Senior School


Senior School

Last week our Years 10 & 11 students completed examinations in most of their core and elective subjects.  These examinations provide the students, their parents and teachers with valuable information and form the basis for the feedback to be shared during the next VCE and Year 10 Learning Conversations on Tuesday 25 July. Please note that we do expect and encourage the students to attend the Learning Conversations as they are an integral part of these discussions. Information about how to book Learning Conversation with each of your daughter’s teachers will be sent out in the first week of Term 3.

On Wednesday this week, all students in Years 11 & 12 who are undertaking VCE subjects completed the GAT. The General Achievement Test is completed mid-way through their studies to assess their general knowledge and skills in written communication; mathematics, science and technology and humanities, the arts and social sciences.

This week our Years 7 – 9 students have been involved in Enterprise Week with individualised year level activities.  The Year 7 students have been working on Girls Invent projects with the help of Mark Glazebrook and they had a day at Healesville with Murrundindi learning about the Wurundjeri language, symbols and culture. The focus of the Year 8 Enterprise week has been Waste Re-invent, Re-purpose and Hack. The students also spent half a day on the Projec10 initiative with the boys from Camberwell Grammar School.  While the Year 9 students have started each of their days at One Roof which is the home for entrepreneurial women and Australia’s leading co-working space dedicated to women-led businesses.

In the next edition of CamNews we will provide more information about the experiences the students in each of the Year Level participated in during Enterprise Week. Many thanks to the staff who organised and supervised each of these sessions.

Meanwhile our Year 10 students have undertaken Work Experience.  The students, with the support of Trish Dolan, have secured experience in a wide range of industries including Law, Medicine (Hospitals and Clinics), Veterinary Practices, Aged Care, Retail, Health, Publishing, Education, Architecture and Construction.  I look forward to sharing some of the students’ reflections with you after they have completed their week.


VCE Production “Man The Balloon” by Matt Cameron
The local balloon man declares the outbreak of an alarming trend: citizens are spontaneously bursting. With its diminishing population, this is a town inhabited by not-quite-together people who are constantly in analysis. Naive young Elliot, who believes the emptiness and loss of faith and love in the community are causing the explosions, sends a carrier pigeon for help. The town has tried religion, then analysis… will anything be able to help them find an answer?

The VCE Theatre Studies students are involved in this year’s production “Man The Balloon” as part of their VCE assessment. The students had their first performance last night and this evening at 7pm in Barbara Sutton Hall you have another opportunity to view their hard work.  There is no cost to attend if you are able to attend this evening, this is an opportunity to support the Year 12 Theatre Studies students and also be audience to a wonderful performance.

Many thanks to Keira Lyons the Head of Drama and Performing Arts, the students themselves and the Maintenance crew for their assistance with the sets.

Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition
At the end of May, Diya Dasgupta (Year 7) represented Camberwell Girls at her first Public Speaking Competition and did an outstanding job in the Junior Section, using her prepared speech to talk on the topic of ‘A Blank Canvas’.

Janice Soo (Year 11) after winning her heat, made the final and came runner-up in the Senior Section of the competition, speaking on the prepared topic of ‘Without Limits’ and then also completing an impromptu speech.

Schools such as St Kevins, Haileybury, Genazzano, St Bedes, Avila and PLC, were all represented and the quality of all of the speakers was excellent. Janice coming runner-up, by a fraction, according to the adjudicators, is an outstanding achievement and a just reward for her efforts.

Petition to Josh Frydenberg
Last week, Ali Larkey co-ordinated the posting to our local Federal Member, Mr Josh Frydenberg, of a petition calling for our First Australians to be appropriately acknowledged in the Australian Constitution.  The petition was signed by 238 members of the Camberwell Girls community and will be tabled in the House of Representatives.

A copy of the petition is included for you all to read here and we’ll let the Camberwell Girls community know when we’ve had a response!


Indigenous Literacy Foundation
On Friday last week, Camberwell Girls finalised a total donation of $2.180.80 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) which is enough to purchase approximately 350 books for children in remote indigenous communities!!!

These funds are the combined monies raised for ILF at the Service Soiree, the House Music competition (sales of snacks/drinks) and through the sale of Lemon Myrtle shortbread.

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us to Close the Gap in this way.
~ Reconciliation Team


2040 Future Problem Solving Trip
From 2 – 12 June, seven Year 9 and 10 girls travelled to the USA with Eleanor Wood and Eleanor Macaro to participate in the International Future Problem Solving (FPS) Competition. The trip was broken into 2 sections, the first part in New York for four days experiencing all things Big Apple, the second competing in the Community Problem Solving division of FPS against teams from 10 countries.

Over the four days in NYC the girls ticked a multitude of experiences from their bucket lists. Day one involved traversing the New York subway from our hotel, near the beautiful Grand Central station, to the Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It was here the girls got up close and personal with the works of Jackson Pollock, Monet, Picasso and Kandinsky; but perhaps the most interesting exhibit was the solid 18ct gold working toilet, titled ‘America’. Guests were allowed to actually use the toilet, a completely surreal experience. Following our museum trip, the girls meandered through Central Park fuelled by hot dogs and pretzels.

The next day was a packed day involving visiting the world-famous Times Square by day and night. The girls also saw New York from a different vantage point, perched 68 floors above the hustle and bustle of the city, at the top of the Rockefeller Centre. After a delicious lunch at Wholefoods, the girls got to do some much anticipated shopping (H&M, Sephora and the Disney store) and by the time we made it home we all collapsed in our very comfortable beds.

Day three saw us cruising across Upper Bay on the Staten Island ferry with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, both the East and Hudson Rivers and downtown Manhattan. We then proceeded on foot to Wall St, Trinity Church and the solemn 9/11 Twin Towers memorial pools. After some deep reflection on how the world has changed since events past, the girls returned home and rested up before a delicious feast at a local modern Mexican restaurant.

Our final day in New York involved one of the newest attractions the city has to offer. The Year 10 girls had been studying the documentary Class Divide, and on this day we journeyed along the Chelsea High Line. This gave them the chance to observe the juxtaposition of both the Avenues school (USD$50,000 per year) and the Elliot projects (where families earn an average of USD$20,000 per year total). The real-life learning links were invaluable. Following this we munched down on the delightful delicacies of the Chelsea Market and headed back to midtown for an afternoon at the stunning New York Public Library.

The second part of our trip was where the girls truly had the chance to shine. As we arrived at the University of Wisconsin (La Crosse campus) the girls switched into full Future Problem Solving mode. The first evening started with a memento exchange, where the participants from all over the world swapped trinkets such as giant cheese hats, postcards and fidget spinners. The next stage was the opening ceremony, where Shohaag donned the brown and gold of the mighty Hawks as flag bearer for the state of Victoria. We were enthralled by the keynote speeches from past FPS winners and left excited for our busy days ahead.

Day two saw the girls work extremely hard on their competition board. Coloured paper and cardboard everywhere, the girls worked tirelessly to produce a stunning display for the Community Problem Solving (CmPS) fair. Upon finishing, the girls dragged themselves back to their American University dorm and promptly fell fast asleep. The following day the girls had to present their competition board and be interviewed by the FPS evaluators. After a successful morning, we wandered down to the local town and saw the mighty Mississippi river with a much needed break for ice cream in the sweltering 35°C Wisconsin heat. The evening saw the girls give their vocal chords a work out – in a two hour CmPS fair. This was their opportunity to engage the other competitors and judges with their project, as well as see the projects that had been undertaken by CmPS groups from all around the world.

Our last full day in Wisconsin saw the girls visit the 80m underground Niagara cave, including an underground waterfall over 20m high! The next morning, with butterflies in our bellies, we packed into a huge hall for the closing ceremony and results announcements. Although we weren’t awarded a prize, the girls came back to Australia filled with brilliant ideas and enthusiasm for next year’s competition.

This is an experience none of us will ever forget and we would personally love to thank each of the girls; Chloe Bennett, Nikki Chen, Ally Quan, Natasha Ranasinghe, Shohaag Sengupta, Hiruni Sirimanne and Sharon Truong as well as their families for a fabulous trip. Also, the contributions made by Sarah Chuang and Rochelle Scheid back in Australia were pivotal to the success of the team. Thanks are also owed to Shane Maycock, Cathy Poyser and Debbie Dunwoody for all their support before, during and after the trip. Well done all!
~ Eleanor Macaro and Eleanor Wood

House Music
As always the House Music competition is always a hotly contested and exceptional display of talent and the 2017 competition lived up to all the expectations as each of the House performed to an overflowing Barbara Sutton Hall. All the House Music Captains, Alexandra Sherrin and Yanny Wang (Lawrence), Selina Duan and Samantha Wong (Singleton), Jane Lin and Constance Yeo (Schofield) and Lydia Baird and Jordyn Beggs (Taylor) are to be applauded and congratulated for their superb efforts in making the House Music competition a night of such high calibre, for the leadership of their combined choirs and for their support of each other in this endeavour. I also take this opportunity to thank the current Music Department for all their work with the students and acknowledge the adjudication of past Director of Music, Mrs Barbara Russell.

Music Tour 2017
This Sunday 18 June, students participating on the European Music Tour 2017 will be attending for a day of rehearsals before a farewell concert for parents at the end of the day.  Short performances will be made by each group, before students and parents are addressed by both Camberwell Girls staff and representatives from our Tour Group operator Gullivers, together with International SOS. We wish the 63 students and seven staff safe travels and merry music making on their travels. Please make sure you keep a look out for and like their Twitter and Facebook posts throughout their tour.

A lot of careful planning continues to be put into the organisation of this large tour by staff, together with a huge amount of practice by the students and Music Department staff.  I look forward to being able to share with you a summary of the trip at the start of Term 3.


GSV Cross Country
On 2 June, a number of girls from the Junior and Senior Schools departed for the GSV Cross Country Carnival held at Bundoora Park. The Junior and Intermediate girls completed a 3km run and for the Seniors a 4km run. Despite the cold weather and a very difficult track, it was a great day full of new personal bests as well as great running by all the girls resulting in Camberwell Girls coming away with a proud 6th overall in the Championship Carnival. One of the highlights was not only seeing all the girls having a go but also all the encouragement coming from the rest of the team. Overall it was a very successful day, with many great achievements from all girls across all year levels.
~ Dorothy Li, Sports Captain

GSV Junior Hockey
The Junior Hockey team made into the B grade finals and played at the State Hockey and Netball Centre on Thursday 15 June. The team consisted of many students new to the sport of Hockey and having made it to the semi-finals the Camberwell Girls team won their semi final 1-0 against Sienna with a dramatic goal in the last 40 seconds of the game from Charli Lincke. With the Grand Final played directly after the Semi the team didn’t do quite so well in the next game, going down 2-0 to Fintona. Nevertheless coming runners up is a terrific achievement with the squad showing increasing skill and confidence as the season has progressed. Well done to all our budding Hockey players and to the fine efforts of our coaches, Dr. Reid and Ms. Stevens.

Hope all our families have a wonderful weekend.


With Best Wishes,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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