Senior School



Senior School

It is fair to say we all benefitted greatly from the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. For the Year 10 and 11 students who have commenced their Semester One Examinations, this came as a timely extra day of revision.

On Wednesday those students undertaking a Unit 3/4 VCE subject sat the General Achievement Test (GAT). The GAT is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, mathematics, science and technology, humanities, the arts and social sciences. This is taken by all Victorian students prior to completing their VCE. This 3 hour examination includes 2 essays and 70 multiple choice questions.

Wednesday was a fun filled day for the other year groups in Senior School, with the Year 7s venturing into the National Gallery of Victoria and St Paul’s Cathedral for their annual Art and RE excursion. The Year 8s enjoyed Medieval Day, while the Year 9s took part in the Enlighten Education Day.

On Thursday and Friday the Year 9s continued their special program with two days on Artificial Intelligence. This two day event was designed to enable our Year 9 students to explore the exciting world of AI through multiple lenses, culminating in the completion of the AI For Good Challenge, a joint partnership project of Australia’s Education Changemakers and Microsoft. I went and viewed some of the session just before a break and chatted with the students to see how they found it. The feedback was extremely positive, with the girls sharing that not only was the topic interesting, but the delivery by the presenters was very engaging. Mrs Dunwoody also joined the students for some of the session and will be sharing more about her thoughts on this area of STEAM in the next CamNews.

We wish the Year 7 and 8 students and their teachers all the best for their up-coming camps next week at Jungaii and Yarrawonga. I take this opportunity to thank Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-Curricular Programs and the two Year Level Coordinators, Mrs Jenine Caruso (Year 7) and Mrs Kim Hepworth (Year 8) plus their dedicated team of camping staff for their organisation and participation on these camps.

Next week our Year 10 students will also be on their Work Experience and we wish them well for these experiences. Thanks to Mrs Trish Dolan for all the work she has done to assist the students in organising their placements.


Digital Wellbeing

Have you googled anything today? Perhaps you preferred to use voice assistant technology such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa to ask a question. The constant evolution of technology is changing what we’re able to do and how we do this, i.e. our behaviour. For example, it is not uncommon to see toddlers playing games or watching Pepper the Pig’s YouTube channel on an iPad or a mobile phone and all whilst in a stroller! This is something that many of us reading this article couldn’t have imagined when we were children. Similarly, monitoring our fitness with smart watches or streaming Netflix on a mobile phone was unheard of just a few years ago.

What do all of these technological and behavioural changes mean for us at CGGS and how might they be impacting on our digital wellbeing?  A team of staff from the Junior and Senior school has begun investigating these questions during Term 2 as part of our Digital Wellbeing initiative. Our aim is to collect data of current technology usage and behavioural trends, including any concerns, from our parent, staff and student groups early in Term 3. This data, as well as parent, staff and student focus groups will help inform our Digital Wellbeing initiative.

We encourage you to read the Digital Wellbeing articles that will appear in each edition of Camnews this year. We intend to examine the potential impact of technology for pre-schoolers, early childhood and teenagers. Survey results from our community will be shared along with strategies that promote digital wellbeing. Your invitation to participate in Focus Groups will also be included in Camnews.

Felicity Carroll & Cathy Poyser 


2018 Premier’s Awards

Earlier this month, on Monday 3 June, Mrs Dunwoody joined with two of our Year 12 students and their parents at the 2018 Premier’s VCE Awards. The awards were presented in front of 100 guests, with 290 award recipients from across Victoria recognised for their exceptional study outcomes in 2018.

Jessica Lu and Madeline Li both received Premier’s VCE Awards for their achievements in Chinese Second Language (Advanced). The awards recognised the outstanding results achieved by both Jessica and Madeline, as well as paying tribute to the principals, teachers and families who played an invaluable role in supporting the girls during their studies.

After Year 12, Jessica is planning to study Finance at Melbourne University, hoping to work in a financial  institution. She has a passion and great interest in working overseas or for a business that is in partnership with international associations. She wants the opportunity to gain experience and interactions with people from various backgrounds and nationalities. Jessica believes her ability to communicate in a second language and her overall communication skills are essential in those fields, as will open up more opportunities for her to work internationally.

Post CGGS, Maddie is hoping to pursue her dream in the medical field. She strongly believes that the ability of being bilingual will significantly assist her future career, whether it be along the path of learning, or having the ability to help more vulnerable patients with varied cultural backgrounds. Regardless of what the future holds she finds it an honour to be fluent in both Chinese and English, and hopes to utilise such privilege to have an impact on the society, even a minor one, in the future.

Congratulations to you both and we greatly look forward to hearing more of your learning journey as the years progress.

Enlighten Education

Year 9 students commenced their special program of pop-up learning events with the Enlighten Education incursion on Wednesday. Founded by Danielle Miller, Enlighten Education is a leading provider of personal development workshops for girls. The students participated in a series of workshops led by the effervescent and energetic Nikki. These workshops are carefully curated each year by the wellbeing team to respond to emergent trends in issues facing adolescents and particular cohorts of students.

This year, the year 9s undertook the following workshops:

Forever Friends

Research tells us that friends are more important to teenagers than their parents or teachers. How do we make friends? Who should we make friends with? How should friendships be maintained? How do we decide if a friendship is helping or harming us? This workshop addresses these issues and equips the girls with the necessary skills to make safe, important decisions about their friendships.

Stop I Don’t Like It

Every girl is concerned about her personal safety. Setting personal boundaries, safe partying, handling inappropriate text messages, managing conflict and using the internet safely – these skills are all vital. This workshop focuses on what’s right and what’s not right and how to tell the difference.

Real Girl Power

This workshop explores the women’s movement and the history of feminism.

What has changed and why for women? Who have been our change makers?

What does the sisterhood really mean to us 21st century girls?

Chill Out

Relaxation, visualisation techniques, massage and more.

Learning how to manage stress effectively is essential for our modern lives. Relying on crutches like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other unhealthy behaviours is destructive and wasteful. In this workshop we encourage girls to seek balance in their lives and teach them some skills to achieve it. We also teach skills to help them cope with exam and assessment pressure to help enhance performance. These strategies are fun, affordable, and will fit into any girl’s hectic lifestyle.

Love the Skin You’re In

This is a core unit that will provide a context for all the day’s activities.

Negative stereotyping, sexism, media images, the fixation on being thin, these are all issues today’s girls are facing. In this workshop we encourage girls to critically evaluate the messages that bombard them every day and develop strategies that help them respond intelligently and objectively.


Year 9 Model United Nations Convention (MUNC)

A fortnight ago, all Year 9 students were involved for a day in a Model United Nations Conference (MUNC) held at CGGS as part of their study of Power and Justice in Year 9 Commerce.

The program was led by nine volunteers from UN Youth Victoria who, throughout the day, worked closely with our students to guide them through the process of resolving issues that are shared between nations. Students were divided into one of three “Chambers” for the day where they were guided through the process of negotiating two resolutions to current world issues – one relating to Foreign Aid and the other to Gender Equity. Throughout the day,  students acted as representatives of one of the current member states on the UN Security Council. They debated the proposed resolutions from their own country’s perspective, propose amendments and ultimately to try to reach an outcome that was acceptable to all at the negotiating table.

Debates were formal but vigorous! Despite the formality of both the language and processes involved, the MUNC provided our Year 9 students with an authentic learning experience that enabled them to develop and apply crucial 20thcentury skills. These skills included critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication and empathy at the same time as highlighting the value of effective research and planning.

While many students found this activity initially challenging, their reflections suggest they gained significant benefit from the opportunity and enjoyed its “hands-on” nature.

As part of the Year 9 Commerce teaching team, Annie Wilson and James Henderson put in a huge amount of work behind the scenes to make bring this task to life and I thank them both sincerely for their energy and input. Likewise, UN Youth were both generous with their time and extremely enthusiastic participants in what was an excellent day in the Year 9 teaching and learning calendar.

Year 10 Excursion – Holocaust Centre

In late May, Year 10 History students visited the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick as part of their study of World War II and the Holocaust. The Centre serves not only as a memorial to commemorate those whose lives were taken by the Holocaust, but also to educate future generations so that this significant historical event is not forgotten.

Our students were fortunate enough to be able to listen to a Holocaust survivor, Wolf Deane, who shared his experiences of learning English in the Lodz Ghetto, and his constant hunger while in Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Students were acutely aware of their privilege in being able to discuss this experience with Deane, and ask questions of him. With the passing of time, there are fewer survivors left to share these stories, and the duty to do so will be passed to their descendants. The excursion involved a tour of the exhibits, and an opportunity to see artefacts and hear stories that go beyond the classroom learning experience. Students were invited to consider what role race, ethnicity, and religion play in our society, and to reflect on our shared humanity. Amongst the stories of grief and despair, students found other stories – those of hope, and of people risking everything to help others. As our final act of reflection at the Centre, three students volunteered to light a candle for the Memorial Room.

Memorabilia Box Incursion

Last week, our Year 9 students undertook some hands-on learning with artefacts on loan from the Australian War Memorial. As part of their study of Australia’s involvement in World War I, our Year 9 girls went back in time to put themselves in the shoes of young Australians going to war in 1915. Students handled and discussed both authentic and replica uniforms, kits, medals and postcards to gain a deeper understanding of how Australians experienced war a century ago. See two reflections below from some of the students.

Interacting with items from the Australian War Memorial was a great learning experience because it deepened my understanding of the ANZAC uniform and what it would have been like in the first world war. The woollen jacket and water canteen were surprisingly heavy and with the added weight of rain or drinking water, this would surely have added an extra challenge to the soldier’s days. Although the memorial plaques were saddening and the discussion of trench foot disturbing, it was amazing to feel a real slouch hat with a rising sun badge, and see the emu feathers that would indicate a soldier was part of the Light Horse. It was very emotional to read a pure, sweet love letter between an ANZAC soldier and his dearest, which conveyed the sense of duty the soldiers had to Australia. Overall, I feel privileged to have had this incredible opportunity to connect with Australian history.

Bethany Orme, Year 9

Being able to examine real artefacts from WWI gave me a better understanding of what war was like for the soldiers and their families. Wearing the heavy wool coat that a soldier would have worn, and looking at memorial plaques that families received, made what we had learnt feel real, instead of just something we had looked at in class.

Megan Kuo, Year 9

German Film Festival Excursion

On 29 May the Year 8 and 9 students studying German went on an excursion to the German Film Festival in the CBD.

On one of the coldest days ever recorded in May, the group travelled by train to the Kino Cinema on Collins Street. No cinema experience would be complete without some treats from the Candy Bar to accompany our  immersion in the German language.

The film Mountain Miracle (Amelie Rent) focused on the journey of a young girl, Amelie, who was born with severe asthma and struggled to come to terms with her illness. In a humorous way the film displayed how everyone needs to respect their body and strive to achieve their goals in life despite all the challenges they might experience.

Earlier this term the Year 9 German students created a video together and entered it in the AGTV (Association of German Teachers Victoria) 2019 Short Film Festival. The film was called Schule im Jahr 2050 (School in the year 2050). The girls had to produce a film no longer than 3 minutes on the topic of a sustainable future. As part of our excursion the girls were thrilled to be awarded runners-up and received a prize of a $50 cinema voucher which they may spend together on a German film of their choosing. Congratulations girls!

Year 7 Religious Education Excursion

On Wednesday 12 June, the Year 7 students took part in the annual RE excursion to St Paul’s Cathedral and the National Gallery of Victoria. The weather bureau had told us we could expect heavy rain, but we made it to Camberwell station without incident, and in fact got through the whole day without anything worse than getting slightly damp. We went first to Federation Square, and then across to the cathedral, which is the mother-church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. We spent an hour exploring the various aspects of the cathedral and its ministry to the city of Melbourne, with the help of question sheets and helpful cathedral guides.

For example, did you know that the elaborate pattern in the floor tiling has one deliberate imperfection in it, to show that nothing on earth is absolutely perfect? Well it’s there, and some of the Year 7’s know exactly where to take you if you ever want to see it.

After the cathedral we walked – again in rather a hurry because of the drizzle constantly threatening to become heavier – across Princes Bridge to the National Gallery in St Kilda Road. Two form groups went on guided tours, this time of religious themes in art, led by expert NGV guides. One group started by being led into the spiritual experience behind Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Red), and then went on to contemplate Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ and explore the intricacies of the 15th century Flemish altarpiece, among other things.

After the tour, and a break for lunch on the floor in the Great Hall, the form groups swapped with the other two forms, and undertook their own more free-range exploration of the gallery, under the direction of two of our own CGGS art teachers. We looked especially at the current work and installations of the contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

At the end of the visit we walked back to Flinders Street Station, again avoiding the rain as much as possible, for the trip back to Camberwell. It was a very full day, and as always, a learning experience that drew richly on some of the truly wonderful resources we are privileged to have in our home city.


Blackpool Dance Festival

We have some wonderful dancers within the school, many you will have seen earlier in the year during House Dance. A number of our students also compete in a range of dance disciplines outside of the school, both for pleasure and in competition.

Emily Zhang, Year 11, has been dancing for half her life and began dancing competitively at the age of 9. Her love of dance, has presented her with some amazing opportunities to travel the world to compete in different competitions. Emily enjoys the art form of dance, but even more so, the intense physical challenge and the competitiveness of the events.

In May, Emily competed at the Blackpool Dance Festival, the most prestigious DanceSport competition in the world. The competition was held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England and ran over the course of two weeks. Emily and her dance partner placed 33rd in the Amateur Rising Star Ballroom and 70th in the Amateur Open Ballroom. Both events had approximately 170 competitors each so they were very happy with their results.

Emily found it inspiring to be surrounded by world class dancers, while also having the privilege to dance to the live Empress Orchestra. The Winter Gardens building itself is not only architecturally stunning, but has a fascinating history. The building was built in the 1870’s and has hosted many musical and dance performances, as well as annual conferences of British political parties and trade unions. The owners claim that every British Prime Minister since World War II has addressed an audience at the venue.

Congratulations to Emily and her partner Alan.

GSV Championship Cross Country

Last Friday, 33 students participated in the GSV Championship Cross Country Carnival held at Bundoora Park. Despite the cold and wet weather the girls displayed fantastic enthusiasm and positivity throughout the day.

The Juniors were first to compete and it was evident that their commitment to early morning trainings sessions had paid off as they competed with the best in the competition. Ribbons were awarded to the top 10 places and we had two outstanding results from Bella Fary who finished 3rdin Division 3 and Madeleine Giagoudakis who finished 9th. Bella Fary was also awarded a medal for finishing 10thacross all three divisions which is a fantastic effort out of 240 competitors. These results, along with the other Junior competitors outstanding contributions, saw CGGS take home the Junior Division 3 Trophy for 2019.

The rain picked up in the afternoon, creating a muddy and slippery track for the Intermediate and Senior girls. They should be very proud of their performances with the Intermediate student’s placing 5thand Seniors placing 8th.

None of this success would have been possible without our amazing and dedicated coach Jo, who ran all our training sessions. Congratulations to all the girls who consistently attended training and participated in both carnivals, well done on a fantastic Cross Country season.

Although Cross Country is over for another year, Wednesday and Friday morning training sessions will continue as we prepare for our Preliminary Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 13 August. We encourage as many students as possible to come along to these sessions. With so many different track and field events to choose from, athletics caters for everyone so meet us in the gym at 7am next week and give it a go. 

Lucy Bartram (Yr 12) & Michaela Robinson (Yr 11)

 Trainee Hockey Coaches

This year we were offered the opportunity to pursue our passion for hockey by helping coach the Intermediate CGGS Hockey team. We attended early morning training sessions on a Monday, running the warm up and helping the girls improve their skills. We were excited to see everyone was enthusiastic and energised at every session despite the icy cold mornings. In addition to the training sessions, we accompanied the girls to their four games, helped organise the interchange bench and enjoyed watching their skills in action.  As the season progressed, a noticeable bond was obvious amongst the girls as they learnt how to play collectively, using every player’s strength to their advantage.

We have both played GSV Hockey for a number of years and are passionate supporters of the game. I, Michaela began playing hockey in Year 7 and over the past few years have built up my ability to play various positions. I, Laney started playing in Year 3 and have continued to play at school and externally for the Waverley Hockey Club. We both love the inclusivity of the sport and how it challenges players to think outside the box in high pressure situations.

Throughout the season, we have learnt that everyone has their own strengths and that encouragement, both on and off the pitch, can go a long way.

We extend a warm thank you to Ms Law for letting us develop our leadership skills as well as guiding us and the team through what has been a great season.

Laney Kritekos & Michaela Robinson (Year 11)



In support of Reconciliation Week, all CGGS Netball Teams wore special bibs during their matches representing the school last week.

Highlights from Round 8 include, the Year 7 Pearl defeated KD Fireworks 12 -11. The CGGS team were down by 7 goals at the 3 quarter time and in the last 10 minutes of the game. Pearl had a 8 goal turn around, all girls lifted and played their best netball.

Year 8 Silver had a close game against MLC Pearls, but CGGS Silver played a great defensive game and defeated MLC Pearls 6 – 4.

Year 9 Amber were unstoppable in Round 8, keeping Ruyton Rosellas to 5 goals whilst CGGS Amber scored 36 goals, the team was great at converting turnovers from fantastic defensive pressure.

Year 10 Gems got off to a great start against Genazzano Lewis, Gems played a fantastic team game and all players had terrific timing across the court, defeating Genazzano Lewis 27 – 4.

Year 11 Tanzanites versed a tough team, yet the CGGS girls showed great sportsmanship and defeated Genazzano Layton 10 – 6.

Both Year 12 CGGS teams had great wins in Round 8 and both teams are comfortably in the top 3 on the ladder.

Congratulations goes to all teams and best of luck in Round 9.

Victorian College Basketball Tournaments

It’s been a busy term for the CGGS Basketball Squads as they have been trialing and training for the prestigious Victorian College Basketball Tournament.

Congratulations to the following girls who were selected and participated in these tournaments.

Junior Squad
> Jessica Terlikar
> Madeline Mcdonald
> Madeleine Giagoudakis
> Lille Osborne
> Catia Cococcia
> Amy Dingle
> Elena Ronaldson
> Lauren Woodward

> Ella Robertson-Brown
> Emma Daffy

Intermediate Squad
> Isabel D’Souza
> Alice Wilson
> Emmelyn Choo-Lambropolous
> Ashley Olsen
> Ruvina Suriyapperuma
> Sarah Stephen
> Amy Dingle
> Chelsea Ellingworth


Last Friday, 7 June, a group of Year 7s and 8s drove out to the State Basketball Centre to compete in the Victorian College Basketball Competition. It was great to attend a day full of fun and competitive basketball. Everyone had a go and participated with much enthusiasm and effort. As the day progressed you could see the girls improving and really working together as a team. CGGS ended up with one draw and three wins, just missing out on the finals by a small percentage.

The Intermediate team competed in a round-robin tournament on Thursday 23 May at Nunawading Stadium. This tournament was of an exceptionally high level and the girls performed admirably on the day against very tough competition. Throughout the day, the girls worked very well as a team, displaying good skills and tactics. Everyone should be very proud of their commitment to the squad and all they have achieved this season.

Thank you to old grammarians Tiarnie Ellingworth and Emma Pearce (2016) for coaching these squads and we look forward to seeing many more girls join the CGGS Basketball Squad for GSV Basketball in Term 4.

Amy Dingle (Year 8)

Parent Education Seminar

On 4 June in conjunction with Camberwell Grammar School, we welcomed Maree Crabbe to CGGS.

Maree is the Director of the violence prevention project, Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. She is also is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast on the SBS in Australia and in 11 other countries. As well as, The Porn Factor, broadcast on the SBS. She is also author of In The Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published in online and print media.

Maree addressed parents on the Tuesday evening, after having spoken also to all school teaching staff at the end of the school day. We have received favourable feedback from both staff and parents and are happy to be able to share some of her resources with you via the button below.

I would also encourage you to also visit her website

I hope you all have a very enjoyable weekend.


With best wishes,


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School