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This week marks the end of Term 1, a term that has provided many opportunities for co-curricular involvement across all year levels and it has been very pleasing to note the levels of involvement of all our girls. Most particularly I have been pleased to observe the participation of our Year 7 students, many of whom have enthusiastically involved themselves in activities ranging from House Dance and Drama, a wide range of sporting events, musical ensembles as well as involvement in the Open Evening & Fun Fair.

Parents please note that no holiday homework will be set for students in Years 7-10. It is vital that all girls have the opportunity to rest and enjoy time on their own hobbies, pursuits and other activities during the holiday period without the stress and pressures of set holiday work.

I wish you all a restful holiday break and hope that you enjoy time spent with family and friends. Travel safely and I look forward to connecting with you all again in Term 2.

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 

Celebrating International Women’s Day and campaigning for gender parity has been a focus for our Senior School students. This significant date symbolises the progress women have made since the Industrial Revolution economically, politically and socially. From the suffragette movement to the challenge ahead in achieving gender parity, International Women’s Day is an important day for our students to reflect and honour women’s achievements and strive for more. Despite the fact that some predictions for closing the global gender gap can be disheartening, with the World Economic Forum recently forecasting that global gender parity will not be achieved until 2095, our students feel empowered to not only make a difference to the lives of women worldwide, but have been inspired to embrace every opportunity to ensure their voices are heard.

 

Breakfast at Parliament House

Our International Women’s Day campaign was launched by a breakfast in Queens Hall, Parliament House on 2 March for which 9 Year 10 girls applied to attend. The morning was hosted by The Hon Georgie Crozier MP and organised by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools. Spending the morning in Queens Hall was quite an event in itself!

According to one Year 10 student who attended, Ariane Webber, “It was a great opportunity because it was my first visit to Parliament House. It was amazing to see all the portraits of past Premiers and being surrounded by influential politicians. But it was also surprising to see only one woman in a room full of men”. [Referring to the late former Victorian premier Joan Kirner]

Along with 20 other girls’ schools across Melbourne, our students had the unique opportunity of listening to special guest, Imogen Randell, Managing Director of Quantum Market Research, speak about female leadership and the goal of gender parity in business. Fearn Corney of Year 10 reflected that Randell’s keynote speech “opened new ideas up and showed us how the business world works.” She taught us that “gender differences complement each other rather than overriding each other,” said Fearn.

One analogy particularly stayed with the girls. Growing up in a household of hungry growing brothers, Randell had to ensure that whenever dinner was served or a cake was baked, she got in quickly to take her share otherwise she would miss out. This was an important lesson for life, Randell stated, and impelled all the young students in the room to embrace every opportunity, be heard and always take their fair slice of ‘cake’! Ariane Webber reflected that “it inspired me to see that women can have an influential role in the world and can achieve the same if not better than men; but at the same time, it frustrated me that very often we have the same skills and qualifications as men, but end up missing out on leadership opportunities.” Randall finished her presentation by offering the girls 9 pieces of advice for life. Yasmin Tawfik, another Year 10 student, took away from the advice that the most important thing was “to believe in yourself, to defend your views and stand up for what you believe in.” “Having a voice, no matter who you are,” is one of the most important aspects of participating in society”, reflected Yasmin.

 

Australian Defence Force Breakfast

International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March was also celebrated by the Australian Defence Force. A number of our Year 10 and 11 students were invited to participate in a very informative and interesting session held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. Several ADF team members delivered information from their particular diverse areas of service and professional careers, being Navy, Air Force and Army. Each talk was valuable in informing the girls about future career possibilities. The main focus message for the day was about encouraging the girls in ‘Being Brave – Not Perfect’. A key word was ‘influence,’ which is important in the lives of young women as they questioned; What are the influences on their lives in the past, in their current lives, and what influence they can have on others in their future? As the girls enjoyed a magnificent High Tea served throughout the afternoon, they were given the opportunity to mingle with ADF team members, and their family members, who have obviously been a crucial influence in their lives and careers. Another key message was in order to achieve things you must: ‘Just do it’.

 

 Breakfast with Senator Michaelia Cash

On Friday 4th March, four of our Year 12 girls, together with Mrs Karen Anderson, were guests of The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP at the 2016 Autumn Breakfast Briefing at the Hawthorn Town Hall. The event included a Q&A Session with a panel of guests, which included Senator, the Hon Michaelia Cash MP the Minister for Employment, Minister for Women and Senator for Western Australia, Jillian Segal leading business woman and former Director, ASX Limited and The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia and Federal Member for Kooyong.

The girls spent time talking to Mr Frydenberg and discussed current issues surrounding oil prices. During the Q&A session the girls were given the opportunity to ask questions of members of the panel, in particular The Hon Michaelia Cash, about how she plans to use her roles as Minister for both Employment and Women in the future.

The girls were the only students at the event which had a very large audience and they were congratulated by many on the questions that they asked, and the great discussion that their questions promoted.

It should also be mentioned that following the event we received a phone call from Josh Frydenberg’s office commending us on the students that attended the event, how poised the young women were, what insightful questions they posed and also, that Mr Frydenberg’s office would like to involve CGGS girls at events in the future.

 

Pledge for Parity

The whole of Year 10 celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March by learning about the significance of the day, creating rosettes and badges in the symbolic suffragette colours of purple, white and green, and making personal pledges to achieve gender parity.

 

SWIMMING 

On Tuesday 22nd March the Camberwell Girls Swim Squad travelled to MSAC to compete in the GSV Division 3 Championship Carnival. All the girls had dedicated many hours to training over the past month and this was evident due to the outstanding successes and results from the day.

Competing against 7 other GSV schools, Camberwell Girls demonstrated their spirit and determination finishing third overall in a very competitive group of schools. There were many outstanding results with the Junior Swimmers finishing 7th, the Intermediate swimmers finishing 2nd, and the Senior swimmers finishing 3rd. All the swimmers should be extremely proud of their performance on the day, as everyone tried their best and were rewarded with great results.

Thank you to our Head Coach Peter Kitney for coming to all of the early morning trainings and helping everyone to reach the best of their abilities. Once again congratulations to all the girls who competed on the day!

 

DIVING 

It was term 4 last year when the journey to GSV Diving Championships started. A dedicated group of girls completed after school training sessions, and as the new year began, so did the early mornings. If you thought getting up for school or work was hard, try getting up to go to diving practice at 6:45AM! Nevertheless with the help of our fabulous coach, Morgan, and our team of teachers, one-by-one we managed to master our three dives. Our first Personal Best Meet was quite nerve racking, many girls being judged for the first time, but after the second meet, and by the time the Preliminary carnival came around our butterflies had settled and we were ready to go! At Preliminaries we were up against some extremely tough competitors, but that didn’t affect us as we qualified in division 2 for the Championship carnival. Last Tuesday was the Championship Carnival our opportunity to show everyone the Camberwell spirit. Our Juniors came 2nd, Intermediates 7th and Seniors 6th, placing us 6th overall. Considering that diving is still in its infancy at our school, 6th place was definitely something to be proud of. A huge thank you should go out to our coach Morgan, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Meyenn, Miss Law and Miss Woolcock, as well as all of the girls who participated towards making this year such a successful one for diving.

 


DRAMA CAMP – ADELAIDE FESTIVAL

Over the course of the long weekend, 24 students from Years 10 – 12 travelled to Adelaide to see ten shows in the Adelaide International and Fringe Festivals. This equated to five shows a day and some excellent cardio work, sometimes sprinting from one venue to another. The Adelaide Drama Camp is an immersive experience. It enables students to engage with artistic voices from around the world, rigorously consider why they might choose to speak about certain themes and be exposed to a multitude of styles applied to help the process of communication. It helps them to think laterally and to understand the fundamental role that performance places in shaping culture.

This year artists grappled with issues of fragmented communication, expectations of relationships, war, cancer, Indigenous displacement, self-worth, societies that want for nothing, Art as a form of self-expression and the essential rules for any good tribute show. Some artists were also extremely generous in sharing their knowledge and inviting us to explore their sets and props.

Thanks to Danielle Jackman and Jane Scott for accompanying the girls on their trip and to the students for their openness in receiving the work. We thank Keira Lyons in particular for her organisation of this camp and her enthusiasm for the Performing Arts.

Some more very pleasing feedback after they returned to Melbourne. We had a communication from the Central Adelaide YHA advising that “The girls conducted themselves with the utmost respect for the hostel staff and guests during their stay and displayed a maturity well beyond their years. They represented the school with pride and the entire Camberwell School community should be commended.”

 

RELAY FOR LIFE 

This past weekend 21 dedicated students helped kick off the 11th Relay For Life (Boroondara) at John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn. Relay For Life is a fun, overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services.

The team of CGGS students challenged themselves to stay on the track throughout the 18 hours of the event as they took it in turns to run, jog and walk. The night consisted of running with the baton, chatting with friends and setting up tents for short power naps throughout the event. The girls achieved a staggering 300+ laps overall which is a fantastic effort.

To our team, thank you for all the wonderful work of raising awareness and funds for this very worthy cause. A big thank you also to the 21 CGGS staff and parents who volunteered to help supervise this event, in particular we thank Mr Brett Stout for his organisation of this event.

 

PREMIER’S ACTIVE APRIL CHALLENGE

Empowering women and girls to be more active…

Research shows that 9/10 young Australians are not meeting the recommended 1 hour of physical activity per day. Furthermore, young women often face a number of barriers to physical activity and as such, they tend to exercise less frequently and at a lower intensity than young men. This can have negative consequences for the health and wellbeing of young women.

The Australian Government has recongised this trend, and has recently launched a new campaign ‘Girls make your move’, which aims to promote the benefits of regular physical activity for girls. It highlights the correlation between regular physical activity and reduced stress, increased self-esteem and mental alertness, as well as improved school performance and a greater sense of personal responsibility.

Here at CGGS, our Health/Physical Education and Sport Department has committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of our students through a number of curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We offer a range of programs that support the acquisition of movement skills, physical fitness and ultimately nurture positive attitudes towards life long patterns of healthy behaviour. We offer a range of competitive and fitness based activities for students of all ages, as well as structured Physical Education lessons.

This year, CGGS will again be taking part in the ‘Premier’s Active April’ challenge. This program is a free initiative run by the Victorian Government as part of their commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles, and ultimately to motivate Victorians to enjoy the benefits of increased physical activity.

We encourage all families to sign up to the challenge and to set a goal to work together and achieve a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day during the month of April.

What is the challenge?

The challenge encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April.

The 30 minutes of activity can be made up of any sort of physical activity, including incidental activity. You can accumulate your 30 minutes (or more) throughout the day by combining a few shorter sessions of activity of around 10 to 15 minutes each.

How it works:

Interested participants are asked to log on to the Active April website and follow the step-by-step instructions to register.

CGGS Senior School students should register to enter the CGGS-Senior-School team, using the team ID: cggsseniorschool.

As a participant, you can log your daily activity with the Active April App and chart your progress throughout the month. You can also create and join teams, track the progress of team members and discover events that are taking place in your local area.

In 2016, every Premier’s Active April participant will receive (subject to terms and conditions):

  • 10 free YMCA passes or passes to a local government facility
  • 15% off at Sportsmart in store and online
  • One hour free tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve
  • One free Get into Cardio Tennis session
  • A 2 for 1 ticket offer to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  • A chance to win some great prizes including the major prize of tickets to the 2017 Australian Open Tennis FInals, a $1,500 bike voucher or a GoPro camera

These can be redeemed using your ‘Active April’ membership card, which can be printed after registering for the challenge.

As a School, we are encouraging parents and daughters to register and complete the challenge together. In senior school, our School Sport and House Sport Captains will be organising a variety of 30 minute lunchtime activities each day to help students achieve their goal.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please visit the Active April website or email Ms Kath Woolcock.

 

LINK FESTIVAL 

What if people in the developing world could diagnose illnesses using mobile technologies, and 3D print their own pharmaceuticals?

Why should we be optimistic about robots taking our jobs?

How might we engage people in social change causes through digital storytelling?

These questions and more provoked and inspired thinking for a group of Year 9 and 10 students attending FutureLink at the Link Festival at Federation Square on Monday March 7th, accompanied by Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Watkins.

The FutureLink component of the festival was presented by Engineers without Borders and sponsored by Google, and provided secondary students with the opportunity to engage in a tailored program focusing on STEM, design and social change. The students also had the opportunity to join breakout sessions with members of the public, including “Impact Entrepreneurship”, “Designing the Materials of the Future” and “Hacking Mental Health”.

The girls were challenged to think about problems that exist in the world today, and how the convergence of 21st century technologies and collaboration might help solve these. They came away inspired and even equipped with new career directions, with one student declaring she can now see her future as a biomedical animator.

As Term One comes to end, I take this opportunity once again to wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing Easter.

 

With best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Vice Principal / Head of Senior School

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Year 6 Leadership Camp – Lady Northcote YMCA

It was a pleasure attending the Year 6 Leadership camp last week for two nights. This year for the first time, the camp was extended to three nights and the girls were able to experience a wider range of outdoor and environmental activities within the campsite. Some of the activities the girls participated in included:

  • High Ropes
  • Planting local shrubs and trees
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Giant swing
  • Swimming
  • Geo caching
  • Archery
  • Yabbying

Canoeing
Low ropes course

This year Murrundindi visited the girls and gave them a short course on the local Bacchus Marsh fauna and flora and spoke to them about his family and the Wurundjeri people of Victoria. The girls were fascinated by his stories and personal experiences. Additionally, the local CFA (Country Fire Authority) also visited the campsite and gave each Year 6 girl the opportunity to use some of the CFA equipment. I would like to thank Miss Katrina Cheong, Miss Kate Giles, Mrs Kerry O’Callaghan and Mr Shane Maycock for all their work in preparing a wonderful camp experience for our Year 6 girls.

 

Junior School Art Excursion

On Friday 4th March the Year 5 students went on an Art excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria to view the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei Exhibition. The students first took part in a Powerpoint presentation and discussion session, where they learnt a lot about the two artists, making comparisons between them and being able to reflect upon each artist and their work.

This was followed by a tour of the extensive artworks, where each artists’ work was alongside the other, showing the connections between them. The students were very excited and engaged with the artworks, especially the hands on aspects such as the Floating Clouds, Lego Room, Brillo Building Blocks and Photo Booth.

After lunch, in the beautiful grounds of the National Gallery of Victoria, the students took part in an hands-on art workshop entitled ‘Precious Pets’. The students learnt a new printing technique that used ink and a nib pen. They created colourful and bold water colour prints of birds, cats, dogs and fish.

It was an inspirational day of learning and appreciation of what can be created using everyday ‘ordinary’ objects, turning them into ‘extraordinary’ artworks.

 

Early Learning 3 – Murrundindi Visits

On Monday the 7th of March Murrundindi, Ngurungaeta (head person of the Wurundjeri people), an Aboriginal elder, dancer, musician, story teller and Grandfather of nine visited us.  Throughout the year we will spend some time with Murrundindi in our classroom. All children will have the opportunity to listen to stories told verbally, with pictures and through drawing and dance.

On this visit we learned that in Aboriginal art the male snake and female snake have different markings. We also learned to say Gudjinna, which means hello and good morning and Triganin which means, goodbye and see you later.

The children have had an opportunity to reflect on their time with Murrundindi through art in the classroom. At the easel they have used the same markers and paper to recreate their own representation of the male and female snake. Indigenous culture and learning will be embedded into our curriculum throughout the year in Early Learning 3.

 

Early Learning 4 Part-Time – Stick Insects 

This term we introduced stick insects after Shreya inquired, “Where are the stick insects?”  Mrs Debbie explained they had died over the holidays as they only live 6- 18 months. On Thursday February 11 Lynne from the Maintenance Team brought some stick insects in for our class.

Over the month the children have learnt what they eat, how to handle them and how to care for them. The children are learning to understand the differences between insects and spiders. Shreya has tried catching moths in the playground. She has put out bowls of water for them and collected leaves and flowers and she has brought in her favourite moths for news. The children are also fostering an interest in butterflies. The children have been curious and asking many questions. Next term we will be raising our own butterflies following the whole process of the butterfly cycle which will take approximately 7 weeks.

Over the weeks, the children have learnt from each other, from books and from Ms DanXue (who read the Very Hungry Caterpillar in Chinese) and from Mrs Debbie. The children are connecting to and showing respect for the creatures in their environment.

 

Early Learning 4 Full Time – Meditation

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

In Early Learning 4 we have introduced periods of meditation in our day. This means, there are specific times of the day when meditation is used to calm and quieten the mind, body, feelings and thoughts of the children. With this quiet mind, the children can explore and connect with their inner feelings and concentrate and focus their attention to specific thoughts.

In our classroom we are using guided meditation to relax the body and calm the mind. Guided meditation involves the children listening to a meditation story that is told by the teacher. Through these stories the children create an image in their mind and listen to statements through which they become aware of their own positive qualities and potential.

These times of meditation provide opportunities for the children to be mindful. When the children are mindful, they are truly present in the moment and fully aware and engaged with everything about that moment – in particular, their thoughts, feelings and breathing.

We encourage meditation and mindfulness in our early learning community due to the positive benefits these can have to a child’s overall emotional well-being. Meditation and mindfulness encourages a healthy mind, body and spirit and can improve concentration and self-esteem; and increase resilience and reduce stress and anxiety.

 

Foundation News

In Foundation we have been discovering patterns. We have been identifying, making, talking about, and continuing patterns. We have found that when you look for them; patterns are everywhere! The patterns we like most are the ones that occur in nature, such as the patterns on a zebra, giraffe or tree …. we also like the patterns we can make with beads on a necklace, of course! We have been developing our fine motor skills as we make patterns too. It was quite challenging to thread unifix cubes onto string, but we know how to encourage each other and persist.

 

Year 1 Inquiry and Gratitude

This term, the Year 1 students have been exploring “What Makes a Great Community?” As part of their investigations, they were fortunate to be able to interview various members of the School community. From visiting Mrs Dunwoody in her office to Dan from Pinwheel & Co in the kitchen, the girls relished the opportunity to learn more about each representative’s role and responsibilities and how they embrace our School values.

In Year 1, we recognise that gratitude is an important way of making us feel connected to our community and develop empathy and resilience. For Thankful Thursday, each student wrote a letter of thanks to their guest speaker, expressing their gratitude for their unique contribution to the school.

Here are some of our ideas:

I am thankful for Mr D because he helps us to learn – Chanel

I am thankful for Dan for making us healthy food – Audrey R

I am grateful for Nurse Kathy because she helps us when we are hurt or sick – Natasha O

I am thankful for Mrs Dunwoody because she makes us feel warm and happy – Chloe L

I am thankful for all of the artwork that we can learn from – Emily

I am grateful for Ms Giles because she says hello to me in the morning – Annabelle

I am grateful for Ms Vicki and Mrs Jepson for helping us at school – Aphrodite

Miss Michelle Kalus and Miss Miranda Kerr Year 1 Teachers

 

What’s happening in Year 2?

In Year 2 the students have been thoroughly enjoying a variety of activities during our reading sessions. From retelling a story on the Little Story Creator app to identifying parts of speech through reading a text, photography and scribing, the students have demonstrated their learning and understanding in a variety of creative ways.

The students have also been thinking deeply about their reading as we explore The Snow Queen and other texts at the beginning of our reading sessions. For example, the students were asked to reflect on the behaviour of one of the main characters, Kay, and explored how his behaviour had changed over the course of the text. One student wrote “I prefer Kay’s behaviour earlier because he was kind and caring but now I feel pity for him because he got ice in his eyes and ice in his heart. He became mean.”

Another student commented “I like Kay earlier because he was nice to Gerda and played more games with her. I feel sorry for Gerda because Kay was not nice to her anymore.” This lead to a discussion on how certain actions and behaviours can influence our relationships. The children spoke enthusiastically and enjoyed this opportunity to think critically. We would encourage parents to listen to their children read and discuss their thoughts with their daughter.

I hope that all families have enjoyed Term One at Ormiston – it certainly has been a busy Term. I wish you all a fantastic Easter break and I look forward to seeing you return to Ormiston for Term Two.

 

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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The following events are taking place this week:

Tuesday 22 March
> Senior Dive & Swim Finals Evening
> Junior Mountfield Maestros, 5pm

Wednesday 23 March
> Intermediate Sport Finals (Year 9 & 10)
> Parents’ & Friends’ Association Meeting, 7.30pm

Thursday 24 March
> Junior School Easter Service, 9.45am
> Senior School Easter Service, 2.40pm
> End of Term One / Holidays Start

Term 2 starts Tuesday 12 April. 

 

ANAPHYLAXIS AWARENESS 

We encourage all parents to read this INFORMATION SHEET regarding how we can all be aware of students within our School who are at risk of anaphylaxis. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our School Nurse, Kathy Rigopoulos rigopoulosk@cggs.vic.edu.au.

 

PARENT EDUCATION SEMINAR 

Our next joint Parent Education Seminar is taking place early in Term 2.

Wednesday 13 April
7.30pm
Camberwell Grammar School

Titled ‘Branding You’ this seminar will focus on why it is so important to differentiate yourself from your competitors and that it takes more than good grades to be successful.

Full event information flyer HERE

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DIARY DATES

Monday 7 March
Senior Sport (Y11 – Y12)
Y10 Keys Please Presentation, 3.30pm

Tuesday 8 March
Senior School Assembly, 10.55am

Wednesday 9 March
Intermediate Sport (Y10 – Y9)
House Dance & Drama Night 1

Thursday 10 March
Junior Sport (Y7 – Y8)
House Dance & Drama Night 2

Friday 11 March
Junior School Student Council Meeting
Announcement of House Dance & Drama Results

Saturday 12 March
Senior School Drama Camp Departs

Monday 14 March
Labour Day Public Holiday / NO SCHOOL
Senior School Drama Camp Returns

Tuesday 15 March
Diversity Week
Division 2 & 3 Dive & Swim Meet
Y6 Camp Departs

Wednesday 16 March
Y9 Mentoring Breakfast
Senior Students Dismissed at 1.30pm
VCE Parent/Teacher Conversations
Division 1 Dive & Swim Meet
Intermediate Sport (Y10 – Y9)

Thursday 17 March
Junior Sport (Y7 – Y8) Finals

Friday 18 March
Y6 Camp Returns
Family Fair & Open Evening, 3pm – 7.30pm
Cabaret Night, 7.30pm

Saturday 19 March
Relay for Life

 

UNIFORM SHOP

Winter 2016 Trading Hours

Week commencing 7th March

Tuesday 8th 12.30 – 5.00pm

Friday 11th   12.30 – 4-30pm

Week commencing 14th March

Tuesday 15th 12.30 – 5.00pm

Friday 18th     12.30 – 4.30pm

Week commencing 21st March

Tuesday 22nd         12.30 – 5.00pm

Wednesday 23rd   12.30 – 4.30pm

Friday 25th (Good Friday): CLOSED

SCHOOL HOLIDAY TRADE

Friday 8th April       10.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday 9th April   9.00am – 1.00pm

Monday 11th April 10.00am – 4.00pm

Week commencing Monday 11th April

Tuesday 12th 12.30 – 5.00pm

Friday 15th     12.30 – 4.30pm

Saturday 16th 9.00am – 1.00pm

Monday 18th April: All students in Winter Uniform!

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I would like to encourage all parents to visit our Junior School Reception this term and introduce themselves to Mrs Jepson our new Junior School Administration Coordinator. Mrs Jepson is replacing Ms Clancy for the next 12 months while she is on family leave. We wish Mrs Jepson all the best as she settles into this very important role at Ormiston.

Junior School Student Council

Junior School Student Council has kicked off for 2016 with a bang with its first meeting taking place in the Figtree Café last Friday. Fourteen representatives, from Year 1 to Year 6 attended the meeting, including Ormiston’s School Captains Felicity Vanin and Annaliese Le. Social Service Leaders, Anuska Pokharel and Jessica Nguyen, chaired the meeting, presenting the agenda and recording minutes with confidence and clarity.

In between mouthfuls of Pinwheel & Co sandwiches and wraps, the girls engaged in excited and impassioned discussion. This dynamic and motivated group of young leaders, showed their commitment by volunteering to take action with various responsibilities. The group of students recognised the power of collaboration and teamwork, offering to communicate with other students and staff members as well as supporting the younger students with getting involved. Discussion circulated around fundraising ideas and important causes, recess and lunch policies and how to continue to make Ormiston a creative, compassionate and safe environment.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Today was Grandparents and Special Friends Day for the Foundation and Year 1 students, and as always we had visitors come far and wide to spend the morning with us. All our students thoroughly enjoyed this occasion and we thank everyone who made the effort to come along. This year, we introduced a Chapel Service as part of the morning session and this was very successful and well received by all visitors. Rev Helen Creed took the session and the students enjoyed participating in a range of activities in the Junior School Hall.

Thank you to Olivia Florance and Isabelle Brisk our Assembly and Events Leaders who organised the welcome and introduction at the start of the school event. Also, I would like to thank both girls for taking photos and making a presentation while all our visitors had their morning tea. Finally, thank you to the musicians Chloe Law, Megan Kuo and Alexandra Zhang who each played so beautifully to introduce the morning event.

Young Leaders Day Conference

This week our Year 6 students travelled to the city to learn more about leadership at the annual Young Leaders Day Conference. The National Young Leaders Day is an annual event, founded in 1997 to develop strong leadership values amongst young Australians. The Program consists of keynote and multimedia presentations, as well as interactive learning that explored a range of experiences for young people who aspire to lead. In our next CamNews there will be more information about this conference.

Division Swimming Results

From the success at our local District Swimming Carnival two weeks earlier, a squad of nine students travelled to the Monash Aquatic Centre to test themselves against the best swimmers in the wider local area. Congratulations to these students:

50m Breastroke / Juliana Chandrasekara came in 5th place.

50m Freestyle Relay / Hayley Price, Matilda Chan, Sofia Sanfillipo and Ava Lillehagen came in 4th place.

50m Freestyle Relay / Juliana Chandrasekara, Olivia Banitsiotis, Olivia Rigopoulos and Felcitiy Vanin came in 3rd place.

Congratulations to these students for their swimming and sportsmanship on the day and thank you to our Swimming Coach Peter Kitney and our Physical Education teachers Kerry O’Callaghan and Nareen Robinson for all their support and guidance during these races.

Term 1 Co-curricular Activities

One of our School’s six strategic pillars of the future involves the Development of the Whole Person and as a result, Ormiston has greatly increased the range of co-curricular activities to enable Junior School students pursue their passion and interests outside the classroom.

I would like to encourage all families to go onto Parent Lounge to view the list of co-curricular activities available to our students throughout the year at Ormiston. As a School, we are constantly finding new activities to introduce across all year levels and during this term, we have doubled the sessions in athletics and swimming to involve more students. Also, we have introduced Speech and Drama activities for 30 students in Year 2 and 3 and in Year 5, we have introduced a Code Club. More information in regards to these activities will be presented in future newsletters. Here is the list of Term 1 activities:

Sport & Fitness Activities

  • Tennis Club / EL3 – Year 6 (requires a payment)
  • Athletics Group / Year 3 – 6
  • Swimming Squad / Year 4 – 6
  • Netball Club Training / Year 4 – 6
  • Friday Netball / Year 4
  • Saturday Netball /Year 5 – 6
  • Inter school Sport / Year 5 – 6

Music & Performing Arts Activities

  • Quartet / Year 6
  • Quartet / Year 5 – 6
  • Junior Strings / Year 2 – 3
  • Symphonia / Year 3 – 6
  • Chamber Strings / Year 4 – 6
  • Vocal Express / Year 5 – 6
  • Russell Strings / Year 6 (Senior School Group)
  • Mount field Maestros / Foundation – Year 6 (Music)
  • Private Music Tuition / EL3 – Year 6 (requires a payment)
  • Private Speech & Drama / Foundation – Year 6 (requires a payment)

Other Activities

  • Art Club / Year 4
  • Book Club / Year 3 – 4
  • Book Club / Year 5 – 6
  • Code Club / Year 5
  • Speech and Drama / Year 2 – 3
  • Chess Club / Foundation – Year 6 (requires a payment)

If you have any questions in regards to these co-curricular activities, please email Mrs Jepson

I wish all Ormiston families a relaxing weekend.

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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Open Morning & School Tours

Our Open Morning and School Tours are a wonderful and very important opportunity for us to showcase to the wider community all that CGGS is and all that we can offer to our future students. Our first Open Morning for 2016 took place on Saturday 20 February and saw a record number of prospective families join us across both campuses. Families were so impressed with how we are educating our girls for the world of tomorrow, and we received comments from a number of families who saw and heard of how we are preparing students for their future.

One presentation that was a highlight for many was an address given by Tara Hoopmann of Year 8. Tara spoke very eloquently about why families should consider CGGS as the right choice for their daughters and I’m very happy to publish some of her words here.

With the unwavering support of my teachers I found it easy to adjust to the size of CGGS. In coming from a small Primary school, I now feel that CGGS is large enough to offer many benefits in our schooling but small enough to care for each individual student should they need it. 

The benefit of Year 7 at CGGS is that there is a broad range of girls who have come from a variety of different schools and cultures, not only within the Camberwell region but throughout Victoria, and all over the World. CGGS is an Anglican school with a strong focus on bringing out the full potential in women and there are many resources that assist the girls learning and great programs available to them. The School is invested in setting up each girl’s future and has already offered many opportunities for me to learn, grow and develop into a better version of myself”.

Scholarship Interactive Evening and Scholarship Morning

On Tuesday 23 February we conducted our first Scholarship Interactive Evening. On the evening we had 190 students in attendance from Years 4, 6, 8 and 10. Students were randomly assigned groups and they took part in three fun interactive activities that required good communication and teamwork. This is the first time we have run a session of this type and it was wonderful to have the support of so many of our teaching staff. There was definite energy in each group and I am confident that all the girls went home saying that Camberwell Girls is a fun school.

The Scholarship Interactive Evening was the perfect icebreaker for the girls who then sat the actual Scholarship Examinations the following Saturday. All the girls and their parents have commented that this prior opportunity to come to CGGS and to meet some girls at the Interactive Evening made them feel more relaxed on the actual testing day.

Farewell to Mrs Jolly

After 20 years of service at CGGS, last Friday was Mrs Jolly’s final school day. A lot of time went into planning a special assembly around acknowledging the valuable contributions that Mrs Jolly has made over two decades.

Mrs Jolly commenced at CGGS in December 1995 as a part-time Science Teacher for Years 9 and 10. At that time our Principal was Dr Barbara Fary, meaning that Mrs Jolly worked with three Principals during her time at the School. All three Principals were in attendance at her farewell, a testament to the relationships she built during her time here.

In 1998 Mrs Jolly took on a new challenge when she was appointed as Head of Science. In 2002 another change saw her appointed Head of Teaching and Learning, becoming responsible for the implementation and promotion of programs such as Lego Dacta Control Lab, Tertiary experience week and Science Drama.

As Deputy Principal Mrs Jolly focussed on curriculum, reviewing requirements for special needs students, overseeing adherence to the National Curriculum, managing the student reporting process, co-ordinating academic awards, presentation evenings and so much more.

Without a doubt Mrs Jolly’s work over the last 20 years at CGGS enormously influenced the direction of the School today. She is highly regarded by students, staff, former staff and Old Grammarians – many of whom have valued the opportunity to learn from her and with her.

We wish Mrs Jolly the very best in the next phase of her life.

Welcome Reception at Government House

This week, three of our overseas students – Sunny Yang, Stephanie Wong and Krystal Shang were invited to a Welcome Reception at Government House to meet the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM. Mr Hayden Gyles, Deputy Head of Senior School accompanied the girls on this trip.

The students were treated to a morning tea with the Governor and the opportunity to speak with her and look around her residence. It was great to hear the Governor speak about the richness that overseas students bring to Australia and to also hear from Ms Essie Ma (Victorian International Student Winner of the Year 12 Student Leadership Award in 2014). Essie spoke about her experience as an International student in Victoria and now as a University student in her second year at Monash University.

Our students were most definitely inspired by what they saw and heard at this event.

Year 10 Mentoring Breakfast

As part of the Year 10 Careers program, Mrs Trish Dolan co-ordinates a number of mentoring breakfasts for the Year 10 cohort, addressing questions about the VCE, study choices and what comes after CGGS.

At this year’s first breakfast Mrs Dolan invited two former students, Grace Lundgaard (2013) and Courtney Green (2003) to address the group about their time at CGGS and their lives since finishing VCE.

Grace was House Music Captain in Year 11 (2012) and in her final year she was Singleton House Captain. Grace is currently studying Science at Monash. From the age of five Grace was a self declared ‘mad Scientist’ and focussed on her love of that subject as soon as it became available to her. The girls were both asked to share what they gained from their CGGS education and how they would advise the students to get the most from their experience here.

Grace commended the wide range of co-curricular activities available, advising that not only is it fun to be involved, but the skills learned through teamwork were indispensible across group activities at University and beyond. Grace also advised students to get involved, try new things, but commit to something as when seeking employment, this commitment makes you more employable.

To achieve your very best, to make the most of your studies, Grace advised studying outside of class, being self motivated. She also wanted everyone to be grateful for the time they have here, as life is different at University with everyone so focussed on their own timetables, opportunities to connect in the same way are more limited.

Courtney was part of the Class of 2003 and after studying psychology and social work, for the past five years has worked at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, currently as an Acting Director for Employment and Education. During her time at CGGS Courtney had a strong interest in the social justice program and felt strongly about giving to others. In her final year Courtney was Drama Captain for Taylor House.

As part of her talk Courtney focused on Diversity – embracing and celebrating our differences; Community – a place to connect/belong; Equality/Equity – appreciating privileges and in turn giving back; Humanity – showing compassion, respect and dignity; Energy/Motivation – connecting/engaging. All these themes apply strongly in her role with Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, but they also apply to being a student at CGGS. She encouraged all students to apply these values in dealings with not only peers and teaching staff, but interactions with the wider community.

Courtney’s attachment to the School is still very strong and when presenting is often asked where she attended secondary school, as receives compliments on how well presented and spoken she is. Courtney attributed this directly to her time at CGGS.

Year 12 Formal

Amongst the busy weeks of SACs and assessments was the most anticipated event of the Year 12 calendar, the School Formal, hosted last weekend at the Kooyong Tennis Club. The excitement and preparation was evident in the final days before the Formal, with the common room smelling like fake tan and lunchtime conversations about the final details of the night.

Come Saturday, the traffic on Glenferrie Road was halted by a fleet of classy limousines and sleek hummers. Girls and their dates stepped out of their vehicles and greeted friends and teachers in the function room. Everyone was dressed to the nines, and looked marvellous! It was as though we were on the star-studded red carpet.

The night passed quickly in a blur of food, photos, and lots of dancing. It was great to see a lot of teachers on the dance floor as well, bopping to some popular tunes. The formal committee made an entertaining video about the lead-up to formal, which featured some classic memes and jokes. Congratulations to all the girls who won awards, and the girls who didn’t – you all looked amazing!

We’d like to thank Mrs Anderson for organising the night and making sure everything went smoothly, a massive thank you to all the teachers who attended, and a special mention to Mrs Jolly. We hope the formal was a nice event to conclude your time spent here at Camberwell.

GSV Preliminary Swimming and Diving Carnival

Congratulations to the girls who competed in the GSV Preliminary Swimming Carnival last Friday at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Under the guidance of our Head Coach Peter Kitney, there were some excellent results and many personal best performances. Training will continue on a Tuesday and Thursday morning in preparation for the Division 3 Championship Carnival on Tuesday 15th March.

On the same day the Dive Team also competed against seven other GSV schools at MSAC. After weeks of early morning training sessions the girls had the opportunity to showcase their diving skills, performing three dives each. The squad should be very proud of their performance as they qualified for the Division 2 Carnival. This is an outstanding effort, particularly as it is only the second year the CGGS has competed in this event. We thank Mrs Cathie Meyenn for her expertise, enthusiasm and early starts.

We wish the girls the best of luck in their training and preparation for the Championship Carnival on Tuesday 15th March.

House Athletics

On Tuesday morning hundreds of excited CGGS girls flooded Doncaster Athletics track to compete for their House in track, field and novelty events. The girls displayed great enthusiasm and team spirit as they cheered on their friends. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Athletics Trophy for 2016.

Overall Results

1st Taylor 2537
2nd Schofield 2446
3rd Lawrence 2388
4th Singleton 2331

 

There were some excellent performances in the track and field and the following girls are to be congratulated on being awarded the Year Level Champions.

Year 7 1st             Sophia Giagoudakis

2nd           Belinda Lemanis

3rd            Emily Arvidsson

Year 8 1st             Michaela Robinson

2nd           Tilly Dunn

3rd            Ashleigh Cheung

Year 9 1st             Zoe Giagoudakis

2nd           Victoria Pearson

3rd            Lucy Bartram

Year 10 1st             Lama Halabi & Kate Sturzaker 2nd            Molly Ewens

3rd            Yasmin Tawfik

Year 11 1st             Laura King

2nd           Dorothy Li

3rd            Cara Ellis

 
Year 12 1st             Tiarnie Ellingworth

2nd           Melissa Poulton

3rd            Olivia Lawrie & Emily Bennett

 

Thank you to all the staff and students who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly. Well done to the House Sports Captains Laura King, Dorothy Li, Vivienne Leung and Zofia Andrianopoulos who put in an enormous effort to ensure all races were filled.

As a School community we also thank the PE staff for their efforts in organising such a successful day for maximum participation of girls. In particular Head of Sport, Ms Lauren Law for her excellence guidance of this team of staff and the Captains.

Student Achievement: Emma Pearce

Earlier this year we mentioned that Emma had been chosen by Basketball Victoria and the VJBL as a player in the 2016 U20 Victorian Women’s White team. The team competed at the 2016 U20 Australian Junior Championship held in Ipswich, Queensland from 14 – 20 February 2016.

After playing half a dozen close games Emma’s team made it to the Bronze medal playoff. Unfortunately things did not align for her team to take a medal home on this occasion and whilst there was disappointment Emma described it as an absolutely amazing experience and the best tournament she has played in yet. Well done Emma.

Boroondara Relay for Life

CGGS will again be entering a team into the 2016 Boroondara Relay for Life on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March.

Relay for Life is a fun, overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. The relay is a chance for the Hawthorn community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Relay for Life is a relay-style walk or run for students to challenge themselves to stay on the track overnight. You can stay for the whole event and camp overnight or join in for shorter periods of time and return home.

Date:                           Saturday 19th March – Sunday 20th March

Time:                          4pm – 10am

Where:                      John Gardiner Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn

Students are permitted to meet at John Gardiner Reserve from 1.00pm to set up their tents, however, the event will not commence until 4.00pm. Students must wear correct School sports uniform and bring plenty of warm clothes, water and food for the day/night. If your daughter is able to participate, you should please complete and return the form, which she will bring home.

We look forward to seeing as many girls at the event as possible.

Inaugural Social Justice Dinner – Friday 6 May 2016

We warmly invite all Junior and Senior School families, and their friends, to join our first annual Social Justice Dinner.

This September a group of students will be travelling to Cambodia and Vietnam to work with the Green Gecko Project. Money raised at the dinner will go towards this project.

Our special guest speaker will be Australian-born Tania Palmer. Ten years ago she began the process of creating The Green Gecko Project that now supports and educates over 70 children who previously lived and begged on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tania will be leaving her Cambodian home to come and speak to us!

This exciting night will also include food served by PinWheel & Co. auctions and much more. Please note the date in your diary.

Parent Information Session

On Monday 29 February we hosted our second Parent Information Session in conjunction with Camberwell Grammar School. The speaker at this event was Andrew Fuller on the topic of Resilient Families. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families.

Andrew was both informative and entertaining and it is safe to say all the families in attendance went home with words of wisdom and encouragement to help create resilient children.

Wishing everybody a brilliant weekend.

 

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Introducing SEQTA

In modern education, the topics of school-based assessment and reporting have experienced significant scrutiny from researchers aiming to identify what practices actually work to improve student learning and thus, what best practice in assessment and reporting should look like in a school setting.

Perhaps the most significant answer to these questions comes from a meta-analysis of over 800 other pieces of international research in the topic conducted by John Hattie, the current Chair of Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).  Published under the magnificent title of Visible Learning (2009), Hattie et al. were able to show that specific and timely feedback on student learning was one of the most effective strategies teachers can use to help their students improve or grow in their learning.

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In the classroom, this ‘formative feedback’, as we educators call it, has always been present in the daily operations of our teaching and learning programs, but given the limitations of school reporting in a traditional mode (which only occur at the end of each semester), this feedback has rarely been well documented as assessment for learning progress, or communicated in a structured way to parents at the right time for them to be able to assist in the learning process.

In 2016; however, with the implementation of our new, interactive online learning platform called SEQTA, the teaching staff at Camberwell Girls will progressively increase their communication of this formative feedback to the next level.

Through a combination of digital teaching and learning practices and improved accessibility for parents within the SEQTA online ecosystem, CGGS teachers will soon be providing students and parents with more specific, frequent and timely (continuous) feedback on each girl’s performance in learning tasks as an important feature of our commitment to educating tomorrow’s woman.

For our parents, SEQTA’s parent portal (called SEQTA engage) will offer a myriad of useful information related to their daughter’s learning and also the various events occurring within the School. This includes:

  • Daily Timetable
  • Attendance & Absence Record
  • Assessment Results
  • Feedback on Assessments
  • Reports
  • Direct Communication Messaging with Teachers
  • Notifications
  • School Calendar
  • Daily News
  • Links to other CGGS Online Spaces

A letter containing more information about SEQTA will soon be forthcoming from the Senior School to parents of girls in Years 7-12.  Importantly, this letter will outline how SEQTA can be accessed via the School’s website.

For the teaching faculty of Camberwell Girls, SEQTA is seen as an influential tool that we can use to leverage the impressive power of feedback in order to help improve each girl’s growth in learning.

With best wishes,

Ben Jenkinson
Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation

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