Senior School


Senior School

September 4, 2020

One of the highlights for me each year is the Winter Sleepout. This year, our Service Learning Captains Emily Hoyle and Annaliese Cossenas along with Head of Service Learning, Ms Jennifer Gordon, took this event to a new level with the students who took part during the Stage 4 lockdown, ensuring we still lived out our School motto “Utilis in Ministerium”. This year, our support of the Salvation Army was made even more tangible with numerous CGGS families taking part and gaining an insight into the importance of the work undertaken by the Salvation Army to assist the homeless people of Melbourne throughout the pandemic. Congratulations and thank you to all participants.

Last week our School Captains, Felicia Spiridonos, Laurya Dang-Nguyen and Loren Palma, affectionately known as FL2 conducted their final assembly for 2020 and this Tuesday School Sports Captain, Michaela Robinson was responsible for our Sports Assembly. Michaela interviewed international soccer player Melina Ayers. By clicking the link below, you can hear this interview, plus watch a video of sports highlights Michaela had created for what would have been our annual Celebration of Sport Dinner which should have been on that night. Michaela, like all our other 2020 School and House leaders, has enthusiastically led Sport in a mostly remote yet successful mode this year. Well done Michaela and to all the House Captains and House Sports Captains. Your efforts have ensured we have all kept exercise a part of our balanced lives.

Yesterday our VCE teachers, students and their parents met for their remote Learning Conversations. This was once again a highly successful afternoon and evening where feedback on the academic progress of our students was discussed in each of their subjects. The timing of these discussions being vital in the lead up to the trial GAT, Enhancement program, trial examinations and the actual GAT and examinations in October and November. Prior to the end of this term all our VCE teachers will have completed their course content with the students. Next week, we are conducting a special VCE Information Session with the students, to assist with their holiday time management and routines and then the planning for the run home to the examinations to make sure they hit their peak at the right time.

I wish you all a restful weekend.


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School


Winter Sleepout

On Friday 28 August, CGGS students across all year levels rugged up and got into their sleeping bags for the annual Winter Sleepout. The night started off with a zoom call and a talk from Grace, who works at the Salvation Army. Grace talked about homelessness in Australia and gave insight on the struggles these people face every day, which really opened our minds and made the sleepout so much more meaningful.

Hearing Grace speak at the sleepout provided us with some great insight on the reasons that cause people to become homeless and she gave the encouragement to not make judgements about how and why people end up where they are. Listening to this talk was really valuable as it cleared up many of the common misconceptions surrounding homelessness and reminded us to always treat homeless people with respect and compassion as we have no idea about their personal circumstances.

After the talk, we were given time to do some activities. Some of us called our friends whilst others played it out in a friendly game of online Pictionary. We ended the night with a movie, Despicable Me, as we curled up and got ready for the night.

While raising our awareness, the Winter Sleepout was also a great way for the girls involved to feel more connected to the Camberwell community and overall was a really successful night!

The money raised from the event will be going towards donating supplies to our local Salvation Army centre which will be given to people in need.

Emily Hoyle and Annaliese Cossenas
Service Learning Captains

House Celebration

In preparation for the House Celebration Day being run on September 11, we take this opportunity to celebrate and look forward to what will occur next week. The House Captains and various student leaders have been instrumental in ensuring each House community remains connected through various activities, group collaborations and exciting challenges. Term 3 has seen bookmark challenges, Zoom background artwork, students leading and mentoring their peers, Heads of House and Departments mentoring House leaders and some laughter release through an entertaining game of House Bingo and Scavenger Hunts of all things House colours!

Students have been engaging in Yammer pages in various ways and for some sneak peeks and clues as to what is being produced behind the scenes for House Dance, Drama and Music, students are encouraged to check their House Yammer pages. You will see just how adaptable, flexible and resilient our leaders and participants have been engaging through Zoom, problem solving technological issues with the House Technical Captains, practising performances and providing feedback as a team, and using technology to enhance the overall product you will see next week.

The entries for the House Zoom background challenge are looking great so far! See below.

Don’t forget, Friday September 11 will see CGGS celebrate House communities, the only way we know how during our 100thyear… virtually! Details will be emailed to students for the day starting with a live Webinar featuring your Heads of House, House Captains, School House Captain and introductions to the day’s activities. Parents and our community will be sent details of how to view performances next week.

Shane Maycock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular


Alliance Française Oral Examinations

Every year, our Year 12 French students participate in the Alliance Française Oral exam. The oral exam is 9 minutes in duration and contains 2 parts: General Conversation: (4 minutes) where the examiner asks general conversation questions related to the student’s personal world and their interactions with the French language and culture as a learner and then the presentation of a subtopic & discussion (5 minutes) where the student chooses one of the subtopics studied during the year and has a discussion with the examiner about that. As you can imagine, this is very challenging for the students but it is also excellent practice for the VCE Oral examination which our students are taking part in on the 13th October.

The Alliance Française are notoriously rigorous examiners and so I am very excited to be able to congratulate all of the Year 12 participants for their excellent results and in particular, to Felicia Spiridonos and Haylie Cheng who achieved full marks and are going through to the finals on 12 and 13 September. We wish them all the best for the ensuing 4-minute conversation in French with two examiners.

Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE


German for your future – German Career’s Day

The VCE German students at CGGS had the opportunity to take part in a virtual German Careers Day, organised by the Goethe Institute Melbourne to inform students about opportunities to study in German after school and pathways to use their German language skills beyond school in their chosen field.

The keynote speaker on the day was Jens Hoch, Head of Culture of the Embassy of Germany in Canberra, and after his opening speech, students could choose what presentations they wanted to attend. Of great interest was the presentation on opportunities to study in the field of the science, the arts or business, including international affairs. Students were given valuable tips and information on the fees, application and related processes. What makes study in Germany even more attractive to students, is that universities in Germany are entirely free and that many overseas students are accepted into programs across Germany.

To end of the day students were invited to watch a current German movie “Cleo – if I could turn back time”.  The movie follows the story of Cleo, who feels a special affinity to her hometown Berlin, but her deepest desire is to turn back time to undo the death of her parents with the aid of a magic clock which was stolen and has been missing since. The story takes viewers on an adventure through the city of Berlin, revisiting many cultural sites that the students have learned about in class.

Finally, the students reflected on the day and this is what Annaliese Cossenas had to say:

The Goethe institute’s virtual careers day was both interesting and informative. As someone who has been learning German for a number of years I have often thought about how after high school, it will be very odd for me to not have to go to German class every day. I attended the first Information session of the day, which was about German exchange opportunities in University and how to approach studying in Germany full time. It was amazing to see that I could spend time in Germany immersing myself in the culture and improving my language skills whilst studying what I’m most passionate about. It’s something I am certainty interested in doing and will be looking more into it in the near future!

Ingrid Beck
German Teacher


Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society School Maths Olympics

At the end of August, 10 CGGS Students from Year 10 and Year 11 participated in the Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society School Maths Olympics. The School Maths Olympics is a fast-paced competition that combines mathematical problem-solving ability and teamwork.

Our students worked through 3 rounds of 8 problems in a one-hour time limit, with each round getting progressively harder. I was very impressed with the leadership skills each student demonstrated. Skills of delegation, collaboration, communication and a whole host of problem-solving, and mathematical thinking skills were constantly on display.

I would like to congratulate the following students for their efforts:

CGGS Team 1: Nicole Chang, Emily Lin, Phoebe Jiang, Scarlett Wei and Shuhan Zeng

CGGS Team 2: Catherine Hu, Breana Li, Aleen Liu, Karen Ng and Suzy Zhu

They represented our school with fantastic enthusiasm and pride.

Anthony Pasinati
Head of Mathematics

Virtual Travel to Paris

With all of us spending days on end at home with little variation to our routine, many of us have engaged in a little virtual travel. Sitting in the comfort of our loungeroom perhaps looking forward to a summer holiday at the beach, or further afield to a time when international travel is again possible.

In these times of limited travel opportunities, Year 9 French students have been enjoying some virtual travel by researching a trip to Paris, to show off their new mastery of the past tense. They described their itinerary in a blog format, with some on a class Padlet, so they could enjoy sharing each other’s travel tales. Click below to expand and view some of the girls work.

Miriam Hoffman
French Teacher

Book Club in Lockdown

Throughout lockdown we have been so lucky to be able to continue with Book Club through zoom. It has been such a great way for the girls to stay in touch and all come together over a common love for reading.  As Literature Captains ,it has been difficult to keep coming up with new ways to make Book Club online just as fun as in real life, however we have managed to come up with a few. Last lockdown, we started the initiative of all reading the same book and then having a discussion afterwards, the girls had three books to choose from, from three different genres; romance, crime thriller and fantasy. It has been really rewarding to hear all of the girls’ enthusiastic discussions about their chosen book. We also introduced a bookmark competition for the girls to compete in, they had to create a bookmark for one of the chosen genres above. The girls’ designs are amazing and it is so cool to see how talented they all are. Overall it has been a great experience to be able to stay all connected in such challenging times.

Ella Barmby and Renee Fong
Literature Captains

The Art of Technical Drawing

Technical drawing is difficult at the best of times, there’s strict rules that must be followed, there’s the marriage between maths and art but it all came together for the Year 9’s creating drawings of bedrooms both fact and fiction. Students were able to produce work on either a manual or digital platform using the methods and considerations of isometric drawing.

The girls have absolutely blown their teachers away with their ability to engage in complex thinking and apply it to new work. What lucky teachers we are to have such fabulous students who excel in every circumstance. Artwork above by Daisy Wang, Min Yang, Ella Watson and Jasmine Muniratna

Rachael Miller
Head of Art


The Evatt Cup

This term, four teams of Year 10 students, comprising Olivia Jones, Emily Lin, Charlotte Lindsay, Ruvi Suriyapperuma, Charity Tu, Nancy Huang, Millie Bishop and Harkee Judge, have been competing in the Evatt Cup. This is a national competition run by UN Youth Australia in which teams of students represent countries and participate in a Model UN Security Council.

Each team is required to research their country, develop and propose amendments to resolutions, and use their negotiation and communication skills to persuade other teams to support their amendments. This year’s competition is online, so students also had to master the art of negotiating with other teams via technology rather than a physical negotiation room.

All the teams performed well, with Olivia Jones and Emily Lin selected to compete in the Victorian Semi-Finals later this month. Charlotte Lindsay and Ruvi Suriyapperuma have been selected as an emergency team.

Congratulations to each of the students involved – their level of engagement, input and positive attitude was noted by the organisers.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development