Senior School


Senior School

August 7, 2020

Week 4 is nearly over and what a week it has been. Flexibility and agility have become the two most used words throughout 2020 and both the students and staff have heard me referring to them often. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to throw curve balls at us all. Together with our amazing students, their parents and the staff, we have once again successfully moved back to full remote learning for all year levels.

As staff, we are in the same boat as students, we’re connecting with each other via zoom for meetings, supporting each other as colleagues, the same way that students are supporting one another.

This week, I am really pleased to share an article from our School Captain Felicia Spiridonos and Vice Captains Loren Palma and Laurya Dang-Nguyen. What a year this has been for them and all our School and House Captains, indeed all the girls in leadership roles. They have all found new and innovative means by which to keep the positivity levels high for all students connecting with the co-curricular programs.

There is a very meaningful and emotional tradition of counting down to the final bell, yes we actually ring the bell, on the last day of Term 4 for our Year 12’s, and on Tuesday our Year 12 cohort decided this was an important way for them to move back into remote learning. The Year 11 students and staff on site watched on as the Year 12’s sang together, ahead of the countdown to 3.25pm. We all felt deeply for these students as they stood as one, still finding the positivity to make a beautiful moment out of something so challenging. We are so proud of all our students, but this Year 12 cohort have really had to pull together and continue to do so. Thankfully, a highlight for them was the arrival of their Year 12 special quarter zip jumper. The students were able to spread out on the oval wearing their new jumper for a photo opportunity at recess on Tuesday. I feel sure they are all wearing their jumper in their remote classes now and this is an essential part of their bonding and connection to each other as a Year Level.

Our Wellbeing Day tomorrow offers another opportunity for students, families and staff, to connect via the opportunities programmed for the day  I am going to try and join for a number of the activities, but will definitely clear my own schedule to join for the Netflix party arranged by our School Captains.

School Assemblies on a Tuesday provide a wonderful opportunity for us all to remain connected and we have all adjusted well to the new format. While we remain in our remote learning format, I would like to share with you links to the assemblies, so that you too can be a part of what is normally only available to students and staff.

Take good care, stay safe and well.

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School


A Message from FL2

No one could have prepared for what this year would bring and teach us. Being relatively small in size, our year level has always had a special bond with each other and this makes it even more difficult to be apart. Although we cannot physically be together, we have stayed connected on social media with our own Year 12 Instagram page as we regularly share laughs, flashback photos, and celebrate some milestone birthdays. Social media has played a significant role in allowing us to continually check in on our classmates’ mental health and offer support to each other amongst the extra stress of uncertainty. As we progress through this second lockdown, the Year 12s will continue to connect in creative ways such as the ‘Netflix Party’ we hosted in Term 2, which recreated the annual Year 12 PJ night in our own homes.

As School Captains, our @wearecggs page on Instagram has been imperative for highlighting key term events and spreading positivity. Each week, we commit to sharing our ‘2 Cents’ on Tuesdays with a topical, inspiring quote. We conclude the week with ‘Virtual Shout-Outs’ by staff and students from contributions on a collaborative Padlet. Since music can really boost our mood, our ‘QuaranTUNES’ playlist on Spotify provides uplifting beats and our Netflix Starter Pack creation has plenty of movie and TV-show recommendations. Last week, we had our first Fun Friday, ‘PJs and Puzzles’, which promised much fun at lunchtime with music and boardgames in the comfort of our PJs! We also feel so grateful for our teachers and their work behind the scenes as they have kept us on track and guided us through all the ups and downs. Specifically, the Year 12s thanked their VCE teachers with a ‘collage card’ including a picture of each girl making a heart to express our collective gratitude.

Tuesday was emotionally difficult for us though, as it marked the last day of Term 3 (and winter uniform!) for us physically being together as a year level, laughing in the Common Room and having casual conversations in the hallways with our teachers. Our initial emotions of anxiety and disappointment, following the announcement of a second lockdown, were soon trumped as our year level heard a ‘final bell’ on Tuesday afternoon. This is a tradition that usually occurs in Term 4 to celebrate the senior girls’ last moments as high school students, but for us, its significance was ever so empowering and needed during this time to acknowledge the last we’d see of each other in person for just over two months. Singing to ‘We’re all in this together’ from High School Musical before hearing the bell at 3.25pm symbolised our year level uniting and our pledge to support each other throughout this experience. The Class of 2020 is resilient and optimistic, and with the support from our dedicated teachers, we feel confident and ready to complete our final SACs. We will miss each other, but with challenges, there’s always a silver lining; an opportunity for personal growth and we are certain that in 9 weeks, our year level will return stronger than ever.


Felicia Spiridonos, Loren Palma, Laurya Dang-Nguyen
School Captain & Vice Captains

Year 7’s – the year so far

At the beginning of this year, I shared a reflection as part of the Year 7 Badge Ceremony which was composed of snippets from each student’s transition survey, highlighting something unique about them. I have shared that again at the end of this piece to highlight what an eclectic bunch our current group of Year 7 students are.

In that speech, I explained that embracing this diversity is what makes us an effective community of learners. The term ‘Ubuntu’ was introduced to the Year 7s, which means ‘I am, because we are’. Now that students have spent more time in remote learning than on-campus learning, this statement is truer than ever. The individual only thrives when the community does.

The focus at Year 7 has as such been upon cultivating a connected community, despite our physical distance. Students have been able to participate in activities devised by the House and School Captains under the theme of #TogetherApart. The Year 7s have demonstrated their characteristic enthusiasm when it comes to co-curricular endeavours, taking up many of the opportunities that were reimagined to take place remotely, including House Cross Country, Drama Club, House Debating, House Public Speaking and the continually evolving components of House Dance, Drama and Music that are currently rehearsing. Our musicians have remained connected with the CGGS Music family, and the girls have been completing the sport and wellbeing challenges that are set each week.

The Wellbeing Days were a highlight for the Year 7s in the first period of remote learning. Another of these is happening today, and I feel sure the students are enjoying the offerings, including mindfulness and movement, strength and conditioning, and a Netflix Party this afternoon, organised and hosted by our School Captains.

As a Wellbeing Team, we continue to adapt and evolve our programs to meet the dynamic needs of our circumstances, and central to this, is continued commitment to supporting and prioritising the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families. Students have given us positive feedback about the inclusion of a ‘rest and revive’ break between each timetabled, synchronous class, and continue to remain engaged with, and optimistic about, their learning.

The ‘Week Ahead’ newsletter that is communicated to students each Friday provides a range of activities, notices and strategies to help keep students connected to school and each other. Students are invited to participate in weekly inter-form challenges aligned with what is happening at school. For example, this week’s challenges were focused on a steps goal and reaching out to friends and loved ones, aligned with CamberWELL Week. Students are also asked to contribute a response to the ‘Morning Post’ on Yammer each day, and each week, the form with the greatest number of responses gets a chance to ‘spin the wheel’ for a prize during Year Level Assemblies.

In this week’s Year Level Assembly, Mr Wilkins and Ms Woolcock shared some tips and ideas around digital wellbeing, followed by a “Dance Monkey” dance party that siblings were encouraged to join the Zoom for.

With the necessity for students to spend more time than ever on their devices, strategies for managing, minimising and optimising screen time are important for students’ overall wellbeing. On Monday 3rdAugust, all year 7s participated in a webinar incursion with Project Rockit. Focused on concepts of leadership, respect and empathy, Project Rockit facilitators use relatable and realistic scenarios to develop digital wellbeing and equip students with a toolkit for managing online interactions.

Some students’ responses to the workshop prompts are included below:

What traits come to mind when you think of a leader?

“Being ready to include everyone and everyone’s ideas! also being prepared to help the other people through support” – Sabrina (7T)

“Whenever I stand up for something I don’t agree with, I always feel a bit nervous and scared, because I never really know what the person’s reaction is going to be, but the feeling afterwards when other people feel inspired by my decision, I feel so amazing, like I could go through stone walls, like I could fly!” – Sarah (7W)


A different question – how can you tell that you’ve spent a bit too much time on your phone/laptop etc?

“I know when I have spent too much time on my devices when my eyes feel sore. When that happens, I shut my devices off and have a break.” – Rachel (7W)

This term, we also launched a Year 7 Project called BEATS and BEEPS and BEETS and BEEPS. Each form group is responding to a project brief under the mentorship of one of our specialist subject teachers, Mr Duniam, Ms Wood, Ms Law and Ms Clarkson. The form groups are working on projects involving music and soundtrack composition, robotics, agility training and gardening at home. They will have the opportunity to share their learning and what they have produced in the Year 7 ‘HIVE’ upon their return. As their work on this project progresses online, they will also have a chance to ‘cross-pollinate’ with students from other form groups. This has been a great opportunity to infuse some excitement into the remote learning environment and give students a chance to actively explore and inquire.

Please take some time to enjoy the intricate fabric that is our Year 7 group.

Nirvana Watkins
Year 7 Coordinator

Religious Education Department in Lockdown

The RE Department taught Year 10 Texts and Traditions classes asynchronously during lockdown in Term 2 (that is with no scheduled class times). In Term 3 this has moved to one Zoom meeting per fortnight, with other class times in the cycle remaining asynchronous.

This required some adjustments to our normal program. In particular the third area of studies, concerning artistic representations of and responses to the biblical texts, was brought forward and took the form of four mini-assignments, on biblical influence on the visual arts, on poetry, on short-story writing, and on music. Students were given options under each of these headings, and were required to respond to a prompt either discursively in writing, or in a creative response, but with written commentary. Students reported that they enjoyed the opportunity to think creatively, and produced some very impressive responses to the prompts. Aspects of the tradition were highlighted in new ways that the teachers themselves had often not imagined or anticipated. This, of course, is exactly the purpose of the final component of the Texts and Traditions Unit 1 course of study (under normal circumstances).

By completing this part of the course early, we hoped to move back to area of studies two when we came out of lockdown. Area of studies two consists of the major exegetical study of a significant and extended religious text, in our case, St Mark’s Gospel. That was the plan – but plans have once again been set aside. The problem the RE department staff had to face when we met at the start of Term 3 was: how do we teach a text as complex and nuanced as Mark’s Gospel in distance mode? This problem forced us to think creatively and come up with an indirect approach, once again in a series of small assignments. Year 10 students have been asked to think about spiritual leadership, and then to assess the figure of Jesus as a spiritual leader. They will then go on to revisit the exegetical tools they studied in Term 1, with some additional refinement of these tools, and later this term, they will begin to apply them to the text of Mark.

I have included some lovely pieces of work from my students below. Enjoy.

Duncan Reid
Head of Religious Education

Remote Art

Historically our early artists depicted images as flat. Figures were often given importance through size or placement, which often left the work looking slightly distorted. While there is some evidence the Greeks and Romans understood perspective, their knowledge was lost until the Renaissance where artists truly embraced the rules of linear perspective and the happy marriage between math and art was truly realised.

As our first unit of work back in Remote Learning, we introduced our Year 7 Art students to one-point perspective. This type of drawing requires a horizon line, a singular line used to separate the earth and sky, a vanishing point where all lines recede, parallel and converging lines. So not only do our students need to learn the new rules, there is also a lot of new terminology for them to understand and apply.

The girls have responded so well to this task and are starting to apply this new learning to their own individualised artworks – we can’t wait to see the results!  Good job artists!

Rachael Miller
Head of Art

Senior School


Senior School

July 31, 2020

When I review the week on campus, despite the restrictions that we are all faced with daily, both at home and at school, the amount of dynamic thinking and reinventing that’s going on by both staff and students alike, is really inspiring.

The five VCE Theatre Studies students undertook their SAC performances via live streaming on Youtube, with many of us signing in from home to watch their amazing performances. On Tuesday afternoon all Year 7-12 students tuned in to watch the live performance streamed throughout our classrooms for those on site and made available to all our other community members remotely. Students in Years 7-10 are connecting with their Health and PE classes, an area of focus so important right now, via asynchronous tasks and are participating whole heartedly. We have virtual excursions happening to the NGV to discover indigenous art as well as students participating in House Music, Dance and Drama and Environment Week via every physically distanced format available. I think this week’s Camnews is a wonderful opportunity to congratulate ourselves on just how incredibly adaptable our students are and that they are not only surviving life in 2020, they are thriving.

Have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School


Metamorphosis – VCE Production

Among most activities we take for granted, the Arts have been hit hard during this pandemic. Theatre is an art form that strives to capture ‘humanity’ in a vast array of forms and some of our tools include spatial relationships, physical interaction, facial expression and working on instinct. It has therefore been quite challenging to navigate producing a show that is about questioning your worth and value as a human in a world that seems to demand so much from us. Social distancing, sanitising, face masks and constant low level anxiety that, at any moment, your ability to complete the project might be taken away and so you may be expending all of this energy for almost nothing.

This week our Unit 3 / 4 Theatre Studies students finally had the opportunity to share their production work for Outcome 3.1 after having commenced work on this script during Headstart last year. They presented their design concepts and prepared for their rehearsal period at the end of Term 1 – and then we went into Remote Learning and the brakes were applied. Since returning to face-to-face classes they have fully invested in their learning process, setting huge challenges for themselves and diving into the necessary exploration required to bring their ideas to life.

In theatre, it is only through trial and error that we discover what does and doesn’t work. It is often a humbling experience because some of that learning is done publicly. The class of 2020 has shown remarkable resilience, perseverance, kindness and good humour throughout their investment in this project. Beyond learning about design, direction, performance, microphones, varnish, mixing bug goo and which hair product might be best to make your hair immobile, these girls have invested deeply into listening, being present and patient with the moment, themselves and each other. Whilst our audience was restricted this was an incredible community event with the wonderful support of our alumni students. These old grammarians operated lights, sound and cameras, with these and other past students and teachers participating in the online question forum and over 200 people supporting us through watching from their own homes.

The students were so thankful that they were able to perform their live streamed performances without their face masks (as seen in the above images). As this performance was a SAC (School Assessed Coursework) the 5 students in the play were allowed to not be wearing face protection. This exception was verified by Independent Schools Victoria and the DHHS “Restricted Activities Directions”.

We hope you enjoyed the show.

Keira Lyons
Head of Drama & Performing Arts


LinkedIn for Students

Students in Year 12 attended a zoom presentation on ‘LinkedIn for Students’ by Mrs Sue Ellson, an independent LinkedIn specialist. Sue gave an overview of the recognition by employers of social media sites such as LinkedIn as part of the overall recruitment process, citing research that indicated 90% of employers use LinkedIn as part of their selection process. She reminded students about their current digital footprint and asked them what it may say to their future employers. The presentation was followed by a workshop for the Year 12s where they had the opportunity to create their own profile. Ably guided by Sue, she led students through the setting up of their own excellent LinkedIn profile and explained the intricacies of privacy settings. She enlightened students about taking control of their own brand, making connections, building influence and knowing their industry as they move into tertiary study, and the world of work. Their LinkedIn profile will enable them to network and connect to school alumni to chat about potential career paths or source information about career opportunities, and also connect with users and groups in unique and strategic ways.

Sue gave an energetic, enthusiastic and thought provoking presentation to our students. She has an impressive array of presentations, podcasts and publications

Trish Dolan and Andrew Burnell
Careers Counsellor and Year 12 Year Level Coordinator


Year 7 – 10 Health and PE Update

During this period of remote learning, students have been working on the following areas in their Health lessons:

Year 7 – Emotional Literacy

Year 8 – Conflict Resolution

Year 9 – Problem Solving and Perspectives

Year 10 – Leadership

The content is being delivered synchronously and has been tailored to meet the needs of the specific year levels with a number of engaging activities for the students to complete during each lesson.

The focus for students in their Physical Education classes is wellbeing. With over 40 mind, body and soul activities to choose from, students having been selecting an activity to complete during each lesson based on their needs at the time. With the increase in screen time, it has been wonderful to see so many students consciously stepping away from their screen and selecting active options such as bike riding, creative tasks such as drawing or social connection activities like writing a letter to a loved one. In addition, many family pets are benefiting as students are enjoying taking their dog for a walk during a PE lesson! Each student is sharing their experiences on a year level Padlet which helps motivate others and provide ideas. It is wonderful to see students engage in such a variety of activities that can be tailored to their wellbeing needs at this time.

Dot Georgiou
Head of Health and Physical Education

Year 8 Commerce by remote control!

Our Semester 2 Year 8 Commerce students are up and running with an introduction to ‘Markets, Magistrates and Money’ and have done a great job laying the foundations of their study of Commerce. Throughout these first two weeks of remote learning in Term 3 we have been exploring the markets that significantly influence the Australian economy and students have used the online resource “Trade at a Glance 2020”.  This is published by DFAT and helps students to learn about why markets such as iron ore, coal and wool as well our major export trading partners – China, Japan and the USA – are so often featured in the daily news. They have also had the opportunity to consider the impact of the current health pandemic on some of our major imports like tourism and international student numbers.

Additionally, our Year 8 students have undertaken a preliminary investigation into how Australians earn and spend their money and this has raised some great questions in relation to the equity of different working arrangements and the adequacy of the minimum wage.

It’s a fantastic time to be learning about these things. Alongside health, the economy is front and centre at the moment and it’s easy to tap into relevant examples of the ways in which we as consumers can and do influence what’s happening in our economy on a larger scale. So far, students have used the online course workbooks that we have created for them to record some of their findings and, shortly they will begin an investigation into one market in particular with the aim of creating an Infographic that outlines the value of this market from a range of different perspectives.

Commerce is such a dynamic space and we’re really looking forward to the remainder of this Semester with these students.

Ali Larkey and James Henderson
Commerce Department

Environment Week

This year, Environment Week focused on the theme of ‘waste’ both in our community and on a global scale. Unlike past years, this year Environment Week was run to accommodate for students in Years 7-10 who are continuing with remote learning in Term 3. We connected via virtual updates and shared fun facts about various kinds of waste in The Daily, as well as conducting some physically-distanced onsite involvement for VCE students.

It was wonderful to kick off Environment Week focussing on “fast fashion”, with our participation in the Salvation Army’s Off Your Back coat drive. As this initiative is continuing for the remainder of Term 3, students on-site may donate any warm and unwanted coats at the drop-off point outside the Senior School Staffroom. More information is available at

Food-waste was our next focus, with a ‘Meat-Free Menu’ provided by Pinwheel on Wednesday highlighting the importance of sustainable practises around the production of meat. Students also entered into the ‘Meat Free MasterChef’ competition which was an amazing demonstration of all the delicious meals that can be made using vegetables, all created by talented CGGS chefs. Emily Zhang of Year 12 took out the title with her vegetable tart.

Another highlight of the week was holding the ‘Sustainable Eating Webinar’. Staff, students and special guest Emily Hui, educator and CERES collaborator, were brought together on Zoom to discuss why they chose to adopt a vegan, vegetarian, or even reducetarian diet! Reducetarians aim to reduce the meat in their diet, but give themselves the flexibility to eat meat when it is culturally or socially expected. It was interesting to hear about how making small sustainable changes to our habits can be effective, by eating locally, bulk shopping, or maintaining a meat-free diet. To finish the week, VCE students continued the tradition of ‘Cold Day’ at school, where heaters were switched off so we could put an emphasis on reducing our energy footprint, as well as enjoy a day in casual clothes. This year, the Cold Day fundraising proceeds are going to Solar Buddy, an organisation that provides solar lamps to communities experiencing energy poverty.


Sarah Stephen and Shoi Sengupta
Environment Captains

Year 8 Update

When we commenced our second round of remote learning, Mrs Dunwoody sent us off with the quote “life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain”. I can honestly say that the Year 8s have taken this wisdom to heart and they continue to meet this new challenge with kindness, patience and resilience. We had a busy start to Term 3 that saw a large number of students get involved in auditions and rehearsals for House Dance, Drama and Music competition. The involvement of the girls varies from small support roles to significant parts in the individual House productions. I would like to especially congratulate Tyra Dawson on her key role in the Schofield House Drama performance and Jess Terlikar on her selection for both House Drama and Music.

To remain connected and to boost a healthy competitive spirit between the Year 8 Forms, we are conducting weekly inter-form challenges. Last week, the students showed off their cooking skills in the Year 8 Meat-free Masterchef challenge, which saw 8D and 8B achieve a joint win and Bella Fary took out the Masterchef title and a $20 iTunes gift card. Bella’s winning dish was homemade spinach, white bean and cashew agnolotti with a rustic mushroom and quinoa bolognese. This week, the students are competing in a Kahoot Quiz to determine the Year 8 Disney Queen.

Additionally, our girls were fortunate to participate in a virtual excursion run by the NGV on Monday 27 July. Our guides, John Parkinson and Ingrid Wood, took us virtually through the Marking Time exhibition space for Indigenous Art. The session focused on discovering how Indigenous artists connect and adapt to their environment through diverse approaches to making art. The Year 8 English Team, led by Ms Georgia Biggs, organised this excursion with the aim to extend the students’ understanding of Indigenous culture to enhance their knowledge and interpretations of Sister Heart, a fictional story of a young Aboriginal girl that is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south.

Sara Rowland’s reflection
I really enjoyed the NGV excursion. I found it so interesting how Aboriginal art differs from place to place. We learnt a lot about the influences of different places, stories and culture can have on the art. I was such a great experience and I learnt a lot. 

Helena Maunder’s reflection
Indigenous artists are the best storytellers. Their art, past and present, send beautiful messages and tell intriguing stories. I am so grateful that we got to experience them virtually. I loved seeing how different Indigenous styles of art are in various regions of Australia, as well as hearing from our tour guide the numerous ways Indigenous people create and sign their art.

Leisa Winkler
Year 8 Coordinator

House Music

It has been marvellous to see the CGGS House spirit reignited through the Performing Arts this term. Whilst rehearsals are being delivered in a very different manner, student engagement is high. The House Music Captains have worked with an open mind, adapted to new ways of delivering their original concepts and have continued to maintain strong connections with their fellow House members. They have actively taken the responsibility of re-designing their creative ideas and have swiftly customised the musical content for this much-loved House event. In term 4 last year, the House Music Captains chose Growth for their 2020 House Choir theme. Never has this personal mindset been more relevant than today. The House Performing Arts event on the last day of Term will certainly be a special production that we will all remember.

Kate Savige & Rohan Mack
Heads of Music

Senior School


Senior School

July 24, 2020

Just over 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu pandemic arrived in Australia. The disease affected millions of people worldwide and when it reached Australia in 1919, sadly many deaths were also recorded here. As a nation, we lost fewer citizens, but it was still a major tragedy, felt by millions of Australians. During this time, well-known author and illustrator May Gibbs, creator of the Gumnut Babies stories loved by generations and drew the image that I have included below.

As CGGS celebrates its 100thAnniversary, there is a similarity as we are all required to once again wear face masks to protect ourselves from the COVID-19 pandemic.

During these weeks and months when we are all feeling concerned about the world, I find it reassuring to look back to CGGS’s own beginnings, and to know that this too shall pass, and we will come out the other side and move forward as a resilient and more strongly connected community.

Yesterday I received a very thoughtful and welcomed gift from 2019 Year 12 student Katie Lutze, who is currently assisting in the Senior School in a Staff Support role. Katie’s mum Gillian had created a CGGS summer uniform face mask from a repurposed uniform of Katie’s. This prompted us to search out some previous style summer uniforms for more reusable masks to be made and shared. The Makerspace currently sees our keen seamstresses utilising any spare time between classes creating face masks to be used by our community.  Yesterday Head of Art, Ms Miller was manning the sewing machines and Mrs Tooke was the pattern maker.

In last week’s CamNews we included an article by Mrs Devenish in the Senior School library, sharing that we are now posting books to our students so that they can continue escaping into the world of words during this time of isolation. Mrs Devenish shared an email received from Jacqueline in Year 10, after she received her parcel.


Hi Mrs Devenish, 

The package of books you sent arrived in the mail yesterday which was very exciting! I love getting packages in the mail and I was super thrilled to see you included the other book I put in the request box.

Thank you so much for that! I really appreciate your posting them to me so that I can read during the lockdown. It’s great to be able to stay connected to the library even in remote learning.  

Hope you and Ivy are doing well. 


CGGS Teaching and Learning Update

Things are well and truly underway with our CGGS Senior School Remote Learning Model. VCE students are on site and Years 7-10 students are learning from home, meaning that we have a hybrid design in operation.

Senior School staff are working across two delivery modes and we know that many families also have a daughter on site and a daughter at home. Consequently, we know that the combination of students learning from home and parents working from home brings with it, additional challenges.

Keeping up to date with all the terminology that has emerged during this time is another unexpected by-product of these changing times. To help with this, we developed a CGGS Remote Learning Glossary, published in the Senior School Weekly on Tuesday this week, of some of the words that are becoming embedded into our day to day language. We’ll regularly update this vocabulary list and you can access it through SEQTA engage. If you require an explanation of any terminology we are using or you have a suggestion for an addition to this glossary, please let us know.

On site, we’re enjoying the opportunity to find new ways to use the large spaces that we have around the school to ensure physical distancing and continue our learning in different ways. We have been able to retain many of the strategies that our VCE students enjoyed whilst learning remotely, including utilising collaborative online spaces and the adoption of a flipped learning approach when interacting with content in some classes.

We are also continuing to look at the events that we used to conduct on site and reimagining them in an online space.

Our calendared 2021 VCE Subject Information Night and Year 8-10 Subject Information Night were both delivered remotely. This has enabled us to start the important process of subject selection for these students and it also means that planning for the following year can continue uninterrupted, as it would under normal circumstances.

This week, we also held our second round of online Learning Conversations, this time for our Years 7 and 8 families. We appreciate the feedback that families shared with us about the convenience and reassurance of being able to stay at home at this time, whilst still enabling these meetings to take place.

We have an additional two Learning Conversations scheduled later this term, for our Years 9 – 10 and Years 11 – 12 families. By the end of the year, we expect that an impressive 3,500 online Learning Conversations will have taken place across Senior School.

Finally, over the coming weeks, I am really looking forward to sharing the teaching and learning that is happening on site and remotely here at CGGS. Our community is doing amazing things and I am delighted and privileged to be able to share this with you.


Ms Kate Manners
Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning

Co-Curricular Participation Continues!

As Term 3 is now well underway for all year levels, whether on site or remotely, students are once again engaging in the wide range of co-curricular opportunities being offered in both an asynchronous and synchronous mode. House activities have commenced by building on the success of the House Reader Cup in Term 2, with students now busy using their drawing or design skills creating House themed bookmarks. The chance to win some great book prizes from the library has ensured early entries being posted to the Yammer pages. Entries into the House Bookmark challenge close at 8.00am Monday 3 August.

See some entires below.

House Music, Drama and Dance auditions and rehearsals have been taking place both onsite for the Year 11 and 12 students, and in the virtual world for the students in Years 7– 10. The Captains have been collaborating on site and using video conferencing to prepare for their performances. With the amazing support of staff, and collaboration of House student leaders, students continue to prepare within an ever-changing landscape for a show like no other in 2020, on the last day of Term 3.

Co-Curricular clubs continue to utilise the resources and technology they successfully initiated in Term 2 and so for students with particular interests, these are great spaces to further develop passions and ideas. The Environmental group has been running activities all week for Environmental Week and Drama Club is back ‘Zooming’ most creatively.

Mr Shane Maycock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs


Donating My Hair…

On the Saturday evening after our last day of Term 2, I cut my hair. Not a trim – a proper cut. It wasn’t one of those iso-spontaneous haircuts either, but rather a calculated, long-awaited chop. For years, donating my hair had been on my bucket list but I had never had the courage to do it. I was proud of my dark, straight hair and my “iconic” ponytail, as my friends pointed out, so cutting it all off wasn’t an easy task.

I was, however, inspired by multiple friends in my past who had donated hair, and by the countless stories I had heard of cancer patients receiving wigs. The joy they could barely express, the relief in their eyes, the silent gratitude… these are, to name a few, the ultimate gifts one can give another. My hair will grow back – of that I am sure of. But for cancer and alopecia patients? Who knows what their futures hold?

I donated my hair to Sustainable Salons, which provides more than half of the hair needed in wigs for cancer and alopecia patients. This Australian program repurposes up to 95% of salons’ waste, such as creating wigs from hair or fashionable sunglasses from old shampoo bottles. It doesn’t just stop there though. Sustainable Salons has also removed over 125,000 kg of metals from landfill and provided over 100,000 meals to homeless people through recycling. One donation goes a long way, even in the midst of the pandemic. I am so glad I cut my hair. I am comforted by the fact that one day, someone will smile because of it, and that, in turn, makes me smile.

Jennifer Fan (Year 12)

Year 11 Update

Year 11 students were introduced this week to their Wellbeing Curriculum for Term 3 which is primarily focused on the development of ‘Leadership skills’, recognising that all students, regardless of formal titles, are leaders of our School and community.

This is of course purposeful in its timing as our more senior students begin to prepare for the leadership process for 2021 with a Leadership Briefing Webinar on Thursday 30th July. During our Period 5 program, we will examine the following four broad aspects of leadership through discussions and a series of hands on activities.

> Examining Leadership Qualities

> Daring to Disagree

> Leadership Identity

> Developing a leadership philosophy

Understanding there are a number of qualities that underpin the foundation of good leadership and whilst these may be more naturally present in the personality of a leader, they are also fluid and situational and can present in different ways. Students will explore the need of valuing different opinions and the need for diversity in teams in order to generate creativity and momentum. The notion that strength lies in diversity and in challenging the status quo will give students an understanding of the complexities of leadership and that daring to disagree is linked to bringing and developing their own set of strengths. Through exploring values, actions, priorities, theories and behaviours, students will be encouraged to develop their own leadership philosophy and ways they intend to embed this in their role as a Senior School Community leader.

I continue to be amazed at the resilience shown by all Year 11 students during this year and the ingenuity being shown in those that have current leadership roles, to adapt to the ever-changing environment and parameters they are given. They are being equipped with a vital set of skills that will pay dividends for years to come. I am very much looking forward to working with them in the months to come as we journey together through this challenge and whatever others are in front of us.

Nareen Robinson
Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12 Update

The Year 12’s are to be congratulated on the manner with which they have started Term 3. They have yet again made a seamless start to a new school term and have returned with a genuine sense of resolve to continue to overcome the various obstacles that have been placed in front of them whilst they are completing their final year of schooling at Camberwell Girls.

They have been particularly diligent in their adherence to a range of new school protocols this term, designed to looked after their well-being and health. Whilst some found the temperature testing and the re-organisation of student desks in some classrooms to ensure physical distancing initially daunting, they have quickly adapted to this new paradigm and all Year 12’s now feel very settled and supported in the school environment.

As part of the school’s Wellbeing Program, they are about to embark on a series of lectures on the three important elements of Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep. These three components are considered to be essential in ensuring that students work optimally on their academic studies whilst retaining a strong level of well-being and mental health. I look forward to reporting on this program in the ensuring weeks.

Finally, it is my pleasure to share a random selection of feedback from the Year 12’s obtained during this week about what they like most about being back at school this term.

> “Seeing all of my friends again” was a sentiment shared by all students I spoke with

> “Seeing my teachers again and having face to face learning”

> “Structure and routines of School”

> “While we miss our younger peers, the quietness on campus with only two year groups present”

> “Having the Common Room to study and socialise in”

> “Being able to come late/leave early when we have study periods”

> “A special thanks to Mrs Dunwoody and Mrs Poyser for looking after us all, so well during Covid-19”

Andrew Burnell
Year 12 Coordinator

Senior School


Senior School

July 17, 2020

It’s been such a pleasure to welcome back the Year 11 and 12 students face to face and Year 7 – 10 remotely.

Students and staff have continued to be supportive of our COVID-19 protocols, with personal and classroom hygiene becoming second nature. This term in Senior School we are trialling automated temperature scanners.  Upon arrival staff and students simply stand directly in front of the body height scanners, which register and read temperatures before “granting access”.

Next week we look forward to being able to share more stories of the student participation in their remote learning and asynchronous co-curricular activities. Stay happy, healthy, safe and well.

Monash Scholars Class of 2020-2022

Earlier this year students in Year 10 were invited to apply for the Monash Scholars Program. This is a prestigious program for secondary school students offered by Monash University to give high potential students a unique head start into university life. It provides opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as, giving students the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the right study choices. It also enables them to expand their network of like-minded peers.

This week we were pleased to receive advice that the following students have been admitted to the Class of 2020 – 2022. Congratulations to Emily Wu, Sarah Hui and Teagan Diep.

Fantastic Musical Achievement from CGGS Student – LMusA Recipient 

We are thrilled to share that Year 10 student, Emily Wu, has successfully been awarded with her Licentiate Diploma in Music (LMusA) for Cello – an outstanding achievement.  Not only has Emily been awarded with these significant credentials, she also received a Distinction for all her hard work, a level only awarded to very few exceptional candidates.

To receive her LMusA diploma, Emily performed a 40-minute program of challenging and varied cello repertoire for her examiners. Her program included a combination of accompanied and unaccompanied works by Prokofiev, Beethoven, Elgar and Piatti. At the end of Term 2, a small physically distanced audience of staff and students were privileged to hear Emily perform her program at school which was a special treat for all.

In order to study for LMusA, a student must have already completed the prerequisites of an AMusA diploma, as well as Grade 6 Music Theory. We are thrilled to have many exceptional musicians at CGGS who have achieved an AMusA diploma while at school and these students are recognised on the Music Honours Board in the Music Department. Emily is one of only two students at CGGS who have been awarded with AMusA diplomas for two different instruments. Chloe Law and Emily both have AMusA diplomas for their studies in Cello and Piano, and both achieved their second instrument diploma when they were Year 9 students. Emily joins a small group of CGGS students who have also achieved their LMusA diploma while still at school, including one of our 2020 School Music Captains, Kathy Han (Violin in 2016), and one of our 2017 School Music Captains, Frances Lu (Piano in 2013).

Our talented musicians continue to amaze us with outstanding achievements in their musical studies, even during this difficult time that continues to provide extra hurdles at every turn. We encourage our CGGS musicians of all levels to keep up their playing and listening to music at home, especially those continuing their private tuition remotely, as it is a wonderful creative outlet and mindful activity away from screens.

Rohan Mack & Kate Savige
Directors of Music

House Awards Assembly

On the last day of Term 3, Friday June 26, we were delighted to present eligible Year 11 and 12 students with House Colours and House Double Colours. These awards show a commitment to the various House activities over each student’s time at CGGS. Each and every student has the ability to find their own unique connection in the cross year level House program from our long running events including Athletics, Dance, Drama, Music, Swimming, Diving, Debating and Public Speaking to more recent additions of House Reading and Theatre Sports.

As with everything 2020, the House competition has evolved through COVID-19 and included Remote Cross Country and Virtual Debating events and moved the Performing Arts events to Term 3 in the hope of being able to present to some form of audience.

The House Awards Assembly was unique in meeting the physical distancing requirements by hosting only Year 11 and 12 students on the two levels of the Barbara Sutton Hall whilst other year levels viewed the assembly via live streaming. A recording of the assembly is available through clickview at:

We would like to once again congratulate the following students on their achievements.


House Double Colours – 90 House points

Laurya Dang-Nguyen – Taylor

Tilly Dunn – Taylor

Tara Hoopman – Lawrence

Emily Hoyle – Taylor

Shohaag Sengupta – Singleton

Yuet (Crystal) So – Taylor

Elizabeth Waite

Aalisha Wong  – Singleton Taylor

Angelique Zhou – Singleton


House Colours – 60 House Points

Emily Arvidsson – Taylor

Haylie Chen – Lawrence

Brianna Chen – Singleton

Kelly Chua – Singleton

Chelsea Ellingworth – Schofield

Ran (Christine) Guan – Schofield

Catherine Hu – Taylor

Grace Jiang – Singleton

Rachel Lau – Taylor

Chelim Lee – Schofield

Belinda Lemanis – Schofield

Minh Nguyen – Lawrence

Ashley Olsen – Singleton

Zara Price – Lawrence

Grace Raszewski – Schofield

Saara Sarayana – Singleton

Iliana Trimbos – Singleton

Eloise Webster – Lawrence

Holly Williams – Schofield

Siqi (Victoria) Xiao – Lawrence

Annalise Yap – Lawrence


During Term 2 we also conducted a number of House Events, the results of which were presented at this assembly. I would like to congratulate all students who participated in these events and again acknowledge the commitment and dedication to the leadership roles that all House Captains and Leaders have shown this year. The continued support of the captains through Yammer posts of all students has been encouraging. The results of the Term 2 events are listed below:

House Remote Cross Country

1st– Taylor

2nd– Lawrence

3rd– Singleton

4th– Schofield


House Readers Cup

1st– Taylor

2nd– Singleton

3rd– Lawrence

4th– Schofield

Top Readers were Isabelle Bertus (Year 7), Amanda Lee (Year 7),  Riya Moloney (Year 7), and Sabrina Bignold (Year 7).


House Virtual Debating

Junior Division

Won by Taylor

Best speakers – Tyra Dawson (Year 8) and Chloe Shillington (Year 7)


Intermediate Division

Won by Lawrence

Best speaker – Teresa Guo (Year 10)


Seniors Division

Won by Lawrence

Best speaker – Eloise Webster (Year 11)


House Virtual Debating Overall Results 

1st– Lawrence

2nd– Taylor

3rd– Schofield

4th– Singleton


House Public Speaking

Junior Division

1st– Sara Rowland (Year 8)

2nd– Tyra Dawson(Year 8)

3rd– Ruby Tu (Year 7)


Intermediate Division

Equal 1st– Maya Jones and Teagan Diep(Year 10)

Equal 3rd– Nancy Huang and Alice Wilson (Year 10)


Senior Division

1st-Annaliese Cossenas (Year 11)

2nd– Amy Du (Year 11)

Equal 3rd– Catherine Hu and Esther Chen (Year 11)


House Public Speaking Overall Results

1st– Taylor

2nd– Singleton

3rd– Schofield

4th– Lawrence


House Isolation Cup

To continue engaging students in House related challenges and activities in a fun manner away from the regular curriculum, House Captains set weekly asynchronous challenges on Yammer House Pages. House leaders selected a range of the best submissions for judging in what would become the inaugural edition of the House Isolation Cup. The submissions were judged by a range of teachers with the overall result as follows:

Equal second: Schofield, Singleton and Taylor

Winning House: Lawrence

Book mailout service at CGGS

In the last remote learning period the Library sensed that our regular borrowers of new books were missing the opportunity and experience of browsing and borrowing, and we were right!

In our second round of remote learning, to make up for the interactive experience of browsing the shelves, we have emailed students with images of the new book covers with a blurb introducing our new arrivals. Students then placed their orders by return email. We are now offering a delivery or postal services, with books being posted directly to students and they have loved the experience of finding a package in the letter box or at their front door.

Sense the excitement in Ella’s (Year 9) email below.

“This sounds absolutely AMAZING!!! I have definitely been missing the library heaps and I have already read all of my own books at home so I’m really excited to be able to read something new”

We will continue to offer this special service for students in Years 7-10 throughout remote learning.  Any interested student should contact the library directly and Mrs Devenish and Ren will be only too happy to assist.


Borrow CGGS Sports Equipment!

With increased screen time over this remote learning period, it is vital for everyone’s health and wellbeing that we take regular breaks and don’t decrease our physical activity. To help families with this, we are very excited to open up our sport sheds and offer our equipment to CGGS students to borrow during this remote learning period. It’s really important that everyone is staying active at home and we know that motivation in winter can sometime be challenging. If you don’t have sports equipment at home or you’d like to try something new, you will be able to borrow some from CGGS.

Students can choose equipment from most sports – eg, Basketball, Netball, Badminton, Football, Volleyball or Frisbee. There are also some other fun games such as Finska that are great to play with the whole family.

If students are interested in borrowing equipment, please email Head of Sport, Lauren Law she will arrange a time for you to pick up the equipment. Students will be required to sign out the equipment to ensure everything is collected again at the end of remote learning.

Please note that when you enter the school you will be required to follow the same procedures as you did when collecting your books.

> Enter the school via the Torrington Street main gate only.

> Reporting to the Senior School Student Services Reception in the Anne Feehan Building to have their temperature checked on entry.

> Please note that parents or other adults are not able to accompany students onto the school grounds.

Senior School


Senior School

June 26, 2020

As the most extraordinary term of my own 33 year teaching career draws to an end, I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank all the students, their parents and all our CGGS staff for the incredible display of community that we have witnessed. CGGS is a school with huge heart and where a sense of belonging and connectedness is central to all we undertake with our students. Last week we held our first ever Year 6 into 7 virtual online Information Night and a live streamed virtual Open Morning and this week our first ever virtual VCE Information Night and the list goes on with online firsts in this term. Each of these events has reflected the agility and flexibility of our entire community to adapt.

In 3 separate videos created by Mr Mat Duniam for our Year 6 into 7 Information Night, a number of our youngest Senior School students, the Year 7 cohort, spoke about their experiences and their transition into their new school. As you watch and listen to one of the videos linked below “Moments”, please note these young students had only spent 8 weeks onsite, before moving into remote learning mode and being asked to record their feelings. Their maturity, confidence, passion and gratitude shows just how quickly they have become connected to and are feeling a true sense of belonging to CGGS.

I’m sure like me, at this time in history, you are all proud to say you are members of the CGGS community.

We look forward to seeing your daughters back at school on Wednesday 15 July, when we will welcome 11 new families to the Senior School.

Best wishes to all our Senior School families for a restful, safe and healthy holiday.

Kind Regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

2020 CGGS Career Story: My Future by Design

“Growing up is not finite. You will not reach a point where you become something and that’s the end”. With these words of advice from Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, the 2020 CGGS Career Story: My Future by Design conference commenced for all Year 10 students.

As we continue to explore the positives of the uncertain times we have found ourselves in over recent months, the conference was intentionally designed to be delivered both synchronously and asynchronously. The variety of activities the students were involved in and panels they heard from helped them to begin cultivating their Career Story with the understanding that the conference was about much more than simply ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’.

Our students were free to explore ideas about what they want to experience in life, what they want to contribute to the world, what are some of their hopes, dreams, goals and ambitions and how they would like to spend their workdays.

Students were fortunate to hear from staff, current students and Old Grammarians about their pathways, opportunities that have altered their direction and the networks they are beginning to develop. The Year 10s enjoyed hearing about how staff “dived into the unknown” (Ren Pennesi) as well as the variety of jobs some of our teachers have held. Staff were honest in their accounts of the skills they learned in their roles before becoming a teacher and how they still apply these skills today. Our students enjoyed hearing from one of our current Year 11 students, Seanna Henricus, as well as Nikki Chen and Eloise Schilling from the Class of 2019. They provided insight into how they have started building their network including their parents, coaches, teachers and contacts they have made through their involvement in programs such as Work Experience. The Year 10 students then began to ponder about who their ‘Board of Directors’ are and how these important people help them to make decisions.

Building on from the World of Work conference in Year 9, our students continued to understand and apply the eight transferable skills which are crucial for success regardless of what their future pathway may hold. With Generation Z expected to have 18 jobs spanning six career areas, these skills – communication, initiative, leadership, teamwork and collaboration, planning and organisation, problem solving, creativity and critical thinking – are essential for long-term job success. At CGGS, students are given a plethora of opportunities to develop these skills and build their confidence in applying them.

As our Year 10 students prepare to make their VCE subject selections, it is important for them to remember the insights they have gained during the conference and to continue designing their future, their Career Story.

Dot Georgiou
Acting Careers Counsellor

VCE Curriculum Evening

On Monday 22 June we began the process of transitioning Year 10 students into VCE for 2021, starting with the delivery of our 2021 VCE Information Evening.

Usually, this process has been undertaken on site but as there is nothing ‘usual’ about life currently, we made the switch to a remote and online mode of delivery.

As part of this, Heads of Department with their teams, curated a VCE Subject Information Padlet, containing a detailed overview of their subject offerings at VCE, including videos, information summary sheets, past testimonials from students and other supportive information.

Administrative information related to the VCE was also recorded and presented by Mr Mark Corrie, our VCE Coordinator, alongside our 2021 VCE Curriculum Guide.

Further to this, as summarised above on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 of June, the Year 10s undertook a 2020 CGGS Career Story: My Future by Design, which occurred both onsite and also remotely.

Opportunities for students to explore career pathways, transferable skills, hear stories of career journeys and consider themselves and their own learning within this space, were created by Dot Georgiou, Summer Howarth and a generous team of supportive staff.

We are thrilled to be able to support our students in person and virtually and look forward to continuing these journeys in the coming years.

Kate Manners
Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning

UN Youth Voice Competition

During June, the following Years 7 – 9 students competed in the UN Youth Voice Competition: Sienna Catalogna, Claire Kim, Ruby Tu, Suwedha Ranjith, Sara Rowland, Salwa Saiba, Madeleine Giagoudakis and Samantha Fan. This competition is more than your average public speaking competition. It consists of two parts – the Pitch and Question Time. In the Pitch, students propose solutions to a given world problem. During Question Time, students answer two questions from the judging panel to defend the feasibility of their solution. The topics for 2020 ranged from considering how Australian cities can adapt to be more sustainable to ensuring the rights of refugees are guaranteed.  This year’s competition was run online, so the experience was a slightly different one to usual, however, each of our girls rose to the challenge. Congratulations to Ruby Tu (Year 7) and Samantha Fan (Year 8) who have advanced to the State Finals which will be held in the first week of the holidays. We wish them all the best for the next stage of the UN Youth Voice Competition!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development


The Eucalyptus Tree: Fairy Tale across Cultures

The VCE German class studied the topic of cultural heritage through the lens of German fairy tales. They followed the historical footsteps of the Grimm brothers and read and explored fairy tales from their childhood.  In a creative writing task, the students wrote fairy tales with a modern twist. Via the button below, please read the beautiful tale written by Charlotte Kutey and Annaliese Cossenas, in which they created an inspirational story, drawing from the recent bush fires within an Australian setting. Below is their German version of the fairy tale, followed by an English translation.

The Book Ends

Our Senior book club, The Book Ends, have been reunited with a fresh wave of energy. We have seen so many new faces join the group and in light of the incredibly successful House Reader’s Cup, the reinvigoration in our girls’ passion for reading has been a thrill. With over 20 girls frequenting the club now on a weekly basis, it has been a pleasure to reconnect and share what stories are lighting us up.

The House Readers Cup count is now over 600 books read and reviewed and we are still counting! In addition to the Cup we are also recognising our 5 top CGGS readers of the competition – they will be presented with books of their choice at the end of the term.

Our book club welcomes girls from every year level and our Literature Captains Year 11 students, Ella Barmby and Renee Fong plan activities and chats about book genres and favourite authors and series. We are currently organising 3 genres, fantasy, suspense and romance titles for the girls to select and read the same book to discuss in Term 3.

Book club meets every Wednesday lunchtime in Term 3 in the Hub, Library.

2020 Softball Success!

The summer sport season in Term 1 was one like no other. Deep into the competition, with finals on the horizon, GSV were forced to terminate all weekly sport and the hope of a sixth consecutive finals appearance from a CGGS Softball team disappeared with it. When the season ended, CGGS were number 1 – top of the ladder.

With 5 comfortable wins and one very narrow loss (1 run), the team were playing their best softball in readiness for the finals. Training had become a stage to display both exquisite fielding skills and some power hitting. Using the pitching machine more regularly to hone their batting stance and hitting technique proved to be another powerful weapon in our games. These girls are the total package! Their understanding of the game is extraordinary which enables them to make quick decisions and enact many double plays defensively. They also display quick and effective base running and are able to score runs against every team they play.

They have been a joy to coach, and we feel very privileged to have had Emma Peak and Ella Robinson (Year 10) as our pitching and catching duo for 4 years now, throughout both their Junior and Intermediate years. They have brought a wealth of knowledge and experience and have helped guide their teams to great success. Emma also holds the team record for home runs in a season! We thank them for their commitment, and we hope they will continue to play softball in the senior team next year.

Many of the Year 9 girls in the team are members of the reigning Junior GSV Premiers team and again showed their expertise in both the field and with the bat. A shout out to Isabella Georges on 1stbase and Madeleine Giagoudakis’s tireless effort and movement in Right field was again a formidable partnership. Isabella Tremewen as our alternative pitcher proved to be solid and dependable every single game and has continued to improve her pitching technique. Newcomers Sasha Feldmann and Amy Dingle were incredible with the bat and are quickly learning the nuances of the game. Ella Summers and Lille Osborne once again proved that commitment to training makes an incredible difference to the outcome of a game and finally, Jessica Lim’s power throw from Short Stop to 1st base is always a magnificent sight.

Congratulation’s to the Intermediate Softball team for being crowned the GSV Zone Champions for 2020.

Nareen Robinson and Liza Stevens – Head Coaches
Debbie Dunwoody – No 1 Fan and Unofficial Team Manager

Senior School


Senior School

June 19, 2020

This week individual auditions for House Music have been conducted in readiness for our newly imagined House Music, Dance and Drama spectacular planned for Friday 11 September. The 2020 School and House Leaders have certainly earned their stripes this year with each of their portfolios needing a new and creative approach to ensure the Years 7 – 12 students have been able to engage in the vast array of opportunities offered at CGGS.

Under no circumstances were any of the student led events going to be cancelled in 2020, that just is not in the CGGS vocabulary. From virtual House Debating, remote Cross Country, Diversity and Reconciliation Week activities, we now see the House Music, Dance and Drama Captains recreating their events to ensure they display the talents of the girls in their Houses. The highly prized Rhodes Cup, which recognises the House that has attained the most points throughout the year, will most definitely not be a casualty of COVID-19. In fact, it is safe to say the 2020 School and House leaders will have developed an entirely new set of skills that will hold them in great stead for their futures.

An article published by Employment Hero outlines 6 of the Most In-demand Skills for the Future of Work. These skills being: Innovation and creativity, Problem-solving and critical thinking, a Growth mindset, Leadership (including Decision-making, Public speaking, Delegating, Communication, How to take ownership of the task at hand), Interpersonal skills and Data analysis. Read the article below.

It is my belief that with the assistance of our dedicated CGGS staff, our 2020 students, and the leaders in particular, have definitely used the circumstances of this year to develop and hone these skills.

There have been many displays and messages of gratitude for the efforts of our teachers and all CGGS staff these past few weeks from our parents and students. Yesterday, another example of this gratitude was in the form of a Year 8 video they had created to say a big thank you to their teachers.  Two students, Matilda Jones and Jessica Terlikar coordinated students from Year 8 and produced a very heartfelt thank you.

We are so proud of all our students and on behalf of all the Senior School staff I would like to say a huge thank you to all the students and their families for really living our school values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Hope and Courage this past term.

The Monday Prayer delivered by Rev Creed and written by a year 4 student, that published in The Daily ensured we continue to keep the #Black Lives Matter movement front of mind.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for protecting and watching over us during this challenging time. Your kindness and respect for each of us will always shine through during the bad days. We thank you for having faith in us at all times, even when we are not our best selves. Thank you for respecting us for who we are, regardless of our skin colour or our culture. Please sympathise with all people of colour in the world who have been treated badly. Help us to realise those who are racist have sinned and please forgive them for their actions. Thank you for blessing us with our wonderful lives and forgive us if we fail to appreciate them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Back in the Music Studio

It’s great to be back in the Music Studio facilities, where the students can create, collaborate and produce original compositions. The Year 8/9 Music Composition Elective class completed a Video Game composition project whilst in remote learning, where they engaged with different ways of thinking, took responsibility for implementing the skills acquired during Term 1 and responded to a range of creative challenges faced. The students have enjoyed reconnecting with each other in lessons and are now in the process of devising a ‘site specific’ composition for the Barbara Sutton Hall Foyer, using multi-track recording techniques. 

Kate Savige
Director of Music – Curriculum

Year 9 Leadership Conference ‘AMP’D UP’

On Monday of this week a number of Year 9 students took part in the AMP’D UP Leadership Webinar, “Powering Year 9 Leaders through the Current Climate”. Run by YLead, a national organisation who create unique learning experiences that empower young people to be the best they can be, we were able to nominate eight (8) students to participate in the program.

The Amp’D Up conference is designed to provide students with the skills to develop a leadership mindset, lead others, be confident in navigating an ever-changing world and, most importantly, the knowledge of how to look for leadership opportunities within their school and wider community. Over 160 schools from across Australia and New Zealand took part in the session.

The conference explored the notion of ‘20 seconds of courage’, and provided strategies and tips for our future leaders including top tips such as; “You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you respond”, “see mistakes as an opportunity to learn”, and the idea that “courage comes before confidence”.

Throughout the day the students participated in discussion based activities that further explored the program’s themes. At the end of the day, students were encouraged to continue to consider how they could take bring their learnings back to each of their schools, and we look forward to seeing the plans and ideas that they put into action next term.

Well done to our 8 participants: Georgia Papadopoulos, Xara Anderson, Isabella Georges, Madeleine Giagoudakis, Tara Rastogi, Salwa Saiba, Sasha Feldmann and Amy Dingle.

Wellbeing – Reflections

Ms Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing, has been working with the Year Level Coordinators to develop a program to build on the silver linings our students have experienced during our remote learning time and indeed throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Period 5 Wellbeing time this week, many Years 10 – 12 Forms and Years 7 – 9 Tutor Groups participated in activities where they were asked to focus on gratitude by reflecting on moments, memories and experiences that have provided them with pleasure, happiness and positive emotions.


Year 9 Wellbeing

Students in Year 9A created a Gratitude Photo Board as part of this activity, commenting on pets, holidays and time with family as the moments and highlights that they are grateful for as part of their everyday lives. It’s a very interesting reflection that for many of us, not just our students, one of the greatest positives from the additional time we have spent together, has been the opportunity to have more family time, focussing on connection and remembering the simplicity and joy of just being together.

Years 7 and 8 Wellbeing Wednesday Activities

As part of our Wellbeing Wednesday initiative and in recognising the benefits of unstructured physical activity and our health and movement, our School Sport Captain Michaela Robinson, supported by a team of House Captains (Laney Kriketos, Ashley Olsen, Cathy Gu, Belinda Lemanis, Sophia Giagoudakis), provided an opportunity for our Year 7 and 8 students to get active during their lunchtime. Students were invited to join in a range of fun activities on the oval including classic games such as Octopus, Scarecrow Tiggy and Memory Tag. It was wonderful to see so many students running around, laughing and enjoying the sunshine. Thank you to all who were involved.

Year 7 PE

The Footpath Chalk Obstacle Course phenomenon was certainly very popular across neighbourhoods during isolation, and as part of Year 7 Health and PE lessons this week, students were asked to come up with their own chalk creations. Drawing upon the knowledge learnt during the ‘Active at Home’ unit, students designed obstacle courses for their peers that combined a range of gross motor skills, fitness activities and other challenges to increase heart rates and inspire movement. Another flow on effect from isolation is a reminder of how easy it is to create your own fun, a piece of chalk and imagination is all you need.

Year 7 ‘Mummification’

With a return to on-site learning our Year 7 History students have been exploring Ancient Egyptian beliefs. A culture with a fascinating history we commenced the new study unit in the Science laboratory, ‘mummifying’ an apple in salt and baking soda. The combination of these two household items was used to try and replicate natron, a substance that was used by the Egyptians to induce dryness in bodies in preparation for embalming and mummification. Students are continuing their studies by learning about the complex belief systems surrounding the practice of mummification, and the tombs in which wealthy and important Ancient Egyptians were interred. Using these simple interactive experiments to explain these ancient processes is a simple way of bringing history to life. Enjoy some reflections from students below.

Christa Cook and Maggie Wighton
Year 7 History Teachers


In the Science laboratory instead of using a body to mummify, we used an apple. We cut the apple into 3 slices and put them each in plastic cups. For the first and second cups we fully covered the apple with a combination of salt and bicarb soda and with the third cup we didn’t cover it at all. After a certain amount of time, we will reveal each of the apple cups and see what has happened to them. I found this experiment really fun and interesting because I could see the type of process Ancient Egyptian’s used. This helped me to learn how Ancient Egyptian’s mummified bodies instead of just watching a video of the process they used.

Rhea Jaitha, 7W


I really enjoyed this activity and we got to do it in the Science laboratory which was different to what we normally do in History classes. It taught us a bit about mummification and preservation which was really interesting. I can’t wait till we see the results next week.

Amanda Lee, 7W


I wish everyone a restful weekend.



Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Senior School


Senior School

June 12, 2020

This week has been one of the most memorable in my teaching career. We were finally able to welcome all our Senior School students back onsite after the long period of remote learning and the sound of their chatter and laughter has filled the classrooms and corridors. The students and staff embraced the Black Lives Matter pledge at lunch time both yesterday and again today and as with all our academic classes many of our co-curricular activities began again in face to face mode this week.

This morning I had the great privilege of joining the Early Learning 3 students to read the well-known story “Big Smelly Bear” by Britta Techentrup and then share my own very real Brown Bear story. It was heart-warming to see the way the children listened intently while I told the story of our own daughter owning and loving a bear called Brown Bear who experienced quite the adventure in a London taxi when she was about 3 years old.  Having taken our daughter to hospital on the night before flying home, Brown Bear was left in a taxi.  Thankfully the very kind taxi driver realised Brown Bear had enjoyed a night exploring London with him and he returned Brown Bear the following morning, just before we left for the airport and what was going to be a very long flight home.

With the students’ return this week, in Form and Tutor groups students in all year levels have explored the idea of Hope & Gratitude through a range of activities. These themes were purposefully chosen as research indicates that hope significantly and positively correlates with psychological wellbeing and coping in the face of adversity. Moreover, finding things to be grateful for can lead to greater wellbeing and happiness and it is an essential tool in being able to shift the focus from the challenges we have been experiencing.

Students in Year 12 completed an activity focussed on how we can generate hope and happiness in our School and the Global Community, while Year 7 students reflected on Silver Linings of the COVID-19 situation.

Wall of Hands

As part of the school’s support for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement we created 9 ways for our school community to become an ally. This is aimed at showing the CGGS community that whilst protesting is important, there are more long-term ways we can improve and educate ourselves the issue both in Australian society and more broadly.

These include:

> Listen

> Read

> Follow

> Support

> Converse

> Call out

> Pledge

> Act

To aid the CGGS community in their journey to reconciliation and their learning of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) movement, we organised a ‘Wall Of Hands’.  This initiative involves CGGS to place their hands on the wall for a gold coin donation and make a personal pledge.  The donation is to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which helps improve educational outcomes for Indigenous people.  This small gesture will help the CGGS community commit and hold them accountable to 3 of the 9 ways in becoming an ally, including act, pledge and support.

Thank you to everyone who got involved and begun their journey to becoming a good ally to BIPOC!

Kaiwyn McCartney and Ruby Dawe
Reconciliation Captains

Scoliosis Awareness Month

June is Scoliosis Awareness month and Zara Mammone, Year 11, is a strong advocate for this cause.

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine and occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. Most cases are mild with few symptoms, however, can quickly worsen during growth and may require immediate treatment. Severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling. Often, no treatment is necessary, but in some cases a brace or surgery is required.

Zara herself was diagnosed at the age of 13. For 2 years she has worn a back brace, and now undertakes regular physio and Schroth treatment – an exercise program specific for scoliosis.

June is a month to focus on this debilitating condition and encourages our community to be aware of how easy it can be to self-diagnose. There is no need for a gold donation, but an investment of 20 seconds is all that’s needed to diagnose Scoliosis and get someone the treatment they need before the condition requires surgery.

Zara has created a short video with a clear visual on how to diagnose a concern and we encourage you to view it by clicking the photo below. If you would like more information Zara curates an instagram account @braceisthenewblack which focuses on her condition and treatment. Additional information is available at

Drones are useful in service

At CGGS, the ‘Geography Drone’ took its inaugural flight across, above and around the school oval.  After some initial small technical issues, the maiden voyage took place in perfectly clear and still conditions (though very cold!). Eight Year 9 students took it in turns to launch the drone, test out its flying capabilities, and even use it to take photos. We discussed how drones have been used in Geography, from tracking and counting endangered species and assessing bushfire recovery, to collecting population census data and delivering medical supplies in rural communities.

In the midst of a global pandemic, drones have been used to solve all sorts of issues. In China drones have been equipped with speakers and used to broadcast messages encouraging people to wear masks. In Spain they have deployed agriculture spray drones to carry out tasks like spraying disinfectant in potentially affected areas. In Singapore drones have been used to deliver medical supplies and transport samples from hospitals to laboratories. During the peak of the epidemic in China, authorities were carrying out large-scale remote temperature measurement in most apartment complexes through the use drones. Victoria Police have confirmed they used drones to patrol beaches for violations of social distancing rules.

In order to tackle and solve some of the unprecedented global challenges raised by Climate Change and Covid-19 (among others), we need critical and creative thinkers, collaborators and problem solvers. We need designers and innovators. Through learning to use digital technology, such as drones, we are equipping CGGS students with the knowledge and skills to be the innovative and creative problem solvers that the world so desperately needs.

Click below to view a short video of the drone flying.

Unit 1 Psychology and Grade 1 – Putting Theory into Practice

Last Friday, 5 June, our Year 11 Psychology students had a play date with the lovely and vibrant Grade 1 students at Ormiston. The Year 11 students were required to design and make an appropriate aged toy, applying their knowledge of Piaget’s cognitive developmental stages. As can be seen, the Grade 1 students were highly engaged with the toys that were specially designed for them and we are glad to say that the toys gained their tick of approval!

It was truly special seeing students with such a large age gap interacting and learning through play.

We look forward to developing more authentic learning experiences with the Ormiston students.

A huge thank you to Mrs Angela Columbine who happily volunteered her class to spend the afternoon with our Year 11 students.

Ms Tuba Ozak and Mrs Karin Lemanis

Have a restful weekend.



Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Senior School


Senior School

March 13, 2020

Looking back over the past fortnight we have had so much to celebrate and enjoy with our Senior School students.

We had to reschedule our Year 7 Welcome Church Service and Dinner to Tuesday 3 March and were rewarded with perfect weather for the event.  Personally the change in timing of this event made for greater mingling of students, parents and staff as they had already had an opportunity to begin to form friendships and connections.

The Year 12 Formal at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club lived up to all expectations with the students and partners enjoying a night of dancing, lovely food and a particularly well scripted and produced video. Thank you to the organising committee and the film crew who ensured everyone had a special night.

In Assembly on the Tuesday I was able to share with the students and staff a heart-warming message from a lady from the general public who had been sharing a tram with a number of our students. She stated our students had been polite, well mannered and did not hesitate to offer her their seats. She was so impressed and grateful that she contacted the school.

I might add this is not an isolated instance, as yesterday I received another message, this time from an elderly gentleman who needed help to get on and off the tram. He made contact to say that while he did not ask for the name of the student who assisted him, he wanted the school to know how grateful he was for this assistance. This morning I had the pleasure of again sharing this information with our students via email and restating how proud they make us all feel through their kind actions and truly living our school motto of Utilis in Ministerium.

Our Year 10 Days for Girls on Wednesday 5 March was again a huge success with the next cohort of students undertaking this special day and gaining the insights into how other young women less fortunate than ourselves can be provided with the opportunity to attend school through the making of sanitary kits at our school each year.

The International Women’s Day breakfast was a most memorable morning with past student Kim Henderson, Director Policy and Evaluation from “Our Watch” as our guest speaker. Everyone in Robinson Hall on this morning felt privileged to hear from Kim.

The long weekend was welcomed by all and I wish you all well for this coming weekend.


Year 7 Welcome Dinner

On Tuesday 3 March, Year 7 students and their families enjoyed an opportunity to come together as a community to officially welcome the new year and the students’ transition into secondary school.  The church service, led by School Chaplain Rev Helen Creed, focused on students learning about the conventions of an Anglican service, as well as hearing readings and stories from the Bible.

The church service was followed by a dinner in the Fig Tree café where students and families had the opportunity to get to know each other better and enjoy delicious food from Pinwheel & Co.

Although this event is ordinarily held in the first full week of the term, having it postponed was favourable as it showed the strong connections that many students have forged in the first weeks of Year 7.  We look forward to welcoming Year 7 families to many of the events that will occur throughout the year as part of the Centenary Celebrations.

Please note the Year Level Representatives for Year 7 are also keen to facilitate more opportunities for families and students to build their connections to each other throughout the year.

Nirvana Watkins
Year 7 Coordinator

AGSA International Women’s Day Breakfast

CGGS students and staff again attended the annual International Women’s Day breakfast at Parliament House, hosted by the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia. This highly anticipated annual event is designed to bring students from Years 10-12 and their teachers together to celebrate the importance of International Women’s Day.

Student Reflections:

The International Women’s Day breakfast was an eye-opening experience for us all. Sitting in a hall surrounded by portraits of male Premiers, we were treated to great food and even greater speakers. Issues such as women in politics, gender-biased language and the lack of recognition for women were highlighted and discussed by those in attendance.

Our biggest takeaway from this insightful opportunity was the importance of being a confident feminist. Especially being able to attend an all girls school with a nurturing culture, we are so fortunate to have access to numerous advancement opportunities to prepare us better for the future. We have learnt that as empowered women of tomorrow, we are deserving of equal rights and should be fearless when progressing towards our goals.

Emily Zhang  & Elizabeth Waite


The International Women’s Day Breakfast at Parliament House was an interesting and empowering experience. The guest speaker this year was Yvette Arnott, a literature teacher and assistant principle at the Mac Robertson girls’ high school. She spoke passionately about the power of feminism and language and the ever-increasing need for equality in today’s society; particularly in parliament where there is a lack of representation for a gender that makes up 50% of the world’s population. Her words were spoken with absolute conviction and I confidently day I wasn’t the only girl walking out the room feeling inspired and empowered!

Hannah Shillington


Year 12 Formal

Last Saturday week, the annual Year 12 Formal took place at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. The Year 12s and their partners had an amazing night full of socialising and dancing. It was a special night and one that all that were there, will remember in the years to come. Again, the wonderful positive vibe throughout the whole evening was indicative of the strong level of cohesiveness that exists within the year level. Special thanks to the Year 12 organisers of The Formal, Felicia Spiridonos, Lauren Palma and Laurya Dang-Nguyen who did a wonderful job in terms of organising the evening. A number of mothers also helped out on the Saturday morning decorating the function room and thanks is very much extended to them as well.

Andrew Burnell
Year 12 Coordinator

CGGS Diving

Congratulations to the CGGS Diving Team for a successful performance at the GSV Preliminary Carnival last Friday. Everyone performed extremely well against a very tough competition. The girls have put so much hard work into mastering their three dives, and everyone has been so dedicated to the early morning training sessions.

On the day, the Juniors came 6th, an incredible effort considering this is the first competition for many of the girls, the Intermediates came 5th and the Seniors came equal 4th. Everyone should be very proud of themselves, as they have progressed so much during the past few weeks of training in preparation for the Preliminary Carnival. We were very excited to place 5th overall against some tough competitors, which has placed us in good stead for the Division 2 Championship Carnival on Tuesday 17th of March. A huge thank you to our coach Jenny, Mrs Robinson and Ms Law for everything they have done to help the CGGS Diving Team.

Eloise Webster and Ella Robinson
CGGS Diving Captains

GSV Triathlon

On March 1 a field of 50 girls woke up bright and early to compete in the annual GSV Triathlon at Altona beach.  CGGS had a record number of girls taking part in this event and was represented across almost all year levels.  50 students competed in the team event and 3 girls participated in the individual event, completing all three legs – swim, bike and run.  We had 3 teams place in the top 5 and one team which included Ella Robertson-Brown, Frida Andreasen and Sasha Feldman finished second and was awarded a silver medal.  This is the second year this event has been held at Altona beach and it’s great to see so many girls across lots of different schools get involved.  It was a fantastic atmosphere and we were very lucky to have our family and friends cheer us on along the way.

Elena Ronaldson
Year 9

Making Days for Girls Kits

On Thursday 5 March the local Days for Girls Camberwell Chapter (seven ladies) helped all our Yr. 10 students make components for Days for Girls kits.

Days for Girls is an organisation that makes, educates and distributes feminine hygiene packs in developing countries.  These washable packs allow girls to stay in school when they have their period. A basic right!!! The organisation is dedicated to creating a freer, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education.

Last year Days for Girls International distributed 45 thousand kits to refugee camps in South Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Afghanistan through World Vision.  Twelve thousand were made in Australia!

Later this year the students going to Cambodia on the Service Learning Tour will take as many kits as they can fit in the luggage.

Liss Campbell
Head of Service Learning

Year 10 Mentoring Breakfast

On Wednesday March 11 the Year 10s attended their first mentoring breakfast.  Mentoring has been identified as both an important tool and an effective way to gain skills via knowledge transfer from an experienced student/OGA to a fellow student at key moments in their education or at the start of their career.  The theme for this week’s event was ‘Broadening Your Horizons’.

During the breakfast, Samreen Kaur and Harriet Gibson (Class of 2019) spoke to our Year 10 girls on why getting involved in school co-curricular and other activities was so important.

Samreen and Harriet were amazing contributors to, and ambassadors for, our school.  They shared their considerable experience and expertise with our Year 10s and spoke about their involvement as Tour Guides, Mentor leaders, House Captains in various areas, GSV Sport, volunteering and the service-learning trip to Cambodia.  They shared their belief that participation in these activities contributed to their own personal growth and certainly grew their skills portfolio in areas such as leadership, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.  They particularly emphasised the important ability to participate in these activities and balance a demanding academic curriculum.

With more institutions requesting evidence of these types of activities as part of their selection criteria, it is a relevant area of focus for students.  ANU scholarship applications seek corroboration of a student’s commitment to making a difference to others.  Monash Community Leaders Scholarship looks for potential mentoring students.  Deakin Students helping Students has employers asking for students to demonstrate enterprise skills such as communication skills, leadership and teamwork. It is clear that Samreen and Harriet are fine examples of what our Year 10 students can aspire to achieve, if they take advantage of the wealth of opportunities presented here at CGGS.

The skills and experiences they develop at school will help them in the transition from school to part time employment, from school to university and from school to a career path.

Thanks to the support of the OGA, the students were able to enjoy a wonderful breakfast while listening to this valuable presentation.  Both students delivered the same message:  make the most of the opportunities available to you here at CGGS.

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

Senior School


Senior School

February 28, 2020

Last week during the Chaplains Assemblies Rev Helen Creed introduced the new 2020 School Anthem. With the musical choral expertise of Choir specialist Cathy Georgiev all students and staff started to learn the Anthem so that we are all confident in singing it at the many formal events this year.

The new Anthem was commissioned by the school and in conjunction with the CGGS Music Department, composer Dan Walker wrote the piece as part of our Centenary celebrations.

Helen’s introduction to the anthem and the history of the significance of the School Anthem, along with Cathy’s enthusiasm certainly ensured that our first attempt at learning this Anthem was most successful.

Last week we also conducted two Parent Information Nights. The Year 8 and 9 evening enabled parents to hear from our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody on the Centenary events for 2020 as well as tutoring. I spoke about how parents can be involved in the lives of their daughter and encouraged all parents to attend as many school events as possible, as these form many of the shared experiences their daughters will remember from their time at school. Kate Manners, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning, spoke about the core curriculum and elective offerings as well as reminding parents of how they can be using SEQTA engage. Nirvana Watkins, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing (Curriculum and Programs) spoke about our Healthy Minds – Year 8 and Cognizance – Year 9, CGGS specific programs aimed at proactive and preventative wellbeing. Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs, spoke about the up-coming 2020 camps and all the House and School offerings as well as all the clubs and activities girls can opt into. Some of these being student led and organised. Parents then had the opportunity to meet with their daughter’s Year Level Coordinator and Tutor teacher. Thank you to Liesa Winkler, Year 8 and Kim Hepworth, Year 9 and their teams of tutor teachers for providing parents with an informal opportunity to introduce themselves.

The Year 10 – 12 Information night also provided the parents of students in these levels with information specific to the older levels. Mark Corrie, VCE Coordinator and Kate Manners outlined the vital aspects of VCE and the 2020 VCE Handbook was made available to all Year 11 and 12 families. Thank you to James Henderson, Year 10 Level Coordinator, Nareen Robinson, Year 11 Coordinator and Andrew Burnell, Year 12 Coordinator, plus all the Heads of the various Departments for providing the parents with this invaluable chance to speak about the VCE journey ahead for their daughters.

After much planning and anticipation, the Year 12 students are looking forward to their 2020 Year 12 Formal at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. It is sure to be a lovely evening and the staff too are keen to dance up a storm tomorrow night. Best wishes for the night and many thanks to the organising committee, including Andrew Burnell and School Captains, Felicia Spiridonos, Lauyra Dang-Nguyen and Loren Palma.

At our Class of 2019 Celebration Assembly we acknowledged all the students who completed their VCE studies at CGGS in 2019. We also congratulated the following students on their outstanding achievements and special Principal’s awards which are detailed in this edition of CamNews.

Please enjoy this edition of CamNews. Have a lovely weekend.


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


CGGS Anthem

Last week at Chaplain’s Assemblies we were excited to introduce a new school Anthem, specially commissioned for our centenary year, from Australian composer Dan Walker. As well as composing, Dan is an in-demand conductor and performer. A choral specialist, he has had works commissioned by Sydney Symphony and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, amongst others.

An Anthem is a song based on words from the Bible, and our new anthem uses words from a reading that has long been important to CGGS – Micah 6:6-8, which includes the words:

He has told you, Omortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

The CCGS Anthem has been composed with a beautiful single line melody, additional harmonised SSA vocal parts, along with piano accompaniment and full orchestral options. A flowing triple time signature and the key of E Flat Major has been chosen to support the text from Micah. The words are sung through twice, concluding a with a glorious three part Amen.

In 1928, British composer Martin Shaw wrote an anthem based on this passage. It made its way to Australia at some point, and during the 1940s it was introduced at CGGS. Over the next decades it was sung at Speech Nights and other key school events. The newly commissioned Anthem will sit alongside the Martin Shaw version and will be sung at special school assemblies, services and ceremonies.

We are grateful to have been given the opportunity by the school to create an Anthem which we can truly call our own, and are looking forward to singing it at the Founders’ Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 22 April this year. We are particularly pleased to share this musical gift with the school community in our centenary year and we thank Helen Creed and Duncan Reid for their contributions.

We hope that this will become a much-loved Anthem that will remind us of what is at the heart of our humanity: doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God.

Kate Savige, Rohan Mack, Rev Helen Creed and Cathy Georgiev


BYOD and Building a Culture of Trust

It is important to have the conversation with the young people we live and work with about when and why they could or should be using their devices and how best to use them to facilitate their learning.

With the decision to allow your children, and our students, to use their devices for their learning, there comes the necessity for the community (i.e. home and school) to create a ‘culture of trust’.  Its presence or absence can make a world of difference. When we see a child/student using a device many of our initial thoughts and concerns may be framed by our own perceptions and experiences of how we personally use technology. This may affect how, why and when your child uses technology at home or school.

Situations such as the one in the photo raise questions of trust, respect and responsibility. We need to ask ourselves: what are my initial perceptions?  Why are they using their devices?  Do I trust them (student, child) to take responsibility?  When students are using their devices for learning at home and at school, some of the things they could be using them for include:

> collaborating
> researching
> texting
> creating
> reading
> writing

So, how do we build a culture of trust between students, teachers and parents?  How do our perceptions affect the way technology is used in our homes and classes?  How do we ensure that technological applications can improve our lives, while protecting ourselves from abuses of trust?  Next time you see your child using a device for their learning, ask them about it.  Start the conversation and work towards establishing a community of trust.

Micah Wilkins
Head of Digital Learning & Innovation

House Athletics

On Tuesday morning hundreds of excited CGGS girls flooded Doncaster Athletics track to compete in the House Athletics Carnival. The girls displayed great enthusiasm and team spirit as they showcased their skills in track, field and novelty events. Well done to Schofield who finished the day as champions of House Athletics for the first time since 2002 and congratulations to Lawrence who won the House Spirit Stick for their support and cheering throughout the day.

Overall Results

1st– Schofield

2nd– Lawrence

3rd– Taylor

4th– Singleton

There were some outstanding performances both on the track and in the field and we look forward to hearing the announcement of the Year Level Champion Awards next week.

Thank you to all the staff and students who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly, particularly the House Sport Captains who have put in an enormous effort to make sure all races were filled and to the School Sport Captain, Michaela Robinson and School House Captain, Rochelle Scheid for their assistance throughout the event.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport

Inspirational Parent Education Seminar – James Shone

On Wednesday 26 February parents from CGGS together with parents from CGS joined in the Anne Feehan Building for a presentation by James Shone “Inflating Balloons of Self Belief”.

Following a 16 year teaching career in the United Kingdom and having worked towards being offered a position he had long sought as a Headmaster in 2012, James Shone was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The resulting treatment and surgery left him with very limited sight.

As he recovered and adjusted to his new much altered circumstances James sought to turn his setbacks into springboards and move forward with a new focus and ability to facilitate change in a different way.

Prior to his diagnosis and at the core of his teaching philosophy was always the message “I Can & I Am”. As he sought new direction he realised that the pastoral care message he had always stood by was all the more true in times of extreme challenge. Put simply, his belief and the heart of the charity is to inspire confidence in every individual to enable them to know who they are and what they are able to do, rather than focusing on what they can’t.

This is the message that his charity, an organisation which seeks to raise money enable James’s messages to be spread to as many school children, staff and parents as possible across the UK and beyond, now lives and operates by.

James now travels to hundreds of schools a year presenting to young people and adults and we were very fortunate to have him present as part of our Parent Seminar 2020 Series. If you are interested in more about James’ organisation please go to his website.


GSV Leaders Breakfast

On Thursday 13 February Laney Kriketos, Tilly Dunn, Lauren Bignold and Michaela Robinson went to Our Lady of Sion College for the annual GSV Sport Leaders Breakfast. Along with leaders from the other 24 GSV schools , our students were privileged to hear from Carol Fox who is President of Women Sport Australia and an Executive Coach, Conference Speaker and Masterclass Facilitator.

Carol’s message revolved around confident communication for leaders. Her three main pieces of advice were to keep it real, focus on body language and word play. Students learned that our reality and self-talk determines the way that we communicate, she also spoke about the importance of reframing our minds to see the positives rather than focusing on the negatives. A particular focus was the importance of body language and how a very powerful tool, such as our stance, can portray strength and confidence or weakness.

As leaders of CGGS  in 2020, the girls were really looking forward to having an opportunity to put these lessons into action in their various roles and sharing their thoughts and ideas with others.


Top Level Netballers here at CGGS!

In 2020 we look set to have over 200 students playing in teams representing CGGS in the Boroondara Netball Association (BNA). CGGS are one of approximately 14 clubs who field teams in the BNA fixtures.

A number of our students also have ongoing associations and commitments to their own local netball clubs and this season we would like to acknowledge and congratulate students who have been selected for Representative Netball Teams within their leagues. Players who play “Rep Netball” play for one of their Association’s member teams and have been selected as one of the top players in their age group across all teams in that Association.

Grace Killington, Year 7 – Boroondara Power

Sarah May, Year 7 – Richmond NA

Meghan Chaffey, Year 8 – Whitehorse Diamonds

Tyra Dawson, Year 8 – Waverley District Netball Association

Elena Ronaldson, Year 9 – Richmond Netball Association

Bianca Coles, Year 10 – Boroondara Power

2019 Celebration Assembly

Last Tuesday we held our annual Celebration Assembly, acknowledging both the Academic Results and the extensive contributions of the Class of 2019.

Mrs Dunwoody shared her address titled “A reflection on what is success”, encouraging all students to remember that success is about doing your best and contributing to something bigger than yourself and not a singular academic result. Mrs Dunwoody also noted that having a balance of work and other interests, a commitment to working hard and a growth mindset are all factors that enable us to enjoy success.

We are so proud that all our students have embraced the opportunities presented to grow and develop as individuals, and have worked incredibly hard to achieve their personal best whilst here at CGGS.

The presentation of awards were then made to the following students;

Dux of School – Louisa Taylor Memorial Award
Amy Miao

Dux Secondus – GD Lawrence Award
Tracy Chen, Yvonne Jin and Jessica Lu

RM Westcott Award
Maddi Li

Otto Yuncken Award
Nikki Chen and Sherry Gan

2019 students Maddy Georges, Zoe Giagoudakis and Ellie Zhou shared reflections of their 2019 year. All three spoke fondly of their time at CGGS, expressed gratitude for the caring community they were part of and for the commitment and expertise of their teachers. They had so many worthwhile tips and pieces of advice for our current Year 12 students and we thank them for their honesty, insight and willingness to come and share their journeys with us.

To conclude the assembly, Mrs Nareen Robinson, the Year 12 Coordinator, spoke fondly of the class of 2019 and the many and varied contributions they had made to CGGS throughout their schooling. To read the full transcript, click here

Book Club is Back!

On Tuesday 18 February, Book Club commenced for 2020. As your 2020 Literature Captains, it was the first time Ella Barmby and Renee Fong had facilitated the club meeting and they commenced the year with a record-breaking number of 30 girls participating.

The first meeting focused on students’ favourite books, genres and authors, as well as books that had been read over the holidays. During the meeting students also discussed activities they would like to have at future Book Club gatherings. Besides discussing favourite books, students plan to watch book related movies and hold special themed meetings concentrating on one author, topic or area of interest, such as Harry Potter.

The girls were all very enthusiastic which made for a very enjoyable and lively lunchtime. Ella and Renee are really looking forward to bonding with all the Book Club girls and a fantastic 2020 of books.

Service Learning BBQ – Days for Girls

On Wednesday, the Service Learning team held a BBQ to raise money for Days for Girls.

Days for Girls (DFG) is a global organisation who work to empower and support millions of girls by “turning periods into pathways,”. They do this by educating them about their health and menstrual cycle, as well as providing them with a DFG kit (also known as a Portable Object of Dignity). Each kit includes reusable cloth menstrual pads made up of colourful shields and liners, underwear, a washcloth and soap, zip-closure plastic bags and other small items.The organisation then seeks to extend the program by offering individual training so that they can produce their own DFG kits and support the hygiene needs of their communities.

All of the money raised from Wednesday’s BBQ will go towards purchasing these DFG kits, and next week Year 10 students will have the opportunity to help DFG volunteers assemble the kits. The completed kits will then be taken with the students who are participating in the two service trips to Cambodia later this year. These kits will help empower and maintain the dignity of many Cambodian girls and women who, as a result, will be able to feel comfortable to go where they want, when they want, without their period holding them back.

Emily Hoyle
Service Learning Captain


Centenary Festival: Choral Workshop

A number of our choral students and I, along with former CGGS Director of Music, Mrs Barbara Russell, had the good fortune of participating in a choral workshop with Mr. Philip Nicholls, Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. The workshop (which took place in our Junior School Chapel) was to assist us with the preparations for our Evensong Services at the Centenary Creative Arts Festival in March. Our School Chaplain, Helen Creed and Head of RE, Duncan Reid were also able to attend the workshop and participate in the learning that took place.

We sang in the round, adding a number of finishing touches to the liturgical music. It was a joy to work with such a fine and generous fellow musician and for the students and myself, a fresh set of ears and ideas. The workshop illuminated the fact that learning truly never ends. Our students worked with focus and their inimitable sense of enthusiasm. Philip Nicholls and the Dean of the Cathedral have invited us in to St. Paul’s to sing our Evensong Service in the near future; this will be a thrill for all involved. Our thanks again to Philip for all his generous giving of his time and talents.

Cathy Georgiev
Music Teacher

We had the privilege of working with Mr Nicholls, the Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, in an insightful choral workshop. This immersive session gave all choir members the opportunity to broaden and enhance our vocal technique, whilst sharing a love of music. His humorous approach, and particular passion for choral music helped us refine our pieces. After having this time to focus on the different sections in a range of pieces, we look forward to sharing our Evensong with the community at ‘The Shape of Us’ Centenary Creative Arts Festival.

Jennifer Le
Year 12

From the beginning to the end of the workshop with Mr Nicholls, I was able to learn many diverse skills including new warm-ups and singing techniques. We worked through each piece we will sing for Evensong in the Centenary Creative Arts Festival and were able to improve our singing individually and as a choral ensemble. His fun way of teaching had everyone laughing and enjoying the workshop, as we developed our tone and sight-reading skills. I had a very enriching experience!

Annaliese Le

Senior School


Senior School

February 14, 2020

Welcoming the students back to the academic year was truly joyous, especially considering its our Centenary year! This time of year is always very special, with meeting the new students and catching up on the holiday adventures of existing students. On behalf of all the Senior School teaching and professional services staff we look forward to supporting all our families in 2020 and we do wish all our new families a fulfilling journey through their time in the Senior School.

The Year 7 cohort welcomed 64 new families to CGGS while Years 8 – 11 also welcomed a further 26 students. In Year 8 this year two of our new students have come to us from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) and we are thrilled to have Ruby and Rumarlea as members of our CGGS community.

As part of their start to the new school year, the Year 7 students completed a 5 day Transition Program specifically designed to help them navigate their way around the school, meet all their teachers before commencing their studies, explore all the co-curricular offerings and of course to ensure they meet and feel a part of their cohort. These 5 days were highly successful, and I thank each of the students for being enthusiastically involved in each of the activities, their Tutor teachers for their nurture of the students and the subject teachers for their support of the activities. I also thank Mrs Watkins, Year 7 Level Coordinator and Mrs Robinson, for their organisation of this program. The move to Secondary School is challenging for all, physically, emotionally, socially and academically. While I feel sure many of the girls are exhausted by Friday evening, we are all very proud of their endeavours, their smiles are evidence that they are certainly feeling at home already.

The Year 11 students began their school year with a session from Fit2Drive. With most of the students in the Year Level at the age when they are starting to drive on their L Plates. We have over the past number of years found this program of particular benefit.

With thanks to the 2020 School Captain, Felicia Spiridonos and Vice Captains, Loren Palma and Laurya Dang-Nguyen, the Year 7 girls spent their Thursday lunch with their House buddies from Year 11 and 12. The School Captains wrote a letter of introduction to each new Year 7 student and matched them to an older student. This new initiative for 2020 is an example of the leadership shown by our older students and the lunch, the first of many activities the School Captains have planned for the year, definitely gave our youngest members of the Senior School a taste of our strong connections.

For the Year 12 students their year began with a Retreat at St Hilda’s College at The University of Melbourne. The Retreat is always a highlight for the students. I take this opportunity to thank Andrew Burnell the Year 12 Coordinator for his organisation of this year’s program, Rev. Helen Creed for conducting the Commencement Service and the Year 12 Form teachers, Jo Rittey, Paige Tan, Karin Lemanis and Ian Lyell, plus Head of Libraries Anne Devenish and Careers Counsellor, Trish Dolan and both School Counsellors, Beth Sarlos and Paula Kolivas for sharing their time at the Retreat.

Our 100th Birthday celebration on Tuesday was shared by two Senior School students Lucia Ronaldson, Year 7 and Joy Ma, Year 12 and Junior School Student, Zara Teh Year 4. A birthday they are sure to remember with Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria joining them!

For those parents who were able to join us on Tuesday at the Centenary Commencement Ceremony, the first of many special anniversary events this year, I feel sure you would agree that it truly was a most memorable and fitting celebration of our significant milestone. Thank you to all the Senior School students who were involved in the event and also to those who were part of the audience.

I urge all parents and extended family members to join us at as many of the Centenary events as possible. As a school community we are looking forward to sharing the up-coming event with you. Many girls across all the year levels are already busily rehearsing for the Centenary Creative Arts Festival, The Shape Of Us, which will be performed over three nights from the Thursday 19 March to Saturday 21 March.

Please note the following updates to staff roles of responsibility in the Senior School for 2020.

Nirvana Watkins
– Year 7 Coordinator
– Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing ( Curriculum and Programs) – Term 1

Liesa Winkler
– Year 8 Coordinator

Kim Hepworth
– Year 9 Coordinator

James Henderson
– Year 10 Coordinator

Nareen Robinson
– Year 11 Coordinator
– Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing (Activities and Initiatives) – Term 1

Andrew Burnell
– Year 12 Coordinator

Sam Bullen – Student Services

Please note all absences, whether due to illness or a partial absence for an appointment, are required to be notified to Sam via email or phone (9811 8546) before 9.00am each morning. At this time any unexplained absences will be notified to parents via SMS to your listed mobile numbers.

Please ensure that you check the email and mobile phones listed in Parent Lounge to ensure they are up to date. If you require any changes please notify Mr Stuart Hill /


Digital Learning in an Age of Uncertainty 

In 2013 David Price wrote in his book that ‘we know only two things for certain. The first is that we should learn to embrace uncertainty, because this age of uncertainty could become permanent. The second is that if all the old certainties are gone, then we have to be open to radical shifts in how we work, live and learn’ (OPEN: how we’ll work, live and learn in the future, p. 21). Fast forward seven years and this uncertainty is as true today as it was then.

As we are all aware, the start of the school year has for all schools and many workplaces, been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. Some of our students having a delayed start to the year and unable to attend school. Although this has had an impact on the school community and our usual start of the year procedures and transitions, it has presented us with opportunities to develop and trial new ways and modes of teaching and learning. Teachers and students have been working collaboratively to improve the educational and wellbeing outcomes for the students unable to attend classes through the use of digital learning tools.

Research has shown that the differences between face-to-face and online learning spaces are significant enough that unique approaches are required for effective teaching online. As such, teachers have been able to harness technology to create engaging and meaningful activities that may not have been possible in a regular face-to-face class. This has included videoconferencing, collaborative documents through Office 365, screencasts and a range of other web-based platforms. The chosen digital tool should engage and excite, facilitate communication and discussion and provide students with greater opportunities for practice and feedback.

The core business of digital learning at CGGS is about educating students to be fully participating citizens in a digitally networked world and the unique start to the year has demonstrated how important this task is and also how adaptable and flexible our students and staff are when faced with a challenge. The growth mindset of our community is certainly a trait to be admired.

Micah Wilkins
Head of Digital Learning and Innovation



Paul Dillon Workshops

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 were involved in presentations with Paul Dillon from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia on February 13. Each year, Paul shares contemporary research and perspectives on this topic with our senior students. His message is crafted to resonate with our students and to address some of the issues that they may encounter in coming years. Focusing on being safe and helping friends stay safe is key to his message and students always reflect positively on his engaging style and good humour.

CGGS student accepted into the Australian Ballet School!

Sabrina Bignold, Year 7, began dancing when she was two years old and has been focussed on and dedicated to improving her skills for an entire decade and she is not yet 13!

Sabrina dreams of being a Principal Ballerina and during the summer break was offered a place in the After School Program at The Australian Ballet School (ABS).  She will now train at the ABS after school three days per week and on Saturdays. This is an incredible achievement with only 3 students in the class.

We congratulate Sabrina on her achievement and look forward to hearing more of her dancing achievements in the years to come.

Young Australian Broadway Chorus (YABC)

Helena Maunder, Year 8, has been a part of stage school Australia’s’ Young Australian Broadway Chorus (YABC) for eight years now. After auditioning for a part in their summer production of Cats, along with many of her YABC friends, she was cast as one of the kittens in the show, her first production with the Stage School. During an intense four weeks of rehearsal, Helena learned the songs and dances for the musical, while the orchestra, costume and set design team were hard at work, making the show look and sound amazing.

Helena performed in five out of the ten shows, and received excellent reviews, in particular, a 4-star review from the Herald Sun critic. One of the highlights for Helena was greeting the audience in full costume and in character before the show started, interacting with the children and families coming to see them.

Congratulations Helena, we look forward to hearing more of your achievements both at YABC and within our own CGGS productions.

2020 European Hockey Trip

On 31 December 2019 two of our sibling students, Georgia (Year 8) and Chloe Langley (Year 11) departed Melbourne on the Wanderers 2019/20 Hockey Tour. The Wanderers is an organisation that co-ordinates sporting teams made up of individuals from different clubs all over Australia, coming together to play against teams internationally.

The girls travelled initially to Singapore where they met up with teammates from all across Australia. Georgia and Chloe played in England, Holland, Belgium and France. Each country had a different playing style and every club was a challenge, with the girls playing 9 games during the tour. Although this was a hockey tour, there was also time for sightseeing and they enjoyed sites such as Buckingham Palace in England, the Louvre and Eiffel Tower in Paris, the clog and cheese factory in Holland and the war memorials in France. As part of the tour the girls were billeted to different people’s homes and usually stayed one or two nights depending on where they were travelling to or playing on the next day. The Dutch hockey clubs were the hardest to play against because hockey is their main sport and they were extremely competitive. The tour was a mix of two girl’s teams and a boys’ team and there were a total of 41 players across the teams, with 9 parents and 5 staff/coaches as support. The girls made some lifelong friends and memories they will never forget.

Chloe (Year 11) and Georgia Langley (Year 8)

Australian Student Leadership Conference

Our School Captains were involved once again in the Australian Schools Leadership Conference in the summer holidays. Curated by yLead and designed for student executive leaders, the conference took place from January 27thto 29that the University of Melbourne.

ASLC 2020 allowed our student leaders to connect with leaders from other schools and proved us that across our nation we have passionate and skilled leaders coming through, who have a desire to make great change and are incredibly compassionate. Felicia, Laurya and Loren tested themselves to ‘step up and step out’, rose to challenges and didn’t run from them, recognised the value of vulnerability and most importantly planned for a big year of ACTION.

As part of their highlights from the experience, Loren and Laurya reflected that:

“The Ungame discussion session highlighted the importance of actively listening to one another and after listening to everyone’s life stories and experiences, all three of us feel so grateful for all the opportunites we’ve had, our health and the supportive people around us. We thoroughly enjoyed yLead, leaving with a sense of purpose, action and new friendships.”

When asked what she is looking forward to implementing back at school alongside the Vice Captains, Felicia said: 

“One of the guest speakers emphasised the notion that action leads to identity. This really stuck with us therefore, we brainstormed what action and identity may look like for our school in its 100thyear. Furthermore, the importance of authenticity as leaders is something we have taken away from conference, as we strive be our best selves and encourage others to do the same, actively listening along the way as it’s very powerful!”

Year 7 Transition Program

Cultivating connections between students, both those continuing from Ormiston, and those joining CGGS from local primary schools, is a key purpose of the Year 7 Transition Program. The program is intentionally designed to maximise opportunities for students to get to know each other and their new teachers, and to allow for debrief and reflection time in their Tutor Groups.

Commencing on a sweltering 39 degree day, on January 30th, the Year 7 students participated in a Badge Ceremony followed by time to move into their lockers and settle into their new form rooms. The first day also saw students participate in an Amazing Race to familiarise themselves with the campus. Students were introduced to a key component of wellbeing in the Senior School, Mental Fitness Training, and encouraged to adopt a growth mindset as they encountered the challenges that the next weeks will offer.

In the badge ceremony, Mrs Nirvana Watkins, the Year Level Coordinator, shared a reflection on the rich and diverse members of the new Year 7 group, and introduced their year level theme of Ubuntu or “I am, because we are”

Year 7s were introduced to a range of their subjects through activity rotations during two days of the Transition Program, experiencing Drama, Art, History, Science, ICT, Mathematics, Music and Library.

In Service Learning workshops, students delved into key initiatives at CGGS in relation to sustainability, and contributed their own service in creating ceramic dishes for wildlife to drink from, and propagating indigenous plants to encourage birds and fauna into their gardens.

Beth Sarlos and Paula Kolivas, the school counsellors, conducted workshops on key social and emotional skills that underpin positive interactions in Year 7.

Students were also introduced to the House system, co-curricular opportunities and GSV Sport. To say that this is an enthusiastic and involved group of young people is an understatement!

Of course, there was plenty of opportunity for fun and bonding as well, and the Year 7s benefited enormously from their first week in Senior School. Thank you to all of the students and teachers who assisted with the program, including the Year 11 and 12 buddies who spent the first lunchtime with the new Year 7s.

Year 7 Service Learning Environmental Action

At Camberwell Girls Grammar School, we strive to embody our school motto ‘Useful in Service’, with students from Years 7 to 10, engaging in our Service Learning program. As part of their transition to Senior School, our new Year 7 students were introduced to their year of service for the environment and engaged in activities to promote our local biodiversity. For their home gardens, students made ceramic water dishes to support wildlife, and planted seeds for local indigenous species – the Bulbine lily and Common tussock grass. Our students also furthered their knowledge about reducing waste, with guest speaker Kirsty Bishop-Fox, President of Zero-Waste Victoria. Year 7s will apply this knowledge in Term 1, and participate in a ‘nude food’ challenge, which involves avoiding packaging waste in their lunches.

A strong reading culture at CGGS!

The recent announcement of the 2020 Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky is a timely reminder of the importance of creating an environment at school and in the School Library where reading is an essential part of life. As Ursula says “Reading is a lifetime project, it’s not something you learn, and that’s it. To be a good reader you have to read all the time. It’s like learning to swim but only doing one lap. You won’t be able to save yourself.”

Ursula feels there is a trend towards the renaming of school libraries as information and resource centres, and their decentralisation as floating hubs of digital resources which may undermine messages around the importance of fiction reading. Her over riding message is that a library symbolises a space where you would come in and know that reading is important, and that’s exactly what our CGGS Library prioritises!

Our new Library Portal available in SEQTA provides wonderful resources and information for our students, staff and parents.

Ursula notes that reading often drops off after primary school and needs to be developed as a lifelong habit. With our excellent borrowing statistics, our growing number of students attending the Library book clubs, and our popular Literature Tour of the UK, the CGGS library is definitely contributing to reading as a lifelong habit.

Please feel free to visit our CGGS Senior Library from 7.30am to 6.00pm (Friday’s until 5.00pm)and receive a  warm welcome, great book chat and a pat with Ivy, our Library Dog.

Anne Devenish
Head of Libraries

Once again, I want to welcome all families back to another exciting year at CGGS, and welcome all new families joining us in our Centenary year. Have a restful weekend.


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School