Senior School

Senior School

Senior School

Welcome back to Term 2.

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

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

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

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

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


Learning Conversations Years 7-10

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

With best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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This week marks the end of Term 1, a term that has provided many opportunities for co-curricular involvement across all year levels and it has been very pleasing to note the levels of involvement of all our girls. Most particularly I have been pleased to observe the participation of our Year 7 students, many of whom have enthusiastically involved themselves in activities ranging from House Dance and Drama, a wide range of sporting events, musical ensembles as well as involvement in the Open Evening & Fun Fair.

Parents please note that no holiday homework will be set for students in Years 7-10. It is vital that all girls have the opportunity to rest and enjoy time on their own hobbies, pursuits and other activities during the holiday period without the stress and pressures of set holiday work.

I wish you all a restful holiday break and hope that you enjoy time spent with family and friends. Travel safely and I look forward to connecting with you all again in Term 2.



Celebrating International Women’s Day and campaigning for gender parity has been a focus for our Senior School students. This significant date symbolises the progress women have made since the Industrial Revolution economically, politically and socially. From the suffragette movement to the challenge ahead in achieving gender parity, International Women’s Day is an important day for our students to reflect and honour women’s achievements and strive for more. Despite the fact that some predictions for closing the global gender gap can be disheartening, with the World Economic Forum recently forecasting that global gender parity will not be achieved until 2095, our students feel empowered to not only make a difference to the lives of women worldwide, but have been inspired to embrace every opportunity to ensure their voices are heard.


Breakfast at Parliament House

Our International Women’s Day campaign was launched by a breakfast in Queens Hall, Parliament House on 2 March for which 9 Year 10 girls applied to attend. The morning was hosted by The Hon Georgie Crozier MP and organised by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools. Spending the morning in Queens Hall was quite an event in itself!

According to one Year 10 student who attended, Ariane Webber, “It was a great opportunity because it was my first visit to Parliament House. It was amazing to see all the portraits of past Premiers and being surrounded by influential politicians. But it was also surprising to see only one woman in a room full of men”. [Referring to the late former Victorian premier Joan Kirner]

Along with 20 other girls’ schools across Melbourne, our students had the unique opportunity of listening to special guest, Imogen Randell, Managing Director of Quantum Market Research, speak about female leadership and the goal of gender parity in business. Fearn Corney of Year 10 reflected that Randell’s keynote speech “opened new ideas up and showed us how the business world works.” She taught us that “gender differences complement each other rather than overriding each other,” said Fearn.

One analogy particularly stayed with the girls. Growing up in a household of hungry growing brothers, Randell had to ensure that whenever dinner was served or a cake was baked, she got in quickly to take her share otherwise she would miss out. This was an important lesson for life, Randell stated, and impelled all the young students in the room to embrace every opportunity, be heard and always take their fair slice of ‘cake’! Ariane Webber reflected that “it inspired me to see that women can have an influential role in the world and can achieve the same if not better than men; but at the same time, it frustrated me that very often we have the same skills and qualifications as men, but end up missing out on leadership opportunities.” Randall finished her presentation by offering the girls 9 pieces of advice for life. Yasmin Tawfik, another Year 10 student, took away from the advice that the most important thing was “to believe in yourself, to defend your views and stand up for what you believe in.” “Having a voice, no matter who you are,” is one of the most important aspects of participating in society”, reflected Yasmin.


Australian Defence Force Breakfast

International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March was also celebrated by the Australian Defence Force. A number of our Year 10 and 11 students were invited to participate in a very informative and interesting session held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne. Several ADF team members delivered information from their particular diverse areas of service and professional careers, being Navy, Air Force and Army. Each talk was valuable in informing the girls about future career possibilities. The main focus message for the day was about encouraging the girls in ‘Being Brave – Not Perfect’. A key word was ‘influence,’ which is important in the lives of young women as they questioned; What are the influences on their lives in the past, in their current lives, and what influence they can have on others in their future? As the girls enjoyed a magnificent High Tea served throughout the afternoon, they were given the opportunity to mingle with ADF team members, and their family members, who have obviously been a crucial influence in their lives and careers. Another key message was in order to achieve things you must: ‘Just do it’.


 Breakfast with Senator Michaelia Cash

On Friday 4th March, four of our Year 12 girls, together with Mrs Karen Anderson, were guests of The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP at the 2016 Autumn Breakfast Briefing at the Hawthorn Town Hall. The event included a Q&A Session with a panel of guests, which included Senator, the Hon Michaelia Cash MP the Minister for Employment, Minister for Women and Senator for Western Australia, Jillian Segal leading business woman and former Director, ASX Limited and The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia and Federal Member for Kooyong.

The girls spent time talking to Mr Frydenberg and discussed current issues surrounding oil prices. During the Q&A session the girls were given the opportunity to ask questions of members of the panel, in particular The Hon Michaelia Cash, about how she plans to use her roles as Minister for both Employment and Women in the future.

The girls were the only students at the event which had a very large audience and they were congratulated by many on the questions that they asked, and the great discussion that their questions promoted.

It should also be mentioned that following the event we received a phone call from Josh Frydenberg’s office commending us on the students that attended the event, how poised the young women were, what insightful questions they posed and also, that Mr Frydenberg’s office would like to involve CGGS girls at events in the future.


Pledge for Parity

The whole of Year 10 celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March by learning about the significance of the day, creating rosettes and badges in the symbolic suffragette colours of purple, white and green, and making personal pledges to achieve gender parity.



On Tuesday 22nd March the Camberwell Girls Swim Squad travelled to MSAC to compete in the GSV Division 3 Championship Carnival. All the girls had dedicated many hours to training over the past month and this was evident due to the outstanding successes and results from the day.

Competing against 7 other GSV schools, Camberwell Girls demonstrated their spirit and determination finishing third overall in a very competitive group of schools. There were many outstanding results with the Junior Swimmers finishing 7th, the Intermediate swimmers finishing 2nd, and the Senior swimmers finishing 3rd. All the swimmers should be extremely proud of their performance on the day, as everyone tried their best and were rewarded with great results.

Thank you to our Head Coach Peter Kitney for coming to all of the early morning trainings and helping everyone to reach the best of their abilities. Once again congratulations to all the girls who competed on the day!



It was term 4 last year when the journey to GSV Diving Championships started. A dedicated group of girls completed after school training sessions, and as the new year began, so did the early mornings. If you thought getting up for school or work was hard, try getting up to go to diving practice at 6:45AM! Nevertheless with the help of our fabulous coach, Morgan, and our team of teachers, one-by-one we managed to master our three dives. Our first Personal Best Meet was quite nerve racking, many girls being judged for the first time, but after the second meet, and by the time the Preliminary carnival came around our butterflies had settled and we were ready to go! At Preliminaries we were up against some extremely tough competitors, but that didn’t affect us as we qualified in division 2 for the Championship carnival. Last Tuesday was the Championship Carnival our opportunity to show everyone the Camberwell spirit. Our Juniors came 2nd, Intermediates 7th and Seniors 6th, placing us 6th overall. Considering that diving is still in its infancy at our school, 6th place was definitely something to be proud of. A huge thank you should go out to our coach Morgan, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Meyenn, Miss Law and Miss Woolcock, as well as all of the girls who participated towards making this year such a successful one for diving.



Over the course of the long weekend, 24 students from Years 10 – 12 travelled to Adelaide to see ten shows in the Adelaide International and Fringe Festivals. This equated to five shows a day and some excellent cardio work, sometimes sprinting from one venue to another. The Adelaide Drama Camp is an immersive experience. It enables students to engage with artistic voices from around the world, rigorously consider why they might choose to speak about certain themes and be exposed to a multitude of styles applied to help the process of communication. It helps them to think laterally and to understand the fundamental role that performance places in shaping culture.

This year artists grappled with issues of fragmented communication, expectations of relationships, war, cancer, Indigenous displacement, self-worth, societies that want for nothing, Art as a form of self-expression and the essential rules for any good tribute show. Some artists were also extremely generous in sharing their knowledge and inviting us to explore their sets and props.

Thanks to Danielle Jackman and Jane Scott for accompanying the girls on their trip and to the students for their openness in receiving the work. We thank Keira Lyons in particular for her organisation of this camp and her enthusiasm for the Performing Arts.

Some more very pleasing feedback after they returned to Melbourne. We had a communication from the Central Adelaide YHA advising that “The girls conducted themselves with the utmost respect for the hostel staff and guests during their stay and displayed a maturity well beyond their years. They represented the school with pride and the entire Camberwell School community should be commended.”



This past weekend 21 dedicated students helped kick off the 11th Relay For Life (Boroondara) at John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn. Relay For Life is a fun, overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services.

The team of CGGS students challenged themselves to stay on the track throughout the 18 hours of the event as they took it in turns to run, jog and walk. The night consisted of running with the baton, chatting with friends and setting up tents for short power naps throughout the event. The girls achieved a staggering 300+ laps overall which is a fantastic effort.

To our team, thank you for all the wonderful work of raising awareness and funds for this very worthy cause. A big thank you also to the 21 CGGS staff and parents who volunteered to help supervise this event, in particular we thank Mr Brett Stout for his organisation of this event.



Empowering women and girls to be more active…

Research shows that 9/10 young Australians are not meeting the recommended 1 hour of physical activity per day. Furthermore, young women often face a number of barriers to physical activity and as such, they tend to exercise less frequently and at a lower intensity than young men. This can have negative consequences for the health and wellbeing of young women.

The Australian Government has recongised this trend, and has recently launched a new campaign ‘Girls make your move’, which aims to promote the benefits of regular physical activity for girls. It highlights the correlation between regular physical activity and reduced stress, increased self-esteem and mental alertness, as well as improved school performance and a greater sense of personal responsibility.

Here at CGGS, our Health/Physical Education and Sport Department has committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of our students through a number of curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We offer a range of programs that support the acquisition of movement skills, physical fitness and ultimately nurture positive attitudes towards life long patterns of healthy behaviour. We offer a range of competitive and fitness based activities for students of all ages, as well as structured Physical Education lessons.

This year, CGGS will again be taking part in the ‘Premier’s Active April’ challenge. This program is a free initiative run by the Victorian Government as part of their commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles, and ultimately to motivate Victorians to enjoy the benefits of increased physical activity.

We encourage all families to sign up to the challenge and to set a goal to work together and achieve a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day during the month of April.

What is the challenge?

The challenge encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April.

The 30 minutes of activity can be made up of any sort of physical activity, including incidental activity. You can accumulate your 30 minutes (or more) throughout the day by combining a few shorter sessions of activity of around 10 to 15 minutes each.

How it works:

Interested participants are asked to log on to the Active April website and follow the step-by-step instructions to register.

CGGS Senior School students should register to enter the CGGS-Senior-School team, using the team ID: cggsseniorschool.

As a participant, you can log your daily activity with the Active April App and chart your progress throughout the month. You can also create and join teams, track the progress of team members and discover events that are taking place in your local area.

In 2016, every Premier’s Active April participant will receive (subject to terms and conditions):

  • 10 free YMCA passes or passes to a local government facility
  • 15% off at Sportsmart in store and online
  • One hour free tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve
  • One free Get into Cardio Tennis session
  • A 2 for 1 ticket offer to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  • A chance to win some great prizes including the major prize of tickets to the 2017 Australian Open Tennis FInals, a $1,500 bike voucher or a GoPro camera

These can be redeemed using your ‘Active April’ membership card, which can be printed after registering for the challenge.

As a School, we are encouraging parents and daughters to register and complete the challenge together. In senior school, our School Sport and House Sport Captains will be organising a variety of 30 minute lunchtime activities each day to help students achieve their goal.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please visit the Active April website or email Ms Kath Woolcock.



What if people in the developing world could diagnose illnesses using mobile technologies, and 3D print their own pharmaceuticals?

Why should we be optimistic about robots taking our jobs?

How might we engage people in social change causes through digital storytelling?

These questions and more provoked and inspired thinking for a group of Year 9 and 10 students attending FutureLink at the Link Festival at Federation Square on Monday March 7th, accompanied by Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Watkins.

The FutureLink component of the festival was presented by Engineers without Borders and sponsored by Google, and provided secondary students with the opportunity to engage in a tailored program focusing on STEM, design and social change. The students also had the opportunity to join breakout sessions with members of the public, including “Impact Entrepreneurship”, “Designing the Materials of the Future” and “Hacking Mental Health”.

The girls were challenged to think about problems that exist in the world today, and how the convergence of 21st century technologies and collaboration might help solve these. They came away inspired and even equipped with new career directions, with one student declaring she can now see her future as a biomedical animator.

As Term One comes to end, I take this opportunity once again to wish you all an enjoyable and relaxing Easter.


With best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Vice Principal / Head of Senior School

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Open Morning & School Tours

Our Open Morning and School Tours are a wonderful and very important opportunity for us to showcase to the wider community all that CGGS is and all that we can offer to our future students. Our first Open Morning for 2016 took place on Saturday 20 February and saw a record number of prospective families join us across both campuses. Families were so impressed with how we are educating our girls for the world of tomorrow, and we received comments from a number of families who saw and heard of how we are preparing students for their future.

One presentation that was a highlight for many was an address given by Tara Hoopmann of Year 8. Tara spoke very eloquently about why families should consider CGGS as the right choice for their daughters and I’m very happy to publish some of her words here.

With the unwavering support of my teachers I found it easy to adjust to the size of CGGS. In coming from a small Primary school, I now feel that CGGS is large enough to offer many benefits in our schooling but small enough to care for each individual student should they need it. 

The benefit of Year 7 at CGGS is that there is a broad range of girls who have come from a variety of different schools and cultures, not only within the Camberwell region but throughout Victoria, and all over the World. CGGS is an Anglican school with a strong focus on bringing out the full potential in women and there are many resources that assist the girls learning and great programs available to them. The School is invested in setting up each girl’s future and has already offered many opportunities for me to learn, grow and develop into a better version of myself”.

Scholarship Interactive Evening and Scholarship Morning

On Tuesday 23 February we conducted our first Scholarship Interactive Evening. On the evening we had 190 students in attendance from Years 4, 6, 8 and 10. Students were randomly assigned groups and they took part in three fun interactive activities that required good communication and teamwork. This is the first time we have run a session of this type and it was wonderful to have the support of so many of our teaching staff. There was definite energy in each group and I am confident that all the girls went home saying that Camberwell Girls is a fun school.

The Scholarship Interactive Evening was the perfect icebreaker for the girls who then sat the actual Scholarship Examinations the following Saturday. All the girls and their parents have commented that this prior opportunity to come to CGGS and to meet some girls at the Interactive Evening made them feel more relaxed on the actual testing day.

Farewell to Mrs Jolly

After 20 years of service at CGGS, last Friday was Mrs Jolly’s final school day. A lot of time went into planning a special assembly around acknowledging the valuable contributions that Mrs Jolly has made over two decades.

Mrs Jolly commenced at CGGS in December 1995 as a part-time Science Teacher for Years 9 and 10. At that time our Principal was Dr Barbara Fary, meaning that Mrs Jolly worked with three Principals during her time at the School. All three Principals were in attendance at her farewell, a testament to the relationships she built during her time here.

In 1998 Mrs Jolly took on a new challenge when she was appointed as Head of Science. In 2002 another change saw her appointed Head of Teaching and Learning, becoming responsible for the implementation and promotion of programs such as Lego Dacta Control Lab, Tertiary experience week and Science Drama.

As Deputy Principal Mrs Jolly focussed on curriculum, reviewing requirements for special needs students, overseeing adherence to the National Curriculum, managing the student reporting process, co-ordinating academic awards, presentation evenings and so much more.

Without a doubt Mrs Jolly’s work over the last 20 years at CGGS enormously influenced the direction of the School today. She is highly regarded by students, staff, former staff and Old Grammarians – many of whom have valued the opportunity to learn from her and with her.

We wish Mrs Jolly the very best in the next phase of her life.

Welcome Reception at Government House

This week, three of our overseas students – Sunny Yang, Stephanie Wong and Krystal Shang were invited to a Welcome Reception at Government House to meet the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM. Mr Hayden Gyles, Deputy Head of Senior School accompanied the girls on this trip.

The students were treated to a morning tea with the Governor and the opportunity to speak with her and look around her residence. It was great to hear the Governor speak about the richness that overseas students bring to Australia and to also hear from Ms Essie Ma (Victorian International Student Winner of the Year 12 Student Leadership Award in 2014). Essie spoke about her experience as an International student in Victoria and now as a University student in her second year at Monash University.

Our students were most definitely inspired by what they saw and heard at this event.

Year 10 Mentoring Breakfast

As part of the Year 10 Careers program, Mrs Trish Dolan co-ordinates a number of mentoring breakfasts for the Year 10 cohort, addressing questions about the VCE, study choices and what comes after CGGS.

At this year’s first breakfast Mrs Dolan invited two former students, Grace Lundgaard (2013) and Courtney Green (2003) to address the group about their time at CGGS and their lives since finishing VCE.

Grace was House Music Captain in Year 11 (2012) and in her final year she was Singleton House Captain. Grace is currently studying Science at Monash. From the age of five Grace was a self declared ‘mad Scientist’ and focussed on her love of that subject as soon as it became available to her. The girls were both asked to share what they gained from their CGGS education and how they would advise the students to get the most from their experience here.

Grace commended the wide range of co-curricular activities available, advising that not only is it fun to be involved, but the skills learned through teamwork were indispensible across group activities at University and beyond. Grace also advised students to get involved, try new things, but commit to something as when seeking employment, this commitment makes you more employable.

To achieve your very best, to make the most of your studies, Grace advised studying outside of class, being self motivated. She also wanted everyone to be grateful for the time they have here, as life is different at University with everyone so focussed on their own timetables, opportunities to connect in the same way are more limited.

Courtney was part of the Class of 2003 and after studying psychology and social work, for the past five years has worked at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, currently as an Acting Director for Employment and Education. During her time at CGGS Courtney had a strong interest in the social justice program and felt strongly about giving to others. In her final year Courtney was Drama Captain for Taylor House.

As part of her talk Courtney focused on Diversity – embracing and celebrating our differences; Community – a place to connect/belong; Equality/Equity – appreciating privileges and in turn giving back; Humanity – showing compassion, respect and dignity; Energy/Motivation – connecting/engaging. All these themes apply strongly in her role with Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, but they also apply to being a student at CGGS. She encouraged all students to apply these values in dealings with not only peers and teaching staff, but interactions with the wider community.

Courtney’s attachment to the School is still very strong and when presenting is often asked where she attended secondary school, as receives compliments on how well presented and spoken she is. Courtney attributed this directly to her time at CGGS.

Year 12 Formal

Amongst the busy weeks of SACs and assessments was the most anticipated event of the Year 12 calendar, the School Formal, hosted last weekend at the Kooyong Tennis Club. The excitement and preparation was evident in the final days before the Formal, with the common room smelling like fake tan and lunchtime conversations about the final details of the night.

Come Saturday, the traffic on Glenferrie Road was halted by a fleet of classy limousines and sleek hummers. Girls and their dates stepped out of their vehicles and greeted friends and teachers in the function room. Everyone was dressed to the nines, and looked marvellous! It was as though we were on the star-studded red carpet.

The night passed quickly in a blur of food, photos, and lots of dancing. It was great to see a lot of teachers on the dance floor as well, bopping to some popular tunes. The formal committee made an entertaining video about the lead-up to formal, which featured some classic memes and jokes. Congratulations to all the girls who won awards, and the girls who didn’t – you all looked amazing!

We’d like to thank Mrs Anderson for organising the night and making sure everything went smoothly, a massive thank you to all the teachers who attended, and a special mention to Mrs Jolly. We hope the formal was a nice event to conclude your time spent here at Camberwell.

GSV Preliminary Swimming and Diving Carnival

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. Training will continue on a Tuesday and Thursday morning in preparation for the Division 3 Championship Carnival on Tuesday 15th March.

On the same day the Dive Team also competed against seven other GSV schools at MSAC. After weeks of early morning training sessions the girls had the opportunity to showcase their diving skills, performing three dives each. The squad should be very proud of their performance as they qualified for the Division 2 Carnival. This is an outstanding effort, particularly as it is only the second year the CGGS has competed in this event. We thank Mrs Cathie Meyenn for her expertise, enthusiasm and early starts.

We wish the girls the best of luck in their training and preparation for the Championship Carnival on Tuesday 15th March.

House Athletics

On Tuesday morning hundreds of excited CGGS girls flooded Doncaster Athletics track to compete for their House in track, field and novelty events. The girls displayed great enthusiasm and team spirit as they cheered on their friends. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Athletics Trophy for 2016.

Overall Results

1st Taylor 2537
2nd Schofield 2446
3rd Lawrence 2388
4th Singleton 2331


There were some excellent performances in the track and field and the following girls are to be congratulated on being awarded the Year Level Champions.

Year 7 1st             Sophia Giagoudakis

2nd           Belinda Lemanis

3rd            Emily Arvidsson

Year 8 1st             Michaela Robinson

2nd           Tilly Dunn

3rd            Ashleigh Cheung

Year 9 1st             Zoe Giagoudakis

2nd           Victoria Pearson

3rd            Lucy Bartram

Year 10 1st             Lama Halabi & Kate Sturzaker 2nd            Molly Ewens

3rd            Yasmin Tawfik

Year 11 1st             Laura King

2nd           Dorothy Li

3rd            Cara Ellis

Year 12 1st             Tiarnie Ellingworth

2nd           Melissa Poulton

3rd            Olivia Lawrie & Emily Bennett


Thank you to all the staff and students who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly. Well done to the House Sports Captains Laura King, Dorothy Li, Vivienne Leung and Zofia Andrianopoulos who put in an enormous effort to ensure all races were filled.

As a School community we also thank the PE staff for their efforts in organising such a successful day for maximum participation of girls. In particular Head of Sport, Ms Lauren Law for her excellence guidance of this team of staff and the Captains.

Student Achievement: Emma Pearce

Earlier this year we mentioned that Emma had been chosen by Basketball Victoria and the VJBL as a player in the 2016 U20 Victorian Women’s White team. The team competed at the 2016 U20 Australian Junior Championship held in Ipswich, Queensland from 14 – 20 February 2016.

After playing half a dozen close games Emma’s team made it to the Bronze medal playoff. Unfortunately things did not align for her team to take a medal home on this occasion and whilst there was disappointment Emma described it as an absolutely amazing experience and the best tournament she has played in yet. Well done Emma.

Boroondara Relay for Life

CGGS will again be entering a team into the 2016 Boroondara Relay for Life on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March.

Relay for Life is a fun, overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. The relay is a chance for the Hawthorn community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Relay for Life is a relay-style walk or run for students to challenge themselves to stay on the track overnight. You can stay for the whole event and camp overnight or join in for shorter periods of time and return home.

Date:                           Saturday 19th March – Sunday 20th March

Time:                          4pm – 10am

Where:                      John Gardiner Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn

Students are permitted to meet at John Gardiner Reserve from 1.00pm to set up their tents, however, the event will not commence until 4.00pm. Students must wear correct School sports uniform and bring plenty of warm clothes, water and food for the day/night. If your daughter is able to participate, you should please complete and return the form, which she will bring home.

We look forward to seeing as many girls at the event as possible.

Inaugural Social Justice Dinner – Friday 6 May 2016

We warmly invite all Junior and Senior School families, and their friends, to join our first annual Social Justice Dinner.

This September a group of students will be travelling to Cambodia and Vietnam to work with the Green Gecko Project. Money raised at the dinner will go towards this project.

Our special guest speaker will be Australian-born Tania Palmer. Ten years ago she began the process of creating The Green Gecko Project that now supports and educates over 70 children who previously lived and begged on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tania will be leaving her Cambodian home to come and speak to us!

This exciting night will also include food served by PinWheel & Co. auctions and much more. Please note the date in your diary.

Parent Information Session

On Monday 29 February we hosted our second Parent Information Session in conjunction with Camberwell Grammar School. The speaker at this event was Andrew Fuller on the topic of Resilient Families. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families.

Andrew was both informative and entertaining and it is safe to say all the families in attendance went home with words of wisdom and encouragement to help create resilient children.

Wishing everybody a brilliant weekend.


Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Recent CamNews


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

Senior School

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

Junior School

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


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

Senior School

A tradition of Camberwell Girls Grammar School for many years has been our annual Induction Service.

Senior School

Camberwell Girls Grammar School is leading the way in the delivery of education enabled by technology. Our Next Generation Learning Program underpins all that the School does.