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May 20, 2022

Brooksbank Library Naming Ceremony 

As a part of the School’s ongoing centennial celebrations, we were delighted on Wednesday 11th May 2022 that we could finally gather to officially name the Senior School Library after the school founder, The Reverend Hubert Albert Brooksbank.

We were honoured to host ten members of the Brooksbank family to officially name the library, which was declared the Brooksbank Library by the Chair of School Council, Dr Nikita Weickhardt.  Dr Mary Brooksbank AM responded on behalf of her family and was able to share wonderful anecdotes about Rev Brooksbank.

The ceremony was attended by members of School Council, Life Governors, staff and students. A beautiful rendition of the newly commissioned School Anthem was performed by a choir of fourteen students, which was an enchanting way to mark the occasion.

In being named the Brooksbank Library we hope that it continues to create opportunities to support learning and literacy whilst being a place of reflection and contemplation.

Reunions are back!

We were thrilled at long last to be able to host six reunions on Friday 13th May 2022.

The Classes of 2000, 2001, 2002 celebrated their 20-year reunions and the Classes of 2010, 2011, 2012 celebrated their 10-year reunions.

The school was abuzz with different locations around the school being utilized to host these milestone gatherings. Joy and laughter was abound as we were finally able to meet and celebrate in person. It was wonderful to see so many former staff members join these year levels to celebrate and catch up on the past 10 and 20 years. It was also great to see so many current staff join in the fun to see what their past students are now doing.

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May 6, 2022

Class of 2021 Celebration

Due to Covid-19 restrictions during 2021, the Class of 2021 were unable to celebrate their Valedictory Dinner. We were delighted to be able to invite the Class of 2021 to a celebration evening with their parents and staff on Thursday 28 April at Studley Grounds in Kew.

It was a wonderfully happy occasion as we saw the past students connect in a social gathering and to have their parents and many staff members celebrate along with them. Mrs Nareen Robinson, Class of 2021 Year 12 Coordinator toasted the cohort and past parent Maria Ventura made a wonderful speech about the girl’s time at the school and how the values of the school has set them up for a life of success.

The entertainment for the evening was a trio of double bass, keyboard and guitar with former student Shannon, spontaneously joining in to sing with the band.

We wish the Class of 2021 well in their future endeavours and we look forward to seeing where life takes them.

The PFA were delighted to welcome mother’s, grandmothers, godmothers, mother-figures and daughters to the 2022 Mother’s Day breakfast. It was wonderful to see 250 Mothers and daughters fill Barbara Sutton Hall for our annual PFA Mother’s Day breakfast. This was the largest Mother’s Day Breakfast on record!

School Captains Teagan Diep, Charli Lincke and Isabel D’Zouza welcomed guests with a gift on arrival. It was a fun filled morning with lots of chatter and laughter, accompanied by a wonderful hot breakfast and photos in front of our fun photo wall.

Some guests were also the lucky recipients of our door prizes from event supporters Harvey Norman. Congratulations to Eng Ronzani and Tammy Sim who were the winners of a complimentary ticket to attend the Centenary Gala Ball scheduled for 30 July 2022 at Leonda by the Yarra.

Thank you to the PFA for supporting this fantastic event, and a big thanks to the parent volunteers who assisted in setting up the event.

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April 8, 2022

Old grammarian adjudicates House Dance!

Dr Lisa Ellis has long been a supporter of ‘balance’. As a dancer, it is fundamental, as a human being – essential.

Last week Lisa (2008) returned to CGGS to assist with our House Dance adjudication. Many of our students have been inspired by Lisa’s pursuit of medicine (she is currently training to be a surgeon) whilst maintaining her Dance Prescription academy – a place for aspiring elite dancers to train under the informed guidance of Dr Ellis, who ensures they maintain peak physical and psychological fitness.

Lisa’s presence at our House event was greatly appreciated as she supplied considered feedback to all of the captains, along with her worldly perspective, “You have to upkeep doing the things that you love. Yes, because of balance, but mostly, because it makes you interesting. People want to work with interesting people.”

PFA Welcome Drinks

A fantastic night was had by all who attended the PFA Welcome Evening on Friday 25th March. There was excitement in the air as over 200 parents and staff from junior and senior school were immersed in a street festival themed event where they could finally socialise. Guests were entertained by live music, a roaming magician and hula-a hoop performer and enjoyed a variety of delicious food, cocktails and beverages.

Three very happy guests were the winners of the PFA Lucky Door Prize and received a $250 Red Balloon gift voucher.

The PFA were delighted to provide a great opportunity to unite the school community once again and looks forward to delivering many more events throughout the year.

Junior School Twilight Picnic  

A lovely night was had by all those who attended the JS Welcome Picnic last Friday evening.

It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces and children enjoying free play on the playgrounds and PFA climbing frame, using basketballs and skipping ropes. Children were also entertained by a Balloonologist and Face Painters.

Families enjoyed the food offerings from the PFA BBQ, pre-ordered meals from Pinwheel & Co or BYO picnics and were able to mingle and meet new families.

The PFA is always delighted to support this event and looks forward to bringing more events to the CGGS Community in the coming months.

Join us!

Book now to join CGGS mums, guardians and children at the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast.

This much loved event is a wonderful way to celebrate and say thank you to our amazing mums and special women in our lives. You will be seated with others from your daughter’s year level to enjoy a delicious breakfast. You may also be the recipient of one of the special Mother’s Day prizes.

Date: Thursday 5th May

Time:  7:00 – 8.30am

Venue: Barbara Sutton Hall (Senior School)

Tickets: Adults $25 / Child $20

RSVP:    Sunday 1st May

Ticket price includes delicious hot meal.

Book now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Thank you to the PFA!

All the above events spoken about in this section of todays CamNews are all made possible thanks to the hard work of the Parents & Friends Association.

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March 25, 2022

Dads Night Out a Huge Success!

The CGGS Dads Night Out was held last week at the Ramblers Ale Works in Hawthorn. It was wonderful to see so many dads and father figures from our senior and junior school communities enjoying a night out with CGGS friends.

This was a great opportunity for guests to reconnect, meet new dads and enjoy each other’s company over a quality ale at this fantastic new venue. Given it was St Patrick’s Day, there must have been a few green ales consumed!

Junior School Twilight Picnic – NEXT WEEK!

The Parents and Friends Association and Junior School staff look forward to welcoming all families to the Junior School Twilight Picnic. BYO picnic, drinks and a rug to this fun filled evening on Friday 1 April to see your CGGS friends and meet new families. Come together for a lovely evening of mingling with other Ormiston families while the children will be entertained by a Balloonologist and Face Painters and enjoy ball games and fee play.

The PFA BBQ will offer sausages, drinks and icy poles and Pinwheel & Co will provide delicious meals to pre order and collect on the night. The event will be held over two sessions to ensure adequate space for all families in the Early Learning and Junior School grounds.

EL3 – Year 3 / 4:30 – 6:00pm

Year 4 – Year 6 / 6:30 – 8:00pm

Please use the link below to register your family’s attendance and order your meals from Pinwheel & Co.

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March 11, 2022

Break the Bias – International Women’s Day

It was a delight to welcome back old grammarian, Gen Dohrmann (Simmons, 2006) as our guest speaker at the International Women’s Day assembly held on Tuesday 8th March to talk about this year’s theme #Breakthebias.

Gen spoke about her role as President of Women Sport Australia, a volunteer, not-for-profit body dedicated to making sport equitable. She spoke about the importance of supporting women in all sports from grassroots to professional and the significance of including men in these conversations. Gen encouraged everyone to take the gender equity sport pledge which asks people to commit to affirmative action to create equity for girls and women in sport. To make your pledge please click here https://www.womensportaustralia.com.au/takethepledge/

To view this fantastic presentation, please view the video here:

https://clickv.ie/w/dlvs

PFA Events are Back!!!

We are delighted to be able to finally hold functions again for the CGGS Community and hope to see you at the upcoming PFA events.

The PFA Welcome Evening

We would love to see parents from every year level across the school join us at this fun whole school complimentary event on Friday 25 March from 6:00 – 8:30pm.

Be entertained by live music and enjoy a variety of delicious food, cocktails, wine, beers and soft drink. You could be the winner of an amazing Lucky Door Prize!!

This will be a great opportunity to catch up with parents from your year level and meet others new to the school community.

Bookings are essential for catering purposes.

Dads Night Out
 
The CGGS Dads Group Committee invite you to join dads, uncles and grandads from the senior and junior school communities for the first Dads Night Out of 2022. 

The Dads Night Out will be held at the Ramblers Ale Works on Thursday 17 March from 7:00pm

This will be a great opportunity to reconnect, meet new dads and enjoy each other’s company over a quality ale at this fantastic new venue.

$30per person will provide finger food all night and a pint of beer.

Tickets can be purchased via the link below:

Junior School Twilight Picnic IS ON!!

The Parents and Friends Association and Junior School staff look forward to welcoming all families to the Junior School Twilight Picnic.

BYO picnic, drinks and a rug to this fun filled evening on Friday 1 April to see your CGGS friends and meet new families. The PFA BBQ will offer sausages, drinks and icy poles.

The event will be held over two sessions to ensure adequate space for all families in the Early Learning and Junior School grounds.

EL3 – Year 3 / 4:30 – 6:00pm

Year 4 – Year 6 / 6:30 – 8:00pm

We are looking forward to seeing you at one or all of these PFA events!!

PFA Friends of Sport support for House Athletics

The Friends of Sport parent volunteers were delighted to prepare and serve morning tea for CGGS staff at the recent House Athletics Carnival. Year 11 parents Tracey Tremewen and Kate Locke organised an amazing array of baked goods to energise and fulfil the staff during a busy day at the track.

If you would like to volunteer with the Friends of Sport please contact Susannah Jepson, Community Relationships Coordinator via jepsons@cggs.vic.edu.au

Join the PFA Committee at the Annual General Meeting

The Parents & Friends Association is committed to supporting the school and its amazing community.

Parent involvement is always welcomed. We aim to build a strong network and sense of community and would love you join this vibrant group of CGGS parent volunteers at a PFA event or meeting or volunteer on the Committee.

We are seeking nominations for positions on the PFA Executive and Committee and the 2022 Committee will be inducted at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22 March at 7:30pm in the Junior School Hall.

All members of the CGGS community are warmly invited to attend the meeting, even you do not wish to nominate for a position.

Positions include: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and 6 committee member positions.

The term of these positions is one year with a maximum of 3years.

Learn more about the PFA Committee roles via the button below.

The Nomination Form is available via the tab below:

For more information about the PFA or the Committee roles contact Susannah Jepson, Community Relationships Coordinator for more information.

CONTACT   jepsons@cggs.vic.edu.au

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February 25, 2022

PFA Welcome Evening

The Parents and Friends Association (PFA) is delighted that our wonderful community will soon gather again and reconnect.

We have planned many fantastic events for the CGGS community throughout the year. Our first event for the year is the annual PFA Welcome Evening on Friday 25 March. After two years of limited social activity, we would love to see parents from every year level across the school join us at this fun whole school event. Be entertained by live music and enjoy a variety of delicious food, cocktails, wine, beers and soft drink.

This will be a great opportunity to catch up with parents from your year level and meet others new to the school community. More details about this event will be published in the Junior and Senior Weeklies.

Become involved in the PFA

The PFA welcomes all members of the CGGS community to be involved. Whether by attending events as a guest, volunteering or joining PFA meetings, we encourage everyone to take part and meet others in our wonderful school community.

The PFA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 22 March at 7:30pm in the Junior School Hall.

All members of the CGGS community are welcome to attend and we are seeking nominations for positions on the PFA Executive and Committee.

Positions include: Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and general committee members.

Information on how to submit a nomination will be published in upcoming Junior and Senior School Weeklies.

For more information about the PFA:

Make sure you follow the PFA on Facebook.

Contact Susannah Jepson for more information about the Parents and Friends Association via pfa@cggs.vic.edu.au 

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February 11, 2022

Welcome to 2022 from the Parents & Friends Association

The Parents & Friends Association (PFA) is delighted that all students have returned to school after a well needed summer break.

It is wonderful to see their smiling faces and hear the joyful noises of laughter and play around the school grounds once again.

We have planned many fantastic events for the CGGS community throughout the year. We hope to be able to run them for both junior and senior school families and will be guided by the government and school health operation guidelines at the time.

The annual PFA Welcome Drinks that was scheduled in February will now be held on Friday 25 March. We look forward to seeing junior and senior parents at this fun, whole school event where we will all have the chance to mingle again and enjoy delicious food and beverages.

More details about this event will be published in upcoming Junior and Senior Weeklies.

The PFA welcomes all members of the CGGS community to become involved. Whether by attending events as a guest, volunteering or joining PFA meetings, we encourage everyone to take part and meet others in our wonderful school community.

For more information about the PFA:

Visit the PFA pages on the CGGS Website.

Make sure you follow the PFA on Facebook.

Contact Susannah Jepson for more information about the Parents and Friends Association via pfa@cggs.vic.edu.au  

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December 7, 2021

Centenary Time Capsule

As part of the school’s Centenary Celebrations, students and staff were invited to contribute to a time capsule which will be opened on the school’s 125th anniversary in 2045. After being presented to Ms Dunwoody at Senior School Assembly this week, it has been mounted in the breezeway outside the Fig Tree Café where it is hoped it will remain well protected from the elements!

In July 2020, Head of History Mr Ian Lyell, School Archivist Mrs Marian Jenkinson, and Community Programs and Events Coordinator Mrs Kate Daffy, delved into the 1995 time capsule which had been buried in the front garden as part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations. Sadly, during its internment, the seal on the small Perspex had been broken, meaning the contents were all water-damaged to varying degrees. Two audio cassettes, with interviews of Mr Abe Goldberg, a Holocaust survivor, and Mr Geoff Hannaford, a Vietnam War Veteran, were salvaged, with the contents digitised and transcribed. These have become part of the school archives. In 2021, two Year 11 History students, Maya Jones and Olivia Jones, re-interviewed Mr Goldberg and this interview will be included in the Centenary Time Capsule. 

To prepare the Centenary Time Capsule, students and staff from the Early Learning Centre, Junior School and Senior School were invited to submit artefacts which they felt captured the range of activities that take place at CGGS, what we value as a community, and what our hopes are for the future. Examples included copies of the books A Century of Stories and Holly Goes to Ormiston, recordings of Senior School Production, samples of Year 1 and Year 3 students’ work from our periods of remote learning, and many other photos, videos, documents and examples of student work. As most of the artefacts are electronic, they have been saved to a hard drive for inclusion. The artefacts chosen demonstrate the unique effect Covid-19 has had on our community, illustrating the way we have maintained the school’s traditions and sense of community even during periods of lockdown over the last two years, and how these activities reinforce our motto of Utilis in Ministerium (‘useful in service’).

We hope this time capsule will give those in 25 years’ time an insight into our school – the wonderful educational and co-curricular activities available, the caring and friendships, as well as a reminder of the difficulties we have all faced and overcome in the past two years.

Senior School Dad & Daughter Bowling & Pizza Night

After many attempts to hold this event, the CGGS Dads Group was delighted to finally hold the Senior School Dad & Daughter Bowling & Pizza Night last Friday evening.

Families from all senior levels came together for a fun night of bowling whilst dining on delicious pizza. Many new friendships were made as a friendly rivalry between dads and daughters caused much hilarity.

The CGGS Dads Group looks forward to hosting more events in 2022 where dads can network and meet other fathers from CGGS. There will also be fun activities in which dads can participate with their daughters.

For more information about the CGGS Dads Group contact Terry McAleenan (Year 10 Dad)

Terry.McAleenan@thefatheringproject.org

Christmas Wishes from the Parents and Friends Association

The PFA wishes all members of the CGS Community a joyous Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday.

After another year interrupted by COVID restrictions, we were disappointed that our engagement with the CGGS community was limited and events could not be delivered.

We hope you all enjoyed your PFA Chocolate Gift and once again congratulate the winners of the PFA Lucky Hamper.

We look forward to welcoming you all back next year at the PFA Welcome Drinks on Friday 25 February 2022. This will be a fun night for parents to connect once again and celebrate our amazing CGGS Community.

Merry Christmas to you and your family…see you in 2022!!

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November 26, 2021

PFA Community Raffle

Are you a Lucky Ticket winner??

The Parents and Friends Association is excited to have launched the PFA Community Raffle to celebrate our wonderful CGGS Community.

Your daughter was given a PFA boxed chocolate bar to bring home as a gift from the PFA. Inside could be a Winning Lucky Ticket.

There will be winners from every year level from Early Learning to Year 12 and Professional Services, Junior and Senior Staff groups.

Be sure to check inside your gift to see if you have won!!

Some lucky winners have already been identified and have won either:

1st place Lucky Ticket – you win a $250 RedBalloon voucher and a Limited Edition CGGS Centenary Merchandise Hamper

2nd place Lucky Ticket – you win a Limited Edition CGGS Centenary Merchandise Hamper

If you are a lucky winner, be sure to email a photo of yourself holding the winning ticket to Susannah Jepson – jepsons@cggs.vic.edu.au

The PFA looks forward to reconnecting with the CGGS community and celebrating the lucky winners of the Community Raffle.

GOOD LUCK!!

Old Grammarians provide inspiration at Service Learning Conference 

Year 9 enjoyed a Service Learning conference which focused on the value of being Useful in Service and connecting with the local community.

The school invited old grammarians who volunteer and serve the local community to present via video to the Year 9s about their work and contribution to the communities they serve.

The students were very fortunate to hear from: 

Amanda Mandie OAM (1977), Executive Director and Founder of the Koala Kids Foundation (2021 CGGS Inspiring Woman)
Amanda and her 13-year-old son Nick founded Koala Kids in 2005 with a mission that Koala Kids volunteers provide small things that make a difference for children and young people, their families and healthcare team during cancer treatment. As well as working tirelessly to provide moments of happiness for children and young people from birth to 25 years Amanda also manages Koala Kids’ large army of volunteers committed to its vision to touch every child and young person with cancer in Victoria and Tasmania

In the 2021 Australia Day Awards, Amanda was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the community through charitable organisations. Amanda spoke with such passion about bringing moments of happiness and joy to these families undergoing treatment. 

Helen Parker OAM (1996), Founder and CEO of the Babes Project
Helen Parker established the Babes Project in 2019, after being confronted with her own experience of crisis pregnancy.  The Babes Project is changing the way Australians approach crisis pregnancy by supporting and encouraging women on their journey no matter the circumstances.  Helen shares her passion of ensuring every woman in Australia has access to help and support during pregnancy. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to pregnant women in need.

Diane Dick (1965)
Diane  spoke about her time volunteering in her local community where she first began volunteering on the Mornington Peninsula at a Neighbourhood House. Utilising her professional skills, she developed software to assist in the administrative running of the Neighbourhood House to allow the volunteers to focus on delivering eduational programs. Diane has moved to Perth and now offers her time in assisting a Dog Rescue organisation. She is a great example of someone using her skills to volunteer and serve. 

Andrea Brown (1984)
Andrea Brown started her volunteer career after leaving school by ushering at the theatre for the Royal South Street Calisthenics Society. Andrea has always had a passion for calisthenics since the age of six and she is currently the Chair of the Calisthenics Discipline and Deputy Chair of the Royal South Street Society. She is a great example of someone who serves in an area where she can use her passion and continue to serve the community she loves.

Elisabeth Sandbach (2012)
A strong advocate for volunteering whilst at school, Elisabeth continued on volunteering at university where she gave her time to VGen, a youth movement of World Vision Australia. VGen’s goal is to inspire, educate and empower young people about worldwide issues of social injustice and poverty. Elisabeth currently volunteers for The Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) Program, a completely volunteer-run, not-for-profit, secular organisation which provides free tutoring and educational support to the Sudanese Australian community. Elisabeth works as a commercial lawyer and is the pro bono Coordinator for the  firm which has a strong commitment to pro bono work such as homeless law and refugee legal.

It was wonderful to see the way she continued to employ the CGGS motto of being Useful in Service after leaving school and use her professional skills in service once she became a lawyer.

Georgie Herbert (1998), Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation
After the death of her mother in 2017, Georgie commenced her journey in philanthropy to raise funds for ovarian cancer research. Georgie has worked tirelessly to raise funds and has personally raised over $400,000. After working many years at the AFL as Head of Commercial Operations, she joined the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships Manager, continuing her philanthropic work. Georgie told the students her story of volunteering in sports clubs and the evolution of her service which has eventually become her full-time work.

Past Parents Group

CGGS recognises and appreciates the contribution parents make to the school and the friendships and connections that are formed whilst their daughters are at school. We are excited to announce that we will be launching a Past Parent Community group in 2022.

The purpose of the group is to continue the connections made throughout their daughter’s time at the school. We will be inviting current Year 12 parents who are leaving the school to be the inaugural members of this group. Please stay tuned for your invitation to assist in creating a wonderful past parent community group.

It will be a fantastic opportunity for you to maintain connections and network within the CGGS community.

Thank You to our Volunteers

We are very appreciative of the wonderful culture of volunteering within our CGGS community. In 2020 and 2021, we have not had many opportunities to meet in person; the Parents & Friends Association and Year Level representatives have endeavored to maintain contact and keeping our communities connected.

To thank our amazing volunteers, we enjoyed a virtual cheese and wine tasting where we tasted amazing cheeses from local producer That’s Amore Cheese and travelled to Italy to meet the wine makers from Salatin Winery in Veneto. The evening was bellisimo!

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November 12, 2021

Remembrance Day

Thursday 11th November was Remembrance Day, a day when we pause and remember the 100,000 Australian servicemen and women who have lost their lives.

Mrs Kate Daffy, Community Programs & Events Coordinator was pleased to be able to introduce at our school assembly, Mr Mike Rosel, a Melbourne author, who spoke to our students about one of these servicemen. Mike Rosel has written several books about Australian military history.

Mike contacted the Daffy family many years ago to inform them he had stumbled on the astonishing, yet virtually-unknown, story of Captain Alexander (Alec) Little, Mrs Daffy’s great uncle.

In Mike’s book ‘The Unknown Warrior’, he explores the life of Captain Alec Little, who at the age of 19 paid his own way to the United Kingdom to join the Royal Flying Corps. Over his career, Captain Little was credited with downing 47 aircraft over three year period. He lost his life in combat in May 1918 aged 22 years old. This story was not well known within the Daffy family and it was very humbling for them to discover that a relative had served and protected the Australian way of life. For more information about this presentation please refer to the Senior School update.

Lest we forget.

Thank You to our Volunteers

We are very appreciative of the wonderful culture of volunteering within our CGGS community. In 2020 and 2021, we have not had many opportunities to meet in person; the Parents & Friends Association and Year Level representatives have endeavored to maintain contact and keeping our communities connected.

We look forward to thanking our amazing and generous volunteer community this evening with a virtual wine and cheese evening.