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Open Morning & School Tours

Our Open Morning and School Tours are a wonderful and very important opportunity for us to showcase to the wider community all that CGGS is and all that we can offer to our future students. Our first Open Morning for 2016 took place on Saturday 20 February and saw a record number of prospective families join us across both campuses. Families were so impressed with how we are educating our girls for the world of tomorrow, and we received comments from a number of families who saw and heard of how we are preparing students for their future.

One presentation that was a highlight for many was an address given by Tara Hoopmann of Year 8. Tara spoke very eloquently about why families should consider CGGS as the right choice for their daughters and I’m very happy to publish some of her words here.

With the unwavering support of my teachers I found it easy to adjust to the size of CGGS. In coming from a small Primary school, I now feel that CGGS is large enough to offer many benefits in our schooling but small enough to care for each individual student should they need it. 

The benefit of Year 7 at CGGS is that there is a broad range of girls who have come from a variety of different schools and cultures, not only within the Camberwell region but throughout Victoria, and all over the World. CGGS is an Anglican school with a strong focus on bringing out the full potential in women and there are many resources that assist the girls learning and great programs available to them. The School is invested in setting up each girl’s future and has already offered many opportunities for me to learn, grow and develop into a better version of myself”.

Scholarship Interactive Evening and Scholarship Morning

On Tuesday 23 February we conducted our first Scholarship Interactive Evening. On the evening we had 190 students in attendance from Years 4, 6, 8 and 10. Students were randomly assigned groups and they took part in three fun interactive activities that required good communication and teamwork. This is the first time we have run a session of this type and it was wonderful to have the support of so many of our teaching staff. There was definite energy in each group and I am confident that all the girls went home saying that Camberwell Girls is a fun school.

The Scholarship Interactive Evening was the perfect icebreaker for the girls who then sat the actual Scholarship Examinations the following Saturday. All the girls and their parents have commented that this prior opportunity to come to CGGS and to meet some girls at the Interactive Evening made them feel more relaxed on the actual testing day.

Farewell to Mrs Jolly

After 20 years of service at CGGS, last Friday was Mrs Jolly’s final school day. A lot of time went into planning a special assembly around acknowledging the valuable contributions that Mrs Jolly has made over two decades.

Mrs Jolly commenced at CGGS in December 1995 as a part-time Science Teacher for Years 9 and 10. At that time our Principal was Dr Barbara Fary, meaning that Mrs Jolly worked with three Principals during her time at the School. All three Principals were in attendance at her farewell, a testament to the relationships she built during her time here.

In 1998 Mrs Jolly took on a new challenge when she was appointed as Head of Science. In 2002 another change saw her appointed Head of Teaching and Learning, becoming responsible for the implementation and promotion of programs such as Lego Dacta Control Lab, Tertiary experience week and Science Drama.

As Deputy Principal Mrs Jolly focussed on curriculum, reviewing requirements for special needs students, overseeing adherence to the National Curriculum, managing the student reporting process, co-ordinating academic awards, presentation evenings and so much more.

Without a doubt Mrs Jolly’s work over the last 20 years at CGGS enormously influenced the direction of the School today. She is highly regarded by students, staff, former staff and Old Grammarians – many of whom have valued the opportunity to learn from her and with her.

We wish Mrs Jolly the very best in the next phase of her life.

Welcome Reception at Government House

This week, three of our overseas students – Sunny Yang, Stephanie Wong and Krystal Shang were invited to a Welcome Reception at Government House to meet the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM. Mr Hayden Gyles, Deputy Head of Senior School accompanied the girls on this trip.

The students were treated to a morning tea with the Governor and the opportunity to speak with her and look around her residence. It was great to hear the Governor speak about the richness that overseas students bring to Australia and to also hear from Ms Essie Ma (Victorian International Student Winner of the Year 12 Student Leadership Award in 2014). Essie spoke about her experience as an International student in Victoria and now as a University student in her second year at Monash University.

Our students were most definitely inspired by what they saw and heard at this event.

Year 10 Mentoring Breakfast

As part of the Year 10 Careers program, Mrs Trish Dolan co-ordinates a number of mentoring breakfasts for the Year 10 cohort, addressing questions about the VCE, study choices and what comes after CGGS.

At this year’s first breakfast Mrs Dolan invited two former students, Grace Lundgaard (2013) and Courtney Green (2003) to address the group about their time at CGGS and their lives since finishing VCE.

Grace was House Music Captain in Year 11 (2012) and in her final year she was Singleton House Captain. Grace is currently studying Science at Monash. From the age of five Grace was a self declared ‘mad Scientist’ and focussed on her love of that subject as soon as it became available to her. The girls were both asked to share what they gained from their CGGS education and how they would advise the students to get the most from their experience here.

Grace commended the wide range of co-curricular activities available, advising that not only is it fun to be involved, but the skills learned through teamwork were indispensible across group activities at University and beyond. Grace also advised students to get involved, try new things, but commit to something as when seeking employment, this commitment makes you more employable.

To achieve your very best, to make the most of your studies, Grace advised studying outside of class, being self motivated. She also wanted everyone to be grateful for the time they have here, as life is different at University with everyone so focussed on their own timetables, opportunities to connect in the same way are more limited.

Courtney was part of the Class of 2003 and after studying psychology and social work, for the past five years has worked at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, currently as an Acting Director for Employment and Education. During her time at CGGS Courtney had a strong interest in the social justice program and felt strongly about giving to others. In her final year Courtney was Drama Captain for Taylor House.

As part of her talk Courtney focused on Diversity – embracing and celebrating our differences; Community – a place to connect/belong; Equality/Equity – appreciating privileges and in turn giving back; Humanity – showing compassion, respect and dignity; Energy/Motivation – connecting/engaging. All these themes apply strongly in her role with Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, but they also apply to being a student at CGGS. She encouraged all students to apply these values in dealings with not only peers and teaching staff, but interactions with the wider community.

Courtney’s attachment to the School is still very strong and when presenting is often asked where she attended secondary school, as receives compliments on how well presented and spoken she is. Courtney attributed this directly to her time at CGGS.

Year 12 Formal

Amongst the busy weeks of SACs and assessments was the most anticipated event of the Year 12 calendar, the School Formal, hosted last weekend at the Kooyong Tennis Club. The excitement and preparation was evident in the final days before the Formal, with the common room smelling like fake tan and lunchtime conversations about the final details of the night.

Come Saturday, the traffic on Glenferrie Road was halted by a fleet of classy limousines and sleek hummers. Girls and their dates stepped out of their vehicles and greeted friends and teachers in the function room. Everyone was dressed to the nines, and looked marvellous! It was as though we were on the star-studded red carpet.

The night passed quickly in a blur of food, photos, and lots of dancing. It was great to see a lot of teachers on the dance floor as well, bopping to some popular tunes. The formal committee made an entertaining video about the lead-up to formal, which featured some classic memes and jokes. Congratulations to all the girls who won awards, and the girls who didn’t – you all looked amazing!

We’d like to thank Mrs Anderson for organising the night and making sure everything went smoothly, a massive thank you to all the teachers who attended, and a special mention to Mrs Jolly. We hope the formal was a nice event to conclude your time spent here at Camberwell.

GSV Preliminary Swimming and Diving Carnival

Congratulations to the girls who competed in the GSV Preliminary Swimming Carnival last Friday at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Under the guidance of our Head Coach Peter Kitney, there were some excellent results and many personal best performances. Training will continue on a Tuesday and Thursday morning in preparation for the Division 3 Championship Carnival on Tuesday 15th March.

On the same day the Dive Team also competed against seven other GSV schools at MSAC. After weeks of early morning training sessions the girls had the opportunity to showcase their diving skills, performing three dives each. The squad should be very proud of their performance as they qualified for the Division 2 Carnival. This is an outstanding effort, particularly as it is only the second year the CGGS has competed in this event. We thank Mrs Cathie Meyenn for her expertise, enthusiasm and early starts.

We wish the girls the best of luck in their training and preparation for the Championship Carnival on Tuesday 15th March.

House Athletics

On Tuesday morning hundreds of excited CGGS girls flooded Doncaster Athletics track to compete for their House in track, field and novelty events. The girls displayed great enthusiasm and team spirit as they cheered on their friends. Congratulations to Taylor House for winning the House Athletics Trophy for 2016.

Overall Results

1st Taylor 2537
2nd Schofield 2446
3rd Lawrence 2388
4th Singleton 2331

 

There were some excellent performances in the track and field and the following girls are to be congratulated on being awarded the Year Level Champions.

Year 7 1st             Sophia Giagoudakis

2nd           Belinda Lemanis

3rd            Emily Arvidsson

Year 8 1st             Michaela Robinson

2nd           Tilly Dunn

3rd            Ashleigh Cheung

Year 9 1st             Zoe Giagoudakis

2nd           Victoria Pearson

3rd            Lucy Bartram

Year 10 1st             Lama Halabi & Kate Sturzaker 2nd            Molly Ewens

3rd            Yasmin Tawfik

Year 11 1st             Laura King

2nd           Dorothy Li

3rd            Cara Ellis

 
Year 12 1st             Tiarnie Ellingworth

2nd           Melissa Poulton

3rd            Olivia Lawrie & Emily Bennett

 

Thank you to all the staff and students who assisted throughout the day to ensure the program ran smoothly. Well done to the House Sports Captains Laura King, Dorothy Li, Vivienne Leung and Zofia Andrianopoulos who put in an enormous effort to ensure all races were filled.

As a School community we also thank the PE staff for their efforts in organising such a successful day for maximum participation of girls. In particular Head of Sport, Ms Lauren Law for her excellence guidance of this team of staff and the Captains.

Student Achievement: Emma Pearce

Earlier this year we mentioned that Emma had been chosen by Basketball Victoria and the VJBL as a player in the 2016 U20 Victorian Women’s White team. The team competed at the 2016 U20 Australian Junior Championship held in Ipswich, Queensland from 14 – 20 February 2016.

After playing half a dozen close games Emma’s team made it to the Bronze medal playoff. Unfortunately things did not align for her team to take a medal home on this occasion and whilst there was disappointment Emma described it as an absolutely amazing experience and the best tournament she has played in yet. Well done Emma.

Boroondara Relay for Life

CGGS will again be entering a team into the 2016 Boroondara Relay for Life on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March.

Relay for Life is a fun, overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. The relay is a chance for the Hawthorn community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Relay for Life is a relay-style walk or run for students to challenge themselves to stay on the track overnight. You can stay for the whole event and camp overnight or join in for shorter periods of time and return home.

Date:                           Saturday 19th March – Sunday 20th March

Time:                          4pm – 10am

Where:                      John Gardiner Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn

Students are permitted to meet at John Gardiner Reserve from 1.00pm to set up their tents, however, the event will not commence until 4.00pm. Students must wear correct School sports uniform and bring plenty of warm clothes, water and food for the day/night. If your daughter is able to participate, you should please complete and return the form, which she will bring home.

We look forward to seeing as many girls at the event as possible.

Inaugural Social Justice Dinner – Friday 6 May 2016

We warmly invite all Junior and Senior School families, and their friends, to join our first annual Social Justice Dinner.

This September a group of students will be travelling to Cambodia and Vietnam to work with the Green Gecko Project. Money raised at the dinner will go towards this project.

Our special guest speaker will be Australian-born Tania Palmer. Ten years ago she began the process of creating The Green Gecko Project that now supports and educates over 70 children who previously lived and begged on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tania will be leaving her Cambodian home to come and speak to us!

This exciting night will also include food served by PinWheel & Co. auctions and much more. Please note the date in your diary.

Parent Information Session

On Monday 29 February we hosted our second Parent Information Session in conjunction with Camberwell Grammar School. The speaker at this event was Andrew Fuller on the topic of Resilient Families. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families.

Andrew was both informative and entertaining and it is safe to say all the families in attendance went home with words of wisdom and encouragement to help create resilient children.

Wishing everybody a brilliant weekend.

 

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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