Senior School

This week, the Anne Feehan Building has been particularly quiet and we have missed the enthusiastic and joyful voices of our Year 7s and 8s who have been away on camp. I have been in touch with Mr Maycock daily and the Year Level Coordinator’s, Ms Stevens and Mrs Ewens and have been thrilled to hear that all our students have made the most of the challenges and opportunities afforded to them at their respective camps.

The camp providers have also commented to Mr Maycock about the manners of our students, their encouragement of each other and their willingness to have a go at all the new experiences. Mrs Dunwoody enjoyed the first two days on Year 8 Camp at Merricks and our School Counsellors, Mrs Kolivas and Mrs Sarlos have visited the girls on Year 7 Camp at Grantville. The Counsellors held an activity with the Year 7 students on the topic of identifying and managing stress. We look forward to the girls’ return this afternoon and feel sure they will have many stories to share with you over the weekend.

I would like to thank all the parents who were able to participate in the recent Year 7-10 Learning Conversations held on both 20 April and 26 April. These conversations are a crucial part of the collaborative relationships we strive to build between students, teachers and families here at Camberwell Girls. If you were unable to meet with the teachers with your daughter on one of these evenings, I would encourage you to please check the Parent Engage section of SEQTA to ensure you have read the feedback provided online. If you have any queries please contact the subject teacher directly, the Head of Department or Year Level Coordinator to assist with obtaining feedback.




This year Camberwell Girls was represented significantly during the Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance, as Molly Ewens (Year 11) was selected by the Victorian RSL to read ‘Flanders Fields’ as part of the Service. This was an incredible honour and recognised Molly’s ongoing interest in the ANZACs, both via her family connection of having ANZAC veterans as well as being a 2016 Spirit of Anzac winner. Molly represented herself, her family and Camberwell Girls so well that she was later interviewed by ABC 774 for Melbourne and then spoke on ABC National Radio 1026 (streaming from Sydney).

Earlier in the week Molly, again after being invited by the Victorian RSL, attended a dinner at ANZAC House to recognise the ANZACs. This dinner was attended by many dignitaries including the Premier Daniel Andrews, the Governor of Victoria the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, as well as many veterans and other students, who have significant interest in the lives and contributions of our veterans.

In Senior School Assembly this week, Molly read the Flanders Fields poem and explained its origins and significance and spoke about her involvement in the 2017 ANZAC Day commemorations. Sabrina Tse (Year 10) who was runner up in the Simpson Prize this year, spoke about why we acknowledge ANZAC Day and encouraged Year 9 and 10 students to take part in the many History Competitions on offer. Katia Testarotta, Year 10 the Victorian winner of the National Simpson Prize then spoke about her time in Europe over the past few weeks, having arrived back the day before from this life-changing experience where she visited so many of the significant sites of World War 1.




Share the Dignity
On behalf of Share the Dignity, I would like to thank the Camberwell Girls community for their support of this extremely worthy cause. It is important to note that during April we were able to collect 244 sanitary items that will be going directly to Women’s Housing in Richmond,  which focuses on safe, secure and affordable housing choices for women and children.

The money raising at the now traditional upcoming Captains Netball match against CGS will also make a significant difference to a woman in need.  

Thank you to the Schmidt Family (Alia Year 12 and Shelby Year 8) for encouraging us to support Share the Dignity.

Pink Lady
The Melbourne vs Hawthorn AFL match on Sunday 7 May, is branded as the Pink Lady Match in recognition of those affected by breast cancer, sufferers, survivors and affected loved ones, raising funds to increase awareness of the BCNA (Breast Cancer Network Australia).

13 students, accompanied by Mrs Duggan and myself will represent Camberwell Girls as volunteers at the match, collecting donations, distributing merchandise and assisting in the Mini-Field of Women in recognition of those struggling with breast cancer or paying tribute to a loved one.

Service Soiree
On Friday 19 June we invite our School community to join in our Service Soiree evening.  The evening will give you an opportunity to learn more about the incredible service learning opportunities that our students can engage in, with particular reference to the Green Gecko Project in Cambodia, which some of our students will be travelling to later this year.  

The evening will consist of a sit-down dinner, as well as a series of interviews with our students, discussing Service Learning at CGGS.

To book, please visit:

We look forward to spending a wonderful evening filled with great conversation, prizes and delicious food.




Premier’s Awards
I had the pleasure of attending The Premier’s VCE Awards at the Palladium at Crown on Thursday 27 April.

More than 1,100 guests attended the prestigious award ceremony, in which the top-performing VCE students from 2016 were recognised for their outstanding academic results.

A total of 320 awards were presented to 287 students, with many students receiving more than one award.  These awards included 292 Study Awards for achievement in a single subject and three Top International Student awards. Twenty-five students were also recognised as Top All-Round VCE High Achievers for demonstrating excellence in five VCE subjects.

It is with great pleasure that I can share that Kathy Rong (Class of 2016) received a Premier’s VCE Award for her 2016 studies in English (EAL).   This award recognises not only Kathy’s outstanding results but also pays tribute to our staff who played a valuable role in supporting Kathy during her VCE studies and throughout her years at Camberwell Girls.

Kathy is currently studying a Double Degree in Design and Commerce at The University of New South Wales.


Isabelle Swindale – Swimming Championships
The Australian Age Swimming Championships were held at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre from 16 – 23 April. This is an elite event on the Australian Swimming Calendar and one that many swimmers strive to qualify for after the many hours of training they do each week. To achieve a qualifying time that allows you to swim at Age Nationals is something to be celebrated!

Isabelle Swindale (Year 7) recently joined Camberwell Girls having moved to Melbourne from Brisbane. She achieved a qualifying time for the 200m Butterfly event at the age of 12, and was extremely close to also qualifying for the 400m Individual Medley event. Isabelle had a great time swimming at the Nationals and ended up as the 5th fastest 12-year-old in Australia for the 200m Butterfly. Isabelle will get back in the pool later this week after returning from camp and her first full week at Camberwell Girls.



Music Camp 2017
The annual Camberwell Girls Music Camp was held in the first week of Term 2 at Camp Manyung for all excited musicians from Years 7 – 12.

Throughout the weekend, students worked through new pieces and had multiple rehearsals during the day. This year’s rehearsals were focussed on preparation for a performance of strings and choir at St George’s Anglican Parish yesterday on St George’s Day, as well as preparation for the two string ensembles to perform at the BCNA Exquisite High Tea at the Pink Lady Match at the MCG. A range of repertoire was read through by all ensemble groups in preparation for the performances and concerts taking place later in the year.

On Saturday, music tutors also assisted students in rehearsals and we appreciate them giving up their Saturday to help us improve our music skills and develop difficult parts of our repertoire. Saturday evening marked the annual trivia night – the theme this year was ‘Villains’ and it was amazing to see so many students across year levels dressed in spooky costumes and trying their best at some trivia. Throughout the weekend, we had some downtime to enjoy each other’s company, play some card games, throw a frisbee outside and even take a walk along the beautiful peninsula beach.

After a morning of rehearsals on Sunday, we held a small concert for all our parents. This year we formed a large band that learnt, prepared and then performed two brand new pieces, which were performed very well in the concert. It was amazing to see how much all of the musicians had achieved in only one weekend of constant music playing. The standard of the concert was high and it was impressive to see how many pieces were on display and students from Years 7-12 working so well together.

All the Music staff, as well as Mrs Waters, Mrs Lemanis and Rev Creed, are to be thanked for their involvement and for helping the weekend to progress smoothly. Now, we look forward to House Music!

Kaitlin Pekin and Frances Lu – 2017 Music Captains




Visit from Hawera High School
Camberwell Girls participated in two friendly but very competitive netball games against Hawera High School from New Zealand last Friday 21 April.

We had two teams competing in this mini competition with Lexie Joyce and Caroline Gray (former student) as our coaches. Our first team played a breathtaking game with a nail-biting win. The game was very intense and challenging for our girls. The second team unfortunately lost but put up a great fight playing an amazing game.


Netball Rounds 1 and 2
Round 1 commenced on the 21st April with teams from Years 4 – 6 upwards participating in the new season. We had both wins and losses in this round, but first week in and all girls showed commitment and some promising attitudes.

Most Senior Schools Teams had a bye this round, with just two of the teams playing. Year 10 Amethysts defeated Strathcona Starburst by 11 goals, and the Year 11 Rubies defeated MLC Indigo by 22 goals, both teams played an exceptional game of netball and they should be very proud of their efforts.

In Round 2 both Year 4 teams showed improvements, although didn’t manage a win against both Ruyton Magic and KD Sparkles. The Year 5 Citrines went down to Deepdene Flamingos but had some great passages of play, the Year 5/6 Silver had a tough game against MLC Kestrals, and the Year 6 Sapphires had a very close game against Crushers, the Sapphires had their chances and I’m sure the CGGS girls will get them next time.

Year 7 Gold had a tough battle against Genazzano Brazil, Year 7 Diamonds unfortunately also lost but are showing great improvement. The 7 Aquamarines had a terrific win, the team is showing very promising signs after one game, and 7 Amber beat MA Belmore, with the girls down at 3/4 time but managed to find structure to take the lead and win by 2 goals. Year 8 Turquoise and Gems had good games but both went down by 8 goals, Year 9 Amethysts defeated Ruyton Rovers 15-8 and Year 11 Quartz had a tough game against CB Rockets. The Year 12 Opals had a terrific 2 goal win over Genazzano O’Neil, the game was pretty much goal for goal but the girls had an opportunity in the last quarter and took it.

Congratulations to all girls on a fantastic start to our new netball season.




Australian Geography Competition 2017
Over the past two weeks (Wednesday 26 April to Tuesday 2 May), all Year 7-10 students joined nearly 60,000 students from around Australia to participate in the 23rd annual Australian Geography Competition.

This Competition is a joint initiative of the Royal Geographic Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association. Run annually this competition provides us an opportunity to highlight Geography at Camberwell Girls Grammar School and to challenge our students geographically.

In today’s society, Geography is a vital subject that all young people should study. Understanding place and people, and the socio-economic and environmental interactions that affect our lives at a local, regional, national, international and global scale is important to the future of all Australians.

Students at our School traditionally do very well in this competition, with a number of students from Year 7 to 10 being awarded High Distinctions and Distinctions. We look forward to sharing our students’ results with you in due course.

Mrs Meg Anderson, Mrs Alice Broadbridge and Mrs Cathie Meyenn (Geography teachers)


Study Club
Study club is designed to support students who may need some guidance with their study program or assistance with a task. Study club operates Monday after school from 3.40 – 4.40pm, and before school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 – 8:30am in room AF302.


Maths Study Club
Maths study club is designed to support students who may need maths support or assistance with concepts and study guidance for test preparation. Maths Study Club operates Monday and Tuesday before school from 7.30 – 8.30am in The Hub which is located in the library.

For further information please see Mrs Duggan in the Learning Enrichment Office AF307 or via email:


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.

Australian Mathematics Competition (Year 7 – 12) – Thursday 27 July
The Australian Mathematics Competition is a voluntary competition for all students across Year 7 – 12. Girls will be invited to email Ms Kinnane with their interest to enter by the end of the school day Monday 18 May.

ICAS Mathematics Competition (Year 7 – 9) – Tuesday 15th August
All girls in Year 7 – 9 have been registered for the ICAS Mathematics Competition. It will involve students completing an hour-long paper covering five strands of Mathematics. Certificates and prizes are available for top performing students. The ICAS Maths competition is voluntary for any girls in Years 10 – 12.

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


Until the next CamNews, I wish you all a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing many mothers at the Mother’s Day Breakfast next Thursday.


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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