Charlotte Drew

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Charlotte Drew

Commenced her journey in 2011 / Foundation

From a family of women who have always been active in the community and instilled in Charlotte the importance of care and support for others / Her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (who is 90) all give back to others on a regular basis / She gains a great sense of happiness and pride from helping others and enjoys contributing to make a difference in the community / Travelled to Fiji with her family and a suitcase full of school supplies. Volunteering at local primary schools they met students and educators and learnt that without the support of others, the students would not have the opportunity to receive an education / Regularly helps out at Open Hands, a soup kitchen catering for the homeless, elderly, lonely and the poor. Charlotte helps set up, collect plates and then, her favourite part – “at the end I just speak to the guests so they feel connected to the community and not alone” / An animal lover, Charlotte and her family also support RSPCA and recently adopted two older dogs by giving them a forever home – “everybody generally wants puppies which means older dogs are harder to rehouse” / The organisation that has had the biggest impact on Charlotte is Open Hands – “I’ve seen firsthand, the hardship of families with children who have nothing and are grateful for the food and company we give them. It has made me grateful for the things that I have and the life that I live” / When not giving of her time to others, Charlotte can be found playing netball, horse riding, at gymnastics or ballet.

My Dream

I want to be a surgeon so I can help people and make a difference in their lives.

Last Words

My time at Camberwell Girls has taught me that we all have the ability to make a difference and that it only takes one person to inspire others. If I could, I would change the way people treat each other. I’d love a world where everybody is accepting, supporting and equal.

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Krystal Williams

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Krystal Williams

Commenced her journey in 2010 / Yr5

Is an Indigenous Australian from the Noongar People and moved to Melbourne from Tambellup, Western Australia 6 years ago / Currently studying English, Food Technology, Health, Studio Arts and Mathematics / Loves experimenting with different materials and learning new techniques to create masterpieces in our art studios / Has represented the School in basketball and volleyball and has spent many Saturday mornings competing in the Boroondara Netball Competition / Travelled overseas for the first time in 2013, Krystal delighted in experiencing new foods, languages, fashion, architecture and simply just absorbing everything another culture has to offer / Has visited the United States, France and the Netherlands / She has surprised herself at each camp by stepping beyond her comfort zone to try new outdoor adventure challenges / Has made many amazing friends since joining Camberwell Girls and loves how supportive and caring her friendship circle is / A keen make-up artist, Krystal is already chasing her dream by currently completing a Certificate II in Beauty and Make-up at Box Hill TAFE.

My Dream

In the future I would love to be a makeup artist and travel the world doing runway, film and bridal work. Every woman is beautiful and I want all women to feel confident in their own skin. I have a true passion for makeup and enjoy the way it highlights natural features.

Last Words

I’ve learnt that if you have a passion for something, you should definitely pursue it because it will make you extremely happy. Everybody has their own individual strengths and that’s what makes us all different…all unique. Anyone can achieve anything if you work hard and put your mind to it.

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Zara Kadhani

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Zara Kadhani

Commenced her journey in 2012 / ELC4

Born in Manchester, England, Zara and her family immigrated to Melbourne 4 years ago / With a father from Zimbabwe and mother from Northern Ireland, Zara embraces cultural diversity / She is currently learning Chinese at school / Her father is teaching her Shona, a native language of Zimbabwe and her mother is teaching her French / A keen musician, she has been learning to play the piano and is also a member of the Middle Years Choir / A natural creative, Zara enjoys art and drama and joined our after-school clubs to pursue these interests further / She has created pieces of work for exhibition every year in the Junior Art Show / She stays active through netball, swimming and gymnastics / Is super-excited about going on her first school camp later this year and is especially looking forward to trying new outdoor adventure challenges / Loves our multicultural school and describes the environment as “such a happy place” / To honour her heritage, Zara enjoys celebrating African Independence Day and St Patrick’s Day with her family every year / Her all time favourite food is Irish Stew but she does love Sadza, a traditional South African dish / Since arriving at Ormiston she has made many special friendships / A digital native, Zara’s favourite way to learn is through video conferences. Why? “Because I get to meet people from all around the world and learn about different cultures and interesting facts”.

My Dream

When I grow up I want to be a doctor so I can help people in need. I’d like to work in poor countries where there are lots of sick people. Making people feel better will make them live a happier life. To be a doctor I’ll need really good school results, so this will challenge me to push myself.

Last Words

I love this school because everyone is so different. Everybody is so kind and caring and we ensure that everybody is included. Through Positive Education I’ve learnt that we all have different character strengths that make us each unique. My friends say I mostly have kindness and bravery which I think is true.

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Janet Liu

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Janet Liu

Commenced her journey in 2011 / Year 7

Commenced Camberwell Girls Journey in 2011 (Year 7) / Has learnt French and Chinese (Mandarin) / Janet has tried many sports in her time at Camberwell Girls including swimming, hockey, cricket, soccer and water polo and has participated in GSV Finals quite a few times / Has played the oboe since primary school and is an active member of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and the School Orchestra / Also sings in the House Choir each year / Janet will be the 2016 School Music Captain / A lover of the great outdoors Janet has been on every year level camp / She says that the Year 10 Camp to the Grampians was by far the best, as it challenged her to step beyond her comfort zone both physically and emotionally / Travelled to the USA in Year 9 as part of the inaugural Science/History Study Tour where she participated in intense astronaut training at NASA / Refl ecting on the strong friendships made on this trip, Janet describes them as the best souvenir she brought home / Was part of the initial iPad trial in Year 8 and says that she knew it was the beginning of something big / Janet has truly enjoyed being a part of this exciting transformation in education and says that the classroom is now a much more interesting place / Recipient of the Victorian Junior Tall Poppies Award for her passion and her ability to communicate the importance of science and mathematics in our society / Is a part of the Australian National University Chancellor’s Scholars Program.

My Dream

A major goal of mine is to infl uence someone and to change their life. Maybe I’ll be a doctor or even an engineer, but what I am sure of is that I want to change someone’s life for the better. I want to help people and I want people to help each other. I hope that one day in the future people will live more humbly, generously and with more gratitude.

Last Words

My experience at Camberwell Girls has been very humbling and allowed me to appreciate the things that I have. One of the best parts of my experience is the friends that I have made. They have stuck with me through thick and thin and have made me laugh like I have never laughed before. I am so grateful to have such amazing friends and I am extremely lucky to have come to a school like Camberwell Girls, where there is such a strong sense of community.

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Zara Mammone

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Zara Mammone

Commenced her journey in 2007 / ELC

Commenced CGGS journey in 2007 (EL3) / Has learnt French and Chinese (Mandarin) / Has made many good friends across the year levels with girls of all cultures / Played the violin since EL4 and has been tutored the entire time by Mr Mack / Plays the clarinet and saxophone… she taught herself to play the piano / To unwind she plays netball, soccer, basketball and t-ball / Has been on 4 camps and too many excursions to count / Has performed in 4 School Productions – Space Odyssey, The Granny Awards, The Pirate Factor and Myrtle / Has been a member of 7 orchestras and choral ensembles including Super Strings, Chamber Strings, Concert Band and Symphonia / Was elected Student Council Representative in 2009 and Environment Leader in 2014 / Initiated ‘World Turtle Day’ at the Junior School to raise funds for the RSPCA / Chosen to perform with The Melbourne Youth Music Orchestra / Has a strong love for learning and can effi ciently use all devices that begin with i… iPad, iPod, iMac, interactive whiteboard.

My Dream

My goal is to live in Tokyo and to work at a local hospital curing people with illness through music therapy. I can’t imagine a life without my violin! On weekends I will sell my artwork in a marketplace and each month I will travel to a foreign destination and write documentaries for a travel journal. If for some reason none of that eventuates, at the very least I hope to never stop dreaming!

Last Words

Ormiston has allowed my whole family to make friends and I have been accepted for just being me. If I have learnt anything about myself during my time here, it is that I belong.

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Elise Mackay

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Commenced her journey in 2010 / Year 7

Has learnt French, German and Chinese (Mandarin) / To unwind she plays indoor cricket and netball in the GSV competition… also a member of the Saturday Netball Club / Has played the saxophone and piano since Year 7 / Has been on 5 year level camps and 6 music camps / Favourite camp was Year 7 as her closest friendships were formed there / Has enjoyed competitive ‘arguing’ for the past 6 years when representing the School in debating competitions / Has been involved in 4 School Productions: played a main character in Alice in Wonderland, formed part of the chorus in Cinderella, managed the back of house in The Love of Three Oranges and was based in the orchestra pit on the saxophone in Guys and Dolls / Experienced zero gravity at NASA whilst on the inaugural USA Science – History Tour in 2013 / Immersed herself in the Chinese culture and studied at our sister school in Shanghai whilst on the Chinese Study Tour in 2012 / Elected House Music Captain in 2014 and House Captain in 2015 / For the past 2 years has worked with younger students as a Mentor Leader / Has been a member of 9 instrumental and choral groups / Has packed birthing kits for women in developing countries and not eaten for almost 2 days as part of the 40 Hour Famine / Rallied for the environment as a member of our Froggies Group

My Dream

I would love to see everybody in the world focussed on not advancing themselves, but advancing the people around them. Everyone has their own set of skills and talents and it’s about learning how we can use them in positive ways to service the community.

Last Words

Camberwell Girls has challenged me in many ways and that’s what I love about it. The support and encouragement has allowed me to push myself to learn more about my passions. A Camberwell Girls education is a privilege and as graduates, we need to remain humble and continue to educate ourselves and others so that we can move forward as a global community.

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Amelia Lemanis

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Amelia Lemanis

Commenced her journey in 2009 / Prep

Amelia has learnt both French and Chinese (Mandarin) at school and enjoys participating in Saturday Language School to learn Latvian – her native language / A lover of all things music, one instrument just isn’t enough, so she plays three – viola, flute and trumpet! / Amelia is also a member of the Vivace Choir and was Year 6 Music Leader in Semester One, a role which saw her promote participation in music at Ormiston and also host the annual Music Concert / Amelia is determined to be a part of the inaugural European Music Tour in 2017 / To keep fit, she plays netball and a highlight was winning the Grand Final in Year 4 – the teams first year of competition / Amelia has developed a love of reading since joining the School / Has been on four camps and every single excursion since Prep / Has also attended the Father-Daughter Camp twice, which she describes as ‘lots and lots of fun’! / Once shy of an audience, Amelia has certainly developed confidence – she would never have imagined herself on stage, performing to a packed Hall in three School Productions / Amelia has made many great friends at Camberwell Girls… some of her closest are in Year 6, while others come from lower year levels. She says that her friends are all unique, differing in their personalities and nationalities and that’s what makes them so special.

My Dream

It is my dream to reduce global warming and to help stop some of the unnecessary pollution in the world. I love animals and would love to play a part in environmental sustainability.

Last Words

I have learnt that anything is possible… if you believe in yourself.

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Belinda Lemanis

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Commenced her journey in 2009 / Prep

Belinda has learnt French and Chinese and also attends Latvian School with her grandparents each weekend  /  She plays the clarinet and cello at school  /  Enjoys learning the piano and guitar – taught by her mum and uncle respectively  /  Extremely passionate about sport, she has played netball for three years – winning the Grand Final the past two years  /  Belinda keeps cool in the pool as a member of the swimming squad and has made it to the Divisional Competition for the past 3 years  /  Also a member of the water polo team and has represented the School in athletics (200m sprint / long jump) and cross country at a Divisional level  /  Has been on every camp since joining the School and says her favourite was Year 6 because she made new friends and was challenged ‘in a fun way’  /  This year she was elected Assembly and Events Leader, a role that saw her organise weekly assemblies as well as take prospective families on school tours  /  Has enjoyed participating in social justice initiatives and is already looking forward to joining the FROGGIES Environment Group next year  /  Enjoys discovering new iPad Apps  /  Loves that Camberwell Girls is very multicultural and that she is friends with girls from different cultures.

My Dream

I hope that in the future all people will get along and there will be no war. I also want to help people living in unfair conditions and help get everyone access to clean facilities, food and an education. I think that everyone deserves this and we are very fortunate to have all of these things and more.

Last Words

My grandparents came to Australia as displaced persons, with little more than some clothing and a bible. They were able to create very happy lives for themselves and their children with the help of charity organisations. I want to volunteer to give back and help others in need. These are my family values and also those of the School.

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Karen Zhang

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Commenced her journey in 2011 / Year 7

Has learnt German, French and Chinese / Plays the violin and piano and taught herself to play the guitar / Enjoyed learning to play volleyball and currently competes in archery / Loves the real-world learning opportunities that come with Study Tours / Travelled to China in Year 10 where she climbed The Great Wall of China. In 2015, she travelled to the USA and participated in once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of astronaut training at NASA Space Camp / Has enjoyed stepping beyond her comfort zone at every year level camp and being challenged by the School’s Education Outdoors Program / Currently holds the leadership position of School Captain and is dedicated to upholding the School’s tradition of producing confident, self-aware and capable women who are all leaders of change in their own way. Was elected House Drama Captain in Year 11. Hugely passionate about social justice and says that it makes up a big part of who she is. Is very active with supporting many charities, causes and organisations. Particularly passionate about helping refugees / Not shy of an audience, has been cast in every drama or musical production since joining the School / Awarded State Champion in the National History Challenge in Year 11 for her essay on the theme ‘Leadership and Legacy’ / Through the School’s Positive Education Program, Karen is a mentor. She finds it vey rewarding to draw on her own experiences to help younger girls blossom and grow.

My Dream

If I could change one thing in the world, I’d definitely eliminate racial and gender discrimination, as these have always been the roots to so many past and present issues. We’ve come far, but not far enough in achieving equality. I’d like to see the whole world embrace and celebrate all of our differences.

Last Words

Good friendships are like treasure… difficult to find but so valuable when you do. I am so grateful for all the friendships I have made at Camberwell Girls. There is great diversity amongst my friends. There really is such a plethora of talent, culture and individuality in our School. All students motivate, support and help each other in every way possible. The friendships I’ve made, I’ll treasure forever.

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