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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Our Year 5 & 6 students had some new classmates join them last week and our ELC students had a visit from Martin, our CGGS Gardener.


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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

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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

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This week Mrs Dunwoody shares some exciting news about our Early Learning Centre.

Senior School

It has been a busy fortnight at Senior School with Year 7 Camp, lots of sporting success and the Winter Sleep Out.

Junior School

Our Year 5 & 6 students had some new classmates join them last week and our ELC students had a visit from Martin, our CGGS Gardener.


You only have one more week to get your Early Bird Tickets to the event of the century!




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


This week Mrs Dunwoody shares some exciting news about our Early Learning Centre.

Senior School

It has been a busy fortnight at Senior School with Year 7 Camp, lots of sporting success and the Winter Sleep Out.

Junior School

Our Year 5 & 6 students had some new classmates join them last week and our ELC students had a visit from Martin, our CGGS Gardener.


You only have one more week to get your Early Bird Tickets to the event of the century!

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

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This week Mrs Dunwoody shares some exciting news about our Early Learning Centre.

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It has been a busy fortnight at Senior School with Year 7 Camp, lots of sporting success and the Winter Sleep Out.

Junior School

Our Year 5 & 6 students had some new classmates join them last week and our ELC students had a visit from Martin, our CGGS Gardener.


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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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This week Mrs Dunwoody shares some exciting news about our Early Learning Centre.

Senior School

It has been a busy fortnight at Senior School with Year 7 Camp, lots of sporting success and the Winter Sleep Out.

Junior School

Our Year 5 & 6 students had some new classmates join them last week and our ELC students had a visit from Martin, our CGGS Gardener.


You only have one more week to get your Early Bird Tickets to the event of the century!

Preparing Young Women for the Future


Preparing Young Women for the Future

Religious Education at Camberwell Girls 

How do we prepare young women for success in an unknown future?

This was the question put to teachers at the recent staff professional development day, influenced by a viewing of the film ‘Most Likely to Succeed’.

Religion is not usually seen to be synonymous with success, at least in the conventional sense of the word. But how about in terms of the unknown future? The very fact that religion is prominent in the news means that it is a very present reality for all of us, whether we like it or not. The days are gone when, under the influence of the European Enlightenment, we could think of our era as a time of ever expanding, triumphant secularity.

Religion is certainly about the unknown, and indeed, about the essentially unknowable. The nineteenth-century scholar Rudolf Otto summed up his notion of what he called ‘the Holy’ in the concise Latin expression, tremendum et fascinans, pointing to a combination of overwhelmingly terrifying (‘tremendous’) vitality and at the same time enticing fascination. The point is that words fail us when we consider the holy. More recently, the theologian Monica Furlong, quoting the British novelist Iris Murdoch, warned that the power of religion can be ‘a dangerous delight’. Religion does fascinate, but as the news reminds us constantly, it is dangerous – almost too dangerous to handle. But that is exactly why we need to handle it, and empower young people to handle it well.

As an Anglican School, Camberwell Girls has always offered Religious Education. This does not make us a ‘religious school’ (a term we sometimes see in the newspapers, suggesting some sort of heavy-handed religious proselytism) nor is it a religion-free zone. We welcome all students, whether they share particular religious beliefs or not, but we are also unapologetic about our Christian (and specifically Anglican) ethos. Students are introduced to this Christian, Anglican ethos both through timetabled classes and through public worship (‘common prayer’, as the Anglicans have customarily called it).

The classes in Senior School follow an agreed curriculum. In Years 7 and 8, students are offered an introduction to the key stories in the New Testament and the Hebrew Scriptures, respectively. In Year 9, students are asked to engage with a series of ethical problems, and given some technical conceptual tools to make sense of these problems and their responses to them. What is the difference, for example, between a rules-based and a results-based approach to ethics, and how might this influence people in making particular ethical decisions? In Year 10, all students are introduced to the critical reading and interpretation (exegesis) of selected biblical texts, following Unit 1 of the VCE Texts and Traditions study design. At Years 11 and 12, the School offered VCE Religion and Society this year for the first time, and it is hoped that this will continue into the future.

Religious Education, however, is far more integral to the culture of the School than simply the designated RE classes. Social Justice has a long history at Camberwell Girls, arising out of the School’s Christian ethos. More recently, some other themes and life skills previously covered in RE have moved into core programs in their own right. The Positive Education program engages students in activities on issues that were formerly, and are still also addressed in RE: identity and belonging, virtues and character strengths, meditation and mindfulness.

For Anglicans, belief has always been expressed more through common prayer and practical service than through intellectual formulations. It is not surprising that activities such as these, along with explicit times of prayer and praise, should embody our deepest convictions about who we are and what reality is like, ‘yesterday and today and forever’. The future is unknown, always open and opening to the new, in ways that can be both exciting and alarming. The faith that inspires our School’s ethos is a faith in one who is always doing a new thing, and in whose hands are not only the past and the present, but – even more so – the reality to come.

With best wishes,

Duncan Reid
Head of Religious Education

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Welcome back to Term 2.

It has been an exciting start with students beginning the term in our new Year 7 and 8 Building. On Tuesday morning our Year 7 and 8 students were the first to explore and utilise the new space, with the wider student body free to roam from recess. Seeing this beautiful new space finished and our students working and socialising within it, makes the process completely worthwhile. During Term 3 we look forward to an official opening when our whole School community will be invited to come and enjoy our shared facilities.

Senior School administration, reception and the Health Centre are now located on the ground floor of the new building. Students should all report to Mrs Burns when arriving late or leaving early and all general student enquiries should now be directed to this area. Parents are welcome to access the space via Figtree café, crossing through the central quadrangle area to the new building. We look forward to sharing the space with you.

At the end of Term 1 we held Easter Services at St Mark’s Church and our School Vice Captain, Cindy Jiang delivered the prayer to Senior School. Her words are relevant not only to Easter, a most significant time on our religious calendar, but are an expression of the types of global citizens we are striving to educate. I am happy to share her words with you here.

We thank you for this opportunity to gather here today. In this time of reflection, we pray in remembrance of the victims of the Brussels terrorist attack and their families. We pray that those who have lost their lives will rest in peace and freedom in your care, and that their families will be comforted by your presence in this time of hardship and brief.

Lord, in this time where hatred is ever present, we pray for courage, hope and solidarity. Regardless of what we believe in, we pray that we can unite against fear, set aside any differences in race, gender, age and religion, and face this challenge as people of the world. Lord, we do not ask for world peace, only the ability to achieve it – may this generation grow to become advocates of justice, freedom and equality.


Learning Conversations Years 7-10

Tuesday and Thursday evenings have seen the School alive with the presence of teachers, parents and students for the year’s first Years 7-10 Learning Conversations. This is an important opportunity for us to connect and work together at our shared goal of providing the best education for the students in our care. Parents should remember that Year Level Co-ordinators, Form Teachers and indeed all teaching staff are available to support you with any concerns you have at any time during the year.


Premier’s Spirit of Anzac International Tour
Last term we shared with you the news that two of our students had been selected as recipients of awards in the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac competition.

During term break Molly Ewens, Year 10, was selected to participate in an international study tour to visit sites where Australians served in war. To read all about Molly’s once in a lifetime experience, click here.


Cross Country
Although the weather has started to cool down, it was kind to us on Thursday and provided the perfect day for House Cross Country.

At 9.30am our Years 4-12 students gathered to make their way to Shenley Reserve for the annual Cross Country event, with some fantastic results by the students. We congratulate the following Senior School students.

Year 7
1st Sophie Giagoudakis
2nd Megan Quach
3rd Belinda Lemanis
Year 8
1st Anabel Car
2nd Madison Murphy
3rd Haylie Chen
Year 9
1st Zoe Giagoudakis
2nd Emma Campain
3rd Eloise Schilling
Year 10
1st Lama Halabi
2nd Kate Sturzaker
3rd Molly Ewens
Year 11
1st Mia Sieber
2nd Laura King
3rd Melanie Li
Year 12
1st Emma Pearce
2nd Tiarnie Ellingworth
3rd Melissa Poulton
Overall Results
1st Schofield
2nd Lawrence
3rd Taylor
4th Singleton


Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Ed camp was conducted during the school holidays. 18 students travelled to Apollo Bay with Mr Shane Maycock, Mr Mark Barnett and Mrs Jane Bergamin. Students enjoyed mountain biking, surfing and camping out. The camp was a great success and thanks are extended to the teachers involved.


Parent Education Seminar
On Wednesday evening we held our third Parent Education Seminar in conjunction with Camberwell Grammar.

Branding You was delivered by Emily Kucukalic from the Brand New You Group. Emily delivered an address to parents explaining how to help students understand the relevance of personal branding in their lives and the important role it can play in shaping their profile, presence and future.


Monash Engineering Scholarship Celebration
On March 15th Mr Hayden Gyles, Deputy Head of Senior School, attended a presentation at Monash University in Robert Blackwood Hall. Professor Frieder Seible, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Monash, presented a scholarship to Sheila Huang, class of 2015. Our warmest congratulations to Sheila on receiving this scholarship, an acknowledgement of her hard work and focus during her studies at Camberwell Girls.


Coding Club
“By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in the computing-related fields, yet women only fill 3% of these jobs.” The Huffington Post, Australia 19/2/16

These statistics show us that young women are turning their backs on technology and that needs to change. Our girls should consider careers in ICT to close the gender gap and ensure they have a stake in shaping the future.

Computing plays an important role in so many fields, including science and medicine, music and art, business, law and human communication. Knowing how to code will provide our students with an essential skill set.

As part of the School’s STEM initiative, Mrs Karin Lemanis will be running a Coding Club every Tuesday at lunch in the computer labs (Q211), starting on Tuesday 19th April. The Club is open to all students, Years 7-12.

If you are creative, like problem-solving and want to have some fun, then this is for you! For more information, please contact Mrs Karin Lemanis.

With best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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