Senior School


Senior School

Welcome back to Term Two. I’m sure you’ll all agree that Term One was terrific and that there were many highlights, including our final week where we were privileged to have Hugh Evans from Global Citizen spend the day at Camberwell Girls.

The return to school marks a change in routine for the whole family.  I hope you all enjoyed a restful term break and that the Easter holidays allowed you extra time together as a family.  We would also take this opportunity to welcome some new families to the Senior School and hope you enjoy your Camberwell Girls journey.

Winter uniform is normally a requirement for all girls from Week 2 of Term 2 however, in the holiday break, Bob Stewart advised us that they are waiting for new stock of both the winter shirts and skirts.  As a result we are extending the changeover between uniforms and students may continue to choose between summer or winter uniforms during next week, commencing 24 April.  It is our expectation that winter uniform will now become compulsory from Monday 1 May, however this is subject to update.




Learning Conversations – Years 7 – 10
Yesterday evening saw our first Learning Conversations for students and parents in Years 7-10.  Parents who were unable to make last night’s event please note that conversations are also available on Wednesday 26 April between 2:15 and 8:00pm.

Bookings are made by logging into SEQTA then clicking the Parent Lounge button or by going directly to Parent Lounge.

Bookings Re-Open:                 Friday 21 April at 12noon
Bookings Close:                      Wednesday 26 April at 9.00am


NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy)
Earlier this week parents of students in Years 7 and 9 received information regarding this year’s NAPLAN tests.  NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in writing, reading, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
Students in these year levels will undertake testing on Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May 2017.  All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN tests.

For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website or the NAPLAN website. Should you have any concerns please contact your Year Level Co-ordinator, Year 7 Liza Stevens, or Year 9 Helen Creed, or Mr Mark Corrie, Director of School Operations


2017 Music Tour to Europe
A message for Traveller and families:
Please save Friday May 16 in your diaries for all students and parents joining the 2017 European Music Tour.  This is a compulsory meeting for all participants and parents.  At the meeting we will discuss itinerary, student expectations and be available to answer questions.  Should you have any further details please contact Music Administrator, Jane Scott on


2017 USA Science/History Study Tour
A message for Travellers and families:
The Second Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 9 May at 7.00pm in Robinson Hall.

For further details, please contact Mrs Lemanis


Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (Year 7 & 8 students) – Begins Week 3 of Term 2
The Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians is a major mathematical problem solving event supported by the Australian government. It has been designed for the top ten percent of students in Years 7 and 8. It provides mathematical enrichment for talented students by broadening students’ knowledge of mathematics and its applications. This is an ideal activity for those students with a desire to go beyond the standard school syllabus and explore more advanced mathematics. An enrichment challenge will be available to students wishing to pursue the Maths Challenge pathway.


APSMO Maths Olympiad (Year 7 & 8 students) – Begins May
The annual APSMO Olympiad consists of 5 separate contests, 1 per month from May until September. Students compete individually and entries are combined for team submission. Students must complete all 5 contests to be eligible for awards. This year we have registered two teams; 30 students at Year 7 and 30 students at Year 8. Try outs will begin soon.

We look forward to our girls’ involvement in these competitions this year.




Winter Sleepout
The Winter Sleepout is an initiative developed to educate students on the issue of homelessness and help raise vital funds for the local Salvation Army.

This year, the Winter Sleepout will take place on Friday 12 May at 6.00pm with participants sleeping undercover in the walkways in and around our School. As part of the evening activities, a short field trip to Woolworths off Burke Road will also take place. The sleepout will conclude at 8.00am on Saturday 13 May.

In order to raise funds for the Slavation Army the cost of participating in this activity will be $20.00. This money will be donated to assist them in providing help for those who are homeless and in need locally.

On this day all students in Senior School are invited to wear free dress to raise additional funds for the Salvation Army.




Cross Country
We are hoping for fine weather next Wednesday 26 April, when students from Years 4 – 12 will participate in the House Cross Country.  Students are permitted to come to school in PE uniform for the entirety of this day.  After period 1 students walk with teachers to the reserve and we encourage parents to join us from around 9:00am at Shenley Reserve in Rubens Grove, Canterbury.

Students who require epipens are reminded to collect them from Mrs Rigopoulos in the Health Centre before walking to Shenley Reserve for the event.




Music Camp
This Friday 21 April, a group of 90 students from Years 7 to 12, together with 8 staff, will be travelling to Camp Manyung in the Mornington Peninsula for this Year’s Music Camp.  Students will participate in a range of Ensemble, House Music and European Music Tour rehearsals.  On Saturday evening the group will be joined by additional teachers and music tutors, for a fun evening of activities run by the Music Captains.




Victorian All Juniors Swimming Championships
CGGS Aquatic had 7 representatives competing at the recent Victorian All Juniors Championships, held at MSAC on 1st and 2nd April.
Camberwell Girls representation included both Anabel Car (Year 9) and Emily Price (Grade 5) who qualified to compete at this major competition.
Emily competed in the girls 11 years and under breaststroke.  She set a new personal best slashing  2.6 seconds off her previous record and has moved Victorian ranking in this event from 35th to 20th.  A fantastic swim by Emily.
Anabel qualified to compete in the semi finals across all strokes.  On the second day she swam in the final of the 50m backstroke setting a new personal best, shaving 1.68 seconds off her time to be placed 8th in Victoria.
This was Anabel’s first appearance in a state final.

Congratulations to both Anabel and Emily on their wonderful achievements.





Please be advised that construction works will be taking place on Burke Road between 25 April 2017 and 5 May 2017 (weather permitting).

During this period there will be excavation works under the footpath and road. The contractors performing this work will endeavour to keep the noise and disturbance to a minimum.

We would ask students who use the Burke Road exit to be mindful of the construction works and obey the signage in place.


Kind Regards,

Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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