September 11, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the end of the term is now upon us, I want to thank you for your support in this important partnership in education. It is incredible to think that many students have not experienced learning at school for the whole term, yet they have been involved in a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities.

Yesterday we enjoyed the Ormiston Creative Arts Festival with a morning of Music and Speech and Drama performances from Early Learning 3 to Year 6. We were also able to view the Junior School Art Show in the virtual gallery that was set up by Mrs Gibson. It was very exciting to see so many girls performing, as well as the wonderful art that has been completed during remote learning.

Today, in Senior School we held the House Celebration Day which has included a wide variety of creative tasks run by staff as well as the Performing Arts Festival in the afternoon. Congratulations to our Dance, Drama and Music Captains for their creativity and perseverance in putting together such an inclusive program.

Thank you to the teams of staff who have organised these virtual events to showcase such a broad range of student initiatives and work.  It is a very exciting way to conclude the term.

I would like to acknowledge Mrs Jennifer Sui and Mrs Fiona Gibson, who will be taking Long Service Leave for the whole of Term 4. We hope that they have a well-deserved break and, as the term progresses, enjoy experiences further afield. We look forward to welcoming them both back in 2021.

Today is also the final day for Mr Mark Corrie, our Director of School Operations and VCE Coordinator. Mr Corrie commenced at CGGS in 2013 and has overseen a number of key aspects of our operations including the diary, excursions, emergency teachers and emergency management, as well as teaching Physical Education. We will miss Mark’s friendly and welcoming demeanor and wish him well in his role as Director of Education Operations at Peninsula Grammar.

Last weekend, we were featured in an ‘Innovation in the Classroom’ supplement in The Age. Please click onto the button below for the article.

This week there has been media attention about online safety as inappropriate material was circulating on a number of social media platforms. Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) run a number of seminars for parents and there is one next Monday about online safety for your consideration. Please see the information below:

Online safety – The Parents Website webinar

With the issue of the online safety of young people at the forefront of our minds this week, ISV is hosting a webinar for parents and carers on the subject this coming Monday, 14 September, between midday and 1.00 pm.

Virtual Childhoods – keeping our kids safe online will be presented by Caroline Ellen, a social worker, parenting coach and founder of Stronger Safe Kids. The event is free, but registration is essential. Full details are available on The Parents Website.

This is the latest in a series of webinars presented by ISV’s The Parents Website to support parents, carers and their families during these challenging times.

Even with significant Stage 4 restrictions in place during the holidays, I hope that you are able to have enjoyable moments together as a family. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family as well as time in the garden to unwind, relax and re-invigorate, ready for Term 4.

Take care.


With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody