Senior School


Senior School

This is an interesting but long edition of CamNews for Senior School and while I’m appreciative that we all have competing demands for our time, there are so many important activities happening around the School that we would like to share with you.

The approaching end of Semester 1 means that our Years 10 and 11 girls have been completing examinations and the Year 11 and 12 students have all been undertaking the GAT. The students undertaking these examinations have appreciated the younger students showing respect and consideration to the signs requesting ‘quiet’.


SEQTA Semester 1 Reporting – Online Only

Information regarding Semester 1 reports is attached to this edition of CamNews. Please note that reports are only able to be accessed online via your SEQTA Engage login. Full instructions can be found here.


Year 7 Camp

Last week the Year 7s set off on their first camp together. We were located in Grantville, not far from Phillip Island. This was a beautiful part of Victoria and we were very lucky to have a week of amazing weather.

The highlights of our camp was canoeing and low ropes. It was a wonderful experience to be out on the water with our friends. We learnt many new skills and had to work with partners to manoeuvre the canoe.

The low ropes provided us with an opportunity to test our teamwork. In one exercise we had to find a way to deliver our team mates across two separate platforms along with a few household items. The only way we could accomplish this was by swinging on a rope without touching the ground.

The camp out was a challenge for most students as we were not used to sleeping in tents and using a ‘trangia’ to cook our food. This overnight stay showed us just how resilient we were. However, the beautiful bush surroundings and gorgeous sunset helped us see how lovely the natural environment is.

We were very lucky to participate in the challenge of high ropes, walking with Murrindindi, baking scones in the camp fire, patting the baby farm animals, yoga to relax, survivor games and a fun trivia night.

The Year 7 camp was a truly memorable experience. We are thankful to all the staff at the campsite and our teachers who joined us on this amazing journey.
~ Ashley Olsen 7P & Victoria Bruzek 7T


Visit the Google Headquarters – An Amazing Opportunity

We have been extremely fortunate to book a visit to Google Australia’s Office in Sydney on Wednesday 17 August for a group of students and staff.

During the visit students will be welcomed by Google staff, participate in a discussion with Software Engineers and experience a tour of their offices. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Software Engineers ranging from the tertiary courses required for Software Engineering to the quality of the food at Google.

The flight to Sydney will depart at 6am, with the return flight arriving in Melbourne at 8pm. The cost of the trip will be approximately $338, which includes the following:

  • > Transport to and from Melbourne Airport
  • > Return flights to Sydney
  • > Transport to and from the Google office in Sydney
  • > Lunch and dinner

All students in Years 7 – 12 have been invited to apply for a position on this amazing trip. Interested students are required to submit a brief Expression of Interest (no more than one page) highlighting:

  • > Why you want to go on this excursion
  • > What you hope to learn from this experience
  • > An example of when you have been inspired through a learning opportunity
  • > Three questions you would like to ask a Googler (Google employee)

Please email Expressions of Interest by end of Friday 17 June 2016 to Mr Brett Stout:


The 39 Steps

As part of the Theatre Studies Units 3/4 assessment students are tasked with putting on a play, but not just a small performance, a full-scale production. This year it was ‘The 39 Steps’. Each girl elects two areas of stagecraft and must contribute to putting on the production in those areas. However this year our class had an extra challenge, there were only four of us!

So the challenge began with electing our areas of stagecraft. We all chose acting and one other design area. Charlotte Lockwood chose Costume, Cindy Hu chose Hair and Make-up, Sarah Lammardo chose Set and I (Emily) chose Lighting. The next step was casting, which was done surprisingly quickly.

From then on our lessons were filled with rehearsals and a constant cycle of test, check, fix and finalise. We encountered our fair share of hiccups throughout this stage of developing the performance, but under the guidance of our teacher, Ms Keira Lyons, we became expert problem solvers and communicators. Finally, on 2 and 3 June we were privileged enough to share our creation with such enthusiastic audiences and suddenly, our hard work and long hours at School all had a purpose.

It often goes unknown the amount of work and dedication that is required to complete such a huge task as putting on a production. But I know that I can speak on behalf of our entire class when I say that this production has been an invaluable learning experience, and although in the end this whole experience comes down to a grade, it has become so much more than that to us.

A huge thank you has to go out to all of the people who helped us during the development of the production. These include our Year 10 helpers, our families, all our friends who helped paint, our mentors and experts who helped us develop/realise our designs, Mr Kim Perkins for fulfilling all of our technological needs and all the staff who did their part in supporting us. Most importantly we must thank Ms Lyons as this was as much her performance as it was ours and we have learnt so much from her this past semester.

But of course we cannot forget you, all the people who supported us by coming along and watching us perform. You are what makes all of our work worthwhile!
~ Emily Bennett, Year 12


Congratulations Veda! 

Year 10 student Veda Surapaneni, applied for and has been accepted into the Oxford University genetics program. Later this year she will travel to the UK to attend the course during the holiday period. Congratulations Veda.


Wontok Extreme Poverty Youth Conference

On Wednesday 25 May, our Social Justice Captains, Kaavvya Divakaran, Ellie Zhou, Sally Choi and Emma Campain, together with Mr Brett Stout attended the Wontok Extreme Poverty Youth Conference at Brighton Grammar. Wontok is an Anglican Church organisation that helps develop people’s skills to be social justice leaders and be equipped to create change.

“We started the day by listening to overseas guest Reverend James Bhagwan speak about his personal experiences working with Pacific people on the front line of climate change. Then, throughout the course of the day, we split into four separate groups and discussed the millennium goals, gender equality, learnt about developing countries and also played a fun card game relating to issues around the world. On this day, we became better social justice leaders and learnt more about climate change. This was an extremely informative and eye-opening experience for all of us.”
~ Ellie Zhou, Year 9


2016 yLead Conference

On Tuesday 31 May, Claire Bernabe, Stephanie Lysikatos, Natasha Ranasinghe and Sabrina Tse from Year 9 attended the annual yLead Conference in Melbourne. Entitled ‘Altitude Day’, the conference aimed to empower students to be positive leaders within the school and wider community.

On the day, our girls had the opportunity to network with Year 9 students from other schools, participate in interactive games and activities, learn valuable life and leadership lessons and be inspired by motivational and educational stories with a strong focus on learning how they can be the best possible leader.

There was a firm message that students don’t have to wear a badge or be elected to be a leader. Belle, from yLead challenged our girls to unlock their potential and turn their goals into reality.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the conference and look forward to taking advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.


Championship Cross Country

On Friday 27 May our Cross Country Team participated in the GSV Championship races held at Bundoora Park. After qualifying for Division Three at the Preliminary Carnival, the team managed to perform very well, placing 6th overall. Well done to Lama Halabi and Mia Sieber who both finished in the top ten for their races. Congratulations to all the girls who participated, we look forward to seeing everyone during the athletics season!
~ Olivia Lawrie & Melissa Poulton


Senior Victorian College Basketball Championships

Last week, nine Camberwell Girls participated in the Victorian College Basketball Championships held in Nunawading. We had the opportunity to challenge ourselves by playing against basketball academies and we played four, high standard games throughout the day.

For our first game, we played against Lilydale High. We played an exceptional game and were able to win by 6 points. This was definitely a confidence booster and we approached the rest of the games with a positive attitude.

Our second game was against the renowned basketball school, Box Hill Secondary College. While we did not win this game, we definitely put in our best efforts and had many amazing passages of play that impressed our coach. Despite losing, our positive attitude didn’t waver and we entered the finals knowing we were going to be competitive.

Our first final game was against Templestowe High, a school known for its basketball results. It was a very close and exciting game, which we won by only 2 points when Emma Campain scored the winning goal. This secured our position in the Grand Final against Box Hill.

With back-to-back final games, we rushed to our next court and prepared for the Grand Final. We were very competitive against Box Hill but after a narrow defeat we finished the day as runners up. Congratulations to everyone for a fantastic tournament and our amazing achievements against many schools that are renowned for their basketball results.

Thank you to Ms Jacqueline O’Neill for coaching and to the PE staff for their support and encouragement throughout the tournament.
~ Kate Sturzaker, Ariane Webber & Alexandra Sherrin


Parent Education Session

Let’s Chat About It hosted by Lynette Etheridge is taking place in Barbara Sutton Hall on Tuesday 21 June. A flyer contain detailed information for the event can be viewed here.

Bookings are essential for this strictly  Adults Only presentation. Limited to only 80 places – we encourage you to book now!



This past weekend the Saturday Netball BBQ fundraiser was a hit, we managed to cook and sell all the sausages. A big thank you goes to all the volunteers, especially the three Year 11 girls and a couple of younger girls who, together with supporting parents, learnt how to cook their first BBQ! All funds go towards the Saturday Netball Program and the fundraising BBQ is a huge help towards extra equipment and other essential resources.

To the netball side of things, the Year 5 Sapphires braced the early, wet and cold conditions yet again and, as always they put in 100% effort and determination despite the scores. The Year 6 Diamonds had an extremely tight match; the final result was 3-3 against the Ruyton Rockers. Both Year 7 teams won; Gems have managed to secure first place on the ladder whilst Turquoise have moved up to fifth, thank you to all the Year 6 and Year 7 fill in’s for these two teams over the past few weeks. Year 8 Tanzanites and Emeralds also won, both teams played terrific netball. Year 8/9 Gold and Year 9 Moonstones had a grudge match against each other, Moonstones secured the win but Gold demonstrated their best netball of the season. Year 10/11 Quartz won by one in a very tight match against Genazzano McKinnis. Congratulations goes to all teams.

All families please note there are no netball matches this Friday or Saturday due to the long weekend. Enjoy your break!


Last Friday our Senior AFL team completed a very successful season, thrashing Loreto 45-0 at Cooper’s Reserve in Camberwell.

The win capped off an undefeated season in B Grade with five victories being recorded with an average winning margin of eight goals. Incredibly, the team had only ten points kicked against it for the whole season – an average of two points a game.

The team was brilliantly led by Co-Captains Tiarnie Ellingworth (who scored seventeen goals for the season) and Melissa Poulton. They were superbly supported by our other Year 12 footballers: Sarah Gordon, Sam Rodgers, Charlotte Lockwood, Liv Lawrie and Emily Bennett. Laura King in Year 11 rucked tirelessly throughout each of the games, repeatedly giving our on-ball division of Tiarnie, Mel and Bonnie Thorn (from Year 9) first use of the ball at centre clearances.

The future is indeed very bright for AFL at Camberwell Girls with the majority of our team this year consisting of girls from Years 9 – 11 who have now all experienced a season (in some cases two) of AFL in the GSV Competition.


Year 10 Mentor Breakfast

On Tuesday morning the Year 10 students had their second Mentor Breakfast and past students Emma Casalaz (2015) and Jacinta Singh (2000) spoke to the students about the topic of ‘Making Decisions’.

Emma is currently in her first year studying Biomedicine at Monash University. One of the main points she spoke about was completing regular revision, which is distinct to completing set homework tasks. Emma also spoke about choosing subjects that provide breadth and those that interest you and that you enjoy. It was clear to the students that Emma had been thoroughly involved in all aspects of the School while she was here, she also maintained a part time job and felt that the time management required to be so involved provided her with fabulous skills of teamwork and organisation which she is valuing now in her busy university schedule.

Jacinta started out studying a Double Degree in Science/Law at Monash University and swapped to Commerce/Law. One of her first and most relevant points to the girls was that changing courses is possible and there are pathways to do anything that sparks your interest. Jacinta now works as as legal advocate within the Power Industry and uses her legal skills in advocacy with politicians and those looking into Solar Energy and Climate Change. Her advice to the students was threefold.

  • > Do subjects that you like and that assist the area you think you want to work in;
  • > Make sure you enjoy what you are doing as you will be spending over half your life doing it; and
  • > If you change your mind that is fine, as what you do now will not dictate your whole future and career options.

As Mrs Dunwoody and our teaching staff often do, Jacinta also suggested that girls look at on-line courses in their areas of interest.

The main point the students took out of this breakfast is that your career is a journey and you need to let it evolve to suit your skills and interests.

The Year 10 students joined in thanking Emma and Jacinta, Mrs Trish Dolan (Careers Counsellor) and Mrs Karen Bartram (Alumnae Relationships Coordinator) for their organisation of this breakfast. We also extend our thanks to Pinwheel and Co for providing a delicious breakfast of pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup and fresh fruit.


USA Trip 2017

Our next Science and History Tour of the United States is in 2017. Please find more information here.


White Ribbon Benefit Concert Postponed

Unfortunately due to diary clashes, it has been necessary to postpone the White Ribbon Benefit Concert due to be held at Camberwell Girls next Friday 17 June. The event has been rescheduled to take place in Term 3 on Tuesday 16 August. Please stay tuned for updates.


Sports Jacket and Vest Recall

With the end of term approaching, a reminder to parents following an email sent to all families in May. Earlier this term we were advised by our uniform manufacturer that the Camberwell Girls sports jackets and vests supplied to us for sale in 2016 had not undergone the waterproofing process during the manufacturing of these garments.

We have now been provided with replacement waterproof jackets and vests for any family who may have purchased these garments between January and April this year. These will only be available for collection until the end of Term 2 from the Uniform Shop located at our Senior School campus in the Woodstock Building.

The Uniform Shop is open on the following days each Term:

Tuesday      12.30pm – 4.00pm

Friday          12.30pm – 4.30pm


With best wishes for a relaxing long weekend,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Pastoral Care

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