Senior School


Senior School

July 23, 2021

Term 3 started with Senior School students in the Middle School Production of “The Light Burns Blue,” and the House Music event at school rehearsing on both Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 July, the staff professional development days. Thankfully we made the decision at the end of last term to allow these students onsite to practice for both these events, and I am delighted to say we were able to honour the hard work of these students and the teachers who have supported them throughout, by holding the events under somewhat changed parameters.

The Middle School Production was re-introduced this year to enable students in Years 7 – 9 the opportunity to be involved in a drama performance given the Centenary spectacular did not go ahead as planned.

Keira Lyons, Head of Drama and Performing Arts, along with a team of dedicated staff and past students including Madison Brake who coordinated the Lighting Design, supported, guided and trained the two casts and crew throughout the many interruptions, both in person and online so that the parents of these students were able to enjoy live performances last week.

As a school community we are all most grateful to the students and staff involved in bringing this story to life. I had the pleasure of watching both Cast A and Cast B and never cease to be amazed at what our students are capable of achieving. Thank you all for this privilege.

With some post recording editing still to be completed on the recording of this event, we look forward to sharing both full performances with our community in the next edition of Camnews.

On Thursday 15 July, when this most recent lockdown looked imminent, we swiftly went to work with the House Music Captains and conducted two of the House Music event elements, Choice and Madrigal. Again, all the Senior School students have been rehearsing throughout Term 2 when singing has been permitted within the Victorian Government Operations Guidelines.

The students involved in Choice and Madrigal groups for each House were brought together at recess and the decision was made to record and livestream these performances in Periods 5 and 6, prior to but realising, another lockdown would be announced late that afternoon.

The creative abilities of our students were able to shine, due to the immediate action and proactive decision making that took place. There were many layers of ‘creative chaos’ throughout the morning, so to see the students perform at their best, whilst continuing to problem solve even within the presentations, was nothing short of amazing! We are very proud of the resilience and maturity the House Music Captains displayed. They truly showcased the power of music!

Thank you to all the House Music Captains – Teagan Diep and Teresa Guo (Lawrence), Sarah Hui and Janice Wong (Schofield), Kelly Liang and Megan Kuo (Taylor), and Chloe Law and Nicole Change (Singleton).

Whilst not yet the full program, as the Theme and judging components are still to be performed, delivered and recorded before resharing with our school community, I think we could all do something joyful at this time. Please enjoy watching the Choice and Madrigal elements of the 2021 House Music competition.

With special thanks to Mr Kim Perkins, Head of Media Technologies, for all his efforts in supporting all our events at CGGS.

I would like to share with you all the quote Directors of Music, Rohan Mack and Kate Savige included in their House Music program.

“What if a large number of scientific studies found there was one activity that could improve our cognitive function, help our memory systems work effectively, help us learn language, help us moderate our emotional states, help us solve complex problems and help our brains be healthier into later life? What if that activity was also enjoyable for everyone involved? There is one such activity: music education.” – Dr Anita Collins: Neuromusical Educator

I wish our CGGS community a restful weekend.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Head of Senior School

Introduction to the UCAT

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes.

The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as interviews and academic qualifications.

It is also an opportunity to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate aptitude for a demanding programme of study.

The UCAT ANZ is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations and can ONLY be completed when a student is in Year 12.

Michael Tsai from iCanMed organised a very informative, entertaining and practical information session ‘Introduction to the UCAT’ for interested students in Years 10 & 11 during the Upskill By Design program on Tuesday. Michael was keen to point out how important it was to become knowledgeable about the UCAT’s type of questions, timing and speed in answering questions – all necessary for a successful completion of this test. Students were left in no doubt that a good score on the UCAT depends on preparation, hard work and application.

Students can now research more thoroughly the variety of UCAT preparation courses that are available, if they wish to prepare for this test as part of the undergraduate medical course application in 2023 or 2024.

Best wishes to all our aspiring medical practitioners, including the current Year 12s interested in this field!

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

Global Leadership Summit for Girls

On Monday 12 July, Maya Jones and Emily Lin from Year 11, together with Salwa Saiba and Siena Yap from Year 10, attended virtual Global Leadership Summit for Girls. The Global Summit is an annual event that connects passionate youth from around the world for a series of key notes speakers, discussions and panels to tackle topics that are important to our global community. As part of the program, students also had the opportunity to attend the Leadership Summit Tour: Asia & Oceania region, which will specifically focused on climate justice and gender equality. Below is a reflection from Salwa Saiba, who attended multiple aspects of the program.

“I joined one of the webinars on Monday. The panel consisted of both young and experienced activists and social workers, who helped to create an amazing conversation. I loved hearing from all these empowering women, who have made significant contributions in their respective areas of focus. They gave great tips, insights and possible solutions to the problem of gender inequality and climate change. Before this I didn’t know the connection between climate change and gender-based biases, which has created a bigger gap between the traditional male and female roles and their impact on women in 21st century. This webinar helped gain a lot of knowledge and a starting point from where I can explore these two issues as one whole problem.

I would love to part of such leadership opportunities in the future, as they provide me with an opportunity to gain leadership skills and essential knowledge about gender inequality – a topic I am passionate about and wish to explore more. Thank you for recommending us such a great webinar.”

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

The Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition

Every year, CGGS participates in the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry competition where students memorise a French poem and usually then present it to a judge who comes to the school from the Alliance Française. This year, our students were amongst 6,500 other participants who recorded their poems and sent the videos in to the Berthe Mouchette.

The French Department are very proud of all our students. It is no mean feat to learn a poem in another language and then deliver it. Well done to all those who took part.

True to French educational tradition where every assessment is marked out of 20 (true story!), the students are awarded a mark out of 20 based on fluency, pronunciation, expression and intonation. To be a finalist, students must achieve a lofty 20 mark and this year, a remarkable 46 students from Years 5 to 10 have made it into the finals and will recite their poem again to French judges on Zoom in August.

Click the button to view the list of finalists.

All participants will a receive a certificate later in the term. Félicitations à tout le monde!

Dr Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE

Middle School Production – The Light Burns Blue

A little about “The Light Burns Blue”

Seventeen-year-old Elsie Wright has never done well at school and though her drawings are extraordinary, a career as an artist isn’t something a girl from a run-of-the-mill village like Cottingley could normally aspire to. It’s 1917, there’s a war on and the constant news of deaths from the front are affecting every family in her village – including her own – meaning Elsie’s artistic endeavours aren’t top of anyone’s list of priorities to encourage.

The characters and events depicted in this story are fictions rooted in reality. There was an Elsie Wright who photographed fairies. There was a Frances Griffiths who posed with them. The photographs did manage to capture the imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes), who did champion the photographs as proof that fairies exist.

However, this play is not a biography or a documentary. Nothing ruins a good tale like too much reality.  It’s time to set the record straight and give Elsie the ending she deserves.

Director: Keira Lyons

Lighting Design: Madison Brake (Class of 2019)

Magic Tuition: Tim Mason (Melbourne Magic Academy)

We would like to acknowledge all cast members, click the button to view all the cast members.

Keira Lyons
Head of Performing Arts

House Music Performances

Last Thursday (prior to the lockdown), the House Music Captains were quick to acknowledge a potential move into remote learning. They, along with all performers, lighting and technical teams were receptive to bringing their performances forward and willing to gather their required resources to enable each House to present their Madrigal and Choice items to the school that afternoon. The House Music Captains, whilst juggling many creative balls in the air, supported and encouraged each other to prepare for the performances. They are to be congratulated on their abilities to accept the unexpected and devise creative solutions to maintain their high quality work. All of the students involved had fun and valued the opportunity to come together and perform.

The House Music rehearsal process and performances have enabled our students to make strong interpersonal connections across all year levels. This continues to be a strength of our Performing Arts departments, whether it be online or live in the Barbara Sutton Hall. Many thanks to the large group of students and staff who assisted with the preparations for the performances and the recording of the presentations. A special thank you to Kim Perkins, Mark Major and Stefi Allinson for facilitating the live stream to students and the recording of all performances.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Saturday Netball

We are very sad that we won’t be on court again this weekend at the Boroondara Netball Association for our fun filled day of netball but we are very hopeful for a return to Saturday netball very soon.

In the meantime, we had our very first Live Zoom Netball Training Session for all teams on Monday night. We had over 30 athletes on Zoom across all teams from Year 4 to 12 and all athletes worked so hard.

We completed a tough circuit, with some tricky ball skills in there but most of all, we were very active, connected, and we had some fun. It was also great to see our fellow team members.

We will continue to run our Live Zoom Netball Trainings while we are on remote learning. These training sessions will replace our court training until further notice.

Thank you, to all the players for their participation and to the parents and guardians for your continued support in your daughter’s netball journey.

Alexia McConnell
Netball Coordinator

Upskill …By Design

On 20 July, Year 7 students had their first Upskill…BY DESIGN Day for Semester Two. Students first took part in the CS in School program where they had the opportunity to refine their coding skills, with the guidance of industry professionals. Students were then asked to take some time off- screen and choose from a number of activities. Some of the options included: at home science experiments, painting, re organising their bedroom and cooking lunch for their family.

As can be seen on the Padlet, students from each form undertook many different activities and it was wonderful to see how they chose to spend their time! Students were then encouraged to take part in Wellbeing time, accessing the CGGS 360@ Wellbeing website. To finish the day, students took part in the CGGS Netflix party, watching the Bee Movie together. Another productive Upskill…BY DESIGN Day, with the focus on students staying connected and engaged.

Tuba Ozak
Year 7 Coordinator

Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge

Space travel has been in the news over the past few weeks, most recently with the coverage of Jeff Bezos’ pilotless flight. Space exploration has moved beyond the domain of governments and the industry continues to see a growth in commercial companies joining the space race.

Swinburne University is well known for its work in this field and particularly its innovative STEM programs for school students. Five Year 10 and 11 students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Bethany Orme, Georgia Papadopoulos, Noyesha Agarwal, Ananyaa Virjania and Paula Jimenez Perez, have been fortunate to take part in the 2021 Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge (SYSIC). Supported by The Australian Space Agency and lead by a number of Swinburne University staff, including the Dean of Science, Professor Virginia Kilborn, astronomer, Dr Rebecca Allen and PhD candidate, Sara Webb, this 10 week program involved participation in a micro-unit inspired by Swinburne’s Space Technology co-major, in order to develop the necessary skills for creating a space experiment and culminated in a video pitch to a panel of Swinburne University staff and mentors involved in space-related research. The pitch involved presenting an idea for an experiment to send to the International Space Station. Students engaged in weekly online mentor sessions. These sessions provided support relating to the micro-unit content and pitch presentations and also offered insights into some of the opportunities a STEM education affords.

The initial expectation was for one team’s idea to be chosen and for that team to continue working with Swinburne University to develop a viable experiment. The SYSIC leaders were so impressed with the quality of the work from all teams involved in the program, they changed the structure to enable each team to play a part in the lead team’s project. Our students pitched an idea about using Pavogen tiles to transform kinetic energy into electricity. Although the team’s experiment idea was not chosen to be sent to the International Space Station, the judges were impressed with the originality of the idea and commended our students for the thinking and work reflected in the pitch. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to be able to work alongside experts and other students with similar interests, and to continue to be involved in this collaboration.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

CGGS Netflix Party

As we are all distance from each other during another period of remote learning, as School Captains, we thought it would be fitting to run an activity to help students and staff relax and connect during this period of time apart. Taking place on our Upskill BY DESIGN day, SEA invited all students and staff to join in a whole school Netflix Party.

We chose to watch the ‘Bee Movie’, a classic movie we knew would BEE something warm-hearted for everyone to watch together, despite being apart. We were so grateful to see so many Year 7 – 12 students and staff join.

SEA (Sophia, Eloise and Ashley)

Senior School


Senior School

June 25, 2021

Term 2 2021 has been a term like no other. On again, off again live performances with audiences for House Music and the Middle School Production. Face-to-face learning, remote learning and thankfully back to face-to-face learning. Co-curricular activities led by students in person and then on zoom and also thankfully back to in person. Whilst flexibility, agility and pivoting may have been overused words in 2020, they truly did have significance in Term 2. I take this opportunity to thank all our students, their parents and guardians as well as our teaching and professional services staff for the combined efforts and dedication that ensured Term 2 was highly successful for all.

Please enjoy all the articles in this edition of CamNews where the Senior School highlights and happenings of the past fortnight are summarised in detail. Please keep up to date with our Social Media accounts that provide live updates of what is occurring day-to-day. Hopefully our entire Senior School community is able to connect with and enjoy both means of communication.

Have a lovely break.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

House Readers Cup

Over the course of Term 2, students from Years 7 to 12 participated in the House Readers Cup, a competition where students were able to earn points for their house through reading books. To do so, students had to borrow a book from our school library, read it over the term and then review it on our new library website. This was our second year running the competition, and it was a huge success as we had almost 700 books read in one term!  We had some amazing 5-star reviews, and some equally amazing 2-star reviews. It was great to read through them all and hear our students voices and opinions on what they were reading. We are very lucky to already have such a thriving reading culture here at CGGS, and the House Readers Cup was a direct reflection of this. Many students came into the library looking for specific books after reading others’ reviews, and were keen to recommend some of their own favourites to their peers as well. Congratulations to Taylor, who was the overall winner of the House Readers Cup and was awarded with the esteemed House Readers Duck.

There were a few students who went above and beyond for their house. For their prize, our Top 3 Readers this year will receive a new book of their choice.

1st   Amanda Lee (63 books)

2nd Isabelle Bertus (19 books)

3rd Sabrina Bignold (16 books)

Thank you to everyone for participating in the House Readers Cup, and we hope to see all of you in the library soon!

Nina D’Souza
Library Assistant

House Awards 2021

When asked, many an old grammarian will highlight that one of their favourite memories of life at Camberwell will involve an aspect of a House Activity or Event. Camberwell students have shown their dedication to the House program over the last 18 months, standing up in the face of COVID, and ensuring that traditions continue, connectedness remains and the culture of what the House program means to students continue to be passed on.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge 2021 Heads of House: Mr Daniel Loff (Lawrence), Ms Asia Kosowski (Schofield), Mr Tom Clark (Singleton) and Ms Christa Cook (Taylor) along with School House Captain Chloe Langley and House Captains: Ella Barmby and Karen Ng (Lawrence), Rachel Wong and Claire Robertson (Schofield), Jess Brake and Seanna Henricus (Singleton) and Chantelle Chuang and Aalisha Wong (Taylor) along with ALL student leaders for their huge efforts working with all students, being adaptable and ensuring the core values of the House program continue in all activities.

The House program continues to evolve and ensure that student interests, connectedness and culture are at the fore of all activities (see House Readers Cup below). With COVID disrupting our diarised events, we continue to plan House Music performances with the view that early Term 3 and an easing of restrictions, we will be able to perform some of these events LIVE!

The following Senior Students are to be congratulated on their continued contribution to House Activities and receiving the following Awards:

House Badge – 30 House Points

Year 11

Sheanne Goh

Jessica Huang

Felicia Ieong

Harkee Judge

Anastasia Konstantinou

Jessica Lee

Opal Liu

Eloise Rhodes

Peghah Shahverdi

Stamatia Stathopoulos

Micah Tan

Christine Xian

Yilia Zhang

Yuki Zhou


Year 12

Yuqing Chi

Millie Winkett


House Colours – 60 House Points

Year 11

Gabby Abbott

Nicole Ang

Emmelyn Choo-Lambropoulos

Isabel D’Souza

Ella Ding

Sarah Hui

Maya Jones

Megan Kuo

Annaliese Le

Natasha Rupar

Priyanshi Shah

Amelia Westerman

Katrina Xu


Year 12

Jessica Brake

Saraha Carr

Maggie Hu

Ellen Kontossis

Alannah Moriss

Anika Pandy

Megan Quach

Christine Wang

Manisha Wickramasinghe


House Double Colours – 90 House Points

Year 11

Teagan Diep


Year 12

Chantelle Chuang

Chloe Langley

Rachel Lau

Zara Price

Rachel Wong


Congratulations to all the students on their achievements!

Shane Maycock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-Curricular Programs 

House Public Speaking

Whilst the pandemic complicated school events, one which we were fortunate enough to continue with, was the House Public Speaking competition. Participants from every grade showed their resilience and passion for public speaking, presenting their speeches via our favourite internet conferencing tool: Zoom.

The Junior division (years 7 to 8) offered exciting and thoughtful responses to the topic ‘tradition brings us together to celebrate our culture and history’. The Intermediate division (years 9 to 10) delivered thought-provoking and inspirational interpretations on the topic ‘nothing worthwhile is ever easy’. The Senior division (year 11 to 12) concluded the competition with complex and sophisticated responses to the prompt ‘war is peace’- a quote from Orwell’s classic 1984. Each and every participant prepared brilliant speeches with flair, displaying their resilience in spite of remote learning.

Speeches for each division were presented on different lunchtimes and adjudicated by lovely members of the CGGS staff including Reverend Creed, Mr Maycock, Ms Oliver, Ms Gordon and Ms Watkins. With much appreciated guidance from Ms Watkins, who oversaw the competition, I had the privilege of hosting and introducing speakers between each round, aided by Zoom’s highly expressive communication tools – emojis. House Public Speaking 2021 was certainly one to remember!

Emma Zhi – 12D

Emily Zhang awarded AMusA Diploma & places in Ringwood Eisteddfod!

Emily Zhang (7B) has recently been awarded her A.Mus.A Diploma in violin, from the Australian Music Examination Board. This Diploma is in recognition of students achieving an outstanding level of playing and requires many years of study and long hours of practice – it is an exceptional achievement!

Also, in the recent Ringwood Eisteddfod, Emily won equal 2nd in the 12 years and under on Friday 11 June, and equal 3rd in the 14 years and under on Saturday 12 June.

The Ringwood Eisteddfod is an annual event, now in its 67th year, and is an extensive competition for instrumentalists and vocalists run over several weeks. The level of performance is always very high, with many aspiring young musicians entering this popular event. This year, it was fortunate that the competition was a live event.

Congratulations, Emily, on your wonderful triumphs!

Year 10 2021 VCE Subject Selection

As a Year 10 student, choosing a VCE study program can seem a bit overwhelming. At CGGS there is an extensive schedule of events designed to build the students’ career knowledge and develop their career decision making skills so students make a seamless transition to the VCE.

Such events have included career education classes, virtual work experience, ‘MyCareerMatch’ interest assessment, mentoring events, the VCE Information Day and individual career interviews with Mrs Dolan, Careers Counsellor. These experiences culminated in the all-important VCE Information evening when students and parents had the opportunity to talk to teachers about subject selection. They were also provided with a VCE information pack with material from tertiary institutions, VTAC and the CGGS 2022 VCE Curriculum Guide.  There was a great buzz in Robinson Hall as students chatted, discussed and reviewed possible subject combinations and where they might lead to in 2024.

Over the next few week students will consult with teachers, parents and current VCE students to select their subjects for their VCE program, giving themselves the best opportunity to be happy with their choices. Subject selection applications are due in by Friday 23rd July 2021.

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

Senior School


Senior School

June 11, 2021

Each fortnight, there are many wonderful school events that we recognise, acknowledging the achievements of both individual students and those of entire year levels. Today I would like to recognise our entire Senior School community for yet again rapidly adapting to a changed environment. While we are all supportive of the changes necessary to keep our state safe and free of COVID, these lockdowns are not without a toll on the individuals. Our students have been asked to reverse, move sideways, reschedule, postpone and reinvent. Yet, through it all, they continue to give off their best. The adults among us have also found the demands of the fourth lockdown challenging, but we all take heart from the resilience of our young people.

This past fortnight, our Reconciliation Captains Jacqueline de Mamiel and Caitlin Sutton worked alongside Ms Georgia Biggs, Year 9 Coordinator, to ensure we were able to mark Reconciliation Week appropriately. Throughout the week they hosted the Reconciliation Assembly and sent the school community emails to provoke thought and inform us all. Please read their reflections in this edition of CamNews.

This year our school Careers Counsellor, Mrs Trish Dolan swiftly changed her mode of delivery and planned and conducted a full and informative Work Experience program online for our Year 10 students. Trish worked with Mr James Henderson, Year 10 Coordinator, to ensure the Year 10 students were able to experience a rich array of industries.

This Queen’s Birthday long weekend, while we have more freedom to move and meet with others, please ensure your support of favourite local cafes, restaurants and other businesses and opportunities for exercise are undertaken with care.

With my best wishes for a safe, warm and restful long weekend.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week at CGGS is a very important event for the CGGS community to recognise and celebrate. This year, Reconciliation Captains Caitlin and Jacqueline, alongside myself and Wurundjeri elder Murrundindi, had planned many exciting events using the theme More than a word, reconciliation takes Action as our springboard and guide. This theme is a particularly important one, off the back of 2020, where Black Lives Matter protests and Invasion Day rallies gained huge momentum; an important conversation was well and truly at the front of public discourse.

Globally, social media posts from members of the BIPOC communities and allyship from non-BIPOC communities helped many gain deeper understanding of issues affecting minority groups; including systems and structures that have been designed to oppress and marginalise. Here in Australia, we saw First Nations voices leading a conversation in many pockets of the media and social media, powerfully sharing lived experience; calling out and calling on change. Allies also stood by these voices, amplifying where they could in a show of solidarity, respect and care. In 2021, More than a word, reconciliation takes action asks people to take this awareness and knowledge to create more substantive action. For reconciliation to be effective, it must involve truth-telling, but it also must actively address issues of inequality, systemic racism and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced.

While many of the events on the CGGS NRW calendar unfortunately had to be postponed due to the snap lockdown in Victoria; witnessing the flexibility and motivation of Jacqueline and Caitlin to keep some of the events was extremely inspiring. The future is in good hands when two allies such as themselves are doing such great work.

Here are their reflections of the week (and keep your eye out for some exciting events that will be taking place later in the school year).


Caitlin Sutton’s reflection:

This year for National Reconciliation Week, Jacq and I modified our plans around the snap lockdown into a remote style of communication. We sent out emails throughout the week to the whole school about National Sorry Day, the 1967 Referendum, Marngrook, Wurundjeri bush tucker, medicine and tools, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, Climate Justice, First Nations Justice and Mabo Day. We also modified the NRW Assembly to a series of pre-recorded videos including Murrindindi conducting a welcome to country and playing the didgeridoo, an interview with Amelia Lemanis about her essay Why Australia need to engage in justice reinvestment to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates and help close the gap and Dr Reid introducing his new book Time We Started Listening. At the end of the week, we ran an asynchronous Kahoot about all the information shared throughout the week, with the winner receiving a Clothing the Gaps voucher. Congratulations to Angela Lui on winning the Kahoot!


Jacqueline De Mamiel reflection:

This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme was ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.’ We recognised this theme by focusing on actions our school community can take to celebrate Indigenous culture and history. One of our Year 10 Texts and Traditions classes was involved in a ‘Telling Stories Through Art’ Zoom panel with Murrundindi and Andrew Stanner. Andrew Stanner is the son of William Stanner who was an anthropologist who worked extensively with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Andrew now owns his father’s large collection of Aboriginal art that was painted for him by an Aboriginal elder he worked with during his time in the Northern Territory. Andrew showed us these paintings and shared the meaning behind the symbols that represent the landscape. Murrundindi showed us artworks that have been passed down within his family. He shared his knowledge about the symbolism and patterns in these artworks and taught us about how stories are passed on in Wurundjeri culture. We are really grateful for Murrundindi and Andrew’s insight into this important part of Aboriginal history!

Georgia Biggs (Reconciliation Coordinator) and Caitlin Sutton & Jacqueline de Mamiel (Reconciliation Captains)

Virtual Work Experience

Work Experience is a vital part of the CGGS Career Education program in Year 10. It gives students an opportunity to work in a profession in which they are interested. It is designed to be exciting and informative, with experienced people offering insights into a number of different professions. After the lockdown earlier in the year, and uncertainty about future plans, CGGS decided to cancel the compulsory component of work experience. We decided to be flexible.

Students were offered the opportunity to still pursue a placement, dependent on finding a willing employer, and we were delighted when nearly one third of our Year 10 cohort showed remarkable initiative and organised some work experiences across a range of industries.

It was clear, however, that another arrangement would need to be explored to satisfy this important component of career education for our remaining students. CGGS therefore launched an innovative careers program – ‘CGGS Virtual Work Experience’; a digital program which is a touchpoint for our students to not only experience different industries, but to see these industries in action and to learn from their professionals.

And, of course, with best laid plans cast asunder with this recent lockdown, and a necessity to pivot once again – ALL our Year 10 students could now avail of this fantastic program. Our students completed four days of this novel program which included virtual tours, videos, podcasts, career timelines and more. Preview the program here.

Upon completion, students receive a certificate highlighting the industry task undergone, the skills they have developed and most importantly, they receive personal feedback on their work mapped to guidelines provided by industry. This will be an important accreditation to highlight on their resume and will form part of their e-portfolio development in Term 3.

89% of children go to their parents first for career advice, so it is crucial that parents have access to resources and guidance that will aid their children’s career decisions. Students were able to invite parents to see their career plans and the activities they completed along the way.

It is such a valuable program it has also been made available to our Year 11 students who were deprived of real-world work experiences in 2020.  Its success suggests that future work experiences may comprise both real world placements and virtual work experiences. 

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

In Conversation with Murrundindi

On Friday 28 May the Year 8 teaching team hosted an ‘In Conversation’ session with Murrundindi, where the Year 8s and wider audience listened to his very personal and inspiring story. Murrundindi is the Ngurungaeta (Head Man) of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

The event complemented the students’ current learning in English in which they are studying the verse novel Sister Heart by Sally Morgan.

Murrundindi outlined the challenges and hardships of growing up as an Indigenous Australian and leaving school young in order to take care of his family. He also told students of the important bonds, connection to country and kinship that are significant to Wurundjeri culture.

Murrundindi spoke with calm, as he disclosed that he was the last generation to be registered under the Plant and Animal Act of Australia. He also spoke about being referred to by derogatory terms, growing up as a 16-year-old on the verge of young adulthood and how he did not feel wanted in the community.

Murrundindi spoke at length about the importance of positive relationships and how he was fortunate to meet Maureen, his second wife. She readily accepted him and his culture and also helped him become literate in his mid 30s. It is because of this relationship that he now passionately teaches students about his culture across Wurundjeri land – in particular our students at CGGS.

Murrundindi likened this second chance to the ongoing process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

His eyes lit up as he spoke about the deep respect he feels every time he visits CGGS. It was a privilege to listen to Murrundindi’s story. He has remained positive when faced with personal conflict and feels gratitude for second chances at developing and strengthening bonds with family.

Nirvana Watkins (Host of the Zoom session), Georgia Biggs (Editor), Chris Anton (Writer) and Year 8 English Teaching Team

Operations Management in Action

As part of their Unit 3 studies into Operations Management, students from the Business Management classes attended a practical learning experience in early May to the Yakult Factory in Dandenong. The individualised tour catered specifically to the study design and focussed on the vital components of the course including: technological developments, materials management, quality, and waste minimisation.

The experience was a unique opportunity to directly link the theoretical concepts presented in class with a practical and well-known international business. Students arrived at the state-of-the-art facility and were greeted by our tour educator. We were guided through the production process as we made our way around the viewing level, conveniently located above the factory floor. Students had the opportunity to learn about Yakult’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, as well as viewing the quality control processes from outside the purpose-built laboratory.

Once the tour had concluded, students had the opportunity to visit the education centre where they learnt about the history of the company and the evolution of their products including manufacturing techniques and commitment to sustainability in the future. The tour would not have been complete without a product tasting to conclude the experience. Thank you to Mrs Larkey for accompanying the classes and sharing her own business knowledge.

Alexandra Larkey
Head of Commerce

French Biographies

Year 10 French classes have been delving into the olden days in their studies this term, to learn more about the past tense in French. Adding a personal and authentic touch to their learning, students interviewed a member of their family to compile some key events in their lives in a carefully crafted biography

The results reveal the diversity of origins, experience and career paths of various generations, and the concluding sentences of love and gratitude will put a smile on the faces of parents and grand-parents who can read the French!

Miriam Hoffman and Tafadzwa Gwamba
French Teachers

Da Vinci Decathlon

The Da Vinci Decathlon is a team-based national competition which involves developing a range of skills through engagement in different challenges including Engineering, Art, Poetry, Codebreaking and Ideation. Students are required to work collaboratively in order to complete 10 complex challenges over the course of a day. This activity requires not only academic excellence, but more importantly, well-developed critical and creative thinking skills, the ability to work as a team, consider different points of view and persevere with difficult tasks. It is a competition which is academically challenging and one in which students are encouraged to enjoy the opportunity to work with like-minded peers and tackle different challenges.

Two Year 7 teams and one Year 8 team competed in the State Finals recently. The teams worked collaboratively to navigate the challenges as well as the technology as this year’s event was online. The teams were well organised, persevered when challenges arose and demonstrated strong critical thinking and creative skills. While none of the teams advanced to the National Finals, our Year 7 Team 2 came first in the Science challenge and third in the Engineering challenge. Congratulations to all of the students who participated. They were great ambassadors for Camberwell Girls.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

A Virtual Year 8 Statistics Investigation

This term, our Year 8 Mathematics students are using a virtual platform known as The Islands as a method of learning and applying Statistics and data. The Islands is a virtual human population created by Dr Michael Bulmer from the University of Queensland. Dr Bulmer’s desire was to construct an interface that would allow students to understand how information is objectively gathered and how statistical questions can be posed and answered to inform us about the world we live in.

Each member of the virtual human population (known as Islanders) is happy to perform tasks that would allow students understand more about them. Some of these virtual tasks involved asking the Islanders to exercise, eat, sleep or perform other tests. This investigation seemed the perfect way for students to gather and analyse data during our current lockdown, as they could ‘interview’ whole populations from home!

Each student in Year 8 designed a ‘before-and-after’ style question in which they were able to utilise the Islanders to ascertain an answer. The Year 8s created many insightful and analytical questions. Maya from 8B constructed an investigation to see if listening to heavy rock music affected an Islander’s concentration and Sienna from 8A wanted to explore if exercise influences an Islander’s ability to concentrate. Through tasks like these, it is our hope that the Year 8s are able to create connections between Mathematics and how it can be applied to solve real-life problems from areas like Sociology and Psychology.

Alistair Shaw and the Year 8 Maths Team

Senior School


Senior School

May 28, 2021

Celebrating Diversity Week has become a strong tradition at CGGS and it commenced on Monday 17 May with the outlining of a full program of student-led initiatives. Students and staff wore rainbow socks and wrote messages in chalk in the quadrangle. Tuesday’s Senior School Assembly heard from Ms Kath Woolcock – Deputy Head of Senior School, Student Wellbeing – on what Diversity Week means to her. Her speech is included here for parents to read.

The International Concert on Friday at lunchtime was a wonderful event, with 11 individual and group performances of cultural singing and dancing from students in Year 7 to Year 12. Please see a full summary of the week below. Many thanks and congratulations to our student leaders, Annaliese Cossenas – School Wellbeing Captain, Esther Chen and Carol Wei – International Captains, Cathy Gu – School Sports Captain and Harkee Judge

Year 7 and 10 immunisations were delivered on Friday of last week in BSH, administered by the nurses from the City of Boroondara. Students from both year levels were very mature in their response to these important vaccinations.

Wednesday was National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week commenced yesterday, with activities planned by the Reconciliation Captains Caitlin Sutton and Jacqueline de Mamiel, working with Reconciliation Coordinator Ms Georgia Biggs. We look forward to sharing the ways in which this important week was recognised in the next CamNews.

The announcement from the Acting Premier yesterday morning of a 7-day lockdown has necessitated the postponement of our House Music event that was scheduled for this evening. I feel sure all our CGGS community agree that having a live event with students singing without masks is our aim. In order to honour the of many hours of dedicated rehearsal from all the students involved and in particular the excellent leadership of the House Music Captains, we are postponing the event until the final week of Term 2 at this stage and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 restrictions and be flexible with our planning.

During Weeks 8 and 9 – Monday 7 June to Friday 18 June – House Music rehearsals will be put on hold as the students in Year 10 and 11 undertake their Semester One examinations.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the following students and staff for their efforts to date:

Lawrence – Teagan Diep & Teresa Guo

Schofield – Sarah Hui & Janice Wong

Singleton – Nicole Chang & Chloe Law

Taylor – Megan Kuo & Kelly Liang


And also the House Technical Captains,

Lawrence – Anastasia Konstantinou & Jessica Leung

Schofield – Jane Pekin & Kelly Ta

Singleton – Chloe Chan & Charlotte Lindsay

Taylor – Natasha Mak & Lucy Van de Arend

The staff of both the Music and Drama Departments have also provided enormous support to the students and we thank them for the skills they have helped to develop in both our House leaders and the students of their Houses. The House teachers, Daniel Loff (Lawrence) Asia Kosowski (Schofield), Tom Clark (Singleton) and Christa Cook (Taylor) and Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs, have also provided great support and hours of supervision of rehearsals.

Have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Diversity Week

CGGS’s Celebrating Diversity Week is a highlight for students and staff, as we come together to acknowledge, learn, support and embrace the vast and wonderfully diverse community not only present within our school, but also within the wider community. As highlighted in the lead up to our celebrations, and again during the week, as an Anglican school we appreciate that every person is made in the image of God and we are committed to acknowledging and learning about our differences in terms of culture, race, religion, sexuality, gender and ability to ensure we are able to create a safe and inclusive communities for all.

To begin our week, we encouraged an understanding and appreciation of sexual and gender diversity by acknowledging the LGBTQIA+ community. Students and staff wore rainbow socks and, at lunchtime, our community came together to collaborate on an art project designed to show solidarity and an individual commitment to supporting everyone, no matter how they identify or who they love.

Tuesday focussed on educating our community about the history and significance of CGGS’ Celebrating Diversity Week. At the Senior School Assembly I, together with Annaliese Conessas (School Wellbeing Captain), Esther Chen and Carol Wei (International Culture Captains), shared personal reflections and I thank these students for their moving and personal stories. As part of this assembly, Zara Price announced the new CGGS Pride group, which was met with great support from the student body, with the first meeting being held the following week, on Monday 24 May.

Wednesday’s activities centred around ‘Religious Diversity’, where our Faith and Worship Captain Harkee Judge shared her reflections with the school community, including developing a series of educational posters that provided information on different faiths around the world. These were displayed across the school and sparked interest and discussion amongst students and staff.

On Thursday, Cathy Gu, School Sport Captain, hosted a student goalball exhibition match to celebrate ‘Diverse Ability Day’. Goalball is a professional sport designed specifically for athletes with visual impairments. The game consists of rolling a ball containing a bell into the opponent’s goal while the opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies. To ensure the game is fair for all competitors regardless of the degree of visual impairment, all players wear ‘blackout’ masks. We thank all students who contributed to this very exciting match!

To celebrate ‘Cultural Diversity Day’, International Captains Esther Chen and Carol Wei organised an International Day concert. The program included 11 acts where CGGS students proudly performed cultural songs and dances, showcasing a range of instruments and traditional clothes from all across the world. We thank and congratulate all students for their performances, in what was a very moving and memorable exhibition of not only the cultural diversity that exists within our community but also the extreme talent of our students.

There are many wonderful students and staff that contributed to our Celebrating Diversity Week and we are so grateful to the entire school community for supporting the initiative.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

In-Conversation with Alumni Caitlin Kuo

CGGS student Megan Kuo is a member of the 11 English Language cohort. Her sister, 2020 alumni Caitlin Kuo, is studying Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. After observing many similarities in the content of Caitlin’s studies and the EL course, Caitlin joined the class for an intimate in conversation event hosted by English Language teacher Ms Biggs. The result was a fascinating conversation on the interdisciplinary nature of linguistics; psychology; biology and philosophy. Students asked thoughtful questions pertaining to their current Area of Study: Child Language Acquisition and Caitlin provided insightful commentary on her chosen career path, affirming the relevance of the students’ learning in a real-world context. Caitlin exclaimed that the English Language course closely mirrors the subject she is enrolled in, and this is a highly useful subject for those wanting to pursue a career in the allied health field. Similarities include a close study of the vocal tract of a child and adult, the phonological development of a child as well as the theories to explain child language acquisition (the nature vs nurture debate).

Reflecting on the event, many Year 11s commented on the useful advice and wisdom Caitlin was able to offer her former peers. Something that was particularly noteworthy, as observed by Year 11 student Nancy Huang, was that the event did not set out to be about careers advice, however many questions naturally arose about Caitlin’s experiences at university arose. This resulted in subsequent conversations about the positives as well as challenges of transitioning to university – a very different educational setting to a school. CGGS is so grateful to Caitlin for generously sharing her experiences and we look forward to more opportunities to connect in the future.

Georgia Biggs
English Teacher

GSV Preliminary Cross Country

Well done to all the students who participated in the participated in the GSV Preliminary Cross Country Carnival on Tuesday 18 May at Yarra Bend Park. In perfect weather conditions, it was great to see everyone display enthusiasm and positivity as they cheered on their peers throughout the race.

A credit to their fitness and training, the team put in a fantastic effort and everyone should be very proud of their performance on the day. Ribbons were awarded to the top 10 places and we were very excited to have our Year 7, student Anika Selvaratnam finish 10th in the Junior Race, with a time of 12.39 for 3km. We would also like to congratulate Bella Fary who ran a fabulous race and won convincingly in the Intermediate section with a time of 14.56 For 4km. Bella finished the day receiving her ribbon in a presentation by GSV and we are very proud of her performance. This result contributed to the overall intermediate score and, as a result, the team finished 3rd which is a great effort.

None of this success would have been possible without our dedicated coach Jo Bowden, who prepared our girls so well for this competition. Congratulations to all the girls who consistently attended training and we look forward to seeing you race again at the Championship Carnival when it’s held.

Intermediate Victorian College Basketball Championships

On Thursday 20 May, our Intermediate Basketball team competed in the Victorian College Basketball Championship at Nunawading Basketball Stadium. Our team’s performance was impressive against some strong sides from other schools around Victoria and we were very excited to qualify for the finals. Throughout the day, our team played 5 games, as well as watching other schools play, and practising on spare courts. The team we played in the finals was a fierce competitor and CGGS worked hard, showing great determination and teamwork. While we didn’t win the game, we were very proud to finish as the Runners Up in the competition and walked out with our heads held high. Thank you to old grammarian Emma Pearce (2016) for coaching our team and to Mr Maycock for his support on the day. We enjoyed a great day of basketball, and our team is looking forward to the next tournament in 2022!

Tara Rastogi and Issy Tremewen
Year 10

Big Weather

This Tuesday, the Year 8 cohort participated in a virtual excursion with the National Gallery of Victoria. This was a unique private session highlighting various artworks from the Big Weather exhibition, a collection revealing intimate and sophisticated understanding of Country, weather systems and ecologies that exists within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge. This exhibition featured diverse works representing the four Big Weather events: Thunder and Lightning, Country, Fire, Destruction and Regeneration and Wind from the NGV Indigenous Collection.

A couple of the Learning Objectives included describing how knowledge of the climate and landscape is represented through the art of diverse Indigenous communities and discussing the spiritual, economic, cultural and aesthetic value of land and water for people through Indigenous art.

Participation in this virtual excursion was a privilege and enabled the Year 8 students to gain a better understanding of our Indigenous communities as we celebrate Reconciliation Week.

Chris Anton
English Teacher

Year 11 Psychology Students – Putting theory into practice

Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development in children is used widely in school systems throughout the world today and in the development of curricula for children. His theory deals with the nature of knowledge itself and how humans gradually come to acquire, construct, and use it.

Year 11 Psychology students have just completed their studies on Piaget and were given the task of designing and then making a toy that would be suitable for children in the Pre-Operational Stage, ages 2 to 7 years and their emerging abilities.

The Maker Space was ideal for this task and our students produced toys that focused on Piaget’s key areas for this stage, these being – centration, egocentrism, pretend play, animism, seriation and conservation.

Our students visited Year 1 Ormiston students to have a play date with these toys.

A huge thank you to Mrs Columbine for allowing our study of Piaget’s theory to be put into practice.

Mrs Karin Lemanis & Ms Tuba Ozak
Psychology Teachers

Port of Melbourne

Over 7,000 shipping containers a day go through the Port of Melbourne and on the 20 May, CGGS Year 9 Geography classes also stopped in. Students experienced firsthand the scale of Australia’s largest container port, which handles one third of the country’s container trade and achieves a total trade value of $110 billion. A guided bus tour took students to see some of the highly efficient port operations. They were lucky enough to see containers being loaded onto a ship by a crane and marvel at the sheer volume of goods being moved; it only take two minutes to precisely load a container. Some students even used a ‘ship tracker’ app to determine the origins, destinations and cargo on the ships they passed. This fieldtrip built on classroom learning by allowing them to gain a sense of just how interconnected Melbourne is through trade at local, national and international scales.

For the remainder of the semester, students will continue to analyse Melbourne’s place in a globalised, exploring the injustices and opportunities presented by trade. They will also study examples of multinational companies, such as Apple and Nike, and consider their social, economic and environmental impacts (both positive and negative). Students will reflect on their place in the world and their role in these contexts and design a ‘shoe’ that represents and supports a cause that they believe in.

We hope that they will be inspired by the potential of the solutions and that it will continue to help them find their place as a globally responsible citizen.

Karoline Walter
Head of Geography

Images taken by Jennifer Sui.

Year 7 fieldwork – Glen Iris Wetlands

The Year 7 visit to Glen Iris Wetlands was the final fieldtrip for the term. The Geography Department and the students certainly have felt very excited and grateful to have been able to venture out and learn by seeing things in the ‘real world’. Fieldwork is an integral part of any Geography curriculum and, in this case, it allowed the students to learn more about the urban water cycle and the functions of wetlands. They are also continuing to gain a sense for how our everyday actions can help to protect the environment. For example, they have now seen the enormous size of some of the pipes that enter our waterways with often highly polluted stormwater and are recognising that ensuing our litter goes into rubbish bins means that it doesn’t end up in our oceans.

The focus on the day was a rotation through a series of four very hands-on learning activities, each designed to collect a different type of primary data. These included identifying water bugs and testing the pH and turbidity of the water to determine the health of the waterway, they completed field sketches to record their observations, they observed and learned about the water sensitive urban design features in the area and finally went on a nature walk to observe and record the biodiversity at the wetlands. The CGGS Drone also took flight to capture real-time footage of the state of the wetland.

All-in-all, it was a great success and an opportunity for students to be out in the field doing fantastic Geography! The Year 7s are now learning about another important part of the urban water cycle, the treatment of our sewage through a virtual tour of the Western Treatment Plant. Soon, they will write stories or cartoons to demonstrate their learning about the natural and urban water cycles.

Karoline Walter
Head of Geography

Senior School


Senior School

May 14, 2021

Our Founders Day Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 5 May enabled us to celebrate the school’s proud history and I take this opportunity to thank Rev. Helen Creed and all the other staff and students who were involved in making this such a special service. Two of the highlights of the service were hearing past student Rev. Amanda Lyon (2003) present a very tangible sermon on the theme of “With Grateful Hearts and Unafraid” and also the student reflections on the topic, “What does CGGS mean to me”. Year 12 student Charlotte Kutey read the reflection written by Mrs Roma Drummond OAM (Brunt, 1943), Emily Foo, Year 6, and her mother Selina Chan spoke, as well as School Council member The Venerable Greg Allinson and Year 12 student, Claire Robertson. I have attached part of Claire’s reflection in the button below.

Please see Rev Creed’s report of the service in the Connected Community Section of CamNews.

On Saturday 8 May, Mrs Dunwoody, Mr Burnell, Mr Mack, Mr Duniam and I had the pleasure of being invited guests to attend the Melbourne String Ensemble 2021 Concerto Concert at the Scots’ Church in the city. Year 11 student Emily Wu was the Cello soloist and it was such an honour to hear her play in her final performance as a member of the Melbourne String Ensemble.

Emily – who has toured Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Austria with the Melbourne String Ensemble, as well as being a member of the CGGS European Music Tour in 2017 – achieved her AMEB Licentiate Diploma (LMusA) in both Piano and Cello in 2020. On Saturday night, Emily performed Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85.

Please read below for the article from Mr Mack and Ms Savige.

This week, Senior School students in Years 7 and 9 undertook NAPLAN testing over three days. Students completed assessments measuring their competency in numeracy and literacy skills and we were pleased with the way the students conducted themselves and completed the testing. The results of this testing will be shared with the school and families in August. While this testing is only a measurement of a student’s capacity at one moment in time, it is an additional useful measure to use in further tailoring learning needs for each student.

Have a lovely weekend.

Warm Regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Science Talent Search

Last year, like all Year 8s, I participated in the Science Talent Search (STS). The topic was ‘oceans of the future’ and there were multiple different ways to participate and create your piece of work. I choose to complete the creative writing category. I loved this task as it allowed me to mix my curiosity for science with my love for writing. My story features a dystopian world of the future, in which humans are forced to live in giant man-made ecosystems, underwater. I would definitely encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity offered by CGGS.

Hannah Balkin
Year 9 Student

The Science Talent Search (STS) is an annual, science-based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. In 2020, the theme was ‘Deep Blue: Innovations for the future of oceans’. As part of the Science curriculum at CGGS, all Year 8 students complete their own project. Students could select from a range of competition sections including Games, Video Productions, Creative Writing and Posters. The top projects from each CGGS Year 8 class were selected to be entered into the competition. Hannah Balkin’s piece was entered into the competition and she received a major bursary for her creative writing piece ‘Oceans of the future’. Her work has recently been published in LabTalk (the professional journal for Victorian secondary Science Teachers) so her story will be shared far and wide around Victorian Science teachers. This is an amazing achievement and reflects Hannah’s hard work and creativity. I look forward to seeing some of our students’ entries for this year’s STS theme – ‘Food: Different by Design’.

Leanne O’Doherty
Hannah’s Science Teacher in 2020

Science of Well-being: Yale University

This week, a group of Year 12 students have commenced the Yale University course titled The Science of Well-being. The course was designed by Yale University to assist their students in learning about how to increase their happiness by investing in the things that scientifically have been shown to be effective.

The course covers many topics of what we believe will make us happy – money, higher grades, material possessions, body image, a good job, etc. As a cognitive scientist and Professor of Psychology, Dr Santos shows research about misconceptions in these areas, and then delves into the strategies and easy life choices we can make that are shown to boost happiness levels.

During Terms 2 and 3, our participating Year 12s will complete the qualification, and ultimately increase their own happiness. If you are interested in exploring this yourself, and would like to view the course material, please go to

Kirsten Shipsides
Science Teacher

Deadly Learning

Five Year 8 and 9 Indigenous students at CGGS collaborated to prepare a workshop they coined ‘Deadly Learning’. The sessions focussed on sharing with the Year 8 cohort the significance of symbols and storytelling for Aboriginal people. Year 8 students then had a chance to consider symbols that represent them and their life/interests/values and beliefs before planning and creating an artistic illustration as a final piece.

In the preparation stages, prior to delivering the workshops, the teachers created a vision board of symbols used in culture that have been passed down to them by family members and elders. These symbols were then explained thoughtfully during their presentation and relevant links were made between symbols, totems and dreaming stories. Commencing their presentation with an acknowledgement of country prior to introducing themselves, their totem and the tribal group they belong to was a fantastic way to open what was an engaging session.

The ‘Deadly Learning’ teachers showed incredible leadership throughout the day- the connection they have with their culture was nothing short of inspiring to witness. What a huge honour and privilege it is to have learnt from such a passionate group of young people. What was particularly impressive was their ability to interact and engage with the Year 8 students- they responded well to questions that students had, as well as followed up with clarifying questions to encourage Year 8s to carefully consider their artistic choices. They really were excellent teachers.

Georgia Biggs
Reconciliation Coordinator

Geography Excursion – Marysville

On Friday 7 May, the Year 11 Geography class travelled to Marysville, Victoria, to conduct an investigation into the impact of 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires and the responses since.

To gain a sense of the impact of the fires on the community, we first met with Mr. Barry Thomas, founder of the Black Saturday Museum. Barry first led us on a guided tour through the streets of Marysville, highlighting important local landmarks and re-builds along the way. Then, we explored the museum which is filled with photographs and artifacts collected by and items donated by the local community. Much of the footage is first-hand accounts of the fire and it was a truly moving experience for all involved.

We also took a short walk to Gallipoli Park, which was the main emergency evacuation site on Black Saturday and is located in the heart of the town. Here, we were able to see the structure of the town and its position in the natural environment. While at the park, we completed a vegetation transect and mapped the different features of the surrounding bushland. We were also very fortunate to hear from Ron Jones, of the Marysville CFA brigade, who spoke about the town’s ongoing recovery and the importance of fire preparedness.

Finally, we took a short walk to the top of the nearby Stevenson Falls. Here, students were delighted by the beautiful view over Marysville and the surrounding region. It was quite eye-opening to compare the recovering landscape today to the stark contrast of charred black images taken soon after the fires.

It was an insightful and truly splendid day of fieldwork. The Year 11 Geography students will now be busy writing fieldwork reports to present their findings and all they have learned.

Tom Clark & Karoline Walter
Geography Teachers

Chess Tournament Success

The Chess Club has been active at Camberwell Girls Grammar for the past 4 years. We meet weekly and have players from all year levels. Anyone interested in chess is welcome to attend. We have games and coaching with old grammarian Alanna Chew Lee, part of the team which placed second at the Victorian Girls Championships in 2018.

In 2020, a team placed 3rd in the state Finals in an online competition. This Championship Cup and individual medals were recently presented by Chess Victoria.

On 29 April, 7 students attended a Chess Victoria Open qualifying tournament at Camberwell Grammar School. Open tournaments field boys and girls from a variety of schools and this tournament included teams from the current open and girls National Championship schools.

The CGGS team achieved outstanding results placing 1st for Girls Schools and qualifying for the State Championship Finals – Open and Girls to be held later this year.

L – R Bethany Orme, Jessie Chen, Sophie Chang, Kelly Ta, Emily Lin, Angela Ding, Lucy Ciro. More photos attached.

Jessie Chen – Year 8

Angela Ding – Year 8

Lucy Ciro – Year 8 – 2020 3rd Place Victorian Girls Championship team and qualifier State Championships 2021.

Bethany Orme – Year 11 – 2020 3rd Place Victorian Girls Championship team and qualifier State Championships 2021.

Kelly Ta – Year 11 – 2020 3rd Place Victorian Girls Championship team and qualifier State Championships 2021.

Sophie Chang – Year 9 – 2020 3rd Place Victorian Girls Championship team and qualifier State Championships 2021, 3rd place overall at qualifying tournament 2021.

Emily Lin – Year 11 2020 3rd Place Victorian Girls Championship team and qualifier State Championships 2021, Top girl at qualifying tournament 2021.

The team is going into a self-designed training program and some more tournament practice next term, in preparation for the State Finals. This involves practising openings, mid-game and checks.

Thank you to Ms Stevens for photos and support (cheerleading) and Mr Maycock for transport and assistance with logistics.

Helen Pappas
Chess Coach

Watch Week

During Week 3, the CGGS community committed to #watchtheirimpact during Watch Week. SEA, our 2021 School Captains, decided to raise funds for Impact for Women – an organisation that supports women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

The week started with a SEA of red flowing through the school, with the students wearing red to show their support of this organisation and act as “Impact Champs”. In the words of Kathy Kaplan OAM, the colour red is invigorating and intimidating, symbolising many things. It denotes power, excitement, passion and determination. It can motivate us, but also frighten us. Red captures attention. On this red-dress day, we raised $787 which will go directly to Impact for Women.

On Thursday, we headed down to the kitchen to cook up a storm of brownies and muffins, in preparation for our bake sale on Friday. A special thank you to Mrs Goad, Rev Creed, Ms Walter and Dr Forwood for assisting us in this endeavour. On Friday, they ‘sold like a treat’ and the additional $497.90 raised at this bake sale will also head Impact for Women. Students also contributed to making a paper chain, in solidarity for women who have experienced this abuse, as well a positive chalk drawing in the quadrangle.

We acknowledge that, while we can do things like bake sales or writing with chalk in the quadrangle, the ongoing issues related domestic abuse and violence are much bigger than that and will continue to require work for society to change. We hope that this week helped to make students more aware of their impact, and that Watch Week was only just a slight contribution that can be made to help those who may feel alone, or in need. We would like to thank the Service Learning Captains, Eloise and Amelia and CGGS community for all of the help for Watch Week.

Sophia Giagoudakis, Eloise Webster and Ashley Olsen (SEA)
School Captains

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GSV Representative Swimming

Year 9 student Emily Price was selected in the GSV Representative Swim Team that competed on Monday 10 May against the best of the best at the Victorian All Schools Competition. Emily represented GSV in three events and did remarkedly well. In the 14-15 years 4 X 50m Medley Relay, Emily placed 1st.  In the 14-15 years 4 X 50 Breaststroke Relay, Emily’s team placed 3rd and Emily broke the 36 second barrier for the first time in her leg of the race. Finally, in the 14-15 years 4 X 50m Individual Breaststroke, Emily place 5th. CGGS and CGGS Aquatics are so proud of Emily, who is having a sensational year thus far. She has achieved further success in the pool as follows:

> Qualified and competed for the first time at the 2021 Australian Age Championships

> Placed 3rd in the 2021 Victorian Sprint Championships – 15 years, 50m Breaststroke

> Placed 2nd in the 2021 GSV Finals night – 15 years Breaststroke

Peter Kitney
CGGS Aquatic

Emily Wu performs solo with the Melbourne String Ensemble

Emily Wu (11B) was the star performer in a concert that was given by the Melbourne String Ensemble on Saturday 8 of May, in the Werner Brodbeck Hall at the Scots’ Church on Collins Street.

Emily played the 1st movement of the Edward Elgar cello concerto superbly as a featured soloist, as well as other works by Barber, Saint-Saens, Klengel and Arensky as a member of the Melbourne String Ensemble.

The Melbourne String Ensemble is a group of string orchestras comprising of students aged 8-18 and has been one of the leading student string orchestras in Australia for over 25 years. It is well known for its high standard of playing, beauty of expression and musically-informed performances. Emily has been a member of MSE for seven years, and this was her farewell concert. Another connection that CGGS has with MSE is that Margaret Butcher (violin tutor at CGGS) is the Musical Director of the Junior Melbourne String Ensemble, who also played on the night.

It was a fantastic event which was generously supported by CGGS staff and students, where Emily was a leading light in the musical community of Melbourne.

Rohan Mack and Kate Savige
Directors of Music

End Mandatory Detention

On Wednesday May 5, a small group of Year 10 – 12 students travelled to the city to attend the End Mandatory Detention Centres Student Walkout. The walkout was held by RISE, an organisation run and governed by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees. We saw the walkout as an important opportunity to stand in solidarity with marginalised refugee communities and raise awareness surrounding human rights issues on Australia’s shores.Many students from the group had to leave early to attend the Founders’ Day Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. However, we appreciated the opportunity to attend it was inspiring to see the bravery of these refugees. They put themselves at risk by publicly speaking out against the government in order to fight for the rights of all detainees.

To learn more on the issue and to find out how to support this movement, I recommend visiting their website:

Isabel Varughese
Year 12

Upskill …BY DESIGN – Year 8

The Year 8s most recent Upskill …By Design day was an action packed one. Linked to their Service Learning focus, the students moved around several immersive and interactive sessions to learn more about our Australian Indigenous culture. The students explored sport and play, language, art and storytelling. We were honoured to have special guests share with us. Murrundindi taught the students about Boomerang throwing and CGGS Year 8 and 9 indigenous students and MITS alumni ran a session called ‘Deadly Learning’ sharing the totems of their communities as well as symbols used in art and storytelling. Ms Stevens shared her passion for sport and taught the students about the game, Marngrook and Dr Rittey shared her passion for language, focusing on the significance of language and the students made signs to put around the school in Woiwurrung language. A great highlight of the day was seeing Sammi throw and catch a boomerang!

Head of Service Learning
Jennifer Gordon

I really enjoyed the storytelling session that was run by the Year 9s last week! It was great to learn about different symbols that the indigenous Australians used to draw when creating Dreamtime stories. I learnt the unique symbols for man, woman, lizard tracks, rain, turtle and other interesting drawings. The Year 9s helping us were amazing teachers and I had fun making up my own story using these symbols!

Sabrina Bignold – Year 8

Last Tuesday, we had a Beyond Design day in which we learnt about Indigenous Australian culture. One of the sessions we undertook was the Marngrook session which is a sport many Indigenous Australian people play. The game involves a ball made of a skinned possum and you couldn’t communicate with your voice so we had to clap to catch people’s attention. I really enjoyed playing the sport and what I found interesting was how many AFL rules have been adapted from the sport Marngrook.

Amanda Lee – Year 8

I really enjoyed this session! It was very interesting to learn about Indigenous Australian’s culture through language. One of my favourite words I learnt was ‘Wominjeka’ which means welcome.

Rachel Tan – Year 8

On Tuesday 4 May, I had the pleasure of participating in a boomerang session with Murrindindi as our teacher. I was so lucky to have the privilege to learn about the different types of boomerangs that are used for different purposes, and even got to look at boomerangs that Murrindindi’s ancestors had made. When it came time to try them, Murrindindi taught us how to properly hold and throw the boomerang, and with much enthusiasm encouraged us to all give it a go. When it came to the boomerang finals, a few of us tried our luck with catching the boomerang. I remember Murrindindi cheering all of us on, and when I was able to catch it, I remember how excited he was. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn about Murrindindi’s culture and traditions and I had so much fun doing so!

Sammi Chua – Year 8

Senior School


Senior School

April 30, 2021

It has been a wonderful first two weeks of Term 2. This edition of CamNews will enable you to enjoy the highlights and achievements of our students, which I feel sure you have already been following on our Social Media channels.

Last week in our first assembly for Term 2 we held our annual ANZAC Assembly, and I was honoured to speak to all our Senior School students. The ANZAC Assembly is where we acknowledge with gratitude the sacrifices made by the men and women who served Australia and New Zealand in the wars of the past. Initially the day was to pay thanks to those who fought in World War 1 and then later for those who have served in all wars and operations.

The values of the ANZAC’s included courage, mateship, fairness, persistence, integrity, humour, initiative, endurance, determination, ingenuity, respect, and selflessness. These qualities were at the time, when Australia was a newly federated country, very important as they gave our ancestors hope and set the tone for a fledgling country.

And we see these values and qualities as equally important in Australia in 2021 when as a country we stand together to fight fires, floods, cyclones and most recently the pandemic.

A number of the Camberwell Girls staff and students have relatives currently serving in the Australian Defence Force. We took the opportunity at our ANZAC Assembly to express our pride in their chosen career, and give thanks to them for their peace keeping efforts and for the work they do around the world to keep us all safe, and ensure the freedoms we all enjoy in Australia are maintained.

The speeches presented at this Assembly by three students, Siena Yap, Salome Obeyesekere and Salwa Saiba are attached in the button below for you to read.

This past fortnight we have also enjoyed the Centenary Book Launch, the VCE Theatre Studies performance of Picnic at Hanging Rock, House Cross Country, Year 8 Wellbeing and Year 9 Artificial Intelligence conferences. Please enjoy reading the summaries of each of these events below and I thank the students and staff for their contributions to making these events so successful.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

VCE Theatre Studies – Picnic at Hanging Rock

Last week we had the great pleasure of welcoming an audience back to our school to support the Year 12 Theatre Studies students in their performance of, Picnic at Hanging Rock. This adaptation by Tom Wright, from Joan Lindsay’s haunting novel, was the chosen script for their Unit 3, Outcome 1 SAC. Students chose two areas of production to interpret the script through and engaged with the theatrical styles of Australian Gothic, Absurdism, Comedy of Manners and Classicism. Throughout the term, students met with Industry mentors to expand their skill sets and notion of what was possible. A suitably thrilling and chilling atmosphere was produced, and we congratulate the students on their massive undertaking.

Amelia Lemanis: Co-Director and Set Design

Sabrina Renzi: Co-Director and Actor

Simar Kaur: Lighting Design and Actor

Charlotte Kutey: Sound Design and Actor

Millie Winkett: Prop Design and Actor

Shannon Yeung: Costume Design and Actor

Click to expand the photos below to view the girls fantastic hard work.

Keira Lyons
Head of Drama

Year 7 Ancient Australia History Incursion

As part of their study of Ancient History, Year 7 students participated in an Ancient Australia Incursion with Murrundindi. This event saw students take on the role of archaeologists and museum curators, focusing on particular artefacts from the past and considering what these reveal about the people who created and used them. Below are the reflections of some students.

Maggie Wighton
History Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

Late last month we had a very special incursion for History. We were able to meet Murrundindi and handle museum-grade artefacts. This was arranged for our unit on Ancient Australia, so we could have hands on experience. Some of these items were thousands of years old. In this incursion we got the chance to make conclusions based on each object answering these questions: 

> Who do you think used this object?

> What do you think it was used for?

> How old might this object be?

My favourite part of this incursion was when we made conclusions on the objects, based on their appearance. It was very interesting to gauge how close we were and see how old the object was. The most important piece of information I learnt was how each object told a story of the people who used it and their life-style.

Anais, 7W

When we first entered Robinson Hall we were astounded by the incredible amount of artefacts that lined the tables. As we settled into our seats and found our way to our tables Ms Wighton introduced us to Murrundindi who shared with us a brief history about his ancestors and the way they lived on their country. Soon after, we got into pairs and went to pick out an artefact.  My partner Grace and I had our attention drawn by a snake carved out of wood, dark brown in colour and patterned with scorch marks.  At first we thought it was made made to commemorate someone’s pet snake, however, as we were racking our brains trying to find a more possible reason as to why the snake was made, Murrundindi came to our rescue and explained to us that the snake was used in ceremonies and as a way to represent Mindi, who is the second created and Bunjil’s brother. All the pieces of the puzzle seemed to connect as Grace and I realised the reason the snake was made. Later on we presented our item and explained why it was made. Whilst the entire incursion was both intriguing and informative, my favourite part was learning about everyone’s items and getting to know more about the way Aboriginal tribes lived in Ancient Australia.

Isuli, 7W

At the end of Term 1 , Murrundindi came to visit us and exposed us to a wide range of artefacts that were once used by Aboriginals. The task was to partner up with someone and choose an artefact to study. We also got to touch and weigh the object. My favourite part of the event was when I got to choose any type of artefact I wanted to study as there were a variety of artefacts to choose from. I chose the Stone Axe Head as I thought it looked interesting because it had a sharp edge which really interest me as I had never seen a rock shaped like that. I found out that Stone Axe Head was used to cut wood because back then they didn’t have chainsaws to cut wood. The most important thing I learned and I feel that other people should also know is that the main difference between what Aboriginals use and what we use is that they use nature to help them out and we mainly use mechanics. Overall, this was a great incursion as I got to explore many objects.

Sahana, 7W

Snorkelling in Port Phillip Bay!

How tranquil, to feel the gentle wind in your hair and sea spray on your face as your wetsuit dries from a day snorkelling with wonderous ocean life. This is exactly how I felt after the school STEAM captains, Aleen and myself, accompanied by Chelsea were invited on the Year 10 Marine excursion on Friday the 26th of March. We ventured on board a boat captained by Tori departing from the Sorrento pier. We were first fitted with wetsuits, snorkels and fins on the pier. Snorkelling instructions then occurred on the boat itself as we sailed over the sea, eager to see what we could see, see, see.

Our first stop was Chinaman’s Hat, and we were greeted by its residents – brown seals seemingly waving their flippers at us as they cooled off in the ocean. On the hut itself, some were snoozing in the sun or barking raucously, fighting for the best places like seagulls over chips. We geared up and slid into the icy water for a closer look, catching a huge manta ray and multiple playful seals on video. It was a good thing that we were warned not to stray too close to the hut, since the seals enjoyed rolling off the sides with a heavy splash!

Next, we were taken to an area closer to shore, where there were rusty chains anchoring small boats. We were fortunate to find one of my favourite marine creatures, the elusive weedy sea dragon! Diving down, we were also given the opportunity to peer underneath a rock shelf and spy on multitudes of tiny fish. Afterwards, we relaxed on the boat as the crew scoured Port Phillip Bay for grey dorsal fins. Alas, the tides had moved the food locations and dolphins were nowhere to be found.

We would like to formally express our appreciation to Tori and the boat crew, as well as to Dr Mason for inviting us on this amazing marine excursion. It was an experience that I shall treasure like pirates’ gold and I look forward to the next time I set sail for Science.

Bethany Orme
Year 11

Soul Siblings Initiative

On Monday 26 April 2021, SEA (Sophia, Eloise and Ashley) commenced an initiative titled “Soul Siblings”. Inspired by the previous “Big Sister Little Sister” program, the activity interconnects the Year 7s and the Year 9s by placing them in pairs and engaging the girls in fun and interactive activities. SEA know as students commence high school, it is important for them to feel more included and settled in their Senior School Community. As a result, Soul Siblings offers students the confidence to get more involved in their school life!

For the first activity, the “siblings” headed out into the Woodstock courtyard for collaborative games such as jenga, table tennis, gaga or just discussion. It was lovely observing the students getting involved and establishing their inter-level relationships. In the long term, SEA aspires that the Year 7s and 9s form meaningful connections that they will sustain until the end of their schooling.

Our next Soul Siblings activity is coming up in a few weeks and given the initial success we can’t wait to SEA what comes next!

Sophia Giagoudakis, Eloise Webster and Ashley Olsen

Music Camp

We are very grateful to have emerged from a year of lockdowns, remote learning and on-line music-making. Our shared experiences in 2020 have been a strong indicator of how music provides an outlet for our emotions, human connection and supports well-being. Our 2021 Music Camp at Mount Eliza was a triumphant success, as we were able to collaborate together as a CGGS music community and celebrate how blessed we are to have live music in our lives.

Many creative hearts and hands came together throughout the weekend to learn new repertoire and refine performance skills. The Year 7-12 student musicians worked alongside our dedicated Music staff (and additional CGGS teaching staff) having fun in rehearsals and other organised activities. The traditional quiz night hosted by School Music Captains Zara Price and Zara Mammone was a highlight of the camp, with enthusiastic cross-age participation and a close result at the end of the evening.

The student-led ANZAC Day Ceremony took place in the open-air chapel at Camp Manyung after breakfast on Sunday morning. It provided all of us with the opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifices made by the members of the Australian Defence Forces and to consider how fortunate we are. The Music Camp concluded with final preparations for the Centenary Founders’ Service. All singers and instrumentalists came together to rehearse our School Anthem. They are looking forward to performing this beautiful music in St. Paul’s Cathedral next week.

The ability to connect with others, through the love of music, is a key strength in which our musicians shine. We look forward to sharing the high quality work produced at Music Camp with all of the CGGS community in our calendar of music events. Many thanks to the teaching staff who attended and supported us with their kindness, good humour and care. A special thank you also to the helpful group of students and parents who assisted us with unpacking the music equipment from the truck when we returned to school.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Music Camp was an amazing experience for anyone who enjoys making music. It was a great way to interact with students in other year levels who share similar interests. The trivia night on Saturday is always a highlight and was so entertaining: wearing costumes based on a theme (this year’s was animated characters), answering music-based trivia and more. It was especially incredible hearing the school’s new anthem for the first time with both the choir and orchestra. Music Camp helped build a sense of community throughout the whole school by connecting students from different ensembles.

Stephanie – Year 10

I had the BEST time at music camp! I really enjoyed practising songs and having more time to focus on our beautiful School Anthem. I can’t wait to go again!

Olive – Year 8

Music camp was so fun and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go. Rehearsals were helpful and enjoyable and I made many friends in other year levels. Trivia and movie night were a blast and everyone got involved. The teachers organised fun rehearsals and I am so thankful for their help and encouragement. Overall, this was one of my many highlights of year 7 and I can’t wait to go in years to come.

Phoebe – Year 7

Music camp was an excellent opportunity to learn new pieces of music and finesse current repertoire. Singing the school anthem’s descant line with the orchestra for the upcoming Founders’ Service was particularly memorable, while quiz night and the people I met on the camp made it an incredibly enjoyable experience.

Salome – Year 10

I learned how to hold my own part while playing in the band, which is something I never really got to consolidate before the  Music Camp. One of the things I really enjoyed was the quiz night, as all the questions were really fun and I got to talk to students in other year levels. The camp was a fun way to get to know people and to really consolidate the pieces we’ve been practising. I would definitely recommend going! 

Nonie – Year 8

What I enjoyed at music camp was that I got to meet new people from different year levels, as well as strengthen friendships and overcome fears. I learnt to have more faith in myself and just give it a go. The teachers there were really encouraging and helped everyone learn a lot, but have fun at the same time.

Angelique – Year 7

On music camp I enjoyed being able to sing with my friends and classmates. I also enjoyed getting to know students in younger year levels better, as well as the games night. Something I learnt was how to sing with an orchestra in addition to the piano accompaniment, as that was a new experience for me.

Lily – Year 10

I really enjoyed music camp this year, especially going to rehearsals with my friends and learning the School Anthem. I can’t wait to go again next year!

Audrey – Year 8

This year was my first music camp, and it was a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed walking down to the beach on the Saturday afternoon, and the animated character themed dress up night! I also loved learning how to play lots of new pieces during the band rehearsals. 

Disha – Year 8


“As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.” – Amit Ray

We were rapt to be able to undertake our first of three bespoke seasonal learning experiences with our Year 9s on the first two days of Term 2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us but rarely do we stop and consider how pervasive and influential it is in our daily lives. Our Year 9 Summit: AI & Wicked Problems, prompted Year 9 students to do just this. From an initial immersion, exploration, gathering and evaluation of everything AI, students then embarked on a design thinking hack linked to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Day Two design thinking process saw students work through the five stages of design, empathy, definition, ideation, protoyping and testing, sprinting through the creative process in collaborative groups as they worked in service to solve a wicked problem using technology.

It was fantastic to welcome Psychologist and Researcher Ryan Kelly, of the University of Melbourne, to discuss ‘Biometric Mirror’ a research project that uses AI to detect and display people’s personality traits and physical attractiveness based solely on a photo of their face.

This system investigates a person’s understanding of AI and their response to the information about their unique traits that the mirror projects. The research project explores the ethical concerns linked to this technology around consent, data storage and algorithmic bias. As the provocation on our first day, Ryan’s presentation offered an insight into the complexity of using technology such as AI, and the potential real-world consequences of algorithmic bias and assumptions, even when people are driven by the best intentions. So, AI may help to solve some of the biggest challenges that we face, but what wicked problems does it raise?

From here, the Year 9s took a deep dive into the ways that AI is being used in positive ways to address all sorts of problems. From global citizen science which is being used by NASA to classify coral reefs to Woebot, an AI powered mental health chat bot, AI was explored in its multiple forms, helping to plant seeds of opportunity to help solve some of the world’s big problems. Employing their graphic recording skills, honed on an earlier Upskill BY DESIGN opportunity with Think In Colour, students collaborated as turning these complex ideas into clarifying visuals for later reference.

Enabling students to be immersed in the AI information space was a necessary beginning, as was providing the chance for low stakes play. Quick design hacks to create chariots for Sphero robots to deliver precious cargo, re-purposing laser printer offcuts into freestanding animals to hold micro:bits and designing avatars using Tinkercad, completed the first day’s activities.

Day 2 was all about design, taking the knowledge and understanding gained on the first day and turning this into action. CGGS is fortunate to have Summer Howarth, founder of Eventful Learning as a strategic partner and as the students embarked on their design sprints, Summer shared her experiences in working across not only education but industry and community partners too, in designing solutions to wicked problems. An emphasis was placed on the importance of clear communication in the design process, as students worked collaboratively to turn their theories into action to address some of the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

The students’ final idea pitches, made to their peers were brilliant to see, as was the way feedback which was generously given and humbly received. We congratulate all of our students on a fantastic two day summit and look forward to seeing them continue to design their way into the future, on behalf of others and themselves. Based on some of the reflections our students have shared, we’re pretty sure that the future of AI use looks safe and bright.

A big thankyou to our teacher co-designers of the AI & Wicked Problems Summit, Mr Wilkins, Mrs Wood, Dr Forwood, Mr Maycock and Ms Biggs. It was great to have you on board and your contributions are enormously appreciated.

Finally to Year 9 students, Sophie and Hayley, thanks for sharing your reflections:

These past two days have been a blur of excitement and new things. A.I was never really a topic that I had never considered deeply, but after some initial thought-provoking questions, we were asked and the deep discussions we had with each other, I’m now interested in an industry filled with opportunities. The way that A.I was showcased in the presentations by our guest speaker, Ryan Kelly, from the University of Melbourne made me realise just how influential A.I is in our lives. By the time we had finished our big first day of learning about this relatively new topic, our minds were brimming with information and we needed a way to put it all down. The second day was a perfect way to do this. We learned about the process of design and the ways it helps us in everyday problem-solving. With these new skills, we were able to formulate our own ideas on how to solve the UNDP’s Sustainable Development Goals, proving that AI can be humanity’s future as well as my own. – Sophie

On Tuesday the 20th of April and Wednesday the 21st of April, we, the year 9s, took part in a conference focussing on ‘Wicked Problems and AI.’ On Tuesday, we were introduced to the world of AI and how it’s used for the better and for the worse.  Guest speaker, psychologist and researcher Ryan Kelly from the University of Melbourne, spoke and gave an insight into their research project ‘biometric mirror’. He discussed the ethics of this project and how AI must be considered from an ethical perspective. On Wednesday, we were given goals to research and form initiatives and solutions to from the UN’s 17 Sustainability Goals. We had to think hard and go through all the stages of coming up with an idea, using design thinking. Overall, this conference gave us an insight into how AI can be used to improve problems in the world, and what challenges also come with that. We learnt to use our critical thinking skills and collaborate with others. – Hayley 

“Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo and to seek new potential. Simply put, aside from using one’s imagination – perhaps more importantly – creativity is the power to act.” – Ai Weiwei

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

Year 8 Wellbeing Day

On Wednesday 21 April our Year 8 Students took part in a purposefully designed Year 8 Wellbeing Day which centred on providing students with proactive and personalised healthy thinking skills and strategies to equip them to develop resilient and courageous mindsets. Across the day, students participated in a series of workshops which were carefully curated by the wellbeing team to respond to emergent trends in issues facing students of this age group and centred on the Year 8 Wellbeing theme of ‘Self-Discovery.

Challenge & Initiative Games

Year 8 Students spent the morning engaging in a range of quirky, creative and challenging competitive games including ‘Pipe Run’, ‘Square Jump’, ‘Weave It’ and ‘Tower Stack’, which were designed to connect, energise and provide opportunities for students to work with their peers on activities that required communication, collaboration, leadership and other essential transferable skills.

Body Image in the Digital World

The second session was delivered by experts from the Butterfly Foundation, an organisation that supports the promotion of healthy body image in young people. The presentation provided practical strategies to support body confidence, empowering our students to reach out for help and prompted discussion and critical thinking about the role social media plays in body image of young people. The session also enabled the students to create personal boundaries and challenge the cultural norms that are portrayed on social media and explored the collective power that young people have in changing the narrative.

Challenging our Thinking

Led by the Year Level Coordinator, Paige Tan, this workshop explored thinking patterns, including helpful and helpful thinking, and provided students with strategies to overcome their inner critic. Students were also introduced to the four zones of regulation, which has helped to kickstart their personal development and self-awareness journeys.

Ribbon of Strength

The final session of the day included a focus on the collective strength of the Year 8 cohort, exploring the power that each student has in making informed decisions about where they focus their attention and how they support themselves and their peers. In recognising the diversity that exists and committing to embracing this, each student made a ‘Friendship’ bracelet for one of their peers as symbol of their support and solidarity.

As part of the Year 8 Wellbeing curriculum for Term 2, students and their teachers will continue to explore these themes, looking closely at the problems with perfectionism, the power of failure and the skills that we develop in the process. In Term 3, we will hold our second Year 8 Wellbeing Day in which we will work closely with the organisation ‘Flourish Girl’.

Year 8 Testimonials

I think this whole day was amazing it really taught me a lot.”

I think it was a really fun day in general and I’m looking forward to the next one 🙂 and I think the messages were really important and relevant to high school students specifically, because in high school especially you start to criticise yourself a lot.“I thought the overall day was great! I think we are really lucky as a school to be able to have these days where we can reflect on ourselves and how we can improve!”

“It was awesome that we used the day to meaningfully look over and learn about Well-being. The activities were super fun and engaging.”

Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing & Paige Tan, Year 8 Coordinator

GSV Inter Softball Finals – Term 1

On Wednesday 31 March, the Inter Softball A-Grade team (pictured below) competed in the GSV Inter Softball Finals at Waverley Softball Grounds in Jells Park. The team had trained hard and showed great skills throughout the season to, once again, go through the home-and-away season undefeated. As a result, they finished top of their zone, were presented with the Zone 1 Winners Pennant and qualified for the Finals competition. This was their third appearance in A-Grade finals in the past 4 years – a tremendous achievement!

CGGS were drawn to play against Sacre Coeur in the Semi-Final – the same opponents from the 2019 season when CGGS went on to win the A-Grade title. It was a keenly fought contest with both teams playing at a high level, but after 3 innings, Sacre Coeur came out on top and progressed through to the Grand Final. Whilst the result wasn’t what we had wanted, the team should be very proud of their efforts. They showed courage and determination in challenging conditions with several girls playing out of their normal positions due to illness on match day, and we are proud of the CGGS spirit that they displayed throughout the season.

We look forward to following their continued success next season as they strive to reach their third Grand Final in the GSV A-Grade Softball competition.

Inter A-Grade Team

Amy Ding

Sasha Feldmann

Isabella Georges

Jessica Lim

Lille Osborne

Ella Summers

Isabella Tremewen

Grace Barnes

Liana Robinson

Jessica Terlikar

Coaches: Liza Stevens & Nareen Robinson

Senior School


Senior School

April 1, 2021

It is hard to believe Term 1 has concluded. In the Senior School we have filled the 9 weeks with so many learning experiences and opportunities for our students, parents and staff to connect again. The Learning Conversation days, held through Zoom, have ensured the programs that commenced in lockdown have been developed to a new level to include the Upskill … BY DESIGN opportunities at each year level. I extend my thanks to Ms Kate Manners, Head of Strategic Initiatives and Ms Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing and all the staff who have assisted in the two days to date for their enthusiasm and planning. The students and staff throughout the Senior School have commented most positively on the learnings from these days.

Our House events have enabled us to re-build a sense of belonging and connection to the school. The compulsory Athletics Day in February, as an outdoor event, was our first in person House activity since the same event in 2020. This was followed by the House Dance Competition which is a voluntary event, however the numbers involved from each House showed just how much we all missed being together. The excitement on the night was palpable and whilst our audience was restricted to the students involved, some staff and the parents of the House Dance and Technical Captains, this event highlighted our community collegiality.

This term we have been able to share again with our parents through editions of CamNews the re-introduction of some incursions and excursions. Enlighten Education, Ceres, Luna Park, Healesville, as well as Days for Girls and visits from student alumnae in presentations arranged by our Careers and Service Learning departments.

Highlights of the term for me also include seeing the Year 9 students using the gaga pit in the Woodstock courtyard. Constructed precisely by our own Maintenance team, this was a gift of the Parents & Friends Association in 2019 and I have enjoyed hearing the laughter at recess and lunchtimes. Another highlight has been the return to GSV Sport from watching the students play softball during home games on our own front oval, to the number involved in events such as the GSV Triathalon. Within the past 5 years enthusiasm for this event has only increased. In 2017 nine students participated and last week we had 57 students, which is all the more impressive given they were required to be at Altona beach for 6:00am. Thank you so much to our parents for supporting your daughters in this experience.

The Year 7 students have settled into the Senior School magnificently. Their teachers have commented that they are developing good routines in the classroom and with Home Learning and they are certainly taking up the opportunities to be involved in the multitude of clubs, sports, music, drama and more.

And in the older year levels our School Captains and Leaders have all been exemplary in making sure their various portfolios have provided options for active participation. SRC, Reconciliation, SWAG (Student Wellbeing and Action Group), Mustard, Frisbee Friday, Book Club, School Production, Art Club and now House Music. Thank you to all the student leaders and the staff who assist these students in the organisation of these offerings and in particular Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs.

Yesterday Rev Creed and Bella Bruce, our Faith and Worship Captain, led our annual Easter Service, from Barbara Sutton Hall. The guest speaker for the Service was Erin Juers, a Melbourne English teacher, mum and blogger. She spoke on the question, “How is Easter good news for us today?” Erin used the image of wearing a mask to speak about how we all put on “masks”, often to cover up our hurt or lack of confidence. She explored how Jesus is the one who loves us “just as we are”, and invites us to take off our masks, so that we might live in the freedom of God’s extravagant love.

Having immersed themselves completely this term, the students are in need of a good break and as I always do, I ask parents to please be mindful of this and for those students in Years 7 – 9 do not set holiday tasks, but rather provide the time for your daughter to undertake passion projects and recharge ready for Term 2.  Students in Year 10 may be doing some preparation for Term 2 which may include revision or the reading of a new text. For our Year 11 and 12 students, specific revision will have been set by VCE teachers, however we ask you to encourage your daughter to take a break from their studies as well to ensure that they are balancing all aspects of their wellbeing.

With my best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

2021 VCE Season of Excellence: Music

The aim of the Top Class concert series is to provide current VCE Music students with a valuable insight into what is required to present a musically engaging performance. The concerts encourage and inspire students during their own performance preparation, providing real-world benchmarks alongside realistic examples of best practice.

Our VCE Music students attended the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 30 March and enjoyed performances by students of VCE Music Investigation, VCE Music Performance and VCE VET Music Industry (Performance) from last year. Despite the events of 2020, these resilient student musicians delivered impressive performances, showcasing their hard work, passion for music and outstanding talents.

Kate Savige and Mathew Duniam
VCE Music Teachers

The concert we were fortunate enough to attend on Tuesday, was inspirational to say the least. To see VCE music students, just like ourselves, play at such an elite level was truly mind blowing and something that all of us looked upon with great adoration. Aside from being a huge motivator, it was amazing to witness the wide variety of instruments and pieces that were showcased to us.

Serena McGrath – Year 12

In the midst of Melbourne’s most prestigious arts precinct, we were able to witness first hand again, after a halted period of time, the simple yet thrilling experience of sitting in a performing arts hall as an audience member. Through a diverse range of instruments, from the traditional guzheng to a string quartet, all playing varied repertoire, we were able to observe high quality playing from past VCE Music students. Indeed, my favourite moment was feeling absorbed in the musical journey each of the artists communicated to the audience. This unforgettable experience has definitely sparked encouragement within us to emulate their achievements. We hope to encapsulate a range of interpretive skills, stylistic conventions and expressive qualities in our end of year performances.

Emily Wu – Year 11

I really enjoyed watching the performances and I found it to be a really valuable experience. I thought it was good to see how people expressed the music on stage and it made me think of the ways that I could express my pieces in a live performance context.

Lucy Van Der Arend – Year 11

The Top Class Concert was an amazing experience, especially for a student just starting VCE Music. I was able to appreciate the importance of musicians connecting on stage and keeping the audience captivated throughout the performance. This was especially evident when some of the musicians had periods of artistic silence in their pieces. The audience was still engrossed in the performance and connected to the expressive outcomes. I am grateful I had the opportunity to attend the concert.

Haripriya Pathmaraj – Year 10

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Year 10 Alumnae/Careers Breakfast

On Tuesday 23 March the Year 10s attended their first Alumnae/Careers event. The theme for this event was ‘Broadening Your Horizons’.

Old grammarian Angelica Salaoutis (2019) spoke to our Year 10 students about her experiences at CGGS. Angelica was extensively involved in many school activities through her role as House Captain. She believes participation in these activities contributed to her own personal growth, and certainly grew her skills portfolio across leadership, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. She advised students not to give up their sport/leisure activities. Time management and organisational skills are important to develop over the two year VCE program. Angelica highlighted how a healthy balance with academic work could be achieved and gave some great study tips.

Angelica is a terrific example of someone who worked as a volunteer netball coach continuously through her VCE program and achieved a high academic result. Her Duke of Edinburgh award also contributed to her successful Aspire application for Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Angelica was also joined by two current Year 12 students, Ella Barmby and Claire Robertson. They spoke warmly about their journey from Year 10 to now, advising students about subject selection (choose subjects you really enjoy); work experience (try before you buy!) and recommended involvement in a range of activities. Ella and Claire are great ambassadors for the school!

Angelica, Ella and Claire 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/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.

Our students, both past and present, delivered the same message: make the most of the opportunities available to you here at CGGS.

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor


The second of our Upskill…BY DESIGN program was undertaken at all year levels on Wednesday 24 March in parallel to our Year 7 and 8 Learning Conversations. The Upskill…BY DESIGN is a series of bespoke learning experiences, curated and designed to align with our year level spotlights. As students move up through the year levels, the program is responsive to the growing independence, self-efficacy and self-regulation that comes with being older. Throughout 2021, the program will encompass the delivery of accredited and non-accredited short courses, co-curricular experiences and other pop-up learning opportunities for all year levels.

Upskill…BY DESIGN has been designed in accordance with our Teaching and Learning Architecture. The fundamental characteristics of our community, Connection, Growth, Grit and Sustainability, amplified within this framework, articulating how we make sense of the world with others and pursue ongoing improvement with passion, courage and perseverance and work sustainably, in service of self, others and the environment. The experiences of the Upskill…BY DESIGN work in service of these qualities, strengthening these characteristics and a suite of transferable skills, that tertiary institutions and employers are seeking direct articulation of by their applicants.

‘What if you came to school and there were no bins?’ This was the question facing our Year 7 students in their first Upskill…BY DESIGN session on March 24th. Students learned about the environmental, social and economic problems created by a ‘throw away’ culture. Using the 5Rs, students then began to rethink waste, and consider the opportunities that exist to ensure our precious resources are used most effectively. Environmental educator Bev Liang provided inspiration, demonstrating the circular systems we can learn from in nature, and innovative reuse and rethinking of materials in industries such as manufacturing and fashion. Students then were charged to research and identify the opportunities that exist at CGGS, and rethink and reduce our waste. Students made pledges for individual actions and identified their big dreams for sustainability at CGGS:

Bring reusable containers to reduce our waste. Sahana A

Bring my own cutlery Ky-An F

Clean my (single-use) containers so they don’t go to landfill.

Add a compost bin inside to reduce the amount of waste in our landfill bin. Hannah N

Bring a nude food lunch every day Serena H

Rethink our waste – Use a chip packet for planting seeds and fruit. – Raina G

Educate others about sustainable solutions to common problems Rithanyaa

At CGGS, we can reduce the amount of paper we use by doing things digitally. – Vanessa G

For our Year 8s, Upskill…BY DESIGN provided the second day for the completion of the Girls Invent with Beyond Design+ program with Dr Forwood. This provided Year 8 students with the opportunity to review feedback from their 2020 designs before building their final product. Once final prototypes have been created students evaluated and shared their solutions. Students were then asked to indicate their levels of interest in investigating the next stages in design, including taking a product to market. Year 8s also continued with a project started in their Wellbeing Curriculum. With a focus on character, the Year 8s identified their top five character strengths, and together worked to recognise how these show up now, how they have presented themselves before and how the five strengths operate together to make each of us unique.

It was a playful start to the Year 9 Upskill…BY DESIGN day with, Year 9 students taking part in a sequence of purposefully designed games. This session was informed by educational research that documents the contribution of ‘play’ to improved wellbeing and academic achievement. Games were specifically selected to align with the broader wellbeing and relational curriculum conducted during the CGGS Year 9 Wellbeing program. Led by Mrs Wood, Year 9 students then undertook the first of a two day program where they were apprenticed into using a Micro:bit, undertaking a design challenge to build a Micro:pet. Students learnt how to use a Micro:bit and MakeCode, importing a program and downloading this to their Micro:pet. They also consolidated their understanding of the design process, as they collaborated and developed a Micro:pet protype.

For our Year 10s, the Upskill…BY DESIGN program provided the first of several intensive sessions related to our Careers program for 2021 and led by Mrs Dolan. Year 10 is an important time, as students look to make decisions around their learning, subject choices and future pathways, post-VCE. Planned career development learning is therefore integral, enabling students to discover their strengths and talents, explore the world of work and their place in it, focus on their values and interests, use decision-making skills to plan their learning and career programs, decide on their best options and opportunities, and apply their skills and knowledge to their learning and career planning. These steps provide the skills and knowledge for lifelong career self-management. A deep understanding of education and training is required to inform students of their post Year 12 options, as a guide to VCE subject selection. On this day, our Year 10s explored types of higher education, university terminology, available courses, the University of Melbourne Model, university prospectus, the Open Day experience and other useful resources, all related to thinking about their futures.

The Upskill…BY DESIGN program saw our VCE students were engaged in a series of short course in First Aid, Responsible Service of Alcohol, Food Handling and Barista skills. These were undertaken online and onsite in partnership with RSA for Schools and it was great to have 41 students across Year 11 and 12 take up the opportunity to gain an accreditation, developing new knowledge and skills and amplifying their employability in the process. We were also pleased to offer an online Graphic Recording credential in partnership with Think In Colour. Listen-Think-Draw is a three module, online course for sketchnoters, budding graphic recorders, facilitators, teachers, consultants and anyone interested in leveraging the power of visual thinking and communication for themselves and others. It was also great to offer our students the opportunity to attend the SingularityU Online Youth Summit, across March 23rd and 24th. The SingularityU Australia Summit brought together leading futurist minds from across the globe to gather in community to reveal and discuss the impacts of converging exponential technologies and how they’re being used to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Sessions available to our students included topics on outer space, leadership, entrepreneurship, STEM and technology, with an emphasis on transferable skills such as critical thinking, networking, communication and adaptability.

Finally, the Upskill…BY DESIGN program recognises the intentional practising of wellbeing. The OECD 2030 Future of Education and Skills project identifies the Wellbeing of society as a shared destination for the individual and the collective. Wellbeing is characterised by a sense of resilience, purpose, engagement and optimism about the future and can be fostered in different ways. For this reason, Ms Woolcock’s curated activities were open to the entire CGGS community were designed to revive, refocus, recalibrate and reconnect across the three domains of wellbeing: Mind, Body and Soul. In addition to the program provided as part of the CGGS Wellbeing website (

Planning for our next Upskill…BY DESIGN day on 4 May is already well under way and we’re looking forward to continuing to share the story of this program as it develops.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

Healesville Excursion

On Wednesday 24 March, twelve Year 8 & 9 CGGS students travelled to Healesville Sanctuary to visit Coranderrk, Murrundindi’s country. This ‘on country experience’ was a significant way to learn about indigenous perspectives for the elective ‘Lake Mungo’. Listening to the stories of Murrundindi gave us a feeling from the deep past. To hear stories from and about country gave us a strong sense of belonging and pride. We could feel the attachment to country, so now we may respect the legacy.

Murrundindi shared knowledge about Coranderrk’s history, his ancestors, bush tucker, animals, seasons, tools, artifacts, rituals, stories, and more. The highlights of the day included foraging for wild strawberries, throwing and catching boomerangs, viewing Manna gum carvings, experiencing ceremony, and feeling the energy of the birthing tree.

Amelia Dudley (Year 9)

This week we went to a place called Coranderrk, it is right next to Healesville Sanctuary. Coranderrk is a place of spiritual significance for the Wurundjeri people. We went to a place called the birthing tree, this tree is 450-560 years old. But the best part of the tree is the energy of the tree, it feels safe and peaceful when you are in its presence. It feels as though it is talking to your raw self and raw emotions. It was a very emotional and touching process for all of us. We also got a chance to throw a few boomerangs and a lucky few even caught it. This experience has taught me give worth to every piece of land, as I could be worth the world to someone else.

Anna Clarkson
Mathematics and Geography Teacher

Cross-Curricular Connections: Learning German Through Art

Cross-curricular collaboration across subjects is a philosophy in education that avoids isolated learning but creates deeper learning experiences when relevant content areas are combined in more than one subject.  This type of learning was explored in the Year 9 German class, where students studied and learned about the highly successful Austrian Artist and Architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his particular style. Born in Vienna in 1928 he was no ordinary architect but was keenly aware of the impact of humans on the planet and ensured all his constructions were sustainable, ecologically built and reflective of the local culture. He had a very particular style, which allowed student to learn German words to describe the trademarks of his art, such as spirals, wavy lines, bright colours, elements of nature, spindle eyes, onion-like towers and human faces, as well as presentation skills and language phrases to describe a picture.

The German students explored Hundertwasser’s art through a series of You Tube clips and reading texts before embarking, with the help of the Art Department, on creating their own artwork, using typical elements of Hundertwasser’s art. In addition, they completed language worksheets to reinforce their understanding of the artist’s work.  After completing their final piece of art, the students used language vocabulary cards to write a script for their artwork picture, which they shared in a presentation.

As with Hundertwasser’s individuality, exploring new and different ways to learn allow students to find joy in learning across different subject areas, being art, culture and language.

Ingrid Beck
German Teacher

GSV Triathlon

Meeting before dawn, 57 girls assembled on the shores of Altona ready to jump into the ocean, ride their bike or run alongside the beach. With a record number of teams from CGGS this year, girls supported each other in a friendly but competitive event. Despite the weather conditions prior to the event and temperature of the water, the swimmers raced into the ocean at 7:00am, swimming a total of 300m. Back onto the shore, the swimmers handed over to the cyclists, prompting them to begin their 10km ride. After much anticipation and return of rain, the cyclists handed the timing chip over to the runners, and they were on their way. Running along the esplanade with a fantastic view of Altona beach, the 2km run was the quickest of them all, finishing the race with a bang!

Over the past three years, we have loved competing in the GSV triathlons. Not only did it give us an opportunity to bond with each other and other girls in younger year levels, but it also gave us confidence to compete in many other GSV events, including swimming, cross country and many more.

Sincere thanks to Ms Law, Mr Clark, and supervising parents for assisting on the day and a special thank you to all parents for waking up so early on a Sunday to get us to the beach by 6am.

Chelsea, Seanna and Emily (Year 12)

Service Learning

We were so pleased to have old grammarian, Sophie McLeod (2010) visit our Year 9 students as part of their Service Learning program. In Year 9 our focus for Service Learning is on local disadvantage and this term the students have been deepening their understanding of homelessness.

In 2011, after graduating, Sophie began volunteering for Vinnies Fitzroy Soup Van on a Friday night, distributing food to those in Melbourne.  She was also able to share her experience of her work as a Lawyer and the pro bono work she does assisting people at risk of homelessness.

We loved hearing about Sophie’s life since leaving CGGS and the way she has sought to continue to serve and use her skills and time to help others. Here are some reflections from students in Year 9.

It was really interesting to be put into the shoes of someone who is exposed to the serious issue of homelessness. Personally, I don’t know much about being homeless and the adaptability that people have to go through from their homes to the streets or, moving around constantly to friends’ places etc. But when Sophie McLeod came in, I gained insight into the idea of how people stereotype what it means to be homeless. I guess, growing up we have this sense and idea of what type of people are homeless but in reality, that is not the case. I have developed a deeper empathy and understanding to what being homeless really is and how we can help. Jessica T

Listening to Sophie McLeod speak to us about the incredible work she does with people experiencing homelessness was a really eye-opening experience. I loved hearing about how her work has changed around COVID-19 and I had never thought about how covid has and still is affecting people experiencing homelessness and we have all been inspired to think about how we can help in our own communities. Helena M

I found it so interesting and inspiring to listen to the speech given by Sophie McLeod. The insight she gave on the way COVID impact those who were ‘sleeping rough’ was something I had never thought about. It was also good to hear how we as students can help this very important cause.Sara R

Jennifer Gordon
Head of Service Learning

GSV Championship Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the CGGS swimming team who participated in the Division 2 GSV swimming carnival on Tuesday 23 March. Despite the dismal weather conditions, everyone tackled the competition with a fierce, positive attitude and a great sense of team spirit. Right from the outset, the cheers and support from CGGS students could be heard from across the grandstand which pushed our swimmers to achieve tremendous results. These performances are also thanks to our Head Coach Peter Kitney who trains the swim team on Monday and Thursday mornings.

The afternoon resulted in the Juniors and Intermediates both placing 4th and the Seniors placing 8th. Overall, CGGS placed 6th against seven other schools in Division 2, which is an amazing result considering we have previously been competing in Division 3.

On top of this, 10 swimmers qualified across 8 individual events and 3 relays for the GSV Finals Evening on Tuesday 30 March. We also have a number of events in which our swimmers are emergencies, which is also a fabulous achievement! Congratulations again to all the girls who participated last Tuesday and good luck to our finalists!

Emily and Scarlett
CGGS Swimming Captains

GSV Championship Diving Carnival

Congratulations to the CGGS Diving Team for a successful performance at the GSV Division 2 Championship Carnival on Tuesday 23rd of March.

Everyone performed extremely well against a tough and close competition. Every girl has put in so much hard work at the early morning training sessions learning and mastering their three dives for the competition. It was great to see everyone’s hard work pay off as every diver at the competition.

On the day, the Junior team came 5th, which is an incredible effort considering it is the first season for many of the girls, and they were against some strong competition. The intermediate team came 2nd and the Senior team came equal 2nd, which were amazing results. We were also very excited to place 2nd overall in Division 2, which is the school’s best ever result at GSV Diving! Everyone should be very proud of how they dived regardless their individual result, as everyone put in so much effort at training and contributed to the team’s overall success.

A massive congratulations to two girls who have qualified for Diving Finals Evening. Summer Zhu from Year 7 qualified in the Junior division and Ella Robinson from Year 11 qualified in the Senior division. This is a testament to the girl’s dedication to the CGGS Diving Team and we wish them the best of luck for this competition.

A huge thank you to our coaches Jenny and Helen, Ms Law and Mrs Robinson for everything they have done to help the CGGS Diving Team!

Eloise Webster and Ella Robinson
CGGS Diving Captains

GSV Swimming and Diving Finals Evening

Well done to Angela Liu, Emily Price, Scarlett Giang, Anneka Sinnappu, Claire Fleming, Christina Weickhardt, Maddie Wood, Jasmine Rees, Elysia Wang and Sunny Sun who qualified for the Girls Sport Victoria Swimming Finals Evening last Tuesday. With a crowd of students cheering from the sidelines, the girls showcased their skills in the swimming pool at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

They were very competitive against the top swimmers from 24 GSV schools, recording some personal best results. Congratulations to Emily Price who won a silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke where she displayed admirable determination to come from behind and win the medal. Another congratulations to Angela Liu who swam a very strong race to also win the silver medal in the 50m backstroke event. The girls are to be commended on their hard work throughout the season and we look forward to their future success.

For the first time, CGGS had 2 students compete in the Diving Finals evening. While Ella Robinson is well experienced in competing in this event, we were very lucky to welcome Summer Zhu to the night competition. The girls performed their best 4 dives and were extremely competitive in a very talented pool of divers. We look forward to seeing Ella, Summer and our diving squad back in the diving pool in term 4 for our House Diving competition and we are also excited to welcome any new divers to the pool in Term 4.

Ella Robinson – Diving

Summer Zhu – Diving

Angela Liu
100m Freestyle
50m Freestyle
50m Backstroke

Emily Price
50m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly
50m Freestyle

Scarlett Giang – 50m Backstroke

Anneka Sinnappu – 50m Backstroke

Claire Fleming – 50m Butterfly

Medley Relay and Freestyle Relay
Christina Weickhardt
Anneka Sinnappu
Claire Fleming
Maddie Wood

Medley Relay
Jasmine Rees
Angela Liu
Elysia Wang
Sunny Sun

Lauren Law
Head of Sport

Senior School


Senior School

March 19, 2021

We would all agree that the Labour Day long weekend which coincided with International Women’s Day was a welcomed extra day. Returning to face-to-face lessons and a full co-curricular program has required us all to re-adapt and re-build our physical and emotional fitness. Feelings of tiredness at the end of the day and week are very normal and I encourage all our community to make sure our students are maximising their sleep at night. Quality sleep is the key to achieving our best during the day.

In this edition of CamNews articles include summaries and photographs of our International Women’s Day breakfast at CGGS with Lyn Talbot (1983) and Kathy Kaplan from Impact, the Year 10 Days for Girl’s incursion, our magnificent House Dance event, National Day of Action against Bullying and so many other activities in only one fortnight at Senior School.

In the previous edition of CamNews I wrote about the excitement we all experienced at our first House event for the year – the House Athletics Carnival; and in this CamNews it is a pleasure to be able to highlight the return on the first onsite House event since 2019 – the House Dance Competition. On Friday 12 March students from Years 7 – 12, of all dancing abilities took part in either the auditioned Theme section or the all-inclusive Group sections.

A full report is included in this edition of CamNews, however I take this opportunity to thank the very many students and staff who were involved in making this evening so special for our entire CGGS community. Our Head of Drama and Performing Arts, Keira Lyons along with her team of drama staff, Claire Colthup and Sally Oliver supported the House Dance Captains with all their skill development, choreography and organisation. Whilst Kim Perkins, our Head of Media Technologies worked with each of the House Technical Captains and past student Maddy Brake (2019) to teach them the skills required to execute sound and lighting during the performances. Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School- Co-curricular Programs, along with the House Teachers, Daniel Loff – Lawrence, Asia Kosowski – Schofield, Tom Clark – Singleton and Christa Cook – Taylor, along with many Senior School staff supported and supervised the many rehearsals in the 4 week lead up to the event.

I am always in awe of the House Dance Captains and the amazing dance spectacles that they create year after year, particularly in the short period of time they are given to produce their performances. Many congratulations to the following leaders of the 2021 House Dance competition and to Dance Mentor – Charlotte Kutey for her support of all the House Dance Captains throughout the rehearsals. Also, to Charlotte and Sabrina Renzi, School Drama Captains for their superb hosting of the evening.



Dance Captains – Felicity Vanin and Ella Ding

Technical Captains – Anastasia Konstantinou and Jessica Leung



Dance Captains – Jessica Nguyen and Emily Wu

Technical Captains – Jane Pekin and Kelly Ta



Dance Captains – Natalie Hudono and Alyssa Wong

Technical Captains – Chloe Chan and Chloe Lindsay



Dance Captains – Gabrielle Abbott and Natasha Rupar

Technical Captains – Natasha Mak and Lucy Van der Arend

Tonight, we all look forward to welcoming parents to the Senior School for the PFA Welcome event. Please remember to wear your PFA name badge and I know the staff are keen to mingle and chat at this social event.

Warm Regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Parent Education Seminar – Dr Lea Waters

On Tuesday 16 March we were privileged to hear from Professor Lea Waters as part of our Parent Education Seminar series for 2021. Lea’s keynote provided parents with an understanding of how to use a strength-based approach to change the narrative default from one about weaknesses to one that celebrates the potential and existing strengths of children in an ongoing and authentic way. In recognising a child’s innate strengths parents are able to create an environment to support and nurture their children, ultimately breaking down barriers and opening up the dialogue between parents and their children.

Lea also spoke about her extensive research in this area, discussing that a strength-based approach is linked to higher levels of life satisfaction, self-efficacy and positive emotions and lower levels of depression and anxiety. Lea also spent time exploring stress related growth in the context of COVID-19, explaining that when children understand and recognise their strengths, they are better able to cope with challenges including friendship issues, homework and academic stress.

Lea finished her talk with a very powerful quote “where attention goes energy flows” and she encouraged parents to utilise the wealth of resources available on her website to support the conversation and shift the attention to strengths within families for both parents and their children

If you would like to know more about Lea’s work and the range of strength-based parenting resources she has available, you can access them through her website here. The parent resources are located towards the bottom of the page under the “Free Resources” section.

Additional resources that may be of interest to parents include:

Lea’s free Wellbeing resources (20 free activities and videos for parents to do at home with their children)

Discount code for parents, with 50% off Lea’s on-line Strength Switch Family Course 
click the ‘Have a Coupon’ button and enter ‘50Off’`

Order Lea’s book
Go to

Buy Lea’s Strength Stars Framework, Strength Stars Cards (3-8 year olds) and Strength for Kids and Teens Cards (9-19 year olds)

We look forward to seeing parents at our next Education Seminar ‘Sleep and the impact on cognitive performance” on Tuesday 12 May.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA)

On Friday 19 March, Australian schools stand united in their communities to join the national conversation to help address bullying. The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence, and where schools are called to imagine a world free from bullying.

Across the school, students were involved in a different activity that raised awareness about bullying, and demonstrated our students’ commitment to taking a stand against all forms of bullying.

In Years 7 – 12 as part of the House Mentoring program, students explored one of three core concepts and strategies to prevent bullying: Calling Out, Words Online and Supporting Others. Year 11 and 12 leaders facilitated conversations that aimed to raise awareness, brainstorms solutions and look at support networks.

To demonstrate CGGS’s commitment, each mentor group also created a banner and took a photo that provided a platform to show our collective support and take action together in recognition that bullying prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

House Dance 2021

Last Friday, Barbara Sutton Hall was thrilled to welcome back live performance in the form of our annual House Dance competition.

For the past 5 weeks, the House Dance Captains have choreographed, encouraged, nurtured and motivated our students back onto their feet and, safely, back into a shared space. This role has been vital to the reparation of incidental attributes – such as passivity and the difficulty to sustain motivation – acquired over the extended and uncertain lock down periods last year.

And what a thrilling event it was. Supported by beautiful, exceptionally rendered lighting designs, created by their Technical Captains, the extraordinary vision of this year’s Captains provided us all with a moment of joyous relief and celebration.

Congratulations to all of the participants – the Camberwell House Spirit is stronger than ever!

To watch the recording of this event and to read the program, click the buttons below.

Award for Best Theme: Schofield House

Award for Best Group A: Singleton House

Award for Best Group B: Singleton House

Award for Best Technical Support: Taylor

Winners of the 2021 House Dance Cup: Singleton


Keira Lyons
Head of Drama

Days for Girls

To celebrate International Women’s Day as well as engage in the Year 10 Service Learning focus Global Issues for Women, on Tuesday the Year 10s were able to have an incursion with the team from the Camberwell chapter of Days for Girls (DFG).

This is a partnership that both CGGS and DFG really value and it was wonderful to have the group of skilled volunteers speak with our students about the evolution of the work of Days for Girls and better understand how the kits they create empower girls.

On Tuesday 9 March I was fortunate enough to participate in the Days For Girls initiative. During the session we were able to help create kits to aid women and young girls around the world who don’t have access to sanitary items such as pads, soap, clean underwear etc. There were multiple parts to creating the kits and I was able to be a part of the group threading string through the drawstring bags. Although it seems like such a simple task, talking to some of the DFG representatives whilst helping make the kits was an experience that was really special. I felt a sense of gratitude for the basic sanitary items that we can simply go to the store and buy and overall, really enjoyed being able to help give back days to girls.

Julie Yap
Year 10

Days for Girls was an amazing experience for the Year 10 cohort where we were able to help pack menstrual kits for underprivileged girls who do not have access to those basic necessities. Each group had a different task to do such as folding and packing underwear, stitching and threading drawstrings. I really enjoyed helping with an issue that is so important and needs to be addressed, knowing that it would make someone’s life so much better because they would be able to go to school and do other activities even when they are menstruating.

Haripriya Pathmaraj
Year 10

International Women’s Day – Grand Hyatt

As part of the 2021 International Women’s Day celebrations, together with seven of my Year 11 peers we attended the Alliance of Girls Schools of Australasia (AGSA) at the Grand Hyatt with Rev Helen Creed and Mrs Jane Bergamin.

The speaker at this year’s event was teacher and author Dr Amy Brown.  After completing her own studies, including her PhD at the University of Melbourne, she returned as a teacher of Creative Writing, alongside teaching Literature and Philosophy at Mac Robertson Girls’ High School.  This year she has taken a year of leave to write her second book.

As students at Camberwell, we are privileged, and this can be difficult to understand in conjunction with the universal systemic discrimination of women. The 2021 International Women’s Day breakfast provided an opportunity for a diverse collection of secondary students from all girl’s schools to grapple with this. Dr Brown drew upon the experiences, lives, and words, of women throughout history; all of different backgrounds, lines of employment, and privilege. Poets, philosophers, scientists, politicians, and suffragettes were included, all connected by the shared experience of womanhood.

I, among the other students from our school that attended, were rapt. As we sat on the bus during the return to school, a discussion was opened. Amy’s words struck a chord, she was able to explain experiences, ideas, and emotions that we were all familiar with, but unable to articulate.

“How do you understand your place in the world as someone who both has immense amounts of privilege, yet is still systemically disadvantaged by being a woman?”  Dr Brown answered this question for us, you must be aware, and you must listen.

Olivia Jones

International Women’s Day Breakfast – Impact

On Wednesday 10 March CGGS held its annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Celebration Breakfast. The breakfast forms part of a week of activities at CGGS, that explore the importance of IWD, including its history and how our collective strength can help empower women and enable them to live free from stereotypes, stigma and violence, and with this, move towards a global future that is more sustainable, peaceful and provides opportunities for all.

This year, our guest presenters at the IWD Breakfast were Old Grammarian Lyn Talbot (1983) Board Member of Impact and Kathy Kaplan OAM, Founder and President of Impact

Impact is a non-profit organisation that is committed to supporting Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence at home, and sadly, the domestic violence statistics in Australia are very alarming. While Kathy presented some confronting stories and data, she pointed out that it is only when we are “challenged that change occurs” and her call to action for students and staff was to #ChoosetoChallenge and call out the key drivers of domestic violence including rigid gender roles, unequal distribution of power in relationships and victim blaming or situation blaming.

Impact have recently established a student leadership and advocacy program, ImpactChamps, that focuses on education, mentoring, leadership and activism for senior students. Through these key areas, ImpactChamps works with students to provide support, fundraise and awareness raise for those affected by Domestic, Family and Relationship Abuse and Violence, whilst also helping close the gender gap that contributes to its cause.

Over the next few weeks CGGS will be working with Impact to finalise the partnership and we look forward to inviting our senior students to take part in this valuable and meaningful community and service-learning opportunity.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Year 12 Physics Trip to Luna Park

The Year 12 Physics class recently went on a trip to Luna Park in order to consolidate their learning of the first topic on motion. The day was organised by The Victorian Physics Teachers’ network (Vicphys) specifically for Year 12 Physics students from a number of schools throughout Victoria.

At 10:00am we arrived and immediately headed to our first ride called The Enterprise which began moving in a horizontal circle then slowly swung into a vertical one. Our class got to experience circular motion in all forms on this ride and as there were no seatbelts or harnesses we experienced how if your acceleration is greater than that due to gravity, when upside down you will ‘stick’ to your seat.

We then braved the heights of the historic Great Scenic Railway. After a 50-minute wait we finally were able to enjoy a traditional roller coaster that had a great view and allowed us to really feel our apparent weight as we travelled over the dips and humps in the ride. Lunch was also a highlight, tasting Luna Park delicacies such as curly fries and corn dogs. The rest of the day was spent on the other rides and some highlights included watching one classmate spin uncontrollably around in circles on her dodgem car causing a pile up of all the cars and experiencing the forces as we collided with both stationary and moving objects; going on The Pharaoh’s Curse, relying on our thighs and a small bar over them to hold us upside down as the carriage hung in the air. Many different measurements were taken throughout the day so that all of the physics concepts we had learned could be calculated and our experiences on the rides explained.  A final ride on the beautifully restored 1913 Grand Carousel finished our fun and educational day at Luna Park.

Eliza Shrimpton
Year 12

MapIt Competition (Geography) – State Finalist/Top 10 Winner 2020

Since 2019, Year 7 students at CGGS have been entering the MapIt Competition run as a partnership by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria and ESRI.

Students are firstly guided through the process of identifying liveability features in their local neighbourhood as they complete their Liveability Project in Geography. They then apply key Transferable Skills of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in order to make recommendations to improve their 20 Minute Neighbourhood. Finally, to enter the competition, entrants create a digital map to display their geographic solutions using the ESRI spatial technology mapping software.

We are very proud to once again have a student place in the Top Ten of the state for 2020. Congratulations to Alicia Baik on her exceptional achievement.

Karoline Walter
Head of Geography

Quote from Alicia’s entry:

Residents are frequently elderly, as shown in the map data, and are not able to walk to some specific shops as they are too far away, this is why a pet shop and 7/11 would be handy.

ICAS Piece

The ICAS competition is a school-based competition that students from Australia and international schools sit annually across six subject areas – including Mathematics. ICAS goes beyond the classroom curriculum and focuses on deep subject knowledge and higher order skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.

In this week’s Senior School assembly I was pleased to present two ICAS Medals for Mathematics. These meals recognise the achievement of students who are placed in the top 0.3% of the 2020 worldwide cohort. This is  a truly amazing achievement by these students.

Congratulations to Sunny Sun, ICAS Medal for Year 7 and Shuhan Zeng, ICAS Medal for Year 10.

Anthony Pasinati
Head of Mathematics

Return to Co-Curricular Music

It has been wonderful to see so many enthusiastic students and staff commence participation in a new group or reconnect with the ensembles and choirs on offer in our co-curricular Music programs. The Music Department corridors and rehearsal spaces have been buzzing with creative activity and have come alive with the many and varied ‘sounds of music’. We thank our music staff and Music Captains for encouraging students to participate in a group that is suitable for their instrument and level of skill. Involvement in our Music ensembles and choirs at CGGS continues to grow and go from strength to strength. Students are encouraged to build individual performance skills, explore ways to express their musical interests and nurture partnerships with others in a wide range of contexts.

The Senior Choir recently performed at the International Women’s Day Assembly, where they sang a rendition of Helen Reddy’s ‘I Am Woman’ with much confidence, vigour and musicality. It was inspiring to hear them perform this classic song and see them validate the power of teamwork, through the Performing Arts.

The recent filming day for our virtual tours was a real-world experience that our student musicians actively engaged with. The collaboration between groups was a highlight, with string playing and drumming featured in the recording session.

Student anticipation and excitement is high, as we progress towards House Music auditions. They will take place in Week 8 & 9, alongside our regular rehearsals, and we are looking forward to this much-loved event next term. Our House Music Captains have been working very hard to prepare and arrange their selected repertoire and are immersing themselves in a wide range of creative challenges. The Music Department will also kick off Term 2 with the annual Music Camp, to take place at Camp Manyung in Mount Eliza from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th April. Students who currently participate in an ensemble or choir are encouraged to attend this fun weekend of music making with our CGGS music ‘family’.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Music event!

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

State Library of Victoria Online Excursion

The previous 12 months has seen a rapid change in the way schools can access materials, collections, and expertise from a variety of institutions. Last week, the 9B class was able to benefit from an online excursion with the State Library of Victoria, which virtually introduced items from the Library’s collection into the classroom. Students learned about the history of colonial Victoria, and how to analyse visual images from this period. This experience provides students with deeper knowledge and appreciation for the history of the land that is home to us all.

Last Wednesday, my class and I were lucky enough to have an online excursion with the State Library of Victoria about Colonial Victoria. During this excursion we learnt about Melbourne’s history and how to understand historical evidence. One important person in Melbourne’s history we discussed was John Batman, who is credited as one of the first pioneers of Melbourne, and the history of the Batman Treaty. Another pioneer of early Melbourne we discussed was John Pascoe Fawkner who established Melbourne’s first newspaper and hotel, the suburbs Pascoe Vale and Fawkner were actually named after him. Something that stood out to me was the importance of analysing and interpreting primary sources. As a class we looked at a painting by R. Hofmann of Melbourne in 1836, created after 1838. On the surface it just looked like a painting but from that painting we learnt about the start of infrastructure and agriculture in Melbourne in 1836. Learning about Victoria’s history is important in understanding how Melbourne has changed over time and allows us to recognise our rich history even the mistakes. Mia Paulse

Our Virtual Incursion with the State Library of Victoria last Wednesday was amazing. We studied many different sources that gave an insight into life just after the settlement of the First Fleet and how it shaped our country. We were presented with many questions such as, “what can we learn from this source” and “how might this have effected lives”. A standout for me, was when we were shown two different pictures, side by side, of Melbourne. One was from a few years ago, whilst the other was from around 1836. The differences were spectacular, as you could barely tell that they were the same place, from the city scape, to the barely inhabited land along the Yarra River. This history is relevant to the lives of all Australians, as it is always important to know where you come from. I can’t wait for the next opportunity to participate in one of these events! Emily Price

Last week, Year 9s got the fantastic opportunity to participate in a virtual incursion with the State Library of Victoria. We learnt how to analyse historical images, use historical perspective and discussed the importance of the State Library. Our SLV hosts gave us the chance to examine various historical paintings and spoke about how our modern-day bias can affect the way we viewed the images. Learning how to find a neutral stance when analysing information or artworks, is not only beneficial for our history studies but can be applied to nearly any piece of work we might come across in future. The experience of hearing from professional state librarians was amazing, thank you to Ms Wighton and the State Library of Victoria for putting this together for us!  – Sienna Catalogna

Ian Lyell
Head of History

In Conversation with Annabelle Lee

Last week the Year 9s spent time with old grammarian Annabelle Lee (2015), Shameless podcast producer and journalism student as part of their media investigation unit titled ‘Fake News, Filters, Feeds and Followers’. Annabelle spoke about her perspective on the media industry and the challenges that come with representation, ethics and bias in this field. We spoke about sensationalist media, gender bias, how to deal with generational divide and working through disagreements on key issues. The students posed questions and she spoke candidly about her journey to becoming a podcast producer and writer and gave the Year 9s some advice on how to balance commitments when they finish school. A significant point that resonated with the Year 9s was her discussion about taking time to discover your passions and finding your voice, particularly as a young woman in a fast-paced media landscape.

Below are some reflections from the Year 9 students. 

I found that her coming in as a past student at CGGS was very helpful and interesting. I think that her talking about how she followed her passions and her love of writing was truly inspirational. It was easy to engage with her as she wasn’t talking down to us and it felt like a conversation.

During Annabelle Lee’s conversation, I enjoyed how it was simple, yet inspiring. I’m sure we all learned many things to use in the future. She seems like she’s grown so much while learning through the years and has encouraged us to come out of our shells and to be the person we want to be. But also to use media effectively and to be careful what you trust and what’s reliable. Thank you so much Annabelle.

Listening to Annabelle’s story was quite eye-opening. We learned about the insider life of a journalist and it allowed us to view issues in the media through the eyes of the person writing it, rather than the one consuming it.

Maria Litchfield
English Teacher

2021 Victorian Age Swimming Championships

At the recent 2021 Victorian Age Swimming Championships, the CGGS Aquatic Swim Club had 18 swimmers qualify and represent across a range of age groups in both individual and relay events over 5 days of tough competition.

CGGS Aquatic swimmers performed extremely well, representing in 4 State finals and placing as the 1st and 2nd emergency in 4 additional State finals.

Year 9 student Emily Price competed across 7 events, finishing in 9th place in the final of the Girls 15 years 100 breaststroke and just missed the final of the 15 years 200 breaststroke finishing in 12th place.  Emily secured a place in the 15 years mixed (2 boys / 2 girls) medley relay team that will represent CGGS Aquatic at the upcoming Australian Age Championships to be held on the Gold Coast from 7 – 12 April.

Year 7 student Summer Zhu competed at the meet representing her club, Whitehorse, in the 1 meter springboard, 3 meter springboard and platform diving.  She has shown great commitment to training and should be very proud of winning silver medals in all her events.  Summer performed particularly well in the 1 meter springboard where she received a personal best score for her inward dive tuck. These results have seen Summer qualify to join Emily for the 2021 National Age Championships in both the springboard and platform competition.

Congratulations to Emily and Summer on their achievements, and we wish them well at the upcoming Australian Age Championships.

Peter Kitney
Aquatics Program Manager

Food: Different BY DESIGN

It’s dinner time in the year 2045. What will you have? A beef burger grown in a laboratory or insect protein pasta? And why might you eat these things instead of more traditional foods? Year 8 students are investigating this, and other questions about the future of food, in this year’s Science Talent Search unit, “Food: Different by Design.”

On their excursion to CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick, our students got their hands dirty as they learned about urban farming, worms and compost and the untapped potential of Australian bush foods. They took action by planting their own seeds to grow vegetables, saltbush or Warrigal greens. Back at school, we followed up with a tasting session of some edible insect products. The barbeque flavoured crickets and mealworm chocolate were big hits!

Food is such an intrinsic part of our lives. These activities help add an extra dimension to our students’ research projects – lived experiences to learn from and to highlight the links between science, food, culture and tradition.

Student Quotes:

“Since I was brought up thinking that insects were bad, disgusting and gross, I was hesitant about tasting the bug food. However, after I tried it, I thought it was really good, it felt filling and I would definitely try it again.”Alicia Baik

“Cricket corn chips? Mealworm chocolate? This was all very strange and new to me, but I think this is a great way to solve food scarcity issues”Rachel Tan

“Even though some of us were not used to the food; statistics show that insect species are low in fat, and high in fibre and minerals. This may be one of the foods we will have for our meals in the future.”Jessie Chen

“Seeing everyone in my class lining up and enjoying such types of food was quite entertaining, peculiar too. Usually these unique types of foods aren’t talked about as much, which is a pity considering how delectable they are, even if you don’t want to admit it.”Hanna Wang

“I found this morning interesting to say the least. I found the foods had quite an acquired taste, they were definitely not my cup of tea. I only tasted one cricket and i didn’t really enjoy it, they had a strange texture with the first flavour being ok but it got worse as you kept chewing.”Sophie Towns

“When I first saw the various edible insects I was bit grossed out and disgusted by the thought of eating crickets and mealworms. However, as I tasted the different snacks, I quite liked the flavour of them as they didn’t taste that different to our normal food that we eat. For example the corn chips with cricket powder in them tasted like normal corn chips.”Aliyana Rajakulendran

“I ate some corn chips and pasta both of which had crickets mixed in. The corn chips tasted pretty good like normal corn chips just a tad plainer and I actually enjoyed them. The pasta however was very garlicky and had a really bad aftertaste. It made my breath smell horrible and I would probably not eat the pasta again.”Amanda Lee

“It was delicious, interesting and fun. I enjoyed eating it as well as watching my friends try new, exotic foods.” – Sarah Chan

Penny Dumsday
Science Teacher

Staff GSV Service Award

While we often acknowledge and present awards to students, we don’t often get the opportunity to celebrate staff achievements. Every year GSV recognise the service of staff and coaches who have contributed to the GSV program for 5, 10 or 15 years.

Today we will be celebrating a staff member who have given 5 years of service to GSV through coaching soccer at CGGS. Shane Maycock has been a passionate soccer coach since arriving at the school in 2015. It is here that Mr Maycock has helped to build the skills and knowledge of his soccer team and has also played an important role in mentoring other soccer coaches and helping out at training sessions whenever possible.

We are very lucky to have Mr Maycock as a passionate and committed coach at our school and we look forward to seeing him out on the soccer pitch again in term 3.

Cathy Gu
CGGS Sport Captain

House Athletics – Year Level Champions

Last week we announced the winning houses of the House Athletics once again congratulations to Lawrence on winning both the overall trophy and the spirit stick. This week, we would like to celebrate the outstanding individual results that were achieved at the carnival.

There were some exceptional performances in the both on the track and field and the following girls should be very proud as they received the Year Level Champion Awards. The year level champions recognise the top 3 students in all year levels from 7-12. This award is calculated by taking the results of 4 individual A events only, and students are required to participate in both track and field events to be eligible for this award.

Year 7

1st – Anika Selvaratnam

2nd – Ruby Edge

3rd – Christina Weickhardt


Year 8

1st – Angela Liu

2nd – Atara Paul

3rd – Abigail Lee


Year 9

1st – Ashleigh Western

2nd – Emily Price and Sofia Sanfillipo


Year 10

1st – Sasha Feldmann

2nd – Maddie Giagoudakis

3rd – Frida Andreasen


Year 11

1st – Emma Peak

2nd – Emmelyn Choo-Lambropoulos

3rd – Tina Ma


Year 12

1st – Sophia Giagoudakis

2nd – Sarah Stephen and Emily Arvidsson


Lauren Law
Head of Sport

Senior School


Senior School

March 5, 2021

The recent Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis Tournament provided two of our keen Tennis playing Senior School students, Kiki Page, Year 9 and Annabel Da Mina, Year 10 with the wonderful opportunity to participate as 2021 BallKids. Hopefully you have already seen the social media posts highlighting these two students and their experience at the AO 2021. Please read their own accounts of their fortnight at the AO later in this edition of CamNews.

It has been a big fortnight in Sport for CGGS and we have also been delighted with the performances of our Swimming and Diving teams that have both qualified for the Division 2 Championships on Tuesday 23 March.

On Tuesday we held our first in person whole Senior School event for 2021 – House Athletics. Notably in 2020 this was the only Senior School event that took place in person, as the COVID-19 limitations soon took hold and our events continued online. House Athletics is always one of my favourite days and this year was exceptional with all our students and their teachers keen to reconnect with colour, energy and of course great track and field achievements. Please read the full report later in this CamNews edition.

On behalf of all the students I would like to thank Ms Lauren Law, Head of Sport and our Physical Education Department for their exceptional organisation of this wonderful community building event.

Yesterday the first of our Upskill … BY DESIGN days for 2021 and the VCE Learning Conversations proved to be a huge success with the students commenting enthusiastically on the programs offered in the morning, the wellbeing sessions and their much loved co-curricular activities all being made possible on the one day. On behalf of the students, I would like to thank all the teachers for their contributions to support and conduct each activity and Ms Kate Manners, Head of Strategic Pathways and Ms Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing for their organisation of this new initiative.

Have a lovely long weekend.

Warm Regards,

Cathy Poyser

International Women’s Day 2021

With International Women’s Day being recognised on Monday 8 March, our School Mentor Leaders led an activity with all Year 7 – 10 students during House Mentoring today to challenge and call gender stereotypes and biases, and to celebrate women’s achievements globally. In their mentor groups, students spent time exploring and discussing how our collective strength and commitment to challenging these behaviours can help create a future of equality for women and one where we are able to live free from stereotypes, stigma and violence, moving towards a future that is more sustainable, peaceful and provides opportunities for all.

This year, through the call to action #ChooseToChallenge, women are being asked to show their solidarity by choosing to challenge and call out aspects of society, culture and language that is unhelpful for women and in doing so, working to forge a more gender equal world.

As part of this, each student was given the opportunity to commit to a call to action by writing a statement on a house coloured paper hand which has be displayed around the school as a reminder of our collective strength and commitment to each other.

Examples of statements written by students include:

> I choose to call people out on comments that perpetuate gender stereotypes

> I choose to support women of all cultures and backgrounds

> I choose to be mindful of my own language

> I choose to speak up for my rights and the rights of all people

Next week, we will continue our celebrations and recognition of International Women’s Day through our Year 10 Service Learning incursion with Days For Girls on Tuesday, our Senior School Assembly and the International Women’s Day Breakfast on Wednesday 10th March.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Enlighten Education 

Year 10 students participated in an Enlighten Education incursion on Wednesday, an event that was postponed multiple times in 2020 for these students, due to COVID-19. Founded by Dannielle Miller, Enlighten Education is a leading provider of personal development workshops run specifically for teenage girls. The students participated in a series of workshops led by the effervescent and energetic Danni, which were carefully chosen by the wellbeing team to respond to trends, challenges and opportunities facing adolescents and this particular cohorts of students.

This year, with the recent media coverage around consent and women’s rights, we felt it was essential to look at personal safety and role of personal voice in consent, including setting boundaries, managing conflict and feeling empowered. We also selected workshops that help to promote positive body image, gratitude and provide strategies for managing stress. Each of the sessions the Year 10s took part in have been outlined below:

Forever Friends 

Research tells us that friends are more important to teenagers than their parents or teachers. How do we make friends? Who should we make friends with? How should friendships be maintained? How do we decide if a friendship is helping or harming us? This workshop addresses these issues and equips the girls with the necessary skills to make safe, important decisions about their friendships.

Stop I Don’t Like It 

Every girl is concerned about her personal safety. Setting personal boundaries, safe partying, handling inappropriate text messages, managing conflict and using the internet safely – these skills are all vital. This workshop focuses on what’s right and what’s not right and how to tell the difference.


Instilling gratitude in our children is about so much more than politeness. Gratitude is linked to greater happiness, a more positive outlook on life, stronger social bonds and support networks, and higher achievement. This one hour seminar shows how fostering gratitude in our children helps them develop the skills they need for fulfilling and successful futures – in their studies, personal lives and careers.

Chill Out 

Relaxation, visualisation techniques, massage and more.

Learning how to manage stress effectively is essential for our modern lives.

Relying on crutches like alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other unhealthy behaviours is destructive and wasteful. In this workshop we encourage girls to seek balance in their lives and teach them some skills to achieve it. We also teach skills to help them cope with exam and assessment pressure to help enhance performance. These strategies are fun, affordable, and will fit into any girl’s hectic lifestyle.

Love the Skin You’re In 

This is a core unit that will provide a context for all the day’s activities.

Negative stereotyping, sexism, media images, the fixation on being thin, these are all issues today’s girls are facing. In this workshop we encourage girls to critically evaluate the messages that bombard them every day and develop strategies that help them respond intelligently and objectively.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Upskill… BY DESIGN

On Thursday 4 March we were excited to launch our Upskill …BY DESIGN program to all year levels. Taking place on each of our Learning Conversation Days throughout the year, Upskill …BY DESIGN will provide an opportunity for students to engage in intentionally designed learning programs linked to our year level spotlights. The program is scaffolded in a way that recognises the growing independence, self-efficacy and self-regulation of students as they move from Year 7 to Year 12, and the need to apprentice younger students into these behaviours and routines.

Experiences were designed for each year level to intentionally scaffold new skills and strengthen the capabilities and characteristics that are integral to the CGGS community, under the strands of Connection, Growth, Grit and Sustainability.

Working onsite, Dr Forwood introduced Year 7 students to concepts related to the Science of Learning, including the hand-brain and the role of memory in learning. Students were then focused on the theme of connection, exploring the ways in which people and spaces are connected within and beyond CGGS. Using design principles, they explored these  connections creating a narrative that reflects the CGGS community using Adobe Spark and their iPads. Finally, the Year 7s took part in a science themed learning experience exploring, Oobleck, a substance which is paradoxically both a solid and liquid at the same time. For this activity, students enjoyed the outdoors environment, which provided opportunities for them to strengthen their interpersonal connections.

Also attending onsite, Year 8, students were introduced to the 2021 Science Talent Search by Head of Science, Ms Wood, an annual, science based competition open to all primary and secondary students in Victoria. The theme for this year is Food: Different by Design. The Year 8s were then immersed in Beyond Design+, a program led by Dr Forwood and in partnership with Girls Invent, that takes students through the next stages of the design journey, building on the work that students undertook in Year 7, in 2020.

Working from home, Year 9 students undertook a short course on Graphic Recording. In recognition that visuals are an excellent way to engage, understand, remember, connect and inspire others, the Listen-Think-Draw program is s a three module, online course for sketchnoters, budding graphic recorders, facilitators, teachers, consultants and anyone interested in leveraging the power of visual thinking and communication for themselves and others. Students who completed this online course successfully will have the opportunity to be credentialed in Graphic Recording, which is presented in partnership with Think in Colour.

Wellness warriors and nutritionists Bree and Alicia from WIRL (Wellness In Real Life), led three live online sessions with the Year 10s, each focusing on approaching nutrition in a holistic and enjoyable way. They explored ideas related to how the media portrays ‘nutrition’, challenging media portrayals of foods as good vs. bad and finally informing how great nutrition can be achieved through enhancing food colour, activity and mindfulness.  This program built on the learning that is currently being undertaken in Year 10 Health in these areas with WIRL providing a great networking connection for students to have in this area.

As students get older, their ability to self-regulate their learning and themselves grows and this is reflected in the design of the VCE Upskill … BY DESIGN program, where we enabled students’ greater autonomy over both their time and learning for the day. We were excited to share with our VCE cohort the upcoming opportunity for onsite and online short courses in RSA, Food Handline, Barista Skills and First Aid in partnership with RSA In Schools. Additionally, on Thursday, students also had the opportunity to attend the real time virtual VCE Top Talks showcase, a curation of some of the exceptional oral presentations from 2020 VCE Extended Investigations course.

Finally, the Upskill …BY DESIGN program recognises the intentional practising of wellbeing. Wellbeing is characterised by a sense of resilience, purpose, engagement and optimism about the future and can be fostered in different ways. The curated activities that were open to the entire CGGS community were designed to revive, refocus, recalibrate and reconnect across the three domains of wellbeing: Mind, Body and Soul. In addition to the program provided as part of the CGGS Wellbeing website, those students who are involved in House Dance, had the opportunity to attend a House Dance Community lunch and an extended workshop in preparation for the performance in a few weeks’ time. Students involved in GSV Sport were also given additional time for training, and together, we see these co-curricular activities as fundamental components of establishing connections, a sense of belonging and a life-long positive wellbeing practice.

We’re excited to continue to develop the Upskill …BY DESIGN program throughout the year and share with you the opportunities and experiences that are facilitated.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

CGGS Students at the Australian Open

Over the span of three weeks, I was lucky enough to be one of the 380 ballkids working at Melbourne Park Precinct during the Melbourne Summer Series and Australian Open. I have been playing tennis for my local club for quite a few years now and each year have looked forward to going to the Australian Open to watch some of the top players in the world.

The ballkids have always been an essential part of the tournament and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved. This year, because of the delay from Covid, AO was postponed a month and took place in February.  Usually there is a 9-10 month lead up with trials and training, whereas this year, it was all squeezed into one month, minimising the amount of training we could undertake.

During the event, I worked almost every single day and had around 3-6 matches per shift. All of the AO tournament staff were really welcoming and made sure everyone was doing their best at all times. Being on court with the players gave me a different view on how they prepare themselves and just how they play everything out during a match. I also learnt a lot more about what goes on behind the scenes and how much organisation and preparation is put into these events to make them run smoothly.

One of my highlights from the first week, was when I got to ballkid for the ATP World Cup in John Cain Arena, with some of the best players from Italy and France. There were some incredible matches and it was my first time inside that particular arena.

With the absence of majority of the crowds, I noticed so many more things that happened in the environment than you usually would. You could hear each and every footstep and every word of support from the player’s teammates and crew. You could also hear every time a player was talking to themselves under their breath, pushing themselves harder after every point.

Overall, it was an amazing experience that I would definitely wish to experience again.

Kiki Page
Year 9

This year I was very lucky to be a part of the Australian Open for a second year, having been selected in both 2020 and 2021). I feel truly blessed with the friendships I have made and the lifetime experiences throughout these last 2 years. I got involved with ballkids originally through my brother as he was assisting at the Sydney International and I thought it looked extremely fun. I am also very passionate about Tennis so that made me even more excited for this opportunity. I was lucky enough to work on matches in both Rod Laver as well as Margaret and John Cane Arenas with high profiled professional tennis players such as Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal. The atmosphere was absolutely unreal with adrenalin pumping and the crowd cheering!!

This year was definitely more challenging than last year due to Covid 19, we were always having to exercise particular care about our surroundings,  to keep both ourselves and the people around us safe. There are many benefits of being a ballkid besides being up close to all the action. You learn leadership, communication skills and confidence. This is a fantastic way to get introduced to the ‘working environment’ as they treat you as adults, with rules and deadlines. There is not only the Australian Open but many other tournaments around Australia, not only being a ballkid but also lines men and women, court services or even behind the scenese too. There is a bit of a selection process as you have to be between the ages of 12-15, so sadly this was the last year I can apply tp participate – unless the Australian Open call me back for another role!

You can get involved through this website all that is required is for you to register and for you to attend the trial to get in. I highly recommend this opportunity as I loved every second on an off court!

Annabel DaMina
Year 10

House Athletics

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the House Athletics Carnival last Tuesday 2nd March. It was a sea of colour at Bill Stewart Athletics track with all girls from years 7 to 12 excited to showcase their skills in a range of track and field events and novelty events. The atmosphere was electric as students cheered on their friends and we were so excited to be back together, celebrating a house event. Well done to Lawrence who finished the day as champions of House Athletics and who also won the House Spirit Stick for their support and cheering throughout the day.

House Athletics Results

1st – Lawrence

2nd – Schofield

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 at assembly on Tuesday 16th March.

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, Cathy Gu and School House Captain, Chloe Langley for their assistance throughout the event.

Lauren Law 
Head of Sport

Preliminary GSV Swimming and Diving Carnivals

Congratulations to the girls who competed in the GSV Preliminary Swimming Carnival last Friday at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Under the guidance of our Head Coach Peter Kitney, there were some excellent results and many personal best performances.

We were very excited to have such a large swimming squad this year and the dedication from all our students whether it was through swimming, helping with timing or cheering on the team really contributed to the success throughout the day. Training will continue on Monday and Thursday mornings in preparation for the Championship Carnival on Tuesday 23 March. The results from the swimming carnival are below.

On the same day the Dive Team also competed against 7 other GSV schools at MSAC. After weeks of early morning training sessions the girls had the opportunity to showcased their diving skills, performing three dives each. Everyone performed extremely well against a very tough competition. We were very excited to finish  3rd overall, which has placed us in good stead for the Championship Carnival.

Thank you to our Head coach Jenny Donnet for preparing our girls so well for this competition. The results from the diving carnival are below.

Our swimming and diving teams should be very proud of their performance as they both qualified for the Division 2 Championship Carnival. We wish the girls the best of luck in their training and preparation for the Championship Carnival on Tuesday 23 March.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport

Senior School


Senior School

February 19, 2021

The 5 day lockdown in Victoria again highlighted for us all that schools exist for the students. To quote a much-used word of 2020, we were all very proud of the way our Senior School students pivoted back to remote learning. These past two days students have returned to face-to-face learning and their co-curricular activities with the self-assurance and positivity our CGGS community is renowned for.

This past fortnight the Senior School has been thrilled to receive news of some outstanding student achievements. Please read more below and share our excitement for two students from the Class of 2020 who have been named in the prestigious Top Acts, whilst two teams of current Year 10 students have been acknowledged in the Pause Fest.

Since returning to the 2021 school year, I have been thrilled to again see our Senior School students fully involved in Music, Sport and House Dance along with the many lunchtime clubs. Book Club and Mustard are two of the student led groups and they have contributed articles in this edition of CamNews.

This past week we have conducted our Year 10 & VCE Information Evening providing parents with the opportunity to hear from Mrs Kim Hepworth, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning and Miss Dot Georgiou our VCE Coordinator. This information was shared as a pre-recorded session and as a follow up to the general VCE details outlined in the VCE Parent Handbook, VCE teachers are in the process of preparing short videos introducing themselves and their subjects. These will be shared with VCE parents shortly.

On Tuesday night we also held our Years 8 & 9 Information Evening which provided the parents of these students with the opportunity to hear from Mrs Kim Hepworth, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning, Ms Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing and Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs on each of their areas of expertise. Following these pre-recorded presentations, Ms Paige Tan the Year 8 Level Coordinator and Ms Georgia Biggs the Year 9 Level Coordinator, introduced themselves and their themes for the 2021 year in separate zoom meetings. Tutor teachers also held individual “Meet and Greet” sessions at pre booked times with individual families.

Thank you to all our parents who were able to join us at these Information Evenings. As noted in the Senior School Weekly yesterday, our Learning Conversations will also be held remotely this year and events such as the House Dance performance evening on Friday 12 March will be livestreamed and recorded to ensure all parents are able to be a part of the evening.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Top Class

VCAA Top Class puts the spotlight on the creativity and sophistication of VCE Performing Arts students from across Victoria.

As the state went into its second round of Remote Learning, during Term 3, Performing Arts students found themselves compromised as they prepared for their performance exams. In Theatre Studies, students are constantly taught how important their use of space is and they are trained, vocally, to project with great resonance right to the back of an auditorium. Needless to say, bedrooms did not afford this luxury and many students needed to moderate their sound production so as not to disturb other family members also working from home. Despite all of the obstacles, two of our Unit 4 Theatre Studies students managed to produce performances that received outstanding grades and, recently, they successfully auditioned for the VCAA Top Class concert series to be performed at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

This series is designed to provide current students of Theatre Studies an opportunity to observe exemplar performance material in action. We could not be more proud of Angelique Zhou and Chelsey Catena, Class of 2020, for all of their commitment, resilience and motivation, enabling them to carry their passion for performance through to such a strong outcome.

Top Class will be presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne on March 10 at 10:00am. While at this time bookings are not available, closer to the date more details about viewing the performances online, will be available.

Keira Lyons
Head of Drama


The Upskill BY DESIGN program is an intentionally designed learning program that will take place on each of our Learning Conversation Days throughout the year, for all year levels. This program will run parallel to Learning Conversations, which will be held online from this year. Regular classes for Years 7-12 students will not take place on these days, though co-curricular activities including GSV Sport will continue as required.

For students in Year 7 and 8, the Upskill BY DESIGN program will occur onsite, whilst those in Years 9-12 will undertake their programs from home, with the availability of supervision at school if required. The program is scaffolded in this way in recognition of the growing independence, self-efficacy and self-regulation of students as they get older and the need to apprentice younger students into these behaviours and routines.To upskill means to expand your capabilities and the six Upskill BY DESIGN days will present opportunities at each year level for students to do this. When we upskill, we use our existing knowledge and skills and apply these to new situations and contexts. Consequently, we are able to intentionally develop new skills and strengthen the capabilities and characteristics that are integral to the CGGS community, under the strands of Connection, Growth, Grit and Sustainability.

Our BY DESIGN learning architecture has been used to design the programs that will take place on each of the Learning Conversation days, with each year level spotlight providing inspiration and the sequential theme.

Activating Wellbeing, one of our design principles, is a dedicated part of the Upskill BY DESIGN program. Our Wellbeing program, with a focus on body, mind and soul will take place between 2.00pm – 3.30pm and is available for all our community to participate in, that is, students, parents and staff.

The Upskill BY DESIGN is a program developed in service to our students and we’re excited to share this journey with our whole School Community.

For more information about our Learning Architecture BY DESIGN, please click the link here.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives


Pause Fest

Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward. The Festival is Melbourne-based and has an innovation focus, it’s about people, mindset and culture – for a good purpose.

Almost a year ago to date, Debbie Dunwoody was part of a panel hosted by our CGGS Strategic Assistant Summer Howarth discussing the future of schooling to an audience of business leaders, start up founders and government project leaders.

Since 2018, Pause Fest has also recognised the best in creativity and innovation in Australian & NZ industry through Pause Awards. In 2020, new categories were added to the awards including the Fresh Blood award for students with brilliant ideas. This award recognises crazy new commercial ideas that aim to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Our Year 9 students of 2020 (current Year 10) embarked on a design exploration to adopt a Melbourne Mindset as part of our flagship …BY DESIGN seasonal learning offerings. Teams ran through a design sprint and were supported with feedback from the City of Melbourne. Their resulting ideas were submitted to the Pause Awards for consideration by a panel of international judges.

Two of our CGGS teams were awarded Pause Awards, announced this week, alongside brilliant businesses such as Stage Kings, Portable & Afterpay. 65% of this year’s award winners were female, with education as the #1 winning industry. Congratulations to Kate Ryan, Nektaria Toscas, Annie Liu and Lucy Ying (Bio Kitchen and Garden) and Monique Thorp, Sue-Jee Jeong, Chloie Wong and Emily Bai (Green Roof).

Our connection with the most future-focused minds in Australia has accelerated with our involvement with Pause Fest & the Pause Awards with CGGS leading the way in holding the stage alongside some of the most creative minds in the country.

Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design & Development

Valentines/GALentines Day

As our first big initiative as 2021 School Captains, we wished to hold a stall to celebrate Valentines/GALentines Day. Regardless of the barriers put up by COVID, SEA organised a hand painting stall, alongside a game of “guess the amount of heart chocolates in the jar”.

The atmosphere in the quadrangle on the day was outstanding. Ranging from the ‘love’ themed songs, girls guessing for chocolates, and the wonderful House Visual Art Captains painting pink and rainbow hearts (in support of LGBT+), the girls could truly feel the love in the air.

It was incredible to see the amount of support that CGGS showed on the day. From the Year 12’s getting into the spirit and dressing up so beautifully, to everyone who got their hand painted, we are so thankful that we had the opportunity to spread love throughout the school community.

Fingers crossed we have many more LOVE-ly events like this to come!

SEA – Sophia, Eloise and Ashley
2021 School Captains

Mathematics at CGGS

The Mathematics Department at CGGS is committed to developing passionate, curious and confident learners. We value the different skills and experiences of all students. With this in mind, I would like to highlight to our community both an internal and an external opportunity to help our students grow in their understanding of Mathematics.

At CGGS we offer a Maths Study Club at various times each day of the week in the Library. Maths Study Club is a place that provides students with the opportunity to get assistance with Maths, whether that be with their home learning tasks, new concepts they don’t yet understand, or the rigors of VCE Mathematics.

All of the Maths teachers here at CGGS run sessions, but that doesn’t mean students need to only see their own subject teachers, or for that matter, teachers that teach their year level. All sessions are open invitation, and all students are welcome to attend whenever it suits their schedule!

Please see the poster below for session times.

The second opportunity that I would like to highlight is an external (virtual and free) extension program called Micro Mathematicians. This program is run by the University of Melbourne School of Mathematics and Statistics.

There are three programs (Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 8 or Year 9 & 10) aimed at students who love maths and are working 1-2 years ahead in Mathematics. Students will get to explore mathematical problems at a deep level following the inquiry process.

Students must apply for the program and complete an entry assessment by Friday 5 March 2021.

For further information please see the fliers below or contact the University of Melbourne directly.

Anthony Pasinati
Head of Mathematics

Book Club

The return of the on campus Book Club has been long awaited by its members, and this Tuesday saw our first session. Camberwell Girls’ Book Club is a student run initiative led by the School’s Literature Captains, Amelia Lemanis and Olivia Jones, involving students from a range of year levels coming together to unpack both classic and contemporary books.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Book Club community has remained strong, and the discussions and debates are as lively as ever. It was especially lovely to have last year’s Literature Captains participate in the discussion. Our first session saw many engaging perspectives about education, clichés, and romance being shared. The new members brought a wealth of new ideas and books to chat about and it was exciting to see how many of our students had remained involved with literature and writing throughout lockdown. We also look forward to reintroducing the Classics Club this year, where the School’s classic fiction fans can share a love of literature, and students new to classics can be introduced to them. Controversial opinions will be shared, notably one of this year’s Literature Co-Captain’s, love of Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. We look forward to the coming year and are excited see so many new faces in both Book Club and Classics Club.

Amelia Lemanis and Olivia Jones
Literature Captains


This week the Senior School Mustard Group met for the first time in 2021.  Mustard is the CGGS Christian Group, a group of students who meet once a week to encourage each other and explore their faith.  Mustard groups exist in many independent schools throughout Melbourne.  They are supported by the Mustard organisation (, a group that exists to “empower young people to be fully alive, forever”.

Bella Bruce (Year 11) is the Faith and Worship Captain this year.  She and Harmoni Parsons lead the group together.  When asked to describe Mustard, Bella explains with enthusiasm, “We meet each week and talk about a range of topics related to Christian faith and beliefs and how we can implement our faith into our daily lives , usually in the form of a short bible study. We also make sure to devote one meeting a month to playing games and discussing what has been going on in each other’s lives, in  and outside of school.”

Everyone is welcome to come to mustard.  It’s on every Wednesday lunchtime, in the Hub in the Library.  Bring your lunch.

If you’d like to contact Bella or Rev’d Creed to find out more, please do.

GSV Sports Leaders Breakfast

On 11 February, Emily Arvidsson and I were fortunate enough to attend the annual GSV Sport Leader’s breakfast, this year held at Shelford Girls’ Grammar. We had breakfast with girls from 24 different GSV schools across Victoria and attended the workshop run by Meg Durham, a Wellbeing Educator and Coach.

The workshop taught us about the kind of leaders we are and how we can acknowledge stress and overcome difficult situations with calmness. It allowed us to reflect on the way we are portrayed as a leader to those around us, the amount of resilience we all have and inspired us to be not just a good leader, but a great leader. Meg also gave opportunities for us to chat with other girls on our table and collaborate in questions she proposed. Overall it was a very insightful day and we recommend it to anyone who is given the opportunity to attend the breakfast.

Cathy Gu
2021 School Sports Captain