Nothing could dampen the spirits of this year’s Year 7 cohort on their first CGGS Senior School camp to the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) Camp in Marysville. It was such a pleasure to join the students from Monday to Wednesday of this week and a full article will be shared in our next edition of CamNews, as the buses do not return to campus until later this afternoon. All the students were engaged in their activities, stepping outside of their comfort zones whether socially or by participating in new physical pursuits, and all the camp staff were very impressed by their commitment to “having a go”. Bush walking, camping, cooking, abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing and more made for a fabulous week together. The timing for our student free day on Monday will allow our Year 7 students to rest and fully recharge ahead of returning for week 7 of term next Tuesday.
A number of individual successes for students are celebrated in this fortnight’s CamNews, in both Sport and Music, as well as number of public speaking and problem-solving events. This year’s Reconciliation Week has been celebrated through a number of wonderful events which are outlined in an article below. Thank you to our 2022 Reconciliation Captains Jacqueline de Mamiel and Pelagia Papadopoulos who, together with Ms Biggs, put together a program of activities acknowledging both our commitment to, and recognition of, the importance of indigenous cultures at CGGS.
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School
On Friday May 20, I was fortunate enough to represent CGGS at the Plain English-Speaking Awards. At the event, I presented a 6-minute pre-written speech about Australia’s refugee system, specifically exploring temporary protection visas, and I also gave a 3-minute impromptu speech with only 4 minutes of preparation time about the prompt “Off to a Flying Start”.
The experience was incredibly enlightening, as I had the opportunity to meet with like-minded peers and discuss the social issues that matter most to us. With passionate talks about consent education, the negative implications of fast fashion, what it means to be an Australian and much more, I learned so much about a wide range of topical issues and became inspired to be a part of wave of positive change in society. Through hearing everyone else’s speeches, the event not only became an avenue to exchange ideas but also to learn more about debating and public speaking skills which have helped me immensely.
From 10 – 11 May 2022, I had the pleasure of being selected as one of the Victorian delegates at the 27th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC), held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra. The Convention was initially scheduled to be in March, when all delegates would travel to Canberra to attend in person. However, due COVID-19 uncertainties at the time, the Convention was rescheduled and each state/territory’s students and supervisors gathered at separate hubs, participating together via Zoom. The Melbourne hub was at Hotel Windsor, in which the original Australian Constitution was actually created over 100 years ago.
This year, the Convention’s topic was regarding the question ‘Does Australia need a Bill of Rights?’ Following the opening remarks given by Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO from the Australian National University, as well as His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the program consisted of pre-reading, working groups and hearing from keynote speakers. These speakers included Ms Lorraine Finlay, Dr Helen Watchirs, Dr Andrew Banfield and Fr Frank Brennan. Each of the keynote speakers had different opinions on whether Australia needs a Bill of Rights, and their insights influenced by their own backgrounds and experiences helped me consider a wide range of issues around the topic.
At the end of the Convention, a plebiscite was held and facilitated by Megan McCrone from the Australian Electoral Commission. Amongst the 85 delegates from across Australia, 60% voted a formal YES and 40% voted a formal NO to the question of whether an Australian Bill of Rights should be established. This result indicated that this is a very complex topic that requires great consideration. The Convention concluded with finalising a Communique, to be posted to the incoming President of the Senate, due to the Government being in caretaker mode for the election.
The NSCC was an incredible opportunity which I am extremely grateful for, and it helped me build a broader understanding of the Australian Constitution, processes of creating legislation, as well as the role of parliament and courts in enforcing human rights. I also appreciated the opportunity to meet with a wide range of students from all across Victoria, all of whom brought different but equally informative insights regarding the issues discussed. I would certainly recommend applying for the NSCC if you are passionate about any of these concepts or interested in debating various constitutional issues; it was an invaluable experience.
If you are interested, the 2022 NSCC Communique can be found at the link below: https://ncsonline.com.au/projects/national-schools-constitutional-convention
The Music Department is thrilled to share the news that School Music Captain, Charlotte Lindsay, was awarded an A+ from the Australian Music Examinations Board for her recent 8th Grade French Horn examination. Charlotte presented a variety of French Horn repertoire for the assessment, successfully completed the aural requirements and responded to specific questions about the stylistic conventions within her pieces. Charlotte is continuing to prepare a wide range of selected repertoire for her VCE Music Performance studies.
Congratulations, Charlotte, on achieving such an outstanding result. You are such an inspiration for our CGGS brass students!
Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Side by Side Program
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) works in partnership with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (MYO) offering mutual support for the development of young talent. The MSO performs annual side by side concerts with the next generation of orchestral musicians. The program is open to current members of the MYO, inspiring young musicians of secondary school age and providing an enriching experience in a world class live performance. This fulfilling experience culminates in a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performance at Hamer Hall. The opportunity to participate is available to students who have aspirations for a professional career in music or who have a curiosity for extending their skills, whilst being immersed in one of the world’s best orchestras.
Charlotte Lindsay and Sasha Wee participated in this year’s Side by Side Program and performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Hamer Hall on Saturday 21st May. The experience provided an insight into life in the MSO through an intensive rehearsal period, including tutorials with MSO musicians sharing their best tips and extensive wealth of experience and knowledge. The wide-ranging repertoire they performed included a great variety of styles within significant orchestral works. Charlotte and Sasha have expressed what a wonderful and enriching real-world experience participating in the program has been.
Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music
I thoroughly enjoyed the MSO and MYO side by side concert. It was a great experience, and I was able to see how professional musicians approach orchestral works for performance. My favourite moment was playing Respighi’s ‘Pines of Rome’ (which has an amazing horn part) in the Hamer Hall, which is a moment I have envisaged and imagined since I was a child. For the concert I was playing with the MSO Principal Third Horn, Saul Lewis, which was a dream come true. He taught me new ways to approach certain French Horn techniques and also helped me build more confidence in my playing. Overall, as someone who is looking at potentially studying music, I found this nurturing learning experience incredibly valuable. It has definitely enabled me to envision a future career in music.
Performing with percussionists from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the Side by Side Program has helped me understand percussion techniques in so much more detail. It has been an amazing experience and I have so much respect for the MSO percussionists. This was my first time performing at the Hamer Hall and it was an experience like no other. We had three days to get ready for a performance and during these few days I learnt how important listening to music beforehand and noting down every detail on my sheet music can be. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be included in this amazing concert.
National Reconciliation Week
This week our CGGS community celebrated National Reconciliation Week (NRW). NRW ran from 27 May – 3 June. This was a time for our school to focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and history. This year’s theme was “Be Brave. Make Change.” which encouraged everyone to take courageous actions to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and champion First Nations voices in all areas.
Our reconciliation team launched two exciting new initiatives this week. First is the MyCGGS Reconciliation Hub, which is a new platform that allows the CGGS community to learn about reconciliation. It includes a blog, resources, an upcoming events page, featured organisations and a library guide. Secondly, the formation of Reconciliation Advisory Committee. This is a group that encourages First Nations students and allies from all year levels to share their ideas and feedback on reconciliation-related matters.
Our Reconciliation Captains ran events throughout the week to highlight different aspects of First Nations culture. The week (literally) kicked off last Friday with our ‘Indigenous Sports’ theme. During the AFL Jumper Presentation Ceremony, CGGS AFL players were presented with their Indigenous round jerseys by Murrundindi and former AFL player and current parent, Chris Johnson. Chris’ daughter and Year 10 student, Charlee Johnson, interviewed Chris about his career and Indigenous heritage. The presentation was followed by an intraschool Marngrook game umpired by Murrundindi.
Tuesday’s theme was ‘Indigenous Foods’ and we were delighted to host a ‘Celebrity Cook-Off’ event between Murrundindi and renowned chef and owner of award-winning ‘Attica’ restaurant, Ben Shewry. Using Indigenous ingredients, Ben made a kangaroo tartare and Murrundindi made his famous lemon myrtle vanilla slice. Our CGGS staff and 2021 MITS Alumni students, Casey Johnson Smith and Katelyn Austin, judged alongside Melbourne Indigenous Transition School staff, Annie Carruthers and Reihana Haggie. After much serious deliberation, our judges declared Murrundindi our cook-off winner!
On Wednesday, we focused on ‘A Celebration of MITS’ with our ‘MITS In-Conversation’ event. Melbourne Indigenous Transition School alumni students shared their stories and experiences with their peers in Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10. The event was facilitated by Murrundindi and Year 10 students, Charlee Johnson and Amina Keegan.
On Thursday, as one of the 2022 Reconciliation Captains, I was fortunate enough to attend the launch of Boroondara’s Reconciliation Strategy 2022-2026. This was amazing opportunity to hear from Deputy Mayor Wes Gault, Councillors and local Elders about their vision for creating a culturally-safe community that acknowledges and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The event included a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Colin Hunter Jr, a performance by the Yeng Gali Mullum choir and moving dances from the Wurundjeri women’s dance group, Djirri Djirri. It was an incredible opportunity to learn about local Aboriginal organisations and their goals for the future.
To finish NRW, we celebrated ‘Aboriginal Art and Design’ with a ‘Wear Your Values’ day. The CGGS community showed their support for First Nations people, businesses and cultures with First Nations fashion accessories. Our resident Indigenous artists shared their artwork and painted symbols. We also held a Service Learning BBQ to raise funds to support the Indigenous Literacy foundation.
This was an incredible, action-packed week however our commitment doesn’t stop here! We’re looking forward to continuing to recognise First Nations people, culture and history throughout 2022.
Jacqueline de Mamiel
Worawa Reconciliation Sports Carnival
On Tuesday May 31, 25 CGGS students and four staff boarded a bus headed for Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville. We were joined there by students from schools scattered across Greater Melbourne – from Albert Park to Lilydale. The Worawa Reconciliation Sports Carnival is designed to be a ‘fun day that encourages sport, cultural and social exchange between all participants’. The day started with a traditional smoking ceremony followed by a walk along the Worawa Dreaming Trail (developed by Aboriginal Elders as an educational tool to record and celebrate aspects of traditional culture and lifestyle of Victorian Aboriginal tribes and clans) before the sporting competition started.
CGSS entered teams in the AFL and Netball competitions. CGGS students were brilliant ambassadors for our school, and they participated with integrity, spirit and a keen sense of togetherness. Even when having to play in freezing winds and driving rain, they still managed to smile (the free sausage sizzle and open fire pits probably helped!).
In the AFL competition, CGGS narrowly defeated MLC in their opening game before comprehensively defeating the host school in the grand final. As winners CGGS took home the Louisa Briggs Memorial Trophy. A huge congratulations to the entire AFL team and a special shout out to Jasmine Muniratna for taking home the MVP award for best on ground in the grand final.
Although there was much confusion at the start of the Netball competition (CGGS was left off the list!), followed by a few rain delays and game cancellations, our CGGS netballers played incredibly well and came away with a 4-1 win loss record. Unfortunately it was not enough to make it through to the finals which was won by Genazzano (who CGGS had beaten earlier in the day…). Congratulations to all involved and in particular Tyra Dawson who was awarded the Team Spirit award as being the person who most exemplified the spirit of the games.
Through sport, food, music and more, people were brought together to learn, to be present and to connect with place and people. Through working with, and listening to, others we can all learn to Be Brave and Make Change.
The day was a huge success, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the following staff for making this experience possible: Georgie Kerr and Alex Jenkin (Deakin Associates), Mrs Wighton and Ms Biggs.
We all experienced a wonderful night of musical happiness in the Barbara Sutton Hall on Friday evening, last week. It was great to be back together as a CGGS community to see and hear the students deliver a live House Music competition for the first time since 2019. Every item performed demonstrated a high level of creativity, enthusiasm, House spirit and a shared love of Music. All of the House Music Captains were able to achieve their creative music goals through their musical expertise, teamwork, determination, encouragement, support and a lot of fun! The leadership qualities displayed by the House Music Captains and their supportive teams enabled all students to do their very best throughout the rehearsal sessions and on the performance night. We are immensely proud of what could be achieved in such a short space of time and encourage all students to continue to make high quality live music to share with the CGGS community.
Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music
House music has been an absolute blast and we are so grateful that we were able to have this role as a Lawrence House Music Captains. We have not only learnt a lot about leadership, but also formed some new friendships with amazing people from varying year levels. This is an experience we will never forget and we are looking forward to seeing what next year’s House Music Captains come up with! This event is definitely something we will miss!
Sasha Wee and Lucy Ying – Lawrence House Music Captains
House Music has been such an amazing experience for me. From meeting new people and getting to know them, to finally seeing everything come together on the performance night. House Music was an incredible and valuable experience that taught me leadership skills, teamwork and much more. It’s truly an experience I will never forget.
Stephanie Kaan – Schofield House Music Captain
House Music helped me further explore the special meanings behind the creative connections we can all make with music. I learnt its ability to bring people together and all the possibilities it opens up to us through this valuable and rewarding experience.
Grace Zhu – Schofield House Music Captain
House Music was a definite highlight this year. It was a delight to work and bond with new people in different year levels and create many good memories through something we have in common – music. Although there were some challenges along the way, no words can describe how fortunate we were to have this experience. Through this House Music journey, we were not only able to gain leadership skills but we were also able to perform as a group in front of a live audience (which we haven’t had for a long while) and share great music!
Eun Bee McAleenan and Sarah Park
House Music was such an unforgettable and eye-opening experience. We were so fortunate to get this opportunity together as Taylor House Music Captains, where we could share our love and interest for music with everyone. Connecting with all the talented girls involved was the real highlight- especially watching everyone improve immensely and perform at their best.
Helen Zhu and Chloie Wong – Taylor House Music Captains
GSV Cross Country Championship
Last Friday, the CGGS Cross Country team had an early start, with a 7:15am departure from school heading to Cruden Farm in Narre Warren. This was a brand new venue trialled for 2022 and it was truly a stunning setting. With the course winding through the open paddocks, it was one large 3km or 4km loop, depending on the age groups and all runners were walked through the course prior to their race.
Juniors were up first and with good numbers in both the A and B races, Camberwell was looking for some solid results. We are excited to share that Anika Selvaratnam (Yr 8) finished 3rd in our division and we congratulate her on this wonderful result. A shout out to Sienna Mansfield, Maya Waide-Hee, Sophie Liu, Poppy Tymmons and Ruby Edge who all finished in the top 50.
We recognise all of our junior competitors and thank them for their commitment to training and to the Cross Country season. Laura M, Charlotte, Anneka, Erica, Angelique, Harper, Pardis and Emily.
Next up were the Intermediate runners, whose experience was evident as they worked hard together to benefit the overall team performance. All runners finished in the top 50 and 3 in the top 30 places with an outstanding result of 1st Place awarded to Bella Fary. Bella also placed 4th place out of 203 runners; an outstanding achievement.
Well done to all of our intermediate runners; Amber, Emily P, Nysa, Ashleigh and Sophia.
The final race saw our most senior runners take to the course and for our Yr 12 students this was their last opportunity to represent CGGS in this arena. We thank Annabel Plummer and Sacha Chene for their longstanding commitment to this team and celebrate the senior team’s phenomenal results.
Sasha Feldman and Tara Rastogi finished 5th and 8th respectively, with Catia, Sacha, Annabel and Issy all finishing close behind, producing a team place of 4th overall.
A huge thanks to our Head coach Jo, and Mr Clarke who did an outstanding job in training our runners and we couldn’t be prouder of our results in 2022.
All Schools Cross Country Relays
On Saturday 21st May Sasha Feldmann, Tara Rastogi, Amber Rastogi, Madeleine Giagoudakis and Bella Fary participated at the All Schools Cross Country relays. The course was a 4km around Jells Park which consisted of two 2km laps for each runner. Students were competing against all different schools from around the state, as it was an All Schools events, rather than the GSV schools. Our team was entered in in the Under 18’s race and despite there being some tough competition, they finished in 6th place overall. Almost everyone ran a personal best time and should be very proud of their race. Thank you to our Head Coach, Jo Bowden for spending her Saturday coaching the CGGS team and ensuring they were well prepared for the competition. It was a really fun day and great practice for GSV Cross Country Championships on Friday!
Years 9 & 10 Victorian College Basketball Championships
On Thursday 26th of May, 9 students from years 9 and 10 competed in the Victorian College Basketball tournament at the State Basketball Centre. We were very excited to hear they finished runners up for the day. We played a total of three games throughout our time there and were against some amazing teams. However, the one factor that the other teams were missing, which we had, was some fun. It’s safe to say that we enjoyed our time there as we all share the love of basketball and the enthusiasm for doing out best. Playing a sport you love with new friends is always a fun time but for this group, it was truly amazing to work together as a collective team who helped one another and always encouraged each other. We have a lot of thanks to give, especially to our coach, Emma Pearce, who continuously inspired us to play our best and cheered us on while also helping us improve our skills. Overall, the experience was amazing, and I know that we cannot wait until next year when hopefully we will come back with first place!
Titans Basketball Club
It has been fantastic to follow along the results of the 6 Senior School Students who have been undefeated in their basketball competition where they play for the Junior Titans Basketball Club. The team is made up of year 7 students; Josephine Coles, Preesha Navaneetharaja, Natasha Oakley, Poppy Tymmons, Scarlett Sim and Emily Wong. It was a nail biting affair this week against the Kew East Superstars but our team, the Titan Vipers worked well together and stayed in the lead the whole game finishing up 28 v 22, securing their record of straight wins, winning four from four games. The Vipers have wonderful team spirit and are enhancing their skills each week with the help from their coach Madeleine McDonald, who is another CGGS student. The team work so well together and are always very committed and supportive to each other. We look forward to continuing to follow their success throughout the year.
Putting Theory into Practice – Collaboration between Junior and Senior Schools
Last Tuesday 24 May, our Year 11 Psychology students had a play date with the lovely and vibrant Grade 1 students at Ormiston. The Year 11 students were required to design and make an appropriate aged toy, applying their knowledge of Piaget’s cognitive developmental stages. As can be seen, the Grade 1 students were highly engaged with the toys that were specially designed for them and we are glad to say that the toys gained their tick of approval!
It was truly special seeing students with such a large age gap interacting and learning through play.
We look forward to developing more authentic learning experiences with the Ormiston students.
A huge thank you to Mrs Angela Columbine and Mrs Annabelle Vivarini who happily volunteered their class to spend the afternoon with our Year 11 students.
Ms Tuba Ozak and Mrs Karin Lemanis
Da Vinci Decathlon – State Finals Results
As highlighted in a previous CamNews, six teams from Years 7 – 10 competed in the State Finals of the Da Vinci Decathlon last month. This national event involves teams of students completing 10 challenges over a six hour period. As the competition was online this year, the results were not released on the day. While none of the CGGS teams made it through to the National Finals, they did experience success in individual challenges. Each of the students is to be congratulated for their teamwork, problem solving and organisational skills. Most importantly, the students had the experience of working with like-minded peers beyond their usual learning groups.
Year 7 (53 teams competing)
1st – Art and Poetry, 3rd – Ideation, 5th – English, 5th – Cartography
Year 8 (42 teams competing)
1st – Creative Producers, 5th – Mathematics
Year 9 (24 teams competing)
1st – Science, 3rd – Creative Producers, 5th – Mathematics
Year 10 (18 teams competing)
3rd – Engineering, 5th – English, 5th – Art and Poetry, 5th – Legacy (General Knowledge about Da Vinci)
Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development