On Tuesday of last week, it was my great privilege to attend the Kooyong Student Prize awards event. The Kooyong Student Prize was created by the Federal Treasurer, The. Hon Josh Frydenberg six years ago as a way of recognising the outstanding academic, citizenship and community based contributions made by students within the Kooyong area. The Kooyong electorate has one of the largest conglomerations of Primary and Secondary schools, from all spheres of education from State, Independent and Catholic; than in any other part of the world.
This year the students nominated from CGGS were Tilly Dunn (Year 10) and Yesenia Chang-Gonzalez (Year 11). Below is the summary that was read out by the Hon. Josh Frydenberg for both Tilly and Yesenia.
Tilly Dunn displays strong citizenship through the care she demonstrates for her peers and fellow students. She fully embraces the school values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Hope and Courage.
A genuine leader in her year level, she is a confident speaker and advocate for causes she believes in and also for the wellbeing of other students. Her strong sense of community was further solidified this year when she travelled to Cambodia as part of our Service Learning Tour, working with underprivileged children via the Green Gecko program.
Academically Tilly has been awarded with Academic Excellence prizes for achieving results in the top 10% every year since she commence at CGGS in Year 7.
Tilly is a strong sportswoman who has participated widely across all sporting disciplines through the GSV program and has achieved her Blazer Pocket for Sport demonstrating a high level of participation and attendance at all scheduled training sessions and games over a period of four years.
Yesenia Chang Gonzalez is widely respected by staff and students alike, having received School Citizenship awards over the past number of years for her contributions to upholding the school values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Hope and Courage. Yesenia is a student who encourages inclusiveness of all students and, in part because of this, was elected School Reconciliation Captain for 2019.
Academically Yesenia is a very strong student, having been awarded Academic Excellence prizes for achieving results in the top 10% for the past four years. She has also received numerous awards from external competitions and academic challenges.
Yesenia contributes widely across all co-curricular activities at the school and has achieved significant school awards and Blazer Pockets for Sport and Music, demonstrating a high level of participation and attendance in these disciplines over a period of four years. She has also achieved House Colours, for extensive contributions across all areas of House Activities.
At the ceremony I was thrilled to see two of our new Year 7 students for 2019, as they were the recipients of the prize for their own Primary Schools. Tyra Dawson from Camberwell PS and Bella Fary from Canterbury PS, joined with Tilly and Bella for a photo, see below. I was brimming with pride knowing these two girls are CGGS students of the future.
The highlight of last week for the Year 9s was their annual Service Learning Week. In many ways a very confronting week with students attending Aged Care Facilities, assisting the Homeless and working alongside those who care for the Disabled. The care and compassion shown by our girls is to be commended and we, as a school, are very proud of their empathy and kind-heartedness.
The reflections afternoon on Friday was heart-warming, as girls were interviewed about their experiences of the week, and they interviewed the people they had worked with about their own roles in the three service areas of aged care, homelessness and disability.
On behalf of the wider CGGS community we thank all the Year 9 students for enacting our school motto ‘Utilis in Ministerium’ and know that many of you will continue to visit and work with the people you assisted last week. Each of you has developed empathy and compassion and as many of you have stated, the week has changed your outlook and perspective on life. Each of the students are most grateful to the teachers who visited them on placement and accompanied them on their excursions. We are all most appreciative of the months of careful planning that Mrs Liss Campbell, our Head of Service Learning, undertook in order to ensure that the experience for each student was life changing and that the people the girls worked with throughout the week found the interaction with our students something that was personally beneficial to them.
Please read a student reflection of the week, below:
Service Learning Week from Monday 19 – Friday 23 of November was an eye opening experience for the Year 9s to gain a deeper understanding of the less fortunate community in Melbourne. We participated in a range of activities and events focused on creating intimate relationships with disabled, elderly and disadvantaged people. The week began with a city immersion program where we worked with various organisations which illustrated the prominence of homelessness in the city. They highlighted the importance of assisting those in need, through employment opportunities, op shop donations and social enterprise projects. From Tuesday to Thursday, the cohort branched out in small groups to volunteer at aged care facilities, special needs schools and support centres for the disadvantaged. Each individual student was exposed to the lives outside their sheltered environment. The experiences shaped the way we view the world and made us very grateful for how fortunate we are to not have to worry about the next day. Our final day was focused on reflecting on the students’ experience over the week and discussing the impact that our support has on the range of communities we have met over the week. Developing personal connections with less fortunate people allowed us to empathise with communities that were often stereotyped and look beyond the media to understand a person’s situation.
Karen Ng – Year 9
On Saturday, the Spring Fling Netball season came to an end with Winter, rather than Spring, like conditions. CGGS was represented in all age groups in the Finals day and many of our teams had wins. The games were all played fiercely and this reflected the level of commitment and development of the Netball skills of all the girls throughout this year.
On behalf of the school, I would like to thank Lexie Joyce, our CGGS Saturday Netball Coordinator and her team of excellent coaches and assistant coaches for their efforts throughout the entire year to make sure CGGS is well represented in this community based sporting competition. Please see the summary of the Finals day and photos of the teams later in this edition of CamNews.
I would like to acknowledge that Mr Mark Corrie, Director of Operations and VCE Co-ordinator, has presented at the Annual ACHPER (The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) Conference. Mark has delivered sessions on How to Prepare a 3/4 Physical Education SAC and a session on Teaching VCE PE for First Time Teachers. This is a wonderful example of the leadership and recognition in educational practice Mr Corrie’s contributions in this field receive.
On Thursday, we held the annual Leadership Day for all current Year 10 and 11 students, with the purpose of developing the girls’ leadership skills and equipping them with strategies for collaboration and teamwork.
The day commenced with our guest speakers Ms Keira Lyons and Ms Kate Manners sharing their take on leadership and its presence within our school. Their points on the importance of embracing imperfections and inclusivity of your team really resonated with us and are qualities that can be utilised by all students, regardless of their leadership position. This was followed by an address by our Principal, Mrs Dunwoody, who further elaborated on these values, and used an example of a social study to highlight the significance of setting an example for others to follow.
Throughout the day workshops were run by our School Leaders, who created various activities which involved cooperation, creativity and critical thinking. Maryanne and Elizabeth, our School Music Captains held fast-paced rounds of Song Association. Charlotte, our School Debating and Literacy Captain and Maddy, our School Drama Captain ran the Electric Fences workshop, which saw the development of unique ideas within groups. Bella, our School Faith and Service Captain, tapped into our generous sides with the Samaritan Purse Shoe Boxes, assisted by our Service Learning Captains, Josey and Natasha. Finally, we had Code Breaking with Madi, our School House Captain and Lucy, our School Sport Captain. This really challenged our girls to think outside the box!
Thank you to all the Captains for helping us run the day, it could not have happened without you, we would also like to extend this thanks to our guest speakers Ms Lyons and Ms Manners who shared their very inspirational views on leadership in our school community. We would also like to acknowledge the Year 10 and 11 girls, for their enthusiasm and willingness to participate. Most importantly, we would like to recognise Ms Kath Woolcock for her endless support and assistance in organising this day.
Exciting Music News!
We would like to congratulate Year 12 student and 2018 Music Captain, Samantha Wong, who recently won third prize in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s 2018 National Songwriting Competition for her piece, ‘Rain’. Sam’s entry in the Year 11 and 12 category is one of the numerous pieces she has composed throughout her time at CGGS and for her efforts, Sam has won $700 to go towards musical instruments, equipment or tuition. You can listen to Sam’s award winning song here – http://acmf.com.au/nsc-2018-winners/.
We are looking forward to working together with Sam before the end of the year to record another of Sam’s original compositions with the help of some of current CGGS students.
The Saturday Netball Season has come to end with seven CGGS teams winning their final Spring Fling game.
Year 7 Silver have had a terrific year, finishing fourth in the Winter Season and second in Spring Fling. This team has improved and jelled together nicely. Year 7 Sapphires played a fantastic game last Saturday, the CGGS team defeated Ruyton Renegades comfortably.
Year 8 Gold have come up against tough competition in Spring Fling, although this didn’t stop the girls playing each week and giving it their all. Year 8 Diamonds had a successful Spring Fling after a tough Winter Season, Diamonds have worked hard at training and have developed as a team. Year 8 Aquamarines have been consistent throughout the whole year, the Aquamarines defeated Genazzano Taylor last Saturday and ended up in third place in Spring Fling. Year 8 Amber were undefeated in the 8A Spring Fling Division. The Amber team have shown their ability to overcome tough teams and have deserved every win. Despite a last minute match time change on the morning of the Grand Final, they were able to defeat their opponents who are Representative netballers.
Year 9 Turquoise have improved tremendously this year, the girls work hard each week and should be congratulated on their commitment and enthusiasm. The Year 9 Gems have only had one loss for the whole year, Gems have demonstrated their ability to work as a team and shown great skill.
Year 10 Tanzanites have had many close games in both the Winter Season and Spring Fling, Tanzanites came from behind to defeat Genazzano Bradley last Saturday. Year 10 Emeralds were finals contenders in the Winter Season but had some tough competition in Spring Fling, Emeralds were defeated by Genazzano Bulley in their last game.
Year 11 Crystals have had many highs and lows this year, in Spring Fling the girls had more success and defeated Genazzano Weston comfortably last Saturday. Year 11 Moonstones have had a terrific year, finals contenders in the Winter Season and ended up finishing in second place in Spring Fling.
Congratulations to all girls who played in the Saturday Netball Competition in 2018.
We extend our congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for 2019 Representative Netball Teams:
Felicity Vanin – Boroondara Power
Bianca Coles – Boroondara Power
Gabby Abbott – Waverley District
Bianca, Felicity and Gabby are all members of the CGGS Year 8 Amber Saturday Netball team.
I wish everyone a restful weekend.
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School