During recent weeks we have had some wonderful events to celebrate the conclusion of the 2018 school year and Christmas season. These have included our final assemblies, Blessing of the Gifts Service at Ormiston (prior to the gift collection from Anglicare), gift collections for Dream Stitches, CGGS Carols Concert and the Carols Service at St Marks, Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and Lunch as well as the Years 7-9 Presentation Evening.

We have celebrated successes and personal journeys during some of these events. We have also acknowledged the importance of some of the failures that have resulted as our students challenging  themselves to try or learn something new. I am ambitious about the quality of the education that we offer our students and I hope they continue to value curiosity and courage in their learning. The world values the thinkers who are also creative problem solvers.

Professor Tina Seelig is a faculty director of the Stanford University Technology Ventures Program, and is also an author on entrepreneurship and creativity. Her advice is ‘the bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity’ and she encourages students to ‘fail fast and quickly’ and that in the process of problem solving we need to learn how to fail, do it, change and move on quickly. Professor Seelig recognises that in the future, people will be hired not only because of their successes, but also because of their failures as these people often have greater capacity to change bad ideas into brilliant ones. As teachers and parents we need to give our young people the opportunities to practice this too, without fear of judgement. We will keep focussing on this in 2019.

Mrs Heather Scarff (Foundation Teacher) has decided to resign and pursue her interests outside of school (and we are delighted that she has indicated that she would like to return to do some relief teaching in the future). Heather was appointed in 1987 by Miss Barbara Sutton and has worked for four Principals at CGGS. She has been a highly respected and dedicated staff member who has always encouraged her students to have a go. We thank Heather for her tireless work with our junior students.

We also farewell Mrs Meg Anderson, Mrs Sally Staddon and Mrs Cathie Meyenn who are retiring or pursuing different career opportunities. Each have been dedicated teachers and at different times have been Heads of Department and we thank them for their service.

Ms Kate Giles is also leaving us to take up the role as Head of Junior School at Ruyton Girls School. This is a wonderful promotion and opportunity for Kate and we wish her all the very best as she leads her own Junior School community.

Mr Luke LoBello is leaving us to take a role at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School and Mrs Karen Coom is returning to New Zealand.  From our ELC, Ms Danxue Lu has decided to take up a role closer to her home and Ms Zoe Swindells will be taking up a new role at St Catherine’s Girls School. We thank them for their work at CGGS.

We have a number of teachers taking parental leave in 2019 – Ms Kath Woolcock, Ms Eleanor Wood, Ms Peipei Liu, Mrs Melissa Donelly, Ms Jess Huggett – and we wish them well. In addition, Mrs Jane Bergamin is taking Long Service Leave for the 2019 school year and we hope that she enjoys time studying and pursuing interests.

I would like to thank the staff who are concluding their contracts – Mrs Pat Ritter, Ms Anita Coffa, Ms Lucy Schneider, Ms Ruth Smith, Mrs Claire Macbeth and Ms Abbie Hewitt.

On behalf of the staff at Camberwell Girls Grammar School we wish you and your family the gifts of the Christmas Season – peace, hope, joy and love.

Have a very happy and safe holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody


From Chair of Council

To the CGGS Community,

It is my great pleasure to advise that our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody, has been awarded an Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) VIC Fellowship for 2018.

This highly prestigious award acknowledges the exceptional contribution Debbie has made to education not only here at Camberwell Girls Grammar School but the wider education sector.  She is recognised as being a leader at the forefront of developments in education at both a national and international level and has had many immeasurable positive impacts on educators and learners.

I know that as a community you will join me in congratulating Debbie on this wonderful accolade and her outstanding leadership of Camberwell Girls Grammar School and the education sector more broadly.

Christine Cussen
Chair of Council