Senior School


Senior School

August 9, 2019

The Secret In The Wings

Without doubt the highlight of the past fortnight in Senior School has been the 2019 Senior School Production, “The Secret in the Wings” by Mary Zimmerman. The culmination of many hours of rehearsal, set and prop development. As well as all the passion and creative juices of so many students and staff led by Keira Lyons, our Head of Drama and Performing Arts were put into this show. Ms Lyons never ceases to amaze the entire CGGS community with the productions she is able to produce each year and the heights she takes them to.  She is a magnificent mentor to our students and along with her fellow Drama teachers, has ensured Drama is a subject and elective of choice and an extremely popular co-curricular activity.

While Ms Lyons wrote in her Director Notes of growing up with “The Adventures of Charlie Cheesecake” a rhyming flip book with the adventures of young Charlie, I grew up with my Mum reading from an original edition of Peg’s Fairy Book, written and illustrated by Peg Maltby. I adored these and other stories in my childhood and have the book lovingly stored away in readiness for future generations.

Having attended all three evening performances, I discovered new elements and saw diverse aspects of the play through sitting in different places each night. Each intertwined story, Left in the Forest, The Three Blind Queens, The Princess Who Wouldn’t Laugh, The Three Snake Leaves, Allerleira, Seven Swans and Stolen Pennies, were magnificently woven together by Heidi and Mr Fitzpatrick. There were so many outstanding performances and the singing was stirring. We are all so proud of the over 140 students involved in the cast and crew. While it is not possible to mention and thank everyone, I would like to make special mention of Director/Production Manager, Keira Lyons and Assistant Directors, Sally Oliver and School Drama Captain, Maddy Brake. Congratulations on 4 sold out shows! On behalf of the school community, thank you.

CamberWELL Week

This past week, CGGS has celebrated CamberWELL Week and we thank Student Representative Council Chair, Genevieve Alexie and School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot for organising a wonderful week of activities. These included Beanie Day, a fabulous International Concert, a very popular Jumping Castle and Scrunchie Day.

Wellbeing at CGGS is based on the understanding that high levels of wellbeing act as a catalyst for academic achievement and ultimately life satisfaction and success. A sense of connection and belonging, both at school and within a wider community, gives each of us a relevance beyond ourselves. CamberWELL week is about acknowledging how important a sense of wellbeing is through connection with and giving to others.  Activities throughout the week included some exercise through organised sport activities, feel good energy from a jumping castle, giving to others though the Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraising activity, connection with our international students through a lunchtime concert, giving to others by raising funds at a Service Learning BBQ, supporting the work of Amnesty International through today’s Scrunchie day and chocolate toss.


Beanies for Brain Cancer

In our Senior School Assembly this week, Year 12 student Maddy Brake, School Drama Captain, supported by her sister Jessica (Year 10) and their mother Litsa, spoke to the students and staff about their journey of losing their father from Brain Cancer 6 years ago.

For many years now Maddy has wanted to find her voice to speak about this illness and decided a few months ago that now was the time before completing her schooling at CGGS. So, within the supportive environment of CGGS, Maddy spoke about her father’s battle and urged us all to wear a beanie in support of the Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer charity. If you would like to add your own donation to our collection please do so via

Maddy shared with us how close to her heart this charity is, after her own father was diagnosed with brain cancer, 12 years ago when she was in Prep. Maddy was so young when her father received his diagnosis, that at the time she didn’t fully understand what it meant for her family. Life became a routine of hospitals and medical appointments and her father spent 6 years trying many different treatments and was frequently in and out of hospital.

Sadly Maddy’s father passed away 6 years ago and as a family, his presence is missed every single day.  Maddy’s hope is that we all take a moment to make a contribution towards finding a cure for this type of cancer. The more money for research that is raised, the higher the chances of there being a more positive outcome for families in the future.

We fully appreciate how hard it was for Maddy to speak openly of her experience, but we are all so very proud of her and all her achievements both at school and more broadly.


Year 7 2020 Assessment Day

Today we welcomed 106 students keen to become members of the Class of 2025, our Year 7 students for 2020. The students took part in a series of academic tests to assist their teachers for next year in creating programs to best suit their range of capabilities. They were also extremely well embraced into the school community by the current Year 7, 11 and 12 students who led the fun activities that took place throughout the day. Many thanks to all the students and staff who assisted in the organisation and coordination of activities today.


Digital Wellbeing Article #3
Ring, Ring… does anyone ever call anymore?

The ABC conducted a survey about smartphone use as part of the 2017 Australian National Science Week and its results may or may not surprise you, depending upon your age!

Dr Kathy Modecki from Griffith University, states that “the way individuals are interacting with their smartphones across the day, and in their lives and relationships, is very, very different by age cohort” (2017). The younger you are, the more likely you are to use your smartphone as a “mini-computer”. It appears that using it for actual telephone calls and even texting is perhaps old fashioned, with these uses being favoured by the older members of our society. You might like to take a closer look at your family members’ smartphone usage to see how it compares with the survey’s findings.

It is not unusual to want to know what is considered to be the ‘right age’ to give a child or teenager their own smartphone. Whilst the trend is for smartphones to be adopted at an increasingly younger age, unlike driving a motor vehicle, there are no laws or even rules to follow. Having said that, the following guidelines from on promoting safe, responsible and enjoyable smartphone use may be of assistance to your family.

> Discuss and aim to agree on what responsible and respectful smartphone use looks like for your family, for example, valuing other family members by putting down smartphones when talking to each other.

> Value the importance of sleep by keeping smartphones out of bedrooms either all the time or at an agreed upon time, for example, an hour before children and adults’ bedtimes.

> Role model positive behaviour, for example, not using smartphones during family meal times.

> Find ways to share how different family members are using their smartphones, for example, listening to new music, editing photos, discussing newsfeed items etc.

You may wish to view these and other guidelines including safety, security and managing data costs at


ABC. (2017). Smartphone survey: the fascinating differences in the way we use our phones. Retrieved from (2019). Responsible mobile phone use for children and teenagers. Retrieved from

Felicity Carroll
Digital Literacy Coordinator JS & SS


Winter Sleep Out 2019

On Friday evening, 26 July, a group of 40 students and a small group of teachers, took part in the annual CGGS Winter Sleep Out. A unique event that is a clear demonstration of the school’s commitment to serving our local community. This commitment has been undertaken and reimagined through many generations of Camberwell girls over the years, however the Winter Sleep Out has been a tradition for many many years now.

The night began with rain. Lots and lots of rain. Girls donned layers and raincoats as they set up their sleeping bags and mats arranged outside the Cafe, in front of the Staff Room and Makerspace. We gathered in Robinson Hall to have dinner together, on the Menu were 2 Minute Noodles and Cup-a-Soup sachets. One of the highlights of the night came from our guest speakers Kate and Meg, from the Salvation Army, who ran a session on the importance of home and allowing us to reflect upon the importance of having a sense of belonging.

After this session, we ran a “Build Your Shelter” activity where the girls split up into teams and were challenged to make a shelter to fit two members of their group in only using newspaper and tape. Points were given for creativity and structural integrity. Another highlight of the night was the traditional shop down at Woolworths. Groups were all tasked with purchasing different items of need such as sanitary products, canned foods and tea and coffee. Overall, we purchased $840 worth of shopping to donate to the Salvation Army. Needless to say, carrying all of these items back to school up Burke Road was a serious challenge.

The night was a great success and it was so exciting that so many girls getting involved.

For the Year 12 students this was their last Sleep Out, they leave behind a legacy of instilling the willingness to do their part and get involved with the younger girls. An extra special shout out to the Year 11s and 12s who had School Tours early Saturday morning right after packing up the Winter Sleep Out. Thanks also to the teachers, Ms Gordon, Ms Watkins, Ms Kosowski, Mr Henderson, Mrs Campbell and Mr Maycock, who got involved and supported us on the night.

Natasha Parsons & Josie La
Service Learning Captains

Biennial Anglican School Service at St Paul’s Cathedral

A group of CGGS students, led by School Captains, Nikki Chen, Ellie Zhou and Stephanie Lysikatos, as well as School Faith and Worship Captain, Isabella Lincke and School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot joined with students, Chaplainsand Principals from 29 Anglican Schools at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 31. The Service began with a sea of school banners, carried by representatives of each school, in a lengthy procession, which included the Archbishop of Melbourne, The Most Reverend Philip Freier, and regional bishops.

The congregation experienced the joy of singing with the Cathedral Organ, and some contemporary hymns were ably supported by a band from St Paul’s Warragul. During the service, the Lord’s Prayer was spoken in six different languages and one of our Year 11 students, Jennifer Fan, said the prayer in Mandarin. An offering was received for the Bible Society’s Indigenous ministry projects. For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are Christians, most have never heard the Bible in their own language or dialect. There is currently only one full Bible in Australian Indigenous Language: Kirol. Overall, it was a happy gathering, which gave students the opportunity to worship in a beautiful space, and to see more clearly the connection between Anglican Schools and the Anglican Church.

Helen Creed
School Chaplain

2019 Monash University Accounting Case Study Competition – WINNERS!

In 2017, the Monash University Business Faculty launched the first of their now annual Accounting Case Study competitions. The competition is part of “Monash Accounting Week” and is open to Victorian VCE and IB students enrolled in Business Management or Accounting.

The competition involves students working either individually or in teams of up to three people over a four-week window to analyse a business scenario and write a formal business report making recommendations about what the business needs to do to improve.

This year, six of our Year 12 Accounting students formed two teams and both teams made it through to the finals. This in itself was an outstanding achievement, as the task is of University standard and it takes a significant level of motivation to take on something additional of this nature in Year 12. Jessica Lu, Dorothy Zhang, Tracy Chen, Madeleine Georges, Jessalyn Tan and Irene Xian are all congratulated both for their effort and the level of expertise they were able to demonstrate.

Ours were two of three competition finalists with each team required to make a ten-minute presentation to a panel of judges, followed by five-minutes of question time. It was a fitting reward when Madeleine, Jessalyn and Irene were announced the winners of the 2019 Monash University Accounting Case Competition!

In addition to each member of the winning team receiving $200, CGGS received a $1,000 prize and a plaque acknowledging our winners. As their teacher, I could not have been prouder of the way both our teams approached this task and competed. The prize for me was seeing the performance of six confident young women who are clearly ready to take the next steps as independent learners.

Ali Larkey
Head of Commerce

German Poetry Competition

The 2019 AGTV German Poetry Competition saw CGGS students from Years 7-9 compete against other 2nd language German students reciting a poem in German. The competition’s criteria had a core focus on proficiency, the presentation, knowledge and understanding ofthe chosen poem.

Selected German students all competed at a school level for the German Poetry Bonanza and presented a German poem to their teachers.

The regionalfinalswere competed at PLC against other schools including Scotchand Trinity. While the students waited to present their poems, there was the opportunity to socialize with the other students while enjoying some refreshments.

The day was successful and a great experience for the CGGS students. All of the students were proud of their achievements as they all performed high-level poems.

Congratulations to the Year 9 German students, Sarah Hui, Olivia Jones, Nicole Chang, Chloe Law, Megan Kuo and Priyanshi Shah for their fabulous Group Performance, which resulted in them coming second overall. Moreover, we congratulate Nektaria Toscas, who came second in the Year 8 individual category and we wish her best of luck to in her advancement to the State Finals.

2019 Global Village Bilingual Children and Youth Speech Competition

Last week,Madeleine Giagoudakis (Yr 8), Aalisha Wong (Yr 10) and Chelim Lee (Yr 11) participated in the 10th Global Village Bilingual Children and Youth Speech Competition hosted by GoodTalk Culture Communication Singapore in conjunction with Xinhuanet and Ministry of Education, China.

Organised by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Victoria, (CLTAV), the event was held from 26 – 28 July.  On the Friday night, participants had to deliver a 2-3 minutes speech in Chinese on the topic of “China in My Eyes”. More than 90 students from many schools around Victoria competed to secure a place in the final round. Madeleine and Aalisha were among the 30 successful candidates selected into the final competition.

Thirty pairs were then formed with each comprising one Australian student and one student from China. On Saturday, Madeleine and Aalisha teamed up with their students from China, and jointly constructed and prepared their speeches. During the speech, the Chinese student would present in English, while the Australian student presented in Chinese.The final competition took place on Sunday hosted by Fintona Girls School. Both Madeleine and Aalisha received a third prize. Congratulations to Madeleine, Aalisha and Chelim for their hard work, their passion and the confidence they have displayed on the stage. Well done, girls!

Lin Zhang
Chinese Coordinator & Chinese Teacher

Another Successful Year of Senior AFL!

Recently, the Senior AFL team at CGGS completed their AFL season with a hard fought victory over nearby rivals, Fintona, in what was the first Pride Match staged between the two schools. The Pride Match which was devised by our Head of Sport, Ms Lauren Law, in acknowledgement and support of the LBGTQI+ community. Our hope is that this will become an annual event in the Senior AFL Calendar. To mark the occasion, all members of the team were presented with special football socks to wear during the match.

Prior to the Pride Match, the Senior AFL team had completed yet another undefeated season in B Grade of the GSV AFL Competition. This makes four years in a row with our Senior Team being undefeated. Throughout 2019 the team has recorded victories against Ruyton, MLC, Loreto, Strathcona and Lowther Hall to finish on top of their division.

This year, the team was brilliantly led by Co-Captains, Zoe Giagoudakis, Bonnie Thorn and Samreen Kaur. The Best Player Award was presented to both Samreen Kaur and Louise Zhang while the Coach’s Award went to Tilly Dunn.

A feature of the team this year was the fact that thirteen Year 12s regularly participated on Friday afternoons in the GSV Competition. It is a testament to the culture and spirit of the team, that these girls found time in their busy schedules to take part each Friday afternoon.

One of the Co-Captains, Zoe Giagoudakis summed up the season the following way; “Being privileged enough to participate in AFL at Camberwell since Year 7 has been a valuable opportunity; it has allowed me to form friendships with older and younger girls, be lucky enough to play the reconciliation matches and play a sport that I love. It has been an honour to be a part of this tight knit football community in which everyone supports one another in an effort to create a fun, inclusive and motivating environment which empowers girls to play such an exciting sport.”

While debutant Ashley Olsen shared “As a new girl on the scene, it’s fantastic to feel so welcomed and encouraged as part of not only the team, but also the legacy that has already been paved, and hopefulness for the future. Our CGGS players’ abilities to go hard and fast at the ball, but at the same time be caring and thoughtful off the field makes me proud to have the opportunity to uphold our school’s success in our fourth consecutive year of victory.”

In concluding, certainly one of the further highlights is the large number of Old Girls who played GSV AFL at CGGS who have now continued their love affair with AFL by playing for local clubs and Universities in the nearby leagues.

Andrew Burnell
Senior AFL Coach


Each year, as part of the Wellbeing Program, CGGS hosts PROJECT ROCKIT to deliver their innovative and empathy-based workshops about tackling bullying. Thankfully and due to our school values and clear expectations we do not experience examples of bullying very often in our school community, however the skills of being an upstander and empowering young people to make change at a societal level is an important goal.

PROJECT ROCKIT creates spaces where all young people have access to respect, acceptance, creative expression and real leadership skills. The passionate young presenters were able to engage and empower CGGS students to lead positive change at school, online and beyond.

Included below is a report from some of our Year 7 students about the PROJECT ROCKIT experience.

On Monday August 5 two presenters for Project Rockit came to highlight strategies for coping with bullying.

Different types of bullying were highlighted, and we were encouraged to find calm ways of dealing with any difficult situations. The slow clap and yelling Barbecue were suggested as strategies. Let us hope we do not have to use these!

Whilst none of us has ever experienced bullying in Year 7, it was a timely reminder that not everyone is as kind. Thank goodness, we are all understanding of each other’s differences and qualities. Respect and care of each other is something we all value and as a year level, we are all very united.

Isabella Wood, Clarissa Wong, Kiki Page and Madeline McDonald
7W & 7B

I wish our entire CGGS community a restful weekend.



Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School