Angela Follacchio

Inspiring Staff

Angela Follacchio

Early Learning Leader

I see challenges as positive opportunities for reflection.

Angela Follacchio was raised in a family that made a positive contribution and difference within the school community. Her own school experiences were nothing but positive. She was surrounded by educators that took an interest in her wellbeing, who nurtured her and who encouraged her to achieve her best.

It is Angela’s educators that we must thank, as they are the very reason that Angela pursued a career in education, and therefore the reason we have Angela as our own Early Learning Leader.

“I can clearly recall a number of my teachers by name as they had such an impact on me. Not only on my life as a student but as the person and teacher I am today. They fostered my passion and love for learning and also empowered me to make a contribution to the community,” she says.

For 22 years, Angela has been making a positive impact on the lives of children and to the community. Her experience in Early Learning is diverse. Her knowledge impeccable and ever growing. There’s a saying along the lines of, “if you want to be the best, then you have to learn from the best” – one could almost think that this saying is about Angela.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Education, followed by a Master of Teaching, Angela worked with children from vulnerable families.

“This experience instilled in me the importance of understanding and seeing each child within the context of their family and how it’s fundamental to form relationships with not only the child but also their family,” she says.

She also credits the same role for teaching her valuable lessons about compassion, equity and social justice.

Angela then worked in local government, supporting the inclusion of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with disabilities into various educational programs.

She holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and through the provision of professional development, she educates teachers in Victoria. She has presented papers at state and national educational conferences and is responsible for writing publications for Environmental Education in Early Childhood, a state organisation that focuses on educating children for sustainability.

In 2007 she joined Camberwell Girls and for the past nine years has been changing the lives of the young students, lucky enough to affectionately call her, ‘Miss Angela’.

As Early Learning Leader, she is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the School’s Early Learning Philosophy is implemented to the highest possible standards. The role also encompasses the responsibility of the coordination of the Early Learning Curriculum and Wellbeing Program.

“I have a holistic approach to education and I ensure the learning opportunities offered encompass the growth of the whole child. There is a firm focus on the skills and values required for living and learning both today and tomorrow.”

“On a daily basis the children are involved in sustainable practices such as reusing, recycling and composting and I value equally, learning and teaching within the classroom and in the outdoor environment,” says Angela.

Positive Education including mindfulness, character strengths and meditation are a daily part of Angela’s classes, as is family participation.

Whilst she does work with the youngest children in our community, which can be challenging, it is these challenges that Angela thrives on. “I see challenges as positive opportunities for reflection, flexibility, innovation and ‘thinking outside the square’ to achieve the best outcomes.”

The rewards of teaching the youngest members of the community far outweigh the challenges and Angela says she feels blessed to be in such a position that makes a positive contribution and difference in the lives of children and their families.

“Creating a community of learners… providing an environment that scaffolds learning. Seeing the growth, progress and achievements and working with children and their families to develop authentic relationships are the reasons why teaching is so important and so rewarding.”

“I am so grateful that I followed my passion and chose teaching as a profession”.
Angela – we are too!

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Nima Reddy

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Nima Reddy

Laboratory Technician

Science plays such an important part in our everyday living.

Nima Reddy discovered her love of science in high school. She still recalls the exact day and particular experiment that ignited her passion.

“I was mixing two solutions to form something totally different. It was truly fascinating and it quite literally set off a spark,” says Nima.

Combine a Bachelor of Science, years working for a leading pharmaceutical company and many experiments later, Nima returned to where it all began – the classroom. Only this time, she was on the other side of the bench.

Nima joined Camberwell Girls in 1998 as our Laboratory Technician. She made the move from industry to education because she wanted to share her love of science with students.

“Science plays such an important part in our everyday living. We all depend on different chemicals in our lives to survive. Science is both fun and challenging – never static. I really just wanted to share my passion,” says Nima with a grin.

Nima can always be seen in a white lab coat and goggles as a typical day involves trialling experiments, setting up experiments and then conducting experiments with a class.

“I strive to maintain functional laboratories at Camberwell Girls and therefore trial to investigate the absolute safest way of conducting an experiment,” says Nima.

She is also responsible for general care and maintenance of our science labs, replenishment of stocks including chemicals, solutions and equipment and caring for and feeding our animals, aquaria and plants.

Unpleasant odours, chemicals, dead animals, bacteria, skeletons, biological specimen and algae – it’s all just
part of a days work. “As long as I see the girls enjoy what they are doing then I’m happy,” she says.

Whilst Nima loves the hands-on and at times unpredictable side to her job, she also enjoys experiencing the changes that technology brings.

“I’ve loved connecting with scientists in different states and other parts of the world and bringing them into our classes thanks to the video conferencing facilities,” she says.

Nima believes that women in science are vital. “Research has proven that our brains function very differently to men. Women can therefore bring a new and fresh perspective. Combine the two, both men and women collaborating together – naturally the knowledge expands,” says Nima.

With women making up only a quarter of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workforce in Australia, Nima truly is a science role model and a highly passionate one at that.

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Kath Woolcock

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Kath Woolcock

Deputy Head of Senior School - Student Wellbeing
Physical Education & Health Teacher

Kath's hope is for all students to feel enriched by their time at CGGS.

Kath Woolcock always wanted to care for and work with young people although, it wasn’t until she was two years into a nursing degree that she realised hospitals and scrubs weren’t for her.

A change of degree, uniform and work placements in the classroom instead of the ER department, Kath soon realised that schools were where she wanted to be.

Kath joined CGGS in 2010 as a Physical Education (PE) and Health teacher, her first role after graduating from Deakin University. She later became Head of Physical Education and Health and in 2018, she commenced a new role as Deputy Head of Senior School, responsible for Student Wellbeing.

As well as still teaching PE classes, Kath works closely with both students and staff to lead the development, implementation and review of the school’s student wellbeing programs. This includes developing and tailoring programs that enhance each student’s understanding of themselves and their potential, as well as providing our CGGS girls with the skills and resources to be resilient, feel a sense of belonging, contribute to their community and ultimately have a positive and holistic appreciation of wellbeing.

Kath says she was attracted to a career that involved working closely with young people and one that enabled her to share her passion of health and wellbeing.

“I wanted a career that provided me the opportunity to be creative and inspire others and one that was varied with different experiences each day. I definitely found all of this at CGGS and even more so in my new role as Deputy Head,” she says.

Attending an all girls’ school herself, Kath knows firsthand the benefits of such an environment. She is truly passionate about education for girls and creating a culture where every girl can be herself and most importantly thrive. Kath is also huge on female empowerment and women in leadership.

“A girls’ only school provides a powerful platform for education. It creates a culture of girls striving to learn, to achieve, to discover and a culture where girls are given ALL the opportunities. At an all girls’ school, there are endless moments for self-discovery, but also endless moments to learn from strong female role models,” says Kath.

It’s obvious that she loves working with our girls and witnessing them grow on their own journey, but she is equally grateful to be surrounded by passionate and like-minded peers.

“We truly do have a staff who believe in our vision for student wellbeing and who are dedicated to creating and developing innovative and dynamic programs,” she says.

Already under Kath’s leadership, we have seen many changes which are all having an enormous impact on the wellbeing of our students. From the introduction of Junior and Senior School Wellbeing Captains, a new Years 7 and 8 Tutor Model, revamp of our Transition Week, a new Year 11 and 12 PE +
Program to keep our VCE girls active, a Mental Fitness Training Program, a revamped Positive Education Program, the inclusion of affirmations in the student diary and the newly rolled out ‘no phone’ zones.

We must mention, that all of this has occurred in just six months. As a school we are certainly excited to see what comes next and Kath assures us that there is no shortage
of ideas.

Kath’s hope is that all students feel enriched by their time at CGGS and that they feel confident and optimistic about the future.

“Ultimately, I would like our girls to find their sense of purpose and passion, so that they can leave CGGS as strong, independent and self-aware young women. If I can contribute to this being achieved then I’ll do all I can to make it happen,” confirms Kath.

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Paul Donohue

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Paul Donohue

Head of Junior School

Girls need strong male role models.

Head of Junior School, Paul Donohue has always enjoyed the challenge of learning and studying. A quick glance at his CV and you soon realise just how committed he is to furthering his knowledge in education.

A graduate from Deakin University, Paul holds two Masters of Education (each with different majors), a Graduate Diploma of Education, a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Primary Teaching. That’s just his tertiary studies.

He openly admits that his wife teases him about the fact that he has never left school.

“From kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and university, I’ve literally been in a classroom every single day of my life. However, I am so grateful for everything I have learned and everything I continue to learn, especially about how to support the development of young people in this rapidly changing world,” says Paul.

Paul joined CGGS in 2012 as a classroom teacher and also as the Year 5 and 6 Team Leader. The following year he was promoted to Deputy Head of Junior School and in 2015 he became the Head of Junior School.

Education is really a part of Paul’s DNA. Whilst he’s always been a primary teacher, he has worked in many settings over the past 28 years – from co-education, all boys’, all girls’ and international schools in Asia. He certainly is experienced and brings a wealth of knowledge to CGGS each and every day.

Paul knows that girls learn differently to boys and deploys many techniques to create an optimum environment at CGGS. But, the most important thing he’s learnt and believes whole-heartedly in, is that humans are the sum of their own experiences.

“As educators we hold the key, that when turned makes a difference to the lives of young people. I was fortunate to have many great teachers at school, and what made them stand out, went far beyond their subject knowledge. It was their genuine interest in improving the lives of their students.” “Students do not care what you know, until they know that you care for them,” says Paul.

Paul is passionate about working with his students, fellow teachers and families to build a connected community. He is focussed on sharing his knowledge and modelling skills and behaviours to enable those in his care to be the best they
can be.

Under Paul’s leadership, the focus of the CGGS Junior School is to develop a community centred around collaboration, communication, cooperation, commitment, resilience, perseverance, honesty, tolerance, responsibility and trust.

”Schools have one of the most precious and instrumental roles in the community – educating young people. Parents trust us with the vital mission of not only caring for their children but helping them to develop the knowledge, skills and values that enable them to grow into purposeful contributors to society,” says Paul.

It will come as no surprise that one of the biggest highlights of his role is connecting with others at community events.

“I love our annual Grandparents and Special Friends events. I attend every year level’s event and connect with numerous members of families over a cup of tea and a biscuit.”

It goes without saying that Paul also gets great joy from seeing his students achieve their personal best, both in and out of the classroom and watching the girls pursue their passions and grow on the journey.

“As the leader of the Junior School, I believe it is important for girls to understand that both women and men are invested in their personal success. Girls need strong male role models in their lives and as Head of the Junior School,  I’m totally invested in the education of all our CGGS girls and ensuring it is the best it can be.”

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Trish Dolan

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Trish Dolan

Careers Counsellor

A passionate lifelong learner!

Trish Dolan has tried her hand at many things and held diverse roles in various industries. Through high school, her gap year and also university, Trish worked in fashion, hospitality, retail and community service to name a few.

Long before the research took place that revealed our current students will hold 17 different jobs across 5 industries, Trish was almost there!

“I was always interested in people. Though I didn’t realise it at the time, with each new role, I was acquiring skills which would prove invaluable in my specialist career,” says Trish.

It truly makes sense that this highly experienced role model is also the school’s Career’s Counsellor, a role that she was appointed to in 2013.

Trish holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Vocational Counselling, although she didn’t set out to work in a school.

“During the final year of my undergraduate study in Psychology, I completed a thesis. I had to undertake a large part of the research in schools and I fell in love with the energy and enthusiasm of the students and the dedication of the teachers. Although I had been considering doing further studies in organisational psychology, I revised my plans!” she says laughing.

Trish has worked as a Careers Counsellor both nationally and internationally. The primary aim of her role is to provide a range of learning experiences to help our girls make choices about their lives and to make transitions to these choices.

Career counsellors have a fundamental role to play in the shaping of students’ lives. At CGGS careers is not just about ‘what course will I get into?’ Careers education is embedded in every facet of the school program. The aim is to ensure that every student has the confidence, and competence, to develop their own career management skills. These are skills for life and a necessary prerequisite for building a career in the future.

Since joining CGGS Trish has overhauled the school’s Careers Program. Working predominantly with Years 9-12 students, she has developed a whole-school approach to career planning.

“Career development activities can no longer be piecemeal and disconnected at each year level. They need to form a process so students and parents can see the connections between what we do at Year 9 to what we do at Year 10 and so on, until at Year 12, students can be confident that they have the skills and knowledge for life long career self-management,” says Trish.

From the development of a CGGS careers website, a weekly careers newsletter, mentoring breakfast and lunches, an online careers library, careers information sessions, guest speakers, resume writing and LinkedIn workshops – the program that Trish has developed forms part of the rich, personalised and future-focused education on offer at CGGS.

A highlight is the annual event titled #myfuture, a modern twist on the traditional careers expo. “#myfuture was a deliberate choice to encourage our students to take ownership of their career path, after all the choices they make now are shaping their future,” says Trish.

A day in the life of Trish is never ever the same. She supports our girls however they need it, with the highlight being observing them mature and develop into confident young women.

“I have the privilege of seeing them return for one year and five year reunions. It is terrific to hear them talk about their university experiences, post graduate studies, work opportunities and where they are going in the world. I remember them as Year 9 students trying to put together a decent resume, as Year 10 students caught up in the throes of VCE subject selection and as Year 12 students agonising over VTAC course choices. The cycle is wonderful,” she says.

With the world at their feet and the confidence to chase their dreams, the most important thing Trish believes our girls need to take away from their time at CGGS is a love of learning.

“As the world is changing, students will need to keep abreast of whatever is current in their sphere of life and work. Lifelong learning is almost a compulsory requirement now. If they can absolutely love learning in whatever shape or form, I can’t think of anything more important,” says Trish.

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Lauren Law

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Lauren Law

Head of Sport
Physical Education & Health Teacher

I want every Camberwell girl to find a sport she loves.

Before becoming a teacher, every job Lauren Law had was related to Physical Education. A swim teacher for many years, a netball coordinator and also a professional sports coach running clinics in schools.

“Becoming a PE teacher felt so right and was such an obvious choice for me,” says Lauren, who holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from Deakin University.

She joined Camberwell Girls in 2014 as our Head of Sport – a perfect role for Lauren who has been a Premier League Hockey player for 10 years and recently started playing AFL.

Primarily, she oversees the School’s Sports Program and is responsible for its development, as well as student participation.

“I want every Camberwell girl to be able to find a sport she loves,” says Lauren.

In order to meet this objective, Lauren had to grow the School’s offering. In her time, she has introduced new sports including diving, AFL, triathlon and 5-a-side-soccer. As a result, the School currently has record participation in our Sports Program.

“It is great to see so many girls involved, from those who have played for many years to others who are trying something for the first time. It’s always rewarding to watch the girls work hard to meet and exceed their potential,” she says.

Lauren often speaks to the girls about the large number of sports that she has tried… with varying levels of success. As a sports teacher, the list is long but a great example is her latest competitive sport, AFL.

“I was terrible at kicking and whoever I was kicking with would get a workout from chasing the ball. After hours of practice on the weekend and after work, I have improved and recently played my first few games.”

Lauren has learnt firsthand the benefits of being involved in team sports.

“When you join a team or club you become part of a supportive community of like-minded people. I have met so many amazing people of all ages through hockey and more recently through footy. There are also many inspiring role models to learn from such as experienced players and coaches,” she says.

With this in mind, Lauren, a role model herself, has also worked on developing our coaching program which sees older students coach and mentor younger teams. Currently, we have 12 current students and five former students in coaching roles.

As the number of girls involved in sport at Camberwell Girls has increased, so to has our sporting profile. Although Lauren is quick to remind us, that it’s about the experience and the skills gained. “Winning is a bonus,” she says.

Whilst she currently trains six times a week for hockey and AFL, we do think she’s one to watch in women’s AFL. Her father played for North Melbourne in the 80s and was responsible for helping her improve her kicking.

“I’ve played in two hockey premierships, I guess it would be nice to add some AFL premierships to the list too and who knows, maybe play professionally,” she says.

We’re more than confident that you will achieve this Lauren!

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Craig Goodwin

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Craig Goodwin

Deputy Head of Junior School - Student Wellbeing
Year 6 Classroom Teacher

It is important to remain connected and to give back to the community.

If you see someone walking around the Junior School Grounds with a pad of post-it notes, you can guarantee it is Craig Goodwin. On his daily yard duties, he loves nothing that more than jotting down highlights of the 2-minute conversations he has with the students.

Craig joined Camberwell Girls in 2008 as a Junior Classroom Teacher and was appointed Deputy Head of Junior School – Student Wellbeing in 2015. Craig is determined to support, enrich and challenge each child to achieve their personal best in everything they do.

“Children have the right to be happy and enjoy their life in school, whether it be a love of learning or through building positive friendships and relationships. The Service Learning program is a pathway towards a sense of belonging and achievement,” he says.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Craig initially spent his working week in finance, however he found the strong focus on profits wasn’t for him.

A trip to Japan in his 20’s, where he taught young children sparked his interest in a career in education. He says it was their warmth, joy and humour where he was able to learn something he had never experienced in a workplace up until that point. Craig then completed a Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Education.

Outside of the classroom, Craig is an active member in the community and very passionate about service learning and social justice. In his early teenage years, he was prompted by his high school Chaplain to think beyond the world he lives in and be compassionate towards people he didn’t often mingle with. As a result, he met and spoke to many homeless men, this left an impression on him which he revisited in his late 20s.

He believes it is important to remain connected and to give back to the community – donating blood every
school holiday period is one of Craig’s many acts of service.

Outside of the classroom, Craig is an active member of the community and very passionate about service learning and social justice.

“I began to do this as my wife challenged me several years ago. I would whine about certain things happening in the community and Belinda once responded, “Well then why don’t you do something about it?” As a result, I started giving blood and I also joined The Lions Club of Croydon.”

Craig also supports various other charities such as the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, World Vision, Royal Children’s Hospital, Pinchapoo and the Australian Red Cross.

“I recently attended an event at Peter Mac due to the fundraising efforts of The Croydon Lions. It is a joy to have that camaraderie with the other group members whilst also thinking of people in our local community that we can support,” he says.

As a father to two boys, Craig says he is looking forward to getting them involved in different community events through their kindergartens and schools.

“I want them to think of others and to appreciate the stories behind the faces around us. We don’t know what people are going through, so before we judge we should make the effort to get to know them and support them.”

We love the contributions you make to help others Craig and we know you are inspiring others to do the same!

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Helen Creed

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Helen Creed

School Chaplain, Year 9 Coordinator
English, Religious Education, Texts & Traditions Teacher

I had a clear, humbling experience of God calling me to be a minister.

Helen Creed grew up with an understanding that caring for others is a natural part of life. She observed both of her parents offer their time and talents to others and this instilled and ignited the same passion in Helen.

Her mum was a wonderful piano player, who shared her love of music with children and in nursing homes. Her father worked with a group of physically disabled people and also house-bound elderly people.

“They were just good Christian people who wanted to help others. They didn’t draw attention to their activities, they just went about it quietly,” she says.

Helen joined the Camberwell Girls community in 2004 as School Chaplain, a role that sees her offer opportunities for people within our School to connect with God: to be touched by God’s love, and to know their worth in God’s sight.

“I believe that the best way to know God is through the life of Jesus, so making it possible for people to hear those stories is a big focus,” says Helen.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Divinity and a Master of Theology – equating to 10 years of study.

Inspired by her own High School English teacher, Helen was drawn to a career in education. “We are still in contact. She really opened up the riches of literature to me.”

It was later and after a successful career in teaching that Helen decided to follow her heart. “From childhood, I always had a secret idea of myself being a minister. It wasn’t until I was about 30 that I decided to study theology and a few years later, I had a clear, humbling experience of God calling me to be a minister,” she says.

It’s no surprise that Helen and her husband Roger are involved in projects through their local parish. Together they help asylum seekers and those living with poverty. Roger, a musician also spent many years teaching blind children to play music and the Christian Blind Mission is the organisation that Helen feels the strongest connection to.

“I hate the idea of not being able to see, especially children. Now that there are procedures to help, I love to think of
that moment when a child opens their eyes and can see for the first time,” says Helen.

As part of her role as Chaplain, Helen actively supports the School’s Service Learning Program. She praises Liss Campbell for the time she has dedicated to re-developing the program to ensure that it reflects the Christian ethos and the foundations on which the School was formed.

Helen hopes that through participation and interactions in service, our Camberwell girls discover that sometimes they are the ‘poor’ ones, despite being materially well-off.

“Liss understands that being involved is a blessing for us as much as for those we might get alongside; and that we need to be sure that we do not disempower people when we seek to help them,” says Helen.

Helen admires Nelson Mandela because after spending many years in prison, his heart is not bitter. Equally, she admires the life of Archbishop Desmund Tutu and his work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“His work showed how speaking the truth opens up new possibilities in situations of great pain and hurt.”

We thank Helen for following her heart all those years ago and for nurturing the Christian life of our fine School.

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Liss Campbell

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Liss Campbell

Head of Service Learning / Art & Religious Education Teacher

Our new approach has us learning with those in need.

Before moving into the education industry, Liss Campbell worked for many years as Graphic Designer and Illustrator for World Vision Australia. She was also the Creative Director of the 40 Hour Famine.

Liss holds a Bachelor of Arts and after completing her Dip Ed, she joined

Camberwell Girls in 2012 to teach both art and religious education. In 2017, she was appointed Head of Service Learning, a role perfectly suited to her.

Ultimately, the role exists to help all members of the Camberwell Girls community live out the School’s motto, mission, vision and values.

“I do this through teaching Service Learning classes, coordinating experiential learning opportunities, developing partnerships with local, national and international not-for-profit organisations and leading an annual trip to Cambodia to immerse the girls in a developing context,” says Liss.

During 2016, Liss together with another teacher, Brett Stout conducted a review of the School’s Social Justice Program and they discovered just how ad-hoc the approach was.

“We appeared to be throwing money at a huge number of organisations but had no connection to their cause or those they worked with,” she says.

Liss created an entire new model. “Our new approach seeks to have us learn from our walk with and alongside those in need, rather than doing things to them or for them that they could otherwise do themselves,” says Liss.

The new model is about empowerment. The organisations we partner and work with should be in some way empowered through the experience and so should our girls.

“I think we fully find ourselves more when we serve. I want our girls and staff to have a big heart for others, knowing that serving others humbly in whatever capacity, has the potential to change people’s lives and bring great joy and meaning to their own life,” she says.

Liss’s passion stems from personal experiences. She was born with a heart defect but thankfully because she lived in Australia, she survived. After giving birth to her first son, she was told that it would be too risky to put her heart through childbirth again. So, she adopted her youngest son from the Philippines. These experiences confirmed her passion for working with and helping others.

“I feel a great weight of what Warren Buffett called the ‘ovarian lottery’. I was born here, have a great family and had great opportunities. If I was born in most other countries I wouldn’t have survived my heart defects.

“We know that the empowerment of girls, in particular, is one of the most powerful ways to break the cycle of extreme poverty”

Our son JM is ultimately a member of our family because of the devastating effects of poverty. We feel blessed to have this amazing person in our life. I can’t imagine having to make the excruciating decision as a parent to give up a child because I knew I didn’t have the money and resources to care and provide for them,” says Liss.

Liss admits that she is often overwhelmed with the world’s issues and that she is forever thinking about how she can change the injustices that she sees.

“Ghandi essentially said that ‘we need to be the change we wish to see in the world’ – that is why I do what I do,”
she confirms.

The biggest highlight of the role Liss says is seeing the students or staff return from an experience full of joy and transformed in some way through their encounter with others.

“Witnessing those powerful ‘ah-ha’ moments is so extremely rewarding,”
she says with a huge grin.

Service is in the DNA of Liss’s family. She met husband Matt at church many years ago. Along with their two sons Will and JM they fully live out their Christian faith. They support a number of NGO’s financially, serve in formal roles through their local church and they sponsor
three girls.

“We know that the empowerment of
girls in particular is one of the most powerful ways to break the cycle of extreme poverty.”

In addition, both sons have, as part of their pocket money a regular amount designated to those less fortunate “After a conversation with us they decide who they give this to,” she says.

While there are many who inspire Liss to live a life of service, first and foremost she says it is the call of the Bible to, Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with God.

“Also Jesus and his indiscriminate example of counter-cultural love and service regardless of who they were and where they came from.”

Liss, we thank you for setting such a fine example and empowering our Camberwell girls and staff to share peace, restore justice and to immitate the actions of Christ.

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Catherine Daniels

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Catherine Daniels

Library Systems Technician

Outside of books and bowls, Catherine's major hobby is nail art.

Stereotypically, Catherine Daniel isn’t your typical lawn bowler. But don’t be fooled… she’s been playing for more than six years now and she’s got quite an impressive trophy cabinet.

A member of the Middle Park Bowling Club, Catherine joined Camberwell Girls in 2009 as our Library Systems Technician. She spends her days in the Library, her afternoons on the bowling green and her evenings reading books. She’s currently on book number 6,500 and counting!

A bookworm since primary school, Catherine vividly remembers her two-day day work experience placement in the local library. “I absolutely loved it. It was like heaven and from that point onwards, I just knew I wanted to work in a library,” says Catherine.

She completed an Associate Diploma of Library Information Services and has been working in our Library ever since. Her role is varied. She maintains the current collections, accessions the new items and looks after the Library Management System.

“My favourite part of the role is helping people discover something new to read. I’m forever suggesting new genres.”

This is exactly how she found herself playing bowls. Her mum suggested she come down to the bowls club and give it a go.

“It was a Saturday and my mum called asking if I could help her out by filling in for a team member that afternoon. I decided to head down to the club and give it a go. I thought it would be a bit of fun and when I arrived they handed over the white uniform and I quickly realised it was serious,” she says.

It turns out that Catherine took to bowls like a duck to water. “I really quite enjoyed it and after time and practice I got better and better.”

It didn’t take long before Catherine started to bowl her competitors over. She won the Metropolitan Pennant two consecutive seasons from 2012/13 and 2013/14. She was the Middle Park Ladies Champion for the 2015/16 season and was runner-up in the Ladies Pairs Championship in 2016.

Most recently, she played in the Grand Final of the Middle Park Mixed Paris Championships and she was the Team Manager for the Metropolitan Pennant Win in 2016/17.

Catherine loves the sport, especially the strategic element and sees herself continuing with it for years to come.

“If I’m brutally honest, I also love that it doesn’t involve catching balls or having to run fast. My long walk to and from the train station each day is enough to keep me fit for bowls,” she says with a giggle.

Outside of books and bowls, she occasionally plays golf and her major hobby is nail art. She owns 700 bottles of polish and changes the designs on her nails at least twice a week.

“Nail art is my creative outlet and I’ll often paint them to match my uniform before a big competition. My wild bright nails and my age often aggravate some of my competitors… maybe that’s why I win!” she says.

We don’t think so Catherine – clearly you have all the right skills!

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