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The last two weeks of Term 3 have really showcased so many of the exceptional opportunities and offerings in the Senior School at Camberwell Girls.

 

Celebration of Sport
The Celebration of Sport Dinner with guest Meg Hutchins was a terrific night and Meg spoke passionately to the girls about her journey through sport and her recent appointment as the first female AFL football operations manager. Meg is set to play for Collingwood in the new female league in 2017. Camberwell Girls has in its first two years of playing AFL in the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) competition had much success and many of the girls present on this night felt a great connection to Meg’s persistence to be involved in the sport of her enduring passion. We thank all the PE and Sport teachers and coaches, Sports Captains Olivia Lawrie and Melissa Poulton and Head of Sport Lauren Law for their organisation of this night, their excellent leadership of the girls in all the sporting endeavours and on this particular night, Lauren for her own inspiring speech to the girls and parents. Please see below for the list of Year Level Champions. You can read parts of Ms Law’s speech here.

           

Shaping the Future
On the following night we were most fortunate to host a “Shaping the Future” dinner for the girls and their special guests. Our School Captains, Karen Zhang, Cindy Jiang and Tiarnie Ellingworth joined with Mrs Dunwoody to organise this incredible evening.

Our first speaker who is shaping the future was Dana Affleck. Having been a regular visitor to detention centres and volunteering at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Dana then founded her own organization “Road to Refuge” which was born out of the desire to spark meaningful conversations about refugees and people who seek asylum with all Australians. Road to Refuge is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation that runs events and workshops for school students and the interactive website has students exploring the journey of a refugee. Dana is particularly devoted to raising awareness of the plight of vulnerable women seeking asylum and all our proceeds from the night have been donated to this very worthy cause.

Our second speaker is no stranger to Camberwell Girls having spoken to the whole staff at the start of the 2016 school year. Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, she has degrees in Law and Economics. In 2012, she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. For those fortunate to be at our inaugural “Shaping the Future” dinner, hearing from and asking questions of Holly was a highlight of the year. I encourage all families to ensure they are able to attend the next Camberwell Girls event where Holly is a guest speaker.

 

Festival of Music
On the first Friday of September the Music Department welcomed Spring with the annual Festival of Music in Barbara Sutton Hall. The concert featured the talents of over 200 musicians from both Senior and Junior campuses, including some fantastic combined items. A very appreciative audience were privileged to see very special guest, Murrundindi, open the program playing his didgeridoo together with the Irish Band – an unusual but brilliant combination. The Festival of Music was the culmination of many months of rehearsals and it was a wonderful showcase of all the musical ensembles, orchestras and choirs that our girls have the opportunity to be involved in each week. The depth of talent and numbers of girls involved in Music is exceptional. The skills of teamwork and collaboration, plus the friendships and enjoyment that being involved in a musical group brings, is unequivocal. Our special thanks to Music Captains Janet Liu and Lucy Goss and to all the music tutors and teachers and in particular Assistant Director of Music Ms Kate Savige and Director of Music Mrs Jennifer Meachem.

 

Saturday Netball
We were represented in the Saturday Netball Grand Finals with our Year 7 team winning their division and our Year 9 team coming runners up. Well done and thank you to all our student and past student, coaches, umpires and players. Also the families involved, would I am sure, join me in thanking Ms Lexie Joyce for her marvellous coordination of the Saturday Netball. Please read below for full details of team results. To celebrate the 2016 Netball Season parents are invited to a presentation evening, bookings can be made through trybooking. More info here.

 

Parent/Staff Badminton
While I am still recovering from the parent/staff badminton competition this week, it was a fabulous informal way of catching up with parents. Thank you to Flora Zhang and Andrew Burnell for organising this fun activity.

 

Australian Geography Competition
The annual Australian Geography Competition proved to be highly successful for our Camberwell girls. Overall, 46 received a Credit, 24 received a Distinction and 23 were awarded a High Distinction. This is an amazing achievement and one we celebrated in Assembly when the High Distinction certificates were presented by the Principal. One student in Year 9, Isobel Arnot, placed in the top 1% of Australia. We extend our congratulations to Isobel and to all girls who participated in such a challenging competition from Years 7-10. The names of the students who received a High Distinction are included.

Isobel Arnot, Chloe Bennett, Nikki Chen, Alanna Cheng, Matilda Dunn, Sophia Giagoudakis, Zoe Giagoudakis, Matilda Kutey, Charlotte Kutey, Rhi-ann Lam, Amelia Lemanis, Zara Mammone, Ella Mitchell, Grace Munro, Karen NG, Ashley Olsen, Madison Parfuss, Shohaag Sengupta, Eliza Shrimpton, Eloise Webster, Jemma Wilson, Emily Zhang, Lilyan Zhu

 

2040 Enrichment Group
On 26 August, the 2040 Enrichment group attended the Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program held at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School. The event gathered together a number of local schools as well as special guest speakers Georgina Downer, Dr Mike McCallum and Dr Scott Stephenson. The topic for the day was “Australia’s constitution should be rewritten to suit our future so that we are not bound by our past.” This provoked some very interesting discussions which concluded with a verdict against rewriting the Australian Constitution, mainly due to the longevity of the current constitution which has led our democratic country to new heights.”
~ Janice Soo, Chloe Wu, Lydia Baird, Selina Duan, and Minami Sakaida, Year 10

 

Year 12 Goethe Poetry Competition
Our students have a strong track record in the Goethe Poetry Competition and this year was no exception. We had students place 1st and 3rd in the Year 12 Goethe Poetry Competition at Monash University. Joan Zwar, Stephanie Harker, Frances Lu and Tatjana Skabar participated in the competition, reciting poems by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Rainer Maria Rilke and Hermann Hesse. All four students reached the finals and recited their poems again in front of 90 students and their teachers from 17 schools. They did extremely well; Stephanie Harker came third and Joan Zwar first in the Year 12 group. Congratulations must go to all four students for excellent presentations of beautiful poems.

 

Melbourne Writer’s Festival
On 1 September, nine fortunate English students had the opportunity to attend the Melbourne Writer’s Festival at Federation Square. It was an amazing experience, where we were given the chance to see two presentations delivered by world-renowned authors.

Our first session gave us insight into the behind-the-scenes work that goes in to transforming one’s book into a film. We felt honoured and incredibly lucky to hear from John Marsden, author of the Tomorrow When the War Began Series, and Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now. These two authors spoke generously about not only their input into the films of their books, but also about their opinions on fictional wars and young people coming of age, which were themes central to both of their novels.

In the second presentation, we heard from Suzy Zail, who transformed her father’s heartbreaking experiences of the Holocaust into works of fiction. In this session, we had plenty of opportunities to ask questions and hear about the process of crafting stories, and how one can go about turning such a devastating event into an intriguing novel.

We learnt so much from this excursion, and felt more inspired than ever to read and write. We would like to thank Mrs Devenish and Mrs Watkins for their organisation of this day.
~ Sarah MacKinnon and Alexandra Sevo, Year 10

 

Transition to Tertiary Breakfast
On Wednesday morning in Robinson Hall the Year 12 girls enjoyed a breakfast organised by Mrs Trish Dolan, our Careers Counsellor and Mrs Karen Anderson, the Year 12 Coordinator. Under the banner of ‘T2T’ (Transition to Tertiary), Mrs Dolan provided the girls with a summary of what factors enable a successful transition from secondary to tertiary. Two past students, Hollie Goad and Rebecca Cecil (2015), spoke of their own experiences and offered insights into how to make the transition a really enjoyable and successful one. Hollie started at Monash University studying a double degree, Business/Arts, but after a number of months she realised she was not enjoying this course as much as she had anticipated. She actively sought advice from a number of different sources and decided to change her track. Hollie is now at Deakin University with a view to completing her tertiary studies in education. She spoke to the students about the importance of being happy in your chosen course and to seek advice as needed. Bec went straight to ANU in Canberra and is studying one of their very popular courses, a flexible double Arts, studying International Relations and Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Bec spoke movingly of her family’s support in making this change, her fantastic experiences at ANU and she had her audience in gales of laughter as she referred to her early attempts of cooking for herself! Both girls spoke of the many differences the Year 12s will notice in their first months at university. Their great advice, and their ‘tips and tricks’ on how to make this transition a really happy and successful move, will enable our Year 12 graduates in 2016 to feel well prepared for this next chapter. We thank Mrs Dolan and Mrs Anderson for organising this transition breakfast.

 

Winter Appeal
The Winter Appeal came to a close earlier this week. The purpose of the Winter Appeal was to collect pre-loved clothes, blankets and accessories to donate to St Marks Charity Shop and the Salvation Army. To help kick start the appeal, we put together a challenge for all the forms to collect as many articles as they can to donate. The form that collected the most items won a free dress day. The winning form was 9A with a total of 53 items! A big thank you to the Year 9 students who helped run this initiative and to everyone who donated clothes and blankets to support this worthy cause.
~ Madison Parfus and Madison Brake (Year 9)

 

$20 Boss Challenge
Once again our Year 10 Business students participated in the $20 Boss Challenge this year. The $20 Boss Challenge involves each student receiving a $20 loan from the National Australia Bank to set up their own Small Business Enterprise. This year the theme of the challenge was ‘social responsibility’ and each business was required to create a product or service that included recycled materials with the profits going towards a range of charities aimed at social change.

Our students set up their businesses on two separate days in two very different locations. The first was at Camberwell Sunday Market (trading as Little Treasures) and the second a School Market Day (trading as individual business names created by each group). The groups sold a fabulous range of amazing homemade and socially responsible products including zipper pouches, handbags, plants, coasters, soy candles, bath bombs, bath salts, dream catchers, jewellery and personalised phone cases. Also run at the School Market day was a photo booth.

On behalf of all Year 10 Business students, we would like to thank everyone who supported us during our $20 Boss Challenge. A special thank you to all our business coaches (Mrs Larkey, Mr Stout, and the team of coaches that visited our students from the NAB), the CGGS staff that came down to the Markets on Sunday (Mrs Anderson, Mrs Waters and Mrs Ewens), the musicians from school who busked on the corner of our Camberwell Markets stall, and to the Ormiston Year 5 students for visiting our School Market and buying up big!

 

Music students help celebrate 40th Anniversary of Camberwell Sunday Markets
Camberwell Sunday Markets celebrated their 40th Anniversary on Sunday 28 August. Our very talented music students helped celebrate this milestone by busking during the event. Visitors to the markets heard amazing performances from the following students:

Alyce Law (Year 2)
Chloe Law, Sarah Hui & Meagan Kuo (Year 6)
Zara Price & Holly Williams (Year 7)
Samantha Wong (Year 10)

Thank you to all students involved in this event and to parents for their support.

 

Health and Human Development
On Friday 2 September, the Year 11 Health and Human Development students visited the Early Learning Centre (ELC) at Ormiston. They had the opportunity to interact with the youngest students of Camberwell Girls in both classroom and playground settings. As part of their Unit 2 Health and Human Development course, the girls have been studying Childhood Development and this excursion provided them with an opportunity to observe and identify the different activities and facilities provided by the ELC to help promote the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development in young children. The Year 11 students found the experience very rewarding and would like to thank Angela Follacchio from the ELC for allowing them to have this wonderful opportunity.

 

Athletics
Two weeks ago on Thursday 18 September, the athletics team from Years 7 to 12 competed in the Division 3 GSV Athletics Carnival. Lucky for us the weather was on our side and overall it was a great day full of new personal bests as well as great performances by all the girls. Camberwell Girls came away with a proud 2nd overall, falling short by only 3.5 points against Mentone Girls Grammar School.

One of the highlights was not only seeing all the girls competing in their events but also all the encouragement coming from the rest of the team. Besides coming 2nd overall, our senior and junior teams came third and the intermediates came away with an amazing achievement of first.

It was a very successful day, with many great achievements including the girls who made it into the finals evening held at Lakeside Stadium on Tuesday 6 September. These girls include Lama Halabi, Charmaine Kau, Zoe Giagoudakis, Dorothy Li, Cara Ellis, Lucy Bartram, Bianca Phan, Madi Murphy and Stephanie Cheah.  We wish them the very best

 

GSV Athletics Finals Evening
Well done to the 9 girls who qualified for the Athletics Finals Evening on Tuesday 6 September at Albert Park. These girls recorded the fastest 8 times on the track and top 10 distances in the field across all 24 GSV schools to qualify for this competition.

There were some outstanding individual and team performances on the night and all girls should be very proud of their efforts. It has been exciting to watch the improvement of the team throughout the season and we look forward to seeing this development continue in 2017.

Thank you to all the PE staff, for their support throughout the athletics season, and to our athletics coach Tony who lead Camberwell Girls in another successful season.

Lama Halabi

8th – 800m
5th – 400m

Charmaine Kau

6th – High Jump

Zoe Giagoudakis

1st – Shot Put
2nd – Discus

Dorothy Li

10th – Javelin

Cara Ellis

4th – High Jump

Lucy Bartram

4th – 100m

Bianca Phan

1st – Long Jump

Maddi Murphy

9th – Javelin

Lucy Bartram, Stephanie Cheah, Zoe Giagoudakis and Bianca Phan

7th – 4 x 100m Relay

 

Snowsports

Well done to the girls who represented Camberwell Girls in the Interschool Snowsports at Mt Buller. Claire Tremewen, Carly Reid, Grace Raszewski, Emily Arvidsson and Joie Lu competed in a range of events including the Skier Cross, Snowboard Cross and Alpine Giant Slalom. Against strong competition the girls showcased their impressive speed and agility on the slopes and are to be congratulated on their fantastic performances.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support the Camberwell Girls Snowsports Team at Mt Buller for what was a very exciting week at the snow.

 

Celebration of Sport 

The Year Level Champion Award will be presented to the student in each year level who has contributed the most to sport at Camberwell Girls. This award takes into consideration the number of sports each student has participated in, as well as their attitude, commitment to training, performance, leadership and level of improvement throughout the year.

The Sportswoman of the Year Award uses the Year Level Champion Award as a basis to recognise the student who has contributed the most to sport at Camberwell Girls across all year levels.

Year Level Champion (Year 7)

1st – Megan Quach
2nd – Sophia Giagoudakis
3rd – Rubi Brady, Ella Barmby and Caitlin Sutton

Year Level Champion (Year 8)

1st – Michaela Robinson
2nd – Madison Murphy
3rd – Tilly Dunn

Year Level Champion (Year 9)

1st – Eloise Schilling
2nd – Polly Anderson
3rd – Zoe Giagoudakis

Year Level Champion (Year 10)

1st – Ariane Webber
2nd – Kate Sturzaker
3rd – Lama Halabi

Year Level Champion (Year 11)

1st – Dorothy Li
2nd – Laura King
3rd – Mia Sieber and Cara Ellis

Year Level Champion (Year 12)

1st – Tiarnie Ellingworth
2nd – Olivia Lawrie
3rd Melissa Poulton

Sportswoman of the Year 

Michaela Robinson


Saturday Netball

Over the past two weekends the Saturday Netball season has been reaching its climax with Semi Finals and Grand Finals. We have been well represented in all year levels and the girls should be proud of their efforts.

The Year 4 Citrines gave it their all against Auburn Gems; the Year 5 Sapphires had their final game for the winter competition, the girls stayed with the opposition until half time then the Auburn Emeralds barely missed a goal. Both Year 6 teams had exciting games, Diamonds came from behind to win 11-6 and moved on to play off for the bronze medal. The Aquamarines had a tough game against CSNC Riptides, they unfortunately got ahead in the third quarter but the Camberwell Girls team won the fourth quarter; but wasn’t enough to win. A big congratulations goes to all Junior School teams, they braved the early mornings and all put in 110% each week, all girls should be proud of their efforts this season!

The Year 7 Gems performed to a high standard once again, defeating Strathcona Strikers 19-6, moving on to play in the grand final against Ruyton Racoons. The Year 8 Emeralds haven’t had the best of luck with injuries this season, the girls played with five players but should very proud of their efforts; whilst the Year 8 Tanzanites who were regraded two sections above, still managed to play the semi’s but unfortunately lost by a single goal to Strathcona Splash. Both Year 8 teams never gave up, and should not be disappointed; I’m sure you will be very determined in Spring Fling. Lastly the Year 9 Amethysts played a terrific game against Strathcona Starburst, defeating them 23-9.

These amazing efforts saw two Senior School teams move forward to play in the following weeks’ Grand Finals.

The Year 7 Gems played a terrific game, the Camberwell Girls team were in front the whole game. Ruyton put up a fight, but the girls outplayed them; taking the win 17-8. Everyone contributed to the win and should be congratulated on their efforts.

The Year 9 Amethysts played Strathcona who have been undefeated throughout the season, we were two goals up at half time but then the errors crept in and Strathcona hardly missed a goal. The girls lost 21-16 but should be pleased with their performance throughout the season.

 

Thank you to all girls, parents and staff for a wonderful Term 3 and best wishes for a safe and restful holiday.

 

Best Wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

 

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Foundation to Year 6 Ormiston Spirit Awards

It was with great pleasure we were able to recognise the efforts of our students in Term 3 through our new awards, The Ormiston Spirit Award. This award reflects students that have shown a Growth Mindset in all of their learning, who are willing to take risks in their learning and show our School Values of Respect, Commitment, Integrity, Hope and Courage.

The following students received this award at this week’s Junior School Assembly:

Foundation – Zara Teh and Genevieve Khaw
Year 1 – Aphrodite Bablis and Jasmine Li
Year 2 – Trinity Sideris and Mara Vais
Year 3 – Deana Tang and Eliza Bosco
Year 4 – Xixi Yang
Year 5 – Richa Shah and Iris Yang
Year 6 – Juliana Chandrasakara and Anuska Pokharel
Physical Education – Felicity Vanin
Music – Chloe Law
Chinese – Susannah Lutze
French – Annaliese Le
Library – Jasmine Wan
Art – Stamatia Stathopoulos

 

Ormiston Art Show
I would to once again thank Mrs Fiona Gibson our Junior School Art Teacher for all her efforts and work in organising another amazing Ormiston Art Show for 2016. Some of you as parents would have seen many new displays and activities that Mrs Gibson introduced this year. I hope all parents and families enjoyed this experience and we look forward to our annual Ormiston Art Show again in 2017.

 

North Balwyn District Athletics Sports
It was a pleasure travelling to the District Athletics Sports Carnival with our Year 4 – 6 students this week. There were 14 participating schools on the day and our girls did their personal best in each of their events. This Carnival was our most successful one since being Head of Junior School.

In each of the running finals for the 100metres, 200 metres and relay events we had at least one representative in each of these races, which was very exciting for us.

Special mention must go to two Year 6 girls that managed to qualify for the next level, being Division. Congratulations to Jessica Nguyen and Juliana Chandrasekara! We look forward to their next events in early Term 4.

The District Athletics Team listed below:

Year 4
Matilda Chan
Kelly Liang
Emily Price
Kiki Page
Xixi Yang
Clarissa Wong

Year 5
Allanah Lam
Anthea Gazis
Evie Williams
Lily Ning
Wendy Zhang
Scarlett Giang
Crystal Cui
Emma Jamieson
Charlotte Drew
Ella Hiramatsu
Angie Bosco

Year 6
Jessica Lee
Jessica Nguyen
Ava Baker
Juliana Chandrasekara
Anuska Pokharel
Susannah Lutze
Felicity Vanin
Olivia Banitsiotis

 

Music Pods
Over the school holidays, two Music Pods will be placed in front of our Year 4 classroom to enable individual instrumental lessons to continue with our school tutors. Over the past two years, there has been a wonderful increase in students wanting to have instrumental lessons with tutors here at Junior School. This is an important part of our co-curricular program and we would like to continue these lessons within the Music Pods and in our current rooms in Mountfield. Please take a look at them when you arrive back for the start of Term 4.

 

Year 6 Excursion to the Melbourne Writer’s Festival
Last Thursday, the Year 6s attended the Melbourne Writer’s Festival at Federation Square. The girls were buzzing with excitement as we took the train into the city, leaving some Books on the Rail, courtesy of sticker labels from Miss Kalus and her wonderful initiative. Students got to hear how nature and animals inspired ideas and different ways of storytelling from Graeme Base, author of the well-known Animalia, and Lisa Kennedy, an Indigenous artist and storyteller. We were also treated to a performance featuring Martha Grimstone, courtesy of Asphyxia and her skills as a puppeteer. The students, in particular, were enthralled with Asphyxia who lit up the stage signing her story using AusLan. In addition, Asphyxia showed us her diary, which was a work of art in itself, featuring various sketches, ‘seeds’ of inspiration, ideas and thoughts that were beautifully strewn across the pages. We would like to thank Mrs. Whiffin for organising such a memorable event.

In reflecting on the excursion, the Year 6s spent most of the day on Friday not speaking to understand what it might be like to be mute, relating to Asphyxia who is deaf. They were allowed to sign and many used the AusLan alphabet they learnt from the excursion to convey their messages.

Below is a short reflection from Micah Tan (6C) on this experience:
“Being mute for a day was one of the hardest things that I have ever done… This experience has taught me to always be grateful for the smallest things that people might not have. I didn’t realise that I was so lucky, until I actually did something that people have to do every day.”
~ Katrina Cheong, Year 6 Classroom Teacher

 

Ormiston Green Team

Last week on September 1st it was National Wattle Day. Wattle Day is always on the first day of Spring and is celebrated across Australia.

Did you know the before clocks and calendars were invented, the Wrundjeri tribe relied on nature to tell them what time of year it was. They knew it was Spring when they found wattle blooming on the trees around them. When they saw the blossoms begin to fall, they knew it was time to fish for eels. At Ormistion, we celebrated National Wattle Day this year by wearing yellow ribbons in our hair.

We hope you have enjoyed the start of Spring and have noticed all of the beautiful changes taking place in our garden.
~ The Green Team

 

Year 4 Video Conference
Last week the Year 4s brushed up on their Shakespeare and also some of their Korean. Our 3-day video conference run by the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with the Sydney Opera House allowed us to collaborate with Ungcheon Elementary School and be taken behind the scenes in the famous Australian landmark. The girls learnt about the different uses of the auditoriums and were even given a peek into the dressing rooms and how the actors and actresses prepare themselves before a performance.  One aspect of the incursion was the focus on Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ The girls participated in a range of interactive activities that consisted of exploring character themes, language and vocabulary and performance skills. It was a thoroughly enjoyably experience that when it came to an end, ‘Parting was such sweet sorrow.’
~ Kathryn Brandt, Year 4 Teacher

 

Junior School Student Council
Student Council provides Junior School students with an opportunity to celebrate our tremendous school community and discuss how we can work together to make it even safer, happier and more functional place.

The meetings are facilitated by our Year 6 Semester Two Social Service Leaders, Olivia Rigopoulos and Teri Perdikaris. Olivia and Teri have proven to be patient, warm and enthusiastic leaders. They take initiative when auctioning changes and guide the younger students with great care.

They reflected on their role so far, as well as, their goals for Term 4:

“I feel more confident as a leader. Personally, I think that running the meeting on my own was better than I thought it would be. I was a bit nervous at first, but once you start the meeting, the nerves go away. Next term, I would like to be more organised with getting the agenda ready for the meeting.” ~ Olivia

“I like hearing other people’s different ideas. People are so creative. Our new suggestion box is such a good idea! I would like to help organise more charity events next term. Maybe we could sponsor each other to do something or host a raffle.” ~ Teri
~ Michelle Kalus, Year 1 Teacher

 

Mountfield Maestros
On Tuesday 6 September, the bi-annual Mountfield Maestros was held in the Junior School Chapel. This term, we had such a large number of eager musicians that for the first time, the performance had to be split into two sessions; one for Foundation to Year 4 students, and another for Years 5 and 6 students.

In many weeks prior to the evening, we all worked hard to create bookmarks and certificates for the performers and put together speeches for both sessions. On the evening, everyone played fantastically and it was thrilling to see all students’ amazing achievements in music at Ormiston.

It was also rewarding to see our efforts in preparation come together on the night, for we felt we had successfully achieved something great as Music Leaders.

We would like to acknowledge Mrs Jepson for assisting with the organisation components (the programs and emails) as well as Miss de Quadros and Mrs Adams for working with us to run the sessions. We would like to express our appreciation to Mrs Georgiev, who accompanied many girls on the piano during the evening and took time to rehearse with every student beforehand. Thank you also to Mr D, Miss Cheong and all the parents and students who attended the concert.

Playing and organising Mountfield Maestros was an experience we will never forget. We look forward to collaborating in running the Choral and Ensemble Concert next term!
~ Chloe Law, Juliana Chandrasekara and Nicole Chang, Semester 2 Music Leaders

  

Year 5 Properties of Light Event
This week Year 5 were involved in a science incursion run by Anna from Hands on Science. Students investigated the properties of light by conducting various experiments, sharing their knowledge and asking questions.

Students learnt how to classify materials as transparent, opaque or translucent, based on if light passes through or is absorbed by it. They explored the refraction of light using the “magic” coin – an experiment the girls were keen to replicate at home. Through the use of glass, plastic and water, students investigated different methods of magnifying objects and reflecting light. They also explored how our eyes work and the use of lenses to project images. The experiments were engaging and fun, and Year 5 had lots of opportunities to explore their questions, share their understandings and expand their thinking.
~ Liz Ruffles & Kath Buckingham, Year 5 Teachers

 

Ormiston Art Show

The Ormiston Art Show for 2016 was a buzz with excitement. Students, parents and visitors eagerly looked at all the art work, being very proud of their work on display. Most students had at least 3 or 4 pieces of artwork in the show. There were paintings, drawings, clay pieces, paper mache, mod rock sculptures and printed work. The walls of the hall, Art Room and upstairs were filled with colour. There were 3 interactive artworks. The Princess photo booth was a real hit. Students could sit on the royal throne, put on a royal crown and robe and have their photos taken, just like the self portraits by the Foundation Princess students. There were also 2 large collaborative pieces by Year 6 students, one entitled The Scream and the other the Squeal. Students went behind these artworks and put their faces through the hole and pulled a scary face or happy face. All the students, parents and visitors were able to vote on their favourite artist from EL3 to Year 6. The votes are still to be counted. Results will be next term.
~ Fiona Gibson – Art Teacher

 

Early Learning 3 & 4 and Water Safety
Emily from Healthways Community Initiatives, spent time with the Early Learning 3 and 4 children and discussed safety in regards to all things associated with water. Through discussion, photographs, songs, actions and role play the children learnt some very important rules about being safe near and in water.

Some of the important points that Emily shared with the children included:

– Always swim with an adult and you must have an adult with you before you go near water (lake, swimming pool, beach, dam).
– You always swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach because lifesavers patrol this area of the water.
– The beach can be fun, but there are some things that you do not touch, for example, syringes, jellyfish, crabs or blue ringed octopuses.

The children also learnt how to correctly put on a life jacket and and the importance and reason why they must always wear a life jacket on a boat. The children practiced what to do if they find themselves in danger in the water – how to hold their arm and yell for help.

After the session, some of the children reflected on this experience and shared their thinking:

– Never swim alone. ~ Georgia
– If the ball goes in the pool you shouldn’t get it. You should tell your mum and dad. ~ Sienna
– If you have a bucket of water, don’t leave it on the concrete because your younger brothers or sisters might fall in. ~ Ailey
– If there’s a dam, that’s where animals drink their water. ~ Khushi
– We don’t touch the jellyfish. ~ Manuthi
– We can’t swim in the water if there are sharks. ~ Laura

~ Angela Follacchio, Early Learning Centre Team Leader

 

Year 3 Video Conference with Frané Lessac
Illustrator and author Frane Lessac, linked up with the Year 3 students on Thursday morning from her home studio in Western Australia. She inspired us to have a growth mindset, after never imagining that she would ever illustrate or write her own books when she was younger. With over 40 books now in publication, Frane continues to create and share the things she loves, mainly through her art. Her book A is for Australia was inspired by her love for this country and wanting to share it world-wide. Born in America and travelling the globe extensively, Frane has now settled in Australia for over 25 years.

The Year 3s shared in a drawing activity, illustrating a horse named Midnight, based on one of her books. Frane reminded us to work on our mistakes. It may just be the best piece of work you’ve ever done!
~ Jo Whiffin, Junior School Library Teacher

 

Camberwell Girls’ own Davina Bell’s Book Launch
A cheeky dog, a cluster of stars and bestselling children’s author Sally Rippin. This was the constellation of elements that aligned in the Senior School library for the launch of CGGS staff member Davina Bell’s picture book Oh, Albert! Over 100 students from Ormiston and Deepdene Primary gathered together on the sunny morning of August 29th to launch Albert’s story off into the world. Sally and Davina explained how picture books are made and led an interactive reading before leading a raucous round of space-themed musical statues. The lively Q&A and book signing provided a wonderful chance for the students to meet this pair of real-life authors and gain an insight into the publishing world.
~ Anne Devenish – Head of Senior School Library

 

I hope all families have an enjoyable holiday and I look forward to seeing all students back at Ormiston on Monday 3 October 2016 for the start of Term 4.

 

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

 

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Opening & Dedication of the Anne Feehan Building

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Opening & Dedication of the Anne Feehan Building

In this last week of Term 3 we were delighted to host the Official Opening and Dedication of the Anne Feehan Building by the Most Reverend Doctor Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia and The Honourable Josh Frydenberg, Member of the Australian Parliament for Kooyong.

As Principal of Camberwell Girls Grammar School from 2001 to 2014, Anne was instrumental in establishing a number of innovative curriculum programs, extensive refurbishments, major building projects including the new Ormiston Campus and the Woodstock Building as well as establishing the integration of the Cisco Technology Network to enable more collaborative engagement in programs. She had a vision for the future preparation of students and the design of this new building was also a key part of her legacy.

Anne Feehan’s leadership of Camberwell Girls Grammar School continued a very strong tradition of the school that had been at the forefront of change for over ninety years. She continued the legacy of her predecessors; Elizabeth Lockley, Louisa Taylor, Dorothy Hall, Barbara Sutton and Barbara Fary in ensuring that the education of our girls was contemporary, rigorous and focussed on preparing them as compassionate leaders, who understood the importance of service to others. To be specific, in Anne’s words ‘you receive a great education to build a better community’. Importantly she also ensured that Camberwell Girls maintained its distinctive culture, as a very friendly school with a great sense of community.

Anne has always set the bar high, not only for herself but also for others. She ensured a high quality of education that was reflected constantly through the outstanding academic results of the girls and their pathways into tertiary studies. Her commitment also saw the development of our links with Schools both nationally and internationally in China, Singapore and Queensland as well as developing international Social Justice, Sport and Music trips, and the History and Science trip to the USA including the engagement with programs at NASA.

Anne’s visionary development of the school infrastructure included the establishment of Ormiston at 4 Mont Albert Road. In such a competitive marketplace this acquisition and opportunity was second to none and will always be noted as one of the School’s most significant strategic achievements. In addition the new Ormiston building, designed by Hayball Architects, was the winner of an international competition for its design and construction.

In 2010 the School celebrated 90 years and Anne was meticulous in planning the events including the launch of the School History Book, Sapphire Circle Ball, the renovation of Robinson Hall and the establishment of the Camberwell Girls Grammar School Foundation.

Anne’s focus then turned to the Senior School’s Masterplan implementation with the opening of the new state of the art Woodstock Building in 2012, the development of the Parents and Friends Sports Field throughout 2013 and 2014, and the opening of the newly renovated Fig Tree Café in 2014.

All of these achievements are remarkable along with the growth of enrolments and the very sound financial management of the School.

However, with this also came Anne’s commitment to ensuring the development of the character of our girls, leadership programs, our grounded social justice program, engagement with indigenous communities, as well as student engagement to the world through our Next Generation Technology and partnership with CISCO as one of their Exemplar Schools.

We are very grateful to be able to acknowledge Anne Feehan’s vision, energy and commitment in providing an outstanding education for girls, enabling them to be the compassionate leaders of the future.

The naming of the Anne Feehan Building is a very fitting tribute to her commitment to Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

 

I wish you all a very happy and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 4.

 

With best wishes

Debbie Dunwoody
Principal

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Foundation – Year 6 Ormiston Alive! – Trouble
Once again our biannual production Ormiston Alive! was a spectacular event. This year the title was Trouble! and the students of Ormistonia try to convince their new Principal Mr E that School is about taking risks, having fun when learning, being strong and showing courage when faced with challenges. Our students were outstanding and it was a pleasure seeing every student on stage. I would like to thank Mrs Kath Buckingham for all her work in preparing Ormiston Alive! again for this year. We are very lucky to have her on staff leading our production events. Also, I would like to thank the Ormiston staff for their continued support in making this important school event so enjoyable and successful.

 

Year 4 Camp – Phillip Island
Last week I had the pleasure of working alongside our Year 4 students while on camp. The feedback from the camp staff was very positive in terms of our student’s behaviour and commitment to learn. I would like to congratulate the Year 4s in terms of having an open mindset when having-a-go at all the outdoor activities. The highlight of the trip for many students was the Penguin Parade on the first night. The group saw many cute penguins coming out of the ocean and then waddling up to their burrows in the sand hills. I would like to thank Kathryn Brandt, Michelle Kalus and Shane Maycock for all their work in making sure the Year 4 camp was a great success for all students.

” After months of anticipation, questions, nerves and excitement, the girls finally had the opportunity to experience a variety of activities at Phillip Island. The journey on the bus was enhanced by an appearance from some fish guzzling pelicans before arriving at camp. We had a beautiful, clear evening on our first night, which was ideal for our penguin watching.

On Thursday the sun was shining and we were able to take on challenges like the giant swing and flying fox. We also enjoyed a relaxing beach walk before rugging up in our sleeping bags and settling in for a comfortable movie night. It was great to see the girls constantly applying their growth mindset throughout the entire camp.” ~ Ms Kathryn Brandt, Year 4 Class Teacher

“I like to going to the top because it overcomes my fear.”  Audrey Qui on the giant swing.
“I enjoyed having our small, cosy cabin and getting desert each night.” Claire Hui.

 

Foundation – Year 6 School Holiday Program – Code Camp
For the very first time, Camberwell Girls will provide a school holiday program for the September school holidays. The School has organised for Code Camp to deliver a 2 and 3 day program during the second week of our Camberwell Girls holiday break. A flyer will be sent out on Monday in the ‘What’s On at Camberwell Girls Grammar’ newsletter to explain dates, times and location of both programs available to our students.

 

Early Learning 3 to Year 6 – Ormiston Art Show
I would like to invite our school community to our Annual Ormiston Art Show next week. It will be held from Wednesday 31 August to Friday 2 September 2016 in the Junior School Hall and surrounding areas. All EL3 – Year 6 students have been working very hard to produce a wonderful array of art pieces which will be proudly displayed throughout the exhibition.

The Art Show will be open at the following times:

Art Show Opening in the Great Space – “A Celebration of Colour”
Wednesday 31 September:  2.00pm – all parents are welcome to attend and students are encouraged to wear a small coloured hair accessory (ribbon, clip, headband, scrunchy)

Exhibition Hours:
Thursday 1 September:  8.10am – 6.00pm
Friday 2 September:       8.10am – 5.00pm

We encourage all families to bring along friends and family to view the masterpieces of Ormiston’s aspiring artists.
~ Mrs Fiona Gibson, Junior School Art Teacher

 

Year 3 NASA Video Conference – Floating Food and Puffy Faces
This term Year 3 have been exploring the wonders of space during our Science unit. The students have been exploring what causes night and day, how shadows are formed, what our night sky looks like and what causes the seasons to occur. To support the students’ learning and stir their curiosity, we were very fortunate to participate in a distance learning video incursion with the NASA Space Centre in Houston titled: Floating Food and Puffy Faces – is living in space just like life on Earth?

During the video conference students saw examples of the challenges facing astronauts who live in orbit on the International Space Station and got a closer view of their work and living quarters. They discovered where the astronauts sleep, how they eat and how they adapt to their new home in space. Our educator explained that the International Space Station is approximately the size of a five-bedroom house and fresh food is delivered to the astronauts by an unmanned capsule. Watching one astronaut brush his teeth was very entertaining!

Students wonderings about how the astronauts go to the bathroom, exercise, eat, brush their hair, sit down, whether they have WiFi and what happens to their bodies in space were answered expertly using real life examples.
~ Mrs Angela Columbine and Miss Emma Hinchliffe, Year 3 Class Teachers

 

Year 5 and 6 Sporting Opportunities

Netball
Ormiston had a mega sports week with carnivals on Monday and Friday. On Monday 15 August was the Netball Victoria Schools Championships at the Whitten Oval. A large squad of 18 girls attended the championships with Mrs O’Callaghan, Mrs Robinson and Miss Joyce.

Our Year 6 team had a very successful day finishing second in our pool. The Year 5 team used the day to improve their attack on the ball and to focus on knowing where their opposition was at all times.

Thank you to Miss Joyce for her expertise and enthusiasm in coaching the Year 6 girls on the day.

 

Basketball
On Friday 19 August we hit the road again and headed to Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre for the HoopTime Basketball Tournament. Mrs Robinson, Miss O’Neill and Mrs O’Callaghan set the tasks of getting in and grabbing the ball, remembering the player’s number who you were to defend and taking all opportunities to shoot a basketball. It was pleasing to see the girls improve through every match.

Miss O’Neill was our terrific coach on the day and we thank her for her commitment to training and the match day coaching.
~ Mrs Kerry O’Callaghan, Junior School Physical Education Teacher

I wish our Camberwell Girls Netball Teams all the best for their semi-final matches this weekend and I hope all families have a restful weekend after another dynamic week at Ormiston.

 

Yours sincerely,

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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Global Citizenship in Action

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Global Citizenship in Action

“…the development of intercultural competency skills is essential in preparing girls for their future…” (CGGS Strategic Plan 2015-2019)

It is this line within our Strategic Plan’s pillar of Global Citizenship that provides our students and teachers with the clear vision and impetus to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to embrace our lives as global citizens. In reality, little inspiration is needed because our Junior and Senior School curriculum is abundant with intercultural learning opportunities that see the ideals of global citizenship being enacted in the classrooms across the campuses each day.

A recent learning experience enjoyed by the Year 8 girls highlights how subject disciplines often lend themselves to developing such global understandings. In Year 8 Geography, the girls’ investigations of geographical factors contributing to tsunamis saw them connect with experts from The Australian Government’s Geoscience Department via video conference. Whilst gleaning geographical and scientific information on these natural disasters, our girls also heard of the important role this organisation takes in monitoring and securing the safety of all citizens in the Asia-Pacific Region through their Early Warning System. In speaking directly with the staff from Geoscience Australia, it was fascinating for the students to get a clear sense of connection between the work these Geoscientists do on behalf of our country and the strong sense of global community and responsibility toward our South East Asian neighbours that they have.

As a School, we commend Liesel Trichardt (Year 6G) for her poignant review in last week’s CamNews (16 August) on the Year 6 Excursion to Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. In her reflection, Liesel commented that the learning experience “made the girls more genuinely aware of the hardships refugees and immigrants faced.”  She explained further that the students were “in awe” of these people who were strong enough to ensure such hardships as civil war, cultural genocide and extreme racism before settling in Australia. Liesel stated that the Year 6 girls learnt that it was love that often “kept the immigrants going” in their pursuit of safety, freedom and an opportunity-filled life in their new home country. As an extension of their core curriculum, our Year 6 teachers felt it was important for our students to experience these migration stories for themselves, so they could develop their understanding and learn to apply a global perspective in their future lives.

Our Year 2 community recently enjoyed learning about cultural dances from India, the Middle East and South America through a series of interactive dance sessions. Teachers Craig Goodwin and Melissa Thomassen reported that along with a great deal of fun, the intercultural learning generated from this experience really helped the girls to appreciate the similarities between cultures just as much as they highlighted some distinctive differences. What a powerful and enduring understanding to connect with at such a young age.

Earlier this week, the Junior School girls were also treated to an impromptu choir singing lesson with teacher Anjali de Quadros and her father, Andre de Quadros; an internationally renowned scholar whose passion is bringing people from different cultures together in peace through choir singing. As I watched Anjali and Andre lead the girls in song, it was strikingly obvious that the students were deeply immersed in a fun, engaging and positive intercultural learning experience that spanned many dimensions of language, time and place. What a privilege.

Also just a few days ago, our Year 10 girls hosted a group of visiting students from the Australian International Academy in Coburg as part of their Religious Education learning about the Muslim faith. As witness to snippets of this experience, it was great to see how easily the students from each school connected and shared stories of their cultural background and religious affiliation with one another. Each person was clearly demonstrating the skills of collaboration, empathy and respect toward one another.

As a School, we take great pride in the global citizenship our students demonstrate on a daily basis and though we teachers are intent on enhancing this through our evolving curriculum of intercultural learning experiences, we acknowledge that as a broader community of students, teachers, parents and friends connected by our School, we can also learn a great deal from one another.

The School’s Winter 2016 publication of CamLife celebrates this global diversity and warmth within our community with a great series of articles and images. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, we encourage you to read it from cover to cover as it tells the story of who and what Camberwell Girls is as a global community. And, importantly, what we value and hope for our girls with respect to the development of intercultural understandings in their learning now and into the future.

CamLife (Winter 2016) can be downloaded from the Camberwell Girls website here.

 

With best wishes,

 

Ben Jenkinson
Director of Teaching, Learning & Innovation

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Senior School this week was a milestone in the lives of our Years 11 and 12 students with the announcement of our 2017 School Captain and Vice Captains. This marks the beginning of our transition towards end of year activities and the subsequent passing of the baton from 2016 to 2017 leaders. We are all very proud of our new leaders, School Captain Mia Sieber and Vice Captains Jacqueline Gu and Meagan Kollmorgen.

 

Year 10 Camp Reflection
All year level camps are keenly anticipated by students but the Year 10 camp is known particularly for its physical challenges and ability to bring together a year level through shared effort and achievement. The experience of this Year 10 contingent was no different and is summarised by Arushi Saranasuriya’s account of the camp. The Year 10 students displayed resilience and positivity while walking, climbing and cooking in wet, windy conditions.

“When I first stepped out of the bus onto UC Halls Gap’s front steps, I had no idea of what was ahead of me. It was three long days of lugging what felt like an elephant on my back, but I loved every moment of it. We walked through the bush, we trudged through the rain, we scaled mountains, we climbed and abseiled cliff faces and witnessed nature at its greatest. At the end of my final camp, for the rest of my school life, I felt so grateful for everything that would normally be taken for granted in life. Something that will always stay with me is how inspired I’ve become to do great things in my future. I learnt so much on this incredible camp, how something as simple as an occasional, “you’re doing great, keep it up” can really push you on to complete a 10 kilometre hike in just one day. I also learned the power of a positive and determined mind set, that no matter how often you fall down it’s about getting back up and believing that you really can do it.”

Thank you to all the staff that accompanied the students on their camp Meg Anderson, Mark Barnett, Duncan Reid, Ali Larkey, Liesa Winkler, Peter Lawrance, Kim Perkins, Flora Zhang, Shane Maycock and the Staff at UC Norval.

 

Karen Zhang – ZONTA Speech
Earlier this month Cathy Poyser and Karen Anderson were invited to join our School Captain, Karen Zhang and her family when she received her award as Young Woman in Public Affairs for 2016 from the ZONTA Club of Melbourne.

Karen was once more an absolute credit to Camberwell Girls and spoke eloquently on the subject of leadership. We are pleased to include her speech in its entirety as an attachment to this week’s Camnews here. Congratulations on your outstanding contribution to not only the Camberwell Girls community but broader social justice initiatives.

 

Google/Apple Study Tour
30 students from Years 7-12 were given the amazing opportunity to fly to Sydney for the day on an exclusive tour of Google Headquarters and to participate in an Apple workshop.

The first of amazing destinations was going to Google. Riding up in the escalator everyone was buzzing with anticipation of what to expect? We’re sure many of us have watched “The Internship” and secretly hoped it would mirror the movie perfectly. Once the escalator doors opened we don’t think anyone was disappointed. Next to us we heard someone whisper excitedly “There’s a swing in the reception”. Before our tour we were able to listen to the behind the scenes work of Google. We learnt of the secret to their success which is to combine their knowledge of computer engineering with your ‘x factor’ which is something you are interested about. Combining your passion with your work enhances one’s ability to work to the best of their ability and at optimum levels. We then got to question a panel of Googlers whom gave us a better insight into their lives whether it be what it was like working on secret projects or going to the Google provided Bootcamp classes. Last but not least, we were taken on a tour of the building. We were delighted to see nap pods, an upside down meeting room, a lodge inspired room where Googlers can hang out and multiple kitchens/restaurants containing free food. We’re sure many girl’s dreams came true during our time at Google.

The second destination of the day was the Sydney Apple Store. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed with warm, friendly faces genuinely enthused by our visit. The atmosphere of the three-storey building was buzzing with energy, the place packed with Apple employees filled with passion for their work. The Camberwell Girls team were split into two groups and then begun the rotation of exciting activities. We first went on a 30-minute tour of the entire store where we learnt about the different jobs of Apple. Between store specialists, genius bar technicians or management, all employees had undergone a specialised form of training specific to their role. We also had a demonstration of a programmable robot sold at the store, the amazing technology was controlled from the iPad to dance and show emotion.

After a short break we began our second task to create a short film or advertisement on any given subject matter. The tour leaders of the group gave us valuable tips and tricks to help us create a video of high skill and quality. We all then presented our short videos to the rest of the team and were generously presented with an Apple T-shirt and wristband souvenirs to take home. Overall the experience was tremendously valuable and unforgettable and it wouldn’t have been possible without the organisation and supervision of the staff who accompanied. A special thanks to Mr Stout and Mrs Lemanis for initiating and organising the excursion it was a truly great experience. Thank you also to Mrs Watkins, Mr Hester, Ms Hinchcliffe, Mrs Kranjcic, and Mr Campbell for their support on the day.
~ Amelia Noffs and Zoe Tang-Chong

 

Virginia Trioli
The Tuesday assembly was marked by both a powerful drum performance from our music students and the presence of writer and journalist, Virginia Trioli “In Conversation” with Peter Lawrance. Virginia Trioli proved entertaining and inspiring in her storytelling. Outlining her schooling in a north eastern suburb, she highlighted the importance of learning how to speak and listen through debating.

The notion that she moved into her subsequent media career with ease was dispelled immediately, a theme used to emphasise the need for our students to benefit from their individual journeys without focusing solely on their achievements. Virginia spoke about the importance of “Doing what is best for you, not what others think is right for you”.
~ Anne Devenish, Librarian

 

Resilience – Choosing to BOUNCE BACK
Year 10-12 students were addressed by Emma Gee last Wednesday in Chaplain’s Assembly. Emma is an Occupational Therapist, a professional speaker and a stroke survivor. When Emma graduated from secondary school in 1998 her path was unclear. Emma’s talk to the girls focussed largely on the importance of drawing on what we value from our own experiences to improve our resilience. She encouraged all the students to choose to ‘Bounce Back’ in their future paths – that, ‘it’s not what happens in life that matters, it’s how you choose to deal with it’.

Our newly appointed 2017 School Captains Mia Sieber, Meagan Kollmorgen and Jacqueline Gu have shared with us their thoughts on the presentation.

The positivity and resilience that Emma Gee resonated whilst speaking, will forever be a source of inspiration for the Camberwell Girls community.

Her life story conveyed a powerful message, bringing about deep reflection and a reminder that it is up to each of us to decide how we want to live our life. Emma delivered her story with strength, and it was truly unbelievable to see just how far she had come since her stroke.

Emma related strongly to her audience and the numerous life lessons that she bestowed kept the audience highly engaged. Emma also taught us that we won’t ever know exactly what life has to throw at us – and part of living is learning to tackle and overcome those unexpected moments.

There is no doubt that upon hearing of Emma’s struggles, many of us needed to re-evaluate our own lives, and be grateful for everything that we have already. On top of this, the accompanying slides really helped to set the scene and draw the audience in, and the images displayed highlighted just how far she has come.

 

EAL Social – Camberwell Girls and Trinity Grammar
Last Friday afternoon, 15 girls from Years 10 and 11 and two of the International Captains visited Trinity Grammar School for the Annual International Social. The International Captains from both schools organised a range of fun activities such as ‘Song Guessing’ and ‘Word Guess Charade’, accompanied by an excellent performance from the Trinity Music Band. They all then sat in a circle, introduced their own cultural background, shared experiences about their studies and exchanged contact details for future communication. It was a great success as all boys and girls enjoyed the event and made the most out of it.
~ Sunny Yang, International Captain Year 12

 

Oxford University Summer Seminar
During the Term 2 holidays, Year 10 student Veda Surapaneni was fortunate enough to attend a holiday program at Oxford University in the UK in the area of Genetics. Veda has shared her experience here with us.

“The Oxford Summer Seminar was an experience that I am so glad to have been a part of. Upon my arrival at Heathrow, I was greeted by Morgan, an amazing woman and one of the Deans of the program. Two hours after my arrival we were in Oxford and I was already making friends. I was amazed at how multicultural the 91 students in the program were. They were from all four corners of the Earth being from Qatar, Myanmar, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa, Austria, Japan, Zimbabwe, China, Nigeria, India, Spain, Korea, Nepal and Argentina. Australians were in the minority as I was one of only two students in the program with an Australian passport and the only one currently living in Australia.

Oxford is a truly beautiful town. The buildings are old and quaint, the streets are cobblestoned and there is history everywhere. Dinner was a scene straight out of Harry Potter and my new friends and I were all going crazy at how insanely cool the experience was.

The next five days were intense. Each student had to choose a major from International Relations, Economics, Medicine, Business, American Literature, Politics, Psychology, Law or Genetics. My major was genetics and I can honestly say, I loved it. Each day we did something new and exciting including performing dissections and extracting DNA as well as field trips. My favourite activity was visiting the botanical gardens and investigating all the different medical plants that could potentially help with genetic diseases.

After an action packed five days, it was time to wrap things up. On Sunday, after presenting our projects, we had the day to relax and spend time with our friends at a celebration dinner and dance in the evening before packing for the trip home. Monday was a bittersweet day, as we were all heading back home leaving behind our amazing teachers and friends. Although none of my friends live in the same continent as me, I know we will always stay in touch and hold on to those incredible memories forever.

 

White Ribbon Benefit Concert
The Social Justice team’s White Ribbon Benefit Concert took place on Tuesday 16 August – a night where Camberwell Girls and students from surrounding schools got together to support an end to violence against women. Talented acts including dancing and singing, as well as Mr Ho being the MC for the night, ensured the concert was thoroughly entertaining and a night to remember.

The night also allowed for the issue of women’s violence to be brought up and talked about within our community, helping to raise the awareness of issue.

On the night, $755 was raised, a fantastic effort with a massive, massive thank you to Mr Stout for his guidance and support in the arrangements for the evening, as well as all the students, staff and performers involved in the event.

 

Australian History Competition
During Term 2 twelve of our Year 8 students entered the Australian History Competition – a national test of historical thinking and source analysis skills.

The following five girls received High Distinctions:

Kate Petrie, Ruby Dawe, Rochelle Scheid, Lilyan Zhu, Ally Quan

In addition, Ally Quan was the overall State Champion for Year 8.  She received a medallion for this effort.

Congratulations to all our students.


Years 7-9 Chinese Reading Competition
Lin Zhang joined selected students at Melbourne Grammar School last Friday to compete in a Chinese Reading Competition. Sophia Giagoudakis (Year 7), Tara Hoopmann (Year 8) and Grace Munro (Year 9) represented Camberwell Girls.

We would like to congratulate all three students on their successful and outstanding participation at the competition. Grace Munro won the prize for Outstanding Performance for her speech introducing her hobbies in Chinese. The Chinese Reading Competition brought together 71 non-Chinese background contestants from metropolitan Melbourne schools to speak on a range of topics in front of a judging panel. The competition provided a great opportunity for Year 7-9 students to meet and share their learning interests towards Chinese and was a memorable day for all who attended. Sophia, Tara and Grace represented Camberwell Girls well. Well done girls.

 

Australian International Academy
A group of Year 10 students  year 10 from the Australian International Academy (AIA) visited Camberwell Girls on Thursday 18 August.

This was a return visit after a group of our students visited AIA in March of this year.  This initiative is part of the RE program, focussing on interfaith relationships between Christians and Muslims. Brielle Schumann spoke about her own Christian faith with passion and conviction. Her speech prompted a large number of questions from the visitors which she answered well. We had morning tea in Robinson Hall before a visit to Marks Church to familiarise our visitors with a Christian place of worship.
~ Rev Duncan Reid

 

Best Wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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The following events are taking place over the next two weeks:

Tuesday 30 August
> Year 7 excursion to National Gallery & St Paul’s Cathedral, all day
> Celebration of Sport Dinner, 6.30pm

Wednesday 31 August
> Ormiston Art Show, 2.00pm
> Shaping the Future: An Evening with Holly Ransom, 6.15pm

Thursday 1 September
Father’s Day Breakfast, 7.30am
> Ormiston Art Show, 8.10am – 6.00pm
> 10 Year 9 & 10 students attending Melbourne Writers’ Festival, until lunchtime
> $20 Boss Program market, lunchtime
> Rehearsal Day for Festival of Music Concert, BSH, all day

Friday 2 September
> Ormiston Art Show, 8.10am – 5.00pm
> Festival of Music Dinner Fig Tree Cafe, 6.00pm
> Festival of Music Concert, Barbara Sutton Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 September
> Year 12 ‘Transition 2 Tertiary’ breakfast, 7.15am in Robinson Hall
> Anne Feehan Building Opening, 2.30pm

Friday 9 September
> End of Term 3

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The following events are taking place over the next two weeks:

Monday 15 August
> Years 7 to 10 Learning Conversation, 2.15pm

Tuesday 16 August
> ICAS Mathematics
> White Ribbon Benefit Concert, 7.00pm

Wednesday 17 August
Camberwell Girls tour to Google and Apple Sydney offices, all day
2016 Science Breakfast at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, 3 Year 11 students
> Year 4 Camp, Phillip Island

Thursday 18 August
Visit to Camberwell Girls by Year 10 students from Australian International Academy

Monday 22 August
> Children’s Book Week begins

Thursday 25 August
> Trouble! Ormiston Alive Show, 7pm

Friday 26 August
> Trouble! Ormiston Alive Show, 7pm

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Junior School Transition to Senior School

When talking with Ormiston parents and other parents at enrolment interviews, one question that is asked frequently is, ‘What does the Junior School do about transition to Year 7?’ My answer to this question is very simple. Transition starts for those girls that start their educational journey with us in Early Learning 3, or when a student starts at Ormiston for the first time. Even at the Early Learning 3 level, students have the opportunity to visit Senior School and of course at other year levels, our students visit Senior School on a weekly basis through participating in a range of specialist subjects and activities that involve Senior School students and staff. An important part of being an Ormiston student is to understand and demonstrate our School Values not only at Junior School but Senior School as well. Currently our Year 6 students are involved in specific school activities in preparing for their transition into Year 7 next year and this involves meeting and welcoming new girls from outside Primary Schools. Each year our Ormiston girls show outstanding leadership skills in making these girls feel welcome and settled when coming to Camberwell Girls Grammar School in 2017. I wish our Year 6 students all the best during this very exciting time.

I would like to remind all families that our biannual Ormiston Alive! Show is not too far away. All students from Foundation to Year 6 are involved in the Show and are required to participate on both nights. Specific details have been communicated to all Ormiston families and I encourage all parents to organise their tickets as soon as possible as tickets are being snapped up very quickly.

 

Foundation to Year 6 Ormiston Alive! Show

The excitement is building as all girls at Junior School work towards the opening night of Trouble! We have been revising the lyrics of songs, rehearsing dance steps and learning dialogue in an effort to entertain and dazzle the audiences for 25-26 August. Each class has an item to present as we try and convince Mr E, the villain in our story, that girls can learn and do things in lots of interesting ways.  Audiences will also be surprised to see our guest performers in a very new light. The next two weeks will be extra busy as we move our rehearsals over in to Barbara Sutton Hall in preparation for opening night. The excitement is palpable in the air as everyone at Junior School unleashes their inner Diva.
~ Kath Buckingham, Year 5 Class Teacher & Ormiston Alive! Writer, Director and Producer

 

Year 2 In-School Event

On Monday 1 August the Year 2 students were treated to stunning performances that explored different cultures in the form of dance. The students also had opportunities to dress up and move enthusiastically to the music made famous by Bollywood, as well as understanding dances that are significant to cultures in the Middle East and South America. Given that we are exploring different cultures and celebrating our differences, whilst also embracing what it is that we have in common, these interactive dance sessions enabled children to learn about other people in a fun, engaging manner.
~ Craig Goodwin and Melissa Thomassen, Year 2 Class Teachers

 

Year 6 Virtual Debating

Last term, Year 6 students spent a number of weeks exploring persuasive texts, closely analysing advertisements and commercials for specific persuasive devices used, as well as creating their own to suit a range of purposes. This investigation culminated in our class debates where teams from 6C and 6G went head-to-head in battle. Our top three debaters across both classes were then selected to represent Camberwell Girls in the Years 5-6 Virtual Debating Competition, which includes 14 participating schools around Australia. These girls were Annaliese Le (Year 6C), Happy Wen (Year 6C) and Liesel Trichardt (Year 6G).

On Thursday this week, Happy, Liesel and Annaliese faced off against a New South Wales school called Tara Anglican School for Girls in the ThinkTank over at Senior School, with the rest of Year 6 watching on in anticipation over at the Junior School Video Conference Suite. The debate topic was ‘Schools should block YouTube’, with our Camberwell Girls team being assigned the negative position. Our girls were given a week to prepare before the actual debate, using some class time each day to source definitions and examples, carefully construct arguments and potential rebuttal points as well as rehearse in front of one another.

The way that these three girls conducted themselves during the debate was incredible to watch. They were composed throughout and used expression, tone and pace to emphasise their arguments, continuing to persuade their audience and the adjudicator. They supported each argument with a range of examples and their case line – ‘Do you really want to block another resource?’ – was seamlessly embedded throughout, uniting all three speakers in their position. At the end of the debate, the adjudicator mentioned the high quality of this particular debate, where all competitors across both schools showed excellent manner. It came down to the matter, or the content of the debate, with our team bringing home a win, with an extremely close margin of one point!

We are incredibly proud of Happy, Liesel and Annaliese and congratulate them on their performance so far, as well as their strong teamwork skills. These three girls know how to utilise the strengths they bring to the role and assist one another to ensure each speaker performs at their personal best. We look forward to watching them represent Camberwell Girls in the quarterfinal round taking place in October.
~ Katrina Cheong, Year 6C Class Teacher

 

Foundation to Year 6 House Athletics

On Tuesday 2 August, the weather gods were kind and Ormiston students in Years 3-6 were able to head out to the Doncaster Athletics Track to compete in running and field events. All students had a red hot go and some personal best efforts were achieved. Congratulations to everyone who participated and displayed so much enthusiasm and determination on the day.

Schofield house was triumphant in the Years 3-6 carnival.

On Tuesday 9 August, we held a carnival for the Foundation to Year 2 students in the grounds at Senior School. It was a day of huge smiles, superb effort and lots of ribbons! A carnival atmosphere was apparent. Staff, Year 6 students and a large supportive crew of families assisted in making the day feel like we had our own Rio Carnival at Camberwell Girls. Thank you to all junior school staff for your support and assistance on each day.

Lawrence house was triumphant for the Foundation – Year 2 Athletics Carnival.

The overall points for the two carnivals were:

  1. Schofield 506
  2. Lawrence 476
  3. Singleton 472
  4. Taylor 468

~ Kerry O’Callaghan & Nareen Robinson, Physical Education Teachers

 

In-Conversation Series of Parent Workshops

Literacy is more than knowing letters and reading words. The ability to communicate, involves speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and being critical thinkers. During the week, Kate Giles and myself were involved in a Conversation with families titled More than ABC. It was interesting and informative to engage in dialogue with parents and listen to and discuss similar perspectives and challenges related to literacy. This informal conversation time provided opportunities for parents to ask questions, seek clarification and build on their current knowledge. We look forward to our next Conversation titled More than 123 on Tuesday 23 August from 9.15-10.00am.
~ Angela Follacchio, Early Learning Team Leader

 

Year 6 Excursion to the Immigration Museum

Whether it be recent or so far back that it has been forgotten, under dire circumstances or of free will, all of our families have somehow ended up in the great nation of Australia that we call home. Home. A word with several meanings, yet one that fits so perfectly in its entirety is that of a simple phrase that many are taught at a young age. ‘Home is where the heart is’ is a common saying numerous people know and utter. The Year 6 students became conscious of its true implications during their excursion to The Immigration Museum. They now know the real impact it had upon those who genuinely knew what the saying was attempting to convey. People, no matter where they came from, or what they had done in their previous years, gave little shards of their hearts to those who they hold close. Those people are their home, and most people who immigrated to Australia, journeyed with a loved one and found their way to our nation. So, in a round-about way, Australia is where their heart is, making it their home.

The Immigration Museum had six exhibitions, all of which everyone had the opportunity to visit. Students were grouped with specific adults, but otherwise free to wander and observe the various displays. The students were able to experience what the travel conditions were like for people coming by boat in three different eras, giving every student a brief taste of how torturous the journey must have been for some,. An exhibit which fascinated the girls was the display room entitled ‘Customs’. The students were able to take part in a number of interactive displays, yet the most popular of them was a display that let you interview hopeful people and families who had supposedly applied to enter Australia. There were three time periods to choose from and from there, four groups of people to pick. Once an interviewee had been decided, an interview would be conducted, with you observing, leaving you to rate the people and families in several categories, and then to make a final decision; whether to allow them to enter Australia. Though this was by far the display that intrigued the bulk of the girls, the exhibit that awakened them, in a sense, was the ‘Leaving’ exhibit, which had a looped video for the students to watch. Why did it make the biggest impression? Well, there is a saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, and the exhibit proved this saying. The impact that the videos had on the girls was drastic. The students were exclaiming how horrendous and sad the pictures were, and actually viewing the destruction and carnage in other countries made the girls more genuinely aware of the hardships refugees and immigrants faced, and still face. Even while leaving the exhibit, the girls were still discussing the awful experiences that some people had to endure, and other students were in awe of the people who were strong enough to keep their heads, and make it through such rough times.

As humans, we spend our lives searching for answers to our questions, no matter how big, small, important or insignificant they may be, because, by nature, we are curious. We even wish for answers from questions we are yet to ask. The Year 6 students found answers, of sorts. However, they learnt one thing that was not written down. One thing that can only be understood with time. The Year 6 students learnt that it was loved ones that kept immigrants going. They learnt that, whether it be recent or so far back, or things that had been forgotten, under dire circumstances or free will, home is truly where the heart is.
~ Liesel Trichardt Year 6G

 

I hope all our families have a restful weekend.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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This year we have introduced some exciting Science initiatives across the School including our Full STEAM Ahead Science program at Ormiston and the Year 7 Girls Invent program in Senior School Science, as well as Coding Clubs and robotics programs at both campuses.

At Camberwell Girls our secondary students have, for a number of years, been keen advocates of the Mathematics and Science programs with many continuing them into tertiary studies. Over the last two years approximately one third of Year 12 students have enrolled in Science, Engineering or Health Science courses at universities and many have been the recipients of prestigious scholarships including La Trobe University’s Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship, Monash University’s Women in Engineering and Engineering Excellence Scholarships, University of Melbourne’s National Biomedicine Scholarship and Victoria University’s Chancellor’s Scholarship.

The importance of Science graduates in Australia is being closely aligned with the need to drive the innovation agenda and future economic growth. We are all acutely aware that the nature of work is changing as we see jobs in a number of industries being modified or reconfigured by automation. Research by PwC released in 2015 indicates that over the next 20 years about 44% of jobs will be at risk from digital disruption and that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is important in building the future problem solvers and innovators that we need.

In recognising the importance of creativity and design thinking in the process of problem solving, the Arts are also highlighted, leading us to now consider the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education. The focus on ensuring that girls remain engaged in these fields is essential as we ensure that females are actively contributing to these important fields of endeavor.

I have always been interested in the concept of Constructivism; learning through doing and experiencing things, then reflecting on those experiences. It is a joy to watch young children with their natural curiosity, observing the world around them, often asking endless questions and then developing their own explanations to make sense of the world. As children grow older, building and designing projects that have a purpose and ‘tinkering’ with objects to understand how they work are both important experiences that help students learn how to think creatively about solutions to problems by learning through trial and error.

In planning the refurbishment of our Science spaces in Senior School, the concepts of tinkering, building and designing have been at the heart of our thinking. In addition to traditional laboratories, we will also be creating a Makerspace. The development of Makerspaces worldwide in schools and community spaces (often libraries) are enabling young people to design, experiment, build and invent using a variety of materials. They are not solely Science laboratories, art rooms or computer laboratories, they are usually a combination of all, enabling students to learn about new tools and technologies through projects that require them to collaborate, navigate uncertainty and take risks with their learning. Makerspaces often also incorporate robotics opportunities. We are anticipating that the refurbishment of our ground floor classrooms will commence after Year 12 exams in November and will be completed during Term One in 2017. These spaces will include a Science laboratory, robotics laboratory and Makerspace. It is anticipated that the second stage including renovation of the first floor classrooms will commence in November 2017.

In expanding our Robotics program, which currently includes Dash robots, Bee-bots, Sphero robots and Lego NXT and new EV3 robotics, we were delighted that the Parents and Friends Association agreed to finance the purchase of a humanoid robot and related computer hardware. This very generous support by the Parents and Friends Association enabled us to take possession of two NAO robots last week, the other purchased by the School. One will be allocated to Senior School and the other to Ormiston. Students will be able to program the robots virtually on computers first and then download onto the robots; from simple drop and drag programming through to textual coding in the programming language of Python. This will allow implementation of a wide range of abilities for the robot, from creating interactions with people through responding to voice commands and questions, to performing a range of action from dancing to acting. I am confident that we will see some very sophisticated programming from even our youngest students!

I am delighted to announce that Tilly Kutey (Year 9) was recently identified as a top performer in the 2016 Big Science Competition. She is now one of 54 young Australian girls attending Curious Minds, a girls only program designed to encourage their continuance of STEM studies. Tilly will attend two residential camps and be part of a mentoring program. We extend our congratulations to Tilly.

As research indicates that 75% of the fastest growing occupations require STEAM skills and knowledge, we are committed to providing our girls with the best learning opportunities in, and across these disciplines to ensure that they are the motivated and creative innovators that the world needs. In the meantime, we also plan to have a lot of fun!

 

With best wishes,

 

Debbie Dunwoody
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