was a very special moment. 

Student reflection: Genna Sim

My week at Lake Mungo was incredible. There was great trepidation in the weeks leading up to it, knowing that I would be spending a week out in the bush whilst sleeping in swags around all the bugs! Once we arrived, I realised how amazing the week was going to be. Going to Lake Mungo has enabled me to feel a greater connection to the land and appreciate the stunning desert landscape. I am so grateful that I was able to go to sacred land where Uncle Mick and Uncle Ben could share their wisdom and knowledge, teaching us about their culture. Mungo was an eye-opening experience that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. 

Student reflection: Eva Papadopoulos

Last term I was lucky enough to be selected to attend the Lake Mungo Living Culture program. Once I arrived on country I was overwhelmed with the sense of calmness and restfulness. Any concerns I had about camping out and all my everyday worries were left behind. For me personally I feel like this trip opened me up and allowed me to focus on what is important to me and helped me not to stress over all the little insignificant tasks demanded by my day-to-day life. Being in the moment, and not required to follow a schedule, empowered me to focus on myself and my thoughts. Having the space and permission to sit and think gave me time to slow down and genuinely be in the moment. As I breathed in the Mungo air and spent time on sacred land that is full of history and spirituality, I was drawn into a stronger connection to the land and its natural gifts. I became acutely aware of and developed an appreciation of how the land is always adapting to protect its people and the obstacles that challenge it. Connecting with the other students was equally a highlight of my trip. I believe that experiencing the sacred land together encouraged me to feel comfortable to open up and share my thoughts with each and every other girl on the trip, no matter how much time I had spent with them prior to camp. I feel as though the land itself was the main reason I was able to bond with the others because I felt I was in a safe space, that I was able to express concerns and voice my opinions, and that I was heard. Leaving Lake Mungo was quite challenging because my journey to discovering more of myself and being able to grow was ending, but I was reminded and reassured by Uncle Mick and Uncle Ben that my journey had just begun, that I was always welcome to return and that I could look forward to coming back soon. Lake Mungo is a very special place, and this trip holds some of the best and most memorable experiences of my life so far. I would encourage any student to consider attending this camp, whether they enjoy camping or not. 

Georgia Biggs
Mungo Program Leader

National Swimming Championships

Over the holidays a number of our swimmers from the CGGS Aquatics Club qualified to swim in the National Championships.  It is the highest number of our swimmers ever from our club that qualified and this is particularly significant considering the number of lockdowns and lack of accessibility to the pool that these swimmers have had during this time.

Our Head Coach, Amon Soerink, has prepared this summary for us:

The National Age Championships is one of Australia’s most prestigious swimming events. This year CGGS Aquatic travelled to Adelaide to compete in the championships and had some great results.

We should not only celebrate the wins, the personal best times or the finals but also the achievement of participation in an event that is so difficult to qualify for. Over the five days, we had five swimmers represent CGGS Aquatic. This consisted of three swimmers who qualified in individual events and a medley relay of four swimmers.  With eight individual events, all three individual event swimmers qualified for a final. While the relay team did not qualify for the final they finished in the  top 20 and our club finished in the top 20 Victorian clubs at a national level.

Congratulations to Emily Price, Year 10, who is a student at CGGS. Emily qualified for the finals with a personal best time in the 50-meter breaststroke.  An outstanding achievement.

2022 Music Camp

Musical and creative minds united throughout the Music Camp weekend to learn new repertoire and consolidate works in progress. The Year 7-12 student musicians worked alongside our expert Music staff, enjoying rehearsals and other organised activities. The traditional quiz night hosted by our School Music Captains Chloe Law and Charlotte Lindsay was a highpoint of the camp, with enthusiastic participation throughout the evening.

Collaborating with others, through involvement, music creates a sense of belonging and reinforces a connected community. Our Music Camp weekend provides many opportunities for students to actively participate, learn new skills and have fun. Many thanks to the teaching staff who attended and supported us with their kindness, generous spirit and care. Particular thanks also to the supportive group of students and parents who assisted us with unpacking the music equipment from the truck when we returned to CGGS. It was completed in record time!

We look forward to sharing the repertoire we worked on at Music Camp with the CGGS community throughout the year.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

What a great way to start the term with our annual school music camp! From band, strings to musicals and the beach, Music Camp 2022 saw a variety of students across all year levels come together at Camp Manyung to embrace the true artistic abilities of the CGGS Music Department.

Arriving on Friday afternoon, rehearsals began almost immediately sending all of us into an energy frenzy; nothing could keep the smiles off our faces, not even the torrential rain! The dinner was a delicious pasta Bolognese and after the camp staple dessert, apple crumble, a movie night was afoot with ‘Mamma Mia’.

Saturday was a day full of rehearsals with some awesome repertoire including the Harry Potter suite, Chicago, You’re the Voice and some Tchaikovsky. A special thanks to all the music staff –  Mr Duniam, Mr Toohey, Ms Lo, Mr Yu, Ms Jenkinson and Ms Byrne for making the trip to Mount Eliza to help with rehearsals. Of course, the highlight of the day (after the sticky date pudding) was our Music Captains’ dress-up and trivia night. 

Not only did we have fun finishing the lyrics, guessing the movie and musical soundtracks and songs, but seeing everyone dressed up in costumes for our theme of ‘Musicals’ was amazing. There was a wide range of musicals represented both from stage and movies, including Mamma Mia, Winnie the Pooh, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Singing in the Rain and The Lion King.

Overall, Music Camp 2022 was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of music-making and memories we will cherish forever! We are so grateful to Mr Mack, Ms Savige, Mrs Scott and all of the Music Department; without their dedication and organisation, this annual highlight would not have been possible.

Charlotte Lindsay & Chloe Law
School Music Captains

 Unstoppable Flying Flanagan and AFLW Football Clinic

Yesterday, Thursday 5 May, Year 7 students were treated to a spectacular event with a visit in the CGGS Library by celebrated children’s author Felice Arena.  Felice is the author of the popular Specky Magee books and is celebrating 20 years of this AFL themed great series. Felice has visited CGGS previously as a visiting author, and most recently for the YABBA Awards Ceremony in 2019.

Upon becoming aware of Felice’s brand new book, The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan, about AFLW during WWII I had the idea to launch the book with our CGGS students in the Library and immediately sought to work alongside Emma Race, AFLW podcaster and presenter, current Year 7 parent and former Grammarian in planning this event.  Emma and I collaborated about the launch to include fellow podcaster and previous visiting author to CGGS Nicole Hayes, author of the Little Legends book series, also on AFL.

Emma and Nicole hosted the launch where Felice spoke about his extensive research into World War II in Melbourne and the development of a women’s football team to raise money for the troops fighting overseas. Students heard about the amazing story of Maggie Flanagan and her determination and passion for girls to play footy in an era of male dominated sport.  Whilst Maggie is a fictional character, the setting and events in the book are based on true events and give the students an insight into the experiences of girls in Melbourne during WWII.

After the event, during Period 4, Year 7 students also participated in a footy clinic on the oval.  Emma generously invited AFLW players Darcy Vescio (Carlton), Bonnie Toogood (formerly Western Bulldogs now Essendon), Libby Birch (Melbourne), Abby Favell and Alessia Francete (Hawthorn) to speak with our students fantastic role models for our students. The players spoke about their entry into AFLW and their footy careers and also ran footy kicking and ball handling sessions on the School oval.  It was also wonderful to see both Mrs Dunwoody and Mrs Poyser on the oval, kicking the footy and taking on board advice from the AFLW players.

What a wonderful end to the afternoon, the link between the tenacity of Maggie Flanagan so many years ago, to having on campus young women who are now able to make AFLW their career.

Anne Devenish
Head of Library

House Cross Country

Congratulations to all the years 7-12 girls who participated in the House Cross Country Carnival last Tuesday 3 May. We were fortunate to have a sunny day as the girls ran around Shenley Reserve, earning points for their house and enthusiastically cheering on their peers. All the encouraging posters that were created by the House Sports Captains were much appreciated by everyone as they ran around the track. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Cross Country Trophy for 2022 and to Schofield for winning the House Spirit Stick. Thank you to all staff, students and the Parents and Friends Association who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly.

1st – Taylor

2nd – Singleton

3rd – Schofield

4th – Lawrence

Well done to the following girls who were awarded as the Year Level Champions.

Year 7 

1st – Sienna Mansfield

2nd – Millie Maher

3rd – Sophie Liu

Year 8

1st – Anika Selvaratnam

2nd – Christina Weickhardt

3rd – Ruby Edge

Year 9 

1st – Angela Liu

2nd – Amber Rastogi

3rd – Lucy Ruddle

Year 10

1st – Bella Fary

2nd – Emily Price

3rd – Sofia Sanfilippo

Year 11

1st – Sasha Feldmann

2nd – Tara Rastogi

3rd – Isabella Tremewen

Year 12

1st – Annabel Plummer

2nd – Sacha Chene

3rd – Tina Ma

Support for the Ukraine

In light of the recent war in Ukraine, the Service team, comprised of both teachers and students, in collaboration with keen volunteers, presented a range of opportunities to the CGGS community in efforts to raise monetary support for the consequences that the Ukraine has suffered.

Through the generosity of the CGGS community, a total of $1,526.70 was raised!

All proceeds have been donated to the Ukraine appeal by the Australian Red Cross. This support will take form in humanitarian assistance for consequence suffered by the Ukraine community.

On behalf of the Service team, we would like to thank all staff, students, and members of the community for their support in making this initiative successful and possible. Additionally, this is extended to all students and staff who have shared their hopes for peace and unity through actions demonstrated across the school. We will continue to explore ways in which our school community can continue to show support to Ukraine.

Lauren Bernabe & Elysa Zhou
Service Learning Captains

MSE at MRC

On Saturday 30 April a very special concert was put on in the Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) celebrating 35 years of the Melbourne Strings Ensemble (MSE). CGGS has had a long association with this outstanding group of chamber orchestras with many students playing in the various ensembles through the years and Margaret Butcher, a violin tutor and ensemble director currently teaching at CGGS being one of the conductors at MSE.

Last Saturday Joyce Zhang (5), Ellie Yuen (7) and Emily Wu (12) played an engaging and vibrant program which involved, among other items, the commissioning of three especially written “seasons” by leading First Nation composers William Barton, Chris Sainsbury and James Henry which were interspersed between some of Vivaldi’s “seasons”.

“…it was an exciting experience to play in such a big hall. As the older members and the alumni were playing Vivaldi’s Winter and Summer, it inspired me to do improve my technique so that I can also play the exact same songs in the future…” (Ellie Yuen)

Rohan Mack and Kate Savige
Directors of Music

AYO National Music Camp

The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is Australia’s premier group of youth orchestras which draws its players from around the country. They run various programs and concerts throughout the year and one of the most significant that has occurred post covid restrictions was held in Melbourne this April. Chloe Law (12) was selected to join this prestigious event after a rigorous audition process:

“Over the Easter holidays, I had the honour of participating in Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp (NMC). I was so grateful to have received this opportunity through the audition process, as there are only limited spots available for young musicians across the country. Having been postponed from January due to COVID-19 restrictions, I was thrilled that NMC was able to go ahead in April. This year, the intensive nine-day camp was held in Melbourne, with rehearsals taking place in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts between 9am to 9:30pm on most days, culminating in public concerts held at the Melbourne Recital Centre. I was in the Bishop Orchestra, playing Dvorak’s New World Symphony, as well as works by Bizet and Australian composer Melody Eotvos. Every participant was also allocated a chamber group to rehearse with throughout the week; I played one of Mendelssohn’s string quartets.

NMC 2022 was such a memorable experience through which I met so many incredible musicians from all over Australia. It was so eye-opening to hear that many of these musicians were not necessarily studying Music at university but were continuing to play and perform to pursue their passion. I hope I can participate in NMC again in years to come!”

Rohan Mack and Kate Savige
Directors of Music

UN Youth Voice National Finals

Last month Year 8 student, Maddie Wood competed in the National Finals of the UN Youth Voice Competition, along with nine other competitors from around Australia. The preliminary rounds of the competition were held in the second half of 2021, with Maddie finishing first in the Junior State Division. The event culminated in the Nationals, which were held online this year. UN Youth’s Voice Competition is more than a public speaking event. It requires participants to propose a solution to a given world problem, then engage with a panel of judges to defend the feasibility of her solution. Maddie is to be congratulated on her performance and for reaching the final round of this innovative event. Maddie showed great tenacity and organisation in this process and we are proud of her efforts. Below is a short reflection of Maddie’s experience. 

Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development & Mrs Maria Litchfield, Year 8 Coordinator

Over the Term 1 break I competed in the UN Youth Voice National Finals. The UN Youth Voice competition is a public speaking competition for Years 7-10. I was provided with a list of current global issues and was required to research and write a speech presenting my proposed solution to address my chosen global problem. The issue I chose to address was ‘How can Australia better assist international efforts to eradicate all forms of modern slavery?’ The competition was split into two parts: the pitch and the question time. The presentation of the speeches takes place in groups, where I listened to other delegates propositions. I was then invited individually to a space with the judges to answer questions about my proposed solution.  UN Youth Voice promotes involvement and activism of the next generation in global issues central to their current lives and future. The competition taught me to research, structure a well organised speech, and think on my feet. I met likeminded delegates with similar interests and interacted and discussed important aspects in governments and entities’ political standing. Through this competition I was made aware of many issues affecting people all over the world, and how government decisions have far reaching impacts. 

Maddie Wood
Year 8 

Da Vinci Decathlon State Finals

This week, six teams from Years 7 – 10 competed in the State Finals of the Da Vinci Decathlon. This national event involves teams of students completing 10 challenges over the course of a day. Challenges include engineering, art, poetry, code breaking and ideation. This pop-up event provides an opportunity for students to develop key transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem solving, creativity, communication, planning and organisation.

As the competition was an online event this year, results have not yet been released, however all of our teams showed high levels of problem solving, teamwork, perseverance initiative and creativity. All the teams are congratulated on their efforts as they were excellent ambassadors for Camberwell Girls Grammar School in this challenging event.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge

On Friday 29 April, four Year 10 students, Grace Barnes, Sophie Chang, Katherine Mason and Emily Price attended Swinburne University as part of their onboarding into the Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge. This 10 week program, supported by The Australian Space Agency and lead by a number of Swinburne University staff, including the Dean of Science, Professor Virginia Kilborn, astronomer, Dr Rebecca Allen and astrophysicist, Dr Sara Webb, involves participation in a micro-unit inspired by Swinburne’s Space Technology co-major. Engagement in this module will enable teams to develop the necessary skills for creating a space experiment with the potential to send to the International Space Station. The first stage of the program culminates in a video pitch to a panel of Swinburne University staff and mentors involved in space-related research. 

The team are looking forward to this unique learning opportunity and considering an aspect of space they would like to explore. Watch this space for further updates!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Upskill by Design and Student Wellbeing

Our third Upskill By Design day for the year took place on 4 May, running parallel to Year 9 and 10 Learning Conversations.

Between 8.30am and 1.00pm students across year levels took part in a variety of bespoke programs, designed to align with their year level spotlight. In the afternoon, a curated collection of Wellbeing 360 activities was available for everyone to participate in.

As the program is an intentional hybrid design, our Year 9s and Year 10s undertook asynchronous online programs that enabled them flexibility to move in and out of their Learning Conversations as required. The time management and organisation that this requires of students, also ensures that they continue to maintain the skills that will enable them to work and learn, regardless of their setting. 

At Year 7, aligning with their learning spotlight of belonging, the students took part in a sustainability and environmental advocacy conference lead by Head of Service Learning, Ms Maggie Wighton and Ms Anna Clarkson.  With environmental stewardship a key focus of the Service Learning program at Year 7, students heard from guest speaker Jo Knight, CEO of Anglican Overseas Aid, on the importance of Advocacy for the Planet to begin their day, before taking part in a variety of activities and challenges under the theme of Rewilding CGGS. This included a deep dive into the power regeneration and a biodiversity audit.

At Year 8, we welcomed Elevate Education who shared tips and strategies for developing great study and time management skills. Students were also tasked with earning their Foundation Study Skills Technical Credential, consolidating the learnings from earlier in the day in completing six challenges called the ‘Twenties’. The Twenties are a collection of 20 minute micro learnings that develop skills and mindsets created by the team at Princes Trust. The Twenties completed today have been adapted specifically for CGGS by design in alignment with our learning architecture. To earn their credential, students completed proof points for:

> How to avoid distractions

> How to make time for study and downtime

> How to tackle your least favourite subject

> How to take better pictures

> How to use the productivity technique

> How to proofread your work

At CGGS, Micro-credentials are used to demonstrate learning success providing the information that future employers need to know about their potential employees. A micro-credential is a small unit of learning represented through a digital badge or certificate. Micro-credentialing provides an opportunity to acknowledge, recognise and validate the different skills and knowledge that is acquired through different learning experiences, both in and outside of the classroom. Micro-credentials will be issued through the online platform Credly which students will be able to access even after they’ve completed their time at CGGS.

At Year 9, students worked remotely for the first time this year, completing an online Road Safety Course, designed by the Australian Road Safety Foundation. Aligned with the Health and PE standards of the Australian Curriculum, the Roadset course contained ten learning modules covering road safety issues relating to pedestrians, passengers, cyclists, skateboard and scooter riders and ultimately becoming a safe driver. As a precursor to these students looking to achieve their L plates next year, this certificate provides an opportunity for students to engage with what it means to be a responsible road user, in preparation for this important milestone.

Year 10s were also working remotely, a bespoke online program designed for Camberwell Girls from the team at Princes Trust Australia. Designed to build upon their existing Achieve program, the seven module program aligned with the Year 10 learning spotlight of Exploring. Throughout the day, students were asked to complete seven modules, designed to support careers education and further their development of transferable skills. Again, a credential could be earned through the completion of the required proof points.

Our VCE students were engaged in a variety of programs throughout the day. At Year 11, we welcomed Batyr, a preventative mental health organisation created by and for young people. In this Batyr session, the Year 11s were apprenticed into Batyr’s top 5 tips for taking care of themselves and others. With an emphasis on the positive outcomes that can come through the seeking of help, it great to see our students engaged with this team. Self-defence with Elite Fitness was also on the program, with students undertaking a session filled with practical advice and lots of physical activity.

Finally, for the Year 12s, it a super packed program, beginning with Elevate Education presenting on the topic Memory Mnemonics, In this workshop simple to use techniques and strategies were shared to help students with their memorisation and recall of information, an important skill, not only for now but into the future. We were also fortunate to welcome Tanya McLaren and Louise Richards from Youth Liaison and Proactive Policing Unit of Victoria Police to share with this cohort, the legal responsibilities and obligations that come with turning 18. To round off the day, Be Challenged, took the Year 12s through a collaborative team challenge, designed to test not just teamwork, but problem solving and creativity too. We were rapt to have the students embrace the opportunity to have fun and move outside their comfort zones.

To round off the day, our Wellbeing 360 program took place in the afternoon. Curated activities designed to enable everyone to participate and actively work to support their wellbeing were available to opt into. This program is always available for our families to take part in too.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

Year 9 Seasonal Learning Day (AI& Wicked Problems)

We were very excited to launch our 2022 Year 9 Seasonal Learning Program on Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of Term 2, with our Festival of Wild Co-design. Designed in collaboration with Summer Howarth and the Eventful Learning Co., students learned to think and act like designers.

Not only did the Year 9s explore the process of design and its potential to deliver positive and powerful impact and change, they also learned the importance of failure in the design process.

The two days provided students the opportunity to work alongside our industry partner HEX, an amazing team led by founder and CEO Jeanette Cheah, who was recently named the top ten of female tech start-up founders by SBE Australia.  HEX are transforming the way that education and technology intersect and provided both mentoring and inspiration for our Year 9s over the two days.

Also joining us were the team from VizionEd, led by CEO Michael Bronfman. This amazing start-up is also transforming the way that people think about education, through digital technology and immersive experiences.

Importantly, both teams drove home the message of continuous learning and the role that making mistakes plays in moving ideas forward.

Students heard pitches and provided feedback on real life design ideas being worked on by the HEX and VizionEd crews and worked collaboratively on a series of mini-design challenges of their own, powered by our own Makerspace. The final products found their way into our Museum of Fab Ideas and Failures.

Our Year 9 Seasonal Learning experiences are an opportunity to deep dive into the skills that will quip students to thrive in the future and it was great to be able to kick off this series such a HEXcellent real life learning experience.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives