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

Senior School


Senior School

December 4, 2020

In many respects this year seems to have lasted forever and then on the other hand it seems to have flown past. When I think back to our first day of Term 1 with the students in their Year Level Assemblies, the Year 7 School Badge Assembly, each student receiving their Centenary Badge, the Year 12 Retreat and Formal, they all seem like they occurred a lifetime ago. These events and those throughout the year that you have enjoyed reading about in the previous editions of CamNews and the many more that have occurred either virtually while we were in lockdown or livestreamed since students have returned onsite; have continued to occur as they would in a typical non-pandemic year.

As a school we have so much to be proud of and celebrate. Our students who have been incredibly resilient and adaptable, the staff, both teaching and professional services, who have also shown such flexibility in their care and guidance of the students in their every endeavour. Of course our parent community who have supported all of our efforts and the necessary protocols throughout the year.

CamNews today is no exception to the previous editions this year, with the many events and activities of the past fortnight at Senior School detailed here for you. The students have had things to immerse themselves in, right up to the very end of the school year.

Today our Year 10 and 11 students have completed their HeadStart Program and their planning for their leadership roles as our Senior students of 2021. We wish them a happy and safe holiday and look forward to seeing them return to school on Thursday 28 January.

On Tuesday 8 December our Years 7 – 9 students and their parents will conclude the year with the pre-recorded Presentation Night. This will be a fitting end of year celebration for these year levels. We also wish them well for a relaxing holiday and look forward to welcoming them back to school on Monday 1 February for their first day of 2021.

On behalf of all in the Senior School and the contributors to this edition, please enjoy this final edition of CamNews for 2020.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Year 9 – Wearable Art Parade

Next Monday during Period 4, Years 7-9 students will be attending a Wearable Art Parade. The artefacts on exhibit have been created by the Year 9 students. Working in groups of 4-5, the Year 9 students have learnt how to code a micro:bit and have been challenged to incorporate the micro:bit into their Wearable Art design made from recycled newspaper.

What is a micro:bit? 

A micro:bit is a microcontroller board. You can think of it as a type of small computer or hardware. In order to make use of hardware, we need to write software (otherwise known as “code” or computer programs). The software, in this case MakeCode, “tells” the hardware what to do.

What is Wearable Art? 

Wearable art is always made by hand.  You can wear the pieces; they are unique, and the design comes purely from the creative input of the artist. It is totally different from the mainstream fashion world but still related to it.

The Design Thinking process is used with the following 5 steps:

1.      Empathise – learn more about your target audience

2.      Define – understand and identify your audience’s problems or needs

3.      Ideate – brainstorm several possible creative solutions

4.      Prototype – construct rough drafts or sketches of your ideas

5.      Test – test your prototype solutions, and refine until you come up with the final version

The Year 9 students have collaborated in their groups to produce some exceptional Wearable Art creations as well as a Padlet documenting their progress during the planning and construction of their Wearable Art.

As their teachers, we commend the Year 9 students on their efforts and ability to rise to a challenge at this stage of a demanding year. We hope you enjoy the Wearable Art parade and help us decide who has designed the ultimate creation.

Tuba Ozak, Kim Hepworth and Di Wood
Senior School Science Teachers

Year 7 French

To finish off the year, the Year 7 French students made little children’s books using French language from their studies throughout the year.  The first photo of each book shows the variety of subjects they chose to talk about including topics such as family, eating out and going to the zoo. All the students put in so much work, selecting great phrases and appropriate language and we are very proud of how much they can now say! The next three photos are from Debbie Guan’s book and are an excellent example of the kind of French the students can use at the end of Year 7. Bravo les filles!

Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE

Year 7 Service Learning Conference

Our annual Year 7 Service Learning Conference is an opportunity for our students to engage with acts of service for the environment. This year’s event was particularly profound, as it came at the end of a year which has been notable for its environmental challenges, but also the world-wide response to a global crisis. At the heart of our environmental action at CGGS is the concept of hope, and we can certainly take hope from the events of 2020 that meaningful, collective change for the benefit of the environment is possible.

During this years’ conference, students learned to act individually and collectively to make substantial, meaningful change. To inspire us to action, educators from CERES made the case for action on climate change. Our Year 7s then identified a range of areas for improvement at CGGS, and completed a design cycle, resulting in a range of inspiring prototypes and proposals. Innovative prototypes included lockers that doubled as solar panels to charge the school’s batteries, and bins that turn waste into energy to charge devices.

Students embodied our school motto of ‘Utilis in Ministerium’ (Useful in Service), by assembling solar lamps for the Solar Buddy organisation. These will be sent to communities experiencing energy poverty, with the intent to improve environmental, health, and educational outcomes for the recipients. Our students also write letters to accompany each lamp. As the day warmed up, students focused inward, and finished the day with a range of wellbeing and mindfulness activities designed to meet the need for self-care.

Maggie Wighton

Year 8 Service Learning Conference

Last Wednesday, Year 8 students took part in one of two creative art workshops as a part of a Service Learning incursion.

One half of the cohort worked with Murrundindi. This session was titled Connecting to Place through Mapping with Murrundindi.  The focus of this session was to look at a place from a different perspective, a different view and through a symbolic lens. Students were encouraged to consider how they connect with the land, how they use it and what is sacred to them.  As they created their reimagined map, Murrundindi told stories of Wurundjeri dreaming and of William Barak’s journey. He spoke about symbols that are sacred to Wurundjeri peoples. Students finished the session with a yarn circle- sharing their own artistic depictions of sacred places and spaces with Murrundindi.

The alternative workshop was with fashion designer and artist Lyn-Al Young.  Lyn-Al Young is a proud Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta fashion designer and artist living in Melbourne. She creates stunning pieces of wearable art and has worked with well-known Australians including Celeste Barber, Thelma Plum and Miranda Tapsell. Lyn-Al has been featured in Vogue Magazine and currently has an exhibit with the Bendigo Art Gallery.  She has also just released a limited-edition deodorant for NIVEA inspired by her silk designs. Lyn-Al shared her story of how she paints symbolically through colour and markings to represent her story, and encouraged students to paint their story with watercolour.

Student reflections:

I took part in Lyn-Al Young’s conference and she told us about how she began her career as a fashion designer. She had dreamed of the day she would be designing outfits for celebrities to wear on the red carpet ever since she was a little girl and with much hard work and determination she achieved her goal and has gone on to work on many exciting projects. I myself am very interested in the design aspects of fashion, just like Lyn-AI Young, and loved the opportunity to meet with a real life designer and artist! Her work is different from the rest in a fantastic way. She bases her designs off of her culture and her family which I find very meaningful and inspiring. Her work is absolutely amazing and I hope that one day I can find something that inspires me enough to create something as beautiful as Lyn-AI has with all of her fashion pieces. I am extremely grateful that I have had this opportunity to meet with such a talented and motivated person and highly recommend anyone to take a look at her work. For anyone with a dream and motivation Lyn-AI Young is a great role model for you to become inspired from. – Eva

I really enjoyed our session with Indigenous artist and designer, Lyn-Al Young. Being able to hear her story and experiences in the fashion industry as an Indigenous woman was truly inspiring. Her art opened me to a different style of fashion that was full of stories and emotions. Being able to then draw and reflect on what was special personally, really centred me and left me wanting to learn more about my story and how I could represent it. – Sienna

I learnt that Indigenous culture uses a lot of markings which symbolise certain things and, that you can have your own marking which connects to you. Murrundindi explained how symbols can display and resonate with things which is really interesting. I really enjoyed drawing on the map and finding my own symbols. I found it really funny that we could interact with Murrundindi (even though it was on Zoom!) since we could see how deeply he cared about his culture. Overall, I am extremely grateful for this vigorous experience as I learnt a lot more about the Indigenous culture which I can now tell to my family. – Jessica

The first thing I noticed about Lyn-Al Young was her silk clothing and how they were all so vibrant and reminded me of the beauty of nature. Lyn-Al Young is a Indigenous fashion designer and artist and kindly took the time to show us all her works of art and beautiful paintings. We learned how to use watercolour to represent our connections with our art pieces. We were able to try some of her techniques and create our own artworks that have a connection to us in some way. Before we had started on our own pieces, Lyn-Al Young painted a colourful diamond shaped piece that represented her heritage and country. Lyn-Al Young has inspired us to be proud of our cultures and family and to keep pursing our dreams. – Romy

Georgia Biggs
Reconciliation Coordinator

Year 9 Service Learning Conference

Last week brought the Year 9s the opportunity to stop and think and also jump into some serving.

On Thursday we enjoyed the opportunity to connect and reflect. We connected with Nadia from The River Nile School, a place where Year 9s would usually volunteer, and Jill (a past CGGS staff member) from Dream Stitches, where Year 10s get a chance to volunteer, and we heard about the work they do and the year they have had. Although we have not been able to have the contact we usually would, it was wonderful to touch base and learn more about the impact they have and some of their experiences.

After hearing about and reflecting on some of the work being done by some of our partners the students were able to respond by engaging in some reflection and service projects.

In response to what they heard from Nadia, a group of Year 9 students spent Friday organising a food drive for our CGGS community to get involved in, to help collect needed items for The River Nile foodbank.

Other students put their musical talents to use, some created cards to connect with members of our community, a group assembled some of the portable objects of dignity for the Days for Girls kits and we even had some groups pursue their own projects and engage in acts of kindness.

I would like to acknowledge the preparation and contributions of some of our Year 9 students to the conference. Thank you to the girls who offered their ideas, who helped plan and who facilitated some of the sessions across the two days.

I always love hearing the buzz of our students interacting, and I found it so uplifting to observe our students as they absorbed what they heard, then responded.

“I used to think service learning only involved temporary solutions such as giving food to the homeless, but now I think it can empower others to help themselves. After watching some of the videos, I learnt that service learning can involve planting a seed that later sprouts into a huge tree. I also learnt that education is what ultimately allows people to make the world a better place.”  – Year 9 student reflection

Jennifer Gordon
Head of Service Learning


First Lego League

During the past couple of months, a group of students from Years 7 – 9 have been navigating remote learning and harnessing technology to work collaboratively on a series of tasks in order to compete in this year’s First Lego League. With 320,000 teams (yes, that is the correct number of zeros) from around the world engaging in this activity, there was a huge demand for it to go ahead in 2020, albeit online.

There are a number of components in the First Lego League challenge. Students design a robot and program it to complete missions on a customised game table. They also engage in the design thinking process to create an innovation project linked to a global theme. This year’s challenge theme is ‘Replay’ – how to engage the community to be more active. Throughout the competition, students need to demonstrate the six core values of First Lego League: Discovery, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Innovation and Fun.

At the Melbourne Consolidated Regional Final, which took place online, both our teams performed extremely well. The judges were particularly impressed with their ability to articulate the learning process as well as their creativity in the innovation project. One team won the Motivate Award and the other the ‘Breakthrough’ Award. Each team was selected to compete in the National Championships (South) on Sunday 13 December. Congratulations and best wishes to both teams!

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design & Development

Summer Reading

As this year comes to an end, we have welcomed Ivy back as well as seen her bid farewell to her Year 12 fans. All of us in the Library want to congratulate you all on your efforts this year. On showing up, persisting and of course, reading! We encourage you all to come into the Library before the year is out, perhaps with a tote bag, to stock up on holiday reading!

It’s important to remember the benefits of reading that go beyond your vocabulary and problem solving skills. There’s also your empathy development, your awareness of the world around you and of course, it’s fun! It’s incredible the amount of different reading experiences there are now. With audiobooks, ebooks and graphic novels, there is no short supply of opportunity to try something new. In the Library we’re working on getting audio and e-books to you in the New Year, so stay tuned for some really exciting and expansive new developments from us!

We wish you all the best over the Summer, with safe and wholesome memories in the making and we cannot wait to see you in 2021. Read on!

Anne Devenish
Head of Library

Senior School


Senior School

November 20, 2020

This past fortnight has seen many highlights across the year levels in Senior School. The articles in this week’s CamNews are a perfect example of how our students and staff have made the most of all the challenges and also the opportunities. We continue to hold School Assemblies and Chaplains Assemblies virtually, with only the participants in the Barbara Sutton Hall at the time and all other members of our Senior School community joining through live streams to their classrooms. 

Next week our Year 10 and 11 students commence their school-based examinations, with most of our Year 11 cohort having also joined their Year 12 peers in completing a VCE examination. The Year 10 and 11 school-based assessments are important to set the right expectations for future VCE examinations and in order for us to provide vital feedback to our students on their learning. 

Many students, parents and staff will no doubt be relieved to close the book on the 2020 school year in just over two weeks’ timeIn the meantime, though we still have much to accomplish in our classes and to celebrate, including our VCE HeadStart program for those students moving into Years 11 and 12 in 2021, our Years 7 – 9 Presentation Night and our Christmas Service. 

Have a restful weekend. 

Warm regards, 

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School 


VCE Art & Design Show 

The Annual VCE Art and Design exhibition officially opened to much digital fanfare. It was not quite the exhibition we had anticipated opening at the commencement of the academic year; however, the students of Year 11 and 12 Studio Art and Visual Communication Design, have taken adversity head on and created an amazing show of skill and conceptual depth. Throughout their studies this year, the students have engaged in a genuinely personal exploration of ideas and progressively developed their application of skill. At times they needed to reframe, change direction and pivot alongside the rest of the world, with the resulting show an absolute testament to their tenacity and resilience.  

This exhibition marks the culmination of many years of Art education for our Year 12 students. From the very early beginnings at home with their parents, through the primary years and now the end of secondary; they have problem solved, experimented, played, refined, analysed, debated and presented a myriad of artworks. All providing lifelong skills. We congratulate them on their many successes. 

On behalf of the Art Department, we thank all those involved and look forward to another fabulously creative year in 2021.  

Rachael Miller
Head of Art & Design 

CGGS Election 2020 

On Tuesday this week, our Year 9 students battled it out for victory in our annual CGGS mock Election. 

Students participated in one of the eight Political Parties they had formed over the course of the study of ‘Power and Influence’ in Year 9 Commerce. Policies were developed, advertisements created, websites built and campaign speeches made by Party Leaders, all of which can be seen via this link: CGGS Election 2020 

The Righteous Party, The Egalitarian Party, The Power Party, The Pink Party, The O2 Global Party, The Environmentalist Party, The One World Party and The Edison Party are each congratulated on the outcomes of their collaborative efforts – not only did they present their Party’s in effective visual form but they lobbied hard on Election Day as they ‘worked the queues to inform voters about the choices they could make at the Ballot Box. 

While the Pink Party was ‘First Past the Post’ in the Primary Vote count, after the distribution of preferences it was a race to the finish. As with all elections, there can only be one winner (please take note Mr Trump!) and this year our collective congratulations go to The Edison Party who took the honour with an absolute majority of 134 out of a possible 262 votes. 

The Election is always a fabulous hands-on way for students to experience the pressures, the dramas and the logistics of ‘running for office’ on a small scale – we have loved working with this year’s Year 9 students and look forward to doing in it all again in 2021!  

The Commerce Team
Ms Wilson, Ms Anton and Mrs Larkey 

Beyond Design (Girls Invent) 

Pollen monitoring watches, pain-free band aids, an alarming clock and a medical game app – were just a few of the creative ideas to emerge from our Year 7s during this year’s Beyond Design challenge with Girls Invent. 

Curated and designed by Ms El Wood, Head of Science, with the support of Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development, and working alongside Dr Mark Glazebrook from Girls Invent, all Year 7 students have spent the week engaged in a design process which included problem finding, market research, ideation, prototyping and testing. This year’s challenge had a somewhat different look and harnessed the power of technology to ensure the experience would still be a rich one. The Year 7s have kept a record of their learning in an online log, pitched their ideas to Dr Glazebrook via Zoom for some initial feedback and communicated their ideas with confidence and flair.  

Friday was a buzz of energy as students made last minute adjustments to their poster boards, pitch preparations and multimedia presentations in readiness for participation in an online Expo with parents, teachers and students. Aside from generating innovative ideas, the Year 7s also had the opportunity to develop key transferable skills including teamwork, problem solving and communication skills. 

Thank you to all of the teachers who supported the program during its different stages, in particular Ms Alma Tooke in the MakerSpace who organised mini-MakerSpace tubs for all the groups, Mat Duniam and the Year 7 Science teachers. The online components of the program were very well supported by Stefi from the IT Department and Mr Micah Wilkins, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation. 

Who knows, in the future we might be seeing our students’ designs on the market! 

Dr Charlotte Forwood (Director of Learning Design and Development) and Ms Eleanor Wood (Head of Science)

House Music Captain Handover 

The ever-changing landscape of 2020 has provided our House Music Captains with the opportunity to reinvent, reimagine and collaborate in a variety of ways. All Houses successfully achieved their common objectives to deliver cohesive, meaningful and entertaining items for the House Celebration Day at the end of Term 3. We congratulate all participants on their enthusiastic involvement and look forward to what the House Music Competition will deliver in 2021.  

A handover to the 2021 Music Captains took place this week, where valuable advice, creative ideas, tips and suggestions were exchanged. We were pleased to be able to present the traditional House Music Batons and hope that this symbol provides fond memories for all involved. The conductor’s baton serves as a timely reminder that music can enhance your life, provide direction, unite communities and establish clarity in challenging moments. We would particularly like to thank the Parents and Friends Association for their support of the Performing Arts events throughout this year. 

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music 

House Soccer and Netball   

Once more the sports fields were filled with action, colour and cheering and all the students were very excited to have House Sport return for 2020. On what was meant to be our House Swimming Carnival, we were very excited to host our first House Netball and Soccer competition. It was great to see so many students involved and we were so proud of the skill and teamwork on display throughout the day. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather as the girls competed at CGGS, earning points for their house and enthusiastically cheering on their peers. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Soccer and Schofield for winning House Netball. There overall results were as follows: 


House Netball  

1st – Schofield 

2nd – Taylor 

3rd – Lawrence 

4th – Singleton 


House Soccer 

1st – Taylor 

2nd – Lawrence 

3rd – Schofield 

4th – Singleton 


Thank you to all the staff and students who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly. A special thank you to the House Sport Captains who have put in an enormous effort to make sure all teams were organised and to the 2021 School Sport Captain, Cathy Gu and 2021 School House Captain, Chloe Langley for their assistance throughout the day.   

For this event the spirit stick was not awarded to a house but instead to a year level. After much deliberation, it was too close to make the call on which house had the most spirit throughout the day, however the year level that displayed the most spirit and were wearing the most House Tshirts were the Year 7s! Well done girls! 

Lauren Law
Head of Sport 

Senior School


Senior School

November 6, 2020

Saying goodbye is never easy and this year was definitely no exception, in fact it was much harder as we celebrated all the final events with our Year 12 Class of 2020, who had been learning remotely for so much of this year.

On Monday 26 October our traditional Leaver’s Service which normally takes place in the Barbara Sutton Hall with the students from Years 6 – 11 watching on, along with all our teaching staff and the parents of Year 12, this year was live streamed to classrooms and parents. Due to COVID restrictions only one Year 12 Form was permitted in the hall at any time, however as we have throughout the year with all other events and activities, we adapted and can proudly say every student was recognised and her time at CGGS celebrated.

Another CGGS tradition is the Year 12 Assembly and final Bell ringing on their last day of lessons. As we have seen with this cohort throughout their journey in the Senior School, the Class of 2020’s bright personalities and graciousness ensured their Celebration Day was uplifting for all. The Senior School was decorated with colourful streamers, fun memes and posters and all students and staff were welcomed to school on the day with glitter sanitiser. In Period 4 the Year 12’s held their assembly outside, and the younger levels watched on through a live stream. Again, this was an upbeat and humorous look at their journey through Senior School and the year that was 2020.

The significance of the final Bell at 3:25pm on the last day for the Year 12’s has taken on new significance since we have become a bell free school. Whilst the Year 12’s have always gathered under the clock tower in the quadrangle, with all staff and students lining the balconies and counting down to 3:25pm with the singing of hymns, this year all the students and staff were in classrooms and we also live streamed this event. Not even the rain that also started right on 3:25pm, could dampen the spirits of our masked Year 12’s.

In the evening we held our Valedictory Dinner virtually. The Year 12 students along with their parents enjoyed a magnificent in-home dining experience with thanks to our Parents and Friends Association and our partnership for this event with Mornington Peninsula winery and restaurant, Ten Minutes by Tractor. The technology on the night ensured all our usual Valedictory Dinner proceedings were able to be shared. Speeches were mostly live, and the zoom break out rooms for each of the courses enabled us to mingle. The red-carpet entry of each student was certainly a highlight and again a meaningful / thoughtful touch on behalf of our IT Department.

On behalf of the Senior School, I wish to thank all the students, parents and staff involved in making each of the Year 12 celebrations so memorable.

In the midst of these events, we welcomed back our remaining students, those in Years 8 – 10. And the timing was perfect so that they could all experience the traditions, even if through live streams to their classes. Having all of our students and teachers back onsite has allowed friendships to rekindle, laughter in the corridors and the chatter those of us who have been working onsite throughout have desperately missed.

As we slowly return to a more normal environment in terms of school activities and we are pleased to share with families that from Monday 9 November we will begin what we hope will herald a safe return to our co-curricular activities.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School


Return to Sport

We are very excited to reintroduce Athletics and Swimming training for term 4. Athletics training will take place on the oval on Mondays from 3.30pm-4.30pm and Swimming training will be in the pool on Thursdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

For the remainder of this year all Athletics and Swimming training will require students to sign up via a Microsoft form to indicate their interest in training each week. The link for next week is below and will also be emailed to students weekly. Students will then receive an email to confirm their spot at least one day before their training session.

Athletics Training – Monday 9 Nov

Swimming Training – Thursday 12 Nov

Returning to sport training in a safe, hygienic and controlled manner is paramount to CGGS. The School has many COVID safe procedures in place which include additional cleaning and sanitising, no spectators, adherence to specific physical distancing and contract tracing procedures. Sport specific procedures are as follows.

Athletics – Mondays from 3.30-4.30pm

> Students may wear their PE uniform all day.

> Students will meet on the oval and sanitize their hands before and after the training session.

> There will be a maximum of 10 students per coach. These groups will not mix or change during the session.

Swimming – Thursdays from 3.30-4.30pm

> Students will get changed into their bathers in the Senior School bathrooms (not the pool changerooms) at the end of the School day and go home in their bathers after training. The disabled toilet in the pool may be used during training sessions but is not for changing. Students will be able to use the changerooms after year 12 exams.

> Students will enter the pool via the outside doors near the Food Studies kitchen.

There is a maximum of 20 students per session, with 4 students in each lane.

Lauren Law
Head of Sport



Camberwell Girls Grammar School is pleased to invite its school community to explore our virtual VCE Art Exhibition.

Both Year 11 and Year 12 students across Studio Art and Visual Communication Design have contributed works for this annual VCE Art Exhibition. This exhibition realises our students’ incredible resilience and perseverance. Despite many weeks away from school and from the Art room, the students have continued to exceed our expectations.

Click on the image below to view an introduction video to the VCE Art Exhibition by our Head of Art and Design, Rachael Miller.

You can enter the virtual VCE Art Exhibition via the link below, where you’ll be able to explore the exhibition using your mouse or the keyboard arrows.

If you would prefer to just look at a catalog of the pieces in the exhibition, you can do so by clicking the button below.

On behalf of the VCE Studio Art and Visual Communication Design students and teachers, we hope you enjoy the 2020 VCE Art Exhibition.

Rachael Miller
Head of Art & Design

Service Learning

Last week students in Year 10 had the joy of meeting up with our Year 10 and 11 Green Gecko friends from Cambodia. The Green Gecko Project are the group we visit during our Service Learning Tour every year.

We took the opportunity to make contact on Zoom, to check in and see how the Geckos have been faring this year. Our students and the Gecko students prepared some questions to ask each other.

It was wonderful to see the Geckos’ smiling faces and hear their friendly voices. This group, who we have contact with each year, are some of the most friendly and positive people you will meet and speaking with them certainly brightened our day.

After a round of introductions, we dove into our questions and took turns asking and answering the questions covering topics such as: education and school during the pandemic, communication, restrictions, and how we take care of the people around us.

Some things we found we had in common:
“We both really miss school because we can’t socialise as much or see our friends. We both value seeing our community and connecting with others.”

What left an impression:

“They asked lots of questions about the poorer people in our communities and asked about how we help them.”

“We thought their positivity and confidence was so amazing, but it was a bit sad how they said they couldn’t see any positives from this situation because of how many people lost their jobs over there.”

“We all really enjoyed the experience, we thought it provided it with a great insight on the differences between life in lockdown in Cambodia and Australia, and they were all so nice and so enthusiastic!”

“The Geckos are very community-minded and selfless people. It was amazing to hear they are running food banks to support others that can’t afford things during this time.”

We found there were plenty of similarities between our experiences this year but there were also some differences that came through when the Geckos’ asked us questions about supplies and providing for our families. Students from both groups were so thoughtful in the way they discussed their experiences with each other.

We are currently coming up with a challenge for them and they are coming up with one for us! And we are also thinking of ways we can partner with them if we won’t be able to visit in the near future.

Jennifer Gordon
Head of Service Learning

Colour Your Threads 

On Wednesday 4 November our school community celebrated the “Colour your threads” initiative, in recognition of the incredible strength that the CGGS community has shown over the last year, and in recognition of World Positive Education Day.

All student and staff dressed in brightly coloured, happy clothes as way to say thank you for the support, grit, growth mindset and resilience shown, and to recognise the strength of character of each individual and our CGGS community as a whole.

A video titled ‘From Strength to Strength in Tough Times’ was also shared with all student and staff, and was great reminder of all that we have achieved this year.

Parents can access the video here: Video: A celebration of CGGS

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Senior School


Senior School

October 22, 2020

Years 10 –12 Presentation Night

Tonight, we are thrilled to be sharing our 2020 Years 10 – 12 Presentation Night with students and their families. As has been our focus this year, we have adapted, pivoted, re-created and re-imagined so many events and tonight’s Presentation Night is no exception.

Each year we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of all our Year Levels and it is with great pride that we share the many highlights of Years 10 – 12 in 2020. Congratulations to each of the students for their outstanding academic endeavours and citizenship during the pandemic. We also celebrate the co-curricular pursuits of our students in School and House activities this year. The number of students being recognised tonight is testament to their level of commitment and we applaud them all for maintaining such positivity throughout the year.

Many staff have also worked alongside the students throughout the year to ensure our programs continued and while I have thanked these teachers and the leaders of the various events throughout the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Kim Perkins, Head of Media Technology and Mrs Victoria Hargreaves, Senior School Administration Coordinator for their tireless work to ensure this Presentation Night is a fitting tribute to our remarkable students.


2020 School and House Leaders

As mentioned, when referencing Presentation Night above, in our centenary year we had so many plans to celebrate as a school community and an integral part of those events were our student body and also our 2020 School and House Leaders.

To our 2020 School Captains, Felicia Spiridonos, Laurya Dang-Nyugen and Loren Palma, affectionately known as FL2, you have set the tone for the entire student community. They have led all the School and House leaders with respect, graciousness and kindness and this in turn has been felt throughout the year levels. Thank you for your leadership.

As a final acknowledgement and thank you to all our School and House leaders please see the link below. Thank you all.

Have a lovely long weekend.

Kind regards,

Cathy Poyser 
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

CGGS Student Leadership Assembly

It was really fitting that our first live streamed assembly for Term 4, and indeed for quite some time, was one that focused on student leadership. It was fitting, because this year we have seen just how important leadership is and what it means to be a great leader, not just here at CGGS but also in the wider community, including our own politicians and those globally.

One of our greatest assets at CGGS is the collective strength of our student leaders and this year, we have been able to witness some truly courageous acts of leadership from our 2020 Student Leadership team. We have seen powerful and impactful communication, the transformation of events and activities into new virtual platforms, and most importantly, we have seen the loyalty, the teamwork and the collaboration between and within our community. I am incredibly proud of what our 2020 student leaders have been able to achieve and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank them.

Over the past few years we have worked with students and staff to develop and design and well-structured and well supported distributive leadership model, where no captain or leader works alone and where all students have the opportunity to contribute whether that be in a formal leadership position or through involvement at a program or committee level.  

We have also ensured that the appointment of leaders is transparent and rigorous, taking into account a clear set of eligibility and desirability criteria based on past involvement, coupled with individual and collaborative group interviews, written applications and student votes. It is a lengthy and thorough process and one that could not happen without the dedication of the teachers in-charge of leadership positions, and in particular the Heads of House.

It is also important to acknowledge and congratulate all of the Year 10 and 11 students who put themselves forward to be considered for a leadership position in 2021. It is not easy to be vulnerable in this way, it shows determination, it shows courage and it shows leadership. Whether appointed into a formal leadership position or not, we hope that all students know they are valued and I look forward to working with them in a range of capacities going forward.

Congratulations to our 2021 Student Leadership Team.

Ms Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

Plan Your Own Enterprise – CGGS are National Winners!

Open to all Australian secondary school students, this national competition, run by Business Educators Australasia, the Plan Your Own Enterprise competition encourages students to look at the connections in business operations.

Each year a number of our students enter the competition by submitting a creative idea for a small business, including preparation of a business plan and working through all aspects of their proposal including business name, services, location, staffing etc.

While we are always impressed by the creative proposals our students put forward, this year Madeleine Giagoudakis, Leonie Trimbos and Frida Andreasen received national recognition for their ‘What’s Poppin’ business proposal.  What’s Poppin’  delivers delicious popcorn in a range of unique and delicious flavours, including the option for customers to customize their flavour via a website and have their orders delivered to their door.

The students were acknowledged as Victorian winners, but also went on to be recognize as joint national winners. The students have received a cash prize and the school will have their award recognised with a plaque.

Congratulations to Maddie, Leonie and Frida, and their thanks to Ms Annie Wilson for her encouragement and support.

Outstanding Science Talent Search Results

This year’s Science Talent Search results are truly remarkable and we are thrilled to share them with you today.

The Science Talent Search is a very prestigious competition open every year to ALL Victorian primary and secondary aged students. If you wish to find more information, please click here.


We are overjoyed to announce that the following students and groups have received MAJOR BURSARIES (The 2020 amount to be advised to be advised soon)

> Bethany Orme (Intermediate – Experimental Research)

> Bethany Orme (Intermediate – Creative Writing)

> Katrina Tong and Laura Tong (Junior – Computer Programs)

> Violet Chong (Junior – Posters)

> Joanna Sun (Junior – Videos)

> Sofia Sanfilippo and Joanne Tu (Junior – Creative Writing)

> Emily Price and Katherine Mason (Junior – Creative Writing)

> Hannah Balkin (Junior – Creative Writing)

The following students also received MINOR BURSARIES (The 2020 amount to be advised soon)

> Baoyi Zhu (Junior – Posters)

> Sofia Pandeli (Junior – Posters)

> Madeline McDonald (Junior – Videos)

> Isabella Wood and Zoe Viney (Junior – Creative Writing)

All our other Senior School entries received either a Distinction or Merit Certificates. This is an outstanding achievement.


As a direct result of these results, we are pleased to be able to share with our CGGS families that  our Senior School was one of only FOUR schools to receive the Hugh McKnight Encouragement Award


Book Club

This week in Book Club, for the first time in a long time we were able to have some of our members back onsite! Whilst the years 8-10 girls joined us remotely, it was so exciting for Renee and I to see the year 7 and year 11 girls face to face again. We discussed all of the books that we had been reading over the past two weeks and shared our ideas and interpretations with each other. We then went on to continue our planning of the short story that we are writing together! The girls have some really amazing ideas and without giving too much away this this story has something for everyone, a little romance, some mystery and some fantasy. Book Club cannot wait to share this with you all.

Ella Barmby and Renee Fong
Literature Captains


Victorian Secondary Girls Chess Grand Final

On Tuesday 13 October Emily Lin, Bethany Orme and Kelly Ta from year 10, Sophie Chang (year 8) and Lucy Ciro (year 7) completed online in the Victorian State Finals of School Girl chess. Qualification had been held previously on the 11thof September and the girls had to negotiate a new online platform and way of competing. The qualification process was highly challenging, with competition against a large and diverse field of Independent and coeducational schools from across the state.

This is the 3rd year that the School has fielded a team in the finals and once again they played competitively, placed third overall in the State, narrowly missing out on second place.

Feedback from the students:

The chess finals yesterday were quite intense and it was definitely a very fun experience considering it was our first time playing finals online. We were all extremely proud the results we achieved as an individual and team, however it was somewhat disappointing as we could have made it to the Grand Finals playoff if not for the difference of 0.5 points. Overall, the competition was quite tough with many good players but we managed to win third overall and hopefully, we can do better next year!


2020 Interschool Snowsports Honour Roll

Snow Australia would like to acknowledge the students who will be finishing their schooling this year and who would have participated in our 2020 Interschool Snowsports events. An Interschools Honour Roll filled with the names of Australian Year 12 students who have missed the opportunity to compete in the Snowsports events this year due to COVID cancellations will be published on the Snow Australia website and communications.

CGGS would like to congratulate Claire Tremewen and Grace Razewski for their contributions to the CGGS Snowsports team throughout their time at our School. These girls have participated in both the Alpine Giant Slalom and Alpine Skier Cross events since they were in year 7 and they have been a great support to our younger Snowsport competitors. Claire and Grace have been excited to see our team grow from 6 students in 2015 to 22 students in 2019 and have also been proud to introduce the CGGS Snowsports long sleeve tops and neck warmers.

Senior School


Senior School

October 9, 2020

Welcome back to Term 4. This week it has been uplifting to have a number of our students back onsite. All the VCE students which included two students from Year 10 studying VCE Dance and Punjabi, arrived on time and ready for the GAT on Wednesday. Having completed and received feedback on their trial GAT’s, all our students felt reassured in completing this task. The school-based assessments for all Year 11 and 12 students have also been very successful and the feedback from the students again has been very positive.

Well done and thank you to all for following our new protocols at the temperature checks, these have also been very smooth.

Next week we are very excited to be welcoming back all our Year 7 students and as noted in the “Return to Face to Face Learning” document in the Senior School Weekly this past Tuesday, the entry point for Year 7 students is the Woodstock Street gate between 8.15am and 8.25am. Any student arriving late to school after 8:25am will be required to enter from the Torrington Street gate and complete their temperature check and sign in at Student Services Reception. It is important to us that we maintain our staggered arrivals and entry points to maximise physical distancing.

This week the Year 9’s have enjoyed two days of remote Seasonal Learning on the topic of, The World of Work. This has been another highly successful event and on behalf of the students I would like to thank Mrs Trish Dolan, Careers Counsellor, Ms Summer Howarth, Strategic Assistant, Ms Kate Manners, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning and Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development for all their preparations.

As we near the time for celebrating the current Year 12 cohort the Class of 2020 and acknowledging their outstanding leadership. I encourage anyone who has not yet listened to the Two Cents podcast, created by our School Captains, Felicia Sprindonos, Laurya Dang-Nyugen and Loren Palma, to do so! These are posted on the Year 12 Instagram page @wearecggs, but can also be found on Spotify, just search “Camberwell Girls Grammar School”.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

House Celebration Day

Term 3 was like no other. Remote learning has taken the skills of our students and staff to a whole new level promoting collaborative learning. Microphones picking up strange background noises like lawn mowers, pets snoring or little siblings screaming, and those same siblings (or in some teacher’s cases their children) doing their best to photo bomb video conferences made all the more scary when using virtual backgrounds.

However, the show must go on.

Beyond the extraordinary way in which students continued their learning, adapting to the ‘new normal’ way of group discussion and interactive documents, the House program continued with Drama, Dance and Music adapting to the virtual preparation, rehearsal, and delivery method. To continue ensuring our connected community through the House system, the House Celebration Day at the conclusion of Term 3 was more than just those three events.

From an insightful webinar with School House Captain, the eight House Captains and their mentor Heads of Houses talking about the challenges and rewards of leadership from a student’s perspective during 2020, to interactive online excel pixel art, creating dabbing unicorns and house themed art and House Captain led activities. Some of the highlights and reflections from some of our students and staff are below.

Throughout Celebration Day, it was such a beautiful feeling seeing all the enthusiastic, smiling faces over ZOOM. Although this year has been faced with many tough challenges, Camberwell Girls has stood our ground and faced these obstacles with a brave face. I thoroughly enjoyed House Celebration Day, learning how to work around varying plans and ‘going with the flow’. The most amazing section of House Celebration Day was the ability for each of the respective Performing Arts Captains to create a vision although faced with difficult circumstances.

Ashley Tang- Chong
Lawrence House Captain

I was surprised at the level of participation and interaction on the day, there were so many positive vibes, comments and compliments floating around, it was a joy to participate in the day and see the CGGS community in action.

Community means coming together. During remote-learning, I feel that the CGGS community has become even stronger. We have all come together, to laugh, share ideas and offer help when required. The difficulties we have faced and overcome during remote learning shows the strength of the CGGS community.

I learnt that a laugh, help and ideas are only a click away. The students showed great resilience, knowledge and problem-solving skills to ensure the day run smoothly and was the best it could be! It was a fantastic event!

Mr Tom Clark
Head of Singleton

It was amazing to see all of the energy and house spirit from the girls on House Celebration day. It was great to showcase all of the hard work that the Performing Arts Captains and girls have put in throughout the term while adapting to online learning. House Celebration day was definitely a highlight of the remote learning period and I had heaps of fun with all of the activities and loved seeing all the girls’ smiling faces!

Tilly Dunn
Taylor House Captain

If you want to relive the fun, the inspiration and creativity of the CGGS students check out the link below and keep an eye out for the special ‘Extended version’ to come soon that includes additional students interviews and outtakes!

Click below to watch the House Creative Arts Festival again and click through some photos.

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

GAT and Trial Exams

As Term 4 commences, so too does the final stages of the Year 12 journey. This week, all students completing a Units 3 and 4 subject completed the General Achievement Test (GAT) which is a test of general knowledge and skills in written communication, Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Humanities, the Arts and Social Sciences.

As the test is over three hours long, it was not surprising to see that the students were exhausted and relieved as they exited the examination rooms. With all the uncertainty and disruption that COVID-19 has caused this year, the GAT is potentially even more important this year for our Year 12 students and we feel confident that they have given their best.

Our VCE students are certainly in examination mode as they have now turned their attention to trial exams. Students have the opportunity to complete a trial exam for each of their Units 3 & 4 subjects which will be assessed and provide them with valuable feedback on how they are progressing with their revision in preparation for the end-of-year exams. These trial exams will enable students to have a targeted approach to their revision over the coming weeks.

We wish all students well for their end-of-year exams!

Dot Georgiou
VCE Coordinator

World of Work Online Conference

Over two days at the Year 9 World of Work Online Conference, students were introduced to the CGGS #myfuture Careers Program and what the world of work in the 21st Century is and could be. The conference entailed a blend of synchronous and asynchronous activities and opportunities, both individual and collaborative, and had students working across a range of digital platforms. In true conference style, students were received an invitation to this event and received a gift bag of a linen bound journal. A beautiful keepsake, the journal was equally a place for the students to think about their dreams, aspirations, contacts as they started to explore the world of work now and into the coming years.

Students were apprenticed into the Careers program at Camberwell Girls on Day 1 led by Careers Counsellor Ms Trish Dolan, with skill identification and development of a core focus. They also completed the MyCareerMatch Profile, a powerful assessment that matches your personality style to careers you would love. Superfast and precise, it delivers custom reports in under 15 minutes – and is a great first step in self-discovery and career exploration. This was followed by an exploration of the 8 transferrable skills that students will continue to develop throughout their time at Camberwell Girls and beyond. Additionally, resumes and the art of the job interview were on the agenda for the day.

Day 2 began with a Q&A with Anna Clancy, one of the creative forces behind an amazing homegrown small business called Write to Me who were commissioned to design a range of journals to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of The Oprah Magazine, one of 20 businesses worldwide to be asked to do so. Students also learned the art of the collaborative job interview, had a morning tea with ‘colleagues’ and explored some of their own areas of interest and skills through a curated set of learnings and activities, including email etiquette, gig economies & entrepreneurs, empathy and referential communication and many more. We’re thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity for the students online but can’t wait to have them back in person.

Kate Manners
Deputy Head of Senior School ‑ Teaching & Learning


International Day of The Girl – 11 October

In 1995, the World Conference of Woman developed and established The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Actionto address gender inequality and demanding the elimination of all forms of discrimination against girls.

The International Day of the Girl, this Sunday the 11thof October, celebrates the anniversary and achievements of this declaration and tries to increase our awareness of the issues and what still needs to be done.

Its focus is to, eliminate discrimination against girls regarding:

> Education and skills development

> Exploitation of child labour and girls at work

> Negative cultural attitudes and practices

> Health and nutrition

> Eradicate violence against girls and promote girls’ rights and their awareness to participate in social, economic and political life.

We know that 130 million girls worldwide are out of school and that 12 million girls worldwide are married before their 18 birthdays. For example, in Central Africa, 29% of girls are married before the age of 15. Child marriage violates human rights, it interrupts schooling, limits opportunities, creates early pregnancies, increasing the risk of violence against girls and their risk of poor health.

So, what can we do?

> appreciate our opportunities

> use our awareness to promote the rights of others

> voice our concerns

> engage in action to promote girls’ human rights

> share stories of inspiring adolescent girls or girl-led movements

> engage with the 2020 theme “My voice, our equal future”.

For more information and inspiring stories go to:

Paula Kolivas
School Counsellor


PYOE Competition 2020

CGGS is thrilled to announce that three of our Year 9 Students, Madeleine Giagoudakis, Leonie Trimbos and Frida Andreasen, have won the Victorian (group division) of the National Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2020. The competition requires students to present a creative idea for a small business as a business plan. The student’s entry What’s Poppin’, an online business providing customised popcorn, was judged the best group entry in Victoria. The students now complete in the National Final in late October.

Annie Wilson
Commerce Teacher

Virtual Chess

On Friday September 11, 5 students from CGGS represented the school at the Chess Australia Secondary Open Zone competition run remotely. Assisted by Mrs Helen Pappas the students performed outstandingly through the competing in 7 rounds of games and qualifying as a team for the Victorian Secondary Girls Schools 2020 State Final to be held on October 13. Emily Lin, Year 10, performed superbly on the day finishing just outside the top 10 players, and in the Top 3 Girls on the day. We wish Emily, Bethany Orme (Year 10), Kelly Ta (Year 10), Sophie Chang (Year 8) and Lucy Ciro (Year 7) all the best for the remote finals on Tuesday.

Senior School


Senior School

September 11, 2020

Over the course of this term I have had the great privilege, as I do each Term 3, to interview each of the new students coming to CGGS in Year 7 the following year. In non-Covid times, this would include the students coming into the Senior School for a tour with a current Year 7 and Year 8 student before an informal chat with students from different primary schools. This has always enabled us to introduce students to others who will be in their same cohort.

These interviews are a key stage in our transition process and so, this year, I have been conducting them remotely via zoom meetings. I have been incredibly impressed by the way the students have interacted and chatted happily, asking and answering questions. They have already shown great courage – one of our school values.

As we have spoken about the myriad of opportunities on offer at Senior School, the House program has as it always does, been a real area of interest for them. We have chatted about the students in Year 7 – 12 who have, for this past number of weeks, been rehearsing for House Music, Dance and Drama, in readiness for today, our House Celebration Day, where we have enjoyed each of these performances. The Year 7’s of 2021 have all been in awe of the fact that our students, through the outstanding leadership of the House Captains listed below and with the assistance of their House teachers, have been able to create these events for us all to share.

It is fair to say we all share this admiration of our student leaders; we congratulate them and are most proud of their achievements.

Lawrence House

Dance Captains – Karen Ng and Tiffany Tse

Drama Captains – Simar Kaur and Sabrina Renzi

Music Captains – Zara Mammone and Zara Price

Technical Captains – Ellen Kontossis and Chloe Langley

Visual Arts Captains – Hailie Chen and Jacqueline Zhang


Schofield House

Dance Captains – Chelsea Ellingworth and Christine Wang

Drama Captains – Charlotte Kutey and Claire Robertson

Music Captains – Phoebe Lu and Rachel Wong

Technical Captains – Rhi-Ann Lam and Holly Williams

Visual Arts Captains – Amelia Lemanis and Chelim Lee


Singleton House

Dance Captains – Jessica Brake and Eleni Magdanis

Drama Captains – Manisha Wickramasinghe and Shannon Yeung

Music Captains – Seanna Henricus and Grace Jiang

Technical Captains – Isabel Varughese and Wen Wen Xie

Visual Arts Captains – Anna Xiang and Lucy Zhang


Taylor House

Dance Captains – Emily Arvidsson

Drama Captains – Chantelle Chuang and Charlene Xu

Music Captains – Esther Chen and Aalisha Wong

Technical Captains – Maggie Hu and Melinda Zhu

Visual Arts Captains – Lucy Mulvahill and Sophie Mulvahill


All the students in Years 7 – 12 are most grateful to the following staff who have also provided unwavering support throughout the remote House competitions in Term 3. The entire program has been coordinated by Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School Co-curricular Programs, while specialists Ms Keira Lyons, Ms Sally Oliver, Ms Claire Colthup, Ms Kate Savige, Mr Rohan Mack and Mrs Cathy Georgiev have all been on hand every step of the way to provide their assistance.

This morning, Dr Reid and I had the great pleasure of joining a group of students in a Taylor House breakout room as together they took on the challenge of replicating a dabbing unicorn through a program called Excel Picture Art.


As the term draws to a close, today we celebrated our community with some of the activities that define CGGS, House Dance, Drama and Music. Whilst 2020 has meant a pivot from traditions, the outcome has truly been about remaining connected as a community and celebrating together the achievements of the whole school.

Next term we will have a full report on the days activities, but for now, please enjoy the 2020 House Dance, Drama and Music Performances via the button below.

Year 9 Cognizance Project

In Term 3, the Year 9s were grateful to be given the opportunity to work with educational neuroscientist and lecturer Dr Jared Cooney Horvarth. The five thought-provoking sessions provided year 9s with a high level educational experience into how our brains work, and how you can apply this knowledge of the brain to develop better study habits that enhance ones learning experience, something that Dr Horvarth often referred to as ‘hacking the brain’.

These techniques include learning from your mistakes/errors rather than denying them in order to ‘reprogram’ the brain not make the same mistake again. He also reiterated the importance of having a good sleep routine in order to process more of the things that you learn/study, starting your test revision early, using ‘recall’ methods over passive revision (i.e. not reading) when studying for tests, and not multitasking while studying. There is no doubt that the ‘cognizance project’, which quite literally means to be full of knowledge and awareness, provided the year 9’s with engaging information about metacognition and neuroscience in general. It also opened their eyes to the ever-evolving field of neuroscience, and its relevance to our everyday lives.

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing


German Enterprise Competition

Earlier this year, we entered the German Enterprise competition run by Goethe Institute. The competition is nationwide and encourages students to choose a German-Australian company to partner with, then come up with a product or service that would improve the business. Our partner company was Grün Eco, which is an architectural firm that focuses on building sustainable homes that are tailored to every client’s needs. We appreciated the ethos of the company as it aligned with our school’s values, and we also feel it is imperative for Australians to be more environmentally friendly with our housing. After speaking to the company, it became clear there was a gap in the market for sustainable homes that were pre-designed, and therefore more affordable. We felt that Grün Eco should design 3-4 house templates that could be easily built in a cost-effective fashion without harming the environment. At the end of August, we were thrilled to find out our idea was one of thirteen that had been shortlisted, and were even more amazed to find out in early September that our project had placed second overall.

We have learnt a lot and are so thankful to have been given this opportunity. You can watch our pitch here

Jane Pekin, Megan Kuo and Olivia Jones

Music: Share and Appreciate

This term, student musicians have embraced the opportunity to perform to each other in a range of Zoom sessions, together with their teachers. The CGGS instrumental and vocal staff have encouraged their students to connect during remote learning, through their creative pursuits. Students look forward to their weekly lessons with their specialist teachers, plus private practice at home allows time away from screens for them to develop and improve their skills.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

After school on Thursday, my violin class held a “Share and Appreciate” session. Everyone really enjoyed hearing each other’s well prepared performances and had lots of supportive things to say about each other’s playing. It was lovely to feel connected together through the music.

Margaret Butcher
Violin and Viola Teacher

AGTV Poetry Competition

On Saturday 5 September, the State Finals of the AGTV (Association of German Teachers Victoria) was held. Unfortunately, due to lockdown, the competition was held remotely. There were people from schools all over Victoria, and they all did amazingly. There were a variety of categories, and at the end, the placegetters of these categories stayed behind for a Zoom screenshot of the event! Despite the odd circumstances and disappointment of not being able to go to a live event, everyone performed well, and the judges and hosts were very kind. Although it was a little nerve-wracking when going in and preparing, it was a very low-stress environment, and quite informal. We entered the meeting in groups of three, and got to hear the others poems, which was cool, although it meant that we heard what we were up against. Later in the day, we came back for the announcements, and they cycled through the categories. The Year 9 DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache- German as a second language), and the Year 9 Open (native speaker) categories were last, so it was a nervous yet excited wait. I competed in the Year 9 Open category, and the poem I selected was called Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling(longing for spring), and it was actually the poem that all the contestants in my category chose. It was a great poem, and I was lucky enough to win my category. It was a great experience, and I would do it next year again if Year 9 wasn’t the last age group in the competition.

Sasha Feldman
Year 9


Library in Lockdown

Borrowing has continued in the form of newly arrived books requested and sent out to our most avid readers. This service continues during the school holidays – if you have particular books you are interested in you should contact Mrs Devenish, Head of Library

Students have been able to contact the library directly to request books and in many instances, the requests that we receive actually influence the new book orders that we place. A library is an amazing resource for new publications and students should always feel that they can approach us with requests for new stories that they have heard about.

The Library staff have been busy searching, reviewing and selecting from many different sources including our local bookstore in Hawthorn, Readings who have an amazing range of Young Adults novels. We also have a Standing Order service delivered by Lamont Books who specialize in Children’s and Teenage new publications.

Recent titles received include:

The Pieces of Ourselves by Maggie Harcourt

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell

The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie

The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

Indigo Owl by Charlie Archbold

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

The Fire Star by A.L. Tait

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds

Over 30 titles have been mailed out to students from a range of genres.

We hope that the students enjoy finding their new book parcels in their letterboxes and wish happy holiday reading to all at CGGS.

Anne Devenish
Head of Library

Writers Workshop

On Tuesday, our CGGS Writers enjoyed their second creative writing session with Australian Young Adult Author, Nicole Hayes. She has published multiple YA novels, including ‘A Shadow’s Breath,’ and ‘The Whole of my World,’ as well as featured in newspapers and essay anthologies. Some of our school community may also recognise her from The Outer Sanctum, the ‘unconventional all-female footy podcast’ who came to visit our Library last year.

Our 14 writers, ranging across senior years, worked with Nicole on character development. Learning from such a successful author how important the creating of humanly complex characters served as a light-bulb moment for so many of our young writers. It was wonderful for the girls to hear from Nicole and to have this opportunity to spark inspiration and to fuel their creative fire.

Nicole has given the girls a challenge and resourceful guide to developing their own fictional characters. The importance of this work unveiled itself to the girls as integral to successful and powerful storytelling – as all stories are about the diverse human experience, after all!

We look forward to meeting Nicole again in Term 4 to continue this incredible mentorship and we thank her and our writers for their enthusiasm.

Vlog your remote learning life in Chinese

During Term 3, Year 9 Chinese mainstream students learned how to express different time expressions from morning to night and to describe daily routine activities by time and order of occurrence.

A combined oral and written task required students to be a Vlogger to present their unique 2020 daily life in the format of a Chinese vlog. The content could be a typical remote learning day, a special day that they want to celebrate something or to simply record their growth during this special period.

Students not only applied their language skills but also enhanced their transferable skills by adapting different communication techniques and media editing skills to present their isolation life in an engaging way.

To view students’ work please visit our class Padlet:

Some excellent examples are:

Isabella Ta:

Isabella Tremewen:

Sarah Park:

Scarlett Giang:

Natalie Chung:


Scarlett Zhang
Chinese Teacher