From the Principal
‘Xin Nian Kuai Le’ (Happy New Year)
I would like to acknowledge the Chinese Lunar New Year, which is celebrated today. This date marks the first day in the Chinese calendar.
In Chinese culture, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. The dog represents loyalty, friendship and kindness, and people born under the sign of the dog are said to share those traits. I am delighted that we will be celebrating Chinese New Year at the School on Friday 16 February with a series of fun activities and delicious Chinese food from Fig Tree Café from 1.00pm-1.50pm, as well as a spectacular performance from Jow Ga Kuen Dragon nd Lion Dance Association on Monday 19 February at 1.10pm on the Senior School Oval.
I wish you all happiness, good health and prosperity throughout this Chinese New Year.
It is a joy to celebrate different occasions throughout the year as they provide wonderful opportunities for us to come together, learn about each other, build friendships and a sense of belonging. Parents regularly comment to me that this feeling of community is a special quality of Camberwell Girls and for many, one of the considerations in them choosing to join the School.
The importance of community is also highlighted in our Strategic Plan: 2015-2019, in the pillar of ‘Connected Community’, where we aim to build:
An inclusive, caring and connected community that embraces our students, families, staff, old grammarians and friends from diverse backgrounds. With a commitment to: including all, ensuring effective communication and valuing our past and our traditions, the School is focused on building our community relationships, improving loyalty and affinity locally, nationally and internationally.
Every day at school, there are many opportunities both within and outside of the classroom that enhance our students’ experience in belonging to our community. Our extended family relationships are also built strongly through our Parents and Friends Association, including our many class reps, our extensive old grammarians network, our strong relationship with St Mark’s Anglican Church and the wider Anglican community and, through our connections and partnerships with many organisations locally and internationally. These are important connections in our lives, as connectedness and belonging enhance our growth and wellbeing.
Last week we were finally able to celebrate our Summer Spectacular and it was certainly worth the wait! Throughout the day we had constant streams of visitors to Camberwell Girls and there was a great feeling of enjoyment and fun. To start the day we also held an Open Morning and welcomed over 70 families to Camberwell Girls, with many staying to participate in the events afterwards and enjoying the stalls, rides and amusements. The highlights included the many student stalls that provided a great range of products to purchase or events to experience from personalised pet tags created by our laser cutter through to handcrafted jewellery, laser cut mobiles, painted stools and tie-dyed products. Students also developed experiences ranging from an Escape Room through to making slime and face-painting. We also had professional market stalls and stalls with some of our key Service Learning partners including Dream Stitches.
Our parent and old grammarian groups managed many food stalls including the hugely popular Asian Food Stall, BBQ, cake, fairy floss and popcorn stalls, enabling many family members to support the event on the day. I am very grateful to so many members of our community for supporting the Summer Spectacular.
We are still finalising the amount raised to support opportunities to ‘Keep Girls Active’ and I will let you know the final outcome in the near future.
There were a large number of people who spent months organising the event led by our committee including Hayley Galloway, Jane Harris, Karen Bartram, Susannah Jepson, Belinda Kranjcic, Kate Giles, Nancy Robottom, Flora Zhang and Phong Pham. They were well supported by members of the Maintenance Department and Finance Office. I would like to thank these members of staff for their commitment to this event. In addition, our Parents and Friends Association provided a wonderful team to assist, led by Linda Black and John Downes as did our Old Grammarians led by Cara Davey.
I am sure that many of you have heard the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Just like a village, our community at Camberwell Girls is committed to enabling our girls to be educated in an environment that embraces all and values the importance of community itself.