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February 19, 2021

The 5 day lockdown in Victoria again highlighted for us all that schools exist for the students. To quote a much-used word of 2020, we were all very proud of the way our Senior School students pivoted back to remote learning. These past two days students have returned to face-to-face learning and their co-curricular activities with the self-assurance and positivity our CGGS community is renowned for.

This past fortnight the Senior School has been thrilled to receive news of some outstanding student achievements. Please read more below and share our excitement for two students from the Class of 2020 who have been named in the prestigious Top Acts, whilst two teams of current Year 10 students have been acknowledged in the Pause Fest.

Since returning to the 2021 school year, I have been thrilled to again see our Senior School students fully involved in Music, Sport and House Dance along with the many lunchtime clubs. Book Club and Mustard are two of the student led groups and they have contributed articles in this edition of CamNews.

This past week we have conducted our Year 10 & VCE Information Evening providing parents with the opportunity to hear from Mrs Kim Hepworth, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning and Miss Dot Georgiou our VCE Coordinator. This information was shared as a pre-recorded session and as a follow up to the general VCE details outlined in the VCE Parent Handbook, VCE teachers are in the process of preparing short videos introducing themselves and their subjects. These will be shared with VCE parents shortly.

On Tuesday night we also held our Years 8 & 9 Information Evening which provided the parents of these students with the opportunity to hear from Mrs Kim Hepworth, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning, Ms Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing and Mr Shane Maycock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Co-curricular Programs on each of their areas of expertise. Following these pre-recorded presentations, Ms Paige Tan the Year 8 Level Coordinator and Ms Georgia Biggs the Year 9 Level Coordinator, introduced themselves and their themes for the 2021 year in separate zoom meetings. Tutor teachers also held individual “Meet and Greet” sessions at pre booked times with individual families.

Thank you to all our parents who were able to join us at these Information Evenings. As noted in the Senior School Weekly yesterday, our Learning Conversations will also be held remotely this year and events such as the House Dance performance evening on Friday 12 March will be livestreamed and recorded to ensure all parents are able to be a part of the evening.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

 

Top Class

VCAA Top Class puts the spotlight on the creativity and sophistication of VCE Performing Arts students from across Victoria.

As the state went into its second round of Remote Learning, during Term 3, Performing Arts students found themselves compromised as they prepared for their performance exams. In Theatre Studies, students are constantly taught how important their use of space is and they are trained, vocally, to project with great resonance right to the back of an auditorium. Needless to say, bedrooms did not afford this luxury and many students needed to moderate their sound production so as not to disturb other family members also working from home. Despite all of the obstacles, two of our Unit 4 Theatre Studies students managed to produce performances that received outstanding grades and, recently, they successfully auditioned for the VCAA Top Class concert series to be performed at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

This series is designed to provide current students of Theatre Studies an opportunity to observe exemplar performance material in action. We could not be more proud of Angelique Zhou and Chelsey Catena, Class of 2020, for all of their commitment, resilience and motivation, enabling them to carry their passion for performance through to such a strong outcome.

Top Class will be presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne on March 10 at 10:00am. While at this time bookings are not available, closer to the date more details about viewing the performances online, will be available.

https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2021/theatre/top-class-drama-and-theatre-studies-2021

Keira Lyons
Head of Drama

Upskill BY DESIGN

The Upskill BY DESIGN program is an intentionally designed learning program that will take place on each of our Learning Conversation Days throughout the year, for all year levels. This program will run parallel to Learning Conversations, which will be held online from this year. Regular classes for Years 7-12 students will not take place on these days, though co-curricular activities including GSV Sport will continue as required.

For students in Year 7 and 8, the Upskill BY DESIGN program will occur onsite, whilst those in Years 9-12 will undertake their programs from home, with the availability of supervision at school if required. The program is scaffolded in this way in recognition of the growing independence, self-efficacy and self-regulation of students as they get older and the need to apprentice younger students into these behaviours and routines.To upskill means to expand your capabilities and the six Upskill BY DESIGN days will present opportunities at each year level for students to do this. When we upskill, we use our existing knowledge and skills and apply these to new situations and contexts. Consequently, we are able to intentionally develop new skills and strengthen the capabilities and characteristics that are integral to the CGGS community, under the strands of Connection, Growth, Grit and Sustainability.

Our BY DESIGN learning architecture has been used to design the programs that will take place on each of the Learning Conversation days, with each year level spotlight providing inspiration and the sequential theme.

Activating Wellbeing, one of our design principles, is a dedicated part of the Upskill BY DESIGN program. Our Wellbeing program, with a focus on body, mind and soul will take place between 2.00pm – 3.30pm and is available for all our community to participate in, that is, students, parents and staff.

The Upskill BY DESIGN is a program developed in service to our students and we’re excited to share this journey with our whole School Community.

For more information about our Learning Architecture BY DESIGN, please click the link here.

Kate Manners
Head of Strategic Initiatives

 

Pause Fest

Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward. The Festival is Melbourne-based and has an innovation focus, it’s about people, mindset and culture – for a good purpose.

Almost a year ago to date, Debbie Dunwoody was part of a panel hosted by our CGGS Strategic Assistant Summer Howarth discussing the future of schooling to an audience of business leaders, start up founders and government project leaders.

Since 2018, Pause Fest has also recognised the best in creativity and innovation in Australian & NZ industry through Pause Awards. In 2020, new categories were added to the awards including the Fresh Blood award for students with brilliant ideas. This award recognises crazy new commercial ideas that aim to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Our Year 9 students of 2020 (current Year 10) embarked on a design exploration to adopt a Melbourne Mindset as part of our flagship …BY DESIGN seasonal learning offerings. Teams ran through a design sprint and were supported with feedback from the City of Melbourne. Their resulting ideas were submitted to the Pause Awards for consideration by a panel of international judges.

Two of our CGGS teams were awarded Pause Awards, announced this week, alongside brilliant businesses such as Stage Kings, Portable & Afterpay. 65% of this year’s award winners were female, with education as the #1 winning industry. Congratulations to Kate Ryan, Nektaria Toscas, Annie Liu and Lucy Ying (Bio Kitchen and Garden) and Monique Thorp, Sue-Jee Jeong, Chloie Wong and Emily Bai (Green Roof).

Our connection with the most future-focused minds in Australia has accelerated with our involvement with Pause Fest & the Pause Awards with CGGS leading the way in holding the stage alongside some of the most creative minds in the country.

Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design & Development

Valentines/GALentines Day

As our first big initiative as 2021 School Captains, we wished to hold a stall to celebrate Valentines/GALentines Day. Regardless of the barriers put up by COVID, SEA organised a hand painting stall, alongside a game of “guess the amount of heart chocolates in the jar”.

The atmosphere in the quadrangle on the day was outstanding. Ranging from the ‘love’ themed songs, girls guessing for chocolates, and the wonderful House Visual Art Captains painting pink and rainbow hearts (in support of LGBT+), the girls could truly feel the love in the air.

It was incredible to see the amount of support that CGGS showed on the day. From the Year 12’s getting into the spirit and dressing up so beautifully, to everyone who got their hand painted, we are so thankful that we had the opportunity to spread love throughout the school community.

Fingers crossed we have many more LOVE-ly events like this to come!

SEA – Sophia, Eloise and Ashley
2021 School Captains

Mathematics at CGGS

The Mathematics Department at CGGS is committed to developing passionate, curious and confident learners. We value the different skills and experiences of all students. With this in mind, I would like to highlight to our community both an internal and an external opportunity to help our students grow in their understanding of Mathematics.

At CGGS we offer a Maths Study Club at various times each day of the week in the Library. Maths Study Club is a place that provides students with the opportunity to get assistance with Maths, whether that be with their home learning tasks, new concepts they don’t yet understand, or the rigors of VCE Mathematics.

All of the Maths teachers here at CGGS run sessions, but that doesn’t mean students need to only see their own subject teachers, or for that matter, teachers that teach their year level. All sessions are open invitation, and all students are welcome to attend whenever it suits their schedule!

Please see the poster below for session times.

The second opportunity that I would like to highlight is an external (virtual and free) extension program called Micro Mathematicians. This program is run by the University of Melbourne School of Mathematics and Statistics.

There are three programs (Years 5 & 6, Years 7 & 8 or Year 9 & 10) aimed at students who love maths and are working 1-2 years ahead in Mathematics. Students will get to explore mathematical problems at a deep level following the inquiry process.

Students must apply for the program and complete an entry assessment by Friday 5 March 2021.

For further information please see the fliers below or contact the University of Melbourne directly. hayley.ellul@unimelb.edu.au

Anthony Pasinati
Head of Mathematics

Book Club

The return of the on campus Book Club has been long awaited by its members, and this Tuesday saw our first session. Camberwell Girls’ Book Club is a student run initiative led by the School’s Literature Captains, Amelia Lemanis and Olivia Jones, involving students from a range of year levels coming together to unpack both classic and contemporary books.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Book Club community has remained strong, and the discussions and debates are as lively as ever. It was especially lovely to have last year’s Literature Captains participate in the discussion. Our first session saw many engaging perspectives about education, clichés, and romance being shared. The new members brought a wealth of new ideas and books to chat about and it was exciting to see how many of our students had remained involved with literature and writing throughout lockdown. We also look forward to reintroducing the Classics Club this year, where the School’s classic fiction fans can share a love of literature, and students new to classics can be introduced to them. Controversial opinions will be shared, notably one of this year’s Literature Co-Captain’s, love of Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. We look forward to the coming year and are excited see so many new faces in both Book Club and Classics Club.

Amelia Lemanis and Olivia Jones
Literature Captains

Mustard

This week the Senior School Mustard Group met for the first time in 2021.  Mustard is the CGGS Christian Group, a group of students who meet once a week to encourage each other and explore their faith.  Mustard groups exist in many independent schools throughout Melbourne.  They are supported by the Mustard organisation (Mustard.org.au), a group that exists to “empower young people to be fully alive, forever”.

Bella Bruce (Year 11) is the Faith and Worship Captain this year.  She and Harmoni Parsons lead the group together.  When asked to describe Mustard, Bella explains with enthusiasm, “We meet each week and talk about a range of topics related to Christian faith and beliefs and how we can implement our faith into our daily lives , usually in the form of a short bible study. We also make sure to devote one meeting a month to playing games and discussing what has been going on in each other’s lives, in  and outside of school.”

Everyone is welcome to come to mustard.  It’s on every Wednesday lunchtime, in the Hub in the Library.  Bring your lunch.

If you’d like to contact Bella or Rev’d Creed to find out more, please do.  creedh@cggs.vic.edu.au  bruceb@cggs.vic.edu.au

GSV Sports Leaders Breakfast

On 11 February, Emily Arvidsson and I were fortunate enough to attend the annual GSV Sport Leader’s breakfast, this year held at Shelford Girls’ Grammar. We had breakfast with girls from 24 different GSV schools across Victoria and attended the workshop run by Meg Durham, a Wellbeing Educator and Coach.

The workshop taught us about the kind of leaders we are and how we can acknowledge stress and overcome difficult situations with calmness. It allowed us to reflect on the way we are portrayed as a leader to those around us, the amount of resilience we all have and inspired us to be not just a good leader, but a great leader. Meg also gave opportunities for us to chat with other girls on our table and collaborate in questions she proposed. Overall it was a very insightful day and we recommend it to anyone who is given the opportunity to attend the breakfast.

Cathy Gu
2021 School Sports Captain