At the Senior School Assembly on 3 May, our School Captains led with a focus on the Term 2 theme of kindness. Our School Captain, Karen Zhang, introduced the theme by referring to a famous proverb from a Chinese philosopher who once said “Kindness in words creates confidence; Kindness in thinking creates profoundness; and Kindness in giving creates love.” Karen reminded us all that being kind, generous, loving and considerate has a very positive effect on the world and that we should remember that ultimately the grass is green where you water it.
Our Captains were all strong in providing positive affirmations to our students at this Assembly with Vice Captain Tiarnie Ellingworth drawing attention to our Tigger mascot. If you haven’t been up and down the Woodstock stairs this term, you should take a walk and share in Tigger’s motivational quotes. I know that they have brightened my day simply by sharing in the thoughts of good will and kindness and I’m sure they have inspired many of you to be more thoughtful in your actions.
Before leading the Assembly in prayer, Vice Captain Cindy Jiang shared the words of Mark Twain. “Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Kindness is the universal gesture that allows us to be connected to people from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world, sometimes in surprising ways.”
Moving through this term, and indeed through life, we should all be motivated to live life with a kind heart, taking time to connect thoughtfully with those around us.
Staff Carparking – Torrington Street Car Parks
We take this opportunity to remind all parents of processes for dropping off students in the morning in Torrington Street. We appreciate that the area is very busy in the mornings and that parents are often rushing to get to their own places of work.
All Torrington Street car spaces in both of our carparks – the eastern (near the netball courts) and western (near the swimming pool) are allocated to individual staff members. Parents are reminded and asked not to use these areas as a drop of zone for their children. The safety of all our girls is our shared priority and with this in mind cars coming and going from these car parks at peak times increases the potential for accidents to occur.
We kindly suggest that all parents drop off and collect their daughters in the surrounding streets.
Parent Education Session
On Tuesday evening, we held our fourth Parent Education Session for 2016. Professor Gregory Murray delivered a presentation on Sleep, Adolescence and School. We had strong attendance at the session and many parents expressed an interest in some literature covering the points discussed, together with recommendations for further reading material. We are happy to share with you the following information from the Presentation.
Our next Parent Information Session will be held on Tuesday 21 June in Barbara Sutton Hall and is on a topic that should be of interest and concern to all parents. Linette Etheredge will deliver an important, thought provoking and at times confronting discussion called Let’s Chat About It.
This discussion will address the question Who is teaching young people about sex and relationships in the digital era? Whilst the internet is great for many things, information on this subject does not present good role model information for building healthy and respectful relationships.
A flyer for this event can be viewed HERE. Bookings are essential, please RSVP, but this will be strictly an Adults Only presentation, limited to only 80 places across the two Camberwell Grammar schools.
In Conversation with Alice Pung
On Thursday 9 June, Alice Pung, one of Australia’s most talented and celebrated young writers, will be visiting Camberwell Girls. During the day Alice will address all of the girls in Year 11 together with a handful lucky girls who will have applied to meet Alice through writing a submission explaining why they wish to participate.
In the evening at 7pm, in the Senior School library, all parents and girls are invited to RSVP their interest in attending the In Conversation. Alice, a child of Chinese immigrants, was raised in Melbourne’s western suburbs. She burst onto the literary scene when she was just 25 with her award-winning memoir, Unpolished Gem. A lawyer and teacher, she has written children’s and young-adult fiction, as well as a novel exploring her father’s experiences on the Cambodian Killing Fields. Pung conceived of and edited the hugely popular anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia, a collection of stories that give voice to the children of Asian immigrants. One of her recent books, Laurinda, explores the issues surrounding transition to a new school.
Come and hear one of Australia’s most sought-after public speakers discuss her life, work and influences. A must hear for all. A full flyer can be viewed HERE
Session Year 8 Camp
Our Year 8s have been on camp this week. The weather has been less than ideal but Mr Shane Maycock, the supporting teachers and camp staff have adjusted the program on a daily basis to allow a full schedule of activities. All students look forward to their own beds after a week at camp, but I think it may be especially true for this group. In the next CamNews we look forward to providing photographs and sharing highlights of their camp.
Remember that the CGGS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CamberwellGirlsGrammar and Twitter account https://twitter.com/camberwellgirls are a great way of keeping up to date, particularly when the girls are on camp.
Fitness Camp 2016
On Friday 29 April, almost 80 girls from Year 7- 12 attended the annual fitness camp – a highly anticipated event on the CGGS calendar. This year, however, was a little different in that the camp was hosted at Phillip Island. This allowed us to fit more into the weekend and participate in an even bigger range of physical activity than we have in previous years. It was so good to see the girls trying new activities, learning new skills and having fun at the same time!
Our theme for the weekend was ‘Olympics’ and on the Saturday night the girls all dressed up and participated in a Mini Olympics. The fitness activities included surfing, orienteering, team rescue, team building exercises, frisbee golf and yoga.
Overall, the weekend was a huge success, thank you to Ms Law and all the sports staff who made the weekend possible.
Year 10 Elective Geography Fieldtrip to Point Nepean National Park
On Thursday 28 April, the Year 10 Geography class went on a field trip to Point Nepean National Park, located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula.
The purpose of the field trip was to visit an Amazing and Impossible Place to collect data on management strategies and resource use to investigate how conflict arises over different viewpoints on development to attract visitors.
The group visited Gunners Cottage and walked a short distance through the endangered Coastal Moonah Woodland to the Point Nepean Cemetery. The Cemetery was built in 1854 to replace the old Quarantine Station burial ground, which became unsuitable due to beach erosion.
At Fort Nepean we saw many relics of the defence of Victoria – with military fortifications dating back to the 1880’s, from where the first shots were fired by Australia in both the First and Second World Wars.
On the way back to the Quarantine Station we stopped at Cheviot Hill where looked down at Cheviot Beach where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing on 17 December 1967.
Back at school, we are working collaboratively to devise a plan to improve the visitor experience by sustainably developing one site in the National Park. We thank Mrs Anderson and Mrs Broadbridge for taking us on this worthwhile excursion.
Mrs Trish Dolan, our Careers Counsellor, joined with recipients and their families at the presentation of this year’s Swinburne Scholarships. Mai Nguyen, Year 12 2015, was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. This prestigious award sees Mai receive an annual stipend for the duration of her degree, a one off payment towards an international study experience, as well as a guaranteed place in Swinburne’s student accommodation. Congratulations Mai.
Rozetta Kimber, also from Year 12 2015 received an Access Scholarship towards her studies in Business. Rozetta received one off payment to assist with her study costs. Congratulations Rozetta.
Monash University Scholarships
On Friday 6 May the Monash University Scholarships were announced. A further three of our Year 12 2015 students were awarded scholarships for the studies. The following girls are to be congratulated:
Karyn Zhang Monash Scholarship for Excellence and Equity
Annabelle Lee Monash Scholarship for Excellence and Equity
Olivia Staaf Monash Community Leaders Scholarship
Congratulations to Karyn, Annabelle and Olivia. We look forward to hearing more of their successes as they continue with their university studies.
Victorian Rhythmic Championships
On 1 May, Ashleigh Cheung (Year 8) competed in the Victorian Rhythmic Gymnastic Championships. She competed at Level 8 Nationals and came 3rd Overall, 2nd in Hoop and 3rd in Clubs and Rope.
As a result of these strong results Ashleigh has qualified to represent Team Victoria in the upcoming Australian Gymnastics Championships held from 30th May to 3rd June at Hisense Arena.
Both Yanny Wang, Year 10 and Marlee-Shae Holden, Year 12 will also representing Victoria at the up-coming Australian Gymnastics Championships
Congratulations to all the girls on their selection and we look forward to hearing about their achievements at the Australian Championships.
We have many opportunities for our students, particularly in Years 7 and 8, to extend themselves mathematically. We enthusiastically encourage them to get involved and have a go.
> Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (Year 7 & 8 students) – Begins Week 5 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 have taken place and the top 30 students will be chosen.
> Australian Mathematics Competition (Year 7 – 12) – Thursday 28th July
The Australian Mathematics Competition is a voluntary competition for all students across Year 7 – 12. Girls are invited to email Ms Kinnane with their interest to enter by the end of the school day Monday 18th May. For practice questions, follow the link http://www.amt.edu.au/wuamc.html.
> ICAS Mathematics Competition (Year 7 – 10) – Tuesday 16th August
All girls in Year 7 – 10 have been registered for the ICAS Mathematics Competition. It will involve students completing an hour long paper covering all five strands of Mathematics. Certificates and prizes are available for top performing students.
We look forward to our girls’ involvement in these competitions this year.
With best wishes,
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School