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The past fortnight has been another busy one for the Camberwell Girls Senior School. Many weeks of hard work culminated in a wonderful series of performances at the House Music Festival on Friday 20 May. We had a full house of students, staff and family members and all performances were warmly received. The Heidi Lewis Memorial trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the staged song from a musical was Schofield House with their fabulously energetic and humorous rendition of Sister Act’s “Take me to Heaven”. The Darbyshire Family Cup is awarded to the overall winners of the House Music competition and in 2016 this was awarded to Taylor House. The Taylor House Choir performed “Best Day of My Life” with exuberance, Shuyi Wu’s harp solo, the creative a cappella vocal ensemble of Lollipop arranged by Jessica Ngan and their instrumental ensemble of the Les Miserables medley made for an outstanding all round House extravaganza.

We congratulate all Houses on their enormous effort and the achievement of putting together such professional performances. We also thank the many music and supporting staff for assisting the girls throughout their preparations. Mr Trevor Henley, past Director of Music from Camberwell Grammar School, was in awe of the girls, the depth of talent and the passion and energy shown throughout all performances.

On Thursday 18 May we held an Interactive Evening for current Year 6 Ormiston girls and their families. We had over 90 visitors to the Senior School’s new Anne Feehan Building and feedback was very positive, guests commenting on the warm welcome they received and how interesting the interactive sessions were. Families were welcomed by Mrs Dunwoody and heard of her vision for the future of the girls coming into the Senior School. The girls and families also participated in Maths activities, a Chemistry experiment, a Robotics session as well as visiting the TV studio. I always appreciate the opportunity to look at our School during these events, when viewing our School through the eyes of our families, reminding myself of the wonderful resources, and expert teachers that we have in the amazing community that is Camberwell Girls.

In this week’s CamNews Mrs Dunwoody has spoken of the significance of Reconciliation Week. To mark the commencement of the week students were invited to come in Free Dress. Their donation to participate will be used to support the Cathy Freeman Foundation.


Careers Night 2016

The Woodstock building and Robinson Hall were bustling on Wednesday 25th May when the Camberwell Girls Careers Night took place. This annual event is the result of a combined effort between the Careers Centre and the Alumnae Office. Designed for students in Years 9 & 10 (and optional for Years 11 & 12), the night is about career exploration and is part of the career education program run for the senior students at the School. The Careers Night aims to allow representatives from tertiary institutions to showcase their courses across a broad range of career areas, provide students with an insight into a day in the life of a…… lawyer, journalist, engineer and finally, to encourage parents to have career conversations with their daughters.

Attending 3 different career talks over the course of the night, students were able to hear the most up to date information from nearly 50 guest speakers across 26 different career areas. It was a great night and there was a terrific buzz as students and parents moved from one session to the next. Conversations were definitely going on! It was wonderful to catch up with some of our not so old ‘old girls’ such as Dr Eliza Hawkes, Medical Oncologist (Class of 1995) who spoke at the biomedicine/medicine session; Jacqueline Chan, Product Marketer (Class of 2009) who talked about her extensive experiences in marketing; and Jessica Bird (Class of 2006) who shared her knowledge about work in the design field. We are also grateful for our parent community and their involvement this year, with thanks to Mr Karl Linke (Physiotherapy), Mrs Katrina Vannin (Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Mr and Mrs Torre (Games & Animation) who spoke about their work.

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

A warm thank you to Mrs Trish Dolan for her organisation of the night, Mrs Karen Bartram for her assistance in this process and to the speakers for dedicating their time for the night.


Year 8 Camp

Camp week is typically looked forward to by all the girls and staff as a week away from school, yet this time the Year 8 girls were slightly apprehensive due to the unfavourable weather forecasts.

Year 8 Camp was at Kangaroobie, a working dairy farm on the Ocean Road in Princetown. The high winds and storms meant that the much anticipated camp out in tents did not take place. All camp activities focused heavily on team work and perseverance, as the activities involved determination to overcome any challenges. Canoeing, low ropes and the obstacle course all meant that we relied on each other. The hike to a beach included crossing a swollen river, climbing many hills and much bush bashing. In the obstacle course, it was proved that working together and supporting each other was far more efficient than attempting it individually. Despite the fact the conditions were not in our favour, the entire Year 8 cohort worked together smoothly and agreed this camp might have been challenging but it was an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

The Year 8 girls would like to thank the Kangaroobie staff, Rev Helen Creed, Year 8 Coordinator and Mr Shane Maycock, Director of Education Outdoors, as well as all the other staff who attended the camp for their good humour, encouragement and planning in such adverse conditions.


The Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Award program was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The aim was to motivate teenagers to become involved in a balanced program of voluntary self-development activities to take them through the potentially difficult period between adolescence and adulthood.

Today the basic principles of The Award remain the same, but the activities and delivery continue to evolve and adapt to suit the changing demands of modern society and the varying needs of young people. The Award is now a major international program, with over 120 countries participating. It is used by Schools and other organisations working with young people throughout the world.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School Students continue to participate in the award with great success at all levels.

We congratulate the following girls upon recently receiving their respective awards. The award is recognition for all their handwork, dedication and service to their endeavours and their community:

Zoe Sakell, Year 11 Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

Catherine Chen, Year 11 Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

Natasha Lathouras, Year 11 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Natasha Huang, Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award


Genetics Program, Oxford University

At the end of April we mentioned that Veda Surapaneni, Year 10, had been successful in receiving an award in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering awards competition.

Veda has now shared with us that due to her love of Science, she went looking for an additional challenge and applied to two further science programs, one at Stanford University and the other at Oxford University. Veda has been offered a place in the Oxford program and in August this year, she will be attending a genetics program in Oxford, England. Congratulations Veda and we look forward to hearing more about your adventures.


Monash Scholars Program

The Monash Scholars Program is a highly respected program for high achieving secondary school students. The University offers places to students with high potential, providing them with unique access to opportunities for personal and academic development.

The program begins in Year 10 and continues through until the completion of Year 12. As part of the program students will be invited to a number of events and workshops, totalling around 20 hours per year, mostly outside of school time. Successful students will have an opportunity for personal and academic development and gain additional skills and confidence to assist in making the right choices for their future studies and careers.

We have invited all Year 10 students to consider this amazing opportunity, whilst drawing their attention to the student criteria as outlined in the email sent to all Year 10 students.

We look forward to reading the many applications of girls aspiring to be involved in this prestigious program.


Big Science Competition

On Monday 23 May, all Years 7 to 10 students challenged themselves in the Big Science Competition. This 50 minute international competition tests students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as their science knowledge.

The Big Science Competition is organised by Australian Science Innovations, a non-profit organisation committed to providing high quality science extension programs that inspire, challenge and raise the aspirations of students in science.

Each student who took part will receive a certificate as well as detailed feedback on their performance in the competition. They also go into a draw to win hundreds of iTunes, Google Play and movie vouchers.

Our School will receive a comprehensive report for each year level showing how each student performed on each question, the percentage of students in the cohort who answered correctly, and a comparison with the national results. For more information visit the Australian Science Innovations website here.

We thank Mrs Karin Lemanis for organizing this new opportunity for our girls.


20/40 Program “Gifted and Talented” Conference

On Friday 20 May, four students were given the opportunity to partake in a Gifted and Talented conference at Camberwell Grammar School. The conference explored many big questions such as Who am I? What can I hope for? What is my self? What do I believe?

The first presentation we heard talked about the foundations of knowledge. It made us question, What is knowledge? The two major views that we heard about were empiricism and rationalism.

Julie Arliss explored the connection between body and the “self”. From an Empiricism point of view, the self is considered as a total of all perceptions and sensation from birth, you will never find the self if you go looking for it. The act of looking for the self therefore requires a self doing, the looking, this is one way that proves our existence. Some people also believe that language constructs a person, from the first words of “me, myself and I”.

We have learnt about the different foundations of knowledge such as empiricism and rationalism and also connected with the concept of existence. We would love to further discuss these questions and obtain an answer to these now considered to be intractable problems.

Our teachers and students are certainly asking and exploring some big questions. We look forward to reading more about their discussions in future editions.


Parent Education Session

Let’s Chat About It hosted by Lynette Etheridge is in Barbara Sutton Hall on Tuesday 21st June. A flier for the event is attached. Bookings are essential for this event, please RSVP, but this will be strictly an Adults Only presentation, limited to only 80 places.


2017 USA Science/History Study Tour 

An information session will be held for parents and students on Wednesday 13 July at 7.00pm, Robinson Hall Senior School. More information can be found here or please contact Mrs Lemanis:


Wishing you all a fabulous weekend,


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Year 5 & 6 Grandparents and Special Friends Morning

Our annual EL3 to Year 6 Grandparents and Special Friends Days throughout the year is an opportunity for our school community to thank grandparents and family friends for their love and support. So far this year, the support from family and friends for these events has been outstanding. These mornings encourage our visitors to learn more about Ormiston and the classroom their granddaughter or special friend is in this year. At the end of the morning, our Junior School Music Teacher Jessica Huggett showcased a Vivace Choir (Year 5 and 6) song to everyone, and I congratulate Tanya Sevo (Year 5), Olivia Petrakis (Year 5) and Isabelle Brisk (Year 6) for their musical instrument playing throughout this important event.


Foundation to Year 6 Author/Illustrator Term Visits

We are very excited in the Junior School Library to be welcoming three inspiring authors, illustrators and storytellers in the coming weeks. Next week we will share the company of two of them. On Tuesday 31 May, Cat Weatherill, a British performance storyteller who works around the world, will delight and stimulate our imaginations by performing for students in Years 1 – 4. This will take place in the SS Library from 9.30am – 10.30am.

Belinda Murrell, the author of a variety of time-slip fiction books that go back in time to different periods of history, will join the girls in Years 4 – 6 on June 2. This session will also take place in the SS Library from 9.30 – 10.30.

For the younger students in EL4 & Foundation, the gorgeous illustrator of 14 picture books, Sue DeGennaro, will share her visual work. The JS Library will accommodate this session on June 9 from 11.15 – 12.15. It is such a rich and rewarding experience for all our students to meet and share ideas from these amazing story creators.
~ Jo Whiffin, Junior School Librarian


Year 5 Video Conference – Kids Helpline @ School

Last week Year 5 and 6 students took part in a video conference about resilience with Gwen, a counsellor from Kids Helpline.

The discussion centred on life being full of changes – some big some small, some that we like and some that we don’t like. Students shared examples of being resilient to highlight how this helps us deal with challenges more easily. They discovered that we are less likely to cope with challenges if we feel out of control.

Gwen introduced the concept of resilience muscles and how we can work to keep them strong and help us feel in control.

  • – Stay connected to other people
      Talk to other people, develop friendships
  • – Help other people
      Helping other people makes you feel good
  • – Take a break from your worries
      Do something you enjoy – sport, reading, art, dancing, singing, watching movies, playing with your pet
  • – Look after your body
      Eat well, get enough sleep
  • – Break down problems into smaller parts
      This makes things easier to achieve
  • – Think positively
      “I think I can! I think I can! … I knew I could! I knew I could!”
  • – Keep things in perspective
      Is it really that bad?
  • – Have a sense of humour
      Laugh at yourself – lighten the mood

Students recognised that every time they manage something difficult their resilience muscles get stronger and they are better able to deal with more challenging situations.
~ Liz Ruffles and Kath Buckingham, Year 5 Class Teachers


Year 1 Yoga

On Thursday Kaela from Yoga Sparks came to visit and work with the Year 1 students. Kaela read us a story and taught us how to make our bodies move like the animals in the stories. The movements were actually yoga poses and we learnt that holding the pose and breathing deeply, helps us to feel calm, relaxed and focused. Some of the positions were Chicken, Cow, Egg, Child’s Pose and Mountain Pose. Kaela also taught us a Sun Dance and Belly Breathing using the breathing ball. We can use deep and slow breaths when we want to calm our bodies down. Stretching our bodies was lots of fun and we’re looking forward to practising these poses in our classrooms and at home.
~ Miranda Jackson, Year 1 Class Teacher


Year 3 Excursion – Royal Botanic Gardens

As part of our Inquiry investigation this term, Walking with the Wurundjeri, students in Year 3 were fortunate enough to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and take part in the Connecting to Country education program. This interactive experience was designed to give students a greater understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture, particularly of the local Kulin Nation. The students actively participated in a traditional Aboriginal smoking (or welcoming) ceremony, made and used ochre paint, discovered traditionally used plants and foods, made string from raffia and explored the use of tools.

Raynee W: The Year 3s went to the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was amazing! We did art and I loved the walk.
Anneke C: I think it was beautiful and I really want to go there with my family! 
Simrah A: The Royal Botanical Gardens was really interesting. We learned about so many different things. We learned about Aboriginal art, plants and much more.
Amy C: I love how Ben showed us the smoking ceremony, and said that it used to welcome people and in births, marriages and deaths.
Jacqueline Z: I thought our excursion was the best thing ever! I enjoyed the walk, when we made paint and when we got to go inside a tree.
Maya G: I loved it when we went to the Royal Botanic Gardens because we got to do fantastic activities!  It was very fun when we got to finger paint and look at different plants.
Zara V: My grade and I went on an excursion to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Everyone loved it! Lots of people loved the smoking ceremony. We learnt that the ceremony   was a welcoming ceremony and that it was also done on special occasions. Most of all, Grade 3 liked being able to do the Aboriginal art.
~ Angela Columbine, Year 3 Class Teacher


Year 2 Video Conference – The Great Barrier Reef

On Thursday 12 May the Year 2 students met Craig, a diver on the Great Barrier Reef! We swam through the water with him, learning all about the hand signals needed for deep sea diving on one of the world’s most important treasures. Imogen explained the importance of the tanks that gave Craig his air, which meant our Video Conference could continue!

Students observed many different species that call the Great Barrier Reef home. There was Penny the Turtle, who had been treated at a hospital due to stomach problems from the rubbish she had eaten. Leopard sharks swam in to our view, as did bizarre sea stars that pushed its stomach to the outside to each!

Other students actively engaged with Craig as he swam. Isabella commented that reefs were built by coral. Leah observed a piece of coral that looked like a brain! Sophie spotted a clown fish on the reef, bringing to mind scenes of Finding Nemo. Selina taught her peers about the deadly sea urchin, a creature that protects itself from predators with its venomous spikes. Sofia explained that some sea creatures have spots as it is helpful for camouflage. Other students peppered Craig with a series of insightful questions as they connected their reading of texts throughout Literacy sessions to the virtual excursion.

It was a unique learning experience that provided many opportunities for us – and I am including the teachers here! – to engage in important questioning so that we could develop a better understanding of the Great Barrier Reef. This will lead to further discussions amongst the students about what we can do to educate others in our community so that this amazing organism can be enjoyed for years to come.
~ Craig Goodwin, Year 2 Class Teacher/Deputy Head of Junior School (Student Wellbeing)


The Early Learning 4 children met Dash the robot

Miss Hinchcliffe informed us that Dash the robot would be visiting Early Learning 4. Before Dash arrived, the children were encouraged to express their wonderings about robots:

– Does the robot move? Ailey
– Did Miss Hinchcliffe make it? Khushi
– Does it have buttons? Ria
– Does the robot have legs? Ria
– Can the robot dance? Amiya

When Miss Hinchcliffe brought Dash to the Early Learning classroom, she demonstrated the different things he can do through voice control and the iPad. The children used the iPad to make Dash spin in a circle, move forwards and backwards and stop; and also recorded their dialogue for Dash to say.

Miss Hinchcliffe told the children some things about Dash and robots:

– A robot doesn’t have a brain like a person. You need to tell the robot instructions and it’s like a mini computer. The buttons make the robot do different things.
– Miss Hinchcliffe pressed the button and Dash listened… when he heard a voice he turned and moved towards the direction of the voice.
– When Dash is connected to the iPad, he doesn’t listen to sounds.
– The iPad is like a controller. When you move switches/tap on the controller, it makes the robot do different things, for example, turn in a circle.

This experience provided the children with an opportunity to compose, make meaning and engage with technology for fun. Miss Hinchcliffe taught skills and techniques that encouraged the children to use Dash technology to explore new information and represent their ideas.

To provide time for further exploration, Miss Hinchcliffe left Dash in our classroom. We look forward to working with Dash as a resource to further develop and support the children’s learning. As we explore and continue to use Dash throughout this term, the children will make discoveries to their wonderings.
~ Angela Follacchio, Early Learning Leader and Teacher 


I would like to wish everyone a lovely weekend.


Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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

Monday 30 May 
> Y7 Camp to Grantville, return Friday 3 June
> Y11 Exams begin, conclude Monday 6 June
> Lemon Myrtle Shortbread for sale, 12.30pm
> VCE Music Recital in Robinson Hall, 5.00pm

Tuesday 31 May
> In Conversation Parent Workshop for Junior School, 8.45am – 9.45am
> National Reconciliation Week Assembly, Period 3
> Year 10 History excursion, Periods 3-6

Wednesday 1 June 
> Lemon Myrtle Shortbread sale, 12.30pm

Friday 3 June 
>VCE Music excursion to Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 8.45am to 1.30pm

Monday 6 June
> Y10 exams begin, conclude Thursday 9 June
> Speech & Drama performance in Barbara Sutton Hall, 5.30pm

Tuesday 7 June 
> Y10 mentoring breakfast

Wednesday 8 June
>Year 9 Music Elective excursion to Swan Lake at State Theatre, 7.30pm

Thursday 9 June
>In Conversation with Alice Pung in Senior Library, 6.30pm


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
The Victorian Government has unveiled a new $148 million initiative to ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities. For more information visit the Victorian Government website here.

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In today’s editorial Mrs Dunwoody reflects on the fantastic evening that saw our Senior School Library be officially named, Brooksbank Library after the founder of CGGS.

Senior School

The Senior School celebrated Diversity Week this week – a week where we celebrate our vibrant and inclusive community!

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The Junior School Foundation class had some new fluffy classmates join them this past fortnight!

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Global Citizenship & Connectdness


Global Citizenship & Connectdness

Global citizens stand together, ask questions why, reject the naysayers and embrace the amazing possibilities of the world we share.  (Hugh Evans, 2016: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?,


Last Friday night we held our first Social Justice dinner at Camberwell Girls, hosted by our Social Justice Captains to raise money for the Green Gecko Project in Cambodia. We were extremely privileged to have two special guests, Tania Palmer, an Australian woman and founder of the organisation and one of her Cambodian daughters, Kim Suan (now 22 years old) present on the night to share their stories with the attendees. The night was a resounding success with over $4,000 being raised for this very special organisation.

Last week Tania and Kim spent a day at Camberwell Girls, getting to know the 19 students and 4 staff who are travelling to Cambodia in the September holidays for our inaugural trip. They also attended Assembly where all of the Senior School learnt about Tania’s journey and the purpose of the organisation.

A very special moment occurred at our dinner on Friday night when Tania told the audience that Camberwell Girls was the first school that she has partnered with, as most schools just wanted to come in for a visit and disrupt their programs, never to be seen again. Her experience had shown that it was not worth letting schools in to visit. Through her understanding of our strong social justice program, commitment to the Green Gecko Project to forge an ongoing partnership and our relationship with the Asia Pacific Youth Foundation (APYF), an organisation she trusts, Tania agreed to formalise a partnership with Camberwell Girls. It was so moving to hear her confirm her commitment to us after having spent time at our School and meeting members of our community. She was clearly pleased with her decision and we too are honoured to be in this partnership.

International social justice partnerships help our students to look beyond their everyday world and life of privilege to really see themselves as members of the human race; as global citizens. When we truly embrace our position as global citizens, we take responsibility to act on some of the world’s greatest challenges including extreme poverty, climate change and human rights issues.

Our journey to the partnership with APYF and the Green Gecko Project started almost 18 months ago when we began to search for an organisation to work with to recommence our international social justice program. We wanted to work with an organisation that had established a strong record of respectful relationship with their community, whose programs operated in the Asia Pacific region, the possibility to develop an ongoing relationship so that we could really work together and learn from each other and where they had the resources to provide strong back up and support in the event of any emergency situation.

After researching a number of providers we shortlisted four to interview, finally deciding on APYF, a registered charity committed to working with disadvantaged children, families and communities in the Asia Pacific Region. Through APYF, we became connected to the Green Gecko Project, an organisation that supports over 100 children who have previously lived and begged on the streets of Siem Reap in Cambodia. They ensure the children have access to education, security and a safe home as well as working with the child’s families by providing support with social enterprise and community outreach programs. The Green Gecko Project was registered as an NGO (Non-Government Organization) in Cambodia in 2007.

I know that our students and staff look forward to sharing their experience with you when they return and I hope that you will support our many efforts to raise money for the education of the Green Gecko children into the future.

Connectedness within a community is also very important and one of the key objectives of our School Captains. Karen, Tiarnie and Cindy have been inspiring role models to our students this year and they have also been working effectively with their group of School and House Captains and Leaders. The girls have written a report giving you an insight into their work and priorities this year. I encourage you all to read it HERE


With best wishes

Debbie Dunwoody

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Inquiry based learning at Ormiston

‘How come when I bend over, my eyes don’t fall out? A Foundation student

‘Why do governments spend a lot of money on themselves?’ A Year 6 student

‘Do we ever stop growing?’ A Year 3 student

The questions young people ask remind us that the search for meaning is fundamental to what it is to be human. The urge to inquire activates thinking on many levels and in many forms. When we seek to make sense of the world around us, we wonder, we plan, we analyse, we create, we reflect. At its very heart, inquiry based learning is all about thinking – thinking in order to make meaning.

From Early Learning to Year 6, all our students inquire into big questions and ideas. These inquiries are continually evolving in order to stay relevant to the lives of our girls.

In Year 6 this term, we have created completely fresh and dynamic inquiry that we believe reflects the skills and dispositions that are becoming increasingly important in our world; creativity, teamwork, an entrepreneurial spirit, etc. The inquiry is entitled, ‘How do you bring BIG ideas to life? which is looking at concepts related to financial literacy, economic reasoning and cultivating new ideas.

This inquiry also opened the opportunity to collaborate with Young Australian of the Year finalist, Kate Austin. Our Year 6 girls met Kate Austin whilst at Young Leaders Day in Term 1 and we were amazed by how inspired they felt by her story. During the holidays, we reached out to Miss Austin and she was delighted to work with our girls and share more about her business story and journey.

When discussing how we could thank Miss Austin for her generosity, she mentioned that some schools she has worked with have made a gold coin donation. This provided a perfect lead into an inquiry challenge.

Myself and Katrina Cheong made $20 initial investment and challenged the girls to see if they could turn that initial $20 into more, with the hope that all funds would be donated to Pinchapoo.

From that the girls had to work as a team to form a business concept, conduct market research, analyse the data, advertise and organize logistics. It was an incredible process to be a part of and the students were truly engaged by such an authentic purpose.

On Wednesday, Kate Austin, came to our School to talk with our girls about how her business story really reinforced how important it is to understand your ‘why’. We talked about the importance of setting our own benchmarks and challenging limits & stereotypes. The students certainly resonated with the concept of being a change maker and a female leader. The girls were extremely proud that they were able to turn an initial $20 into a $200 donation.

By Kate Giles Deputy
Head of Junior School (Teaching, Learning & Innovation)

Below is a reflection of the day written by Chloe Law.


Year 6 Boot Aerobics

It was Monday 9 May. The Year 6 students were about to begin running Boot-Aerobics sessions, with the addition of a Hydration Station and a Photo Booth. The aim was to raise money for Pinchapoo and to prepare for running individual businesses later on. It was an engaging learning experience, with many pros and cons. Significant lessons were learnt both before and during the event.

In the course of preparation, Nicole, Janice and I were very well-organised, being members of the administration group. We had a cash register, sign in sheets, checklists for paying, posters and 198 admission wristbands. Little did we know that due to extreme weather conditions, a lot more people came than expected. This meant there was no time to write everyone’s names and have only one person dealing out wristbands. Luckily, some other classmates came to help but if I ran this business again, I would definitely survey people to gauge attendance numbers, and according to the results, would gather up what was necessary and what we could leave out in our task. This on its own was a key learning moment.

Something that went well prior to the event was the team work and efficiency Janice, Nicole and I demonstrated. We had basically everything prepared after about two sessions, due to taking on the responsibilities we had and completing tasks at home. I think that we used our ability to work well together to our advantage by discussing things outside of school and planning uniforms and lanyards when we had finished everything else early. Due to this, we were well-prepared and not stressed on the day. I would be happy to do what we did as a group again.

I do not think that running Boot Aerobics particularly changed my thinking as I never expected running a business to be easy. The experience simply ‘reminded’ me that making money requires hard-work, organisation and most importantly, flexibility. This is a skill I would like to enhance so that I am not constrained by plans. I think I need to learn that sometimes, when things do not go to plan, it is still okay.

By Chloe Law Year 6G



Coding and the thinking skills required to code are essential skills for the creation of the jobs of the future.

At Junior School we have been exploring coding in a number of different ways with our students. This semester we have been lucky to set up two industry partnerships with volunteer coders from Telstra and Xero. Both programs are currently exploring coding using a block program called  Scratch as it is the most sophisticated block programming program available. MIT undergraduates use the program to commence their computer programming studies!

Sam and Michelle from Xero, an innovative accounting software development firm, come in weekly to work with our Year 4 students. They are currently supporting the Year 4 students to use Scratch to support their class inquiry into sustainability. Students are being challenged to design video games that teaches specific audiences about sustainable practices. Once they’ve created their games, students will learn how to code a simple website to showcase their games for use by the community.

Our Telstra partners, Bob and Lalita, have been instrumental in setting up and running our weekly co-curricular code clubs with our Year 4 and 5 students. The Year 4 club is focussing on creating basic animations, while the Year 5 club are in the process of extending their skills and designing their own computer games to enter in the STEM Video Game Challenge.

We were also excited to introduce Junior School Students to our new Dash and Sphero robots! The robots will be used across the classes to develop programming and coding skills using block programming software similar to Scratch. Keep an eye on your Twitter feed as we have some exciting robotics opportunities planned for Ormiston Science Week next week!

Expect to see a lot more of our resident robots as students from Foundation to Year 6 will have experiences using them to develop their coding and programming skills within their classroom curriculum in the terms ahead.

By Emma Hinchliffe
Digital Learning Leader

Early Learning 4 – Butterflies

With a growing interest in butterflies and moths, we planned for all of the EL 4 children to have an in-school event from Adventure Butterflies on Friday April 22, where we could scaffold and foster the children’s interest. The children learnt many things from both listening, asking questions and handling and observing both live and dead butterflies. With the children curious and enthusiastic to learn more, the following Tuesday we got a butterfly kit containing six caterpillars to follow the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Over the next two weeks, we checked on them and gave them fresh leaves from the milk weed plant, and we waited for the caterpillars to crawl to the top of the enclosure and form a J shape. On both Tuesday and Thursday, we visited the caterpillar enclosure in the foyer to find the caterpillars that were forming a J shape had made a chrysalis or pupa while we were in class. On Friday we moved the enclosure into our classroom where we could hopefully watch the last two caterpillars skin spilt and form a chrysalis. Despite the fact we were watching, nothing happened. We moved the enclosure back to the foyer to set the tables for our Mother’s Day afternoon tea at lunchtime. Following lunch, before our mums arrived, we went back to the foyer for one more look. We could no longer see the caterpillars but five chrysalis hanging from the top. One was on the ground so we knew that one would not survive. We are looking forward to hopefully seeing five butterflies emerge over the next week which we will release on a dry day.

By Debbie Lowden
Early Learning 4 part-Time Teacher


Foundation Excursion to Werribee Zoo

On Wednesday the Foundation classes visited Werribee Open Range Zoo to investigate what animals need to survive. We got to travel on the Safari Bus to see animals roaming in their habitats. We also visited the Habitat Garden to explore how animals find food and shelter. We discovered what special things about the animals’ bodies helped them to live in the wild.

I learnt that birds have feathers for their body covering.  Rudra

We touched all kinds of feathers and thought about what birds they would come from. We wondered if they would be used to keep the bird warm or cool. Foundation Reedman

I enjoyed the Habitat Garden. I learnt that the bandicoot was a relative of the bilby. MoLin

I thought the gorillas and the gorilla statue were interesting. I wondered if the gorilla was cold. Anja

I liked playing with the feathers and the water. I thought the bandicoot was very cute. Felicity

I laughed when the camel followed the Safari Bus. Tiffany

I wondered if the camel would eat the Safari Bus. I know camels have tiny little brains. Nicole.

I enjoyed making a nest for a bird. Zara

I liked finding bugs in the water in the Habitat garden. Amy

I liked watering the plants because they need water to survive. Jessica

I liked digging to find what birds eat in the dirt. Nini

I went into a dark room and I saw a real live crocodile. I touched the glass and it moved. Deanna

The most interesting thing was the lions. There was a baby lion. Rita

By Selena Reedman
Foundation Class Teacher


Year 1-6 Co-Curricular Activity – Green Team

It has been a busy few weeks for the Green Team at Ormiston. They returned to school this term to a fiercely-growing vegetable patch and have learnt that regular weeding is required! Last week, the team planted a few items perfect for the upcoming winter season including strawberries, silverbeet, onions and dill. Whilst planting, Nathan from Pinwheel and Co. came by and collected some of our mint and chives which was later used for the Green Gecko Social Justice Dinner in the Senior School on Friday night. On Wednesday of this week, we made a special delivery to Dan and his team at The Figtree Café – a bag of sage leaves, ready for Friday’s dinner box. Thank you to Dan and his team for embracing our veggie patch produce and to Deanna D’Rozario for your enthusiasm and help with our planting and for supporting us as we continue to learn how to look after our plants and garden.

By Miranda Jackson
Year 1J Class Teacher


Year 1 Chickens

We have had a very egg-citing couple of weeks in Year 1! As part of our Inquiry investigation, Where does it come from and where does it go?, the girls have been involved in a two-week chicken hatching experience based in the classroom. This fun, interactive and experiential learning program has prompted interesting discussions and wonderings, and provided a fantastic opportunity for the girls to explore life cycles and how humans and animals rely on each other.

I learnt how many days it takes for a chicken to hatch. It takes 21 days. Jasmine

I’m surprised how the chickens get out of the egg because it takes so many pecks for them to hatch. It uses its egg tooth to peck out. Natasha C & Emily

When all the four chicks hatched, I thought that the last egg would not hatch because the last chick, which is called Caesar, was very weak. Mrs Jackson had to help him by pealing off the egg. – Chloe L

I was surprised that Fluffy hatched so early because it was supposed to take 21 days but it took a couple of days less. Natasha O

I’ve learnt that they need quiet and a warm environment. I liked getting to hold them and letting them out of the brooder box. Allegra

I like it when they walk around. They are very cute. Chloe M

I’ve learnt that they need to be in the incubator until they are fully dry then they go into the brooder box. Scarlett

By Michelle Kalus
Year 1K Class Teacher


Year 5 and 6 Co-Curricular Activity – Vocal Express

Vocal Express is an auditioned choir for girls with a keen interest in music and singing in Years 5 and 6. We rehearse on Wednesday lunchtimes and without fail the girls are there every week, lunch finished and ready to sing! We have been working on a variety of pieces including When You Believe (from The Prince of Egypt) and Shoshone Love Song (a Native American poem set to a lyrical melody). The girls are also extending their musicianship skills including score reading, sight singing and aural skills. I thoroughly enjoy walking into the Chapel every Wednesday lunchtime to a full choir, often already singing and rehearsing!

By Jessica Huggett
Junior School Music Teacher


Year 2 Under the Sea

On Wednesday the 4th of May, Year 2 were involved in a wonderful exploration of the sea, an Under the Sea drama event. Throughout the session, we were involved in storytelling and acting out the roles of various sea creatures and humans such as divers, fish, sharks, seaweed, sea jellies (jellyfish) and dolphins. Acting out these stories about the ocean and its wildlife was a fun and interesting way to learn new and important information about sea life and ways in which humans can help to protect our oceans.

By Melissa Thomassen
Year 2T Class Teacher


Year 3 Co-Curricular Activity – Art Club

Year 3 have been working on a range of Growth Mindset vocabulary. They brainstormed words that have a 3 and 4 letters, such as: goal, mind, team, help, hope, try and aim. Then the students painted the word in bubble writing on a grid, outlining the word in black to stand out. Another activity was looking at landscapes and one point perspective. The students created a patchwork landscape using acrylic paints. The way the lines have been drawn, draws the eye to the centre.

By Fiona Gibson
Art Teacher


Food Allergy Awareness Week 2016   Theme: “Food Allergies: React with Respect”

This week at our Junior School Assembly, our School Nurse Kathy Rigopoulos spoke to the girls about anaphylaxis and how to look after each other at school. Kathy gave the girls a number of questions about anaphylaxis, and their knowledge and understanding of this topic was excellent. Please keep an eye out for a Library display outlining this special week and the girls were encouraged to speak to their class teachers about this very important topic. If as parents you need any further information in regards to anaphylaxis, please contact Kathy Rigopoulos here at the Junior School through Susannah Jepson


I would like to wish everyone a lovely weekend.
Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

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Senior School

At the Senior School Assembly on 3 May, our School Captains led with a focus on the Term 2 theme of kindness. Our School Captain, Karen Zhang, introduced the theme by referring to a famous proverb from a Chinese philosopher who once said “Kindness in words creates confidence; Kindness in thinking creates profoundness; and Kindness in giving creates love.” Karen reminded us all that being kind, generous, loving and considerate has a very positive effect on the world and that we should remember that ultimately the grass is green where you water it.

Our Captains were all strong in providing positive affirmations to our students at this Assembly with Vice Captain Tiarnie Ellingworth drawing attention to our Tigger mascot. If you haven’t been up and down the Woodstock stairs this term, you should take a walk and share in Tigger’s motivational quotes. I know that they have brightened my day simply by sharing in the thoughts of good will and kindness and I’m sure they have inspired many of you to be more thoughtful in your actions.

Before leading the Assembly in prayer, Vice Captain Cindy Jiang shared the words of Mark Twain. “Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Kindness is the universal gesture that allows us to be connected to people from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world, sometimes in surprising ways.”

Moving through this term, and indeed through life, we should all be motivated to live life with a kind heart, taking time to connect thoughtfully with those around us.


Staff Carparking – Torrington Street Car Parks

We take this opportunity to remind all parents of processes for dropping off students in the morning in Torrington Street. We appreciate that the area is very busy in the mornings and that parents are often rushing to get to their own places of work.

All Torrington Street car spaces in both of our carparks – the eastern (near the netball courts) and western (near the swimming pool) are allocated to individual staff members. Parents are reminded and asked not to use these areas as a drop of zone for their children. The safety of all our girls is our shared priority and with this in mind cars coming and going from these car parks at peak times increases the potential for accidents to occur.

We kindly suggest that all parents drop off and collect their daughters in the surrounding streets.


Parent Education Session

On Tuesday evening, we held our fourth Parent Education Session for 2016. Professor Gregory Murray delivered a presentation on Sleep, Adolescence and School. We had strong attendance at the session and many parents expressed an interest in some literature covering the points discussed, together with recommendations for further reading material. We are happy to share with you the following information from the Presentation.

Greg Murray Sleep Presentation

Sleep tips for teens

Sleep Seminar Exercises

Our next Parent Information Session will be held on Tuesday 21 June in Barbara Sutton Hall and is on a topic that should be of interest and concern to all parents. Linette Etheredge will deliver an important, thought provoking and at times confronting discussion called Let’s Chat About It.

This discussion will address the question Who is teaching young people about sex and relationships in the digital era? Whilst the internet is great for many things, information on this subject does not present good role model information for building healthy and respectful relationships.

A flyer for this event can be viewed HERE. Bookings are essential, please RSVP, but this will be strictly an Adults Only presentation, limited to only 80 places across the two Camberwell Grammar schools.


In Conversation with Alice Pung

On Thursday 9 June, Alice Pung, one of Australia’s most talented and celebrated young writers, will be visiting Camberwell Girls. During the day Alice will address all of the girls in Year 11 together with a handful lucky girls who will have applied to meet Alice through writing a submission explaining why they wish to participate.

In the evening at 7pm, in the Senior School library, all parents and girls are invited to RSVP their interest in attending the In Conversation. Alice, a child of Chinese immigrants, was raised in Melbourne’s western suburbs. She burst onto the literary scene when she was just 25 with her award-winning memoir, Unpolished Gem. A lawyer and teacher, she has written children’s and young-adult fiction, as well as a novel exploring her father’s experiences on the Cambodian Killing Fields. Pung conceived of and edited the hugely popular anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia, a collection of stories that give voice to the children of Asian immigrants. One of her recent books, Laurinda, explores the issues surrounding transition to a new school.

Come and hear one of Australia’s most sought-after public speakers discuss her life, work and influences. A must hear for all. A full flyer can be viewed HERE


Session Year 8 Camp

Our Year 8s have been on camp this week. The weather has been less than ideal but Mr Shane Maycock, the supporting teachers and camp staff have adjusted the program on a daily basis to allow a full schedule of activities. All students look forward to their own beds after a week at camp, but I think it may be especially true for this group. In the next CamNews we look forward to providing photographs and sharing highlights of their camp.

Remember that the CGGS Facebook page and Twitter account are a great way of keeping up to date, particularly when the girls are on camp.


Fitness Camp 2016

On Friday 29 April, almost 80 girls from Year 7- 12 attended the annual fitness camp – a highly anticipated event on the CGGS calendar. This year, however, was a little different in that the camp was hosted at Phillip Island. This allowed us to fit more into the weekend and participate in an even bigger range of physical activity than we have in previous years. It was so good to see the girls trying new activities, learning new skills and having fun at the same time!

Our theme for the weekend was ‘Olympics’ and on the Saturday night the girls all dressed up and participated in a Mini Olympics. The fitness activities included surfing, orienteering, team rescue, team building exercises, frisbee golf and yoga.

Overall, the weekend was a huge success, thank you to Ms Law and all the sports staff who made the weekend possible.


Year 10 Elective Geography Fieldtrip to Point Nepean National Park

On Thursday 28 April, the Year 10 Geography class went on a field trip to Point Nepean National Park, located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula.

The purpose of the field trip was to visit an Amazing and Impossible Place to collect data on management strategies and resource use to investigate how conflict arises over different viewpoints on development to attract visitors.

The group visited Gunners Cottage and walked a short distance through the endangered Coastal Moonah Woodland to the Point Nepean Cemetery. The Cemetery was built in 1854 to replace the old Quarantine Station burial ground, which became unsuitable due to beach erosion.

At Fort Nepean we saw many relics of the defence of Victoria – with military fortifications dating back to the 1880’s, from where the first shots were fired by Australia in both the First and Second World Wars.

On the way back to the Quarantine Station we stopped at Cheviot Hill where looked down at Cheviot Beach where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing on 17 December 1967.

Back at school, we are working collaboratively to devise a plan to improve the visitor experience by sustainably developing one site in the National Park. We thank Mrs Anderson and Mrs Broadbridge for taking us on this worthwhile excursion.


Swinburne Scholarships

Mrs Trish Dolan, our Careers Counsellor, joined with recipients and their families at the presentation of this year’s Swinburne Scholarships. Mai Nguyen, Year 12 2015, was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. This prestigious award sees Mai receive an annual stipend for the duration of her degree, a one off payment towards an international study experience, as well as a guaranteed place in Swinburne’s student accommodation. Congratulations Mai.

Rozetta Kimber, also from Year 12 2015 received an Access Scholarship towards her studies in Business. Rozetta received one off payment to assist with her study costs. Congratulations Rozetta.


Monash University Scholarships

On Friday 6 May the Monash University Scholarships were announced. A further three of our Year 12 2015 students were awarded scholarships for the studies. The following girls are to be congratulated:

Karyn Zhang                         Monash Scholarship for Excellence and Equity

Annabelle Lee                       Monash Scholarship for Excellence and Equity

Olivia Staaf                            Monash Community Leaders Scholarship

Congratulations to Karyn, Annabelle and Olivia. We look forward to hearing more of their successes as they continue with their university studies.


Victorian Rhythmic Championships

On 1 May, Ashleigh Cheung (Year 8) competed in the Victorian Rhythmic Gymnastic Championships. She competed at Level 8 Nationals and came 3rd Overall, 2nd in Hoop and 3rd in Clubs and Rope.

As a result of these strong results Ashleigh has qualified to represent Team Victoria in the upcoming Australian Gymnastics Championships held from 30th May to 3rd June at Hisense Arena.

Both Yanny Wang, Year 10 and Marlee-Shae Holden, Year 12 will also representing Victoria at the up-coming Australian Gymnastics Championships

Congratulations to all the girls on their selection and we look forward to hearing about their achievements at the Australian Championships.



We have many opportunities for our students, particularly in Years 7 and 8, to extend themselves mathematically. We enthusiastically encourage them to get involved and have a go.

> Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (Year 7 & 8 students) – Begins Week 5 of Term 2

The Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians is a major mathematical problem solving event supported by the Australian government. It has been designed for the top ten percent of students in Years 7 and 8. It provides mathematical enrichment for talented students by broadening students’ knowledge of mathematics and its applications. This is an ideal activity for those students with a desire to go beyond the standard school syllabus and explore more advanced mathematics. An enrichment challenge will be available to students wishing to pursue the Maths Challenge pathway.

> APSMO Maths Olympiad (Year 7 & 8 students) – Begins May

The annual APSMO Olympiad consists of 5 separate contests, 1 per month from May until September. Students compete individually and entries are combined for team submission. Students must complete all 5 contests to be eligible for awards. This year we have registered two teams; 30 students at Year 7 and 30 students at Year 8. Try outs have taken place and the top 30 students will be chosen.

> Australian Mathematics Competition (Year 7 – 12) – Thursday 28th July

The Australian Mathematics Competition is a voluntary competition for all students across Year 7 – 12. Girls are invited to email Ms Kinnane with their interest to enter by the end of the school day Monday 18th May. For practice questions, follow the link

> ICAS Mathematics Competition (Year 7 – 10) – Tuesday 16th August

All girls in Year 7 – 10 have been registered for the ICAS Mathematics Competition. It will involve students completing an hour long paper covering all five strands of Mathematics. Certificates and prizes are available for top performing students.

We look forward to our girls’ involvement in these competitions this year.


With best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Recent Articles


In today’s editorial Mrs Dunwoody reflects on the fantastic evening that saw our Senior School Library be officially named, Brooksbank Library after the founder of CGGS.

Senior School

The Senior School celebrated Diversity Week this week – a week where we celebrate our vibrant and inclusive community!

Junior School

The Junior School Foundation class had some new fluffy classmates join them this past fortnight!

Connected Community

CGGS was thrilled to finally be able to host two fantastic events this past fortnight that have been postponed for the past two years!




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

Monday 16 May 
> Y5 & 6 Waterpolo, 6.45am Senior Pool
> Y3 Excursion to the Royal Botanical Gardens
> Senior Sport (Y11 & Y12)

Tuesday 17 May
> Junior School Tennis Coaching, 7.40am
> Y3 – 4 Athletics Club
> Y5 – 6 Inter-schoolSport

Wednesday 18 May 
> Y3 – 6 Swimming Squad, 6.45am Senior Pool
> Murrundindi Visits
> Y4 – 5 Code Club, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
> Intermediate Sport (Y9 & Y10)
> Parents’ & Friends’ Association Meeting, Boardroom 7.30pm

Thursday 19 May 
> Junior School Tennis Coaching, 7.40am
> Y3 – 6 Symphonia, 7.30am
> Y1 Drama Club, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
> Junior Sport (Y7 & Y8)
> Y9 Dance Class, Robinson Hall 7.30pm
> Interactive Evening For Y7 2017/2018, 6.30pm Anne Feehan Building

Friday 20 May 
> Y3 – 6 Swimming Squad, 6.45am Senior Pool
>  Y5 & 6 Grandparents & Special Older Friends Morning, Junior School Hall
> House Music Festival, 7.30pm Barbara Sutton Hall

Monday 23 May
> Y5 & 6 Waterpolo, 6.45am Senior Pool
> Senior Sport (Y11 & Y12)

Tuesday 24 May 
> Murrundindi Visits
> Junior School Tennis Coaching, 7.40am
> Y7 Immunisations
> Y3 – 4 Athletics Club
> Y5 – 6 Inter-schoolSport

Wednesday 25 May 
> Y3 – 6 Swimming Squad, 6.45am Senior Pool
> Intermediate Sport (Y9 & Y10)
> Y4 – 5 Code Club, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
> Senior School Careers Evening, 7.30pm Senior School

Thursday 26 May 
> Junior School Tennis Coaching, 7.40am
> Y3 – 6 Symphonia, 7.30am
> Y1 Drama Club, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
> Y7 ICAS Science Competition
> Junior Sport (Y7 & Y8)
> Y9 Dance Class, Robinson Hall 7.30pm

Friday 27 May 

>Reconciliation Week Commences

Recent Articles


In today’s editorial Mrs Dunwoody reflects on the fantastic evening that saw our Senior School Library be officially named, Brooksbank Library after the founder of CGGS.

Senior School

The Senior School celebrated Diversity Week this week – a week where we celebrate our vibrant and inclusive community!

Junior School

The Junior School Foundation class had some new fluffy classmates join them this past fortnight!

Connected Community

CGGS was thrilled to finally be able to host two fantastic events this past fortnight that have been postponed for the past two years!




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

Wednesday 4 May
> Year 12 Geography excursion to Alphington, all day
> Year 9 Matilda: the Musical at the Princess Theatre, 7.30pm

Thursday 5 May
> Mother’s Day Breakfast, Robinson Hall & Figtree Cafe, 7.30am
Bookings for this event close on Monday
> In Conversation: Medical Marijuana, Senior School Library, 7.00pm

Friday 6 May
> Year 9 Geography incursion, Period 3
> VCE Units 3/4 Global Politics excursion, 12.00pm
> Social Justice Dinner, 7.00pm Robinson Hall
Bookings for this event close soon –

Sunday 8 May
> Mother’s Day – Happy Mother’s Day to all our CGGS Mums

Monday 9 May
> Year 8 camp departs for Port Campbell, returns Friday 13 May

Tuesday 10 May
> NAPLAN testing begins
> Year 12 Business Management excursion, from 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Friday 13 May
> Year 8 camp returns from Port Campbell

Sunday 15 May
> BCNA Pink Lady Match Exquisite High Tea, MCG, 1.30pm to 6.30pm

Recent Articles


In today’s editorial Mrs Dunwoody reflects on the fantastic evening that saw our Senior School Library be officially named, Brooksbank Library after the founder of CGGS.

Senior School

The Senior School celebrated Diversity Week this week – a week where we celebrate our vibrant and inclusive community!

Junior School

The Junior School Foundation class had some new fluffy classmates join them this past fortnight!

Connected Community

CGGS was thrilled to finally be able to host two fantastic events this past fortnight that have been postponed for the past two years!

Junior School


Junior School

In-Conversation Parent Workshop 1 – Growth Mindset

Last Friday, Craig Goodwin, Deputy Head of Junior School worked closely with a group of eleven parents and explored the concept of the growth mindset here at Ormiston. Craig completed two activities with the group and discussed what areas of the growth mindset we have covered at our weekly Junior School assemblies.

The big messages from the session was to remind parents that making mistakes is an important part of the learning process and to remember to promote a positive attitude with their daughters when faced with challenges in their learning both at home and at school.

Our next In-Conversation Parent Workshop will take place on Friday 13 May at 8.45am – 9.45am and Craig will be building on the understandings of the growth mindset from the first workshop. We welcome parents to come along and learn more about this new mindset and how we are using it at Ormiston to improve student learning. Parents will receive a list of growth mindset strategies to use at home with their daughters.

This term, our third In-Conversation Parent Workshop has been changed to Tuesday 31 May. More information will be coming out shortly to confirm this new date.


Ormiston’s Full S.T.EA.M Ahead Program

This term we have introduced an exciting program to the Junior School which aims to combine a range of skills from across STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) disciplines. The Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead program will provide learning experiences that encourage students to respond creatively to design challenges whilst developing skills in collaboration and critical thinking.

It has been wonderful to see the students responding positively to design challenges by generating, recording and evaluating their ideas in a number of ways. The girls are managing projects independently and collaboratively, posing and responding to questions, making observations and engaging in discussions.

The Year 1 students have been learning about the science of movement in relation to puppets. They are exploring how technologies use forces to create movement and have transferred this knowledge to generate and develop their own design ideas. The girls have explored the properties and characteristics of a range of different materials in preparation of making their own movable puppet. We have seen the girls evaluating and modifying their design throughout the process and enthusiastically participating in each stage of the project.

The Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead challenge for the Year 2s is to construct a parachute that will carry a plasticine person safely to the ground. The students quickly became absorbed in building their first parachutes. Before testing their initial creations, we heard some interesting predictions and reasoning about how well the parachutes would work, as well as changes to the construction or materials which might improve performance. Each student has faced some challenges in the design, construction or testing of her parachute but has persisted and used mistakes as the stepping stones to success.

After getting inspiration from greenhouse designs in Antarctica and elsewhere, the Year 4 students created an original design for a greenhouse. The construction process has brought many challenges and it has been instructive to see the way students have been able to select and test materials, modify their designs, and come up with new concepts and solutions for building their greenhouses. We have overheard a lot of positive language indicative of the growth mindset and observed some fantastic collaborative work. We are looking forward to testing the greenhouses to see how effective they are at helping plants to grow in colder weather.

Looking ahead the Year 3 to 6 students will participate in a range of robotics courses where they will develop basic programming and coding skills to program a robot for a specific purpose. These experiences will allow the girls to develop confidence as critical users of technologies.

Penny Dumsday & Annabelle Vivarini
Junior School S.T.E.A.M Educators

Junior School Assembly – Theme: Bravery

These past two weeks the Ormiston community have been exploring a Growth Mindset and the need for bravery. Why bravery? As teachers, we are encouraging the children to develop, and test, their ideas. Innovation and design have been key components to this process. However, we are exploring the notion that it is good to reflect on our mistakes and to use that information so that we can adjust our thinking.

How many times have you heard the saying ‘Learn from your mistakes?’ This is the opportunity to explore that concept! That is where effort, combined with the bravery to acknowledge and learn from our mistakes, creates a truly effective Growth Mindset. Learning is an ongoing journey that is enriched by our willingness to test out our ideas and embrace challenges.

Craig Goodwin
Deputy Head of Junior School (Student Wellbeing)


Early Learning 3 Class – Harvesting the Apples

After waiting and watching very patiently, the children in Early Learning 3 and 4 were able to harvest the apples from our apple tree! Mrs Effie Kitsiris and the children in EL3 wondered how we were going to get them down. They problem solved together and figured out that the climbing frames were not going to be high enough. Mrs Effie had to climb into the pot to reach the high ones!

“The big one is up very high and the small one is down low”, said Ethan.

We then sat together and talked about how food grows. Mrs Melissa asked the children the question, “What else grows on trees”?

“I think bananas grow on trees… and cherries,” said Nellie.

“Where do we get other fruit from?” asked Miss Melissa.

“The supermarket man gets the fruit,” said Molly.

“The man grows it….the garden man,” added Erica.

“How does it get to the shops?” asked Miss Melissa.

“The truck gets it,” responded Laila.

“The yoghurt!…It walks!” said Mischa.

“A Mum takes it to the shops,” added Tiah.

“Fruit is all around the shop,” said Claerwen.

Melissa Field
EL3 Teacher


Year 1 Excursion – Chesterfield Farm

As a part of our inquiry unit, Where Does it Come From and Where Does it Go?, Year 1 went on our first excursion for the year to Chesterfield Farm. We explored and discovered many amazing things on the farm and loved feeding the animals in the paddocks. We cuddled the baby animals in the nursery, watched Bridget the sheep-dog at work and and we even got to milk Tina the cow.

“I learnt how you should tuck the rabbit’s head under your arm and hold it so that it feels safe.” Natasha O
“I learnt how to milk a cow and what a calf looks like.” Scarlett
“I learnt that you can’t drink milk before it’s pasteurised.” Lotje

We also learnt that alpacas help to protect sheep at night by scaring away foxes, and that using machinery has made shearing sheep a lot easier. We had a wonderful day and look forward to making many more discoveries throughout the term

Miranda Jackson & Michelle Kalus
Year 1 Teachers


Year 4 – 6 House Cross Country


This was the mindset that all Years 4 – 6 Ormiston students took with them into the 2016 House Cross Country at Shenley Reserve on Thursday 14 April. The girls took to the running challenge with enthusiasm and determination. Results were extremely close with Taylor winning, Singleton and Lawrence equal second and Schofield fourth.

Congratulations to our year level winners:

Year 4   Emily Price

Year 5   Evie Williams

Year 6   Susannah Lutze

Next on the Cross Country agenda is the age and time-based District Cross Country Carnival on 13 May and the GSV Carnival on 27 May, where Years 5 and 6 girls are part of the CGGS Cross Country team. 

Kerry O’Callaghan
Junior School PE Teacher


Year 3 – 6 – Ashburton United Soccer Club Clinic

Late in Term 1 during PE, girls in Years 3 – 6 were involved in a soccer program, facilitated by coaches from Ashburton United Soccer Club. The aim was to introduce our girls to the fastest growing sport for females in Australia by engaging them in fun, skill based sessions where they learnt to dribble, pass and control the ball. Their development over the four weeks was amazing and all girls enjoyed levels of success as a result of their commitment and enthusiasm for their own learning. Well done to all involved.

Nareen Robinson
Junior School PE Teacher


Year 1 Drama Club

Junior School has introduced a Drama Club to their co-curricular programming this year, led by Cara Whitehouse. Following on from the hugely successful Year 2/3 Drama Club in Term 1, during Term 2, a group of fourteen Year 1 students will develop a performance of Dr Seuss poetry for an assembly. The classes specifically develop children’s unique creative expression, confidence in public speaking and performance, vocal support (projection) and team work.

Being able to present one’s ideas with confidence, whether in the classroom, with peers or eventually in the workforce, is a hugely important skill to develop and Drama Club gives students an opportunity to practice this skill early in life, in a safe environment. The curriculum includes a range of drama games, reading with expression, memorisation and developing characters from scratch.

Cara Whitehouse
Speech & Drama Teacher


Morning Routines

I would like to encourage parents to promote independence with their daughter by encouraging them to come into school each morning by themselves, and for them to learn to get ready for the school day. Classroom teachers are available from 8.25am – 8.40am each morning to help and support students complete their daily routines before classes start at 8.40am. It is very important for teachers to have this time to work directly with students to ensure a smooth start to the day. As parents, if you would like to speak with your daughter’s classroom teacher, please arrange a convenient time with them so you are able to speak for a longer period of time about your daughter’s progress at school.

I would like to wish everyone a lovely weekend.

Paul Donohue
Head of Junior School

Recent Articles


In today’s editorial Mrs Dunwoody reflects on the fantastic evening that saw our Senior School Library be officially named, Brooksbank Library after the founder of CGGS.

Senior School

The Senior School celebrated Diversity Week this week – a week where we celebrate our vibrant and inclusive community!

Junior School

The Junior School Foundation class had some new fluffy classmates join them this past fortnight!

Connected Community

CGGS was thrilled to finally be able to host two fantastic events this past fortnight that have been postponed for the past two years!

Senior School


Senior School

This week on Wednesday we held our Annual Founders’ Day commemoration service at St Mark’s Church. Celebrating our 96th year, the service was attended by all students from Years 6 – 12. This day commemorates the establishment of Camberwell Girls Grammar School, recognising the Founders’ for their vision in providing girls with the same high quality education that had previously only been available to boys.

The service started with Tallis’ Canon, sung with strength by The Preston Singers and then the Vicar of St Mark’s, Archdeacon Greg Allinson, welcomed us into the newly renovated church. Sarah Lai and Jorgia Goulopoulos introduced the theme, “Into the Unknown . . . with Confidence” and this theme was explored through readings, hymns, poetry, and reflections by three students: Prinyanshi Shah (Year 6), Michaela Robinson (Year 8) and Karen Zhang (Year 12). Our guest was the local poet Cameron Semmens, who threw fresh light on the meaning of the 23rd Psalm. Our students sang the School Hymn with gusto and we are grateful to Frances Lu and Yvonne Gin for providing the piano accompaniment.

Our School Captain, Karen Zhang shared some wonderful sentiments on the Service’s theme. Michaela Robinson, Year 8, also shared her thoughts on being courageous. And,  Prinyanshi Shah Year 6, stood in front of the service and shared her thoughts too. To read these, please refer to the bottom of this article.


Senior School Assembly – Anzac Day

On Tuesday 19 April, at Senior School Assembly, Molly Ewens Year 10 addressed the assembly ahead of ANZAC Day. Following her Term 1 holiday travels to Europe as a part of the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac International Tour, Molly delivered a presentation to the assembly, sharing some slides and talking about her experiences gained as part of the Anzac Tour.

Molly’s travels included meeting with Greek high school students in Lemnos to discuss what the ANZAC spirit meant to them, how significant Greece and Australia’s partnership was in war time, and how it has continued today. A focus of the trip was also to visit a number of cemeteries, a firsthand experience of the price of war and how individuals of all ages, faiths and circumstances were affected.

At the East Moudros Cemetery the group noted the ages of those buried, commonly only 17, 18 or 19, with personal epitaphs written by loved ones back home. It was challenging to see the number of deaths caused by war, in one cemetery alone, and the many personal inscriptions were hard to read.

In West Moudros they visited a Muslim monument where 170 unidentified Egyptian laborers and 57 Turkish prisoners of war lay. They were all buried together because they all followed the Muslim faith, which specifies that after dying your body has to be facing towards Mecca.

At Portianos Military Cemetery they again questioned the loss of so many young lives, but on this occasion in a greater number. This visit brought to light another important role in the Gallipoli campaign, which is often forgotten: the nurses of Lemnos. Two Canadian nurses are buried at this cemetery, and even though they would not have been at Lemnos treating Anzac soldiers, their presence led to a broader conversation on the impact of nurses during wartime. The group agreed that it is important to acknowledge their medical assistance and perseverance for the soldiers because, sadly, the nurses’ contribution was often overlooked.

It was wonderful to hear of Molly’s experiences and we appreciated the opportunity to share in her reflections ahead of our wider acknowledgement of ANZAC Day here in Australia.


ANZAC Commemorative Service for Nurses

On Sunday 17 April Mrs Dunwoody attended a commemorative service at the Nurses Memorial Centre in St Kilda. Following on from observations by Molly Ewens and her group during travels in Greece, this service was an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of nurses.

The service was to honour Victorian and other nurses who made sacrifices of life and health, both in times of peace and war. Mrs Dunwoody, together with Celeste Staaf Year 11, laid a wreath at the memorial from CGGS. Mrs Dunwoody was also delighted and surprised when she realised that both Laura Cookson and Anita Karanasio, Year 11 were also officiating in the service as members of the Surrey Hills branch of the Australian Army Cadets.


Parent Education Session

Parents please note that the next Parent Seminar will be held in Barbara Sutton Hall on Tuesday 10 May at 7:30pm.

Parents attending this Parent Education Seminar will learn about the biology of sleep, the challenges of sleep during adolescence, and evidence-based approaches to improving sleep in adolescents. The talk will be engaging and interactive, with attendees encouraged to share their own experiences and thoughts about sleep. Attendees will be provided with a comprehensive handout to support discussion with adolescents about improving their sleep.


Premier’s VCE Awards 2016

The Victorian Premier’s Award Ceremony was held at the Palladium at Crown on Thursday 28 April in the presence of Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM and the Hon James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education.

The annual awards recognise students who have achieved exceptional study scores in one or more subjects.

Daisy Yang, Class of 2015 was awarded a Study Award for her outstanding achievement in German. She was among a total of 289 students who received 312 awards across 83 subjects, including 283 Study Awards, 26 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards, and three Top International Student Awards.

It was a very inspiring ceremony and in pre-recorded interviews students acknowledged the support they had received from their families, teachers and principals. They also read letters to their 50 year old self, contemplating a life that was lived to make a difference and leave the world a better place.

Daisy is to be congratulated on her outstanding result.


National Semi Finalist – BHP Science Awards

Veda Surapaneni, new to Year 10 at Camberwell Girls in 2016, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2016 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards for her ‘Cloud Chamber’ project.

In March of this year Veda received a letter announcing that she had been chosen as one of the 100 national semi-finalists in Australia for the BHP Science Awards. The award was in recognition of an experimental research project that looked into what materials most effectively stop minor radioactive decay.

Veda said that the project gave her a different perspective than what she had previously thought science was all about.


ZONTA Club Award Recipient

Last week we were pleased to receive advice that our School Captain, Karen Zhang, has been selected as the winner of the Zonta Club of Melbourne on Yarra Young Women in Public Affairs Award for 2016.

As part of the selection process Karen had to provide references as well as addressing the judging panel on the most important and rewarding aspect of her leadership role as School Captain. In Karen’s response she expressed her passion for social justice causes and her enjoyment at being able to inspire other girls to be the best they can be.

At the presentation ceremony on the 11th of August at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond, Karen will be delivering an address to the guests via a 10 minute talk on a given topic.

As the Victorian winner, Karen’s application will be forwarded to the judging panel for the Zonta International District 23 Award, the results of which will not be known until August.


Top Acts 2016 – Olivia Staaf

Top Acts is the culmination of the VCE Season of Excellence, which runs annually from February to July. The concert showcases exemplary works by students of design, technology, and the visual and performing arts.

Concert-goers will experience exceptional performances comprising original and interpretations of existing works from across the performing arts. Pieces are selected from over 130 performances from the eleven Top Class concerts. This year, only 25 performances have been selected for Top Acts.

Our own Olivia Staaf, Class of 2015 is one of these 25 performers. Olivia is performing and directing a piece titled Nellie from Salt Creek Murders. Congratulations to Olivia, this is an outstanding achievement.

This year Olivia is studying Science/Arts (Monash University) after receiving a scholarship

Top Acts 2016 will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 6 May 2016 at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank. The public are able to purchase tickets to the evening and it would be wonderful if members of our CGGS community were able to support Olivia in her performance   Tickets can be booked via


Year 9 Camp

Last week the Year 9’s set off to Merricks for camp. It was a week filled with many challenges, fun activities and learning experiences that pushed us out of our comfort zones.

Monday morning we all excitedly met at School, ready and eager to go to Merricks. After the short bus ride we arrived ready to take on the week. For me, my first activity was the camp out. We had to do a 5km hike to the camp site before setting up for camp and cooking our own dinner. The next day, after the cold night outside, we packed up our tents and packed our bags to hike back to the main camp.

We all participated in many more activities such as the tree climb, where we climbed a 20 metre pine tree, orienteering, meditation and yoga but my two favourite activities were snorkelling and surfing.

For snorkelling we got into our big wetsuits, fins and snorkels and headed to Rye Pier where we jumped in and went exploring under the pier. We were very fortunate to see many different types of sea animals such as star fish, jelly fish, hermit crabs and many different types of fish.

Surfing was one of my most memorable highlights on camp. It was exciting heading to the beach and trying to catch some waves. After a quick tutorial and lesson from the surf school we set out into the ocean to try to catch some waves and stand up. It was so much fun, even though we wiped out quite a lot, as by the end everyone in my group had managed to catch a wave.

After a long week filled with numerous activities, lots of fun and many good laughs it finally came to an end. Camp was such a highlight and has been my favourite part of year nine so far. Everyone had such a great time and I can’t wait to camp next year!

The Year 9 girls would like to thank all the staff who attended camp with them, in particular Mr Shane Maycock, Director of Education Outdoors and Ms Liza Stevens, Year 9 Co-ordinator.

View the Year 9 Camp gallery 

Victoria Pearson
Year 9


German Exchange Students

For the past six weeks, we have had two German exchange students as part of our study body. Anna Krautenbacher was hosted by Isabella Nielsen and her family and was a member of 10B.   Luisa Merkl was hosted by Kaitlin Pekin and her family and was a member of 11B.

This week Anna has shared some of her thoughts on her time here at CGGS. She was very enthusiastic about all aspects of her trip, participating widely in all opportunities provided to her here at CGGS, as well as greatly appreciating all the efforts her host family went to in showing her so much of Melbourne, Victoria and even interstate to Sydney.

What are the greatest differences between attending school here in Australia and at home in Germany?

I think the greatest difference between attending school in Germany and here at CGGS is that at home we don´t have a school uniform. To be honest, I like the school uniform a lot because you don´t have to think about what you are going to wear that day and in my opinion it looks really nice if everybody is wearing the same clothes. You immediately feel part of a big community. Another big difference is that you are able to choose so many different electives here, so you can decide what you want to do and learn things you are really interested in.

What have you enjoyed most about your time here at the school?

I most enjoyed meeting so many incredibly nice people and that I could get to know a totally different country and school system and to see many places, especially landscape that you would never see in Germany. I loved doing the creative subjects like visual communication design, as you would never be able to choose this subject in Germany.

What parts of Melbourne/Victoria have you enjoyed visiting with your host family?

I´m very grateful that my host family took me to so many very beautiful places in Melbourne and even to Sydney! The trip I enjoyed the most was the White Night celebration with a visit to the National Art Gallery on my first weekend in Australia. It was amazing to see all the lights everywhere and so many people out on the streets walking peaceful next to each other. Then there was the trip to Sydney and especially enjoyable was the bridge climb. To see the Opera House from such a short distance and the ferry ride we took to darling harbour were real treats. Being able to visit to the city and have a look at all the parks and different parts of the city (I enjoyed china town a lot) was a really special experience.

What are you looking forward most about hosting your exchange “sister” later in the year?

First of all I am just looking forward to seeing Isabella again and to be able to show her wintery Germany around Christmas time. I’m looking forward to showing her a completely different country with lots of perhaps strange tradition and for her to experience a totally different school system. I am also looking forward to introducing her to my friends and to her having a good tine in Germany.

At the end of the year we will look forward to sharing some recollections from Isabella about her experience in staying as an exchange student in Anna’s home.

Founders’ Service Student Reflections 

Karen Zhang

common concern for many Year 12’s is having that dream of what they want to do in the future, but not knowing if they’ll get the ATAR for it, and if they don’t, does that mean they’ve failed themselves? Sometimes it’s okay to not know what you’re going into, and to not let fear or uncertainty deter you from stepping into the unknown and just giving things a try.

Thinking about life after secondary school, used to conjure up feelings of only fear and doubt. But now, it’s kind of an exhilarating feeling, a feeling of excitement of not knowing exactly what to expect but just being willing to enjoy a surprise or two and embrace the moments when you do have to overcome challenges on the spot, and of course – being grateful for what you have in this current moment.


Michaela Robinson

Don’t follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. I love this quote because what it means to me is that it’s good to be different from everyone else and to just be out there and explore the world and new, different things that no one else would think to do or explore.

In Year 6 we had to find a quote for our graduation and I chose this one. I thought this quote was perfect because we were all going our separate ways but most of my primary school friends were going to the same secondary school together except for me because I was going to be one of the only girls to come to Camberwell Girls Grammar. I was very scared because I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t know whether I would find new friends but it also meant I had a chance to follow a new path, make new friends and try new things.

Now I am in my second year at the school and I have made lots of friends and have had so many great opportunities. I am glad that this quote inspired me to follow my own path.


Prinyanshi Shah

The first time I moved to a new country I was 4 years old and that country was Australia. I was in a completely new country, a completely new community and a completely new environment. At first I was very curious and, I have to say, scared. I didn’t know who all these other people were or where my grandpa, grandma and family were. This place wasn’t home. Why were we here? I didn’t know.

There were so many thoughts and questions going around in my head but I didn’t say anything. I took everything in. I came to the realisation that nothing was really the same as India. Everywhere in India there was noise, honking and traffic jams. Nobody followed the rules, nobody listened. In the morning you’d hear people selling fruits and vegetables on a trolley with wheels yelling out; come get your vegetables nice and fresh! All the colour and the noise, I loved India and it was home.

Sometimes when my mum, dad and I would go out in Melbourne, I would look at all the people surrounding us, all the people in their cars, all the people in the shops. Who were they and what language did they speak? They definitely didn’t speak a language I could understand. My mum and dad, on the other hand, seemed to be able to speak that language exceptionally well. Over the years I heard my mum and dad speak English and, slowly, I could speak it too. By the time I was 6, I could speak fluent English and I had adapted to the new world I lived in although we would also visit my grandparents and extended family in India every year.

Right now, after living here for 8 years, I feel like a true Australian, because I have got an Australian citizenship, but also mostly because I’ve lived here so long it’s like my second home. Having said that, in the bottom of my heart, India still welcomes me every year, because it was where I was born and it has a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to find out what the future holds for me. Life for me is still slowly unravelling as the years go by. Thank you!

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend and I look forward to sharing breakfast with many families at next Friday’s Mother’s Day celebration. If you haven’t  already booked your tickets for breakfast, please do so across the weekend.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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