Senior School

Welcome back to all Senior School students and their families for 2016.  We also extend a warm welcome to our new students and our Year 7s who will be the class of 2021.

Last week our Year 7, Year 11 and Year 12 students had an early start as they commenced with two transition days over Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January.

After wishing their daughters a great first day at Senior School, we welcomed our Year 7 parents to a Morning Tea which was held in the Barbara Sutton Hall Foyer.  There were many happy faces and lots of chatter, as parents celebrated the start of a new year. Parents mingled with both familiar friends and made connections with new parents. We wish our Year 7 Parents a wonderful year ahead.

Over the two days our Year 7 girls were introduced to key personnel at the School, our Principal, the School Leadership Group, School Counsellors as well as their Year Level Coordinator and Form Teachers.  They spent time in their form groups, attended information classes on ICT/Computers, Library, GSV Sports and Positive Education. On the second day they joined sample classes for Science, Sport, Art and Music/Drama before being broken into random groups to participate in an Amazing Race activity.  We thank all the teachers who were responsible for planning these sessions.

Our VCE students had, in some ways, a more intense introduction to the year. After being welcomed back to School by Mrs Dunwoody and members of the School Leadership Group, the first day comprised a selection of sample classes to match with their individual timetables.  The students met with their subject teachers and had an introduction to what the year will hold.

On Friday the Year 11 and 12 students divided into separate activities.  Our Year 11 students participated in a very worthwhile program called Fit to Drive.  This program is run in conjunction with the Victoria Police and the MFB and SES to educate young drivers on safe practice.  The girls participated enthusiastically during the session and we hope that this additional education, together with the skills you, yourself impart to them during family “L” plate sessions, will help to ensure that they will become safe, conscious and considerate drivers.  In the afternoon the tone lightened somewhat with girls breaking into House groups to participate in some team building activities as well as attending a hula hooping workshop.

On the Friday our Year 12 girls attended a number of information sessions including BATYR and our School Counsellor, Paula Kolivas discussed VCE Tips for a healthy and productive year.  Our second School Counsellor Beth Sarlos spoke to the girls about Mindfulness, Trish Dolan addressed the group with some careers tips for VCE and Mark Dobson, a respected Performance Coach, provided some motivational tips for coping with VCE.

Again I extend our thanks to all the teachers who planned these valuable sessions for our students.

This year Rev Creed held special Commencement Church Services for both the Year 7 and Year 12 students and their parents.  The Year 7 theme was “Love of Learning” and the Year 12 theme was “Discovering What Is Precious”.  Immediately following the services the groups joined in Fig Tree Café to share a light meal catered by our new School caterers, Pinwheel & Co.  These Services and dinners were a perfect way to start the school year for these significant Year Levels.  Thank you to Rev Creed for the themes and thoughtful reflections at these Services.

INFORMATION EVENINGS

The first week was a busy start for parents and teachers alike with Information Evenings for VCE, as well as Years 9 and 10.  Both sessions were well attended, with parents and students being addressed by teaching staff and being made aware of key events in the calendar.

The Year 7 and 8 Information Session will be held next Wednesday 10 February at 7.00pm.

EDUCATION SEMINARS WITH PAUL DILLON 

On Wednesday students in Years 10, 11 and 12 attended separate sessions with Paul Dillon on Alcohol and other Drugs education.  Paul has worked in the area of drug education for the past 25 years.  Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), he has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across the country to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community.  He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.

In the evening Paul presented to our parent community on the topic of Adolescents and ‘risk taking’: Why do teens do the things they do and what can you do about it?  His message as quoted here was clear “Adolescence is a risky time.  As a teen’s body matures and they become more self-sufficient and independent, they experience dramatic hormonal changes, increasing social and peer pressure and have greater access to alcohol and other drugs.  This presentation will briefly examine the history of ‘teenagers’, rebellion and the different ‘temptations’ that have existed over time and also discuss whether the issues that young people face today are more dangerous than those of the past.  It will also closely examine why young people make the decisions they do and the latest research on the adolescent brain.  A parent’s role in keeping young people safe during this period will be examined, with some practical suggestions provided, particularly around alcohol and other drugs”.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

The Award program was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The aim was to motivate teenagers to become involved in a balanced program of voluntary self-development activities to take them through the potentially difficult period between adolescence and adulthood.

Today the basic principles of The Award remain the same, but the activities and delivery continue to evolve and adapt to suit the changing demands of modern society and the varying needs of young people.  The Award is now a major international program, with over 120 countries participating and used by organisations working with young people throughout the world.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School Students continue to participate in the award with great success at all levels.

We congratulate the following girls upon recently receiving their award.  The award is recognition for all their hardwork, dedication and service to their endeavours and their community:

Claudia Yuan, Year 11 / Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

Eloise Rawson, Year 11 / Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Sarah Louey, Year 11 / Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Janice Soo, Year 10 / Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Fearn Corney, Year 10 / Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Alanna Chew Lee, Year 10 / Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Emma Sanders, Year 10 / Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

The award program will be online for 2016.  Forms and Payment Information may be collected from Mr Barnett.

With best wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Head of Senior School