Senior School



Senior School

Welcome back to 2018 and thank you all for supporting your daughters in a smooth transition back into the school year. A warm welcome also to all new families to Camberwell Girls. We look forward to sharing the journey with you and your daughter during her time in Senior School.

On Monday of this week our Years 7, 11 and 12 students commenced ahead of the whole school return on Wednesday.

On a very hot morning we were joined by a wonderfully enthusiastic group of new Year 7 students and their parents for the School Badge Ceremony in Barbara Sutton Hall. This ceremony has become a tradition and one that we hope holds great significance for all our new students and their families as they begin what we hope will be a happy and enriching journey over the next 6 years.  The Year 7s have participated in a full week of transitional activities aimed to build confidence, form connections and allow the students to gain some independence ahead of normal studies from next week.  Jenine Caruso, Year Level Coordinator, worked with Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School –  Student Wellbeing and all the Year 7 Form Tutors and Heads of Department to build an exceptional program and it has been a delight to see the Year 7s looking so at ease in their new environment.  This is testament to the exceptional planning and care shown by this team and the enthusiastic leadership from Jenine Caruso. Another highlight was the Welcome Church Service conducted by Rev Helen Creed, our School Chaplain on Tuesday evening, followed by a dinner with families in the Fig Tree Café and central courtyard.  For the Camberwell Girls staff this was a perfect setting to meet with more than 300 guests and we appreciated the opportunity to do so in such a relaxed setting.

For our Year 11s, the start of the week was an extension of last year’s Headstart Program, giving them an introduction to their VCE subjects and setting the foundations for expectations during this busy year.  On Tuesday they attended a Fit to Drive session that is run collaboratively with Victoria Police, VicRoads and Ambulance Victoria.  With most of our Year 11 students beginning their journey towards obtaining licences, it is an important session about remaining safe on our roads now and into the future.

The Year 12 students attended one session per Unit 3/4 class on Monday, before leaving at the end of the school day for their retreat at St Hilda’s College, at Melbourne University. Here they participated in sessions that included guest speaker, Dr Catherine Mann from The University of Melbourne and other sessions on how to achieve balance during Year 12.  Study tips were provided by past students and BATYR spoke to the students on the Promotion of Mental Health for Young Adults. Our School Counsellor, Paula Kolivas ran a session on Looking After Our Minds and Bodies in Year 12 and the School Captains held a session on their theme and ideas of collaboration for the year ahead.  Last night we were also pleased to have our Year 12 cohort and their parents join us for their Welcome Church Service with Rev Creed in Robinson Hall.  2018 is such a significant time for these students and we were pleased to find a quiet moment to reflect on their journey thus far and their hopes (the theme for the Service) for a successful 2018.  Spending time together after the service enjoying a casual meal with families, was an enjoyable way to start the year and we thank all families who were able to join us.

Students at Camberwell Girls are involved in a wide range of activities outside of school and we are pleased to share the following achievements with the wider school community.

Lucy Van der Arend, Year 8 successfully auditioned for Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s, John Antill Youth Band, MYO Summer Camp and performedin the Concert Band at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Bethany Orme, Year 8, completed the Surf Life Saving SRC (Surf Rescue Certificate) and patrolled Sorrento Back Beach throughout the summer.

Susannah Lutze, Year 8 was a ballkid during the Australian Open.

Emily Lin, Year 8, was awarded National Champion, U14 Girls, in the Australian Junior Chess Championships.

Emily Wu, Year 8 was invited to perform Swan Lake at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.  Additionally, Emily plays the cello in the Melbourne String Ensemble (MSE) and during April 2018 has been invited to join the MSE tour to Switzerland, Germany and Austria. During the tour, the players will be working with youth orchestras including the Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra and Jugendkammerorchester Stuttgart. Players will participate in masterclasses with leading string professors in Europe and have the opportunity to sit in a Vienna Philharmonic’s rehearsal.


Duke of Edinburgh Awards
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. Duke of Edinburgh participants undertake adventurous journeys, they develop a new skill, undertake a physical activity, provide voluntary service to the community and share experiences with other like-minded young people.

Having committed an average of at least 1 hour per week, over a 3 month period, to each of the aforementioned areas, Lizzy Heap and Sally Choi achieved their Bronze level of this award.  After a further 6 months commitment to all four areas, Lucy Bartram, Emma Campain and Matilda Kutey all achieved their Silver level of the Award.  Congratulations to all for their achievements.

Any students, aged 14 or above, should check the Senior School Weekly next Thursday, for details of how to get involved.


Before returning to school our 2018 School Captain Lydia Baird, and Vice School Captains, Molly Ewens and Sarah MacKinnon attended the Ylead program at The Melbourne University from 21 – 23 January.

For many years, we have been sending our School leaders to this conference, joining leaders from other schools throughout Victoria, to expand upon and encourage their leadership skills.

Feedback from the girls this year was once again strong and all three appreciated the opportunity to connect with peers in similar roles across the state.  The skills gained in this workshop has encouraged our Captains, equipping them with some goals and further tools and skills to effectively help lead our students throughout 2018.


I truly hope our families have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next Saturday at the Summer Spectacular.


Best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School