From the Chaplain



From the Chaplain

This year Easter Sunday falls on the last Sunday of the Term 1 holidays. That means that our Junior and Senior School Easter services, held at St Mark’s this week, are a little early!  The Easter story is at the very heart of Christian faith, and actually every single Sunday of the year is a ‘mini-Easter’ celebration.  Every Sunday the Church gathers to renew our hope in the divine light, a light that has the power to shine in the darkness, and that cannot be overcome by anything else in the world.

Jacinda Ardern has recently spoken about New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’, and our hearts have gone out to the people of Christchurch, many of whom are struggling to feel secure again after very recent earthquakes, and now a most heartless act.  In the face of such darkness, the Church does not bring easy or trite answers.

It has become common-place amongst young people to say that “everything happens for a reason”, but who would want to say that to the people in Christchurch?  What the Christian faith does dare to say, however, is that no amount of darkness can put out the light of God.  These cruel events confront us with the reality of evil, and the terrible devastation that lies in its wake.  But, as we have seen over the last weeks, evil does not have the last word.  Light continues to shine in the acts of compassion and kindness offered by so many.  The light of the many candles that have been lit reflects the light of humanity, a light that finds it source in the merciful heart of God.

As we celebrate Easter this year, let us pray for those who find themselves in darkness; let us look for signs of the divine light that will not be overcome; and let us give ourselves anew to that rule of light, and be glad.

Here is an ancient prayer that you may like to use in the weeks leading up to Easter.

My dearest Lord,

be thou a bright flame before me

be thou my guiding star above me

be thou the smooth path beneath me

be thou a kindly shepherd behind me

today and evermore.

ST COLUMBA (521-597)


May I wish all our school families light and hope during this Easter season.

God bless!

Helen Creed
School Chaplain

Friday 5 April 2019

In this final edition of CamNews for Term 1, we celebrate the amazing achievements of our Junior and Senior students in what has been an action-packed but most enjoyable start to year.


At CGGS we don’t do Homework, we do PACED Home Learning!

Senior School

The past fortnight in Senior School has been filled with wonderful opportunities for our students.


Junior School

A very exciting final fortnight at Ormiston with numerous events taking place.


Diary Dates

The following events are taking place in the first week of Term 2


Senior School



Senior School

The past fortnight in Senior School has been filled with wonderful opportunities for our students. They will all be looking forward to their Easter break and some time to relax.

The House Dance performances on Friday 22 March made for a truly spectacular night. Some of these girls spent the next day and night at the Hawthorn Relay for Life. House Music Auditions took place in the week of 25 – 29 March and a number of Senior School students then headed off to Phillip Island for Fitness Camp, while parents and staff enjoyed the Autumn Fiesta. Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association for organising this night where our community mingled with friends old and new and enjoyed catering and drinks provided by Pinwheel & Co.

This week we have enjoyed success in the pool with our students representing CGGS at the GSV Swimming and Diving Finals Evening. Both our Intermediate A and Junior A Softball teams have played off in GSV Grand Finals at Jells Park. Rev Creed led a number of students from the Mustard Group in our very special Easter Service at St Mark’s, and we said farewell to our students and staff attending the inaugural Literature Tour of the UK.

Term 1 has flown by and our new Year 7 students now feel very much a part of the CGGS school community.

Thank you to all the students, staff and parents for their involvement in the various aspects of school life throughout this term. I wish all our families a Happy Easter and a safe holiday break.

Warm Regards,


Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


House Dance

A stellar night of dance was had by all on the Friday 22 March. With over 200 students participating in this year’s event, the crowd was at capacity in Barbara Sutton Hall.

Our adjudicator for this year was Sofie Burgoyne – an international dance practitioner whose work utilises performative practices as public acts for personal, social and political encounters. Sofie was most impressed by the energy and engagement shown by our students and awarded the following Houses in each category:

Best Theme: Schofield 

“Really appreciate that your “socially engaged theme” has also had a “socially engaged” process of making. This is representative of very sophisticated “community arts” projects.”

Best Middle School Group: Lawrence

“Energetic expression from all cast members, which made it a piece extremely enjoyable to watch.”

Best Senior School Group: Taylor

“Affective use of “cool” attitude / energy for the robbers characterization. The style of dancing matched the character well.”

Overall winning House for 2019 – Schofield!

Congratulations to all participants – what a magnificent way to kick off our Performing Arts events for the year. Good luck to all of our House Music Captains for their upcoming event next term.

Literature Tour

24 students departed Tullamarine Airport yesterday morning, travelling with Head of Library, Mrs Anne Devenish, PE/Health and Science teacher, Ms Liza Stevens and Library Assistant, Ms Ren Pennessi – on the inaugural UK Literature Tour. The group’s itinerary includes visiting many famous landmarks in London, Chawton, Winchester, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Hawworth and Windermere.  The group will return to Melbourne on the Thursday 18 April.

We wish them safe travels and very much look forward to hearing of their adventures next term.

GSV Junior Softball

On Thursday 28 March, both the Junior Softball A-Grade and B-Grade teams competed in the GSV Junior Softball Finals at Waverley Softball Grounds in Jells Park. Both teams had trained hard and showed great spirit throughout the season to go through the home-and-away season undefeated. As a result, they finished top of their zones and were presented with the Zone 4 Winners Pennants and qualified for their respective Finals competitions.

The A-Grade team (above) played against Sacre Coeur. It was a tightly fought contest with both teams playing at a very high level and after 4 intense innings, CGGS came out on top to win the game 11-10.

The B-Grade team (above) played against MLC. The girls played the match with high levels of energy and gave everything they had, but MLC proved to be too strong, eventually winning the game 17-5.

It has been an exciting week for the GSV Intermediate A and Junior A Softball teams, with their Grand Finals being played at Waverley Softball Centre, Jells Park. With both teams having solid Semi Final victories last week over Ruyton and Sacre Coeur respectively, players and coaches were primed and ready for the task ahead. On Wednesday night, in a highly skilled and tight contest, the Intermediate team were unfortunately defeated by Korowa and were crowned runners up for 2019. In an impressive display of their skills late in the game, the crowd appreciated some big hitting, incredible base stealing and excellent fielding.

Backing up on Thursday night, it was the Junior’s turn to see if they could bring home the coveted title. Having fought and won their semi-final by one run the team was feeling nervous but eager to get the job done against their rivals OLMC. After being sent in to field, our girls put their excellent skills to use immediately and achieved 3 outs without a run being scored. A solid hitting display by CGGS followed in the first innings and set the scene for the rest of the game. Some brilliant catches, 2 double plays and some awesome base stealing ensured the final result went our way, eventually being crowned Premiers with a 12-7 win.

It has been an absolute privilege to train and coach this group of dedicated and highly skilled students. Their passion and knowledge of and for the game is displayed each time they take the field and we are incredibly proud of their efforts throughout a long season and are already looking forward to doing it all again with them in 2020.

Congratulations girls! A phenomenal result – GSV A Grade Junior Premiers and GSV A Grade Intermediate Softball Runners Up for 2019.

A special thanks also to Mrs Debbie Dunwoody, (who in her own playing days was an A Grade Softball Catcher), for being the assistant coach of the Junior team this week and for filling the role with expertise and enthusiasm.

Thank you to Ms Liza Stevens, Miss Sophie Brugliera and Mrs Nareen Robinson for all their help with coaching the teams this term.

Mrs Robinson & Ms Stevens
PE Staff

Simpson Prize

In the last Camnews we shared news of Holly Williams being recognised in the 2019 Simpson Prize Competition. In assembly this week we were pleased to announce that Rachel Wong, Year 9, has been recognised for her essay entered into the competition. Rachel received a Highly Commended Award for her writing and we are extremely proud of this acknowledgement. The essay topic for the Simpson Prize this year was “To what extent could 1918 be considered a year of victory for Australia and its people?”.

Congratulations Rachel.


Relay for Life

Over the weekend of 23 – 24 March, 25 CGGS students were part of the Cancer Council’s annual Hawthorn Relay for Life. The challenge was to have at least one member of the team walking the track at all times from 3.00pm on Saturday to 10.00am Sunday, in turn raising money through sponsorships. This involved a lot of walking, little to no sleeping while camping out, together with a positive attitude, a lot of food, a lot of blankets. There was an overpowering sense of community spirit and drive to make a difference in the lives of those past, present and future who have been or may be affected by Cancer.

Half way through the relay there was a paper bag ceremony where we had a moment of silence for all those who have been, are or may be touched by cancer. Teams placed paper bags lit up with lights along the walking track. Written on each bag and differentiated by the colour of the bag, were the names and messages for those who have passed on or who are currently fighting cancer. The impact of seeing how many paper bags had been placed along the track gave just a tiny insight into the amazing difference cancer support services can make in the lives of someone battling this disease. Needless to say, this ceremony brought many of us to tears and showed us the tangible difference between simply donating to a cause blindly and actually taking action and being part of a larger symbol all across Australia for those who have been touched by Cancer. It sends a message that they are not alone, and they are part of a broader network of community members who will be there to support them when they cannot support themselves.

As CGGS we felt proud to be part of this event, doing what we can to make a difference in the lives of these individuals and families.

A huge shout out to our two Year 7’s, Imogen and Ella, who joined our team not knowing each other or anyone else in the group but who really wanted to join in and do their part to make a difference. They were able to leave this event with the knowledge that they had made an impact. They also gained a whole load of older sisters at the school who will be there to steer them in the right direction. A special mention to Imogen who wore her white and pink Unicorn Onesie the entire time no matter how hot she was and acted as a proud team mascot.

Another important shout out to Mrs Dunwoody and Mrs Paula Kolivas who arguably had the worst shift of supervising us from 12.00am to 3.00am. Thank you to Mrs Dunwoody for being more awake than any of us during that time and to Paula for bringing us brownies when we needed them most.

Walking away from this experience I was reminded of the importance of being involved and putting your hand up for things because you never know where it could lead you. As one of the Service Learning Captains this year I aspire to encourage other girls in younger year levels to share in a passion for Service Learning. I know that even after I leave school this year, I will be leaving behind a school filled with young girls who are passionate to see change and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and take action to achieve it.

Natasha Parsons
Year 12 Service Learning Captain

Year 9 Commerce – Election 2019

For the first time in 2019, students in Year 9 have the opportunity to undertake a core study in the area of Commerce. As part of our Term 1 focus, students have undertaken a dynamic unit of work relating to Power & Democracy. The culmination of this unit was the planning of an election campaign and a simulation of the electoral process. On Monday 1 April Year 9 students took part in a school wide general election. The event was a showcase of their campaigning across a range of current political issues and ability to influence voters via a democratic process.

Earlier in the term, once students had been allocated to one of eight political parties, they were set to work and asked to collaborate to produce a range of outcomes:

> Naming their party including the development of core values and branding that would allow them to stand out during the campaign.

> Policy development, which including preparing a position on issues such as the date of Australia Day, off-shore processing of asylum seekers and potential changes to Australia’s freedom of speech legislation.

> The creation of relevant advertising material including “How to vote” cards, a thirty second commercial, a webpage and an impassioned speech delivered by the leaders of each party.

Once preparations were completed, it was time for the CGGS community to cast their votes. Nervous parties continued to lobby until the final votes were cast whilst key members performed various official roles. These included electoral officers, vote counters and scrutineers.

Election day proved an overwhelming success with close to 300 voters having their say. As polling booths closed and votes were tallied, an incredibly close count highlighted the importance of preferences with the race narrowed to two parties. Eventually the Global Party claimed victory by a narrow margin over its rivals.

All students of Year 9 and, more importantly, all members of each party, are to be commended for their planning, preparation and professionalism both during the campaign and on election day. This entire unit of work highlighted the valuable nature of immersive learning and students of all political persuasions are to be congratulated on their efforts.

James Henderson
Year 10 Coordinator & Commerce Teacher

The NES Show

During our previous assembly on 25 March, we launched the pilot episode of ‘The NES Show’! The show’s name was inspired by the catchy acronym of our names (School Captains – Nikki, Ellie & Stephanie), cleverly thought of by Mrs Poyser. One of our main goals for this year is to strengthen our school community, hence we thought to feature members of CGGS on our talk show.

Our special guests were Miss Tan (Maths teacher), Mr Loff (Maths teacher) and Mr Clark (Geography teacher), or as we have called them, TLC!  We thought TLC would be perfect to feature on our show as they are all new teachers to the school this year. Throughout the show, we discovered some fun facts about them, and discussed how they perceive our theme of this term, ‘zeal’, in the school community. TLC shared their admirable observations about our girls’ positivity and enthusiasm towards participating in recent events such as House Dance and House Athletics.

Thank you to TLC for being fantastic guests on our show. We are so excited to continue ‘The NES Show,’ and to get to know more members of the CGGS community in our future episodes.

Nikki Chen, Ellie Zhou & Stephanie Lysikatos
2019 School Captains


National Schools Convention

From Tuesday 19 March to Thursday 21 March, I was honoured to be among 24 other Victorian delegates, who travelled to Canberra to attend the 24th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC).  A total of 120 students from all parts of Australia were involved in the Convention held at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House.

The topic for this year was – ‘A new constitutional preamble for Australia?’ Along with delegates from other states and territories, I came to Canberra not knowing much about the Constitution, let alone what a preamble was.

We were incredibly fortunate to hear from federal government members Tony Smith MP (Speaker House of Representatives), Dr Andrew Leigh MP (Federal Member for Fenner) and Senator Sue Lines (Deputy President of the Senate), as well as university Professors and High Commissioners of other countries. Through our engagement in Panel Sessions and meetings, we had the chance to extensively discuss our views on the current preamble and how the Constitution could be better improved.

After analysing and considering appropriate alterations, we were divided into 10 working groups to compose our own preamble. By the end of the Convention, a winning preamble was voted and a referendum was held to finalise whether or not our new preamble should be implemented to precede the Constitution. This was concluded with a national and state majority of “yes” votes from the students.

Our time at Canberra truly opened doors for all 120 national delegates. Along with amazing ambience at the Parliament House and an official dinner at The High Court of Australia, the opportunities we had to listen to speakers and voice our own opinions made the experience an incredible highlight.

Emily Zhang
Year 11


Year 7 Ancient Australia Incursion 

This week the Year 7 students were engaged in an Ancient Australia incursion with Murrundindi, tribal leader of the Wurundjeri people. They were privileged to have access to many Indigenous Australian artefacts, including some belonging to William Barak. Students were given the opportunity to engage in the work of historians, investigating artefacts to make sense of the past. This gave students a more complete understanding of the culture of the original inhabitants of this land, and will be a strong basis for their next unit of study.

Saturday Netball

The CGGS Saturday Netball season has begun for 2019 and already all teams have embraced all weather types.

The Year 7 teams welcomed new members, with Year 7 Pearl playing a wonderful first game, defeating MLC Waratahs by 2 goals. Year 7 Quartz had a tough first game against Genazzano Brazil, the girls have trained well since and will put in 100% for their next game.

Year 8 Silver played well in round 1, only going down to Flames by 4 goals. Year 8 Sapphires played a great defensive game against Ruyton Renegades, Sapphires put out a great fight but Ruyton were too strong in the end. Year 8 Jade got off to a great start against Fintona Ferns, the CGGS team jelled nicely together and defeated Ruyton 16-8.

Year 9 Gold were defeated by Genazzano Watts 12-7 in round 1, but the girls played a fantastic team game last Saturday and defeated Strathcona Sunset by 6 goals, all girls have improved tremendously. Year 9 Diamonds started the season on a high, all playing well together and took the victory over Fintona Femmes by 3 goals. Year 9 Aquamarines were up had tough opposition in round 1 and will be looking to beat MGGS Tornados later in the season. Year 9 Amber had to seek for fill ins in round 1 and went down to Genazzano Gooden 26-5.

Year 10 Turquoise had a very close game against Genazzano Molik, only going down to them by 1 goal, the CGGS team will be looking for the win next time they play. Year 10 Gems came up against tough opposition in round 1, MA Moonlight were unstoppable in their attack end.

Year 11 Tanzanites have got off to slow start to the season, the CGGS team are looking forward to playing their best netball in round 3. Year 11 Emeralds got off to a fantastic start last Saturday, they were up by 1 goal at half time, but Ruyton Rubies were unstoppable in the second half and defeated Emeralds.

Year 12 Crystals had a close game against MA Lightning, CGGS were down at the 3rd quarter break, but the team played well in the last quarter and defeated MA Lightning by 1 goal. The Year 12 Moonstones got off to a slow start for their first game back and ended up going down to Genazzano Pitman in round 1.

Congratulations goes to all CGGS Saturday Netball Teams.

Lexie Joyce
Saturday Netball Coach


Fitness Camp

Last weekend, the CGGS fitness camp travelled to Phillip Island for an action packed weekend. Despite the cold weather, the girls were eager to participate in surfing, yoga, boot camp, fitness games and beach activities. These experiences enabled students to develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills and work with girls from other year levels.

The traditional Saturday night festivities saw students and staff dressed up in many creative costumes with the theme, ‘Around the World’. Our Sports Captain, Lucy Bartram, did a fantastic job organising the night’s activities where students had to create mascots and team tshirts, as well as answering some challenging quiz questions and competing in a variety of team challenges. The competitiveness of the night activities were a highlight and certainly displayed the friendships that have formed between different year levels.

Thank you to the staff for their help throughout the weekend to ensure it was a successful and enjoyable camp.

GSV Finals Evening


Well done to Anabel Car, Ella Robertson-Brown, Scarlett Giang, Xara Anderson, Monique Thorp, Emily Price, Sofia Sanfilipo, Sophie Chang and Izzie Wood who qualified for the Girls Sport Victoria Swimming Finals Evening last Tuesday.  With a large crowd of parents and students cheering from the sidelines, the girls show cased their skills at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

They were very competitive against the top swimmers from 24 GSV schools, recording some personal best results. The girls are to be commended on their hard work throughout the season and we look forward to their future success.

Ella Robertson-Brown
100m Freestyle
50m Breaststroke
50m Freestyle
Freestyle Relay

Emily Price
50m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly
50m Freestyle
Medley Relay

Scarlett Giang
50m Backstroke
Freestyle Relay

Anabel Car
50m Butterfly
50m Backstroke

Medley Relay
Izzie Woodf
Sofia Sanfilipo
Sophie Chang
Emily Price

Freestyle Relay
Ella Robertson-Brown
Scarlett Giang
Xara Anderson
Monique Thorp




Tuesday evening saw the top 10 divers compete in each level (Senior, Intermediate, Junior) at the GSV Finals Evening for Diving at MSAC. Ella Robinson (Year 9) competed in the Intermediate division for CGGS after qualifying through her exceptional performance at the Championship Carnival with a score of 95.35. At finals evening, girls have to perform 4 dives from at least 3 different categories, either from the 1m or 3m boards. Ella completed all dives from the 3m and is to be congratulated on a very successful diving season where she has shown both leadership and commitment to both her own development and  to the overall team.

Junior School



Junior School

Staff Farewells

Jo Whiffin – Junior School Librarian

Jo Whiffin has been a staff member at Camberwell Girls Grammar School since 2008 and has been a Class Teacher, Physical Education Teacher, Art Teacher and our Junior School Librarian during these twelve years. The highlight of her time at Ormiston has been her time in the Junior School Library. Throughout her time as Librarian, Jo has always demonstrated a passion for literature and through this passion, our Ormiston students have quickly generated a love of literature.

A major part of Mrs Whiffin’s role as Librarian was to organise our annual Book Week activities for all the classes in Junior School from Early Learning to Year 6. Each year, Mrs Whiffin promoted this event and students were actively involved in recognising shortlisted books and award winners. Mrs Whiffin would put on special activities in the Junior School Library at lunchtime and students would have the opportunity to explore Book Week and its new theme each year. We say ‘Thank You’ to Mrs Whiffin for opening up the Library during lunchtimes and for promoting a love of books and literature at Ormiston over many years.

Kathryn Brandt – Year 4 Class Teacher

I would like to thank Ms Kathryn Brandt for her contributions to Ormiston over the last four years. During this time, Kathryn was a Year 4 Class Teacher for two years and a Year 2 Class Teacher for two years and one term. Some of our school community may know that Ms Brandt was a student of CGGS and spent six years from 2001 to 2006 at Senior School. In 2017, Ms Brandt became our Digital Learning Leader and her expertise was invaluable in establishing our 1:1 iPad Program and recommending numerous apps for students to experience. Her expertise extended to establish a CyberSafety program and specific units for teachers to utilise. Additionally, an important part of her role as Digital Learning Leader was to coordinate co-curricular activities and school relationships such as the Australian App Challenge, Code for the Future and Code Club with Bob Norton-Baker from Telstra. As a school community, we all wish Kathryn all the best as she moves to live full-time in the Mornington Peninsula region.


Foundation – Year 6 Ormiston Spirit Awards

It was wonderful to see so many parents attend our Ormiston Spirit Award assembly last Wednesday 27 March. At this assembly, we were able to recognise the efforts of our students from the start of the year. The Ormiston Spirit Award reflects students that have shown a Growth Mindset in all of their class learning and co-curricular activities, and who are willing to take risks, learn from their mistakes and demonstrate the school values of Respect, Commitment, Integrity, Hope and Courage in all that they do.

Each Foundation- Year 6 student that receives this award was given a certificate as well as a distinctive Ormiston Spirit Award badge. This badge is proudly worn by the student throughout the year. Only one student from each class and one student from a specialist subject are selected by staff for this prestigious school award.

Congratulations to the following students:                                              

Foundation S
> Chelsea Wang

Foundation R
> Lucy Wang

Year 1G
> Ivy Xie

Year 1J
> Elfie Fan

Year 2S
> Aaratrika Kadam

Year 2B
> Georgia Papadopoulos

Year 3C
> Eden Chia

Year 3L
> Minaaz Kaur

Year 4H
> Emily Wong

Year 4G
> Elsa Cao

Year 5D/K
> Christina Weickhardt

Year 6R
> Sarah May

Year 6C
> Cate Mead

> Aurelia Poon (Foundation)

Physical Education
> Rachel Duong (Foundation)

> Mia Chapman (Year 6)

> Maya Waide-Hee (Year 4)

Chinese (Mainstream)
> Ashanti Rajakulendran (Year 4)

Chinese (Enhanced)
> Jade Wang (Year 2)

> Madeleine Huynh (Year 5)


Foundation – Year 6 Mountfield Maestros

Last week, many students from Foundation – Year 6 participated in our Term 1 Mountfield Maestros event. This event encourages students to play a musical instrument in front of a small and supportive audience of family and friends. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nichole Adams and Penny Byrne, our Junior School Music Teachers for all their planning and hard work in organising such a successful event. I would also like to say Thank You to our two Student Music Leaders Jessica Wu and Suwedha Ranjith for their introduction and conclusion at both events. Congratulations to the following students who did their personal best during this important school event:


Gina Yu – Piano

Year 1

Lucinda Reedman – Piano

Estella Ouyang – Piano

Angela Lin – Piano

Claudia Huang – Piano

Elfie Fan – Piano

Annabelle Teh – Piano

Madeleine Law – Cello

Elaine Li – Piano

Zoe Raspin – Piano

Cynthia Li  – Piano

Irene Li  – Piano

Year 2

Ellie Zhang  – Violin

Joyce Zhang – Violin

Aaratrika Kadam – Piano

Amelia Adel – Piano

Iris Lu – Piano

Year 3

Asha Bhattacharjee – Piano

Rudra Santhosh – Violin

Maddison O’Meara – Violin

Sophie Wong – Violin

Zara Teh – Piano

Audrey Zhu – Piano

Jasmine Xie – Piano

Year 4

Preesha Navaneetharaja – Piano

Maya Waide-Hee – Cello

Chloe Lau – Cello

Cosette Tsjin – Violin

Sophie Peake – Violin

Year 5

Selina Guan – Piano

Anneka Sinnappu – Piano

Madeleine Huynh – Violin

Zara Cheung – Piano

Raina Gopal – Voice

Emily Lioe  – Piano

Year 6

Suwedha Ranjith – Voice

Jessica Wu – Piano


Foundation – Year 2 Swim Carnival

On Monday 1 April, the Foundation – Year 2 Swimming Carnival was held at the CGGS Swimming Pool. Instead of competing against each other for a place, the students competed against themselves to achieve their personal best. This encouraged them to perform strokes with correct technique and allowed them to have that warm inner glow of knowing they worked to the best of their ability, when presented with their certificate of congratulations. Events included Freestyle, Backstroke, Novelty and a relay to conclude the carnival. Well done to all of those who participated and congratulations on achieving your personal best.

Liana Kitsou
Junior School Physical Education Teacher

Year 6 Virtual Debating Team

This week four Year 6 students commenced their journey representing CGGS in the NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition. The competition consists of 32 teams and provides the students with a unique opportunity to utilise the green room studio at Senior School using video conferencing to connect with schools from around the country.

Sarah Zhou, Cate Mead, Suwedha Ranjith and Aliyana Rajakulendran debated the affirmative arguments for the topic ‘That violent video games should be banned’. The students diligently prepared for their debate for a week, collaborating effectively to research the topic and seek evidence to support their viewpoints.

The Ormiston team faced Macarthur Anglican School in NSW in the first round. Both sides of the argument were hotly contested with the adjudicator awarding the win to the negative side.  The students were complimented on the strength of their public speaking and received useful feedback from the adjudicator on how to further develop their debating skills. The students are keen to put this advice into action in their next debate. We wish them all the best in round two.

Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Class Teacher & Numeracy Leader

The Virtual Debate is an experience of a lifetime and we are excited to be representing our school. The preparation was just as intense as the actual debate. Even though we were very nervous, there was also a spark of excitement. We learnt lots of valuable information and felt more confident afterwards. Although we had lost, we received some very helpful advice that we will use into future debates.

Sarah Zhou and Aliyana Rajakulendran
Year 6


Special Activity – Wednesday Wacky Walkers

This term a number of Ormiston students took part in an informal walking club called the Wednesday Wacky Walkers. Students from Foundation – Year 6 walked, ran, skipped and danced to complete laps of the netball court, energising themselves for the start of the day. The students tallied up their laps and a cumulative total was kept. Over the course of Term 1,1106 laps of the netball court were completed, and many future long-distance runners were identified! It was wonderful to see so many students getting fit and active and we hope this fun activity will continue to grow in Term 2.

Angela Columbine
Year 3 Class Teacher


Year 5 and 6 Netball

The CGGS Netball season has begun for the Year 5 and 6 teams. All teams have already embraced rain during their matches. The Year 5 Opals had a wonderful start to the season, the team jelled nicely together and drew to MA Bolt 4-4. The Year 5 Jets played a fantastic first game, the scores were even throughout the whole game, but CB Llamas scored a goal on the siren, defeating the CGGS team by 1 goal. The Year 6 Topaz welcomed new players to the team, the students have played well but were defeated by MLC Kestrals.

Congratulations to all CGGS Netball teams.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


It is hard to believe that Term 1 is over for another year. What a wonderful term of learning it has been at Ormiston. I would like to wish all our students, staff and families a restful Easter holiday break. Thank you to everyone for all their support over the term and we look forward to starting Term 2 on Friday 26 April 2019.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Diary Dates



Diary Dates

The following events are taking place in the first week of Term 2.

Friday 26 April
> Term 2 Commences
> Music Camp Departs, 1.00pm
> Second Hand Uniform Shop Sales, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Sunday 28 April
> Music Camp Returns





 PACED Home Learning

The question of homework is often a contentious one no matter what the age or year level of the student. Often it is about the amount, either too little or too much.

Highly regarded research by John Hattie who is currently Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, illustrated through his longitudinal, global meta-analysis research that traditional homework both in primary and secondary schools is not very impactful on student learning.  However he argues that we need to ‘get homework right, not get rid of it’.

During 2017 we undertook our own review of homework at CGGS, driven by the questions:

> What is the purpose of homework?

> Is it having a positive impact on learning?

> What does the current research tell us?

> What do we value as important for a student when she goes home after her day at CGGS?

We found that for some students and families, homework is not a positive or productive experience. Yet for others, it helps to set important routines and study habits that can contribute to successful progress in student learning.

In trying to ‘get it right’ we began to focus on the idea of home learning rather than homework. This phrase that is more focused on a person’s ability to learn new information or skills with the possibility of applying it to new or emerging contexts or create new value. This inspired the development of our home learning framework, called the PACED Home Learning Framework.

It is often difficult to challange longstanding perceptions around understandings and routines that many of us experienced as children ourselves. The notion of ‘homework’ is no different. However, we have a responsibility to our children to ensure that we are providing them with the best learning opportunities informed through the best contemporary educational research.

PACED home learning is reimagining homework rather than reducing or eliminating it. It is about structuring homework for a purpose so it has meaning for the student. At CGGS we are committed to our students developing the competencies that will prepare them for their future. So we are making our home learning ‘fit for purpose’ and in John Hattie’s words ‘making it right’.

As we have re-launched the PACED Home Learning Framework again this year, with a teaching and learning team responsible for the development of the program including:

> Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development

> Ms Nirvana Watkins, Deputy Head of Senior School – Wellbeing Curriculum and Programs

> Ms Kate Manners, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning

> Ms Emma Hinchliffe, Deputy Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning

I share with you below their introduction to the CGGS PACED Home Learning Program in 2019.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody


PACED Home Learning

In 2019, the PACED Home Learning framework at Camberwell Girls Grammar School continues to be a core component of our teaching and learning program across Ormiston and Senior School. PACED is an acronym, which stands for:

Preparation for learning involves interacting with content and concepts that are the focus for upcoming classroom learning. In preparation for learning, students develop the ability to independently access, engage with, and possibly respond to content and concepts that will be encountered in the classroom.  For example:

> Year 6: Complete your role’s task sheet for Literature Circles prior to our weekly meeting. This week your role will be one of the following: Discussion Director, Questioner, Vocabulary Enricher, Contenessa Comprehension, Connector or Literary Luminary.

Application of learning involves intentional practice and application of concepts that have been encountered in the curriculum. Research suggests that intentional, frequent application of some skills is beneficial. Application tasks should not be beyond the student’s current ability or achievement level.  For example:

> Year 9 English: Complete a body paragraph of your own using the TEEEEL structure. Use one of the topic sentences from the PowerPoint in today’s lesson.

Consolidation occurs in the process of learning through targeted review, revision and reimagining of the concepts and content encountered in classroom learning. Consolidation should also be used as a prompt for persistent questions or concepts that require further attention in the classroom. For example:

> Year 10 Science: Complete a summary card about our Physics unit. Your summary should include the following concepts: Forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, gravity, friction, air resistance, displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration.

Enrichment of learning has at its core, the purpose of students advancing their own understanding and ability, regardless of their starting point. Enrichment tasks allow students to take their learning ‘one step further’, by representing their understanding in new forms, making new connections, and developing new skills. For example:

> Year 4: In our recent STEAM lesson, we learnt about computational thinking and branching. For home learning design, present a flow chart to help teach a family member how to complete an everyday task such as making a cup of coffee or walking a dog.

In divergent home learning tasks, students have the freedom to take their learning outside the classroom in highly individualised directions. Divergent
home learning takes the classroom content as its starting point, but may include passion pursuits, interest-oriented online courses, community-based research, and enterprise or invention concepts. For example:

> Year 8/9 Future Design Thinking Elective: In class we have been learning about the idea of using STEMpathy for design. This week, you need to use an empathy simulation relating to your design challenge with family and friends, and survey them on their reactions, which will inform your final decision.

All home learning tasks that students undertake fit into one of these categories.  In alignment with current research, extensive review, focus groups and community surveys, PACED reimagines what homework can be. It clearly articulates that home learning is purposeful and helps students to see connections in their learning therefore developing deep understanding.

As a school community, we value intellectual inquiry and students having every opportunity to develop high quality work in response to their learning. We also recognise that learning goes beyond the classroom.

At Camberwell Girls Grammar School, we strongly believe that every day, each student should enjoy time to:

> Connect with family

> Develop her personal health and wellbeing

> Interact within the community

> Engage with home learning, where appropriate.

PACED Home Learning is designed by subject and class teachers to build confidence and rigour, and supports students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

Students across the Junior and Senior Schools have expressed their appreciation of our purposeful approach to home learning.

“It’s so much clearer now WHY we have to do certain tasks, and it gives me a good reminder to revise more consistently rather than doing it all near the end of the unit” (Year 8 student)

“At first I thought it was weird that it was called home learning now and not homework like before, but I can see that there’s a bit more focus on how the things we do at home connect to what we’re learning in class” (Year 10 student)

“It’s very clear and we can see how this will help her with her school work.” (Year 8 Parent)

Families are encouraged to be in contact with their daughter’s classroom teacher, form/tutor teacher or Year Level Coordinator if they would like further information about their daughter’s home learning.

Dr Charlotte Forwood, Ms Nirvana Watkins, Ms Kate Manners and Ms Emma Hinchliffe

Senior School



Senior School

Term 1 is always a very busy time of year, and a personal favourite of mine is the excitement around House Dance. Seeing students involved in all House activities is a big part of life at CGGS and a highlight that so many students reflect on, even once they leave the school. I think the joy of dancing and the music that has been filtering throughout the school during the many rehearsals, only assists in raising excitement levels for all concerned to be a part of the performance evening. Tonight I look forward to seeing everyone perform and I will join with some toe tapping from my seat!

Last Saturday myself, Mrs Dunwoody, Mrs Robinson and a number of other Year 12 teachers went to the Year 12 Formal held at Kooyong Tennis Club. Every year I look at how beautifully presented our most senior students are on this evening and take a moment to reflect on their journeys, as I recall their Year 7 selves. A special thank you to Mrs Robinson, who described the night as “awesome!” for her wonderful planning. Everyone looked wonderful and both the Year 12 students and their partners carried themselves magnificently throughout the night.

Simpson Prize 2019

We are very happy to share with our community that this year, we again have a student who has achieved recognition in the 2019 Simpson Prize Competition. This is an outstanding personal achievement, as Holly Williams (Year 10) was selected as just one of the two student winners from Victoria in this National competition.

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia. The Simpson Prize asks students to respond to a question in the form of an essay. This years question was, “To what extent could 1918 be considered a year of victory for Australia and its people?” They are encouraged to agree, to debate and to challenge the question. Holly’s response was outstanding and therefore she was the lucky recipient of this prestigious prize.

Holly was honoured to represent CGGS during her recent study tour to Canberra as part of the Simpson Prize. The highlights of the trip were the visits to the Australian War Memorial, the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

During her trip she was fortunate enough to be granted access to the AWM Treloar Centre, where we saw the ongoing preservation efforts of large historical items. The trip brought to life the Anzac Spirit, through the collection of artefacts and the living legacy continuing through ADFA.

Science meets MasterChef

On 13 March, Camberwell Girls Grammar School was very privileged to have two well known Australians visit the Senior School. Mathematics teacher, writer and TV host Eddie Woo and culinary activist, writer and ex-Masterchef contestant, Alice Zasvlasky. Both were onsite to film the first episode of Alice’s new season of ‘Phenomenom’, her online TV show which aims to teach primary school children from grades 3-6 about the food they are eating and the basics of food preparation. Eddie was the guest on the show!

As well as busily working away and filming in the newly refurbished Science lab in the Year 9 area, we also had an opportunity to meet these two ‘phenomenons’. I was honoured to introduce these two amazing teachers, before Eddie showed us a really cool card trick, explaining the mathematics of how to correctly guess a card that someone else has chosen without knowing the number. We then had a chance to ask Eddie and Alice about their careers, as well as some questions related more-so to our school lives. We then had the opportunity to get photos with the two and get absolutely anything we wanted autographed- yes, that included calculators!

The community of Camberwell Girls Grammar School was so fortunate to meet Eddie and Alice and we know that their time at our school was definitely memorable, and I was so honoured to meet my idols.

Nektaria Toscas
Year 8

Creating Healthy Families with Andrew Fuller

On 12 March we held another Parent Education Seminar, this time hosted at Camberwell Grammar School.

Andrew Fuller is an annual speaker at our seminar series and is well known for being approachable and for delivering his subjects in a very relatable and informative manner. At this session he guided parents from both schools through the key active ingredients that build resilience from within a family context.

While there are no handouts from the evening, I would encourage you to visit Andrew’s website as there are free resources there for both parents and students, which you may find valuable.


Climate Change Strike

On 15 March, 150,000 students and supporters, including several Year 8 – Year 12 students from CGGS, walked out of classes around Australia to protest the government’s inaction on climate change. Being too young to vote, we needed to find a way to have our voices heard by politicians, and the school strike definitely got their attention, being covered on every news site and across social media.

While some politicians suggested students strike “on the weekends or after school”, we felt that while it was inconvenient for us to miss our classes, it was important to protest during school hours because, as we saw, this would gain the most attention and begin conversations about climate change. It was so amazing to see so many girls from CGGS, and students from over 100 countries, who are so passionate about the issue of climate change, and who will go on to be future world leaders.

Isobel Arnot
Year 12

UN Walk for Women

Did you know that 1 in 4 Australian women have experienced some form of emotional abuse since the age of 15, by a current or ex-partner?  This is in Australia alone, on a global scale the issues women face are even larger.

This year CGGS was invited to participate in Melbourne Grammar’s UN Walk for Women, where we joined over 10 other schools for a walk around The Tan to raise awareness and funds for UN Women. It was great to see amazing numbers from every school participating. We had just over 30 extremely enthusiastic girls from CGGS come along to this great initiative that is so relevant in today’s world. The event was followed by a sausage sizzle with live music, creating a wonderful atmosphere to catch up with friends from other schools.

The UN Walk for Women was truly a wonderful event to be a part of. Holly in Year 12 said “I loved seeing everyone walking together, a massive trail of girls and boys from all over Melbourne walking together to support women!” This is a wonderful reflection of the impact we can have on the world around us. The opportunities that CGGS provides to all girls opens our eyes to the world outside our school. This not only helps the girls to be the change they want to see, but also gives them opportunities to find issues they are passionate about and the platform to do something about it. Events like this assists us in achieving our school moto, Utilis in Ministerium – Useful in Service.

Isabella Lincke
Year 12


Tasmanian Long Course Swimming Championships

Commencing on 7 March, Emily Price (Year 7), Ella Robertson-Brown (Year 8) and Anabel Car (Year 11) attended a week long swimming competition where they participated in the Tasmanian Long Course Swimming Championships in Hobart. This meet is the culmination of the Long Course Season which runs from October 2018 up to and including this March carnival.

Ella achieved a Top 25 Australian Rankings as a 13yr old for her 1500m freestyle. Ella also made it into the Top 10 for Swimming Victoria in the 800m freestyle and 1500 freestyle for her age group; and also placed in the Top 25 Victorian open age for the 1500 freestyle.

Emily Price was in the 100 breaststroke final (2nd place) and Anabel competed in 3 backstroke finals (50m, 100m, 200m).

Congratulations on your achievements Emily, Ella and Anabel. It is so lovely to see your dedication to your swimming.

Elisabeth Eschwe presents Clara Schumann 200th Anniversary

The Elisabeth Eschwé piano recital on Wednesday 13 March was a delightful way to conclude the school day. Elisabeth, a leading teacher of piano at a range of Viennese Music Schools, took the audience on a creative journey through the life and creative work of Clara Schumann; one of the very few female composers during the Romantic Era. Elisabeth shared her in-depth knowledge of performance skills with the audience and a deep insight into the Romantic works she performed. The piano recital incorporated a recitation of fascinating extracts from letters and diaries, bringing to life the creative world in which Clara Schumann lived and the artists she associated with. We look forward to celebrating the 200th birthday of this significant German musician and composer on September 13 this year. We are delighted to share a student’s reflection from this inspirational performance.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music


2019 marks the 200th birthday of German musician and composer, Clara Schumann. Not only was she one of the most significant pianists of the Romantic Era, she was also one of the very few female composers during that time. To celebrate CGGS was fortunate to welcome Elisabeth Eschwé, Viennese pianist and expert teacher of piano, to our school who brought some of her works to life. Elisabeth did so marvellously, by incorporating expressive recitations of extracts from letters and diary entries of Clara’s. Elisabeth’s ‘scenic recital’ also gave insight into the life and music of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. As an audience member, you could easily capture the thoughts and connect with feelings of these composers through the different pieces and their different tone colours, key signatures and tempos. It was a wonderful afternoon and thank you to Elisabeth Eschwé for her beautiful performance!

Felicia Spiridonos
Year 11

String Quartet Recording Session

On Friday 8 March, we acknowledged and celebrated International Women’s Day in a variety of contexts. Whilst students, staff and parents were attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast, a group of Year 9 musicians were involved in an early morning recording session in the school’s T.V studio. The Music and IT  Departments are currently updating music audio tracks for the school’s ‘on hold’ facility within the phone system. Megan Kuo, Nicole Chang, Sarah Hui, and Chloe Law (led by Quartet Ensemble Director Margaret Butcher) worked with Audio Technician Mark Major to record live performances of their quartet repertoire.  This immersive experience provided the students with the opportunity to think critically, collaborate creatively and contribute to the recording process. Ensemble balance, expressive elements, microphone techniques, multiple recording takes, sound mixing and problem solving strategies were essential components the students actively engaged with throughout this ‘real-world’ recording session.

“Recording our music in the TV studio was such a unique and exciting opportunity. It was unlike anything else we had ever done and taught us to listen carefully to our sound, in order to get the best recording.”  – Sarah Hui (Yr 9)

“Being able to record with our quartet was a really memorable experience, which showed me an aspect of what professional musicians do. The recording process was nerve-wracking at first, as it was my first time doing anything like it. However, once we got going, I had a lot of fun, and doing it with my friends made the experience even better.” – Megan Kuo (Yr 9)

“The recording session was such an incredible opportunity, a contrast to what I have experienced before. Playing in an environment with acoustics very different to our usual rehearsal spaces was very interesting. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and look forward to exploring the recording studio further in the future.” – Chloe Law (Yr 9)

“The recording session was a wonderful experience as there were many things I could take away from it. I learnt to play in a completely different environment to our rehearsal spaces in the music department. Playing music is like exploring different things, the more I play the more I explore. Thank you for giving me this great opportunity.” – Nicole Chang (Yr 9)

Many thanks to all who made this recording session possible. We hope you enjoy listening to our student musicians if at some point you find yourself ‘on hold’ when communicating with the school via phone.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

2019 Drama Camp – Adelaide Fringe Festival

What an emotional rollercoaster for all that attended. From laughing our heads off  one minute to being reduced to tears the next, we witnessed acrobatic performances, sound/visual effects and stunts that left us gasping in awe. We saw shows that moved our souls and provided a much needed reality check, together with scenes that left us deep in thought long after the lights went out at bed time.

This year, on the Labour Day weekend, 21 students from Years 10 to 12 together with Mrs Caruso and Ms Lyons embarked on a journey to the Adelaide Fringe Festival where new concepts and ideas in the world of theatre are explored, exhibited and celebrated. We saw 9 unique shows, all different and some even “shocking” in their own right. Ideas presented to us in each show established the importance of connections – whether it be between the performers in the show, performers and the audience, or the audience members themselves.

Shannon Yeung
Year 10


On Drama Camp, I learnt that theatre is not always a performance done on a stage with a storyline and multiple characters. In fact, barely any of the pieces we saw followed that technique. Each one of the theatre performances tied us into its story and hooked us in till in very end. In some, words weren’t even necessary.  We interpreted each piece differently and made our own meaning to the characters, layout and storyline. We connected with the actors through emotions such as love, loss, pain, thrill and fury. As an individual, I have much more of a knowledge as to the ‘should and should nots’ when it comes to acting and producing a piece of theatre. However, it goes without saying that drama is a very open space. It allows people to become whoever and whatever they desire, in any sort of place and that’s what makes it so amazing. Apart from the visual theatres itself, I’m sure I speak on behalf of the Drama Camp students when I say that every one of us connected with people we didn’t think we would ever talk to. It was great ‘goofing around’ with the Year 11 and 12 girls. As a whole group, we specially connected over the final performance of our trip. With most of our faces drowning in tears, there was however a feeling of hope and gratitude towards life. I would have undoubtedly regretted not experiencing this journey with (as Ms Lyons likes to call us) the ‘Radelaidians’.

Simar Kaur
Year 10

Year 10 Mentoring Breakfast

On Wednesday March 13 the Year 10s attended their first mentoring breakfast. Mentoring has been identified both as an important tool and an effective way to gain skills via knowledge transfer from an experienced student/OGA to a fellow student at key moments in their education or at the start of their career. The theme for this event was ‘Broadening Your Horizons’.

During the breakfast, Lucy Bartram (Year 12) and Michaela Robinson (Year 11) spoke to our Year 10 girls on why getting involved in school co-curricular and other activities is so important. Combined, Lucy and Michaela have considerable experience and expertise which they shared with our Year 10s. They spoke about how their involvement in Duke of Edinburgh, GSV Sport, Tour Guides, volunteering, their service-learning trip to Cambodia and as Sports Captains, has helped them improve skills such as leadership, organisational, time management and interpersonal skills. They believe participation in these activities contributed to their own personal growth and certainly grew their skills portfolio.

With more institutions requesting evidence of these types of activities as part of their selection criteria, it is extremely important that students get involved in out of classroom activities. ANU have scholarship applications seeking corroboration of a student’s commitment to making a difference to others. Monash Community Leaders Scholarship also asks for students to demonstrate similar attributes. With employers asking for students to demonstrate enterprise skills such as communication skills, leadership and problem solving skills – it is clear that Lucy and Michaela are fine examples of what our Year 10 students can aspire to achieve if they take advantage of the wealth of opportunities presented here at CGGS.

These skills/experiences they develop at school will help them in the transition from school to part time employment; from school to university and from school to a career path.

Thanks to the support of the OGA, the students were able to enjoy a wonderful breakfast while listening to this valuable presentation. Both students delivered the same message: make the most of the opportunities available to you here at CGGS.

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

Year 9 Shameless Podcast

The English department were delighted to host Melbourne journalists, Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald of the Shameless Podcast to join our Year 9 students in a Q&A event in the CGGS Library.

Women in Australia cannot get enough of the Shameless Podcast. In fact, what started as a podcast a little over a year ago has morphed into what can only be described as a large, glorious community of individuals that has been cultivated as a result of this dynamic duo. In their one year on air, Shameless has been downloaded 1,000,000 times, has been named in Apple’s ‘Best of 2018’ podcasts, written about in The Age and Marie Claire and awarded an ‘editors pick’ spot by Spotify. Michelle and Zara eloquently, articulately and respectfully navigate through topics that are real, pressing and topical in the world of pop culture and beyond.  They believe that pop culture and the media cycle is important but feel that women’s voices are all too often excluded from it.

CGGS believes that the duo is a wonderful voice for culture and shaping the conversation in Australian media today, and we were thrilled to engage in a discussion about a diverse number of issues surrounding the media landscape such as fake news and feeds, integrity and the power of a woman’s voice.

After a wonderfully engaging session our girls are still buzzing a week on.

Georgia Biggs
Reconciliation Coordinator and English Teacher

GSV Swimming Championships

On Tuesday 19 March, the CGGS swimming team participated in the Division 3 GSV swimming carnival. It was a bright and early start for all the girls who had to meet in the gym at 6.45am, however everyone approached it with a positive attitude. The day was filled with a clear sense of team spirit, right from the warmup to the end of the last freestyle relay. The girls in the stands cheered on their peers throughout the morning and a few girls got right into it and even dressed up in blue. The girls all gave 100% in every one of their races and there were many great results achieved in the pool. The morning ended with excellent results, with the Juniors coming 1st in their age group, the Intermediates placing 5th and the Seniors placing 6th against the other 7 schools competing in division 3. CGGS also came 2nd overall, which is an amazing result. The girls should all be very proud of how well they performed on the day!

GSV Diving Championships

On Tuesday 19 March, 18 CGGS divers competed in the Division 2 GSV carnival. We were extremely proud to have qualified for Division 2 once again as we have progressed so much over the last 5 years in our diving program. We were particular proud of our juniors who have developed their skills over the past 2 years and all the year 7 students who gave it a go for the first time this year. The junior team achieved an outstanding result of 2nd overall.

Our Intermediate and Senior competitors produced a solid performance of coming 6th and 4th overall respectively. We would like to send a big thank you out to our coaches Jenny and Morgan who have been with us for many seasons now and have helped us develop into a strong competitive force within the GSV diving competitions.

We look forward to continuing training in term 4 in preparation for a great 2020 season.

I wish the CGGS community a lovely weekend.



Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Junior School



Junior School

Family Maths Evening

On Wednesday evening, the Junior School was a hive of activity as families explored the wonders of interactive learning at our inaugural Family Maths Night. Families engaged in a range of number and measurement activities that encouraged the use of concrete materials, collaboration and a growth mindset. It was thrilling to witness the persistence and depth of thinking from both students and adults as they challenged themselves to solve problems, play games and master robotics.

A particular highlight was hearing feedback from several women who were visiting their family from India. They were teachers and were thrilled by what they saw. They said the opportunity to see how children engage in learning at an Australian school was a highlight of their holiday!

Here are some of the student’s reflections:

“It was a great night, you could hear the buzz of excitement in the air. I had a great time!” – Mia, Year 6

“My mum spent ages trying to solve the Maze 100 challenge. Finally, she did it, I was impressed with how long she persisted with it.” – Coco, Year 6

“I like the robotics because it was fun to put the code into the iPad.” – Zara, Year 3

“I think that the activities were really fun.”  – Nina, Year 3

“The maths night was an absolute success. It was very fun for all ages, I liked the robots the most.” – Sophie, Year 4

“I thought that it was good that robotics and maths were linked together.” – Natalie, Year 4

“It was good that there was a competition, we liked the bean bag toss but we accidently, nearly hit Miss Hinchcliffe on the head!” – Charlotte & Chloe, Year 4

Participants completed over one hundred Maths Activity Passports for the prize draw. The winners will be drawn next week.

Thank you to all the families who supported this event, the Year 6 Mathbassadors for their leadership in welcoming and supporting families and the Ormiston teachers for organising such engaging activities for our school community.

Eastern Regional Swimming Championships – Jasmine Li (Yr 4)

Last week Jasmine Li (Year 4) competed against the best swimmers in her age group in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. The event was the 50 metre backstroke race and Jasmine came second, with an excellent time of 36.12 seconds. Our CGGS swimmers have been very competitive within the local district, division and regional levels and once again, our swimming team competed with confidence and poise during the three championships.

I look forward to working closely with our CGGS Aquatic Coach, Peter Kitney in the coming years to ensure our Ormiston swimmers continue to be very competitive against other schools in the Easter region.

Year 3 – 6 Annual Athletics Day

Yesterday, students from Years 3 – 6 competed in their House at the annual Athletics Day. Students across all years participated in a wide range of track and field events that included the 100 metre, 200 metre, 1,500 metre, hurdles, shot put, discus, long jump, triple jump and relay races.

Throughout the day there were plenty of personal best performances from students and a highlight of the day was to watch so many students participate in at least six different events on the day. This was the greatest number of events a student has competed in at our Athletics Day and it was exciting to see students complete the relay events at the end of the day with so much enthusiasm. I would like to congratulate our Junior School Physical Education teachers, Liana Kitsou and Dot Georgiou and other staff members of the Physical Education Department from Senior School.

The winning House was Lawrence, with results as follows:

  1. Lawrence House
  2. Taylor House
  3. Schofield House
  4. Singleton House

Foundation – Year 6 Junior School Assembly

Last week, our weekly Junior School assembly had the theme International Women’s Day. Our Deputy Head of Junior School (Teaching and Learning) Emma Hinchliffe organised an Ormiston parent to share their job with our Foundation – Year 6 students. The parent was Janelle Kilner, the mother of Natalie Knowles in Year 4. During the assembly, Janelle presented a delightful video in regards to her job as an animator. Our students had the opportunity to learn more about some of her animation projects she  and the types of skills Janelle uses throughout the projects. Many students asked Janelle questions about being an animator and our students learnt very quickly that Janelle is a wonderful role model for our school community.


Foundation – Year 2 Grandparents and Special Friend’s Day

It was a pleasure to see so many grandparents and special friends visiting Ormiston this week to work with students from Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2. This special event takes place each year and is a wonderful opportunity for us as a school community to say ‘Thank You’ to extended family members and friends for the contribution they make to their grandchild or special friend’s education here at CGGS. All visitors spent considerable time in classrooms and in the playground and everyone had morning tea and listened to some student responses in regards to the activities they completed throughout the morning. Once again, it was an incredible morning and I look forward to seeing many grandparents and special friends around Ormiston throughout the year.


Foundation – Year 6 Learning Conversations

Recently, Ormiston parents had the opportunity to discuss their child’s start to the year and progress with their child’s class teacher. These conversations are always very valuable for parents and teachers as they continue to provide a strong home link with the school. They also encourage parents to seek out feedback in terms of their child’s academic, emotional, social and physical development, as well as discussing their overall strengths, weaknesses and learning goals at this time of the year. I would like to remind parents that they are able to arrange a meeting time with their child’s class teacher and/or specialist teachers at any stage throughout the year to gain a better understanding of their child’s learning.


Year 3 STEAM 

This term, the Year 3 students have been learning about living and non-living things in STEAM. This week they had a special guest visitor, ‘MRS GREN’, who explained the characteristics and processes of living things. MRS GREN answered many wonderful and insightful questions from the students and the girls were enthralled by her passion for science and were amazed at some of her incredible answers.

Some examples of the Year 3 questions, which MRS GREN answered were:

> Do fish get thirsty?

> Can a fish drown?

> Are extinct creatures considered living things?

> Is fungi a living thing?

> How do Venus Fly traps digest flies?

> Do snails have teeth?

> Are sloths slower than turtles?

> What does skin look like under a microscope?

> How do birds fly?

> What is the smallest living creature?


Angela Columbine & Rebecca Leondidis
Year 3 Class Teachers


I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend and look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday morning.


With best wishes,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School


Diary Dates



Diary Dates

The following events are taking place across the next two weeks.

Tuesday 26 March
> Year 7 Immunisations, Robinson Hall, 9.30am – 11.00am
> Year 11 & 12 OGA Public Speaking Competition, 1.00pm – 1.45pm
> Old Grammarians Association Meeting, Boardroom, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday 27 March
> Year 7 & 8 OGA Public Speaking Competition, 1.00pm – 1.45pm

Thursday 28 March
> Mountfield Maestros Music Concert, Junior School Hall, 4.30pm- 7.00pm

Friday 29 March
> Fitness Camp Departs, 1.00pm
> PFA Autumn Fiesta, Fig Tree Cafe/Quadrangle, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 30 March
> Fitness Camp

Sunday 31 March
> Fitness Camp Returns

Monday 1 April
> Foundation – Year 2 Swimming Carnival, Senior Swimming Pool, 9.00am – 12.00pm
> Y9 & 10 OGA Public Speaking Competition, LWB, 1.00pm – 1.45pm

Wednesday 3 April
> Senior School Easter Service, St Marks, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Thursday 4 April
> Literature Tour Departs
> Ormiston Easter Service, St Marks, 10.00am – 11.00am

Friday 5 April
> Literature Tour
> Term 1 Concludes






Did your daughter wear funky colourful socks to school today?

Have you been aware of women around town wearing purple today, or maybe even white or green?

Have you wondered about the significance of International Women’s Day?

This morning we commenced International Women’s Day with an inaugural celebratory breakfast, attended by council members, staff, students, parents and old grammarians. Our special guests were four inspirational old grammarians who embraced the school’s mission to make the world a better place, by working to give hope and extend the hand of friendship to young immigrants through the power of music.

So why the colourful socks… and why is International Women’s Day associated with the colour purple ?

International Women’s Day had its inception over a century ago, when the first National Woman’s Day was observed, not instituted as a glamorous celebration by women who seemingly ‘had it all’, but in support of 15,000 women who had protested against their horrendous working conditions during the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. The movement to advance women’s rights soon caught on and widened to demand the rights to vote, to hold public office, to receive training at work and to end discrimination against women, in general.

So in 1911 the first International Women’s Day was observed throughout Europe and by 1913, March 8 was been set aside as the day for observances. Three colours were chosen, with purple being predominant to represent dignity and self-respect. Green was chosen to represent hope and new life, while white represented purity in public and private life.

The United Nations declared 1975 to be International Women’s Year and celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time. Ever since, a theme has been assigned each year to act as a platform to unify women worldwide and advance equality for all. To enable women to realise their potential, to secure better futures for the sisterhood, while at the same time celebrating the achievements of women, whether they be social, cultural, economic or political.

This year’s International Women’s Day’s theme is #BalanceForBetter. As a school in our response to this provocation, we are already unconditionally committed to a gender equal world and understand our responsibility to support or develop social innovations that can provide the best opportunities for women and girls.

We are also mindful of the ten values that guide International Women’s Day and which meld perfectly with the school’s motto, ‘Utilis In Ministerium’. Through our service learning programs, chapel services and assemblies we revisit them frequently:

  • Justice
  • Dignity
  • Hope
  • Equality
  • Collaboration
  • Tenacity
  • Appreciation
  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Forgiveness

While being cognisant of the overarching #BalanceForBetter theme and weaving the ideal into our 2019 programs, we have adopted one of the International Women’s Day values in particular: Hope.

This morning, those attending the inaugural International Women’s Day breakfast were privileged to listen to four of our 1993 graduates speak of their innovative initiative, Piano Project. Georgina Imberger, who laid the foundations for the enterprise, inspired her friends Amie Herdman, Christine Willshire and Cate Robertson (Vaultier) to join her. Their mission being to help young immigrants to settle into Australia at a time when their families are adjusting to cultural changes and finding homes and work. Their charity sponsors piano lessons free of charge, with funds raised through classical music recitals. Through the hand of friendship, with music as the channel, the children learn to trust, to believe and to hope that all will be well.

On International Women’s Day our MakerSpace hums to the sound of sewing machines and girls enjoying each other’s company, while they stitch and assemble sanitary packs for worldwide distribution to girls for whom monthly periods come at great cost, especially to their education. Volunteering for Camberwell’s Days For Girls group is hugely popular, particularly with the Year 10s. It is considered a privilege to take part, as everyone can empathise with girls who are forbidden to attend school on the days when they are menstruating. The impact of girls having their education interrupted one week in every month resonates with our students. Without question they embrace the responsibility and desire to make the lives of girls who are less fortunate easier and more equitable. Their commitment brings hope to others so girls can achieve their potential at school. Our aim is that all girls can ultimately contribute to the successes of their own community, as do our young women, rather than leaving school to get married and have children at an early age, thereby perpetuating an injustice.

The celebration of  women who worked for NASA and fought for justice and equality in the 1960s was the theme of Junior School’s assembly this week. The Year 5 girls recounted the women’s courage and belief in themselves during a time of heightened racial and gender inequalities. Through sheer tenacity, resilience and the utter determination to be respected for their academic acumen and professional abilities, they achieved the seemingly impossible by being included on male-dominated teams to help solve complex problems.  In so doing, they became international symbols of hope, and today their courage teaches young women that they too can speak out for a balanced world, to achieve the best outcomes when women and men work together.

At the conclusion of today’s breakfast celebration, the School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot, invited everyone to stand and raise their arms in a gesture for #balanceforbetter, signalling the need for more gender balance in the world. As a school, through our mission, values and service learning programs, we aim to think globally and act locally. We strive to play our part to bring about a balanced world. The challenge for us is to make everyday an international women’s day, by living in hope and celebrating our own milestones and achievements as a school and those of significant women along the way.

Summer Spectacular

Blessed with amazing weather, excited student stallholders, continuous entertainment, plenty of food including dumplings, spring rolls and cakes made with a lot of love and care, amazing stalls, exciting rides and an enthusiastic community, we all enjoyed a magnificent Summer Spectacular two weeks ago.

Following the weekend, flowers were sent to the Ormiston reception on Monday morning with a note:

Dear CGGS Staff

Thank you for a lovely day on Saturday.  We recognise that putting on the Summer Spectacular requires a huge commitment of your time.

Warm regards

A grateful family.

Many emails, notes and compliments have been received and I know that many prospective families ‘felt’ the sense of community as they explored our campus on the day. Thank you to all members of our community who assisted with the events or participated on the day.

I would particularly like to thank the organising team for such a fantastic effort.  Led by Kate Daffy from our Foundation Office, the fair was so well set out enabling people to engage with each other readily. Kate was ably assisted by the Foundation Team, Maintenance Team, Marketing Team, Finance Team, AV Team and staff.

Also making a significant contribution were our Parents and Friends Association and Old Grammarians. In particular, our parent teams were phenomenal. Some groups met on weekends to plan their stall, food was carefully prepared and many parents spent several hours at school assisting with the set up and pack down.  Thank you to Linda Black, John Downes and Cara Davey for their support and leadership of these groups.

Whilst we are still finalising the amount of money raised, it will be in the vicinity of approximately $16,000. The money this year will be allocated to the Music Department to purchase equipment and master class experiences that will be accessed by both Junior and Senior School students. The purchases will facilitate deeper learning, engagement with real world contexts and provide creative inspiration within our curricular and co-curricular programs.  The purchases will include:

  • 3 Yamaha YFL222ID Flutes – Year 7 Instrumental Program
  • Year Level Masterclass incursions ­– Years 5 – 7
  • Vocal PA System for the Rock Band and other small ensembles
  • Electric Keyboard for Mountfield House
  • Small sized string instruments for the Year 2 Super Strings Program
  • Pro Tools Full Version recording software – Record, edit and mix audio recordings of CGGS ensembles
  • Mac Book Pro Laptop for mobile recording purposes and use of Pro Tools software

Whilst these purchases are highly valued in the program, I also want to highlight that Summer Spectacular was a wonderful community event. Many students, parents, staff and friends of the School have all indicated how proud they felt on the day to be a member of this fantastic community. In the end, that is what really matters.


With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody