Senior School


Senior School

The last two weeks of Term 3 have really showcased so many of the exceptional opportunities and offerings in the Senior School at Camberwell Girls.


Celebration of Sport
The Celebration of Sport Dinner with guest Meg Hutchins was a terrific night and Meg spoke passionately to the girls about her journey through sport and her recent appointment as the first female AFL football operations manager. Meg is set to play for Collingwood in the new female league in 2017. Camberwell Girls has in its first two years of playing AFL in the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) competition had much success and many of the girls present on this night felt a great connection to Meg’s persistence to be involved in the sport of her enduring passion. We thank all the PE and Sport teachers and coaches, Sports Captains Olivia Lawrie and Melissa Poulton and Head of Sport Lauren Law for their organisation of this night, their excellent leadership of the girls in all the sporting endeavours and on this particular night, Lauren for her own inspiring speech to the girls and parents. Please see below for the list of Year Level Champions. You can read parts of Ms Law’s speech here.


Shaping the Future
On the following night we were most fortunate to host a “Shaping the Future” dinner for the girls and their special guests. Our School Captains, Karen Zhang, Cindy Jiang and Tiarnie Ellingworth joined with Mrs Dunwoody to organise this incredible evening.

Our first speaker who is shaping the future was Dana Affleck. Having been a regular visitor to detention centres and volunteering at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Dana then founded her own organization “Road to Refuge” which was born out of the desire to spark meaningful conversations about refugees and people who seek asylum with all Australians. Road to Refuge is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation that runs events and workshops for school students and the interactive website has students exploring the journey of a refugee. Dana is particularly devoted to raising awareness of the plight of vulnerable women seeking asylum and all our proceeds from the night have been donated to this very worthy cause.

Our second speaker is no stranger to Camberwell Girls having spoken to the whole staff at the start of the 2016 school year. Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, she has degrees in Law and Economics. In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. For those fortunate to be at our inaugural “Shaping the Future” dinner, hearing from and asking questions of Holly was a highlight of the year. I encourage all families to ensure they are able to attend the next Camberwell Girls event where Holly is a guest speaker.


Festival of Music
On the first Friday of September the Music Department welcomed Spring with the annual Festival of Music in Barbara Sutton Hall. The concert featured the talents of over 200 musicians from both Senior and Junior campuses, including some fantastic combined items. A very appreciative audience were privileged to see very special guest, Murrundindi, open the program playing his didgeridoo together with the Irish Band – an unusual but brilliant combination. The Festival of Music was the culmination of many months of rehearsals and it was a wonderful showcase of all the musical ensembles, orchestras and choirs that our girls have the opportunity to be involved in each week. The depth of talent and numbers of girls involved in Music is exceptional. The skills of teamwork and collaboration, plus the friendships and enjoyment that being involved in a musical group brings, is unequivocal. Our special thanks to Music Captains Janet Liu and Lucy Goss and to all the music tutors and teachers and in particular Assistant Director of Music Ms Kate Savige and Director of Music Mrs Jennifer Meachem.


Saturday Netball
We were represented in the Saturday Netball Grand Finals with our Year 7 team winning their division and our Year 9 team coming runners up. Well done and thank you to all our student and past student, coaches, umpires and players. Also the families involved, would I am sure, join me in thanking Ms Lexie Joyce for her marvellous coordination of the Saturday Netball. Please read below for full details of team results. To celebrate the 2016 Netball Season parents are invited to a presentation evening, bookings can be made through trybooking. More info here.


Parent/Staff Badminton
While I am still recovering from the parent/staff badminton competition this week, it was a fabulous informal way of catching up with parents. Thank you to Flora Zhang and Andrew Burnell for organising this fun activity.


Australian Geography Competition
The annual Australian Geography Competition proved to be highly successful for our Camberwell girls. Overall, 46 received a Credit, 24 received a Distinction and 23 were awarded a High Distinction. This is an amazing achievement and one we celebrated in Assembly when the High Distinction certificates were presented by the Principal. One student in Year 9, Isobel Arnot, placed in the top 1% of Australia. We extend our congratulations to Isobel and to all girls who participated in such a challenging competition from Years 7-10. The names of the students who received a High Distinction are included.

Isobel Arnot, Chloe Bennett, Nikki Chen, Alanna Cheng, Matilda Dunn, Sophia Giagoudakis, Zoe Giagoudakis, Matilda Kutey, Charlotte Kutey, Rhi-ann Lam, Amelia Lemanis, Zara Mammone, Ella Mitchell, Grace Munro, Karen NG, Ashley Olsen, Madison Parfuss, Shohaag Sengupta, Eliza Shrimpton, Eloise Webster, Jemma Wilson, Emily Zhang, Lilyan Zhu


2040 Enrichment Group
On 26 August, the 2040 Enrichment group attended the Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program held at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School. The event gathered together a number of local schools as well as special guest speakers Georgina Downer, Dr Mike McCallum and Dr Scott Stephenson. The topic for the day was “Australia’s constitution should be rewritten to suit our future so that we are not bound by our past.” This provoked some very interesting discussions which concluded with a verdict against rewriting the Australian Constitution, mainly due to the longevity of the current constitution which has led our democratic country to new heights.”
~ Janice Soo, Chloe Wu, Lydia Baird, Selina Duan, and Minami Sakaida, Year 10


Year 12 Goethe Poetry Competition
Our students have a strong track record in the Goethe Poetry Competition and this year was no exception. We had students place 1st and 3rd in the Year 12 Goethe Poetry Competition at Monash University. Joan Zwar, Stephanie Harker, Frances Lu and Tatjana Skabar participated in the competition, reciting poems by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Rainer Maria Rilke and Hermann Hesse. All four students reached the finals and recited their poems again in front of 90 students and their teachers from 17 schools. They did extremely well; Stephanie Harker came third and Joan Zwar first in the Year 12 group. Congratulations must go to all four students for excellent presentations of beautiful poems.


Melbourne Writer’s Festival
On 1 September, nine fortunate English students had the opportunity to attend the Melbourne Writer’s Festival at Federation Square. It was an amazing experience, where we were given the chance to see two presentations delivered by world-renowned authors.

Our first session gave us insight into the behind-the-scenes work that goes in to transforming one’s book into a film. We felt honoured and incredibly lucky to hear from John Marsden, author of the Tomorrow When the War Began Series, and Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now. These two authors spoke generously about not only their input into the films of their books, but also about their opinions on fictional wars and young people coming of age, which were themes central to both of their novels.

In the second presentation, we heard from Suzy Zail, who transformed her father’s heartbreaking experiences of the Holocaust into works of fiction. In this session, we had plenty of opportunities to ask questions and hear about the process of crafting stories, and how one can go about turning such a devastating event into an intriguing novel.

We learnt so much from this excursion, and felt more inspired than ever to read and write. We would like to thank Mrs Devenish and Mrs Watkins for their organisation of this day.
~ Sarah MacKinnon and Alexandra Sevo, Year 10


Transition to Tertiary Breakfast
On Wednesday morning in Robinson Hall the Year 12 girls enjoyed a breakfast organised by Mrs Trish Dolan, our Careers Counsellor and Mrs Karen Anderson, the Year 12 Coordinator. Under the banner of ‘T2T’ (Transition to Tertiary), Mrs Dolan provided the girls with a summary of what factors enable a successful transition from secondary to tertiary. Two past students, Hollie Goad and Rebecca Cecil (2015), spoke of their own experiences and offered insights into how to make the transition a really enjoyable and successful one. Hollie started at Monash University studying a double degree, Business/Arts, but after a number of months she realised she was not enjoying this course as much as she had anticipated. She actively sought advice from a number of different sources and decided to change her track. Hollie is now at Deakin University with a view to completing her tertiary studies in education. She spoke to the students about the importance of being happy in your chosen course and to seek advice as needed. Bec went straight to ANU in Canberra and is studying one of their very popular courses, a flexible double Arts, studying International Relations and Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Bec spoke movingly of her family’s support in making this change, her fantastic experiences at ANU and she had her audience in gales of laughter as she referred to her early attempts of cooking for herself! Both girls spoke of the many differences the Year 12s will notice in their first months at university. Their great advice, and their ‘tips and tricks’ on how to make this transition a really happy and successful move, will enable our Year 12 graduates in 2016 to feel well prepared for this next chapter. We thank Mrs Dolan and Mrs Anderson for organising this transition breakfast.


Winter Appeal
The Winter Appeal came to a close earlier this week. The purpose of the Winter Appeal was to collect pre-loved clothes, blankets and accessories to donate to St Marks Charity Shop and the Salvation Army. To help kick start the appeal, we put together a challenge for all the forms to collect as many articles as they can to donate. The form that collected the most items won a free dress day. The winning form was 9A with a total of 53 items! A big thank you to the Year 9 students who helped run this initiative and to everyone who donated clothes and blankets to support this worthy cause.
~ Madison Parfus and Madison Brake (Year 9)


$20 Boss Challenge
Once again our Year 10 Business students participated in the $20 Boss Challenge this year. The $20 Boss Challenge involves each student receiving a $20 loan from the National Australia Bank to set up their own Small Business Enterprise. This year the theme of the challenge was ‘social responsibility’ and each business was required to create a product or service that included recycled materials with the profits going towards a range of charities aimed at social change.

Our students set up their businesses on two separate days in two very different locations. The first was at Camberwell Sunday Market (trading as Little Treasures) and the second a School Market Day (trading as individual business names created by each group). The groups sold a fabulous range of amazing homemade and socially responsible products including zipper pouches, handbags, plants, coasters, soy candles, bath bombs, bath salts, dream catchers, jewellery and personalised phone cases. Also run at the School Market day was a photo booth.

On behalf of all Year 10 Business students, we would like to thank everyone who supported us during our $20 Boss Challenge. A special thank you to all our business coaches (Mrs Larkey, Mr Stout, and the team of coaches that visited our students from the NAB), the CGGS staff that came down to the Markets on Sunday (Mrs Anderson, Mrs Waters and Mrs Ewens), the musicians from school who busked on the corner of our Camberwell Markets stall, and to the Ormiston Year 5 students for visiting our School Market and buying up big!


Music students help celebrate 40th Anniversary of Camberwell Sunday Markets
Camberwell Sunday Markets celebrated their 40th Anniversary on Sunday 28 August. Our very talented music students helped celebrate this milestone by busking during the event. Visitors to the markets heard amazing performances from the following students:

Alyce Law (Year 2)
Chloe Law, Sarah Hui & Meagan Kuo (Year 6)
Zara Price & Holly Williams (Year 7)
Samantha Wong (Year 10)

Thank you to all students involved in this event and to parents for their support.


Health and Human Development
On Friday 2 September, the Year 11 Health and Human Development students visited the Early Learning Centre (ELC) at Ormiston. They had the opportunity to interact with the youngest students of Camberwell Girls in both classroom and playground settings. As part of their Unit 2 Health and Human Development course, the girls have been studying Childhood Development and this excursion provided them with an opportunity to observe and identify the different activities and facilities provided by the ELC to help promote the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development in young children. The Year 11 students found the experience very rewarding and would like to thank Angela Follacchio from the ELC for allowing them to have this wonderful opportunity.


Two weeks ago on Thursday 18 September, the athletics team from Years 7 to 12 competed in the Division 3 GSV Athletics Carnival. Lucky for us the weather was on our side and overall it was a great day full of new personal bests as well as great performances by all the girls. Camberwell Girls came away with a proud 2nd overall, falling short by only 3.5 points against Mentone Girls Grammar School.

One of the highlights was not only seeing all the girls competing in their events but also all the encouragement coming from the rest of the team. Besides coming 2nd overall, our senior and junior teams came third and the intermediates came away with an amazing achievement of first.

It was a very successful day, with many great achievements including the girls who made it into the finals evening held at Lakeside Stadium on Tuesday 6 September. These girls include Lama Halabi, Charmaine Kau, Zoe Giagoudakis, Dorothy Li, Cara Ellis, Lucy Bartram, Bianca Phan, Madi Murphy and Stephanie Cheah.  We wish them the very best


GSV Athletics Finals Evening
Well done to the 9 girls who qualified for the Athletics Finals Evening on Tuesday 6 September at Albert Park. These girls recorded the fastest 8 times on the track and top 10 distances in the field across all 24 GSV schools to qualify for this competition.

There were some outstanding individual and team performances on the night and all girls should be very proud of their efforts. It has been exciting to watch the improvement of the team throughout the season and we look forward to seeing this development continue in 2017.

Thank you to all the PE staff, for their support throughout the athletics season, and to our athletics coach Tony who lead Camberwell Girls in another successful season.

Lama Halabi

8th – 800m
5th – 400m

Charmaine Kau

6th – High Jump

Zoe Giagoudakis

1st – Shot Put
2nd – Discus

Dorothy Li

10th – Javelin

Cara Ellis

4th – High Jump

Lucy Bartram

4th – 100m

Bianca Phan

1st – Long Jump

Maddi Murphy

9th – Javelin

Lucy Bartram, Stephanie Cheah, Zoe Giagoudakis and Bianca Phan

7th – 4 x 100m Relay



Well done to the girls who represented Camberwell Girls in the Interschool Snowsports at Mt Buller. Claire Tremewen, Carly Reid, Grace Raszewski, Emily Arvidsson and Joie Lu competed in a range of events including the Skier Cross, Snowboard Cross and Alpine Giant Slalom. Against strong competition the girls showcased their impressive speed and agility on the slopes and are to be congratulated on their fantastic performances.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support the Camberwell Girls Snowsports Team at Mt Buller for what was a very exciting week at the snow.


Celebration of Sport 

The Year Level Champion Award will be presented to the student in each year level who has contributed the most to sport at Camberwell Girls. This award takes into consideration the number of sports each student has participated in, as well as their attitude, commitment to training, performance, leadership and level of improvement throughout the year.

The Sportswoman of the Year Award uses the Year Level Champion Award as a basis to recognise the student who has contributed the most to sport at Camberwell Girls across all year levels.

Year Level Champion (Year 7)

1st – Megan Quach
2nd – Sophia Giagoudakis
3rd – Rubi Brady, Ella Barmby and Caitlin Sutton

Year Level Champion (Year 8)

1st – Michaela Robinson
2nd – Madison Murphy
3rd – Tilly Dunn

Year Level Champion (Year 9)

1st – Eloise Schilling
2nd – Polly Anderson
3rd – Zoe Giagoudakis

Year Level Champion (Year 10)

1st – Ariane Webber
2nd – Kate Sturzaker
3rd – Lama Halabi

Year Level Champion (Year 11)

1st – Dorothy Li
2nd – Laura King
3rd – Mia Sieber and Cara Ellis

Year Level Champion (Year 12)

1st – Tiarnie Ellingworth
2nd – Olivia Lawrie
3rd Melissa Poulton

Sportswoman of the Year 

Michaela Robinson

Saturday Netball

Over the past two weekends the Saturday Netball season has been reaching its climax with Semi Finals and Grand Finals. We have been well represented in all year levels and the girls should be proud of their efforts.

The Year 4 Citrines gave it their all against Auburn Gems; the Year 5 Sapphires had their final game for the winter competition, the girls stayed with the opposition until half time then the Auburn Emeralds barely missed a goal. Both Year 6 teams had exciting games, Diamonds came from behind to win 11-6 and moved on to play off for the bronze medal. The Aquamarines had a tough game against CSNC Riptides, they unfortunately got ahead in the third quarter but the Camberwell Girls team won the fourth quarter; but wasn’t enough to win. A big congratulations goes to all Junior School teams, they braved the early mornings and all put in 110% each week, all girls should be proud of their efforts this season!

The Year 7 Gems performed to a high standard once again, defeating Strathcona Strikers 19-6, moving on to play in the grand final against Ruyton Racoons. The Year 8 Emeralds haven’t had the best of luck with injuries this season, the girls played with five players but should very proud of their efforts; whilst the Year 8 Tanzanites who were regraded two sections above, still managed to play the semi’s but unfortunately lost by a single goal to Strathcona Splash. Both Year 8 teams never gave up, and should not be disappointed; I’m sure you will be very determined in Spring Fling. Lastly the Year 9 Amethysts played a terrific game against Strathcona Starburst, defeating them 23-9.

These amazing efforts saw two Senior School teams move forward to play in the following weeks’ Grand Finals.

The Year 7 Gems played a terrific game, the Camberwell Girls team were in front the whole game. Ruyton put up a fight, but the girls outplayed them; taking the win 17-8. Everyone contributed to the win and should be congratulated on their efforts.

The Year 9 Amethysts played Strathcona who have been undefeated throughout the season, we were two goals up at half time but then the errors crept in and Strathcona hardly missed a goal. The girls lost 21-16 but should be pleased with their performance throughout the season.


Thank you to all girls, parents and staff for a wonderful Term 3 and best wishes for a safe and restful holiday.


Best Wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


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