Child Safety at CGGS

Each year as part of our commitment to child safety we update our community on the Child Safe Standards and how we implement them. This is in addition to our Junior School and Senior School pastoral care and wellbeing programs.

One of our School Counsellors, Paula Kolivas, has prepared an overview of our implementation of the Child Safe Standards at CGGS for your information.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody


Child Safe Standards

In 2016, the Victorian Government introduced Ministerial Order 870 – ChildSafe Standards – Managing the risk of child abuse in schools.

The Order requires schools to embed a culture of ‘no tolerance’ for child abuse and they must comply with the seven minimum CSS listed below:

> Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements

> A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety

> A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children

> Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel

> Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse

> Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse

> Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

The Order also requires that the CSS are inclusive of all students with particular focus on students who are more vulnerable due to their abilities, indigenous, cultural or linguistic background.

CGGS provides biannual training to all our Senior, Junior and ELC staff to increase their awareness of the indicators of neglect and child physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Grooming and the expectations of staff conduct is also an important element addressed. This training is mandatory for all CGGS teaching staff, professional service staff and maintenance staff to ensure that they develop their knowledge and confidence to identify and appropriately respond to matters regarding suspicion or allegation of abuse. Staff failure to do so is a serious breach of their moral and legal requirements.

The School Counsellors also present every year, age appropriate training, to all students across our Junior and Senior campuses. One of the most powerful tools to reduce the risk of abuse is to educate students regarding what is abuse, how to identify inappropriate behaviour and most significantly where to seek help and support. Students are encouraged to identify the trusted adults in their private lives and at school, including the CGGS Child Safety Officers.

The responsibilities of the Child Safety Officers include consultation with the Principal staff, offering support to the child, parents/carers and person who reported. Clarifying the allegations and suspicions of abuse and when required, reporting the concerns to the relevant authorities – Child Protection Services, the Police and/or the Commission for Children and Young People. Our 2019 Child Safety Officers are:

> Debbie Dunwoody – Principal

> Cathy Poyser – Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

> Paul Donohue – Head of Junior School

> Kate Manners – Deputy Head of Senior School

> Shane Maycock – Deputy Head of Senior School

> Nareen Robinson – Deputy Head of Senior School

> Nirvana Watkins – Deputy Head of Senior School

> Craig Goodwin – Deputy Head of Junior School

> Emma Hinchliffe – Deputy Head of Junior School

> Rev Helen Creed – School Chaplain

> Paula Kolivas – School Counsellor

> Beth Sarlos – School Counsellor

Apart from the active staff and student training, CGGS has developed clear procedures for responding to allegations or suspected abuse and we regularly update our school policies and audit our physical environment to ensure that our organisational culture reflects our commitment to zero tolerance of abuse.

Relevant policies that parents may access via our school website include the:

> Child Safety Policy

> Mandatory Reporting Policy

> Grooming Policy

> Code of Conduct Policies – staff and students

> Working With Children Check Policy

> Reportable Conduct Scheme Policy

> Whistle Blower Policy

All our students have a right to feel safe on and off campus. We want our students and parents/carers to feel confident that CGGS is an organisation committed to the physical, emotional and sexual safety of all students.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s safety or the safety of any other child in our community, we strongly encourage you to contact the Principal, Heads of School, or the Counsellors to discuss the matter. We promise to deal with your concerns and act to protect the child in a sensitive, confidential and respectful manner


Paula Kolivas
CGGS Counsellor

Senior School



Senior School

It is fair to say we all benefitted greatly from the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. For the Year 10 and 11 students who have commenced their Semester One Examinations, this came as a timely extra day of revision.

On Wednesday those students undertaking a Unit 3/4 VCE subject sat the General Achievement Test (GAT). The GAT is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, mathematics, science and technology, humanities, the arts and social sciences. This is taken by all Victorian students prior to completing their VCE. This 3 hour examination includes 2 essays and 70 multiple choice questions.

Wednesday was a fun filled day for the other year groups in Senior School, with the Year 7s venturing into the National Gallery of Victoria and St Paul’s Cathedral for their annual Art and RE excursion. The Year 8s enjoyed Medieval Day, while the Year 9s took part in the Enlighten Education Day.

On Thursday and Friday the Year 9s continued their special program with two days on Artificial Intelligence. This two day event was designed to enable our Year 9 students to explore the exciting world of AI through multiple lenses, culminating in the completion of the AI For Good Challenge, a joint partnership project of Australia’s Education Changemakers and Microsoft. I went and viewed some of the session just before a break and chatted with the students to see how they found it. The feedback was extremely positive, with the girls sharing that not only was the topic interesting, but the delivery by the presenters was very engaging. Mrs Dunwoody also joined the students for some of the session and will be sharing more about her thoughts on this area of STEAM in the next CamNews.

We wish the Year 7 and 8 students and their teachers all the best for their up-coming camps next week at Jungaii and Yarrawonga. I take this opportunity to thank Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-Curricular Programs and the two Year Level Coordinators, Mrs Jenine Caruso (Year 7) and Mrs Kim Hepworth (Year 8) plus their dedicated team of camping staff for their organisation and participation on these camps.

Next week our Year 10 students will also be on their Work Experience and we wish them well for these experiences. Thanks to Mrs Trish Dolan for all the work she has done to assist the students in organising their placements.


Digital Wellbeing

Have you googled anything today? Perhaps you preferred to use voice assistant technology such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa to ask a question. The constant evolution of technology is changing what we’re able to do and how we do this, i.e. our behaviour. For example, it is not uncommon to see toddlers playing games or watching Pepper the Pig’s YouTube channel on an iPad or a mobile phone and all whilst in a stroller! This is something that many of us reading this article couldn’t have imagined when we were children. Similarly, monitoring our fitness with smart watches or streaming Netflix on a mobile phone was unheard of just a few years ago.

What do all of these technological and behavioural changes mean for us at CGGS and how might they be impacting on our digital wellbeing?  A team of staff from the Junior and Senior school has begun investigating these questions during Term 2 as part of our Digital Wellbeing initiative. Our aim is to collect data of current technology usage and behavioural trends, including any concerns, from our parent, staff and student groups early in Term 3. This data, as well as parent, staff and student focus groups will help inform our Digital Wellbeing initiative.

We encourage you to read the Digital Wellbeing articles that will appear in each edition of Camnews this year. We intend to examine the potential impact of technology for pre-schoolers, early childhood and teenagers. Survey results from our community will be shared along with strategies that promote digital wellbeing. Your invitation to participate in Focus Groups will also be included in Camnews.

Felicity Carroll & Cathy Poyser 


2018 Premier’s Awards

Earlier this month, on Monday 3 June, Mrs Dunwoody joined with two of our Year 12 students and their parents at the 2018 Premier’s VCE Awards. The awards were presented in front of 100 guests, with 290 award recipients from across Victoria recognised for their exceptional study outcomes in 2018.

Jessica Lu and Madeline Li both received Premier’s VCE Awards for their achievements in Chinese Second Language (Advanced). The awards recognised the outstanding results achieved by both Jessica and Madeline, as well as paying tribute to the principals, teachers and families who played an invaluable role in supporting the girls during their studies.

After Year 12, Jessica is planning to study Finance at Melbourne University, hoping to work in a financial  institution. She has a passion and great interest in working overseas or for a business that is in partnership with international associations. She wants the opportunity to gain experience and interactions with people from various backgrounds and nationalities. Jessica believes her ability to communicate in a second language and her overall communication skills are essential in those fields, as will open up more opportunities for her to work internationally.

Post CGGS, Maddie is hoping to pursue her dream in the medical field. She strongly believes that the ability of being bilingual will significantly assist her future career, whether it be along the path of learning, or having the ability to help more vulnerable patients with varied cultural backgrounds. Regardless of what the future holds she finds it an honour to be fluent in both Chinese and English, and hopes to utilise such privilege to have an impact on the society, even a minor one, in the future.

Congratulations to you both and we greatly look forward to hearing more of your learning journey as the years progress.

Enlighten Education

Year 9 students commenced their special program of pop-up learning events with the Enlighten Education incursion on Wednesday. Founded by Danielle Miller, Enlighten Education is a leading provider of personal development workshops for girls. The students participated in a series of workshops led by the effervescent and energetic Nikki. These workshops are carefully curated each year by the wellbeing team to respond to emergent trends in issues facing adolescents and particular cohorts of students.

This year, the year 9s undertook the following workshops:

Forever Friends

Research tells us that friends are more important to teenagers than their parents or teachers. How do we make friends? Who should we make friends with? How should friendships be maintained? How do we decide if a friendship is helping or harming us? This workshop addresses these issues and equips the girls with the necessary skills to make safe, important decisions about their friendships.

Stop I Don’t Like It

Every girl is concerned about her personal safety. Setting personal boundaries, safe partying, handling inappropriate text messages, managing conflict and using the internet safely – these skills are all vital. This workshop focuses on what’s right and what’s not right and how to tell the difference.

Real Girl Power

This workshop explores the women’s movement and the history of feminism.

What has changed and why for women? Who have been our change makers?

What does the sisterhood really mean to us 21st century girls?

Chill Out

Relaxation, visualisation techniques, massage and more.

Learning how to manage stress effectively is essential for our modern lives. Relying on crutches like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other unhealthy behaviours is destructive and wasteful. In this workshop we encourage girls to seek balance in their lives and teach them some skills to achieve it. We also teach skills to help them cope with exam and assessment pressure to help enhance performance. These strategies are fun, affordable, and will fit into any girl’s hectic lifestyle.

Love the Skin You’re In

This is a core unit that will provide a context for all the day’s activities.

Negative stereotyping, sexism, media images, the fixation on being thin, these are all issues today’s girls are facing. In this workshop we encourage girls to critically evaluate the messages that bombard them every day and develop strategies that help them respond intelligently and objectively.


Year 9 Model United Nations Convention (MUNC)

A fortnight ago, all Year 9 students were involved for a day in a Model United Nations Conference (MUNC) held at CGGS as part of their study of Power and Justice in Year 9 Commerce.

The program was led by nine volunteers from UN Youth Victoria who, throughout the day, worked closely with our students to guide them through the process of resolving issues that are shared between nations. Students were divided into one of three “Chambers” for the day where they were guided through the process of negotiating two resolutions to current world issues – one relating to Foreign Aid and the other to Gender Equity. Throughout the day,  students acted as representatives of one of the current member states on the UN Security Council. They debated the proposed resolutions from their own country’s perspective, propose amendments and ultimately to try to reach an outcome that was acceptable to all at the negotiating table.

Debates were formal but vigorous! Despite the formality of both the language and processes involved, the MUNC provided our Year 9 students with an authentic learning experience that enabled them to develop and apply crucial 20thcentury skills. These skills included critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication and empathy at the same time as highlighting the value of effective research and planning.

While many students found this activity initially challenging, their reflections suggest they gained significant benefit from the opportunity and enjoyed its “hands-on” nature.

As part of the Year 9 Commerce teaching team, Annie Wilson and James Henderson put in a huge amount of work behind the scenes to make bring this task to life and I thank them both sincerely for their energy and input. Likewise, UN Youth were both generous with their time and extremely enthusiastic participants in what was an excellent day in the Year 9 teaching and learning calendar.

Year 10 Excursion – Holocaust Centre

In late May, Year 10 History students visited the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick as part of their study of World War II and the Holocaust. The Centre serves not only as a memorial to commemorate those whose lives were taken by the Holocaust, but also to educate future generations so that this significant historical event is not forgotten.

Our students were fortunate enough to be able to listen to a Holocaust survivor, Wolf Deane, who shared his experiences of learning English in the Lodz Ghetto, and his constant hunger while in Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Students were acutely aware of their privilege in being able to discuss this experience with Deane, and ask questions of him. With the passing of time, there are fewer survivors left to share these stories, and the duty to do so will be passed to their descendants. The excursion involved a tour of the exhibits, and an opportunity to see artefacts and hear stories that go beyond the classroom learning experience. Students were invited to consider what role race, ethnicity, and religion play in our society, and to reflect on our shared humanity. Amongst the stories of grief and despair, students found other stories – those of hope, and of people risking everything to help others. As our final act of reflection at the Centre, three students volunteered to light a candle for the Memorial Room.

Memorabilia Box Incursion

Last week, our Year 9 students undertook some hands-on learning with artefacts on loan from the Australian War Memorial. As part of their study of Australia’s involvement in World War I, our Year 9 girls went back in time to put themselves in the shoes of young Australians going to war in 1915. Students handled and discussed both authentic and replica uniforms, kits, medals and postcards to gain a deeper understanding of how Australians experienced war a century ago. See two reflections below from some of the students.

Interacting with items from the Australian War Memorial was a great learning experience because it deepened my understanding of the ANZAC uniform and what it would have been like in the first world war. The woollen jacket and water canteen were surprisingly heavy and with the added weight of rain or drinking water, this would surely have added an extra challenge to the soldier’s days. Although the memorial plaques were saddening and the discussion of trench foot disturbing, it was amazing to feel a real slouch hat with a rising sun badge, and see the emu feathers that would indicate a soldier was part of the Light Horse. It was very emotional to read a pure, sweet love letter between an ANZAC soldier and his dearest, which conveyed the sense of duty the soldiers had to Australia. Overall, I feel privileged to have had this incredible opportunity to connect with Australian history.

Bethany Orme, Year 9

Being able to examine real artefacts from WWI gave me a better understanding of what war was like for the soldiers and their families. Wearing the heavy wool coat that a soldier would have worn, and looking at memorial plaques that families received, made what we had learnt feel real, instead of just something we had looked at in class.

Megan Kuo, Year 9

German Film Festival Excursion

On 29 May the Year 8 and 9 students studying German went on an excursion to the German Film Festival in the CBD.

On one of the coldest days ever recorded in May, the group travelled by train to the Kino Cinema on Collins Street. No cinema experience would be complete without some treats from the Candy Bar to accompany our  immersion in the German language.

The film Mountain Miracle (Amelie Rent) focused on the journey of a young girl, Amelie, who was born with severe asthma and struggled to come to terms with her illness. In a humorous way the film displayed how everyone needs to respect their body and strive to achieve their goals in life despite all the challenges they might experience.

Earlier this term the Year 9 German students created a video together and entered it in the AGTV (Association of German Teachers Victoria) 2019 Short Film Festival. The film was called Schule im Jahr 2050 (School in the year 2050). The girls had to produce a film no longer than 3 minutes on the topic of a sustainable future. As part of our excursion the girls were thrilled to be awarded runners-up and received a prize of a $50 cinema voucher which they may spend together on a German film of their choosing. Congratulations girls!

Year 7 Religious Education Excursion

On Wednesday 12 June, the Year 7 students took part in the annual RE excursion to St Paul’s Cathedral and the National Gallery of Victoria. The weather bureau had told us we could expect heavy rain, but we made it to Camberwell station without incident, and in fact got through the whole day without anything worse than getting slightly damp. We went first to Federation Square, and then across to the cathedral, which is the mother-church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. We spent an hour exploring the various aspects of the cathedral and its ministry to the city of Melbourne, with the help of question sheets and helpful cathedral guides.

For example, did you know that the elaborate pattern in the floor tiling has one deliberate imperfection in it, to show that nothing on earth is absolutely perfect? Well it’s there, and some of the Year 7’s know exactly where to take you if you ever want to see it.

After the cathedral we walked – again in rather a hurry because of the drizzle constantly threatening to become heavier – across Princes Bridge to the National Gallery in St Kilda Road. Two form groups went on guided tours, this time of religious themes in art, led by expert NGV guides. One group started by being led into the spiritual experience behind Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Red), and then went on to contemplate Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ and explore the intricacies of the 15th century Flemish altarpiece, among other things.

After the tour, and a break for lunch on the floor in the Great Hall, the form groups swapped with the other two forms, and undertook their own more free-range exploration of the gallery, under the direction of two of our own CGGS art teachers. We looked especially at the current work and installations of the contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

At the end of the visit we walked back to Flinders Street Station, again avoiding the rain as much as possible, for the trip back to Camberwell. It was a very full day, and as always, a learning experience that drew richly on some of the truly wonderful resources we are privileged to have in our home city.


Blackpool Dance Festival

We have some wonderful dancers within the school, many you will have seen earlier in the year during House Dance. A number of our students also compete in a range of dance disciplines outside of the school, both for pleasure and in competition.

Emily Zhang, Year 11, has been dancing for half her life and began dancing competitively at the age of 9. Her love of dance, has presented her with some amazing opportunities to travel the world to compete in different competitions. Emily enjoys the art form of dance, but even more so, the intense physical challenge and the competitiveness of the events.

In May, Emily competed at the Blackpool Dance Festival, the most prestigious DanceSport competition in the world. The competition was held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England and ran over the course of two weeks. Emily and her dance partner placed 33rd in the Amateur Rising Star Ballroom and 70th in the Amateur Open Ballroom. Both events had approximately 170 competitors each so they were very happy with their results.

Emily found it inspiring to be surrounded by world class dancers, while also having the privilege to dance to the live Empress Orchestra. The Winter Gardens building itself is not only architecturally stunning, but has a fascinating history. The building was built in the 1870’s and has hosted many musical and dance performances, as well as annual conferences of British political parties and trade unions. The owners claim that every British Prime Minister since World War II has addressed an audience at the venue.

Congratulations to Emily and her partner Alan.

GSV Championship Cross Country

Last Friday, 33 students participated in the GSV Championship Cross Country Carnival held at Bundoora Park. Despite the cold and wet weather the girls displayed fantastic enthusiasm and positivity throughout the day.

The Juniors were first to compete and it was evident that their commitment to early morning trainings sessions had paid off as they competed with the best in the competition. Ribbons were awarded to the top 10 places and we had two outstanding results from Bella Fary who finished 3rdin Division 3 and Madeleine Giagoudakis who finished 9th. Bella Fary was also awarded a medal for finishing 10thacross all three divisions which is a fantastic effort out of 240 competitors. These results, along with the other Junior competitors outstanding contributions, saw CGGS take home the Junior Division 3 Trophy for 2019.

The rain picked up in the afternoon, creating a muddy and slippery track for the Intermediate and Senior girls. They should be very proud of their performances with the Intermediate student’s placing 5thand Seniors placing 8th.

None of this success would have been possible without our amazing and dedicated coach Jo, who ran all our training sessions. Congratulations to all the girls who consistently attended training and participated in both carnivals, well done on a fantastic Cross Country season.

Although Cross Country is over for another year, Wednesday and Friday morning training sessions will continue as we prepare for our Preliminary Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 13 August. We encourage as many students as possible to come along to these sessions. With so many different track and field events to choose from, athletics caters for everyone so meet us in the gym at 7am next week and give it a go. 

Lucy Bartram (Yr 12) & Michaela Robinson (Yr 11)

 Trainee Hockey Coaches

This year we were offered the opportunity to pursue our passion for hockey by helping coach the Intermediate CGGS Hockey team. We attended early morning training sessions on a Monday, running the warm up and helping the girls improve their skills. We were excited to see everyone was enthusiastic and energised at every session despite the icy cold mornings. In addition to the training sessions, we accompanied the girls to their four games, helped organise the interchange bench and enjoyed watching their skills in action.  As the season progressed, a noticeable bond was obvious amongst the girls as they learnt how to play collectively, using every player’s strength to their advantage.

We have both played GSV Hockey for a number of years and are passionate supporters of the game. I, Michaela began playing hockey in Year 7 and over the past few years have built up my ability to play various positions. I, Laney started playing in Year 3 and have continued to play at school and externally for the Waverley Hockey Club. We both love the inclusivity of the sport and how it challenges players to think outside the box in high pressure situations.

Throughout the season, we have learnt that everyone has their own strengths and that encouragement, both on and off the pitch, can go a long way.

We extend a warm thank you to Ms Law for letting us develop our leadership skills as well as guiding us and the team through what has been a great season.

Laney Kritekos & Michaela Robinson (Year 11)



In support of Reconciliation Week, all CGGS Netball Teams wore special bibs during their matches representing the school last week.

Highlights from Round 8 include, the Year 7 Pearl defeated KD Fireworks 12 -11. The CGGS team were down by 7 goals at the 3 quarter time and in the last 10 minutes of the game. Pearl had a 8 goal turn around, all girls lifted and played their best netball.

Year 8 Silver had a close game against MLC Pearls, but CGGS Silver played a great defensive game and defeated MLC Pearls 6 – 4.

Year 9 Amber were unstoppable in Round 8, keeping Ruyton Rosellas to 5 goals whilst CGGS Amber scored 36 goals, the team was great at converting turnovers from fantastic defensive pressure.

Year 10 Gems got off to a great start against Genazzano Lewis, Gems played a fantastic team game and all players had terrific timing across the court, defeating Genazzano Lewis 27 – 4.

Year 11 Tanzanites versed a tough team, yet the CGGS girls showed great sportsmanship and defeated Genazzano Layton 10 – 6.

Both Year 12 CGGS teams had great wins in Round 8 and both teams are comfortably in the top 3 on the ladder.

Congratulations goes to all teams and best of luck in Round 9.

Victorian College Basketball Tournaments

It’s been a busy term for the CGGS Basketball Squads as they have been trialing and training for the prestigious Victorian College Basketball Tournament.

Congratulations to the following girls who were selected and participated in these tournaments.

Junior Squad
> Jessica Terlikar
> Madeline Mcdonald
> Madeleine Giagoudakis
> Lille Osborne
> Catia Cococcia
> Amy Dingle
> Elena Ronaldson
> Lauren Woodward

> Ella Robertson-Brown
> Emma Daffy

Intermediate Squad
> Isabel D’Souza
> Alice Wilson
> Emmelyn Choo-Lambropolous
> Ashley Olsen
> Ruvina Suriyapperuma
> Sarah Stephen
> Amy Dingle
> Chelsea Ellingworth


Last Friday, 7 June, a group of Year 7s and 8s drove out to the State Basketball Centre to compete in the Victorian College Basketball Competition. It was great to attend a day full of fun and competitive basketball. Everyone had a go and participated with much enthusiasm and effort. As the day progressed you could see the girls improving and really working together as a team. CGGS ended up with one draw and three wins, just missing out on the finals by a small percentage.

The Intermediate team competed in a round-robin tournament on Thursday 23 May at Nunawading Stadium. This tournament was of an exceptionally high level and the girls performed admirably on the day against very tough competition. Throughout the day, the girls worked very well as a team, displaying good skills and tactics. Everyone should be very proud of their commitment to the squad and all they have achieved this season.

Thank you to old grammarians Tiarnie Ellingworth and Emma Pearce (2016) for coaching these squads and we look forward to seeing many more girls join the CGGS Basketball Squad for GSV Basketball in Term 4.

Amy Dingle (Year 8)

Parent Education Seminar

On 4 June in conjunction with Camberwell Grammar School, we welcomed Maree Crabbe to CGGS.

Maree is the Director of the violence prevention project, Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. She is also is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast on the SBS in Australia and in 11 other countries. As well as, The Porn Factor, broadcast on the SBS. She is also author of In The Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published in online and print media.

Maree addressed parents on the Tuesday evening, after having spoken also to all school teaching staff at the end of the school day. We have received favourable feedback from both staff and parents and are happy to be able to share some of her resources with you via the button below.

I would also encourage you to also visit her website

I hope you all have a very enjoyable weekend.


With best wishes,


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Friday 14 June 2019

In this edition of CamNews, we reflect on the multiple school camps, excursions, incursions and student achievements from the past fortnight.


The journey of reconciliation challenges us as a nation to question who we are and to question the Australia we want to be.

Junior School

This past fortnight at Ormiston has seen many year level camps and excursions, as well as an Art Competition!


Connected Community

Here’s what’s on for the final two weeks of Term 2!


Senior School

It’s been a busy fortnight at Senior School with Reconciliation Week festivities, House Music preparations and lots of excursions.


Junior School



Junior School

Collaborative Research Project with Harvard University

In the recent Independent Schools Guide in The Age newspaper on Sunday 26 May, an extensive article was written about Ormiston’s current research project with Harvard University Graduate School of Education, called Idea Into Action. This year our Ormiston team of educators are trialling some of the latest learning tools, which have been designed by Harvard University Project Zero Team and developed with the support of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV). With this project, Harvard are working with schools around the world to develop some resources that help teachers implement ideas in a sustainable way.

Ormiston teachers will provide feedback to Harvard University about the usefulness of the tools and make constructive suggestions in terms of how to improve them. For example, if a teacher wants to change their curriculum so it helps their students have a better understanding of world issues, they can use the ‘global thinking toolkit’. These toolkits can have the potential to help make changes at school level a lot easier for teachers.

Additionally, the Harvard Project Zero Team are renowned for its Visible Thinking routines in classrooms. As a Junior School we have learnt to use many new resources associated with this global project and when it is completed in the near future, the resource materials developed will be available and published for use around the world.


Digital Wellbeing

Have you googled anything today? Perhaps you preferred to use voice assistant technology such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa to ask a question. The constant evolution of technology is changing what we’re able to do and how we do this, i.e. our behaviour. For example, it is not uncommon to see toddlers playing games or watching Pepper the Pig’s YouTube channel on an iPad or a mobile phone and all whilst in a stroller! This is something that many of us reading this article couldn’t have imagined when we were children. Similarly, monitoring our fitness with smart watches or streaming Netflix on a mobile phone was unheard of just a few years ago.

What do all of these technological and behavioural changes mean for us at CGGS and how might they be impacting on our digital wellbeing?  A team of staff from the Junior and Senior school has begun investigating these questions during Term 2 as part of our Digital Wellbeing initiative. Our aim is to collect data of current technology usage and behavioural trends, including any concerns, from our parent, staff and student groups early in Term 3. This data, as well as parent, staff and student focus groups will help inform our Digital Wellbeing initiative.

We encourage you to read the Digital Wellbeing articles that will appear in each edition of Camnews this year. We intend to examine the potential impact of technology for pre-schoolers, early childhood and teenagers. Survey results from our community will be shared along with strategies that promote digital wellbeing. Your invitation to participate in Focus Groups will also be included in Camnews.

Felicity Carroll & Cathy Poyser


EL3 – Year 6 Winter Warmth Appeal 

On Wednesday 12 June the Winter Warmth Appeal was launched at our weekly Assembly. Students were encouraged to bring in items for donation, such as non-perishable snack items that are suitable for school lunches. Other popular items in past Winter Warmth Appeals have been noodles, rice and nappies for children up to 11kg.

As a community, from Early Learning 3 to Year 6, we wish to continue supporting Anglicare in their mission to assist those in need this winter. As stated in our Mission statement, Camberwell Girls Grammar School is “a Christian School in the Anglican tradition, inspiring girls in their love of learning and nurturing compassionate leaders with global mindsets”. Our annual support of Anglicare is one such avenue of developing and raising compassionate leaders in our community.

At Ormiston, we encourage families to donate at least one item per week. Have a chat with your child when you do your weekly shopping. What could she donate to help other people in our community? They may even like to select the item with you. To mark the conclusion of our appeal we will have a Pyjama Day on Tuesday 25 June.

We thank you for your generosity and kindness as we support Anglicare and those people needing food, clothes and hope this winter.


Year 3 Excursion – Royal Botanic Gardens

As part of our Inquiry investigation focusing on Australia’s first people and how an accurate knowledge of our past helps to understand our present, Year 3 visited the Royal Botanic Gardens and took part in the hands on “Connecting to Country” education program. The students were shown plants that are included in a traditional smoking ceremony and learnt about their significance, in conjunction to the uses of other indigenous florae. They were also told about different tools traditionally used by Indigenous people and had the opportunity to make and use ochre paint and create string from raffia. This interactive experience gave the students a greater understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture and the people of the Kulin Nation. Even though the day was overcast, they embraced the outdoor activities, demonstrated wonderful enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Below are some thoughts from some Year 3 students:

Erena – “When you’re hunting you have to be quiet, so you don’t scare the animals”

Nicole – “We learnt how to make string”

Zara – “We learnt that eucalyptus leaves have a special oil that can help people and use other plants as their medicine. We also learnt some Aboriginal words – booboom means child, kooyong – eel, wolart – possum”

Madeline – “I enjoyed the experience because we could make string and paint with ochre.”

Christine – “When someone has a baby, they paint on the possum coat to tell the story.”

Angela Columbine & Rebecca Leondidis
Year 3 Class Teachers

Year 5 and 6 Camp – PGL Campaspe Downs (Kyneton)

The Year 5 students braved the cold and all the challenges on camp with resilience and good humour. We were so impressed with their team work and positive attitude towards all aspects of their Campaspe Downs adventure.

Below are a few excerpts from reflections that students wrote about their camp experiences.

One of my favourite activities was rock climbing. There were three coloured markers to touch before you came down (red, yellow and green). I got hooked up to a rope but I could barely reach the first marker! So I lined up for a different one. Unfortunately one line was empty so the teacher crept up on me and clipped me on! I had to climb it. I slowly ascended above the red marker that had been humiliating me (take that red marker!). Then slowly over the yellow marker, finally close to green. The hard part was actually taking off my hand to touch the marker! I glided down as my friends erupted into applause (if you are ever in need of a cheerleading team, hire them!). That was my very proud moment.

Rithanyaa 5R

I lined up for our second challenge course. Our instructor told us what to do. After every word she said, I got more and more nervous with more butterflies fluttering in my tummy. “Three, two, one, go!” yelled the instructor. In my mind I was screaming why did I choose to go first?! Going over the ropes was harder than it looked. I started to pull myself forward, trying desperately to avoid the mud and water. Unfortunately, I was sliding into the mud and I had to put my foot in it to push myself up. In the process I got lots of grass in my eyes and in the background I could hear people cheering for me. When I got out of the ropes I ran back to the instructor as if my life depended on it.

Sophie T 5DK

This highlight was the challenge of raft building. Yes, we did raft building in the bitterly cold weather of 2 degrees and, yes, in the freezing, icy water! We built the rafts in teams. When my team’s raft was halfway through the rowing process, Anika fell into the water. As soon as my feet touched the water when were wading into the lake, I was frozen. Imagine getting in the water up to neck height!

Bella 5R

“Wait!” yelled the instructor before I shot. “Aim down,” she said. I aimed my bow and arrow down and let go. The arrow flew through the air and landed in the middle of the target. “Bulls-eye!” she yelled. I was stunned. I had never got a bulls-eye before. Even the kangaroos looked thunderstruck.

Penelope 5DK

As I walked up the wooden steps to the flying fox I was horrified. As soon as I pushed myself off the edge I thought I was going to fall and kangaroos were going to beat me up. But they didn’t – although I did get a wet bottom. It was amazing! I soon ran up the hill and went again as many times as I could.

Zoe 5R 

As I squelched my way to the Challenge Course I felt a rush of adrenaline and excitement. It was our second day at Campaspe Downs and I was raring to go. My shoes were filled with mud and water from raft building, and my socks were equally as soggy but I felt great. Our instructor explained that the Challenge Course was made up of a bunch of different activities like the mud pit and Tarzan swing. Our first obstacle was to try and walk over a series of thin, connected logs. It was a lot harder than it looked. While we were making our way across the logs our instructor made it even harder by distracting us with things like crossing in front of us while we were walking. Luckily, I managed to make my way across.

Anneke S 5DK

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

Year 6 Reflections

The Year 6s thoroughly enjoyed their camp experience and were extremely grateful for the dry weather, given last year’s conditions! Below are some student reflections from our week at camp.


The Terrors of the Tower
Written by Antonia Kokkinos, Mia Van Damme and Suwedha Ranjith

On the second day of camp, the students of Group 2 were challenged with abseiling.

They had to climb to the top of the dark, spooky tower, link their harnesses and climb down the wall. There was fear and excitement in the air.

As the first person climbed down, the students beneath watched eagerly. With a jump and a step, she climbed down with ease and confidence. But not everyone felt confident.

For some, it was challenging, but with all the encouragement and support, they powered through. Smiles were on everybody’s faces.

Everyone in Year 6 and teachers have said that every group was supportive, caring, encouraging, brave and had a ‘give it a go’ attitude, being confident.

We believe that on this camp, Year 6 showed zest towards new things, hope in themselves, social intelligence for supporting others, kindness for showing love and being caring. But of course we couldn’t have done it without our instructor, Stevie. She supported and encouraged us and helped to push through.

Overall, we would rate abseiling an 8 out of 10 and would encourage you to give it a go!


The Centipede
Written by Lucy Ciro and Deana Tang

The centipede is one of the most iconic activities at PGL Campaspe Downs. Loved by many, it is a thrilling activity you must try.

Phien – “I really like the centipede because I’m normally scared of heights but I had a go at it and I tried to conquer my fears. Some character strengths I exhibited were bravery and persistence when I was climbing. Tip: Keep on going. You’ll be surprised with what you are capable of.”

Sarah Z – “7/10 It was a challenge but still was quite fun. I was definitely challenged by the heights and the wobbling of the wooden pole.”


The Camp Out
Written by Isabel Sootoh and Lucy Lu

The camp-out. It was definitely a main and exciting part of everybody’s camp experience. However, not everyone was ready for it…

Being called a “camp-out”, everybody expected tents we had to put up with a hammer and pegs! However, reality was a comfortable, luxurious glamping tent that included wooden floorboards and six bunkbeds in each – leaving everyone plenty of space and comfort.

The camp-out included lots of responsibilities such as washing, cooking, and even doing your laundry! Making our own dinner was extremely rewarding, filling our bellies after a long day of activities.

The camp-out could be challenging at times though, requiring us to show bravery and persistence – especially while having to do the washing of thirteen people! We also needed teamwork, having to cooperate with all the people in our group the whole camp.

Katrina Cheong & Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Class Teachers

Foundation – Year 6 Art Competition

The Semester One Art Leaders, Emily Wang and Lucy Lu organised an Art competition for all students to participate in. Students were required to complete an A4 sized artwork covering different categories. The categories were:

Foundation to Year 2 – Colour in a tessellation pattern

Year 3 and 4 – Create their own tessellation

Years 5 and 6 – Create an ‘Op Art’ piece

There were many entries and the judging was a difficult process.

The winners at each year level were:

Foundation – Aurelia Poon and Neesha Navaneetharaja

Year 1 – Lucinda Reedman and Estella Ouyang

Year 2 – Joyce Zhang and Ellie Zhang

Year 3 – Madeline Mason, Rita Wong and Minaaz Kaur

Year 4 – Natalie Knowles , Chanel Ghostine and Preesha Navaneetharaja

Year 5 – Rithanyaa Prakash and Madeleine Huynh

Year 6 – Amy Cao and Yu Jiang

Congratulations to all who entered!

The winning artworks will be on display in the Junior School Hall. The other entries are on display in the Great Space.

Year 4 – 6 Netball

In support of Reconciliation Week, all CGGS Netball Teams wore special indigenous designed bibs during their matches representing the school. The Year 4 teams both had convincing wins in Round 6. Year 4 Garnets played a fantastic last quarter, scoring 4 consecutive goals and the Year 4 Rubies outplayed KD Stargazers, playing a more consistent game. The Year 5 Opals had a close game against KD Starlight, but the CGGS team played well together and defeated KD Starlight 6-5. Year 6 Topaz had a tough game against CSNC Riptides and unfortunately had a loss, the CGGS team are working hard at training.

Good luck to all teams competing this weekend.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


I would like to wish all our Ormiston families a restful weekend.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Connected Community



Connected Community

Diary Dates

The following events will be taking place in the next two weeks.

Monday 17 June
> Year 10 Work Experience Commences
> Year 7 & 8 Camp Departs
> Year 6 at Senior School Commences
> Year 2 visit Hedley Sutton Community, 11.00am – 12.00pm

Friday 21 June
> Year 10 Work Experience Concludes
> Year 7 & 8 Camp Returns
> Year 6 at Senior School Concludes
> Parent’s Trivia Night, BSH, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Monday 24 June
> DAV Debating Competition Round 4
> House Drama Auditions

Tuesday 25 June
> House Drama Auditions

Wednesday 26 June
> VCE 2020 Preparation Day for Year 10 & Mentoring Lunch
> 2020 VCE Information Evening, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Thursday 27 June
> Year 11 & 12 School Leaders & Captains Leadership Forum, Rob Hall, 3.30pm – 5.00pm
> Junior School Choral & Instrumental Concert, BSH, 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Friday 28 June
> Year 9 Special Program
> Term 2 Concludes


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Trivia Night is back!

The most popular event on the Parent’s & Friends Association calendar is back for 2019! The PFA Trivia Night! This year, we’re Putting On The Ritz!

With the 2019 theme being Great Gatsby/1920’s, this years Trivia Night is bound to be the most glamorous night of the year, so don’t miss out!

Join us for a night of trivia, raffles, silent auctions, games and prizes!

All money raised on the night from the raffles and silent auctions will go straight back into the school and towards your daughter learning experience here at CGGS! Nights such as this are the perfect way to meet other parents in the CGGS community, whilst having fun and raising money for the school.

Hustle up a table of 8 – 10 party-goers or we can sit you with others from your daughters year level. Get your gang together, grab your feather boa and pearls and join us for a glorious night!

Book your tickets now via the button below.

Grand Opening for CGGS Old Grammarians!

On Sunday 2 June, Tempo Rubato was officially opened! Tempo Rubato is a live classical music venue and bar in Brunswick, an initiative of old grammarians Georgina Imberger, Amie Herdman, Cate Robertson and Christine Willshire from the class of 1993.

You may remember these girls from the CGGS International Women’s Day Breakfast, where they were our special guests (see image below). These inspiring old grammarians also started Piano Project, a Melbourne charity that provides piano lessons for children who have recently immigrated to Australia.

Tempo Rubato works in partnership with the Piano Project, all profits from ticket sales, memberships and sales from the bar go towards the great work done at the Piano Project.

The Piano Project’s mission is to help young immigrants settle into Australia at a time when their families are adjusting to cultural changes and finding homes and work. The charity sponsors piano lessons free of charge, with funds raised through classical music recitals at Tempo Rubato. Through the hand of friendship, with music as the channel, the children learn to trust, to believe and to hope that all will be well.

We would like to congratulate these four incredible women on a fantastic opening night and for creating an amazing venue that is dedicated to music, and raising money for a incredible cause. We are proud to call them Camberwell girls!

If you would like to find out more about Tempo Rubato and Piano Project, please click the links below.


Senior School



Senior School

This past fortnight we have yet again enjoyed and celebrated numerous highlights. The second half of the OGA Public Speaking Competition was held during Assembly last Monday and we have now heard from all our finalists. Sara Rowland, Samantha Fan, Ananaya Mittal and Harini Balashankar in the Junior Section on the topic of “Young people are the world’s greatest resource”.  Emily Lin, Georgia Tsirmiris and Megan Kuo in the Intermediate Section on the topic “Technology is beneficial to human kind”. Christine Guan and Katia Testarotta in the Senior Section on “Social action and change require compromise and courage”.

Congratulations to each of the students who took part in the event and also to each of these finalists. The results will be shared soon. Also we thank the OGA who generously sponsor this event, as well as the 2019 School Debating and Literary Captain, Charlotte Abbott who organised the event.

Last Tuesday our Cross Country runners acquitted themselves well in the Preliminary event and they are currently competing in the finals event this afternoon. We wish them all luck in this GSV event.

Our VCE Theatre Studies students under the great guidance of Ms Keira Lyons, Head of Performing Arts, performed their production of Antigone in a matinee for Year 10 and 11 students and then an evening for parents and friends. As always the quality of the work was outstanding and each student explained to the audience in the Q and A, their contribution whether it be costuming, lighting or props. Well done and thank you for sharing your performance SAC with the appreciative audiences.

The Service Learning Soiree, was hosted in Robinson Hall last Friday night to kick off Reconciliation Week. The event raised money for our students going to Cambodia who support the Green Gecko Project. Keira Lyons, hosted two conversations – one titled ‘On the Couch with Keira’ and the other ‘Lounging with Lyons’. The night was a huge success and we thank Liss Campbell and her Service Learning team for the amazing work they do to provide our community with the opportunities to live our school motto, Utilis In Ministerium – Useful In Service.

This week in Senior School we have welcomed boys from Trinity Grammar School to play Possum Ball as part of the Reconciliation activities planned by our Reconciliation Captains, Yesenia Chang-Gonzalez and Mathilda Cleeland-Mellor. Under the guidance of Ms Georgia Biggs, Yesenia and Mathilda ensured our assembly with Murrundindi and the Billy Tea Bush Band was memorable and meaningful.

Tonight we all look forward to the annual House Music competition. Over the past weeks we have heard the students rehearsing tirelessly for this event and with Barbara Sutton Hall fully booked out, it is set to be a fabulous night of music making. Best wishes to all students and the Houses. Congratulations to Kathy Han and Felicia Spiridonos (Lawrence), Lucia Chen and Jennifer Le (Schofield), Jennifer Fan and Elizabeth Waite (Singleton) and Shirly Chen and Caitlin Kuo (Taylor) for their marvellous leadership of the students in their roles as House Music Captains. We also acknowledge and thank all the Music Department under the leadership of Ms Kate Savige and Mr Rohan Mack for their guidance and support of all the students during the rehearsal period.


Service Soiree 

The CGGS annual Service Soiree was held last Friday and what a night it was. The evening was a thoughtful and caring acknowledgement of the work and efforts of the whole CGGS community in changing the way in which we as a society view the act of giving and of service. The financial proceeds from the night will be used in support of the Green Gecko project in Cambodia as well as the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Throughout the night our lovely servers were the girls who will be traveling to Cambodia on the Green Gecko Project this year. The girls showed great enthusiasm and hospitality on the night and were very much appreciated by the guests.

Our evening began with a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony in the Labyrinth where the guests were all encouraged to walk as a group through the smoke. Murrindindi sang to welcome us on to the land, setting the tone for an evening that showcased the power of relationship and connection with one another as a community.

Throughout the evening we heard from students Hannah Shillington and Emily Hoyle, along with teacher Nirvana Watkins, as they discussed the 2018 Cambodia trip of 2018 with Ms Keira Lyons. The students spoke eloquently and their passion for the Green Gecko Project was obvious.

The Green Gecko Project in Siem Reap, Cambodia supports over 100 children and their families who previously lived and begged on the streets. Green Gecko provides security, education, love and opportunities to these children through their formative years and into their adult lives, empowering them to achieve their full potential. The project also supports the children’s families and the broader community through long term health, education and training initiatives.

Later on in the evening we heard from Murrundindi, Ms Georgia Biggs and two students, Charlee Johnson and Tanise Young who all attended the Mungo Youth Conference held at the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Region. The experience is a truly unique format, with a “kids teaching kids model”.  The conference also has a “learning through sharing and doing” in order to educate the next generation in Australian and Aboriginal history and culture. It was heart warming to see younger girls becoming emotionally involved with Service Learning.

The evening was a celebration of the CGGS Community. Bringing together students, staff, family and the wider community in celebration of the change our school has been able to make in our commitment to Usefulness in Service.

We must not forget the tireless efforts of all those who contributed in preparation for the evening. Warmest thanks to Ms Lyons for hosting our couch conversation sessions; to staff for donating items for the hamper raffle; those who donated to the silent auction; Pinwheel & Co for the food; the Parents and Friends Association for the welcome drinks and of course our wonderful Service Learning teachers lead by Mrs Liss Campbell.

Thank you all for bringing together this wonderful event into our school calendar.

Natasha Parsons
Year 12

The Worawa Reconciliation Carnival

The Worawa Reconciliation Carnival was once again a day to remember and the largest carnival to date. 19 schools came together to participate in what is shaping up to be one of the most enjoyable days in the school calendar. The day commenced with a smoking ceremony, the traditional welcome for indigenous gatherings.  We gathered to recognise reconciliation and celebration of our First Nations people, a timely occasion close to the commencement of National Reconciliation Week.

Donning our indigenous bibs, our representative team played a collegiate, commendable brand of netball with Senior School leaders stepping up to the task and coming away with four wins out of the seven matches. It was also a time for our girls to have fun, develop confidence and self-esteem and embrace the wonderful atmosphere of the event alongside special guests from Cricket Victoria and Hawthorn AFL/AFLW.

The Worawa Aboriginal College and CGGS relationship continues to be fostered through these sports days and we look forward to continuing this partnership into the future.

CGGS Careers Expo

The 2019 CGGS Careers Expo, a biennial event and part of the career education program at CGGS, took place on 22 May. Robinson Hall and the Library were buzzing with students (and parents) from Year 9 – 12 who had the opportunity to visit stands of several tertiary institutions and organisations, collect educational material and speak to representatives. Universities across Victoria and interstate were well represented. Organisations such as the Defence Forces, EducationUSA, ICanMed and Schoolies Unearthed allowed students to consider other options such as studying abroad, preparing for the UCAT or taking a gap year after Year 12.

The Careers Expo was intended to ‘whet the appetite’ and students are now encouraged to do further research. They can participate in some of the ‘Experience Days’ offered by the various institutions (held during school breaks) and attend Open Days (held in August). A great way to start their career journey!

Always remember to read my Careers Newsletter which comes out in the Senior School Weekly every Thursday. It has new information every week about events and news from all institutions across Victoria and Australia.

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

Rooftop Honey & South Melbourne Market Excursion

On Wednesday 22 May, 9C and 9D went on a field trip to Rooftop Honey and the South Melbourne Market. Students partook in many different activities to investigate and explore the concept of interconnection and sustainability.

The Rooftop Honey hives that we visited are located on top of the Emporium in Melbourne. We went through the shopping centre and made our way up to the roof of the building where the hives were located. We met with Vanessa and Matt, the founders of Rooftop Honey, and they talked to us about the bees and the background of how their business took off.

They spoke about how important bees are to society, as without them we would likely not have survived for so long. We listened to the talk with a view of the hives and bees, a stark contrast to the skyscrapers in the background. At the end of the talk we were able to sample some honey that was from two different locations and to our surprise there was quite difference between the two, yet both were delicious. Rooftop Honey was definitely an eye-opening experience and we all enjoyed and learnt something new.

During our visit to the South Melbourne Market, one of activities was to interview different people at the market. In our discussions with stallholders and customers we learnt how often they visited, where they were from and their reasons for choosing to shop at the market.

This experience, and the conversations we had, allowed us to further understand the concepts of interconnection and globalisation. We also visited different stores and recorded the products they sold, where they originated from and how many stores had a sustainability or fair trade focus. This allowed us to see the degree of globalisation that was evident in many of the products the stores sold.

After completing our tasks, we had some extra time to look around and buy some lunch to eat from the market itself. There was such a large variety of things to choose from, and they were all delicious! Overall, everyone loved the experience of visiting South Melbourne Market and Rooftop Honey, we learnt a lot and also had lots of fun along the way!

Teagan Diep and Bella Bruce 9C

Western Treatment Plant in Werribee

On 21 May, the Year 7’s went on a Geography excursion to the Western Treatment Plant in Werribee. It was intriguing to learnwhat happens to our sewage, stormwater and the water we use daily in our kitchens and bathrooms.

There are two main treatment plants in Melbourne, the Western Treatment Plant and the Eastern Treatment Plant but there are also smaller, individual treatment plants. The Western Treatment Plant takes 50% of Melbourne’s sewage and in one day it collects about 500 mega litres.

We arrived at the treatment plant and went on a guided bus tour. Our Melbourne Watertour guide showed us around the treatment plant and explained the lagoon system to us, a vital part of the treatment process. We were also lucky enough to learn about water-smart cities, which is a city that uses water tanks, rain gardens, swales and aquifers to save water. The guides also taught us more about the urban water cycle and how we can save much more water than we are currently.

We visited a local wetland in Burke Road South Reserve, Glen Iris. We learnt about how wetlands can filter our stormwater and improve our environment bycreating homes for wildlife. Overall, the Year 7’s had a great time learning about the urban water cycle, the sewerage systemand how water is managed to benefit human life and the environment.

Izzie Wood and Clarissa Wong 7W

Music Achievement

We are thrilled to share that Year 9 student, Sarah Hui, has succeeded in accomplishing her A Mus A Diploma for Piano this week, a remarkable achievement. Sarah will receive her diploma certificate at a ceremony later in the year.

To achieve the Associate in Music Diploma (A Mus A), Sarah has studied and achieved Grades 1 through 8 in her AMEB examinations, achieving a very high standard in all her results. For most students this means hours of practice and musical studies over many years. They also must pass Grade 5 Music Theory examinations. Congratulations, Sarah on your outstanding success in your music studies!

Eastern Region Girls Football League

Emma Peak, Year 9, is currently playing AFL outside of school in the Eastern Region Girls Football League’s Premier Division for Under 16 Girls. She is currently playing for Mitcham, on loan from her main club Donvale, who were unable to field an Under 16’s side in 2019.

Last week Emma played her 50thgame, which has included two grand final appearances and a club best and fairest medal. Emma has played in the undefeated CGGS senior AFL side this season, primarily in a defence role.

In acknowledgement of her passion and skill in footy, Emma has recently been selected to represent the Eastern Region Girls Football League in their Division 1 team. From a player list of approximately 450 footballers, over 120 were invited to trial in September & March, they were then narrowed to a list of 52, before the final team of 26 was selected.

Congratulations Emma we will look out for your name on AFLW lists in the future!

Saturday Netball

On May 18 the CGGS Netballers had a fantastic day, with wins for 15 of the 19 teams. Despite the many wins, the teams did face tough opposition.

Year 7 Quartz were missing players but some of the Junior School girls stepped up to play. The CGGS team came up against a tall Strathcona team and were defeated 13-6.

Year 8 Jade were out-played in the first half by Ruyton Seahawks, but Jade made some crucial changes and started to come back in the third quarter. In the last 10 minutes Jade were unstoppable and ended up defeating Ruyton Seahawks 10-6.

The Year 9 teams had tough opposition, but the CGGS Aquamarines were fantastic all over the court, several intercepts were taken were converted to goals. Aquamarineswere too good and defeated Genazzano Taylor 15-7.

Year 10 Turquoise played Strathcona Scorpions with the strong CGGS team defeating them by 2 goals.

Year 11 Emeralds are 5thon the ladder after losing early on in the season, but last Saturday they led the whole game and came away with a 4 goal win against Fintona Flames.

The Year 12 Crystals had a close game against Genazzano Lenton, but Crystals were more consistent and defeated Genazzano Lenton 20-17.

The Year 12 Moonstones played a fantastic game, defeated Koonung Lasers 22-6 and are sitting in 3rd place on the ladder.

Best of luck goes to all team completing this coming Saturday.


I wish you all a restful weekend and I will see all the girls back at Senior School on Tuesday 4 June.



Cathy Poyser

Head of Senior School / Deputy Principal





Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage
National Reconciliation Week 2019

Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. This National Reconciliation Week, we invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future.’

Reconciliation Australia


In this multicultural country that we call home, to truly understand who we are today, we need to understand our past. We need to understand our indigenous heritage and the devastating impacts that laws and practices have had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their families.

The journey of reconciliation challenges us as a nation to question who we are and to question the Australia we want to be. It also challenges our belief in what is fair and helps us realise that unity makes us stronger. Reconciliation is about relationships, grounded in truth, enabled by courage and results in us walking together.

National Reconciliation was first celebrated in 1996 and falls between 27 May and 3 June.  These are two significant dates in the relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians:

> The anniversary of the 1967 referendum and Mabo Day (27 May)

> The anniversary of the 1992 High Court judgment in the Mabo Case (3 June)

National Reconciliation Week aims to give people across Australia the opportunity to focus on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. To be united in our vision to succeed through strong relationships and a shared sense of what is fair and just.

The path to reconciliation is a privilege to travel on with our students. As educators we are so fortunate to witness their respect for culture and history, alongside their hope for the future and it is why we are so proud to celebrate National Reconciliation Week each year. In 2019 the Reconciliation team has been led by our Reconciliation Coordinator, Ms Georgia Biggs, Reconciliation Captains, Yesenia Chang-Gonzalez and Mathilda Cleeland-Mellor, Faith & Service Captain, Isabella Lincke and Head of Service Learning, Liss Campbell. Many other staff and students have also assisted with aspects of the program. This weeks program including:

> A special National Reconciliation Week Assembly in Senior School with a Welcome to Country by Murrundindi and performance with the Billy Tea Bush Band (they also conducted workshops at Ormiston)

> A Years 3 and 4 Grandparents and Special Friends morning with Murrundindi where they learnt about indigenous history and culture

> The annual Service Learning Dinner and silent auction (to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Green Gecko Project)

> Displays such as the ‘Sea of Hands’ installation, fact checking quiz in the breezeway, a Reconciliation timeline constructed on the driveway and a display of photographs and artifacts in the library

> Digital posters and Ted Talks that explore the theme of ‘Grounded in Truth’

> Organising the Marngrook (or Possum Ball) match with Trinity Grammar

> Baking lemon myrtle shortbread, wattle seed damper, gingram cordial, native tea and a sausage sizzle to help raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. An AFL Indigenous Round Sherrin Football was also donated to raise money.

> Lunchtime activities such a boomerang throwing and soap making

It has been a very engaging week!

Earlier in May, twelve students and four staff travelled into New South Wales to the Willandra Lakes World Heritage region to participate in the Mungo Youth Conference. The oldest known Aboriginal remains, known as ‘Mungo Man’ and ‘Mungo Woman’, were discovered at Lake Mungo in this area by the geomorphologist and Patron of the conference, Professor Jim Bowler who was also a presenter.

Our students joined Elders, park rangers, scientists, archaeologists, principals, mentors and others on sacred land to directly engage with history and culture. They were not only participants but also presenters, delivering a workshop on the topic of bush foods, medicine and Aboriginal science. Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s book ‘Dark Emu’, our students explored the idea that Aboriginal people were not just hunter-gathers, but also utilized agricultural practices to cultivate and store food. Murrundindi generously provided the group with artifacts including ancient tools to support this thinking.

Invited by the Elders of the region, Murrundindi also joined our group for part of the trip and assisted in the girls presentation. Other highlights of the conference included a traditional Lore Ceremony and discovering the night sky.

I am particularly grateful to Georgia Biggs, Shane Maycock, Anna Clarkson and Penny Dumsday for their preparation of the girls in the weeks preceding the conference as well as accompanying them on the journey into this incredible part of remote Australia. As Georgia highlighted “it was truly a pleasure to join our girls and witness such spirit and enthusiasm from each and every one of them. It is difficult to describe the spiritual and special nature of this environment but I believe they immediately understood the significance of it all.”

Experiences such as the Mungo Youth Conference provide such rich and memorable learning experiences for our students.

As I reflect upon National Reconciliation Week in 2019, I firmly believe that in understanding and valuing our rich and diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, we can seek truth, learn together and walk alongside each other with courage to undertand what it truly means to be Australian.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody

Junior School



Junior School

Reconciliation Week at Ormiston

National Reconciliation Week has been an opportunity to reflect and act on, the ways we can connect with Aboriginal culture and community. There have been opportunities for the students to learn more about Aboriginal culture in the classrooms and to appreciate and respect our similarities and differences.

On Friday 24 May Murrundindi, the Ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri people, visited Ormiston. In addition to speaking with the Grandparents and Special Friends in the morning, Murrundindi continued to educate our students about the diversity of Aboriginal culture by visiting the Year 3 and 4 classrooms. In each classroom he was able to lend his perspective and support the activities carefully selected and developed by our fantastic team of teachers.

On Tuesday 28 May Murrundindi collaborated with the Billy Tea Bush Band in our Junior School Hall. Years 2, 3 and 4 were the first year levels to dance, sing and learn about Aboriginal culture through the joy of music. Before recess, students reconnected with some of their buddies as Foundation and Year 5 – our Fivedation crew – listened to stories of Aboriginal culture and danced. After recess, it was the turn of students in Year 1 and Year 6. The laughter, joy and fun was infectious as I walked in the hall to see the staff dancing too!

Our relationship with Murrundindi has been vital in achieving our Strategic Pillar of Global Citizenship. Across several years now Ormiston has been able to experience and develop an understanding of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, country and cultures. Murrundindi has a unique ability to connect with our students and families, his warmth and generosity of spirit is evident in all who meet him.

As the Ormiston community continues to develop our understanding of Aboriginal culture throughout the year, we look forward to welcoming Murrundindi to our school camps in the near future.

Craig Goodwin
Deputy Head of Junior School (Student Wellbeing)

Foundation – Year 6 Child Safe Standards

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all organisations that provide services to children in Victoria, including schools. The aim of the Standards is to ensure these organisations are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect. In response to these standards, twice per year our School Counsellors, Beth Sarlos and Paula Kolivas work with our students. Last week, both counsellors spoke to all Foundation – Year 6 students, encouraging and empowering them to remain safe and secure. Later in the year, the counsellors will hold a second Child Safe Standards session to ensure two sessions take place each year.

For more information in regards to the Child Safe Standards, please click on the following link


Years 3 & 4 Grandparents and Special Friend’s Day 

Our second Grandparents and Special Friends event for the year once again attracted a large crowd of visitors across both year levels. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to say ‘thank you’ to their grandparents and special friends for all their support, help and assistance.

As we know, grandparents and special family friends contribute so much to a young person’s life during both Junior and Senior School. The highlight of the morning was celebrating the introduction of National Reconciliation Week at Ormiston, with our close friend, Murrundindi. Students completed a range of different activities, including some Wurundjeri tasks. Murrundindi was also happy to share his own experiences and artefacts with the grandparents and special friends over morning tea. I would like to thank our School Captains, Raynee Wong and Elysia Wang and our Assembly and Events Leaders, Anneke Cook and Isabel Chen for leading this special community event.


Foundation Learning about Rabbits!

The Foundation students were very excited to welcome four class pets at the start of last week. Eight week old rabbits named Rosie, Isabella, Snowy and Coco joined our Foundation classroom. The students have been learning about what it means to be responsible for living things and have taken their roles very seriously when caring for these pets. They have been very curious about everything ‘rabbit’ and have found it quite calming to observe and pat the rabbits during the day.

“The rabbits have fluffy fur, it feels so soft.”– Chelsea

“We know that rabbits only sweat from their feet.”– Aanya

“Rabbits poo a lot. You have to clean it up all the time.”Audrey

“You have to feed them and give them water.”– Alis

“Carrots are like treats for rabbits, they don’t eat them all the time.”– Emma A.

“Our rabbits can clean their own faces. I saw Coco do it this morning.”– Faye

“The rabbits are the best part of Foundation.”– Annabelle

Selena Reedman & Mikaela Stanaway
Foundation Class Teachers

Year 1 Excursion to the Melbourne Zoo

On Tuesday 21 May, the Year 1 students visited the Melbourne Zoo as a part of their investigation into ‘How Living Things Change and Grow’. We got to meet and touch an amazing Kenyan San Boa, who hides from its predators by hiding underneath the sand in African savannahs. We were surprised to learn that some snakes have live young, whilst others lay eggs.

Later, we watched the seal presentation and learnt how important it is to keep our waters clean and pollution free. We made a commitment to use ‘Bubbles Not Balloons’ at our (outside) birthday parties from now on, as most outside balloons end up in our oceans and are very dangerous to seals and other marine life. We had a blast visiting the many zoo animals and loved seeing the babies and adults, noticing their growth and asking lots of questions about their needs.

Finally, a highlight for everyone, was visiting the Butterfly House where we learnt that there are 300 butterflies inside at any one time, and the chrysalises are grown on neighbouring plants behind the house. We were thrilled to see a life cycle display in the house, as we have 5 of our own caterpillars in our classroom which have just transformed into chrysalises this week.

We can’t wait to see how they grow and change in the weeks to come! A big thank you to Miss Mackay and Mrs Vivarini for joining us on the day.

Miranda Jackson and Craig Goodwin
Year 1 Class Teachers

Year 4 State Library Excursion

This term, Year 4 have been exploring how perspective influences our ideas of Australia’s past. As part of this shared inquiry, we have looked closely at a range of primary and secondary sources of information to identify who was involved or impacted by European colonisation of Australia. To ground our inquiry in facts, students used online sources such as the State Library of NSW and TROVE to explore some of these sources prior to visiting the State Library of Victoria.  At the library, students participated in a highly informative guided tour of the gallery and history exhibitions where they were able to view actual primary resources and a range of artworks that showed the history of Melbourne. Students were excited to view the original “Batman Treaty” and portraits of William Barak and William Buckley.

“It was amazing to see how well they preserved and restored all of the old artefacts. The building itself was also decorative and old.” – Charlie

“I liked how old all of the books looked. In the Dome room it was peaceful and not a single noise could be heard in the huge space.” – Elise

Emma Hinchliffe
Year 4 Classroom Teacher

District & Division Cross Country

On Friday 17 May, CGGS competed in the North Balwyn District Cross Country Carnival at Macleay Park. The weather conditions were perfect for Cross Country. There were some pre-race nerves, however, once the races started the students settled and ran well in all age groups.

Congratulations to all of the students who ran on the day, and particularly Anika Selvaratnam and Sarah Zhou who qualified and competed at the Boroondara Division Cross Country on Thursday 30 May. The weather conditions for Division were very cold, however, the cold winds and rain didn’t stop these two students from getting out there and competing to the best of their ability.

Congratulations to Anika who came first place in her race. Anika will be going on to represent CGGS and compete in the Eastern Metropolitan Region Cross Country on 18 June.

Congratulations to Sarah, who qualified in the top 40 runners, this is a personal best for Sarah at Division level. A big congratulations to both students and best of luck to Anika for Regionals.

District Cross Country Competitors:

Anika Selvaratnam

Selena Chen

Christina Weickhardt

Charlotte Chong

Maya Waide-Hee

Emily Lioe

Chloe Lau

Sophie Peake

Elise Orme

Ashanti Rajakulendran

Angelique Quah

Jessica Wu

Madeleine Wood

Rida Cao

Alyce Law

Vivien Chang

Aliyana Rajakulendran

Maria Lin

Aayzah Khan

Suwedha Ranjith

Sarah Zhou

Ency Chen

Sabrina Bignold

Amy Cao

Lucy Lu

Jasmine Rees

Jenny Wang

Monique Desai

Samantha Chua

Debbie Guan

Year 4 – 6 Netball

Last Friday afternoon, the Year 4 Rubies were unstoppable against Auburn Jewels. The CGGS team got off to a great start, scoring a number of goals in the first quarter defeating Auburn Jewels 12-5. Year 4 Garnets got off to a slow start against KD Stardust, but kept them scoreless in the second quarter. Unfortunately, KD Stardust got too far ahead and defeated the Garnets.

The Year 5 Jets were on a high from last weeks win, and came out strong in the first quarter against CSNC Fury. CSNC Fury came back in the second quarter then the remaining minutes of the game was very close, Jets ended up going down by only 1 goal. The Year 5 Opals had a close game against Ruyton Rockers, both teams moved the ball well down the court and CGGS demonstrated great defensive skills, CGGS and Ruyton drew 11-11.

Year 6 Topaz  played against one of the top teams, Auburn Aces. Auburn Aces came out very strong and got many goals on the scoreboard quickly. Topaz got used to the fast pace game and started to score some goals, but Auburn Aces were too strong, defeating CGGS 15-4.

Good luck to all teams competing this coming weekend.

Lexie Joyce
CGGS Netball Coach


Year 5 & 6 Camp

Next week our Year 5 and 6 students will be going on camp. This is the second time that both year groups will be going out together at the same campsite. I look forward to seeing both year levels at camp participating in all outdoor activities together.

I would like to wish everyone a restful weekend. Please remember that Monday 3 June is a Student Free Day for all Early Learning – Year 6 students and the school will not be open. I look forward to seeing all students back at Ormiston next Tuesday 4 June. 


Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Connected Community



Connected Community

Diary Dates

The following events will be taking place in the next two weeks.

Monday 3 June
> Junior & Senior School Report Writing Day – Student Free Day

Tuesday 4 June
> Year 5 & 6 Camp Departs
> Year 9 & 10 House Debating, LWB, 1.00pm – 1.45pm
> Year 7 Girls Invent Fair, AFB Level 2, 2.35pm – 3.25pm
> Parent Education Seminar, AFB Level 2, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday 5 June
> Year 7 & 8 House Debating, AFB, 1.00pm – 1.45pm

Thursday 6 June
> Year 11 & 12 House Debating, 1.00pm – 1.45pm
> Parents & Friends Association Meeting, Boardroom, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 7 June
> Year 5 & 6 Camp Return

Monday 10 June
> Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11 June
> Year 10 & 11 Exams Commence

Wednesday 12 June
> GAT, 10.00am – 1.15pm

Thursday 13 June
> Mountfield Maestros (Speech & Drama), JS Hall, 4.30pm – 7.00pm

Friday 14 June
> Year 10 Exams Conclude

Sunday 16 June
> Senior School Production Rehearsal


Indigenous Guernsey Presentation with AFLW Player

It was so exciting to have Geelong AFLW defender, Megan McDonald here at CGGS last Friday. Meg won the 2019 Geelong Best & Fairest and was also selected to play for the All Australian Team. She joined us to present the CGGS Football Team with their indigenous jumpers. The Indigenous jumpers are worn once per year during Reconciliation Week.

Meg’s wise advice to the CGGS footy players, was to support and care for each other on and off the footy field. She spoke about her rise from local football to the AFLW and the dedication to improving so she would be selected for an AFLW team.

We would like to thank our old grammarians, Emma Race (1993) and Lucy Race (1987) for organising Meg to visit our CGGS. Emma and Lucy have strong connections with the AFLW through their work broadcasting about all things football.

Emma and Lucy, along with their sister Felicity (1988) and three other women make up The Outer Sanctum. The Outer Sanctum is an ABC podcast made up of women talking about footy.

Lucy is a business owner and trainer for the SPJFC Under 11s. Lucy is passionate about all codes of football.

Emma is an ABC journalist, she is the co-host of ABC Grandstand Sunday’s with Lehmo and the host of Outer Sanctum Radio which features on the ABC during the AFLW games. Emma speaks a lot on the female football revolution and as the creator of Help Me Help You App, she has a passion for speaking about technology and the intersection of motherhood with new media platforms. Emma is a professional MC and regularly hosts events for Hawthorn FC.

We would like to thank Emma and Lucy again for joining us back here at CGGS and thank you for making our girls dreams come true by meeting their idol!

Class of 1989 – 30 Year Reunion

On Saturday 18 May we welcomed back to the school old grammarians from the Class of 1989 to celebrate their 30 year reunion. 29 guests came together to reminisce about the past 30 years. They were joined by former teacher, Tim Arnold, who taught chemistry to some of these women.

A number of women travelled quite a distance to join us at this special event, some from interstate and overseas. It was interesting to hear about the careers and industries that these women work in.

Much laughter was had as the slideshow revealed images of times gone by including 1980’s hairstyles and interesting school uniform styles.

Senior School



Senior School

This past fortnight in Senior School we have conducted our Year 7 – 10 Learning Conversations and these have provided a great opportunity for the students, their parents and their teachers to discuss areas of achievement and those for individual growth. House Music rehearsals have continued with the performance on Friday 31 May fast approaching. The mass singing choirs are really starting to sound harmonious and we have a wonderful program of music to look forward to. Please make sure you book your free tickets and purchase dinner via Pinwheel & Co if this would assist your family on the night.

The Mother’s Day Breakfast was a beautiful way to celebrate our Mother’s and those special to us. Past staff member Jill Bales spoke about the organisation she works with, Dream Stitches and the huge assistance our students are each Friday to ensure the children of the ladies learning to sew are attended to with great kindness.

Last Friday evening was a highlight for me in particular as we welcomed back to CGGS our Class of 2009, to their 10 Year Reunion. When they were in Year 10 and year 11 at CGGS, I had the privilege of being their Year Level Coordinator. The young women were also thrilled to have their Year 12 Coordinator, Mrs Louise Carroll join them at this function. The sophistication and poise and the breadth of experiences of these young women really struck both Debbie and myself. They were delighted to come back to CGGS and share the stories of what they have been studying and are currently undertaking in their workplaces.

Debbie and I excused ourselves from the reunion and headed to the Cabaret Night in Barbara Sutton Hall. This was a magnificent night of music making where the Senior School ensembles and choirs perform in an informal setting to their admiring parents and friends. The standard of the repertoire seems to increase with every year. Well done to all the performers and to all the Music staff for their efforts to make this such an enjoyable evening.

On Saturday morning I went to the netball to watch and cheer on our Year 7 and 8 players and was thrilled to be there for one of the most exciting games of the past few years! Our Year 8 Jade team played against a mixed team called The Dynamites. While the first three quarters were closely contested, Coach and past student Laura King, provided great motivation and strategic direction such that in the last quarter the Dynamites were held scoreless. Well done Jade, I look forward to seeing many more of your games in the upcoming years.

That evening the Year 11 students painted their nails and put on their party dresses for the Year 11 Soiree. This year the event was held at Royal South Yarra Tennis Club as our previous and favoured venue The Boulevard no longer hosts functions. The students and their partners had a wonderful evening dancing and chatting. They certainly enjoyed their very formal night of the year. Thank you to Year 11 Coordinator, Mr Andrew Burnell, and his Soiree Committee members for organising their special night.

Hopefully Sunday – Mother’s Day provided a sleep in for some as it had been a busy week of engagements.

This week CGGS has celebrated Diversity Week and we thank School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot for her efforts in putting together the activities for this week. At the end of each day an email to the students and teachers was circulated and we share more about these messages later in Camnews.

Diversity Week began with our Founder’s Day Service at St. Mark’s Church. The Service was conducted by Rev Helen Creed with help from many students, in particular School Faith and Service Captain, Isabella Lincke. A highlight was most definitely Year 12 student Genevieve Alexie’s solo singing the first verses of “Beauty for Brokenness.”

Finally the Year 7 and 9 students have completed the paper version of the NAPLAN this week. Well done to all.


Cabaret Night

On Friday 10 May, the CGGS community came together in the Barbara Sutton Hall to celebrate and enjoy the 2019 Cabaret Night Concert. School Music Captains, Maryanne Li and Elizabeth Gong were very entertaining hosts, sharing their passion for performance with fellow student musicians and the audience. Parents and friends had the opportunity to mingle and chat with others throughout the evening and were delighted by performances from a diverse range of Senior School ensembles.

Many thanks to ensemble directors, Cathy Georgiev, Mat Duniam, Stephanie Leslie, Marianne Rigby-Black, Joseph Yu, Margaret Butcher and Chloe Lewis, who had prepared repertoire throughout Term 1 and at the recent Music Camp for this much loved event. An additional thank you to our Music Administrator, Jane Scott, for her coordination of ticketing, the program and many components in the set-up of the hall.

We would like to acknowledge all of the students who contributed to making the evening such a huge success. Their hard work and dedication to our co-curricular music program is much appreciated. Many thanks also to Michael Lawrence and the Maintenance team, Mark Major, Kim Perkins and Keira Lyons for their technical assistance and The PFA for their donation of chocolates and ongoing support.

We look forward to seeing the students showcase their talents at the upcoming House Music competition on Friday 31May.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Mungo Youth Project Conference

Twelve students with four accompanying staff members arrived in the magic of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Region last week, connecting with students from across Australia to share and learn in what is an immersive environment like no other. CGGS students joined Elders and National Park Rangers, Scientists, Archaeologists, Principals, AIME mentors and others on sacred land to directly engage with history and culture.

Opting to be a presenting school at the conference meant that from February we met regularly to prepare a presentation on the topic of bush foods, medicine and Aboriginal science. Students used Bruce Pascoe’s ‘Dark Emu’ text as a spring board for thought as well as Murrundindi’s vast knowledge of Wurundjeri practices to prepare and deliver a hands-on workshop to the ‘Didge Boys’ of Ulladulla High School. Together they cooked Wattleseed damper over hot coals; drank Lemon Myrtle cordial and medicinal Gingram tea; made soap with black wood leaf and competed to nail the comeback boomerang technique.

Combining with our travel buddies, Glen Waverley Secondary College, our students also had the privilege of interviewing discoverer of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, and Patron of the conference Professor Jim Bowler. Professor Bowler is a Geomorphologist who at age 89 is still so passionate about bringing the truth of Mungo to the rest of the country. Other highlights included star gazing on the sand dunes and the final closing event of the conference, a traditional Lore Ceremony featuring a spontaneous dreaming story told by Aunty Beryl and hosted by Senior Lore man Mick Kelly.

The CGGS girls showed enormous spirit and enthusiasm. It is difficult to describe the spiritual nature of this environment, but they immediately understood the significance of it all. Their maturity and emotional intelligence did not go unnoticed by organisers and other schools. They also kept such a delightful, positive attitude in the face of really challenging conditions- raging dust storms, rain, wind, no access to showers, multiple camp set ups and pack ups as well as arduous travel to just name a few.

A challenging, immersive and ultimately uplifting experience for all involved, the Mungo Youth Project Conference of 2019 will be one that is remembered for years to come!

Shane Maycock and Georgia Biggs

Exploring brass instruments with Shrewd Brass

On Thursday 16 May, ‘Shrewd Brass’ swung into Barbara Sutton Hall to inspire and entertain our Year 5, 6 and 7 students, with an incursion to support their music studies. Our students were treated to a great variety of performance pieces, with exceptional solo and ensemble skills demonstrated on the Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone (complete with a boxing glove on the end of the slide), Euphonium, and Tuba. The players encouraged participation in our brass department through instrumental lessons, and modelled the exceptional potential of each instrument to all of our students.The skills of the performers left the girls in awe and with big smiles on their faces for the rest of the day!

Year 11 Soiree

Last Saturday night, over one hundred of our Year 11s and their partners attended the Year 11 Soiree. The venue this year was the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club and it proved to be a fabulous venue with plenty of space for the Year 11s and their partners to enjoy the evening. The Year 11s and their partners certainly had a wonderful time with many photographs and much dancing occurring throughout the evening.

The reflections of three of our Year 11s were as follows:

At the end of the night the lights filtered down. Feet were tired of dancing, mouths were tired of laughing, and the crowd was tired in general. There was one thing we all agreed on – Soiree was awesome. 

The 2019 soiree was a great night, filled with laughter and fun. All of the girls enjoyed the opportunity to get dressed up and spend the night with friends. The event created memories that we will never forget. 

Year 11 soirée was absolutely phenomenal. The months of planning were reflected in the beautiful dresses, gorgeous hair and perfect nails. Laughter, music and happiness filled the room as we danced the night away. This is a timeless memory I will never forget. 

Many thanks to Tilly Dunn, Cass Quarrell, Simrin Dube, Ashleigh Cheung, Andrea Silvestri, Isabella He and Emily Hoyle for their assistance in helping to organise and decorate the venue. Thanks also to the staff members who attended this very happy and enjoyable Soiree.

Andrew Burnell
Year 11 Coordinator


Chess Tournament Success!

Five excited, but nervous chess players made the trip to the middle school campus of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School on 7 May to compete in a zone open chess tournament. Playing against both boys and girls of a variety of ages, they each competed in seven matches. High levels of concentration were required for extended periods of time and it was wonderful to see Emily Lin, Kelly Ta and Bethany Orme from Year 9 and Sophie Chang and Grace Barnes from Year 7 apply their considerable skills of defence, attack and strategy and rise to the challenges presented.

Some truly outstanding results were achieved. Grace won her first tournament points, a great effort. Bethany achieved Bronze in the School Girl Division and Kelly a first place in the 9 – 10 Division. Sophie placed first in the 7 – 8 Division, with six wins and Emily was awarded the top individual honour of Star of the Tournament with a perfect score of seven wins. The strong competitiveness of the CGGS girls resulted in them winning the overall tournament prize and bringing another trophy home to the cabinet in Student Services.

A Mus A Diploma

We would like to congratulate Year 9 student, Emily Wu who succeeded in accomplishing her A Mus A Diploma for Cello this week. Emily treated her peers to a performance of her cello exam repertoire late last term and the Music Department has been thrilled to host several similar student recitals in recent weeks. Emily’s Cello Diploma will accompany her A Mus A Piano Diploma which we she received at a ceremony this week.

To achieve the Associate in Music Diploma (A Mus A), Emily has studied and achieved Grades 1 through 8 in her AMEB examinations, achieving a very high standard in all her results. For most students this means application to their instrument, hours of practice and musical studies for many years, including passing Grade 5 Music Theory examinations. After achieving the A Mus A diploma, students who are passionate about their musical studies can go on to study for the Licentiate in Music diploma (L Mus A) or further musical theory.

We would like to further acknowledge that Emily is the first CGGS student to achieve this level of accomplishment for two instruments. Congratulations, Emily on your outstanding success in your music studies, we are very excited to follow your musical journey in the years to come.

Australia Champion Juvenile Ballroom Dancer 2019

On Saturday 3 May, Year 7 student Frenanda Wu competed in the Victorian Ballroom Championships.

Throughout the day Frenanda and her partner danced as “couple 232” to complete The Tango, Waltz, Samba and Merilyn, showing their skill to a panel of national judges. Frenanda has been studying ballroom dancing for the past 6 years and loves everything about the sport, particularly competitions which give her a chance to wear beautiful costumes and present the different styles she has been studying.

At the end of each dance category the judges commented on the pair’s excellent timing and beautiful lines which are so evident in the photos Frenanda has shared with us. As a couple they used the space well and captured the different genres with high degree of skill.

After a nerve-wracking day of dancing the results were revealed, crowing Frenanda as the Victorian  Juvenile Ballroom Dancing Champion for 2019. This adds to the title she won last year naming her Australian Ballroom Champion.

Congratulation Frenanda!

Saturday Netball

Highlights from the Round 5 Saturday Netball competition saw the CGGS Year 8 Jade team defeated Dynamites 23-14. The CGGS team were unstoppable, keeping Dynamites scoreless in the last quarter. Year 8 Silver had a very close game but went down by 1 goal to Genazzano Wood.

Year 9 Aquamarines got off to a fantastic start against MLC Mystics, the CGGS team won every quarter and defeated MLC Mystics 14-6.

The Year 10 Gems were down by 4 goals early on, a few changes were made and CGGS Gems came from behind to defeat Ruyton Robins 19-17.

Year 12 Crystals are currently sitting in 2nd place on the ladder, this coming Saturday CGGS will take on Genazzano who are on top. CGGS Crystals had a convincing win against Koonung Blazers last Saturday.

Best of luck goes to all teams competing this coming Saturday.

Diversity Week

This week at CGGS we celebrated Diversity Week, reinforcing our school’s values and our desire to always encourage an environment where everyone feels welcome to participate and is proud to belong. We celebrate our differences and the opportunities that these present for us all to learn new perspectives and ways of living, no one more right than the other. Simply accepting and understanding the many types of diversity across ours and any community.

Our 2019 School Wellbeing Captain, Isobel Arnot, organised activities each day to facilitate discussion around a different area of diversity and then at the end of each day, shared information with students and staff to further explain the different types of diversity. We are happy to share two of Isobel’s information sheets below.