February 11, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I warmly welcome you all to the 2022 school year at Camberwell Girls Grammar School! 

This year we are delighted to welcome 135 new students to CGGS and I hope they enjoy getting to know our community when settling into the school year. In the second half of Term 1 we are hoping to hold a number of welcome events where we can meet again in person.

Across the school our students have settled in well. Each day it is very energising to hear happy voices and see smiling eyes above the masks. A number of co-curricular programs will commence in the coming weeks, and it will be satisfying to see more student opportunities.

In Senior School our School Captains led by Teagan Diep, Issy D’Souza and Charli Lincke have been planning a number of events and we are looking forward next week to the Valentine’s Day activities as we raise money to support the Heart Foundation.

New Staff
This year we have welcomed a number of new staff to Camberwell Girls and I would like to introduce them to you:

Early Learning Centre (ELC)

> Ms Esther Wong (ELC Coordinator and Teacher)
Esther is a highly experienced classroom teacher who has designed, implemented and evaluated classroom and community programs. She joins us most recently from The University of Melbourne ELC where she was a team leader. This year she will be one of the EL3 teachers.

> Mrs Jacqui Laird (EL Teacher)
Jacqui is a teacher and former EL Director who brings a wealth of experience and has a keen interest in the natural environment. She comes to us from Strathcona and Nature Play Learning. Jacqui will share the teaching of EL3 with Esther Wong.

> Ms Melinda Murphy (EL Assistant)
Melinda is an experienced EL Assistant and teacher who has previously taught in a number of independent schools including Tintern, Genazzano, Melbourne Girls and Fintona. She has also previously had a career in media, working for Channel 10.

Senior School

> Ms Hannah Brooksbank (Art)
Hannah is a practising artist and has a strong interest in promoting student voice and designing programs that encourage students to make a positive impact on the community. She has also taught and run Arts and Culture projects in community centres.

> Ms Andrea Carter (Mathematics)
Andrea is a very experienced Mathematics teacher and leader and previously taught at CGGS, leaving us at the end of 2005. She has since taught and led Mathematics at a regional school, led Mathematics and was leader of the Innovation and Pedagogy team at Korowa and most recently was leader of Pedagogy at Siena College.

> Dr Vicky Ellis (Chemistry, Science and MakerSpace)
Vicky has taught Chemistry in both the VCE and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs (at standard and high level in the IB). She has a particular interest and strength in eLearning and STEM technologies in her classroom. Vicky is a VCAA Assessor for Chemistry and comes to us from Ivanhoe Grammar School.

> Miss Emma Ford (Psychology and English)
In addition to teaching Psychology and English, Emma is a very experienced Debating Coordinator. She is also a workshop presenter and tutor for The University of Melbourne in the Master of Teaching Program. Emma joins us from Korowa.

> Ms Georgia Holland (Legal Studies, Commerce and Geography)
Georgia comes to us from Melbourne Girls Grammar School as a Humanities leader and Legal Studies teacher. In June 2021 she also completed an externship in the Commonwealth Parliament.

> Ms Despina Lyristis (Mathematics)
As a very experienced teacher of Mathematics, Despina has taught at all year levels and is a Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics teacher. She comes to us from Huntingtower where she also held the position of Head of Mathematics.

> Ms Erin McEwan (Accounting and Commerce)
In her most recent position at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, Erin was a subject coordinator for VCE Accounting. Prior to teaching she worked as an Accountant in the Business Services Division of Deloitte. Erin has completed two professional learning programs from Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

> Mr Matthew Rock (Chemistry, Science and Mathematics)
A versatile teacher, in addition to the subjects he is teaching this year at CGGS, Matthew is also a qualified Psychology teacher. He comes to us from Trinity Grammar where part of his teaching load was in the Trinity/Ruyton VCE Program. Matthew has also coordinated leadership programs, camps and has been an active member of the ‘Respectful Relationships’ committee.

> Ms Georgie Kerr and Mr Alex Jenkin are our new Deakin Associate Teachers for 2022. Both were educated at Carey and have held positions in their sports programs. Georgie has also worked as a Disability Support Worker and Alex has also supported events in rural communities.

> Ms Emma Harrison (Education Support Assistant)
Emma returns to CGGS after working with VCE students with learning needs and as a learning support officer at PLC.

> Ms Rachel Wu (Art and MakerSpace Technician)
Rachel previously held the role of Head of Information Curriculum at CGS and has now completed certification in Visual Arts and is a practising artist. We are very excited about the wealth of experience that she will bring to support the development of our Art and MakerSpace programs.

We are also delighted to welcome back Ms Scarlett Zhang and Ms El Wood from parental leave.

I am very excited about the calibre of our teaching team and the extensive programs and opportunities being offered this year at Camberwell Girls.

Thank you to all families who have been assisting their children to use the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) twice a week. These checks enable us to keep our community as safe as possible. It has been helpful that we have had only a small number of cases reported each day, and I ask that if your child is showing any symptoms or is unwell that they stay at home, take a RAT and report it to the school and Department of Health if you receive a positive result.

This year again promises to be a very exciting year at CGGS. If you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or Head of School.

With very best wishes for the year ahead.

Debbie Dunwoody

Strategic Plan 2022-2025

For over 100 years, Camberwell Girls Grammar School (CGGS) has been a dedicated leader and innovator in the education of girls. 

In this time of change, with our students at the centre of all we do, a CGGS education is focussed on designing and creating learning that will prepare our students for opportunities and challenges now, and into the future. 

Our Strategic Plan defines our direction and priorities, and I am pleased to let you know that a Draft Strategic Plan 2022-2025 has been completed and we invite interested parents to provide feedback before the plan is finalised.

If you are interested in viewing the draft plan and would like to provide feedback (by Monday 21 February 2022), please contact my Personal Assistant, Melissa Madge ( and she will provide you with a copy.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody