Principal

CamNews

Principal

November 29, 2019

With the festive season fast approaching and our Carols at Camberwell event happening tonight, it is my delight to welcome Head of Religious Education, Dr Rev Duncan Reid to share with you a Christmas reflection in this weeks CamNews.

The Prince of Peace: a Christmas Reflection

‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and on Earth – Peace’ (Luke 2:14). In these words, according to Luke, the angels greeted the shepherds on that hillside outside of Bethlehem, one cold night, a long time ago. Several hundred years earlier, Isaiah had predicted the coming of the Messiah as ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6). So peaceseems to be a bit of a theme with this baby, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas time. In the time of Isaiah, and many centuries later, when his prediction finally comes true, peace was something people desperately longed for.

And for us, in our time – not a lot seems to have changed. We also find ourselves to be in need of peace. We hear of conflicts in the Middle East, and of great world powers jockeying for position in our part of the world, and the continued stockpiling of nuclear weapons around the world. Usually we think of peace, and our need for it, as peace between human beings. Everywhere we look we see lack of peace, between nations, between ethnic and religious communities, between political positions, between individuals. The Prince of Peace puts a question mark to all this.

In addition to these obvious instances of conflict and preparedness for conflict, we need to consider a more hidden scene of conflict, that between humankind and the Earth itself. Ever since the early modern scientist Francis Bacon (1561-1626), made explicit our human quest to interrogate nature, we human beings have been doing just this. We have forgotten that Bacon also said we ‘command nature by obeying nature’; or rather, we have tended to emphasize the commanding at the expense of the obeying. We have often resorted to the most invasive means of interrogation at our disposal, and we have been very efficient at what amounts to this attempt to command the Earth and its creatures, both human and non-human. We have been far less effective at sitting quietly and listening to what the Earth, and nature itself, have been trying to say to us.

Furthermore, this quest to interrogate and command Earth has been driven by the perception that conflict – the ‘law of the jungle’ as we sometimes call it – is the natural state of living things. We have presupposed that something other than peace is the default position for mutual human interaction, and human interaction with the Earth. Yet now we are slowly learning that maybe, just maybe, it is co-operation – between species of plants and animals, for example – that is nature’s preferred way of operating. The real law of the jungle may in fact be one of cooperation, and of symbiosis. Maybe this is what the Prince of Peace has been trying to tell us all along. And we are waking up to this reality far too late.

So what might the Prince of Peace be saying to us, now, after so long and so damaging an attempt to command nature? He may be saying, as he did at the start of his ministry: think again! we need to change our behaviour (Mark 1: 15). We are not meant to be in conflict with the Earth. It is time to start listening, quietly – to Earth itself.

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM, a Christian Ngan’gi woman from Northern Australia, reminds us that Australian Aboriginal people have always known the value of listening, ‘an inner deep listening and quiet still awareness’, as she puts it. ‘We could not live good or useful lives unless we listened. This was the normal way for us to learn – not by asking questions.’ This includes listening to Earth and its creatures.

This is not so far from the wisdom Jesus would have listened to as he grew:

Four things on earth are small, yet they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people without strength, yet they provide their food in the summer;
the badgers are a people without power, yet they make their homes in the rocks;
the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;
the lizard can be grasped in the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.
(Proverbs 30: 24-28).

Maybe, we need to listen again to God’s advice to Job, and should stand in awe of the natural world:

Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?
Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, and spreads its wings toward the south?
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes its nest on high?
(Job 39: 1; 26-27).

Look and listen, and be aware. Jesus was to go on and offer this sort of wisdom himself: ‘Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap…. Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin’ (Luke 12: 24; 27). Look and listen, listen deeply, to what these creatures have to say to us, on their own terms. Maybe this is the Christmas message we need to hear, for our own times.

In the 19th century, the Jewish Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) offered an interesting new interpretation of the ‘us’ in Genesis 1: 26, where the Lord says: ‘Let us make humankind in our image.’ Hirsch suggested we might think of it as God speaking to all the created beings that had already been brought into existence and given life. Because human beings, the late-comers on the scene, might develop the capacity to change and even endanger the Earth, God consults them, Earth and its living inhabitants, to ask if they approve of bringing such a creature into existence. God listens to their opinions.

For Christians, the Prince of Peace has come among us at Christmas, the child of God. But all creation still ‘waits with eager longing’ (Romans 8: 19) to see us living as the Prince of Peace would have us live, as real children of God, children who will live at peace with Earth. Let’s think of this as we contemplate the traditional Christmas crib this year, and notice not just the shepherds and wise men, but also the sheep, the oxen, the donkey, and all the other non-human creatures gathered so peacefully there.

Duncan Reid
Head of Religious Education

 

Chair of Council Report

Each year the Chair of Council presents a report at the Year 10-12 Presentation Evening.
Please find the 2019 report attached below for your information.

Kind regards

Debbie Dunwoody

Senior School

CamNews

Senior School

November 29, 2019

Last Wednesday the VCE and Year 10 and 11 Examination period concluded. I take this opportunity to thank all the students for their understanding and support of our senior girls in providing them with the best possible environment to undertake their assessments.

During last week, our Year 9 students took part in a highly successful Service Learning Week, with the students taking up placements for three of the days and undertaking special activities on the other two days. Some of the highlights for the students are mentioned later in this edition of CamNews. Thank you to Liss Campbell, Head of Service Learning and Nirvana Watkins, Year 9 Coordinator and Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing (Programs & Curriculum) for their organisation of the most valuable week. Also to all the staff who visited the students in their placements and of course to the students themselves who were such great ambassadors for themselves and their school. I had the pleasure of visiting three students at “Ability Works” in Kew and I was thrilled to see the rapport they had with the people they were working with and the enthusiasm with which they undertook their roles. This was an eye opening opportunity for our students.

Our Year 11 and 12 students for 2020, are halfway through their Headstart Program and I have heard so many students say that they are loving their chosen subjects and are finding the sessions most helpful. Thank you to Mark Corrie, VCE Coordinator and Director of School Operations for his work in setting up this program.  Today, as part of this Headstart Program, the School Leaders for various 2020 School and House positions conducted a number of team building activities.

Last Sunday both Mrs Dunwoody and I had the pleasure of seeing our two Senior School First Lego League teams competing at the National Finals at Swinburne University. Coach Dr Charlotte Forwood, along with one of their mentors, Chloe Langley of Year 10 worked with the girls throughout their planning sessions and we were pleased to witness their coding skills. Students involved this year were:

Fireflies

Katherine Mason

Genna Sim

Ishana Suriyapperuma

Isabella Wood

Charlee Johnson

Sienna Catalogna

 

Robotica

Clarissa Wong

Mia Paulse

Emily Price

Salome Obeyesekeres

Minali Shyam

Georgia Langley

 

A special thanks to Chloe Langley and Himalini Kathirgamanathan, Year 10, whoran the fortnightly robotics sessions in Terms 1 & 2 to build the girls’ general robotic skills. Once the First Lego League challenges were released in Term 3, meetings took place weekly and they worked with Dr Forwood to support the students’ coding, robot design and innovation project. This included helping the girls to stay organised and providing plenty of encouragement!

Please read more about this day later in this edition.

This week our 2020 School Captains led their first assembly. Felicia, Loren and Laurya took on the Term 4 theme of Teamwork and their very entertaining video certainly helped get their message across. We look forward to seeing what new ideas this team will bring to our community in 2020 as they lead the Senior School.

Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars

Each Year the University of Melbourne invites schools to seek applications from students in Year 10, for their Kwong Lee Dow (KLD) Young Scholars Program. The KLD is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Victorian Year 11 and Year 12, and select secondary students living close to the New South Wales and South Australian borders.

Students who are successful in their application are invited to take part in a program of events and activities run by the University of Melbourne including VCE revision lectures, personal development workshops, and overnight adventures on campus.

Students are invited to apply online and the University of Melbourne selection panel considers:

> School endorsement
> Academic performance
> Leadership potential: including active citizenship and community involvement.

This week we have been advised that the two students admitted to the KLD Young Scholars Program for 2021 are:

Amelia Lemanis and Sophia Giagoudakis

Congratulations to Amelia and Sophia on their selection; we know they will make the most of the opportunities this will present to them.

Digital Wellbeing: ‘Tis the season to be scammed!

The 1stof December is traditionally when many Australians begin to think about bringing out their Christmas decorations and making homes look suitably festive. This date is now sandwiched between two events which are gaining more traction within Australia each year; these being Black Friday, today, quickly followed by ‘Cyber Monday’. Both events are designed to lure consumers into opening their wallets and purses. Whilst shoppers can attend their local shopping centres for greatly reduced prices, increasingly, Australians of all generations are taking advantage of the convenience of online shopping.

Unfortunately, the combination of the festive season and significant retail discounts provides the perfect environment for online scammers to take advantage of busy and perhaps unsuspecting consumers. The ACC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)  provides the service ScamWatch. ScamWatch presents helpful information on current scams as well as tips on how to avoid the disappointment of not receiving purchased goods online. The most common goods that scammers are attempting to ‘sell’ this season are shoes, smartphones and tickets to events.

Scamwatch recommends that you can shop safely and securely by:

> Being mindful of advertisements on social media as these are often used by scammers to direct you to fake online stores or websites.

> Avoiding luxury goods that are being offered for very low prices.

> Researching websites by checking reviews as well as the website’s information about their returns policies etc. Remember to look out for spelling errors and poor grammar.

> Check for a URL that starts with ‘https’ and a closed padlock symbol when making online payments. Consider using a payment provider such as PayPal and avoid international funds transfers or electronic currency, such as Bitcoin.

Scamwatch also recommends you share this information with friends and family. It is worth subscribing to email alerts about scams as these change on a regular basis. Register for these emails at the Scamwatch website: www.scamwatch.gov.au

Finally, whilst the festive season is about much more than gifts, the eSafetyCommissioner recognises the need for consumers to make informed decisions if they are considering buying technology for children and teenagers. You may find it helpful to spend a few minutes viewing key information on how to protect your family’s privacy and security if you are thinking of purchasing items such as wearable tech, smart toys or virtual reality technologies.

Felicity Carroll and Cathy Poyser

 

First Lego League National South Championship

On Sunday, CGGS two Senior First LEGO League teams, Team Fireflies and Team Robotica competed in the National South Championship, held at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. With 500 students competing, there was a constant buzz as teams presented their innovation projects, tweaked robots and competed in robot games. The girls engaged with other teams from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania socially and in competition. While neither team won any awards, they embodied the Core Values of the competition (Discovery, Inclusion, Innovation, Impact, Fun and Teamwork) and were great ambassadors for the school.

Some are already planning their strategy for 2020, so watch this space…

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development
First LEGO League Coach

Girls in Science Event

On 12 November, together with Ozak, four Year 9 students were invited to attend the 2019 Girls in Science Forum held at Melbourne University. The day began with a panel of five L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian and New Zealand Fellows.

Dr Ashleigh Hood, The University of Melbourne, The hunt is on to find ancient life forms.

Dr Alisa Glukhova, Monash University, Understanding cancer at its core.

Dr Samantha Solon-Biet, The University of Sydney, You are what your mum eats – is obesity programmed in the womb?

Dr Valerie Sung, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Understanding the best management for children with hearing loss.

Dr Yvonne Anderson, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, Demedicalising health care across New Zealand.

It was fascinating to hear these scientists speak about their diverse research interests. I did not realise that ancient life might be found within rock high up in the mountains or that perhaps the key to preventing health issues in children might lie in alterations to the diet of pregnant mothers. The Fellows answered questions from the audience with enthusiasm and discussed how they would use their award money to further their projects. I am happy that Dr Glukhova is now able return to her work earlier with the help of the money, because returning from pregnancy can be complex for women in the workforce. 

After the panel, we had lunch and a guided tour of the Melbourne University campus – in particular the Science buildings before participating in two science activities. The first was a Physics show, where members of the audience participated in experiments that explained concepts like air-resistance, magnetic fields and gravity. A highlight of this show was a demonstration of quantum levitation. We learned that a superconductor, when cooled with liquid nitrogen, creates a magnetic field and stands on end, levitating above the object below. If you filled balloons with air, how many do you think you could fit into a thermos? Four? Five? Well, we managed to get 14 in with the help of liquid nitrogen. When the balloons were removed and thrown into the audience, we watched them re-expand to their original size.

The next activity focussed on digital technologies. We observed the automated moulding of ceramics and the university’s 30 state of the art 3D-printers in action. We then tried out virtual reality and augmented reality headsets. We learnt about the practical applications of these technologies, and how students from many different science streams are using them for innovative projects.

I highly recommend this annual event, especially to girls in year 9. It opened my eyes to many diverse career paths that I had not considered before and has definitely influenced the subjects I now think I will do in VCE. Overall, I found this experience to be enlightening and empowering. The Fellows inspired me, as a woman, to keep reaching forward in Science no matter the stereotypes. As they said, it is our job to break these superstitions down and achieve to the best of our abilities in whatever field we pursue.

Bethany Orme
Year 9

 

Excelling in Music

Our talented musicians continue to amaze us with outstanding achievements in their musical studies and their contributions to music at school and in the wider community.

We are thrilled to share that Year 9 student, Charlotte Lindsay, has achieved a High Distinction for her Grade 7 French horn exam this month, an exceptional achievement! We are also thrilled to share that Phoebe Noffs achieved Honours for Grade 7 Flute, and two students have also successfully achieved a Certificate of Performance this year – Kelly Chua, Year 11 (Cello) and Clara Kim, Year 8 (Cello). Congratulations to all these students for their many years of hard work and dedication to their goals.

CGGS has a long tradition of Service to the community and to those in need. Our school motto, Utilis In Ministerium – ‘Useful in Service’, prompts us all to live our lives with kindness and to give generously. At this time of the year, we would like to celebrate the students who share their time and musical talents with the wider community, alongside their service to the school. One example of many is Victoria Xiao (Year 11), who visits the Hedley Sutton Aged-Care community in Camberwell every fortnight with her cello to perform for the residents. Victoria has kept up this commitment since July 2017 and the residents thoroughly enjoy listening to her music and look forward to her visits. The willingness and generosity of our students is to be admired and we are proud to acknowledge their commitment, compassion and humility.

Rohan Mack & Kate Savige
Directors of Music

Year 7 Service Learning Conference

How can one Year 7 student make a difference to our planet? This is a question that we set out to answer on Tuesday 26 November, as our Year 7 cohort gathered in Robinson Hall for the inaugural Year 7 Service Learning Conference. The Conference was an all-day event, marking the end of a year of activities focused on Environmental Stewardship. With the theme ‘From Destruction to Construction’ the aim of the day was to provide students with practical strategies for making sustainable change, and a sense of hope for the future of our planet. Students were encouraged to think big and start taking action, with inspiration from an expert panel and masterclasses led by staff and students.

Students benefitted from the expertise of guests James Holcombe from the ASPIRE organisation at Swinburne University, which focusses on creating a circular economy for businesses. James shared his knowledge about reducing and disposing of electronic waste – a real issue in our world of devices with built-in obsolescence. Ruby Bourke, zero-waste legend, brought in a glass jar which contains all her landfill for the year. She set students a challenge to collect their waste over the next week in one small glass. Bev Liang, permaculturalist and garden guru, brought home the message that we can all do something, and use our collective voices to make a bigger change. Students who worked with Bev got their hands dirty making worm hotels, which are now in place in the Early Learning Centre vegetable garden, complete with happy worms.

Students also learned from our resident CGGS expert staff. Dr Reid logged into his home solar array to discuss how to change our domestic energy use. Ms Goad took her expertise in the Food Studies area to discuss leading a plastic-free life. Ms Dumsday prepared a session where students got their hands dirty propagating indigenous plants, while students working with Ms Clarkson made compost lasagne!

It was particularly inspiring to see our group of student environmentalists leading activities on the day. These students have applied themselves throughout the year with sustainability initiatives at CGGS, and were the driving force behind creating relevant campaigns to promote sustainability in our community. From introducing and interviewing guests, to running a marketing masterclass, and getting everyone involved with a sustainability quiz, these students re to be congratulated for their efforts in making the conference truly spectacular. Well done to Amelia Dudley, Samantha Fan, Allison Fok, Eva Leahy Baulch, Sara Rowland, Laura Tong, Joanne Tu, and Ella Xu.

Special thanks go to Summer Howarth for her expertise and energy in facilitating the day.

Maggie Wighton
Sustainability Coordinator

Year 9 Service Learning Week

From November 18 – 22, the Year 9’s took part in Service Learning Week where we learnt about service in our community. On Monday we journeyed into the city and were given a few small tasks we had to complete, one of which was spending money at one of three services that helped people in need. The group I was with went to Kin Folk, an organisation that donates all its profit to the highest voted organisation by its customers, at the end of the year. All its staff are volunteers, and it is really such a great initiative taking place in our community to assist those who need it.

From Tuesday to Thursday, in groups we all went to different facilities to do community service. I went to an aged care facility, as did many other girls, and it was so eye opening to witness the strength and motivation of the workers at the facilities, and the kindness they display towards everyone.  At my placement, I learnt the importance of hearing everyone out and treating everyone equally. All people deserve the right to maintain dignity, and serving is one way you can assist others in doing just that. Everyone had a blast, and all the girls said how much they enjoyed the experience and the friendships they made, and that they all learnt so many things.

On Friday, we came back to school and reflected on our time away. It was so good to hear all the funny stories people had and the things they took away from the week. It was so much fun to get involved in the community, and something I will certainly do more of.

Charli Lincke
Year 9

Business Chicks 9 to Thrive Summit

On 25 November 2019, a group of 9 students, along with Miss Ozak, Miss Biggs and Miss Zhang attended the Business Chicks 9 to Thrive Summit; a one-day business conference. We were the firstschool to have students attend this summit! The summit is usually attended by women which are already in the workforce, and it brought together some amazing guest presenters. The renowned Lisa Wilkinson delivered a presentation on her biggest lessons throughout her career in the media, and even Ita Buttrose abouther leadership. Ita explored the idea that “sometimes if you haven’t experienced failure, it means you haven’t taken a risk”, which is an important message that resonated with me on the day. There were other speakers such as Megan Gale, who discussed her own personal experience with stress, which in turn inspired her to create her lifestyle brand “yourmindfulife”. It was also agreat opportunity for us to network with women from a variety ofindustries, and toattend workshops to gain another perspective on the business world. I would definitely recommend this opportunity to other students. Throughout the day you could sense the passion and drive thesewomen had, which was highly inspirational.

Sophia Giagoudakis
Year 10

Year 10 C-Cubed Day

The Year 10 C-Cubed (Creativity, Challenge and Connection) Day this year was an exciting opportunity for the girls to celebrate and relax after the stressful exam period. The day kicked off with a fun trivia session in the morning, with the girls forming small groups in which they tested their general knowledge and problem solving skills. Questions ranging from puzzling situations to mathematical equations and even entertainment trivia all had the girls thinking on a different level and collaborating with their group members.

The next portion of the day consisted of a variety of unique activities not normally allowed for in our busy school lives. Opportunities to take part in Chinese calligraphy, Baking, Yoga, Self-defence and movie sessions found us enjoying new experiences all the while learning new skills. These classes were just a few options on offer during this portion of the day and girls selected these sessions in accordance to their interests.

All those involved were also treated to a barbecue lunch and the day concluded with an inter house round-robin style session of dodgeball. All houses members competed against each other in an intense few matches to determine the best house. The day was something that we all enjoyed and had fun with and proved to be overall success!

Ashley Olsen and Catherine Hu
Year 10

 

Shrine of Remembrance

This week, our Year 9C and 9D girls, who are currently studying Australian History, visited the Shrine of Remembrance to develop their understanding of the Shrine as a place to honour our service men and women and learn about our nation’s wartime history.

Originally built as a monument to commemorate the 20,000 Victorians killed in World War I whose bodies never returned home. It has now become a solemn place for Australians of all backgrounds to remember the sacrifices made by all of those lost in war. Students undertook a guided tour of the Shrine, where they learned the history of monuments ranging from the eternal flame to the Sanctuary.

Then the girls visited the museum, where guides showed them artefacts including an original Gallipoli landing boat, the World War I Books of Remembrance and the Victoria Cross of Captain Robert Grieve of Brighton. Students then visited the education centre, where they tried on the uniforms and kits of a World War I infantry soldier.

The afternoon concluded with a brief remembrance ceremony in the Sanctuary as a mark of respect to those who have served our nation.

Mrs Lemanis & Ms Wighton
History Teachers

Saturday Netball

Last Saturday the girls took the court knowing it was one week from finals. Year 7 Quartz are going into finals confidently finishing top of the ladder. Year 8 Sapphires maintaining their 2nd place on the ladder with a tight game ending in a draw. A highlight of the weekend was Year 8 Silver adapting confidently to the fast pace of mixed netball. Year 9 Amber and Year 10 Gems both had promising victories on Saturday giving them momentum going into this Saturday. Year 11 Emeralds secured their position, 2nd on the ladder, with an exceptional win to finish off final round last Saturday afternoon.

Best of luck goes out to all teams in the Spring Fling Finals this coming Saturday.

Lexie Joyce
Netball Coordinator

 

I look forward to seeing the CGGS community at Carols at Camberwell this evening. Have a lovely weekend.

Regards,

Cathy Poyser

Junior School

CamNews

Junior School

November 29, 2019

Foundation – Year 6 Orientation Morning

It was a pleasure to see our current students showing leadership skills in helping new students and families that visited Ormiston last week. Orientation morning was an excellent opportunity for the 2020 Foundation to Year 6 students to meet as a group and spend time with their new class friends and class teacher. During the morning, new families had the opportunity to learn more about the daily operations of the Junior School and to meet other new families and ask questions. We are welcoming 18 Early Learning students into Foundation in 2020 which is wonderful for the Ormiston community. This number is reflective of the high-quality program that we provide within our Early Learning Centre and Junior School. I look forward to seeing these students begin their next educational journey with us in Foundation next year.

 

Year 1 Incursion – Beekeeper

On Wednesday 27 November, the Year 1 students were fortunate to meet Des Peachman, a local beekeeper.

In preparation for his visit, the children have been locating and understanding facts about bee farms in their reading. Students have also been formulating questions to find out more information about bee farms. Some of the questions were:

> What do the bees do when the Queen dies?

> Do all of the bees have different patterns on their bodies, like a zebra?

> How long can bees live?

> How do bees make honey in the tummies?

Des taught us that bees can fly up to 5km away from their hives but this has an impact on their wings. As a result, their lifespan is about 6 weeks. The students also learnt that the hive makes new Queen cells – usually 3 to 5 cells – when the Queen dies. We were taught that bees take the nectar, regurgitate it, remove the water and put it in the cells in the hive.

Des also recommended that if ever we find a swarm or nest at home, there are always local bee keepers willing to come, mostly for free, to take them away. Des suggested contacting Swarm Patrol; don’t use Mortein! We’d rather preserve our helpful honey makers than have them killed!

The children had an opportunity to explore some of a beekeepers equipment and hold honeycomb. It was a tremendous opportunity to learn from an expert!

Year 3 and 4 ADANAC Camp

It was a pleasure joining the Years 3 and 4 students at camp ADANAC at Yarra Junction this week. The behaviour of both year groups was exemplary when participating in either outdoor activities or eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some of the exciting activities included:

Year 3
> Flying fox                                           
> Low ropes course                              
> Archery                                              
> Canoeing                                           
> Trampolines
> Cage soccer           
> BRAVE – CGGS                                
> Basketball

Year 4
> Aqua ponding
> Disc golf
> Raft building
> Water trampoline
> Archery
> Hut building
> Table tennis

I would like to highlight the Year 3 students who were on their first ever camp at CGGS. Each student enjoyed the outdoor and indoor experiences and they especially loved the food for all snacks and meals. As with every camp, the students will help the class teachers review the camp program to ensure the activities provided were high quality and relevant to all students.

Foundation – Year 6 Choral and Instrumental Concert

Last Friday morning, our Foundation to Year 6 students were involved in our annual end of year Choral and Instrumental Concert. The concert was a huge success and the participation of every student in Ormiston from Foundation to Year 6 was a real highlight. This year we have had 103 students learn a musical instrument which is almost 50% of all our Foundation to Year 6 students. We also have excellent participation rates at the co-curricular level at Ormiston, with 87 Year 1 to Year 6 students actively involved in activities, and participation and enjoyment continue to be our key focuses.

I would like to thank the Music Department for organising the concert, particularly Directors of Music Kate Savige and Rohan Mack, Jane Scott our Music Administrator and our Junior School Music and Choir teachers Nichole Adams, Penny Byrne, Cathy Georgiev, Katrina Cheong and Marianne Rigby-Black. Additionally, I would like to thank the Year 5 and 6 Concert Band tutors Mat Duniam (percussion), Joseph Yu (trumpets), Stephanie Leslie (flutes), Mandy Lo (lower brass), Catherine Oxworth (clarinets) and Laura Tcheupdjian who teaches the Year 2 Super Strings program.

Early Learning Visit Year 6 Concert Band

The Early Learning children were invited to be audience members and listen to the Year 6 Concert Band. It was a wonderful learning opportunity and the children were immersed in and engaged with the music. They demonstrated their curiosity and interest when the Year 6 students shared their knowledge about their different instruments, in particular how they’re played, their names and the various parts. As the children watched the conductor, listened to the music and viewed how the instruments were played, they were focused and responsive participants. We are grateful that our youngest students had this opportunity to engage with members of our school community and celebrate the joy of music. We would like to thank members of the Year 6 Concert Band for their informative presentations and sharing their musical skills; and Mr Duniam and members of the Music Department for this wonderful opportunity. Below are some ELC student responses.

I liked the loud drums because it made a deep sound.”  – Alexandra

“I loved the trumpet because it makes a beautiful sound.” – Rubyrose

“The drum was my favourite because it makes boom, boom, boom. I love boom, boom, boom.” – Zara

“I liked the flute because it made a high sound.” – Leo

“The music made me feel happy.” – Calista

“It sounded like Coming Around the Mountain.” – Maddie

“The other one sounded like a wolf tiptoeing. It sounded like it wanted to eat something.” – Isabella-Rose

“I like the drum.” – Cathy

“It (the trombone) sounds like someone slipping.” – Lina

“I love the drum because it’s really loud.” – Natalie

“It (the music) made you feel excited and happy.” – Maddie

“I loved the flute because it’s high up (the pitch).” – Olivia

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning 3 Teacher & Early Learning Team Leader

Oxford Australian Children’s Word of the Year

This year the students from Year 3 took part in the Oxford Australian Children’s Word of the Year writing competition. There were hundreds of entries from classrooms all over Australia and students were asked to create a piece of writing based on their own chosen word that meant something to them. All the Year 3 students worked with purpose and creativity to plan, draft, edit and publish some wonderful pieces of work.

One Year 3 student, Mo Lin Yu was an individual award winner in the Year 3 category. Mo Lin chose the word ‘bravery’ and wrote an engaging story about a girl in a ski race. Out of all the entries received by Oxford this year, ‘bravery’ was not only selected as the word of the year, but was also a key theme in entries across all age groups.

Congratulations to Mo Lin and all the Year 3 authors for their hard work and persistence.

Angela Columbine
Year 3 Class Teacher

Digital Wellbeing: ‘Tis the season to be scammed!

The 1st of December traditionally is when many Australians begin to think about bringing out their Christmas decorations and making homes look suitably festive. This date is now sandwiched between two events which are gaining more traction within Australia each year; these being Black Friday, today, quickly followed by ‘Cyber Monday’. Both events are designed to lure consumers into opening their wallets and purses. Whilst shoppers can attend their local shopping centres for greatly reduced prices, increasingly, Australians of all generations are taking advantage of the convenience of online shopping.

Unfortunately, the combination of the festive season and significant retail discounts provides the perfect environment for online scammers to take advantage of busy and perhaps unsuspecting consumers. The ACC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)  provides the service ScamWatch. ScamWatch presents helpful information on current scams as well as tips on how to avoid the disappointment of not receiving purchased goods online. The most common goods that scammers are attempting to ‘sell’ this season are shoes, smartphones and tickets to events.

Scamwatch recommends that you can shop safely and securely by:

> Being mindful of advertisements on social media as these are often used by scammers to direct you to fake online stores or websites

> Avoiding luxury goods that are being offered for very low prices

> Researching websites by checking reviews as well as the website’s information about their returns policies etc. Remember to look out for spelling errors and poor grammar

> Check for a URL that starts with ‘https’ and a closed padlock symbol when making online payments. Consider using a payment provider such as PayPal and avoid international funds transfers or electronic currency, such as Bitcoin

Scamwatch also recommends you share this information with friends and family. It is worth subscribing to email alerts about scams as these change on a regular basis. Register for these emails at the Scamwatch website: www.scamwatch.gov.au

Finally, whilst the festive season is about much more than gifts, the eSafetyCommissioner recognises the need for consumers to make informed decisions if they are considering buying technology for children and teenagers. You may find it helpful to spend a few minutes viewing key information on how to protect your family’s privacy and security if you are thinking of purchasing items such as wearable tech, smart toys or virtual reality technologies.

Paul Donohue and Felicity Carroll

 

Junior School Netball            

The Netball season is coming to end, the Ormiston students have been showing outstanding skills each week. The Year 2 students have been learning the rules and getting better at their shooting techniques. The Year 3 students understand the game and have been bonding together as a team. The Year 4 Rubies played one of their best games of netball last Friday afternoon, Rubies were very consistent and went for every ball. The Year 4 Garnets defeated KD Stargazers convincingly, the students moved the ball down the court beautifully. The Year 5 Opals defeated Ruyton Rockers 11-1, Opals have been strong in defence all season and transitioning the ball into the attack end to score. The Year 5 Jets are undefeated this Spring Season, Jets will be playing off for first position this coming Saturday. The Year 6 Topaz had a very close game against Strathy Stars, the CGGS team were unlucky with turnovers and ended up going down to them 5-6. Best of luck goes to all teams playing in the Spring Fling Finals this weekend.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach

 

I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend and a wonderful evening of entertainment at the Carols at Camberwell concert this evening.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

 

Connected Community

CamNews

Connected Community

November 29, 2019

Diary Dates

The following event swill be taking place in the next two weeks.

Friday 6 December
> Final Day for Years 10 & 11

Monday 9 December
> Ormiston & Year 7 – 9 Carol Service, St Marks, 11.00am – 12.00pm
> Year 6 Graduation Lunch, JS Hall, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Tuesday 10 December
> Year 7 – 9 Presentation Evening, BSH, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
> Final Day for all Students

 

Class of 2018 – 1 Year Reunion

It was great to see so many girls from the Class of 2018  back at the school last Thursday to get together to celebrate their milestone 1 year reunion. The Fig Tree Café was full of enthusiasm, laughter and excitement as the former students came together to catch up on what everyone has been doing since leaving school almost a year ago. Many staff members joined the group to catch up on the past year and the variety of paths the former students are now on. These old grammarians are studying, Biomedicine, Commerce, Nursing, Global Studies, International Relations, Interior Design and Acting, just to name a few.

We thank look forward to seeing the Class of 2018 again next year, as they help us celebrate our 100thBirthday.

CGGS celebrates another year of amazing parent volunteers!!

As the Community Relationships Coordinator, I enjoy working with amazing CGGS parent volunteers every day. It is the wonderful commitment of our volunteer Class Reps, PFA members and other parents that builds a strong community in which our parents and students feel connected.

I would like to thank every parent who supported the school this year and wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable summer break.

I look forward to celebrating the school’s centenary year in 2020 with you all.

Susannah Jepson
Community Relationships Coordinator

 

2020 Celebrations 

In 2020 our school will celebrate 100 years of educating tomorrow’s woman. We have an exciting year of events and celebrations planned that reflect this vision, and we very much look forward to welcoming our community to share in these celebrations at CGGS throughout the year.

Our celebrations begin with a whole of school commencement ceremony on 11 February 2020, from 10.30am, where the Governor, The Hon Linda Dessau AC, will join us for this momentous occasion. This date recognises and acknowledges the first day of Camberwell Girls Grammar School when eight students began their education in St Mark’s Church Hall on Wednesday 11 February 1920.

You can find out more about this event, and all our other events and celebrations, in the next edition of CamLife, that will be published in mid-December.

For any further information, please contact Jane Harris, Director of Advancement, harrisj@cggs.vic.edu.au, 9811 8582.

Principal

CamNews

Principal

November 15, 2019

In August I enjoyed writing to you about the diversity of the CGGS community. I acknowledged that we have welcomed students born in other countries over many years. Through the arrival of Evelyn Douglas (South Africa), Bridget Allan (England) and Ong Yew Har (China) in 1961 and girls from nine different countries in 1962 including Elsie Paisawa from Papua New Guinea (pictured centre above), we were already valuing our global connections!

One of the recognised strengths of CGGS is the feeling of community and connectedness. In 2019 from our current families, 71% of our students were born in Australia, and 29% were born in 25 countries outside of Australia. As I mentioned in August, when we look at the birthplaces of our students and both parents, we have members of our families born in 59 countries outside of Australia compared to 46 countries in 2016. It seems that we have significantly expanded our global reach in the last three years!

At the same time we have also been building our commitment to our indigenous people and their rich culture. Indigenous students have attended CGGS for many years and in late 2014, we were also very honoured to welcome Murrundindi, the ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri people to our school and he has since remained a close friend, teaching students and teachers about culture and ceremony throughout each year. 

At CGGS, at the commencement of any key event or assembly, we include an Acknowledgement of Country which is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and pay our respect to the traditional owners of the land – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We also celebrate National Reconciliation Week each year, acknowledge key events and support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

In 2016 the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) first opened its doors to indigenous students from remote communities in Australia. This model was developed by Associate Professor Liz Tudor and her husband Ric Tudor OAM (former Headmaster of Trinity Grammar School) along with the MITS Board.  Twenty-two Year 7 students live in a boarding house on Richmond Hill and walk to school each day, located at the Richmond Football Club. At the end of Year 7 these students transfer into independent and government schools in Melbourne.

The vision of MITS is to create pathways to greater opportunity for indigenous students and their mission is the successful and confident transition of indigenous students from home communities into Melbourne schools.

I am very excited to let the CGGS community know that from next year MITS will be extending their boarding program to students beyond Year 7 and I am delighted that we will be welcoming two MITS graduates into Year 8. Ruby and Rumarlea have already spent a number of days in their transition program at CGGSand are very excited, as are we, about the year ahead. 

We have so much to celebrate at CGGS. Education is about learning, but it is also about relationships and valuing others. What an amazing opportunity we all have to engage with our incredibly rich and diverse community as we nurture the compassionate and intelligent young citizens who are and will continue to make our world a place where people feel cared for, respected and valued.

With best wishes, 

 

Debbie Dunwoody
Principal

Senior School

CamNews

Senior School

November 15, 2019

While the VCE examinations continue for a few weeks yet with the last examination for our girls being on Monday of next week, this past week our Year 10 and 11 students have also commenced their own CGGS set examinations.

After a week on Camp the Year 9 and 10 students and the staff who accompanied them, were grateful for the long weekend. Since returning to school they have all excitedly shared their experiences and reviews of the camps are included later in this edition of CamNews.  Many thanks to all the staff who accompanied the students on their camps, to the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) leaders who run the programs and to Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs for his tireless efforts to ensure all the students undertook new and challenging experiences as part of their Education Outdoors journey at CGGS.

On Monday 11 November we were fortunate to have historian Mr David Howell join us in a special Remembrance Day Assembly. Mrs Karin Lemanis also presented our successful National History Challenge Award winners with their certificates. While Alisha Wong was presented with her 3rd place award for the Youth Bilingual Speech Conference.

Today we welcomed 20 new students who will commence in Years 8 – 11 in 2020. Their Orientation morning included a welcome from our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody as well as information sessions conducted by Kate Manners, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning, Nirvana Watkins, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing (Programs and Curriculum) Felicity Carroll, Digital Literacy Co-ordinator and myself. The Year Level Coordinators for 2020 and a number of host students also joined the girls for an informal morning tea in the library. Our new students also enjoyed meeting Ivy our library therapy dog.

Last Friday we also had the pleasure of welcoming a total of 99 new and current families to the Year 7 2020 Orientation Day. Murrundindi started the formalities with a lovely Welcome to Country which was greatly appreciated by all and it set the tone for a fabulous day. A number of staff and many of the newly announced School and House leaders spoke to the girls and their families throughout the morning, explaining many of the processes and offerings at CGGS and also some very helpful tips from one of our School Counsellors, Paula Kolivas for parents on what to expect during the transition to Senior School. The girls spent most of their day with their Year Level Coordinator, Mrs Nirvana Watkins and Tutor teachers for 2020, 7B Mat Duniam and Tuba Ozak who filled in for Helen Creed who is currently on Long Service Leave, 7P Lauren Law and Tom Clark, 7T Maria Yevlahova (introduced to the group as Maria Litchfield) and Lisa Stevens, 7W Jen Gordon and Ingrid Beck. The girls loved receiving their locks and learning how to open them in readiness for next year. They also enjoyed sessions of Drama with Jenine Caruso, Science with Anthony Pasinati, Makers Space activities with Belinda Kinnane and Team Games with Shane Maycock and Nareen Robinson. It was pleasing to see all the girls with huge smiles and much to say when they met their parents at the end of the day.

A number of staff and parents had the privilege of attending a Chamber Concert on Wednesday afternoon. The magnificent musical ability of the Trio, Quartets and Quintet was evident in one of the most breathtaking performances.  We are in the privileged position here at CGGS of having access to amazing performers and the opportunity enjoy performances which many would gladly pay to experience.  I remind all members of the school community that you are always welcome to attend the musical performances, even if your daughter is not performing, and indeed I strongly encourage you to do so.

Digital Wellbeing 

We are continuing to involve members of our CGGS community as we examine the data collected from our Digital Wellbeing surveys. This week Mrs Cathy Poyser, Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School; Ms Nirvana Watkins, Deputy Head of Senior School – Wellbeing Curriculum and Program; Ms Emma Hinchliffe, Deputy Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning; and Ms Felicity Carroll, Digital Literacy Co-ordinator JS and SS, met with parents who expressed an interest in participating in our Parent Digital Wellbeing Focus Groups within their survey responses. We thank these parents for joining discussions about our community’s technology usage and the implications for our School and families. We are in the process of devising initiatives for 2020 and these will be communicated in future CamNews articles. 

The previous Digital Wellbeing CamNews article focussed on screen time and presented evidence-based strategies for fostering positive online experiences as part of a balanced lifestyle. One strategy that families may wish to consider is establishing agreed family guidelines, or what is often called, a Family Media Agreement. There are many examples available online, with the most effective agreements being those in which children and teenagers establish agreed behaviours with their parents. Common Sense Media includes one such example you may find helpful here. Another is by ThinkUKnow, which also provides a template for families to use when creating their personalised agreement. It is widely agreed that establishing these agreed behaviours is most effective when done with children at an early age, but there is still value in exploring their potential benefit with older children and teenagers.

References

Commonsense media. (2019). Family Media Agreement.
Retrieved from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/family-media-agreement

ThinkUKnow. (2019) Parents Portal. Retrieved from https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal


Cathy Poyser & Felicity Carroll

FIRST LEGO League

This week, three teams: Robotica, Fireflies and 2025 Girls, a total of 21 girls from Year 6 – 8 competed in a regional final of the First LEGO League competition. This is a global event founded by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and involves more than 200, 000 students worldwide. Teams of up to 10 students complete four challenges in order to compete:

> Innovation Project

> Core Values Poster

> EV3 Robot Design and Build

> Robot Game

All teams demonstrated the six core values of the competition throughout their preparation and during the competition day: discovery, teamwork, inclusion, innovation, impact and fun. There were times when robots didn’t follow their instructions and last minute changes needed to be made to presentations, however, the girls showed great resilience, resourcefulness and teamwork. At the end of the day, Team Robotica won the Research Award for their excellent use of the Design Thinking process to develop an innovative solution for the Old Box Hill Brickworks. Team Fireflies were awarded the overall Championship Cup and were particularly impressive in the robot game challenge. Our Year 6 team of novices: 2025 Girls, didn’t receive any awards but did manage to outperform one of our Senior teams in the robot game.

On Sunday, 24 November, Teams Robotica and Fireflies will be competing in the National Finals at Swinburne University, Hawthorn. This is a wonderful achievement for the girls. A special mentioned should be made of our two Year 10 assistant coaches, Chloe Langley and Himalini Kathirgamanathan who have supported the girls during the year. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

Australian Geography Competition 

The awards and certificates for this year’s annual Australian Geography Competition were distributed in Term 4. The competition is open to all Camberwell Girls students from Year 7-10 and those studying VCE Geography. It is a challenging competition that assesses geographical knowledge and skills with an application to a broad range of topics and global events. Well done to everyone who participated.

We are proud to recognise the exceptional achievements of a number of students this year. Congratulations to the following students for receiving High Distinctions:

 

Year 7

Sophie Chang
Katherine Mason
Katrina Tong
Erica Wang
Minali Shyam
Isabella Wood
Sin (Xixi) Yang

Year 8

Belinda Caruso
Eun Bee McAleenan
Serena Segal
Natalie Chung
Mary Chuang
Sasha Feldmann
Scarlett Giang
Eleanor Summers
Ella Watson

Year 9

Sienna Dulabic
Katrina Xu
Isabelle Viney
Chloe Chan
Alex Polatsidis
Amelia Westerman
Teagan Diep
Abbey Howard
Megan Kuo
Nicole Ang
Bethany Orme
Alice Wilson

Year 10

Zara Mammone
Charlotte Kutey
Chantelle Chuang
Rhi-Ann Lam
Belinda Lemanis
Jacqueline Zhang

Goethe Institut Enterprise Program

This year our Year 10 German students participated in the Goethe Institut’s Enterprise Program which promotes the collaboration between schools and German companies / or Australian companies with a relationship to German speaking countries within the region. The project combines aspects of professional orientation with creativity and inventor spirit.  

We are very pleased to share the wonderful success that Annaliese Cossenas, Charlotte Kutey and Amy Du achieved. The girls were awarded second place for submitting one of the most innovative business ideas pitched by students from 96 schools across Australia. Their project ‘Heimat durch die Leica Linse’ (“Home” through the Leica Lens), has Leica camera owners sharing the first photograph taken on their camera and then a selection of these photographs chosen for an exhibition in the Leica gallery; “for the people, by the people.” Their project was commended for its design and creativity.

The Goethe-Institut Australian invited the students to the Award Ceremony in Sydney on 8 November, where the most interesting and innovative ideas were presented. 

Student representatives from various schools presented their ideas and took part in a Q&A session with teachers and representatives of the partner companies, the German Embassy and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Special thanks to Ms Liesa Winkler for working with the girls on this initiative.

Dante Alighieri

During Term Three Ella Barmby of Year 10 was awarded first place in the prestigious Dante Alighieri Poem competition. In preparation for the competition Ella was required to compose her own original poem entirely in Italian. She presented her piece at Melbourne University in front of an audience of 500. Ella has been studying VCE Italian via the Victorian School of Languages throughout the year, in addition to Italian School each Saturday. Ella is to be congratulated on her achievement. This award highlights the immense focus and dedication that Ella has displayed in undertaking her Italian studies this year.

Camp Reflections – Year 9

Arriving in Yarrawonga for the first time was a surreal experience for everyone. We immediately had to adapt to our new environment and say our final goodbyes to air conditioning, toilets and Wi-Fi. It quickly hit us that the next few days would be challenging. What shocked me the most were how many flies could be in one area! Which meant that cooking and eating dinner meant mastering the great Australian art of not accidentally eating a bug!

As someone who regularly over packs, halving what I carried in my pack was definitely difficult. Only bringing two shirts and a couple pairs of shorts was hard as we knew how hot the weather would be, how much sweating would be involved and that there was no option to shower. On top of our personal hygiene and comfort, every morning we would all have to re-pack our bags and carry it for kilometres every day when we hiked.

The activities we had to complete were hiking and canoeing. Personally, I found hiking the toughest and hardest part of the camp. Walking 10km every day in thirty-degree heat was challenging. However, it was the most fulfilling part of the trip. Everyone was so proud when we arrived at the next camp site. No one thought it was possible we would survive and yet we did. Carrying heavy packs when we were hiking in the heat was the cherry on top of the cake as it made every step so much harder!

Having such an amazing group made all the difference to my camp experience. Everyone got along so well and it helped to distract us from the discomfort of the heat, no toilets and no showers.

The canoeing leg was extremely enjoyable, and almost relaxing once we got the hang of it. At the beginning, we were instructed how to pack the canoes and what is the most effective way to paddle. After listening intently in the scorching heat, we were eager to get into the canoes and river to cool down. Once partnering up, we got into the canoes and set off!

On the first day, we canoed around 10km. The first day of canoeing flew by extremely quickly, and before we knew it we were already at our campsite. After setting up camp, we had a lot of free time to spare so a one of our favourite things to do was to play cards. It was so much fun bonding with everyone whilst just relaxing under the shade. On the second day of canoeing, we canoed around 18km, which sounded like a lot, however when we got into a steady rhythm, it was much quicker than it sounded. The third and final day of canoeing was shorter, we only had to canoe 8km. Canoeing overall was a delightful experience, and although we all got sunburnt spending so much time under the scorching sun, it was well worth it.

Before we knew it, the final day of camp came. After washing up the canoes, we unpacked all of our belongings from our packs into our normal bags, loaded them on the bus and set off for home. Year 9 camp was a liberating experience for all of us. It was a truly amazing experience that we will never forget, the life skills and the new friendships that we made will be with us forever. We learnt a lot, made new friendships and made memories to last a lifetime.

Teagan Diep
Year 9

 Camp Reflections – Year 10

To be fair, there is only one word to describe my year 10 camp: amazing! For camp this year, we were able to decide between three options – hiking at Wilsons Promontory, kayaking in the Gippsland lakes or completing the NE cycle trip. I chose the North East cycle trip, where we began in Bright and finished in Wangaratta. We were accompanied by stunning views along our trip, consisting of wineries and the mountainside. In groups, girls pushed their bodies to their limits and achieved more than 113km of cycling over a 3-day period, occasionally in extreme heat. What got us through the challenge put forth to us was the mate ship between the girls. We were always talking and cycling, being encouraging, and laughing with each other. This strong bond that was created is something that will truly be hard to forget. The trip also taught everyone some valuable life skills – whilst there were the hard skills such as how to ride a bike, or set up a tent, the skills of great worth were the soft skills. This was how to work co-operatively in a team, to never leave anyone behind and how to respect one another. The year 10 NE cycle camp was definitely my favourite camp, and will be treasured in my memories for the many years to come.

Sophia Giagoudakis
Year 10

Chamber Concert

On Wednesday 13 November, selected students from Years 5, 7, 9 & 11 performed at the afternoon’s Chamber Concert for a very appreciative audience of parents, friends and teachers. This was a wonderful opportunity for our student-driven chamber ensembles to perform for an audience and display their talents and hard work from their many hours of rehearsals. The incredibly high-standard performances included a varied selection of repertoire, from Disney classics to Classical Haydn and Romantic Borodin. The School’s harpsichord was also featured in the performance, allowing the Year 7 Combined Quartet to perform in the true Baroque style of Vivaldi.

As well as having the courage to perform for families, friends, teachers and peers, all these students have demonstrated tremendous teamwork and creative collaboration throughout the year. Each has shown the initiative to form their groups and persevered to achieve tremendous growth through the transferable skills of critical thinking and problem solving. Each of these students has set ambitious goals and persisted with sustained passion to produce such high-quality performances. We congratulate all performers for participating in this fantastic event! A very big thank you also to the ensemble directors, Ms Margaret Butcher and Ms Helena Olofsson, for all their hard work in preparation for this event. We look forward to more concerts of this nature at CGGS in the future.


Year 7 Combined Quartet

Kiki Page, Melanie Chin, Emily Price, Clarissa Wong & Isabella Wood, Sofia Sanfilippo, Romy Mead, Bella Fary, Olivia Shen

Year 7 Quartet
Kiki Page, Melanie Chin, Emily Price, Clarissa Wong

Year 5 Quartet
Rida Cao, Maddie Wood, Alyce Law, Emily Lioe

Trio Zoska
Katherine Mason, Sofia Sanfilippo, Zoe Brisk

Quartet Con Brio
Megan Kuo, Nicole Chang, Sarah Hui, Chloe Law

Year 11/9 Quartet
Jennifer Fan, Olivia Banitsiotis, Melissa Xue, Janice Wong

Year 9 Quintet
Teresa Guo, Isabelle Brisk, Teagan Diep, Angie D’Leong, Emily Wu

External Music Examinations 

Term 4 has been a very busy time for many students undertaking external Music exams and Speech & Drama exams. 43 students from Years 2-11 have practiced for many hours and completed their external exams throughout this year and these students have achieved some outstanding results! We congratulate all those who have completed an exam through AMEB, Trinity College London or ABRSM, for their success and their continued dedication to their music, both at school and outside of school.

House Swimming

Last week we announced the winning houses of the House Swimming and Diving Carnivals and now we would like to celebrate the outstanding individual results that were achieved at these carnivals.

There were some exceptional performances in the pool and the following girls should be very proud as they were awarded the Year Level Champion Awards for swimming.

Year 7 1st – Emily Price

2nd – Sophie Chang

3rd – Sofia Sanfilippo

Year 8 1st – Ella Roberson-Brown

2nd – Scarlett Giang

3rd – Xara Anderson

Year 9 1st – Abbey Howard

2nd – Olivia Jones

3rd – Olivia Banitsiotis

Year 10 1st – Belinda Lemanis

2nd – Ella Barmby

3rd – Karen Ng

Year 11 1st – Anabel Car

2nd – Michaela Robinson

3rd – Phoebe Hwong

House Diving

The diving competition was split into two sections, Juniors which consisted of students in years 7 and 8 and Seniors which was students in years 9 – 11. Congratulations to the following girls who received the top 3 individual scores for House Diving.

Junior Individual Champions 1st – Jessica Lim

2nd – Isabella Tremewen

3rd – Ruby Killington

Senior Individual Champions 1st – Ella Robinson

2nd – Tilly Dunn

3rd – Emily Arvidsson

 

Saturday Netball 

The Spring Fling Saturday Netball Competition is getting close to finals and CGGS teams have done well this season with several teams playing off for first place on the ladder.

Many teams had wins last Saturday, including Year 7 Quartz who are sitting in first place on the ladder.  This team have had a very successful season and should be proud of their efforts throughout the year. Year 7 Pearl had a tough match against Strathy Sapphires, with the teams even at half time with only a couple of goals in it.

Year 8 Sapphires and Silver were very keen in their match against each other, with Sapphire defeating Silver in the end. Year 8 Jade were down against Koonung Comets but Jade played a fantastic second half and defeated Koonung Comets 13-12.

Year 9 Aquamarines were too strong MLC Aviators, defeating them 22-14. Year 10 Gems had a close game against Ruyton Roadrunners, but Ruyton were more consistent throughout the whole game.

Year 11 Tanzanites drew to MA Flame 12-12, the CGGS team played well and if there was a couple of more minutes of play, Tanzanites would have gotten the win. Year 11 Emeralds were defeated by Fintona Flames 15-12, Emeralds played well and gave it their all but Fintona were too strong on the day.

Congratulations goes to all CGGS netball teams, and best of luck in the next coming rounds.

 

With best wishes,


Cathy Poyser

Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Junior School

CamNews

Junior School

November 15, 2019

Mountfield Maestros

I would like to congratulate the students who participated in our Semester Two Speech and Drama performances in the Junior School Hall last week. Once again, we had approximately 50 students participate in different performances, whether in a small or large group and it was a privilege to watch specific students do their personal best and make so much progress from earlier in the year. A feature of each of the performances was the confidence of the students in front of a small audience. I look forward to seeing these types of performances at future assemblies and school events.

Congratulations to the following students:

Early Learning: Victoria Li

Foundation: Aarna Sharma, Claire Zhang

Year 1: Cynthia Li, Irene Li, Laila Beiruti, Elfie Fan, Estella Ouyang, Lucinda Reedman, Chloe Zhang, Audrey Nemtsas, Serena Hu, Madeleine Law, Elaine Li, Angela Lin, Zoe Raspin

Year 2: Yasmin Lintott, Ailey Poon

Year 3: Rita Wong, Erena Zhu, Tiffany Lau, Christelle Chin

Year 4: Elsa Cao, Sophie Peake, Annabelle Nemtsas, Allegra Reedman, Melody Hu, Elise Orme, Charlotte Chong, Ashanti Rajakulendran, Chloe Lau, Sarah Lu

Year 5: Charlotte Hayes, Yasmin Taghdir, Anneka Sinnappu, Sharvi Bansal, Vrinda Dhir, Sharon Tjioe, Grace Wan

Year 6: Anneke Cook, Sarah Zhou, Sarah May, Aliyana Rajakulendran

Year 5 Inquiry Unit

As part of their Inquiry topic this term of ‘How do natural disasters and extreme weather events impact communities and the environment?’ the Year 5s explored the effect of bushfires on native flora such as Acacia plants (wattles). Mrs Dumsday helped us investigate the effect of heat on the germination of Acacia seeds and wheat, an introduced plant to Australia. We used equipment, such as Petri dishes, water baths and beakers, in the Woodstock Lab at Senior School to create a variety of temperature conditions (20 degrees, 50 degrees and 100 degrees) which both types of seeds were exposed to. Year 5 will continue to monitor the seeds and we look forward to observing the changes and differences between the germinations of the two types of seeds.

Liz Ruffles, Anjali de Quadros & Michelle Kalus
Year 5 Teachers

 

Year 6 Virtual Debating Team

This term the Year 6 Virtual Debating team has continued to compete in this National Competition that provides students from around Australia an opportunity to participate in debates via video conferencing. All debates are expert adjudicators who provide students with feedback to improve their debating skills.

The students prepared debates about the topics: ‘That fast food advertising should be banned’ and ‘That we should require students to participate in charity activity before being able to graduate.’ At this late stage in the competition the quality of arguments is very high and the adjudicator praised the CGGS team on the evidence the team provided to support their viewpoint and the variety of strategies they employed to rebut the oppositions argument. Our Year 6 team achieved a tremendous result of winning six debates in a row, taking them to the quarter finals of the competition. Despite a very hotly contested quarter final, the opposing team from Macarthur Anglican School in NSW, progressed to the semi-final. The Year 6 team were not only the most successful 2019 team from CGGS but were the highest placing Victorian team in the Year 5/6 division.

Throughout the year the students have been fantastic ambassadors for the school. They have not only demonstrated their excellent debating and team work skills, but the competition has required them to develop their persuasive writing, research, organisation, leadership, critical thinking and evaluative skills. It has been a privilege to witness the collaborative effort of the students and their confidence grow in their ability to construct their viewpoint. We are extremely proud of Cate Mead, Sarah Zhou, Suwedha Ranjith and Aliyana Rajakulendran and congratulate them on their outstanding achievement in this competition.

Aliyana – It was a brilliant experience that helped me to further develop my teamwork, persistence and debating skills. We became very superstitious throughout the tournament which really united the team together.

Cate – It was a really fun experience and it was cool that we were able to debate students around the country via a video chat.

Sarah – It was an experience of a lifetime that provided me with an opportunity to expand my knowledge of debating and ability to handle stress.

Suwedha – I was surprised how much I enjoyed this experience. Not only did we improve our debating skills, we learnt much more, such as: teamwork, organising our time and working under pressure.

Nancy Robottom 
Year 6 Teacher

Year 6 FIRST LEGO League Competition

This week, nine enthusiastic students from Year 6 competed in their first regional final of the First LEGO League competition, along with two experienced Year 7 and 8 teams. First LEGO League is a global event founded by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and involves more than 200,000 students worldwide. Teams of up to 10 students complete four challenges in order to compete:

> Innovation Project

> Core Values Poster

> EV3 Robot Design and Build

> Robot Game

Team 2025 Girls (named for the year they complete Year 12) demonstrated the six core values of the competition throughout their preparation and during the competition day: discovery, teamwork, inclusion, innovation, impact and fun. There were times when robots didn’t follow their instructions and last minute changes needed to be made to presentations, however, the students showed great resilience, resourcefulness and teamwork. At the end of the day, Team 2025 Girls didn’t receive any awards but did manage to outperform one of our Senior teams in the robot game. Both Senior teams have progressed to the National Finals next week which are being held at Swinburne University on Sunday, 24 November.

The judges at the competition noted that our teams were a standout in terms of their teamwork and inclusion so the students should be very proud of their efforts. A big thank you goes to Mr Kim Perkins, who assisted the students with learning how to code their EV3 robots.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development & First LEGO League Coach

ELC Grandparents & Special Friends Morning

Recently, the Early Learning children invited their grandparents and special friends to spend time with them in their classroom. This was also an opportunity for the children to express their gratitude for the important role their grandparents and special friends play in their lives. In our school community we value and believe it’s important for children to experience ‘giving’ and to express their gratitude. Each classroom discussed ways they could express their gratitude to their grandparent and special friend and the children decided to do this through drawings, words, singing, cooking and spending time working together. During their time together, the children engaged in learning experiences and it was wonderful to see the grandparents and special friends enthusiastically work alongside the children and be involved. It is through these experiences that children develop an understanding about gratitude and ways they can express this to the people in their lives that care and help them.

Angela Follacchio
Early Learning Team Leader

Chamber Concert

On Wednesday 13 November, selected students from Years 5, 7, 9 & 11 performed at the afternoon’s Chamber Concert for a very appreciative audience of parents, friends and teachers. This was a wonderful opportunity for our student-driven chamber ensembles to perform for an audience and display their talents and hard work from their many hours of rehearsals. The incredibly high-standard performances included a varied selection of repertoire, from Disney classics to Classical Haydn and Romantic Borodin. The School’s harpsichord was also featured in the performance, allowing the Year 7 Combined Quartet to perform in the true Baroque style of Vivaldi. We congratulate all performers for participated in this fantastic event and look forward to more concerts of this nature in the future.

Congratulations to the following Year 5 Quartet participants:

Rida Cao

Madeleine Wood

Alyce Law

Emily Lioe

Jane Scott
Music Administrator

Foundation – Y6 Nude Food

In an effort to raise awareness, reduce our waste and nourish our bodies with fresh produce and homemade goods, Foundation to Year 6 students participated in a Nude Food Day on Thursday 7 November. Students brought food from home that did not come in packaging and placed their food in reusable containers. It was wonderful to see so many students getting involved in the initiative. Well done to Year 3L for winning the Nude Food challenge.

Rebecca Leondidis
Year 4 Class Teacher

Digital Wellbeing

We are continuing to involve members of our CGGS community as we examine the data collected from our Digital Wellbeing surveys. This week Mrs Cathy Poyser, Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School; Ms Nirvana Watkins, Deputy Head of Senior School – Wellbeing Curriculum and Program; Ms Emma Hinchliffe, Deputy Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning; and Ms Felicity Carroll, Digital Literacy Co-ordinator JS and SS, met with parents who expressed an interest in participating in our Parent Digital Wellbeing Focus Groups within their survey responses. We thank these parents for joining discussions about our community’s technology usage and the implications for our School and families. We are in the process of devising initiatives for 2020 and these will be communicated in future CamNews articles.

The previous Digital Wellbeing CamNews article focussed on screen time and presented evidence-based strategies for fostering positive online experiences as part of a balanced lifestyle. One strategy that families may wish to consider is establishing agreed family guidelines, or what is often called, a Family Media Agreement. There are many examples available online, with the most effective agreements being those in which children and teenagers establish agreed behaviours with their parents. Common Sense Media includes one such example you may find helpful here. Another is by ThinkUKnow, which also provides a template for families to use when creating their personalised agreement. It is widely agreed that establishing these agreed behaviours is most effective when done with children at an early age, but there is still value in exploring their potential benefit with older children and teenagers.   

References

Commonsense media. (2019). Family Media Agreement.
Retrieved from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/family-media-agreement

ThinkUKnow. (2019) Parents Portal. Retrieved from https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal

Paul Donohue & Felicity Carroll
Head of Junior School & Digital Literacy Coordinator

Years 2 – 6 Netball

The Year 2, 3 and 4 netballers have been working on ball movement and game play during the training sessions. All Years 5 and 6 teams won their matches last Saturday. Year 5 Opals were unstoppable against CSNC Blitz, the CGGS team had strong defence and transitioned the ball down into the gaolers smoothly. The Year 5 Jets defeated MA Bolts 12-4, the Jets played well together, got many intercepts and are sitting in second place on the ladder. The Year 6 Topaz got off to strong start against MLC Ruby, Topaz played a consistent game and defeated them 5-1. Congratulations to all Ormiston netball teams.

Lexie Joyce
Netball Coach 

 

Year 2 Extended Day

After school today, I am looking forward to our Year 2 Extended Day and wish Ms Soci and Ms Zarfaty and students all the best for their activities and movie in the Junior School Hall.

I wish all Ormiston families a restful weekend.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Community

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Community

November 15, 2019

CGGS Celebrates Spring Carnival 

On Thursday 7 November, CGGS celebrated the tradition of Oaks Day with many women attending a ladies’ lunch.

Dressed in style and wearing beautiful headpieces, all guests embraced the Spring Carnival theme of fashion and fun. Enjoying a drink and canapes on arrival followed by a sit-down lunch, guests were also treated to a wonderful fashion parade by The Ark Clothing Company viewing their summer collection.

A gift bag including styling vouchers, sweet treats and beauty items was given to each lady plus everyone received a mystery bet with a horse in the second race of the day. This brought the race track to the event, as the race was viewed during the lunch which resulted in great excitement and a few winners on the day!

Surprise door prizes were awarded to many lucky guests including, a Girl’s Night Out, designer homewares, spa vouchers, wine hampers, and in-home styling consultations.

Supported by the Parents and Friends Association, the Oaks Day Lunch provided a great opportunity for many women of CGGS to socialise with school friends and meet other mums within the school community.


Susannah Jepson
Community Relationships Coordinator

Diary Dates

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

Monday 18 November 
> Y9 Service Learning Week
> VCE Exams
> Y10 & Y11 Exams

Tuesday 19 November
> VCE Exams
> Y10 & Y11 Exams

Wednesday 20 November 
> VCE Exams Conclude
> Y10 & Y11 Exams Conclude

Thursday 21 November
> Y11 Headstart Program Commences
> JS Choral & Instrumental Concert, 6.30pm BSH

Friday 22 November
> Y11 Headstart Program

Monday 25 November
> Y11 Headstart Program
> Second And Uniform Shop – Drop Off, 8am – 12noon
> Second Hand Uniform Shop – Sales 2pm – 4pm 

Tuesday 26 November
> Y11 Headstart Program

Wednesday 27 November
> Y11 Headstart Program
> Y3 & Y4 Camp Departs

Thursday 28 November
> Y11 Headstart Program
> Y3 & Y4 Camp

Friday 29 November
> Y11 Headstart Program
> Y3 & Y4 Camp Returns
> EL3, El4 & Foundation Christmas Chapel Service, 9.20am
> Professional Christmas Market, 3.30pm – 7.30pm, Senior School
> Carols at Camberwell, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, Senior Oval

Principal

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Principal

November 1, 2019

In recent weeks we have hosted two amazing events at our school that were greatly influenced by some of our former students.

In our Shaping the Future event at 6.30pm on Wednesday 23 October 2019, the audience of students, staff, parents, old grammarians and members of the wider community were invited into a discussion with four members of The Outer Sanctum, an all-female group of women who host a weekly football podcast. The group included two old grammarians, Emma Race (1993) a broadcaster and writer and Lucy Race (1987) trainer at the SPJ Football club and business owner, along with fellow podcast members author Nicole Hayes and lawyer and academic Kate Seear.

Throughout the lively and engaging discussion, members of The Outer Sanctum discussed important conversation topics including the voices of women in the AFL, sports journalism and the power of a community of women. We have been so fortunate to have re-connected with Emma and Lucy this year. After seeing our social media posts of our GSV Football team, they came to watch our girls play a game and also joined us for our special presentation of the Reconciliation jumpers and netball bibs during National Reconciliation Week. What an incredible example of our former students supporting their school.

On Tuesday this week we hosted the annual Young Australian Best Book Awards Ceremony (YABBA)at CGGS. Former student and children’s fiction writer Alex Miles (2001) was instrumental in assisting us to be chosen as the hosting school this year. Alex is the author of the Olive Black and Geek Girls Series and has launched one of her books at the school in recent years. We feel very privileged to continue our connection with her.

We welcomed 33 authors and illustrators including Andy Lee (Alex’s brother), Sally Rippin and Terry Denton, along with over 400 students from a range of primary and secondary schools to our school. In addition to the formalities of the ceremony, students were able to meet the authors and speak with them about their books. Isabel Sootoh from Year 6 also received a special award for her invitation illustration.

Throughout the course of the year, Mrs Anne Devenish our Head of Library Information Services has worked tirelessly with the YABBA committee to organise the ceremony. Anne’s enthusiasm and her expertise in children’s literature and in organising large scale community events was invaluable. The President of YABBA, Mr David Linke spoke to me on a number of occasions throughout the day to re-iterate his thanks for all of Anne’s work.

Our Ormiston librarian, Ms Kim Yeomans has also written about the ceremony and the involvement of our CGGS and I share it with you below.

With best wishes

Debbie Dunwoody
Principal

Young Australian Best Book Awards Ceremony (YABBA)

Barbara Sutton Hall was buzzing with bookish excitement on Tuesday when CGGS hosted the highly anticipated YABBA Awards Ceremony. It was a fabulous celebration of books and reading and an opportunity to acknowledge some of our favourite Australian children’s book creators.

The Year 5 and 6 VIPs warmly greeted and escorted the YABBA shortlisted authors who were welcomed like rock stars by 500 excited students as they entered the hall. The Vocal Express choir set the tone for a fun morning with their performance of  ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’. There were lots of laughs at the Opening Ceremony at Adam Wallace and James Hart’s crazy attempts to cut the red ribbon. During ‘Squiggle-ology’, talented illustrators, James Hart, Marjory Gardener, Heath McKenzie and the legendary Terry Denton each turned a student’s squiggle into a picture as we watched in amazement. Heath even managed to create a self-portrait from a dot and a squiggle! Budding authors listened carefully as Andy Lee, Sally Rippin, Jacqueline Harvey, Felice Arena and Tim Harris answered ‘Burning Questions’ about their writing. We were very proud of Isabel Sootoh when she was acknowledged for her winning YABBA illustration. Then author, Gabrielle Wang was awarded the Graham Davey Citation for her impact on Australian Children’s Literature and reminded us “Books open our eyes so our imaginations can fly.” 

Cheers erupted as the winning books were announced and there was great excitement as the ever-popular Aaron Blabey and Andy Griffiths appeared via video on the big screen. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted and winning authors and illustrators. These are the winners of the 2019 YABBA Awards:

Picture Story Book:

Seriously, Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee and Heath McKenzie

Fiction for Younger Readers:

The Bad Guys: Do-You-Think-He-Saurus? by Aaron Blabey

Fiction for Years 7- 9:

The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Fiction for Older Readers:

Maybe by Morris Gleitzman

After the formal ceremony, the CGGS gymnasium was filled with readers eager to meet some of their favourite Australian literary idols and have their books signed. Those students who patiently waited in never ending lines to meet Terry Denton and Andy Lee demonstrated true commitment!

Thank you to the book creators who gave their time to attend and to the YABBA committee and our Head of Library, Mrs Devenish for an unforgettable YABBA Awards.

‘The greatest gift is a passion for reading’. (Elizabeth Hardwick)

Kim Yeomans
Ormiston Library Teacher

Senior School

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Senior School

November 1, 2019

Last week we enjoyed all the formal celebrations with the Class of 2019 and their parents. On the Monday 21 October the students enjoyed a breakfast with their Form teachers and Year Level Coordinator, Mrs Nareen Robinson. At this time they were presented with their time capsule letters written to themselves in Year 7 and a letter of encouragement and pride written by their parents in the past few weeks. This was followed by the Leavers Service, where each student makes a short speech about her time at CGGS and is presented with a Bible, her Testimonial and her Old Grammarians Association Badge. This is a particularly moving service and the gratitude shown by the students towards both their parents and teachers alike, reflects the strong values shared by our school community. That night we had the pleasure of joining together again at the MCG for the Valedictory Dinner. On behalf of all the families I take this opportunity to thank the Parents and Friends Association who most generously fund the cost of the student tickets to this most memorable night.

On 23 October many of us were entertained by four of The Outer Sanctum Podcast members at a “Shaping the Future” event, coordinated by our Foundation Office. Although a fellow Hawthorn supporter, I was pleased to hear that they are diversifying and about to include a further four podcasters representing other AFL and AFLW teams.

Our 2020 School and House leaders were inducted at a special service on Thursday and many were quick to begin in their roles as House Swimming and Diving took place the following day. Thank you to Head of Sport, Lauren Law, for her organisation of this day. This was a fabulous day, with the traditional Year 11 jump into the pool ending with the singing of “The Blessing Song” and “Shine Jesus Shine”. This year our enterprising Year 10 students asked a number of staff if they would volunteer to be pushed into the pool in order to raise money for our annual Zonta Birthing Kits. I am pleased to announce the students raised over $1000 in total, with nearly $600 of this being collected at the pool. Those staff who made the big splash were only too pleased to help raise the money for the kits. Each kit costs $3 and CGGS have been involved in this Service Learning cause for approximately 25 years.

This week has been somewhat quieter in Senior School with the Year 9 and 10 students on various camps. The beautiful weather has certainly ensured the activities have been enjoyed by all and we thank all the teachers who have accompanied the students on these camps. As a teacher, attending camp is always a highlight, as you discover new strengths and are able to witness the students achieving and overcoming challenges.

On Wednesday the Year 12 students completed the first of their written VCE examinations, English and EAL. Having completed this 3 hour examination, many of our students have since sat more of their examinations and on behalf of the school community, I wish the Class of 2019 well with this final stage of their VCE.

 

Digital Wellbeing

As we start the month of November, we can look forward to the warmer weather and beautiful blue skies that are a part of this time of the year. It may be that your family’s routines change with evening meals enjoyed outside or perhaps you choose to make the most of the increased daylight hours by heading to the local park. Of course, there are many ways to enjoy the offerings of this time of the year, which is why it might be timely to consider how your family members are managing their screen time.

Raisingchildren.net.au states that screen time and screen use are a “normal part of life for most children and teenagers” (2019) and yet screen time is the number one concern for Australian parents (eSafetyCommissioner, 2019). Our recent CGGS Digital Wellbeing survey results correlate with these broader findings, with screen time being rated as the top concern for our students and families.

Much has been published about screen time recommendations, which is indicative of international recognition of the importance of this issue for children, teenagers and adults. The eSafetyCommissioner website at https://www.esafety.gov.auprovides a wealth of strategies for having positive online experiences as part of a balanced lifestyle. In particular, a downloadable resource with 7 screen time tips is available. Whilst it provides the following recommendations for parents of children, these also apply for parents of teenagers:

> Be involved

> Work with your child / teenager to set boundaries for screen use

> Be clear about the consequences for not switching off

> Set device free zones and times at home

> Ask your child / teenager to explain their screen use

> Use tech tools to help manage access (e.g. Screen Timefor iPhone/iPad)

> Lead by example

Visit the eSafetyCommisionerwebsite for further details on each of the above strategies. The guidelines provided by RaisingChildren.net.au complement these strategies as they focus on balancing screen time with other activities and the use of quality digital media.

The next Digital Wellbeing article will explore the potential benefits from establishing a Family Media Agreement.

References

eSafetyCommissioner. (2019). Main webpage. Retrieved from

https://www.esafety.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-06/EC-ESP-screen-time-tips-flyer_0.pdf

eSafetyCommissioner. (2019). Time online. Retrieved from https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/big-issues/time-online

eSafetyCommissioner. (2019). eSafetyParents. Retrieved from

https://www.esafety.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-06/EC-ESP-screen-time-tips-flyer_0.pdf

RaisingChildren.net.au. (2019). Screen time: checklist for healthy use. Retrieved from https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/play-learning/screen-time-media/screen-time

Cathy Poyser and Felicity Carroll

 

Year 11 Women in Finance

CGGS was delighted to host two engaging young women to speak about ‘Women in Finance’. Katie Brand, an Ernst & Young intern, who won the Oceania EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Competition. Katie is really passionate about opportunities to inform students about the diverse career paths available within corporate finance (even if they are not studying any business subjects!). She shared her experience of working in the industry and talked about the EY Corporate Finance Woman of the Year competition.

Emily Chai, EY Consultant in Valuation, Modelling & Economics, spoke about her transition from secondary school to tertiary to the workplace, and the exciting opportunities she has had on this journey. She reminded students to take advantage of every opportunity in first year university – joining clubs and societies, finding out about ‘Study Abroad’ prospects and researching options for cadetships and vacation intern work as early as possible.

They incorporated a high level case study demonstrating the strategy/consulting side of Corporate Finance and the students asked interesting and relevant questions.

It was very clear that both young women love what they do!

Trish Dolan
Career Counsellor 

 

House Swimming

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the House Swimming Carnival on Friday 25 October. Inside the stadium at Carey Sports Complex, the competition was extremely close as students cheered on their friends and participated in a range of aquatic events. Well done to Taylor who finished the day as champions of House Swimming and Schofield who won House Diving. There were some outstanding performances in the pool and the Year Level Champion Awards will be announced in assembly next week.

House Swimming Results
1st – Taylor
2nd – Singleton
3rd – Schofield
4th – Lawrence

This year we had a record number of girls involved in the House Diving Carnival. The girls have been dedicated to their morning training sessions where they have been working hard to perfect their dives and entries. Thank you to Nareen Robinson who has helped to organise this event. The results for House Diving are as follows:

House Diving Results
1st – Schofield
2nd – Taylor
3rd – Singleton
4th – Lawrence

School Sport Captain, Michaela Robinson and School House Captain, Rochelle Scheid showed great leadership and we thank them for their assistance throughout the day. Also, thank you to all the staff and students who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly, particularly the House Sport Captains who have put in an enormous effort to make sure all races were filled and to the Friends of Sport for organising a fantastic BBQ lunch.

Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry

Every year, CGGS participates in the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry competition where students memorise a French poem and then present it to a judge who comes to the school from the Alliance Française. This year, we joined 115 other schools, and were amongst the 15,895 participants competing in this 125th year of Berthe Mouchette.

The French Department are very proud of all our students. It is no mean feat to learn a poem in another language and then deliver it to a French-speaking stranger, so well done to all those who took part.

True to French educational tradition where every assessment is marked out of 20, the students are awarded a mark out of 20 based on fluency, pronunciation, expression and intonation. To be a finalist, students must achieve a lofty 20 mark and this year, a remarkable 33 students from Years 5 to 10 made it into the finals and had to recite their poem again, competing against 1541 finalists from other schools in Victoria.

Year 7
Madeline McDonald
Kiki Page
Isabella Wood

Year 8
Lily Dore
Sasha Feldman
Madeleine Giagoudakis
Annie Liu
Ananaya Mittal
Salome Obeyesekere
Ella Summers
Monique Thorp
Ella Watson
Siena Yap 

Year 9
Teagan Diep
Charlotte Lindsay
Bethany Orme
Eloise Rhodes
Ella Smith
Lucy Van Der Arend

Year 10
Sophia Giagoudakis
Eloise Webster

These girls will all receive their certificate in an assembly later in the term.

A special congratulations to Monique Desai in Year 6 for placing second overall in the competition. She will receive her award at the Alliance Francaise Prizegiving in November. Special mention must also go to Sammi Chua, also in Year 6, for winning an award for her illustration of the poem.

The Year 12 part of the competition is an 8 minute conversation with an assessor: 4 minutes general conversation and 4 minutes on the detailed study we do in Term 3, Immigration in France. Zoe Giagoudakis completed the Giagoudakis finalist trifecta (both Maddy and Sophia were also finalists) by getting through to the Year 12 finals.

Félicitations à tout le monde!

Developing Evidentiary Reasoning through Art

On Thursday, a group of Year 8 students participated in an evidentiary reasoning activity with Scotch College, at the NGV – International. The session was run by Dr Charlotte Forwood for the Boroondara Gifted Network. It introduced the students to Visual Thinking Strategies,which is implemented by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where Dr Forwood trained in 2018 through an Independent Schools Victoria Festival of Arts Learning Scholarship. The students engaged with different artworks to develop evidentiary reasoning skills – using observations to provide evidence for ideas and opinions. The discussions were imaginative, diverse and delved deeply into a range of artworks. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to engage with Art from a different perspective and to develop their creative and critical thinking skills with other students from within the network.

Charlotte Forwood

 

Ballarat Long Course Swim Meet

On 19 and 20 October, 14 students and their families travelled to Ballarat to compete with CGGS Aquatic at the very highly acclaimed Ballarat Longcourse Swim Meet.

The girls performed extremely well, achieving 80% personal best times with our very own Emily Price (Year 7) being awarded the 13 yrs girls champion.

Furthermore, special congratulations goes to Christina Weikhardt (Year 5)  who qualified to compete at the 2019 Victorian Sprint Championships in the girls 11yrs / under 50 freestyle.

As you can see, swimming at CGGS continues to grow both in popularity and success at both our Junior and Senior School levels.

I wish the whole CGGS community a restful long weekend and I will see you all on Wednesday 6 November.

Regards,

Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School