Senior School


Senior School

July 23, 2021

Term 3 started with Senior School students in the Middle School Production of “The Light Burns Blue,” and the House Music event at school rehearsing on both Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 July, the staff professional development days. Thankfully we made the decision at the end of last term to allow these students onsite to practice for both these events, and I am delighted to say we were able to honour the hard work of these students and the teachers who have supported them throughout, by holding the events under somewhat changed parameters.

The Middle School Production was re-introduced this year to enable students in Years 7 – 9 the opportunity to be involved in a drama performance given the Centenary spectacular did not go ahead as planned.

Keira Lyons, Head of Drama and Performing Arts, along with a team of dedicated staff and past students including Madison Brake who coordinated the Lighting Design, supported, guided and trained the two casts and crew throughout the many interruptions, both in person and online so that the parents of these students were able to enjoy live performances last week.

As a school community we are all most grateful to the students and staff involved in bringing this story to life. I had the pleasure of watching both Cast A and Cast B and never cease to be amazed at what our students are capable of achieving. Thank you all for this privilege.

With some post recording editing still to be completed on the recording of this event, we look forward to sharing both full performances with our community in the next edition of Camnews.

On Thursday 15 July, when this most recent lockdown looked imminent, we swiftly went to work with the House Music Captains and conducted two of the House Music event elements, Choice and Madrigal. Again, all the Senior School students have been rehearsing throughout Term 2 when singing has been permitted within the Victorian Government Operations Guidelines.

The students involved in Choice and Madrigal groups for each House were brought together at recess and the decision was made to record and livestream these performances in Periods 5 and 6, prior to but realising, another lockdown would be announced late that afternoon.

The creative abilities of our students were able to shine, due to the immediate action and proactive decision making that took place. There were many layers of ‘creative chaos’ throughout the morning, so to see the students perform at their best, whilst continuing to problem solve even within the presentations, was nothing short of amazing! We are very proud of the resilience and maturity the House Music Captains displayed. They truly showcased the power of music!

Thank you to all the House Music Captains – Teagan Diep and Teresa Guo (Lawrence), Sarah Hui and Janice Wong (Schofield), Kelly Liang and Megan Kuo (Taylor), and Chloe Law and Nicole Change (Singleton).

Whilst not yet the full program, as the Theme and judging components are still to be performed, delivered and recorded before resharing with our school community, I think we could all do something joyful at this time. Please enjoy watching the Choice and Madrigal elements of the 2021 House Music competition.

With special thanks to Mr Kim Perkins, Head of Media Technologies, for all his efforts in supporting all our events at CGGS.

I would like to share with you all the quote Directors of Music, Rohan Mack and Kate Savige included in their House Music program.

“What if a large number of scientific studies found there was one activity that could improve our cognitive function, help our memory systems work effectively, help us learn language, help us moderate our emotional states, help us solve complex problems and help our brains be healthier into later life? What if that activity was also enjoyable for everyone involved? There is one such activity: music education.” – Dr Anita Collins: Neuromusical Educator

I wish our CGGS community a restful weekend.

Warm regards,

Cathy Poyser
Head of Senior School

Introduction to the UCAT

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes.

The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as interviews and academic qualifications.

It is also an opportunity to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate aptitude for a demanding programme of study.

The UCAT ANZ is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations and can ONLY be completed when a student is in Year 12.

Michael Tsai from iCanMed organised a very informative, entertaining and practical information session ‘Introduction to the UCAT’ for interested students in Years 10 & 11 during the Upskill By Design program on Tuesday. Michael was keen to point out how important it was to become knowledgeable about the UCAT’s type of questions, timing and speed in answering questions – all necessary for a successful completion of this test. Students were left in no doubt that a good score on the UCAT depends on preparation, hard work and application.

Students can now research more thoroughly the variety of UCAT preparation courses that are available, if they wish to prepare for this test as part of the undergraduate medical course application in 2023 or 2024.

Best wishes to all our aspiring medical practitioners, including the current Year 12s interested in this field!

Trish Dolan
Careers Counsellor

Global Leadership Summit for Girls

On Monday 12 July, Maya Jones and Emily Lin from Year 11, together with Salwa Saiba and Siena Yap from Year 10, attended virtual Global Leadership Summit for Girls. The Global Summit is an annual event that connects passionate youth from around the world for a series of key notes speakers, discussions and panels to tackle topics that are important to our global community. As part of the program, students also had the opportunity to attend the Leadership Summit Tour: Asia & Oceania region, which will specifically focused on climate justice and gender equality. Below is a reflection from Salwa Saiba, who attended multiple aspects of the program.

“I joined one of the webinars on Monday. The panel consisted of both young and experienced activists and social workers, who helped to create an amazing conversation. I loved hearing from all these empowering women, who have made significant contributions in their respective areas of focus. They gave great tips, insights and possible solutions to the problem of gender inequality and climate change. Before this I didn’t know the connection between climate change and gender-based biases, which has created a bigger gap between the traditional male and female roles and their impact on women in 21st century. This webinar helped gain a lot of knowledge and a starting point from where I can explore these two issues as one whole problem.

I would love to part of such leadership opportunities in the future, as they provide me with an opportunity to gain leadership skills and essential knowledge about gender inequality – a topic I am passionate about and wish to explore more. Thank you for recommending us such a great webinar.”

Kath Woolcock
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing

The Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition

Every year, CGGS participates in the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Poetry competition where students memorise a French poem and usually then present it to a judge who comes to the school from the Alliance Française. This year, our students were amongst 6,500 other participants who recorded their poems and sent the videos in to the Berthe Mouchette.

The French Department are very proud of all our students. It is no mean feat to learn a poem in another language and then deliver it. Well done to all those who took part.

True to French educational tradition where every assessment is marked out of 20 (true story!), the students are awarded a mark out of 20 based on fluency, pronunciation, expression and intonation. To be a finalist, students must achieve a lofty 20 mark and this year, a remarkable 46 students from Years 5 to 10 have made it into the finals and will recite their poem again to French judges on Zoom in August.

Click the button to view the list of finalists.

All participants will a receive a certificate later in the term. Félicitations à tout le monde!

Dr Jo Rittey
Head of LOTE

Middle School Production – The Light Burns Blue

A little about “The Light Burns Blue”

Seventeen-year-old Elsie Wright has never done well at school and though her drawings are extraordinary, a career as an artist isn’t something a girl from a run-of-the-mill village like Cottingley could normally aspire to. It’s 1917, there’s a war on and the constant news of deaths from the front are affecting every family in her village – including her own – meaning Elsie’s artistic endeavours aren’t top of anyone’s list of priorities to encourage.

The characters and events depicted in this story are fictions rooted in reality. There was an Elsie Wright who photographed fairies. There was a Frances Griffiths who posed with them. The photographs did manage to capture the imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes), who did champion the photographs as proof that fairies exist.

However, this play is not a biography or a documentary. Nothing ruins a good tale like too much reality.  It’s time to set the record straight and give Elsie the ending she deserves.

Director: Keira Lyons

Lighting Design: Madison Brake (Class of 2019)

Magic Tuition: Tim Mason (Melbourne Magic Academy)

We would like to acknowledge all cast members, click the button to view all the cast members.

Keira Lyons
Head of Performing Arts

House Music Performances

Last Thursday (prior to the lockdown), the House Music Captains were quick to acknowledge a potential move into remote learning. They, along with all performers, lighting and technical teams were receptive to bringing their performances forward and willing to gather their required resources to enable each House to present their Madrigal and Choice items to the school that afternoon. The House Music Captains, whilst juggling many creative balls in the air, supported and encouraged each other to prepare for the performances. They are to be congratulated on their abilities to accept the unexpected and devise creative solutions to maintain their high quality work. All of the students involved had fun and valued the opportunity to come together and perform.

The House Music rehearsal process and performances have enabled our students to make strong interpersonal connections across all year levels. This continues to be a strength of our Performing Arts departments, whether it be online or live in the Barbara Sutton Hall. Many thanks to the large group of students and staff who assisted with the preparations for the performances and the recording of the presentations. A special thank you to Kim Perkins, Mark Major and Stefi Allinson for facilitating the live stream to students and the recording of all performances.

Kate Savige and Rohan Mack
Directors of Music

Saturday Netball

We are very sad that we won’t be on court again this weekend at the Boroondara Netball Association for our fun filled day of netball but we are very hopeful for a return to Saturday netball very soon.

In the meantime, we had our very first Live Zoom Netball Training Session for all teams on Monday night. We had over 30 athletes on Zoom across all teams from Year 4 to 12 and all athletes worked so hard.

We completed a tough circuit, with some tricky ball skills in there but most of all, we were very active, connected, and we had some fun. It was also great to see our fellow team members.

We will continue to run our Live Zoom Netball Trainings while we are on remote learning. These training sessions will replace our court training until further notice.

Thank you, to all the players for their participation and to the parents and guardians for your continued support in your daughter’s netball journey.

Alexia McConnell
Netball Coordinator

Upskill …By Design

On 20 July, Year 7 students had their first Upskill…BY DESIGN Day for Semester Two. Students first took part in the CS in School program where they had the opportunity to refine their coding skills, with the guidance of industry professionals. Students were then asked to take some time off- screen and choose from a number of activities. Some of the options included: at home science experiments, painting, re organising their bedroom and cooking lunch for their family.

As can be seen on the Padlet, students from each form undertook many different activities and it was wonderful to see how they chose to spend their time! Students were then encouraged to take part in Wellbeing time, accessing the CGGS 360@ Wellbeing website. To finish the day, students took part in the CGGS Netflix party, watching the Bee Movie together. Another productive Upskill…BY DESIGN Day, with the focus on students staying connected and engaged.

Tuba Ozak
Year 7 Coordinator

Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge

Space travel has been in the news over the past few weeks, most recently with the coverage of Jeff Bezos’ pilotless flight. Space exploration has moved beyond the domain of governments and the industry continues to see a growth in commercial companies joining the space race.

Swinburne University is well known for its work in this field and particularly its innovative STEM programs for school students. Five Year 10 and 11 students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Bethany Orme, Georgia Papadopoulos, Noyesha Agarwal, Ananyaa Virjania and Paula Jimenez Perez, have been fortunate to take part in the 2021 Swinburne Youth Space Innovation Challenge (SYSIC). Supported by The Australian Space Agency and lead by a number of Swinburne University staff, including the Dean of Science, Professor Virginia Kilborn, astronomer, Dr Rebecca Allen and PhD candidate, Sara Webb, this 10 week program involved participation in a micro-unit inspired by Swinburne’s Space Technology co-major, in order to develop the necessary skills for creating a space experiment and culminated in a video pitch to a panel of Swinburne University staff and mentors involved in space-related research. The pitch involved presenting an idea for an experiment to send to the International Space Station. Students engaged in weekly online mentor sessions. These sessions provided support relating to the micro-unit content and pitch presentations and also offered insights into some of the opportunities a STEM education affords.

The initial expectation was for one team’s idea to be chosen and for that team to continue working with Swinburne University to develop a viable experiment. The SYSIC leaders were so impressed with the quality of the work from all teams involved in the program, they changed the structure to enable each team to play a part in the lead team’s project. Our students pitched an idea about using Pavogen tiles to transform kinetic energy into electricity. Although the team’s experiment idea was not chosen to be sent to the International Space Station, the judges were impressed with the originality of the idea and commended our students for the thinking and work reflected in the pitch. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to be able to work alongside experts and other students with similar interests, and to continue to be involved in this collaboration.

Dr Charlotte Forwood
Director of Learning Design and Development

CGGS Netflix Party

As we are all distance from each other during another period of remote learning, as School Captains, we thought it would be fitting to run an activity to help students and staff relax and connect during this period of time apart. Taking place on our Upskill BY DESIGN day, SEA invited all students and staff to join in a whole school Netflix Party.

We chose to watch the ‘Bee Movie’, a classic movie we knew would BEE something warm-hearted for everyone to watch together, despite being apart. We were so grateful to see so many Year 7 – 12 students and staff join.

SEA (Sophia, Eloise and Ashley)