The last few weeks have been characterised by many special functions and events including:
> Junior School Choral and Instrumental Concert which showcased many of the 16 different musical groups at Ormiston
> Year 6 Graduation Evening and Graduation lunch.
> A very successful weekend of CamArt with many ‘meet the artist’ opportunities and the opportunity for members of the Camberwell Girls community and the wider community to view and purchase quality contemporary art
> An inspiring Year 9 Social Justice Learning Week where students attended workshops in the city run by the Salvation Army and the Big Issue, participated in the Sacred Heart Mission donation challenge and MAD (Make A Difference) challenge, visited a Social Enterprise Store in the city, participated in Community Service Days, finishing with a student conference day of sharing their learning
> A Year 9 Mentoring Breakfast led into the World of Work Day. This program assists in preparing girls for future opportunities.
> Karen Bartram also hosted a 1980s reunion
> Year 8 Enterprise presentations, many of which will be developed further in 2017 to develop the products through our Girls Invent and Makerspace programs
> A ceremony conducted by Murrundindi in honour of our new Mindi Snake Garden on our Woodstock Street Boundary. The garden was constructed by our gardener, Martin Conlon in consultation with Murrundindi. Mindi the snake is not a dangerous snake but a protector of children
> Our annual Carols at Camberwell event
> Carols Service at St Marks
Whilst it has been a busy time, it has also been a wonderful time to connect with people in the community.
In our final staff acknowledgements, I would like to thank Mrs Virginia Richardson, Mr Ian Naudi and Ms Elsbeth Hadenfeldt who have filled teaching contract positions for staff who have been on Family or Long Service and we wish them the best for the future.
We also farewell and thank Effie Barton who, at short notice, undertook the role of Head of Learning Enrichment from Term 2 this year on a contract basis.
I would also like to thank our Deakin Associate teachers Ms Jemma Banfield, Mr Edward Niu and Ms Jacqui O’Neill for their support of the sport, PE and camps program this year.
We also farewell Ms Cathey Dragasia as she secures a teaching position closer to her home and Mr Brett Stout who had led a very innovative Commerce Department over the last few years and coordinated the Social Justice Program this year. Brett has brought many new ideas and programs to Camberwell Girls and we wish him well as he pursues new career interests outside of teaching.
Having recently graduated as a Primary Teacher, Jana Mollinson our clarinet and saxophone tutor will be leaving Camberwell Girls after eight years to take up her first classroom teaching role next year closer to home.
After 12 years at Camberwell Girls, Mr Andrew Hester is leaving to take up an operations management role at Kilvington. Andrew has been Head of Science and Timetabler and a very active coach for a number of sports, as well as attending Fitness Camp. He is a very generous member of staff and we wish him well in his new position.
Mr John Gowdie joined the staff at Camberwell Girls in 2004 as a very experienced Mathematics teacher. He retires at the end of this year after 50 years in the teaching profession. John has provided great support to his colleagues over the years.
Mrs Ronette Clark will be retiring at the end of the year after 14 years at Camberwell Girls. Ronette is an English teacher and we will miss her gentleness, energy and professionalism but we are delighted that she will have more time to spend with her family and travelling.
Also after 14 years at the School, Mr Rob Nicholl will be retiring after 53 years in the teaching profession. Rob actually retired last year, but returned to fulfil a VCE class this year. We thank him for his commitment to Camberwell Girls and wish him all the very best for the future.
It is with sadness that we farewell Mrs Lorraine Peterson. Lorraine has been a dedicated teacher at Camberwell Girls for 35 years, originally teaching Geography and then moving to Science and Biology. Lorraine is always remembered very fondly at reunions as an energised teacher who never hesitated to provide additional assistance. We wish Lorraine all the very best as she spends more time with her family.
During 2017 Ms Ritsa Athanasiadis and Mrs Emily Pandya will we taking parental leave and wish them all the very best.
During the last few weeks students and staff have been collecting gifts and non-perishable food gifts for Anglicare, at both Ormiston and the Senior School for a range of student ages. It has been important for our students to think about the importance of generosity, giving and service in their lives, not only through this action, but through many in our Social Justice programs.
On behalf of the Staff at Camberwell Girls Grammar School we hope that the spirit of Christmas will bring peace and happiness to you and your families during this festive season and throughout the year ahead.
Have a very happy and safe holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017.
With best wishes,