Dear Parents and Guardians,
I warmly welcome you all to a new school year at Camberwell Girls Grammar School. I hope that you enjoyed some joyous and relaxing time with family and friends during the break.
The return of our students is such an energising time as you feel the excitement in the air with the promise of new beginnings and opportunities. For those students who are commencing their formal education in Early Learning 3, Foundation and at the start of secondary school in Year 7 it is important to acknowledge the significance of these milestones.
At the conclusion of 2018 we celebrated many student talents, reflections and achievements at Presentation and Graduation evenings. This was followed by receiving the news of another year of outstanding VCE results and subsequent university offers for the Class of 2018. As we enjoy the start of a new year and new beginnings, there is a great sense of satisfaction in the personal stories of the achievements of the Year 12 cohort at the end of the year.
I would like to thank our VCE teachers for their commitment to and support of the girls during their final years of schooling. It is important to also recognise teachers from earlier years as they too engaged, inspired and supported the girls throughout their journey to young adulthood. As we all know, the ATAR tells only one part of the story; the gifts of contribution to the CGGS community and service to the wider community are also highly valued. Success is not just about what our students have achieved, but it is also about the type of person they have become – and yes, again, I feel immensely proud of these girls.
In celebrating the Class of 2018
> 19% of students achieved an ATAR >98 (placing them in the top 2% of the State)
> 36% of students achieved an ATAR >95 (placing them in the top 5% of the State)
> 56% of students achieved an ATAR >90 (placing them in the top 10% of the State)
> The Median ATAR was 91.4
> At the time of writing, two students have been awarded entry into prestigious Vice Chancellors Scholarship Programs with three other students awarded entry into Scholars Programs with Scholarships for Biomedicine.
At CGGS, we continue to focus on the ‘learning that matters’ for all of our students. Our commitment is to prepare our students for their future as compassionate leaders. Leaders who will have a passion for learning and creating a more just and sustainable world, and we are mindful of the competencies that they will need to master. The OECD Education 2030 paper released in March 2018 reminds us that in addition to building the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed, young people will need three new competencies, namely:
> Creating new value
> Reconciling tensions and dilemmas
> Taking responsibility for our actions
These competencies require us to look beyond just attaining knowledge and developing skills. It requires us to apply what we know to new and emerging situations and require other personal qualities to succeed such as curiosity, courage and kindness.
This year we have welcomed a number of new teachers with extensive experience and interests to CGGS for ongoing positions as well as a number of parental and long service leave replacement roles. These staff are:
Miss Fiorella Soci (Year 2 Teacher)
Fiorella is a highly experienced and innovative classroom teacher who joins us from Caulfield Grammar School.
Ms Mikaela Stanaway (Foundation Teacher)
Mikaela has covered a number of short term leave positions at Ormiston and we are delighted to welcome her as a classroom teacher this year.
Ms Jasvindar Gill (Year 4 Teacher)
Jasvinder has also covered a number of short term positions at Ormiston and will be joining us in Year 4 this year. Prior to completing her teacher training, Jasvinder worked in Marketing for the Department of Education.
Mrs Anne-Maree Wilcox-Morna (EL4 Teacher)
Anne-Maree is a highly experienced leader and teacher of early learning students. She comes to us from a management role at the Canterbury and District Pre-School.
Miss Liana Kitsou (Junior School Physical Education)
In addition to teaching Physical Education, Liana has also developed an external program for early learning aged children focussing on movement. Her most recent teaching role was at Strathcona.
Ms Marianne Rigby-Black (Junior School Choral Music Teacher)
Marianne joins us as a highly experienced Voice and Choral teacher who has worked with students in both primary and secondary settings.
Mrs Kathryn Kollmorgen (Junior School Education Support Assistant)
Kathryn is a highly experienced Education Support Assistant who also works at Camberwell Grammar School.
Mr James Henderson (Commerce and Physical Education)
James is a highly experienced teacher who has also held a number of educational leadership roles at a number of schools. He is also an examiner for Business Management. James will take on the position of Year 10 Coordinator at CGGS.
Mrs Kirsten Dunsby (English)
Kirsten is a highly experienced English teacher and leader of English teams and most recently taught at Brighton Grammar School.
Ms Georgia Biggs (English and Psychology)
In addition to Georgia’s experience as a VCE teacher, she has also been involved in many social justice initiatives in areas of indigenous, sustainability and respectful relationships programs.
Mr Tom Clark (Geography)
Whilst Tom has taught briefly in a few Melbourne schools, he has most recently been teaching senior Geography in London.
Mrs Kim Hepworth (Biology and Chemistry)
Kim is a highly experienced teacher who has also held a number of educational leadership roles at Knox Grammar. She is also an examiner for Biology. Kim will take on the position of Year 8 Coordinator at CGGS.
Miss Paige Tan (Mathematics)
Paige is an experienced Mathematics teacher – Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. She is looking forward to teaching in a girls school.
Mr Alistair Shaw (Physics and Mathematics)
Alistair is a highly experienced Mathematics and Physics teacher who also has a passion for coding. He is taught in both regional and metropolitan schools.
Mr Daniel Loff (Mathematics)
Daniel is a passionate Mathematics teacher who has also worked as an Education Support Assistant at Bialik College.
Mrs Sabrina Zhu (Junior and Senior School Chinese)
Sabrina joins us from Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, to teach Chinese having previously taught at CGGS in 2011.
Mrs Ingrid Beck (German Teacher)
Ingrid is a highly experienced VCE and IB German Teacher who joins us from St Leonards College.
Miss Melissa Drentin (French)
Melissa is an experienced French Teacher who has also studied Law and International Relations. During January she studied a short course at The Sorbonne in Paris.
Ms Jacquie Little (Part time Nurse)
Jacquie joins us for Semester 1 as she covers a long service leave replacement. She is a very experienced health professional and has previously worked at Strathcona.
We were also delighted to welcome back from leave Mrs Ritsa Athanasiadis and Mrs Meagan Wilson and I would like to welcome Miss Sophie Brugliera, Miss Monica Clarke and Ms Harriet Cooper as our Deakin Associate Teachers for 2019.
I am very excited about the calibre of our teaching team and the extensive programs and opportunities on offer for our girls here at CGGS this year.
I am also pleased to report that we have completed the renovation of our Woodstock Science Laboratory, refurbished the Senior School Female Staff Toilets and completed painting and maintenance across the school. The final stage of our Science re-development project will be the renovation of the Chemistry and Biology Laboratories, planned to commence later this year.
At CGGS we are committed to the importance of a quality education. Academic success is not just about building the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that we need. It is also about how we create new value, reconcile tensions and dilemmas and take responsibility for our actions. So to build a meaningful future through our own practices of curiosity, courage and kindness.
With very best wishes for the year ahead.
The Year Of The Pig
2019 is the Year of the Pig 猪年, which began on Tuesday 5 February and continues for two weeks until celebrations draw to a close on 19 February. The pig is the twelfth of the Chinese Zodiac animals. In Chinese mythology, the Pig represents good fortune, bravery, compassion and generosity. It is often said that people born in the Year of the Pig are fun-loving, happy, trusting and brave.
More than one billion people across the globe celebrate Chinese New Year every year. At CGGS, the Chinese Department and International Captains have organised a range of activities to share the festive spirit, everyone is welcome to join. You can watch the spectacular lion dance performance, sample some delicious Chinese food from the Fig Tree Café, try your hand at the art of calligraphy, Chinese painting, lantern making, paper folding or Chinese knotting.
In this most auspicious Year of the Pig, we wish everyone a productive and successful year ahead.
Happy Chinese New Year
春 节 快 乐